Anime and Animals

Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2005

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Anime Event The Science Fiction Museum hosts a tribute to the 20-year-old Japanese animation studio Robotech. A screening of clips from Robotech films will be followed by the presentation of a plaque to the studio's producers. Science Fiction Museum (JBL Theater), 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-724-3428. Free. 5-9 p.m. Wed., Aug. 31.

Animal Contact Experience Reach out and touch an assortment of the Woodland Park Zoo's farm animals, then learn about them at a nearby exhibit. North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North, 206-684-4800. $10 ($7 kids 3 to 12). 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 1-Mon., Sept. 5.

Tim Hauf The mountaineer and photographer gives a slide-show lecture on his recent journey through the Himalayas on the treacherous Solu-Khumbu trail. Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, 206-232-7115, ext. 269. $2 (free for JCC members). 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 1.

Volunteer-N-Drink-a-Beer Help out around the NARAL Pro-Choice Washington office and get a brewski (or juice or soda) and snacks for your trouble. 811 First Ave. (Suite 456), 206-624-1990. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 1.

FTM 2005: A Gender OdysseyGender Outlaw author Kate Bornstein keynotes this national conference on transgender issues, now in its 10th year. The four-day program includes panels, workshops, discussions, and presentations on hormone therapy, surgery, coming out as trans, identity conversion, and more. Visit for information on schedule and the venues throughout Capitol Hill and downtown. $45/day ($115 full pass). Fri., Sept. 2-Mon., Sept. 5.

Northwest Nostalgia Drags Hot rods, custom cars, and old-school drag racing aplenty at Kent's Pacific Raceways. Sponsored by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. 31001 144th Ave. S.E., Kent, 253-639-5927. $25/day ($10/day for kids 7 to 12). Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Fri., Sept. 2-Sun., Sept. 4.

Cool Blast at Woodland Park Zoo Find out how penguins, grizzlies, tigers, elephants, and orangutans chill out during a day of cool-down demos. 5500 Phinney Ave. N., 206-684-4800. $10 ($7 children 3 to 12). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri., Sept. 2.

U.S. Army Soldier Show This Tacoma Dome event includes a 90-minute musical revue encompassing country, R&B, rap, rock, opera, and show tunes (!) performed, as part of a "high-energy, MTV-style production," by 16 active-duty soldiers. 2727 E. D St. (Tacoma), 253-967-5200. Free. 6:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 2.

Film Screening Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice screens Smothered, Maureen Muldaur's 2002 documentary on government attempts to censor the left-wing satire of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Discussion to follow. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl., 206-524-7753. Free. 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 2.

Walking Tour The Seattle Architecture Foundation's summer series continues with "Spaces Between Places: Parks, Plazas, and Gardens," a guided tour with an emphasis on urban planning. Meet at Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave. (Suite 300), 206-667-9184. $12 ($10 advance). 10 a.m.-noon. Sat., Sept. 3.

Dragon Boat Festival Team Survivor Northwest, a nonprofit devoted to assisting female cancer survivors, hosts a dragon-boat race featuring an appearance by Chinatown's dancing dragons. Newcastle Beach Park, 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E. (Bellevue), Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 4.

Walking Laps for Life In recognition of Suicide Awareness Day, Federal Way's Memorial Stadium hosts a walk whose participants are asked to carry a new pair of shoes in memory of someone lost to suicide. All shoes collected will be donated to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. 30611 16th Ave. S. (Federal Way), 253-838-8947. 1-4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 4.

Andrew Price and Dave Ullin Local writer Price leads an educational tour of Port Blakely Cemetery, followed by a presentation on old logging tools by woodworker Ullin. Sponsored by Bainbridge Island Historical Society. Meet at 4440 block of Old Mill Road (Bainbridge Island), 206-842-2773. $5 ($2 for those under 18). 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 4.

Music Together Class The first of four free classes on the merits of exposing infants and toddlers to music, hosted by the Music Center of the Northwest. 901 N. 96th St., 206-526-8443. Free. 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7.

Nursing Info Session Find out what nurses do, and how to become one, at Tacoma Community College. 6501 S. 19th St. (Tacoma), 253-566-5358. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7.

Butterfly Lecture Insect expert Kiyoshi Hiruma, once a faculty member at the University of Washington, speaks on "Pigmentation in Butterflies," including the swallowtail's distinctive yellow/black pattern. Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., 206-364-4935. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7.

Home and Garden Class The Phinney Neighborhood Association's summer series continues with a workshop on eco-friendly house painting taught by home-improvement instructor Mike Clay. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. $25 ($20 PNA members). 7-9 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7.

Jeff Van Duzer The dean of Seattle Pacific University's School of Business and Economics talks about the underlying causes of recent business scandals. Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E. (Bellevue), 425-454-3082. Free. 7:30-8:45 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7.

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