Thu., Feb. 9 UCSB Lecture Series: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, discusses Inuit perspectives on climate change and human rights. 5:30pm. Buchanan Hall, room 1910, UCSB. Call 893-8726.
SBCC Lecture Series: Features Philippe Larrieu, Consul General of France in L.A. 7:30-9:30pm. Room 14, Tannahill Auditorium, Schott Center. Call 687-0812.
Fri., Feb. 10 Movies for Peace: Veterans for Peace and others show Monster at Our Door, on avian flu. 7:30pm. 6647 El Colegio, I.V. Call 968-1965.
Indigenous Wisdom: Dr. Malidoma Somé, author and shaman, discusses Cultivating Ritual in Our Everyday Life. 7-9pm. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd. Visit askmalidoma.com.
Sat. Feb. 11 Inspirations from Nature: Open house for Smithsonian exhibition hosted by the Forest Service, with local artists, interpretative walks, and more. Noon-4pm. S.B. Ranger District Office, Los Padres National Forest. Visit fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres.
Wed., Feb. 15 League of Women Voters: Presents How Is Homeland Security Working at Home? 12:15-2pm. 1136 E. Montecito St. Call 965-2422.
Westmont Downtown Conversation: Local historians discuss Patriotism in America and the Importance of Compromise. 5:30pm. University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. Call 565-6051.
Thu., Feb. 16 Science Lite Lecture: Tanya Atwater, UCSB Prof. of Geology, discusses climate changes and other Ice Age phenomena. First Presbyterian Church, 21 Constance Ave. Call 893-4388.
Wise Investments: Inaugural meeting of the S.B. Chapter of angel investor group Keiretsu. 8am-noon. Austin Val Verde estate, Montecito. Email Andrews@terpin.com.
Ongoing Essay Contest: All S.B. County high school students are invited to submit an essay on “What are the U.N.’s major accomplishments in the past 10 years?” by April 15. Cash prizes. Visit unasb.org for details.