West Seattle Event Calendar

*11/28/20 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
16
Wed
Residential Small Lot Zoning and what it means for West Seattle neighborhoods. @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

RSVP here.

Seattle is changing thousands of residential lots from ‘Single Family’ to ‘Residential Small Lot’ (RSL) as part of the MHA zoning reform. The rules covering RSL have been totally rewritten and there are many questions about how it will affect our neighborhoods such as West Seattle Junction, Morgan Junction and South Park

First, what is RSL and what kinds of new development are we likely to see?

Second, how does RSL address displacement, affordability, density or sustainability?

If you live in an urban village or are interested in innovative infill housing, join Matt Hutchins, AIA for this informational talk.

Nov
21
Thu
Climate Change: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly @ West Seattle Library
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Seattle resident, Warren Burrows, MD, of the Climate Reality Project, will be giving a free lecture on climate change at the West Seattle Library.

Dr. Burrows will be discussing current information on climate change: the good and the bad news. All are welcome, including the skeptical, the worried, and the busy.

Nov
25
Mon
Public Health Café: Air Quality and Health in the Duwamish River Valley @ Taqueria Rincon Express
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A community cafe and storytelling event with Duwamish Valley neighbors and UW scientists Joel Kaufman and Edmund Seto.

South Seattle’s Duwamish Valley has high levels of industrial and traffic-related air pollution, as well as high rates of asthma and cardiovascular disease. Join local neighbors and UW researchers to learn about air pollution and hear the latest updates on community interventions and policies designed to improve health.

Light snacks will be served; no host bar and full menu available. Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali interpretation provided.

Hosted by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and UW EDGE Center.

Dec
10
Tue
Whale Trail Lecture Series: Southern Resident Orca Research Update w/ Dr. Brad Hanson @ C&P Coffee Company
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

Whale Trail Lecture Series

When: December 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
–Doors open at 6:30
Where: C & P Coffee Company
Cost: $5

Advance tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4454701

The southern resident orcas return to central Puget Sound each winter, following chum salmon runs. With the loss of three young adults this past year, the population consists of just 73 individuals. What research is currently underway and how will it help J, K and L pods? With the ending of the Governor’s Task Force, what are the next steps for their recovery?

Join us at the Whale Trail Winter Gathering to learn about current research and findings from Dr. Brad Hanson, NWFSC Lead Killer Whale Researcher, and field researchers Mark and Maya Sears. Whale Trail Director Donna Sandstrom will give an update about the end of the Task Force, and actions we can take now to help the southern residents.

Come early and get your holiday shopping done too! We’ll have great gifts for the whale fans on your list, including signed copies of Erich Hoyt’s newly released edition of Orca The Whale Called Killer.

Buy tickets now to reserve your seat.

About the Speaker

Brad Hanson joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in April of 2003. Previously, Brad worked as a Wildlife Biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Brad received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he worked on the development of improved tag attachment systems for small cetaceans. He also holds an M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Zoology also from the University of Washington. Brad is an ecologist and is currently studying foraging and habitat use of Southern Resident killer whales and health assessment of harbor and Dall’s porpoises.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites to view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 70 million people each year. The Whale Trail is adding new sites along the North American west coast, from California to British Columbia.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. She is a member of Governor Inslee’s Task Force on SRKW Recovery, and Vessel Impacts Working Group.The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

Dec
14
Sat
“The Medicine” Film Screening @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm

Seattle Psychedelic Society presents a one night only screening of “The Medicine”, a Documentary film by Farzin Toussi.

The Medicine reveals the hidden mysteries of one of nature’s most powerful and controversial healing remedies- Ayahuasca. It is a documentary about Amazonian shamanism, introducing Taita Juanito Guillermo Chindoy. Chindoy, both a teacher and student of the sacred plant medicine. As Ayahuasca gains popularity in the West, the film explores the science as well as the lore behind the plant and why it is used to heal. It follows former NFL Safety, Kerry Rhodes, and actress, AnnaLynne McCord, as they drink with the Taita experiencing Ayahuasca for the first time- in its true tradition.

