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For Friday

Meaningful Movie: The Last Ocean

The Ross Sea in Antarctica was the last ocean ecosystem largely unaffected by the human race until—surprise, surprise—humans came and started reeling in Antarctic Toothfish to sell around the world.

You'll probably reconsider before you order that fancy Chilean Sea Bass next time—that's restaurant lingo for the Toothfish.

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies, Fri, December 13, 7–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle, free.

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.

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

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