For Today 

Immigrant and Refugee Commission

Seattle is a richly diverse city; according to the 2010 American Community Survey, 17 percent of Seattlites are foreign born.  The Immigrant and Refugee Commission was created in 2007 to ensure that city government acknowledges and works to help the multicultural population.

The board meets the first Tuesday of every month and is open to the public.

Immigrant and Refugee Commission, Tue, Sept 2, 6–8pm, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free

For Wednesday

Rick Perlstein: Belief in America, From Nixon to Reagan

Rick Perlstein’s new book, The Invisible Bridgeabout the fall of Richard Nixon (and the rise of Ronald Reagan) is his third installment in a series about the American right. This volume begins with Nixon’s demise during the sullen 70s and ends with Reagan’s ascendance during the sullen later 70s. 

Join the author at Town Hall and hear him discuss Reagan's smiley contrarianism and its relevance to today. 

Rick Perlstein: Belief in America, From Nixon to Reagan, Wed, Sept 3, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Thursday 

Volunteer Park Work Party

Every first Thursday of the month the Volunteer Park Trust hosts a work party. All parks need upkeep, and this Captiol Hill park is no exception. The usual activities include weeding and other small tasks to make the park pleasant for the community. Stay for the whole two hours or help out for half an hour.  Snacks and tools are provided.

Volunteer Park Work Party, Thu, Sept 4, 10am–12pm, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, free

Advance Notice for September 18

Ruth DeFries: Humanity’s Sustainable Future

One reason for population growth in the past century is technological advancement, including in the way that food is grown. Ruth DeFries discusses the subhect in her book, The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis, an analysis of how technology has allowed humans to succeed, but also how the modern diet is not sustainable.

Ruth DeFries: Humanity’s Sustainable Future, Mon, Sept 15, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

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