Today's PubliCalendar Picks for Political and Civic Nerds 

Doctors don't let doctors leave sponges inside patients. Photo via Town Hall

For Thursday:

Sustainability Leadership Awards Dinner

Sustainable Seattle hosts their annual fundraiser honoring local eco stars for their commitment to environmentalism. Opening remarks by Mike McGinn and keynote speaker Chris Rogers of Point32. Ticket includes a cocktail hour with wine and beer and an exquisite salmon dinner.

Thu Nov 15, 6–9pm, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 801 W Government Way, $75-$600.

Marty Makary: What Hospitals Don't Tell You—But Should

Town Hall brings Dr. Marty Makary—author of their Book Club pick, Unaccountable—to enlighten hospital-goers about the mistakes and expenses they may be subject to with the lack of supervision in today's healthcare system. Bring a copy of the book and get in free.

Thu Nov 15, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $0-$5.

Sightline's 3rd Annual Open House: Flannel & Fleece Style

With a focus on sustainability in the Northwest, the Sightline Institute opens its doors to the public for food, drink, eco talk, and post-election celebrating. Refreshments provided. RSVP to nicole@sightline.org

Thu Nov 15, 5–7:30pm, Sightline Institute, 1402 Third Ave, Ste 500, free.

16th Annual Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum

King County's Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett and local health experts discuss the county's latest approaches to behavioral healthcare, while locals recovering from mental illness and/or substance use tell their stories. Located in the Great Hall.

Thu Nov 15, 6:30–8:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free.

Post-Election Media Roundtable

The League of Education Voters' CEO Chris Korsmo and Frank Ordway, Director of Government Relations, break down the recent election results in terms of public education. RSVP to Marybeth@educationvoters.org

Thu Nov 15, 10–11:30am, 1505 Westlake Ave N, Ste 1000, free.

Status of South Park Bridge Construction

King County hosts this community meeting to update residents on the status of the South Park Bridge construction. Engineers will share details construction and excavation work and answer questions.

Thu Nov 15, 7pm, South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S, free.

Sustainable NE Seattle's Monthly Meeting

Serving those in areas NE of the ship canal bridge, this transition initiative meets to discuss this month's topic: how to enjoy the holidays without purchasing a ton of wasteful "stuff." Childcare provided. Guests encouraged to bring a food item for the "stone soup" salad.

Thu Nov 15, 6:30–9pm, Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, free.

And For Today:

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

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).