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.

Apr
20
Thu
4th Annual Environmental Issues Slam @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The 2017 Environmental Issues Slam event is sponsored by the Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE).

The Slam is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to channel their passion and concern for a local environmental issue into a short, creative, multimedia presentation that will inspire others to take action.

Student teams or individuals present their environmental issue in front of a live audience in the spirit of a “slam” style performance which is characterized by a short (5 minutes) informative and entertaining presentation. The Slam is intended to educate both the community audience and the students themselves as they research and develop their presentation.

Participants:
Students in grades 6-12
Educators or youth leaders who work with middle or high school students and will bring a team to the Slam.

Participants compete for two prizes: a People’s Choice Award determined by audience vote and a Judge’s Choice Award determined by a panel of experts in environmental fields.

“I have participated in the Environmental Slam for the last three years, and each time has taught me something valuable and useful that I doubt I could have learned elsewhere. Through the many issues that I researched, compiled information on, and presented to the audience I began to develop a passion for social change, leadership and participation. At my last Slam, my projects (Students for Sustainable Slopes) even won, and I continue to work on it to this day. The Slam provided me with a launching board to promote development in my community and as a consequence has made me feel like I have begun to successfully contribute to society and my future.”
– former Explorer West Middle School Student, Makenzie White

April 20, 2017, 6pm
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Apr
21
Fri
Seattle Warrior’s Call: Healing Through Service @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VeteransRespond and Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center are proud to present, “Seattle Warrior’s Call: Healing Through Service”, where attendees will be informed, inspired, energized and empowered to join the fight to protect our water, environment, people, and future generations of all species.

The event will feature brave warriors who are veterans of both the US Armed Services and of the Standing Rock Movement. Joseph George, an Air Force Veteran; Brandee Paisano, a US Navy Veteran and Laguna Pueblo Native; and Mark Sanderson, a US Army Veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, will be among the powerful speakers telling their stories.

Opening ceremony and prayer will be led by members of the Duwamish Tribe, including Ken Workman, and Paul Wagner, with speaking from Raymond Kingfisher as well.

As sworn defenders of our country, the veterans of VeteransRespond felt called to support environmental rights, and Native Lands. That call to action has become a movement, a journey to ongoing community activism and worldwide healing. They are proud to share their personal journeys at this very special event.

Join for an Inspiring and Unforgettable Evening
Friday, April 21, 2017
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
4705 Marginal Way SW

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

The space is wheelchair accessible.

About VeteransRespond:
VeteransRespond is a service organization founded in December 2016 by disabled Veterans who were part of the advance team at Standing Rock.  VeteransRespond works to organize and coordinate highly trained Veteran volunteers to provide relief and service work in environmental and man-made disaster sites all across the United States. The organization was born out of the Standing Rock movement, which saw more than 4,000 veterans mobilize to Camp Oceti in defense of the Water Protectors and those standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

DAPL, a 1,172-mile pipeline to transport crude oil across the Midwestern US, jeopardizes the drinking water of millions of Americans while simultaneously desecrating the sacred ground of the Lakota/Sioux nation. The veterans of VeteransRespond believe wholeheartedly that DAPL must be opposed in accordance with their oaths to protect America from enemies both foreign and domestic.

To learn more, visit VeteransRespond.org

May
3
Wed
“Sea Trials” Presentation at Kiwanis of West Seattle meeting @ West Seattle Senior Center
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Author, Wendy Hinman will be at the Kiwanis meeting, May 3, Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Senior Center, Nucor Room, 2nd Flr. She will be presenting “Sea Trials”, an adventure story about the Wilcox Family circumnavigating the globe.

West Seattle Kiwanis Club meets weekly on Wednesdays*, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm at The Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St, 2nd floor on the corner of California Ave SW and SW Oregon.

Members of the community who might be interested in joining Kiwanis are invited to attend a meeting, or contact us:
206-920-3900, westseattlekiwanis@live.com, or website here.

