Today’s picks for civic nerds.  

For Thursday:

No-Sweat Auction

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound may use running as a way of encouraging girls to build confidence and fitness, but their upcoming auction will be exercise-free, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer.

The auction itself will feature a football signed by Seahawks, a Mariners Suite, Disney and San Francisco getaways and more. 

No Run, All Fun Auction, Thu Apr 4, 6–9pm, Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6413 Seaview Ave NE, Ballard, $40–85.

Writer Reading at Books on the Bus

Members of Books on the Bus, a local book group for transit riders, will discuss Octavia Butlers's Parable of the Sower with local sci-fi and fantasy writer Nisi Shawl.

Books on the Bus, Thu Apr 4, 7–9pm, 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, free.

For Wednesday:

Keys to Camping

As the weather begins to match the season (finally!), learn how to camp properly, including everything from how stay warm to the gear you'll need. Hurry—spots are filling up fast.

Camping Basics, Wed Apr 3, 7–8pm, REI, 7500 166th Ave NE, Redmond, free.

And for Today:

How Our Surroundings Sway Us

Did you know that blue lights discourage violent activity because people associate the color with the police? Or that professional cyclists pedal faster when someone’s watching? Learn more about how words, images and interactions affect us. Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink (a shade sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates), explains it all to you.

Adam Alter: How Unexpected Forces Shape Our Thoughts and Behavior, Tue Apr 2, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

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