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Seattle Home Show 2 opens Thursday

Organizers of the Seattle Home Show 2 that opens Thursday at Qwest Field Event Center say the economy is affecting home projects, but it's not stopping them.

Remodeling is up, small projects and simple lines are in, and more homeowners are financing their own projects, rather than getting loans.

As has been the case for a number of years now, more homeowners are looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Hot trends at this year’s shows include residential solar power systems, whole-house energy audits and rain gardens for managing water runoff and eliminating pollutants.

If you want to know more, you can visit the show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 23-24 and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children 7 to 15, and free for children younger than 7.

Shuttle buses from Seattle area Park & Ride lots will not be available to the show as they have been in the past. However, drivers can park free at Qwest Field Parking Garage, Qwest Field North Lot and Safeco Field Parking Garage if they have four or more occupants in their vehicles.

If you find there’s too much to see in one day, register inside either entrance for free return admission on one other day.

For more information, go to www.seattlehomeshow.com.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

SUNDAY

“Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators” film and discussion: Doors open atz 2 p.m. and film starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Part of National Wolf Awareness Week. $5 general admission, $4 for Olympia Film Society members. Call 360-264-4695.

WEDNESDAY

A Night of Open Mike sponsored by The Olympia Poetry Network: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia. There is a three-minute or two-poem limit (whichever comes first). For more information, call 360-456-4862.

FALL FUN

Zoo Boo: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Activities for young trick-or-treaters include a scavenger hunt, face painting and treats. Free with paid admission to the zoo. Come in a costume to receive $2 off admission. Call 253-591-5337 or go to www.pdza.org.

Howl-O-Ween costume contest and photo event, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, PetSmart, 719 Sleater-Kinney Road S.E., Lacey. Join in the pet parade from 7 to 7:15 p.m. and compete in the Best Pet Costume Contest from 7:15 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 360-493-0228.

My Morbid Mind Haunted House: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October, 4548 Marvin Road S.E., Olympia. $8. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lacey Fire Department. Bring a pet food donation for Thurston County Animal Services to receive $1 off admission. Go to www.mymorbidmind.com.

Today in History

In 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

In 1807, Britain declared it would continue to reclaim British-born sailors from American ships and ports regardless of whether they held U.S. citizenship.

In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)

In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.

Ten years ago: The FBI reported that serious crimes reported to police in 1998 declined for the seventh straight year, and murder and robbery rates reached 30-year lows.

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