William and Flora Hewlett Foundation president Larry Kramer will honor Martha Kongsgaard for her civic efforts tonight. Image via the Foundation website.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation president Larry Kramer will honor Martha Kongsgaard for her civic efforts tonight. Image via the Foundation website.
For Today

Civic Trailblazers

Seattle City Club's annual benefit luncheon this year celebrates the civic activism of Martha Kongsgard, winner of the 2014 Nancy Nordhoff Civic Leadership Award.

Kongsgard, whose work with the Kongsgard-Goldman Foundation, Washington Women's Foundation, and the UW College of the Environment helped her become chair of the Leadership Council of Puget Sound Partnership and co-chair of the Puget Sound Institute, will recieve the award before a speech from Larry Kramer.

Kramer, formerly the dean of Stanford Law School, has been President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 2012. Kramer will speak about the Foundation's current effort to mitigate political polarization across the country.

Civic Trailblazers, Tue, June 17, 11:30 am–1:30 pm, Westlake Westin, 1900 5th Ave, $75–1500.

For Wednesday

Crosscut Community Idea Lab

Local news website Crosscut is looking for input from Seattlites on how best to use the tech boom to create a more equitable and engaged society. In this first installment of planned recurring "community problem solving journalism" events, Crosscut has lit the nerd bat signal to rally folks with great ideas to put their thoughts and efforts toward this issue.

Attend to watch the proceedings and participate in judging the viability of the entrants' proposals.

Crosscut Community Idea Lab, Wed, June 18, 6:30–8 pm, Great Hall at Town Hall, 600 8th Ave,  $5–$50 to attend.


Meet Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State and First Lady, and possible (likely? certain?) 2016 Democratic candidate for President of the United States Hillary Clinton will be in Seattle Wednesday for a book signing at the University of Washington Book Store. 

Her book, Hard Choices, details her experiences as Barack Obama's Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. 

Hillary Clinton Book Signing
, Wed, June 18, 5pm, UW Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, free. 
 
For Thursday

What's Walking Got to do With It?
 
Arlington County, Virginia and Columbia, Maryland have made great strides in improving walkability in their communities, but has it actually made daily life any better? Find out by attending Thursday's online webinar in which local officials from the two towns will discuss the impacts these improvements have had.

The speakers will delve into the social and economic benefits that have resulted from increased walkability in Columbia and Arlington County, the role of government in implementing these changes, and how best to apply the lessons they learned to other communities like Seattle.

Register
before Thursday to listen in. 

What's Walking Got to do With It?
Thu, June 19, 10–11 am, online, free. 

Advance Notice For July 9
 
Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code

Biking is tough on the legs. Biking to a place with no bike rack to lock up to can be tough on the wallet (if the worst occurs: unlocked bike theft), and we all know which hurts worse.

As of 2010, only 25% of downtown employers offered bike parking to their employees, and that number has not improved enough since. Join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club at Rackathon to evaluate existing bike racks and discuss methods to ensure the city is properly racked going forward. 

Rackathon
, Wed, July 9, 2:30–5:30pm, Union Station Great Hall, 605 5th Ave S, free with pre-registration

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