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Blood Drive You have plenty of it, so why not give some away? The Puget Sound Blood Center is holding an ongoing Seattle-area drive through the end of April; the times and places listed below are just the tip of the iceberg, so call 206-292-6511 for details on future opportunities to donate. 2324 Eastlake Ave. E. (#500), 8-11 a.m.; 801 Second Ave. (Third Floor), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 1910 Fairview Ave. E. (parking lot), 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wed. March 17.

Tax Seminar for Artists Whoever thinks artists can’t manage their money has bought into a nasty stereotype. This tax seminar should set it to rest once and for all. Let local attorney Neil Sussman teach you how to keep the term “starving artist” from applying to you. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-328-7053. $45 for attorneys, $30 for paralegals, $15 for artists and students. 7-9:30 p.m. Wed. March 17.

A View From Space: The Missions of Janet Kavandi University of Washington alum and accomplished astronaut Kavandi will be in attendance at this seminar on space travel; her resume includes the final shuttle mission to Space Station Mir. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-1208. Free admission. 10 a.m. Thu. March 18.

BYOB Workshop In this case, it means “build your own business” and “be your own boss.” Learn how to make self-employment work for you at this Everett Community College-sponsored event, where a variety of small-business owners will be on hand to answer your questions and assuage your fears. 2000 Tower St. (Everett), 425-388-9278. Free admission. 11 a.m. Thu. March 18.

Whirligig! If inflatable rides, arts and crafts, and face-painting really do it for your kids, you’ll want to check out this annual children’s festival at Seattle Center. But be forewarned: Radio Disney and The Seattle Times are cosponsors. Seattle Center House, 206-684-7200. $6 for an all-day pass or $1 per ride. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Thu. March 18-Wed. April 14.

The Future of Radio Advertising in America Austin Howe will explain at a luncheon sponsored by the Seattle Advertising Federation. Washington Athletic Club (Crystal Room), 1325 Sixth Ave., 206-448-4481. $25 for Federation members, $40 for non-members. 11:15 a.m. Thu. March 18.

Nordex: The Fashion Element Seattle Design Center hosts a combination fashion and home show, with an emphasis on hot trends and glamour. Cocktails and prominent designers (by Seattle standards, anyway) are both likely to abound. SDC, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., 206-789-5668. $15. 4:30 p.m. Thu. March 18.

Helen Keller: The Myth and the Reality A discussion of Kim Nielson’s book, The Radical Lives of Helen Keller, hosted by Ann Yzkanin, who is blind. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6057. $6.50 donation accepted for dinner. 6:30 p.m. Thu. March 18.

An Evening with Roger Fouts The acclaimed “animal/human communications expert” talks shop at this gala dinner and auction to benefit the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, a nonprofit devoted to animals down on their luck. Renaissance Madison Hotel, 515 Madison St., 425-742-4009 ext. 262. $95. 7 p.m. Thu. March 18.

Follow Your Nose! That’s what search-and-rescue dogs do. You’ll learn all about them at this Humane Society event featuring King County Search Dogs trainer Josh Gerstman. Note: “Please do not bring your pet.” Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way (Bellevue), 425-649-7554. $10 7-9 p.m. Thu. March 18.

God Willing? Religious Fundamentalism, the “War on Terror,” and an Echoing Press University of Washington communication prof David Domke describes how Dubya and Big Brother resemble one another at this edition of Town Hall’s Election Series; a panel moderated by City Council ex-prez Sue Donaldson will help him (and you) make sense of the specious Patriot Act and other post-9/11 adventures in “homeland security.” Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-543-3839. $15 ($12 for seniors, $5 for students). 7 p.m. Thu. March 18.

The Search for Extreme Dinosaurs The Burke Museum continues its recent dino jag with a lecture by Australian prof Patricia Vickers-Rich. The talk is subtitled “Denizens of the Polar Latitudes,” since these chilly climes have been the focus of her paleontological efforts over the past 20 years. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-7907. $5 ($3 for UW students/faculty and seniors). 7 p.m. Thu. March 18.

Victorian Festival in Port Townsend “Participants are invited, though not required, to wear Victorian era costumes” at this weekend-long celebration of Port Townsend and its claim to fame as a prominent 19th century seaport. Planned activities include a candlelight home tour, a Victorian grand ball, and an antique auction. Various locations throughout Port Townsend, 360-385-1003. Ticket prices vary by event. Various times. Visit www.victorianfestival.org for more information. Thu. March 18-Sun. March 21.

Lakeside School Spring Rummage Sale This is the big one. We Seattleites enjoy our rummage sales, but there’s nothing casual about Lakeside’s beloved blowout, where collectible books, artwork, furniture, glassware, electronics, toys, clothing, and who knows what else are available for scandalously little money. Sand Point Magnuson Park (Hangar 27), 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., 206-440-2925. Free admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. March 19. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. March 20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun. March 21.

Women Fly! Women in Aviation and Aerospace 2004 This two-day event promises to venture far beyond tributes to Amelia Earhart and Christa McAuliffe. Astronaut Janet Kavandi (see above) will discuss space travel on Friday, while retired Northwest Airlines captain Julie Clark will explain the ins and outs of airline piloting on Saturday. The first day is intended for high-school girls, while the second is open to the general public. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720 ext. 329. $5 for Friday events, including luncheon; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6.50 for youth (5-17) for Saturday panel discussions. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. March 19. Discussions at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. March 20.