Humanity faces an unprecedented rise in addiction, insecurity and disease- perhaps the cure does lie within the arms of Mother Nature.

After the screening we will have a deep dive Q&A with the director of the film Farzin Toussi.

Film Screening: “The Medicine’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Seattle Psychedelic Society presents a one night only screening of “The Medicine”, a Documentary film by Farzin Toussi.

The Medicine reveals the hidden mysteries of one of nature’s most powerful and controversial healing remedies- Ayahuasca. It is a documentary about Amazonian shamanism, introducing Taita Juanito Guillermo Chindoy. Chindoy, both a teacher and student of the sacred plant medicine. As Ayahuasca gains popularity in the West, the film explores the science as well as the lore behind the plant and why it is used to heal. It follows former NFL Safety, Kerry Rhodes, and actress, AnnaLynne McCord, as they drink with the Taita experiencing Ayahuasca for the first time- in its true tradition.

Humanity faces an unprecedented rise in addiction, insecurity and disease- perhaps the cure does lie within the arms of Mother Nature.

View the trailer

After the screening we will have a deep dive Q&A with the director of the film Farzin Toussi.

TICKETS

Jan
24
Fri
Promised Land Documentary @ Highland Park Improvement Club
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) presents a special screening of Promised Land, a social justice documentary on the Duwamish and Chinook tribes, their fight for restoration, and the federal recognition process’s stance toward indigenous sovereignty today.

Doors open at 7PM for appetizers, drinks, and socializing, with the film starting at 8PM. A representative from the Duwamish Tribe and also the filmmaker will be in attendance to introduce the film and to lead discussion afterward.

$10 donation at the door, half of which will be given toward the Tribes’ fight for restoration and recognition.

From the filmmakers:

Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

Jan
30
Thu
Race and Culture Dialogue Series (part 2) @ South Seattle College
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Is it possible for people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and economic status to live in real community? Yes it is.

Join us as we engage in positive dialogue aimed at breaking down social barriers and stereotypes in order to build bridges to a more unified Seattle.

Part 2 of our six-part series takes place on January 30th. Doors open at 6pm and the forum beings at 6:30pm sharp?
Panelists Include:

The event will be hosted by Bishop Ray Rogers, Senior Pastor at Pacific Northwest Regional Covenant Fellowship Churches.

Future Series Dates and Locations:

  • South College, February 13th
  • Garfield Community Center, March 13th
  • Rainier Valley Cultural Center, April 16th
  • North Seattle College, May 14th

Provided in partnership with the Seattle City Department of Neighborhoods.

[South Seattle College is a WSB sponsor.]

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith @ Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC) Parlor
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where is Christianity headed in the 21st Century? Join us as we explore the possibilities!

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith offers provocative ideas on how our faith interacts with the world of expanding scientific knowledge. The seven-session evening program features video presentations followed by small group discussions.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 24.

We suggest a donation of $15 to cover materials.

“When I have a terrible need of—dare I say, ‘religion’—then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Feb
5
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors: Washington State Legislative Session @ Southwest Library
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This month’s discussion topic is the Washington State Legislative Session. What matters most to you? A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors. Hot Topics for Seniors is a monthly discussion group for ages 55+. Led by the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, it meets the first Wednesday every month at the Southwest Branch Library.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms

Feb
6
Thu
Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith @ Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC) Parlor
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where is Christianity headed in the 21st Century? Join us as we explore the possibilities!

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith offers provocative ideas on how our faith interacts with the world of expanding scientific knowledge. The seven-session evening program features video presentations followed by small group discussions.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 24.

We suggest a donation of $15 to cover materials.

