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Literacy Workshop Non-English speakers are invited to attend a free conference on family literacy, led by Dr. John Medina, a cognitive expert and the founder of Seattle's Talaris Research Institute. The event includes a variety of ESL–related workshops and resource tables. John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 Third Ave. S., www.helpmeread.org. Free admission. 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Wed., April 21.
Bev Harris and Andy Stephenson The coauthors of Black Box Voting: Ballot-Tampering in the 21st Century talk about voting-machine corruption, a subject that recently made the cover of SW. Shoreline Community College (campus theater), 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-546-4717. Free admission. 12:30 p.m. Wed., April 21.
Michael Schudson As the 2004 election nears and Bush, Ashcroft, and company occupy the hot seat at hearings and press conferences, being an informed citizen seems more important than ever. But what does "informed" really mean these days? UC–San Diego prof Schudson offers his 2 cents at a lecture titled: "The Ideal of 'The Informed Citizen.'" Kane Hall (UW campus), Room 120, 206-616-1825. Free admission. 7 p.m. Wed., April 21.
Rachel Simmons The author of Odd Girl Out elaborates on issues raised in her book, a study of female bullying. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-675-3364. In advance: $15 for adults, $7 for youth. At the door: $18/$10. 7 p.m. Wed., April 21.
Brian Tolle The designer behind New York City's Irish Hunger Memorial addresses the subject of public art at a lecture sponsored by the University of Washington School of Art. Architecture Hall Auditorium (UW campus), 206-543-0997. Free admission. 7 p.m. Wed., April 21.
Transform Health Project A chance for transgender individuals to discuss relevant health and wellness concerns with a nurse, a doctor, a naturopath, and each other, this meeting inaugurates a monthly support group. LGBT Community Center, 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-6540. Free admission. 7–9 p.m. Wed., April 21.
Michael Parenti The noted political analyst has a bone to pick with the U.S. government and its control over major media, and he'll discuss it at a lecture titled: "When America Rules the World: A Dissent." Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-546-4606. $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, $5 for SCC students. 7:30 p.m. Wed., April 21.
Closing the Achievement Gap Longtime educator Crystal Kuykendall, whose extensive résumé encompasses elementary school as well as college academics, addresses the struggle of teachers and parents against scholastic underachievement at a one-day conference sponsored by Seattle Pacific University. Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., 206-281-2274. $175. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Thurs., April 22.
How We All Suffer When the News is Bad As demonstrated by the sad tale of Michael Kelly, the former New Republic editor immortalized in Shattered Glass and killed on assignment in Iraq in 2003, many journalists face great bodily harm in the course of doing their job. At this Town Hall luncheon, Roger Simpson, director of the UW's Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, will speak on the dangers of the reporting trade and how to cope with them. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-328-3020. $25 (includes lunch). 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Thurs., April 22.
Sino-Japanese Relations Lecture Series UC–Santa Barbara history prof Josh Fogel contemplates 19th-century military skirmishes between China and Japan at a talk sponsored by the University of Washington's Asian studies programs. Parrington Hall (UW campus), 206-543-6938. Free admission. 3:30–5 p.m. Thurs., April 22.
Crisis Clinic 40th Anniversary Benefit For four decades, the volunteer-powered Crisis Clinic has offered 24/7 intervention services for teens, those contemplating suicide, and a variety of other troubled souls. Now local radio celeb (and Almost Live alum) Pat Cashman is hosting the clinic's gala anniversary bash, a pay-what-you-can fund-raiser offering both schmoozing and crisis education. Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Pier 66, 206-461-3210 ext. 605. Donations appreciated. 5:30 p.m. Thurs., April 22.
Fareed Zakaria The author of The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad hopes to upend our assumptions concerning democracy as a political panacea. "What about elected dictatorships?" he asks. "Civic apathy?" Zakaria will discuss these and other alternatives at a talk cosponsored by the UW's Jackson School of International Studies. Kane Hall (UW campus), Room 120, 206-543-4370. Free admission. 7 p.m. Thurs., April 22.
Journey to a Hate-Free Millennium This screening of an "interactive multimedia documentary" with an antidiscrimination message is hosted by Green River Community College. Lindbloom Student Center (GRCC campus), 12401 S.E. 320th St., 253-833-9111 ext. 2400. $10. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 22.
Northwest Wilderness Conference The annual inquiry into the "protection and maintenance of existing wilderness areas" convenes this year at the Seattle Mountaineers headquarters. 300 Third Ave. W., www.2004wilderness.org. One-day passes are $35. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., April 23. 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat., April 24.
Coalition for a Healthy and Active America Meeting The hot-button issue of childhood obesity comes to the fore at an informational session sponsored by the Washington chapter of CHAA. Downtown YMCA, 909 Fourth Ave., 206-282-1990. Free admission. 9–10:30 a.m. Fri., April 23.
Women in Trades Fair This all-day event, now in its 25th year, offers career-oriented women a chance to explore a wide variety of professions through workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits. Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center), 206-903-9508. Free admission. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., April 23.
International Day of Action Against Caterpillar Local activists will gather in Westlake Park today to protest the sale of bulldozers to the Israeli army (and the resulting acts of violence against Palestinians). The event is sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Committee of Seattle. Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, www.riseup.net. Free admission. 11 a.m. Fri., April 23.