*Except as noted in the Kiwanis website calendar here.

May
16
Tue
Free class: DIY Curb Appeal @ Barnes & Noble
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

DIY Curb Appeal:

Making Good to Great!

Learn how to have the best-looking home and front yard on the block with an exterior that blends lasting character and curb appeal. Whether your looking to sell your home or just have a beautiful looking Home in the Pacific Northwest

with our experts from Century 21 teaching. Learn about:

Quick exterior Home Improvements       Outdoor lighting effects

Bold color options                                       Creating an amazing Yard on a budget

And much more…

May
18
Thu
West Seattle Timebank Gathering at White Center Library
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come out and join us!

West Seattle Timebank Member and Guest Gathering

Thursday – May 18th, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

White Center Library (different location)
1409 SW 107th Street

Guest Speaker: Rachael Glass, Hate Free Delridge

Refreshments provided

Learn how to write your profile, offers & requests too.

New member orientation: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Speaker: 7:00 pm-7:20 pm
Members & guest sharing: 7:30 pm-8:00 pm

If you are not already a member, find out more about us or  join the WS Timebank at: www.westseattletimebank.org

May
24
Wed
The BIRDS+BEES with Amy Lang for parents of middle schoolers @ Madison Middle School Commons
May 24 @ 7:30 pm

Join the Madison PTSA for our Parent Education Presentation @ 7:30 pm
following the PTSA General Meeting @ 7pm

THE BIRDS+BEES with Amy Lang
For Parents of Middle Schoolers

The birds and the bees can be tough to talk about but with a little information, some careful thought and planning it’s possible to have comfortable and effective conversations that help your middle schooler make good decisions.

You will discover:

Know what they need to know about the birds and the bees by the time they start middle school
You’ll learn the #1 unavoidable fact about teen sexuality
Learn what typical middle schoolers are up to in the sexuality department
Discover the key to getting them to listen to you when you talk about these issues.

About Amy Lang, MA
Since 2005, award-winning parenting expert, speaker and author Amy Lang, MA, has been helping parents of all beliefs turn conversations they dread into a regular (and fun) part of their family lives. Contact Amy here or BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com

PTSA General Meeting @ 7pm

The PTSA will hold a 25 minute business meeting, where members will vote on next year’s officers and interim budget, and hear updates. If you have any questions about the meeting or an agenda item, please contact Vikas Luthra at president@madisonptsa.com.

Wednesday, May 24
Madison Middle School Commons

May
27
Sat
Duwamish River: the Last 15,000 Years @ Duwamish Longhouse
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Duwamish River: the Last 15,000 Years

Geologist Devin O’Reilly shares how glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes & humans have shaped the river. Take a journey from ice sheets to industry, from salmon habitat to Superfund site, and ponder the future of the Duwamish River Valley. Free admission/parking. Co-Sponsored by the Seattle Parks Volunteer Naturalist Program. Free Longhouse programming is supported by 4Culture.

Participants receive a Green-Duwamish Watershed map that includes information about parks and public access sites, habitat restoration, history, public art, and the pollution and cleanup of the river—with helpful tips on reducing household toxins.

May 27, 2017 from 1-3 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse. Free!

WHERE:
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 981
206-431-1582

Jun
2
Fri
Book talk: Author Claudia Rowe and ‘The Spider and the Fly’ @ Barnes & Noble
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Words, Writers & West Seattle’ presents a talk by local author Claudia Rowe on her book,The Spider and the Fly: a Reporter, a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder” at Barnes & Noble bookstore.

West Seattle author and Seattle Times’ staff writer, Claudia Rowe shares her work of literary true crime in a combination of memoir and psychological suspense. The Spider and the Fly focuses on Rowe as a young journalist navigating her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and exploring the community from which he emerged, including the reasons that the disappearances of his female victims went ignored for so long

“The Spider and the Fly” encompasses Rowe’s search to understand cruelty and the compromises inherent to journalism.   A print journalist for more than two decades, Rowe looks at the correspondence she initiated as a much younger reporter with a multiple murderer and the ways relationships forever change our lives.

