Head over to Pike Place Market this Friday for some free from-scratch cooking lessons. Photo via Shutterstock.

For Friday

Cooking at Pike Place

"From Farmers to Families and Friends" hosts free cooking classes each Friday, taught by local cooking instructor and store owner Diane LaVonne. Open to those with all levels of cooking experience, these classes aim to "demystify" cooking from scratch with fresh local produce.

Classes last 45 minutes and are limited to 25 participants per class. This 10-week series runs through September 20.

From Farmers to Families and Friends Cooking Classes, Fri, August 2, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, Pike Place Market, free.

For Thursday

Free Museum Thursday

Several museums around the city, including the Museum of Flight, the Burke Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Volunteer Park Conservatory, will offer free admission this Thursday.

Free Museum Day, Thurs, August 1, all day or select times, participating museums, free.

Alleypalooza

Explore the city's historic downtown alleys, from Nord Alley in Pioneer Square to Post Alley near the downtown waterfront, with a series of free First Thursday block parties featuring music, art, dance performances, and more. 

Alleypalooza, Thurs, August 1, 5pm–9pm, from Post Alley to Pioneer Square, free.

For Wednesday

Eastside Rail Open House

The Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) Regional Advisory Council will hold an open house for the public to provide input on future plans for the 42-mile-long rail line, which was formerly owned by the BNSF railroad company—specifically, the trail, rail, and utility functions for the section from Renton to Woodinville. Staff and representatives from King County, Kirkland, Redmond, Puget Sound Energy, and Sound Transit will be on hand to answer questions.

Eastside Rail Corridor Open House, Wed, July 31, 5:30-7:30pm, Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, free. 

Hanford Cleanup Hearing

The 300 Area of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which borders the Columbia River in Southeastern Washington, will undergo a cleanup project in order to safely reopen for public use. Heart of America Northwest, the "public's voice for Hanford's cleanup," believes the proposed cleanup plan by the U.S. Department of Energy will not be enough.

Join them at the U District hearing to express your views on the Hanford cleanup proposal.

Public Meeting on Proposed Plan for Cleanup of Hanford’s 300 Area, Wed, July 31, 6-9pm, University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, free.

Tony Juniper Reading

British environmentalist, author and eco hero Tony Juniper stops by the Elliott Bay Book Company to read from his new book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?, which aims to revolutionize the way you think about "life, the planet and the economy."

Tony Juniper Reading, Wed, July 31, 7-8:30pm, Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave,  free.

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