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Spike Lee & Solid Ground

Solid Ground is celebrating 40 years of fighting poverty and racism in Seattle with an anniversary lunch featuring Spike Lee, director and writer of Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X—who stirred up controversy most recently with his incendiary comments about gentrification in Brooklyn—as the keynote speaker.

Lee's films often explore race and the effects of racism in society, with specific takes on the discrimination that takes place in Hollywood and the media.

Registration is closed but you can call 206-694-6819 to get on the waitlist.

Solid Ground 40th Anniversary Building Community Luncheon, Fri, Apr 4, noon, Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave, free.

For Saturday

Mayor Murray's Neighborhood Summit

In case you forgot this was coming: "Seattle's unique neighborhoods are what makes this city special," said Ed Murray in a February press release announcing his neighborhood summit. “I want to build strong relationships with the leaders of these neighborhoods and community members and keep an open dialogue as well as build an administration where no one has to ask for a space at the table.”

Coming up next month, the summit is intended to be an opportunity to talk with neighborhood representatives about improving the city in a way that benefits all neighborhoods. One of Mayor Murray's first-100-days-in-office priorities, the summit will surely continue the Seattle trend of lengthy group discussion on a topic—but it just might lead to some city improvement as well.

The conversation has already started. Check out Erica's post. A group of anti-development activists is organizing to resist increased density.

If you want to throw your opinion into the mix, you can fill out the online survey.

Seattle Neighborhood Summit 2014, Sat, April 5, 9am–1pm, Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center, free.

For Sunday

Greenway Pop-up

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods aims to build 250 miles of greenways in Seattle, but how can we decide where they should go? The organization Go Rainier Valley Greenways has a solution: a greenway pop-up, like retail pop-ups—basically when a business sets up shop in a temporary space.

If you're interested in seeing how the streets near you could benefit from a greenway, GO RV Greenways is using the pop-up model to test out a greenway on South Ferdinand between 35th and 37th.

For four hours, this strip will feature temporary speed bumps and way-finding signs. The family-friendly event will also provide food, games, and walking tours. 

Greenway Pop-Up, Sun, April 6, 11am–3pm, S Ferdinand between 35th and 37th, free.

Advance Notice for May 17

Pioneer Square Spring Clean

Now that spring is here (if you say it enough times, it'll be true), it's a good time to get outside for gardening, cleaning, and enjoying the sun.

The annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean is May 17 and registration is open now. Join your neighbors for cleaning up and beautifying your neighborhood, and stick around for a free lunch.

Pioneer Square Spring Clean, Sat, May 17, 9am–noon, Occidental Park, free.

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