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TODAY

Early show of rhododendrons, sponsored by American Rhododendron Society, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Southeast 28th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, $3. Call 503-771-8386.

Ask a dentist, sponsored by Oregon Academy of General Dentistry and Oregon Dental Association, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. telephone hot line with dentists to answer questions about dental health. Call 1-800-764-5333.

The Megatransect: Protecting Africa's Rainforest, sponsored by Illahee, talk by conservation biologist Michael Fay about a 1,200-mile Africa trek, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., $14, $10 students. Call 503-222-2719.

SATURDAY

Changing the Future: An Update on Women's Health, sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University, 9 a.m. to noon, OHSU Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road. Call 503-494-0060.

State legislators' town hall meeting, sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Frank Shields and Reps. Jeff Merkley and Mike Schaufler, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Alice Ott Middle School library, 12500 S.E. Ramona St. Call 1-503-986-1724.

Community Dialogues 2003: Livable for Who?, sponsored by Southeast Uplift, workshops held by community groups, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Francis Church, 330 S.E. 11th Ave. Call 503-232-0010, Ext. 10.

MONDAY

Cholesterol and glucose screening, 12-hour fast beforehand recommended, 8 a.m. to noon, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 2334 W. Burnside St., $35. Call 503-226-6213.

TUESDAY

A Perspective on Education in Oregon, the current financial situation and possible solutions, sponsored by League of Women Voters, talk by Verne Duncan, former state superintendent of public instruction and legislator, Il Fornaio, 115 N.W. 22nd Ave., $15 lunch, $3.50 coffee only, reservations by 9 a.m. Monday. Call 503-228-1675.

WEDNESDAY

Lead poisoning prevention workshop, sponsored by Community Energy Project, Hosford Community School, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 2303 S.E. 28th Ave. Call 503-284-4962.

'Rabbit in the Moon,' sponsored by Radical Women, video of Japanese-American World War II relocation and discussion of resisting racial stereotyping today, 7 p.m., buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. for $6, Bread and Roses Center, 819 N. Killingsworth St. Call 503-240-4462.

THURSDAY

Water conservation workshop, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Community Energy Project, 422 N.E. Alberta St. Call 503-284-6827.

James Beard Centenary Prequel, sponsored by Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, 7 p.m., talk by OCHC President David Millholland and Wildwood Restaurant chef Cory Schreiber, Multnomah County Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave. Repeats Friday noon at Oregon History Center, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. Call 503-306-5198.

Restorative justice and flaws in the tough-on-crime approach to law enforcement, sponsored by Survivors Advocating for an Effective System, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Horn of Africa restaurant, 3939 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., dinner costs are 'on your own.' Call 503-274-2139.

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