Friday's PubliCalendar picks for political nerds.

Northgate Link Extension Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Roosevelt High School Jazz band, a face painter and Sound Transit's traffic fighting superhero Zap Gridlock will all be making appearances to celebrate the groundbreaking for the extension of underground light rail to Northgate.

Northgate light rail groundbreaking, Friday, Aug. 17, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Former QFC site at NE 66th St. and Roosevelt Way NE. Free.
34th District Democrats Garden Party

The 34th District Democrats are holding their 17th annual garden party/auction featuring celebrity auctioneer and King County Executive Dow Constantine  in the West Seattle Nursery, featuring Americana fiddle group The Haggis Brothers and barbecue from  The Swinery.

34th District Democrats Garden Party, Friday, Aug. 17, 6:00 p.m., West Seattle Nursery, 5275 California Ave. SW, $34 per person or $60 per couple

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market

Rather than sampling jalapeno jelly off a wooden spoon or choking down uncooked pieces of chocolate spaghetti, Pike Place Market goers on Friday will have the chance to sample some of the Northwest's best food and wines. Go ahead, try everything. All proceeds go toward the Pike Place Market Foundation and the Market's human service agencies for low-income elderly residents in downtown Seattle.

Pike Place Market Sunset Supper, Friday, Aug. 17, 7:30-11:00 p.m., Pike Place Market, $100.

And don't forget today's PubliCalendar Picks:

Jane McGonigal

Can playing World of Warcraft or solitaire can solve world problems? Game designer and author of "Reality is Broken" Jane McGonigal  thinks so. In her book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, she explores how gaming can serve as a way to solve the world's problems, from the global oil shortage to world hunger and climate change.

Oprah Magazine named McGonigal one of the 20 most inspiring women in the world, and her work has been featured on NPR, CNN, The New York Times and The Economist.

Jane McGonigal, Thursday, August 16, 7:00 p.m., McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109

History Café: Public Transportation

In 1941, the city of Seattle tore up its citywide network of streetcar tracks and sold them for scrap. Now, we’re building a new streetcar on Capitol Hill. What changed in those 70-plus years? And what does the future hold for streetcars in Seattle? Find out, and join the conversation about Seattle’s streetcar future, at this Museum of History and Industry-sponsored free event on Capitol Hill tomorrow.

History Cafe: Public Transportation, Thursday, August 16, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Roy Street Coffee & Tea, 700 Broadway Ave. E. Free.

Seattle Works’ Global Get-Together

Join Seattle Works, Crooked Trails, and the Young Professionals International Network to meet folks who are involved in global and local community programs and to learn about an upcoming community service trip to Peru.

Global Get-Together, Thursday, August 16, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, El Camino, 607 N. 35th St. Free.

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