West Seattle Event Calendar

Want your West Seattle event/meeting/performance to be listed here? Please send basic info AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE 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!

ADMIRAL THEATER SCHEDULE (updated link)

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, usually including a map, plus a chance to post a comment/question.

Apr
25
Wed
2012
PoetryBridge’s monthly ‘Poems and Tales’ @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

-PoetryBridge presents its 4th Wednesday Poems & Tales at C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW, from 7-9 pm. Featured readers for April are Cara Mbaye and Tom Nivision followed by open mic for poets and storytellers (open mic sign-up begins at 6:45 pm). FREE and open to all; refreshments available. Visit www.poetrybridge.net for further details.

Apr
29
Sun
2012
‘Leopard and Silkie’ book reading @ Elliott Bay Books
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

West Seattleites Brenda Peterson and Robin Lindsey of WS-founded Seal Sitters will read from their new kids’ book “Leopard and Silkie” at Elliott Bay Books on Capitol Hill (see the map).

Jul
29
Sun
2012
Open Mic for all ages at Skylark @ Skylark Cafe and Club
Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Skylark Cafe and Club is offering a free Open Mic for performers of all ages on the last Sunday of every month, starting July 29th. The show will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm, with sign up at 3 pm. They’ll provide the amps, drums, and mics, so performers just need to be prepared with guitars, keys, and 3 songs (originals or covers).

Aug
1
Wed
2012
Youth poetry readings at C & P Coffee Co. @ C&P Coffee Company
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From the organizers:

Join people who care about kids and listen to the poetry and prose of Seattle youth on Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd at C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136. Readings will be from 6:30pm to 8pm.

THE BOOT is a yearly journal publication of student poetry and prose developed in the Southwest Education Center’s Summer Writers Workshop. The 2012 Summer Writers Workshop is a collaborative effort between Southwest Youth and Family Services and the City of Seattle’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The Boot has been published online since 2008, and past issues of The Boot can be obtained at this year’s reading.

Support a critical forum for community youth literacy, and most important, support the kids in your community finding positive ways to speak out!

Aug
2
Thu
2012
Youth poetry readings at C & P Coffee Co. @ C&P Coffee Company
Aug 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From the organizers:

Join people who care about kids and listen to the poetry and prose of Seattle youth on Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd at C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136. Readings will be from 6:30pm to 8pm.

THE BOOT is a yearly journal publication of student poetry and prose developed in the Southwest Education Center’s Summer Writers Workshop. The 2012 Summer Writers Workshop is a collaborative effort between Southwest Youth and Family Services and the City of Seattle’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The Boot has been published online since 2008, and past issues of The Boot can be obtained at this year’s reading.

Support a critical forum for community youth literacy, and most important, support the kids in your community finding positive ways to speak out!

Aug
15
Wed
2012
Gatewood Reads at High Point Library @ High Point Library
Aug 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

From the High Point Library:

Gatewood Elementary School students are invited to read with their teachers at the High Point Branch of The Seattle Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 15! Three teachers—Dana Bogel, Jeff Case and Amy Griffin— will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to chat about books, give book suggestions, answer questions about the upcoming school year and just to hang out! All Gatewood Gators are encouraged to attend. For more information, call the library at 206-684-7454 or visit www.spl.org.

Aug
26
Sun
2012
Open Mic for all ages at Skylark @ Skylark Cafe and Club
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Skylark Cafe and Club is offering a free Open Mic for performers of all ages on the last Sunday of every month, starting July 29th. The show will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm, with sign up at 3 pm. They’ll provide the amps, drums, and mics, so performers just need to be prepared with guitars, keys, and 3 songs (originals or covers).

Sep
30
Sun
2012
Open Mic for all ages at Skylark @ Skylark Cafe and Club
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Skylark Cafe and Club is offering a free Open Mic for performers of all ages on the last Sunday of every month, starting July 29th. The show will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm, with sign up at 3 pm. They’ll provide the amps, drums, and mics, so performers just need to be prepared with guitars, keys, and 3 songs (originals or covers).

Mar
22
Fri
2013
“Silence is Loud” @ Dubsea Coffee
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, March 22, 2013 7-9 pm at Dubsea Coffee, a local senior from Evergreen High School is hostessing an Open Mic + Art Show to promote the awareness of suicide. In her own words below:

Silence is Loud

Join us for a night of art and performances to promote the awareness of suicide. I’m holding this event for my senior project in hopes of bringing the community together to learn more about this issue and introduce resources for those who are depressed or have thoughts of suicide. We have performances lined up but there will be a sign up sheet for those who wish to perform the night of. If you have artwork that relate to the topic, feel free to contact me if you’d like your work to be showcased.

Email Vanisa Long at vanisalg@yahoo.com

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/231889606949341/

Apr
30
Tue
2013
Performance and readings by Samoan poet Sia Figiel @ South Seattle Community College
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) will host a performance and reading by internationally acclaimed Samoan poet, Sia Figiel on campus April 30th, 12:00–1:00 pm in RSB 30.

Figiel is a contemporary award-winning Samoan novelist, poet and painter. Her first book, Where We Once Belonged, won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book in 1997. Figiel’s poetry and stories have been awarded at the Polynesian Literacy Competition in 1994. Her books have been translated into several languages including French, Spanish, German, and Dutch.

Figiel was recognized as the first Samoan novelist in New Zealand and is the first Pacific Islander to read at the Shakespeare Globe Theater in London.

The performance by Figiel is part of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and is presented by South Seattle Community College’s AANAPISI Center, Pacific Islander Club, Student Leadership and Academic Programs.

May
15
Wed
2013
Seattle Classic Guitar Society Open Mic @ C & P Coffee Company
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s Seattle Classic Guitar Society Open Mic might at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) on Wednesday, May 15th, 7 pm–9 pm.

May
16
Thu
2013
Joseph Aprile poetry reading @ C&P Coffee Company
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Joseph Aprile reads* from his latest poetry collection and fiction – novel, Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor).

*Daydreams and Other Lapses – A Collection of Original Poetry

The Life and Times of Jeremy Sykes – A Novel about contemporary American culture and the larger issues of war and peace.

Jun
15
Sat
2013
‘Luncheon with Louisa’ @ Alki United Church of Christ
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, June 15th – 11 am at Alki UCC in Anderson Hall for the story of Pioneer Seattle as told by Louisa Boren Denny, played by Debbie Dimitre. Debbie is a professional storyteller who is quite well known in the Northwest for her wonderful portrayals of famous women in history. Lunch is a delicious trio of salads & dessert. Tickets are $13 and reservations are required. Call or email Heather Erickson to make your reservation: 206-935-4749 or erickson98136@gmail.com (reservations by June 12th, please). We are looking forward to a delightful afternoon!

Jun
20
Thu
2013
Poetry Un-Slam @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 20, 6:30–8:00 pm at at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor): Drop by for the Poetry Un-Slam.

Aug
28
Wed
2013
Open mic night at Mind Unwind
Aug 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Wednesday, August 28th Open Mic from 9:00-11:00 pm at Mind Unwind Art Gallery.

Oct
4
Fri
2013
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

‘An Actress vs. William Shakespeare’ Arts Crush 2013 @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) on Friday, October 4th, 7 pm–9 pm. More info from C & P:

An Actress Vs. William Shakespeare- Arts Crush 2013
By Samantha Noble
Performed by Lauryn Hochberg
Directed by Kathryn Stewart

A female actor explores Shakespearean female characters and grapples with their lack of agency in their respective plays. From the tragedies to the comedies to the histories, the classical texts incorporated into the performance flow seamlessly with the contemporary thoughts of a young woman trying to find her voice. Length: 20-25 minutes This event will be promoted by Theatre Puget Sound as part of Arts Crush, a festival that encourages collaboration, innovation and community. Please help support local theatre and community collaboration!

Oct
26
Sat
2013
apertureSTOP! Spoken Word and Photography event @ Twilight Art Gallery and Boutique
Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

apertureSTOP! takes place at Twilight Gallery and Boutique on Saturday October 26, 8–10 pm (door opens at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm).

“HAUNT”
Local poets present spoken word to work by various artists. Featuring Laura Wachs, Jared Leising, Alex Bleecker, Elisa Chavez, Jeremy Springsteed, and Anastacia Tolbert! Tickets $6 at door. 21+ BYOB (seriously). Go to aperturestop.wordpress.com for more info!

Nov
1
Fri
2013
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Nov
24
Sun
2013
All-ages open mic @ Skylark Café & Club
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All-ages open mic at Skylark Café & Club Sunday, November 24th at 3 pm. Free!

3pm sign-up
4pm music

free/all-ages (full bar w/ID)

Nov
27
Wed
2013
Open Mic at Mind Unwind
Nov 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic is back at Mind Unwind! Last Wednesday of the month beginning at 9 pm. Come share your musical talents, poetry, spoken word, story telling, comedy or your sideshow talents! Unwind your Mind and let the creativity flow….hosted by Jasmine Azpiri. Early sign-ups can be emailed to jasmineazpiri@gmail.com.

Dec
6
Fri
2013
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Dec
17
Tue
2013
Opening Celebration of Cottage Grove Commons
Dec 17 @ 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

You are invited to the Opening Celebration of Cottage Grove Commons

Tuesday, December 17th
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Enjoy self-guided tours, light refreshments, and a 3:00 pm Welcome Ceremony

4:30pm – 7:00pm
A community open house to provide neighbors the opportunity to see the building and meet the staff

5444 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Street parking is limited!
Public Transportation is Encouraged

Cottage Grove Commons will provide 66 studio apartments with 24-hour on-site staff support for men and women who have been chronically homeless, disabled, and highly
vulnerable.

Learn more about Cottage Grove Commons.

Since 1979, DESC has worked to end homelessness of vulnerable men and women, particularly those with serious mental and addictive illnesses.At DESC, uncommon efforts produce uncommon results that eliminate homelessness, one person at a time.

Jan
3
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Jan 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Jan
18
Sat
2014
West Side Story Series with Danny Bland @ Twilight Art Gallery and Boutique
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 8:00 pm, at Twilight Gallery and Boutique:


Longtime Seattle resident Danny Bland will be reading from his novel, “In Case We Die!”

“It wasn’t the pounding headache or the all too familiar taste of blood in my mouth that woke me that morning, but the stink of cat piss. They all have cats. Cats and bad tattoos and mops of dyed black hair that reek of cigarettes and watermelon Bubblicious.”

This debut novel by veteran Seattle musician Danny Bland follows a pair of outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock scene of early ’90s Seattle.

PRAISE FOR DANNY BLAND AND IN CASE WE DIE
“Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women: a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock’n’roll tragedy.” – John Doe (X)

With special guests, Tom Hansen and Mandolin Hooper.

Doors at 8pm
Free
BYOB. Seriously.

Feb
7
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Feb 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Mar
6
Thu
2014
Budding and Blooming Authors @ C & P Coffee Company
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Yooung adults share their writing at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) on Thursday March 6th, 6 pm–8 pm.

Mar
7
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Mar 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Mar
28
Fri
2014
Chris Anderson reads from his novel “Alki” @ C & P Coffee Company
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Author Chris Anderson will be reading from and signing his new novel titled “Alki” at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle on Friday March 28th, 2014. Event begins at 7:00 pm. Copies of the novel can be signed and purchased on site.

Apr
4
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Apr
27
Sun
2014
Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Meet Author Richard Blanco @ High Point Library
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

At the High Point Library on Sunday, April 27, 2014, 11 am–12:30 pm:

Come meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Blanco’s memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poet, the fifth in history and the youngest, first immigrant, Latino, gay writer to hold the honor. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the poem, “One Today,” and reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice after the inauguration.

Seattle Reads is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Beacon Press, The Elliott Bay Book Co., and Open Books: A Poem Emporium.

May
2
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

May
14
Wed
2014
Open Mic Comedy Slam @ Feedback Lounge
May 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It’s Open Mic Comedy Slam night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 9:30 pm, Wednesday May 14th.

Jun
6
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Jul
13
Sun
2014
Book Launch Celebration: “Biking Uphill” by West Seattle author Arleen Williams @ Elliott Bay Book Company
Jul 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join in the celebration as West Seattle author Arleen Williams reads from her latest book, “Biking Uphill,” Sunday, July 13th, 3:00 pm at Elliott Bay Book Company.

BIKING UPHILL invites the reader into a world of undocumented immigration, where parents are deported, and a young girl is abandoned to face life on her own.

Arleen Williams is the author of three books: Running Secrets, and Biking Uphill, the first two novels in The Alki Trilogy, and The Thirty-Ninth Victim, a memoir of her family’s journey before and after her sister’s murder. She teaches English as a Second Language at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades. Arleen lives and writes in West Seattle. To learn more, please visit
www.arleenwilliams.com.

Book launch event page here.

Jul
26
Sat
2014
Leave A Message at the BEEP! @ Twilight Gallery and Boutique
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Twilight Gallery & Boutique is pleased to present some of Seattle’s most talented spoken word artists. Leave a Message at the Beep is a multi-genre reading featuring poets, playwrights, novelist, & hybrid writers. The roster seeks to be a reflection of what is often not reflected. BEEP!!!!!!

Doors open 7 pm

Curated by writer and performer, Anastasia Tolbert, this stellar line up includes:

Claudia Castro Luna – Margot Kahn – Imani Sims – Lindsey Walker – Jane Wong – Corbin Lewars – Michelle Peñaloza

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Aug
10
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Aug
17
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Aug
24
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Aug
31
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Sep
13
Sat
2014
Seattle Poets: Koon Woon & Dr. Keith Holyoak @ C & P Coffee Company
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sat, September 13th, 7–9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

Seattle Poet, Koon Woon reads from his two books of poems (Kaya Press), the most recent one is Water Chasing Water, 2013. Co-featured reading with Dr. Keith Holyoak, poet, translator of classical Chinese poetry and distinguished professor of cognitive psychology at UCLA. Dr. Holyoak has three volumes of poetry to his credit.

Oct
3
Fri
2014
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Poet Susan Rich @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The public is invited to this FREE series from 5–7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.
Poet and writer Susan Rich is featured on October 3rd, 2014:

Words, Writers & West Seattle Presents Poet/Writer Susan Rich recently published “Cloud Pharmacy” and was featured at Sept. 5th First Friday event sponsored by Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Susan Rich’s “Cloud Pharmacy” is an “intelligent and observant collection” of poems, some inspired by the nineteenth-century photographer Hannah Maynard. She explores the passions of romantic love and fire, memory, needs, self-regard and grief in this work. As Rich herself says,”the interior world opens/lightly….but it doesn’t stay there.” The result is wonderfully strange and unsettling.

The public is invited to this FREE series from 5–7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

Described as a “deep, mindful thinker and a lover of language,” Rich is the author of several essays and of four collections of poetry: Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry. She will discuss her process of writing based on historical figures.

Rich’s poems have appeared in many national and international journals including the Harvard Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and TriQuarterly. Along with Jared Hawkley and Brian Turner, Susan is the co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Crossing borders, a selection of themed travel essays for poets who want to travel, it was published by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation in 2013.

Oct
7
Tue
2014
Open mic night @ The Cask
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There will be an open mic with Alan Sobel at The Cask West Seattle (WSB sponsor) on Tuesday October 7th and 21st from 7-9 pm.

Signup at 6:30 pm, open mic from 7-9 pm.

Oct
21
Tue
2014
Open mic night @ The Cask
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There will be an open mic with Alan Sobel at The Cask West Seattle (WSB sponsor) on Tuesday October 7th and 21st from 7-9 pm.

Signup at 6:30 pm, open mic from 7-9 pm.

Nov
19
Wed
2014
WordsWest Literary Series: Kate Lebo and Molly Wizenberg @ C & P Coffee Company
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents:
Pie and Plenty with Kate Lebo and Molly Wizenberg
Favorite Poem by Delridge Grocery Co-op
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 7:00 pm
at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)

West Seattle WordsWest Literary Series is a monthly invitation to hear world-class writers from near and far and to join and nurture the West Seattle literary community.

What is the simple link between savoring good food and living a good life? How does what happens in the kitchen, what is served at the table, make a key difference to the interactions between friends and family both in our homes and in our local restaurants?

For the November 19, 2014 edition of WordsWest Literary Series, pie poet extraordinaire Kate Lebo and New York Times Bestselling author Molly Wizenberg will read their work and explore with the audience connections between handcrafted food, creative kitchens and the written word.

In honor of Thanksgiving, a holiday focused on thanks as well as great food, all proceeds from sales of the evening’s donated pie (Kate) and chocolate-chip cookies with gray salt (Molly) will go to West Seattle Food Bank.

