Today’s picks for civic nerds.

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For Wednesday:

Stretch your Dollar Further

Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne, the authors of Rethinking Money, explain how we can fix the current financial crisis by changing our attitude toward money—using new money, along with national currencies, to strengthen local economies and restore prosperity.

Rethinking the Idea of Money, Wed March 20, 6–7:30, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, Seattle, $5.

A World After Carbon

After rethinking money, it's time to rethink oil. Economist Joel Magnuson will explain how to creatively evolve away from a reliance on fossil fuels toward a more sustainable based on self-reliance, ecological permanence, stability, and creativity.

Toward a Livable Post-Carbon Economy, Wed Mar 20, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, Seattle, $5.

For Tuesday:

Interest-Free Banking

The documentary featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus proposes a microfinancing concept that's probably foreign to most Americans: interest-free loans for small businesses. 

To Catch a Dollar, Tue March 19, 6:30–8:30, Microsoft Store, 116 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, free.

The Legislature So Far

Seattle CityClub sponsors this look at the state legislature so far: What legislation is moving, what's going on with the budget deliberations, and who will be impacted? 

Legislature Now: What's in Motion?, Tue March 19, 12–1:30, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $12–$30. 

Coal Trains, Jobs, and The Environment

Join representatives of SSA Marine, Climate Solutions, and the 43rd District Democrats for a panel discussion on the pros and cons of the controversial proposed coal terminal in Bellingham.

Coal Trains, Jobs, and the Environment: A Panel Discussion, Tue March 19, 7-8:30 pm, University Heights Center5031 University Way NE

And for Today:

Thank a Bus Driver

Bus drivers have a tough job—keeping on schedule, remembering stop requests, dealing with traffic, and handling unruly drivers. Show your driver some love today (and every day) by thanking him or her, being a good bus citizen (picking up trash or moving for disabled or elderly riders without being asked), or submitting a commendation to Metro. 
Bus Driver Appreciation Day, Mon March 18, All Over Town, Free
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