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Spring Open House Shepherd's Counseling Services, a nonprofit that provides help to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, invites the public to learn more about its services and resources. 2601 Broadway Ave. E., 206-323-7131. Free. 5:30–8 p.m. Wed., May 12.
Volunteer Action Night Learn what you and your family can do to better Seattle at a community get-together hosted by the Fremont Public Association. 1501 N. 45th St., 206-694-6825. Free. 6-8 p.m. Wed., May 12.
Parenting Lecture "Babies, Brains, and How We Help Them Learn" is the title of this talk by Andrew Meltzhoff and Patricia Kuhl, part of ParentMap's spring series of talks on the subject of raising kids. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-369-7190. $15. 7-9 p.m. Wed., May 12.
Bruce Lincoln The University of Chicago divinity prof considers the use of "religious speech" as a rationale for violence, from ancient Persia to the 21st century. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-4835. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.
Living Fully in Fearful Times Easier said than done. Seattle University hosts a forum led by Lisa Firestone and Joyce Catlett, authors of a recent book on death anxiety. Schafer Auditorium (SU campus), 206-296-6000. $5 suggested donation. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.
Walter Russell Mead The foreign-policy giant dissects Dubya's tactical maneuvers against the terrorist threat, emphasizing how the best-laid strategies can break down on their way to becoming policy. Mead's recent book, Power, Terror, Peace, and War, addresses these issues head on. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-624-6600. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.
Rudolf Steiner Lecture Joan Almon of the Seattle Anthroposophical Society recaps the life and work of Steiner (1861–1925), who established the Waldorf educational philosophy and was a prominent thinker in medicine, arts, and religion. Seattle Waldorf School, 2728 N.E. 100th St., 206-366-8356. Free ($10 donation suggested). 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.
Conference on Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Health Sponsored by the Institute for Integral Development, the 17th installment of this annual event features workshops on a vast assortment of mental-health topics, including every imaginable addiction and the impact disordered behavior can have on family relationships. DoubleTree Hotel, 300 112th Ave. S.E., 425-455-1300. $115/day. Thurs., May 13-Sat., May 15.
John Stossel The tireless consumer advocate and 20/20 correspondent on ABC talks about muckraking and the slaughter of sacred cows at a luncheon sponsored by the Discovery Institute. Sheraton Seattle, 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-292-0401 ext. 111. $75 (includes lunch). 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thurs., May 13.
Governor's Forum Gov. Gary Locke leads a public discussion of the U.S. Ocean Policy Commission's new guidelines for Puget Sound coast conservation. Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way (Pier 59), 206-386-4314. Free. 3-6 p.m. Thurs., May 13.
Wallenberg Dinner The 13th edition of this yearly dinner features a lecture by Michael Top, a Polish émigré whose family was resettled to Norway during World War II. Top will discuss the experience after a bountiful smorgasbord provided by IKEA. All proceeds benefit the Holocaust Educational Resource Center and the Jewish Historical Society. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. $35. 5:30 p.m. Thurs., May 13.
Transportation Forum A discussion of Sound Transit, Metro Transit, and the Seattle Monorail Project, organized by various Capitol Hill community groups. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway Ave. E., 206-587-3800. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., May 13.
Green Home Remodel The city of Seattle is sponsoring a series of free workshops aimed at residents looking to make their homes and gardens a little Earth-friendlier. The program kicks off with a tutorial on eco-conscious remodeling, taught by Seattle Pacific University's Thor Peterson and Melinda Sheel of the Environmental Home Center. Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd., 206-684-0877. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., May 13.
Ian Reader The Lancaster University professor examines the multifaceted significance of terrorist acts in a lecture titled "Rhetoric, Symbolism, and the Dynamics of Religious Terrorism." Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-4835. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 13.
Crisis in Health Care "Solutions to Covering the Uninsured" is the theme of this CityClub luncheon forum, which includes a panel of public-health experts led by Washington Health Foundation policy coordinator Don Sloma. Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Ave. (75th floor), 206-682-7395. $40 ($30 for CityClub members). Noon-1:30 p.m. Fri., May 14.
