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Clean Elections Party In Maine and Arizona, reform legislation has successfully cleaned up elections. Could it work in Washington, too? Hear a short talk at University Baptist Church, then mix and mingle at the home of low-income housing activist David Bloom. Sponsored by Washington Public Campaigns. 4554 12th Ave. N.E., 206-322-4229. $35 (suggested; no one turned away). 7 p.m. Wed., June 22.
Dr. Thomas McCormick The University of Washington physician discusses the relationship between spirituality and physical health. Gilda's Club, 1400 Broadway Ave., 206-709-1400. Free (registration required). 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., June 22.
HRC Benefit Auction Bid on art donated by Square Room owners Leif Holland and Brian McGuffey to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign. 1316 E. Pike St., 206-267-7120. Free. 6-9 p.m. Thurs., June 23.
Benjamin Barber In a forum on defining democracy, the political thinker and author (Building a Strong Democracy in a World of Malevolent Interdependence) joins Miles Rappaport and Linda Tar-Whalen of the public-policy research group Demos. Central Library (Microsoft Auditorium), 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., June 23.
Abrahamic Voices of Peace Sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, three Israeli spiritual leaders—Father George Khoury, Imam Ghassan Manasra, and Rabbi Ariel Picard—discuss the struggle for peace in the Middle East. Warwick Hotel (Cambridge Room), Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street, 206-622-6315 ext. 3. $25 ($20 AJC members; fee includes luncheon). Noon-1:30 p.m. Fri., June 24. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., 206-325-6051. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sun., June 26.
Luncheon Forum "Transportation: As We Move Forward" is the theme of this CityClub panel discussion featuring state Rep. Ed Murray, chair of the House Transportation Committee; Janet Ray of Washington AAA; Aaron Ostrom of the local conservation group FutureWise; and Puget Sound Regional Council member Bob Drewel. Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., 206-682-7395. $40 ($30 CityClub members). Noon-1:30 p.m. Fri., June 24.
Seattle History in Pictures Photographer Larry Hoffman and historian Paul Dorpat evoke Seattle's early days through words and images. Hamilton House Senior Center, 5225 15th Ave. N.W., 206-524-0473. Free. 1 p.m. Fri., June 24.
Fashion Show Models strut the catwalk in new styles from Seattle's Nuvo Moda boutique at this Pride Week benefit for the National AIDS Fund. Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-621-1770. Free ($5 per drink). 5-7 p.m. Fri., June 24.
Protest Vigil Amnesty International Puget Sound hosts a ceremony to honor victims and survivors of torture; the program includes speakers and a reading of Amnesty's "Statement to Denounce Torture." Red Square (University of Washington campus), 206-234-8013. Free. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., June 24.
SAF Neighborhood Tour The Seattle Architectural Foundation's summer tour series continues with "A Cut Above," a guided stroll through Montlake. (Preregistration is required!)Meet at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 206-667-9184. $20. 8:30 a.m. (check-in). Sat., June 25.
Celebrity Football Clinic Kids 6 to 13 can get tips on kicking, tackling, and other gridiron skills from Seahawks Solomon Bates, Seneca Wallace, Floyd Womack, et al. Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St., 206-684-4788. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., June 25.
Arctic Family Weekend Themed activities and crafts projects for youngsters, the exhibit "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land," by acclaimed photographer Subhankar Banerjee, for their parents. Burke Museum, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, 206-543-5590. $6.50 ($5 seniors, $4 students/youth). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., June 25-Sun., June 26.
Exhibit Opening The Museum of History and Industry unveils its new exhibit, "Affordable Housing: Designing an American Asset." 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $7 ($5 seniors/youth). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Sat., June 25-Sun., Aug. 28.
Kubota Garden Tour Take a guided stroll around the South End's largest authentic Japanese garden. Renton Avenue South and 55th Avenue South, 206-725-5060. Free. 10 a.m. Sat., June 25.
Use It Again, Seattle! Bring "clean items in good working condition" to West Seattle High School, go home with something new to you. 3000 California Ave. S.W., 206-615-0701. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., June 25.