“When I have a terrible need of—dare I say, ‘religion’—then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Feb
10
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Feb 10 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Feb
11
Tue
Medicare 101 @ High Point Community Center
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Medicare 101

Tue, February 11 from 6-7 pm at High Point Community Center, FREE

If you or a family member is new to the federal Medicare program it can be confusing and frustrating at first glance. This session will help you better understand the many different parts of Medicare and what your options are when you enroll in Medicare. This Welcome to Medicare seminar is informational only; no specific plans or companies will be discussed and the presenter is not connected with the Federal Medicare Program. Please reserve your spot early! Instructor: C. Vo

Feb
13
Thu
Understanding Medicare @ High Point Library
Feb 13 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Understanding Medicare

A no-charge informational presentation of Medicare Basics, the options available to you, and how to choose the Medicare Plan that will be best for your needs.

Facilitated by Patrice Lewis of We Speak Medicare at 1:15 to 2:15 on Thursday February 13th at High Point Library, 3411 SW Raymond St. Cookies served.

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith @ Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC) Parlor
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where is Christianity headed in the 21st Century? Join us as we explore the possibilities!

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith offers provocative ideas on how our faith interacts with the world of expanding scientific knowledge. The seven-session evening program features video presentations followed by small group discussions.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 24.

We suggest a donation of $15 to cover materials.

“When I have a terrible need of—dare I say, ‘religion’—then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Feb
20
Thu
Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith @ Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC) Parlor
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where is Christianity headed in the 21st Century? Join us as we explore the possibilities!

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith offers provocative ideas on how our faith interacts with the world of expanding scientific knowledge. The seven-session evening program features video presentations followed by small group discussions.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 24.

We suggest a donation of $15 to cover materials.

“When I have a terrible need of—dare I say, ‘religion’—then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Feb
22
Sat
Healthy Families, Healthy Communities @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Who- Trent Herbert – Theologian and National Speaker

Why- Because Healthy families mean Healthy Communities

What- Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Join us for our February discussion on the history of the family.
Trent Herbert will present his latest research on the history of the family.
Today, we live in a world in desperate need of community. A healthy community can afford opportunities and success for its inhabitants. We can establish a new pattern and break down limitations. No longer leaving our families to chance. We can ignore what we are doing wrong or we can motivate a new generation with the character, the values and the integrity to access a brighter future. We can tackle the hard questions. Why is the modern individual struggling to develop noble characteristics? Why are we losing our children? How can we motivate our children in a pessimistic world? Let’s explore some of the challenges and struggles of the past and pioneer a healthy future together. Healthy families mean healthy communities. How can you contribute?

When: Saturday 22, 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: West Seattle Public Library
2306 42nd Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116
206-684-7444
In the Large Conference Room located downstairs

Feb
27
Thu
Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith @ Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC) Parlor
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where is Christianity headed in the 21st Century? Join us as we explore the possibilities!

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith offers provocative ideas on how our faith interacts with the world of expanding scientific knowledge. The seven-session evening program features video presentations followed by small group discussions.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 24.

We suggest a donation of $15 to cover materials.

“When I have a terrible need of—dare I say, ‘religion’—then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Mar
4
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors @ Southwest Library
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This month’s topic is the impacts of worker misclassification in Washington State as reported by Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program. A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors. Hot Topics for Seniors is a monthly discussion group for ages 55+. Led by the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, it meets the first Wednesday every month at the Southwest Branch Library.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not 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.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms

Mar
5
Thu
Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith @ Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC) Parlor
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where is Christianity headed in the 21st Century? Join us as we explore the possibilities!

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith offers provocative ideas on how our faith interacts with the world of expanding scientific knowledge. The seven-session evening program features video presentations followed by small group discussions.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 24.

We suggest a donation of $15 to cover materials.

“When I have a terrible need of—dare I say, ‘religion’—then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Mar
9
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Mar 9 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Mar
10
Tue
10 Most Important Retirement Questions @ High Point Community Center
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

10 Most Important Retirement Questions

Tue, March 10 from 6-7 pm at High Point Community Center, FREE

Whether you are planning your retirement, nearing retirement, or are already retired, learn the answers you need to know to the most common questions. Q&A session included. Presented by BECU Investment Services. All sessions are FREE, with no sales pitch.

