Today’s picks for civic nerds.
The Grand Illusion presents the first of three screenings of Birth Story—last year’s documentary about Ina May Gaskin and her friends whose determination to push away from solitary hospital births and their forceps in the 1970s inspired the midwifery movement that still thrives today. Directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore.
'Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives', Sun Feb 3, 3pm, Grand Illusion Cinema, 1403 NE 50th St, $6–$8.
Livable Streets and Free Bike Helmets
As part of its Major Institutions Plan, Children's Hospital in Northeast Seattle is building a new bike/ped connection between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Sand Point Way NE. Come find out more, give your input, and participate in a bike safety workshop. Plus, free bike helmets and fittings for kids!
Livable Streets, Sat Feb 2, 10am–2pm, Gould Hall, University of Washington, 3949 15th Ave NE, 224 Gould Hall, free.
Stages of Homelessness
People don't become chronically homeless overnight; often, homelessness results from a cascade of circumstances outside a person's control. Learn more about the stages of homelessness, and what you can do to help stop the cycle, at this lunchtime forum in Ballard, sponsored by the Safe Parking Community Network, which will also give an update on the city's Safe Parking Program for homeless people living in their cars. Seattle/King County NAACP director James Bible leads the forum. Dinner included.
Stages of Homelessness, Sat Feb 2, 6pm, Odd Fellows Lodge, 1706 NW Market St, free.
And for Today:
Slavery Still Happens, People
Wallingford’s Meaningful Movies series presents Sam Pollard’s latest exposé, Slavery by Another Name, which reveals that black slavery persisted in the North and South well after the Emancipation Proclamation and all the way up to World War II.
'Slavery by Another Name' Screening, Fri Feb 1, 7pm, Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Pl N, free.
Zombies for Finger Painting
Celebrate the release of Warm Bodies, a film based on local author Isaac Marion’s novel, at an after-party to benefit Fremont Abbey’s ArtsConnect engagement program for foster kids and low-income families. All donations and drink profits (artisan cocktails and local wine) will go to the cause. RSVP required.
'Warm Bodies' Opening Night After-Party, Fri Feb 1, 9–11:30pm, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, donation only, 21+.
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