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Live regional spelling-bee action, March 25!

Want to watch elementary and middle-school students knock out words like zwieback, alluvium, thalweg, and peccadillo? So do we! We will live stream the annual King-Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee, 1 p.m., Sunday, March 25, from Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom. Watch live online or on TV (cable channel 21 for Seattle Comcast & Wave subscribers or 8003 on CenturyLink).

This year’s bee will be moderated by Seattle Radio Theatre founder and KIRO Radio producer and host Feliks Banel. The winner will advance to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Amy Marie Dimak was the last national champion to hail from our area (her word was ‘fibranne’).

The spelling bee is presented by Town Hall Seattle, BECU, and Seattle University as part of Town Hall’s Civics series. Rather experience the “spellbinding” action in person, the event is free and doors open at 12:15 p.m.

And word nerds can stick around for another wordy event happening Sunday in the same location. Author and lexicographer Kory Stamper will be at the Campion Ballroom at 6 p.m. to discuss her book Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries.