For Today

Depave the Duwamish

Know of a particularly bleak parking lot that is just begging to be spruced up with a spruce? Sustainable Seattle and Urban Systems Design is working with local property owners to add a little green to our concrete jungle, and they are asking the community to get involved.

Stop by the information meeting to learn where the "Depave" model worked for Portland, and how they plan to identify and transform 10,000 square feet of asphalt in the Duwamish Valley. An RSVP is appreciated.

Depave the Duwamish, Thu, Oct 9, 6–8pm, Sourth Seattle Community College, 6737 Corson Ave S, Room C208, Free.

For Friday

EcoBuilding 2014: Transformation Through Transparency

Seattle Greendrinks' annual all-day conference connects sustainable building professionals with sustainable building enthusiasts for a day of discussion and interactive activities. Expect more than a dozen speakers, including Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien and keynote speaker Todd Benson of Bensonwood and Unity Homes.

If you've heard of Todd Benson before reading this and want to pay a couple hundred bucks to hear him speak (and enjoy breakfast, lunch, and after party), this event is right up your alley.

EcoBuilding 2014: Transformation Through Transparency, Fri, Oct 10, 7:30am–9pm, Seattle Impact HUB, 220 Second Ave S, $75–$245

For Saturday

Orcas Island Film Festival

The first annual Orcas Island Film Festival will kick off on Friday and run through the weekend, showing both feature-length and short films from renowned filmmakers and local artists. Vote online or at the festival for the best local film, which will then be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2015.

The three local scripts chosen to be produced for the festival were given $1,500 to shoot over the summer, with 75 percent of the footage shot in the San Juan Islands.

Orcas Island Film Festival, Fri, Oct 10, 5:30pm, Sat, Oct 11, 11am, Sun, Oct 12, 10am, Mon, Oct 13, 11am, Various Locations, Orcas Island, free–$120

Advance Notice for October 15

Maple Leaf Candidates and Issues Forum

The Maple Leaf Community Council's annual forum gives local candidates the opportunity to discuss ballot measures, judicial races, and other issues. As the November election approaches, with some key issues on the ballot this year, staying informed is the best way to vote in your community's best interest and also win arguments. 

The forum will include short speeches from candidates, opportunity for rebuttal, then things will open up for audience members to weigh in. The Maple Leaf forum is usually very well attended, so come join the party.

Maple Leaf Candidates and Issues Forum, Wed, Oct 15, 7–9pm, Olympic View Elementary, 5th NE and NE 95th, Free.
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