March 28, 2019 (Rainier Valley/Lake Washington)

Welcome to Seattle Close to Home — a weekly round-up of ideas for time-crunched Seattle-area residents, who want to get outside, volunteer, and eat good food, but don’t necessarily want to drive far (or at all).

Join your fellow nature walkers. On Saturday, from 9am to 11am, Seward Park Audubon naturalist Ed Dominguez will lead a nature walk at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (5513 S Cloverdale St), focusing on the birds, beavers and other wildlife. Register online.

Help out at Genesee Park. Volunteers will be weeding at the south end of the park (4316 S Genesee St) to make way for native plants on Saturday from 9am to 12pm. Sign up online.

Get out! for a bike ride or walk through Genesee Park to Lake Washington Boulevard and continue north to Madrona Beach or south to Seward Park. Or ride to/from Rainier Beach Urban Farm.

Fuel up at Super Six before/after. Check out this Columbia City eatery for brunch, happy hour, or dinner with a Hawaiian vibe, featuring outdoor picnic tables and menu items like The 98118 Sandwich with seared SPAM. Located at 3714 S Hudson, it’s open from 8am on weekends.

Also recommended: Columbia City Bakery (4865 Rainier Ave S) and Full Tilt Ice Cream (5041 Rainier Ave S‎). And PCC for picnic items or takeout (3610 S Edmunds).

Leaving the car at home? Ride Metro to Columbia City/Genesee Park/Rainier Beach on the #7, #9, or #50, or take the light rail to Columbia City Station or Rainier Beach Station.

Weather forecast: Sun and clouds with highs around 60.