CANCELED – Whale Trail Lecture Series @ C&P Coffee Company
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

Whale Trail Lecture Series

When: March 10th, 6:00–8:00 pm
Where: C & P Coffee Company
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites to view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 70 million people each year. The Whale Trail is adding new sites along the North American west coast, from California to British Columbia.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. She is a member of Governor Inslee’s Task Force on SRKW Recovery, and Vessel Impacts Working Group.The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

Mar
19
Thu
Great Conversations Between Parents and Teens @ West Side Presbyterian Church
Mar 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

West Seattle Children and Youth Collective invites you to join us for Great Conversations Between Parents and Teens: Top Ten Talks to Have Together.

This gathering is for parents of middle school and high school students and focuses on important conversations to consider having with teens to promote understanding and build a base of trust partnership.

The featured speaker is Julie Metzger, the founder of Great Conversations.

Apr
13
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Apr 13 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

May
11
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
May 11 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Jun
8
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Jun 8 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Jul
13
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Jul 13 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Aug
3
Mon
Admiral Church presents online documentary viewing, discussion
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm

Monday, August 3, 8 pm, Telling The Truth About Race, an online discussion of “Ferguson: A Report From Occupied Territory”. Documentary and discussion link found at admiralchurch.org. Co-sponsored by West Seattle Meaningful Movies.

Aug
10
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Aug 10 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Sep
14
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Sep 14 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Oct
4
Sun
Fall book study on race @ Online
Oct 4 all-day

Be part of one of the most compelling conversations unfolding in America today.

Alki UCC invites community participation in their fall Book Study on Race. Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, the New York Times bestseller by Isabel Wilkerson, will inspire the discussion.

Described by the Times as “an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far,” the work has also been cited as an eye-opening story of people and history — a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and the legacy of America’s unique system of castes. Caste was a recent selection of Oprah’s Book Club.

The book study reflects the church’s belief that talking about racism supports the larger mission to create a just and peaceful world.

Zoom registration is required and two different eight-week sessions are offered:

Sundays at 5:00 pm beginning October 4
Led by Rev. Kelly Wadsworth

Register here for Sunday series

OR

Tuesdays at 2:00 pm beginning October 6
Led by Julia Peeler and Russ Thornock

Register here for Tuesday series

Registrants will receive an email with their own unique login information and additional information from Alki UCC. Participants are also asked to secure and begin reading the book before their first session.

Contact office@alkiucc.org with questions or for additional information.

Oct
6
Tue
Fall book study on race @ Online
Oct 6 all-day

Be part of one of the most compelling conversations unfolding in America today.

Alki UCC invites community participation in their fall Book Study on Race. Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, the New York Times bestseller by Isabel Wilkerson, will inspire the discussion.

Described by the Times as “an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far,” the work has also been cited as an eye-opening story of people and history — a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and the legacy of America’s unique system of castes. Caste was a recent selection of Oprah’s Book Club.

The book study reflects the church’s belief that talking about racism supports the larger mission to create a just and peaceful world.

Zoom registration is required and two different eight-week sessions are offered:

Sundays at 5:00 pm beginning October 4
Led by Rev. Kelly Wadsworth

Register here for Sunday series

OR

Tuesdays at 2:00 pm beginning October 6
Led by Julia Peeler and Russ Thornock

Register here for Tuesday series

Registrants will receive an email with their own unique login information and additional information from Alki UCC. Participants are also asked to secure and begin reading the book before their first session.

Contact office@alkiucc.org with questions or for additional information.

Oct
12
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Oct 12 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Admiral Church movie-night discussion @ Online
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Admiral Congregational Church hosts monthly movie nights on Zoom. On Monday, October 12, Pastor Andrew will host a discussion of “Suppressed 2020: The Right to Vote”, a wrenching documentary about efforts to suppress voting, especially voting by African Americans, in the 2018 Alabama governor’s race.

Watch the movie free on YouTube, or find it on the Admiral Church website (admiralchurch.org). Then join us on Monday, October 12 from 8 to 9 pm on Zoom for the discussion of this moving documentary.