This free book-talk will be the 43rd installment of Words, Writers & West Seattle, the ‘First Friday’ series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. It will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, June 2nd, 2017, at Barnes & Noble/ Westwood Village.

A New York City native, Claudia discovered she was happier living in the country after attending college in Vermont. The story at the heart of The Spider and the Fly landed in her lap while she was living in New York’s Hudson Valley region. She had been stringing for The New York Times, covering everything from cult-esque religious settlements to new restaurants, when she learned about women who’d been “missing” — some of them for two years. The winner of numerous national journalism awards, Rowe lives in West Seattle and currently covers education for The Seattle Times.

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next First Friday book-talk is scheduled for July 7th and will feature Sonja and Jeff Anderson and their book, Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges (May, 2017). For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, Words, Writers & West Seattle by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Book talk: Author Claudia Rowe and ‘The Spider and the Fly’ @ Barnes & Noble
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Words, Writers & West Seattle’ presents a talk by local author Claudia Rowe on her book,The Spider and the Fly: a Reporter, a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder” at Barnes & Noble bookstore.

West Seattle author and Seattle Times’ staff writer, Claudia Rowe shares her work of literary true crime in a combination of memoir and psychological suspense. The Spider and the Fly focuses on Rowe as a young journalist navigating her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and exploring the community from which he emerged, including the reasons that the disappearances of his female victims went ignored for so long

“The Spider and the Fly” encompasses Rowe’s search to understand cruelty and the compromises inherent to journalism.   A print journalist for more than two decades, Rowe looks at the correspondence she initiated as a much younger reporter with a multiple murderer and the ways relationships forever change our lives.

This free book-talk will be the 43rd installment of Words, Writers & West Seattle, the ‘First Friday’ series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. It will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, June 2nd, 2017, at Barnes & Noble/ Westwood Village.

A New York City native, Claudia discovered she was happier living in the country after attending college in Vermont. The story at the heart of The Spider and the Fly landed in her lap while she was living in New York’s Hudson Valley region. She had been stringing for The New York Times, covering everything from cult-esque religious settlements to new restaurants, when she learned about women who’d been “missing” — some of them for two years. The winner of numerous national journalism awards, Rowe lives in West Seattle and currently covers education for The Seattle Times.

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next First Friday book-talk is scheduled for July 7th and will feature Sonja and Jeff Anderson and their book, Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges (May, 2017). For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, Words, Writers & West Seattle by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Jun
7
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors @ Southwest Branch Library
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hot Topics for Seniors @ the Southwest Branch Library
Check SPL’s Southwest Branch Calendar for more on this month’s topic.

October 4: Protecting Your Privacy
November 1: Getting your Voice Heard
December 6: Sharing Humor
January 3, 2018: Poetry with Claudia Castro Luna

Meet at noon for 1 to 1.5 hours.

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors.

Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.
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.
Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian

Jun
11
Sun
Lincoln Park Nature Walk: Edible and Medicinal Plants @ Lincoln Park @ South Parking Lot
Jun 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Lincoln Park
Sunday, June 11th, 3-5pm
Space is limited to 15.
From Jonathan Hover:

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Lincoln Park
Sunday, June 11th, 3-5pm
**We’ll meet at the parking lot at the south end of the park at 3pm**

Lincoln Park offers a fun variety of forest, shoreline, and metropolitan plants friends. Plants we’ll see include Huckleberries, Thimbleberries, False Solomon’s Seal, St. John’s Wort, Oregon Grape, Indian Plum, and many more!

We’ll talk about how to identify, ethically gather, prepare, and use the medicinal plants we’ll encounter. I provide handouts with the common and scientific names, preparations, and uses of the most of the plants we’ll see, as well as a glossary of herbal terms I’ll be using, and botanical illustrations describing leaf shapes and types, and flower parts and types for context.

Make sure to bring something to write with, comfortable shoes, and water!

I grew up in southeast Seattle, and have always had a passion for the natural world. I attended the Intro to Western Herbalism program at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, Co. from 1999-2000, and received a certificate in Advanced Herbalism from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Co. in 2003. I’ve studied the uses of northwest native plants for the last 15 years, and have led plant walks professionally on Orcas Island, Seattle, and the Cascades. I have found that being able to identify and know the uses of the plants around me has changed the way I view the world, giving me a deeper sense of connection with this beautiful place we live, and I love to share that with others.

I want my walks to be accessible and affordable to all who are interested. $15 sliding scale, open to trades, nobody refused for lack of money, children 13 and under free. The event will be limited to 15 people. You can reserve a spot through my paypal. Pay any amount and comment on how many spots you’d like, or email me at evergreenplantwalks@gmail to request a spot or with any questions.

Jun
22
Thu
ECHO Program Presentation: Reducing shipping’s impact on Salish Sea whales @ Dakota Park Place Building
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Active Oceans: How the ECHO (Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation) Program is working to reduce the impact of vessel traffic on whales in the Salish Sea.

Krista Trounce, Project Manager at Port of Vancouver in British Columbia, will present how the ECHO Program is working with national and international collaborators to develop mitigation measures that will lead to a quantifiable reduction in potential threats to whales as a result of shipping activities.
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Dakota Park Place Building, 4303 Dakota Place SW, West Seattle.
Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 Kids under 12.
Advance tickets: Brown Paper Tickets
Presented by The Whale Trail.
Sponsored by Nucor. Accommodations provided by The Grove West Seattle Inn.

The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program is a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led initiative aimed at better understanding and managing the impact of shipping activities on at-risk whales throughout the Salish Sea.

Learn about the projects the ECHO Program has completed and is currently working on: Strait of Georgia Underwater Listening Station to measure vessel noise levels, regional monitoring of ambient noise in the Salish Sea, a Mariner’s Guide to Whales in the Pacific Northwest, large whale strike risk assessment, a trial slowdown of commercial vessels, and others. Hear how the ECHO Program and our collaborators are educating mariners, industry partners and the public about the impacts of underwater noise on marine mammals.

Krista will speak to the ECHO Program long term goals, and how the Salish Sea will benefit from their research and initiatives.
Buy tickets now here to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will likely sell out.

This talk is the third of four Celebrate Springer events, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of Springer (A73) the orphaned orca, and the transboundary partnerships that made it possible.

About the Speaker
Krista Trounce is the Project Manager for the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Krista brings to the ECHO Program over 20 years of experience as an environmental engineer and project manager. Krista joined the ECHO Program in early 2015, after spending a year as the Project Specialist, Site Assessment for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Prior to joining the port authority, Krista was a manager and partner at a private consulting firm where her career focused on the evaluation of risk to human and ecological health posed by environmental contaminants. Krista holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo and is a licensed engineer in the province of British Columbia.
About The Whale Trail
The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Our overarching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas recover from the threat of extinction.
Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 50 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the west coast, from California to British Columbia, throughout the southern resident orcas’ range and beyond.
The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners that include NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Seattle Aquarium, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. Our BC team is led by the BC Cetacean Sighting Network. Many members of The Whale Trail teams met when they worked together to return Springer, the orphaned orca, to her pod.
The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, headquartered in West Seattle. Join us!

Jun
24
Sat
Lower Fauntleroy Tree Walk @ Fauntleroy Creek Viewpoint
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trees for Seattle presents the Lower Fauntleroy Tree Walk on Saturday, June 24th from 10 am – 12 pm. Free, but need to RSVP here.

