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Adoption Benefit Luncheon Medina Children's Services, an 83-year-old nonprofit, hosts an annual luncheon intended to familiarize the public with the adoption process. Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-260-1700. Donation suggested (pay what you can). 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Wed., April 28.

Comcast Cable Refranchising Forum Concerned about the Office of Cable Communications' new franchise with Comcast? Voice your trepidations at this discussion hosted by City Council member Jim Compton. City Council Chambers, Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry streets, 206-684-8498. Free admission. 5-7 p.m. Wed., April 28.

Living History Encampment History buffs with a special interest in the Lewis and Clark expedition can stroll around an accurate facsimile of the explorers' campsite at this re-enactment by Idaho's Hog Heaven Muzzleloaders. Members of the troupe will respond to questions in character, and if you're nice they might even let you try on their antiquated garments. State Capital Museum, 211 W. 21st Ave. (Olympia), 360-753-2580. $2 for adults, $1 for youth (6-18). 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs., April 29-Fri., April 30. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., May 1.

Wergeland's Legacy The Nordic Heritage Museum unveils its new exhibit on Jewish culture in Norway as viewed through the eyes (and words) of activist/poet Henrik Wergeland. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun. Exhibit opens Thurs., April 29.

Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt Egyptology prof Edward Bleiberg, currently an associate curator at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, shares his findings concerning a Nile Valley family of Jews during the fifth century B.C.E. Mary Gates Hall, Room 389 (UW campus), 206-543-3606. Free admission. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., April 29.

David James Duncan The author of The Brothers K and River Teeth discusses Snake River salmon conservation at Town Hall; a silent auction and book signing precede the lecture, and all proceeds from tickets and auction benefit Save Our Wild Salmon (www.wildsalmon.org). 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-624-6600. $10. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 29.

Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race Opening at Wing Luke Asian Museum: a juried art installation exploring issues of racial identity through painting, collage, photography, and video. 407 Seventh Ave. S., 206-623-5124. $4 for adults, $3 for students/seniors. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Runs Fri., April 30-Sun., Dec. 12.

Spring Powwow Edmonds Community College hosts a three-day celebration of Native American dance and music sponsored by the American Indian Student Association. The event includes visual art, poetry, and song workshops in addition to the powwow itself, which occurs in several installments throughout the weekend. 20000 68th Ave W. (Edmonds), 425-640-1313. Free admission (certain events require fees). Fri., April 30-Sun., May 2.

Cinco de Mayo Dance to traditional and contemporary Latin music at Seattle's annual fiesta in honor of Mexican independence. Seattle Center (Fisher Pavilion), 425-283-5050. $5 for adults, $3 for students/seniors. 5 p.m.-midnight. Fri., April 30. 11 a.m.-midnight. Sat., May 1. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., May 2.

George McDonald The anthropologist (and director of the Burke Museum) speaks on the subject of painted housefronts to kick off the Island County Historical Museum's new exhibit titled: "Revelations: Painted Houses of the Pacific Northwest." Coupeville Recreation Hall, 4 N.E. Seventh St. (Coupeville), 360-678-3310. $5 for adults, $3 for students/seniors. 7 p.m. Fri., April 30.

Northwest Sustainability Conference Imagine a greener world at this yearly environmental-justice conference, sponsored in part by Puget Consumers Co-op. Mountaineers Conference Center, 300 Third Ave. W., 206-762-1976. $75/day ($35/day for students). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., May 1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., May 2.

Women on Target Shooting Clinic Follow the lead of Annette Bening in American Beauty and learn how to use a firearm. This NRA–sponsored event is intended for women only; all necessary protective gear will be provided. Kenmore Gun Range, 1031 228th St. S.W. (Bothell), 206-783-9994. $35. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat., May 1.

Plant Sale at Bellevue Botanical Garden The Eastside garden hawks fuchsias, ferns, bamboo, roses, bonsai trees, lilies, and a host of other flora. 12001 Main St., 425-451-3755. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., May 1.

Women's Wellness Festival "Girls to Grandmothers" is the theme of this year's gynocentric conference, sponsored by Providence Everett Medical Center and the Snohomish Health District. On the agenda: "learning, pampering, and festivities," including self-defense demos and massage. Everett Train Station, 3201 Smith Ave., 425-259-9899. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., May 1.

Body, Mind, Spirit Expo This semiannual foray into the world of woo-woo encompasses aura photography, séances, aromatherapy, "angelic counseling," psychics, nutrition tips, and licensed massage. Seattle Center (Expo Hall), www.bmse.net. $8. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., May 1. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., May 2.

May Day Celebration Freedom Socialist newspaper writer Steve Hoffman delivers a talk titled: "A Socialist Remedy for the Red, White, and Blues," with plenty of singing and schmoozing to follow. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-2453. $2. 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 1.

Sacred Music, Sacred Dance Witness both at an Everett Community College event featuring a choir of multiphonic singers from Tibet's Drepung Loseling monastery. This is the choral ensemble whose vocals lent a touch of authenticity to the Brad Pitt vehicle Seven Years in Tibet. Everett Civic Auditorium, 2418 Colby Ave., 425-388-9505 ext. 505. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 5.

 
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