Mark Your Calendars: October

Welcome to October! We've spent the first few days of the chilly 10th month digging out our scarves and hats, daydreaming of what to be for Halloween, and drooling over the awesome events that are on the horizon.

This month, planners are offering up plenty of informative and inspirational brain candy, asking you to reinvent our city, redefine our memories, and rediscover the meaning of food justice.

These treats are no trick. Hope to see you there!

Strategic Sustainability For Leaders
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 6-7, 8 AM - 5 PM
UW Botanic Gardens, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
This intensive two day course is designed to give you a solid grounding in a proven framework and planning methodology used to guide sustainability change efforts and identify key messages to communicate to build buy-in. While this course provides a foundational knowledge of the core concepts of sustainability and the Natural Step Framework, the focus is on participation and practical experience with numerous opportunities for dialogue and hands-on application.

Tickets: $600+, available here.

Design for Livability: Sustainable Cities
Thursday, October 15 - Friday, October 16, 5 PM - 5 PM
University of Washington, Seattle Campus
Join forces with some of the most innovative planners, designers, developers and civic leaders helping to transform our region to be one of the most sustainable, built-green areas around. From environmental challenges to economic uncertainties, collaborate with peers and find out what can be done to strengthen our communities and create more livable, walkable and healthier neighborhoods.

Hosted by AIA Seattle, Cascade Land Conservancy, and the University of Washington College of Built Environments with support by Allied Arts of Seattle, the American Planning Association Washington Chapter, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter.

Tickets: $30 - $225, available here.

Deleted, But Not Forgotten
Monday, October 19, 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle
In today's digital age, can "ever lasting memory" be dangerous? Author and researcher Viktor Mayer-Schonberger believes so. From Town Hall:

Thanks to your Facebook “friends,” those incriminating photos of your sloppy night in Cancun will circulate forever. And thanks to e-mail, that bitter diatribe you accidentally copied to your boss will linger in a holding folder until your next evaluation. Can’t we just put the past behind us and move on? Not these days, we can’t, and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, director of the Information and Innovation Policy Research Centre at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, thinks we could be losing a quintessentially human right as digital technology and global networks override our natural ability to forget. Mayer-Schonberger, author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, sees danger in everlasting memory, and holes in information-privacy rights and other superficial fixes, as we try to figure out who owns what, and who can make what go away. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life.

Tickets: $5, available through

Slow Food Seattle: Good, Clean, Fair Food
Wednesday, October 21, 7 PM – 9 PM
Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle
Erika Lesser, executive director of Slow Food USA, will lead a panel discussion about both the slow food and food justice movements that seem to be sweeping across the country. Joining Lesser will be organic orchardist Adolfo Alvarez; PCC nutrition educator Goldie Caughlan; farm labor activist Rosalinda Guillen; and community activist Teresa Mares, co-coordinator of the Food Justice Project.

Tickets: $10, available though

Agent Green: Central Co-op's Madison Market
Saturday, October 24, 7 AM - 11 PM
Madison Market, 1600 E Madison St, Seattle
If you've ever wondered what it'd be a mobster, now's your chance to find out. Agent Green, an organized mob that helps local business live their values, is rallying around Madison Market to help assist the cop-op in going green. During the day, 25% of all sales will be put towards energy efficient retrofits and other improvements aimed at creating a more environmentally sound place to shop and work.

After you grab your groceries, take your receipt over to Bluebird Ice Cream for special discounts and a private party complete with live music and drinks.

Urban Harvest Green Gala & Auction
Saturday, October 24, 5 PM - ?
South Lake Union Naval Reserve Building, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle
Seattle Youth Garden Works will be throwing it's yearly gala to help raise funds to continue in providing employment and educational opportunities for under served youth. Mingle with other green thumbs while you enjoy a mouthwatering dinner and join in a desert dash to satisfy the sweet tooth. Both a silent and live auction will be held, giving you a chance to bid on prizes donated by local businesses. All funds from this event go directly back to the SYGW program so that they can continue empowering inner city youth to make healthy, positive changes in their lives.

Tickets: $80, available here.

Bloom 2: An Evening with Seattle's - and the World's - Sustainability Innovators
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 PM- 11:00 PM
Venue: TBA
With the successful kickoff of Bloom 1 last year, the organizers behind this event are crafting a bigger, better evening jam packed with innovation, green visionaries and delicious cocktails. You're hearts will be warmed and your mind will be expanded as you Listen to passionate individuals who are on the forefront of sustainable innovation speak and share their stories of what a better future looks like.

Tickets: TBD, see website for details.

Photo: Sean Conroe

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