Clint Borgen wants to shake your hand and talk global poverty. Photo via The Borgen Project

For Saturday:

Shake Hands with a Humanitarian

Snap an Instagram and chat about global poverty with Clint Borgen, one of our city’s most influential humanitarians and founder of The Borgen Project, which aims to focus U.S. foreign policy on global poverty. 

Borgen Meet and Greet, Sat Dec 15, 10–11am, The Borgen Project, 110 Cherry St #310, $45. 

Merry Mice

Does your apartment need a nocturnal ball of fur? Be united with your dream pet at Seattle Animal Shelter’s small animal adoption event. 

Cool City Pets, Sat Dec 15, 1–3pm, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave W, free.

Superlative Green Gardening 

Learn to reduce and reuse your way to a cheaper, greener garden. Expect to hear about the county’s biosolids recycling program, as well as vertical pallet gardening.

Gardening with Recycled Materials, Sat Dec 15, 11am–2pm, Brightwater Center, 22505 SR 9, Woodinville, free.

For Sunday: 

Silver (Screen) Bells

Residents and neighbors of the Central District must by this rockin’ community holiday bash at Central Cinema. Enjoy sing-a-longs, film shorts, live music, food, and, of course, pictures with Santa.

The CD Holiday Party, Sun Dec 16, 6–9pm, Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave, free.

Lords A-Leaping 

Preemptively burn off all those holiday calories running/walking a 12K or 5K race and benefit for foster kids. Fun surprise after the finish line: the yearly race’s first wine garden, featuring mulled wine and local microbrews.

12K's of Christmas Holiday Run, Sun Dec 16, 9:30am–12pm, Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland, $30-$45. 

And for Today:


Joy to the Natural World 


The Sierra Club celebrates this year’s successful Election Day, the removal of the Elwha River dam, gains in the fight against coal exports, and many other environmental battles they’ve won in 2012. RSVP requested at link below. 


Sierra Club Holiday Party, Fri Dec 14, 6–10pm, Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N, free.


Shop for a Good Cause 


Stock up for your next intergalactic adventure and help a noble earthly cause in the process. Shop for a Good Cause hits up Greenwood Space Travel Supply on Dec 14 from 6–9 with 100 percent of shopping proceeds going to the nonprofit writing center 826 Seattle. The night will also feature astronaut food, caroling, and free gift-wrapping.


Shop for a Good Cause, Fri Dec 14, 6–9pm, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave N, free.

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