West Seattle Event Calendar

*NOTE: We’ve ramped the calendar back to some level of usefulness, as more events continue being planned, both online and in-person, so let us know if you have something coming up that’s open to the public!*

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

USING THE CALENDAR: Mouse over any entry to show the “plus” sign at right; click it to expand the item for more info without leaving this page; click “read more” for the FULL listing./question.

Dec
1
Sun
Seattle Swing Dance Club – Dances and Lessons @ Alki Masonic Center
Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Seattle Swing Dance Club holds West Coast Swing dances and lessons at the Alki Masonic Center:

4:00-6:00 PM Intermediate+ Level Workshops
6:00-9:30 PM Social dance w/ DJ
6:00-6:30 PM FREE Beginner Lesson upstairs

Jan 20 – Alki Masonic Center
Feb 17 – Alki Masonic Center
March 3 – Alki Masonic Center
March 17 – Alki Masonic Center
April 7 – Alki Masonic Center
May 5 – Alki Masonic Center
May 19 – Alki Masonic Center
June 2 – Alki Masonic Center
June 16 – Alki Masonic Center
July 7 – Alki Masonic Center
July 21 – Alki Masonic Center
Aug 4 – Alki Masonic Center
Aug 18 – Alki Masonic Center
Sep 1 – Alki Masonic Center
Set 15 – Alki Masonic Center
Oct 6 – Alki Masonic Center
Oct 20 – Alki Masonic Center
Nov 3 – Alki Masonic Center
Nov 17 – Alki Masonic Center
Dec 1 – Alki Masonic Center
Dec 15 – Alki Masonic Center

Dec
7
Sat
Free: Earthquake home retrofit class @ Hiawatha Community Center
Dec 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn how to assess your home to determine if it needs a structural seismic retrofit, and learn about the retrofit process.

Help reduce damage caused during an earthquake. Learn to become an informed consumer or how to do home retrofit yourself. Retrofit experts will show how to assess your home’s needs and how to use the City of Seattle’s pre-engineered Home Retrofit plans to permit and retrofit your home.

Learn more about the retrofit process and the city plan set at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections website http://www.seattle.gov/sdci/permits/permits-we-issue-(a-z)/earthquake-home-retrofit-permit

Dec
8
Sun
Winter Wander Along Longfellow Creek @ Camp Long
Dec 8 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Fall nature outings are open for registration now!  Sign up for the popular nighttime walks, bird tours, mushroom walks, and so much more…

Winter Wander Along Longfellow Creek at Camp Long.

Longfellow Creek is a major waterway in West Seattle. It is also a little piece of the wild in the middle of the city. Coho salmon migrate up this waterway; beavers build dams and lodges on this creek; owls hunt for food along this artery. Explore a portion of this urban wilderness with a Seattle Urban Nature Guide. Look for seasonal changes and get to know some of your wild neighbors.

Be prepared to do some hiking over uneven terrain on this program.

Ages 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone attending the program must be registered.

Meet the leader at the Camp Long Lodge.

Dec
15
Sun
Seattle Swing Dance Club – Dances and Lessons @ Alki Masonic Center
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Seattle Swing Dance Club holds West Coast Swing dances and lessons at the Alki Masonic Center:

4:00-6:00 PM Intermediate+ Level Workshops
6:00-9:30 PM Social dance w/ DJ
6:00-6:30 PM FREE Beginner Lesson upstairs

Jan 20 – Alki Masonic Center
Feb 17 – Alki Masonic Center
March 3 – Alki Masonic Center
March 17 – Alki Masonic Center
April 7 – Alki Masonic Center
May 5 – Alki Masonic Center
May 19 – Alki Masonic Center
June 2 – Alki Masonic Center
June 16 – Alki Masonic Center
July 7 – Alki Masonic Center
July 21 – Alki Masonic Center
Aug 4 – Alki Masonic Center
Aug 18 – Alki Masonic Center
Sep 1 – Alki Masonic Center
Set 15 – Alki Masonic Center
Oct 6 – Alki Masonic Center
Oct 20 – Alki Masonic Center
Nov 3 – Alki Masonic Center
Nov 17 – Alki Masonic Center
Dec 1 – Alki Masonic Center
Dec 15 – Alki Masonic Center

Jan
10
Fri
Evening low tide beach walk at Alki @ Constellation Park, Alki
Jan 10 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium:

Explore Constellation Park/Richey Viewpoint beach in West Seattle during two winter nighttime low tides with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists and discover what creatures we see at this time of year. This is a free, family-friendly, drop-in program—no registration necessary! Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.

