How much does walkability actually help a city?

For Today

What's Walking Got to do With It?
Arlington County, Virginia and Columbia, Maryland have made great strides in improving walkability in their communities, but has it actually made daily life any better? Find out by attending today's online webinar in which local officials from the two towns will discuss the impacts that pedestrian improvements have had.

The speakers will delve into the social and economic benefits that have resulted from increased walkability in their countiles, the role of government in implementing these changes, and how best to apply the lessons they learned to other communities like Seattle.

 to listen in. 

What's Walking Got to do With It?
 Thu, June 19, 10–11 am, online, free. 

For Friday

Pacific Northwest Historics Karting Challenge

Northwest Historics is getting set for it's fifth annual fundraising kart race; the funds go to Seattle Children's Hospital. 25 teams of 4 will compete to get their names on the championship trophy helmet in one of two ways: winning the race, or, more prestigiously, raising the most money.

Donate to a team and attend the race at Pacific Raceways in Kent, or register your own team by June 10 if you want a chance at some hardware, glory, and to possibly save some kids' lives.

PNW Historics Karting Challenge, Friday, June 20, Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave SE, Kent, $250 to register, free to attend.

For Saturday 

Carkeek Stars

Join Green Seattle Partnership Saturday morning to help curtail some of the overgrowth at Carkeek Park in preparation for summer. The park gets a lot of use in the warmer months, particularly by kids, so a bit of work to keep it safe will go a long way.  
Gloves and water will be provided, but you'll need to bring your own sturdy shoes, clothes to work in, and prideful dedication to Carkeek's beautification. 

Carkeek Stars
, Sat, June 21, 9am–noon, Carkeerk Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Road, free. 
Advance Notice For July 10

A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui

Impoverished world regions in conflict often cause direct harm to what should be their source of hope: the children. From starvation to excessive labor to forced service as child soldiers, these regions treat their kids in ways difficult for many Americans to imagine. 

Algerian human rights law expert Leila Zerrougui has spent her life trying to ease the burden facing children in regions 
including South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has worked to establish programs addressing children's welfare and protecting boys and girls in areas of armed conflict, and will be putting her experience on display in Seattle when she speaks to the World Affairs Council at the World Trade Center. 

Conversation with Leila Zerrougui
, Thu, July 10, 7:30–9am, World Trade Center, 2200 Alaskan Way, $30. 
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