PubliCalendar: Rock, Read, and Nerd Out

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Ezra Parter August 1, 2014

The Tripwires are among the many bands that have rocked the Mural Ampitheatre in Seattle Center.

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.

Tonight'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. 
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. 

For Sunday

Alki Beach, Bikes and Food Bites Tour

Alki Beach is well-known and beautiful, but have you ever heard its history? Taste Seattle Food Tours offers a six-mile bike-and-learn tour along the northernmost point of West Seattle, and this coming sunny Sunday might be the perfect day to give it a shot.
Sample food from five beachfront restaurants (including ABC’s Good Morning America’s best food truck in the country, Marination Ma'kai), get a nice ride in, and learn why West Seattle is home to a miniature Statue of Liberty.
Alki Beach Bikes and Food Bites Tour, Sun, Aug 3, 11am, Seacrest Park, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, $79. 

For Monday
Lake Union District Council
The council governing the Lake Union District, which includes the neighborhoods that border the small body of water (namely, Fremont, Wallingford, Eastlake and South Lake Union), is looking for input on how best to improve its territory. 
Bring your suggestions to the History House of Greater Seattle on Monday evening to help bring positive change to the Lake Union neighborhoods. 
Lake Union District Council, Mon, Aug 4, 5pm, History House of Greater Seattle, 790 North 34 St, free.

Advance Notice for August 12

The Big Green 2014
Seattle Greendrinks is bringing together green-thinking Seattleites with the help of BECU and Sustainable Seattle for a mid-August picnic at Hunter Farm. If you've been looking for a way to meet some likeminded eco-enthusiasts, this might be your best chance in the near future. 
Seattle Greendrinks events bring together businesses, organizations, and individuals to learn more about sustainability in the Northwest. This month's picnic's lineup includes entertainment for kids, music and beverages for adults, and many vendors offering tricks and tools to improve your home's ecological impact.
The Big Green 2014, Tue, Aug 12, 5:30–9pm, Hunter Farm Gathering Place, 7744 35th Ave NE, free. 
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