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Hiking Seminar Hiking expert and instructional-video creator Jayah Faye Paley demonstrates how hiking poles can make your next mountain trek safer and more of a workout. REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., 206-223-1944. Free. 7-8:15 p.m. Wed., Sept. 28.
David Rothkopf He interviewed Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and 126 other foreign-policy experts for his new book, Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power, which he'll discuss tonight at Town Hall. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 28.
David Roberts The daring climber, who has conquered peaks throughout Alaska and the Yukon, delivers a slide-show lecture on the risks and rewards of mountaineering, with a Q&A to follow. REI, 222 Yale Ave., 206-223-1944. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 29.
David Miller The University of Washington architecture professor addresses eco-conscious design at a forum co-sponsored by UW and Seattle Architecture Foundation. Rainier Square (Conference Center), 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-667-9184. Free (RSVP required). 5-8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 29.
Jim Wallis The Christian activist and author talks about his latest book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. Sponsored by the Washington Association of Churches. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-625-9790. $25. 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 29.
Picture Perfect Queen Anne This neighborhood organization is beginning the task of transforming Queen Anne into a safer, cleaner, prettier neighborhood for residents and businesses, and they're holding a public meeting to get community input. How do they best utilize the dough from the Department of Neighborhoods? Swing by and you just might have a say in it. The Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1818 Queen Anne Ave., 206-786-5971. 6:30-9 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 29.
Henry S. Bienen The president of Northwestern University, a former State Department consultant, shares his thoughts on "Critical Foreign Policy Issues Facing the United States" in a talk sponsored by the NU Club of Seattle. Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., 866-881-0007. $15 ($10 NU Club members). 6:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 30.
Science Seminar The fall seminar series at Highline Community College commences with "Risk: When the Math You Don't Know CAN Kill You," led by geology professor Eric Baer. 2400 S. 240th St. (Des Moines), 206-878-3710. 2:10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 30.
Fido Fashions for Fall If your dog lacks sexy duds, the Humane Society's adoption day celebration at Hotel Monaco may be the answer. Not only are the Hotel, the Human Society, Three Dog Bakery, and CityDog showcasing pooch couture, but they're also bringing some adoptable canines to the event in hopes of finding them a place to call home. Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-621-1770. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fri., Sept. 30.
Harvest Celebration Farm Tour Get a firsthand look at farms throughout King County at the seventh annual edition of this event. In addition to chats with the farmers, there'll be corn mazes, hayrides, and chances to pet animals at 26 farms. Visit www.metrokc.gov/wsu-ce/farmtour for participating farms, or call 206-205-3206. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1.
Fisherman's Fall Festival Learn about the local fishing industry while listening to Scottish piping and, if you're up to it, participating in an oyster- or lutefisk-eating contest. Fisherman's Terminal (Boardwalk), 1900 W. Nickerson St., 206-782-6577. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1.
Eliza Davidson The historian, architect, and arborist talks about John and Frederick Olmsted's efforts to develop Seattle's park-and-boulevard system, including Seward Park and the University of Washington campus. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 117 S. Main St., 206-553-7220. Free. 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1.
Totem Dedication Carved by Tlingit artist Odin Lonning, Everett Community College's new Killer Whale/Thunderbird totem replaces a previous pole damaged in 2002; its unveiling anchors ECC's ninth annual Coastal Gathering celebration. Parks Student Union (Multipurpose Room), 2000 Tower St. (Everett), 425-388-9100. Free (includes dinner). 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1.
Think Green Day Go beyond bottles and cans at this "recycling" event, where you can donate books, CDs, DVDs, and even software to Eco Encore, a group that supports environmental nonprofits in Washington state through the resale of gently used goods. PCC Natural Markets (visit www.pccnaturalmarkets.com for locations). Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1.
Homelessness Forum At Bellevue's First United Methodist Church, a daylong program of workshops and panels featuring local politicians and activists, sponsored by the InterFaith Task Force on Homelessness. 1934 108th Ave. N.E. (Bellevue), 425-442-5418. $25 (suggested; scholarships available). 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1.
PeaceMobile The "roving billboard and sound system," available for use by local activist groups, makes its debut at Victor Steinbrueck Park. 2001 Western Ave., www.peacemobile.info. Free. 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1.
Family Fun Workshop Questions about comets? Drop by the Museum of Flight's kid-friendly class on the mysterious heavenly bodies. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-768-7126. $14 ($13 seniors, $7.50 youth). 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1-Sun., Oct. 2.
Healing Arts The Healing Arts Wellness and Research Center hosts a grand opening to celebrate their arrival as a unique health care facility complete with naturopathic and oriental medicine, acupuncture, and sound and music therapy. There will be presentations by the center's practitioners, various other speakers, along with music, food, and local art. 1110 Edmonds Ave. N.E. (Renton), 425-255-2226. Free. Starts at noon Fri., Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1 and Sun., Oct. 2.
Project Linus This charity's Seattle chapter is sponsoring a 24-hour blanket-making marathon for Hurricane Katrina victims who might be craving some home-spun threads. Swing by to help these philanthropists with the sewing/quilting/knitting/crocheting or at least drop off some fabric or yarn to show support. Qwest Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 206-381-7555. Free. 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 1, through 10 a.m. Sun., Oct. 2.
Allah Made Me Funny At a time when tensions between America and the Islamic world are running high, this touring group of Muslim stand-up comics, including Saturday Night Live writer Preacher Moss and activist/comic Azhar Usman (whose nicknames include "the Ayatollah of Comedy" and "Bin Laughin"), should help put global events in proper perspective. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. (Bellevue), 425-241-7870. $25. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 2.
Action Figure Unveiling Archie McPhee's new Super Fan action figure, based on local Seahawks-Sonics-Storm-Mariners supporter Lorin Sandretzky, officially goes on sale, with Sandretzky on hand to autograph boxes and the like. 2428 N.W. Market St., 206-297-0240. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 2.
CroatiaFest The smallish, oddly shaped Eastern European nation gets a day all to itself at Seattle Center, including dance, music, photography, and a history lecture by author Adam Eterovich. Seattle Center (Center House and Fisher Pavilion), 206-684-7200. Free. Noon-9 p.m. Sun., Oct. 2.
Breast Cancer Walk Join the hundreds of people showing their support for breast cancer research by doing City of Hope's Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer, which will raise money for research, treatment, and education about a disease that will affect around 4,000 women in Washington this year. Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 Sandpoint Wy., 800-260-HOPE. 9 a.m. Sun., Oct. 2.
Staged Reading Mark Jenkins' All Powers Necessary and Convenient should have some post-9/11 relevance; it deals with the McCarthy-era Canwell Committee, which accused local academics, artists, and activists of being communists. Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636. Free. 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 2.
Caroline Swope The historian and author discusses her new book, Classic Houses of Seattle: High Style to the Vernacular, 1870–1950. Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-789-8866. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 4.
Wednesday University Take biweekly classes from genuine professors at bargain rates, courtesy of Seattle Arts & Lectures. The first course, taught by University of Washington English prof Richard Dunn, explores the social and cultural context of Dickens' novels. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-621-2230. $75. 7:30-9 p.m. Alternate Wednesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 30 (five sessions total).
Astronomy Day There'll be some stargazing at the Museum of Flight when local astronomers and aerospace and astronomy groups gather for a day of constellations, astronomical photographs, telescopes, and information about current space exploration. Visits to the Starlab portable planetarium, lectures, and creepy little men with giant Martian heads included. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. Free. 4-9 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 6.