For Today

Fluoridated Water in Seattle

Numerous cities across America and Washington have fluoridated water, including Seattle. Fluoridation has long been a controversial issue, with the American Dental Association strongly backing its health benefits and many skeptics questioning the potential negative impacts.

One of the most vocal critics is Dr. Paul Connett, who founded the Fluoride Action Network and penned The Case Against Fluoride. Hear his arguments on fluoride’s impact on IQ levels and the issue of medical consent, but keep a skeptical ear open—just because Portland has rejected fluoridated water four times since 1956 doesn't mean it's the best idea.

Fluoridated Water in Seattle, Mon, March 17, 7pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave$10.

For Tuesday

Why Socialism, Why Now?

Kshama Sawant is the first Socialist on the Seattle City Council in 100 years. So why now? Why was the city ready to support a Socialist candidate in 2013?

Sawant and Charles Mudede, associate editor at The Stranger, will discuss the potential impact on the city council, living wages, and labor.

This event kicks off the Northwest Film Forum's Red Renewal: Seattle's Socialist Spring. Thru May 1, films touching on the debates surrounding socialism will be shown around the city. Before tonight's conversation, the NFF will screen an excerpt from the film Work in Progress about local workers.

Our own Josh Feit is hosting a night in NWWF's Socialist Spring series on April 9. He's screening a batch of "Urbanist" movies for a night called "Urban Subversions." 

His write up on NWFF's calendar explains:

A tour through movies where urbanism—particularly the electric youth culture of city life—is as radical and subversive as Marxism and Anarchism.

Agit-prop teens translate music into politics and tech smarts into transgression, upending the government and corporate status quo, in this collection of urban-themed films.

Multiculturalism, mass transit and the kismet of streets (all fixed features of cities) also factor in to the revolution at hand.

Why Socialism, Why Now? Tue, March 18, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Wednesday

Transit Cuts and Your Business

The impending 17 percent cuts to Metro funding don't only affect individuals—they affect businesses that have invested in transit passes for employees' transportation fees.

What might this mean for your business? To find out, attend the discussion with King County Council member Larry Phillips and panelists Dan Greenshields (President, Sharebuilder by Capitol One) and Martin Duke (Seattle Transit Blog).

Transit Cuts and Your Business, Wed, March 19, noon–1pm, Fourth Floor Conference Room, Fourth & Madison Building, free.

Advance Notice

Cultivating the Future

Quinoa seems to be the trendy new food, at least according to food blogs and Pinterest. But it's also the subject of Kevin Murphy's WSU Innovator's lecture in April. Murphy, a researcher and scientist with WSU, has been working to establish a Pacific Northwest quinoa production center.

His lecture will cover how the popular grain has the potential to create a new industry (and therefore, jobs) while also battling global hunger. Pre-register starting next week.

Cultivating the Future: Growing the Northwest Quinoa Crop, Thu, April 24, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine St, $49.

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