Oct
14
Wed
Joy Harjo Book Club: An American Sunrise (Pre And Post-Event Discussion) @ Online (see listing)
Oct 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Chief Seattle Club and The Seattle Public Library for two discussions of United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise.

Registration is required for this event. Please click here to register on Eventbrite.

Chief Seattle Club will be hosting two lunch series book club discussions of Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise in anticipation of the Always Indigenous live streaming discussion with Joy Harjo on October 21st.

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as part of a week-long fundraising event October 19-23 to celebrate 50 years serving our urban Native relatives experiencing homelessness.

Join host Misha Stone, The Seattle Public Library and Colleen Echohawk, Chief Seattle Club to An American Sunrise. Reflect on what home means for Native peoples and carrying ancestors with you. A pre-event discussion and post-event discussion in anticipation of a live streaming event with Joy Harjo presented as part of ALWAYS INDIGENOUS (October 19-23) celebrating 50 years of Chief Seattle Club, an Indigenous-informed, trauma-aware human service agency, day center, and permanent supportive housing provider dedicated to lifting up urban Natives experiencing homelessness.

Wed, October 14 – Joy Harjo Book Club (pre-event discussion)

Wed, October 28 – Joy Harjo Book Club (post-event discussion)

Always Indigenous event registration (for LIVE Stream with Joy Harjo on October 21)

See the reading guide here.

Check out the full Always Indigenous schedule for the line-up of programs. Free attendance is available, although this is a fundraiser for a non-profit serving homeless and insecurely housed indigenous community members.

Oct
27
Tue
Keith And Chenoa Egawa Discuss “The Whale Child” @ Online (see listing)
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This brother and sister writing team share the story of Shiny, a whale child that becomes a boy to help humans understand the harm facing the world’s oceans.

Registration required. Please click here to register.

The Whale Child introduces children ages 7 to 12 to existing environmental issues with a message of hope, education, sharing, and action.

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:

Shiny is a whale child. One day his mother teaches him about the harm facing the world’s oceans because of human carelessness. Shiny agrees to be turned into a boy by the ocean’s water spirit so he can visit the land and alert people to these dangers. He meets Alex, a young Coast Salish girl who learns from Shiny that the living spirit of water exists in everything–glaciers, rivers, oceans, rain, plants, and all living creatures. Together the two travel the earth, confronting the realities of a planet threatened by an uncertain future. Inspired by Shiny’s hope, humor, and wisdom, Alex makes the promise to become a teacher for future generations. She realizes that the timeless Indigenous value of environmental stewardship is needed now more than ever and that we must all stand up on behalf of Mother Earth.

Written and illustrated by Indigenous authors Keith Egawa and Chenoa Egawa, The Whale Child introduces children ages 7 to 12 to existing environmental issues with a message of hope, education, sharing, and action. Also included are resources for students and teachers to facilitate learning about Pacific Northwest Indigenous cultures and the environment.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

KEITH and CHENOA EGAWA are siblings who co-wrote and illustrated The Whale Child (2020) and Tani’s Search for the Heart (2013). They are both enrolled members of the Lummi Indian Nation.

KEITH EGAWA is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Creative Writing program and author of the novel Madchild Running (Red Crane Books Inc. 1999). Keith’s extensive work experience in the fields of Children and Family Services and Indian Education Reform has provided him with both inspiration and insight into this subject matter. Keith has been awarded several artists grants, including the ARTs Up grant through the Seattle Arts Commission, which was used to conduct a series of writing workshops for Native youth in the Seattle area.

CHENOA EGAWA is the owner of Swan Clan Productions. She is a traditional Native singer, storyteller, ceremonial leader, and medicine carrier. Chenoa has served as a Lummi delegate and an interpreter in Central and South America and for the UN. She has also served as Indian Education liaison in public and tribal schools, promoting racial equity through art and education.

PRAISE:

“Vivid illustrations juxtapose the beauty and scale of the natural world that the children explore. . . . This necessary read decolonizes the Western construction of climate change.”