Bastyr University Conference In this age of Atkins addiction, the underlying premise of Bastyr's all-day conference ("Diet and exercise form the foundation of a healthy and vibrant life") is a breath of unpolluted air. The event includes lectures and panels on subjects ranging from Eastern medicine and the "New Wellness Paradigm" (i.e., not all who are overweight are unhealthy) to, yes, those darn carbs. 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E. (Kenmore), 425-602-3298. $90. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sat., April 24.
March of Dimes WalkAmerica The venerable fund-raiser to fight newborn death begins and ends at Seahawks Stadium; the walk covers five miles. Find sponsors and register online, or pay $25 at the door—either way, it's for a good cause. 800 Occidental Ave. S., 800-291-DIME, www.walkamerica.org. 9 a.m. Sat., April 24.
UW Health Sciences Open House Former Husky hoops star Kayla Burt and University of Washington medicine prof Peter Kudenchuk will discuss cardiac arrest—which Burt suffered two years ago—and the causes and treatments that surround it. The daylong open house also includes demonstrations of new research and technology in the field of health sciences. UW Health Sciences Center (Hogness Auditorium), 1959 N.E. Pacific St., 206-685-9419. Free admission. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., April 24.
Camera Sale, Swap, and Show The nonprofit Puget Sound Photographic Collectors Society sponsors a swap meet for shutterbugs. Western Washington Fairgrounds Pavilion, Ninth Avenue and Meridian Street (Puyallup), 253-564-4046. $5. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., April 24.
Family Science Day The Seattle Aquarium helps families celebrate Earth Day with special activities for kids, one of which will reveal the answer to that age-old question: "What happens to fish when lightning hits the ocean?" 1483 Alaskan Way (Pier 59), 206-386-4320. $11.50 for adults, $7.50 for youth. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat., April 24.
Kubota Garden Tour Explore the 20-acre South Seattle Japanese garden at no cost; highlights include streams, waterfalls, "and an exceptionally rich and mature collection of plant material." 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, 206-725-5060. Free admission. 10 a.m. Sat., April 24.
Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet Trade cabooses and locomotives with other model-train enthusiasts at the 13th edition of this annual event. Evergreen State Fairgrounds (Monroe), 425-821-6968. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., April 24. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun., April 25.
Tour de Lopez See Lopez Island from a bicycle at the inaugural cross-isle bike tour. The noncompetitive group ride allows bicyclists to choose one of two routes (the standard 26-mile course or an abbreviated 10-mile run) starting at Odlin County Park and concluding with a Bay Cafe barbecue. Odlin County Park (near the ferry landing), 360-468-4040. $5/person ($10/person includes barbecue). 11 a.m. Sat., April 24.
Celebrate Cambodia! Music, games, and storytelling illuminate this festival honoring the rich and little-known culture of Cambodia. Seattle Center (Center House and Fisher Pavilion), 206-941-2428. Free admission. Noon–4 p.m. Sat., April 24.
NonViolent Resistance: Acting With Hope Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice presents a discussion forum on peaceful protest; the panel includes former naval officer John Oliveira, Arab-American activist Ibrahim al-Husseini, and Judith Kolokoff, ex-director of the American Friends Service Committee. Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way S.W., 206-763-1088. Free admission. 2:30–4:30 p.m. Sun., April 25.
Greg Palast The investigative reporter talks about his work uncovering government and corporate corruption, campaign finance shenanigans, and the evils of globalization. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. Free admission. Noon Tues., April 27.
David Brooks An op-ed columnist for the New York Times and a regular pundit on Jim Lehrer's NewsHour, Brooks will take questions from audience members after discussing the news of the day at a forum hosted by Seattle Pacific University. Upper Gwinn Commons (SPU campus), 206-281-2977. Free admission. 1 p.m. Tues., April 27.
Bastyr University Lecture Series "Acupuncture: Can You Feel the Needle?" is the subject of the final lecture in Bastyr's spring series. 222 Yale Ave. N., 425-602-3075. $20. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tues., April 27.
Living with Beavers Workshop "The basics of beaver biology" are yours to explore at two separate sessions focusing on human-beaver cohabitation in urban areas. Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-4075. Free admission. 6:30–9 p.m. Tues., April 27 and Thurs., April 29.
Science Forum Lecture Series The University of Washington series continues with a lecture by biochem prof Alan Weiner, who will discuss "How Our Cells Write, Read, Copy, and Store Genetic Information." Kane Hall, Room 130 (UW campus); visit www.UWalum.com to register. Free admission. 7–8:15 p.m. Tues., April 27.
Wallingford Then and Now Historic Seattle presents a slide lecture by Paul Dorpat on the evolution of one of Seattle's livelier neighborhoods. Hamilton Middle School Auditorium, 1610 N. 41st St., 206-622-6952. $12 ($8 for Historic Seattle members). 7–9 p.m. Tues., April 27.
Jane Goodall The renowned naturalist may discuss chimp sanctuaries and primate research at the Paramount Theatre tonight, but she might just as well talk about the future of her work, which includes a tentative plan to study wolves. 911 Pine St., 206-682-1414. $28–$56. 7:30 p.m. Tues., April 27.
Arianna Huffington Conservative-turned-populist Huffington returns to Seattle to build buzz for her new muckraking tome, Fanatics & Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $15. 7:30 p.m. Tues., April 27.