Hearts and Future Flowers

Events of note for the week of June 7-13, 2006.

Send listings two weeks in advance to braincity@seattleweekly.com.

Helpful Green Thumbs Environmentally minded volunteers can spend Saturday mornings potting native trees and shrubs that King County will use in restoration projects to benefit fish, wildlife, and water quality. All ages are welcome. No experience necessary. King County Greenhouse, Maple Valley. Register: Tina Miller, 206-296-2990, tina.miller@metrokc.gov. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays.

Let the Sun Shine You've been to the Solstice Parade. Now you can exercise your creativity and be a part of the festive doings: volunteer. Among the specific needs: stage runners, parade merch, handling the pit stop, sag wagon drivers, and people for shifts at the Central Station at Gasworks Park, the spot for information and first aid. 206-547-7440, 206-384-2717, volunteer@fremontartscouncil.org. Solstice Parade route, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and Gasworks Park, 2–9 p.m. Sat., June 17.

Road Food Peter Greenberg will discuss and sign The Traveler's Diet: the Road Warrior's Guide to Eating Right, Staying Fit, and Losing Weight. His book discusses, among other things, how time zones affect metabolism and what to eat before stepping on an airplane. University Book Store, 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 425-462-4500, www.bookstore.washington.edu. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., June 7.

All in Good Fun Steve Scher of KUOW-FM's Weekday will be the host for the season finale of Seattle Follies: Cabaret With a Political Twist. Among the guests will be state Rep. Rodney Tom, who recently switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, and singer/songwriter/actress Lisa Koch. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.ticketweb.com, www.townhallseattle.org. $16 adv./$18 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 7.

Speak on Human Rights Share experiences, ideas, and opinions on human rights at one of two public forums as the Seattle Human Rights commission examines the state of human rights in the city. Refreshments and childcare are available. Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E. Thurs., June 8; Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S. Tues., June 13. Doors at 6:30 p.m., forums at 7 p.m.

Model Places Professional and student architects have brought their best models—from foam and wood to computer-generated 3-D presentations—to a noncompetitive, juried exhibition. Architectural models are central to the creative process, and good design can communicate possibilities for the future. Ideas in Form 9: Architecture Model Exhibit, Rainier Square Atrium, first floor, 1333 Fifth Ave. Free. Fri., June 9–Sat., July 8.

Wasteoids Do your part for the environment and get rid of all that household hazardous waste at the King County Wastemobile events. The Wastemobile accepts pesticides, chlorine bleach, paint products, automotive products, and other household hazardous items. Fred Meyer store, 10201 S.E. 240th St., Kent. (For information, a list of acceptable materials, and limits: 206-296-4692, www.govlink.org/hazwaste/house/disposal/wastemobile. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri., June 9–Sun., June 11 and Fri., June 16–Sun., June 18.

On the Beach Have fun at the beach and learn about it on low-tide days with the Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists. These volunteers can answer questions, such as what sea stars eat and which fish can sing. Richmond Beach, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Constellation Park at South Alki Point, Lincoln Park, Seahurst Park in Burien, and Des Moines Beach Park. 206-386-4300, 206-386-4320 (24-hour info line), www.seattleaquarium.org. Various times and dates; next: 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Sat., June 10 and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sun., June 11.

Survival James Howard Kunstler will read from and sign The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century. Kunstler's underground hit, which went into nine printings in hardback, is out in paper. His work caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders and sparked much debate. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-634-3400, www.townhallseattle.org. $5. 7:30 p.m. Sun., June 11.

Security and Environment Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, will discuss Environmental Sustainability and Security, addressing such questions as what role natural resources play in managing conflict and how resource abuse has led to international crime and terrorism. The event is presented by the World Affairs Council. The Mountaineers, 300 Third Ave. W., register: 206-441-5910, www.world-affairs.org. $10 council members/$15. 7 p.m. Mon., June 12.

UW Tour the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center and see how the 30,000 square feet of space houses the cardiology services that previously were scattered around the UW Medical Center. Refreshments (heart-healthy, yes?) will be served. UW Regional Heart Center, UW Medical Center. Free. 4–7 p.m. Tues., June 13.

Healthy Eating "Food Choices to Fight Cancer—Preventing Disease Through Healthy Eating" is a free seminar about a natural arsenal of disease-fighting tools for preventing cancer, with practical ways to incorporate healthy and tasteful foods and herbs into an everyday diet, including basic recipes and cooking tips. Presented by the Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center and PCC Natural Markets. Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way, 206-547-1222 ext. 106. 7–8:30 p.m. Tues., June 13.

Fore! How do golf courses come to be? Stephen Goodwin will discuss and sign Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes, which tells all. Goodwin followed entrepreneur Mark Keiser's progress as he built a British-style golf course on the Oregon Coast, and the book provides a history of golf-course architecture. University Book Store, 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 425-462-4500, www.ubookstore.com. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., June 14.

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