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For Today

Rabbi Donniel Hartman: Putting God Second

In this installment of Faith and Values in the Public Square, Seattle University hosts Rabbi Hartman– President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and Director of the Engaging Israel Project– for a discussion of religion in the modern world. 

Despite his title and affiliations, Hartman will discuss how putting god second can help save religion from itself. 

We've never had a two-way conversation with god, but we're pretty confident he, she, it wouldn't resent being second fiddle to making the world a better place. And if he/she/it isn't on board with that, well ...

Having said that, we'll now be avoiding kites, umbrellas, and all other tall, metal objects like the plague. 

Faith and Values in the Public Square Presents Rabbi Donniel Hartman, Thu, May 15, 7–9 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, free ticket required. 

For Friday

Document the Neighborhood: Pioneer Square

Code For Seattle's monthly writing party will focus on Pioneer Square. Coders, bloggers, and anyone with a writing or design project in mind should arrive with their thinking caps on ready collaborate on wasy to upgrade Pioneer Square's online presence. 

The afternoon begins with some snacks and an introductory lesson on using Seattle LocalWiki, followed by a brief jaunt around Pioneer Square to ingrain an accurate image of the neighborhood before four hours of writing and editing gets underway.

Document the Neighborhood: Pioneer Square, Fri, May 16, 2–7 pm, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, free. 

Second Chance Edible Plant Sale

Seattle Tilth didn't sell all of their edible plants at the first sale last weekend. 4,000 palatable vegetals remain ready for insertion in your home garden, including tomatos, squash, and gratuitous amounts greens.

All plants are selling for $2 or $10 for a flat. That's dirt cheap— but you'll need to supply your own dirt. 

Seattle Tilth Second Chance Edible Plant Sale, Fri, May 16, 10 am–2 pm, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, 5513 S Cloverdale Street, $2–$10.

For Saturday

Free Coffee and Conversation 

The Seattle Department of Transportation wants to know what Seattlites think they can do to make the city better for pedestrians and bikers, and they've figured out how to lure us in: Free coffee.

Stop by Victrola Coffee Roasters on Beacon Hill between 12:30 and 2:30 this Saturday for a cup o' joe and a chance to put your ideas on SDOT's radar. 

You can also contribute your thoughts via email or by completing this survey. No, SDOT won't hand-deliver a mug to your doorstep for doing either of those.

SDOT Coffee and Conversation, Sat, May 17, 12:30–2:30 pm, Vitrola Coffee Roasters, 3215 Beacon Hill Ave S, free. 

Advance Notice For May 19

Public Hearing on Microhousing

We normally reserve this space for the distant future, but Monday's meeting about the Department of Planning and Development's proposed amendment to the Land Use Code necessitates an extra heads-up. 

The suggested changes, which Smart Growth Seattle covered in detail earlier this year, seem more likely to make it more difficult for Seattlites to find cheap housing in the city—effectively counteracting the entire purpose of microhousing innovation. 

Seattle City Council will be taking public comments on the DPD's recommendations regarding microhousing at 5:30 pm. Those who wish to testify can sign up on a form outside the City Council Chambers beginning at 5 pm.

Public Hearing on Microhousing, Mon, May 19, 5:30 pm, Seattle City Council Chambers at City Hall, 600 4th Ave, free. 


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