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For Today

GiveBIG

You may have heard us mention this. The Seattle Foundation, in partnership with many other Seattle institutions, presents a full day of charitable giving from the comforts of wherever it is you access the internet. Organizations are primed to match donations by citizens to funds of their choosing from an extensive list of nonprofits. 

There are so many great nonprofits on the list. Two PubliCola favorites to consider: The P-Patch Trust and  Country Doctor

All donations will be stretched, so give whatever you can and see how much it can turn into. Plus, every donor is entered in a drawing to have an extra $1,000 donated in their name and a $100 Starbucks gift card. 

GiveBIG, Tue, May 6, The Seattle Foundation Website, $1+.

Community Budget Workshops

The Seattle City Council is looking for input on 2015-16 spending priorities, and will be coming to four neighborhoods to hear directly from the common folk.

Each workshop will be focused on particular departments, and will begin with a brief presentation from the City Budget Office before attendees break into small groups to discuss the details with council members.

The breakdown of days, locations, and departments from the SDOT website is as follows:

Tues., May 6, 6–8pm
Human Services/Housing/Economic Development
Rainier Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Columbia City)

Wed., May 7, 6–8pm
Transportation/Land Use
Garfield Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Central Area)

Thurs., May 8, 6–8pm
Parks/Neighborhoods/Libraries/Arts
University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (University District)

Wed., May 14, 6–8pm
Public Safety/Civil Rights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Room 111 (Delridge)

For Wednesday

May "Friday" Forum

Transportation Choices Coalition's monthly Friday Forum has moved to Wednesday this month for a discussion of Benjamin Ross's book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. 

Suburban America used to be synonymous with friendly neighborhood barbecues, masses of kids playing safely in the streets, and generally close-knit communities of middle class families. Now, however, Ross argues that suburbia has become a term for isolated communities suffering from an overabundance of strip malls and a dependance on environment-destroying single passenger vehicles.

Join Ross and TCC to discuss the causes and impacts of this shift in suburban culture, and how the history of suburbia can influence the future of city development.

Interested, but can't make a lunch talk? Ross will be at Elliot Bay Book Company at 7 pm as well.

May Friday ForumWed, May 7, Noon– 1 pm, Downtown Seattle YMCA Room 123, 909 4th Ave, free.

For Thursday 

2014 Power of Choice Awards & Celebration

Occidental College politics department chair Dr. Caroline Heldman headlines this National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) benefit event recognizing State Senator Steve Hobbs and West Seattle Representative Eileen Cody for their work in sponsoring the Reproductive Parity Act.

Representative Cody introduced the bill in the House, where it was passed for the third year in a row, while Senator Hobbs is among the bill's sponsors in Congress working to bring it to the floor for a vote. All proceeds from tickets and donations will go to the NARAL Pro-Choice Washington PAC.

2014 Power of Choice Awards and Celebration, Thurs, May 8, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S,  $75–$5000.

Advance Notice For May 17 and 18

Urban Pollination Project

Bees are integral to successful urban gardens, and the folks at Urban Pollination Project have devised a way to collect data on bumblebee activity and its impact on crop yields. 

To execute their plan, however, UPP needs volunteers to plant cherry tomatoes—which they will be giving out for free—in P-Patches around the city, and to collect a little data on the size and volume of tomato yields, using three different pollination methods, as the plants mature. 

Whether you're an avid P-Patcher or new to the game, this is a great opportunity to further UPP's understanding of the Northwest's bumblebee population while growing and harvesting free Sungold cherry tomatoes. 

Urban Pollination Project, Sat, May 17, 10 am– 1 pm, Bradner Gardens p-patch, and Sun, May 18 10am– 1 pm, University of Washington Botany Greenhouse, free. 

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