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The History of Political Cartoons In its final week, this Bainbridge Public Library exhibit chronicles 250 years of American editorial cartooning, from Ben Franklin to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Pulitzer-winning David Horsey. 1270 Madison Ave. N. (Bainbridge Island), 206-842-7901. Free admission. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Wed. March 24-Wed. March 31.
55+ Job Club Workshop Sponsored by the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens, this morning workshop is intended for low-income King County seniors looking for part-time work. Alaska Building, 618 Second Ave. (15th Floor), 206-684-0500. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Wed. March 24.
Kunihiko Saiko The former Japanese ambassador to the U.S. has also helped maintain Japan's diplomatic relations with Iran; he's likely to draw on these and other political experiences at this luncheon, sponsored by the Seattle office of the Consulate-General of Japan. Columbia Tower Club (76th Floor), 206-374-0180. $35. Noon-1:30 p.m. Wed. March 24.
Community Volunteer Night at Food Lifeline Sort and repackage food for shelters, hot-meal programs, and food banks at this bimonthly volunteer event. Food Lifeline is an affiliate of the Second Harvest program; last year the organization distributed 18.6 million pounds of food throughout Western Washington. 1702 N.E. 150th St. (Shoreline), 206-545-6600 ext. 247. 6-8 p.m. Wed. March 24.
Green Party Meeting The monthly meeting of local Green Party supporters. University Heights Center, N.E. 50th St. and University Way N.E., 206-524-3377. 7:15 p.m. Wed. March 24.
Ending Homelessness in 10 Years: Can We Do It Here? This luncheon forum, organized by CityClub, promises to tackle homelessness unflinchingly, with YWCA president Rita Ryder, Downtown Seattle Association head Kate Joncas, and Seattle Office of Housing director Katie Hong scheduled to attend. The panel discussion should address sticky issues like the presence of abused women among the homeless and whether the mentally ill can be expected to find work. Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., 206-682-7395. $23 for CityClub members, $33 for non-members. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thu. March 25.
Current Trends in Doing Business in Japan Davis Wright Tremaine partner Christopher Helm and other local business luminaries will discuss the topic du jour at this World Trade Club dinner. World Trade Center, 2200 Alaskan Way (Suite 410), 206-686-3736. $35 for WTC members; $45 for non-members; $50 at the door. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thu. March 25.
Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards This networking dinner and mini-seminar, presented by the American Society of Women in Accounting, details the ins and outs of serving on the board of a nonprofit organization, with an emphasis on reducing "your personal liability for actions taken" by the board as a whole. The College Club, 505 Madison St., 206-467-8645. $25 for ASWA members, $27 for guests (includes dinner). 5:30 p.m. Wed. March 25.
Washington News Council Mock Hearing Bainbridge High School students recreate the case of Washington Beef Commission and Washington Dairy Products Commission vs. KIRO-TV. 9330 N.E. High School Rd., 206-842-0985. Free admission. 7:45 a.m. Fri. March 26.
All School Shabbat Dinner Like Shabbat with training wheels, this large-scale version of the Jewish day-of-rest celebration is open to families with little Sabbath-observing experience. Jewish Community Center, 8606 35th Ave. N.E., 206-526-8073. $20 per family for JCC members, $25 per family for non-members. 5-7 p.m. Fri. March 26.
Helen Thomas During her lengthy tenure as the White House bureau chief for UPI, Thomas observed the inner workings of the executive and legislative branches as closely as anyone. She'll likely stick to the latter branch at this lecture, intended as a complement to MOHAI's "Changing the Face of Power" exhibit, which profiles prominent female senators. The exhibit includes photos by Melina Mara and interviews conducted by Thomas. (See Geov Parrish's column.) 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $25 in advance for MOHAI members, $35 for non-members; $30/$40 at the door. 7 p.m. Fri. March 26.
Chagdud Khadro The female Buddhist lama speaks on reincarnation. Nalandabodhi Center, 3902 Woodland Park Ave., 206-368-7974. $15 suggested donation. 7:30 p.m. Fri. March 26.
