Are you one of those hippie Ballard residents committed to peace, love, and carbon neutrality? Then come talk about it! Tonight, Sustainable Ballard is hosting a meeting at the Ballard Library, where you can brainstorm ways for Seattle to become carbon neutral by 2030. Sustainable Ballard will present their recommendations to the Seattle City Council on September 14. If you aren't committed to carbon neutrality, rent a diesel tractor, roll on over, and heckle the hippies—always a good time! (Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave N.W., 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., free.)

And you probably already know about the Municipal League of King County's candidate ratings, but does their online report card of the 2010 King County "Not Qualified" to "Outstanding" candidates come with drink specials? No it does not. So get your Muni League party on tonight and boo, cheer, and toast to your heart's content as they announce their ratings at the Spitfire. (Spitfire, 2219 Fourth Ave, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., free admittance, drinks are on you.)


We warned you it was coming, but now it's finally here: the Seattle Police Chief John Diaz city council confirmation hearing! SQUEEEEEEEEL! The council members will have an hour and 15 minutes to grill him, and then it's your turn to grill him on his vision for SPD's future, or simply to get grooming tips from the city's most gorgeous mustache. (City Hall, second floor, 600 Fourth Ave, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., free.)

Charles Mudede ordered you to read Marx, and now there's a discussion group here to help you out. Scholar George Novack will be leading a nine-week discussion group about his book The Logic of Marxism, sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party. The fun starts tomorrow night. Drop in for one week or stay for all nine—just bring your Marx and be ready to "jump into the discussion." (Wednesdays through September 15 at the Old Firehouse, 402 15th Ave E., 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., free.)


Thursday is all about trimming the fat in your life. The Ballard Library is hosting a discussion on "Making Informed Decisions About What You Eat and Drink." The presentation and discussion is geared at people "confused and frustrated" by the mysterious world of nutrition, and promises to reveal "little known FDA facts that will shock you!" Tantalizing. (Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave N.W., 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free.)

Meanwhile, if your fat issues are more metaphorical than literal, head over to Fremont for Writer's Cramp. This semi-regular writer's workshop promises to help you work on "buffing up sentences, toning word choice, flexing metaphors, and powering up punctuation," all while fighting "fatty sentences, weak verbs, and toxic commas." Register here, or just drop by with your writing materials and good luck charms. (For writers age 15 and up at the Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N., 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $5-10 donation to the Abbey.)


If the Marxism didn't take, you could always cut your losses and pay $275 to brand yourself into human capital. Happy estrangement! (School of Visual Concepts, 500 Aurora Ave N., 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m., $275 includes lunch—what a deal!)

All Weekend

Capitol Hill Block Party is happening! Friday is sold out, but you can still rock out Saturday and Sunday. If you've somehow missed our many, many posts about the world-shaking, life-changing mega-event of the month, year, and possibly even decade (we at The Stranger have stunted memories), they're here. (Main Entrance at E. Pine St & 12th Ave; Friday, July 23 from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, July 24 from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., $23 advance here, or $25 at the door (if there are any left!))