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
12
Wed
Virtual Workshop: Combat Sugar Cravings @ Online (see listing)
May 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn how to decode labels quickly, navigate the grocery store, drastically reduce your sugar intake, and eradicate cravings. Registration required. Click here to register.

Most research suggests that very sweet foods have a similar effect on our brain as cocaine or gambling, making them highly addictive and leading us to crave more and more. This class will help set you up for healthy success.

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.

Virtual Write with Hugo House: Seattle Writes @ Online (see listing)
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Attend free drop-in writing circles facilitated by established local writers from Hugo House! Bring something you’re working on, or just come ready to write. Registration required.

To receive the link for this event, please click here and select the red date you want to attend. Phone registration also available at 206-322-7030.

In this group, we’ll focus on generative writing through poetry prompts. The session will begin with introductions and a short warm-up, after which we’ll read two separate poems and write in response to those. At times writers will be invited to create community through sharing words or ideas with other writers in small groups. Attendees will leave the class with 2-3 new drafts of poems. Designed for all writers, this group supports poets as well those working in other genres, as the skills practiced in poetry can be thought of as “cross-training” for memoir and fiction, too.

Jeanine Walker was a 2015 Jack Straw Writer and has published poems in Cimarron Review, Narrative, Pleiades, and Web Conjunctions. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and teaches for Writers in the Schools.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Have a laptop or pen and paper — and be ready to write!

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
14
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Writing Poetry @ Online (see listing)
May 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Writing Poetry with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.

Do you like writing poetry? During this session, try some writing exercises focused on crafting poems reflective of your life experiences. This workshop is designed for writers who have previous writing experience.

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
15
Sat
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.

Virtual Arts For 50+ Puppet Making @ Online (see listing)
May 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Puppet Making with SilverKite. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Register on the Silver Kite website.

Create characters from your recycling bin. Build puppets out of paper towel rolls, egg containers, and other recyclables. We’ll then share our characters’ stories.

Supplies needed: packing or duct tape, clean recyclables (egg cartons, milk or juice cartons, cereal boxes), markers, scissors, glue and construction paper.

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.

May
17
Mon
Virtual Arts For 50+ Songwriting @ Online (see listing)
May 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Songwriting with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite 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.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

May
18
Tue
Virtual Write with Hugo House: Seattle Writes @ Online (see listing)
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Attend free drop-in writing circles facilitated by established local writers from Hugo House! Bring something you’re working on, or just come ready to write.Registration required.

To receive the link for this event, please click here and select the red date you want to attend. Phone registration also available at 206-322-7030.

Our mission during this time of distraction, artistic fatigue, and social isolation is to create a regular time and space for writers to write and to meet each other. In this group, writers introduce themselves and are provided optional fiction, poetry and nonfiction prompts to work on for 60-70 minutes of sustained silent writing time, though they are more than welcome to work on their own projects instead. Small group breakout sessions at the end of our time together encourage participants to share and respond to work generated during the session, or just get to know the other writers in the group.

Alma García’s short fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Kweli Journal and Bluestem, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and has received numerous writing awards. Her novel is currently under consideration at several publishing houses.

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
19
Wed
Virtual Workshop: Weeknight Meals @ Online (see listing)
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Prepare yourself to throw together delicious, healthy meals that you and your family will be excited to eat. Registration required. Click here to register.

If you have just 2 or 3 go-to recipes that you can count on for busy nights, you’re in really good shape to feed yourself or your family a meal you can feel good about. Join us via Zoom and feel more confident in your own kitchen. Leave with a packet of essential recipes as well as tips on how to shop and meal plan in advance, not on your commute home.

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.

May
20
Thu
Virtual Workshop: Career Exploration @ Online (see listing)
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What career will fit you best? Registration required. Click here to register.

Career exploration is the process of researching, evaluating, and learning about work opportunities and researching what it takes to pursue a particular field, industry, or career. Learn about various occupations and their “fit” with your unique career preferences, e.g., the skills, interests and values you want satisfied by your career.

