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National Croquet Championships And where else but Kirkland to hold them? Practitioners of the sport made infamous in Heathers knock dense wooden balls through wickets with mallets for the better part of a week. Puget Sound Croquet Club, 10229 136th Ave. N.E. (Kirkland), 425-885-7027. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed., June 1-Sun., June 5.
Internet Safety Forum Teri Schroeder, CEO of the nonprofit foundation i-SAFE, leads a community meeting at Bellevue Regional Library on how to protect children from the dangers of the Web. 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (Bellevue), 425-450-1765. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. Wed., June 1.
Environmental Forum However Dubya may feel about the Kyoto Protocol, there's plenty of support for it here, as you'll learn at an evening of talks on alternative transportation, "Personalizing Kyoto: Beyond Fossil Fuel." Sponsored by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Pier 69, 206-789-7646. $10 ($5 BALLE members). 5:30-8 p.m. Wed., June 1.
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka When you and your kid fight over curfew, it's a golden opportunity for both of you to learn "important life skills," according to her new book, Raising Your Spirited Child. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-675-3370. $15 ($12 advance). 7 p.m. Wed., June 1.
Dr. Dei Smith The naturopath helps you figure out whether your problem with peanuts, berries, or dairy is a true allergy or just an intolerance. Natural Health Center, 8401 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-523-4890. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., June 1.
Zoology Lecture "Butterflies of the Puerto Vallarta and Mismaloya Areas of Northwest Mexico" is the subject of this talk sponsored by the Washington Butterfly Association. Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., 206-364-4935. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., June 1.
FutureLab Check out inventions of the past and innovations of tomorrow at a traveling science fair at Roosevelt High School. Pavilions include "Robotech," "Beyond DNA," and "Virtual Realities." 4400 Interlake Ave. N., 206-252-4898. Free. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs., June 2. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., June 3.
Allied Victory Tour The Museum of Flight commemorates the end of World War II by hosting the famed B-17 Fuddy Duddy warplane, which saw action in the Pacific Theater and was used thereafter by several American generals. (For a cool $395, visitors can even fly aboard the plane.) 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $6 ($5 students). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., June 2-Mon., June 6.
Mata Amritanandamayi India's answer to Mother Teresa, the woman widely known as "the hugging saint" visits Burien and Tacoma to dole out "tender embraces" (hence the nickname) and speak about her humanitarian work, most recently helping tsunami victims. 460 S.W. 152nd St. (Burien), 206-799-6846. Free. 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 2. Pacific Lutheran University, 1010 122nd St. S. (Tacoma), 206-799-6846. Free. 6:30 p.m. Sun., June 5.
Anniversary/Dedication Ceremony The South Seattle Community College Arboretum turns 25 this year; to celebrate, SSCC unveils the Arb's new Coenosium Rock Garden, which boasts an unusual variety of dwarf conifers. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5809. Free. 1-4 p.m. Thurs., June 2.
Transit Forum Get the skinny on Sound Transit's plans to improve the region's transportation. Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way (Bellevue), 206-398-5000. Free. 5-7 p.m. Thurs., June 2. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., 206-398-5000. Free. 5-7 p.m. Wed., June 8.
Science Seminar Highline Community College concludes its spring seminar series with "Geocaching," which involves using GPS to find hidden containers of trinkets, presented by a trio of HCC professors. 2400 S. 240th St. (Des Moines), 206-878-3710, ext. 3513. Free. 2:10-3 p.m. Fri., June 3.
Environmental Forum Learn about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a hot topic ever since Dubya set his oil-drilling sights on it. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Alaska Wilderness League, and other nonprofits, this event includes screenings of two ANWR documentaries, with discussion to follow. Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. (Room N201), 425-269-0810. Free. 7-9:30 p.m. Fri., June 3.
Film Screening Socialist Alternative joins the University of Washington's Youth Against War and Racism group in presenting Stanley Kubrick's 1957 World War I saga Paths of Glory. UW Savery Hall (Room 239), 206-293-8389. $5-$10 (sliding scale). 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 3.
Teen Link Benefit World Poetry Slam champion Buddy Wakefield, MC Geologic of the Seattle hip-hop group Blue Scholars, and various performance poets are scheduled to appear at this fund-raiser for Teen Link, a nonprofit youth crisis hot line. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 206-684-4757. $15 ($5 youth under 21). 8-11 p.m. Fri., June 3.
