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B-17G Flying Fortress Fly-In As a prelude to the much-anticipated opening of its Personal Courage Wing (June 6; see below), the Museum of Flight hosts a genuine B-17G. During the five-day program, visitors can watch the warplane take flight, tour it on the ground, and learn about its combat history. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $6 per adult, $10 per family. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., June 2-Mon., June 7.

Eastside Mayors, Burning Issues This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and reunites the mayors of Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah—all female, by the way—to discuss such urgent matters as water quality, transportation, and support for small businesses. St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave., 425-883-9143. Free admission. 6:30-9 p.m. Wed., June 2.

Northwest Ecosystem Alliance Party "Conservation legend" Brock Evans headlines NWEA's celebration of its 15th anniversary, which will include an enviro-conscious auction and activities for children. Woodland Park Zoo, 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N., 206-684-4800. $60 ($30 for children 5-12). 5:30-9 p.m. Thurs., June 3.

Insights About Kalachakra The Seattle Asian Art Museum hosts a slide show and related presentation exploring Tibetan Buddhism through medicine, yoga, astrology, meditation, and the hallowed Kalachakra Tantra ceremony. 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100. Free admission. 7 p.m. Thurs., June 3.

Karma, Reincarnation, and Yoga Indian civil disobedient and intellectual Vishal Mangalwadi contemplates the globalization of Hinduism and other "cosmic complexities" at a Town Hall lecture. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-323-0515. $15 ($10 for students/seniors). 7 p.m. Thurs., June 3.

Lunch Forum King County Council Member Bob Ferguson heads a discussion of arts and historic preservation, with an emphasis on projects in Northeast Seattle. Local artists and arts administrators, along with the general public, are invited to attend. Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 206-296-1002. Free admission. Noon-1 p.m. Fri., June 4.

Fern Festival 2004 The beloved plant gets its due at a two-day celebration, to include a massive sale and a lecture (at 7 p.m. Friday) by Ed Dunn Garden curators Glenn Withey and Charles Price. Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., 206-329-2062. Free admission (lecture costs $7). 1-8 p.m. Fri., June 4. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., June 5.

The Irreverent Duet Political songsmiths Steffon and Arlette Moody raise heck at a fund-raiser for the Vashon-based Backbone Campaign, an organization bent on strengthening the Democratic Party. Mr. Spot's Chai House, 5463 Leary Way N.W., 206-567-5815. $10. 8 p.m. Fri., June 4.

M.I.L.K. Exhibition A globetrotting photography exhibit that showcases "moments of intimacy, laughter, and kinship," M.I.L.K. encompasses 300 pieces, including work from Seattle Times staffer Alan Berner and Olympia-based freelancer Pat Justis. Seattle Center (Fisher Pavilion Rooftop), 206-684-7200. Free admission. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., June 5-Tues., June 8.

Bellevue Stamp Show Eastside philatelists, unite! This year the show includes rare U.S. and foreign stamps, and visitors can get their collections appraised for free. Bellevue/Redmond VFW Hall, 4330 148th Ave. N.E. (Redmond), 425-822-3227. Free admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., June 5. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., June 6.

Medieval Faire Bring period garb, a love of chivalry, and a few Old English campfire songs to this history-appreciation hoedown, organized by the Society for Creative Anachronism. Port Gamble (visit www.medievalfaire.org/index_files/map.htm for directions), 360-874-7608. Free admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., June 5-Sun., June 6.

Wild Plant Tour Wild Plants of Greater Seattle author Arthur Lee Jacobsen leads a pair of tours focused on Northwest plant lore, the medicinal effects of certain herbs, and the culinary uses of fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, and greens found in the wild. Tours begin at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E., 425-602-3075. $15. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Sat., June 5.

Summer Beachcombing Low tide is the time to explore with Seattle Aquarium naturalists; they'll be leading beach tours at Golden Gardens, Carkeek Park, Lincoln Park, Richmond Beach, and other waterside locations. For location info, visit www.seattleaquarium.org or call 206-386-4300. Free admission. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sat., June 5. Noon-4 p.m. Sun., June 6.

Homes With History Tour An old mariner's mansion and an erstwhile church are two of the planned stops on today's self-guided tour, which includes nine historic homes and is organized by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. 3003 61st Ave. S.W., 206-938-5293. $15 ($10 for seniors). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., June 5.

Queen Anne and Magnolia Garden Tour 'Tis the season to accompany Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Marty Wingate and writer Debra Prinzig on a leisurely stroll through some of the city's finest gardens. The tour, sponsored by Seattle Pacific University, is preceded by a tag-team lecture. 3307 Third Ave. W. (SPU campus), 206-281-2138. $15. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., June 5.

Chinese Culture and Arts Day Presented by the Chinese Cultural Association, this Seattle Center festival features a lion dance, music, martial arts, and other traditional practices. Seattle Center, 206-684-7200. Free admission. Noon-4 p.m. Sat., June 5.

Free Self-Defense Course Satori Martial Arts offers a gentle introduction to the principles of fearlessness and self-preservation. 9681 Firdale Ave., 206-546-1748. Free admission. 1-3 p.m. Sat., June 5.

Exhibit Opening On the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the Museum of Flight unveils its long-awaited Personal Courage Wing, a permanent addition that chronicles both world wars through the fighter planes that distinguished them. A few stats: The PCW covers 88,000 square feet and cost $53.5 million; it contains 28 restored or replicated WWI and WWII aircraft; and it documents an era during which approximately 300,000 planes were built. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $6 per adult, $10 per family. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit opens Sun., June 6.

Children's Gathering for Peace Tiny voices will erupt in multicultural song at this Seattle Center event. On the musical menu: tunes from Mexico, Eritrea, South Africa, Japan, China, and India. Nobel Peace Prize nominee Farlis Calle Guerrero is the guest of honor. Seattle Center, 206-517-9897. Free admission. 2 p.m. Sun., June 6.

Foster Care Info Night Those interested in serving as foster parents to teenagers from Africa, Central America, or the Middle East are invited to attend an informational session at Lutheran Community Services. 433 Minor Ave. N., 206-694-5713. Free admission. 6-8 p.m. Tues., June 8.

Bellevue Botanical Walk The East Lake Audubon Society leads flora fans on a garden tour. Bring binoculars and expect to be done by noon. 12001 Main St. (Bellevue), 425-576-8805. Free admission. 9 a.m. Wed., June 9.

Bush in 30 Seconds The response to MoveOn.org's 2003 contest, which called for half-minute ads challenging the Bush administration, was overwhelming; the lefty Web site winnowed a thousand–plus entries to 50 winners, all of which will be screened this evening. Local bonus: Two of the winning filmmakers, Celia Beasley and Chris Mosio, are Seattleites. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave. N., 206-412-6651. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 9.

 
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