West Seattle Event Calendar

*NOTE: We’ve ramped the calendar back to some level of usefulness, as more events continue being planned, both online and in-person, so let us know if you have something coming up that’s open to the public!*

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USING THE CALENDAR: Mouse over any entry to show the “plus” sign at right; click it to expand the item for more info without leaving this page; click “read more” for the FULL listing./question.

Apr
24
Sat
South Seattle Cooperative Preschools’ Music Funfest @ online
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am
Spring Virtual Music FunFest presented by SSC Co-op Preschools @ online
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am

What: Spring Virtual Music Funfest sponsored by the SSC Co-Op Preschools
When: March 20, March 27, April 10, and April 24 at 10 am
Where: We’re bringing the music to your home! These concerts are 100% virtual.
Cost: FREE! Donations support scholarship funds for families in need.
How to get tickets and donate: Go to https://tinyurl.com/SSCMusicFest, select one of the event names, and then select the “Tickets” link.

The SSC Co-Op Preschools have been serving West Seattle and beyond for over 75 years. We’ve always been committed to making early childhood education accessible to anyone in our community. In the past, money for scholarships has been raised through in-person fundraising efforts (such as concerts and movie nights). Clearly, these aren’t possible due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 also means that more families in our community need help than ever before. We want to be able to provide West Seattle families with affordable early childhood education, community support, and parent education, regardless of their current financial situation.

As part of this year’s fundraising efforts, the Parent Advisory Committee has organized a series of virtual concerts featuring four amazing children’s musicians. We are committed to making these events accessible for everyone, so the concerts themselves are free and open to the community. Any donations made with your ticket “purchase” will go directly to supporting the musicians and the preschool scholarship fund.

Apr
26
Mon
Virtual event – Discover Seattle Colleges: Health and Medical @ Online (see listing)
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you ready to start working toward your college degree, but are still determining the career path you want to take? Get inspired about your possibilities at Seattle Colleges. Learn more about career pathways and college transfer opportunities in Health and Medical at our upcoming virtual explore session.

Hear from instructors and learn more about what you can expect and what kind of career opportunities you’ll be prepared for. Each event offers two half-hour breakout program sessions. Choose the programs that most interest you and learn more about each education and career pathway.

https://www.seattlecolleges.edu/areas-study/discover-seattle-colleges

Apr
27
Tue
Virtual event – Discover Seattle Colleges: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math @ Online (see listing)
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you ready to start working toward your college degree, but are still determining the career path you want to take? Get inspired about your possibilities at Seattle Colleges. Learn more about career pathways and college transfer opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at our upcoming virtual explore session.

Hear from instructors and learn more about what you can expect and what kind of career opportunities you’ll be prepared for. Each event offers two half-hour breakout program sessions. Choose the programs that most interest you and learn more about each education and career pathway.

https://www.seattlecolleges.edu/areas-study/discover-seattle-colleges

Westside School Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Information Event @ online
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm

Westside School Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Information Event
Imaginations Invited! Learn more about Westside Preschool.
Tuesday, April 27th from 6 p.n. – 6:15 p.m.
Contact Tedh@westsideschool.org and he will get you a link to this event.

Apr
28
Wed
Virtual event – Discover Seattle Colleges: Skilled Trades and Technical Training @ Online (see listing)
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you ready to start working toward your college degree, but are still determining the career path you want to take? Get inspired about your possibilities at Seattle Colleges. Learn more about career pathways and college transfer opportunities in Skilled Trades and Technical Training at our upcoming virtual explore session.

Hear from instructors and learn more about what you can expect and what kind of career opportunities you’ll be prepared for. Each event offers two half-hour breakout program sessions. Choose the programs that most interest you and learn more about each education and career pathway.

https://www.seattlecolleges.edu/areas-study/discover-seattle-colleges

Nguyen Phan Quế Mai With Karl Marlantes Discuss “The Mountains Sing” @ Online (see listing)
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai shares her first novel in English, an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Registration required. Click here to register.

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai will speak with Karl Marlantes, author of Deep River, Matterhorn, and What It’s Like to Go to War.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. This program will recorded, captioned and posted on The Seattle Public Library’s YouTube page after the event.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Born into the Viet Nam War in 1973, Nguyen Phan Que Mai grew up witnessing the war’s devastation and its aftermath. She worked as a street seller and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction published in Vietnamese, and her writing has been translated and published in more than 10 countries, most recently in Norton’s Inheriting the War anthology. She has been honored with many awards, including the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Ha Noi Writers Association, as well as many grants and fellowships. Married to a European diplomat, Que Mai is currently living in Jakarta with her two teenage children. For more information about Nguyen Phan Que Mai, visit her website.

Karl Marlantes graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He is the bestselling author of Matterhorn, which won the 2011 Washington State Book Award for Fiction as well as The Colby Award. He is also the author of What It Is Like to Go to War and his newest novel, Deep River. He lives in rural Washington.

