Here are 12 things to do in Seattle this week

Learn more about the impact of police killings on blacks in America. Michael Eric Dyson, author of “Tears We Cannot Stop,” makes his case that whites must face difficult truths about the black experience. (Town Hall Seattle)

How can you best connect with your city? We’ll fill you in 🙂 The Evergrey is presenting at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Network meetup, and we’d love to see you there. (Downtown)

Or: Catch up with Seattle’s startup scene. GeekWire cofounder John Cook will lead a conversation with entrepreneurs. (MOHAI)

Make a date with your dog. Dog trainer and veterinarian Caren Malgesini will share tips on how to communicate better with your pup and help your pet live happy and healthy. (Lake City)

Or: Get a leg up. This women’s diversity and inclusion forum, moderated by reader Jonna Bell, will offer ways through common career challenges. (Pioneer Square)

Take the kids to the movies. The Children’s Film Festival opens Thursday with a series of heartfelt short flicks and runs through February 11. Here’s the whole schedule and a look at the offerings from the Seattle Globalist’s Sarah Stuteville (Capitol Hill)

Or: What happened the last time you gave yourself permission to do something you normally wouldn’t? Share it at this month’s Fresh Ground Stories event, or just come and listen. (Capitol Hill)

Pick up smarter habits. Tim Ferriss, author of the “The 4-Hour Work Week,” talks about the approaches to productivity and performance that have made him famous. (Town Hall Seattle)

Eat pancakes and look at art. The Seattle Pancakes & Booze Art Show is exactly what it sounds like. Free pancakes, 60+ artists and live body painting to boot. (Eastlake)

Or: Mark the Lunar New Year at the Wing Luke Museum’s annual fair. (Chinatown-International District)

Welcome the Year of the Rooster in our Chinatown-International District: The neighborhood will host its annual Lunar New Year with lion and dragon dancers, drummers, and its $3 food walk. (Chinatown-International District)

Or: Learn how to tie knots and attempt a Guinness World Record. The first 500 participants in this event will get free admission to the Seattle Boat Show. (CenturyLink Field in Sodo)

Going to one of these events? We’d love to hear how it goes. Send us your thoughts and maybe a pic to [email protected] and we’ll share it back with everybody.

Update: An earlier version of this article referred to the Lunar New Year holiday as the Chinese Lunar New Year. We’ve corrected that.