Kate Lebo’s poems and prose have appeared in New England Review, Best New Poets, the Rumpus, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, and Poetry Northwest, and she’s the author of two books about the folk art of pie-making, A Commonplace Book of Pie and Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter. For more, visit katelebo.com.

Molly Wizenberg is a Seattle-based writer, photographer, and co-owner of two restaurants, Delancey and Essex. She is the voice behind the award-winning
blog Orangette and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, and Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage. When she’s not busy with that stuff, she’s hanging out with her husband Brandon, daughter June, and two dogs named Jack and Alice.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses share a favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On November 19, Delridge Grocery Co-op, will join us.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. For more information, please contact: wordswestliterary@gmail.com.

Dec
5
Fri
2014
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Karen Robbins & Sally Marts @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Words, Writers & West Seattle” Presents Presents Children’s Books Author Karen Robbins & Illustrator, Sally Marts.

“Shoe Print Art: Step Into Drawing” – Sponsored by Southwest Seattle
Historical Society at Dec. 5th “First Friday” event

Karen S. Robbins and illustrator Sally Marts will demonstrate the combination of their talents in their presentation of “Shoe Print Art: Step Into Drawing” (Hide and Seek Press, 2013). Robbins is an award-winning author, teacher, and TV celebrity and Marts is a freelance designer/illustrator, both now living in Seattle. Children from across the country were found to do drawings for the book, following steps provided in the book and adding their own creative touches. The children’s photos were used inside the book alongside the diagrams which are said to be “simple enough for almost any age, even adults”. Robbins and Marts will discuss how the resulting creations can be turned into greeting cards, note cards, or even foam refrigerator magnets.

The public is invited to this FREE presentation on Friday, December 5th
from 5 pm to 7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

Robbins is a winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association and has been writing for 28 years, is a book and toy designer, poet, writer of picture books and novelty books with a U.S. patent. She has been an elementary school teacher, has written books for elementary teachers and over 50 magazine articles and appeared as “Miss Karen” on television’s Romper Room Show, is a lecturer/speaker, and a university instructor. She attended the University of Washington and holds a master of education degree from the University of Puget Sound.

Sally Marts began her career as an artist for a major department store, where she illustrated newspaper ads for many years. She discovered her joy creating for children while designing for a large toy company and has focused her career on the kid’s market since then. She has illustrated books, educational materials, posters, fabrics, and designed toys and packaging. Marts now works from her studio in Seattle.

Words, Writers & West Seattle’s next FIRST FRIDAY book talk is scheduled for January 2nd and will feature West Seattle author, Christine Brant and her book Red and Grey. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by calling Dora-Faye Hendricks, chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle”, by phone at 206-280-9983, or by e-mail at: Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Dec
31
Wed
2014
Sacred Hoop – New Year’s Eve Event @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

New Year’s Eve event at the Duwamish Longhouse:

An alternative to bass thumping parties and drugs and alcohol, you are invited to a more ceremonial approach to bringing in the New Year. We will have singers and dancers from many tribal nations, as well as artists from around the world. Native, Indigenous, First Nations, and Non-Native peoples are welcomed. Music, dancing, prayer, and more! We are in the planning stages of this event, details soon to follow. Everyone welcome to plan, create, and participate. No alcohol, no drugs event.

Entry: $10-20 sliding scale

Potluck!!! A wonderful offering from each person to our community. Note our system starting with the first letter of your last name.

If the first letter of your last name starts with an A-H: Please bring something to drink and cups.

If the first letter of your last name starts with an I-R: Please bring a main dish to eat, clearly labelled, and napkins or paper towels.

If the first letter of your last name starts with S-Z: Please bring both sturdy plates and cutlery.

Schedule:

6pm-8pm Community potluck

8pm- 11:55pm Native performances

11:55-12pm Prayer

After midnight to 1am Dancing!

1am clean up (community help appreciated! ) and goodbyes

Featuring performances by:

Swil Kanim – Lummi Nation (Violinist, Storyteller)

Paul Cheoketen Wagner – Wsaanich (Sanich) (Native Flute, Prayer, Storyteller

Blake Whitewolf Shelafoe – drummer, singer

Drum groups

Dancers

And more to come!

Feb
6
Fri
2015
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Theresa McCormick @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Words, Writers & West Seattle” Presents World-Recognized Author Theresa McCormick.

February 6th “Book Talk” Event sponsored by Southwest Seattle Historical Society

West Seattle author Theresa McCormick, Ed.D. has published “A Far Cry From Here: Growing Up and Out of Fundamentalism” (University Book Store Press, 2014) and will share her book and experiences with the public at a FREE presentation on Friday, February 6th, from 5 to 7pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

In this transformative memoir, overlapping threads about whiteness, race and gender, and the power of fundamentalist faith to yield security, yet limit growth, weave throughout the stories making this a timely, inspiring, and compelling memoir. McCormick’s life story focuses on stories of her whitewashed girlhood, growing up in rural Texas in a fundamentalist Christian family with all their complex relationships, limitations and strengths.

These stories take the reader on her journey from a restrictive, limiting upbringing, through the separation from her family and their oppressive religion, and onto the path of discovery of her own spiritual life. This transformation includes her journey into a feminist activist womanhood as a professor, writer and artist. Currently writing creative nonfiction, McCormick has been honored for lifelong dedication and leadership and recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Education and Art. Her website is: www.theresamccormick.com, and she may be reached at: theresamcco@comcast.net.

Words, Writers & West Seattle’s next FIRST FRIDAY book talk is scheduled for March 6th and will feature Barbara Howett and “Ladies of the Borabudur” Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by calling Dora-Faye Hendricks, chair, Words, Writers & West Seattle, by phone at 206-280-9983, or by e-mail at: Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Feb
18
Wed
2015
WordsWest Literary Series: “Humor And The Body: The Perfect Couple” @ C & P Coffee Company
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents:
“Humor And The Body: The Perfect Couple” with with Jennifer D. Munro and Sarah Steinke

Favorite Poem by Alison Kennedy of M3 Bodyworks

Wednesday February 18th, 2015, 7:00 pm
at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)

What is the secret sauce of marriage that keeps the engine running after twenty-five “blistered” years? How does raising children translate into “the greatest poem of all”? Come listen to the comical, the poignant, and the absurd tales of two local writers who aren¹t afraid to take a deep breath and tell it as they see it.

For the February 18th, 2015 edition of WordsWest Literary Series award-winning creative non-fiction writer Jennifer D. Munro and West Seattle poet Sarah Steinke will read from their work which takes a humorous and rhythmic look at the body in all its weird and wild manifestations. This month WordsWest is very grateful for a grant from Poets & Writers that allows us to pay our authors for their time and talent.

Jennifer D Munro was a Top Ten Finalist in the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Competition. She is a freelance editor whose writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Salon; Defenestration: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to Humor; The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty and Body Image; and Best American Erotica. She is the author of The Erotica Writer¹s Husband, humorous stories about sex and the sexes. Jennifer blogs about unconventional motherhood and a quarter-decade marriage to an unconventional man at www.StraightNoChaserMom.com.

Sarah Steinke is currently developing a monthly workshop that uses both body and written movement to access what later turns into memoir, essay, and poetry. Sarah also teaches yoga in West Seattle. In both practices breath and rhythm coil around the essential–mind, body, spirit–and release what’s no longer needed. Sarah’s work has appeared in the Laurel Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crab Creek Review, the Other Journal, the Southern California Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Words Could Not Make It More True, is just out from Finishing Line Press.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses share a favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. For more information, please contact: wordswestliterary@gmail.com.

Mar
18
Wed
2015
I’M/MIGRATION Unplugged @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on Wednesday March 18 from 7-9 pm as we celebrate Women’s History Month with poetry readings by Native poets.

Following on the heels of the successful 2013 production of I’M/MIGRATION, which featured artists in various performing arts disciplines, I’M/MIGRATION Unplugged presents an opportunity for poets to share their interpretation of movement across invisible yet very real boundaries by exploring the role of women today as influenced by the sociopolitical, economic and cultural boundaries in our communities. This event is donation only and is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture, with partial funding from Seattle Arts and Culture.

The Poets:

Celeste Adame is an MFA Candidate in the inaugural class of the Lo-Rez program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She’s been published in Yellow Medicine Review, As/Us, Santa Fe Literary Review and numerous IAIA student anthologies. When not writing, she makes her life in Auburn, WA with her family.

Natalie Díaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious..beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Nilka Wherrette is an Acéntos Poetry Fellow of Colombian descent who divides her time between Seattle and Colombia, S.A.. Her poetry explores contemporary issues as experienced through the lens of an indigenous, mixed race woman. She has a passion for exploring the marriage between poetry and stage, and her poem-dramas have recently been produced and performed on stages in Seattle and Los Angeles. She is currently a student in the “Low Rez” MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, working on her first poetry manuscript.

Wed March 18, 2015
7-9 pm
Donations Accepted

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
4705 West Marginal Way Southwest
Seattle WA 98106
(206) 431-1582

Mar
24
Tue
2015
Author Marissa Meyer: “Lunar Chronicles” @ Madison Middle School
Mar 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Tuesday, March 24th, popular young adult author Marissa Meyer will be visiting Madison Middle School to talk with students about her Lunar Chronicles dystopian series and her experience being an author. There will be two author talk assemblies in the Madison cafeteria-one at 9:40 am and the other at 1:30 pm, and parents and families are welcome to attend.

Marissa will also be selling and signing her books after each assembly for interested students. Paperback copies of the books will be on sale for $10.95 and hardback copies for $19.70 (for a price sheet, click here). Students and families can pay with cash or check (make checks out to University Book Store). Students are also welcome to bring previously purchased copies of her books to get them personally signed by Marissa. And as always, all of the books in this series will be available for
checkout in our Madison Library. Contact Madison Librarian Stacia Bell at smbell@seattleschools.org if you have questions. Hope to see you out!

Apr
8
Wed
2015
Open Mic Night @ Feedback Lounge
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Feedback Lounge presents Open Mic Night Wednesday, April 8th at 8 pm:

Still haven’t summoned your inner American Idol? What are you waiting for while the world waits for you? Come sing, play, dance, recite. From there it’s a short leap to fame and/or fortune.

Hosted by Sheila Kay and the Wolftones
along with
Mikel Rollins on saxophone & bass

All are invited – Singers! Dancers! Musicians! Spoken Word!

May
1
Fri
2015
Fairmount Park Elementary Poetry Celebration @ C & P Coffee Company
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) hosts the Fairmount Park Elementary Poetry Celebration on Friday May 1st at 1:00 pm.

May
16
Sat
2015
Author Joseph Flint @ C & P Coffee Company
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meet author Joseph Flint at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Saturday May 16th, 1 pm.

Jun
6
Sat
2015
Book Launch Celebration: “Walking Home” by West Seattle author Arleen Williams @ Beveridge Place Pub
Jun 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join in the celebration as West Seattle author Arleen Williams reads from her latest novel, “Walking Home,” Saturday, June 6th, 3–6 pm at Beveridge Place Pub.

Meet West Seattle author Arleen Williams, and enjoy tastes of Ethiopia

“Walking Home” completes The Alki Trilogy: Despite escaping his country’s violence, Kidane is never too far from the nightmares and despair of his past. A new country, a new hope, and a new love may not be enough to save him. Only when he is able to face his worst fears can he have any hope of being truly free.

Arleen Williams is the author of four books: Running Secrets, Biking Uphill, and now Walking Home (the novels in The Alki Trilogy), and The Thirty-Ninth Victim, a memoir of her family’s journey before and after her sister’s murder. She teaches English as a Second Language at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades. Arleen lives and writes in West Seattle. To learn more, please visit
www.arleenwilliams.com.

Jun
17
Wed
2015
WordsWest Literary Series: Kids’ Night at WordsWest ­- Build a Summer Reading List @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents
Kids’ Night at WordsWest ­- Build a Summer Reading List!
with Sundee Frazier and Charles & Elisheba Johnson
Favorite Poem and Reading Table by Leslie Sumida of West Seattle Public Library

6:00 pm, Wed., June 17, 2015, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)

What happens when you unite (1) a Boy-Science Wonder who can bend time, (2) a transracially-adopted, African-American girl who’s the CEO of her own company, and (3) a super Seattle librarian? You get an opportunity to build the best, kids’ summer reading list ever! On June 17, 2015, join WordsWest Literary Series for its first-ever Kids’ Night at a special start-time of 6 pm. Be astounded as local children¹s authors Sundee Frazier and Charles & Elisheba Johnson introduce brave, new, diverse heroes and heroines who are changing the world with their ingenuity. Meet West Seattle Public Library’s Leslie Sumida, who can find the right book for any reader. There will be yummy treats for kids! And their parents should know that C & P Coffee Co. also serves beer and wine.

Sundee T. Frazier is an award-winning novelist of books for young people, including Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It, Brendan Buckley’s Sixth-Grade Experiment, and The Other Half of My Heart. Her recently sold novel, Cleopatra Edison Oliver, CEO, features a transracially-adopted African-American girl who wants to change the world with her enterprising spirit. Sundee is the recipient of the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award and was invited to appear on the TODAY Show for Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids. Brendan Buckley’s Universe was a 2015 selection by Seattle Public Library for the 20th Global Reading Challenge. Her books have been nominated for twelve state children’s choice awards, including the Sasquatch Award in Washington State.

Charles & Elisheba Johnson are the co-authors of The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder, which now comprise two volumes—Bending Time (2013) and The Hard Problem (2015). Elisheba Johnson, former owner and curator of Faire Gallery Café, is an Executive and Commissions Liaison for the Office of Arts and Culture in Seattle. She writes for “Curating a Life,” her parenting blog, and creates mixed media art pieces. Dr. Charles Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary critic, short-story writer, philosopher, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has published thousands of drawings as a cartoonist and illustrator, two collections, Black Humor (1970) and Half-Past Nation-Time (1972), and created, co-produced and hosted the 1970 PBS drawing program “Charlie’s Pad.” Charles is a MacArthur fellow, the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and a National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Each week, a poetry lover from a local, independent business shares her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis , Susan Rich , and Harold Taw .

For more information, please contact wordswestliterary@gmail.com or visit http://WordsWestLiterary.com.

Join us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/WordsWestLiterary

Aug
12
Wed
2015
SWYFS Writers Workshop performance: “The Boot” @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You are invited to the 2015 Southwest Youth and Family Services Writers Workshop performance of The Boot — a collection of spoken words and poetry.

Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments. Listen to their stories. Take a step closer to understanding the world they live in, the struggles they encounter and the dreams they have in front of them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
6-7:30 pm
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Light refreshments provided and a chance to meet the young artists. For more information, please call or email us at 206.973.7680 or info@swyfs.org.

Sep
28
Mon
2015
Writers in the Schools Anthology Reading & Celebration @ Benaroya Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Monday, September 28th the West Seattle community is invited to the Seattle
Arts & Lectures Writers in the Schools Anthology Reading & Celebration, which will include students from Lafayette Elementary and West Seattle High School:

The Writers in the Schools Program (WITS) places professional local writers in public schools to develop writing skills and spark inspiration. Since 1994, the WITS program in the Seattle area has been helping students discover their own authentic voices. Featuring creative writing by students in last year’s program, this reading by 60 young authors will move the audience to tears, laughter, awe and wild applause.

This year’s anthology includes writing by Lafayette Elementary School students Arden Rusu, Margot Cohen, Kelsey Morgan Hollingsworth, Ava R. Lockman, and Elena Schwab. A number of these students will be among the featured readers.

The readings will take place in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, beginning at 7 PM on September 28. The events are free and open to the public. The young authors will sign copies of the anthology, and a reception will follow, with sweets donated by Cupcake Royale.

Nov
1
Sun
2015
Lola E. Peters reads from ‘The Truth About White People’ @ Westside Unitarian Universalist Church
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Lola E. Peters, social activist, poet, and author, will read from her new collection of essays The Truth About White People. The book is about her experience of growing up and living as a Black person in White America from the Civil Rights Era of the 60’s to the present day. Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:30–6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian
Universalist Church.

Nov
3
Tue
2015
Author Shannon Messenger: “Keeper of the Lost Cities” @ Madison Middle School
Nov 3 @ 9:40 am – 11:00 am

Author Shannon Messenger will be visiting Madison Middle School on Tuesday, November 3rd to speak with all 6th graders about her ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ fantasy series, especially the newest 4th book entitled ‘Neverseen’. If you loved Harry Potter and have been looking for a read alike series ever since, this is the one for you! Shannon will be speaking at 9:40 am in the cafeteria with book sales and signing directly following. We also have her books available for checkout in the Madison Library. Families are welcome to join us for this event as well. Hope to see you there!

