Today’s picks for civic nerds.

For Sunday:

St. Patrick's Day Tree Mulching

Celebrate Irish pride with your green thumb by helping the Tree Ambassadors mulch the young trees along 34th Ave SW.

Tree Mulching in Roxhill, Sat March 17, 10–1pm, SW Cloverdale St and 34th Ave SW, Seattle, free.

For Saturday:

St. Patty's Day Parade

Whether the St. Patrick's Day Dash or a pub crawl are on your agenda, make a pit stop to see the 4,000 marchers downtown celebrating Irish heritage. 

Seattle's 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sat March 16, 12:30pm, Fourth and Jefferson, Downtown, free.

Edible Plants

Choose from locally grown veggies, herbs, fruit trees, seeds, and even edible flowers for a beautiful garden this spring and summer. Get there early; popular plants tend to go fast. 

Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale, Sat March 16, 9–3pm, Pacific Market Center Parking Garage, 6100 Fourth Ave, Seattle, free.

Legislative Town Halls

In an annual tradition, legislators across the state are taking a break from the session to meet with constituents, hear their concerns, and talk about critical legislation that will affect Washington state's communities. 

Legislative Town Halls, Sat March 16, times vary. Find out where your legislator is meeting with constituents here. Free.

And for Today:

Stop the Sugar Coating

It's no secret that we humans love eating sugar, salt, and fat (unless you're one of the brave ones currently abstaining for Lent). Learn how companies use those ingredients to lure consumers in and keep them hooked. Michael Moss, the author of Salt Sugar Fat, shares their secrets and what to do about it.


How the Food Industry Hooked Us on Salt, Sugar and Fat, Fri March 15, 7–9:30, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, Seattle, $5.

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