Meet at Fauntleroy Creek Viewpoint at the junction of Fauntleroy Way SW and Director Street SW

With a stunning view of the Puget Sound, Fauntleroy Way is one of West Seattle’s most iconic streets. Tree ambassador Al Rouyer will lead a walk beginning at the Fauntleroy Creek Viewpoint. 22 trees are included in the walk. Al will describe interesting facts about the trees and gives ways to easily identify each tree. He will also give some of the interesting history of the Fauntleroy neighborhood. The walk is short covering only about the length of 3 city blocks. Come join Tree Ambassador Al as we tour this scenic drive and enjoy the trees among the ocean breeze.

Questions? Email TreeAmbassador@seattle.gov or call 206-615-1668.
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Jun
28
Wed
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update @ Mount St Vincent
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update
Wednesday June 28,  4 – 5:30 p.m.
Providence Mount St Vincent, Pigott Chapel
4831 35th Ave SW

Join Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD to learn about current research into prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Rhoads is the primary neuropsychologist for the UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center, and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of dementia and neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Rhoads’ presentation will be complemented by the public launch of a short dementia awareness video completed by a group of West Seattle advocates with memory loss.

More info: Marigrace Becker, 206-744-2017, mbecker1@uw.edu

Jul
5
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors @ Southwest Branch Library
Jul 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hot Topics for Seniors @ the Southwest Branch Library
Check SPL’s Southwest Branch Calendar for more on this month’s topic.

October 4: Protecting Your Privacy
November 1: Getting your Voice Heard
December 6: Sharing Humor
January 3, 2018: Poetry with Claudia Castro Luna

Meet at noon for 1 to 1.5 hours.

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors.

Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.
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.
Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian

Jul
7
Fri
‘Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges’ book talk @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

From the Log House Museum:

“Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges” Presented by Local Authors Jeff and Sonja Anderson July 7th at Barnes & Noble

In time for the 100th Anniversary of Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Inn, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” hosts Jeff and Sonja Anderson in Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges (Arcadia Publishing, May 2017), their detailed sharing of the oldest public buildings on the mountain.Visitors today might be surprised to know that many inns, rental cabins, bathhouses, and other buildings have come and gone, leaving some areas more pristine now than for much of the park’s history. The Inn sits against the panoramic backdrop of Mount Rainier, with views of the nearby Nisqually Glacier.

Sonja Anderson (the Sophie Topfeather books) teamed with her husband Jeff to produce this illustrated history of the accommodations on Mt. Rainier, from tent “hotels” to more elaborate inns for visitors to the national park. Many of those buildings are long gone, but they live again in this historical accounting. Early visitors rode pack horses or hiked miles to tent “hotels” at Theosophy Ridge, Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground, and Ohanapecosh.

This free book-talk will be the 44th installment of Words, Writers & West Seattle, the ‘First Friday’ series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. It will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, July 7th, 2017, at Barnes & Noble/ Westwood Village.

Jeff and Sonja Anderson discovered the interesting historical images of the park while on a family trip to Paradise Inn and wanted to know more. They culled the extensive collection of images at Mount Rainier National Park Archives to present their story of change and preservation. Jeff and Sonja live in Shorewood, where she teaches and they have two daughters.

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next First Friday book-talk is scheduled for August 4th and will feature Jenny D. Williams and her novel The Atlas of Forgotten Places (St. Martin’s Press, May 2017), is part political thriller, part love story about two women from different worlds, Africa and Germany.

For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, Words, Writers & West Seattle by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Jul
11
Tue
Conversation & Film on Gender Discrimination @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm

Conversation & Film on Gender Discrimination presented by Southwest Youth and Family Services in partnership with Kent Youth and Family Services. July 11, 2017 @ 6 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Join SWYFS for a conversation and film on gender discrimination, July 11, 2017 @ 6 pm.

