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.

Oct
17
Sat
Explorer West Middle School remote previews @ Online
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am

October 17, 10 AM
December 8, 6:30 PM

Explorer West Middle School serves grades 6-8 in West Seattle. We invite you to explore our small and supportive community – virtually! Topics covered include:

Our programs, including core, co-curricular, and afterschool offerings
Our current hybrid schedule
Outdoor classrooms
Life in our community

We will be on hand to answer questions and discuss admissions. Please contact Dawn with any questions at (206) 935-0495 or dawnf@explorer-west.org.

To register and get participation information – go here

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Virtual Seattle Reads Presents Tommy Orange @ Online (see listing)
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Tommy Orange joins us digitally to discuss Seattle Reads selection There There. He’ll speak with Dr. Christina Roberts, the Director of the Indigenous Peoples Institute at Seattle University.

A limited number of “seats” are available through the digital platform. Registration was required – Event is now full. This event will also be streamed live to The Seattle Public Library’s Facebook page.

Seattle Reads There There is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, The Wallace Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, with additional support from sponsors Seattle City of Literature, The Seattle Times, and Vintage Books.

About the Book:

There There is a powerful novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities and explores their connections to one another as each travels to the Big Oakland Powwow.

There is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and working to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, who is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death, has come to work at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil has come to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, “There There” is at once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable.

About Tommy Orange:

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

About Seattle Reads:

Seattle Reads is a city-wide book group, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. It’s designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Everyone is invited to participate by reading the featured book, joining in a book discussion or attending programs with the featured writer.

View in Catalog: There There by Tommy Orange

Nov
9
Mon
Greater West Seattle Middle School Virtual Information Night @ Online
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm

Greater West Seattle Virtual Middle School Information Night – November 9, 2020 at 6 pm
Have questions about what to expect in middle school, or how to select the right school for your student? Wondering what options are available in or near West Seattle? We invite you to join a virtual session which includes schools representing public, private, charter, and independent schools. A general information session will begin the call and then participants will be able to attend a question and answer session with individual schools through the school’s Zoom link. Registration is required to attend this event.

To attend this event register through this link: https://jkokkonis.typeform.com/to/OSYgxGck

Zoom links will be emailed to registered participants the day of the event. Check out our Facebook page for updates.

Schools participating in the event:
Explorer West
Harbor School
Holy Family
Holy Rosary
Hope Lutheran School
Madison Middle School
McMurray Middle School
Our Lady of Guadalupe
St. Francis
Summit Atlas
Westside School

Questions? Email Ted Holmes at tedh@westsideschool.org or Sally Heit, at sheit@hopeseattle.org

Nov
10
Tue
Westside School Lower School Information Night @ Online
Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Westside School Lower School Virtual Information Event (preschool through 4th grade)

Imaginations Invited!

Learn more about Westside School.
Tuesday, 11/10 from 5-6:30.
Contact Tedh@westsideschool.org and he will get you the link to this event.

Nov
12
Thu
Madison Middle School addition community meeting @ Online
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm

Find out more about the planned addition. Meeting link is here.

West Seattle Elementary School addition community meeting @ Online
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm
Nov
15
Sun
Jack Straw Writers’ Showcase @ Online (see listing)
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us to hear new work from members of the Jack Straw Writing Program, curated by Anastacia-Reneé. Registration is required.

Click here to register. The link to access the event will be sent to you by email once you register.

Presenters may include: Anastacia-Reneé, Rob Arnold, Ebo Barton, Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II, Ching-In Chen, Elaina Ellis, Michelle Goodman, Maisha Banks Manson, Wryly T. McCutchen, Troy Osaki, Helen K. Thomas, Jose Trejo-Maya, Arianne True.

The event is presented in partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center. 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.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The Jack Straw Writers Program, now in its twenty-fourth year, has included more than 250 Pacific Northwest writers who represent a diverse range of literary genres. The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings; to encourage the creation of new literary work; to present the writers and their work in live readings, in an anthology, on the web, and on the radio; and to build community among writers. Each year an invited curator selects the participating writers from a large pool of applicants, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres and experiences, and creating a cohesive group of writers. Writers receive training in vocal presentation, performance, and microphone technique to prepare them for studio recording and live readings. Their recorded readings and interviews with the curator are then used to produce features on our web site, for radio broadcast, and for podcasts, which are available for streaming or download on the Jack Straw website.

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

2020 Writers Program Curator Anastacia-Renée is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017-2019, and the 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a TED Speaker, The Deep End podcast Co-host, two-time Pushcart nominee and writer and director of 9 Ounces, A One Woman Show and Queer, Mama, Crossroads. She is the author of Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Black Ocean) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School and Hypatia in the Woods. She teaches multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and conferences.

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.

Nov
17
Tue
Hope Lutheran School informational events @ Online
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm

Virtual All-School Open House – November 17, 2020, 6 pm via Zoom
We invite you to our All-School Open House on Zoom, hosted by Admissions Director, Sally Heit. It’s never too early to think about learning opportunities for your student(s) for the coming Fall. Meet the administrative staff, teachers from preschool, elementary and middle school, and hear about how Hope School is conducting in-person and remote learning in this uncertain time of Covid19. To attend the event, register through this link: https://forms.gle/1coHMjAJCEh1gowF6 The Zoom link will be emailed to registered families the day of the event. Questions, email admissions@hopeseattle.org or visit our Apply page on our website.

Kindergarten Information Night – December 1, 2020 6:00 p.m. Via Zoom
Kindergarten is a big milestone for your child, and there are many educational options to choose from. We want to help you with that decision by giving you information regarding kindergarten readiness and what to expect that first year. Join us December 1 to learn more about how ready your child is for kindergarten and what kindergarten looks like at Hope School. To attend this virtual event, please register using this link: https://forms.gle/mmRdnsvH3rhjt5A86. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to participants the day of the event. Questions? Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email admissions@hopeseattle.org for more information.

Preschool Open House – Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Make sure to add the Preschool Open House to the calendar. Most preschools begin to register students for the coming fall at this time, so it is never too early to do your research. Although your student(s) won’t be able to explore the classroom, our teachers will be on hand to answer questions and talk about our play-based approach to learning and building a strong foundation for your little one to grow from. To register to attend this event, click this link: https://forms.gle/5Uw6ygCK3uPVKPto9 Questions? Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email admissions@hopeseattle.org for more information.

Online: The Seattle Public Library Foundation Presents Ron Chew: My Unforgotten Seattle @ Online (see listing)
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of local luminary Ron Chew’s new memoir. Registration is required.

Click here to register.

