DIVERSIONS


THURSDAY 10/12

DIOXINS--Anyone who is tired of looking into the horizon to see brown haze, anyone who has an opinion on the Washington State Department of Ecology's draft plan to eliminate dioxins or wants to learn more about it should attend this public meeting regarding dioxins and other pollutants. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, www.watoxics.org or 632-1545 ext. 18 for more information, 7 pm.

THE PORCH--Mary Dzieweczynski, graduate of the Environment and Community Program at Antioch, will host tonight's presentation, "The Porch: It's Meaning and Function in American Life." The discussion will include everything from the front porch's roots to its popularization, disappearance, and cultural effects. Antioch University, 2326 Sixth Ave, 441-5352 ext. 5712, 7 pm, free.


FRIDAY 10/13

HAUNTED HOUSE--It's Friday the 13th. What better day is there to give yourself a good scare? The KUBE Haunted House is back, and said to be better than ever. But that's not the only reason you should go--bring two non-perishable food items, and you will receive a $1.50 discount. Haunted House, Fifth and Mercer across from Seattle Center, Sun-Thurs 7-10 pm, Fri-Sat 7 pm-1 am; $10. Through Oct 31.


SATURDAY 10/14

REPTILES--Got a thing for snakes? How about chameleons? Or maybe you're more of a lizard person. Whichever way, you won't want to miss this Captive-Bred Reptile and Small Exotic Animal Show and Sale. I'm more of a dog person, but hey, having a pet Gila monster might be pretty cool. Puyallup Fairgrounds, Exhibition Hall, www.beanfarm.com/nwcbe or 425-861-7964. Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm; $6, or $10 for both days, age 12 and under free.


SUNDAY 10/15

RECORDS--If planning on visiting the Northwest Record and CD Convention, clean out your cupboards first. Bringing non-perishable food with you will give you a dollar off the already insanely low $3 admission. Snoqualmie Room, Seattle Center, 10 am-5 pm, $3.


TUESDAY 10/17

JANE FONDA--If you've got $100 burning a hole in your pocket (and doesn't everyone?), then take this opportunity to free yourself of that monetary burden. Purchase a ticket to the Nation Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League's "Celebration of Choice," and be present to hear featured speaker Jane Fonda discuss the importance of choice in the upcoming election. Now tell me that's not worth a hundred bucks! Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave, 624-1990 for information, 6:30 pm; tickets are $100, $500, and $1,000.