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For Saturday

A Trip Back In Time

Talk about old-school—the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association has electric trolley buses from the 1940s up and running for trips around town at select times of year. 

This Saturday, take a three-hour spin in one of these retro beauties for a tour of Seattle's holiday lights.

MEHVA Santa's Lights Tour, Sat, December 14, 7–10pm, departs from 2nd Ave S & S Main St, $4–$5.

For Friday

Puppy Love

The second annual Pardon A Pup Ball is this Friday, an event organized by local nonprofit Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue, to raise money for resucing endangered puppies at high-kill shelters. Donations of $250+ will allow you to both save a puppy and pick a name.

Recently-saved pups Peaches, Jules, and Elvis will attend the event—see if you can say no to their pudgy little faces.

Pardon a Pup Ball, Fri, December 13, 7–9pm, Sam's Tavern, 1024 E Pike St, all donations welcome.

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


The Washington Bus, the organization that encourages active democracy through voting, arrives at the Bullitt Center—the greenest commercial building in the world that opened in April—to say cheers to 2013 and raise funds for the next year of voting advocacy. 

FestiBus, Thu, December 12, 6–9pm, Bullitt Center, 1501 E Madison St, free.

Family First

Local real estate company Onpoint is giving back this holiday season to The Central—a central Seattle community center that lends a hand to over 1,400 seniors each year—by organizing a holiday mixer at Still Liquor bar. Give a little holiday love with a donation at the door.

Holiday Happy Hour, Thu, December 12, 6–9:30pm, Still Liquor, 1524 Minor Ave, Seattle, $10 suggested donation.

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.

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