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Photo Exhibit "Honor, Courage, Commitment: The U.S. Navy at Home and Abroad," an exhibit of Navy photography at Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, includes 90 photos that range from candid portraits of sailors to rare shots of a ritual burial at sea. 2205 Alaskan Way (Pier 66), 206-374-4000. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/students (5–18). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Sun. Through Dec. 31.
Peace Corps Community Event If you've ever thought about joining up, consider attending this info session hosted by corps recruiters at the Capitol Hill branch of Seattle Public Library. 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715. Free admission. 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., July 7.
Tyree Scott Seattle Freedom School A nine-day antiracism institute designed for young people (ages 16–23), Freedom School begins with two days of training to counter "institutional racism," which those unable to complete the full term can still apply for. The program includes "trips to historic sites in the Seattle area to learn about the legacy of resistance in our communities," plus workshops on a wide variety of subjects, including Native American history, Latino organizing, and the history of the Black Panther movement. University Friends Meeting, 4001 Ninth Ave. N.E., 206-632-0500. Free admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., July 8-Fri., July 16.
Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour This weekend, our geeky burg hosts the traveling Magic tourney, in which serious players of the trading-card game—like Pokemon for the D&D set—square off. Washington State Convention and Trade Center (Hall E), 800 Convention Pl., www.magicthegathering.com. 5 p.m. Thurs., July 8. 9 a.m. Fri., July 9-Sun., July 11.
Puget Sound Bead Festival They're not just for crafts hour anymore. Explore the provocative world of beads—glass, clay, silver, wood, and polymer—at a celebration attended by more than a hundred nationally recognized bead merchants and artisans. Tacoma Sheraton Convention Center, 1320 Broadway Plaza (Tacoma), 253-572-5529, ext. 8. $5 (covers all three days). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., July 9-Sat., July 10. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., July 11.
Train Show The largest model-train show on the planet comes to Seattle. Key attractions include a LEGO city with mass transit; a 1,500-square-foot kids' area; an appraiser of collectibles, to whom you may address train-related queries; and all kinds of demos and workshops. Seahawks Exhibition Center, 1000 Occidental Ave., 206-381-7940. $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children (6-12). 2-8 p.m. Fri., July 9. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., July 10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., July 11.
Outdoor Photography Walk BYOC—bring your own camera—to this four-hour stroll through Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with local photographer Gene Sine. 100 Brown Farm Rd. (Olympia), 360-753-9467. $3 per family. 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sat., July 10.
Architectural Tour Fremont is a de facto public-art colony, and its architecture follows suit. This guided tour covers the neighborhood's history and artistic philosophy, including the ever-popular Fremont motto, De Libertas Quirkas ("Freedom to Be Peculiar"). Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St., 206-667-9184. $20. 9 a.m. Sat., July 10.
Tivoli/Viking Days "Authentic Viking demonstrations from realistic Viking-clad performers" are just the tip of the iceberg—get it?—when it comes to the pleasures this yearly fest provides. Crafts booths, Nordic cuisine, and traditional folk dancing round out the high-latitudinal fiesta. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., July 10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., July 11.
Attentive to the Moment Alfred University–trained ceramics expert Michael Connelly teaches a two-day workshop on dynamic, spontaneous design for both aspiring and established potters. Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., 206-722-6342. $75. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., July 10-Sun., July 11.
Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour The 16th edition of the yearly festival includes five gorgeous private gardens, several gardening lectures (see www.gardentour.info for details), and a midday luncheon where floraphiles can meet and chat. Tour departs from Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, 206-219-3182. $30 for adults, $20 for children (covers both days). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., July 10-Sun., July 11.
Summerfest 2004 At this two-day arts bonanza in Kirkland, an "Iron Potter" competition (modeled after the infamous Iron Chef program) pits two ceramic artists against each other—and the clock! Meanwhile, photography, jewelry, and woodwork displays appear cheek by jowl with "roving puppets and stiltwalkers," bands like Maya Soleil and Cambalache, and "fiery raku demonstrations." Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza (Kirkland), 425-822-7161. Free admission. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., July 10. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., July 11.
MOHAI Walking Tour The Museum of History and Industry's deputy director, Feliks Banel, serves up a strolling seminar on the history of Seattle's monorail, from the World's Fair in 1962 to the controversial future of the elevated train. Tour begins at Seattle Center (under the monorail tracks), 206-324-1126. $20. 11 a.m. Sat., July 10.
Tour of Modern-Era Buildings This self-guided Eastlake excursion includes the 1958 Egan House, a triangular anomaly. Tour begins at Elmec Building, 1920 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-622-6952. $15 for adults, $5 for students (with ID). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., July 10.
Police, Fire, and EMT Appreciation Night Learn about (and support) the people who save lives for a living at this annual fund-raiser, which includes a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Concerns of Police Survivors and the Firefighters Benevolent Association. Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, 206-286-2014. $10. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Sat., July 10.
Cancer as a Turning Point "From Surviving to Thriving" is the theme of this two-day conference, which includes talks by cancer specialists and survivors. Meany Hall (UW campus), www.healingjourneys.org. Free admission. 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., July 10. 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sun., July 11.
Bastille Day Francophiles will be in heaven at this Seattle Center fête, which commemorates the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Food, wine, petanque, and boundless democracy highlight the festival, organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Center House and Mural Amphitheatre, www.faccpnw.org. Free admission. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., July 11.
Motor Bus Excursion Ride a historic motorbus to equally historic Snoqualmie to gape at the majesty of the falls, take photos, and eat lunch. The jaunt is sponsored by the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association, which maintains old-time buses and trolleys. Tour departs from Second Ave. S. and S. Main St., 206-684-1816. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/children (2-11). 11 a.m. Sun., July 11.
Parenting Lecture "A Mind of Their Own: Toddlers Assert Themselves by Saying 'No!'" is the third in a series of talks on the subject of raising children, cosponsored by Jewish Family Service. Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way (Mercer Island), 206-232-7115. $15. 4-5:30 p.m. Sun., July 11.
Art and Revolution Leon Trotsky, Lorraine Hansberry, and Howard Zinn are on the reading list of this new political book group, an extension of the Freedom Socialist Party of Seattle. Old Firehouse, 402 15th Ave. E., 206-722-2453. Free admission. 7-8:30 p.m. Mon., July 12.
Breaking the Ice On Jan. 15, in a gesture of hope and goodwill between nations in conflict, a team of Israelis and Palestinians reached the peak of an Antarctic mountain never previously scaled. Before Hollywood options their story—40 Days in Antarctica, anyone?—hear the details from expedition leader Doron Erel and team member Olfat Haider at a presentation and Q&A sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel. Mountaineers Building, 300 Third. Ave. W., 206-284-6310. Free admission. 7 p.m. Mon., July 12.
Why Mosquitoes Whine and Other Interesting Facts The pests you slap at all summer—the ones that buzz in your ear when you're camping—are actually quite fascinating, as WSU entomologist Dave Pehling will attempt to demonstrate at this class, open to anyone six or older. Interested parties should wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers for the outdoor segment. NW Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E. (Everett), 425-316-8592. $6. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tues., July 13.
Film Fund-raiser As rumors of a new draft circulate, learn about conscientious objection at a panel discussion that doubles as a fund-raiser for Jackie Renn's upcoming documentary feature on the subject. The extended trailer for the film will be shown at the event. Fauntleroy United Church of Christ, 9260 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-5600. Donations accepted. 6:30-10 p.m. Tues., July 13.