Nov
6
Fri
2015
Mini Maker Faire: Make & Collaborate, Workspace, Makers @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Nov 6 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

If you’re a tech enthusiast, crafter, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, or maker of any kind—join us! We’re getting together in stores to learn from each other, hear from the experts, and work on projects:

Mini Maker Faire: Make Workspace
Friday November 06, 2015 3:00 pm
:
Join us to see demonstrations and experience some of the latest products in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming and more.

Mini Maker Faire: Make & Collaborate
Friday November 06, 2015 4:00–6:00 pm
: Join us in the Make & Collaborate space for these highly collaborative and interactive activities for a variety of ages. Featured materials included in the sessions: Ages 5+ – LEGO® BIONICLE®, Snap Circuits & ThinkFun Wheels & Gadgets Ages 8+ – littleBits Electronic Building Blocks & Cool Paper Machines Adults (13+) — LEGO® Architecture Studio and Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro.

Mini Maker Faire: Meet the Makers
Friday November 06, 2015 5:00 pm
: Join us for this engaging session featuring local group Words, Writers, & West Seattle presenting local author Shirley Enebrad and her book Over the Rainbow Bridge. Shirley will talk about the joys and difficulties of writing, publishing and making with words. All ages!

Mini Maker Faire: Make Workspace
Friday November 06, 2015 6:00 pm
: Join us to see demonstrations and experience some of the latest products in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming and more.

Mini Maker Faire: Meet the Makers
Friday November 06, 2015 7:00 pm
: Join us for this engaging session featuring local maker Jessie Skellington. Jessie will showcase his work with live action role playing and prop fabrication, exploring the art and detail of the Steampunk culture and more.

Barnes & Noble’s “Maker Faire” runs through the weekend and will present other spectacular presentations and mini events. See: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/makerfaire

Nov
13
Fri
2015
Free: Finneyfrock/Ascalon reading @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come hear a reading of new work by Young Adult Novelist Karen Finneyfrock and poet Roberto Ascalon, both residents of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Karen will read from her work-in-progress, “The Year We Ruined the House”. This event is free and supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.

Teens welcome. Not appropriate for children.

FINNEYFROCK/ASCALON
Friday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
FREE

Nov
30
Mon
2015
South’s 20th Annual Poetry Reading @ Olympic Hall Theatre/South Seattle College
Nov 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE
Please join Mike Hickey’s incredibly talented & brilliant ENGL 151 creative writing class for some original beast-mode poetry that is guaranteed to rock your world!

Featuring world-ranked Slam poet and author of “Bring Down the Chandeliers” Tara Hardy

Monday, November 30
11:00 am–12:30 pm
Olympic Hall Theatre
at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)

Jan
8
Fri
2016
Words, Writers & West Seattle: 14 Young Local Authors! @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Jan 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

14 young local authors present their own books on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 5-7 pm. The public is invited to this FREE series at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village – “Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” First Friday Book Talk sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Students from Madison Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School will be talking about the books they’ve written as a part of a Community Learning Center program out of the West Seattle YMCA, first started at Madison Middle School and Sealth High School. The 14 Young Authors consist of nine from Madison Middle School and five from Chief Sealth International High School. Their stories, essays and poetry are bound into books published by the West Seattle YMCA Community Learning Center.

All purchases made by those attending the talk that afternoon and for the following five days will result in a contribution of ten percent of sales to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society under the Barnes & Noble’s Book Fair program.

Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by calling Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” by phone at 206-280-9983 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Jan
13
Wed
2016
Open Mic @ The Treehouse Lounge
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

January 13th We have an Open Mic at The Treehouse Lounge. Sign up at 7:15 pm; we start at 8 pm. Bring your Music, Poetry and passion. Equipment and back available. All ages till 11 pm. With your host Alan Sobel.

Feb
4
Thu
2016
Community Conversation: An Immigrant’s Journey with Claudia Castro Luna @ Southwest Youth and Family Services
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for an important community conversation, with food and a tour, featuring Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle Civic Poet on Thursday, February 4th from 5-7 pm at Southwest Youth and Family Services.

SWYFS welcomes Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna as she shares her personal journey as an immigrant and how it has shaped her poetry. We will also hear from other community members about their own immigration journeys, enjoy a dinner rich in diversity and learn more about SWYFS. Childcare provided.

5-6 pm, food, mingling, tour
6-7 pm, program with Claudia Castro Luna and local family immigration testimonials

For more information, contact: spopelka@swyfs.org or 206.937.7680

Feb
14
Sun
2016
Song, Guitar, Poetry & Valentine Coloring Pages @ Admiral Bird
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

At Admiral Bird on February 14th, 3-4:30 pm: Song, Guitar, Poetry & Valentine Coloring Pages.

Feb
24
Wed
2016
Treehouse Lounge Open Mic
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Febuary 24th sign up at 7:15 pm, start at 7:30 pm. Bring your music, comedy, poetry and the rest will happen!

Apr
10
Sun
2016
TAF Academy Speech Team – CANCELED @ West Seattle Farmers' Market
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

(Got word Sunday morning that this has been canceled)

Apr
29
Fri
2016
The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood @ New Holly Gathering Hall
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Oh yes it’s back! Completely new script for 2016, The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood, is two hours of spit-your-beer-out-funny in celebration of motherhood! It’s for anyone who is a mom, has a mom or knows a mom. Local talent will perform selections from mom-tastic blogs, books, and articles by Scary Mommy, Moms Who Drink and Swear, Outnumbered Mother, The Bloggess, Samantha Bee, Babysideburns, and many others! And oh yes, the song and dance pieces! Suburban Funk gonna get to you!!

All proceeds benefit the local and extremely deserving WestSide Baby (westsidebaby.org) and Open Arms Perinatal Services (openarmsps.org).

The Mama-logues: A comedy About Motherhood – Seattle, WA
Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30, 7 pm
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505764

NEW LOCATION – New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave South

Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert will be offered for sale at the event. Bring your friends be they mamas or not! There is a little something for everyone to laugh at in this show.

13 and up due to strong language and content. Babes in arms are welcome!

For more information contact Laurie Levy at 206-235-5389 or laurie@laurielevy.net

Apr
30
Sat
2016
Local Author Jack Lewis Reads ‘Head Check’ @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Author Jack Lewis Reads at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble Saturday, April 30 at 4 pm.

Local author Jack Lewis will be reading from his book ‘Head Check, What it Feels Like to Ride Motorcycles’ at the Westwood Village Barnes & Noble on Saturday, April 30 at 4 pm.

Head Check invites readers to take in the color and detail of a rider’s life vividly realized, richly observed, and transcendently described.

During his tenure at Motorcyclist magazine, Jack Lewis has touched readers around the world not only through his incandescent prose riffs and self-effacing humor, but also through a consistent and deeply felt humanity.

This collection of magazine features and columns alongside personally published web pieces and new material may be populated by motorcycles, but it centers around the varied experiences of riders (and their tolerant keepers) in a world where risk is a bet you make with yourself for purposes that must always transcend mere recreation.

More Information available at http://litsam.com/jack-lewis-returns-to-seattle/.

The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood @ New Holly Gathering Hall
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Oh yes it’s back! Completely new script for 2016, The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood, is two hours of spit-your-beer-out-funny in celebration of motherhood! It’s for anyone who is a mom, has a mom or knows a mom. Local talent will perform selections from mom-tastic blogs, books, and articles by Scary Mommy, Moms Who Drink and Swear, Outnumbered Mother, The Bloggess, Samantha Bee, Babysideburns, and many others! And oh yes, the song and dance pieces! Suburban Funk gonna get to you!!

All proceeds benefit the local and extremely deserving WestSide Baby (westsidebaby.org) and Open Arms Perinatal Services (openarmsps.org).

The Mama-logues: A comedy About Motherhood – Seattle, WA
Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30, 7 pm
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505764

NEW LOCATION – New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave South

Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert will be offered for sale at the event. Bring your friends be they mamas or not! There is a little something for everyone to laugh at in this show.

13 and up due to strong language and content. Babes in arms are welcome!

For more information contact Laurie Levy at 206-235-5389 or laurie@laurielevy.net

May
9
Mon
2016
Seattle Reads ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ book group @ Southwest Library
May 9 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us at the Southwest Branch Library for a discussion of the 2016 Seattle Reads featured work, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler.

Book Description: A smart, funny, heartbreaking novel about a middle-class American family – ordinary in every way except one – that explores what it means to be human.

View in Catalog: “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

Next Month’s Title: “Just Kids” by Patti Smith

This group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless otherwise noted.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

May
21
Sat
2016
Write your Neighborhood with Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna @ High Point Library
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

At the High Point Library Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 1–3 pm:

Join Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna May 21st for an afternoon of poetry exploration.

Castro Luna will lead participants through a fun and interactive afternoon reading and writing poetry. Castro Luna will kick things off with a poetry reading inspired by city life, then invite participants to let their memory and imagination wander and capture the people, the sights and sounds of the neighborhood they live in. Everyone has stories about the place they live in – Come and share yours! We encourage anyone who has written a poem before the workshop to bring it and share it with the whole group.

Claudia Castro Luna is Seattle’s first Civic Poet, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning and an MFA in poetry. She is a certified K-12 teacher and has taught writing in the schools through Jack Straw. She writes because the flesh remembers even when the mind forgets and moving the hand across a page is a measure of resistance. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Riverbabble, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art and City Arts among others. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War; an excerpt of it appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. 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
24
Tue
2016
Senior Center of West Seattle Performing Arts Troupe @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Senior Center of West Seattle Performing Arts Troupe – Our first Staged Reading of this group that began in March, will be on May 24th – Thursday evening from 6-7 pm. The short program will be two staged readings. It is free and open to the public.

IF
– by Rudyard Kipling

THE REHEARSAL – a short funny play

Classes for the West Seattle Seniors Performing Arts are held on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. Ages 50 +

Instructor/Director Margaret Vandenberghe

Jun
10
Fri
2016
‘Summer Kickoff’ event @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s Cultural Events Series:

Summer Kickoff, June 10th, 5-8 pm
at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Totem Star presents Summer Kickoff, an annual youth arts showcase featuring music, dance, spoken word, and more. Singer/songwriters, bands, emcees, poets, dance crews, and DJs ages 12-21 build life skills and community through helping plan, promote, and produce the event. Open mic spots are available to any youth performers, with attendance open to the general public.

Learn more about the Cultural Events Series: http://dnda.org/culturalseries/events/

Jun
18
Sat
2016
“Meet the Authors” @ Morgan Junction Community Festival
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

“Meet the Authors” from West Seattle at Morgan Junction Festival June 18th:

Where can you find Greek Gods, homicide detectives, and wanton boys all sharing one tent? On Saturday, June 18, they will be gathering under an awning at the Morgan Junction Community Festival in West Seattle.

These are just a few of the dynamic characters that West Seattle authors bring to life in their novels and memoirs for your reading pleasure in genres as diverse as fantasy, young adult fiction, poetry, and memoir. A group of fifteen West Seattle authors will present their work at different times throughout the day under a banner inviting you to “Meet the Authors,” from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 18th.

This is the second year for the free “Meet the Authors” booth located in the vendor area behind Zeek’s Pizza, 6459 California Ave. SW. Two tents will host author presentations and a third will offer their books for sale through local bookseller Merryweather Books. Merryweather’s, 4537 California Ave. SW, also carries the books year round, with a special section of the store dedicated to local authors.

Authors participating in readings throughout the day are: Alice Ann Kuder, Allan Batchelder, Arleen Williams, Cherie Tucker, Christine Brant, Christopher Anderson, David Kannas, Gail Engebretson, Jeanette Chaplin, Lisa Richesson, Michael G. Hickey, Molly Ringle, Sonya Elliott, Theresa McCormick, and Victoria Randall.

Facebook event page here.

For more Information, including a list of authors, book titles and genres, contact Alice
Ann Kuder, 206-708-9800, Alice@Telltalescribe.com

Jul
20
Wed
2016
Poet Katy E. Ellis and Student Poetry Reading @ C & P Coffee Company
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poet Katy E. Ellis and Student Poetry Reading at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) on Wednesday July 20th, 7 pm–9 pm. More from C & P:

A reading for the wild [animal] at heart! Please join City Artist grant recipient Katy Ellis and four talented young writing students from the public and home school community for an evening of poetry that explores familial relationships as they relate to animal instinct, animal affection and a sense of where and how we belong to one another. Katy Ellis, a local West Seattle writer and co-curator of the WordsWest Literary Series, will read from Anybody’s Animal, her poetry manuscript-in-progress, which gives Seattle readers a way to consider how our connection with nature and the animals is constantly tested. Four school-age students who attended Katy’s “Writing the Animals” classes will also share their work on the theme of animals and human nature. This event is supported by Seattle’s Office of Art
and Culture.

Katy E. Ellis grew up under fir trees and high-voltage power lines in Renton, Washington. She teaches creative writing through Seattle Arts & Lecture’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program and at The Family
Learning Program, a home school education organization. She studied writing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and at Western Washington University. Aside from her chapbooks Urban Animal Expeditions (Dancing Girl Press) and Gravity (Yellow Flag Press)-which garnered a Pushcart nomination-her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals including PRISM International, Literary Mama, MAYDAY Magazine, Redheaded Stepchild, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and the Canadian journals Grain and Fiddlehead. Her fiction has appeared in Burnside Review and won Third Place in the Glimmer Train super-short fiction contest and she has been awarded grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Artist Trust/Centrum. Katy co-curates WordsWest Literary series, a monthly literary event in West Seattle.

Aug
5
Fri
2016
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Georgie Kunkel ‘Color Me Feminist’ @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Reviewing the years of her childhood, education, teaching and counseling, work as “Rosie the Riveter” for Boeing, political activity with the National Organization of Women, community organizing, performing musical and comedic entertainment, Georgie Kunkel will talk about her book ‘Color Me Feminist’ at Words, Writers & West Seattle’s monthly book-talk series.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society sponsors this free book-talk series on the ‘First Friday’ of each month. This presentation of Color Me Feminist, the 35th installment of the series, will take place at 5 pm, Friday, August 5th, 2016, at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

After Kunkel earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her Masters from the University of Washington, Kunkel discovered she could not get a teaching contract if she was married. Later, she was fired four times while teaching for being pregnant so it took her longer to be able to retire after teaching school for 15 years and working as an elementary school counselor another 15 years. She was the first person to lobby the legislature for elementary school counselors to be funded, helped her district prepare the norming process for certifying elementary school counselors, and was one of the first elementary counselors covered by certification in Washington State. She also created and presented the first program about sexism for Region X government office workers in Seattle, and was President of the Washington State’s National Organization for Women.

At 96, Georgie dances weekly, swims at the local YMCA and remains active in local political organizations..Her philosophy is: “Keep moving, thinking and laughing. The alternative is that you die young. Older people should not be shoved aside in life but always serve as a beacon for younger people to learn from.”

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next book-talk is scheduled for September 2nd and will feature Molly Ringle and her new adult fantasy book, Immortal’s Spring, the last in a trilogy that revives ancient Greek myths in modern romance. For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum.info/events/words-writers-and-west-seattle. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” by phone at 206-280-9983 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Sep
24
Sat
2016
Hate-Free Delridge Community Gathering @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What started out four weeks ago with a meeting of concerned neighbors reacting to a hate crime in Pigeon Point has developed into a cohesive grass-roots group, determined to bring people together with the message of tolerance, inclusion, and community.

Dubbed a “party with a purpose,” the Hate-Free Delridge Community Gathering will be held September 24th in the Thelma Dewitty Theater at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Doors will open at 4 pm, with free dinner at 5 pm. Bring a dessert to share, if you wish! All Delridge-area residents are invited, as well as the broader West Seattle community.

Hate-Free Delridge wants people to have fun, too. So, there will be music provided by local musicians, and open-microphone time for attendees to share their thoughts or, if so inclined, perform a song or two. A PA system, mixer, speakers, and microphones will all be provided. Activities for kids are planned as well.

An after-party is planned at The Skylark across the street (3803 Delridge Way SW) for anyone who wishes to continue the conversation and have a cool one.

Oct
7
Fri
2016
Teresa Mosteller book signing & reading @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): Teresa Mosteller reads from her book of poems called “There Used to Be a Fish Called Salmon.”

Oct
18
Tue
2016
Author Christopher Anderson – new book reading @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): Seattle author Christopher Anderson reads from his new environmental economics book, “Economy and Ecology: How Capitalism Brought Us to the Brink.”