We have all seen discrimination in many forms in our lives and our communities, and discrimination based on gender occurs daily in countless situations and circumstances. While there have been significant steps forward on gender equity, there is still a desperate need for more work to be done. We would like to invite you to be a part of our discussion about gender discrimination as it exists in our community, watch a film highlighting an example from our own history and work together to create a better path through it for ourselves, our neighbors and our future generation. On Tuesday, July 11 (6pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle), students and staff from SWYFS will facilitate a discussion surrounding the film “Anita” and give you the opportunity to learn a bit more about programming at SWYFS, as well as an opportunity to support and get involved with our efforts.

This event is the first of two community conversations, in partnership with Kent Youth and Family Services. The second event will be held in Kent on August 9 and will discuss human trafficking. The registration link below will allow you to register for one or both events (free admission). A light dinner and drinks will be served. We ask you to come with an open mind and your thoughts on addressing these issues in our communities.

Thank you for your commitment to equity for all in our community. We look forward to this discussion with you.
Register for the Next Up Series on July 11 here.

Jul
23
Sun
‘Madame Butterfly’ Opera Preview @ West Seattle Library
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm

Seattle Opera Preview / lecture “Madame Butterfly” on July 23rd, 2 pm.

Join Norm Hollingshead for an entertaining preview lecture on Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”Puccini’s timeless classic enchants with glorious music of unparalleled passion and pathos. The elegant narrative recounts the whirlwind romance between a reckless American naval officer and a trusting geisha. Bound by tradition and honor, she alone must face the tragic aftermath when left abandoned.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. West Seattle Branch, 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian.

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

Aug
19
Sat
Friends Of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks 2017 Walking Tours: Hiawatha Playfield @ Hiawatha Playfield
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friends Of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks 2017 Walking Tours will be offering a tour of West Seattle’s Hiawatha Playfield, August 19, 2017 beginning at 10am. The tour is free and open to all ages.

SEATTLE—The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) has announced its summer walking tour schedule. The tours take place on the third Saturday of each month, from May to September, beginning at 10:00 a.m. They are free and open to the public, appropriate for all ages, and last approximately two hours. Tour guides will share the history of the Olmsted Brothers park and boulevard system and of the park being toured.
This year, FSOP has chosen to tour four parks that play very different roles in the overall system. On June 17th, a tour of Jefferson Park will explore how Olmsted designed that landscape to take advantage of the sweeping views across the city and Puget Sound and how its 2012 redesign incorporated Olmsted’s intentions for the park. On July 15th, the tour will circle Green Lake Park, which was originally designed as a parkway encircling the lake. On August 19th, the tour of Hiawatha Playfield will explore Seattle’s first sports-oriented park. Finally on September 16th, a tour of Washington Park Arboretum will investigate the multi-layered influences of the Olmsted Brothers and others on the park, including the design for Lake Washington Boulevard and the original plan for the arboretum.
It is a year of tours that will illustrate the incredible richness and diversity of our historical park and boulevard system. Tour guides will share photographs, plans, and other images that show how the landscapes embody Olmsted design principals and how the parks have changed over time as the city has grown and the neighborhoods have developed.
FSOP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving Seattle’s unique Olmsted landscape heritage and raising awareness of the Olmsted philosophy of providing open space for all people. More information about Seattle’s Olmsted parks and boulevards can be found at www.seattleolmsted.org. Email friends@seattleolmsted.org for more information about the tours or other activities.
Tour Details:
June 17 – Jefferson Park – Meet at Jefferson Community Center (south side entrance).
July 15 – Green Lake Park – Meet at Green Lake Community Center (entrance at northeast corner).
August 19 – Hiawatha Playfield – Meet on west side of Hiawatha Community Center.
September 16 – Washington Park Arboretum – Meet at Graham Visitor Center.
*This is the FSOP annual meeting, please join us for potluck lunch after the tour.

Aug
20
Sun
Southwest Stories Series: ‘Alki Bicycle History’ @ West Seattle Branch Library
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

“Southwest Stories” is a monthly History Series At The Seattle Public Library.

