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Do the Zoo Summer programs are up to speed at the Woodland Park Zoo—such as African Savanna Safari, Elephant Talk, Jive on Jaguars, Penguin or Piranha feeding, Snow Leopards, and Wolves/Elk. Keep a lookout for rambling displays, including Reptiles on Wheels. For a buck, get a seed stick to feed Australian parrots in Willawong Station, or entrance to Butterflies & Blooms, with nearly 1,000 free-flying butterflies. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 206-684-4800, www.zoo.org. Programs free with admission; additional fees noted. 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.
Torch Relay Visit Runners in an 11,000-mile relay run across the length and breadth of the U.S. that is dedicated to world harmony will be celebrated upon arrival at Hiram Chittenden Locks. The relay is meant to inspire others to work to bridge cultural and social barriers. The runners will be greeted by an official from the locks, and the Total Experience Gospel Choir will provide the music. The runners will have a rest day in Seattle, then take the Burke-Gilman Trail en route to state Route 2 for their next overnight stop in Leavenworth. 888-882-4081, www.worldharmonyrun.org/usa. Ballard Locks, 4 p.m. Sun., June 25. Burke-Gilman Trail beginning at 7 a.m. Tues., June 27.
E.U. and You Ambassador John Bruton, head of the European Union diplomatic delegation to the U.S. and former Irish prime minister, will discuss the relationship between the U.S. and the E.U. and what that relationship means to the state of Washington. World Trade Center Holland America Line dining room, fourth floor, 2200 Alaskan Way. Presented by World Affairs Council, 206-441-5910, www.world-affairs.org. $28 members/$35. 8–9:30 a.m. Tues., June 27.
Ecology Goals Jay Manning, director of the state Ecology Department, will talk about his goals at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Washington Foundation for the Environment. Among the topics are restoration of Puget Sound, Hanford, the Columbia River, and mitigation banking. Preston Gates Ellis downtown offices, 925 Fourth Ave., Suite 2900. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 7–9 p.m. Wed., June 28.
Up in the Sky The Collings Foundation has two World War II aircraft touring Western Washington: the B-17 Nine-O-Nine and the B-24 Witchcraft. When the aircraft arrive at Boeing Field, the crew will include Caroline Lindgren-Collings, the only certified female B-24 pilot in the world. Several veterans of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who ferried these types of aircraft during WWII, will also be on hand. Tacoma Narrows Airport, 1202 26th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor. Wed., June 28–Fri., June 30. Boeing Field, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700, www.museumofflight.org. Arrival expected at 3 p.m. Fri., June 30. On display 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri., June 30–Tues., July 4.
Midlife Laughs The Midlife Crisis Comedy Tour’s performance will benefit Gilda’s Club, a nonprofit support network for people living with cancer and their families and friends. The lineup: Cathy Ladman, Buzz Nutley, Jimmy Brogan, and Brad Upton. Moore Theatre, www.ticketmaster.com. $25–$75. 8 p.m. Thurs., June 29.
Remember When More than 250 vintage cars are expected for the 18th annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Auto Races, a benefit for Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center’s under- and uncompensated care. The favorites include Ferraris, Lotuses, Cobras, Corvettes, Porsches, Austin Healeys, and some names that are not as well known, such as Elva, Ginetta, and McLaren. The 2.25-mile road course has nine turns and a straightaway of nearly three-quarters of a mile. Brian Redman will be the guest celebrity. Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave. S.E., Kent, 206-987-2777, www.northwesthistorics.com. $25 for a day/$40 for multiple-day pass/$5 per day for kids 7–16. Gates open at 8:30 a.m., racing ends at 5 p.m. Fri., June 30–Sun., July 2.
Walking History The Museum of History and Industry begins its summer walking tour series with the King Street Station, marking its centennial. The tour will feature landmarks of the surrounding Pioneer Square and International District and end with an insider’s look at the King Street Station restoration. Walking tours generally last two hours or less and have various degrees of difficulty. Starts at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St. Info and registration: 206-324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org. $15 members, $20 adv./$20 members, $25 day of. 1 p.m. Sat., July 1.
Exploring 9/11 The 9/11 Visibility Project will make a presentation that includes Mysteries of the Twin Towers, PowerPoint by R.A. Herbst, a Boeing flight controls simulation engineer, at 1:30 p.m.; DVD on 9/11 by Jim Hoffman and Don Paul at 2:30 p.m.; Philosophical Reflections on Truth and the 9/11 Truth Movement by Richard Curtis, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of philosophy and theology at Seattle University, at 3:45 p.m.; and a discussion at 4:15 p.m. Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Room 1. www.seattle911visibilityproject.org. 1:30–4:45 p.m. Sat., July 1.
paranormal picnic The Museum of the Mysteries and Seattle Ghost Hunters are the hosts for a Paranormal Picnic, envisioned as a gathering of all local paranormal investigators, with quarry ranging from ghosts to Bigfoot to UFOs. Bring a lunch and meet the experts in the field. Volunteer Park between Lakeview Cemetery and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 206-328-6499, www.seattlechatclub.org. Free. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun., July 2.
Nisqually Nature River of Life: Why the Brown Columbia Makes the Pacific Ocean Green, by Parker MacCready, associate professor in the school of oceanography at UW, is the first of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge summer lecture series. The theme is In and Around the Delta. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center auditorium, 360-753-9467, www.fws.gov/nisqually. Admission waived for attendees. Doors 6 p.m. Attendance limited to 100, first come. 7 p.m. Wed., July 5. It is the first of eight lectures on Wednesday in July and August.
Model Places Professional and student architects have brought their best models—from foam and wood to computer-generated 3-D presentations—to a noncompetitive, juried exhibition. Architectural models are central to the creative process and good design and can communicate possibilities for the future. Ideas in Form 9: Architecture Model Exhibit, Rainier Square Atrium, first floor, 1333 Fifth Ave. Free. Ends Sat., July 8.
On the Beach Have fun at the beach and learn about it at the same time on low-tide days with the Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists. These volunteers can answer questions, such as what sea stars eat and which fish can sing. Richmond Beach, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Constellation Park at South Alki Point, Lincoln Park, Seahurst Park in Burien, and Des Moines Beach Park. 206-386-4300, 206-386-4320 (24-hour info line), www.seattleaquarium.org. Various times and dates.
Art Mashup Matt Jones has opened a gallery filled with what he describes as “explosive, high-energy art” and a “Passion for Mashin'” And on the first Friday of each month, everyone is welcome to stop by for music, wine tasting, and raising awareness about local food banks. He asks that you bring a donation of storable food. Gasworks Park, 3815 Fourth Ave. N.E. (big blue Jones Building across from Ivar’s on Northlake Way). www.mashedpotatoes.org. Free. 8–11 p.m. first Fridays.