The Must List: March

Our top to-do's for the month

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Swirl, Sip and Spit
Taste Washington
This annual oenophile extravaganza (organized by the Washington Wine Commission and sponsored by Seattle magazine) brings together more than
200 area wineries, 75 restaurants and
a very happy public for two days of wine tastings, food pairings, seminars, chef demonstrations and a sommelier blind taste-off. Cleanse your palate for the weekend finale on Sunday: the Grand Tasting. 3/27­–3/28. Times, prices and locations vary. tastewashington.org


Salute Spring
Annual daffodil giveaway

For 13 years running, the farmers at the Pike Place Market have celebrated the first day of spring by handing out thousands (12,000 last year) of freshly cut daffodils to lucky passersby. Rain or shine, the daffodils are coming, so prepare to boogie with your bouquet. 3/20. Noon­–1:30 p.m. Free. Select corners on Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues downtown


Snort and Snicker

Daniel Handler

You might know him best as Lemony Snicket, author of the hugely popular A Series of Unfortunate Events collection, but Daniel Handler writes under his real name, too, and his books for grownups (Watch Your Mouth; Adverbs) are no less hilarious or twisted. We don’t know exactly what he’ll cover during this Seattle Arts & Lectures appearance (not recommended for kids), but we do know his humor is as unstoppable as it is unpredictable. 3/15. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. lectures.org


Support Strength
Paralympics

For those suffering from Winter Olympics withdrawal, we suggest heading to Vancouver and/or Whistler for this month’s Paralympics. Without sacrificing an ounce of Olympic spirit, you can experience the thrill of competition on a budget (tickets and accommodations can be had for a fraction of Olympic Games prices). Festivities include opening and closing ceremonies, plus a full roster of winter sports for athletes with disabilities, including crowd favorites
ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. 3/12–3/21. Times, prices and locations vary. vancouver2010.com/paralympic-games

Say Squeeze
Accordi-O-Rama

The third annual Accordi-O-Rama proves once and for all that the accordion is back and better than ever. This squeezebox spectacular features a mix of local masters (Nova Devonie and Jovino Santos Neto) and guest artists (including San Francisco’s Elias Lammam) performing Croatian, Brazilian, Cambodian and Arabic accordion classics, plus more familiar Western swing and rockabilly standards. And of course, dancing is encouraged. 3/20. 2 p.m. $12–$18. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. townhallseattle.org

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