PubliCalendar: Mexican Roots and Community Engagement

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Kristen Farnam August 19, 2014

For Today

Gustavo Martinez's Auga Es Vida

Born in Mexico and raised in California, Gustavo Martinez studied archaelogical sites in Mexico and Central America for nearly six weeks but has been pursuing his love of ceramics and sculpture for many years. This visual art installation focuses on the historical uses of water. 

Highlighting different forms of ceramic, clay, and mixed media sculptures, the display will not only tell a story about water, but about Martinez's intertwined Mexican-American culture.

Gustavo Martinez's Auga Es Vida, Mon-Fri, Aug 19-28, 9am-5pm, Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place South, free.

For Wednesday

Dexter Avenue North Safety Project Open House

Bikes and cars don't mix very well, but in our day and age, there isn't really an option to seperate the two at all times. The South Lake Union neighborhood is feeling the heat of this issue right now because of construction happening on Mercer Street and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) wants to keep everyone safe and informed.

Join SDOT staff during the morning rush hour on John Street, just west of Dexter Ave., and learn about the safety improvements that are being planned, including car and bike lane closures and prohibited turns in the Dexter Avenue area.

Engage in the conversation, offer up your two cents about the project, and grab a cup of free coffee.

Dexter Avenue North Safety Project Open House, Wed, Aug 20, 7-10am, John Street, 133 Dexter Avenue North, free.

For Thursday

Rally to Free Indigenous Leader Nestora Salgado

A U.S. citizen whose home is in Renton has been held in a Mexican prison for the past year. Nestora Salgado was in her hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero, helping the community police force fight drug trafficking, when she was accused of kidnapping, seized without a warrant, and sent to a maximum security prison in Nayarit. 

Join the Libertad para Nestora/Freedom for Nestora Committee today and protest her arrest and the lack of action by U.S. officials to free her.

Rally to Free Indigenous Leader Nestora Salgado, Thurs, Aug 21, 4-6pm, Federal Building Plaza, 915 2nd Ave, free.

Advanced Notice for August 29

Final Registration for Park(ing) Day

The one-day-only event isn’t until September 19 but today is the last day to register. Raising awareness of a walkable and livable city, SDOT is asking you to draw up a plan for a park that will fit into two parking spaces on an arterial street or one spot on a residential street.  You can put whatever will fit into your park, with a few height restrictions. Get creative and show the city what a park looks like to you.

Even though the event is still weeks away, the registration ends early so you should seriously get to work on your site plan. We here at PubliCola like to fuel the competitive fire, so just a heads up, Josh has his in, and it’s going to be really awesome. 

Final Registration for Parking Day, Aug 29, free.

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