Bastyr to hold health-care forum

To encourage ongoing community dialogue on the future of the nation’s health-care system, Bastyr University will offer the second of a six-part series of health-care forums from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Nov. 12 at its Kenmore campus.

The second session focuses on “Reforming Healthcare: How Do We Communicate Our Message?”

An audience question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

The panel for this event features: Robert Crittenden, chief of family medicine at Harborview Medical Center and health-policy adviser for former Gov. Booth Gardner; John Weeks, journalist, advocate and consultant in the field of integrative medicine; and, Barnaby Dow, deputy director of communications for the King County Health Reform Initiative.

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Chamber holds food drive

With the holidays looming, the Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce will be collecting nonperishable food donations this month.

Donations will benefit the local Hopelink. According to the chamber, Hopelink is especially in need of tuna and peanut butter.

Collections will be made at several chamber events including the chamber luncheon Nov. 12, the general meeting Nov. 20 and during the holiday dinner and auction Nov. 21.

Donations also will be accepted at the chamber office, 10017 N.E. 185th St., Bothell.

Chamber luncheon on tap

“Exceeding Customer Expectations” is the the topic of the next Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce luncheon, slated for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Courtyard Hall in Country Village.

The guest speaker is Brad Worthley. The event also will include announcement of the “Legislator of the Year” award to be presented by the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

Registration is required. Cost is $25 per person.

For information, call the chamber at (425) 485-4353.

Miller to talk ‘green’ at UW-Bothell

The University of Washington, Bothell will celebrate the fall launch of its new Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS) program by hosting guest lecturer Toby Miller at 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the North Creek Events Center.

Miller will present “Green Cultural Citizenship: A Future for Cultural Studies.”

In his talk, Miller will discuss a “green” model of cultural citizenship, one that places demands for more media, speech and publicity in the context of the environmental impact of an emphasis on growth as an end in itself.

Miller is a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside. He serves as the editor and co-editor of two scholarly journals, as well as having authored several books.

In addition to celebrating the launch of the MACS program, the lecture is part of the 2008-2009 New Formations of Cultural Studies series sponsored by the Simpson Center for Humanities and the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at UW-Bothell.

Chamber holiday dinner set for Nov. 21

The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce plans its Holiday Auction and Dinner for 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Courtyard Hall in Country Village.

The chamber advertises the event as an evening of food, wine and silent and live auctions and much more.

Tickets are $50 each, with tables of 10 available for $500. Call the chamber at (425) 485-4353 or send an e-mail to to reserve seats.