Beavers and Giant Orange Slugs

Events of note for the week of May 3-9, 2006.

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Pack Up and Go Are you and your partner between the ages of 25 and 45? Willing to leave your jobs, family, and friends for four months? The Travel Channel is producing a series based on the best-selling book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Download the questionnaire, bring two still photos and a short video of you and your partner (max 3 minutes) to the open call. Conference room, Summerfield Suites, 1011 Pike Street, 1–9 p.m. Wed., May 3.

Living With Beavers Step into the world of Meadowbrook Pond's resident beavers. Hear from naturalists, touch a pelt, and learn to protect trees at an open-house style information event. Meadowbrook Pond, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., 206-526-0187. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., May 3.

Kate Michelman NARAL Pro-Choice America's president emerita (and author of With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose) will speak about being a champion for reproductive freedom and choice and the political drama that surrounds it today. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 3.

Butterflies' IDs Are Free Can't tell the Blues from the Hairstreaks, and the Frits just muddle everything? The Washington Butterfly Association's May meeting has the answer—Jon Pelham presents tips for identifying butterflies common to the area. Bring the kids! Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. 206-364-4935, 7–9 p.m. Wed., May 3.

Totally Rad Learn what Radical Women are up to in organizing and campaigns. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6057. 7:30 p.m. (dinner, with a vegetarian option, at 6:30 p.m., $7:50). Thurs., May 4.

Underwater Creatures Jim Murray, a researcher at the UW Friday Harbor labs, will show photos and talk about Puget Sound invertebrates (giant orange slugs and flying devils). Did you know these creatures rival the diversity and color of tropical reefs? REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., 206-382-7007, $8 adv./$10. 7 p.m. Thurs., May 4.

Dancing in the Streets Lynden celebrates its Dutch heritage with the 20th anniversary Holland Days Festival. Among the many activities: Klompen dancing, traditional street cleaning, Dutch delicacies, antique buggy displays, choral performances, and the Parade of Provinces. Lynden, Wash., 9 a.m.–? Sat., May 5–Sun., May 6.

Enjoy Breakfast, Moms The Older Women's League (OWLs) King County chapter invites older and midlife women and their daughters to a free continental breakfast with folk music from the Sno-King Trio. University House, 4400 Stone Way N., RSVP 206-528-0407. 10:30 a.m.–noon Sat., May 6.

To Infinity Look to the moon, planets, and other celestial objects at the Seattle Astronomical Society's star party. Club members set up their telescopes just before dusk and invite all comers to take a look, this month at Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter and comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3. Lousy weather means cancellation. Near the fishing piers west of the Bathhouse Theater, Green Lake; Paramount Park at Northeast 155th and Northeast 8th, Shoreline. 206-523-ASTR, Sat., May 6.

Mourning Seattle Peace Chorus presents Mozart's Requiem to honor and mourn lives lost in the Iraq war. Also appearing will be Amore, of the Northwest Girlchoir, and Kamand, a Persian classical and folk music ensemble. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, $13 adv./$15. 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 6.

Leave Something Behind Personal historians Paula Slavens and Karen Lynn Maher offer "Preserving the Story: Life Beyond the Names, Dates, and Places" and "Creating Ethical Wills and Spiritual Legacies: Passing on Your Values." Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, 206-932-3481, 7 p.m. Mon., May 8.

All Hands on Deck for Preservation All ye landlubbers are invited to a maritime extravaganza: have lunch while learning about the restoration of the 120-foot Thea Foss yacht and the 42-foot Henrietta Foss wooden tug (both circa 1930) from expert Mike Garvey of Saltchuk. Then tour the boats and visit the Puget Sound Maritime Museum. 1111 Fairview Ave., 253-857-6302, $29. Register by Wed., May 3. Event is 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., May 13.

Garden Tour Public tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden are scheduled twice a day on weekends. Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., 206-684-4725. $5/$3 seniors, students, disabled. 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Take Back Mother's Day Make clear whose day this is while enjoying music, speeches, and kid's activities, then a parade. Mothers Acting Up remind us that Julia Ward Howe envisioned this day for mothers to gather to protect the lives of their families. Columbia Park, corner of Rainier Avenue South and Alaska Street South, Columbia City. 1 p.m., parade at 2 p.m. Sun., May 14.

Peace, Out Thinking about joining the Peace Corps? Get the skinny from Emilie Ross, who is a volunteer in Tanka-Lokoto, Niger. She'll tell of her experiences at a community forum, and Peace Corps staff members will be on hand to answer questions. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., 800-424-8580, 7–8:30 p.m., Wed., May 17.

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