• Friday, January 10, 8:30–10:30 pm (-2.73 @ 10:40pm)
• Saturday, February 8, 8:30–10:30 pm (-2.45 @ 10:22pm)

Location:
Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach
Directions:
1. Take Spokane St. exit off I–5 to West Seattle
2. Take Admiral Way exit off West Seattle Bridge
3. Stay on Admiral through West Seattle to 63rd Ave SW
4. Turn left at 63rd to Beach Drive SW
5. Park on Beach Drive SW
6. Meet the Naturalists at the canopy at 63rd Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW

Jan
14
Tue
Tinkergarten Free Trial @ Lincoln Park
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Alison Arnote, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we share insight into your child’s development.

This trial class is:

  • Designed for children ages 18 months-8 years. Child/children are accompanied by an adult. Siblings of any other age are most welcome.
  • Limited to the first 15 families who register.

Kids may get a bit messy (Hurrah!), so please send them in clothing that can get dirty.

We start the class at the specified location but may end within a reasonable walk from that location.

This trial class is free.

Sign up at https://tinkergarten.com/classes/90855.

Visit https://tinkergarten.com/classes for more times and locations.

Jan
29
Wed
The KonMari Method of Decluttering and Organizing your Home @ The Kenny
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. It’s also the perfect time to start tidying your house. Tidying first means you won’t get stuck cleaning things that do not spark joy. Tidying also means it will be easier to clean when your house is already in order. Find out how KonMari Tidying can be part of your spring-cleaning marathon.

This interactive workshop will provide you with  the tools and knowledge to successfully transform your home using the KonMari Method. The event includes an overview of the KonMari Method™ including a live demonstration of the KonMari folding technique and the distribution of take-home materials for reference that will prepare you to  get your home tidy now!  

This method of tidying can change your life!

The Pacific Northwest’s first certified KonMari Tidying Consultant, Sue Bollinger, of Tidy Up With Sue, will share home organization tips that focus on what to keep (Does it “spark joy?”) rather than what to discard. Learn about the revolutionary Japanese decluttering method made popular by Marie Kondo’s bestsellers, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Spark Joy, and the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.  All are welcome!

Space is limited, so please RSVP today at (206) 937-2800.

Feb
4
Tue
Disaster Skills Workshop @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Feb 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A free workshop from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (registration required):

This workshop provides training on key skills needed after a disaster and more in depth instruction on key preparedness actions. The workshop covers the following topics: (1) Fire Extinguisher Use, (2) Utility Control, (3) Water Storage and Purification and (4) Emergency Sanitation.

Registration is suggested but not required. Registration helps us estimate attendance and ensure adequate space”

This event is NOT sponsored by The Seattle Public Library.

Feb
5
Wed
Understanding Medicare @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Feb 5 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Understanding Medicare: February 5th at 6:15-7:15 pm at Admiral Library, 2306 42nd Ave SW.

This no-charge informational session will present the basics of Medicare Health Insurance, the options available to you, and how to decide which Medicare Plan is best for you. Cookies served!

Facilitated by Patrice Lewis of We Speak Medicare.

Feb
8
Sat
Evening low tide beach walk at Alki @ Constellation Park, Alki
Feb 8 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium:

Explore Constellation Park/Richey Viewpoint beach in West Seattle during two winter nighttime low tides with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists and discover what creatures we see at this time of year. This is a free, family-friendly, drop-in program—no registration necessary! Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.

• Friday, January 10, 8:30–10:30 pm (-2.73 @ 10:40pm)
• Saturday, February 8, 8:30–10:30 pm (-2.45 @ 10:22pm)

Location:
Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach
Directions:
1. Take Spokane St. exit off I–5 to West Seattle
2. Take Admiral Way exit off West Seattle Bridge
3. Stay on Admiral through West Seattle to 63rd Ave SW
4. Turn left at 63rd to Beach Drive SW
5. Park on Beach Drive SW
6. Meet the Naturalists at the canopy at 63rd Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW

Feb
26
Wed
Stop the Bleed – First Aid Course @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Mass casualty events can happen at anytime and anywhere. At your workplace, at the game, during your commute, or even at your house. This free Stop the Bleed training will equip participants with the knowledge to save lives.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:
•Describe the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage.
•Demonstrate wound packing and learn about topical hemostatic dressings.
•Explain the rationale for early use of a tourniquet for life-threatening extremity bleeding.
•Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.

