Mushroom Mania

Did you know that an enormous fungal colony spans nearly ten square kilometers in Eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains? This species, Armillaria ostoyae, whose fruiting bodies are commonly known as honey mushroom, might—if the colony is considered one entity—be the largest organism on the planet. How is this possible, you ask, and might there be a similar mycological behemoth lurking in the Cascades? Here’s a chance to consult the experts at this all-day, all-mushroom event, sponsored by the Puget Sound Mycological Society. You can sample fungi soups, learn how to cultivate your own edible mushrooms, make spore prints, and take a lesson in turning these ancient organisms into homemade crayons (!), which your kids will probably love. [But stoners, stay home; you can score your ’shrooms on the Ave. —Eds.] Burke Museum, 17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th St., 543-5590, $8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ADRIANA GRANT

Sun., May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2008

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