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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. 13, and Fri., Oct. 15.
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 Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. (Bainbridge Island), 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 discussion on 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.
Seattle Home Show "Lampshades that sport sequins and feathers" are among the wonders you'll find at this year's domestic expo; hundreds of other exhibitors will showcase less ridiculous wares. Qwest Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., 425-467-0960. $9 ($5 seniors, $3 children). 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 14-Sat., Oct. 16. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17.
CityClub Luncheon Forum The state of Washington schools is the subject of this lunchtime panel discussion, moderated by the Seattle Channel's C.R. Douglas and featuring current state superintendent Terry Bergeson and challenger Judith Billings. 1904 Third Ave., 206-682-7395. $40. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 14.
Public Debate Students from Seattle middle and high schools will have the floor for much of this political forum, sponsored in part by the United Nations. Yale University econ professor Minh Luong is the evening's guest speaker; debate and talk alike will address "American power and global security." Garfield Teen Life Center, 428 23rd Ave., 206-684-4550. 5:30-8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 14.
UW "Defining Moments" Lecture Series A series of weekly talks addressing the history of the University of Washington. This week's lecture, by Glory to Washington author Tom Porter and UW associate athletic director Marie Tuite, deals with the development of the school's sports programs. UW Kane Hall, Room 130, 800-AUW-ALUM. $15 ($5 students). 7-9 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 14.
Family Friday at Carkeek Park Past Fridays have included night hikes, science workshops, and educational films. 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd., 206-684-0877. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 15.
Film Screening The Museum of Flight hosts the Seattle premiere of The Privileged Planet, a documentary about Earth's position in the universe and unique capacity for life. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-292-0401 ext. 111. $5. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 15.
Dance Bush Out Of Office! That's right. When you tango, swing, or salsa at this one-night MoveOnPAC benefit hosted by Capitol Hill's Century Ballroom, you'll be helping John Kerry prevail on Nov. 2. 915 E. Pine St., 206-324-7263. $10. 8 p.m.-midnight. Fri., Oct. 15.
Celtic Fling The yearly Scottish festival includes dancing, bagpipes, and a lot of tea. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 111 N.E. 80th St., 206-523-7476. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16. 10 a.m. Sun., Oct. 17.
Body, Mind, & Spirit Expo Seattle's New Age convention returns, bringing with it a host of aura photographers, holistic-living experts, and transcendental concepts. Seattle Center (Fisher Pavilion), 305 Harrison St., www.bmse.net. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17.
Doll & Teddy Bear Show Apparently dolls, teddies, and hats comprise "the soft arts," which this annual Puyallup expo celebrates. Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave S.W. (Puyallup), 253-841-5045. $6 (discount for seniors/students). 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17.
Indian Art Market Native American artists present work in many media, including weaving, jewelry, photography, and woodcarving. Daybreak Star Arts Center (Discovery Park), 3801 W. Government Way, 206-285-4425. Free ($10 for salmon lunch). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16.
National Martial Arts Day Local experts lead workshops on kung fu, kickboxing, and other martial arts. I.D./Chinatown Community Center, 719 Eighth Ave. S., 206-233-0042. Free admission to workshops (evening show: $10). Workshops: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Show: 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16.
Sally Rockwell The local M.D. tackles food allergies and eating disorders at a daylong seminar. Fee includes lunch. 4703 Stone Way N., 206-547-1814. $48. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16.
Seattle Architectural Foundation Walking Tour This week's excursion deals with Arthur Denny's unfulfilled dream of developing a 10-acre urban garden in Seattle. Tour begins at Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-667-9184. $12 ($10 in advance). 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 16.
Cedar River Salmon Journey Join Seattle Aquarium volunteers at Cedar River for a lively lesson in sockeye salmon spawning behavior. Call 206-386-4300 for site. Free. Volunteers are present from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16.
Family Astronomy Workshop Talk of heavenly bodies will abound at this kid-friendly event, where every lad and lass may construct his or her own model comet. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-768-7126. Free with museum admission ($12 adults, $11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16-Sun., Oct. 17.
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. 16.
Red Elk The "intertribal Native American medicine man" addresses "Ghosts, Spirits, and Prophecies." Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-324-5177. $10. 7-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16.
Environmental Work Party Help defend Llandover Woods from "invasive plants" alongside other eco-conscious do-gooders. Tools and gloves will be provided. Parking lot at N.W. 145th St. and Third Ave. N.W., 206-386-4250. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Sun., Oct. 17.