Seattle Audubon Plant Sale The annual bazaar of greenery with plants to suit any garden, including Northwest species and organic vegetable starter kits. Proceeds support the Audubon Society. Seattle Audubon Center, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., 206-634-1370. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. March 27.
Banned Booty Political art at the Museum of Flight. Installation artist Steve Maloney riffs on post-9/11 homeland security and travel with mixed-media works encompassing sculpture, video, et al. The best part? Maloney's art is made from the 270 pounds of confiscated stuff he got from the Transportation Security Administration. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6.50 for youth (5-17). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. March 27-Sun. July 11.
Seattle Parks Foundation Walk & Talk Stroll through Camp Long on SPF's inaugural lecture-hike, which will address issues surrounding urban wildlife. Walk begins at 5200 35th Ave. S.W., 206-332-9900. Free admission. 2-4 p.m. Sat. March 27.
James Carville & Mary Matalin Carville and Matalin bill themselves as "Washington's most animated power couple," and for good reason. The sardonic Democratic consultant (and supposed inspiration for Billy Bob's character in Primary Colors) and the no-nonsense Cheney advisor and GOP personality are co-authors (of the campaign memoir All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President), and tonight they're co-speakers, with a sure-to-be-lively Q&A to follow. McCaw Hall, 300 Mercer St., 206-628-0888. $35-$75. 8 p.m. Sat. March 27.
Hossein Omoumi: Sufi Poetry and Persian Music Acclaimed musician Omoumi sings and plays the ney, a bamboo flute; his music was featured on the soundtrack of Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. He'll be joined by a sitar player and a percussionist at this celebration of traditional Persian songs and literature. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $13 in advance for Town Hall members, $16 for non-members ($18/$15 at the door). 8 p.m. Sat. March 27.
Celebrate Woodinville This town festival is actually an omnibus of civic events, including a Kiwanis pancake breakfast; the Basset Hound Brigade, a 21-year tradition (!); a "cityhood celebration" at City Hall; and the 26th annual All Fools' Day Parade. Various venues throughout Woodinville, 425-481-8300. Free admission to most events. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. March 27.
Live From Louisiana! Creole dance, cuisine, and music should make this New Orleans-themed festival—only a little bit late for Mardi Gras—a hoot and a zydeco holler. Immaculate Conception Church, 820 18th Ave., 206-860-8714. $15. 2 p.m.-midnight. Sat. March 27.
Cross Dress Bowling This fundraiser for Seattle Art Car Blowout 2004 "features bad drag, worse bowling, and good times for all participants." 1130 Broadway Ave. E., 206-322-2296. $15 (does not include shoes, alcohol, or food). 7-10 p.m. Sun. March 28.
The Role of the Reporter: Journalistic Ethics, Objectivity, Accuracy, and Fairness Another of Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council's timely forums, this panel discussion features Seattle Weekly reporter Philip Dawdy, Seattle Post-Intelligencer foreign desk editor Larry Johnson, Seattle Pacific University journalism instructor Rick Jackson, and other local voices. The blind ambition of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair surely will figure in the discussion at some point. Bainbridge Commons, 402 Brian Dr. (Bainbridge Island), 206-842-7901. $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors. 7 p.m. Mon. March 29.
Living Colors: Affirmative Action in Washington Colors NW magazine and Town Hall team up for this forum concerning Initiative 200, the 1999 measure that illegalized the use of race as a factor in hiring and academic admissions. Focusing on a federal court ruling that threatens the 5-year-old measure, the event includes a panel of legal and political experts, students, and teachers. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Mon. March 29.
Alaskan Way Viaduct Project Meeting Curious citizens may attend this meeting regarding the infamous but indispensable waterfront eyesore. Mayor Greg Nickels and other city leaders will attend, but the public is requested to simply observe, as this is not a Q&A. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. Free admission. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wed. March 31.