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Community Monorail Meetings Join your fellow citizens and several City Council members to discuss the design guidelines for the monorail project. City Hall (Bertha Landes Room), 600 Fourth Ave., 206-233-3891. Free admission. 6-7:30 p.m. Wed., March 3.

Classes With Spirit Before the release date of The Passion of the Christ was known, Plymouth Congregational Church could surely not have imagined how timely its spring courses—including “The Gospel of John” and “Listening for the Prophetic Word”—would turn out to be. Each class meets five times (every Wednesday in March), and every meeting is preceded by a fellowship dinner. 1217 Sixth Ave., 206-622-4865. $40 (plus additional book fees for some classes). 6:15-8:30 p.m. Wed., March 3-31.

Nutrition: Live Well, Eat Well Bastyr University continues its 25th annual lecture series with a dietary wake-up call that should address the current anti-carb craze as well as the concept of “appetite management.” REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., 425-602-3075. $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., March 3.

World Affairs Council Lecture: North Korea Victor Cha and David Kang, co-authors of Nuclear North Korea? A Debate on Strategies of Engagement, analyze U.S.-Korean relations with special emphasis on the communist nation’s widely publicized WMDs. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-441-5910. $8. 7 p.m. Thu., March 4.

Elements of Elections The first in a triad of March political talks at Town Hall features University of Washington econ professor (and keynote speaker) Neil Bruce and a panel consisting of Seattle Times business editor Stephen Dunphy and economist Dick Conway. The three will dissect the frequently perplexing relationship between the U.S. economy and the American electoral process. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-543-3839. $40 for series tickets (individual tickets sold on space-available basis); $12 series tickets for students. 7-9 p.m. Thu., March 4.

Northwest Network LGBT Workshop As our president does his damnedest to ban gay marriage, the Northwest Network for LGBT Survivors of Abuse is organizing a timely four-week workshop (it meets every Thursday in March) to figure out what “family” means to the non-straight communities of Seattle. Cascade People’s Center, 309 Pontius Ave. N., 206-568-7777. $40 suggested donation. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thu., March 4-25

Turf! Everett Community College’s Artist & Lecture Series kicks into spring with a break-dancing performance by the renowned troupe (founded in Seattle), a two-time winner at Amateur Night at the Apollo. “High-energy music” and a few solo acts will accompany the floor-spinning. ECC (PUD Auditorium), 425-388-9505. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Thu., March 4.

Fabulous Feline Homes Make your cat’s domestic life something special with hints from this Humane Society workshop. Cat behavior expert Ellen Leach will also discuss problem solving through “clicker training.” Humane Society for Seattle, 425-649-7554. $10. 7-9 p.m. Thu., March 4.

Militant Labor Forum Panel Discussion “Build the National March for Women’s Lives” is the subject of this event, which primarily concerns a woman’s right to choose. Dinner will precede the discussion. Pathfinder Bookstore, 5418 Rainier Ave. S., 206-323-1755. 6:30 p.m. Fri. March 5.

Stamp Show Philatelists of Seattle, note: This weekend brings another edition of the American Stamp Dealers’ annual expo for stamp collectors. Seattle Center (Snoqualmie Room), 425-822-3227. TK PRICE. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri., March 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., March 6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., March 7.

RingCon The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is over, but life is just getting interesting for local Tolkien fans, thanks to Seattle’s fourth annual Rings convention. Previously scheduled guest Bernard Hill (who portrayed King Theoden in the last two LOTR films) won’t be attending, unfortunately, but Jed Brophy, who played several orcs in the trilogy, will be there to sign autographs and kiss babies. Saturday’s program includes a “mystery guest”; we really, really hope it’s Liv Tyler. SeaTac Hilton, 17620 International Blvd, 206-244-4800. $45 in advance for adults ($50 at the door), $20 for children. 4-8:30 p.m. Fri., March 5. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat., March 6. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun., March 7.

Seattle Golf Show Those who enjoy time on the links are encouraged to attend this golf expo. Besides a hole-in-one contest and free passes to various Washington courses, the convention will feature prominent local golfers eager to teach you how reducing your slice could result in more birdies. Seahawks Stadium Exhibition Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., 206-343-4788. $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children (3-17). 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri., March 5-Sat., March 6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., March 7.

Purim Celebration Purim is a time for hamentaschen, the story of Esther, and really annoying noisemakers. West Seattle congregation Kol HaNeshamah tries to capture the spirit of the season with a big, fat Purim party. Seattle Alki Congregational UCC, 6115 S.W. Hinds St., 206-852-1823. Free admission. 6:15-9 p.m. Sat., March 6.

