A Bolt of Enlightening

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Senior Job Club People 55 and over are invited to this employment fair, organized by the Mayor’s Office. 618 Second Ave. (Elliott Bay Conf. Room), 206-684-0500. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Wed., July 28.

Caring for Your Pet’s Health Hosted by South Seattle Community College. Topics to be discussed include exercise, grooming, ear cleaning, and how to administer medication. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5300. $39. 6-9 p.m. Wed., July 28.

Birds of Puget Sound Longtime birdwatcher Bob Morse will use slides and his encyclopedic knowledge to provide an overview of our region’s avian activity. Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E. (Everett), 425-316-8592. $6. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., July 28.

Dharma Social Club Seattle’s 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., July 28.

Seattle Goodwill Anniversary Coming off a significant renovation in 2003, the flagship Seattle branch of Goodwill turns 81 this year; in celebration, the store is offering its customers free punch and cake today, along with special offers on gently used merchandise. 1400 S. Lane St., 206-329-1000. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs., July 29.

Fashion First “Seattle’s boutique community” is the star of this fashion show, hosted by Belltown’s Bada Lounge and sponsored by Seattle magazine and the Belltown Business Association. Participating boutiques include Alhambra, Ian, Nuvo Moda, and Mercer. 2230 First Ave., 206-374-8717. $20 in advance, $30 at the door. 6-9 p.m. Thurs., July 29.

John Fairman The Asian antique enthusiast talks about Chinese furniture. Glenn Richards Asian Furnishings, 964 Denny Way, 206-287-1877. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., July 29.

FAA Flight Safety Seminar At this Museum of Flight event, aviation authorities will teach amateur and aspiring pilots how to be safer in the sky. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., July 29.

Indian Music Concert One of several noteworthy Indian cultural events this summer, tonight’s concert at the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Fuller Garden Court features Bombay songbird Neela Bhagwat, who specializes in traditional Hindustani tunes. 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100. $3. 7 p.m. Thurs., July 29.

Pelagic Birding Class In case you’re wondering, pelagic means “living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land.” Mike Donahue teaches this Audubon-sponsored evening course on the ocean-loving birds of the Northwest. Northlake Unitarian Church, 308 Fourth Ave. S. (Kirkland), 425-576-8805. $65. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., July 29 and Thurs., Aug. 5.

Sam Keen “Conversation with a Dying Philosopher: Ernest Becker Revisited” is the subject of this Seattle University lecture by the author of Fire in the Belly. Student Union, 800 Broadway Ave. E., 206-232-2994. $10. 7 p.m. Thurs., July 29.

Esoterica Holistic health lectures, “intuitive readings,” and aromatherapy workshops highlight this mind/body/spirit conference at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. $5. 2-7 p.m. Fri., July 30.

Critical Mass Seattle joins San Francisco and other eco-conscious cities in this celebration of cycling as an alternative to motorized transportation. Bikers are invited to meet at Westlake Center and ride, en masse, through the streets of downtown. Fifth Avenue and Pine Street, www.seattlecriticalmass.org. Free. 5 p.m. Fri., July 30.

Scottish Highland Games Doff your undergarments and don a colorful kilt for this annual tribute to Scotland, whose sophisticated culinary tradition gave us haggis. The games are essentially a giant family reunion, with clans of all stripes uniting in a joyous ceilidh (Gaelic for “party”) that lasts all weekend. King County Fairgrounds, 45224 284th Ave. S.E. (Enumclaw), 206-522-2541. $10/day for adults, $7/day for seniors and children. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., July 31. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 1.

Monster Book Sale Tacoma Public Library rolls out 4,000 used books, videos, and CDs every year for this bargain book-buying bonanza. (During the last two hours of the sale on Sunday, each bag of books is a mere $2!) Wilson High School, 1202 N. Orchard St. (Tacoma), 253-591-5666. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., July 31-Sun., Aug. 1.

Samish Bay Bivalve Bash Shellfish densely populate this annual fiesta, which benefits clean-water programs and includes “educational activities,” music, and a contest that requires participants to build their dream home out of oyster shells. Taylor Shellfish Farms, 2182 Chuckanut Dr. (Bow), www.taylorshellfish.com. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., July 31.

Focus on Fossils The Burke Museum presents a program devoted entirely to local fossil finds, with curator Liz Nesbitt leading tours of the dinosaur exhibit and other Burke staffers explaining how a fossil dig works. Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-7907. $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5 for youth. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., July 31.

Healing Festival Bad karma? The Everett-based CDM Psychic Institute helps you heal with this veritable orgy of aura readings, reflexology, and massage. 2402 Summit Ave. (Everett), 425-258-1449. Free admission ($10 per workshop or reading). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., July 31.

MOHAI Walking Tour The history of Pioneer Square is the subject of this week’s informative stroll, led by Museum of History and Industry director Leonard Garfield. Tour begins at the pergola in Pioneer Square, 206-324-1126. $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour. 11 a.m. Sat., July 31.

Rolling Thunder This traveling “democracy festival” features populist author and speaker Jim Hightower, the music of local singer-songwriter Paula Maya, and a whole lotta anti-Bush strategizing. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Pt. Way N.E., www.seattlethunder.net. $10. Noon-8 p.m. Sat., July 31.

Book Launch At this afternoon forum, a panel of area activists will discuss Revolutionary Integration, a new Marxist analysis of the civil rights movement from the ’60s to the late ’80s. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6057. Free. 4 p.m. Sat., July 31.

Capture the Flag (And Burn It!) Yes, it’s time once again for Seattle’s annual anarchist game of Capture the Flag, which began in 1958 and benefits local nonprofits. Socialists, Greens, and others who identify with the leftmost side of the political spectrum are invited to register and play. Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E. (E-mail jessg@speakeasy.net for more information.) $5. 5-9 p.m. Sat., July 31.

Pista Sa Nayon A celebration of Seattle’s Filipino-American community, this Seafair-sponsored event includes music, dance, authentic cuisine, and “cultural booths.” Seward Park Amphitheater, 5898 Lake Washington Blvd. S., 206-296-4004. Free. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., Aug. 1.

Japanese Arts Festival The Seattle Japanese Garden hosts this yearly fest. 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., 206-684-4725. $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and youth. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Aug. 1.

Guided Nature Walk Stroll through Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with a knowledgeable guide; for those who prefer to explore unguided, the park is open from dawn until dusk. 100 Brown Farm Rd. (Olympia), 360-753-9467. $3 per family. 1-2:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 1.

Living Treasure Documentaries Art fiends and nonfiction film fans alike should appreciate this quadruple feature of shorts about Northwest artists, including Ramona Solberg and Robert Sperry. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St. (Bellingham), 360-676-6981. Free. 2-4 p.m. Sun., Aug. 1.