For Today

36th District Legislative Action Day

Not sure how to spend your Presidents' Day (or, maybe, you didn't know it was Presidents' Day)? Use the federal holiday for a trip to Olympia to meet with your legislators.

The 36th District—Magnolia, Queen Anne, Ballard, and Greenwood—delegation, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton, will be on hand during a brown bag lunch to answer questions, hear your thoughts, and weigh in on this session's big issues. You can also take a tour of the capitol.

Bring your own lunch and get some face time with your reps.

36th District Legislative Action Day, Mon, February 17, 10:00am–1:30pm, Room B-10 of the John L. O'Brien Building, 504 15th Ave SE, Olympia, free.

36th District legislators, l-r: Rep. Gael Tarleton, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and Rep. Reuven Carlyle

For Tuesday

The State of the City Address

Ed Murray will be giving his first State of the City Address this week. With his minimum wage task force in play, starring business and labor opponents (plus Murray's foil Kshama Sawant also on board) along with his Kumbaya victory on the Bike Master Plan, we expect Murray, who ran on taking a collaborative approach, to continue hyping the Murray method, particularly as he sets the stage for his upcoming neighborhood summit (Saturday, April 5) and, his other big to-do, the police chief search.

State of the City, Tue, February 18, 2pm, Council Chambers in City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave #4, free.

Learn How to Fail

Blogger Megan McArdle, who writes about business and economics at Bloomberg, has released a book about failure—specifically, about why knowing how to fail is so important to succeeding. 

The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success claims that making mistakes is the best way to improve, whether in business, government, or dating.

Fail Your Way to Success, Tue, February 18, 7:30–9pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Wednesday

Social Media in Job Searches

These days, searching for jobs and applying online can feel like you're throwing resumes into a black hole. But this class—The Role of Social Media in the New Job Search—will teach you to use online resources to your advantage.

Offered by South Seattle Community College, this class will help you to manage LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, create profiles, find jobs, and maximize your network. You'll also learn how to find and connect with hiring managers.

LinkedIn & Twitter: The Role of Social Media in the New Job Search, Wed, February 19, 2:30–4:30pm, Level 4 Room 4, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, free.


Advance Notice for March 8

Campaign Training for Women

Based on a recent cover of TIME magazine and the debate over whether it's sexist or not, women in politics have a lot to battle when running for office.

The National Women's Political Caucus of Washington wants to help interested candidates learn how to run a winning campaign: develop a message, raise money, target voters, and much more. 

NWPC-WA Campaign Training for Women, Sat, March 8, 8am–5pm, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, $40–$65.

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