This event is presented by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Third-generation Seattleite, historian, journalist, and museum visionary Ron Chew spent more than five decades fighting for Asian American and social justice causes in Seattle. In this deeply personal memoir, he documents the tight-knit community he remembers, describing small family shops, chop suey restaurants, and sewing factories now vanished. He untangles the mystery of his extended family’s journey to America during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Intimate profiles of his parents—a waiter and garment worker—and leaders like Bob Santos, Ruth Woo, Al Sugiyama, Roberto Maestas, and Kip Tokuda are set against the familiar backdrop of local landmarks such as Sick’s Stadium, Kokusai Theatre, Shorey’s Bookstore, Higo Variety Store, Hong Kong Restaurant, and Chubby & Tubby. He highlights Seattle’s unsung champions in the fight for racial inclusion, political empowerment, American ethnic studies, Asian American arts, Japanese American redress, and revitalization of the Chinatown-International District. Chew himself led a successful campaign to transform a historic hotel into the Wing Luke Museum’s permanent home.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Ron Chew served as editor of the International Examiner and as executive director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. His books include Reflections of Seattle’s Chinese Americans: The First 100 Years and Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism.

View in Catalog: My Unforgotten Seattle by Ron Chew

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.

Nov
18
Wed
Westside School Middle School Information Night @ Online
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Westside School Middle School Virtual Information Event

Imaginations Invited!

Learn more about Westside School.
Tuesday, 11/18 from 5-6:15
Contact Tedh@westsideschool.org and he will get you the link to this event.

“Unmuted Stories.” @ Online (see listing)
Nov 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday Nov. 18th for a free reading of selections from the engaging new anthology Unmuted: Stories of Courage and Resilience from the GenPRIDE Community. Pre-Registration is required. Click here to register for free.

A reading & live Q&A with local authors of Unmuted: Stories of Courage and Resilience from the GenPRIDE Community, an engaging new anthology of memoirs by fourteen LGBTQI elders and allies.

The authors will read story excerpts, as well discuss the healing and sense of community that came from writing and sharing important life stories in what began as a simple writing workshop at GenPRIDE. During this event, you’ll have a unique opportunity to ask live questions of the authors about their stories and writing process.

In this gripping anthology, fourteen LGBTQIA midlife and older adults share the struggles and triumphs that shaped their lives. Some stories delve into issues that have marked their generation: AIDS, gender identity, sexuality, persecution, and claiming one’s self. Others grapple with health, family, loss, addiction, and love. Unmuted is about heartbreak and courage, strength, and resilience. It is a riveting testimony to the power of personal storytelling.

Join us for a live and lively discussion of LGBTQIA lives and storytelling!

This free reading and Q&A is presented in partnership with GenPRIDE Seattle, Western Washington’s resource for LGBTQIA+ aging. Click here to learn more.

View in Catalog Unmuted: Stories Of Courage And Resilience From The GenPRIDE Community by GenPRIDE

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.

Daudi Abe and Jazmyn Scott discuss “Emerald Street.” @ Online (see listing)
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:10 pm

Join us to hear Dr. Daudi Abe and Jazmyn Scott discuss the history of hip-hop in Seattle. Registration is required.

Click here to register. The link to access the event will be sent to you by email once you register.

The event is presented in partnership with LANGSTON, Wa Na Wari, and Elliott Bay Book Company. 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.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From the first rap battles in Seattle’s Central District to the Grammy stage, hip hop has shaped urban life and the music scene of the Pacific Northwest for more than four decades. In the early 1980s, Seattle’s hip-hop artists developed a community-based culture of stylistic experimentation and multiethnic collaboration. Emerging at a distance from the hip-hop centers of New York City and Los Angeles, Seattle’s most famous hip-hop figures, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Macklemore, found mainstream success twenty years apart by going directly against the grain of their respective eras. In addition, Seattle has produced a two-time world-champion breaking crew, globally renowned urban clothing designers, an international hip-hop magazine, and influential record producers.

In Emerald Street, Daudi Abe chronicles the development of Seattle hip hop from its earliest days, drawing on interviews with artists and journalists to trace how the elements of hip hop–rapping, DJing, breaking, and graffiti–flourished in the Seattle scene. He shows how Seattle hip-hop culture goes beyond art and music, influencing politics, the relationships between communities of color and law enforcement, the changing media scene, and youth outreach and educational programs. The result is a rich narrative of a dynamic and influential force in Seattle music history and beyond.

Emerald Street was made possible in part by a grant from 4Culture’s Heritage Program.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Dr. Daudi Abe is professor of humanities at Seattle Central College and author of 6 ‘N the Morning: West Coast Hip-Hop Music 1987-1992 and The Transformation of Mainstream Culture.

Jazmyn Scott is the current and first Program Manager of L ANGSTON; Seattle’s hub for Black arts and culture. In 2009 Jazmyn founded The Town Entertainment, a company that presented, produced & promoted live music and unique events in Seattle, as well as the marketing & development of up and coming artists; primarily in the R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop genres.

In 2012, Jazmyn co-founded 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, a digital “time capsule” highlighting Seattle and Northwest Hip-Hop, and later partnered with the Black Heritage

Society of WA to plan the Black History Month Celebration at the Museum of History & Industry in 2014. The success of that event led to the opportunity to curate a community exhibit on Seattle Hip-Hop. The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit had a highly successful 8-month run at MOHAI and won the 2016 American Association for State & Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History award. Recently, Jazmyn curated and co-produced 2(06) The Break, a seven episode series that took a uniquely local spin on the recently popularized DJ live streaming sessions.

View in Catalog Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle by Dr. Daudi Abe

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.

Nov
22
Sun
Setsuko’s Secret: Exploring The Multigenerational Effects Of The Japanese American Incarceration @ Online (see listing)
Nov 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Don’t miss an engaging book panel discussion on Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Author Shirley Ann Higuchi, J.D., chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, uncovers her family’s past and embarks on a transformational journey as she learns about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and what happened to her family and those of other former incarcerees. She will be joined by Darrell Kunitomi and Aura Newlin, who are also descendants of former incarcerees featured in the book. They will discuss the book, the multigenerational effects of trauma and the incarceration’s relevance to contemporary issues of racism and identity in America. Tom Ikeda, Founding Executive Director of Densho based in Seattle, Washington will moderate the discussion.

This event is presented in partnership with Densho and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and Puyallup Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League are sponsors of the program. 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. Elliott Bay Book Company is selling copies with an author signed book plate.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

As children, Shirley Ann Higuchi and her brothers knew Heart Mountain only as the place their parents met, imagining it as a great Stardust Ballroom in rural Wyoming. As they grew older, they would come to recognize the name as a source of great sadness and shame for their older family members, part of the generation of Japanese Americans forced into the hastily built concentration camp in the aftermath of Executive Order 9066.

Only after a serious cancer diagnosis did Shirley’s mother, Setsuko, share her vision for a museum at the site of the former camp, where she had been donating funds and volunteering in secret for many years. After Setsuko’s death, Shirley skeptically accepted an invitation to visit the site, a journey that would forever change her life and introduce her to a part of her mother she never knew.