If you require any special accommodation to participate in this training, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (206) 233-5076 or SNAP@seattle.gov. For interpretation assistance, at least 5 days advance notice is required.

*Disclaimer: Some graphic images of life threatening bleeding are shown during this class.

Please sign up in advance here:
http://www.seattle.gov/emergency-management–/about-us/event-calendar#/?i=1

‘Sell vs. Remodel’ workshop @ Movement Mortgage
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm

Sell vs Remodel’ Workshop
When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Where: Movement Mortgage, 3727 California Ave SW Suite 1-C,
Please call or text 206-512-0352 to RSVP.

Description:
Thinking of selling or remodeling your home?
Come to a FREE Sell vs. Remodel Workshop!

Many homeowners wonder whether they should sell or remodel their home. We’ll explore both options in-depth and find the solution that’s best for you.

Learn about:
• Typical remodel costs and timelines
• Tips to get a home ready to sell
• Learn which improvements typically add value
• Tips on preparing for a remodel project
• Explore different finance options

Presented By:
Josh Niederberger, Professional Contractor at Niederberger Contracting
Sam Centioli (NMLS#50704), Loan Originator at Movement Mortgage
JoEllen Wang, Architect at Tiny Beast Design
Heidi Mitchell, Realtor at Keller Williams Seattle

If you are currently working with a licensed real estate broker in the state of Washington, this message is not intended to solicit your business. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Mar
1
Sun
Ready Freddy Workshop @ West Seattle Coworking
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Ready Freddy Workshop

Sunday, March 1, 3-3:30 PM

West Seattle Coworking, 6040 California Ave SW

Appropriate for all age groups over 10 years of age

Cost: $8/group (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.) with pre-registration or $10 at the door

Our Ready Freddy Workshop makes getting prepared for emergencies fun!
Are you ready to dip your toes in the pool of information about emergency preparedness, but not ready to dive into the deep end? Join us on Sunday, March 1st, 2020 for a 30-minute presentation to learn about small steps you can take to get yourself and your home ready in case The Big One hits. There will be plenty of time and opportunity for Q & A at the end, so plan to stay longer. We’d love to visit with you!

At the Ready Freddy Workshop, Alice Kuder, founder of Just in Case, will share all kinds of useful information, including supply checklists, instruction sheets and “Help/OK” signs for you to take home.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants and costs just $8/group (bring friends, family, co-workers) if you pre-register, or $10 at the door. The presentation is appropriate for all age groups. To register, go to: http://bit.ly/3-1-20

Everyone who attends will receive a stainless steel, multi-purpose tool. All attendees qualify to win a “Go Kit” duffle bag full of emergency supplies!

More info: https://justincaseplans.com/get-tips-galore-at-our-ready-freddy-workshop/

Mar
3
Tue
Leadership Workshop at West Seattle Toastmasters 832 @ The Kenney
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a workshop on How to Conduct Productive Meetings.

West Seattle Toastmasters member Brig Henry will lead this one-hour presentation with guided exercises to help attendees learn more about how to conduct productive meetings. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Learn more about our club and find our full meeting schedule at West Seattle Toastmasters 832.

Questions? Contact us via email. Hope to see you there!

Mar
4
Wed
CANCELED – Disaster Preparedness: The Basics @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

*UPDATE: This has been canceled*

A free workshop from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (registration required):

This presentation provides an overview of the hazards that can impact Seattle, and steps that individuals and families can take to become more prepared to deal with them. This includes guidance on how to develop a disaster plan, build a disaster supply kit, and organize with your neighbors to become better prepared. The presentation also provides an overview of other OEM efforts including the SNAP program, Community Emergency Hubs, and the City’s new alert and notification system, Alert Seattle.

Registration is suggested but not required. Registration helps us estimate attendance and ensure adequate space.

This event is NOT sponsored by The Seattle Public Library.

Mar
7
Sat
Free Native Plant ID Workshop @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Looking for easy ways to identify Pacific Northwest trees? Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a FREE informational program and field identification of prominent low-land tree species with SPR Naturalist, Jacob de Guzman.

