BREAKING SILENCE--Youth and adults speak out on violence with a panel of local representatives from organizations such as Mothers Against Violence in America. Any method of communication--including poetry!--is encouraged. Central Library, Lee Auditorium, 1000 4th Ave, 386-4151, 6:30 pm, free.

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FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL--The annual festival of hippie craft, crowd orgies, and high volume acoustic music kicks off today at 11 am. One word: Carpool! Seattle Center, 684-7200, through Mon, free.

JUAN DE FUCA FESTIVAL--An arts festival in verdant Port Angeles, featuring a Global marketplace, juried art show, strolling players, rides and more. Juan de Fuca, indeed! Port Angeles, 877-456-8372, all weekend, $7-$22.

ANGLICON 12--If you luv English telly, get yer arse down to "Anglicon," the international media convention celebrating British media. Celebrity guests include Jason Cater, Richard Biggs, and Maggie Egan of the TV series Babylon 5. Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, Everett, 425-339-3333, all weekend, $50.


CHERISHED TEDDIES ARTISAN TOUR--Bub boo boo teddies boo boo figurine sculpting, boo boo collectibles, bah bah, 2 inches high! Springhouse Dolls & Gifts, 1130 Bethel, Port Orchard, 932-7928, free.


PIKE PLACE MARKET STREET FESTIVAL--If you brave the crowds, you can take advantage of crafts, activities, food, coffee and beer gardens, and "the ever popular street chalk art" at this 28th annual festival. Pike Place Market, Pike Street, 587-0351, Sun - Mon, free.


COLUMBIA CITY FARMERS MARKET--The grand opening of this weekly festival of fruits, vegetables, organics, mushrooms, eggs, nuts, honey, and flamesowers. Features include a Kids Tent and folk and gospel music. Columbia Plaza, 4801 Rainier Ave S, 722-4835, every Wed from 3 - 7 through October 6, free.