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Transit Forum Get the skinny on Sound Transit's plans to improve the region's transportation. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., 206-398-5000. Free. 5-7 p.m. Wed., June 8. Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. (Mercer Island), 206-398-5000. 5-7 p.m. Thurs., June 9.
Michael Eric Dyson The author and "hip-hop intellectual," whose résumé makes him sound like a cooler Cornel West, discusses his controversial new book, Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?). Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $15 ($10 Foolproof members). 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 8. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., 206-389-7263. $50 (includes breakfast). 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thurs., June 9.
Richard Rappaport In his new book, Nerve Endings: The Discovery of the Synapse, the neurosurgeon profiles two pioneers in the field of brain science. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 8.
First Aid at Sea Workshop Fishermen, boaters, and anyone else who spends a fair amount of time at sea might want to take this Coast Guard–approved course. Fisherman's Terminal (Nordby Building), 3919 18th Ave. W., 206-543-1225. $80. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., June 9.
Sound Stewardship Training Learn how to preserve the beauty of Puget Sound's shorelines during three free training sessions on ecology, weed prevention, plant identification, and other topics. (Trainees are expected to volunteer with People for Puget Sound for a total of 40 hours over the next year.) Seattle University (Piggott Hall), 901 12th Ave., 206-382-7007. 6-9 p.m. Thurs., June 9. Duwamish River (directions provided at first class). 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., June 11. Seattle University (Piggott Hall), 901 12th Ave., 206-382-7007. 6-9 p.m. Thurs., June 16.
Film ScreeningVoices in Wartime is a documentary that examines military conflict through the words of poets. East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St. (Bellevue), 425-747-3780. $5. 7 p.m. Thurs., June 9.
Theology Panel At Bainbridge Island Library, a rabbi, a Russian Orthodox priest, a Buddhist monk, a minister, and a Native American elder discuss the inception of the universe, in conjunction with the library's current photo exhibit, "Symmetry: The Beginning Of It All?" 1270 Madison Ave. N. (Bainbridge Island), 206-842-4162. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., June 9.
Norm Stamper The former Seattle police chief talks about and reads from his new book, Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing, which includes a chapter on the WTO riots (excerpted in last week's Seattle Weekly). Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 9.
Mission for Burma The Asian nation of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) remains under military rule, a fact that the University of Washington's Burma Action Group seeks to change. This fund-raiser combines political speech, visual art, a silent auction, and several musical acts. Artworks Gallery, 1914 Fourth Ave., 206-292-4142. $5 (suggested). 8 p.m. Fri., June 10.
SAF Neighborhood Tour The Seattle Architectural Foundation's summer tour series begins with "Valley on the Rise," a guided stroll through Columbia City. (Preregistration is required!)Meet at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 206-667-9184. $20. 8:30 a.m. (check-in). Sat., June 11.
World Naked Bike Ride One of 50 participating cities, Seattle does its, um, part to promote biking in the buff. (The ride ends at Seattle Center at noon.) Meet at Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, 206-684-4075. Free. 9 a.m. Sat., June 11.
Try Rowing Bash The Lake Washington Rowing Club hosts a session that covers the basics and awards all participants a souvenir T-shirt. 910 N. Northlake Way, 206-547-1583. $30. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., June 11.
Gardening Seminar Does a medicinal herb garden mean fewer visits to the doctor? Perhaps, according to naturopath Nancy Welliver, who'll teach you which herbs to cultivate and turn into teas and tinctures. Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., 206-782-2543. Free. 11 a.m. Sat., June 11.
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival Performances, pageantry, and Pacific Islander culture abound at this annual celebration. Seattle Center (Center House), 206-684-7200. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., June 11. Noon-6 p.m. Sun., June 12.
Beach Naturalist Program Take a good look at the flora and fauna of the marine ecosystem during a beach visit led by trained volunteers. Participating beaches in Seattle: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.), Carkeek Park (950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd.), Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl. N.W.), and South Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave. S.W.). Call 206-296-8359 for more info. Free. 1-4 p.m. Sat., June 11. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sun., June 12.
