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Photo Exhibit Born in Britain, John Dibbs currently resides in Seattle, where he specializes in aviation photography. The Museum of Flight is showcasing his Concorde shots and warplane portraits, as well as several never-before-seen images. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $7.50 for youth (5-17). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., June 30-Mon., July 5.

Mayor's Small Business Awards Mayor Greg Nickels honors Seattle-area independent businesses at the 20th edition of the yearly awards ceremony. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-684-4008. $15 (includes refreshments). 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed., June 30.

Sheshrao Chavan At a lecture hosted by St. Mark's Cathedral, the Gandhi scholar examines nonviolence and its relationship to democracy in the context of global politics. 1245 10th Ave. E., www.saintmarks.org. Free admission. 6-8:30 p.m. Wed., June 30.

Vintage Auto Races Pacific Northwest Historics organizes this yearly weekend of racing, which pits 250 pre-'70s cars—Porsches, Austin Healeys, Ginettas, and the like—against one another in a three-day tournament. Indy 500 veteran Dominic Dobson will be driving the pace car. Pacific Raceways, Hwy. 18 (Kent), 206-389-5200. $25/day for adults, $5/day for children (7-16). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., July 2-Sun., July 4.

Wooden Boat Festival The Center for Wooden Boats kicks off its 28th annual celebration with an ice-cream social on Friday featuring Mayor Greg Nickels; hizzoner will inaugurate the Center's new wharfs. The festival runs through the weekend and includes boat-building classes for kids, a Q&A with the captain of the historical vessel that starred in Pirates of the Caribbean, and an impressive collection of wooden craft, from rowboats to steamers. 1010 Valley St., 206-382-2628. Free admission. 3-6 p.m. Fri., July 2. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., July 3-Mon., July 5.

Weekend Exhibit For the Independence Day weekend, the Museum of Flight hosts a touring collection of bombers that saw action in World War II. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720, ext. 217. $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $7.50 for youth (5-17). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., July 2-Mon., July 5.

Architectural Tour You rarely give them a thought as you hustle to work, yet skyscrapers largely determine the aesthetics of downtown Seattle. Frequently asked questions about our tallest edifices—how they came to be, who developed and constructed them—are grist for this morning stroll, sponsored by the Seattle Architectural Foundation. Tour begins at the Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-667-9184. $10 in advance, $12 on day of tour. 10 a.m. Sat., July 3.

Guided Nature Walk Stroll through Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with a knowledgeable guide; for those who prefer to explore unguided, the park is open from dawn until dusk. 100 Brown Farm Rd. (Olympia), 360-753-9467. $3 per family. 10-11:30 a.m. Sat., July 3.

MOHAI Walking Tour Historian Roger van Oosten and tree connoisseur Liz Walker are your guides on a sprightly hike through Washington Park Arboretum and Foster Island. Sponsored by the Museum of History and Industry. Tour begins at 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $15 in advance for MOHAI members, $20 for general public. ($20/$25 for day-of-tour tickets.) 11 a.m. Sat., July 3.

Fourth of July Fireworks SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 37.

Naturalization Ceremony Between noon and 1 p.m. today, more than 500 people from 70 countries will become U.S. citizens at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center. Scheduled to attend: Gov. Gary Locke, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, and Mayor Greg Nickels. Free admission. Noon. Sun., July 4.

Tanabata Festival At the Seattle Japanese Garden, this colorful yearly celebration, observed in both China and Japan, includes a tea ceremony, tours of the premises, and a display of traditional tanzaku crafts. 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., 206-684-4760. $8 for adults, $4 for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., July 5.

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