Western Red Cedars are more than just towering beauties; their bark has antifungal and antibacterial properties and stimulates the immune system. Photo via flickr/ecstaticist.

 Today’s picks for political and civic nerds. 

For Sunday: 

Return to the Forest 

Escape into the woods with Cedar Mountain Herb School and learn the lost art of Pacific Northwest herbalism. Participants will trek into the Skagit County hills to harvest and make medicine out of native plants—namely Western cedar, salal, and fir. 

Wildcrafting Intensive: Western Red Cedar, Salal, and Fir Resin, Sun Jan 20, 11am–5pm, 12756 Avon Allen Road, Burlington, $85.

For Saturday:

Fair Fare 

Dine on artful plates of Washington’s finest produce to benefit the Equitable Food Initiative—a regional partnership of growers, food buyers, and advocates working toward a food system with greater ecological and labor integrity. RSVP required. 

Eat for Equity for Equitable Food Initiative, Sat Jan 19, 7pm, 747 16th Ave E, $15–$20 donation suggested.

And for Today: 

Nix the Nukes 

Join guests from Hanford Challenge and Washington Physicians for Environmental Responsibility for a free screening of Don Argott’s righteous documentary, The Atomic States of America—a look into the bizarre state of global nuclear energy in the wake of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster. 

'The Atomic States of America' Film Screening, Fri Jan 18, 7–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational UCC, 5019 Keystone Pl N, free.

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