Salima Ikram The director of the Animal Mummy Project at Cairo's Egypt Museum talks about her experiences at the helm of the North Kharga Oasis Survey. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3100. $5 (free for SAM members). 2 p.m. Sat., June 11.
Furry 5K Fun Run Jog with your pet of choice to raise money for the Help the Animals Fund, which benefits injured and/or abandoned animals. Run begins at Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., 206-386-7387. $25 ($15 advance). 10 a.m. Sun., June 12.
Home Tour Forget those pie-in-the-sky Capitol Hill mansions—instead, take a self-guided tour of eight remodeled or restored abodes in Phinney Ridge, sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Tour begins at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. $12-$15. Noon-5 p.m. Sun., June 12.
Health Lecture Naturopaths Eric Yarnell and Margaret Philhower join podiatrist James Lee to discuss nutrition- and lifestyle-based ways of dealing with diabetes. Whole Foods Market, 1026 N.E. 64th St., 206-985-1500. $5. 1-3 p.m. Sun., June 12.
Roger Nygard The director of Trekkies, once the only documentary in existence on the subject of rabid Star Trek fans, unveils its sequel, Trekkies 2, and talks about the making of both films. Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-724-3428. Free. 3-5 p.m. Sun., June 12.
Ed Schultz The progressive talk-radio host broadcasts his show, heard daily on KPTK-AM (1090), from Town Hall. 1119 Eighth Ave., 800-838-3006. $20. Noon. Mon., June 13.
Peter Glidden The naturopath demystifies environmental illness and explains how to fight it through proper nutrition. Greenlake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547. Free. 6-7:45 p.m. Mon., June 13. Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086. Free. 6-7:45 p.m. Tues., June 14.
First Hill Historic House Tour See how the other half lived at a guided tour of two turn-of-the-century homes: the Stimson-Green Mansion and the Henry Dearborn House, both emblematic of First Hill's swanky past. Sponsored by Historic Seattle. Henry Dearborn House, 1117 Minor Ave., 206-622-6952. $10 ($8 Historic Seattle and Washington Trust members). 1-2:30 p.m. Tues., June 14.
Adoption Information Meeting Open Adoption and Family Services, a Northwest-based nonprofit adoption and counseling firm, hosts this session for prospective parents. 200 W. Mercer St. (Suite E-508), 206-782-0442. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. Tues., June 14.
Gardening Workshop Fight the power! The power of weeds, that is, as "noxious weed expert" Sasha Shaw walks you through preventative and curative techniques for gardens afflicted by invasive plants. Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., 206-263-6468. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tues., June 14.
World War II Lecture Series University of Washington history professor Quintard Taylor addresses the importance of race in the war. UW Kane Hall (Room 130), 206-543-0540. $15 ($12 UWAA members, $5 UW students). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tues., June 14.
Interfaith Gathering People of all creeds are invited to join in "Celebrating Spirit in Joy," an event led by half a dozen local spiritual leaders. Interfaith Community Church, 1763 N.W. 62nd St., 206-633-0150. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Tues., June 14.
Employment Workshop Job-hunting guru Gary Kanter of Jewish Family Services leads the first of two sessions on "Moving Your Career Forward." Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E. Mercer Way (Mercer Island), 206-461-3240 ext. 3146. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., June 15.
Health Lecture Licensed mental health counselor Antonia Greene speaks on dream interpretation for cancer patients. Gilda's Club, 1400 Broadway Ave., 206-709-1400. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., June 15.
Thad Koza In anticipation of Tacoma's Tall Ships Festival (June 20–July 6), the photographer discusses and displays his work documenting tall ships around the globe. UW Odegaard Library (Room 220), 206-543-0540. Free (registration required). 7 p.m. Tues., June 14. UW/Tacoma Library (Snoqualmie Room), 1902 Commerce St. (Tacoma), 206-543-0540. Free (registration required). 7 p.m. Wed., June 15.
David McCullough The author of the massive, Pulitzer Prize–winning biography Truman delves into the birth of America in his new book, 1776, which he'll discuss tonight. Sponsored by Foolproof. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $15 ($10 Foolproof members). 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 15.