Southeastern Glass Building Open House; Preservation Network

It's a festive weekend coming up as the nation celebrates its Independence (on a Sunday, boo, hiss). Between that and First Friday, there will be plenty of opportunities to drink too much and end up saying hurtful things to people you care about, but not a great deal in the way of civic engagement for the collective good. However, here are a couple of things to look out for:

On Friday at 5 p.m., among a slew of First Friday events, there will be an open house of the recently completed Southeastern Glass building, on Jackson Avenue and Broadway. Head over and check out the 15 residential units (they're all corner units, in some sort of Escher-like feat) and four commercial units.

Further down the line, on Saturday, July 10, Knox Heritage will host its monthly preservation network. This series of free workshops features experts on windows, flooring, roofing, and other areas of home construction and improvement for people interested in maintaining their old homes. This month's guest is Jennifer Montgomery, a real estate agent who has studied historic neighborhoods and urban retail districts. Her session will focus on business leaders who lived in Knoxville's historic neighborhoods in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the impact they had on their city.

The event takes place at the Time Warp Tea Room at 10 a.m.