Dec
3
Sat
2016
Author Readings @ C & P Coffee Company
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) on Saturday December 3rd, 7 pm–9 pm. More from C & P:

Join us for a two-part event! First, author Anna Redsand will read from To Drink From the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond. Second, Ann Przyzycki, editor of Isthmus, a literary journal published in Seattle, will join Anna (a former contributor to the journal) in a dialog on publishing: what are the challenges of starting a publication or of finding a publisher for your book; what does an editor want in a publishable piece; what does an author want in a publisher? The audience will be invited to ask questions and share their comments and experiences.

To Drink from the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond is about the author’s journey from a devout childhood and adolescence as the daughter of fundamentalist missionaries in the Navajo Nation, through leaving the church after discovering there would be no place for her there as a young lesbian. She spent the next forty years learning from other spiritual traditions, always longing for home. Eventually she embarked upon a deliberate experiment to see if she could find kinship in a faith community when she no longer believed much of what she had been taught. (www.annaredsand.com)

Isthmus is a print journal of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, published biannually in Seattle. Our goal is to produce a thoughtful, memorable reading experience that showcases a range of styles and perspectives. We hope to bring a little of Seattle to the world and a little of the rest of the world to Seattle. Founded in 2014, Isthmus has received three listings for Notable Essays and one listing for a Recognized Story in the Best American Series. (www.isthmusreview.com)

Dec
16
Fri
2016
Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Prelim #2 @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Prelim #2

When: December 16, 2016

Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Address: 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Time: Doors open, signup and food at 6:00pm; Slam will start at 6:30pm; event will end around 9:30pm

FREE admission

Event FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1782488541999958/?active_tab=about (includes full description of event)

Short description:

Arts Corps & DNDA presents
Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Prelim #2
Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle has held an annual poetry slam series to build community, showcase the next generation of Seattle’s poetic changemakers and to decide the top 5 poets to rep Seattle at Brave New Voices (BNV), the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This year, the winners will travel to San Francisco, CA for BNV 2017: bravenewvoices.org.

This is the last event of the Delridge Neighborhoods Cultural Events Series and is a collaborative event with Youth Speaks Seattle

Feb
3
Fri
2017
Free Community Event: Young Storytellers Project @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Chief Sealth International High School students will take the stage at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center to share their stories with the community. Come hear, connect, interact and support young people you might never otherwise meet! Stories, music, time to mingle. Bring a potluck dish to share if you can. Potluck at 6:30, stories begin at 7:00.

Friday February 3rd, 6:30-9:30 pm
Free Community Event: Young Storytellers Project

More:
Teachers at Chief Sealth International High School is working to support our students to hone their storytelling craft and bring it to the Youngstown Stage. We’re also getting help from Danielle K.L. Grégoire – pro story teller, educator and former program manager for The Moth (https://www.facebook.com/TheMoth/) for this event.

One thing that has always been important, perhaps even more now is to reach out and connect. What we know is that while so many communities share the same geography, we rarely actually connect. The lack of connections allows people to believe things about each other that is not true. It makes us vulnerable to fear, to implicit bias and to stereotypes. One of the most beautiful things about our Chief Sealth community is that we actually do connect – across race, across gender, across gender identity, across socioeconomic status, across age, across national origin and citizenship status. We want to share that with the wider community.

This event is different! Our young people will tell their personal stories – about 5 minutes each. Rather than this being a “story slam” we are working with Danielle Gregoire to pilot “messages of support.” Rather than being judged or scored, audience members will have a chance to write small notes about how they connected with the stories. These little love letters will be collected and given to the story tellers! What? Love, support connection between teenagers and adults in their community who might never have had the chance to connect? Isn’t that the world you want?

It’s also at the Youngtown Cultural Arts Center! The place was designed to create connection. If you’ve been there, you know what that feels like. If you haven’t, you’ll love it. And did you know that the “Thelma DeWitty” theater – where this event will be held, was named for the first African American School Teacher in the Seattle Public School District who, you guessed it, taught at the “Old Cooper School.” (okay, longer story but the Youngstown School was renamed “Cooper” for a while before we turned it back into “Youngstown” for its new life as a Cultural Arts Center). Come, bring some food, spend Friday night connecting with new and old friends, hearing stories, and supporting young people.

Feb
9
Thu
2017
Chief Sealth students’ Book-It ‘Page to Stage’ performances
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All families and community members are invited to attend the 16th annual Book-It Page to Stage Residency at Chief Sealth International High School at 7pm on Thursday, February 9th. Freshmen in Mr. Azinger’s 9th grade classes will have spent 4 and a half weeks working with a teaching artist to stage and adapt student written poems.

After a week of on-your-feet, skills-based instruction, students work in groups to stage and adapt poems written by 9th graders from Ms. Griffin’s classes. Our students have truly grown as collaborators and thinkers as the initial reticence to work in groups was quickly replaced by a thoughtful exchange of ideas. The empathy and compassion that students show is delightful, even more so in that they are so focused on successfully presenting their adaptation of the poem. Please come enjoy the result of their hard work and growth on February 9th at 7 pm in the Auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School.

Feb
15
Wed
2017
Somali storytime @ High Point Library
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Fadlan Keen Caruurtaada Si Ay U Qaataan Waqti Xiiso leh, Iyo Sheeko Xariiro Ku Bixi Doonta Afka Soomaaliaga. (It is Somali Story Time at the High Point Library!)
Bring your children to enjoy stories, rhymes and fun in Somali.)

Story times are some of our most popular 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.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This story time is offered entirely in the Somali language.

Mar
3
Fri
2017
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Enduring Conviction – Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Professor Lorraine Bannai presents her new book, “Enduring Conviction – Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice” Friday, March 3rd at Barnes & Noble/Westwood for “Words, Writers & West Seattle”

Knowing that the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II was a fundamental denial of basic human rights, a young attorney, Lori Bannai, helped vindicate a Japanese American man who resisted F.D.R.’s Executive Order. She has now written a book about him, his wartime case, and how, decades later, he won a measure of justice for himself and the Japanese American community – Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice (published by University of Washington Press (2015)).

Bannai combines insider knowledge of the case with extensive archival research, personal letters, and interviews with Korematsu, his family, and close friends. She uncovered the inspiring story of a humble, soft-spoken man who fought tirelessly against human rights abuses long after he was exonerated.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society sponsors this free book-talk series on the ‘First Friday’ of each month. Lori’s presentation will take place at 5 pm, on Friday, March 3rd, 2017, at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

After refusing to leave for incarceration when ordered, Korematsu was eventually arrested and convicted of a federal crime before being sent to the internment camp at Topaz, Utah. He appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court, which, in one of the most infamous cases in American legal history, upheld the wartime orders. Forty years later, Bannai was part of a team of young attorneys who reopened Korematsu’s case and cleared his conviction based on proof that the government suppressed, altered, and destroyed material evidence while prosecuting Korematsu during WWII. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lori Bannai now the Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and a Professor of Lawyering Skills at Seattle University School of Law. Her parents and their families were incarcerated in a camp in World War II. She has lived in West Seattle for 24 years and has raised her two children there.

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next book-talk is scheduled for April 7th and will feature Judy Bentley and her book, “Hiking Washington’s History”, focusing on areas around the Duwamish River. For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum.info/events/words-writers-and-west-seattle. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” by phone at 206-280-9983 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Apr
23
Sun
2017
Earth Day Storytelling 2017 – New Horizons @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE, all ages storytelling. Sunday April 23rd, 2 – 4pm at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Celebrate our relationship to the natural world and each other with Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Tom Rawson, and Harvest Moon as they share their musical and storytelling gifts. Presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild in cooperation with the Duwamish Tribe, and made possible by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Stories are the language of the heart that speak to us in ways that long linger. Hear world class tellers share traditional and contemporary stories and music about our relationship to the natural world and each other.

STORYTELLERS

Paul Che oke ten Wagner is an internationally renowned native flute player and storyteller from the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe.

Tom Rawson is a storyteller and banjo player extraordinare from Seattle.

Harvest Moon is a storyteller and cultural ambassador of the Quinault tribe, will be delighting and inspiring us with their gifts.

James Rasmussen from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition will also speak.

Volunteers are needed to help direct cars to overflow parking, usher, and assist in setting out the refreshments: if interested contact project coordinator at johnwasko@yahoo.com. Bring a friend! Don’t miss the fun!

For more information go to: seattlestorytellers.org or search “eventbrite earth day 2017 new horizons”.

Earth Day Storytelling 2017 – New Horizons @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE, all ages storytelling. Sunday April 23rd, 2 – 4pm at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Celebrate our relationship to the natural world and each other with Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Tom Rawson, and Harvest Moon as they share their musical and storytelling gifts. Presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild in cooperation with the Duwamish Tribe, and made possible by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Stories are the language of the heart that speak to us in ways that long linger. Hear world class tellers share traditional and contemporary stories and music about our relationship to the natural world and each other.

STORYTELLERS

Paul Che oke ten Wagner is an internationally renowned native flute player and storyteller from the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe.

Tom Rawson is a storyteller and banjo player extraordinare from Seattle.

Harvest Moon is a storyteller and cultural ambassador of the Quinault tribe, will be delighting and inspiring us with their gifts.

James Rasmussen from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition will also speak.

Volunteers are needed to help direct cars to overflow parking, usher, and assist in setting out the refreshments: if interested contact project coordinator at johnwasko@yahoo.com. Bring a friend! Don’t miss the fun!

For more information go to: seattlestorytellers.org or search “eventbrite earth day 2017 new horizons”.

Earth Day Storytelling 2017 – New Horizons @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE, all ages storytelling. Sunday April 23rd, 2 – 4pm at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Celebrate our relationship to the natural world and each other with Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Tom Rawson, and Harvest Moon as they share their musical and storytelling gifts. Presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild in cooperation with the Duwamish Tribe, and made possible by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Stories are the language of the heart that speak to us in ways that long linger. Hear world class tellers share traditional and contemporary stories and music about our relationship to the natural world and each other.

STORYTELLERS

Paul Che oke ten Wagner is an internationally renowned native flute player and storyteller from the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe.

Tom Rawson is a storyteller and banjo player extraordinare from Seattle.

Harvest Moon is a storyteller and cultural ambassador of the Quinault tribe, will be delighting and inspiring us with their gifts.

James Rasmussen from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition will also speak.

Volunteers are needed to help direct cars to overflow parking, usher, and assist in setting out the refreshments: if interested contact project coordinator at johnwasko@yahoo.com. Bring a friend! Don’t miss the fun!

For more information go to: seattlestorytellers.org or search “eventbrite earth day 2017 new horizons”.

May
10
Wed
2017
Seattle Reads: Meet Author Angela Flournoy @ Southwest Library
May 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm

Come meet Angela Flournoy and join in a discussion about Flournoy’s novel, “The Turner House”with the writer and other readers .

Flournoy will also discuss “The Turner House,” take audience questions and sign books : From 12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W.

Note: The Library will open at its regular Sunday time of 1 p.m. The West Seattle Branch Meeting Room only will open at 11:30 a.m. for this event.

ABOUT ‘THE TURNER HOUSE’

“The Turner House” is a compelling consideration of the price we pay for our dreams and the ways in which our families bring us home. Growing up in California, author Angela Flournoy often visited Detroit where her father grew up. The fiction she read never depicted the experiences of people like her family – working class African-Americans who made up the majority of the city. “The Turner House” explores this American story. “The Turner House” was a finalist for the National Book Award, was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, nominated for an NAACP Image Award and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015.

ABOUT ANGELA FLOURNOY

Flournoy is the author of “The Turner House” and a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and she has written for The New York Times, the New Republic and the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.

ABOUT SEATTLE READS

Seattle Reads was the first citywide reading program of its kind in the country and is designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. This year’s 2017 Seattle Reads program is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.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. Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch.

Jun
14
Wed
2017
WordsWest Literary Series: ‘A Kids’ Night of Invention and Adventure’ @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents “A Kids’ Night of Invention and Adventure” with Sundee T. Frazier and Kazu Kibuishi @ C & P Coffee Co., 6:00 pm, Wed., June 14, 2017.
Favorite Poem and Summer Reading Table by Jenny Cole, Co-Owner of Page 2 Books

Join WordsWest on June 14, 2017, 6pm, for a Kids’ Night of Invention and Adventure with nationally renowned Scholastic authors Sundee T. Frazier (Cleo Edison Oliver) and Kazu Kibuishi (AMULET graphic novel series). Jenny Cole of Burien’s Page 2 Books will share a Favorite Poem and host a Summer Reading Table. Yummy treats will be served! This evening is partially funded by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Sundee T. Frazier is an ALA Coretta Scott King Award winner for Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It. Her heartfelt, entertaining stories address subjects close to her heart: ethnic identity, growing up in interracial families, and multi-generational dynamics. Her books have been nominated for twelve state children’s choice awards and been recognized by the Children’s Book Council, Oprah’s Book Club, and Kirkus Reviews (Best Children’s Books of the Year). Her latest is Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power about an irresistible 10-year-old entrepreneur. Cleo is one of ten books in Seattle Public Library’s 2017 Global Reading Challenge. Sundee lives in Renton.

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT Comic Anthologies, and is the cover illustrator of the Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks from Scholastic. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.

Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

Aug
16
Wed
2017
SWYFS Young Writers Workshop Performance – the BOOT @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm

SWYFS Young Writers Workshop Performance – the BOOT
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6:00-7:30pm:
Followed by a chance to meet the artists.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

You are invited to the 2017 Southwest Youth and Family Services Writers Workshop performance of The Boot—a collection of spoken words and poetry. Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments. Listen to their stories. Take a step closer to understanding the world they live in, the struggles they encounter and the dreams they have in front of them.

Here is a sample of the amazing poetry from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3J5c-m–VQ&t=2s

Exclusive opportunity to meet artists & lead instructor.

Light refreshments provided and a chance to meet the young artists.
For more information, please call or email us at 206.937.7680 or info@swyfs.org

Aug
23
Wed
2017
Poetrybridge @ C & P Coffee
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poetrybridge @ C&P Coffee Company on Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Poetrybridge is a free, all ages, monthly series with featured readers followed by community (open) mic. For more information on this month’s featured readers and poetry news, go to www.poetrybridgetimes.net.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
A reading by Steve Adelson ‘Apocalypse at Little Bighorn-The Demise of a Culture’ @ C&P Coffee Co.
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Veteran Park Ranger, author and documentary producer Steve Adelson presents a reading: “Apocalypse At Little Bighorn -The Demise Of A Culture”.

This coffee house presentation will examine the erosion of the native Sioux and Cheyenne culture that culminated at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, later to become legendarily know as “Custer’s Last Stand”. In reality, it was not only his last stand, but the last gasp of Indian resistance against Euro-American encroachment on the northern plains.

Adelson will be examining this epic confrontation and the characters and events that shaped this story. A story that still haunts the American consciousness even today.

The lives of Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gall, Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen are some of the individuals highlighted in the discussion.

Adelson, a West Seattle graduate, is a prolific writer and his book “Little Bighorn; Voices From A Distant Wind” will be available for purchase. In addition, his documentary, “Contested Ground” is included with an autographed copy of the book.

Adelson has presented to thousands of visitors at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in southeast Montana. He has been a lecturer on the History Channel, C-Span, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and other media productions.
You can examine his work at his website.

Nov
26
Sun
2017
Mode Music Studios All Ages Open Mic @ The Skylark
Nov 26 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mode Music Studios Open Mic at Skylark Café & Club – No cover, all ages!

GET ON STAGE / GET INVOLVED!

This is the ninth month of our Get on Stage / Get Involved series of all ages Open Mics. We encourage all of our students to participate in our monthly Open Mics at the Skylark, especially if they’ve been working on a song (or three) and want to show it off in front of a supportive audience. If they’re voice students, their teachers can definitely accompany them on stage.

Sign up at 3:00, grab some food and drink, learn about this month’s Get Involved partner, then get on stage starting at 4:00.

Tim Scallon and Grace Dager @ Parliament Tavern
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 7 pm-10 pm

TIM SCALLON and GRACE DAGER. A night of music and spoken-word performance from West Seattle artists. No cover.

21+ venue.

Dec
1
Fri
2017
Drew Bensen book-signing event @ Inner Alchemy
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for an intimate event with author Drew Bensen reading and offering a book signing from the book “Positive Minded People”. Books are available for purchase.

Drew is an innate entrepreneur, public speaker, and inspirational coach. He is also a Transgender man and a fierce lover of human connection and positive living. He is certified “Infinite Possibilities- Thoughts become things” coach trained under Mike Dooley from ‘The Secret’. Drew launched his writing career in 2017 by coauthoring a book on positive minded people. He is currently living his most authentic life traveling full time in a Winnebago RV with his dog Ralphie.

