Mark Your Calendar: November/December Events

Seattle%20Winter.jpgWinter is approaching, and the last fall leaves are waiting for their turn to drift down to the damp city sidewalks. As the weather turns colder, wetter and windier, many Seattleites are looking for warmer ways to fill the final pages of their 2008 calendars.

Community organizations around the city have created a variety of seasonal events sure to keep us busy through the rest of the year. Warm up this winter with cozy indoor activities like listening to an inspirational speaker, attending the opening of new mind-bending art exhibit, or gathering with neighbors to share a meal. Of course, if you'd prefer to bundle up and take in some winter air, we've got suggestions for that, too.

Tuesday - Saturday, Nov. 6 - Dec 31
Pattern Play
ArtXchange Gallery

"Pattern Play" exhibits June Sekiguchi's diverse work in scrollcut wood. This exhibition of playful, interactive sculpture explores the diversity and unity of cultures around the world through pattern. Sekiguchi’s work investigates the transitions where universal patterns evolve into ethnic identity and personal aesthetic, according to the contemporary, international ArtXchange Gallery.

November 30, gather between 4- 6 p.m.
Share Your Holiday Leftovers Potluck
Sunset Hill Community Association Clubhouse

Sustainable Ballard friends and neighbors are invited to special post-Thanksgiving potluck dinner. The event features to the lively tunes from local musicians, the Canote Brothers. Bring extra, non-perishable food too, the organizers will be taking any donations to the Ballard Food Bank.

Monday, December 1, 6:30 pm
Healthcare Town Hall
Seattle Town Hall

Do you believe in healthcare for all? Join this Town Hall meeting about the future of healthcare to hear opinions from local leaders and health experts, such as King County Executive Ron Sims and Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. The panel will take questions as well as discuss electronic health records and their role in health care reform.

Friday and Saturday, December 5, 6
Confronting the Food Crisis: Cultivating Just Alternatives to the Corporate Food System.”
Garfield Community Center and Seattle Central Community College

PART 1: December 5, 6 – 9pm
Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St, Seattle - Multipurpose Room

Day one of this event starts with a panel and community dialogue called "Confronting the Food Crisis." Panelists include Lucy Jarosz (UW Geography), Carlos Marentes (Committee for Immigration Reform and Social Justice and Via Campesina), Sue McGann (Lettuce Link - a project of Solid Ground, and Marra Farm) and Carol Thompson, Northern Arizona University.

PART 2: All Day Teach-In
December 6, 9 - 5:30pm, lunch served
Seattle Central Community College - 1701 Broadway, Seattle 98122 (In Science and Math building, just North of main building)

This free event features hands-on workshops, a movie screening, and panels that will help you understand the local and global food system by unpacking topics like local hunger, international trad agreements and farmer workers' rights. Find the list of workshops & confirmed speakers here.

Saturdays, through December from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Green Seattle Partnership Work Parties
West Duwamish Green Belt

Each Saturday, the Nature Consortium gives you a great excuse to bundle up and play outside -- repairing the earth! The four-hour restoration projects encourage city residents to gather together to show nature a little love by removing invasive species, spreading mulch, and planting native plants and trees. The Consortium typically provides some treats and entertainment, as they often invite performing artists, singers, instrumentalists, and dancers come along to "play in the woods."

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!

Photo credit: Flickr/Jazzdiggr, CC License

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