Dandelions may look nice in the summer, but they're among the most invasive weeds in the country.

For Today

Walk and Talk: Integrating Multiple Weed Control Methods

No, we're not talking marijuana regulation. Invasive plant species have long plagued the many humans dedicated to crafting elegant lawns and gardens, and the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) has a few tricks it can teach aspiring green thumbs for curtailing weeds on their plots of pride.

Join WNPS at Magnuson Park for a lesson on Intregrated Pest Management, the weed and pest defense employed by the Seattle Parks Department, and help maintain a great Seattle outdoor outpost while learning skills to bring back to your home garden.

Walk and Talk: Integrating Multiple Weed Control Methods, Thu, July 17, 6–8:30pm, Magnuson Park picnic shelter #2, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, free.

For Friday

We ❤ Seattle: Second Annual Planned Parenthood NW Benefit Concert

Planned Parenthood's Someone You Know Fund—a collection of donations that help provide health care to women and men unable to afford it—got a significant boost at last year's benefit concert, and this year the organization hopes to top those numbers.

But they can't do it without some help from the community. Head to Nectar Lounge in Fremont next Friday to see performances from a lineup of local indie/alternative bands (incluing La Luz and The Gods Themselves), and let some of your weekly entertainment budget double as a donation to a great cause.

We ❤ Seattle: Second Annual Planned Parenthood NW Benefit Concert, Fri, July 18, 8pm, Nectar Lounge, 412 N 36th St, $12–$30.

For Saturday

Physicians for a National Health Program Annual Public Meeting

City council member Kshama Sawant headlines the list of speakers at this year's PNHP Western Washington chapter public forum, titled "Health Care is a Human Right: Making it Real in Washington State." PNHP is a national group that advocates for a single-payer health-care system.

The Affordable Health Care Act, known both affectionately and with vitriol as Obamacare, includes a provision that leaves open the option for any state to craft their own health care system within the boundaries of the national law. Be a part of the conversation about the future of health care in Washington state at Kane Hall on the UW campus next Saturday evening.

PNHP Annual Public Meeting, Sat, July 19, 7pm, Kane Hall rm 120, 1410 NE Campus Parkway, free.

Radio Bust Out

KEXP just held a fundraising event to help build their new home in Seattle Center, but they're not the only radio enthusiasts in need of a cash infusion around town. A new nonprofit, community-driven radio station, called Fulcrum Community Communications, is looking for a monetary jolt to get their North Seattle-based FM broadcasts off the ground.

Join Seattle's FCC at Pono Ranch in Ballard for free live music from local acts (School of Rock, Yaima, COHO, and I'm with Amy), free food, and an opportunity to donate to a radio station seeking to augment Seattle's community-driven FM output.

Radio Bust Out, Sat, July 19, 2–11pm, Pono Ranch, 4502 Shilshole Ave NW, $20 suggested donation.

Advance Notice for July 22

Chow Down for the Hungry  

The Rainier Valley Food Bank, serving up necessities to Seattle's poor from the heart of Columbia City since 1991, has seen a dramatic spike in demand for their services in the months leading up to the fourth annual Chow Down.
Cuts to the SNAP food stamp program and the economic downturn have increased the number of people served by 48 percent increase since the start of 2014, forcing the Bank's employees to scramble to gather enough donations to supply food to a seemingly ever-growing group of needy Seattleites. 

At Chow Down, 16 Columbia City restaurants will offer samples to anyone holding a Passport, 
which costs $50, with all proceeds going toward efforts to stock the shelves and ensure that everyone in need is able to eat. 

Chow Down for the Hungry
, Tue, July 22, 5:30–9pm, multiple Columbia City restaurants, $50.

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