Jan
21
Sun
2018
Kerri Kokias reading during Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool Bookfair @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

My picture book, Snow Sisters! came out with Knopf/Random House earlier this month. I have several West Seattle events/story times scheduled that I’m hoping you might help share with our community.

The first is at Barnes and Noble this Sunday, January 21st at 11:00am. It’s part of a book fair/fundraiser for Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool, where my children both attended school before moving on to elementary school at West Seattle Montessori. I will lead a winter themed story time and craft, and a portion of every game, book, or treat purchase will be donated to the school. Community members are encouraged to shop and support Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool through the weekend, even if they can’t make the story time. As long as we are promoting the book fair, and bringing in business to Barnes and Noble, it is not necessary for community members to be part of the school to help with this fundraiser. Simply share the book fair ID number 12310967 at checkout. And of course, everyone is welcome at the story time! https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061910635-0

I will also be doing a story time at West Seattle Library on Wednesday, January 24th at 10:30 am and at Southwest Library on Thursday, February 15th at 10:30 am.

Snow Sisters! By Kerri Kokias and Teagan White
ISBN 97811019388836
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to make the perfect snow day! A heartwarming sibling story.

When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building.

The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently–until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister meets Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow.

Jan
24
Wed
2018
Story time with author Kerri Kokias @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Jan 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

My picture book, Snow Sisters! came out with Knopf/Random House earlier this month. I have several West Seattle events/story times scheduled … a story time at West Seattle Library on Wednesday, January 24th at 10:30 am and at Southwest Library on Thursday, February 15th at 10:30 am.

Snow Sisters! By Kerri Kokias and Teagan White
ISBN 97811019388836
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to make the perfect snow day! A heartwarming sibling story.

When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building.

The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently–until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister meets Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow.

Feb
8
Thu
2018
Chief Sealth International High School Page-to-Stage performance @ CSIHS Auditorium
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ninth grade students at Chief Sealth International High School are participating in the 17th Annual Page to Stage drama-based instruction conducted by Book-It Repertory Theatre. Students have been studying poetry in their Language Arts classes, and have used that work to create a final performance for you to see on Thursday, February 8th, at 7 p.m. We welcome the community to join us in this dynamic interpretation of student-written poems at the Chief Sealth International Auditorium.

Feb
21
Wed
2018
WordsWest Literary Series presents Elizabeth Bradfield and Lyanda Lynn Haupt @ C & P Coffee Company
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

“Loving the World from Starlings to Shorelines”
with Elizabeth Bradfield and Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Favorite Poem by Reading Partners Seattle
7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave. SW

Better than candy hearts, this February WordsWest Literary Series welcomes naturalists Elizabeth Bradfield and Lyanda Lynn Haupt for “Loving the World from Starlings to Shorelines,” an evening of crucial writing about our inner impulses and our relationships with the environment at large.

WordsWest Literary Series is grateful for grant funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc. that allows us to pay our writers for their time and talent.

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, and Interpretive Work. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Orion and many anthologies. She has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship, the Audre Lorde Prize, and was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Founder and editor-in- chief of Broadsided Press, she lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist locally as well as on expedition ships in the high latitudes, and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist, eco-philosopher and speaker whose writing connects people with nature in their everyday lives. Her newest book is Mozart’s Starling. Lyanda’s previous books include Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, winner of the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds, winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award. Her writing has also appeared in Utne, LA Times, Image, and other publications. Lyanda has created educational programs for Seattle Audubon and researched seabirds in the remote tropical Pacific. She lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter, and Carmen the starling.

Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Each month a community member from a local, independent business shares his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On February 21st, we welcome a favorite poem from Reading Partners Seattle, which mobilizes volunteers to provide students at under-resourced schools with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw, and this season’s intern/co-curator is Joannie Stangeland.

Mar
30
Fri
2018
Poetry reading with Susan Rich and Cindy Veach @ Elliott Bay Book Co.
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

Elliott Bay Book Company
March 30, 2018 – 7 pm

Poet Cindy Veach reads with West Seattle poet Susan Rich.

Susan Rich is the author of Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen and other books.
Cindy Veach will read from her debut poetry collection, Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press/University Press of New England). Gloved Against Blood explores the relationships of four generations of women against a backdrop of the patriarchal textile mills of 19th century Lowell, Massachusetts. This collection speaks to family, lost love, infidelities, abandonment and the close work, women’s work of mending what is torn and making it like new despite the forces of inherited histories.

Apr
18
Wed
2018
WordsWest Literary Series April 2018: Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Susan Rich @ C & P Coffee Company
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

April 2018:

Poets Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Susan Rich celebrate National Poetry Month with poems that revel in the world’s mysteries, from the vast to the minute, from nature to art, from curiosities to companionship.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s newest collection of poems is Oceanic from Copper Canyon Press. She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder, and three previous poetry collections. Her most recent chapbook is Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay. Aimee is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Susan Rich is the author of four poetry collections: Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Susan teaches at Highline College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work.

The Favorite Poem Project, a vital part of WordsWest’s monthly literary events, invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. On April 18th, we welcome a favorite poem from Billie Swift, owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium.

WordsWest Literary Series is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw, and this season’s intern/co-curator is Joannie Stangeland. Grant funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.

Standing info:

WordsWest Literary Series Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level.

May
14
Mon
2018
Seattle Reads ‘Homegoing’ book group @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
May 14 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library for a discussion of the 2018 Seattle Reads featured work, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.

Book Description: “Homegoing” follows the parallel paths of two sisters and their descendants in Ghana and the United States, as it illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy.

View in Catalog: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

Next Month’s Title: “Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward

This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 pm.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

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
15
Tue
2018
Seattle Reads ‘Homegoing’ book group @ High Point Library
May 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us at the High Point Library for a discussion of the 2018 Seattle Reads featured work, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.

Book Description: “Homegoing” follows the parallel paths of two sisters and their descendants in Ghana and the United States, as it illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy.

View in Catalog: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

Next Month’s Title: “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

This group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

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.

Chief Sealth IHS Book-It Repertory Theater performance
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On behalf of Mr. Azinger, Ms. Gentle, the teaching artists from Book-It Repertory Theater, and our amazing students, I would like to invite parents and members of the community to the spring edition of Book-It performances. The show is on Tuesday, May 15th, doors at 6:30, show at 7 pm in the Chief Sealth auditorium. Please arrive early so that we can start on time. Students have been working hard to adapt their peers’ poetry into wonderful stage performances. This is the 18th year of Book-It at Sealth! We hope that you can join us!

May
19
Sat
2018
Baret Magarian book reading/signing @ C & P Coffee Company
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

BARET MAGARIAN
Book Reading / Signing
‘The Fabrications’

SAT 5.19.18 C & P COFFEE 4 pm

WHEN BLOCH, a popular London novelist, starts writing a fictionalized story featuring his unremarkablr friend Oscar, the invented details from the story start to come true. Gradually, Oscar embarks on a surreal odyssey into fame, while Bloch descends into the dark places of his soul. Oscar falls in love with
Najette, a bewitching painter, but their relationship hangs in the balance as his myth balloons out of all proportion. At the centre of the hype and spin stands the demon-like publicist Ryan Rees, whose power enables him to manufacture the truth, and the story builds to an unforgettable, startling climax…

Jun
20
Wed
2018
WordsWest Literary Series: Kids’ Night – Summer Reading! @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents
Kids’ Night – Summer Reading! with Suzanne Selfors & Dana Simpson
Favorite Poem & Summer Reading Table by Page 2 Books
6:00 pm, Wed., June 20, 2018, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW

SPECIAL KIDS NIGHT 6 PM START TIME

Kick off school’s end and the start of summer reading season with acclaimed authors Suzanne Selfors and Dana Simpson in a magical evening for kids and the adults they bring with them.

Suzanne Selfors is a national best-selling author who writes for kids of all ages. She’s received five Junior Library Guild awards and earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Library Media Connection and Publisher’s Weekly. The Sasquatch Escape won the WA State Book Award and was an Amazon Best Children’s Book. Suzanne’s most recent books are Wedgie and Gizmo vs. the Toof (2018) from Harper Collins/Katherine Tegan Publishers and Spirit Riding Free: Lucky and the Mustangs of Miradero (2017) from DreamWorks/Little Brown. The animated series, Spirit Riding Free, is on Netflix. Though her books can be found all over the world, Suzanne lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest where she hopes it is her destiny to write stories forever after.

Dana Claire Simpson, a native of Gig Harbor, Washington, first caught the eyes of devoted comics readers with the internet strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn (originally known as Heavenly Nostrils), which is now syndicated in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There are five book collections: Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Unicorn on a Roll, Unicorn vs. Goblins, Razzle Dazzle Unicorn, and Unicorn Crossing, and a graphic novel, The Magic Storm. Simpson’s books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and have won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. She lives with her husband and her cat in Santa Barbara, California.

The Favorite Poem Project, a vital part of WordsWest’s monthly literary events, invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. On June 20, we welcome the Summer Reading Table and a favorite poem read by Jenny Cole from indie bookstore Page 2 Books.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw, and this season’s intern/co-curator is Joannie Stangeland. Grant funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.

Jun
21
Thu
2018
Fix-It Party with West Seattle Timebank, Sustainable West Seattle, West Seattle Tool Library @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jun 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

West Seattle Timebank, Sustainable West Seattle, & West Seattle Tool Library are having a Fix It Party!

Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Youngstown Cultural Center

Bring your torn, your too-long, your cracked, your miswired, your I-think I’m-doing-it-wrong and get some help, advice, and restore your stuff to its former glory. Suggested projects: holes in clothing, pants that need hemming, missing buttons, lamps that don’t turn on anymore, broken figurines and pottery, and anything else that just needs a little attention and skill. Bring a dish to share if you like.

It’s a potluck too. Enjoy breaking bread with your neighbors and learning about Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Timebank.

More Info: westseattletimebank.org

Aug
3
Fri
2018
‘Waiting to Derail’ Book Reading and Signing with Thomas O’Keefe – Free & All-Ages @ Easy Street Records
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm

At Easy Street Records in The Junction:

Long before the Grammy nominations, sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall, and Hollywood friends and lovers, Ryan Adams fronted a Raleigh, North Carolina, outfit called Whiskeytown. Lumped into the burgeoning alt-country movement, the band soon landed a major label deal and recorded an instant classic: Strangers Almanac. That’s when tour manager Thomas O’Keefe met the young musician. For the next three years, Thomas was at Ryan’s side: on the tour bus, in the hotels, backstage at the venues. Packed with behind-the-scenes road stories, and, yes, tales of rock star debauchery, Thomas O’Keefe’s new book, “Waiting to Derail: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Alt Country’s Brilliant Wreck” provides a firsthand glimpse into Ryan Adams at the most meaningful and mythical stage of his career. Join us for a special author reading & signing event on 8/3. Free & all ages!

Aug
9
Thu
2018
25th anniversary of The Boot @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm

Each summer, a new group of young writers hones their craft through Southwest Youth & Family Services’ innovative program called Young Writers Workshop or “The Boot.” The program is designed for youth who may be low income or immigrants to express themselves and share their experiences of family, loss, hardship and love through poetry and verse.

“Poetry is my alliance. Not only speaking but creating, together penetrating that blank spot in your mind, the doubt…”
– Poetry by Puao Savusa, The Boot – 2011

But The Boot, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is much more than a poetry workshop. The ten-week intensive writing program allows students to earn high school credit for their participation and to receive a stipend for their work. This is made possible with funding from the City of Seattle Summer Youth Employment Program and the Department of Education and Early Learning.

The poems and short stories they write are then published and presented to their family, friends, and community. When The Boot began in 1993 it established that, “The Boot [magazine] is for, by and about youth. Featuring poetry, essays and short stories, the writers and editorial staff, most of whom are high school dropouts, focus their work around personal experiences and life on the ‘streets.’ ” The name was originally chosen by participants since they felt they had been “booted” out of school. The classroom where the workshop still take place has held moments of laughter and moments of silence to honor students who were lost.

On August 9th, 2018, Southwest Youth & Family Services will host a night of poetry and storytelling by the 2018 Boot writers and honor the history of the program as presented by the founding facilitator, Andrew Epstein and past participants. Doors open at 6pm at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Although the event is free, SWYFS asks guests to register at https://bit.ly/2m4R51I

Aug
18
Sat
2018
West Seattle Bee Garden work party/potluck
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

We hope you are enjoying this wonderful summer! This Saturday the 18th, the West Seattle Bee Garden will be celebrating National Honeybee Day with a work party / potluck- what better way to celebrate the bees than by helping us weed and mulch our pollinator garden? We will start at 10 am and end at 2 pm- join us for any stretch of time that works for you. We would ‘bee’ thrilled if you joined us!

Logistics: The West Seattle Bee Garden address is 3108 SW Graham. If you haven’t joined us before, there is plenty of free street parking and multiple bus lines nearby. We will have gardening tools and gloves, or feel free to bring your own. Please bring water and sunscreen, a plate and cutlery, and a dish to share!

Sep
9
Sun
2018
Homecoming Sunday Ministry Fair at Tibbetts United Methodist Church
Sep 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Homecoming Sunday Ministry Fair at Tibbetts United Methodist Church

Sunday, September 9th, Tibbetts United Methodist Church is hosting a Salad Potluck, Dessert Contest, and Ministry Fair after worship service ~11:30 am-1:30 pm, in Adams Hall on the basement level of Tibbetts UMC.

Please bring any kind of salad or salad ingredient(s) and we’ll have a feast of fellowship. In theory, at least, salad leaves plenty of room for a dessert contest and you are the judges! This year the ministry fair will also focus on explaining the unique structure behind each of our four ministry areas – Stewardship, Worship, Outreach, and Discipleship. All are welcome! The leadership team looks forward to seeing you there!

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Marra Farm Fall Fest
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Come on by for food, kids’ activities, music, and a cider press. Bring a potluck item to share if you can.”

Nov
4
Sun
2018
Marcelle Zoughbi at West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice @ Alki UCC
Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm

Marcelle Zoughbi is an intern at Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility working on national security issues i.e. nuclear weapons. Marcelle is a Palestinian Christian and attends the University of Notre Dame. Her talk will be about her experience growing up in Palestine. Her father runs a nonviolent peace center. Sunday, 5 pm, 4th November 2018.

Alki United Church of Christ, 6115 SW Hinds.

Talk begins at 5 pm; then short meeting and potluck. All welcome!

Nov
14
Wed
2018
‘Open Borders’ by Betsy Bell – Book Reading & Signing @ HomeStreet Bank
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Betsy Bell’s memoir ‘Open Borders‘ about her involvement with the anti-nuclear movement called Target Seattle in the 1980s is available October 16th from your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble. HomeStreet Bank is hosting a book reading and signing on November 14th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Join Betsy and your friends for an after-hours launch party.

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Southwest Stories: Washington At War – The Evergreen State In World War I @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

Public historian Lorraine McConaghy offers a “Readers’ Theater,” where audience members participate in reading a script out aloud on “Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I.”

Lorraine McConaghy begins the program with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes before offering a “Readers’ Theater,” a script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering. The script includes excerpts from newspapers, diaries, writings, speeches and correspondence, and is based on extensive research in primary source material focused on the war’s impact on Washington – and how Washington impacted the war. The reading covers the period 1914-1919. Lorraine will tailor her remarks to West Seattle, on the Great War home front.

Lorraine McConaghy is a public historian. At the Museum of History & Industry and Washington State History Museum, her work as historian and curator has dealt with Washington at war during the Treaty War of 1855-56, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.

This talk is presented by Humanities Washington, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, and The Seattle Public Library. It is part of Southwest Stories, a series offering monthly presentations on the history of West Seattle and the Duwamish Peninsula on the third Sundays at the five branches in West Seattle.

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

Nov
19
Mon
2018
South Seattle College poetry reading @ Olympic Hall
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

SOUTH’S ANNUAL POETRY READING

Monday, November 19

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Olympic Hall Theatre

SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE

FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE

Please join Mike Hickey’s incredibly talented & brilliant ENGL 151 creative writing class for some original beast mode poetry that is guaranteed to rock your world!

Nov
28
Wed
2018
WordsWest Literary Series – NOVEMBER EVENT, SPECIAL DATE @ C & P Coffee Company
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

WordsWest Literary Series Presents

Bellingham Brings It! A Post-Thanksgiving Feast of Words
with Bruce Beasley, Carol Guess & Suzanne Paola
Favorite Poem by and Dessert Benefit for West Seattle Food Bank

SPECIAL DATE!

