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DesignTrends This two-day interior design show covers everything from ergonomics to sustainable indoor lighting and toxic mold. Panels and speakers will address green design, both figuratively (environmental standards) and literally (color trends). Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Pl., 877-739-2112 ext. 228. Seminar prices range from $20-$85. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed. April 7. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thu. April 8.
Diabetes Management Seminar Diabetics can acquire new strategies for combating an old foe—high blood sugar—at this free workshop, led by 28 Days to Diabetes Control! author Lance Porter. Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 S.W. Oregon St., 206-932-4044. Free admission. 1-2 p.m. Wed. April 7.
WashPIRG Meetup The public-interest research group holds a community forum to discuss the Bush administration's effect on environmental law and forest conservation efforts. Location to be announced, 206-568-2850 ext. 103. Free admission. 7 p.m. Wed. April 7.
Parenting Lecture "Opting In/Opting Out: Making Sense of Challenging Career/Family Options" is the title of Sally Narodick's lecture, part of ParentMap's spring series of talks on the subject of raising kids. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. (Kirkland), 206-369-7190. $15. 7-9 p.m. Thu. April 8.
CityClub Luncheon Forum The topic du jour, "Hispanic American Members of Our Community," focuses on a segment of Seattle's more-diverse-than-you-might-think population. 1904 Third Ave., 206-682-7395. $23 for members, $28 for guests, $33 for general public. Noon-1:30 p.m. Fri. April 9.
Brenda Davis The vegan dietician examines "the consequences of our food choices" at a lecture co-sponsored by the University of Washington's Campus Animal Rights Educators (CARE) and vegetarian-advocacy Web site, VegSeattle.com. HUB (Room 106B), UW campus, 206-250-7301. Free admission. 7-9 p.m. Fri. April 9.
Michael Roach The first American to finish the two-decade geshe regimen of Buddhist studies in Tibet, Roach is also the author of several books exploring the confluence of Buddhism and yoga. At four Seattle speaking engagements sponsored by Heart Yoga, he'll draw upon his knowledge of Naropa, the 11th century Indian yoga master, as well as ancient Mongolian texts. Samadhi Yoga, 1205 E. Pike St., 206-329-4070. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Fri. April 9. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-523-3726. Free admission. 2 p.m. Sat. April 10. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. Free admission. 6 p.m. Sat. April 10. Barnes & Noble, 2700 N.E. University Village, 206-517-4107. 7 p.m. Mon. April 12.
Spring Egg Hunt & Children's Carnival Have some Easter fun with your kids—the Bastyr way! The renowned naturopathic institute promises plenty of face painting, games, and good-for-you junk food (including tofu dogs, organic snow cones, and natural sodas). The requisite egg hunt—presumably involving free-range-chicken eggs—and parent-child Q&A sessions concerning nutrition will also be part of the program. Bastyr University, St. Edward State Park (Kenmore), 425-823-1300. Free admission to egg hunt, $3 for admission to carnival. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. April 10.
"Haunted Seattle" Lecture Sheila Lyons of the Pike Place Market Magic Shop discusses our local phantasms at this Seattle Museum of the Mysteries lecture. 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-328-6499. $3 for members, $5 for non-members. 7-9 p.m. Sat. April 10.
Unequal Arrests This community forum, organized by the Fremont Public Association, will address the "How Drug Convictions Break Down Along Racial Lines." To explain just where Seattle stands, D'Adre Cunningham of the Defender Association's Racial Disparity Project and others will lead a discussion. The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave. S., 206-694-6715. Free admission. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon. April 12.
Yuri's Night Seattle This yearly event is a chance for space-travel enthusiasts to gather, schmooze, and celebrate pioneering astronaut Yuri Gagarin, who rocketed into history on April 12, 1961, as the first human in space. Organized by a University of Washington alumnus and a current student, along with the president of Liftport, a company intent on creating "an elevator to space," Yuri's Night is likely to draw an assembly of Asimov fans, NASA followers, and backyard astronomers. Donna Shirley, ex-manager of NASA's Mars program, is the keynote speaker. Space Needle, 206-221-7743. $25 for UW students, $35 for non-students. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon. April 12.
Quarterly Blood Drive Everett Community College invites faculty, students, and neighbors to give blood at the school's spring donation fair. 2000 Tower St. (Everett), 425-388-9505. Free admission. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue. April 13.
First Hill Historic House Tour See how the other half lived at a guided tour of two turn-of-the-century homes: the Stimson-Green Mansion and the Henry Dearborn House. Local historian Larry Kreisman leads the way and talks about First Hill's past as an enclave of "private clubs, important religious institutions, and swank hotels." Henry Dearborn House, 1117 Minor Ave., 206-622-6952 ext. 234. $10 ($8 for Historic Seattle and Washington Trust members). 1-2:30 p.m. Tue. April 13.
Dragon Boat Racing, Anyone? This playfully named symposium is the last of three area info sessions on the subject. The 2,400-year-old sport features 43-foot boats powered by 20 paddlers apiece; as it happens, Tacoma has its very own dragon boat association, which is seeking new members. Fremont Public Library, 731 N. 35th St., 206-523-4518. Free admission. 6 p.m. Tue. April 13.
Adoption Information Meeting For prospective parents looking to adopt, the more information, the better. This session, hosted by nonprofit agency Open Adoption and Family Services, includes a testimonial from a local adoptive parent and plenty of Q&A time. 1737 N.W. 56th St., 206-782-0442. Free admission. 7-8:30 p.m. Tue. April 13.
Leave No Trace Workshop This evening seminar is designed for kayakers looking to minimize their impact on the environment. The workshop will also tackle safety guidelines for traveling on urban waterways. South Lake Union Armory, 860 Terry Ave., 206-382-7007. Free admission. 7-9 p.m. Tue. April 13.
Rainbow Center Coffee Talk "Gays in the Military" is the topic of discussion at the Tacoma LGBT center's monthly issue-oriented chat. This edition is led by representatives from American Veterans for Equal Rights. 917 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), 253-383-2318. Free admission. 7-8:30 p.m. Tue. April 13.
UW Business School Roundtable KUOW-FM's Steve Sher hosts a discussion of global trade at the first in a series of business forums sponsored by the University of Washington. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-685-3432. Free admission. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed. April 14.
The New Americans This free community screening of the PBS documentary series, which profiles immigrant families from disparate parts of the world (Nigeria, India, Mexico, and Israel, among them), is sponsored by KCTS-TV. A panel discussion hosted by Enrique Cerna will follow the screening. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-443-6782. Free admission. 6:30 p.m. Wed. April 14.
Susan A. Handelman The Israeli scholar, a professor at Bar-Ilan University, speaks on the power of mentorship in Jewish thought at a lecture entitled "Find Yourself a Teacher." The event is an extension of the University of Washington's Jewish Studies Program. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-0138. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Wed. April 14.