PubliCalendar: Saving Social Security

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Ezra Parter June 4, 2014

Rep Adam Smith is worried about Social Security funds drying up.

For Today 

Social Security Forum

Money from Social Security has benefited multiple generations of American senior citizens, but it may run dry before the majority of the current generation of young Americans become eligible.

National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neill, U.S. Congress member Adam Smith (D–WA, 9), and Economic Opportunity Institute policy director Marilyn Watkins are headlining a forum on the subject at Bethany United Church of Christ on Beacon Hill.

The disussion will center on the status of the Social Security system and the Strengthening Social Security Act, a proposed piece of legislation that is aimed at preserving access to Social Security for the rest of this century.

Social Security Forum, Wed, June 4, 7–8:30 pm, Bethany United Church of Christ, 6230 Beacon Avenue S, free.

For Thursday
Visit Museums For Free

It's June's first Thursday, meaning great Seattle museums are welcoming guests for free. The Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus, Wing Luke Asian Art Museum, and the Museum of Flight are just three of the many big-name options for those looking to immerse themselves in culture without paying a cent. 
Better yet, some little-known galleries will be open as well. Culture Fiend highlighted several great smaller shows, including local painter Baso Fibonacci's work on display at Flatcolor Gallery in Pioneer Square.

Vist Museums For Free
, Thu, June 5, Museum hours and locations vary, free. 

For Friday

$15 an Hour Victory Party With Kshama Sawant

The Seattle City Council just passed a $15 minimum wage plan to be phased in over the course of seven years, and council woman Kshama Sawant is thrilled. Though some of her proposals didn't make the final legislation, she'll be celebrating Friday night at Washington Hall starting around 6:30. 
The new law makes Seattle's minimum the highest in the nation.
$15 an Hour Victory Party, Fri, June 5, Washington Hall, 153 4th Avenue, free—$15 donation suggested.

Let's Ride! Friday Forum on the Bicycle Master Plan

Seattle Bike Advisory Board member Jessica Szelag and Mayor Murray's transit and transportation advisor Andrew Glass-Hastings headline a panel about future of the city's bike-related plans.

Among other topics—such as how cycle tracks can be a boon to local businesses and how bike sharing can work smoothly— the panel will discuss the planning, implementation, and potential benefits of the recently updated Bicyle Master Plan, which calls for nearly 50 new miles of protected bike lanes and a network of bicycle facilities that will be no more than a quarter mile from every citizen.

Let's Ride! Friday Forum on the Bicycle Master Plan, Fri, June 6, Noon–1 pm, Chinook Building room 121, 401 Fifth Avenue, free.

Advance Notice For June 20

Pacific Northwest Historics Karting Challenge

Northwest Historics is getting set for it's fifth annual fundraising kart race, and the funds will go to Seattle Children's Hospital. 25 teams of 4 will compete to get their names on the championship trophy helmet in one of two ways: winning the race, or, more prestigiously, raising the most money.

Donate to a team and attend the race at Pacific Raceways in Kent, or register your own team by June 10 if you want a chance at some hardware, glory, and to possibly save some kids' lives. 

PNW Historics Karting Challenge, Friday, June 20, Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave SE, Kent, $250 to register, free to attend.

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