Join The Seattle Public Library for a monthly lecture series featuring presentations on the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula and the birthplace of Seattle. This series is co-sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. August event:
Join Alki Bike & Board’s Stu Hennessey to hear about “Alki Bicycle History” from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on Sunday, Aug. 20 at the West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. SW.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-7444. or Ask A Librarian.

Aug
21
Mon
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party (all ages) @ High Point Library @ High Point Library
Aug 21 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 8:30 – 11:30 am. Meet outside the High Point Library by 8:30 am. Event lasts until 11:30 am.

Join friends and neighbors as we witness the celestial event of the century!
Learn how to view the eclipse safely, make a simple projection viewer, and track the changes in the sun’s appearance. Free eclipse glasses will also be available, while supplies last. All ages welcome.
NOTE: Event will be cancelled in the event of cloudy skies or rain.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
High Point Branch, 206-684-7454 or Ask a Librarian.
Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party (all ages, ESL, LEAP) @ South Park Community Center
Aug 21 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at South Park Community Center (non-Library location) Monday, August 21, 2017, 8:30 – 11:30 am.
Audience: Children, Teens, Adults,

Join your friends and neighbors as we witness the celestial event of the century!

Learn how to view the eclipse safely, make a simple projection viewer, and track the changes in the sun’s appearance. Free eclipse glasses will also be available while supplies last. All ages welcome.

NOTE: In the event of cloudy or rainy weather, viewing party will be canceled.

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

More info: South Park Branch, 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian.

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

Aug
22
Tue
FIRST LOOK with Mathew Wright:’The Who & The What’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm

FIRST LOOK with Mathew Wright
Performances September 7 – October 1, 2017
Tuesday, August 22 at 7:30 pm : “FIRST LOOK: THE WHO & THE WHAT”

Join us Tuesday, August 22 at 7:30pm for a free event that takes you inside the creative process for “FIRST LOOK: THE WHO & THE WHAT”, the first of the 2017-2018 Season. An audience favorite, engage directly with the artists behind the production.

Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, THE WHO AND THE WHAT is a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.

Co-produced with Pratidhwani
Directed by Samip Raval

GET TICKETS TO FIRST LOOK

“The Who & The What” opens Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm, with
a preview on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm.

Aug
24
Thu
Buddhism 101 @ White Center Library
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What: Buddhism 101
Hosted by: Soka Gakkai International-USA • Southwest King Chapter
When: Thursday August 24, 2017 • 6:30-7:30pm
Where: White Center Library • 1409 S 107th St, Seattle 98146
Cost: Free & Open to the public

Do you believe in lasting happiness? More than 2500 years ago the Buddha taught that every human being is born with the ability to become happy. Nichiren Buddhism teaches that you can establish a state of profound happiness while contributing to peace in your community. Please join us for this free and informal introduction to the basics of Buddhist practice.

Sep
6
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors @ Southwest Branch Library
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hot Topics for Seniors @ the Southwest Branch Library
Check SPL’s Southwest Branch Calendar for more on this month’s topic.

October 4: Protecting Your Privacy
November 1: Getting your Voice Heard
December 6: Sharing Humor
January 3, 2018: Poetry with Claudia Castro Luna

Meet at noon for 1 to 1.5 hours.

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors.

Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.
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.
Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian

Sep
17
Sun
Southwest Stories: South Park, from Farm to Factory @ South Park Library @ South Park Library
Sep 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Southwest Stories: South Park, from Farm to Factory
Sunday, September 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
South Park Library.

Join South Park resident and author Anna Marti for a lively discussion of this vibrant neighborhood’s unique history, from fishing camps to fertile farmland to today’s distinctive industrial/residential mix. Situated on the Duwamish River, South Park has a rich tradition of farming and industry. It was along these banks that the Duwamish tribe set up fishing camps and grew crops, a practice that continued with generations of farmers who were drawn to the fertile land. With the first land claim in 1851, South Park became home to some of Seattle’s original settlers. Today, its diverse history makes it one of the few Seattle neighborhoods to have both industrial and residential land zones coexisting in the same area.