Navigating the complicated terrain of the Japanese American experience, Shirley patched together Setsuko’s story and came to understand the forces and generational trauma that shaped her own life. Moving seamlessly between family and communal history, Setsuko’s Secret offers a clear window into the “camp life” that was rarely revealed to the children of the incarcerated. This volume powerfully insists that we reckon with the pain in our collective American past.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Author, Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD, Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF), is the daughter of former incarcerees Dr. William I. Higuchi and the late Setsuko Saito Higuchi. Her U.S.-born parents were children when they were incarcerated at Heart Mountain during World War II. Shirley’s pursuit of law stemmed from her feelings of discomfort toward how the U.S. judicial system treated her parents. It was not until her mother was on her deathbed in 2005 that Shirley learned of her mother’s dream of “having something built” at Heart Mountain. She was elected Chair of the Board in 2009 and her proudest moment was unveiling the Foundation’s world-class Interpretive Center in August 2011 with journalist Tom Brokaw, the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Secretary Norman Mineta and Senator Alan K. Simpson.

In addition to her work with Heart Mountain, Shirley currently leads the legal advocacy office of the American Psychological Association. Active in the District of Columbia Bar, Shirley served two elected terms on the Board of Governors from 1994 to 2000, served as Chair of the Bar’s Nominations Committee in 2001, and was elected President of the Bar for 2003. In 2008, Shirley was appointed to the Judicial Tenure and Disabilities Commission for a six-year term where she was responsible for reviewing misconduct, evaluating reappointments, and conducting fitness reviews of the District’s judges. In 2014, Shirley was appointed to the Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). Follow her on Twitter @HiguchiJD.

Aura (Sunada-Matsumura) Newlin is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. A fourth-generation Wyomingite and fourth-generation Japanese American, her heritage involves intertwined stories of imprisonment at Heart Mountain, Tule Lake, and Manzanar; racially segregated military service; and hardships suffered by Wyoming railroaders who were fired because of their Japanese ancestry. Prof. Newlin is secretary of the Board of Directors for the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a board member for the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, and a national steering committee member for Tsuru for Solidarity. She actively educates about the contemporary relevance of Japanese American incarceration, and has delivered presentations to legal and lay audiences around the country. She earned a BA in ethnomusicology from the University of Wyoming and an MA in medical anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, where she specialized in global health and infectious disease control. Now focusing on the anthropology of law, she is a PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University. As a teacher, she is dedicated to instilling in her students a heightened capacity for compassion and empathy toward those who are different from them.

Darrell Kunitomi has worked for the Los Angeles Times for 40 years in the communications department, giving speaking engagements on behalf of the newspaper and giving tours around the newspaper’s offices to individuals and groups. Over that time, he has become the company’s historian. He has also written articles on the outdoors for the Times. Darrell is a member of the Grateful Crane Theater Ensemble, an organization that creates performances around Japanese and Japanese American stories. He is a member of two of the most notable families of the incarceration. His father Jack was the sports editor of the Heart Mountain Sentinel and a member of the Military Intelligence Service. His aunt Sue Kunitomi Embrey was a leader of the Manzanar pilgrimages and the Manzanar Committee. His uncle Ted Fujioka was the first student body president of Heart Mountain High School; Ted died in France while serving as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Darrell’s older brother Dale was born in the Heart Mountain hospital.

Tom Ikeda, the founding Executive Director of Densho, is a sansei (third generation Japanese American) who was born and raised in Seattle. Tom’s parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka, Idaho. Prior to working at Densho, Tom was a General Manager at Microsoft Corporation in the Multimedia Publishing Group, and previously worked as a research engineer and as a financial analyst. He has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, and the Microsoft Alumni Fellows Award.

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.

Dec
1
Tue
Hope Lutheran School informational events @ Online
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm

Virtual All-School Open House – November 17, 2020, 6 pm via Zoom
We invite you to our All-School Open House on Zoom, hosted by Admissions Director, Sally Heit. It’s never too early to think about learning opportunities for your student(s) for the coming Fall. Meet the administrative staff, teachers from preschool, elementary and middle school, and hear about how Hope School is conducting in-person and remote learning in this uncertain time of Covid19. To attend the event, register through this link: https://forms.gle/1coHMjAJCEh1gowF6 The Zoom link will be emailed to registered families the day of the event. Questions, email admissions@hopeseattle.org or visit our Apply page on our website.

Kindergarten Information Night – December 1, 2020 6:00 p.m. Via Zoom
Kindergarten is a big milestone for your child, and there are many educational options to choose from. We want to help you with that decision by giving you information regarding kindergarten readiness and what to expect that first year. Join us December 1 to learn more about how ready your child is for kindergarten and what kindergarten looks like at Hope School. To attend this virtual event, please register using this link: https://forms.gle/mmRdnsvH3rhjt5A86. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to participants the day of the event. Questions? Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email admissions@hopeseattle.org for more information.

Preschool Open House – Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Make sure to add the Preschool Open House to the calendar. Most preschools begin to register students for the coming fall at this time, so it is never too early to do your research. Although your student(s) won’t be able to explore the classroom, our teachers will be on hand to answer questions and talk about our play-based approach to learning and building a strong foundation for your little one to grow from. To register to attend this event, click this link: https://forms.gle/5Uw6ygCK3uPVKPto9 Questions? Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email admissions@hopeseattle.org for more information.

Dec
5
Sat
Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists With Mayumi Tsutakawa @ Online (see listing)
Dec 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, join us in remembering some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest. Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa presents five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism from the past century whose stories inspire. Meet the pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, Leftist journalist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experience as an activist and writer, she explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society.

About the speaker:

Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history and arts. Tsutakawa received her MA in Communications and her BA in East Asian Studies at the University of Washington. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. Tsutakawa lives in Seattle.

This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington.

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.

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

The Bridge School Cooperative Elementary Virtual Open House and Live Q&A Event @ Online
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Bridge School Cooperative Elementary Virtual Open House and Live Q&A Event

Description: Please join us for our December Informational Open House and Live Q&A event on December 5th 1-2 pm. Get started here: https://form.jotform.com/82055471508153

Date: 12/05/2020 (Sat.)
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PST
Location: The Bridge School via Zoom

Dec
8
Tue
Westside School Middle School Virtual Information Event @ Online
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Westside School Middle School Virtual Information Event
Imaginations Invited! Learn more about Westside School.

Tuesday, 12/8 from 5-6:15
Contact Tedh@westsideschool.org and he will get you the link to this event.

Explorer West Middle School remote previews @ Online
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm

October 17, 10 AM
December 8, 6:30 PM

Explorer West Middle School serves grades 6-8 in West Seattle. We invite you to explore our small and supportive community – virtually! Topics covered include:

Our programs, including core, co-curricular, and afterschool offerings
Our current hybrid schedule
Outdoor classrooms
Life in our community

We will be on hand to answer questions and discuss admissions. Please contact Dawn with any questions at (206) 935-0495 or dawnf@explorer-west.org.

To register and get participation information – go here

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Dec
11
Fri
J Mase Author Reading: Black Trans Prayer Book @ Online (see listing)
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Don’t miss an incredible evening with J Mase III and co-editors of the Black Trans Prayer Book. Join the contributors of the Black Trans Prayer Book for an evening of spirited connections.