PRAISE:

“Expansive in scope and feeling, The Mountains Sing is a feat of hope, an unflinchingly felt inquiry into the past, with the courageous storytelling of the present.” —Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

“The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling. Through the travails of one family, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai brings us close to the horrors of famine, war, and class struggle. But in this moving and riveting novel, she also shows us a postwar Việt Nam, a country of hope and renewal, home to a people who have never given up.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Sympathizer

“Good literature frees us from being trapped in our own skins by allowing us to identify with characters and see the world through their eyes. Reading this novel, I was moved by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s beautiful, even poetic, depictions of enduring courage. I came away with a deeper understanding of the war in which I fought.” —Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn, What It’s Like to Go to War,and Deep River

View in Catalog: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Dream Dinners fundraiser for Lafayette Elementary PTA
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Apr
29
Thu
Virtual event – Discover Seattle Colleges: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Language @ Online (see listing)
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you ready to start working toward your college degree, but are still determining the career path you want to take? Get inspired about your possibilities at Seattle Colleges. Learn more about career pathways and college transfer opportunities in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Language at our upcoming virtual explore session.

Hear from instructors and learn more about what you can expect and what kind of career opportunities you’ll be prepared for. Each event offers two half-hour breakout program sessions. Choose the programs that most interest you and learn more about each education and career pathway.

https://www.seattlecolleges.edu/areas-study/discover-seattle-colleges

Dream Dinners fundraiser for Lafayette Elementary PTA
Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
May
1
Sat
Dream Dinners fundraiser for Lafayette Elementary PTA
May 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
May
4
Tue
Transitional Resources presents Fresh Starts: Morning Habits for Better Mental Health @ online
May 4 @ 8:00 am

What: A Toast TR 2021 | Fresh Starts: Morning Habits for Better Mental Health

Where: Livestreamed online. Link will be sent to your email as we get closer to the event!

When: Tuesday, May 4 | 8:00 am live broadcast, with link available for later viewing. This event will coincide with GiveBIG WA!

Since we cannot celebrate in person, our 2021 Toast to TR spring fundraiser will take place virtually, over toast! Start your day with us for our live morning event, or stream it later at your convenience. Grab your laptop and a cup of coffee and learn how you can create habits and rituals that will improve your day – and your mental health. Plus, you’ll hear about how some of our clients have been able to create positive routines in their own life thanks to the TR community and have the opportunity to support our work!

We have a generous matching pool from our presenting sponsor, Verity Credit Union, and our Board of Directors to help your gift go further.

We are excited to partner with Live Oak AV and Caffe Ladro for this event.

Live stream participants will receive a digital goodie bag with printable materials and an ebook from our speaker, specialized recommendations for further reading/listening/watching on our topic, and a coupon from our partner, Caffe Ladro, for a discounted beverage and a free cookie to use at the West Seattle and Capitol Hill locations on the day of the event!

Registration: Advance registration required to participate in the livestream and receive event materials, including the Caffe Ladro coupon. Tickets are $10 and will be available until 5/3/2021. Register at Fresh Starts: Morning Habits for Better Mental Health Tickets, Tue, May 4, 2021 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite or learn more on our website News and Events | Transitional Resources.

May
9
Sun
Virtual Writers Read @ Online (see listing)
May 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Registration is required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session.

This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers’ Alliance on the second Sunday of the month.

Ability to use Zoom on your own computer or phone is required for this program.
Registration is Required.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

May
16
Sun
Clarion West & Seattle Writes Presents Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors And Publishers In Speculative Fiction @ Online (see listing)
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ancestors and Anthologies: New Worlds in Chorus. Registration required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction

Join us for a series of conversations featuring today’s Black publishers and editors of anthologies and magazines, aimed at expanding our understanding of the ways in which editorial roles impact the worlds of speculative fiction. Dates: 4/12, 5/16, 5/17

This series is presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Featuring: Linda D. Addison (Sycorax’s Daughters), Maurice Broaddus (POC Destroy Horror & Dark Faith), and Sheree Renée Thomas (Dark Matter)

From the groundbreaking Dark Matter to Sycorax’s Daughters to POC Destroy!, anthologies are one way marginalized voices gather in chorus on a particular subject, subgenre, or genre. Our anthologies panel will delve into the world of bespoke collections with luminaries in the field.

Moderated by award-winning author and editor Nisi Shawl (New Suns, Everfair, Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany).

About the Panelists:

Linda D. Addison (Sycorax’s Daughters)

Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®. She is a recipient of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, HWA Mentor of the Year, and SFPA Grand Master of Fantastic Poetry. Addison has published over 360 poems, stories and articles; a member of CITH, HWA, SFWA and SFPA. She is a co-editor of Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing), an anthology of horror fiction/poetry by African-American women. Catch her work in anthologies Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda (Marvel), Chiral Mad 5 (Written Backwards), and Don’t Turn Out the Lights (HarperCollins). Visit her website.

