Today's picks for civic nerds.

For Thursday

Cheers to Choice

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is shaking things up at this year's Power of Choice Awards: Instead of the usual sit-down dinner, this year's event will be a swanky cocktail soiree, held in the century-old Dome Room ballroom at the top of the Arctic Club Hotel. This year's Power of Choice award winner is former Gov. Christine Gregoire; the keynote speaker is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Walker, the biracial, feminist author of Black White and Jewish and Baby Love, among other books.

Power of Choice Awards & Cocktail Soiree, Thurs, June 27, 6-8:30pm, The Arctic Club, Dome Room 700 3rd Ave, $50 and up 

For Wednesday

Mayoral Candidate Forum

Join the City Neighborhood Council—a neighborhood group that tends to represent single-family homeowners and opponents of density— and all nine mayoral candidates at City Hall for the group's 2013 mayoral forum, co-sponsored by city council member Jean Godden and moderated by former Department of Neighborhoods head (and hero to neighborhood activists) Jim Diers. 

City Neighborhood Council Mayoral Candidate Forum, Wed, June 26, 6-8pm, City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Ave, free

Re-Working the Waterfront

Learn the latest on plans for the redesigned downtown waterfront at this interactive update hosted by Waterfront Seattle. Tonight's event will focus on street design and local waterfront transit options.

Waterfront Seattle: Street & Transit Update, Wed, June 26, 5:30-7:30pm, Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A, 800 Convention Pl, free. 

For Tuesday

A First Hill History

Photographer Jean Sherrard and historian Paul Dorpat will present the history of First Hill over the past 50 years through a series of "then and now" photos (drawn in part from the pair's iconic book, Washington Then and Now) showing what has, and hasn't, changed about the historic neighborhood.

The Story of First Hill, Tues, June 25, 7:30-9pm, Town Hall, 1119th 8th Ave, $5

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