Today’s picks for political and civic nerds.

Can you envision life with an I-90 toll? Learn more, or make your opinion known, at Mercer Island Community Center tonight. Photo via WSDOT

For Thursday:

Launch the Civic Accelerators 

Points of Light and Village Capital present the culmination of their civic development program: Ten of the nation’s most innovative nonprofit entrepreneurs will pitch their big ideas for you to discuss. 

Civic Accelerator Entrepreneur Pitch and Showcase, Thu Jan 31, 6–9pm, Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave S, free.

Women for Uterus Ownership 

Join NARAL Pro-Choice Washington in Olympia as they rally to support the Reproductive Parity Act, which will be heard in the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness this Thursday. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and meet near the sundial between the Capitol building and legislative offices. T-shirts and buttons provided. 

Rally to Support the Reproductive Parity Act, Thu Jan 31, 7–10am, John L. O’Brien Building, Washington State Capitol, 416 14th Ave SE, Olympia, free. 

Should We Pay Candidates to Sweet-Talk Us? 

Seattle city council members are hosting a panel discussion and community Q&A to explore the advantages and drawbacks of public financing for local campaigns. Speakers include Heather Holt of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission and Debbie Aiona of the League of Women Voters of Portland—two cities with public campaign finance laws.

Exploring Public Financing in Seattle Elections, Jan 31, 6–8pm, LeRoux Conference Center, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, free. 

For Wednesday: 

Chip In for Local Nonprofits 

A mere twenty bucks gets you in to Seattle Works’ fun philanthropy event. Hear pitches by local nonprofits and give your four $5 chips to the causes you deem most worthy. Of course, if you want to give more, additional chips are available for purchase. 

Chip In!, Wed Jan 30, 6pm, Material Good Studios, 2959 Utah Ave S, $20. 

And for Today:

Two Cents for I-90 Tolls

As we near SR 520 construction, the state department of transportation is looking for more revenue to cover their costs in the form of tolls on I-90. Love tolls? Disagree? Wildly confused? Now is the time to comment. 

I-90 Tolling Environmental Assessment Open House, Tue Jan 29, 4–7pm, Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St, free. 

What Would Mother Earth Do? 

The city of Seattle is working to update its Climate Action Plan, with the ultimate goal of citywide carbon neutrality by 2050. Find out what the city is doing to encourage greener buildings and offer your suggestions at this city council-sponsored forum.

Making Energy Use Visible Community Forum, Tue Jan 29, 6–8pm, Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way, free. 

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