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For Tuesday

The Future of Labor

Most employees in the US work for low wages with no paid sick leave and little job security (yay America!) But luckily, we live in a region that's ahead of the curve, with SeaTac's recent $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave for employees in the City of Seattle since 2012.

Andy Stern, labor activist and author of A Country That Works: Getting America Back on Track, will be at Town Hall to discuss the changes we've seen that affect the ways we think about our working lives.

Reclaiming Prosperity: Innovation in the Northwest and the Future of Labor, Tues, January 7, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall (Great Hall, enter on Eighth Ave), 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Wednesday

Affordable Care Act Panel

At this month's meeting of the 34th District Democrats, there will be a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act, including an update and discussion on the act's effects.

Panelists include Emily Brice, Senior Health Policy Advisor at the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner; Janet Varon, attorney; Representative Eileen Cody; and Lisa Plymate, MD.

34th District Democrats Monthly Meeting, Wed, January 8, 7pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Avenue SW, free 

For Thursday

Homegrown Food

Kurt Timmermeister bought a small farm on Vashon Island in 1991 and now, after running former Capitol Hill casual class-act restaurant Septieme, stays on the farm handmaking cheese from his own cows. 
This launch event for his latest book, Growing a Farmer, features a conversation with Timmermeister and Dan Savage, The Stranger's Editorial Director, a Q&A with the audience, and a book signing. 
The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal, Thu, January 9, 7:30–8:30pm, Town Hall (Great Hall, enter on Eighth Ave), 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

Your Online Reputation

Did you really think it was a secret that you spent an hour looking at cat videos on YouTube? Ever wonder if your eBay seller rate really matters that much? It turns out that your online activity is monitored, tracked, and affects everything from the ads you see on Facebook to how companies decide what you're worth—and Joshua Klein thinks you can use this to your advantage.

Hacker, TEDtalker, and writer, Klein will be at Town Hall discussing his new book, Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know is Worth More Than What You Have, and his ideas on connectivity and online reputations as the new currency.

Joshua Klein: Reputation and Your Online Footprint, Thu, January 9, 7:30–9:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Advance Notice

National Seed Swap Day
The King County Seed Lending Library is hosting its first swap.
Swapping seeds from local plants and successful yields can contribute to our region's diverse and bountiful plant life. Join the workshop, hosted by the KCSL director Caitlin Moore, to learn how to save your own seeds.
Already a smart gardener? Bring some of your seeds to contribute to the swap. 
National Seed Swap Day, Sat, January 25, Good Shepherd Center, Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, free (seeds encouraged but not required to participate)

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