Today's picks for civic nerds.

For Saturday 

Responsible Recycling

Ever wonder what you can recycle, and how to recycle it? Have all your questions on how to be a properly recycling Seattlite answered at the Burke Museum's Recycling Fair. The Burke offers compost tutorials, crafts for kids and the museum's ongoing Plastics Unwrapped exhibit, as well as a Haute Trash fashion show at 2pm. This is an event you won't want to toss!

Recycling FairSat, April 13, 10am-3pm, Burke Museum, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, $7.50-$10 (free with UW ID)

Bake and Barter

Say you have a comparative advantage in cookie baking, but know next to nothing about muffin making. Attend the first annual Seattle Food Swap and let the bartering begin. Unlike a traditional bake sale, no money changes hands—only homemade, homegrown or foraged foods.

Seattle Food Swap, Sat, April 13, 9:45am, Ballard Alki Lodge IOOF, 1706 NW Market St, $9 per ticket, $14 for two.

Community in Action

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the safety, health, and equity of three Central Area community cores—23rd and Union, Cherry, and Jackson Streets—the city invites anyone with a vision for the area to participate in a Community Workshop and Resource Fair hosted at Garfield Community Center. The event kicks off with breakfast and a workshop to kick off what will become the city's 23rd Avenue Action Plan.

Community Workshop and Resource Fair, Sat, April 13, 9am–12pm, Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. free

For Tomorrow

Seattle to Shanghai

Seattle University and the Tai Initiative are hosting an all-day US-China Relations conference for students and foreign affairs buffs alike. The summit, aimed at anyone interested in international relations with China, will feature speakers, films, and academic sessions focused on the evolving relationship between China and the Pacific Northwest and US as a whole.

US State Department Minister-Counselor Donald Bishop, previously the country public affairs officer in Beijing, will keynote.

"New Directions Facilitating Trust" The Pacific NW Regional Conference on US/China Subnational Relationship, Fri, April 12, 8:30am-4:30pm, Seattle University, Casey Building, 5th Floor, 901 Broadway, $40 for half-day  

Supporting Literacy and Learning

The Seattle Children’s Museum is celebrating National DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Day by offering fun exhibits, crafts and activities for kids and their families. Children’s Museum educators will appear in each book-center exhibit for an interactive reading experience.

DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Day, Fri, April 12, 10am-4pm, Children’s Museum, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., $8.25 for adults and kids, $7.25 for grandparents.

And For Today

A Seattle Fit for Families

Wondering how families fit into the equation of Seattle's urban development? Find out at the all-day conference hosted by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, the Seattle Planning Commission, and the Downtown Seattle Association. The conference will focus on how to attract and keep intergenerational families in the city by the development of urban schools, active spaces, housing and safety projects.

Ingredients for Designing a Family-Friendly Downtown, Thurs, April 11, 8am-5pm, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave,  $150 ($30 for students)

Roads Reassessed

The city is planning to build a 2.1-mile neighborhood greenway—a residential street where signs, wide sidewalks, slower speed limits, and pavement markings encourage walking and biking—along NW 58th St. in Ballard. Find out more about the final design from Seattle Department of Transportation representatives. 

Ballard Greenways SDOT Open House, Thurs, Apr 11, 6–7:30pm, Ballard High Lunchroom, 1418 NW 65th St, free.

Collaboration over Cocktails

City Businesss Casual aims to bring together Seattle's thriving business community with city officials in an informal setting. Come get connected with other business leaders over happy hour and discuss new approaches to making your business more sustainable. This month's event focuses on "What's Next for Green Business".

City Business Casual, Thurs, April 11, 5–7pm, Renaissance Hotel, Lobby Court, 515 Madison St.  happy hour pricing, $8 parking

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