Free Native Plant ID Workshop
Native Trees: Identification and Ecology

Saturday March 7
Program 11:00 am-1:00 pm;
After-Program Outdoor Tree ID Session 1:15pm at Hering’s House Park

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

West Seattle Tool Library Garden Tool Maintenance
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn how to properly care for your garden tools, including your clippers, loppers, shears, and other implements. Using the West Seattle Tool Library‘s collection for practice, you will learn how to clean and sharpen all the cutting tools in your collection.

Class include a lot of hands-on instruction, so come prepared to get dirty.

Thank you to Seattle Public Utilities for sponsoring this event.

Mar
9
Mon
Linda McClamrock Recycled Paper Collage workshop @ C & P Coffee Company
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): We’ll be doing collages together and having a LOT of fun. Grab a friend and c’mon! I provide all your materials, all you have to do is show up and have fun. No experience necessary!

For more information, email Linda McClamrock
https://www.etsy.com/listing/675843570/

https://www.facebook.com/LindaMcClamrockRecycledPaperCollage/

Mar
15
Sun
CANCELED – Bystander Intervention Training @ Admiral UCC Church
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

March 15 – canceled

Everyone wants to live in a hate-free neighborhood. What can you do to make it happen? This two-hour workshop is a great start!

Bystander Intervention Workshop: Help Make Your Neighborhood Hate-Free at Admiral United Church of Christ, 4320 SW Hill St, on Sunday, March 15 from 2-4.

Anti-Hate Alaska Junction, a local grassroots organisation, presents Bystander Intervention Workshop, which use interactive techniques to help attendees learn how to intervene in an aggressive or harassing interaction – protecting the target while not escalating the perpetrator.

Led by Reverend Andrew Conley-Holcom, this experience will increase your confidence about intervening when needed. You’ll learn to bypass your “flight or fight” reaction and bring calm and de-escalation skills if you witness a threatening interaction.

Training is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Email antihate3@gmail.com with your name and phone number. Walk-ins welcome. There will be 2 other Bystander Intervention Workshops in West Seattle in 2020: Sunday, May 17 and Sunday, September 13.

Mar
18
Wed
CANCELED – Disaster Preparedness: The Basics @ Southwest Branch Library
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A free workshop from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management:

This presentation provides an overview of the hazards that can impact Seattle, and steps that individuals and families can take to become more prepared to deal with them. This includes guidance on how to develop a disaster plan, build a disaster supply kit, and organize with your neighbors to become better prepared. The presentation also provides an overview of other OEM efforts including the SNAP program, Community Emergency Hubs, and the City’s new alert and notification system, Alert Seattle.

Registration is suggested but not required. Registration helps us estimate attendance and ensure adequate space.

This event is NOT sponsored by The Seattle Public Library.

Mar
25
Wed
Business & Beers: A Legal Guide for Small Business Owners @ Future Primitive Brewing
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Business & Beers: A Legal Guide for Small Business Owners

Enjoy a local brew while Attorney Michael Safren presents on some of the most important and foundational legal topics for small business owners. Whether you are an experienced business owner, or are considering starting a business, this presentation will provide you with useful and actionable information. Topics covered include: entity formation; shielding personal assets from corporate liability; key contract terms you should know; and practical tips to help avoid litigation.

Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Future Primitive Brewing, 9832 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA
FREE
Register: eventbrite.com/e/business-and-beers-a-legal-guide-for-small-business-owners-tickets-91792296229

Mar
29
Sun
West Seattle Tool Library DIY Bike Repair Event
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Spring into biking with West Seattle Tool Library‘s free group bicycle repair. In conjunction with DIY Bikes and the West Seattle Fixers Collective, we will help you get your bike ready to ride, safe and smooth.

We provide the work stands, tools, tubes, cables and other small parts when available. Bring your bikes and any bigger parts you’ll need to replace.

Thank you to Seattle Public Utilities for sponsoring this event.

Apr
7
Tue
Online Leadership Workshop with West Seattle Toastmasters 832
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an online presentation and workshop on Parliamentary Procedure in Action.

West Seattle Toastmasters member Christine Klimkowski will lead this one-hour fifteen-minute presentation to help attendees better understand parliamentary procedure. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Learn more about our club and find our full meeting schedule at West Seattle Toastmasters 832.