We will add the streaming link here and on our Facebook event page one week before the event

The Black Trans Prayer Book: is a beyond-faith-and-interfaith, multi-dimensional, artistic and theological work that collects the stories, poems, prayers, meditation, spells, and incantations of Black Trans & Non-Binary people. Often pushed out of Faith spaces and yet still deeply connected to a historical legacy of spiritual essentiality, Black Trans People face unprecedented amounts of spiritual, physical, and psychological violence. The Black Trans Prayer Book is a tool of healing, and affirmation centered on uplifting Black Trans & Non-Binary people and celebrating our place within faith.

What does it mean to have a faith practice that simultaneously challenges white supremacy and transphobia? Where is there a theological framework that centers the most marginalized and creates pathways towards an active spirituality moving alongside social justice? How might a spiritual practice not in tune with these questions cause harm? The #BlackTransPrayerBook, is holding these very questions.

Grab the book on the 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.

Jan
10
Sun
Arbor Heights Elementary Virtual School Tours @ Online
Jan 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

We’re hosting two virtual school tours in February for families with children entering PreK-5 in September 2021.

Take a video tour of our school
See and hear from teachers and staff
Meet our principal team
Q&A
RSVP and you’ll receive an email with the link to join the tour. RSVP for Feb. 1 or RSVP for Feb. 10.

Jan
12
Tue
Hope Lutheran School informational events @ Online
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm

Virtual All-School Open House – November 17, 2020, 6 pm via Zoom
We invite you to our All-School Open House on Zoom, hosted by Admissions Director, Sally Heit. It’s never too early to think about learning opportunities for your student(s) for the coming Fall. Meet the administrative staff, teachers from preschool, elementary and middle school, and hear about how Hope School is conducting in-person and remote learning in this uncertain time of Covid19. To attend the event, register through this link: https://forms.gle/1coHMjAJCEh1gowF6 The Zoom link will be emailed to registered families the day of the event. Questions, email admissions@hopeseattle.org or visit our Apply page on our website.

Kindergarten Information Night – December 1, 2020 6:00 p.m. Via Zoom
Kindergarten is a big milestone for your child, and there are many educational options to choose from. We want to help you with that decision by giving you information regarding kindergarten readiness and what to expect that first year. Join us December 1 to learn more about how ready your child is for kindergarten and what kindergarten looks like at Hope School. To attend this virtual event, please register using this link: https://forms.gle/mmRdnsvH3rhjt5A86. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to participants the day of the event. Questions? Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email admissions@hopeseattle.org for more information.

Preschool Open House – Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Make sure to add the Preschool Open House to the calendar. Most preschools begin to register students for the coming fall at this time, so it is never too early to do your research. Although your student(s) won’t be able to explore the classroom, our teachers will be on hand to answer questions and talk about our play-based approach to learning and building a strong foundation for your little one to grow from. To register to attend this event, click this link: https://forms.gle/5Uw6ygCK3uPVKPto9 Questions? Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email admissions@hopeseattle.org for more information.

Westside School Lower School Virtual Information Event @ Onlline
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Westside School Lower School Virtual Information Event
Imaginations Invited! Learn more about Westside School.

Tuesday, 1/12 from 6 -7:15.
Contact Tedh@westsideschool.org and he will get you the link to this event.

Jan
13
Wed
Dream Dinners’ Denny International MS fundraiser @ Dream Dinners-West Seattle
Jan 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Help Denny International Middle School reach their fundraising goals by signing up to purchase meals from Dream Dinners. It’s easy! just click the links below and it takes you to the menu to select your 3 meals for $50. Dream Dinners will donate $10 per order back to Denny Int’l Middle School.

BE SURE TO GIVE US 36 HOURS to get your meals prepared. Please order soon before pick-up dates fill up.

Wednesday, January 13th Pick-up at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – dreamdinners.com/session/867780

Thursday, January 21st Pick-up at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – dreamdinners.com/session/867778

One more pickup time’s been added – Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – order via this link.

Jan
14
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: Herbert Munter: Aviator of the Pacific Northwest @ Online (see listing)
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is delighted to host local historian Fred Poyner IV for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 PM. Poyner will deliver a presentation entitled, “Herbert Munter – Aviator of the Pacific Northwest.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

One of Seattle’s earliest aviators, Munter began his aviation exploits with the construction of his first home-built “flying machine,” which he successfully flew from the tidal flats of the Duwamish Peninsula in 1912. Over the next two decades, Munter went on to become a hero of the skies, setting several altitude records and serving as the first test pilot for the new Boeing Company in 1916. We hope you will join us to learn more about the life of this local aviator.

Poyner will also offer a short preview of his new forthcoming book Portland Public Sculptors: Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1900-2003, which is part of the “America Through Time” series.

Fred Poyner IV is a historian and author with over 27 years of experience in researching and writing about the art and history of the Pacific Northwest. His first book, The First Sculptor of Seattle: The Life and Art of James A. Wehn, was funded through the 4Culture’s Heritage Projects grant award in 2014, and has received both the Association of King County Historical Organization’s (AKCHO) Virginia Marie Folkins Award for Outstanding Historical Publication and the Washington Museum Association’s Award of Excellence in 2015. Poyner is a regular contributor to the Filson Company, as well as historical articles and essays for other organizations and publications, including: HistoryLink.org, the Washington State Historical Society, National Nordic Museum, Museum of the Mountain Man, and Society of American Archivists. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Western Washington University, and a Master of Arts degree in Museology and Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poyner currently lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his family.

This series is open to hosting any author or speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.

Jan
18
Mon
MLK Day of Service in Highland Park
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Monday January 18 – Highland Park Day of Service
co-sponsored by HPAC & HPIC

We have some opportunities to work on demo of the HPIC ceiling, plus trash grabbers and bags for folks to do socially distanced neighborhood cleanup at large. And if you have your own tools and projects at home, join us in spirit!

Tools available at 10am at Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden. Return pickup tools and collected trash by 3 pm.

Free SDOT traffic mitigation signs available day of event or email HPACtraffic@gmail.com to request alternate pickup.

Jan
21
Thu
Dream Dinners’ Denny International MS fundraiser @ Dream Dinners-West Seattle
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Help Denny International Middle School reach their fundraising goals by signing up to purchase meals from Dream Dinners. It’s easy! just click the links below and it takes you to the menu to select your 3 meals for $50. Dream Dinners will donate $10 per order back to Denny Int’l Middle School.

BE SURE TO GIVE US 36 HOURS to get your meals prepared. Please order soon before pick-up dates fill up.

Wednesday, January 13th Pick-up at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – dreamdinners.com/session/867780

Thursday, January 21st Pick-up at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – dreamdinners.com/session/867778

One more pickup time’s been added – Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – order via this link.

Jan
27
Wed
Dream Dinners’ Denny International MS fundraiser @ Dream Dinners-West Seattle
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Help Denny International Middle School reach their fundraising goals by signing up to purchase meals from Dream Dinners. It’s easy! just click the links below and it takes you to the menu to select your 3 meals for $50. Dream Dinners will donate $10 per order back to Denny Int’l Middle School.

