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Light Brigade Project This photography exhibit at the Museum of the Mysteries features astronomical images captured by Tacoma photographer Michael Williams, whose favored subjects include stars, comets, and meteors. 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-328-6499. $2. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Noon-7 p.m. Sun. Through Sat., July 31.
Early World Maps 14th- to 18th-century maps comprise the Karpeles Manuscript Museum's summer exhibit. 407 South G Street (Tacoma), 253-383-2575. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sept. 24.
Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Ann Rule, whose next book is about Gary Ridgway, titled Green River, Running Red, is a keynote speaker at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's summer confab. In attendance as well: fantasy author Terry Brooks and members of the Oregon Writers Colony. Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, 17620 Pacific Hwy. S., 425-673-2665. $60 for each dinner, $25 to attend the awards ceremony. Thurs., July 15-Sun., July 18.
Summer Water Music Festival The eclectic four-day fest in La Conner includes music by Handel, Venetian lighted boats, Native American canoes, a midday barbecue bash, and educational workshops galore. 117 Maple Ave. (La Conner), 360-840-9020. $25-$70. Thurs., July 15-Sun., July 18.
Playground Performance Kent's summer concert series continues at West Fenwick Park, where the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble will perform music from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Gambia, and other regions in Africa, as well as several original compositions. 3824 Keith Rd. (Kent), 253-856-5050. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Thurs., July 15.
What To Do When "Normal" Has Become Difficult A workshop for anyone with a relative or friend whose neurodevelopment is considered abnormal, this educational evening covers ADD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette's, and other disorders, with an emphasis on how to accommodate the differently abled. Casey Family Bldg., 1300 Dexter Ave. N. (Suite 110), 206-204-6000. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., July 15.
The Science of Social Change "Marxist feminist" Adrienne Weller speaks on various breeds of socialist thought at a Radical Women forum. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6057. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., July 15.
Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow Traditional dancing, drumming, regalia, crafts, and food are among the highlights of this yearly celebration, sponsored by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, 206-285-4425. Free. Fri., July 16-Sun., July 18.
Sequim Lavender Festival Sequim is the lavender capital of North America. Every year around this time, in honor of the aromatic plant, the city puts on a downtown street fair and organizes tours of local lavender farms. Downtown Sequim (West Fir Street), www.lavenderfestival.com. Free admission to the street fair; $6 admission covers all eight farms. Street fair: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri., July 16-Sat., July 17. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., July 18. Farms: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., July 16-Sun., July 18.
Gay Comics Forum Comics are a marginalized art form, and LGBT artists are often sub-marginalized within it. Learn about Prism Comics, an association dedicated to advancing gay and lesbian creators and their work, at this discussion, held at the School of Visual Concepts. 500 Aurora Ave. N., 206-525-6257. $2. 7 p.m. Fri., July 16.
CoastFest In celebration of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary's 10th birthday, the Port Angeles waterfront will come alive today with conservation displays, music, activities, and a visit from the tall ship Lady Washington. City Pier (Port Angeles), 260-457-6622 ext. 25. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., July 17.
lewis and clark Exhibit Numerous articles, and even a few books, have been devoted to the study of Lewis and Clark as naturalists. Now the Maryhill Museum of Art adds to the socio-scientific hootenanny with "A Passion for Plants: Before and After Lewis and Clark," which examines the explorers' effect on modern botany. 35 Maryhill Museum Dr. (Goldendale), 509-773-3733. $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $2 for children under 17. 9 a.m.-5 p.m daily. Sat., July 17-Mon., Nov. 15.
Classic Speedboat Show Another Seafair event, this collection of more than 100 vintage boats includes hydroplanes and cruisers. South Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., 360-321-6404. $5 for adults, free for children under 12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., July 17. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., July 18.
Radio Equipment Flea Market Fans of old-fashioned radios and radio components will lose themselves at this Bellingham bazaar, where nothing is less than 40 years old and prices range from $1 to $1,000. American Museum of Radio and Electricity, 1312 Bay St. (Bellingham), 360-738-3886. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., July 17-Sun., July 18.
MOHAI Walking Tour Historian Tom Hitzroth is your guide on a stroll through Marymoor Park; his on-the-go lecture addresses the evolution of the park from Native American land to private property, and eventually to public status. 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E. (Redmond), 206-324-1126. $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour. 11 a.m. Sat., July 17.
Slide Show Before the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was a refuge, its delta was home to the Brown Farm, whose history Rey Wicklund explains in two presentations. 100 Brown Farm Rd. (Olympia), 360-753-9467. Free. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat., July 17.
Give Hockey a Try 2004 A free clinic designed for women and sponsored by the Seattle Women's Hockey Club, which will provide all comers with protective gear and equipment. Castle Ice Arena, 12620 164th Ave. S.E. (Renton), 206-709-9588. Noon-2 p.m. Sat., July 17.
Bon Odori Japan's answer to Mexico's Day of the Dead, this festival—an official part of Seafair—salutes the spirits of long-deceased ancestors with red lanterns, festive food, dancing, taiko drumming, and martial arts. Seattle Buddhist Temple, 14th Avenue and Main Street, www.seattlebetsuin.com. Free admission. 4-10 p.m. Sat., July 17-Sun., July 18.
Benefit Auction Bid on nature hikes and other outdoorsy prizes; all proceeds support Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-553-7220. $40. 6 p.m. Sat., July 17.
Ara Tripp "She breathes fire, stops traffic, and has talked at community colleges on transgender issues," and tonight the performance artist addresses mysticism at Macchu Picchu in a talk titled: "Adventures of a Transgender in Peru." Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-328-6499. $2. 7-9 p.m. Sat., July 17.
Open House The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, co-founded by Dale Chihuly, welcomes anyone interested in glass art to spend an afternoon touring the facilities, taking in a few demos, attending a slide show, and meeting with artists. 1201 316th St. N.W., 360-445-3111. $20 for adults, free for children under 12. Noon-5 p.m. Sun., July 18.
Seattle Peace Concert Give it a chance at Golden Gardens, where the beach party will rage with surf music, Latin rhythm, bluesy funk, and a traditional drum circle. 8498 Seaview Pl. N.W., www.seapeace.org. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Sun., July 18.
Haiku Workshop The Seattle Japanese Garden hosts a one-day course on writing three-line poems that contain multitudes. 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., 206-684-4725. $45. 1 p.m. Sun., July 18.
Mental Health Educational Forum SW reporter Philip Dawdy, who has written several in-depth articles on mental illness over the past year, talks about his struggle with bipolar disorder and examines the societal infrastructure that frequently fails the mentally ill, at a discussion sponsored by NAMI Greater Seattle. St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-9264. Free (donations accepted). 7-9 p.m. Tues., July 20.