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For Thursday

Volunteer at Volunteer

Volunteer Park hosts a work party every first Thursday of the month for cleaning, weeding, and beautification. What better way to start the new year than by helping out?

Bonus: working outside in the fresh air can do wonders for a hangover. No gardening experience required; tools and snacks provided.

Volunteer Park Work Party, Thu, January 2, 10am–12pm, 1247 15th Ave E (meet at the Donut), free

For Friday

The United States of A.L.E.C.

Ever heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council? A.L.E.C. is the group of politicians and corporations that influences many of our laws.

This Friday, check out the documentary that explores the motivation (hint, corporate profits) behind the laws they push through. Stick around after the film for a discussion.

The United States of A.L.E.C., Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies, Fri, January 3, 7–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, free

For Saturday

Dirt! The Movie

Dirt is crucial to life on earth: it provides food, water, and climate regulation. Yet one-third of our topsoil has been lost in the last 100 years, causing global warming, droughts, and widespread hunger. Conflict over the remaining supply has led to violence and even war in some places.

Dirt: The Movie explores both the disastrous consequences of our soil destruction and ways in which we can get back to soil cultivation and sustainable living.

Dirt: The Movie, West Seattle Meaningful Movies, Sat, January 4, 7pm (doors open at 6:30), High Point Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, free (donations accepted)


Advance Notice

CityClub 2014 Legislative Preview

Get a first look at legislators' top priorities for 2014's legislative session and what they mean for you.
Moderated by Public Radio Northwest News Network reporter Austin Jenkins  and KIRO 7's Essex Porter, the panel features the legislative leaders from the state house and senate four corners: Rep. Dan Kristiansen (R-39, Snohomish) and Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-47, Covington) the Republican and Democartic leaders from the house side, and their counteparts from the senate sdie, Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-34, Maury Island) and Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina), the Democrat who sides with the GOP in Olympia and heads up the conservative Majority Coalition Caucus.
CityClub's 2014 Legislative Preview, Fri, January 10, noon–1:30pm, Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St, $55

 

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