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LGBT Community Forum A film screening and discussion regarding the effect of American foreign policy on gay rights around the world. LGBT Community Center, 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-5428. Free (donations accepted). 6-8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 10.
Higher Education Workshop Co-sponsored by Seattle Central Community College and designed for area Latinos and Latinas, this evening session emphasizes financial planning for college. (Presented in both Spanish and English.) Chief Sealth High School, 2600 S.W. Thistle St., 206-287-5537. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. Wed., Nov. 10.
Freelancing Panel Sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, this discussion—led by Wired writer Michael Bradbury, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staffer Elaine Porterfield, and others—addresses the benefits and drawbacks of moving from a staff position to a freelance writing career. UW Communications Building, Room 126, 206-545-7918. Free. 7-9 p.m. Wed., Nov. 10.
Parenting Workshop Psychiatry professor Jack Raskin explains how a child's mind works, and how knowing that process can help you be a better parent, at a lecture hosted by Jewish Family Service. 1601 16th Ave., 206-461-3240. $20 ($15 in advance). 7-9 p.m. Wed., Nov. 10.
Edmonds Marsh Trip Check out the loons, grebes, and other waterfowl on an Audubon jaunt to Edmonds. Trip departs from South Kirkland Park & Ride, 3801 108th Ave. N.E. (Kirkland), 425-746-6351. $2. 8 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 11.
Photo Exhibit In honor of Veterans Day, the Museum of Flight hosts a weekend installation of Nick Del Calzo's back-and-white photographs of Medal of Honor recipients. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $12 ($11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11-Sat., Nov. 13.
Veterans Day Service Vietnam and Gulf War vet Col. Frankie Manning (Ret.) keynotes this year's remembrance, which also includes the University of Washington NROTC Color Guard. Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., 206-362-5200. Free. 11 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 11.
History Lecture Part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park's fall lecture series, this week's talk concerns the historical development of the Woodland Park Zoo and its more recent efforts toward endangered-species preservation. 117 S. Main St., 206-553-7220. Free. 2 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11.
Veterans Day Ceremony Medal of Honor recipients reflect on the meaning of valor in combat at the Museum of Flight's official Veterans Day event. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $12 ($11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 2 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11.
Veterans Day Concert The Boeing Employees Concert Band, a 50-piece affair, honors vets with a program of "patriotic favorites" at the Museum of Flight. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $12 ($11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 3 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11.
Sherman Alexie/Multiple Sclerosis Benefit The famed author reads from a new work, and a locally produced film on M.S. receives its premiere at this fund-raising dinner. Seattle Hilton, 1301 Sixth Ave., 206-633-2606. $100/seat (suggested donation). 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11.
Juggling and Footbag Festival Footbag, also known as Hacky Sack, is not just the pursuit of idle hippies. There are actually scores of professional footbag players, and some will be teaching workshops at this weekend fest, which also features juggling instruction. Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., 206-684-7534. $5 (covers all three days). Fri., Nov. 12-Sun., Nov. 14.
Luncheon Forum CityClub hosts a panel of local MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipients, including University of Washington professor and poet Richard Kenney and sculptor/musician Trimpin. Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., 206-682-7395. $40. Noon-1:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 12.
Washington Snowsports Expo Skiers, snowboarders, and perhaps even bobsledders can get their browse on at this annual weekend show. Qwest Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave., www.onthesnow.com. $10 (free admission for children under 12). Noon-10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 13. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 14.
Popular Science Seminar Highline Community College continues its weekly lecture series with a talk titled "The ABGs of Radiation," presented by Highline professor John Pfeffer. 2400 S. 240th St., 206-878-3710 ext. 3283. Free. 2:10-3 p.m. Fri., Nov. 12.
Ivory Coast Relief Team Fund-raiser Authentic Ivory Coast music, presentations by relief team members, and a silent auction await you at this gala to benefit victims of the African country's civil strife. Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E. (Shoreline), 206-622-0549. $35 (suggested donation). 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 12.
Occidental Square Forum What will become of Pioneer Square's main plaza? A panel of local business owners and developer Greg Smith addresses the question at this public event, organized by Allied Arts of Seattle. Grand Central Building Arcade, 216 First Ave. S., 206-624-0433. $35 (suggested donation, includes beer and snacks; free to low-income individuals). 7-10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 12.
Ramtha An ancient Lemurian warrior "channeled" by Yelm's J.Z. Knight at this event, Ramtha supposedly dispenses mind-bending philosophical lessons, as depicted in the recent documentary What the #$*! Do We Know!? He'll be joined today by ex-papal adviser Miceal Ledwith and medical expert Dr. Joe Dispenza. Seattle Center (Rainier Room), 360-458-5201. Free. 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 12.