Beach Naturalist Program Take a good look at the flora and fauna of the marine ecosystem during a beach visit led by trained volunteers. Participating beaches in Seattle: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.), Carkeek Park (950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd.), Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl. N.W.), and South Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave. S.W.). Call 206-296-8359 for more info. Free. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., June 4-Sun., June 5.
Comic Book Workshop Dying to be the next Daniel Clowes? Turn your angst, dark humor, and hipster leanings into art with help from "comics expert" Phil Folio, who'll aid you in developing a storyline and mastering the basics of drawing. Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N. (Third Level), 206-724-3428. $30 ($25 SFM members). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., June 4.
Garden Tour See how the other half landscapes during Seattle Pacific University's annual tour of residential gardens in Queen Anne and Magnolia, led by SPU head gardener Jeff Daley (following a brief introduction by local garden writer Debra Prinzing). Meet at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., 206-281-2138. $25 ($20 advance). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., June 4.
Medieval Faire As long as that old corset or tunic still fits, you're ready to attend this yearly journey to the Middle Ages hosted by the Society of Creative Anachronism. Attractions include fencing tourneys, wandering minstrels, "lovely ladies," dancing, and archery. Port Gamble, Wash. (visit www.medievalfaire.org for directions), 360-297-7135. Free (plus $3 parking). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., June 4-Sun., June 5.
Seattle Buddhist Festival Curious about meditation, Zen, and Eastern philosophy? Teachers from different schools of Buddhist thought will be on hand to impart the basics; you can also witness a Japanese archery ceremony, participate in a Tibetan prayer flag workshop, and visit the Seattle Asian Art Museum's Buddhist art exhibit at no cost. Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E. (Amphitheatre), 206-368-7974. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., June 4.
UFO/Paranormal Conference and Sasquatch Symposium On Saturday, check out the latest evidence of extraterrestrial life and attend a lecture by Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center. On Sunday, examine the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, regarded as the most valid proof of Bigfoot's existence, and chat with one of its makers, Robert Gimlin. Both events are sponsored by the Museum of the Mysteries. Seattle Center (Northwest Rooms), 206-328-6499. $50 day pass ($40 MOM members) or $12 ($10) per speaker. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat., June 4-Sun., June 5.
Community Summits The local chapter of the League of Women Voters hosts two nonpartisan forums (in Seattle and Bellevue) that address the sticky relationship between homeland security and civil liberties. (Lunch provided onsite.) Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. Free. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat., June 4. Bellevue Community College, 300 Landerholm Circle S.E., 206-329-4848. Free. 1-6 p.m. Sun., June 5.
In the Mix At Capitol Hill's War Room, the local chapter of the Recording Academy hosts a "mixer" and Q&A session with prominent hip-hop producers Jake One, Kev Brown, Vitamin D, and BeanOne. (Party to follow.) 722 E. Pike St., 206-834-1000. Free. Mixer/Q&A: 5-7 p.m. Party: 7 p.m. Sat., June 4.
Greg Palmer The radio humorist and author discusses his new book, Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age With Down Syndrome, to accompany a benefit auction sponsored by Arc of King County, a nonprofit assisting people with disabilities. Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., 206-364-6337. $85. Reception: 5 p.m. Auction: 6 p.m. Sat., June 4.
Star Trek Screening Now that the legendary sci-fi series has come to an end, take a nostalgic trip back to the original episodes, several of which will be screened tonight, and discuss them with fellow Trekkies at the Science Fiction Museum. 325 Fifth Ave. N. (JBL Theater), 206-724-3428. Free. 3-5 p.m. Sun., June 5.
Business Workshop CEOs Jason Finnis (of Vancouver, B.C.'s Hemptown), Grant Watkinson (of Oregon's Coastwide Laboratories), and Michelle Rupp (of Seattle's Nowogroski Rupp Insurance Agency) talk about effectively blending business savvy with environmental awareness. Center for Ethical Leadership, 1401 E. Jefferson St. (#505), 206-328-2030. $50. 4:30 p.m. Tues., June 7.
Michael Eric Dyson The author and "hip-hop intellectual," whose résumé makes him sound like a cooler Cornel West, discusses his new book, Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?). Sponsored by Foolproof. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $15 ($10 Foolproof members). 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 8.
Richard Rappaport In his new book, Nerve Endings: The Discovery of the Synapse, the neurosurgeon profiles two pioneers in the field of brain science. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 8.