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!*

Want your West Seattle event/meeting/etc. to be listed here? Please send basic info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thanks! Please include full details AS PLAIN TEXT IN YOUR E-MAIL, *not* in an attached doc/poster/flyer/etc. A web link for more info helps too. Thank you!

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.

May
15
Sat
Fundraiser plant sale – ENCORE
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

*Plants left over, so 5/15 9 am-3 pm has been added*

Hi friends!

Our fifth annual plant sale fundraiser is Saturday, May 8th, from 9-3ish to raise money for our #LFWalkSeattle team!

We will still be following strict social distancing guidelines. Only 3-4 people will be allowed in the driveway at a time. Masks are required, vaccinated or not. Also encouraging cashless payment options if at all possible (Venmo, Paypal, ca$h, etc.)

Plant prices vary based on plant variety and size, but all bareroot dahlias are only $5/each this year!! Some quantities are quite limited. In addition to dahlias, we have strawberries, forsythia, ferns, geranium, columbine, daylilies, irises, heuchera, bergenia, snowballs, groundcovers, succulents, houseplants, and more!

Also, special guests Winfield Designs will be on site with some of their beautiful metal art, and they will donate a percentage of sales to our team! Check out their Etsy site for a sampling of their work: https://etsy.me/1mEuxh8

Pre-order (with pre-pay), and local (WS/Burien) delivery available for a small fee.

PS – can’t come but still want to donate? Visit my Lung Force Seattle page to contribute there! http://action.lung.org/goto/Amy2021

West Seattle Junction pop-up vaccination clinic @ 42nd SW parking lot
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The city’s Mobile Vaccination Team will be here with all three vaccine options, including Pfizer for ages 12 and up. First 100 people get a coupon for a free ice-cream cone at Husky Deli. No appointments needed, just show up.

Virtual Workshop: Self-Care During COVID @ Online (see listing)
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Many of us feel different, strange, and just not ourselves during the pandemic. Registration required. Click here to register.

Join West Seattle-based mental health professional Sara Dunham, LMHCA, to discuss contributing factors, why it’s perfectly normal, and strategies for self-care to help you get through this difficult time with kindness. Sara will begin by presenting helpful information and will then answer your questions.

We will discuss setting boundaries for effective work/life balance whether you live with others or alone, the paradox of spending much more time with the same people yet feeling isolated, finding constructive ways to use your energy while at home and how to care for yourself and those around you.

The job skills, life skills, & digital creativity classes are made possible by support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and in partnership with South Seattle College. This workshop is free and everyone is welcome. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Each class has limited capacity, so please register as soon as possible.

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.

For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636.

West Seattle Food Bank’s ‘Instruments of Change’ 2021 @ online
May 15 @ 5:30 pm

Online Event and Auction
This virtual celebration will include a silent and live auction, fun activities, and an informative program about the impact your donations have made. Share an evening with your neighbors from the comfort of your own home!

Why?
To celebrate our community, and raise funds to continue keeping our neighbors safe, fed, healthy, and housed during these challenging times.

When?
May 15, 2021. This online event will begin at 5:30 pm.

Where?
Online, of course! This will be a live-stream event. You will receive a YouTube link after registration.

Participate
Join the fun! All you need to do is register below. Spread the word, invite your friends, and make it (virtual) party.

Dinner
Skip the cooking and cleaning! Enjoy dinner from Lady Jaye during the night of the event and a portion of takeout sales will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank.

REGISTER NOW

May
16
Sun
Food, clothing, supplies drive at Alki UCC
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, May 16, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Outside our main entrance at 6115 SW Hinds

While ALL nonperishable food donations are welcome for distribution through the White Center Food Bank, a food bank volunteer shared the following insights:

Sugar and Flour are treats.

Boxed milk is a treasure.

Canned foods should be pop-top OR donate a can opener.

Cooking oil is a luxury and much appreciated.

Spices, salt and pepper are a real gift.

Tuna and crackers make a good lunch.

