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Watch cat videos in your pj’s, hear from refugees, and 14 other things to do in Seattle this week

Planning your week can be pretty overwhelming in a city with so much going on. Here’s a place to start. Learn about refugee issues, aliens, current events, or maybe…watch cat videos in your pj’s?

MONDAY
Get your creativity on. Seattle-based glassblowing studio Glassybaby is hosting an open house, complete with professional mentors who will help you create your own blown-glass art to take home. (Madrona)

Do beer ingredients taste good in food? We’re down to find out. Seattle chef Rachel Yang is pairing up with a touring chef and Certified Cicerone (a.k.a. beer expert) to bring you dishes that feature brewing ingredients from New Belgium and Fremont Brewery. (Capitol Hill)

TUESDAY
Ferment advocacy. KEXP is pairing up with ACLU to discuss protecting access to healthcare over local brews in this fourth installment of their monthly Flights & Rights event. (Queen Anne)

Are aliens a thing? Listen to qualified academics ponder that question. (Queen Anne) Or, if talking outer space over drinks is more your style, head over to Nerd Nite Seattle for a chat about the International Space Station with an astronaut and a research scientist. (Fremont)

WEDNESDAY
Learn about refugee issues from the source. A panel of refugees will give their perspectives on the current state of affairs and share how to turn concerns into action. (Town Hall Seattle on First Hill)

Test your current events knowledge. KUOW’s Bill Radke is hosting a news quiz with special guest and local Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings. Should be easy enough; it has been a super chill week in news 🙄. (U District)

THURSDAY
Eat yummy food. This year’s Taste of West Seattle will serve up food and drink from 50 local restaurants, with all proceeds going to a good cause. (West Seattle) If you have a more specific craving, check out “a celebration of all things empanada!” (Redmond)

Tackle displacement and disparity. Join the conversation at Capitol Hill Housing’s Community Forum. The speakers and workshop will focus on a bold issue: “How to build wealth in our communities and close the widening equality gap.” (Capitol Hill)

FRIDAY
Celebrate the cultural diversity around you. The 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival begins Friday and continues through Monday with lots of dancing, music, and other fun entertainment from local artists. (Queen Anne)

Rock out outside. On the other side of Rainier, massive music festival Sasquatch! kicks off for the weekend, featuring acts like LCD Soundsystem and Seattle band The Head and the Heart. (Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy)

SATURDAY
Grab your kids and dive into science. Seattle Aquarium’s Family Science Weekend features hands-on activities and diver shows. (Downtown Seattle)

Watch cat videos in your pj’s. But this time, with friends. There will be a DJ at this weird, wild party, plus a cat-themed virtual reality experience, and a room with live cats to hang out with and pet. (SoDo)

SUNDAY
Bike in new territory. This year the route for the Emerald Bike Ride is closing the SR 520 bridge, I-5 express lanes, and I-90 express lanes to vehicle traffic. (SoDo)

Party with Scratch. The programming tool that helps young people learn to code and create is celebrating its 10th birthday and you can spend it with former members of the MIT Scratch team. Thanks for the tip, Andres Monroy-Hernandez. (Redmond)

If you’re going to one of these events, send your thoughts and photos to [email protected] — we wanna hear about it.