For questions and a link to join the Zoom meeting, contact us via email. Hope to see you there!

Apr
22
Wed
Spring Into Action: Practical Business Law @ Verity Credit Union
Apr 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Spring Into Action: Practical Business Law

Join Attorney Michael Safren this Spring as he presents on some of the most important and foundational legal topics for small business owners. Topics covered include: entity formation; shielding personal assets from corporate liability; key contract terms you should know; practical tips to help avoid litigation; and business succession planning.

Meet and Mingle with other small business owners and the team from Verity Credit Union and learn legal concepts and strategies to help you protect your business, gain valuable legal and practical insights, and enjoy light snacks and refreshments.

Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Verity Credit Union, 4505 SW California Ave SW
FREE
Register: eventbrite.com/e/spring-into-action-practical-business-law-tickets-93513540517

Apr
26
Sun
West Seattle Tool Library–Get Ready for Bike Month
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Spring into Bike Month with West Seattle Tool Library‘s free group bicycle repair. In conjunction with DIY Bikes and the West Seattle Fixers Collective we will help you get your bike ready to ride, safe and smooth.

We provide the work stands, tools, tubes, cables and other small parts when available. Bring your bikes and any bigger parts you’ll need to replace.

Thank you to Seattle Public Utilities for sponsoring this event.

May
5
Tue
Online Leadership Workshop with West Seattle Toastmasters 832
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an online presentation and workshop on Leadership Skills.

West Seattle Toastmasters member John LeCompte will lead this one-hour workshop all about developing leadership skills. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Learn more about our club and find our full meeting schedule at West Seattle Toastmasters 832.

For questions and a link to join the Zoom meeting, contact us via email. Hope to see you there!

Sep
14
Mon
Virtual Write with Hugo House: Seattle Writes @ Online (see listing)
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Drop into a virtual writing circle, hosted by author Brett Hamil for writing exercises, motivation, and ways to connect with other writers. Registration required.

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

In this group, writers introduce themselves, talk about their writing and discuss an evocative opening topic. They are given a prompt and 20-30 minutes of silent writing time, with the opportunity to read what they wrote in a mutually supportive, welcoming environment.

Brett Hamil is a writer, cartoonist and performer in South Seattle. He’s the co-producer of Joketellers Union and the host of the Seattle Process. The Seattle Weekly once called him “the city’s premier political comic.”

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

The Seattle Writes series is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Sep
19
Sat
Virtual Seattle Writes: An Ancient Music – Writing with South Asian Ghazals @ Online (see listing)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Explore the ghazal form of poetry through select readings and writing prompts with Shankar Narayan. Registration required. Click here to register.

Ghazals in South Asia are one of the most popular forms of poetry anywhere. While there has been much analysis of the ghazal’s evolution in English, how the ghazal works as popular art is less accessible to western writers. This class aims to give participants a flavor of that space. In this multi-genre, part-generative, part-analytical class, we’ll listen to versions of ghazals in Urdu, read translations, consider what makes a good ghazal work, and use all that to create our own burning, yearning works. No prior knowledge required — but come ready to engage and to write!

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has received awards and fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, Jack Straw, Flyway, River Heron, and others. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work at the intersection of technology and civil rights. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Oct
11
Sun
Virtual Seattle Writes: Elements of the Novel – Language @ Online (see listing)
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From the sentence level to the paragraph, engage with the building blocks of your work with Karen Finneyfrock. Registration required. Click here to register.

In this workshop, we’ll dive into the language of the novel, from the sentence level, to dialog, to the work of the paragraph. We will examine sample texts together and talk about how they work. Come prepared to write.

Karen Finneyfrock is a poet and novelist in Seattle, WA. She is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books. She is one of the editors of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody press. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Oct
25
Sun
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Oct 25 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Oct
26
Mon
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Oct 26 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Oct
27
Tue
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Oct 27 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Oct
28
Wed
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Oct 28 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Oct
29
Thu
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Oct 29 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Oct
30
Fri
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Oct 30 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Oct
31
Sat
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Oct 31 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Nov
1
Sun
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 1 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Nov
2
Mon
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 2 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Virtual Arts for 50+ Writing Fiction – Creating Settings @ Online (see listing)
Nov 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Writing Fiction – Creating Settings with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.
Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website.

