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Fine Art Auction Everything from antique French dolls and Tiffany spoons to 19th century American oil paintings will be on the block at Pacific Galleries, the Northwest's answer to Christie's. 241 S. Lander St., 206-441-9990. Free admission. 5:30 p.m. Wed., March 10-Thu., March 11.

Gay City Volunteer Meeting The Capitol Hill-based health organization hosts a planning session to encourage "young queer guys 18-29" get to know one another and "improve the gay community in Seattle." 1505 Broadway Ave. E., 206-860-6969. Free admission. 7-9 p.m. Wed., March 10.

White Center Block Party Get to know your neighbors at a potluck dinner and crime-prevention forum; some food will be provided, but bringing a dish or a beverage is encouraged. 9627 16th Ave. S.W., 206-779-7566. Free admission. 7-9 p.m. Wed., March 10.

CREW Luncheon Commercial Real Estate Women, a local business association, welcomes Michael Parks, publisher of Northwest economic journal Marple's Letter, as its featured speaker at a luncheon devoted to the topic, "Seattle's Annual Economic Forecast." Washington Athletic Club (Crystal Room), 1325 Sixth Ave., 206-361-6859. $45. 11:45 a.m. Thu., March 11.

Career Exploration for Educators Discover U hosts a Center for Life Decisions workshop aimed at teachers and aspiring teachers. 2150 N. 107th St., 206-365-0400. $48. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thu., March 11.

Public Policy in the Bush Presidency and Beyond Let's hope the "beyond" part comes sooner than later. Part of the Election Series at Town Hall, this lecture by University of Washington politics prof Bryan Jones should cover the basics of public policy—education, health care, homeland security—with a focus on the expansion of the federal government (and government expenditures) under Dubya. A panel featuring King County Executive Ron Sims and Steve Scher of KUOW-FM will help Jones break down the issues. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-543-3839. $15 for adults, $5 for students. 7 p.m. Thu., March 11.

Four Legs, Faster Than Two: Agility Apparently "agility" is a canine sport, and the Humane Society wants to introduce you and your mutt to its every intricacy. This workshop includes a paws-on primer. Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, 425-649-7554. $10. 7-9 p.m. Thu., March 11.

Animal Law Conference Whether you eat them or not, they have rights, and more than a dozen animal-law experts will explain them to you at this edition of the annual conference. PETA lawyer Matt Penzer will be there to examine such topics as dog-bite liability, vet malpractice, and service animals. Cosponsored by the Washington State Bar Association. Washington Convention and Trade Center, 800 Convention Pl., 206-727-8200. $199 for lawyers (who may receive academic credit), $125 for non-lawyers. 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri., March 12.

Children and Obesity The subtitle of this luncheon forum is: "What's Happening and What Are We Doing About It?" Not enough, evidently. Moderated by KING-TV's Jean Enersen, a panel featuring School Board member Brita Butler-Wall and Centers for Disease Control physician Dr. William Dietz will hash out the grim reality of juvenile obesity. Our state has by no means escaped the national trend: 21 percent of Washington high schoolers are overweight or at risk of becoming so. Washington Athletic Club (Crystal Room), 1325 Sixth Ave., 206-682-7395. $40. Noon-1:30 p.m. Fri., March 12.

Plant Sale The Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association offers unusual varieties of the hard-to-pronounce flower at the first of two spring sales. Furneys Nursery, 21215 International Blvd. (Des Moines), 253-852-8796. Free admission. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., March 13.

Mosaic Mirror Workshop Learn how to create—you guessed it—a beautiful mosaic mirror at another in an ongoing series of Kirkland Arts Center classes. 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. $115. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., March 13.

Bone Density Screening Osteoporosis is the weakening of bones. Take advantage of this reduced-rate screening. Costco Pharmacy, 4401 Fourth Ave. S., 206-682-6244. $15. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., March 13.

Irish Week Festival Arriving a few days before St. Patty's, this cultural stewpot provides a less boozy alternative to pub-hopping. Visiting artists, a parade, clog-dancing demos, rousing sing-alongs, and Irish chow are all part of the fun. Center House (Seattle Center), 206-684-7200. Free admission. Noon-6 p.m. Sat., March 13-Sun., March 14.

