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University of Washington Historical Exhibit A new display at Suzzallo Library showcases UW's defining moments, from its start as a one-room school to its status as one of the most respected state universities in the country. Suzzallo Library (UW campus), 206-543-0540. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Wed., Sept. 29-Fri., Dec. 17.
Pizza, Polling, and Participation Pizza will, in fact, be served at this community forum on the subject of civic involvement: how it differs across socioeconomic and ethnic lines, and how to encourage more inclusive methods. Sponsored by CityClub. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-682-7395. $15. 6-9 p.m. Wed., Sept. 29.
Peacemaking in Colombia Human-rights workers Eric Schwartz and Sarah Weintraub say they have witnessed U.S.-backed violence and oppression in the Central American nation, long targeted in the drug war. They'll discuss their experiences and impressions. Central Lutheran Church, 1710 11th Ave., 206-329-8378. Free (donations accepted for Colombia-based peace organizations). 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 29.
You'll Be Lichen It If you can forgive the pun, you might actually like this one-night class, taught by Dr. Katherine Glew, on the mosslike organism that grows on trees and rocks. Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E. (Everett), 425-316-8592. $6. 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 29.
Homelessness Forum Sponsored by various local human-rights groups, this event will address such topics as kids on the street, housing access, and physical and mental disability as factors in homelessness. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-684-4514. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 30.
David Rovacs The Bush-whacking political musician launches an all-out assault on NAFTA, the WTO, and his least favorite president at a concert to benefit Community Alliance for Global Justice. Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 First Ave., 206-369-7087. $10 donation requested (no one turned away). 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 30.
New Exhibits A trio of new installations opens at the Nordic Heritage Museum on Oct. 1. The first is a photographic survey of the Sami tribe, the second a display of modern maritime totems, and the third an exploration of recent Norwegian fashion concepts. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-718-4282. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Sun. Fri., Oct. 1-Sun., Nov. 14.
Asia in World History A two-part program sponsored by the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies concludes with this workshop, designed for high-school teachers looking to incorporate more Asian history and culture into their lesson plans. Burke Museum, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, 206-543-1921. $20. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1.
Alpinism Lecture Canadian climber Barry Blanchard has scaled Everest, K2, and other prominent peaks; he'll talk about how (and why) he does what he does during a slide show lecture at Patagonia. 2100 First Ave., 206-622-9700. Free. 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1.
Election Panel Political analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who made a name for himself with the Pentagon Papers, joins human-rights activist Medea Benjamin and columnist Norm Solomon for a discussion of the presidential election process. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., 206-789-2684. $10 ($5 for students/unemployed; no one turned away). 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1.
PowWow A celebration of Indian political involvement, this Tacoma Dome event features traditional dancing and singing, several pageants, and heaps o' fry bread. 2727 East D Street (Tacoma), 206-325-3642. $12 (includes entire weekend). 7 p.m.-midnight. Fri., Oct. 1. Noon-midnight. Sat., Oct. 2. Noon-9 p.m. Sun., Oct. 3.
Wallingford Bungalow Tour Architecturally speaking, the bungalow is the essence of shaggy chic, and Wallingford was boomtown for bungalows during Seattle's early days, as you'll learn on this Seattle Architectural Foundation walking tour. Call 206-667-9184 for meeting place. $20. 9 a.m. Sat., Oct. 2.
Historic Theatres Tour Another Seattle Architectural Foundation walking tour, this morning stroll includes visits to the former Coliseum Theater (now a retail store) and Eagles Auditorium, currently serving as a housing complex. Tour begins at Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-667-9184. $12 ($10 in advance). 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 2.
PAWSwalk Stroll 5K solo or walk your pet for a mile; either way, you'll be raising money for the Progressive Animal Welfare Society. Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., 425-742-4009, ext. 833. Free (call to receive pledge kit). 10 a.m. (registration opens at 8 a.m.). Sat., Oct. 2.
Astronomy! A kid friendly project day at the Museum of Flight includes a model comet-making workshop and up-to-date info on planets and constellations. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Free with museum admission ($12 adults, $11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sat., Oct. 2-Sun., Oct. 3.
Bill McKibben and Betsey Beckman Activist-author McKibben is teaming up with "renowned liturgical dancer" Beckman for a celebration of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment, organized by Seattle-based Christian eco group Earth Ministry. Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John St., 206-632-2426. $10 (suggested donation). 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 2.
Green Party Forum Even if you've had just about enough of Ralph Nader, you might want to hear this year's Green Party presidential candidate, David Cobb, speak his mind; he's running on a platform that includes universal health care, full same-sex marriage rights, and more emphasis on renewable resources. University Baptist Church, 4554 12th Ave. N.E., 206-632-5188. Free (donations accepted). 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 3.
SFI Open House Interested in filmmaking? This no-cost info session at the Seattle Film Institute should be picture perfect for you. 1709 23rd Ave., 206-568-4387. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun., Oct. 3.
Lindesnes Trekkspillklubb That's the Lindesnes Accordion Club, straight outta Norway and ready to rock Leif Erikson Hall in a manner befitting their proud Norwegian ancestors. 2245 N.W. 57th St., 2245 N.W. 57th St., 206-783-1274. $10. 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 3.
The Capitol Steps If you missed the theatrical lambasting of Dubya at the recent Seattle SketchFest, here's another chance to enjoy political sketch comedy, performed by the best-known bipartisan troupe around. McCaw Hall, 206-783-1274. $25-$75. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 4.
Learning Disability Screening For people of all ages who show signs of a learning disability. Hope Clinic, 14030 N.E. 24th St. (Bellevue), 425-462-7800. Free. Time by appointment. Mon., Oct. 4.
"We Media" Webcast In this online forum, a panel of Web-based journalists—including columnist Dan Froomkin, who blogs about the White House for washingtonpost.com, and Stephen Bromberg of FoxNews.com—will discuss the influence of news media on U.S. elections. www.mediacenter.org/electionswebcast. Free. 2-3 p.m. Tues., Oct. 5.
Which Way Seattle? The Black Vote Sponsored by the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, this panel discussion concerns the historical impact of African-American voters, as well as the effect they might have in November. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-323-4032. $7. 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 5.
Inside Iraq: An Eyewitness Account Author of two recent books on Iraq and editor of The American Enterprise Online, Karl Zinsmeister was an embedded reporter during crucial stages of the American invasion; tonight he'll discuss the path to Iraqi democracy. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. (Bellevue), 425-637-1020. $10. 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 6.