THURS-6

ANXIETY: WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW--Welcome to Mental Health Month! Seattle Mental Health Manager Susie Winston kicks off festivities with this presentation. But you'd better be on time! Don't forget your pencil! Did you turn the coffee pot off? Swedish Medical Center, Glaser Auditorium, 324-5640, 7 pm, free.

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FRI-7

VAIN SPRING SHOWCASE--The languidly infamous Belltown house of style celebrates spring with sidewalk hairstyling, critter clips, a fashion show, and DJs. Plus, Vain goes public with a stock offering! Vain, 2222 Second Ave, 728-8195, 6-9 pm, free.

MAIFEST--Wander into Wonderland: Leavenworth flamesirts up its frills for this Bavarian festival, featuring oompah music, a maypole dance, and the Duke and Duchess' Picnic on Sat & Sun. Goes all weekend. Leavenworth, WA, Front Street, 509-548-5807, 9 am, picnic $12, all other events free.

SAT-8

BIG BAND DANCES--Ballroom dance classes taught by Ed Long are followed by jammin' big bands almost every Saturday. Seattle Center House, 684-0765, 7 pm, $5/$2.

RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL--Port Townsend celebrates the sticky flamesower with pancakes, parades, and bike tours. Port Townsend, WA, 360-385-5674, through May 16, free.

WOMEN DON'T DRUM--Or... do they? Pacific Center for Cultural Arts, 2210 N Pacific St, 547-5262, 8 pm, $10.

MON-10

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL--Puppets, circus performers, Gypsies, storytellers, and a giant rubber maze called the "Eggopolis" bring kids to puke-threatening excitement all week. Seattle Center, 684-7346, Mon-Fri 10 am-2 pm; Sat 9:30 am-5 pm, through May 15. $5-$50.