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For Thursday

Controlling Gun Violence

In honor of the lives lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy nearly one year ago, Town Hall and the Seattle Children's Hospital are teaming up with medical professionals and a parent whose child was shot at an elementary school to discuss ways to keep kids safe from gun violence. 

Gun Violence: Keeping Children Safe, Thu, December 12, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall Seattle, $5.

Budget Matters

Rise and shine early Thursday morning for the second annual Budget Matters, an economic policy conference that will cover topic areas such as equitable revenue, early learning, and media perspectives on our nation's economic issues.

The conference will draw in experts from all corners of the economic discussion, including prominent economic analysts Heather McGhee, Vice President of Policy and Outreach at public policy organization Demos, and Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (and former member of President Obama’s economic team). Gov. Jay Inslee will wrap up the conference with some closing remarks.

Budget Matters 2013, Thu, December 12, 8:30am–3pm, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, $90.

For Wednesday

Reclaiming Prosperity

With America's income inequality at a record high, the cycle of short-term budget solutions in Congress is clearly not much of a solution at all.

At Wednesday's episode of the Reclaiming Prosperity series, which started this past May, economic gurus Jared Bernstein (who'll also be at Thursday's Budget Matters conference, see above) and Heather McGhee (whom you may also see on Thursday) will share their ideas about nurturing the middle class to a prosperous and sustainable future.

Reclaiming Prosperity: Patchwork Politics or Prosperity?, Wed, December 11, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall Seattle, $5.

A Toast to Sustainablity

Raise a glass to another year fighting for sustainability at Green Drinks, a monthly informal networking event for the eco-conscious, hosted by sustainability group Futurewise.

This month's Green Drinks will take place at Angel Arms Works, the home and art studio of Snohomish Mayor Karen Guzak. 

December Green Drinks, Wed, December 11, 5–7pm, Angel Arms Works, 230 Avenue B, Snohomish, free.

Thinking About American Consumerism

Following the Black Friday madness and Cyber Monday precociousness, it might be a good time to reflect on American consumerism and what it means for our economy and communities.

UW cultural history Professor Linda Nash and Seattle University economics Professor Meenakshi Rishi will lead the discussion. Steve Scher of KUOW Radio's "The Record" moderates.

Following the Black Friday madness and Cyber Monday precociousness, it might be a good time to reflect on American consumerism.

Think & Drink, Wed, December 11, 7pm, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, free.

For Tuesday

Happy 50th to the Human Rights Commission

The Seattle Human Rights Commission turns 50 today—with one less human rights hero in our midsts this year, sadly. (Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela.)

Celebrate past accomplishments as well as current advancements by learning about Seattle's human rights organizations and recognizing Therese Caouette, who has devoted her 30-year career to improving refugee and migrant opportunities in southeast Asia via education and leadership enhancement.

Seattle Human Rights Commission's 50th Anniversary, Tues, December 10, 7:30–8:40pm, Town Hall Seattle, $5 suggested donation.

Growing Transit Communities

Growing Transit Communities, a federally-funded group that focuses on urban transit-centered development, comes to Town Hall Tuesday morning for a discussion about how to best use a pending $15 billion transit investment; hint, hint: for urban design strategies and sustainable infrastructure to complement future transit developments.

Transit officials from around the country will attend to add input, including Urban Solutions program director in the Natural Resources Defense Council, Shelley Poticha; Fred Kent, President of The Project for Public Spaces in New York; and Gary L. Cunningham, Vice President and CPO of the Northwest Area Foundation in Minnesota.

Puget Sound Regional Council presents Growing Transit Communities, Tues, December 10, 9am–2pm, Town Hall Seattle, free.

Give Like You Give A Damn

'Tis the season of giving, and environmentally-conscious groups Seattle Greendrinks and Sustainable Seattle are holding an event where you can give your support to local businesses, all in one place.

The third annual "Give Like You Give A Damn" holiday marketplace lineup includes Zipcar, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, and Threads Apparel NW, to offer their goods and services for your eco-conscious holiday shopping. 

Give Like You Give A Damn, Tues, December 10, 5:30–9pm, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave S, free.

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