—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“For the Coast Salish people, the nonhuman living world is not filled with resources to be abused and extracted—rather, these are our relatives that carry our original instructions. . . . Promoting these concepts and the necessary fusion of Indigenous ecological perspectives with western understandings is the fully realized mantra narrated for us in this marvelous story. The critical insights of our responsibilities and the truth of reciprocity—particularly with water, the first medicine—are woven into each page. Through playful adventure, the essence of ancient instructions emerges in the context of a modern world.”

—Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot, author, Native food systems strategist and wild medicine expert

“A treasure of a book—educational, inspirational, and beautiful!”

—Keely Parrack, author of Morning, Sunshine!

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.

Oct
28
Wed
Joy Harjo Book Club: An American Sunrise (Pre And Post-Event Discussion) @ Online (see listing)
Oct 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Chief Seattle Club and The Seattle Public Library for two discussions of United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise.

Registration is required for this event. Please click here to register on Eventbrite.

Chief Seattle Club will be hosting two lunch series book club discussions of Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise in anticipation of the Always Indigenous live streaming discussion with Joy Harjo on October 21st.

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as part of a week-long fundraising event October 19-23 to celebrate 50 years serving our urban Native relatives experiencing homelessness.

Join host Misha Stone, The Seattle Public Library and Colleen Echohawk, Chief Seattle Club to An American Sunrise. Reflect on what home means for Native peoples and carrying ancestors with you. A pre-event discussion and post-event discussion in anticipation of a live streaming event with Joy Harjo presented as part of ALWAYS INDIGENOUS (October 19-23) celebrating 50 years of Chief Seattle Club, an Indigenous-informed, trauma-aware human service agency, day center, and permanent supportive housing provider dedicated to lifting up urban Natives experiencing homelessness.

Wed, October 14 – Joy Harjo Book Club (pre-event discussion)

Wed, October 28 – Joy Harjo Book Club (post-event discussion)

Always Indigenous event registration (for LIVE Stream with Joy Harjo on October 21)

See the reading guide here.

Check out the full Always Indigenous schedule for the line-up of programs. Free attendance is available, although this is a fundraiser for a non-profit serving homeless and insecurely housed indigenous community members.

View in Catalog: An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo

Nov
5
Thu
Understanding Medicare @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Nov
9
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Nov 9 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Nov
19
Thu
West Seattle Democratic Women @ Online
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

West Seattle Democratic Women will be having their November Membership Meeting via Zoom November 19th, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. The program will be about the Electoral College and whether it should remain as our method of electing a President. KC Councilmember Joe McDermott, prime sponsor of the 2009 bill making Washington State the 5th State to adopt the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), will speak.

Reservations Required! Contact WSDW by the reservation deadline of 4:00 pm Thursday November 19th to obtain the Zoom codes required to access this virtual meeting. Email WSDW at wsdwomen@yahoo.com or call Karen at (206) 920-2231.

Hope to see you there!
WSDW

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.

Nov
25
Wed
Understanding Medicare @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Understanding Medicare

Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7th – do you need help deciding which plan is best for you? If so, come to this informational presentation at the West Seattle Senior Center. We will review the basics of Medicare Health Insurance, look at the options available to you, and discuss how to choose the best Medicare Plan for your particular needs.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25th at Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St

Dec
7
Mon
Coping With Uncertainty @ Online
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Westside School Parent Association
Presents
COPING WITH UNCERTAINTY
how to manage stress and anxiety for you and your child
with Sivie Suckerman, LMHC

Monday, December 7
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Zoom presentation followed by Q&A

Sivie Suckerman, LMHC has worked with youth and families for nearly 15 years in community mental health, crisis outreach, school based mental health, private practice, as well as residential treatment. She has trained mental health professionals and teachers in the use of mindfulness, and has facilitated numerous parent education workshops on mindfulness, stress management, and emotional regulation.
This event is appropriate for adults and students of all ages.

Contact Dorothy Lemoult at dorothy.lemoult at gmail dot com
for Zoom link and questions.