Fictional characters live or spend their time in places that shape them, reflect and influence who they are, and support and move the plot along. We’ll explore the role of setting in fiction by looking at some published examples, and doing writing exercises to explore the way settings can anchor and develop our stories.

Supplies needed: paper, pen or pencil.

Facilitated by Pearl Klein.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Nov
3
Tue
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 3 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Nov
4
Wed
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 4 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Nov
5
Thu
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 5 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Nov
6
Fri
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 6 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Virtual Arts for 50+ Introduction To Acting @ Online (see listing)
Nov 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Introduction to Acting with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.
Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website.

During this interactive workshop, you’ll learn some of the basic principles of acting – body, voice and space. We’ll also try a few acting exercises. No experience required!

Facilitated by Bobbi Kidder.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Nov
7
Sat
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 7 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Virtual Workshop – Medicare Made Clear @ Online (see listing)
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Are you turning 65 and planning for Medicare or considering changing your plans? Attend our virtual workshop series to get up-to-date information. Join on our two-part series on Medicare. Registration required. Please register for each class separately.

Click here to register for the November 7th class. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

November 7: Medicare Made Clear. This workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C. D and supplements), what they cover, and how they work. There will be a discussion of the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros and cons of each, and approximate costs. We will also cover enrollment and eligibility guidelines.

November 14: Medicare Drug Coverage 101. This workshop gives an overview of Medicare Part D drug coverage including when to enroll, how to calculate your costs and select a plan, the four stages of coverage, and additional resources if you need help with the cost of your prescriptions. (register for November 14th event here.)

*The presenter, Jean Cormier, is an independent agent and is not connected with the Federal Medicare Program.

Please register for each class separately.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Virtual Arts For 50+ Sip And Paint With Watercolors @ Online (see listing)
Nov 7 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case sensitive.

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

Supplies needed: watercolor paints, flat brush, pointed round brush, mixed media or watercolor paper, cup of water, painter’s tape.

Facilitated by Nani Trias.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Nov
8
Sun
Day of the Dead StoryWalk® / StoryWalk® Día de Muertos @ South Park Branch Library
Nov 8 all-day

Enjoy a bilingual StoryWalk® about the Day of the Dead at South Park Library! Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around the branch and viewing the pages in the windows. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text are perfect for celebrating this special holiday that honors our loved ones. (Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while enjoying the StoryWalk®)

Las familias están invitadas a leer “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” de Bob Barner caminando alrededor de la sucursal y viendo las páginas en las ventanas. Las ilustraciones coloridas y el texto en rima son perfectos para celebrar esta fiesta especial que honra a nuestros seres queridos. (Por favor, póngase una mascarilla y mantenga distancia social mientras disfruta del StoryWalk®”

Nov
13
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Music And Memories: The 1960s @ Online (see listing)
Nov 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Music and Memories: the 1960s with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website.
Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive.

Everyday objects, old photos, advertisements, and favorite music become sparks for celebrations of past and present moments during this interactive storytelling workshop. Engage in a reminiscence session, share stories, and sing along to musical favorites from the 1960s.

This workshop has been designed and will be facilitated for persons living with dementia and their care partners. We welcome other family members and friends of all ages to join participants in these activities.

Facilitated by Jen Kulik.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Nov
14
Sat
Virtual Workshop – Medicare Drug Coverage 101 @ Online (see listing)
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Are you turning 65 and planning for Medicare or considering changing your plans? Attend our virtual workshop series to get up-to-date information. Join on our two-part series on Medicare. Registration required. Please register for each class separately.

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

November 7: Medicare Made Clear. This workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C. D and supplements), what they cover, and how they work. There will be a discussion of the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros and cons of each, and approximate costs. We will also cover enrollment and eligibility guidelines.

November 14
: Medicare Drug Coverage 101. This workshop gives an overview of Medicare Part D drug coverage including when to enroll, how to calculate your costs and select a plan, the four stages of coverage, and additional resources if you need help with the cost of your prescriptions.

*The presenter, Jean Cormier, is an independent agent and is not connected with the Federal Medicare Program.

Please register for each class separately.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Virtual Arts For 50+ Paper Ornaments @ Online (see listing)
Nov 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Paper Ornaments with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive.

Learn how to turn flat pieces of paper into 3-dimensional shapes. We’ll cut, bend, fold and attach paper to create art from your recycling bin.

