These aren't oversized eighth graders, they're good people helping to Stuff the Bus.
These aren't oversized eighth graders, they're good people helping to Stuff the Bus.
For Today

Stuff the Bus at Ballard Office Max

It's tough to learn without the proper supplies, and many Seattle families struggle to afford everything they'll need for the school year on limited budgets. 

Give the kids a hand this afternoon by trekking over to the Ballard Office Max, picking out a couple of good pens, a nice stapler, and maybe a three-ring binder or two, and adding them to the growing collection inside the yellow school bus in the parking lot. Can't get it done today? The bus will reappear at the U District Office Depot on Friday. 

Too busy to go shopping? Send some dollars to the organization behind this event, Communities In Schools Seattle, online any time
Stuff the Bus, Wed, August 6, 1–5pm, Ballard Office Max, 1135 NW Leary Way, donations will vary.

For Thursday
 
Jack Straw Presents

The Jack Straw writer's program has helped over 200 Pacific Northwest writers find their literary voice since its inception in 1997, and four members of this year's talented crop will be putting their work on display Thursday evening.
 
The group includes poet Raul Sanchez, essayist Margot Kahn, The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing author Gigi Rosenberg, and journalist Kristen Millares Young. Join them at the UW Book Store to hear excerpts from their latest projects—and catch the next wave of Northwest literature first hand. 
 
Jack Straw Presents, Thu, Aug 7, 7pm, UW Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, free. 

For Friday

Civic Boot Camp

Seattle City Club's Civic Boot Camp series will turn its eye toward the Seattle waterfront with a HistoryLink-guided tour of sites in and around Elliot Bay, followed by a luncheon with a panel of city leaders and the chance to create a civic plan in conjunction with fellow participants.

The day's events also include small group discussions of civic issues, a historical overview and tour of Pike Place Market, and a micro-grant writing exercise. Prepare to be better prepared to do your civic duties.

Civic Boot Camp, Fri , August 8, 9am–5pm, Paccar Pavilion at Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, $125.

Advance Notice For August 13

40 Years of P-Patch: From Uptown to Belltown

Seattle has now been home to P-Patch community gardens for four decades, and MOHAI is intrigued by the city's dedication to communal cultivation.
 
The museum has conscribed greenthumb author Bill Thorness to lead a walk through P-Patches new and old, spanning 2 miles starting from the UpGarden P-Patch atop the Mercer Street Parking Garage.
 
40 Years of P-Partch: From Uptown to Belltown, Wed, Aug 13, 6–8pm, UpGarden P-Patch, 300 Mercer Street, $25.
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