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Today's Picks for Political and Civic Nerds

For Tuesday:

Mutants Are Real

The relatively new study of epigenetics suggests that our lifestyle choices and environment have hereditary consequences for our babies. Doctors from WSU and UW’s School of Medicine will discuss the science, bioethics, and hazards that epigenetics brings to the table.

Beyond Nature vs. Nurture: Our Past Becomes our Children's Future, Tue Dec 11, 6:30-8pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5-$10. 

Give Like You Give a Damn 

Support small, local businesses by spending some green at Greendrinks’ holiday fair of regional vendors. Mingle with vendors from the likes of Proleteriat Wines, Zimbags, and Theo Chocolate while treating your senses to live music and munchies.

'Give Like You Give a Damn' Holiday Fair, Tue Dec 11, 5:30-9pm, The Hub, 220 2nd Ave S, $5 suggested donation. 

It’s a Bird… It’s a Kale Chip…

Celebrate the close of Fremont Abbey’s pilot Superfoods program with a neighborhood foodie celebration. Chef Shneor Tomer of nomad.dinners fame will prepare seasonal, healthy entrees; guests are encouraged to show up with a side dish in tow.

Superfoods Celebration Dinner, Tue Dec 11, 6-9pm, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, free. 

And for Today:

Happy Human Rights Day!

Salute International Human Rights Day with local groups as they join together in a candlelight vigil against proposed Congressional cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Oh, and while they’re at their wicks, they’re also protesting tax breaks for the richest 2%. Why not?

Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil, Mon Dec 10, 4-6pm, outside the Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, free.

Tee Hee Party 

Political humorist and poet Calvin Trillin brings loads of wry post-Election Day wit and cynical tea party rhymes to Town Hall, with excerpts from his latest work, Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.

'Quite Enough' of the 2012 Elections, Mon Dec 10, 7:30-9pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

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