BE SURE TO GIVE US 36 HOURS to get your meals prepared. Please order soon before pick-up dates fill up.

Wednesday, January 13th Pick-up at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – dreamdinners.com/session/867780

Thursday, January 21st Pick-up at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm – dreamdinners.com/session/867778

One more pickup time’s been added – Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – order via this link.

Jan
28
Thu
WA State Book Awards: Eric Liu And “Become America: Civic Sermons On Love, Responsibility, And Democracy” @ Online (see listing)
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Washington Center for the Book and the Washington Library Association present an evening with Eric Liu. Registration required. Click here to register.

Winner of the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, Become America offers stirring explorations of current and timeless topics about democracy, liberty, equal justice, and powerful citizenship.

What does it mean to be an engaged American in today’s divided political landscape, and how do we restore hope in our country? Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy (Sasquatch Publishing) is a collection of “civic sermons” delivered at gatherings around the nation, popular advocate for active citizenship Eric Liu takes on these thorny questions and provides inspiration and solace in a time of anger, fear, and dismay over the state of the Union.

Liu will do a brief reading followed by a discussion on civic involvement and a Q&A.

Eric Liu is a fellow at the New America Foundation. He writes the “Teachings” column for Slate and is the author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race. Liu served as a speechwriter for President Clinton and later as White House deputy domestic policy adviser. He teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

This event is presented by the Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library) and the Washington Library Association. The event is free and will be presented on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the event link. The event will be recorded and can be accessed on SPL’s YouTube channel.
View in Catalog Become America by Eric Liu

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.

Jan
31
Sun
Holy Rosary Catholic School virtual open house @ Online
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Please join us virtually for our Open House, Sunday, January 31st from 12 pm-1:30 pm open to families interested in Preschool – 8th grade! Meet our teachers, ask questions about applying, find out more about our program. We look forward to meeting you!

Register here: https://holyrosaryws.org/openhouse/

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School virtual open house @ Online
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm

OLG offers PreK through 8th grade education. Tour the school virtually – find the Zoom link on open house day via this page, where you will find more info right now.

Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School Virtual Open House @ Online
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm

Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School Virtual Open House
Sunday, January 31st at 2:00 pm

This will be a virtual event, join us to meet the teachers, and learn more about our Bilingual program during our Q & A session with our principal.

Please register here to get an access link before the event. https://forms.gle/FnbvuMVLgoVDkpVq9

Feb
1
Mon
Arbor Heights Elementary Virtual School Tours @ Online
Feb 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

We’re hosting two virtual school tours in February for families with children entering PreK-5 in September 2021.

Take a video tour of our school
See and hear from teachers and staff
Meet our principal team
Q&A
RSVP and you’ll receive an email with the link to join the tour. RSVP for Feb. 1 or RSVP for Feb. 10.

Feb
3
Wed
February 3rd school tours @ Online
Feb 3 all-day

From our previous announcements:

This week, we’ve been announcing upcoming school tours/open houses – all online events – as we hear about them. Tonight, we have more:

PATHFINDER K-8:

K-5 Tour – Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 5:30-7:00 pm:
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) – 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 988 639 515)

WESTSIDE SCHOOL (WSB sponsor): “Limited availability in some grades (PS-8th grade) and still accepting applications for the 2021.2022 school year. Via our virtual tour, you’ll learn about our unique program and get a peek at our spaces. In addition to your virtual tour, you’ll get an opportunity to speak with our Director of Admission, Ted Holmes.” Email him – tedh@westsideschool.org – or call 206-932-2511 to sign up for a tour.

Kindergarten – Wednesday, February 3, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Feb
4
Thu
More virtual school tours (see listing for times)
Feb 4 all-day

From our previously published previews:

PATHFINDER K-8:

Middle School Tour – Thursday, Feb. 4 – 5:30-7:00 pm
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 906 152 910)

WESTSIDE SCHOOL (WSB sponsor): “Limited availability in some grades (PS-8th grade) and still accepting applications for the 2021.2022 school year. Via our virtual tour, you’ll learn about our unique program and get a peek at our spaces. In addition to your virtual tour, you’ll get an opportunity to speak with our Director of Admission, Ted Holmes.” Email him – tedh@westsideschool.org – or call 206-932-2511 to sign up for a tour. Coming up:

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten – Thursday, February 4, 10:00 – 11:00 am

LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY:

Thursday, February 4 @ 5:30 pm
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 405 850 553)

ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: Kindergarten tour at 5:30 pm; click here or call 206-800-4125 (Meeting ID: 652144902#).

DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL: 7 pm open house. Find the link, and more information, on this Denny webpage.

Any others? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

Feb
6
Sat
Cleveland High School online tour @ Online
Feb 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cleveland is an option school for 9-12th graders, and we always get students from West Seattle.

We will host a virtual event at Cleveland on Saturday Feb 6th from 11:00 am- 12:30 pm.

More information here.

https://clevelandhs.seattleschools.org/services/counseling/prospective_students

Feb
9
Tue
Alki Elementary virtual tour @ online
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm

(added) ALKI ELEMENTARY: Open House/Kindergarten Tour for all families interested in attending Alki Elementary in the Fall of 2021. 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 9th. Attendance info is here.

Feb
11
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: Brad Holden: Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City @ Online (see listing)
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is delighted to host local historian Brad Holden for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 PM. Holden will deliver a presentation about his book, “Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly twenty years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry. Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state’s biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge. Join us to hear Brad Holden tell the spectacular story of Seattle in the time of Prohibition.

Brad Holden is a local author, historian and “finder of old things.” When not out searching for local historical artifacts, he enjoys writing about Seattle’s past. His work has appeared in Pacific Northwest Magazine, and he is a contributing writer for HistoryLink.org. Brad is also the author of “Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners & Graft in the Queen City,” and his next book—a biography about mysterious Seattle inventor and psychedelic pioneer, Al Hubbard—is due to be published later this year.

This series is open to hosting any author or speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.

Chief Sealth IHS open house @ Online
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm

Online open house for prospective new students and families. Check this link for the time/attendance info – 7 pm start. “Come learn about our fabulous programs, see a video tour of our campus and get your questions answered.”

Feb
13
Sat
Community meeting: Cut buses for option schools? @ online
Feb 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join School Board Directors Leslie Harris and Lisa Rivera-Smith for an Option School Transportation Community Meeting, Saturday, Feb. 13, 3:00-4:00 pm on Zoom!

Come be part of the conversation around budgeting, busing and what it could mean for your Option School students.

(Registration requests are manually approved, so please register at least 15 minutes before the meeting starts, to allow time for your request to be approved. When approved, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting. We are not able to approve registrations received less than 15 minutes before a meeting begins).

Here’s the registration link.

Feb
18
Thu
Summit Atlas online open house
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Summit Atlas, the free public charter school offering middle- and high-school classes in Arbor Heights, is having an online open house. Go here to register.

