PubliCalendar: Recycling, Voting, and Gardening
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Old Shoe, New Trick
Curious about how the old clothes you donated get processed, recovered, and turned into new retail products for consumers?
The Washington State Recycling Association is providing an in-depth view of the recycling and reusing marketplace, complete with a tour of the Seattle Goodwill's Job Training and Education Center.
A donation drive will also be going on, so bring your unwanted clothes and other items—your donation gets your name entered into a raffle for a Goodwill gift card.
Old Shoe, New Trick: Textile Recovery, Reuse & Recycling, Fri, March 21, 9am–3pm, Goodwill Headquarters, 700 Dearborn Place S, $40–$85.
Why Your Vote Matters
We all know that Seattle's public transit system is in desperate need of funding. The League of Women Voters is co-sponsoring a panel with Town Hall to discuss the problems and potential solutions for the metro funding crisis.
The conversation will cover future ballot measures—such as the $60 car tab fee and 0.1 cent sales tax increase, approved unanimously by the King County Council—and why voting in April is important.
Panelists include Rod Dembowski (King County Council Chair of Transportation) Mia Gregerson (SeaTac Mayor and state representative), Katie Wilson (co-founder of Seattle Transit Riders Union) and Rebecca Saldaña (Puget Sound Sage).
Why Your Vote Matters, Sat, March 22, 11am–1:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free.
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Does the recent escape from rain into (mostly) sunny days have you ready for spring gardening? Sky Nursery is offering a free class on growing your own salad greens, carrots, snow peas, and more.
Emily Wilkins will teach you which veggies to grow during the cool, spring months, and help you to plan ahead for your summer crops of tomoatoes and beans.
Grow Your Own Vegetables, Sun, March 23, 1–2:30pm, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave N, free.
Advance Notice for March 27
Income Inequality Symposium
As part of the lengthy conversation about the minimum wage in Seattle, the Office of the Mayor, Local Progress, and Seattle University are cohosting a day-long symposium.
Panelists and speakers—including Lori Pfingst of the Center for Budget and Policy, Dorian Warren of Columbia University and Paul Sonn of the National Employment Law Project—will discuss all aspects of raising the minimum wage. If you haven't made your mind up about the minimum wage (we, for one, decided a long time ago), maybe this day-long event can help you decide.
We certainly hope it helps the mayor make a decision.
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