Today’s picks for civic nerds.

For Friday:

Seattle to Shanghai

Seattle University and the Tai Initiative are hosting an all-day US-China Relations conference for students and foreign affairs buffs alike. The summit, aimed at anyone interested in international relations with China, will feature speakers, films, and academic sessions focused on the evolving relationship between China and the Pacific Northwest and US as a whole.

US State Department Minister-Counselor Donald Bishop, previously the country public affairs officer in Beijing, will keynote.

"New Directions Facilitating Trust" The Pacific NW Regional Conference on US/China Subnational Relationship, Fri Apr 12, 8:30am-4:30pm, Seattle University, Casey Building, 5th Floor, 901 Broadway, Half-day.

Supporting Literacy and Learning

The Seattle Children’s Museum is celebrating National DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Day by offering fun exhibits, crafts and activities for kids and their families. Children’s Museum educators will appear in each book-center exhibit for an interactive reading experience.

DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Day, Fri Apr 12, 10am-4pm, Children’s Museum, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., $8.25 for adults and kids, $7.25 for grandparents.

For Tomorrow:

A Seattle Fit for Families

Wondering how families fit into the equation of Seattle's urban development? Find out at the all-day conference hosted by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, the Seattle Planning Commission, and the Downtown Seattle Association. The conference will focus on how to attract and keep intergenerational families in the city by the development of urban schools, active spaces, housing and safety projects.

Ingredients for Designing a Family-Friendly Downtown, Thu Apr 11, 8am-5pm, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, $150 ($30 for students)

Roads Reassessed

The city is planning to build a 2.1-mile neighborhood greenway—a residential street where signs, wide sidewalks, slower speed limits, and pavement markings encourage walking and biking—along NW 58th St. in Ballard. Find out more about the final design from Seattle Department of Transportation representatives. 

Ballard Greenways SDOT Open House, Wed Apr 11, 6–7:30pm, Ballard High Lunchroom, 1418 NW 65th St, free.

And for Today:

Tales of the Digerati: The Politics of Social Media

Learn about how candidates use social media for political success at this panel discussion featuring Washington State Democrats digital media director Misty Shock Rule, SEIU 775 communications specialist Binah Palmer, and Washington United for Marriage social media director Sylvia C. Rolle.

Tales of the Digerati, 12pm-1:30pm, Metropolitan Democratic Club, 600 Stewart St. Suite 205, free.

Rally for Immigration Reform

Join the Rally to Demand a Just and Humane Immigration Reform, organized by El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and the May 1st Action Coalition, as a lead-up to the annual May Day March on May 1st. The rally will champion a pathway to citizenship for the United States' 11 million undocumented residents and stronger protections for undocumented families and workers.

Rally To Demand a Just and Humane Immigration Reform, 3-6pm, Henry M Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, free.

Coal Trains? Shuck No!

Oyster lovers and coal train opponents unite for an evening of fresh fare, an all-night raffle and local jazz. One hundred percent of oyster sales starting at 5pm will go to the Puget SoundKeepers Alliance to aid their efforts in "de-railing" BNSF's proposal to build a new coal train terminal near Bellingham and ship some 100 million tons of coal a year through Washington state and on to China.  What's the connection between trains and oysters? The coal trains would run a mere 100 feet from some of the state's most prolific (and fragile) oyster beds.

No Shucking Coal Train at Coastal Kitchen, 5pm, 429 15th Ave E, by plate.

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