Reifel Bird Sanctuary Excursion Join the Kirkland chapter of the Audubon Society on a day trip to Ladner, B.C., where dabbling ducks, rough-legged hawks, and snowy owls are common sights. Trip departs from Kingsgate Park & Ride, 13001 116th Way N.E. (Kirkland), 425-827-2478. $12. 7:30 a.m. Sat., Nov. 13.
Ways of Whales Workshop Fans of the world's largest mammal will want to reserve their spots in this daylong Whidbey Island workshop, organized by Orca Network. Scheduled topics include the place of whales in literature and pop culture and the effects of water pollution on whales. Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center, 501 S. Main St., 360-678-3451. $15. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 13.
Aging Resource Fair Co-sponsored by Seattle Center and the city of Seattle, this expo for seniors addresses finance, health care, transportation, and community through demos, info booths, and presentations. Seattle Center House, 206-684-7200. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 13.
Ceramics Exhibit The first comprehensive American show dedicated to Korea's leading ceramicist, Yoon Kwang-cho, opens at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100. $3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) Exhibit opens Sat., Nov. 13.
Pet Care Workshop Holistic remedies aren't just for humans, says Dr. Donna Kelleher; she'll back up her claim at this Bastyr University class, which advises treating Fido and Fifi with Chinese herbs and other naturopathic methods. 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E., 425-602-3330. $40. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 13.
Digital Photography Workshop If you still take your digital camera expectantly to Bartell Drug, you might need this session with pro shutterbug John Bolivar, who'll walk you though Digicam 101 (with special emphasis on travel photography). Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. $45 (includes a book on digital photography). 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 13.
Derail CAFTA! Tour Salvadorian labor leader Carmelina Contreras de Guzman and other like-minded activists speak out against the Central American Free Trade Agreement at this community forum. Labor Temple Hall, 2800 First Ave., 206-325-5494. Free. 5-7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 13.
Solar Conference Three days of panels and presentations on solar and wind power, sponsored in part by local nonprofit WesternSUN. Talaris Conference Center, 4000 N.E. 41st St., 206-268-7000. $280. Sun., Nov. 14-Tues., Nov. 16.
ComiCard Convention Comics, comics-based trading cards, anime, action figures, and countless other geeky pastimes abound at this annual show. Seattle Center (Rainier Room), 425-774-1781. $4. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 14.
Free Yoga Class Give yoga a try—along with gyrokinesis and Zen meditation, if you like—at Issaquah's Yoga Barn. 660 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 425-427-0038. Free. Yoga: Noon-1 p.m. Gyrokinesis: 1-2 p.m. Meditation: 2-3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 14.
Leif Alpsjö The internationally renowned player of the nyckelharpa (key-fiddle) does his thing at the Nordic Heritage Museum. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. $12. 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 14.
Meteorology Lecture Cliff Mass, a University of Washington professor of atmospheric sciences, delivers a lecture on Northwest windstorms. UW Kane Hall, Room 130, 206-543-4250. Free. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 15.
Parenting Workshop Learn how to nurture a healthy sense of self-esteem in your child at the Mercer Island JCC. 3801 E. Mercer Way, 206-232-7115. Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 16.
Seattle Follies The latest political cabaret show at Town Hall features former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and an election theme. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $18 ($15 in advance). 7:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 16.
Paper Panel A panel of experts on paper production, that is; discussion should range from pulp processing to the latest binding and design techniques. Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., 206-762-1200. $35 (includes dinner). 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17.
Michael Meade The professional storyteller and mythology expert speaks on the relationship between ancient tales and modern times. Sponsored by the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3100. $12 (suggested donation; no one turned away). 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17.
Peace Corps Event Former volunteers with the nation's largest do-gooder organization talk about their experiences and advise aspiring vols. Greenlake Community Center, 7201 E. Greenlake Dr. N., 206-684-0780. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17.
Travel Lecture Travel guide Matthew Brumley discusses the beauty and majesty of Costa Rica—home to volcanoes, beaches, and a rainforest region—with the help of slides. Reservations required! Bainbridge Island Regional Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N., 206-842-4162. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17.
Chimpanzee Lecture Roger and Deborah Fouts, founders of the nonprofit chimpanzee advocacy group Friends of Washoe, talk about chimp communication at Shoreline Community College. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N. (Shoreline), 206-546-7841. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17.
Grant Cogswell and Ketty Loeb Local poet Cogswell talks about the challenges of writing a book-length poem; University of Washington doctoral student Loeb discusses the plight of ethnic minorities in contemporary Chinese society. Sponsored by the Seattle Research Institute. Gallery of the Senses, 1402 E. Pike St., 206-992-6112. $5 (suggested donation). 7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17.