Feb
25
Thu
Fundraiser for Alki Cooperative Preschool @ MOD Pizza
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 10:00 pm

On February 25th, MOD Pizza at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW will donate a share of proceeds to nonprofit Alki Cooperative Preschool. This is important: “Please use our code (GR176595A) or mention Alki Co-op Preschool in store. NO THIRD-PARTY OR PHONE ORDERS PLEASE!” You can order via the website, though.

Feb
28
Sun
Fundraiser for Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA @ MOD Pizza
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 10:00 pm

The STEM K-8 PTA has a fundraiser February 28th at the MOD Pizza at Westwood Village (2600 SW Barton). The code will be GR179557L – or mention the school – and again, you can order in-store or online, for pickup or delivery, directly from MOD.

Mar
2
Tue
Lafayette Elementary book fair @ Paper Boat Booksellers
Mar 2 – Mar 7 all-day

Please consider supporting a local bookstore and the students of Lafayette Elementary School by shopping at Paper Boat Booksellers from 3/2/2021-3/7/2021! Mention Lafayette at checkout and Lafayette PTA will earn 20% of sales. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of new library books.

Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-6 pm
Sunday 11 am-5 pm

* 8 CUSTOMERS ALLOWED IN THE STORE AT A TIME * 30 MINUTE LIMIT * PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK * SANITIZE HANDS BEFORE SHOPPING * 6 FT. APART AT ALL TIMES *

To place an order, please call: 206-743-8283, email: bookorders@paperboatbooksellers.com or visit them inside the shop!

https://www.paperboatbooksellers.com

Mar
9
Tue
Help West Seattle Little League get Bar-S ready
Mar 9 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

West Seattle Little League needs your help:

We need your help at Bar-S to get the fields ready for the season. WSLL is 100% volunteer-run and field maintenance is where we currently have the most need. The fields have not been used since 2019 and need a lot of work. Grab your mask, rakes, weed pullers, weed pullers, and old clothes. Volunteers with trucks are also appreciated to help move dirt. Grab the whole family and come on down and help WSLL get kids back on the field.

This entire upcoming week we invite you to come down for just one hour between 5:15 – 6:15 to help get the grass out of the infield. We will also have other group sessions from 9 am to noon on March 14th and March 20th. If you can volunteer during another time, reach out to Andrew at fields@westseattlelittleleague.com and let him know how you can help. Inclement weather changes.

Mar
10
Wed
Help West Seattle Little League get Bar-S ready
Mar 10 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

West Seattle Little League needs your help:

We need your help at Bar-S to get the fields ready for the season. WSLL is 100% volunteer-run and field maintenance is where we currently have the most need. The fields have not been used since 2019 and need a lot of work. Grab your mask, rakes, weed pullers, weed pullers, and old clothes. Volunteers with trucks are also appreciated to help move dirt. Grab the whole family and come on down and help WSLL get kids back on the field.

This entire upcoming week we invite you to come down for just one hour between 5:15 – 6:15 to help get the grass out of the infield. We will also have other group sessions from 9 am to noon on March 14th and March 20th. If you can volunteer during another time, reach out to Andrew at fields@westseattlelittleleague.com and let him know how you can help. Inclement weather changes.

Mar
11
Thu
Fundraiser for Lincoln Park Cooperative Preschool @ Proleteriat Pizza
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lincoln Park COOP Preschool has a pizza fundraiser on March 11th at Proletariat Pizza in White Center.

Please mention Coop at Proletariat Pizza on March 11th anytime from 4-9 pm.

Click here to order
CALL FOR DELIVERY 206-432-9765

PROLETARIAT PIZZA
9622 16TH AVE SW

LPCP will receive a portion of the proceeds from March 11th sales. Please remember to mention COOP when placing your order. We are working to meet our fundraising goal for this year, please help support us!

Help West Seattle Little League get Bar-S ready
Mar 11 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

West Seattle Little League needs your help:

We need your help at Bar-S to get the fields ready for the season. WSLL is 100% volunteer-run and field maintenance is where we currently have the most need. The fields have not been used since 2019 and need a lot of work. Grab your mask, rakes, weed pullers, weed pullers, and old clothes. Volunteers with trucks are also appreciated to help move dirt. Grab the whole family and come on down and help WSLL get kids back on the field.

This entire upcoming week we invite you to come down for just one hour between 5:15 – 6:15 to help get the grass out of the infield. We will also have other group sessions from 9 am to noon on March 14th and March 20th. If you can volunteer during another time, reach out to Andrew at fields@westseattlelittleleague.com and let him know how you can help. Inclement weather changes.

Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: T. Andrew Wahl: “Comic Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation” @ Online (see listing)
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting T. Andrew Wahl for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, March 11 at 6:00 PM. Wahl will deliver a presentation entitled, “Comic Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

Since their debut in the 1930s, comic books have been a regular part of our pop-culture landscape. While often dismissed as escapist entertainment, these pulp treasures also provide a fascinating lens through which to view our nation’s past, present and potential future.

In this interactive presentation, journalist and educator T. Andrew Wahl explores how everything from social movements to business concerns to changing demographics have shaped the reality seen in the pages of comics. Drawing from comics including Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others, Wahl shows how four-color heroes aren’t merely confined to paper—they shape the world we live in.

T. Andrew Wahl is a journalist who has worked as an editor and editorial cartoonist. Wahl is a lifelong comic book aficionado, focusing on the Bronze Age (1975-85) of the American comic book. Wahl studied comic-books as a part of his MA in the humanities at Fort Hays State University. He currently teaches journalism at Everett Community College.

This presentation is part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is grateful for the support of Humanities Washington and to our partners at the Seattle Public Library.

This series is open to hosting any author or speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.

Mar
12
Fri
Help West Seattle Little League get Bar-S ready
Mar 12 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

West Seattle Little League needs your help:

We need your help at Bar-S to get the fields ready for the season. WSLL is 100% volunteer-run and field maintenance is where we currently have the most need. The fields have not been used since 2019 and need a lot of work. Grab your mask, rakes, weed pullers, weed pullers, and old clothes. Volunteers with trucks are also appreciated to help move dirt. Grab the whole family and come on down and help WSLL get kids back on the field.

This entire upcoming week we invite you to come down for just one hour between 5:15 – 6:15 to help get the grass out of the infield. We will also have other group sessions from 9 am to noon on March 14th and March 20th. If you can volunteer during another time, reach out to Andrew at fields@westseattlelittleleague.com and let him know how you can help. Inclement weather changes.

Mar
14
Sun
Help West Seattle Little League get Bar-S ready
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

West Seattle Little League needs your help:

We need your help at Bar-S to get the fields ready for the season. WSLL is 100% volunteer-run and field maintenance is where we currently have the most need. The fields have not been used since 2019 and need a lot of work. Grab your mask, rakes, weed pullers, weed pullers, and old clothes. Volunteers with trucks are also appreciated to help move dirt. Grab the whole family and come on down and help WSLL get kids back on the field.

