Today's picks for civic nerds.

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

The future of Nickelsville

The city council generally agrees that Nickelsville, the unauthorized encampment on city-owned land in Southwest Seattle, has to go. What happens to the encampments 100-plus residents, however, remains a major topic of debate. This afternoon, the council's housing and human services committee will take up legislation that would broaden the areas of the city where encampments are allowed.  

Seattle City Council Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee, Wed, June 26, 2pm, City Hall, Council Chambers, 600 4th Ave., 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

Sojournal Your Truth

The Vera Project, which encourages young people to engage in the arts and promote education, social change, and personal growth, hosts a workshop featuring guest facilitator Stephany Hazelrigg, from Socieal HeEARTistry Educators, designed to create community and change through art and personal stories. 

Sojournal Your Truth, Tues, June 25, 7–9pm, The Vera Project, 305 Warren Ave., $10, sliding scale available

For Monday

By the People, For the People

Show your support for a November ballot measure that would impose a small property tax to pay for publicly financed city council campaigns by coming out to the Fair Elections Seattle kickoff, featuring special guests Mike O'Brien and Nick Licata from the Seattle city council. 

Fair Elections Seattle Kickoff Mon, June 24, 5:30-7:30pm, The Nabob, 819 5th Ave N, $25 suggested minimum contribution

Art – A Public Good

Help keep art in the public spotlight by attending the next Dynamic Adaptability 2.0 event, one in a series dedicated to promoting Seattle's cultural sector. Local and nationwide arts leaders will talk about how to communicate the value to the public of arts and culture.

How Do We Talk About the Public Value of the Arts?, Mon, June 24, 9am-12:30pm, Town Hall, 1119th 8th Ave, free (registration required)

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