Happy Friday! If you’re looking for something fun to do, read on for a list of local events.

The Wenatchee Public Library will host sensory-friendly storytimes on Thursdays through April 11.

The Women’s Service League’s My Girlfriend’s Closet shopping event opens to the general public TODAY through Sunday. You can find some really good deals at this annual sale, and it benefits local non-profit organizations benefiting women and children.

Saturday at 11 a.m., it’s Family Storytime at the Wenatchee Library.

On Saturday, join Cara Hackenmiller for a Parenting With Empathy course. Participants will learn how to handle toddler tantrums with empathy, how to establish a chore system that works, and “a perfect one-liner that will get you out of any control battle with your child!” Register now for the March 16 class in Wenatchee. (And be sure to follow Cara’s Parenting with Empathy Facebook page!)

Sunday is ST. PATRICK’S DAY! To celebrate early, there’s the annual parade in Cashmere on Saturday. Then on Sunday, there’s the “Shortest Parade in the World” in downtown Wenatchee at Orondo and Mission Streets. Afterwards, parade awards will be handed out at Pybus Public Market.

The WHS musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” runs through March 23.

Looking ahead:

Registration is now open for a new YMCA program called HYPE! — a PE program for homeschoolers 6 to 16 years old with set curriculum including games to develop strength and coordination, health and nutrition education, learning the basics of team sports, and lots of fun! Kids will spend one hour at the YMCA with a Homeschool PE coach. Classes start April 3.

Simply Deliberate‘s Jen Retaskat will teach a Sustainable Cooking for Young Adults class at the Wenatchee Library next Thursday, March 21. Learn how to prepare healthy meals for under $50 per week. From the class description: “The class is an excellent introduction to cooking in a limited kitchen setting, such as a dorm room or small bachelor apartment, and will cover clean eating principles, nutrition information, what to look for when grocery shopping and what to avoid.”

Next Friday, March 22 is Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA.

On March 23, Sustainable Wenatchee is partnering with Joyful Scholars Montessori for their Joyful Tour of Sustainable Living. They’re offering classes on eco-parenting, cloth diapering, chicken keeping, biofeedback, fermentation and more. Take one class for $15, two for $30 or 3 classes for $35. All participants receive a reusable bag, sticker and all proceeds benefit Joyful Scholars Montessori. Afternoon vendors and a kids activity will be available.

The most popular annual event at Mission Ridge returns Saturday, March 23: the Dummy Downhill contest, in which participants strap dummies in wacky costumes to skis and then launch them down a hill. Kids love creating these things and coming up to watch the action.

Here’s a perfect excuse to hire a sitter and head out with your friends: The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is holding its annual Night at the Museum event on Saturday, March 23. Explore the museum at night, while you enjoy beer, wine and live music.

The Cashmere Museum will host a free class for kids in grades 3 – 6 on Sunday, March 24, from 1-3 p.m. The class is called “How do you eat a woolly mammoth?” and will include hands-on activities. Kids will also get a tour of the museum to see examples of objects discussed in the class. Call the museum to sign up: 782-3230.

Family Day at Lisa Bee’s is coming up on Friday, April 5.

On April 13, TEAMS Learning Center is holding its annual Sock Hop fundraiser at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. There will be a classic car show, a dance, a costume contest and more. And kids are welcome!

Registration is now open for the YMCA’s Lake Wenatchee Summer Camp, as well as winter swim lessons.

Every Week:

The indoor playground at Pybus is open for the season. It’s a warm place full of toys for toddlers to play with during the cold months. With a few exceptions, the play area will be open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon each week through March.

Story times for children of all ages at the Wenatchee Public Library.

The Wenatchee YMCA offers Toddler Time Thursdays, open gym for little ones every Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Get the whole family moving with Kids Yoga classes.

Catholic Family and Child Service hosts several play-and-learn events each week for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. The Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group meets Wednesdays at the First Methodist Church at 10 a.m., Thursdays at the Wenatchee Public Library at 10 a.m., and Fridays at the Hope Center at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The play sessions are free and no registration is required. For more information call 664-7350 ext. 3093.

The Wenatchee Mother-Baby Support Group at the Wenatchee Public Library meets from 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays.

Indoor Park Play Time at Apple Valley Gymnastics, 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and 8:30-10 a.m. Saturdays.

For kids 6 and younger, head to the play gym at Sport Gymnastics, open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

You’ll find a hands-on children’s activity and craft room upstairs at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Kids and their grown-ups get in free and it’s open during regular museum hours.

The Wenatchee Valley Mall Kids Club gets together for adventures the third Saturday of every month.

Bring the whole family out for RunWenatchee’s club run/walks on the Loop Trail every Thursday evening.

For more events, this week and every week, go to ncwcalendar.com.

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