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MIDWIFERY IN WASHINGTON Contemporary midwifery comes into sharp focus at two events sponsored by the Midwives' Association of Washington State. The first, a "lobby day" in Olympia, will include a meeting with state lawmakers to discuss issues related to midwives and their trade; the second is a broad-based workshop addressing both practical and theoretical concerns of midwifery. Lobby day begins at 110 11th Ave. S.E. (Olympia), 360-709-0888. Free admission. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25; workshop at Seattle Midwifery School, 2524 16th Ave. S., 206-322-8834. $40. 1-4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 29.
EVERGREEN SPORTSMEN'S SHOW Find out what's new in fishing, hunting, camping, and boating at this outdoor-equipment expo. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E. (Monroe), 425-339-3309. $9 for adults, $5 for children (6-16). 1-9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25-Fri., Feb. 27; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Feb. 29.
ASWA DINNER MEETING The American Society of Women in Accounting presents Dana M. McInturff, a local CPA who will explain how the Washington State Board of Accountancy changed during the fiscal year 2003. Admission fees include dinner. The College Club, 505 Madison St., 206-467-8645. $25 for ASWA members, $27 for their guests, $17 for students. 5:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25.
PSYCHIATRIC EDUCATION SESSION The Bellevue branch of Seattle's Community Psychiatric Clinic hosts a series of forums addressing issues in modern mental health. The topic for tonight is "major mental illnesses and medications." CPC Eastside Regional Service Center, 13133 Bel-Red Rd. (Bellevue), 425-454-3021. Free admission. 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25.
BOB FERGUSON District 2 residents, take note: County Council member Ferguson will be hosting his inaugural "town meeting" forum at the Meadowbrook Community Center. Topics for discussion should include budgetary issues, but attendees are encouraged to ask questions about a wide variety of political and civic matters. MCC, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., 206-296-1002. Free admission. 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 25.
COLONIALISM, NATIONALISM, AND GLOBALIZATION: THE PHILIPPINES AND FILIPINO AMERICANS The two-day conference includes a film, several panel discussions, a keynote address by Reynaldo Ileto of the University of Singapore, and a performance by a Filipino-American arts collective. A highly recommended look at a little-understood culture (and a growing segment of the U.S. population). University of Washington (Peterson Room, Allen Library), 206-543-9606. Free admission. 4-8 p.m. Thu., Feb. 26. 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27.
COMMUNITY AIR-MONITORING WORKSHOP Portland air expert Dr. Robert Amundson holds forth on the virtues of cleaner oxygen and the ways to achieve it. This event "is aimed at those affected by the South End odor," that notorious and mysterious phenomenon that has plagued the South Park neighborhood of Seattle. Highland Park Elementary School, 1012 S.W. Trenton St., 206-764-8894. Free admission. 6-8 p.m. Thu. Feb. 26.
FLORAL BASICS Believe it or not, spring is about to spring in our fair city, and this hands-on workshop at South Seattle Community College will teach you to arrange flowers like a pro. SSCC, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5300. $106 for three sessions. 6-9 p.m. First session: Thu., Feb. 26.
LGBT CENTER VOLUNTEER TRAINING The Seattle Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center is setting aside 11 hours (over two days) to train new volunteers, whose work might consist of anything from online research to interacting with visitors. Seattle LGBT Community Center, 1115 E. Pike St., 206-709-1114. Free admission. 6-9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Feb., 28.
TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Discuss the experience of living between genders at this regular meeting. Rainbow Center, 917 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), 253-383-2318. Free admission. 7-9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27.
JAMES FALLOWS The Atlantic Monthly correspondent speaks on the role and condition of American news media at this Bainbridge Arts & Humanities Council event. Media conglomerates, journalistic ethics, and the blurring of the line between news and entertainment (if that line ever existed) should all factor into Fallows' talk, which is co-sponsored by the Washington News Council, a Seattle-based media watchdog. The Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave. N. (Bainbridge Island), 206-842-7901. $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27.
SEATTLE AQUARIUM VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Work among the swimming things after this training session with aquarium professionals. Volunteering at the aquarium means helping visitors "see, touch, and explore the underwater world" for at least 100 hours over the course of the commitment. Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, 206-386-4320 ext. 6. Free admission. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Sat., Feb. 28.
