Today's picks for civic nerds.
A Northgate Transit Hub
Don't miss the public open house to find out more about Sound Transit's plans to extend light rail to Northgate. The elevated station at the Northgate Transit Center will feature pedestrian improvements, public art, and bikeways. More station design details are available online.
Northgate Station: Design & Access, Thurs, May 23, 6-8pm, Olympic View Elementary School, NE 95th St, free.
Trivia Around the World
Bring all your brainy, well-traveled friends for a night of transnational trivia, hosted by the World Affairs Council. Compete in teams of 4 to 6 at the Spitfire in Belltown and test your knowledge of world culture, history, current events, and geography. You're sure to learn something interesting about international relations, whether or not you win the top spot.
Transnational Trivia Night, Thurs, May 23, 6-9pm, Spitfire, 2219 4th Ave, members $5, non-members $10
Join Seattle City Council members during Wednesday's lunch hour to discuss how "targeting hiring"—essentially, affirmative action for contractors, in which a jurisdiction requires contractors to hire a certain percentage of its employees from disadvantaged populations in the area—has worked around the country and if it should be implemented in Seattle. Panelists include Rhonda Simmons, the director of Workforce Development for the city of San Francisco and Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, deputy director of the Partnership for Working Families.
Targeted Hiring Forum at City Hall, Wed, May 22, 12pm-1:30pm, Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 2nd Floor, 600 4th Ave, free.
Prehistoric Puget Sound
Take a look back into time through the work of two University of Washington researchers. Graduate student Megan F. Gambs details how the ginormous Glacial Lake Missoula (roughly 19 times larger than the Puget Sound) broke across Washington state and affected the landscape we see today, while UW researcher Adam Campbell explains how life on earth adapted some 650 million years ago. Think a science-fiction landscape of frozen oceans and vast deserts, and you have the prehistoric Puget Sound.
ENGAGE Seminar: Water, Rocks & The Tropics, Wed, May 22, 6-7:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5 (or free with UW student ID)
Double feature! Following a look into the Puget Sound's past, get a glimpse our potential apocalyptic future. But have no fear—Annalee Newitz will detail how to dodge the extinction bullet: We've done it multiple times, she assures. Newtiz writes for the science-fiction/science blog io9, and recently wrote the book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember.
Annalee Newitz: How Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction, Wed, May 22, 7:30-9pm, Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5 (or free with purchase of ENGAGE Seminar ticket)
And For Today
Roots of Obesity
This community conversation, hosted by the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research, explores who's to blame for the obesity "epidemic"—parents, the food industry, or the government—and solutions to reverse the trend.
Food Fight: Who is Responsible for Obesity? Tues, May 21st, 5:45-7:30pm, Kakao Coffee + Chocolate,415 Westlake Ave, $10 general and $5 students.
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