Dinosaur Day! The exclamation point is there for a reason. The Burke Museum hosts another edition of its yearly salute to dinos and the people who love ’em. Rare fossils from the Burke vault will be on display at this daylong event, and the museum’s “kid zone” will be filled with hands-on activities—though “extract the DNA from the mosquito” isn’t one of them, unfortunately. Burke Museum, N.E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., 206-543-5590. $6.50 for adults, $4 for youth/students. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., March 6.

Hydroponic Enterprise Workshop If you’ve heard the term “hydroponic” in relation to certain varieties of plants (ahem) but have no idea what it means, or how the technique can be applied to less controversial flora, this workshop—organized by Oregon non-profit Microfarm Sustainable—is for you. (Hint: It refers to the practice of growing crops without soil). WSU Evergreen Auditorium (Everett), 503-868-7679. $35 (includes hydroponic starter kit). 9 a.m. Sat., March 6.

Native New Year The Suquamish Tribal Center hosts a salmon dinner and celebration of Indian storytelling, song, and dance. 15838 Sandy Hook Rd. (Poulsbo), 360-394-8418. $15 for adults, $7 for seniors/children. 4-8:30 p.m. Sat., March 6.

Photo Etching Workshop Kirkland Arts Center hosts a two-session course focusing on experimental printmaking and non-toxic photo manipulation. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. $110. Noon-3 p.m. Sat., March 6 and Sat., March 13.

Arbor-Read-Em Used Book Sale Yeah, the name’s a groaner, but who doesn’t love a used book sale? The Washington Park Arboretum holds its 18th annual smorgasbord for bibliophiles. Prices range from 25 cents to $2 per book, and they take plastic! 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., 206-543-8800. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., March 6.

Ikebana Japanese Flower Arrangement Exhibition “Spring in Bloom” is the rather obvious theme of this floral expo with Eastern allure. Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. (Mercer Island), 425-558-0889. Free admission. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., March 6. 1-4 p.m. Sun., March 7.

Hellebore Plant Sale Bellevue Botanical Garden hosts Northwest Perennial Alliance’s annual flower bazaar, where the merchandising menu—surprise, surprise—consists largely of perennials. 12001 Main St. (Bellevue), 206-324-0179. Free admission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., March 7.

International Women’s Day Let your gynophilia shine at Seattle’s segment of a worldwide celebration. In accordance with this year’s theme, “Women Uniting for Peace and Justice,” the event will include various lectures and panel discussions on politics, as well as a presentation of the Aki Kurose Peace and Justice Awards, named after a female internment camp survivor. Among the arts-related attractions: a film festival and a poetry reading by local women and high-school students. Seattle Center House, 206-667-5761. Free admission. Noon-5 p.m. Sun., March 7.

Meditation: Survival Tools for Everyday Life When life gets tough, the tough get meditative. Learn how at this pay-what-you-can workshop. Seattle CDM Psychic Institute, 2007 N.W. 61st St., 206-782-3617. Donations accepted. 1 p.m. Sun., March 7.

The Impact of New Technology on the News Part three of a Bainbridge Island media discussion series, this event features a panel dedicated to the question of “whether the Internet and other new data sources are providing better news coverage or simply adding to a media wasteland.” If you’re reading this online, you already know the answer. Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N., 206-842-4162. $10/$5. 7 p.m. Mon., March 8.

Women in Nazi Germany: Lessons for Today Organized by Seattle Radical Women, this book discussion considers When Biology Became Destiny, an exploration of the impact of fascism on women during the 20th century. Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., 206-722-6057. Free admission. 7-8:30 p.m. Mon., March 8.

Chez Moi: The Foreigner’s Guide to Buying a Home in France Sure, we all want to live in Provence with five cats and a garden, but how do you go from a studio apartment in Seattle to a deluxe maison in France? Careful planning is the answer, as author Laurence Raybois will explain at this Q&A. Wide World Books & Maps, 4411A Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tue., March 9.

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. Local historian Larry Kreisman leads the way and talks about First Hill’s shady past as an enclave of “private clubs, important religious institutions, and swank hotels.” Henry Dearborn House, 1117 Minor Ave., 206-622-6952 ext. 234. $10 ($8 for Historic Seattle and Washington Trust members). 1-2:30 p.m. Tue., March 9.

C.S. Lewis Lecture University Presbyterian Church pastor Dr. Earl Palmer assesses the British author’s import in relation to 20th century Christian thought. Might appeal more to Passion of the Christ fans than Lord of the Rings readers, but the wide-ranging legacy of Lewis, the man behind Narnia, should provide some meaty middle ground. First Free Methodist Church (adjacent to Seattle Pacific University campus), 206-281-2966. Free admission. 9:30 a.m. Tue., March 9.