Maurice Broaddus (POC Destroy Horror & Dark Faith anthos)

A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in magazines like Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov’s, and Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His books include the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, the steampunk works, Buffalo Soldier and Pimp My Airship, and the middle grade detective novel, The Usual Suspects. His project, Sorcerers, is being adapted as a television show for AMC. As an editor, he’s worked on Dark Faith, Streets of Shadows, and Apex Magazine. Learn more on his website.

Shawl (New Suns, etc.)

Nisi Shawl is the author of Everfair, Talk Like A Man, and dozens of short stories, many of which can be found in the Tiptree/Otherwise Award-winning collection, Filter House. Nisi is the co-editor of Stories for Chip; Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Feminism, Science Fiction, and African American Voices; and most recently, New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. They are a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the board for the Clarion West writing workshop.

Sheree Renée Thomas (Dark Matter anthologies/Magazine of F&SF)

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, and the genius of the Mississippi Delta. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books 2020) is her debut fiction collection. She is also the author of the hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a PW Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (2011). She edited the World Fantasy Award-winning groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter (2000, 2004) and is the first to introduce W.E.B. Du Bois’s science fiction short stories. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Marvel’s Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda edited by Jesse J. Holland (Titan 2021), The New York Times, and The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945 – 2010) edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage 2020). She was honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for contributions to the genre and is the Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949 and Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, founded in 1975, as well as a book reviewer for Asimov’s. Sheree lives in Memphis, Tennessee, near a mighty river and a pyramid. Visit her website.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

May
17
Mon
Clarion West & Seattle Writes Presents Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors And Publishers In Speculative Fiction @ Online (see listing)
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ancestors and Anthologies: New Worlds in Chorus. Registration required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction

Join us for a series of conversations featuring today’s Black publishers and editors of anthologies and magazines, aimed at expanding our understanding of the ways in which editorial roles impact the worlds of speculative fiction. Dates: 4/12, 5/16, 5/17

This series is presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Featuring: Linda D. Addison (Sycorax’s Daughters), Maurice Broaddus (POC Destroy Horror & Dark Faith), and Sheree Renée Thomas (Dark Matter)

From the groundbreaking Dark Matter to Sycorax’s Daughters to POC Destroy!, anthologies are one way marginalized voices gather in chorus on a particular subject, subgenre, or genre. Our anthologies panel will delve into the world of bespoke collections with luminaries in the field.

Moderated by award-winning author and editor Nisi Shawl (New Suns, Everfair, Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany).

About the Panelists:

Linda D. Addison (Sycorax’s Daughters)

Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®. She is a recipient of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, HWA Mentor of the Year, and SFPA Grand Master of Fantastic Poetry. Addison has published over 360 poems, stories and articles; a member of CITH, HWA, SFWA and SFPA. She is a co-editor of Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing), an anthology of horror fiction/poetry by African-American women. Catch her work in anthologies Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda (Marvel), Chiral Mad 5 (Written Backwards), and Don’t Turn Out the Lights (HarperCollins). Visit her website.

Maurice Broaddus (POC Destroy Horror & Dark Faith anthos)

A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in magazines like Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov’s, and Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His books include the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, the steampunk works, Buffalo Soldier and Pimp My Airship, and the middle grade detective novel, The Usual Suspects. His project, Sorcerers, is being adapted as a television show for AMC. As an editor, he’s worked on Dark Faith, Streets of Shadows, and Apex Magazine. Learn more on his website.

Shawl (New Suns, etc.)

Nisi Shawl is the author of Everfair, Talk Like A Man, and dozens of short stories, many of which can be found in the Tiptree/Otherwise Award-winning collection, Filter House. Nisi is the co-editor of Stories for Chip; Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Feminism, Science Fiction, and African American Voices; and most recently, New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. They are a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the board for the Clarion West writing workshop.

Sheree Renée Thomas (Dark Matter anthologies/Magazine of F&SF)

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, and the genius of the Mississippi Delta. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books 2020) is her debut fiction collection. She is also the author of the hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a PW Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (2011). She edited the World Fantasy Award-winning groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter (2000, 2004) and is the first to introduce W.E.B. Du Bois’s science fiction short stories. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Marvel’s Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda edited by Jesse J. Holland (Titan 2021), The New York Times, and The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945 – 2010) edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage 2020). She was honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for contributions to the genre and is the Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949 and Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, founded in 1975, as well as a book reviewer for Asimov’s. Sheree lives in Memphis, Tennessee, near a mighty river and a pyramid. Visit her website.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Jun
13
Sun
Virtual Writers Read @ Online (see listing)
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Registration is required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session.

This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers’ Alliance on the second Sunday of the month.

Ability to use Zoom on your own computer or phone is required for this program.
Registration is Required.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Jul
11
Sun
Virtual Writers Read @ Online (see listing)
Jul 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Registration is required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session.

This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers’ Alliance on the second Sunday of the month.

Ability to use Zoom on your own computer or phone is required for this program.
Registration is Required.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.