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For Today

Patrick Allitt: The Unseen Environmental Disaster

Historian Patrick Allitt will be at Town Hall tonight to talk about how global warming is reshaping humanity, as detailed in his book A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism. 

The book tracks American environmentalism back to the 1948 Federal Water Pollution Control Act and examines the escalation of political rhetoric about the environmental changes that could result from global warming.

Human impact on the environment, Allitt argues, is not the main issue. Rather, the most important and interesting aspect of climate change is the impact the debate itself has had on humanity.  

The Unseen Environmental Disaster, Mon, Apr 28, 7:30–8:45 pm, The Pub at Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue, $5. 

For Tuesday

Seattle Speaks: Wade into the Waterfront

Change is coming to the Seattle waterfront, and the groups behind the effort to revamp the area into a public promenade replete with parks, plazas, and a fresh batch of piers are looking for your input.

Attend the panel—featuring city planning director Marshall Foster, Central Waterfront Committee co-chair Maggie Walker, and Ivar's President Bob Donegan, among others—to learn more about what your future waterfront will look like—and let the city know what you'd like to see online .

Wade into the Waterfront, Tue, Apr 29, 6:30–8pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, free.

For Wednesday

The Agricultural Hemp Revolution

Author Doug Fine wants to talk about more than just legal marijuana use—he wants to talk about the possibilities of hemp.

Coming from the same plant as marijuana, hemp has the potential to be the "next cash crop," Fine argues. His latest book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, speculates that hemp could be the next big thing in alternative fuel, farming, and more.

The Agricultural Hemp Revolution, Wed, Apr 30, 7:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

Advance Notice For May 6, 7, 8, and 14

Community Budget Workshops

The Seattle City Council is looking for input on its 2015-16 spending priorities, and will be coming out into the community to hear directly from city residents.

Each workshop will be focused on specific departments, and will begin with a short presentation from the city's budget office followed by small-group breakout sessions with council members and city staff.

Here's the schedule:

Tues., May 6, 6–8pm
Human Services/Housing/Economic Development
Rainier Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Columbia City)

Wed., May 7, 6–8pm
Transportation/Land Use
Garfield Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Central Area)

Thurs., May 8, 6–8pm
University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (University District)

Wed., May 14, 6–8pm
Public Safety/Civil Rights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Room 111 (Delridge)


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