For Wednesday

First Hill Public Realm Action Plan

Back in 1998, a land use plan was drafted to meet the residential and commercial needs of a growing First Hill neighborhood. Unfortunately land acquisition required to enact this decades-old plan did not go as intended. Now it is time to rethink strategies and find new ways to diversify First Hill.

This open house is designed to educate the public on new land use plans that largely throw away the idea of land acquisition and instead focus on upgrading existing space to meet new needs, including the integration of street space and private land into a more pedestrian friendly neighborhood.

First Hill Public Realm Action Plan, Wed, Jan 7, 5pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, Free

For Thursday

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Do you really want to support Seattle Opera but feel like a total layman? Come listen to an accessible and engaging lecture on Seattle Opera's newest production of Tosca at Seattle Central Library. 

Tosca's big league melodrama and epic arias make it entertaining and enriching spectacle for newbies to the opera. Take it a step further and impress your friends and/or significant other by dropping some knowledge at the bar afterward.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture, Thu, Jan 8, 12pm, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Free

Advance Notice for January 14

Putting a Price on Climate Pollution in Washington State

With cap and trade legislation brewing in Olympia, and public sentiment toward climate change experiencing a sea change (no pun intended) toward acceptance and agency, now is the time to have conversations about what climate policy could actually look like. 

Participants of this panel discussion include KC Golden, senior policy advisor at Climate Solutions and, wowza, interim director of Bill McKibben's 350.orgYoram Bauman, environmental economist and comedian; and Todd Myers, director of Washington Policy Center's Center for the Environment.

Putting a Price on Climate Pollution in Washington State, Wed, Jan 14, 5:30pm, Kane Hall-Room 210, 4069 Spokane Lane, Free

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