THIS EVENT IS FREE. NO RSVP NEEDED.
SPONSORED BY THE WESTSIDE PARENT ASSOCIATION AND WESTSIDE SCHOOL

Dec
8
Tue
Climate Science on Tap presents The Future of Ice and Snow @ Online
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Climate Science on Tap presents: The Future of Ice and Snow

December 8, 2020, 7 PM

Get Tickets at Stranger Tickets to receive the Zoom access code. strangertickets.com/events/109617941/the-future-of-ice-and-snow

Winter is coming… but for how much longer? What is the future of ice and snow in our changing climate? We’re bringing together experts in atmospheric science, glaciology, oceanography, fisheries, marine mammalogy and more to answer your burning questions about this chilly subject! Join us for this one-of-a-kind annual Climate Science on Tap event that allows you to Ask a Scientist! And there’s a special online twist this year… we call it “science roulette”. Who will you talk to? What will you learn? Let chance decide but don’t miss your opportunity to be part of these exciting online conversations!

Scientists (thus far):
Kyle Armour, PhD, University of Washington (Antarctic Sea Ice)
Bob Bindschadler, PhD, NOAA, retired (Antarctic Glaciology)
George Divoky, PhD (bird loss in arctic circle)
Diana Gergel, Rhodium Group (Arctic Snow and Permafrost)
P Joshua Griffin, PhD, University of Washington (Sea Ice and Native Villages)
Kirstin Holsman, PhD, NOAA (Fisheries)
Kristin Laidre, PhD, University of Washington (Arctic Marine Mammology),
Peter Neff, PhD, University of Minnesota (Antarctic Glaciers)
Lauren Sancken, JD, University of Washington (Impacts on Low-Lying Nations/communities)
Moderator: P. Sean McDonald, PhD, Program on the Environment, University of Washington
Note: All affiliations are provided for purposes of identification only.
This event is open to all, regardless of financial means. No-cost tickets are available by emailing us at Cascadia Climate Action.

Dec
14
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Dec 14 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Talk about ‘Anne Braden: Southern Patriot’ @ Online
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

December 14, 8:00 PM: Zoom Discussion about Anne Braden: Southern Patriot Documentary

Admiral Church and West Seattle Meaningful Movies present the next film, Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, in our Second Monday Racial Justice Film Series. Watch the film on the church’s website, admiralchurch.org/events, then tune in to the film conversation on December 14th at 8:00pm on Zoom.

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot provides a moving, in-depth biography of an organizer and journalist who for a remarkable 60 years participated in the most significant movements for racial and economic justice in this country’s most conservative region – the South. Her conservative background gave her special insight into white racism, why it poses such a great obstacle to social change in this country and what progressive white people can do to end it.

All are welcome to watch and learn about Anne Braden, a civil rights worker who impacted our country’s history with her support of racial justice in words and works throughout her lifetime.

Jan
11
Mon
CANCELED – Evening Book Group @ Southwest Library
Jan 11 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the Southwest Library. Registration is not required.

The Southwest Library Evening Book Group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise. The group will not meet on holidays or when the library is closed.

Check the Event Listings for West Seattle’s Southwest Branch Library for this month’s book title and more information.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Jan
18
Mon
Uprooting Racism @ Online
Jan 18 all-day

Admiral Church and Pastor Andrew Conley-Holcom are offering two tracks to a year-long group study of Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel. Why Uprooting Racism? “This book provides the best concrete guidance for the new or perplexed would-be white ally that I have ever seen in print,” writes Victor Lee Lewis, founder/director of the Radical Resilience Institute.

The first of the two tracks, Track A, is for individual introspection, focusing on personal experience of white identity and developing responses to privilege and white supremacy. These meetings will take place once per month, starting January 18th. Track B, which will meet every three months starting in March, is for members of organizations interested in analyzing the systemic influence of white supremacy and how to respond to it.

Both tracks carry a registration fee, which will be donated in full to the Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival, and participants are required to have a copy of Uprooting Racism. For more details on timing, course content, book ordering, and registration, visit admiralchurch.org/uprootingracism.