Discover the healing powers—and beauty—of one of our country's most pervasive weeds. Image via Flickr/code poet

 Today’s picks for civic nerds.

For Sunday: 

Hop on the Walking Train

Join Mayor Mike McGinn and anti-coal train activists from all over Puget Sound for a 30-minute rally and “walking train” march to Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard. Sunday’s event mirrors a fossil fuels protest happening the same day in Washington, D.C.

'Walking Train' Protest Against Coal, Sun Feb 17, 11:30am, north end of Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Pl, free.

How Dandy! 

Spend a day in the Skagit Valley wilderness making friends with dandelions—that is, learning how the ubiquitous weeds can nourish your liver, balance out your digestive tract, tone most bodily organs, heal gout and joint edema, and even get rid of zits. 

Wildcrafting Intensive: Dandelions!, Sun Feb 17, 11am–5pm, Cedar Mountain Herb School, 12756 Avon Allen Road, Burlington, $86.

For Saturday:

Talk to the Man

Democratic Congressman Adam Smith, (D-WA, 9) representing the recently redrawn district that now stretches from Tacoma to just south of Redmond, holds a community meeting to hear public concerns about the budget, immigration, education, the economy, and more.

Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Adam Smith, Sat Feb 16, 10–11:30am, NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Beacon Hill, free.

And for Today:

Ode to Glaciers 

This week’s Meaningful Movies screening—Chasing Ice, in high definition—is sponsored by Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice and the Sierra Club. The film documents photographer James Balog’s journey to prove the effect of climate change on Arctic glaciers through four years of time-lapse photography. A discussion moderated by Sierra Club representatives will follow.

'Chasing Ice' Screening, Fri Feb 15, 7–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Pl N, free. 

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