Mark Your Calendar: October Events


Golden yellow and deep magenta have begun to highlight the leafy tops of deciduous trees, rain jackets have re-entered our wardrobes, and the scent of pumpkin spice seeps from the doorways of coffee shops and bakeries. Autumn has officially arrived in the Emerald City.

Seattle is welcoming the chilly season with a terrific lineup of fantastic fall events including inspirational speakers, community action meetings for better transportation and job fairs for idealists.

Here are some of our picks to fill your calendar. Take the opportunity to learn about a new issue, meet your neighbors, or just enjoy the buzz of the fall season!

Tuesday, October 7, 7:30 pm
An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams
Benaroya Hall

Join the North Cascades Institute in welcoming this inspirational writer, thinker and activist to Seattle. When she’s not traveling the globe to give eloquent speeches on the importance of free speech, environmental justice and public lands, Terry can be found in at her home in Utah, reading, writing and teaching in the Environmental Humanities program at the University of Utah. Terry is the author of the environmental classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place as well as An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field, The Open Space of Democracy, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert and her latest Finding Beauty in a Broken World.

Wednesday, October 8, 8:00a-5:00p
High Design, Low Impact: Residential Design Forum
REI Seattle

When it comes to home design, says the American Institute of Architects, less is more. And if you're interested in learning more about alternative design that emphasizes the benefits of having a smaller yet more efficient home, check out this insightful workshop from our local AIA chapter called High Design, Low Impact: Residential Forum at the REI in downtown Seattle. This event will feature James Timberlake of KieranTimberlake Associates, an award-winning and internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its research, innovation and inventive design.

Saturday, October 11, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Climate Action Lab: Transportation Shift
University Unitarian Church

Interested in more walkable neighborhoods, regional Rapid Transit, dedicated bike lanes and better bus service? Let your voice be heard at the Climate Action Lab! This hands-on event will put you and your neighbors in the same room with transportation experts so you can all work together for a climate-friendly transportation future.

Climate Labs are free, but the organizers would prefer if you RSVP'd. The Labs are a project of the Seattle Climate Dialogues, Northwest Environmental Education Council, with help from WSU Extension and TGreen Consulting.

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30pm - 9 pm
A Citizen Action Focused Greendrinks
Form/Space Atelier

Announcing a focus on citizen action for the environment, the Seattle Greendrinks' organizers promise that this month’s gathering of eco-networkers with provide more than just the usual good time, munchies and organic beer.

To check out the new twist on one of our favorite monthly events, head over to the Form/Space Atelier (at 2407 1st Ave) after work to hear from this month’s host, The Cascade Land Conservancy. The CLC asks that, in addition to bringing a reusable mug for beer or wine, you bring along any spare change you have rolling around. The Cascade Land Conservancy is currently the Seattle representative in Coinstar's City-to-City competition.

Wednesday, October 22, 11 am – 3 pm Nonprofit Career Fair
Seattle University

If you’re an idealist looking for a job, let Action Without Borders, and the Seattle University help connect to you with representatives from regional and national nonprofits and graduate schools searching for a few good candidates. At the career fair, you can peruse who's offering jobs, meet face-to-face with employers and distribute resumes, or attend free workshops and information session about finding a career in the nonprofit sector.
For more information, and to register, please here.

What other events going on around Seattle this month promise to inspire, educate and draw a crowd for a good time? Please share your events in the comment section below!


Monday, October 20, 6 pm Stumptown Coffee Roastery & Cafe (1115 12th Ave)
Check out a "meet the producers" event, featuring several Guatemalan coffee producers who will be here to speak about their coffee, visit with the public, and share in the coffee tasting. Its totally free and open to the public, and a great way to learn about sustainability in coffee production while meeting some rad folks. go to and click on the "News" tab to learn more.

Posted by: Carolyn on October 18, 2008 12:43 AM

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