Historian Scott Grimm (left) will discuss why the anchor discovered by sea cucumber harvester Doug Monk (right) must be from the Vancouver Expedition at MOHAI tonight.

For Today

HMS Chatham Anchor at MOHAI

When George Vancouver explored Puget Sound at the tail end of the 18th century, he was at the helm of a fleet of vessels including the Royal Navy's HMS Chatham. 

History anecdote: At some point during the voyage, however, the anchor was lost. Until recently. A scuba fisherman found an anchor, which historians believe to be the sole remaining relic from Vancouver's expedition, and hoisted it from the depths off the coast of Whidbey Island earlier this year.

From July 8th to 11th, that anchor will be on display at the Museum of History and Industry. On its first night on display, historian Scott Grimm will lay out his case for why this anchor must be the Chatham's.

HMS Chatham Anchor at MOHAI, Tuesday, July 8, 6:30pm, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, $17 (regular museum admission).

For Wednesday

Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code

Biking is tough on the legs. Biking to a place with no bike rack to lock up to can be tough on the wallet (bike thieves are always a threat), and we all know which hurts more.

As of 2010, only 25% of downtown employers offered bike parking to their employees, and that number has not improved enough since. Join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club at Rackathon to evaluate existing bike racks and discuss methods to ensure the city is properly racked going forward.

Rackathon, Wed, July 9, 2:30–5:30pm, Union Station Great Hall, 605 5th Ave S, free with pre-registration.

For Thursday

A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui

Impoverished world regions in conflict often cause direct harm to what should be their source of hope: the children. From starvation to excessive labor to forced service as child soldiers, these regions treat their kids in ways difficult for many Americans to imagine.

Algerian human rights law expert Leila Zerrougui has spent her life trying to ease the burden facing children in regions including South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has worked to establish programs addressing children's welfare and protecting boys and girls in areas of armed conflict, and will be putting her experience on display in Seattle when she speaks to the World Affairs Council at the World Trade Center.

Conversation with Leila Zerrougui, Thu, July 10, 7:30–9am, World Trade Center, 2200 Alaskan Way, $30.

Advance Notice for July 17

Walk and Talk: Integrating Multiple Weed Control Methods

It's not what you think, but this is still really cool. 

Weeds have long plagued those dedicated to crafting elegant lawns and gardens. Thankfully, the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) has a few tricks it can teach aspiring greenthumbs for curtailing the infringement of weeds on their plots of pride. 

Join WNPS at Magnuson Park for a lesson on Intregrated Pest Management, the weed and pest defense employed by the Seattle Parks Department, and help maintain a great Seattle outdoor outpost while learning skills to bring back to your home garden.

Walk and Talk: Integrating Multiple Weed Control Methods, Thu, July 17, 6–8:30pm, Magnuson Park picnic shelter #2, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, free. 

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