The Sunset Squadron: An Original Radio Play Experience "the excitement and danger of World War II submarine rescues," or some reasonable facsimile thereof, at this Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound and Museum of Flight co-production. The play follows pilot Walt Kreimann, whose adventures with the USS Tigrone are based on a true story. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6.50 for youth (5-17). 2 p.m. Sat., March 13.

St. Patrick's Bowl O'Rama One of the weirdest charity trifectas in recent memory, this bowling party organized by altruistic brew collective Beer Church benefits Hope for Horses, a group dedicated to the rehabilitation and placement of abused equines. Bowling, do-gooders who love beer, and injured horses. Be there. West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave. S.W., 206-478-9423. $20. 6 p.m. Sat., March 13.

Dear Editor: A Playreading of Letters to The Bainbridge Review Letters to the editor are often the meatiest part of a newspaper—or, at the very least, the most polemical. Thanks to the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, these oft-ignored gems of populist expression are finally getting their due. Letters from throughout the Review's history will be performed onstage in dramatic fashion, which should make for an unusual hybrid of politics, history, and theater. Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd., 206-842-2306. $10/$5. 7 p.m. Sat., March 13.

Sahar Saba "Liberation" should mean more for Afghan women than not being stoned to death. Representing the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, Ms. Saba, who has appeared on CNN and the BBC, will discuss the state of Afghan women's rights in the wake of the Taliban regime. Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium), 206-296-6000. $10 ($8 in advance). 7 p.m. Sat., March 13. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. $5 suggested donation. 2 p.m. Sat., March 14.

Michael Meade Collective unconscious, anyone? The C.G. Jung Society of Seattle presents the appropriately Jungian thinker and author for "an evening of stories, poems, and discussion that address the current threats and dilemmas facing America." Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3121. $15. 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 13.

Puget Sound Baby and Children's Show Who knew booties had their own expo? The pregnant and the postpartum alike will want to check out this amalgam of product booths, workshops, and lectures (including one sponsored by The PreEclampsia Foundation), and people dressed as cartoon characters. Factoria Mall, 4080 Factoria Mall Blvd. S.E. (Bellevue), 425-486-8820. Free admission. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., March 14.

Grand Canyon: Monument to the Flood Yes, they're talking about the flood. The big one. Coal Creek Chapel hosts a film with a creationist take on the Canyon that will either force you to view Arizona's chief natural wonder in a brand-new light or—or not. 14615 S.E. 22nd St. (Bellevue), 425-746-0514. Free admission. 6 p.m. Sun., March 14.

In Defense of Globalization Something different for anti-WTO Seattle: Columbia economics prof Jagdish Bhagwati, the trade theorist behind many of India's current economic reforms, attempts to dispel our knee-jerk doubts about the virtues of a global economy. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-441-5910. $15 ($10 for Town Hall members). 7 p.m. Mon., March 15.

SSFA Book Forum The Seattle Society of Financial Analysts delves into The Mind of Wall Street: A Legendary Financier on the Perils of Greed and the Mysteries of the Market, which sounds to us like the Indiana Jones of financial-analyst literature. The forum meets "in a quiet, private room with no smoking," so everyone should be able to focus on the text at hand. The Islander, 96 Union St., 206-344-8088. Free admission. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tue., March 16.

Eastern Europe: The Continent's Best Kept Secret We're not sure if Vienna, one of the subjects of this travel lecture, qualifies as part of Eastern Europe (or as a well-kept secret, for that matter), but some of the other places travel guide Matthew Brumley will be talking about ("sleepy Slovakian villages," for example) might be genuine diamonds in the once-communist rough. Wide World Books & Maps, 4411A Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tue., March 16.

Tax Seminar for Artists Whoever thinks artists can't manage their money has bought into a nasty stereotype. This tax seminar should set it to rest. Let local attorney Neil Sussman teach you how to keep the term "starving artist" from applying to you. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-328-7053. $45 for attorneys, $30 for paralegals, $15 for artists and students. 7-9:30 p.m. Wed., March 17.

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