Rainier Chamber Foundation Benefit Auction “Blues in the Night” is the theme of this dinner/auction combo. The Foundation creates scholarships for local high-school students and supports Rainier Valley businesses and events; the food will be cajun, so if you needed a reason to attend, you just found one. South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-725-2010. $45. 5 p.m. Fri. March 19.

The Six Power Talks on Korea The Korean peninsula is a hot topic these days, and this University of Wwashington-sponsored panel discussion continues the trend. Robert Scalapino, a Berkeley professor emeritus of political science, will sit on the panel, as will U.S. ambassador Charles Kartman. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-1921. Free admission. 7:30-9 p.m. Fri. March 19.

Primal Urges: A Fashion Zoo Designers take over the asylum (the Moore Theater, actually) at this Art Institute of Seattle fashion show. 1932 Second Ave., 206-628-0888. $10. 8 p.m. Fri. March 19.

Professional Bull Riders We cannot urge you strongly enough to attend this event. Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St. (Tacoma), 253-572-3663. $5-$100. 8 p.m. Fri. March 19. 7 p.m. Sat. March 20.

Human Rights in Global Perspective: How Can People of Faith Respond? With prayer, presumably, though this community forum at Plymouth Congregational Church will likely look beyond the obvious. The event features a diverse panel of human-rights activists and religious leaders, including Pramila Jayapal of the Hate-Free Zone Campaign of Washington and the Rev. Norman Bent of Plymouth’s sister church, Iglesia Moravia, in Nicaragua. 1217 Sixth Ave., 206-622-4865. $10 (includes lunch). 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat. March 20.

The World Still Says No to War Damn right we do. Worldwide demonstrations are scheduled for today, marking the first full year of war in Iraq; Seattle’s contribution to the protest will involve workshops, an interfaith memorial service, a march, and a peace rally at Pier 62/63. Ed Asner, best known as Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, is the keynote speaker. Event begins at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., 206-523-1395. Free admission. 10 a.m. Sat. March 20.

Spring Birdhouse Auction Spring is upon us, chilly weather notwithstanding, and this auction at St. Demetrios Church is a fitting celebration of all that chirps and flies. The birdhouses in question were created by local artists, and “a portion of the proceeds will benefit art programs” at Stevens School. 2100 Boyer Ave. E., 206-329-4590. Free admission. 6-11 p.m. Sat. March 20.

Big Climb for Leukemia Sometimes it takes a crazy stunt to raise real money for a cause, and no local fundraiser seems nuttier than this 69-flight climb up the Bank of America Tower (a.k.a. the tallest building in Seattle). Not up the sides, mind you—up the stairs. “Participants can choose to race for a time or run/walk in a non-competitive stairwell,” and all proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 701 Fifth Ave., 206-628-0777. $50 registration fee. Climbing begins at 9 a.m; day-of-event registration from 10-11:30 a.m. Sun. March 21.

Free Arboretum Tour Now that winter is heaving its last bitter sighs, it’s time to enjoy the region’s natural splendor once again. Start with this guided walk through the Washington Park Arboretum; tours come in hour-long and 90-minute installments. 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., 206-543-8800. Free admission. 1 p.m. Sun. March 21.

Regional Spelling Bee Loved Spellbound? This is the real thing. Well, that was, too, but this is local. Watch King County and Snohomish County students sweat and possibly misspell A-U-R-O-R-A; the winner is awarded the regional title and journeys to D.C. for the national championship. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-543-3839. Free admission. 1 p.m. Sun. March 21.

Seattle Goodwill Spring Auction Peruse fine art and antiques at this fundraiser for the 80-year-old Seattle Goodwill organization, which aids “individuals experiencing significant barriers to economic opportunity” (a.k.a. the poor). 1400 S. Lane St., 206-329-1000. Free admission. 1 p.m. Sun. March 21.

Save the Turtles Auction Who knew? The leatherback sea turtle is facing extinction; all that stands between our slow-moving friends and eternity, it seems, is a gala dinner and auction, organized by the nonprofit EcoTeach Foundation. Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt. Rainier Dr., 206-789-5668. $40. 5 p.m. Sun. March 21.

Vitamins: One a Day—Is It Enough? Apparently not. Sponsored by Bastyr University, this lecture by Dr. Michael Murray should help you debunk the myths surrounding vitamins, which are just as important as your parents always told you they were. REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., 425-602-3075. $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue. March 23.

Kunihiko Saiko The former Japanese ambassador to the U.S. has also helped maintain Japan’s diplomatic relations with Iran; he’s likely to draw on these and other political experiences at this luncheon, sponsored by the Seattle office of the Consulate-General of Japan. Columbia Tower Club (76th Floor), 206-374-0180. $35. Noon-1:30 p.m. Wed. March 24.

Community Volunteer Night at Food Lifeline Sort and repackage food for shelters, hot-meal programs, and food banks at this bimonthly volunteer event. Food Lifeline is an affiliate of the Second Harvest program; last year the organization distributed 18.6 million pounds of food throughout Western Washington. 1702 N.E. 150th St. (Shoreline), 206-545-6600 ext. 247. Free admission. 6-8 p.m. Wed. March 24.

Green Party Meeting The monthly meeting of local Green Party supporters. University Heights Center, N.E. 50th St. and University Way N.E., 206-524-3377. Free admission. 7:15 p.m. Wed. March 24.