The Art of Resistance Billed as "the first-ever multimedia political artists' conference," this two-day event combines photography, theater, poetry, music, and a variety of other art forms with social-justice workshops. Arts Brewery, 3100 Airport Way S., 206-208-4241. $30 (sliding scale available). 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., May 15. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., May 16.
Rethinking "American" Conference This daylong contemplation of American identity, sponsored by the Dialogue Project (www.dialogueproject.org), will explore the meaning of patriotism and the oft-blurry line between citizenship and illegal-immigrant status. Kane Hall and Parrington Hall (UW campus), 206-228-5248. Free. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., May 15.
Latina Health Fair Free child care is available at this annual convention, which spotlights medical and psychological concerns specific to women of Latin descent. Seahawks Stadium/Exhibition Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 206-216-2897. Free. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat., May 15.
Queen Anne Tree walk Explore the leafy splendor of Queen Anne on a "self-guided walking tour" through the neighborhood's parks and outdoor art installations. Walk begins at Caffe Ladro, 600 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-284-7203. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., May 15.
University District Street Fair Past fairs have featured capoeira performances, tremendous feats of juggling, and unusual foodstuffs and art forms. University Way N.E. (between N.E. Campus Parkway and N.E. 50th St.), 206-547-4417. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., May 15. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., May 16.
Rainbow Center Conference The Tacoma LGBT organization presents its first annual conference, scheduled to cover everything from HIV prevention to gay marriage. 917 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), 253-383-2318. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., May 15.
Skate March on City Hall Skateboarders and those who support them are likely to join this afternoon protest calling for additional skate parks in the city. The march becomes a roving celebration at 3 p.m., with a punk show at the Funhouse preceding a 9 p.m. set at the Sunset Tavern featuring Mudhoney and the Spits, among others. March begins at 12:30 p.m. at SeaSkate Park, Fifth Ave. N. and Republican St., 206-550-7589. March and 3 p.m. show at Funhouse (206 Fifth Ave. N., 206-374-8400) are free; 9 p.m. show at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-4880) costs $10. Sat., May 15.
Hebolb PowWow This daylong celebration features Plains and Northwest Indian traditions, including "dancing, drumming, singing, and arts and crafts." Everett Community College Sports Center, 1220 Rockefeller Ave. (Everett), 425-388-9268. Free. Grand Entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat., May 15.
UW Slavic Fest Learn Croatian dancing or Russian piroshki-making—or just take in a performance by the Balkan Cabaret—at the University of Washington's celebration of Eastern Europe. Saturday events (1 p.m.-midnight) at Polish Home in Seattle, 1714 18th Ave. Sunday parade begins at 3 p.m. at Drumheller Fountain (UW campus). Admission fees vary for Saturday activities; Sunday activities are free. www.washington.edu/alumni/clubs/slavic/2004fest.html. Sat., May 15-Sun., May 16.
Parapsychology Testing Find out if you have ESP at a session with longtime "clairsentient" Chantelle Rose Valentine-La Vorie, hosted by the Museum of the Mysteries. 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-328-6499. $2 admission. 7-9 p.m. Sat., May 15.
What Can You Do in the Fight Against Global Poverty? The Northwest Women's Initiative for Education (a division of CARE) has some answers, courtesy of several CARE volunteers who recently visited Washington, D.C., on a fact-finding mission. Bellevue Barnes & Noble, 626 106th Ave. N.E., 425-451-8463. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Sun., May 16.
Ye Yushan The Social Realist sculptor delivers a talk and slide show on public artwork. Sponsored by the University of Washington's School of Art. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-0997. Free. 7 p.m. Mon., May 17. The following day, the artist unveils a statue of Chinese poet Li Bai in the courtyard outside the library at South Seattle Community College. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-282-8040 ext. 100. Free. 2 p.m. Tues., May 18.
Thomas J. Cogan At the Museum of Flight, the Boeing engineer discusses his company's new 7E7 "Dreamliner" model, touted as the most efficient airline-grade plane ever designed. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Tues., May 18.
Great Jewish Women Leaders Longtime teacher Stan Briller discusses the achievements of 36 prominent women in Jewish history. Natalie Portman, alas, did not make the cut. JCC Mercer Island, 3801 E. Mercer Way, 206-232-7115 ext. 269. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Wed., May 19.