Don’t forget the sandwich bread and jelly for PBB&J’s.

Pet food should be in clearly-marked containers.

Essential supplies include:

• Toilet Paper
• Diapers/Similac Formula/Baby Wipes
• Can Openers
• Personal hygiene items
• Hand Sanitizer

Donations of Men’s Casual/Work Clothes are also being taken, as well as NEW socks — the clothing item most requested by our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

May
21
Fri
“Washington Remembers: From Marcus Whitman to Billy Frank, Jr – Stories of Washington Statues and Memorials” @ Online (see listing)
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free online presentation by historian and author Judy Bentley, hosted by the Woman’s Century Club as part of their May Program Meeting. Open to the public.

To get login information for the zoom program, register on this page: http://www.womanscenturyclub.org/meetings-events/

While walking the sidewalks of Washington cities to research her book, Walking Washington History, Judy Bentley came across some surprising memorials to the past: statues honoring George Washington, Mother Joseph, Abraham Lincoln, Spanish-American War veterans, Wendy the Welder, Dirty Dan, and Jimi Hendrix. She also found a fish story, a boat of discovery, wreaths commemorating Wobblies, and a fruit-picker’s basket.

All of these public sculptures honor some event or person a city wishes to remember or honor. Who decides who should be honored? Whose history is told? Bentley will take listeners on a tour of city statues and memorials and discuss how and why they came to be in public spaces, how history the public values has been set in stone.

This topic is particularly timely now that Washington State is moving to replace a statue of Marcus Whitman in the U.S. Statuary Hall in the capitol in D.C. with a monument to Native rights activist Billy Frank, Jr.

About the presenter: Judy Bentley taught literature, composition, and Pacific Northwest History at South Seattle College for more than 20 years. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including two guidebooks. The second edition of Hiking Washington’s History, the greater outdoors complement to Walking Washington History, will be published this spring.

May
25
Tue
The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture In American History Presents Michelle Duster @ Online (see listing)
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize. Join us to hear Michelle Duster discuss the impact of this iconic woman. Registration required. Click here to register.

Ida B. Wells was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Hear professor and Wells’s great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, offer a “warm remembrance of a civil rights icon” (Kirkus Reviews).

The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. This program will recorded, captioned and posted for 30 days on The Seattle Public Library’s YouTube page after the event.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a “dangerous negro agitator.” In the annals of history, it makes her an icon.

A century after her death, Wells’s genius is being celebrated in popular culture by politicians, through song, public artwork, and landmarks. Like her contemporaries Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, Wells left an indelible mark on history—one that can still be felt today. As America confronts the unfinished business of systemic racism, Ida B. the Queen pays tribute to a transformational leader and reminds us of the power we all hold to smash the status quo.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, professor, and champion of racial and gender equity. In the last dozen years, she has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books. She cowrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; coedited Shifts and Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls; and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. She has written articles for Essence, Refinery29, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, and The North Star.

PRAISE:

“Visually stunning…readers who are looking for bold, out-of-the-box, approaches to social change will undoubtedly be inspired by Ida B. the Queen.”
—Forbes

“Bow down to this biography that shows why Ida B. Wells is an icon for all seasons.”
—Refinery29

“With bold graphics and a compelling story, Ida B. the Queen is sure to be one of the year’s best biographies.”
—Bustle

“Ida B. the Queen delves deep into the life of Wells and the Black experience through visual storytelling and recounts the life, successes and hardships of one of the most renowned leaders of justice in American history.”
—The Root

View in Catalog: Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster

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.

For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636.

May
26
Wed
Virtual Workshop: Realistic Healthy Eating Habits @ Online (see listing)
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

With so much contradictory advice, knowing what food to buy to support a healthy diet can be confusing. Registration required.

This event will be rescheduled.
Click here to register. Click here to register.

This class will help you navigate the grocery store and show you how eating for a healthy body can be simple once you gain a few tips and strategies. You’ll learn how to decode food labels, how to shop smart at the store, and how to rearrange your kitchen to promote healthier eating behaviors.

