Today’s picks for civic nerds. 

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For Sunday: 

Last Minute, Local V-Day Shopping 

Stop by Chop Suey for an Etsy-palooza of local crafts and artwork to the beats of DJs Ruben Mendez and Jermaine. Wander through racks of vintage garb, sparkly jewelry, gourmet spices, and handmade soaps, and nab a tarot reading while you’re at it.

ArtAche Market, Sun Feb 10, 2–7pm, Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, free. 

For Saturday: 

Grub for Grubby Cleanup 

Feast and scoop trash (though not simultaneously) alongside Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw at the downtown waterfront in honor of Neighbor Appreciation Day. The first 30 participants will enjoy breakfast courtesy of Alaskan Sourdough Bakery and lunch from Ivar’s Fish Bar. Bring work gloves and dress warmly.

Neighbor Appreciation Day Waterfront Cleanup, Sat Feb 9, 9–10am, Alaskan Sourdough Bakery, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, free. 

*For Neighbor Appreciation Day events in your neighborhood, check out's full calendar listing  (which inexplicably omits Pearl Jam's live soundtrack to environmental restoration).

Keeping the Flame Alive 

Local spiritual and social justice groups come together against gun violence. After a vigil at St. Marks Cathedral, participants will walk—candles in hand—to St. James Cathedral for a call to action.

Candlelight March and Vigil, Sat Feb 9, 5:30–8pm, St. Marks’ Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Ave E, free. 

Little House on the Urban Prairie 

Sustainable NE Seattle hosts its third annual homesteading-esque skills event, where participants can learn everything from feta cheese making and beekeeping to aquaponics and basic plumbing repair. The two locations (hosting events simultaneously) coalesce at 5:30pm for a big potluck and square dance at Meadowbrook Community Center. Click here for a complete workshop schedule. 

Hands On 2013, Sat Feb 9, 10am–9pm, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE; Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE; $15–$20. 

And for Today: 


Justice for the Jailed 


Lawyer/filmmaker Matthew Pillischer’s documentary debut chronicles the cruelty of our nation’s criminal justice system in terms of mass incarceration—a phenomenon he deems “the New Jim Crow”—and factors like race and poverty. 

'Broken on All Sides' Screening, Fri Feb 8, 7–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Pl N, Wallingford, free. 

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