Growing a Feast by Kurt Timmermeister

For Thursday

Homegrown Food

Kurt Timmermeister bought a small farm on Vashon Island in 1991 and now, after running former Capitol Hill class-act casual restaurant Septieme, stays on the farm handmaking cheese from his own cows. 
This launch event for his latest book, Growing a Feast, features a conversation with Timmermeister and Dan Savage, The Stranger's Editorial Director, a Q&A with the audience, and a book signing. 
The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal, Thu, January 9, 7:30–8:30pm, Town Hall (Great Hall, enter on Eighth Ave), 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

Your Online Reputation

Did you really think it was a secret that you spent an hour looking at cat videos on YouTube? Ever wonder if your eBay seller rate really matters that much? It turns out that your online activity is monitored, tracked, and affects everything from the ads you see on Facebook to how companies decide what you're worth—and Joshua Klein thinks you can use this to your advantage.

Hacker, TEDtalker, and writer, Klein will be at Town Hall discussing his new book, Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know is Worth More Than What You Have, and his ideas on connectivity and online reputations as the new currency.

Joshua Klein: Reputation and Your Online Footprint, Thu, January 9, 7:30–9:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

What if Soldiers Refused to Fight? 

So Long, Vietnam by Brian King tells the story of three drafted soldiers in Vietnam and wonders what might have happened if soldiers objected. 

Join a conversation on the book, war, and peace movements at the Common Good Cafe tonight.

What if Soldiers Refused to Fight?, Thu, January 9, 7pm, Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, free

For Friday
CityClub 2014 Legislative Preview

Get a first look at legislators' top priorities for 2014's legislative session and what they mean for you.
Moderated by Public Radio Northwest News Network reporter Austin Jenkins and KIRO 7's Essex Porter, the panel features the legislative leaders from the state house and senate four corners: Rep. Dan Kristiansen (R-39, Snohomish) and Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-47, Covington) the Republican and Democartic leaders from the house side, and their counteparts from the senate sdie, Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-34, Maury Island) and Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina), the Democrat who sides with the GOP in Olympia and heads up the conservative Majority Coalition Caucus.
CityClub's 2014 Legislative Preview, Fri, January 10, noon–1:30pm, Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St, $55

For Saturday

Literacy Tutor Training
English literacy is a skill many of us take for granted. Give back to your community by learning strategies and techniques to help others tackle reading.
There are volunteer opportunities all over Seattle for working with ESL and adult students. 
Literacy Tutor Training, Sat, January 11, 9am–3pm, 8500 14th Ave NW, $50 (for materials and book)

Advance Notice for January 29

Not On Our Watch

Sex trafficking is a national and global problem, but local and regional action may be the best way to start making a difference.
Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess moderates a panel on local sex trafficking and the solutions that local officials, survivors, and organizations are coming up with to fight back.
Sponsored by Stolen Youth and other organizations, the panel includes Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes, Judge Barbara Mack, and representatives from local organizations, including YouthCare and the Center for Children and Youth Justice. 

Not On Our Watch: Responding to Sex Trafficking Locally, Wed, January 29, 7:30–9:15pm, Great Hall at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $10

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