Today’s picks for civic nerds.  

Embrace your inner Leslie Knope and get giddy for this visit by a hero of the female political sphere.

For Saturday: 

Two Words: Madeleine Albright.

Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company bring you the one, the only Madeleine Albright. Our favorite first female Secretary of State—and international human rights and arms control maverick—reflects on her formative years spent in Czechoslovakia during the worst of WWII. 

Madeleine Albright: 'Prague Winter', Sat Feb 23, 2–3:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free. 

Tipsy Transit Trivia

In true Seattle fashion, Seattle Trivia Crawls presents the first ever crawl facilitated by RapidRide transit. For more specific location details, make your reservation soon on their website.

Rapid Ride Trivia Crawl, Sat Feb 23, 3–6pm, meet at the Thirsty Fish, 9041 Holman Rd NW, $15 + $2.25 bus fare.

Save Your Seeds! 

Transition Snoqualmie Valley, Strategies for Provident Living, and the Duvall Farmers Market present this opportunity to learn about seed saving and growing food in the most grassroots way imaginable. Bring seeds and stop by at 9:30 for a seed saving class or drop in after 11:30 for the main swap. Guest speakers include Tom Wagner of New World Seeds and Tubers and Krista Rome of Backyard Beans and Grains. 

Third Annual Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange, Sat Feb 23, 11:30am–3:30pm, Fall City Masonic Lodge, 4304 337th Pl SE, Fall City, free.

For Friday:

All the Senate Ladies

Discuss the victories and challenges experienced by women in public office at this year’s public symposium at the Capitol, co-sponsored by the Office of Secretary of State Kim Wyman and the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. 

On the bill: Former state senate majority leader Lisa Brown and current state Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-16, Walla Walla). Appropriately enough, the event is being moderated by powerhouse AP reporter and Capitol press corps veteran Rachel La Corte.

Lunch buffet provided, or bring your own. 

Women in Politics: Challenges and Successes, Fri Feb 22, 11:30am–1pm, Conference Room ABC, John A. Cherberg Building, 298 15th Ave SW, Olympia, free.

China Goes Global 

Leading China scholar and George Washington University professor David Shambaugh reads from his latest work, China Goes Global: The Partial Power. Expect to learn how China’s newfound power is being manifested in terms of global economy and diplomacy.

David Shambaugh: 'China Goes Global', Fri Feb 22, 4:30pm, Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, University of Washington, 1410 NE Campus Pkwy, free.

And for Today: 

Extreme Lot Makeover

A long awaited makeover of the police parking lot at 12th and Pine will combine low-income housing, theater spaces, nonprofit offices, and local retail in one building. Stop by the groundbreaking ceremony to usher in the transformation alongside Mayor McGinn and Nick Licata. Pizza and live music provided.

Groundbreaking at 12th Avenue Arts, Thu Feb 21, 12:30pm, 1620 12th Ave, free. 

The College Kids Aren’t Alright

Recently named by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities, esteemed Duke professor Cathy Davidson speaks about the necessity of a major shift in our country’s higher education system to suit the learning needs of the college student in our multidisciplinary, global, and technology-driven world. 

Now You See It: Why the Future of Higher Education Demands a Paradigm Shift, Thu Feb 21, 7pm, Kane Hall Room 210, University of Washington, 1410 NE Campus Pkwy, free.

Dig it!

WSDOT cultural resources specialist Kevin Bartoy and UW anthropology professor and associate Burke Museum director Peter Lape will discuss the role of archeologists during the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Expect to see some neat artifacts and learn about the role they played in the region's history.

History Cafe: Archaeology and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, Thu Feb 21, 7pm, Compass Cafe, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, free.

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