For Today

The Mockingbird Society's Annual Luncheon

The Mockingbird Society, which advocates for improvements in foster care, is hosting its eighth annual luncheon featuring keynote speaker Roel Williams, who will talk about how he overcame the challenges he faced during more than 14 foster care placements, months of living on the streets, and time in the corrections system. 

The Mockingbird Society organizes youth programs, lobbies policy makers, and gives a voice to youth with its own publication, the Mockingbird Times.

Registration is required for the event. 

The Mockingbird Society's Annual Luncheon, Tues, Sept 23, 11:30am–1:15pm, Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave, $150 donation suggested

For Wednesday

Universal Pre-K

Two competing pre-kindergarten measures will be on the upcoming November ballot—one, Prop. 1A, would mandate a $15 minimum wage for childcare workers and set a goal of reducing child care costs to no more than 10 percent of family income; the other, Prop 1B, would fund pre-kindergarten for about 2,000 3- and 4-year-olds. Only one can pass. Proponents of each measure will talk about what funding will look like and how it could impact families and educators if it passes in November.  

According to the League of Education Voters, only three out of 10 three- and four-year-olds were enrolled in a pre-K program last year.

PubliCola has done a lot of coverage on the pre-K issue.

Universal Pre-K, Wed, Sept 24, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free

For Thursday

An Expert's Guide to Medical Marijuana

Michael Backes will be speaking about his book, Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana and discussing his vision of the future of cannabis in this country. Backes is head of research and development for the medical marijuana clinic Abatin Wellness Center, and also founded Cornerstone Collective, California's first research-based medical pot collective.

Washington state legalized recreational marijuana earlier this summer, throwing the future of the state's largely unregulated medical marijuana stores into legal limbo. Except for Colorado, all other states that have legalized pot have only made it legal for medical uses.

An Expert’s Guide to Medical Marijuana, Thu, Sept 25, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5 

Advance Notice for October 1

Civic Cocktail

Hosted by Seattle Times columnist Joni Balter, this two-part event will begin with a conversation with King County executive Dow Constantine about impending transit cuts and the county budgets, and end with a panel discussion about the fall ballot and the potential for voter tax fatigue. 

The panel will include former deputy mayor and Prop. 1B consultant Sandeep Kaushik, and city council member Sally Clark.

The event will be broadcast on Seattle Channel for public viewing.

Civic Cocktail, Wed, Oct 1, 6pm, Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave, $10–$15

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