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Calling all urban nerds! You don't want to miss the Coalition for Smarter Growth's 5th annual Smart Growth Social.

On October 17 at 6:30 pm come to Eastern Market's North Hall for local beer, tasty treats, fun prizes, great networking, and a star speaker, Jeffrey Tumlin. Jeff is a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard, who is known as one of the most engaging and creative thinkers and speakers in the nation on transportation and parking policies. Get your tickets here

Then, on Wednesday, October 18, don your favorite urbanism-themed costume and join Greater Greater Washington and the Urban Institute for a Halloween-themed happy hour from 6 to 8 pm at Lost & Found, located at 1240 9th Street NW in Shaw. RSVP here.

Don't forget to check out our other great events coming up: 

Today, Tuesday, October 10: Come out to the next Action Committee for Transit monthly meeting to hear from Jennifer Roberts, University of Maryland School of Public Health, talk about the intersection of transit, obesity, and health. The meeting is at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place. 

Wednesday and Thursday, October 11-12: Some of the best urban places benefit from a mix of land uses. But, conventional zoning focuses on separating land uses. Form-based codes are one solution. Head to the inaugural FBCI Forum: Connecting Policy, Place & Practice to learn more about form-based codes and hear from creative experts, practitioners, and advocates from across the US to learn how to use form-based zoning codes to create walkable, mixed-use, equitable communities. This is a paid event. 

Thursday, October 12: Finally a trivia night specifically for urban planning nerds! Whether you're boning up for the AICP exam, thinking about it "at some point," or just need a place to release all those pesky facts, head over to Planners Trivia Night from 6 pm to 9 pm at Denizens Brewing Company (1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring) to enjoy the fun. Ticket prices cover two drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the trivia game. 

Saturday, October 14: History buffs, bike nerds, and adventure junkies unite! Join the annual bike ride around the original perimeter of DC to check out the oldest federal monuments, the DC boundary stones. Each side of the diamond is approximately 15 miles of biking - join for 1, 2, 3, or all 4! The ride begins at 9 am at Jones Point (Alexandria, VA). All ages and abilities welcome. Don't forget the after party at 8 pm at Boundary Stone Public House (116 Rhode Island Ave NW)

Saturday, October 14: Downtown Silver Spring is taking a huge step towards being a bikeable, walkable, and livable community! On October 14 at 10 am at Woodside Urban Park, join WABA, neighbors, community advocates, County Councilmembers and staff for the ribbon-cutting and celebration of the first of many protected bike lanes around and through the downtown, promising low-stress, convenient, and safe trips by bike. There will be family activities as well. 

Next Monday, October 23: Amid DC’s housing affordability crisis, one solution stands out: flexible, outside-the-box ways to increase housing supply. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as backyard cottages, in-law suites, carriage houses, have potential to be one flexible solution. So why aren’t we building more ADUs in DC, even though recent zoning changes have made them easier to build? Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a one-day event to bring together resources, experience, and stakeholders to begin to address these challenges, and bring ADUs, as a new generation of housing supply, to scale in the District of Columbia. The conference is from 9 am to 5 pm at District Architecture Center (421 7th Street NW). The event is paid, but please contact CSG if you can't pay. 

Next Wednesday, October 25: Come out to Metro Hack Night VII to get the inside scoop on all the latest tech ideas for Metro. The event begins at 6 pm at WMATA HQ -- Jackson Graham Building (600 5th Street NW).