PubliCalendar: The Next Extinction, Legislative Town Halls, and Springtime Planting

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Genie Leslie February 21, 2014

For Today

The Next Mass Extinction

We humans like to think that our legacy is going to be one of innovation and intelligence. But based on how we are living now, it could very well be a legacy of obliteration.

Unlike the extinction of the dinosaurs—caused by an asteroid striking the planet—animals such as the Sumatran rhino and Panama's golden frogs are going extinct because of human destruction.

Elizabeth Kolbert will be discussing her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and how human population growth, building, poaching, and pollution has killed countless species of animals throughout history.


Heads up: Tickets are almost extinct but may be available on standby.

Elizabeth Kolbert: The Sixth Extinction, Fri, February 21, 7:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Saturday

Legislative Town Hall Meetings

Washington's legislators are having town hall meetings for their districts this weekend. Seattle districts that are holding meetings are listed below (some, like the 36th, already held theirs). Here's a full list of the meetings at the Washington House Democrats official blog.

South Seattle's 11th District Town Hall Meeting with Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Rep. Steve Bergquist, and Rep. Zack Hudgins, Sat, February 22, 1pm, 3511 NE Second St, Renton, free.

Southeast Seattle's 37th District Town Hall Meeting with retiring Sen. Adam Kline, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, and Rep. Sharon Tamiko Santos, Sat, February 22, 1:30pm, Pacific Tower, Eighth floor conference room, 1200 12th Ave S, free.

43rd District  (Capitol Hill, Wallingford, U. District, Madison Park, Dowtown) Town Hall Meeting with Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Rep. Frank Chopp, and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, Sat, February 22, 1:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, free.

From the 43rd District: Speaker Chopp, Rep. Walkinshaw, and Sen. Pedersen

Josh has a ecommended batch of questions for the reps here.

Plus you could always aks them about the tunnel.

For Sunday

Springtime Planting Prep

Spring is closer than you think and that means it's time to get ready for planting fruits and berries. 

Kathy Boullin, a local horticulturalist, will lead a session on planting and growing small fruits, berries, and grapes. Join her at Swanson's Nursery this Sunday and get your garden ready for when the sun comes back. 

Small Fruits and Berries for Your Garden, Sun, February 23, 11am, Swanson's Nursery, 9701 15th Ave NW, free.

Advance Notice for March 5–9

Waterfront Week

The Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting a waterfront week in early March. Check out the latest waterfront designs; explore an exhibit of architecture, art, and design from across the world; or just bring the kids for a family day at Hillclimb Plaza.

Review the full list of events and start planning how to get the most of Seattle's waterfront.

Plus. You could also ask about the tunnel.

Waterfront Week, Wed–Sun, March 5–9, multiple locations, free.


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