NATIVE PLANT SALE Why plant flowers and shrubs from others regions when you can be true to the great Northwest? Items for sale include an impressive variety of local flora: coastal strawberry, red huckleberry, salmonberry, and bleeding heart (perfect for liberal Seattle). 6558 16th Ave. S.W. Free admission (most plants cost between $3-$6). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28.-Sun., Feb. 29.
WOMEN AND MYTH: A STUDIO WORKSHOP Seattle women are encouraged to "come develop your own myth" with artist d'Elaine Johnson as their guide. Studio exercises and gallery tours make up the bulk of the workshop, which culminates in a student exhibition at Edmonds Community College (which is also where classes meet). ECC, 20000 68th Ave. W. (Edmonds), 425-640-1459. $10 for first class; remaining classes are free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28.-Sun., Feb. 29. 10 a.m.-noon Sat., Mar. 6. 5-7 p.m. Mon., Mar. 8.
CHANGING THE FACE OF POWER The new MOHAI exhibit explores the challenges faced and victories achieved by women in the U.S. Senate. Included in the mix are 35 portraits of female senators by Seattle-based photographer Melina Mara. Among the featured senators: Washington's own Maria Cantwell. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth (5-17). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28-Sun., Apr. 25.
ALEXANDER MCLEOD'S EXPEDITION Historical recreation expert Al LePage portrays groundbreaking (literally!) explorer McLeod at a reenactment of the West Coast pioneer's 1826 expedition to the Oregon coast. Sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. (Tacoma), 253-591-5339. Free admission. 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28.
FIXING RADIO FORUM A distinguished panel of radio and music-industry experts will contemplate the current condition of the FM and AM dials. Panelists Tony Kiewel of Sub Pop and John Richards of KEXP-FM should give the whole affair a local spin, while Michele Grosenick of Clear Channel ought to lend some national perspective. KUOW-FM's Ross Reynolds will moderate the event, which is sponsored by non-profit group Reclaim the Media. Experience Music Project (JBL Theater), 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-EMP-LIVE. Free admission (tickets available at EMP on the day of the event). 3-7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28.
RED ELK The "intertribal Native American medicine man" addresses the topic: "Times to Come." Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-324-5177. Donations of "sacred tobacco" accepted. 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28.
FROM THE SHTETL AND BEYOND Those enamored of Jewish culture should check out this "celebration of stories, music, and humor" from the tradition that brought us Moses, Tevye the Milkman, the Catskills, and The Producers. Your host for the evening: Bubbe Fanny. Klezmer music and Yiddish-tinged storytelling should abound. Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way (Mercer Island), 206-528-1944. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28.
SHINTO BLESSING CEREMONY Experience the power of Shinto ceremonial music and prayer at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Rev. Barrish, a Shinto priest, will preside over the event, which is also scheduled to include a taiko drum presentation. Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., 206-853-4668. $8 for adults, $4 for children (12 and under). 11 a.m. Sun., Feb. 29.
MEDIEVAL WOMEN'S CHOIR In 1405, life was brutish and short for the women of France, but at least they had heavenly music to boost their morale. This multimedia presentation uses music, poems, and images of 15th century women to demonstrate what it took to be a lady in the Middle Ages. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-527-2667. $15 ($10 for seniors/students). 2 p.m. Sun., Feb. 29.
JOB SEARCH SUPPORT GROUP Hosted by the Center for Life Decisions, this meeting should confirm what everyone already knows: Seattle's job market still sucks. On the plus side, this support group should be full of kindred unemployed spirits and possibly free coffee. Uptown Neighborhood Center, 157 Roy St., 206-325-9093. Free admission. 7-8:30 p.m. Mon., Mar. 1.
A THEOLOGICAL VIEW OF CLONING Now that the Janet Jackson Debacle has all but faded from our minds, we can return our attention to a controversy that actually means something: human cloning. Dr. Ted Peters of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., will examine the cloning question from the dual perspective of a theologian and scientist. Seattle Pacific University (Demaray Hall 150), 206-281-2347. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Mar. 1.
DIGITAL TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY PRIMER Having a digital camera doesn't make you Ansel Adams. Take it from John Bolivar, professional photographer. His presentation will include an instructional segment and a slideshow replete with luscious photos of Asia, Mexico, Europe, Alaska, and our very own Northwest. Wide World Books & Maps, 4411A Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tue., Mar. 2.
NUTRITION: LIVE WELL, EAT WELL Bastyr University continues its 25th annual lecture series with a dietary wake-up call that should address the current anti-carb craze as well as the concept of "appetite management." REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., 425-602-3075. $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., Mar. 3.