7:00 pm, Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW

Join WordsWest on this special date as three Bellingham writers bring you a feast of words to satiate your post-Thanksgiving hunger for top-notch writing. Bruce Beasley will read poetry, Suzanne Paola non-fiction and Carol Guess will surprise us with her genre-acrobatics! For the fifth year in a row, our November event will feature a bake sale with 100% of the proceeds given to the West Seattle Food Bank and a food bank volunteer will share their favorite poem.

Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of eight collections of poems, most recently All Soul Parts Returned (BOA Editions, 2017).

Carol Guess is the author of nineteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. She teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.

Suzanne Paola Antonetta’s latest works of nonfiction are Make Me a Mother (W.W. Norton) and Curious Atoms (Essay Press). She is also author of Body Toxic, A Mind Apart, and the novella Stolen Moments. Awards include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, and an Oprah Bookshelf pick.

Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Seattle Municipal Court outreach event in West Seattle @ Delridge Community Center
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Do you have unpaid tickets? Suspended Driver’s License? Outstanding warrants? Or need assistance with DSHS or medical enrollment? ORCA passes, chemical dependency or mental health issues?

The Seattle Municipal Court can help!

SEATTLE MUNICIPAL COURT AND ITS PARTNERS CAN ASSIST YOU WITH:

•Warrant Quash/Recall & Set a Future Court Date Without Arrest

•Options for Resolving Unpaid Tickets & Re-licensing

•Public Defender Screening

•Direct On-Site Social Services*

•Medicaid or Insurance Questions

•Vision Exams & Eye Glass Vouchers

•Basic Needs & Resource Referrals from Court Resource Center Staff

Date: Friday November 30th

Time: 10 am- 4 pm

Location: Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW)

Dec
5
Wed
2018
Story time with Kerri Kokias, author of ‘Snow Sisters!’ @ South Park Branch Library
Dec 5 @ 11:15 am – 11:45 am

At the Southpark Library:

Families are invited to meet West Seattle author Kerri Kokias. She will read her new picture book “Snow Sisters!” followed by a fun winter craft inspired by the story! For ages 2 and up.

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

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.

Dec
13
Thu
2018
Story time with Kerri Kokias, author of ‘Snow Sisters!’ @ Delridge Library
Dec 13 @ 11:15 am – 11:45 am

At the Delridge Library:

Families are invited to meet West Seattle author Kerri Kokias. She will read her new picture book “Snow Sisters!” followed by a fun winter craft inspired by the story! For ages 2 and up.

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

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.

Student Aid Application Support Night @ West Seattle High School
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Parents and seniors from West Seattle High School, Chief Sealth
International High School, and neighboring schools are invited to
attend this support night to complete their 2019-2020 FAFSA or WASFA.

This is the first step to receive financial aid for college. All
students are encouraged to complete this step regardless of income.

Individuals who would like to begin their FAFSA or WASFA should come
prepared with the following information for both the student and
parent(s):

  • Email address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Mailing address and telephone number
  • Driver’s license or state issued identification card (non-mandatory)
  • Tax forms for the year 2017, if you filed taxes
  • W2’s, if married filing jointly or you did not file taxes
  • Other income (received or paid) for 2017
  • Current savings and checking account balances
  • List of all schools you will be applying to
Dec
16
Sun
2018
Southwest Stories: Tengu Fishing Club @ Delridge Library
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

At the Delridge Library: Join us for an interview with Mas Tahara, featuring fish-tales of the “Tengu Fishing Club.”

The “Tengu Fishing Club” was founded by one of several Japanese-American tackle shops located in downtown Seattle. One particular shop started a salmon fishing competition, later called the “Tengu Fishing Club” around 1936-1937. Fishing competitions like this were common at this time but the Japanese-American population wasn’t welcomed during the typical salmon fishing season in the spring or summer. They began their own tradition, with the distinct difference of welcoming any participants. Held during the cold winter months of November through January, each weekend of the competition would document who had caught the largest fish, and the ultimate winner was chosen at the end of the 12-week period.

Mas Tahara is a longtime Seattle resident and former University of Washington microbiology researcher. He chaired the “Tengu Fishing Club” for over 40 years and published a book about his experiences called “Tengu – Tales Told by Fishermen and Women of The Tengu Club of Seattle.”

Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society as part of its Southwest Stories series offering presentations on the history of West Seattle and the Duwamish Peninsula.

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

Dec
21
Fri
2018
Homage to Richard Hugo @ Mac's Triangle Pub
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

2nd annual celebration of the life of White Center poet Richard Hugo, on his birthday, December 21st, 7 pm at Mac’s Triangle Pub.

Dec
30
Sun
2018
West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club Open House @ Roger Dahl Rifle Training Range
Dec 30 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club for an open house at the Roger
Dahl Rifle Training Range [under the West
Seattle Stadium].  Learn more about the club, adult rifle and
pistol leagues, the youth rifle team, and upcoming training and
classes–all happening at Seattle’s oldest indoor range. Information
about firearm safety and suicide prevention will also be available.

Jan
10
Thu
2019
Celebration of Life Workshop at Quail Park @ Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle
Jan 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn about Doula Care & Coaching for End of Life

– Guest Speaker –
Crystal Flores–Certified Health Coach, EOL-Doula, Mentor, Hospice Volunteer and owner of Your Ultimate Love Story!

This workshop is to increase awareness around the Death Positive movement. Crystal has a personal story to share one that brought her to this work. Many people don’t know their rights, options, and the services available surrounding End of Life. Crystal’s mission is to dis-armor the fear around death by normalizing the process, helping families open dialogue, and creating a sacred space for all during transition. You can find out more about Crystal Flores at: Your Ultimate Love Story.

Refreshments & Snacks Will Be Provided!

Get more information.

Register Now!

I can’t make it.

Words, Writers, & West Seattle: Claudia Castro Luna @ Southwest Library
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna for an evening of conversation and poetry.

Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State’s current Poet Laureate and former Seattle Civic Poet. She is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marias and This City. She is also the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid, which traces the city in the voices of its citizens. Claudia Castro Luna is passionate about the value of community building through the power of language, and her poems look at our personal ties, our relationships to the natural world and the consequences of injustice, wherever it is found.

This program is part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula. Programs are held monthly on the second Thursday evenings. Books will be available for purchase. Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

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

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
16
Wed
2019
WordsWest Event with Writers E. J. Koh and Juan Carlos Reyes @ C & P Coffee Co.
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm

What is truly “new” in the New Year? How much of our optimism or pessimism for what’s to come has to do with what’s happening now, and how much has to do with unresolved collisions? On January 16, 2019, writers E. J. Koh and Juan Carlos Reyes wrestle with “Past and Future Selves”: the intangible apparitions that haunt our everyday lives.

E. J. Koh is the author of A Lesser Love, winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize, and her memoir The Magical Language of Others is forthcoming from Tin House Books. Her work has appeared in Academy of American Poets, Boston Review, Columbia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Prairie Schooner. She received fellowships from The American Literary Translators Association, Kundiman, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Juan Carlos Reyes has published the novella A Summer’s Lynching (Quarterly West) and the fiction chapbook Elements of a Bystander (Arcadia Press). His stories, poems and essays have appeared in Ascentos Review, KGB Lit, and Hawai’i Review, among others. He is a 2018 Jack Straw Writers Fellow and is currently an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University. He is also the chief editor at Big Fiction magazine. He is the recipient of the Artist Trust 2018 LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction.

The Favorite Poem Project, a vital part of WordsWest’s monthly literary events, invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. On January 16th, we welcome a favorite poem from Fawn Coussens, MSPT, owner and physical therapist at Kinetic Physical Therapy, located one block south of the West Seattle Junction.


WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. Grant funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.

Feb
2
Sat
2019
Chess Tournament @ West Seattle Elementary School
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

West Seattle Elementary School will host a state-qualifying chess tournament for children grades 1-5.

The tournament will take place in the school gym and cafeteria and will feature five rounds, each beginning approximately at 9:00am, 10:15am, 11:45pm, 1:00pm, 2:15pm.

The trophy presentation will take place at 3:30pm.

The tournament serves as a qualifier for the Washington State Elementary tournament. United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership is not required. The tournament is Northwest Scholastic Rating System (NWSRS) rated.

Registration is available at nwchessreg.

Feb
14
Thu
2019
Words, Writers, West Seattle: Betsy Bell @ Southwest Library
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us to hear Betsy Bell read from her chronicle, “Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss and Anti-War Activism.”

Betsy Bell chronicles her personal journey during the 1980s as an anti-war activist and the activities of Target Seattle. In 1983, she travels to Tashkent, Seattle’s Sister City in Uzbekistan and discovers the power of people-to-people connections across political boundaries. She explores how ordinary citizens can be transformed into agents of peace.

A mother, grandmother, and businesswoman, Betsy Bell is a longtime justice activist. Reaching across boundaries that separate us from ‘The Other’ has been a constant thread in Betsy’s life. You can learn more about Betsy Bell by visiting her website.

This program is part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula. Programs are held monthly on the second Thursday evenings. Books will be available for purchase. Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

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

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
19
Tue
2019
Envisioning Seattle’s Small Lot Zoning Future @ Southwest Branch Library
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Seattle is going to change thousands of residential lots from “Single Family” to “Residential Small Lot” (RSL) as part of the MHA zoning reform. The rules covering RSL designations have been rewritten, and there are many questions about how it will affect our neighborhoods such as South Park, Highland Park, and the Junctions.

  • 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?
  • Finally, how can we improve RSL so that it can be the most effective before the ordinance comes before the Council?

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

RSVP here: Envisioning Seattle’s Small Lot Zoning Future.

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Words, Writers, West Seattle: Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred @ Southwest Library
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard for an illustrated book discussion of “Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred.”

Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard’s new coffee-table book showcases the most compelling and essential of the more than 1,800 “Seattle Now & Then” photo-history columns that Dorpat has produced for the Sunday magazine of “The Seattle Times” for more than 36 years, since January 1982.

The book covers views from all directions throughout Seattle, highlighting its native roots and earliest days as a city (and its earliest photographs), and includes a special, four-foot-wide gatefold that reveals the city’s massive growth from the prospect of Queen Anne Hill.

Dramatic images comparing “then” to “now” explore the city’s regrades, bridges, thoroughfares and countless Seattle landmarks. The Great Seattle Fire, the Gold Rush, Pike Place Market, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair get attention, as do breathtaking panoramas, all in a size and clarity rarely seen.

Seattle public historian Paul Dorpat and co-author Jean Sherrard, who has served as Dorpat’s “now” photographer for the past 12 years, will be available after the talk to personally inscribe books.

This event at the Southwest branch library is part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula. Programs are held monthly on the second Thursday evenings. Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

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

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
21
Thu
2019
Intersections Festival @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm

Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance will be happening for the second year, this March 21-24, 2019 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the Delridge neighborhood. Intersections showcases performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, burlesque, storytelling, spoken word, music, theatre, and dance; however, it doesn’t end there.Intersections remains committed to its focus on equity, inclusion, and representation. “Seattle is a diverse city,” says Jekeva Phillips, one member of the all-womxn team, “Why are we only seeing the same faces and hearing the same voices?” Phillips (who is featured in City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Future List) was approached about the project by Natasha Ransom, and Kinzie Shaw of FEELINGS, an Improv duo which aims to amplify intersectional feminism in the face of a white-cis-hetero patriarchy.

The four-day festival will feature a myriad of comedy-related acts from Seattle’s best and brightest POC, Queer, Trans, non-binary, and neurodiverse performers. Each show is a different experience loaded with a variety of acts. No show in the festival will be the same, so the Intersections team strongly encourages patrons to be a part of it all. “We are so excited to be in the audience for this festival,” Say co-founders Natasha Ransom and Kinzie Shaw “The talent is just unbelievably good and we want to soak as much of it in as possible.”

Don’t miss our Giving Party, coming up Saturday March 9th from 2-4pm at Capitol Cider. It’s completely free to attend! For more information about the festival, like Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance on Facebook or visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

For more information about the lineup, visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

Intersections is funded in part by 4Culture, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Planned Parenthood, and KEXP.

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Intersections Festival @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm

Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance will be happening for the second year, this March 21-24, 2019 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the Delridge neighborhood. Intersections showcases performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, burlesque, storytelling, spoken word, music, theatre, and dance; however, it doesn’t end there.Intersections remains committed to its focus on equity, inclusion, and representation. “Seattle is a diverse city,” says Jekeva Phillips, one member of the all-womxn team, “Why are we only seeing the same faces and hearing the same voices?” Phillips (who is featured in City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Future List) was approached about the project by Natasha Ransom, and Kinzie Shaw of FEELINGS, an Improv duo which aims to amplify intersectional feminism in the face of a white-cis-hetero patriarchy.

The four-day festival will feature a myriad of comedy-related acts from Seattle’s best and brightest POC, Queer, Trans, non-binary, and neurodiverse performers. Each show is a different experience loaded with a variety of acts. No show in the festival will be the same, so the Intersections team strongly encourages patrons to be a part of it all. “We are so excited to be in the audience for this festival,” Say co-founders Natasha Ransom and Kinzie Shaw “The talent is just unbelievably good and we want to soak as much of it in as possible.”

Don’t miss our Giving Party, coming up Saturday March 9th from 2-4pm at Capitol Cider. It’s completely free to attend! For more information about the festival, like Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance on Facebook or visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

For more information about the lineup, visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

Intersections is funded in part by 4Culture, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Planned Parenthood, and KEXP.

Mar
23
Sat
2019
Intersections Festival @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm

Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance will be happening for the second year, this March 21-24, 2019 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the Delridge neighborhood. Intersections showcases performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, burlesque, storytelling, spoken word, music, theatre, and dance; however, it doesn’t end there.Intersections remains committed to its focus on equity, inclusion, and representation. “Seattle is a diverse city,” says Jekeva Phillips, one member of the all-womxn team, “Why are we only seeing the same faces and hearing the same voices?” Phillips (who is featured in City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Future List) was approached about the project by Natasha Ransom, and Kinzie Shaw of FEELINGS, an Improv duo which aims to amplify intersectional feminism in the face of a white-cis-hetero patriarchy.

The four-day festival will feature a myriad of comedy-related acts from Seattle’s best and brightest POC, Queer, Trans, non-binary, and neurodiverse performers. Each show is a different experience loaded with a variety of acts. No show in the festival will be the same, so the Intersections team strongly encourages patrons to be a part of it all. “We are so excited to be in the audience for this festival,” Say co-founders Natasha Ransom and Kinzie Shaw “The talent is just unbelievably good and we want to soak as much of it in as possible.”

Don’t miss our Giving Party, coming up Saturday March 9th from 2-4pm at Capitol Cider. It’s completely free to attend! For more information about the festival, like Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance on Facebook or visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

For more information about the lineup, visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

Intersections is funded in part by 4Culture, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Planned Parenthood, and KEXP.

Opening Celebration–High Point Play Area Renovation @ High Point Community Center and Walt Hundley Playfield
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Everyone is invited to come to the park on Saturday, March 23 to enjoy a few hours of fun and celebrate completion of the play area renovation with a spring ribbon cutting celebration.

This improvement project relocates the existing play area to the south open lawn area providing ADA access and increased safety by making the play area more visible from the street. The new play area size increases from 1,280 sf to 5,260 sf and upgrades it to our standard size for a community center.

The new play equipment features swings, slides and many climbable features. The park features a rolling hill with net climber, and an overhead climbing structure.

In addition to the play elements the project incorporates two new seating areas, one adjacent to the play area and another in the location of the old play area.

In partnership with the Seattle Greenways Initiative, the project incorporates a bike path that connects the play area and Walt Hundley Playfield to a future Greenway proposed by SDOT at 34th Ave SW.

The location of the old play area will be restored to an informal open lawn as requested by the community.

Mar
24
Sun
2019
Spring Ride to Seapine (Bike and Brew) @ Starbucks Coffe
Mar 24 @ 1:15 pm

Sponsored by West Seattle Bike Connections

Meet in front of Starbucks in the West Seattle Junction on California SW at SW Alaska.

Arrive by 1:15pm for check in, safety briefing. Rolling at 1:30 PM

Start the season off right with a Spring Ride to Seapine Brewing–an easy 10 mile trip from the Junction to Downtown, with an extended layover at Seapine Brewing in SODO. We’ll meet just after the Farmer’s Market (so folks can load up on snacks).