The job skills, life skills, & digital creativity classes are made possible by support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and in partnership with South Seattle College. This workshop is free and everyone is welcome. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Each class has limited capacity, so please register as soon as possible.

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.

Jun
1
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Lynda Mapes And Guests Discuss “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” @ Online (see listing)
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about the history and the future of Orca whales in Puget Sound. Registration required. Click here to register via EventBrite.

This panel conversation will include Jay Julius, former Chairman, Lummi Nation; Deborah Giles, Orca scientist at UW Center for Conservation Biology and Science Director of Wild Orca and Jason Colby, Chairman of the History Department at University of Victoria and author of Orca.

The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, Mountaineers Books and The Seattle Times. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. This event will be recorded for SPL’s YouTube Channel.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home journalist Lynda V. Mapes explores the natural history of the orca and the unique challenges for survival of the Southern Resident group that frequents Puget Sound. These whales are among the most urban in the world, a focus of researchers, tourists, and politicians alike. Once referred to as “blackfish” and still known as “killer whales,” orcas were for generations regarded as vermin to be avoided or exterminated, then later were captured live for aquariums all over the world. With greater exposure, scientists realized how intelligent the mammal is and are learning about their matriarchal family groups, vocalizations, behavior, and different subspecies. Today only 74 Southern Resident whales are left, and they are threatened by habitat degradation, lack of Chinook salmon (their primary food source), relentless growth, and climate change. Can we reverse the trend?

This special project, co-published with the Pulitzer Prize winning Seattle Times newspaper, features stunning imagery by Times photographer Steve Ringman, as well as from partner organizations including The Whale Museum, NOAA, and Center for Whale Research.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

LYNDA V. MAPES is a journalist, author, and close observer of the natural world. The Seattle Times has made a point of focusing on environmental issues for its readership; Lynda has been a key part in this effort, covering natural history, environmental topics and issues related to Pacific Northwest indigenous cultures. Her writing connects ordinary people and nature. In 1997, while working at the Spokesman Review in Spokane, Washington, she was awarded the Gerald Loeb award for a series on salmon recovery efforts in the Columbia Basin. It was the first time anyone looked at what the region had spent on recovery in the basin and what had resulted from those efforts. In addition to her newspaper career, she is the author of two books, Washington: The Spirit of the Land and Breaking Ground. Her first extended encounter with the Elwha ecosystem, dams, Port Angeles community and Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, this latter book laid an important groundwork of sources for reporting the forthcoming newspaper series and this proposed book on the Elwha. She lives in Seattle with her husband Douglas MacDonald.

Born and raised at Lummi Nation in Bellingham, Washington, Jay Julius spent a number of years in California as a professional golfer, speaker, and entrepreneur before returning home to Lummi. He has served as Chair of, and on Council at, Lummi Nation; has organized and executed Tribal, local, regional, and national campaigns. During his time on Lummi Nation’s Council, Jay led the Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office; saw the launch of the Nation’s Salish Sea Campaign; sounded the alarm for the clean-up of the fish farm disaster; instigated the acquisition of culturally and economically significant lands; and was deeply involved in the fight against the proposed coal port at Xwe’chi’eXen/Cherry Point. He currently works as a strategic advisor and executive coach through Julius Consulting LLC.

Dr. Deborah Giles serves as the Science & Research Director for Wild Orca, and as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington—monitoring the Southern Resident killer whales’ health through non-invasive sampling with Eba, her highly-trained poop detection dog.

Jason M. Colby is associate professor of environmental and international history at the University of Victoria. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, and raised in the Seattle area, he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and Washington State. He is the author of The Business of Empire: United Fruit, Race, and US Expansion in Central America.

View in Catalog: Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home by Lynda Mapes

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.

For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636.

Jun
2
Wed
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
7
Mon
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
8
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
28
Mon
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
29
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jul
6
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jul
7
Wed
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jul
8
Thu
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.