Supplies needed: Assortment of paper (computer paper, card stock, magazines, paper bags or construction paper), scissors, glue, tape, stapler.

Facilitated by Suzie Treinen.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Nov
20
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Advanced Drawing @ Online (see listing)
Nov 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive.

In this hands-on, step-by-step advanced drawing workshop, we’ll be re-visiting shading, tone, and values within portrait and figure drawing. We’ll look at forms as shapes and use outlines with intention. Join us to push your drawing skill sets to the next level.

Supplies needed: paper, pencil, erase.

Facilitated by Noel Sherrard.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Nov
30
Mon
Virtual Arts For 50+ Dances Of Gratitude @ Online (see listing)
Nov 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Dances of Gratitude with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case sensitive.

Join us to learn traditional dances of thanks and praise. Through dance, feel our togetherness and dance our thanks-giving.

Supplies needed: chair.

Facilitated by Susan Wickett-Ford.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Dec
9
Wed
Virtual Write with Hugo House: Seattle Writes @ Online (see listing)
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Dec
12
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Holiday Paper Decorations @ Online (see listing)
Dec 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Holiday Paper Decorations with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case sensitive.

Brighten up the season with festive paper decorations. In this class, we’ll make paper ornaments and garlands which you can use to spruce up your digs.

Supplies needed: assortment of paper (construction paper, card stock, printer paper, paper from the recycling bin), scissors, glue stick or liquid glue, circle template (round jar lid or 16 oz. canned food can), paper clips, small pieces of wire or needle and thread.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

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

Visual Journaling with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Explore ways to record daily experiences and memories by creating a visual journal in this hands-on workshop. Learn basic drawing and watercolor skills to create a journal.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

Feb
6
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Newspaper Pots @ Online (see listing)
Feb 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Newspaper Pots with SilverKite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Do you have a stack of newspapers sitting at home and want to explore ways to re-use or upcycle them? Celebrate the beginning of spring by making a garden container from newspaper. During this hands-on workshop, participants will make and decorate two different styles of seed-starting newspaper pots.

Supplies needed: 2-3 sections of newspaper, masking tape, scissors, cup or glass 3 – 5″ in diameter, marker.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

Feb
9
Tue
Food Business Orientation – A Virtual Workshop @ Online (see listing)
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Got something cooking? Come learn about the requirements & regulations for opening or expanding a food business! Registration required.

Click here to register via EventBrite.

Whether you are starting or expanding your food business, the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) offers resources that will help you succeed. Whether you are looking for help navigating the regulatory requirements for getting your food business started, looking for financial help, counseling on various aspects of your food business, or advice on how to trouble shoot an issue or figure out next steps, this orientation will help you get connected to a variety of resources available to you. Bring your questions to this orientation and meet the City of Seattle’s OED who can help guide you through the resources that will help you get started and grow.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Patent Law 101 – A Virtual Workshop @ Online (see listing)
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Interested in learning how to protect your inventions as intellectual property? Learn the ways patent laws can protect and enhance your business. Registration required.

Click here to register.

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

Learn the basics of intellectual property law from students with the University of Washington School of Law’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. Learn how to use intellectual property to help strengthen and grow your business from current law school students.

Attend this free workshop to learn:

  • How patents protect an invention;
  • Different types of patents
  • Patent process
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  • Patent Pro Bono Program, Law School Clinic Program, and other USPTO resources and assistance programs

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Feb
10
Wed
Virtual Write with Hugo House: Seattle Writes @ Online (see listing)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

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

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

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Feb
16
Tue
Virtual Write with Hugo House: Seattle Writes @ Online (see listing)
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Feb
19
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Beginning Drawing @ Online (see listing)
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

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

Supplies needed: pencil, 5-6 sheets of paper, eraser, markers.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Feb
20
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Self-Published: Making Books @ Online (see listing)
Feb 20 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Self-Published: Making Books with SilverKite. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Learn to make a variety of small, handmade books using simple bookbinding techniques.

Supplies needed: variety of paper or card stock (printer, construction or craft paper)l, favorite drawing materials, stapler, scissors, 1/4″ hole punch or awl, stick (popsicle, coffee stirrer, chopstick, pencil), rubber band, glue stick, paper clips.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Feb
23
Tue
Employment Law Basics – A Virtual Workshop @ Online (see listing)
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Starting or growing a business and need to learn the legal aspects of hiring employees? Learn how to navigate HR/employment legal issues. Registration required.