This is a great ride for beginners, with low elevation and a steady pace. This ride is also a great way to test out the bike commute from West Seattle to Downtown–please RSVP at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2002078670088240/

Intersections Festival @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance will be happening for the second year, this March 21-24, 2019 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the Delridge neighborhood. Intersections showcases performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, burlesque, storytelling, spoken word, music, theatre, and dance; however, it doesn’t end there.Intersections remains committed to its focus on equity, inclusion, and representation. “Seattle is a diverse city,” says Jekeva Phillips, one member of the all-womxn team, “Why are we only seeing the same faces and hearing the same voices?” Phillips (who is featured in City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Future List) was approached about the project by Natasha Ransom, and Kinzie Shaw of FEELINGS, an Improv duo which aims to amplify intersectional feminism in the face of a white-cis-hetero patriarchy.

The four-day festival will feature a myriad of comedy-related acts from Seattle’s best and brightest POC, Queer, Trans, non-binary, and neurodiverse performers. Each show is a different experience loaded with a variety of acts. No show in the festival will be the same, so the Intersections team strongly encourages patrons to be a part of it all. “We are so excited to be in the audience for this festival,” Say co-founders Natasha Ransom and Kinzie Shaw “The talent is just unbelievably good and we want to soak as much of it in as possible.”

Don’t miss our Giving Party, coming up Saturday March 9th from 2-4pm at Capitol Cider. It’s completely free to attend! For more information about the festival, like Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance on Facebook or visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

For more information about the lineup, visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com

Intersections is funded in part by 4Culture, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Planned Parenthood, and KEXP.

Here Come The Words – a Literary Showcase @ Parliament Tavern
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm

Spoken word extravaganza featuring Erika Brumett, K. Emerson Chase, Paul Constant, Steve Duda, and Krystal Kelley. 7 pm at the Parliament Tavern.

Ages 21+ only.

Mar
27
Wed
2019
Teens, Tech, and Sexuality: Parent Education Night @ West Seattle High School
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

West Seattle High School welcomes parents from the community.

Talking to your kid about tech and sexuality is hard! Words like “Media,” “Privacy,” “Safety,” “Porn,” and even “Sex” have different meanings than they did a generation ago.

Come learn from Jo Langford, MA, who has two decades of experience working with t/weens. She will be leading a discussion on how to connect with your child/ren in order to help them make informed decisions about and learn tools to deal with sexuality, growing up with technology, and relationships with confidence and seriousness–all while having fun along the way and doing as little harm to themselves and their peers as possible. This event will be held on March 27 at 7pm in the school Library. Please mark your calendar!

Apr
11
Thu
2019
Words, Writers, West Seattle With Kurt Armbruster @ Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us to hear Kurt Armbruster discuss his newest railway history, Pacific Coast, Seattle’s Own Railroad.

In 1870, Seattle had high hopes that the transcontinental Northern Pacific Railroad would make the city its western terminus. Instead, the railroad chose Tacoma. Seattle panicked and then rolled up its sleeves and built its own railroad. The Pacific Coast Railroad and its predecessors were key to assuring Seattle’s rise to become the Pacific Northwest’s greatest city.

Kurt Armbruster is a Seattle native, historian, author and musician/songwriter. He has written numerous articles for historical journals and books including Orphan Road, The Railroad Comes to Seattle, 1853-1911, Before Seattle Rocked, A City and Its Music, and Playing for Change, Burton and Florence James and the Struggle for American Theater.

This program is part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle author series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula. Programs are held monthly on the second Thursday evenings.

Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

This event is at the Southwest branch library.

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

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
7
Tue
2019
Jazz Open Mic @ Skylark Café & Club
May 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

West Seattle Underground Jazz Scene Ignites! Jazz Open Mic Bash! Come sit in with Jazz Giants Clipper Anderson and Randy Halberstadt. EVERYONE is welcome! Not a Jazz star? Come on have a couple drinks…. sing an old standard or enjoy the amazing talent.

May
14
Tue
2019
Jazz Open Mic @ Skylark Café & Club
May 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

West Seattle Underground Jazz Scene Ignites! Jazz Open Mic Bash! Come sit in with Jazz Giants Clipper Anderson and Randy Halberstadt. EVERYONE is welcome! Not a Jazz star? Come on have a couple drinks…. sing an old standard or enjoy the amazing talent.

May
15
Wed
2019
WordsWest Literary Series – Erica Bauermeister & Alan Chong Lau @ C & P Coffee Company
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents
“Awakening the Senses”
with Erica Bauermeister and Alan Chong Lau
Book Sales by Open Books: a poem emporium
Favorite Poem by C & P Coffee Company
7:00 pm, Wed., May 15, 2019
C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW
Website: http://WordsWestLiterary.com/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/644523839329884/

In the penultimate event of WordsWest Literary Series’s five-year history, on May 15, 2019, novelist Erica Bauermeister and poet/visual artist Alan Chong Lau will muse upon “Awakening the Senses.” As an added bonus, independent bookstore Open Books will have copies of Erica’s latest novel, The Scent Keeper, available to purchase one week before its official release date!

Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels. Her most recent is The Scent Keeper (St. Martin’s, May 2019), a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Her other novels include The School of Essential Ingredients (Putnam, 2009), Joy for Beginners (Putnam, June 2011), and The Lost Art of Mixing (Putnam, 2013). She is also the co-author of two nonfiction books: 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14.

Poet and visual artist Alan Chong Lau’s collections of poetry include Songs for Jadina (1980), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker’s Journal (2000); and no hurry (2007). With Lawson Fusao Inada and Garrett Hongo, he authored The Buddha Bandits Down Highway 99 (1978). His work has appeared in anthologies such as From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900–2002 (2002) and What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (1998). Poems by Alan Chong Lau in collaboration with photos by John Levy will appear in the online literary magazine Otata starting in May, 2019. His book of poems, prose and artwork about Japan will be published by Entre Rios Books in 2020. Arts editor for the International Examiner, Lau coordinates the Asian review of books Pacific Reader, and ArtXchange Gallery represents his visual work.

The Favorite Poem Project invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. On May 15th, we welcome the host for WordsWest throughout its history, C & P Coffee Company.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. Grant funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.

Standing info:

WordsWest Literary Series. Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level.

https://wordswestliterary.weebly.com/

May
21
Tue
2019
Jazz Open Mic @ Skylark Café & Club
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

West Seattle Underground Jazz Scene Ignites! Jazz Open Mic Bash! Come sit in with Jazz Giants Clipper Anderson and Randy Halberstadt. EVERYONE is welcome! Not a Jazz star? Come on have a couple drinks…. sing an old standard or enjoy the amazing talent.

Jun
13
Thu
2019
Words, Writers, West Seattle With David Buerge @ Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Chief Seattle wrote nothing down during his life, yet his words—both real and imagined—are known throughout the world. The result is a man made up of both historical and fictional aspects, from which conflicting messages can be gleaned.

David M. Buerge, a biographer and a historian to the Duwamish Tribe, Seattle’s mother’s people, spent more than 20 years exploring the man from a variety of sources to reveal a leader of epic character. He was a warrior, an orator, a benefactor, and a visionary who helped found the city that bears his name, Seattle, the largest city in the world named after a Native American.

Chief Seattle’s vision was ambitious: a prosperous, multiracial city. But toward the end of Seattle’s life, he saw that vision become a tragedy. In the current century, is Seattle the city edging any closer to the vision of Seattle the man? Buerge explores this complex figure to uncover how one man’s story still shapes the identity of the city.

Buerge, a historian, teacher, and writer, has been researching the pre- and early history of the City of Seattle since the mid-1970s. He has published fourteen books of history and biography. Buerge’s latest book, Chief Seattle and the Town that Took His Name, is the first biography of Chief Seattle intended for adults.

This program is part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle author series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula. Programs are held monthly on the second Thursday evenings.

Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

This event is at the Southwest branch library.

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

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
19
Wed
2019
WordsWest Literary Series Finale – Cake in the Garden @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents
“Cake in the Garden”
A Series-Ending Celebration and Farewell
Book Sales by Open Books: a poem emporium
Favorite Poem by Harold Taw, WordsWest Co-Curator
7:00 pm, Wed., June 19, 2019, C & P Coffee Co. (WSB sponsor)
Website: http://WordsWestLiterary.com/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/677718496020885/

WEST SEATTLE—It’s the series-ending celebration to bid farewell to WordsWest Literary Series! In its five-year history, WordsWest has hosted world-class writers from Seattle and beyond. In the past year alone WordsWest featured 8 of the 2018 Washington State Book Award finalists (and 3 of the winners) before they were even nominated!

On June 19, 2019, please join us for tres leches cake in the garden, a specially designed cocktail, and a sampling of the incredible WordsWest writers from all five years of its existence: Elizabeth Austen, Quenton Baker, Rick Barot, Claudia Castro Luna, Christine Deavel, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Rachel Kessler, J.W. Marshall, Greg November, Renee Simms, and Ann Teplick.

The Favorite Poem Project invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. In our series finale, WordsWest welcomes its prose-writing co-curator Harold Taw.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. It is eternally grateful to C & P Coffee Company for being its host and sponsor through five years.

For a historical list of the remarkable authors that WordsWest has hosted over the years, please visit:

https://wordswestliterary.weebly.com/about.html


WordsWest Literary Series

Jun
22
Sat
2019
Native Tree Event at the Duwamish Longhouse @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

What:  More than just Trees: Native Tree Ecology and Identification Program

When:  11am-1pm, Saturday June 22nd. (After-program outdoor tree identification session 1:15pm)

Where:  Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 West Marginal Way SW, Seattle WA)

Curious to know more about lowland forests? Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a free informational program and field identification of prominent lowland tree species with SPR Naturalist Jacob de Guzman.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
Words, Writers, West Seattle With Roberta Newland and John Newland-Thompson @ Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us to hear Bainbridge Island educator Roberta Newland and her co-author (and son) John Newland-Thompson discuss their book The Cle Elum Fire of 1918 from Images of America series.

On June 25, 1918, a hot, windy day fire tore through the small town of Cle Elum. Caused by a spark of unknown origin in the center of town, the fire destroyed the majority of the town to the east and left 1,800 people homeless–nearly the equivalent of today’s population. The authors, whose ancestor’s barbershop was lost in the blaze, will describe this town of immigrants before the fire, the fire itself, and the rebuilding process.

Roberta Newland is a Bainbridge Island educator who has researched many historic preservation projects. Her co-author, John Newland-Thompson, is a writer and editor. They published The Cle Elum Fire of 1918 on the fire’s centennial in 2018.

Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

This event is at the Southwest branch library.

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

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
4
Sun
2019
Sunday Running Club at Ounces @ Ounces Taproom and Beer Garden
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm

Hey Runners! Join our Sunday running club for all fitness levels. Like to exercise, drink beer, and meet others in your hood? Then this group is for you! Strollers and pets welcome.

How it works? Meet at Ounces on Sundays at noon. Come every Sunday or pick and choose when you would like to participate. Whether you want to run 2, 5, or 10 miles, we’ll match you with others at your level and send you running.

Then, when you’re done, drink beer at Ounces! Runs are free and start and finish at Ounces.

Come to 12+ runs and earn an official Ounces Running Club t-shirt.

Aug
8
Thu
2019
Words, Writers, West Seattle With Mayumi Tsutakawa @ Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Remember some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest as writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa discusses her book “Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Southwest Branch library.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Mayumi Tsutakawa’s presentation will focus on five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism fields whose inspiring stories reach back to the early years of our region. These extraordinary women include 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 experiences as an activist and writer, Tsutakawa explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society.

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

This program is part of the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula and Puget Sound. It is presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and co-sponsored by Humanities Washington.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and present the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories program so that local history and authors are accessible to all.

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

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

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
24
Sat
2019
Axe Throwing at Ounces @ Ounces Taproom and Beer Garden
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Want to try axe throwing? Now is your chance. PNW Axe Throwing will be at Ounces with their axe throwing trailer. Hop in the ring and give it a go!

Aug
31
Sat
2019
Cycle History 2019: The Places of Community @ Highland Park Improvement Club
Aug 31 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Cycle History 2019: The Places of Community

The Log House Museum and West Seattle Bike Connections present: The Places of Community.

Join us for a ride from Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) on an 8.8 mile route at a leisurely pace (10-12 mph)!

The theme for this ride is Community Gathering Places. We will stop at several places in West Seattle where neighbors have come together to socialize, garden, play music, talk about the neighborhood, and play outside, in places planned and built by neighbors. Knowledgeable local historians will tell us stories.

This will be the third annual Cycle History ride hosted by Southwest Seattle Historical Society and West Seattle Bike Connections.

Let’s meet at the HPIC at 9:30 am for our pre-ride safety briefing and ride theme description. Then, let’s depart at 10:00 am.

We will climb and descend hills at our own pace, and our goal will be to stay together. We will take it very easy on the hills on this route.

Restrooms are available at the start. We will stop along the way for restrooms and water at mile 8.2 at Highland Park Playfield.

There will be no food stops. Bring snacks if you wish.

You are encouraged to pre-register on the Cascade Bicycle Club page. There is no need to unregister if you decide not to ride. Pre-registration closes at 7:30 am on day of ride. After 7:30, just show up and register at the start.

Kids are welcome. Parents/guardians please read and comply with Cascade’s policies for children riding their own bikes.

Bring a spare tube and tools to fix a flat, just in case. Please have full fenders if the roads are wet, or you may be asked to ride at the rear of the group.

Any kind of bike is OK. Please check your tires, brakes and chain in advance.

Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion–steady rain cancels–or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions, the Ride Leader will post a ride-canceled note in the Comments section on the Cascade Bicycle Club page at least two hours prior to the start, and Ride Leader(s) will not be at the start location.

We hope you can join us!

Sep
7
Sat
2019
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Project @ Westcrest Park
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Project with DIRT Corps.

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land on West Edge, and it is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries! It’s up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control. Let’s work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park to make it into an even greater public space for everyone to enjoy. Get outside and learn about restoration methods while improving the health of a forested neighborhood park. The beginning of this volunteer event will include a brief weed identification.

Please bring water and also lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.

Contact: veronica@thedirtcorps.com. Registration is available online.

Celebrate 80 Years of Climbing Schurman Rock at Camp Long’s Mountain Fest @ Camp Long
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seattle Parks and Recreation opens historic Camp Long for its free, family-friendly Mountain Festival on September 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—where anyone, from novices to hard-core enthusiasts, can get their hands on the rocks and feet off the ground.

Visitors to the Camp Long Mountain Fest will find an exhilarating mix of climbing, conviviality, and challenge. They can test themselves on the high ropes course,* and swap stories afterwards, or simply enjoy some downtime and spirited conversation with kindred climbers around the fire pit, eating hot dogs and s’mores (vegetarian options available).

Vertical World, a local climbing gym, will run a climbing wall where individuals can scale the same rock that Clark Schurman and Fred Beckey, living legends among Northwest mountaineers, used to practice on.* Schurman Rock was constructed between 1938 and 1939 by the Works Progress Administration, and is believed to be the first artificial climbing structure in the U.S.. Mountain Madness, a climbing guide and mountaineering company, will run a rappel station down the camp’s “Glacier Wall.”

Visitors can also listen to presentations from Mountaineers Books authors including Jeff Smoot, Linnea Westerfield, and Susan Elderkin. Camp Long cabins will host local artists including photographer Holli Margell and Molly Hashimoto. In addition, multiple community organizations will be on site to discuss nature-focused issues from noxious weeds to bird identification.

* Space for climbing and ropes course is limited so early arrival to the festival and sign-up is encouraged. Waivers are required for all climbing activities and will be available at the lodge.

All events are free and take place at Camp Long (5200 35th. Ave. SW). Located in West Seattle, this 68-acre park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb, and learn about natural history. A talented staff of naturalists and ropes-course staff lead ongoing group environmental education and rock climbing classes. Programs at Camp Long are designed to be fun, educational, and interactive experiences for all ages.

For more information about the Camp Long Mountain Fest, please call 206-423-3460 or visit the Camp Long climbing rock page. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council. Partners include O2 Outdoor Opportunities Program, Girl Scouts of Washington, Mountain Madness, Mountaineers Books, WA Alpine Club, Vertical World, and King County Noxious Weed Program.

Sep
12
Thu
2019
Words, Writers & Southwest Stories: Elise Hooper @ Southwest Library
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

At the Southwest Branch library on September 12, Elise Hooper will talk about her book “Learning to See,” a historical novel about the life of Dorothea Lange, who created some of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs. Lange is best known for her Depression-era work creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. Elise Hooper writes that by the early 1930s, while going through personal and economic upheaval, Dorothea Lange too k to the road with her camera, creating images that would inspire, reform, and define an era. She is the pioneering documentary photographer who captured iconic images of the Great Depression and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

This program is part of the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula and Puget Sound. It is presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and present the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories program so that local history and authors are accessible to all.

