PubliCalendar: Watch Angels Soar, Hear Bands Roar

Today's picks for civic nerds,

By Ezra Parter July 31, 2014

The Blue Angels skipped Seafair last year due to naval budget cuts, but they're back with their old (and some new) tricks today.

For Today

Watch the Blue Angels Practice

When the Blue Angels practice on Thursday and Friday, you're not going to want to be anywhere near I-90. Escape the gridlock and enjoy the aviators' showmanship from Columbia Center's Sky View Observatory.
The Observatory, way up on the 73rd floor, looks out over Lake Washington and is one of the few places in the city where most of what the Blue Angels do will be easily visible. Block off some time to see tomorrow's practices; first in the morning and again in the early afternoon. 
Watch the Blue Angels Practice, Thu, July 31, 9:45am–noon and 1:15–2:40pm, Columbia Center Sky View Observatory, 701 Fifth Ave, $12.50

For Friday

Open Air at the KEXP and Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural

The Mural Ampitheatre in Seattle Center has become a Friday night destination, with a free concert to usher in every August weekend.
This week's performers are Tacocat, Kithkin, and a yet-to-be-announced third wheel, but the entertainment doesn't stop there: Seattle Public Libraries will have an outdoor installation at the Mural as well. Find a good book or magazine, enjoy live background music, and relish some prime Seattle sun with KEXP and SPL Friday evening. 
Seattle Public Libraries has become home to the thousands of live recordings at KEXP studios, and the two local institutions are working together this summer to ensure Seattlites can find and share live music—both from local bands and foreigners who have graced KEXP's microphones with their sound—easily and without expense.
Open Air at the KEXP and Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural, Fri, Aug 1, 5:30–8:30pm, Mural Ampitheatre, 305 Harrison St, free

For Saturday

Microsoft Imagine Cup Day at MOHAI

Bill Gates may not be the boss at Microsoft anymore, but his legacy of charitable giving and community outreach lives on. Join the corporation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County in determining the winner of the Imagine Cup's $2,000 People's Choice prize.

Teams of students from around the world have been working to develop technology that could change the future. Check out the tech, enjoy live music and performances, and bring extra school supplies to donate to the Boys and Girls Clubs' efforts to ensure low-income youth have what they need to succeed in school. 
Microsoft Imagine Cup Day at MOHAI, Sat, Aug 2, 10am–2pm, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave North, free. 

Advance Notice for August 9
CitySolve Urban Race Seattle

Think you know your city? Test your Seattle-navigation mettle with a team of 2-4 people on August's second Saturday during CitySolve's fundraising scavenger hunt downtown. 
By following clues and overcoming various challenges, teams will compete to claim the $300 prize by completing the scavenger hunt and returning to 88 Keys the fastest. It's not all fun and games, though; proceeds from entry fees go directly to support One Brick Seattle, an organization that coordinates events and volunteers for local non-profits. 
If you've ever dreamed of competing in The Amazing Race, but wished that your efforts would benefit the city of Seattle instead of a television conglomerate, this is the event you've been waiting for. Tickets are $50 online, $60 on August 8, and $65 if purchased the day of the event. 
CitySolve Urban Race Seattle, Sat, Aug 9. 11:30am–4pm, 88 Keys, 315 2nd Ave South, $50–$65. 
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