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Market Ghost Tours Did that fruit stand just tip over by itself, or was it pushed by a poltergeist? You might wonder on a ghost-themed walking tour with Pike Place Market's honorary mayor, Michael Yaeger, and his documentarian daughter, Mercedes Yaeger. Call 206-322-1218 to make a reservation (and for meeting place). $10/person. Time by reservation. Through Sun., Oct. 31.
New Exhibit The Pacific Science Center debuts "Candy Unwrapped," its new installation on the science of making sweets. 200 Second Ave. N., 206-443-2925. $10 ($7 children). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Through Sun., Jan. 2.
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. Wed., Oct. 6 and Fri., Oct. 8.
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 talk about the path to Iraqi democracy. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. (Bellevue), 425-637-1020. $10. 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 6.
The Constitution: An Ongoing Conversation University of Washington professor David Harrison will discuss the balance of powers in U.S. government, touching on presidential war powers and the separation of church and state, at a forum sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave., 206-842-7901. $10 ($5 students). 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 6.
Wednesday University Thanks to Seattle Arts & Lectures, college grads whose minds are atrophying can take mini-classes from genuine professors at bargain rates. The first course of the year deals with the art and society of Renaissance Italy and is taught by University of Washington history prof Mary R. O'Neil. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 41st St., 206-621-2230. $75. 7:30-9 p.m. Alternate Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Dec. 1 (five sessions total).
UTSAV 2004 A South Asian arts festival makes its debut with Indian music ranging from classical to jazz to pop, plus dance and puppetry workshops for children. Sponsored by a host of local arts organizations. Various venues; visit www.thumri.com/utsav/ or call 206-522-4404 for details. $10 daytime events, $15 evening ($75 festival pass). Thurs., Oct. 7-Sun., Oct. 10.
Health Care Forum This CityClub panel discussion on the future of American health care features Virginia Mason Medical Center president J. Michael Rona, Washington Health Foundation head Greg Vigdor, and others. 1903 Third Ave., 206-682-7395. $35. 8-9:30 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 7.
Astronomy Day An introduction to astronomy. This family-friendly event at the Museum of Flight includes talks by renowned local stargazers, aerospace experts, and museum staff, plus hands-on activities (try different telescopes) and news about the latest advances in space travel, including a Mars rover update. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5710. Free! 5-9 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 7.
Globalization Forum A panel featuring sociology professor Walden Bello, Third World Network director Martin Khor, and author Jerry Mander (yes, that is his real name) will discuss the state of globalization five years after Seattle's notorious WTO protests. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-448-7348. $15. 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 7.
Tourette's Syndrome Group A monthly get-together for local adults with TS. Starbucks, 1600 Olive Way, 206-216-8555. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 7.
UW "Defining Moments" Lecture Series A series of weekly talks addressing the history of the University of Washington. This week's lecture, by UW professor emeritus Norm Johnston, deals with the evolution of the campus, from its role in a 1909 regional expo to its cutting-edge contemporary structures. UW Kane Hall, Room 130, 800-AUW-ALUM. $15 ($5 students). 7-9 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 7.
Chenrezi Meditation An evening session led by Jigdal Dagchen Sakya. Sakya Monastery, 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. Free. 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 7.
Back To Its Roots A weekend festival of hip-hop and spoken-word at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. This multidisciplinary event includes performances by Blue Scholars (Best Album winners at this year's SW Music Awards), Massive Monkees, and other local dynamos. 104 17th Ave. S., 206-684-4757. $12 ($7 youth) for performances, $5 for workshops (youth: pay what you can). Fri., Oct. 8-Sun., Oct. 10.
Canine Fashion Show At least it's for a good cause. To accompany the King County Humane Society's fall adoption drive, the Hotel Monaco will host a pack of canine models sporting new looks by such doggie designers as Michael Smith, Donald Pliner, and High Maintenance Bitch (seriously). Evening Magazine host John Curley will emcee. 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-621-1770. Free. Adoption event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fashion show: Noon-12:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 8.
Popular Science Seminar Highline Community College continues its weekly lecture series with a talk titled "The Science of Marine Protected Areas," presented by HCC professor Rus Higley. 2400 S. 240th St., 206-878-3710 ext. 3283. Free. 2:10-3 p.m. Fri., Oct. 8.
Family Friday at Carkeek Park An educational night hike is the scheduled activity. 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd., 206-684-0877. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 8.
Feng Shui Workshop At this free tutorial hosted by Ravenna Third Place Books, Roberta Nelson and Therese Cayou will explain how to turn your home into a calming refuge simply by repositioning furniture. 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-935-4490. Free. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 8.
David Montgomery The University of Washington professor kicks off Town Hall's fall series of science lectures with a talk on endangered salmon. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 8.
Airline Collectibles Show All things airline—hopefully including those cute model planes that flight attendants used to give children in first class—are on display and for sale at this annual expo at the Museum of Flight. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5710. $4 ($2 children), plus museum admission ($12 adults, $11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9.
Positive Choices With Bullies Your child can learn to deal with peer abuse at this workshop for kids 7 to 11 years old, led by ex-cop Paul Figueroa. Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., 206-418-3383. $36/person. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9.
