Today's picks for civic nerds.

John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence

For Wednesday

A Revolutionary Summer

Follow the events leading up to the United States' independence with Pulitzer Prize winner and historian Joseph J. Ellis, whose latest book, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, describes the dramatic months leading up to the 13 U.S. colonies' secession from the British empire. Ellis has written 11 books on the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution. He currently teaches at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Joseph J. Ellis: The Revolutionary Summer of 1776, Wed, July 10, 7:30-9pm, Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5.  

For Tuesday

Trouble with Traffic

Concerned with about speeding and safety on your neighborhood's residential streets? Learn more about different traffic calming options and funding sources at a Seattle Department of Transportation-sponsored workshop at the Queen Anne Public Library; SDOT will hold additional meetings later this year in Northeast Seattle and in West Seattle.

SDOT Traffic Safety Meeting, Tues, July 9, 6:30-7:30pm, Queen Anne Public Library, 400 W Garfield St, free. 

Neighborhood Greenway

Weigh in on plans to build a neighborhood greenway through Delridge and Highland Park. The greenway—a residential street where speed and traffic calming measures discourage car traffic—will provide a foot and bike path through the neighborhood and protect Longfellow Creek from pollutants via natural drainage systems.

Delridge/Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway, Tues, July 9, 6:45-7:30pm, Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, free.

For Monday

House Boat Histories

The Museum of History and Industry presents Still Afloat: Seattle's Floating Homes, an exhibit showcasing iconic houseboats on Lake Union through photos, oral histories, architectural diagrams and floating home models.

Still Afloat: Seattle’s Floating Homes, June 15-Nov 3, 10am -5pm, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, $0-$14.

The politics nerds at PubliCola have teamed up with the film nerds at Northwest Film Forum to put on a civic film fest over the 4th of July weekend.

We asked the mayoral candidates to introduce their favorite political movie, explaining why their pick packs such a political punch for them. For the final night in our series, former city council member Peter Steinbrueck will explain why he picked Buddy, the Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor.

Monday, July 8, 7pm,  Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. 

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