PubliCalendar: Support the Westlake Cycle Track
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Westlake Avenue Protected Bike Lane Open House
A protected bike lane, or cycle track, has been planned for Westlake Avenue since September, 2012, and the Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking aid in figuring out the best way to make travel along the corridor safe and predictable for all users—even single-occupancy cars.
This evening's open house gives community members the chance to deliver advice and worries about the project. Many of them may be concerned by the potential forfeiture of public parking spaces—there are currently 1,271 of them along Westlake Avenue, with some likely to be scarificed to make way for the track.
While the vast majority of spaces won't be going anywhere, Monday's Jolt detailed the efforts by the Westlake Stakeholders Group to derail this project.
Westlake Avenue Protected Bike Lane Open House, Wed, May 21, 5:30–8:30 pm, Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th Street, free.
Mount Baker Play Area Renovation Public Meeting
Mount Baker Park is not compliant with current safety standards or the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is ready to fix that. All they need is a little input from the community to determine the best plan to move forward.
Gather at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse to make suggestions directly to the landscape architect and project planner who will be designing and implementing the park's future.
Mount Baker Play Area Renovation Public Meeting, Thu, May 22, 6:30-8pm, Mount Baker Community Clubhouse, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S, free.
Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies: DIVE! - Living Off America's Waste
Step into the edible world of garbage with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert this Friday to explore America's tendancy to waste perfectly edible food on a regular basis.
The award-winning film follows Seifert and some friends as they forage for food in dumpsters behind Los Angeles area grocery stores and confront store managers about their wastefulness. Despite the 1996 Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which protects food donors from potential ill effects recipients may encounter, a USDA report released this February found that "in the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten."
Watch the film to see many ways this waste can be mitigated; unwanted food belongs in food banks, not landfills.
Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies: DIVE!, Fri, May 23, 7pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (donations accepted).
Advance Notice For June 4
Social Security Forum
Money from Social Security has benefitted multiple generations of American senior citizens, but it may run dry before the majority of young Americans become eligible to collect.
National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neil, US congressman Adam Smith (D–WA 9), and Economic Opportunity Institute policy director Marilyn Watkins are worried about this, and are headlining a forum on the subject at Bethany United Church of Christ on Beacon Hill June 4.
The forum will center on the status of the Social Security system and the Strengthening Social Security Act, a piece of proposed legislation that would strengthen Social Security for the remainder of this century.
Social Security Forum, Wed, June 4, 7–8:30 pm, Bethany United Church of Christ, 6230 Beacon Avenue S, free.
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