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Health Care Puzzle A conversation with Michael Leavitt, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be presented by CityClub. KOMO-TV's Kathi Goertzen will moderate the conversation, which could include how to pay for health care, what to do about Medicare and Medicaid, and the possibilities of a pandemic or bioterrorist attack. The Westin, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-682-7395, www.seattlecityclub.org. $35–$75. Noon–1:30 p.m. Thurs., July 6.
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 and can communicate possibilities for the future. Ideas in Form 9: Architecture Model Exhibit, Rainier Square Atrium, first floor, 1333 Fifth Ave. Free. Ends Sat., July 8.
Art+ Architecture: Where Form and Function Meet With artists involved in the construction and planning of all new buildings, Seattle has one of the most successful public art programs in the nation. Take a walking tour through downtown to see how Seattle's groundbreaking 1% for Art program has helped locate some great public art in our city. Stops on the tour include the beautiful new Central Library and the Washington Convention and Trade Center. Tour begins at Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave., Level 3. 206-667-9814, www.seattlearchitecture.org. $10 advance/$12 day-of. 10 a.m.–noon, Sat., July 8.
Aye, They Return The Skagit Valley Highland Games and Celtic Festival are on for the 12th year, with two full days of bagpiping and Celtic harp and Scottish fiddle competitions; sheep dog trials; traditional Scottish athletic events, such as the tossing of the caber; spinning and weaving demos; arts and crafts booths; traditional dancing; and a children's area where kids can try their hand at mini-caber tossing and more. Eileen Ivers, called the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, will be the headlining performer both days. Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon, 888-416-4934, www.celticarts.org. $10 day/$15 two days/$25 for families. Free parking. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., July 8; 9 a.m.–5:15 p.m. Sun., July 9.
Celebration of Life Cancer as a Turning Point: From Surviving to Thriving is a two-day event focused on education, inspiration, and celebration, presented by Healing Journeys. Among the offerings: healing stories by local thrivers, the drama Jonna's Body, Please Hold, poet Mark Nepo, blues singer Sista Monica, and One World Taiko, along with practitioners of nutrition and naturopathic medicine. Meany Hall, UW. www.healingjourneys.org. Free. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., July 8; 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Sun., July 9.
Caring for the One You Love If your partner develops cancer, or some other serious illness, how can you best care for your loved one and still take care of yourself? Led by Roeliena VanZanten, oncology social worker and psychotherapist, this free discussion offers tips, supportive suggestions, and a forum to discuss what caregivers should expect over the long haul. Gilda's Club Seattle, 1400 Broadway, 206-709-1400. Free. 7–8:30 p.m.; light refreshments at 6:45 p.m. Wed., July 12.
The Enemy Living in My House NPR reporter Sandy Tolan tells the story of two families united by one house—a house that first belonged to a Palestinian family, then was occupied by a Jewish one. In The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, Tolan tells the story of a young Palestinian man who returns to his old home, to be invited in by the family who now lives there. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., 206-634-3400. $5 suggested donation. 7 p.m. Thurs., July 13.
Crone Gathering Get to know the members of Crone of Puget Sound ("Women growing older with power, passion, and purpose") at a potluck picnic. Bring food to share and your utensils, plates, and cups. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks will be provided. Interbay P-Patch, off 15th Avenue West, 206-784-8799. Donation asked for facility rental. 6 p.m. Sat., July 15.
Rosy Role Models Unless you have severe allergies, you should stop and smell the roses in bloom at the Woodland Park Rose Garden. The award-winning, 2.5-acre site has more than 290 varieties of roses and more than 5,000 plants. Restoration of the fountain, reflection pool, and bas-relief and installation of a water feature are complete. This is one of 24 All-America Rose Selections test gardens in the U.S.; a list of all the roses in the garden is available on request. Woodland Park Rose Garden, near the south entrance of the zoo, North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North. Free (parking is $4). Open 7 a.m.–dusk daily.
On the Beach Have fun at the beach and learn about it at the same time 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.
Art Mashup Matt Jones has opened a gallery filled with what he describes as "explosive, high-energy art" and a "Passion for Mashin'" And on the first Friday of each month, everyone is welcome to stop by for music, wine tasting, and raising awareness about local food banks. He asks that you bring a donation of storable food. Gasworks Park, 3815 Fourth Ave. N.E. (big blue Jones Building across from Ivar's on Northlake Way), www.mashedpotatoes.org. Free. 8–11 p.m. first Fridays.
Do the Zoo Summer programs are up to speed at the Woodland Park Zoo. Visitors can consider programs such as African Savanna Safari, Elephant Talk, Jive on Jaguars, Penguin or Piranha feeding, Snow Leopards, and Wolves/Elk, among the many available. Keep a lookout for rambling displays, including Reptiles on Wheels. For a buck, get a seed stick to feed Australian parrots in Willawong Station, or entrance to Butterflies & Blooms, with nearly 1,000 free-flying butterflies. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 206-684-4800, www.zoo.org. Programs free with admission; additional fees noted. 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.
Nisqually Nature The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge summer lecture series continues on Wednesdays in July and August, with the theme In and Around the Delta. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center auditorium, Olympia, 360-753-9467, www.fws.gov/nisqually. Admission waived for attendees. Doors 6 p.m. Attendance limited to 100, first come. 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July and August.