Today’s picks for civic nerds.

 

For Saturday: 

Grub for Grubby Cleanup 

Feast and scoop trash (though not simultaneously) alongside Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw at the downtown waterfront in honor of Neighbor Appreciation Day. The first 30 participants will enjoy breakfast courtesy of Alaskan Sourdough Bakery and lunch from Ivar’s Fish Bar. Bring work gloves and dress warmly.

Neighbor Appreciation Day Waterfront Cleanup, Sat Feb 9, 9–10am, Alaskan Sourdough Bakery, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, free. 

*For Neighbor Appreciation Day events in your neighborhood, check out seattle.gov's full calendar listing  (which inexplicably omits Pearl Jam's live soundtrack to environmental restoration).

Keeping the Flame Alive 

Local spiritual and social justice groups come together against gun violence. After a vigil at St. Marks Cathedral, participants will walk—candles in hand—to St. James Cathedral for a call to action.

Candlelight March and Vigil, Sat Feb 9, 5:30–8pm, St. Marks Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Ave E, free.

Little House on the Urban Prairie 

Sustainable NE Seattle hosts its third annual homesteading-esque skills event, where participants can learn everything from feta cheese making and beekeeping to aquaponics and basic plumbing repair. The two locations (hosting events simultaneously) coalesce at 5:30pm for a big potluck and square dance at Meadowbrook Community Center. Click here for a complete workshop schedule. 

Hands On 2013, Sat Feb 9, 10am–9pm, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE; Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE; $15–$20. 

For Friday: 

Justice for the Jailed 

Lawyer/filmmaker Matthew Pillischer’s documentary debut chronicles the cruelty of our nation’s criminal justice system in terms of mass incarceration—a phenomenon he deems “the New Jim Crow”—and factors like race and poverty. 

'Broken on all Sides' Screening, Fri Feb 8, 7–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Pl N, Wallingford, free.

And for Today: 

What do Women Want? 

In a nod to Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary, our city’s chapter of the League of Women Voters presents a discussion of women’s reproductive issues today, namely the proposed state Reproductive Parity Act and changes to the federal Affordable Care Act.

Tiffany Hankins of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Shannon Rush of Medical Students for Reproductive Justice will speak. 

Feburary Forum: Reproductive Rights, Thu Feb 7, 7:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, free.

TED Goes Green 

Head downtown this Thursday for a night of eight-minute TED-style talks about innovations in sustainability. The rock-star lineup of eight local innovators includes Glenn Herlihy, cofounder of the Beacon Food Forest, and Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale.

Bloom! Seattle, Thu Feb 7, 6–9pm, 1927 Events, 1927 Third Ave,  $9–$15.

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