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AN EVENING WITH JEAN WALKINSHAW The award-winning Seattle documentarian and TV producer reflects on her 40-year career. A social hour, light supper, and brief program will follow the hour-long lecture. Admission to the talk is free. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $25 suggested donation for dinner. 6 p.m. Wed., Feb. 11.

REFORESTATION MEETING Urban forestry?putting back what we’ve taken away?is the subject of this Seattle Parks and Recreation meeting. Mt. Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt. Rainier Dr. S., 206-615-1046. Free admission. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 11.

HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. A Harvard professor of African-American studies and author of several influential books (including Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man), Gates continues this year’s impressive lineup of Foolproof Performing Arts speakers. His talk will concern the confluence of black history, politics, and culture. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $15. 8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 11.

UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP Dismantling centuries of oppression and prejudice is hard work, but the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a Northwest “anti-racist collective,” feels up to the task. Their two-day clinic is open to all and is intended to “educate, challenge, and empower people” to cast off the shackles of racist thought. Pacific Oaks College Northwest, 1403 34th Ave., 206-938-1023. $300. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 12-Fri., Feb. 13.

ROMANTIC STYLE GARDENING A Valentine’s Day workshop, which covers roses, fragrance design, and sexy landscaping. Windmill Gardens, 5823 160th Ave. E. (Sumner), 253-863-5843. $10. 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 14.

THE WAYS OF WHALES WORKSHOP Those fun-loving whale-watchers at the Orca Network present a daylong event involving speakers, “educational displays,” and an ode to Keiko, the Northwest’s late, great celebrity orca. Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center, 501 S. Main St. (Whidbey Island), 360-678-3451. $15 ($5 more for lunch). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 14.

LEE ARCHER The retired lieutenant colonel was one of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. At the Museum of Flight’s special Black History Month event, Archer talks about his combat missions in the Mediterranean Theater, which involved more than a few encounters with German Messerschmitts. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6.50 for youth (5-17). 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 14.

BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER This Oprah-sanctioned event happens nationally once a year. The idea is to provide breast-cancer patients with a sort of Make-a-Wish Foundation all their own. On the auction block: designer wedding gowns worth up to $4000. The savvy bidder can take one home for hundreds, if not thousands, less than retail price. Seattle Marriott Hotel Sea-Tac, 3201 S. 176th St. (at International Way), 206-241-2000. Free admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 14-Sun. Feb., 15.

WOMEN OF WISDOM CONFERENCE 2004 If you run with the wolves, this is your kind of conference. Concerts, seminars, and lectures by and for women artists and performers are the raison d’être of WOW. Featured guests are to include West African author Sobonfu Somé and “jazz artist” Rhiannon. Seattle Unity Church, Eighth Ave. N. and John St., 206-782-3363. All events individually priced ($10-$165); call for times. Sat., Feb. 14-Sat., Feb. 21.

FLAMENCO, BULLFIGHTING, AND TAPAS Spaniard Carlos Galvin gives travelers-to-be a sense of his native land at this presentation and Q&A. Wide World Books & Maps, 4411A Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 17.

SAME GENDER MARRIAGES: ADDRESSING FAITH COMMUNITY ISSUES Part of the “Out of the Closet, Into the Pulpit” series co-sponsored by Multifaith Works, the HRC, and several other religious and gay-rights organizations. This brown-bag luncheon will deal with theological and social ramifications of gay marriage in the context of “faith communities.” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-725-2293. Free admission. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 18.

OPENING DOORS, MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE The Center for Career Alternatives holds its annual fundraising dinner and silent auction at the Sheraton. To quote the press release: “CCA is a community based non-profit agency with a 24-year history of education and employment services for disadvantaged residents of Snohomish and King counties.” Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-322-9080. $70. Auction at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 18.