5th ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION & DESSERT EXTRAVAGANZA -- A fancy-pants event to benefit STEP, a non-profit organization that provides treatment education to people with HIV/AIDS. The Fairview Club, 2022 Boren, 329-0064, 6:45 pm, $20 donation.

Y2K VIDEO NIGHT -- At first I thought this was a night of disaster flicks set in Phinney Ridge's pajama-ready neighborhood center, but alas, it looks like it's a night of preparedness videos. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244, 7:30 pm, free.

POKÉMON LEAGUES -- Is it an innocent kids game? Is it gambling? Decide for yourself, every Thursday until December 2, as children duke it out for the mysterious Cascade Bridge or for Technical Machine tips. Borders Southcenter, one mile south of Southcenter Mall on Southcenter Parkway, 7 pm, free.


*BEYOND THE EMERALD CITY -- Rave away on the waterfront, with full-scale carnival rides and smooth grooves by Oliver de Soto from Germany, Mistophelous from Germany, Scott Stubbs from Las Vegas, and hometown DJ Donald Glaude. The sound of the water, the sound of the water, the sound of the water.... Call 903-9890 for location information; tickets at the door are $20, $25 Canadian, free if you have a California ID.


HARVEST DINNER AT SCCC -- Seared sea bass, souffléd spinach ravioli, wild sorrel soup with scallop and brown butter mousse, grapefruit and tarragon sorbet, and duck liver surprise. All your money goes toward scholarships. Dig in. Seattle Central Fine Dining Room, 1701 Broadway, 587-5491, 6 pm, call for ticket prices.