NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW--The sublimity of beautiful plants; the ridiculousness of mockable crowds. Where's Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors when we need him? Washington State Convention Center, daily through Sun Feb 21. 694-5000.

RV SHOW--Fantasize about celebrating cheap gas prices with your very own home on wheels. Then fantasize about trying to get the thing over the mountain passes anytime soon. Kingdome, daily through Sun Feb 21. 296-3100.

"BREEDING ELEPHANTS" LECTURE--No, you don't get 'em good and drunk first. Woodland Park Zoo Auditorium, Thurs Feb 18 at 7, $6. 684-4800.

TET FESTIVAL--Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration. Seattle Center, Sat Feb 20, 10 am-1 am, and Sun Feb 21, 10 am-6 pm, free. 441-5085.

SHELF IMPROVEMENT--Seattle City Librarian Deborah Jacobs talks about plans for a bigger, better Capitol Hill branch. Henry Library, 425 Broadway E, Sun Feb 21, 2-4 pm. 684-4715.

ISLAND ESCAPE THEME CRUISES--View the San Juans on a gray late-winter day from safely inside the Spirit of Puget Sound day-cruise ship. Tours leave from Pier 70 daily at 11:30 am ($32.50-$34) and Mon-Sat at 6:30 pm ($57.25-$61.05). 674-3500.

TREE-PLANTING TIME--It's your last week to order a $10 pack of 10 baby redbud trees, ready to plant and guaranteed to grow, from the National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410. SPORTSTHUNDERBIRDS HOCKEY--Icing it up in KeyArena vs. Kelowna on Fri Feb 19, Portland on Sat Feb 20, and Prince George on Tues Feb 23; all at 7. 448-PUCK.

UW MEN'S BASKETBALL--Hooping it up in Hec Ed Pavilion vs. Stanford on Thurs Feb 18 at 7:30, and Cal on Sat Feb 20 at 3. 543-2200.

SONICS BASKETBALL--Moochie Norris & Co. vs. the dreaded L.A. Lakers. KeyArena, Sun Feb 21 at 3. 281-5000.

BICYCLE EXPO--New and classic bikes on display, travelogue slide shows, freestyle demos, and a "kinetic sculpture" race with artfully designed pedal-powered vehicles. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and Mercer Arena, Fri-Sun Feb 19-21, $7. 522-BIKE.POLITICSBLACK HISTORY MONTH AT NORDSTROM--The retail giant tries to soothe strained minority-community relations (stemming from years-old employment-discrimination allegations) with "a weekend celebration featuring local artists, vendors, and entertainers." Fifth Ave & Pine, Fri-Sat Feb 19-20.

RELOCATION REMEMBRANCE--Unveiling a mural by Aki Sogabe, honoring Japanese American farmers in western Washington who were forced into relocation camps during WWII. Pike Place Market, Fri Feb 19 at noon. 621-7880.

"WOMEN'S DIS-EASE WITH HIV"--Discussion on HIV-related health care issues for women. Seattle Central Community College, Room 1110, Tues Feb 23 at 7. 632-8547.

PERSONAL COACHES--The YWCA Young Women's Leadership Institute seeks "compassionate, self-aware women" to counsel low-income teens. 461-3214.

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