Today’s picks for civic nerds.

For Wednesday: 

Connect the Dots 

Join Mayor Mike McGinn and city council members to learn about the different studies underway to link the First Hill and South Lake Union streetcars and improve transit mobility overall. 

Center City Connector Transit Study Open House, Wed Feb 6, 5:30–7:30, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free. 

A Warning to Bridges 

In the midst of the current drama over funding the west side of the SR-520 bridge project, the Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting an open house to share the latest developments and plans for SR 520 bridge construction.

SR 520 Bridge Open House, Wed Feb 6, 4:30–7:30pm, St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E, free. 

For Tuesday: 

Elastic Opinions on Plastics 

The Burke Museum and Seattle Theatre Group present their own version of TED Talks: “Short Takes,” six-minute presentations by experts on plastics. Learn about 3D printing, plastics in the ocean, keeping food fresh without plastic, and so on.

Short Takes on Plastics, Tue Feb 5, 7pm, Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St, $4–$5.

And for Today: 

Guns Aren’t Healthy 

Town Hall holds a forum, featuring four local medical professionals and city council member Sally Bagshaw, to discuss the gun crisis from a public health perspective. 

Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis, Mon Feb 4, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5. 

Going Dutch? 

Seattle-based landscape architect Fred Young picks apart the Dutch cycling infrastructure and offers efficient bike design suggestions for our own city. 

Lessons from Dutch Street Design, Mon Feb 4, 6:30–8:30pm, Mosaic Coffeehouse, 4401 Second Ave NE, Wallingford, free.

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