PubliCalendar: The Power of Choice

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Ezra Parter May 8, 2014

Dr. Caroline Heldman, chair of the Occidental College Politics Department

For Today

2014 Power of Choice Awards & Celebration

Occidental College politics department chair Dr. Caroline Heldman headlines this NARAL Pro-Choice Washington benefit recognizing State Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) and West Seattle Rep. Eileen Cody (D-34, W. Seattle) for their work in sponsoring the Reproductive Parity Act, which would have required health care plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

Rep. Cody introduced the bill in the house, where it was passed for the third year in a row, while Sen. Hobbs kept getting shut down by Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina) (bye-bye) and his Republican-controlled Majority Coalition Caucus.

All proceeds from tickets and donations will go to the NARAL Pro-Choice Washington PAC, which works to elect pro-choice legislators.

2014 Power of Choice Awards and Celebration, Thurs, May 8, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, $75–$5000.

Community Budget Workshops

The Seattle City Council is looking for input on 2015-16 spending priorities, and will be coming to four neighborhoods to hear directly from the common folk.

Each workshop will be focused on particular departments, and will begin with a brief presentation from the City Budget Office before attendees break into small groups to discuss the details with council members.

The two remaining days, locations, and departments from the SDOT website are:

Thurs., May 8, 6–8pm
University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (University District)

Wed., May 14, 6–8pm
Public Safety/Civil Rights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Room 111 (Delridge)

For Friday

Bikes and Bagels  

Don't even think about driving to Commute Seattle's annual Bikes and Bagels event downtown. That's just wrong.

For the fourth consecutive year, Commute Seattle will be celebrating National Bike Month by giving away Café Vitta Coffee, Montreal-style bagels from Eltana, and raffle prizes in McGraw Square downtown (where Stewart, 5th, Westlake, and Olive all intersect.)

Mayor Ed Murray will be there, speaking at 8:30. King County Metro will be there too, teaching everyone how to properly load a bike onto the bus rack. And Seattle Met will also be there with a photo booth. Take pictures of yourselves if you want a chance to appear in July's issue of the magazine. 

Don't even think about driving there. That's just wrong. 

Bikes and Bagels, Fri, May 9, 7–9am, McGraw Square, 5th Ave and Stewart St downtown, free.

Control: A Living Newspaper

No, newspapers have not come to life, and no, you couldn't control one if they did. Everyone knows only Rupert Murdoch can do that.

The title of this play from writer, director, and founder of the award-winning Strawberry Theatre Workshop Greg Carter refers to the recently escalating gun control debate and the ways in which news agencies have shaped the national conversation about guns and gun safety.

Set primarily in a newsroom, the play aims to present multiple perspectives on the issue from the POVs of writers, editors, news executives, and others while exploring the original creation of gun laws. 

Like the company's other works, such as the critically acclaimed productions Breaking the Code and The Laramie ProjectControl: A Living Newspaper continues Strawberry Theatre Workshop's tradition of providing entertaining and informative looks at relevant social issues. 

Control: A Living Newspaper, Fri, May 9, 7:30–9:30 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $13 in advance, $15 at the door. 

For Saturday

Haiti Babi's Legacy Mother's Day Fundraiser

The Seattle nonprofit dedicated to creating income opportunities for struggling Haitian mothers hosts its second annual event featuring Carribbean cuisine from The Steel Pan, wines from local vintners Proletariat Wines, O Wines, and Olympic Cellars, and a silent auction.

All proceeds go to the group's Haiti office, where mothers recieve training and produce baby blankets and hats for sale in the U.S.

Haiti Babi's Legacy Mother's Day Fundraiser, Sat, May 10, 5–8pm, The Impact Hub, 220 2nd Ave S, $25.

Advance Notice For June 12

4 Under Forty

The NW Energy Coalition is honoring four young leaders in the region's efforts to find clean and affordable energy solutions.

The honorees— SustainableWorks managing director Tara Anderson, Washington state director of Climate Solutions Jessica Finn Coven, Idaho Conservation League energy associate Benjamin Otto, and Puget Sound Energy senior energy management engineer Gus Takala— were chosen from a list of 24 nominees, and each will tell the story of the work that led to their nomination. 

More than 15 other speakers will also spend time behind the podium, delivering information on the state of Northwest energy efficiency efforts, the generation of wind and solar power in Montana, and the impact of EPA regulations in the energy industry. 

All proceeds go toward the NW Energy Coalition’s work for clean and affordable energy solutions.

4 Under Forty, Thu, June 12, 5:30–7 pm, The Bullitt Center, 1501 E Madison St, $50

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