For Today

Dr. Melissa Clarke

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Taking Charge of Healthcare

Enrollment in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange ends on Monday, March 31. If you haven't signed up, or you have but you're unsure of what it means for you in the future, you might want to give Dr. Melissa Clarke a listen.

An advocate of patient rights and healthcare reform, Dr. Clarke encourages proactive decision making, health literacy, and communicative relationships between patients and doctors. Her book, Excuse Me, Doctor. I’ve got WHAT? Taking Ownership of Your Health and Making Healthcare Reform Work for You came out in 2013. 

Taking Charge of Healthcare, Fri, March 28, 7–8:15pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5. 

For Saturday

Free Colonoscopies

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this Saturday, Dr. Harry Teicher and other doctors at Highline Medical Center will be giving free colonoscopies to the needy.

Don't rush out the door just yet—because of the high costs per patient, they are only able to provide a limited number. If you're not in need of a free colonoscopy, maybe consider donating to this program that's serving those most in need of medical care.

Free Colonoscopies Locally, Sat, March 29, 8am–noon, Highline Medical Center, 16259 Sylvester Rd SW, Burien, free.

Compost Drive 

If you aren't able to donate money to colonoscopies, consider donating compost to local gardens.

The Ballard Fred Meyer is hosting the Big Garden Give compost drive—purchase discounted Cedar Grove Compost or donate a bag of compost and Cedar Grove will match the donation with another compost bag.

Seattle has over 150 gardens that feed the homeless and the needy and donated compost can make a big difference in their food production. 

If you aren't able to swing through Ballard on Saturday, donate online thru April 15.

Compost Drive, Sat, March 29, 10am–4pm, Ballard Fred Meyer, 915 NW 45th St, free.

For Sunday

PATH Ride

Human trafficking happens all over the country, including here in Washington. The Pedal Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Ride is an event to raise awareness about trafficking and to raise money to fight against it.

Sponsored by Seattle Against Slavery, the money raised from this event goes directly to SAS outreach campaigns, and this year the goal is to raise $15,000. You can register to ride or make a donation online.

PATH Ride, Sun, March 30, 8am, Veloce Velo Bicycles, 2750 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, $55.

Advance Notice for April 7

Hearing on Parks Funding

The Select Committee on Parks Funding is reviewing the $54 million a year property tax package for parks and recreation services. On April 7, the committee meeting is open to the public.

If you want to see more money and time put into Seattle's park services, head to this meeting and share your thoughts.

Public Hearing on Parks Funding, Mon, Apr 7, 6pm, Council Chambers, 600 Fourth Ave, free.

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