Modern playground equipment like this may replace Mount Baker Park's older wood structures.
Modern playground equipment like this may replace Mount Baker Park's older wood structures.

For Today

Mount Baker Play Area Renovation Public Meeting

Mount Baker Park is not compliant with current safety standards or the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is ready to fix that. All they need is a little input from the community to determine the best plan to move forward.

Gather at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse to make suggestions directly to the landscape architect and project planner who will be designing and implementing the park's future. 

Mount Baker Play Area Renovation Public Meeting, Thu, May 22, 6:30-8pm, Mount Baker Community Clubhouse, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S, free.

For Friday

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies: DIVE! - Living Off America's Waste

Step into the edible world of garbage with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert this Friday to explore America's tendancy to waste perfectly edible food on a regular basis.

The award-winning film follows Seifert and some friends as they forage for food in dumpsters behind Los Angeles area grocery stores and confront store managers about their wastefulness. Despite the 1996 Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which protects food donors from potential ill effects recipients may encounter, a USDA report released this February found that "in the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten." 

Watch the film to see many ways this waste can be mitigated; unwanted food belongs in food banks, not landfills.

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies: DIVE!, Fri, May 23, 7pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (donations accepted).

For Saturday

Make a Clean Sweep– E-Recylcing and More

Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, in partnership with 1 Green Planet, The Bridge Care Center, and Mary's Place, is prepared to help you do a little spring cleaning. Bring unwanted electronics, appliances, clothing, and packing materials to the church's parking lot Saturday morning and they'll ensure everything gets recycled or donated properly.

Better yet, they won't charge a penny. There will be an opportunity to exercise your wallet arm, however, as  Our Redeemer’s high school youth will be collecting donations to fund a trip to the Dominican Republic this July. They will be volunteering in an orphanage for children living with HIV / AIDS.

Make a Clean Sweep– E-Recycling and More, Sat, May 24, 9 am–3 pm, Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church,2400 NW 85th St, free.

Advance Notice For June 6

Let's Ride! Friday Forum on the Bicycle Master Plan

Seattle Bike Advisory Board member Jessica Szelag and Mayor Murray's transit and transportation advisor Andrew Glass-Hastings headline a panel to bring Seattlites up to speed on the future of the city's bike-related plans. 

Among other topics—such as how cycle tracks can be a boon to local businesses and how bike sharing can work smoothly—the panel will discuss the planning, implementation, and potential benefits of the recently updated Bicyle Master Plan, which calls for nearly 50 new miles of protected bike lanes and a network of bicycle facilities that will be no more than a quarter mile from every citizen.

Let's Ride! Friday Forum on the Bicycle Master Plan, Fri, June 6, Noon–1 pm, Chinook Building room 121, 401 Fifth Avenue, free.

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