PubliCalendar: Learn About the Tunnel, Help the Hungry, and Weigh in on the Police Department

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Ezra Parter July 21, 2014

The Alaskan Way Viaduct

For Today

Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Committee Special Meeting

The tunnel-boring machine Bertha's stalled progress on the downtown deep-bore tunnel has been a source of consternation for many civic-minded Seattleites, but Monday's special meeting may help set their minds at ease.
Hear how Bertha's repairs are going directly from WSDOT deputy tunnel project manager Matt Preedy and take advantage of the opportunity to comment on the tunnel around 2:30 this afternoon (right after the full council meeting) in city council chambers. The agenda also includes updates on other waterfront projects, including the Elliott Bay Seawall.
Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Committee Special Meeting, Mon, July 21, 2:30pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 600 4th Ave, free.
For Tuesday

Chow Down for the Hungry  

The Rainier Valley Food Bank, serving up necessities to Seattle's poor from the heart of Columbia City since 1991, has seen a dramatic spike in demand for their services in the months leading up to the fourth annual Chow Down.

Cuts to the SNAP food stamp program and other factors have driven the number of individuals served to a 48% increase since the start of 2014, forcing the Bank's employees to scramble to gather enough donations to supply food to a seemingly ever-growing group of needy Seattleites.

At Chow Down, 16 Columbia City restaurants will offer samples to anyone holding a Passport, which costs $50, with all proceeds going toward efforts to stock the shelves and ensure that everyone in need is able to eat. 

Chow Down for the Hungry, Tue, July 22, 5:30–9pm, multiple Columbia City restaurants, $50.

For Wednesday
Community Police Commission Meeting
Policing Seattle is a tough job, and it has gotten tougher in recent years as fears of random gun violence have been forcibly increased by events across the country and close to home. 
The Community Police Commission was created as part of the memorandum of understanding between SPD and the U.S. Department of Justice to provide community input as SPD works to ensure bias-free policing and address its past use of excessive force. They're interested in hearing your suggestions for changes in the way SPD operates, as well as feedback on how the changes they're implementing are working out.
Community Police Commission Meeting, Wed, July 23, 9am–noon, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, free.

Advance Notice for July 26

MOHAI Presents Shalom! Open for Business: Tales of Jewish Merchants in Washington State
In partnership with the Washington Jewish Historical Society, MOHAI will be displaying the rich details of Jewish history in the Northwest beginning this Saturday.

Through Mid-January, MOHAI's Linda and Ted Johnson Family Community Gallery will feature photographs, anecdotes, videos, interactive displays, and original artwork from early Jewish immigrants to Seattle, many of whom made their way to the West Coast from Eastern Europe to escape religious and political persecution. From fish peddlers to butchers, bakers, and luggage makers, this exhibit offers a look at the lives and livelihoods of some of Seattle's earliest Jewish families.

MOHAI Presents Shalom! Open for Business: Tales of Jewish Merchants in Washington State
, Sat, July 26, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, $17 (Regular MOHAI Admission).

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