This entire upcoming week we invite you to come down for just one hour between 5:15 – 6:15 to help get the grass out of the infield. We will also have other group sessions from 9 am to noon on March 14th and March 20th. If you can volunteer during another time, reach out to Andrew at fields@westseattlelittleleague.com and let him know how you can help. Inclement weather changes.

Mar
20
Sat
Help West Seattle Little League get Bar-S ready
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

West Seattle Little League needs your help:

We need your help at Bar-S to get the fields ready for the season. WSLL is 100% volunteer-run and field maintenance is where we currently have the most need. The fields have not been used since 2019 and need a lot of work. Grab your mask, rakes, weed pullers, weed pullers, and old clothes. Volunteers with trucks are also appreciated to help move dirt. Grab the whole family and come on down and help WSLL get kids back on the field.

This entire upcoming week we invite you to come down for just one hour between 5:15 – 6:15 to help get the grass out of the infield. We will also have other group sessions from 9 am to noon on March 14th and March 20th. If you can volunteer during another time, reach out to Andrew at fields@westseattlelittleleague.com and let him know how you can help. Inclement weather changes.

Mar
21
Sun
Jourdan Imani Keith Presents “Womxn & Whales First, Poetry In A Climate Of Change” @ Online (see listing)
Mar 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:10 pm

Join Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith and six other poets who will read work that shows how protecting endangered womxn will protect endangered whales. Registration required. Click here to register.

Celebrate World Poetry Day with seven Black, Indigenous, Womxn of Color reading original poetry that explores the intersectionality of womxn’s health, healing, and the endangered Orca whales of the Salish Sea. Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith says, “As Black Indigenous Womxn of Color in Seattle, we share the urban wilderness of the Salish Sea with the endangered Killer Whales. Our bodies face the same cumulative risks of environmental toxins and the harms of objectification, yet we both survive and are revived by the cumulative benefits of matrilineal wisdom, tradition and community. Our brilliance and wellness is entwined with the need for healthy and protected social and natural ecosystems.”

Join Keith, along with 6 other local poets, who will perform original pantoums developed through workshops facilitated by Keith over the last few months as part of her larger project, Womxn & Whales First, Poetry in a Climate of Change. After the reading, Keith and the other poets will hold a conversation with the digital audience.

The event is presented in partnership with The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Office of Arts & Culture, and Seattle City of Literature. This event is supported by the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times.

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.

Mar
25
Thu
Beyond the Basics: A Westside Baby Virtual Gathering @ online
Mar 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Meeting the basic needs of children is more than just the diaper or car seat that we distribute. These items represent dignity, freedom and joy for the child, and their entire family. For 20 years, you have come alongside WestSide Baby to work collectively in support of the belief that every child deserves to have their most basic needs met.

And yet, we know we are only meeting a fraction of the growing need.

In order to achieve our bold vision where each child is a happy, healthy, and resilient member of our community, we must go Beyond the Basics.

Will you be part of this journey with us?

WestSide Baby ‘Beyond the Basics’ @ online
Mar 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Meeting the basic needs of children is more than just the diaper or car seat that we distribute. These items represent dignity, freedom, and joy for the child, and their entire family. For 20 years, you have come alongside WestSide Baby to work collectively in support of the belief that every child deserves to have their most basic needs met.

And yet, we know we are only meeting a fraction of the growing need. In order to achieve our bold vision where each child is a happy, healthy, and resilient member of our community, we must go Beyond the Basics. Will you be part of this journey with us?

Our program will include a conversation with Mia Birdsong, a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life.

At the event, we will talk about her book, her podcast, and shifting the narrative on how we address poverty, specifically in relation to the importance of WestSide Baby’s vision to ensure every child has their basic needs met.

You can register to attend the event – free (donations are optional) – by going here.

Apr
8
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: Ron Marshall: “Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank” @ Online (see listing)
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting Ron Marshall for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, April 8 at 6:00 PM. Marshall will deliver a presentation entitled, “Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

The history of the West Seattle Food Bank is no ordinary story. It’s filled with intrigue and sadness, great dedication and mounds of lucky breaks. Ron will explore the story of the bank from its beginnings in 1983 and its ongoing efforts to meet the needs of a changing, growing community. Ron will also provide a glimpse into both the history of the food bank and profiles of the individuals, including board members, volunteers, donors, and property owners, who worked to guarantee that the food bank had a permanent home.

Ron Marshall has served on the West Seattle Food Bank board since 1996. He’s past president of the West Seattle Ministerial Association and has served on the board of Music Northwest for over twenty-five years.

Ron has been the pastor of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle since 1979. He was raised in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School in 1967, and graduated from Washington State University in 1971. Ron is the author of two books on the religious thought of Martin Luther and Søren Kierkegaard. He’s also well known for his unique, on-going class on the Koran, which he has been teaching four times a year since 2003.

This series is open to hosting any author or speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.

Apr
9
Fri
Quiara Alegría Hudes Discusses “My Broken Language” @ Online (see listing)
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us to hear Hudes, a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, talk about coming of age, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse. Registration required. Click here to register via EventBrite.

Quiara Alegría Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton

This event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Thank you to author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be recorded and posted afterwards on SPL’s YouTube channel.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Quiara Alegría Hudes was the sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced in her grandmother’s tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio—even as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha-like women with tragic real-world wounds, and she vowed to tell their stories—but first she’d have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She’d have to find her language.

Weaving together Hudes’s love of books with the stories of her family, the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale, this is an inspired exploration of home, memory, and belonging—narrated by an obsessed girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a writer, wife, mother of two, barrio feminist, and native of West Philly, USA. Hailed for their exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They include the Broadway hit In the Heights and the Pulitzer Prize–winning drama Water by the Spoonful. She also founded Emancipated Stories, an online gallery where people behind bars can share one page of their life story with the world.

PRAISE:

“Every line of this book is poetry. From North Philly to all of us, Hudes showers us with aché, teaching us what it looks like to find languages of survival in a country with a ‘panoply of invisibilities.’ Hudes paints unforgettable moments on every page for mothers and daughters and all spiritually curious and existential human beings. This story is about Latinas. But it is also about all of us.”—Maria Hinojosa, Emmy Award–winning journalist and author of Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

“Wise, graceful, and devastatingly beautiful, Hudes’s memoir gives voice to the complicated cultural collisions and gentle rebellions that seed a life. I was inspired and moved by the resilient spirit of Hudes and the Perez women, who through joy and great heartbreak manage to conjure a remarkable world in and beyond their Philly barrio.”—Lynn Nottage, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrightent to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

View in Catalog: My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes

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.

Apr
11
Sun
Virtual Writers Read @ Online (see listing)
Apr 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.

Apr
19
Mon
Discover Seattle Colleges: Arts, Design, and Graphics @ online
Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Discover Seattle Colleges: Arts, Design, and Graphics
Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. -5 p.m.
Website: seattlecolleges.edu/discover

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 Arts, Design, and Graphics 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.