Walking Tour "Back in Time" is the theme of this week's Seattle Architectural Foundation tour, which examines the confluence of Art Deco design and Northwest style. Tour begins at Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-667-9184. $12 ($10 advance). 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 9.
Women of Wisdom Festival They'll be passing out tarot readings and good vibes like candy at this psychic fair; the $2 entrance fee benefits the Duwamish Tribe, which is building a new longhouse. Sand Point Magnuson Park, N.E. 74th St. and Sand Point Way N.E., 206-684-4946. $2 (special workshops cost extra). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10.
Fall Bird Migration Cruises Journey to Protection Island with staffers from the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on a three-hour bird-watching tour; some cruises include up to 80 species! Tour departs from Point Hudson Marina, 103 Hudson St. (Port Townsend), 360-385-5582. $45. 1-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9.
Friends of the Aces Seminar Hear real war stories from World War II aviators at this Museum of Flight event. Autograph session to follow. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5710. $12 adults, $11 seniors, $7.50 youth. 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9.
History Lecture Part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park's fall lecture series, this week's talk by artist Craig Thorpe concerns the development of the Yukon White Pass railroad route. 117 S. Main St., 206-553-7220. Free. 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9.
Arts Gumbo Vietnamese music, food, and dance comprise this edition of the Rainier Valley Cultural Center's globetrotting festival series. 3515 S. Alaska St., 206-760-4285. $5 ($3 seniors/students). 7-10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 9.
Ralph Nader As the Green Party presidential candidate in 2000, he landed smack in the middle of the election controversy, raking in an unexpected number of votes in Florida—and arguably helping Dubya reach the White House. This year, he and longtime activist Peter Miguel Camejo are running as an independent ticket; today at Seattle Center he'll discuss their platform, which includes universal health care, full same-sex marriage rights, and the repeal of the Patriot Act. Seattle Center (Rainier Room), 305 Harrison St., 206-782-8292. $5 (no one turned away). 1 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10.
Walk for Hope The yearly 5K jog/walk raises money for City of Hope, a nonprofit supporting breast-cancer research and education. Walk begins at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E. (Redmond), 800-934-9196. Free (call for pledge kit). Registration from 8:30 a.m. Walk at 10 a.m. Sun., Oct. 10.
CroatiaFest The best thing about Seattle Center's Festál series is that every culture seems to get its own festival. This week, it's Croatia's turn, with authentic music and dance, plus photo exhibits, a folk "fashion" show, and pretty much all the Croat food you can eat. Center House, 305 Harrison St., 206-684-7200. Free admission (food prices vary). Noon-8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10.
Theosophical Lecture The text Treasure of Logical Reasons and Valid Cognitions (by 12th- and 13th-century thinker Sakya Pandita) is the subject of this talk by Buddhist scholar Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim. Sakya Monastery, 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. $12 ($6 students/seniors). 1:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10.
Within the Silence Ken Mochizuki wrote this slide show/performance piece about a Seattle family forced into internment during World War II. International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 Eighth Ave. S., 206-233-0042. Free. 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10.
Marriage Equality Forum A panel of religious leaders—including the Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf, a renowned social-justice advocate—will talk about same-sex marriage and how it relates to tenets of major faiths. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-930-6253. Free. 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 10.
Tibetan Alphabet and Pronunciation Scholar and poet Lee Harris teaches the 1,400-year-old Tibetan language to beginners at this weekly class. Sakya Monastery, 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. $50 ($25 students/seniors) for entire course. 7 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 11-Dec. 13.
Norm Rice Seattle's mayor during most of the '90s speaks at Town Hall on the future of the city and "the need for greater civic engagement." 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 11.
Tech Future Conference "Crossing the Wireless Chasm," a tightrope walker's worst nightmare, is also the theme of this year's WSA confab and trade show. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-448-3033 ext. 107. Fees range from $10 (trade show only) to $350 (full pass). 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 12.
Domestic Violence Info Session The Eastside Domestic Violence Program is just one of several area organizations lending support to survivors of domestic violence; learn about the EDVP and other groups. Women's Center Gallery, Cunningham Hall (UW campus), 206-685-1090. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 12.
A View of Buddhism from Inside and Outside Buddhism scholar Stephanie Price, a graduate of the University of Washington, teaches this introductory course, which addresses the major branches of Buddhist thought. Sakya Monastery, 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. $12 ($6 students/seniors). 7:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 12.
The Constitution: An Ongoing Conversation The series of forums concludes with an examination of the Bill of Rights, with some emphasis on current issues like the Patriot Act and gay marriage. Bainbridge Island Library, 1270 Madison Ave., 206-842-7901. $10 ($5 students). 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13.
Journey to the Kingdom of Nepal The nonprofit travel organization Crooked Trails presents a slide show and discussion of Nepal, where rhinos abound and Mounts Everest and Annapurna beckon the bravest of climbers. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-935-4490. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13.
Shape, Sufi, and Soul Persian singer Hossein Omoumi headlines this celebration of Sufi music. Northwest Sacred Harp Singers and the Goodwill Baptist Church gospel choir will back him. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $16 ($13 seniors/students) in advance, $18/$15 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13.