Click here to register.

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

Learn the basics of employment law from students with the University of Washington School of Law’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. Curious about what you should know about hiring employees? Want to understand the process for hiring employees in Washington State? Attend this free workshop given by the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic to learn:

  • The difference between an independent contractor and an employee;
  • The legal requirements of hiring an employee; and
  • The employment-related laws you should be aware of

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Feb
26
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Beginning Poetry @ Online (see listing)
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Learn how to craft poems reflective of your life experiences through a series of writing exercises.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Feb
27
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Sip And Paint Acrylics @ Online (see listing)
Feb 27 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

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

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

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

Mar
2
Tue
Virtual Workshop: Smart Phone Photography @ Online (see listing)
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Phones today are equipped with ever better cameras and a wealth of apps to make the very most of what they offer. Registration required. Click here to register.

The results are stunning and more and more stealing the show from traditional cameras. Are you keeping up? Learn how to get the very most out of your phone camera and all the advantages it offers, including settings like zoom, focus and proper exposure, use of flash and self-timer plus add-ons and apps. Also explore how to design your photographs, composing compelling, truly memorable images. For any skill level using any Apple or Android phones.

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

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Mar
6
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Nature Portraits @ Online (see listing)
Mar 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Learn how to create portraits and other artwork by using objects from nature.

Supplies needed: a small bag of nature objects (leaves, flowers, sticks, grass, herbs), stiff paper (construction or printer paper, cardstock), white glue, markers.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

Mar
8
Mon
Virtual Arts For 50+ Folk Dance @ Online (see listing)
Mar 8 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Folk Dance with SilverKite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Explore village dances from around the world through this hands-on and feet-on workshop.

This workshop has been designed and will be facilitated for persons living with memory loss and their care partners. We welcome other family members and friends of all ages to join us.

Supplies needed: your favorite chair

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Mar
13
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Sip And Paint Watercolors @ Online (see listing)
Mar 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. (The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.)

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

Supplies needed: watercolor paints, paint brushes (1″ flat brush and pointed round brush), mixed media or watercolor paper, cup of water, painter’s tape.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Mar
15
Mon
Virtual Arts For 50+ Mindfulness @ Online (see listing)
Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

Mar
19
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Indian Cooking @ Online (see listing)
Mar 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Indian Cooking with SilverKite. All ages welcome. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Learn how to make South Indian Chicken Coconut Curry with Potatoes.

Chicken curries come in many variations. South Indian chicken curries are rich in aromatic spices, in a mixture tempered by the smoothness of coconut milk. This South Indian chicken curry pairs well with basmati rice and vegetables.

The ingredients list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Mar
20
Sat
Virtual Arts For 50+ Origami For Beginners @ Online (see listing)
Mar 20 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Origami for Beginners with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive. The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Make a mini world from paper. Learn the basic folds of origami and use them to create fun shapes and animals.

Supplies needed: origami paper, 6″ square or larger or a light-weight paper cut into squares

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

Mar
22
Mon
Virtual Arts For 50+ Memoir Writing @ Online (see listing)
Mar 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Memoir Writing with SilverKite. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. The password is case sensitive. Enter SPL in caps.

Join us in this interactive, creative nonfiction writing workshop and learn basic strategies for capturing your life stories. Enjoy reminiscence activities and life story-based writing exercises.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Event Information: info@silverkite.us

Mar
26
Fri
Virtual Arts For 50+ Landscape Poetry @ Online (see listing)
Mar 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

Register on the Silver Kite website.
Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case-sensitive.

During this workshop, we’ll explore settings that hold special meaning through reminiscence activities. We’ll share personal stories and, together, create a mural of landscape memories captured in visual images, words and phrases.

Supplies needed: paper, pen and pencil.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Mar
29
Mon
Virtual Arts For 50+ Beginning Watercolors @ Online (see listing)
Mar 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Beginning Watercolors with Silver Kite. All ages welcome. All ages welcome. Registration is required.

Register on the Silver Kite website. Please enter ‘SPL2020‘ to access the website. Password is case sensitive.

Learn basic watercolor techniques by exploring color and color mixing.

Supplies needed: watercolors, brush, cup of water, pencil, thick marker or Sharpie, watercolor paper if available

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.