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.

May
21
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Drawing Portraits @ Online (see listing)
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Drawing Portraits with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.

Expand your portrait drawing abilities with a step-by-step instructional demonstration in this hands-on workshop. We’ll focus on approach, facial proportions and provide handy tips.

Supplies needed: pencil, sheets of paper, eraser, markers.

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
22
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Sip And Paint Acrylics @ Online (see listing)
May 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sip and Paint Acrylics with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.

Join us for a step-by-step painting workshop. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us talking and making art together.

Supplies needed: acrylic paints, 1” flat brush, 1″ angled brush, 1-2 pointed round brushes, mixed media paper if available, paint palette or white plate.

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.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

May
24
Mon
Virtual Arts For 50+ Dances Of The 20th Century @ Online (see listing)
May 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Dances of the 20th Century with SilverKite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.

From the Lindy Hop and Charleston to Motown and Hip-hop, it’s been quite a century. Dance along with us by using simple moves led by mirroring. Participants can stand or sit.

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.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

May
25
Tue
Virtual Workshop: Elements Of Strategic Marketing @ Online (see listing)
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

When you’re running a business, you just don’t have time to try every marketing tactic possible. Smart business owners make strategic choices that match their goals, skills, and resources. Registration required. Click here to register.

A link to the event will be emailed to those that register prior to the event.

Join digital strategist Michael J. Coffey to explore what key elements need to be considered in making a strategic plan, how to evaluate your options, and write a plan that is brief and flexible, but still helpful in guiding your marketing decisions. If you are an art-based business shifting your efforts to online marketing, a food business exploring new ways to reach your customers, or an early stage entrepreneur, this workshop is for you! Everyone is welcome!​

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.

May
27
Thu
Virtual Workshop: Mock Interview (Technique & Practice) @ Online (see listing)
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gain feedback to sharpen your interview skills. Sign up to receive feedback on your interviewing skills. Registration required. Click here to register.

The first half of the workshop will consist of techniques to answering various interview questions. In the final half of the workshop, the facilitator and attendees practice their interview skills, discuss performance, and provide feedback.

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.

Virtual Workshop: Mock Interviews @ Online (see listing)
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gain feedback to sharpen your interview skills. Sign up to receive feedback on your interviewing skills. Registration required. Click here to register.

The first half of the workshop will consist of techniques to answering various interview questions. In the final half of the workshop, the facilitator and attendees practice their interview skills, discuss performance, and provide feedback.

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.

May
28
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Storytelling @ Online (see listing)
May 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Storytelling with SilverKite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.

During this workshop, we’ll explore how to generate, structure, and tell personal life stories to share with family and friends.

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
29
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Visual Journaling @ Online (see listing)
May 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Visual Journaling with SilverKite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.

Do you keep a journal? During this interactive workshop, we’ll explore ways to record daily experiences and memories by creating a visual journal and learning basic drawing skills.

Supplies needed: drawing pad or sheets of printer paper, pens, markers, magazines for collage, scissors, glue stick.

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
3
Thu
Virtual Workshop: Job Search Strategies @ Online (see listing)
Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Effective strategies are critical for your job search, whether you are unemployed and looking for a job or considering making a career move. Registration required. Click here to register.

Mastering the process of searching and applying for jobs can help you find, and ultimately acquire, the best job opportunities. Evaluating different kinds of job searching strategies can help you evaluate which strategy will work best for your situation.

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.

Virtual Workshop: Job Search Strategies @ Online (see listing)
Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Effective strategies are critical for your job search, whether you are unemployed and looking for a job or considering making a career move. Registration required. Click here to register.

Mastering the process of searching and applying for jobs can help you find, and ultimately acquire, the best job opportunities. Evaluating different kinds of job searching strategies can help you evaluate which strategy will work best for your situation.

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.