For Today

Volunteer Park Work Party

Every first Thursday of the month the Volunteer Park Trust hosts a work party. All parks need upkeep, and this Captiol Hill park is no exception. 

The usual duties include weeding and other small tasks to make the park pleasant for the community. Stay for the whole two hours or help out for half an hour.

Snacks and tools are provided.

Volunteer Park Work Party, Thu, Sept 4, 10am–noon, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, free

For Friday

Minimum Density Public Hearing

The Department of Planning and Development wants to add an amendment to the Land Use Code that would require a minimum floor area ratio for development in certain Seattle locations.

Mike O'Brien chairs the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) committee and is advocating for denser development in urban areas. (If you really want to nerd out, PubliCola's Pedestrian Chronicles column went deep on O'Brien's legislation here.)

Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the hearing so that citizens can add their two cents.

Minimum Density Public Hearing, Fri, Sept 5, 2–2:30pm, City Council Chambers, 600 Fourth Ave, free

For Saturday


Curators of the independently organized, Seattle-based TEDxRainier event are hosting an intimate salon in September. Several past TED talk videos will be featured, followed by an open discussion with the audience regarding how individuals and communities influence culture.

Speakers include Pramila Jayapal, Washington state senate candidate, Phil Klein, business consultant for Microsoft and lead curator for TEDxRainier, Elizabeth Coppinger, cocurator of TEDxRainier, and more.

TEDxRainierSalon, Sat, Sept 6, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Advance Notice for September 17

Cultural Diversity in the Environment

This panel led discussion will focus on the importance of incorporating cultural diversity into environmental education. With the ever changing demographics of the world, the environmental movement must adapt and learn how best to educate people about environmental issues.

Panel members include Nate Miles, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Eli Lilly and Company and IslandWood Board Member, Leonard Forsman, Chairman, Suquamish Tribe, Belinda Chin, K12 Education Program Supervisor for Environmental Learning Centers of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Cultural Diversity in the Environment, Wed, Sept 17, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

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