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

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

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
19
Thu
2019
Timebank Orientation and Member Event @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

West Seattle Timebank invites you to an orientation and member database training.

Potluck gathering to meet Timebank members, share current exchanges or learn about the Timebank. Speakers from our organization – members may present, too. Bring a dish to share if you’d like, but not required. Bring a friend or relative, too.

Learn how to use the Timebank database.
Get one-on-one training.
Meet members.
And earn Timebank hours just for attending.

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Plants and Animals of Roxhill Park and Bog @ Southwest Library
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join EarthCorps and the City of Seattle’s Parks Commons Program to learn about the ecology and history of Roxhill Park! Best known for its ancient peat bog that stands at the headwaters of Longfellow Creek, this neighborhood park is one of the most biodiverse natural areas in Seattle!

This event will start with a presentation by EarthCorps Volunteer Specialists who will talk about the positive impacts of urban green spaces, the history and establishment of Roxhill Park, and how to identify the native species in the park.

The presentation will be followed with a walking tour around Roxhill with EarthCorps’ Ecologist to further explore and chat about the plants and ecology of the park.

This is a great event for anyone who wants to learn more about their local park, practice their plant ID skills, and connect with others over their love of park spaces!

For more information contact: Mariska@earthcorps.org.

Sep
24
Tue
2019
Ready to Work ESL Class Orientation @ Neighborhood House High Point Family Center
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ready to Work ESL Class Orientation is Tue. 9/24 and Wed. 9/25 from 9:30am-12:30pm.
(Classes are Mon.-Thu. for Levels 3-4. Classes include computer training.)

The High Point Family Resource Center provides professional resources and community-driven programs to families in West Seattle, all centered on cultural enrichment, personal growth, and other skill-building opportunities. All programs and events are free, and everyone is welcome to join!

To learn more about the center, stop in for a visit or call 206-588-4900 ext. 3010.

Sep
25
Wed
2019
Ready to Work ESL Class Orientation @ Neighborhood House High Point Family Center
Sep 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ready to Work ESL Class Orientation is Tue. 9/24 and Wed. 9/25 from 9:30am-12:30pm.
(Classes are Mon.-Thu. for Levels 3-4. Classes include computer training.)

The High Point Family Resource Center provides professional resources and community-driven programs to families in West Seattle, all centered on cultural enrichment, personal growth, and other skill-building opportunities. All programs and events are free, and everyone is welcome to join!

To learn more about the center, stop in for a visit or call 206-588-4900 ext. 3010.

Sep
26
Thu
2019
Community Conversations: School Systems (Childcare Provided) @ Neighborhood House High Point Family Center
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to learn how you can increase advocacy for your children within the school system by:

  • preparing for parent teacher conferences
  • learning how the school district works
  • discovering how to access interpretation services.

Dinner, interpreters, and childcare will be provided.

The High Point Family Resource Center provides professional resources and community-driven programs to families in West Seattle, all centered on cultural enrichment, personal growth, and other skill-building opportunities. All programs and events are free, and everyone is welcome to join!

To learn more about the center, stop in for a visit or call 206-588-4900 ext. 3010.

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Project @ Westcrest Park
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Westcrest Park Forest Restoration Project with Dirt Corps.

Location: Westcrest Park, Seattle.

Parking is available in the south parking lot off of SW Henderson St, next to the dog park. Meet at the most southern part of the park.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Four hours

Join DIRT Corps in revitalizing Westcrest Park. We are working on the parcel of land on West Edge that is overgrown with Himalayan blackberries! It’s up to us and our volunteers to bring it under control. Let’s work together to gradually transform and maintain Westcrest Park as an even greater public space for everyone to enjoy.

Get outside and learn about restoration methods while improving the health of a forested neighborhood park. The beginning of this volunteer event will include a brief weed ID.

Please bring water and also lunch if you think you are going to get hungry. DIRT Corps will provide coffee and light refreshments.

Registration is available online.

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Family Connectors University @ Neighborhood House High Point Family Center
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Beginning October 3–10 weeks of classes to learn how to navigate the school system, how to create a higher education culture at home, and how to
support a child’s academic success. College credit available.

The High Point Family Resource Center provides professional resources and community-driven programs to families in West Seattle, all centered on cultural enrichment, personal growth, and other skill-building opportunities. All programs and events are free, and everyone is welcome to join!

To learn more about the center, stop in for a visit or call 206-588-4900 ext. 3010.

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Tot Trek and Nature Play @ Camp Long
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Fall nature outings are open for registration now!  Sign up for the popular nighttime walks, bird tours, mushroom walks, and so much more…

Tot Trek and Nature Play–Fall Forest Frolic at Camp Long.

Ages 2-3 with an Adult. Pre-registration required.

Mushroom Walk @ Camp Long
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fall nature outings are open for registration now!  Sign up for the popular nighttime walks, bird tours, mushroom walks, and so much more…

Mushroom Walk at Camp Long.

Ages 12 and older. Pre-registration required.

Oct
12
Sat
2019
Lifelong Recreation: Practicing Gentleness in Every Chapter of Your Life @ High Point Community Center
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites anyone 50+ to join in this Lifelong Recreation event. Increasing the awareness for self-care is the goal for this practice. Practicing healthy self-care is the first step in becoming a healthier caregiver for our family and friends.

On the day, we’ll concentrate on cultivating four areas of gentleness practice:

  1. Seeing: Emotional Clarity:  Increasing your self-awareness through paying attention to physical and emotional expressions in your everyday life
  2. Hearing: Genuine Communication:  Connecting your head and heart to practice gentleness
  3. Feeling: Authentic Confidence:  Practicing gentleness through resolving conflicts between your head and heart
  4. Reality Check: Practicing gentleness to be part of your daily routine.

The event is scheduled to be led by Laura Tsang, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.


Lifelong Recreation programs focus on physical activity, social engagement, education, arts, creativity, and healthy lifestyles. Recreational programs are designed to serve adults of all abilities–those who are physically active, those who are just becoming active, and those who have age-related limitations. Lifelong Recreation programs are aimed at increasing individual health and wellness while fostering a stronger, healthier community. Many of our participants boast about completing a half marathon each year, making meaningful social connections, losing weight, increasing flexibility and balance, and traveling to regional destinations. Join the fun if you’re 50+!

Reading by West Seattle author Julia Douthwaite Viglione @ The Country Store and Farm
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm

Just a note to let you in on an exciting WEST SEATTLE AUTHOR EVENT!

What? Trilingual reading of children’s book by West Seattle author Julia Douthwaite Viglione, PhD, The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate, with French translation read by Cécile Perruche of the Alliance Française, and Spanish translation to be presented by tba.

When? Saturday October 12. Seating begins at 6 pm, with readings at 6:30 pm.

Where? The Country Store and Farm, 20211 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon WA 98070. For more info: https://www.countrystoreandfarm.com/pages/workshops

For whom? Children ages 8 and up and their parents, history buffs, and anyone interested in the origins of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

This event kicks off an art exhibit called “A Life in Quilts, ca. 1974-2019,” that will be on display at the Country Store until mid-November. It features ten of my “literary” and “memory” quilts, and a fragment from an ancestor, to see how one author/sewer’s vision and skills have evolved over time. The newest quilts will be available for sale.

Oct
13
Sun
2019
Fall Family Forest Adventure @ Camp Long
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fall nature outings are open for registration now!  Sign up for the popular nighttime walks, bird tours, mushroom walks, and so much more…

Fall Family Forest Adventure at Camp Long.

All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone attending must be registered for the program.

Oct
17
Thu
2019
Timebank Orientation and Member Event @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

West Seattle Timebank invites you to an orientation and member database training.

Potluck gathering to meet Timebank members, share current exchanges or learn about the Timebank. Speakers from our organization – members may present, too. Bring a dish to share if you’d like, but not required. Bring a friend or relative, too.

Learn how to use the Timebank database.
Get one-on-one training.
Meet members.
And earn Timebank hours just for attending.

Oct
22
Tue
2019
Medicare 101 @ High Point Community Center
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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.  It’s Open Enrollment!


Lifelong Recreation programs focus on physical activity, social engagement, education, arts, creativity, and healthy lifestyles. Recreational programs are designed to serve adults of all abilities–those who are physically active, those who are just becoming active, and those who have age-related limitations. Lifelong Recreation programs are aimed at increasing individual health and wellness while fostering a stronger, healthier community. Many of our participants boast about completing a half marathon each year, making meaningful social connections, losing weight, increasing flexibility and balance, and traveling to regional destinations. Join the fun if you’re 50+!

Oct
28
Mon
2019
High Point College & Resource Fair @ Neighborhood House High Point
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The High Point College and Resource Fair is scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at High Point Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way SW. The general public, including teens and adults 18 and older, are welcome. Meet with college and university representatives from Seattle and around Washington. The event includes mini-workshops, including learning how to apply and pay for college, information sessions include information on SAT/ACT, Essay Writing, FAFSA. Contact Amelmal Mgeni for more information at 206.886.8416 or amelmal.mgeni@seattlehousing.org.

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Deathsploration Resource and Art Fair @ Camp Long
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Discover cool art, organizations, local businesses, and how the death and dying community is living in Western Washington. Local organizations, artists, businesses post up at camp long for the day, creating space for you to discover, engage, learn and play. This event will feature prizes, freebies, and amazing humans.

Come for the raffle, stay for the Dance Party!!

Let us know you’re coming.

Let us know if you want to host a table at the fair.


This event is part of Deathsploration month in western Washington.
We’re all gonna die, let’s talk about it, a little.

Deathsploration is a month-long effort to increase conversation about death and dying in Washington. Beginning on October 1 and running through November 2, community organizations and businesses in western Washington will work in partnership to create opportunities for engagement through education, art, dance, movement, death cafés, community outreach, workshops, and more.

In the United States, the topic of death and dying is not commonly paired with living. Deathsploration is an opportunity to reestablish the normalcy of death, a subtle reminder that talking about and preparing for death will not cause one’s death. Similarly, not talking about death will not keep it away. It is our hope that the exploration of death–through all the senses and on our own terms–will help people on the way to a good death.

Grief Release Dance Party and Spoken Word Bonfire @ Camp Long
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Let’s collectively dance some grief away and close out the month-long Deathsploration event with an open mic spoken word gathering around a fire in the Camp Long pit.

(This event is free but donations are accepted on the registration site.)


This event is part of Deathsploration month in western Washington.
We’re all gonna die, let’s talk about it, a little.

Deathsploration is a month-long effort to increase conversation about death and dying in Washington. Beginning on October 1 and running through November 2, community organizations and businesses in western Washington will work in partnership to create opportunities for engagement through education, art, dance, movement, death cafés, community outreach, workshops, and more.

In the United States, the topic of death and dying is not commonly paired with living. Deathsploration is an opportunity to reestablish the normalcy of death, a subtle reminder that talking about and preparing for death will not cause one’s death. Similarly, not talking about death will not keep it away. It is our hope that the exploration of death–through all the senses and on our own terms–will help people on the way to a good death.

Nov
5
Tue
2019
Open Mic Night @ Parliament Tavern
Nov 5 @ 9:00 pm

Open Mic at Parliament Tavern Tuesday nights hosted by Joey Vargas, now with house backline! Bring yer skills, take over the stage!

Ages 21+ only.

Nov
6
Wed
2019
Open Mic Night @ Skylark Café & Club
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Fully backlined open mic at Skylark free every Wednesday, 7:30 pm sign-up (SIGN UP AT 7:30, BUT LINE AT TIMES STARTS AS EARLY AS 6:30!!)/ Music starts at 8 pm, to 11:30 pm. After 10 pm, ages 21+.

It’s great for musicians, but it’s also a great night out to see some of Seattle’s best up and coming musicians.

No host to hog the spotlight, just bands/solo acts and a friendly, experienced sound engineer.

Full 16 track recordings of your set available for purchase ($10 for solo acts, $20 for bands), make a demo!

Full menu and bar available until 10 with 12 beers on tap.

All genres welcome: solo, acoustic, electronica, full bands, and comedy of any type.

15 minutes/3 songs each (sometimes touring acts get a little extra time).

Gretsch house drums, Vox AC30 guitar amp, Yamaha G50410 guitar amp, Ashdown ABM500 bass amp, Shure mics, DIs, etc.

You are welcome to bring more gear, just talk to the sound engineer beforehand to make sure it is compatible.

PLEASE NOTE: The list goes out at 7:30 and is first come first served. Please be courteous of those that were there before you. While this is free to sign-up, please do purchase something as we want to keep providing the opportunity and keep it free.

Nov
12
Tue
2019
Jazz Open Mic @ Skylark Café & Club
Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

West Seattle Underground Jazz Scene Ignites! Jazz Open Mic Bash! Come sit in with local Jazz Giants EVERYONE is welcome! Not a Jazz star? Come on have a couple drinks…. sing an old standard or enjoy the amazing talent. At The Skylark.

Open Mic Night @ Parliament Tavern
Nov 12 @ 9:00 pm

Open Mic at Parliament Tavern Tuesday nights hosted by Joey Vargas, now with house backline! Bring yer skills, take over the stage!

Ages 21+ only.

Nov
13
Wed
2019
Poetry and Storytelling in West Seattle @ C & P Coffee Company
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poetry and Storytelling in West Seattle @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor).

Free, all ages, monthly series with a featured reader followed by open mic for stories and tales (short and tall).
https://www.poetrybridgetimes.net/

Open Mic Night @ Skylark Café & Club
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Fully backlined open mic at Skylark free every Wednesday, 7:30 pm sign-up (SIGN UP AT 7:30, BUT LINE AT TIMES STARTS AS EARLY AS 6:30!!)/ Music starts at 8 pm, to 11:30 pm. After 10 pm, ages 21+.

It’s great for musicians, but it’s also a great night out to see some of Seattle’s best up and coming musicians.

No host to hog the spotlight, just bands/solo acts and a friendly, experienced sound engineer.

Full 16 track recordings of your set available for purchase ($10 for solo acts, $20 for bands), make a demo!

Full menu and bar available until 10 with 12 beers on tap.

All genres welcome: solo, acoustic, electronica, full bands, and comedy of any type.

15 minutes/3 songs each (sometimes touring acts get a little extra time).

Gretsch house drums, Vox AC30 guitar amp, Yamaha G50410 guitar amp, Ashdown ABM500 bass amp, Shure mics, DIs, etc.

You are welcome to bring more gear, just talk to the sound engineer beforehand to make sure it is compatible.

PLEASE NOTE: The list goes out at 7:30 and is first come first served. Please be courteous of those that were there before you. While this is free to sign-up, please do purchase something as we want to keep providing the opportunity and keep it free.

Nov
14
Thu
2019
Author Emily Lynn Paulson at Paper Boat Booksellers
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Words, Writers & Southwest Stories: Mike Purdy @ Southwest Library
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

At the Southwest Branch library, Presidential historian Mike Purdy peeks behind the political curtain through meticulous research–to expose that throughout history our presidents have dished out acerbic insults about other presidents, from the founding fathers to the age of Trump.

Author Purdy has prepared 101 Presidential Insults as fun and sometimes provokes one to laugh or wince, but is also thought-provoking and shocking at times—and is presented as a significant contribution to understanding the presidents.

This free event by ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. Mike Purdy’s event will take place at 6 PM at the SW Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave.SW, on Thursday, Nov.14th, 2019.

In this new book, Purdy shares antidotes he found sometimes in private letters, diaries, and conversations, as various presidents let their guard down on what they really thought about a former, deceased, current, or future president. At other times, these insults have been audaciously proclaimed in public speeches, books, and to the media. By their own words, our presidents have demonstrated their flawed humanity with insults that are often humorous and sometimes surprising for their lack of decorum. We may laugh or perhaps wince as we hear of these 101 presidential insults.

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ presentations are scheduled for the Second Thursday of each month at 6 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Next month on December 12th, Humanities Washington co-sponsors Feliks Banel, local broadcaster and historian with his book, Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State.

For videos on these and other speakers’ presentations, check out “Events” at www.loghousemuseum.org . This newly re-named series is open to hosting any 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 e-mailing Dora-Faye@comcast.net
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

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.

Open Mic @ C & P Coffee Company
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

An open mic for musicians and singers of all genres of music. Amateurs, professionals, and kids are invited to come share their music in a warm, inviting setting.

Nov
16
Sat
2019
Paper Boat Booksellers Author Event – Women Make Art
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 16th 6:00-8:00
Author Event: Women Make Art, A Poetry And Literary Night featuring 4 poetry readings and one artist presentation, all by local women.
www.paperboatbooksellers.com/events/2019/11/16/woman-make-art-poetry-reading