For Thursday

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ACA Education

Regardless of how you feel about the obstacle-ridden Affordable Care Act—and here's a hilarious takedown in the recent New York Review of Books which points out that the same federal government that can't get a website right sure is pretty online savvy about spying—it’s here to stay for the time being.

Find out more about the law, Medicaid expansion, and the new marketplace for health insurance—and most importantly, how it will affect you.

ACA Educational Meeting, Thu, December 19, 6–8pm, International District Community Center, 719 8th Ave S, Seattle, free.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Hang in there, folks—the shortest winter days are nearly over. To celebrate this year’s Winter Solstice, coming up in just a few days, the ArtsNow/uLearn education program at Edmonds Community College will display 40 pieces of artwork by 19 local artists that express how different cultures around the world “come out of the dark.”

Come Out of the Dark: A Winter Solstice Celebration, Thu, December 19, 5–8pm, ArtsNow/uLearn at Edmonds Community College, 201 4th Ave N (office upstairs), free.

For Friday

A Concert for Charity

Still have some holiday giving on your list? You can head over to the Green Lake Church this Friday, when it will hold its 49th annual Christmas benefit concert for charity.

This year's event, which will feature a choir and orchestra performance of "The Birth of Christ" by Heinrich von Herzogenberg, will donate raised funds to The Organization for Prostitution Survivors in Seattle.

Candlelight Christmas Concert, Fri, December 20, 7:30pm, Green Lake Church, 6350 East Green Lake Way N, donation encouraged.

For Saturday

A Rally for Patient Rights

Unsure of what the passage of I-502 means for medical marijuana patients? The latest recommendations from the Washington State Liquor Control Board suggest that patients could be required to see their doctors for reevaluation and to purchase their prescribed pot from a recreational store (under the current law they can often grow their own).

To discuss the possibilities and the protection of patients' rights, join Hempfest at Town Hall. Speakers include State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard), Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, Dale Rogers of the Cannabis Research Collective, and many more.

Medical Marijuana: A Rally for Patient Rights, Sat, December 21, 2–4pm, Town Hall (Great Hall, enter on Eighth Ave), 1119 Eighth Ave, free.

Advance Notice

Reclaiming Prosperity

Most employees in the US work for low wages with no paid sick leave and little job security (yay America!) But luckily, we live in a region that's ahead of the curve, with SeaTac's recent $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave for employees in the City of Seattle since 2012.

Andy Stern, labor activist and author of A Country That Works: Getting America Back on Track, will be at Town Hall to discuss the changes we've seen that affect the ways we think about our working lives.

Reclaiming Prosperity: Innovation in the Northwest and the Future of Labor, Tues, January 7, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall (Great Hall, enter on Eighth Ave), 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

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