Apr
20
Tue
Virtual event – Discover Seattle Colleges: Business and Accounting @ Online (see listing)
Apr 20 @ 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 Business and Accounting 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
21
Wed
Virtual event – Discover Seattle Colleges: Culinary, Hospitality, and Wine @ Online (see listing)
Apr 21 @ 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 Culinary, Hospitality, and Wine 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
22
Thu
Virtual event – Discover Seattle Colleges: Education and Human Services @ Online (see listing)
Apr 22 @ 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 Education and Human Services 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

Rónán Hession And Nancy Pearl Discuss “Leonard And Hungry Paul” @ Online (see listing)
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a special conversation between beloved rock star librarian Nancy Pearl and Rónán Hession, whose novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is the 2021 One Dublin One Book selection. Registration required. Click here to register.
Did you know that The Seattle Public Library started the original “one book, one city” program when we launched “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book” (better known now as “Seattle Reads”) back in 1998? The program has been a huge success, spreading throughout the United States as well as to cities around the world.

For the first time ever, we’re partnering with another city to celebrate their “one book” selection and to talk a bit about why shared reading experiences are so powerful.

This event is presented in partnership with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle City of Literature and The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Thank you to author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be pre-recorded and streamed on SPL’s YouTube channel.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A disarming novel that asks a simple question: Can gentle people change the world?

In this charming and truly unique debut, popular Irish musician Rónán Hession tells the story of two single, thirty-something men who still live with their parents and who are . . . nice. They take care of their parents and play board games together. They like to read. They take satisfaction from their work. They are resolutely kind. And they realize that none of this is considered . . . normal.

Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends struggling to protect their understanding of what’s meaningful in life. It is about the uncelebrated people of this world — the gentle, the meek, the humble. And as they struggle to persevere, the book asks a surprisingly enthralling question: Is it really them against the world, or are they on to something?

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer, musician, and social worker based in Dublin. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of songs, and his most recent album, Dictionary Crimes, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for album of the year. Leonard and Hungry Paul is his first novel, and was shortlisted for an Irish Book of the Year award.

Bestselling author, librarian, literary critic, and devoted reader Nancy Pearl regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world. She can be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma, discussing her favorite books. Her monthly television show on the Seattle Channel, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures. Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee “Librarian Action Figure.”

View in Catalog: Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

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.

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.

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

May
3
Mon
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ Salty's at Alki
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the Lower level Alki Room at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) 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 and vaccinations, 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.

David B. Williams And Mary Ann Gwinn Discuss “Homewaters” @ Online (see listing)
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about the human and natural histories in, on, and around Puget Sound. Click here to register via EventBrite.

David B. Williams will discuss his new book Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound with Mary Ann Gwinn.

The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company and University of Washington Press. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Not far from Seattle skyscrapers live 150-year-old clams, more than 250 species of fish, and underwater kelp forests as complex as any terrestrial ecosystem. For millennia, vibrant Coast Salish communities have lived beside these waters dense with nutrient-rich foods, with cultures intertwined through exchanges across the waterways. Transformed by settlement and resource extraction, Puget Sound and its future health now depend on a better understanding of the region’s ecological complexities.

Focusing on the area south of Port Townsend and between the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Williams uncovers human and natural histories in, on, and around the Sound. In conversations with archaeologists, biologists, and tribal authorities, Williams traces how generations of humans have interacted with such species as geoducks, salmon, orcas, rockfish, and herring. He sheds light on how warfare shaped development and how people have moved across this maritime highway, in canoes, the mosquito fleet, and today’s ferry system. The book also takes an unflinching look at how the Sound’s ecosystems have suffered from human behavior, including pollution, habitat destruction, and the effects of climate change.

Witty, graceful, and deeply informed, Homewaters weaves history and science into a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that will introduce newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits the Sound and offers longtime residents new insight into and appreciation of the waters they call home.

A Michael J. Repass Book

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

David B. Williams is a naturalist, author, and educator. His many books include the award-winning Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography and Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. His newest book Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound is available now.

Mary Ann Gwinn writes about books and authors for The Seattle Times, Kirkus Reviews, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, she was the book editor of the Seattle Times from 1998 to 2017 and a judge for the 2017 Pulitzer fiction award. She’s a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

View in Catalog: Homewaters by David B. Williams

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
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
10
Mon
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ Salty's at Alki
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the Lower level Alki Room at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) 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 and vaccinations, 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.

May
11
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ Salty's at Alki
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the Lower level Alki Room at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) 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 and vaccinations, 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.

May
12
Wed
Jewell Parker Rhodes Discusses “Magic City” @ Online (see listing)
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation reflecting on the 100th anniversary of one of the most heinous tragedies in American history—the 1921 burning of Greenwood, an affluent black section of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Registration required. Click here to register via EventBrite.

The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company and Northwest African American Museum. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“A compelling page-turner that will keep readers hoping against hope that everything will somehow, magically, turn out for the best.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With a new afterword from the author, Jewell Parker Rhodes’ powerful Magic City is an unforgettable novel of racism, vigilantism, and injustice, that weaves history, mysticism, and murder into a harrowing tale of dreams and violence gone awry.

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. A white woman and a black man are alone in an elevator. Suddenly, the woman screams, the man flees, and the chase to capture and lynch him begins.

When Joe Samuels, a young Black man with dreams of becoming the next Houdini, is accused of rape, he must perform his greatest escape by eluding a bloodthirsty mob.

Meanwhile, Mary Keane, the white, motherless daughter of a farmer who wants to marry her off to the farmhand who viciously raped her, must find the courage to help exonerate the man she accused with her panicked cry.

Magic City evokes one of the darkest chapters of twentieth century, Jim Crow America, painting an intimate portrait of the heroic but doomed stand that pitted the National Guard against a small band of black men determined to defend the prosperous town they had built.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of six adult novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, Season, Moon, and Hurricane, as well as the memoir Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness, and two writing guides, Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction. Her adult literary awards include the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing. Jewell grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Criticism, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University. Jewell is the Founding Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She currently lives in Seattle.

View in Catalog: Magic City by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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 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
13
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: David Williams: “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound” @ Online (see listing)
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting David Williams for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 PM. Williams will be interviewed by series chair Dora-Faye Hendricks about his book, “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

Focusing on the area south of Port Townsend and between the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Williams uncovers human and natural histories in, on, and around the Sound. In conversations with archaeologists, biologists, and tribal authorities, Williams traces how generations of humans have interacted with such species as geoducks, salmon, orcas, rockfish, and herring. He sheds light on how warfare shaped development and how people have moved across this maritime highway, in canoes, the mosquito fleet, and today’s ferry system. The book also takes an unflinching look at how the Sound’s ecosystems have suffered from human behavior, including pollution, habitat destruction, and the effects of climate change.

David B. Williams is a naturalist, author, and educator. His many books include the award-winning Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography and Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City.

This series is open to hosting any author or speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.