Are the Stars Out?

Events of note for the week of July 19-25, 2006.

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Job Seekers Age 55+ Job Search Workshops are sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. Get info about computer training classes, the 24/7 job line, and other services. Central Building, 810 Third Ave., Suite 150, Free. 10:30 a.m.–noon, Wed., July 19. Also Aug. 16, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Sept. 20.

Where Do Galaxies Come From? Dr. Paul Hodge, professor of astronomy at UW, will discuss the evolution of the Barnard Galaxy at the monthly meeting of the Seattle Astronomical Society. Physics-Astronomy Building, Room A102, UW, Free. 7:30 p.m. (7 for cookies) Wed., July 19.

Jesus as Political Figure Dr. Richard Horsley, emeritus distinguished professor of liberal arts and the study of religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, will present a talk, "Jesus: Buttress or Challenge to Empire?" Dr. Horsley believes his research in New Testament studies strongly suggests that Jesus was as much a political figure as a religious one and that he was more of a promoter and defender of community than a personal savior. Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way W., Bainbridge Island. 7:30 p.m. Wed., July 19.

Struggling With Depression Linda Dano, an Emmy Award–winning actress, talk-show host, designer, and author, will host a seminar on depression and discuss her struggle with the illness. She will be joined by Seattle-based Dr. Sally Edwards to teach about depression, including symptoms, triggers, and mapping a wellness plan. Participants will also learn about the sponsoring group, Support Partners, which is a venture of the National Women's Health Resource Center and Eli Lilly and Co. W Seattle Hotel, 1112 Fourth Ave., Great Room 1. 800-656-7315 (registration is recommended but not required), Free. 6–7:30 p.m. Thurs., July 20.

Peace Corps Get the latest on the Peace Corps and all the available assignments. Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave., Suite 205. 800-424-8580, Free. 6:30–8 p.m. Thurs., July 20.

Get Outside Backpacker magazine's Get Out More Road Team will present a program including info on trip planning, outdoor gear, trail fitness, and backcountry cooking. REI, 222 Yale Ave. N. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., July 20.

Indian Days Pow Wow The 21st annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow will include Native American dance and drumming contests featuring more than 500 dancers and 25 drum groups, along with arts and crafts and traditional Native American food. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way (Discovery Park), 206-829-2207, Free, 4–10 p.m. Fri., July 21; $5, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat., July 22, and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun., July 23.

Western Zen Ryuko (Norma) Wong Roshi, a Zen master from the first Rinzai Zen headquarters established outside of Japan, will discuss the practice of Zen in the West during her talk, "Myths and Realities of Zen Buddhism." Nihonmachi Terrace, 651 S. Main St. (at Maynard), 425-736-6080, Free. 5:30–7 p.m. Fri., July 21.

Next Stop: Mars The Museum of Flight will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the landing of Viking I on Mars, as a panel of Mars experts shares knowledge of the Red Planet. The panel includes Eckart Schmidt, who worked on the Viking Lander engines; Conway Leovy, a member of the Mariner 6, Mariner 7, and Viking Lander science teams; Jeff Slostad, who worked on the robotic arm of the Mars Polar Lander; Alan MacFarlane, a leader in astrophotography; and Jim Tillman, professor emeritus at UW and former member of the Viking Lander meteorology team. The museum's newest acquisition, the 1975 Viking III Lander, donated by Tillman, will be on temporary display during the summer. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720, Free with museum admission. 2 p.m. Sat., July 22.

Stay on the Trail TrailsFest, hosted by Washington Trails Association, will feature clinics on subjects from choosing outdoor gear to hiking with kids to ultralight trekking. Participants can go on a guided hike, paddle a kayak, experiment with s'more recipes, or climb a rock wall. Also on hand will be dozens of exhibitors, including gear companies and outdoor groups. Don't forget to check out the goats and llamas. Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend, 206-625-1367, Free. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., July 22.

I Am the Walrus Seattle Architecture Foundation's "Design Details: Lions, Griffins, and Walruses, Oh My!" will lead participants into the hidden life of buildings expressed in whimsical animal forms, geometric designs, adornments, and embellishments. Featured buildings include the Arctic Building and the Smith Tower. Start at Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave. Seattle Architecture Foundation, 206-667-9184, Registration recommended. $10 adv./$12. 10 a.m.–noon Sat., July 22.

Break Into Film Genuine Entertainment and will offer three classes for filmmakers: City Permits and Regulations, by the Seattle Film Office (6:30 p.m.); Musical Composition and Film Scoring, by Hummie Mann (7 p.m.); and Casting and Working With Agencies, by Tanya Tiffany (7:30 p.m.). Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Free. Sat., July 22.

Healing Foods Get the lowdown on nutrition, with an emphasis on ideas appropriate for before, during, and after cancer treatment, as Heidi Lucas, N.D., from the Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, discusses healthy protein sources; nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, and oils; and healing herbs for the kitchen and household. Gilda's Club, 1400 Broadway, 206-709-1400, Free. Signup required. Light refreshments at 6:45 p.m. 7–8:30 p.m. Wed., July 26.

Ethics Questions Helene Starks, Ph.D., MPH, an assistant professor in the UW's Department of Medical History and Ethics, will present updates on the legal status of physician-assisted suicide following the Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Oregon. Dr. Starks will also discuss the implications for clinicians in Washington who are asked to participate in assisted suicide. Plaza Cafe Conference Rooms A and B, 206-543-4802, Free (bring your lunch!) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wed., July 26.

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), Various dates and times.

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). 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, Programs free with admission; additional fees noted. 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.

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