PubliCalendar: Community Ideas Wanted
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Document the Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Code For Seattle's monthly writing party will focus on Pioneer Square. Coders, bloggers, and anyone with a writing or design project in mind should arrive with their thinking caps on ready collaborate on wasy to upgrade Pioneer Square's online presence.
The afternoon begins with some snacks and an introductory lesson on using Seattle LocalWiki, followed by a brief jaunt around Pioneer Square to ingrain an accurate image of the neighborhood before four hours of writing and editing gets underway.
Document the Neighborhood: Pioneer Square, Fri, May 16, 2–7 pm, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, free.
Second Chance Edible Plant Sale
Seattle Tilth didn't sell all of their edible plants at the first sale last weekend. 4,000 palatable vegetals remain ready for insertion in your home garden, including tomatos, squash, and gratuitous amounts greens.
All plants are selling for $2 or $10 for a flat. That's dirt cheap— but you'll need to supply your own dirt.
Seattle Tilth Second Chance Edible Plant Sale, Fri, May 16, 10 am–2 pm, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, 5513 S Cloverdale Street, $2–$10.
Free Coffee and Conversation
The Seattle Department of Transportation wants to know what Seattlites think they can do to make the city better for pedestrians and bikers, and they've figured out how to lure us in: Free coffee.
Stop by Victrola Coffee Roasters on Beacon Hill between 12:30 and 2:30 this Saturday for a cup o' joe and a chance to put your ideas on SDOT's radar.
SDOT Coffee and Conversation, Sat, May 17, 12:30–2:30 pm, Vitrola Coffee Roasters, 3215 Beacon Hill Ave S, free.
Urban Pollination Project
Bees are integral to successful urban gardens, and the folks at Urban Pollination Project have devised a way to collect data on bumblebee activity and its impact on crop yields.
To execute their plan, however, UPP needs volunteers to plant cherry tomatoes—which they will be giving out for free—in P-Patches around the city, and to collect a little data on the size and volume of tomato yields, using three different pollination methods, as the plants mature.
Whether you're an avid P-Patcher or new to the game, this is a great opportunity to further UPP's understanding of the Northwest's bumblebee population while growing and harvesting free Sungold cherry tomatoes.
Urban Pollination Project, Sat, May 17, 10 am– 1 pm, Bradner Gardens p-patch, and Sun, May 18 10am– 1 pm, University of Washington Botany Greenhouse, free.
Urban Pollination Project Day 2
Urban Pollination Project, Sun, May 18 10am– 1 pm, University of Washington Botany Greenhouse, free.
Reclaiming Prosperity: Gender and Income Inequality
Does she work harder for the money?
Political pollstress Anna Greenberg, ROC United co-founder and co-director Saru Jayaraman, and MomsRising.org CEO Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner lead a discussion of that question and explore how the changing nature of work impacts the current minimum wage debate, economic security on a national and individual level, and gender roles within families and workplaces.
Reclaiming Prosperity: Gender and Income Inequality, Mon, May 19, 7:30–9 pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, $5.
Public Hearing on Microhousing
Seattle City Council is holding a public hearing regarding the Department of Planning and Development's proposed amendments to the Land Use Code in relation to microhousing.
The suggested changes, which Smart Growth Seattle covered in detail earlier this year, seem more likely to make it more difficult for Seattlites to find cheap housing in the city—effectively counteracting the entire purpose of microhousing innovation.
Seattle City Council will be taking public comments on the DPD's recommendations regarding microhousing at 5:30 pm. Those who wish to testify can sign up on a form outside the City Council Chambers beginning at 5 pm.
Public Hearing on Microhousing, Mon, May 19, 5:30 pm, Seattle City Council Chambers at City Hall, 600 4th Ave, free.
Advance Notice For June 18
Crosscut Community Idea Lab
Local news outlet Crosscut is looking for input from Seattlites on how best to use the tech boom to create a more equitable and engaged society. In this first installment of planned recurring "community problem solving journalism" events, Crosscut has lit the nerd bat signal to rally folks with great ideas to put their thoughts and efforts toward this issue.
Submit your idea online (scroll to the bottom of the above link) to earn a chance to present it in mid-June before a panel of experts and an audience that will vote to determine the winner. All ideas are welcomed and the best will recieve exposure on Crosscut.com and a chance to work with Seattle officials to make it happen.
Crosscut Community Idea Lab, Wed, June 18, 6:30–8 pm, Great Hall at Town Hall, 600 8th Ave, free to submit ideas, $5–$50 to attend.
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