For Today

Rick Perlstein: Belief in America, From Nixon to Reagan

Rick Perlstein’s new book, The Invisible Bridge, about the fall of Richard Nixon (and the rise of Ronald Reagan) is Pearlstein's 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–noon, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, free

For Friday

Minimum Density Public Hearing

The Department of Planning and Development wants to add an amendment to the Land Use Code that would require a minimum floor area ratio for development in certain Seattle locations.

Mike O'Brien chairs the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) committee is advocating for denser development in urban areas (If you really want to nerd out, PubliCola's Pedestrian Chronicles column went deep on O'Brien's legislation here.)

Sing-up begins 15 minutes before the hearing so that citizens can add their two cents.

Minimum Density Public Hearing, Fri, Sept 5, 2–2:30pm, City Council Chambers, 600 Fourth Ave, free

Advance Notice for September 20

International Coastal Cleanup

This annual cleanup effort is the largest volunteer day in service of lakes, rivers, and oceans. All trash that is collected on this day is recorded and the information is sent to the Ocean Conservancy. The organization then publishes a report covering the kinds of objects found in the water; last year the top items were small, plastic, and usually brown or white. 

Alki Beach is getting its own cleanup on this day. Help the cause by collecting flotsam and jetsam from the beach.

International Coastal Cleanup, Sat, Sept 20, 9am–noon, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave SW, free

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