WSU Assistant Professor Kevin Murphy. Image via WSU faculty pages

For Today

Cultivating the Future

Quinoa is the trendy new food, at least according to food blogs and Pinterest. But it's also the subject of Kevin Murphy's WSU Innovators lecture.

Murphy, a researcher and scientist with WSU, has been working to establish a Pacific Northwest quinoa production center.

His lecture will cover how the popular grain has the potential to create a new industry (and therefore, jobs) while also battling global hunger. Pre-register to guarantee a seat.

Cultivating the Future: Growing the Northwest Quinoa Crop, Thu, April 24, 11 am, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine St, $49.

For Friday

Working Democracy: Labor and Politics in an Era of Inequality

The University of Washington is hosting several discussions Friday afternoon and evening on the causes and potential impacts of the growing gap between rich and poor in America.

Five panels bookended by Beyond the Minimum Wage: What Can Government Do at 1pm and Giving Workers Voice: The Politics of Combating Inequality at 8 populate a day featuring national experts like journalist David Cay Johnston, local professors, and community figures including OneAmerica Executive Director Rich Stolz.

The speakers will focus on the root causes of income inequality rather than the policy arguments that have come to dominate the national conversation.

Working Democracy, Fri, Apr 25, 1-9:15 pm, University of Washington Student Union Building room 250, free.

For Saturday

Silly Hilly

The reconstruction of 23rd Avenue in the Central District will include a new greenway, and the city planners working on the project are looking for help determining the best route for bikers and pedestrians.

Join them for a walk or ride through the four route options beginning at Montlake Elementary School and stay for a scavenger hunt focused on road features that could impact the route decision such as steep hills, good sidewalks, and scary intersections. 

Bring your strongest legs; the journey will be very hilly before it gets silly. 

Silly Hilly, Sat, Apr 26, 2 pm, Montlake Elementary School, 2409 22nd Ave E, free.

David Cay Johnston: The Impact of American Inequality

If you missed the Pulitzer Prize winner at UW on Friday, there is another chance to hear him speak.

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility have brought Johnston in to discuss his most recent project, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, a collection of essays from scholars, politicians, economists, and others that delve into the culture of inequality seemingly present in America today and speculate as to what the future may bring.

The $5 entry fee shouldn't impact inequality too much.  

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Present, Sat, Apr 26, 7pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5.

Advance Notice For May 1

Conservation Northwest's Hope For a Wild Future Auction and Dinner

This annual event raises money for Conservation Northwest's efforts to protect forests and wildlife from Puget Sound to the Rockies. This year's auction and dinner celebrates the group's silver anniversary. 

If you're a little wild inside and have a bit of money to spare, this may be the best way to spend your May Day.  

Hope For a Wild Future Auction and Dinner
, Thurs, May 1, 5:30 pm, Herban Feast SoDo, 3200 1st Ave S, $150–$2500.
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