Today's picks for political and civic nerds. 

A model SLU demonstrates how the area might look if proposed zoning changes are passed. Photo via studio/216.

For Wednesday:

Public Hearing on South Lake Union Rezone

The City Council's Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee holds a second public hearing about the city's proposal to upzone land in South Lake Union Urban. Come to learn and voice your concerns (or praise), or just watch the fireworks. 

Wed Nov 14, 5:30pm, Council Chambers, City Hall, 600 4th Ave.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles' Post-Election Event

An annual bash since 1993, this evening is part silent auction and part panel discussion on the election results—with a focus on their implications for the 2013 Legislative Session.

Wed Nov 14, 5–8pm, Hale's Brewery and Pub, 4301 Leary Way NW, Free.

Harborview Nurses Picket for Patient Care

Join Harborview nurses and health care workers for a picket demanding that the Harborview medical center provide adequate pahealth care staffing for its patients; currently, SEIU 775 says, the hospital requires health care workers to do double duty so coworkers can take needed breaks.

Wed Nov 14, 4–6pm, Harborview Hall and Emergency Entrance, 9th Ave N & Jefferson St.

2012 Future Energy Conference: The Business of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

A day-long green energy extravaganza featuring presentations on everything from electric cars to aviation biofuel. Speakers include Governor Chris Gregoire, Darrin Morgan of Boeing, and Dr. Jud Virden of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 

Wed Nov 14, 7am–6:30pm, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 800 Convention Pl, $75-$195.

Sound Check

The Seattle Chamber of Commerce is set to announce a major music initiative in partnership with City of Music. Come by for the great reveal.

Wed Nov 14, 5:30–7:30pm, The Triple Door, 216 Union St, free (pre-registration required).

And For Today:

Bold Ideas for Regional Change

The Seattle Municipal League is giving the mike to a crew of local civic leaders for five-minute presentations about the future of the region. Philanthropist/activist Maggie Walker, Greg Shaw of Crosscut, and David Doud of Candidate Check are among the ten speakers lined up.
Also, pizza and jazz.

Tue Nov 13, 6–9pm, HUB Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, $15.

November Greendrinks: A Sandy Fundraiser

Seattle Greendrinks brings this fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, with one hundred percent of donations headed to NYC Food Bank. Featuring Proletariat wine, Georgetown Brewing Co. Beer, and Chaco Canyon appetizers. BYO beer mug, or buy one for $10 at the door.
Tue Nov 13, 5:30–9pm, The Social, 1715 E Olive Way, Free.

Places Between Spaces: Seattle's Pocket Parks

Presented by the Seattle Architecture Foundation, this presentation will discuss the pros and cons of different styles of urban pocket parks. The panel: Nancy Rottle, UW professor of landscape architecture; Charles Anderson, landscape designer for the downtown Olympic Sculpture Park; and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol's Keith McPeters.
Tue Nov 13, 6:30–8pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $10-$15.
Bikers: Tired of heedless drivers hogging shared roadways?

Go to the Bike Master Plan meeting to learn about what the Seattle Department of Transportation is doing to make city biking more accessible.

Tue Nov 13, 5:30–7:30pm, Gould Hall, University of Washington, 4060 George Washington Ln, free.

Bring your opinions on the latest Master Bike Plan to the UW tonight. Photo via Seattle Bike Blog.