For Today

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Pioneer Square Then & Now

Historic Pioneer Square is becoming a hot spot, with new shops, restaurants, and housing appearing all the time. As part of Seattle Architecture Foundation's "Urban Character" lecture series, a panel will discuss community growth, re-inventing neighborhoods, and how to maintain history among new developments.

The Then & Now Pioneer Square panel includes Matthew Dillon the owner and chef of Bar Sajor and The London Plane, architect Mark Hinshaw, Karen True of the Alliance for Pioneer Square, and more.

Then & Now Pioneer Square, Tue, February 11, 6:30pm, 220 Second Ave S, $15.

For Wednesday

Lessons for a Sustainable Future

Dr. Robert Gilman, former astrophysicist, uses his research on 16,000 years of human history to draw conclusions about the sustainbility of our planet, and he believes we have reason to be hopeful. Find out why, and how, looking at the past can help us in the years to come.

What Time Is It?—Lessons from history for a sustainable future, Wed, February 12, 6:30–9pm, 1217 Sixth Ave, $7.50 (buy tickets here).

Ignite! Seattle

Ignite! Seattle is a public-speaking series, started in 2006, that offers 5-minute presentations on just about any topic you can think of—consider them local, time-limited TEDtalks.

With only five minutes and a slideshow limited to 20 rotating slides, presenters will cover a range of topics. Some of last November's talks covered Shakespeare, Google Glass, food poisoning, and angry brides.

The night begins with a networking event at 7 before presentations start at 8.

Ignite! Seattle, Wed, February 12, 7pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Thursday

Secretary at War

And as we published a few weeks ago in Advance Notice: Robert Gates served as Secretary of Defense under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and he has the tell-all memoir to prove it.

Sharing his opinions on Congress, policy decisions, and political parties, Gates will be at Town Hall discussing his book and his political career. How many chances will you have to see a former head of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense in person?

Secretary at War, Thu, February 13, 7:30–8:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Advance Notice for February 17

36th District Legislative Action Day

Not sure how to spend your Presidents' Day (or, maybe, you didn't know it was Presidents' Day)? Use the federal holiday for a trip to Olympia to meet with your legislators.

The 36th District—Magnolia, Queen Anne, Ballard, and Greenwood—delegation, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton, will be on hand during a brown bag lunch to answer questions, hear your thoughts, and weigh in on this session's big issues. You can also take a tour of the capitol.

Bring your own lunch and get some face time with your reps.

36th District Legislative Action Day, Mon, February 17, 10:00am–1:30pm, Room B-10 of the John L. O'Brien Building, 504 15th Ave SE, Olympia, free.

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