Gardening Seminar Candy Criddle of Swanson's Nursery leads a class on "Edible Flowers." 9701 15th Ave. N.W., 206-838-2722. Free. 11 a.m. Sat., June 25.
Seattle Trolley Tour Hop a restored trackless trolley bus for a four-hour joyride around the city, led by volunteers from the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association. Meet at Second Avenue South and South Main Street, 206-684-1816. $5 ($4 seniors/children). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., June 25.
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. Noon-4 p.m. Sat., June 25. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sun., June 26.
P-Patch Fund-raiser Music, balloons, Southeast Asian food, and a Q&A with expert gardeners await you at a benefit for the Hillman City P-Patch. 46th Avenue South and South Lucille Street, 206-684-0264. Pay what you can. 2-4 p.m. Sat., June 25.
Frater Haquan The psychiatrist and author (Eros, Neurobiology, and Magick) discusses the relationship between science, emotion, and "magickal" ability in a talk at Edge of the Circle Books. 701 E. Pike St., 206-726-1999. $10. 4-6 p.m. Sat., June 25.
Queer Women's Rally and March Listen to speakers at the rally, then march down the hill to Westlake Park. Rally begins at 5:30 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway Ave., 206-587-3800. Free. March begins at 7 p.m. Sat., June 25.
Seth MacFarlane Who could have known six years ago that a disdainful talking baby would become one of the funniest characters on TV? The creator of The Family Guy, that's who. In an appearance at the Paramount Theatre, he discusses (and shows clips from) the series that made him an almost-household name and talks about his new show, American Dad, which debuted in April. 901 Pine St., 206-628-0888. $17.50-$35. 8 p.m. Sat., June 25.
Midsommarfest How Swede it is! Enjoy traditional dance, music, games, and food from the land of the Volvo at Kenmore's St. Edward State Park. 14445 Juanita Dr. N.E. (Kenmore), 425-823-2992. $8 (free for teens and under). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., June 26.
Magic Lantern As the Frye Art Museum concludes its discussion series on visual art, host Robert Horton is joined by Frye curator Robin Held, who'll discuss the museum's exhibit of subversive artwork from Slovenia's Neue Slowenische Kunst movement. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. Free. 2 p.m. Sun., June 26.
The Way We Were Not a Barbra Streisand–themed cabaret but a reunion, talk (by local attorney Murray Guterson), film screening, and swing dance in honor of Seattle's World War II–era Jewish youth groups. Hillel House, 4745 17th Ave. N.E., 206-232-7782. Free. 2:30 p.m. Sun., June 26.
Baseball PanelSeattle Post-Intelligencer sports columnist Art Theil chats onstage with Sports Illustrated staffer Frank Deford about the latter's new book, The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball, and how the sport has changed since then. Sponsored by Foolproof. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $25. 7:30 p.m. Sun., June 26.
Patricia Greenfield Presented by the Seattle Textile and Rug Society, the UCLA professor and author (Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas) discusses her field work studying textile design in Mexico. Burke Museum, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, 206-543-5590. $5 (free for STRS members). 7 p.m. Mon., June 27.
Luncheon Forum Local participants in the Marshall Memorial Fellows program, which immerses young Americans in European politics, talk about the experience in a panel led by journalist Margaret Larson and sponsored by CityClub. Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., 206-682-7395. $34 ($24 CityClub members). Noon-1:30 p.m. Tues., June 28.
Manure Workshop Get your hands dirty at a class titled "Using Composted Livestock Manure," taught by Washington State University "soil scientist" Andy Bary. Kelsey Creek Farm, 13204 S.E. Eighth Pl. (Bellevue), 206-205-3105. Free. 6-8 p.m. Tues., June 28.
World War II Lecture Series University of Washington history professor John Findlay talks about how the war affected the Northwest, both economically and socially. UW Kane Hall (Room 130), 206-543-0540. $15 ($12 UWAA members, $5 UW students). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tues., June 28.
Information Session Learn about Global Citizen Journey, a service organization that deploys volunteers to developing nations for humanitarian projects. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-789-8697. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., June 29.