Rosh Chodesh Group A support group for Jewish survivors of domestic abuse. Call 206-461-3240 for location. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17.
Film Screening Town Hall hosts a screening of the documentary Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer. Sponsored the Breast Cancer Fund, a national nonprofit. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. Free. 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 18.
Stem Cell Forum A panel of scientists, including University of Minnesota bioethicist Jeff Kahn and UW genetics professor Anna Mastroianni, debates the sticky issue of stem-cell research. Moderated by KUOW-FM talk-show host Ross Reynolds. UW Kane Hall (Room 130), www.fosep.org. Free. 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 18.
Caravan for Justice Unbeknownst to many, the Mexican border towns of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez have witnessed a rash of homicides in the past decade, many involving women, most still unsolved. Ramona Morales, the mother of murder victim Silvia Elena Rivera Morales, will speak at this event, hosted by the University of Washington. UW Kane Hall (Room 220), www.mexicosolidarity.org/juarezcaravans.html. Free. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 18.
Kay Redfield Jamison The author and psychiatry prof continues Town Hall's fall series of science lectures with a talk on the link between mood and creativity. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 18.
Experience South Lake Union What awaits you there is an assortment of educational booths, hands-on art stands, and food vendors, with a special appearance by Mayor Greg Nickels scheduled for 6 p.m. South Lake Union Armory, 860 Terry Ave. N., 206-684-7331. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 19.
CityClub Debate State Attorney General candidates Rob McKenna and Deborah Senn square off in a debate co-sponsored by The Seattle Times and the Seattle Public Library. Central Library, Fourth Ave. and Spring St., 206-682-7395. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 19.
Faith Forward This progressive interfaith forum, organized by St. Mark's Cathedral and Temple De Hirsch, will examine the relationship between religion and public policy. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 19.
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Public Salon Seattle University professor Cecile Andrews leads the first of four discussions on the subject of consumerism, simplicity, and indigence. SU campus (Casey Atrium, Fifth Floor), 901 12th Ave., 206-296-6114. Free. 7-9 p.m. Tues., Oct. 19.
Travel Lecture Travel guide Matthew Brumley reveals the sexy, gothy spirit of Eastern Europe in a slide-show lecture covering Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Bohemia, and Moravia (in the Czech Republic), and other vampire-friendly regions. Reservations required! Wide World Books & Maps, 4411A Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 19.
Stephen Flynn The retired Coast Guard commander and author of America the Vulnerable breaks down homeland security, with emphasis on strategic ports like our own. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 19.
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times Navajo author and physician Lori Arviso Alvord is the featured speaker at this daylong seminar on incorporating tribal health practices into contemporary medical treatments. Swedish Medical Center (Glaser Auditorium), 747 Broadway Ave., 206-386-3030 ext. 44524. $75. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20.
Defining Democracy Highline Community College begins a series of political forums with two panels, each convening twice. The first deals with three initiatives concerning election protocol (I-872), education (I-884), and "electronic scratch ticket machines" (I-892); the second is an election preview featuring Rep. Tony Moore and Rep. Jim McDermott. HCC (Building 7), 2400 S. 240th St., 206-878-3710 ext. 3283. Free. Panel #1 (initiatives): 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Panel #2 (election): 10 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20.
Dave Ross The former talk-show host turned Democratic candidate for Congress (from the 8th district) speaks at Mercer Island's JCC. 3801 E. Mercer Way, 206-232-7115 ext. 269. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Wed., Oct. 20.
Preservation Board Hearing The South Park neighborhood is currently engaged in a struggle to officially preserve a bungalow known as the "Witch's Hat House," an unusual structure built in 1908 by Italian immigrants. The issue will receive further attention at this hearing, open to all. Arctic Building (10th Floor), 700 Third Ave., 206-684-0228. Free. 3:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20.
Addressing Torture University of Washington politics prof Jamie Mayerfeld examines the role of torture in war, which he calls "morally indefensible and practically self-defeating." UW Kane Hall (Room 210), 206-634-3400. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20.
Dharma Social Club Sakya Monastery hosts this philosophical discussion group, which addresses love, anger, compassion, and other key issues from a Buddhist perspective (though all faiths are welcome). 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20.
Kent Stowell and Francia Russell The artistic directors of the Pacific Northwest Ballet discuss their time in the dance biz, from the peak of the Balanchine era to the present day. PNB dancers and renowned choreographer Donald Byrd will also be in attendance. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $10. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 20.