Anna Marti is a 5th generation Seattlelite who has lived in the South Park Neighborhood for 20 years. She collaborated on a book about the South Park neighborhood in 2006. She continues to find opportunities to celebrate South Park history and the Duwamish River while working to balance the needs of a growing city and the need to restore the Duwamish River.

This program is co-sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library. The program is free, and all are welcome.

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

Hot Topics for Seniors @ the Southwest Branch Library
Check SPL’s Southwest Branch Calendar for more on this month’s topic.

October 4: Protecting Your Privacy
November 1: Getting your Voice Heard
December 6: Sharing Humor
January 3, 2018: Poetry with Claudia Castro Luna

Meet at noon for 1 to 1.5 hours.

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors.

Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.
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.
Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian

Oct
6
Fri
Words, Writers & West Seattle series: ‘How The West Was Juan’ @ Barnes & Noble
Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Dean/Attorney/Author Steven Bender presents “How The West Was Juan”, Oct. 6th @ 5:00 pm at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village for Words, Writers & West Seattle.

West Seattle author Steven W. Bender is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Seattle University School of Law. He writes about the policies and issues involving Mexican–Americans and all of us. He’s also known to be somewhat obsessed with deconstructing popular culture messages about the lives and experiences of Latinos because he’s seen a lot of negative stereotypes. His latest book, “How The West Was Juan: Reimagining the U.S.-Mexico Border”, was just published in July, 2017.

This is a free book-talk event by ‘Words, Writers & West Seattle’ of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

As the author of “Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History” (NYU Press 2015), Bender is a former presenter for “Words, Writers & West Seattle”; he also wrote “Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings,” (NYU Press 2012); “Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination, ” (NYU Press 2005) and several other books on culture, politics, migration, history, and law.

Dean Bender is a national academic leader on immigration law and policy, as well as an expert in real estate law. Among his honors, the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools presented him with the C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr., Award, a prestigious national award recognizing scholarly reputation, mentoring of junior faculty, and teaching excellence.

Born to a Mexican American mother in East Los Angeles, Bender’s culture and upbringing in a Mexican American household informs his writing and passion for legal reform. An avid reader as a youth, he read over 400 adult-level bestsellers and classics each year from 7th grade through high school. An equally avid fan of popular culture, and a critic of its shortcomings, Bender infuses his writings with a connection to pop culture, while trying to instill timeless values of respect and human dignity for all people.

How the West Was Juan creatively approaches the current political stalemate over restrictive v. compassionate border policy by imagining a different U.S.-Mexico border. It has been referred to as “A Pandora’s box” opened in the hands of a master of law, cultural studies as well as history. Playful, yet historically and legally researched, Bender’s new book sets the boundaries of a new territory for the physical, psychological, moral, and spiritual borders of our country, as well as analyzing the accuracy of our traditional history books. Bender entertains with his kneading of geographical facts with history and current events. (quotes from Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs).

For videos on this 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 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s next First Friday book-talk is scheduled for 5PM, November 3rd at Barnes & Noble/Westwood and will feature a former presenter, Molly Ringle, and her new paranormal romance book, “The Goblins of Bellwater” (Central Avenue Publishing, 2017).

Nov
1
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors @ Southwest Branch Library
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hot Topics for Seniors @ the Southwest Branch Library
Check SPL’s Southwest Branch Calendar for more on this month’s topic.

October 4: Protecting Your Privacy
November 1: Getting your Voice Heard
December 6: Sharing Humor
January 3, 2018: Poetry with Claudia Castro Luna

Meet at noon for 1 to 1.5 hours.

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors.

Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.
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.
Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian

Dec
6
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors @ Southwest Branch Library
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hot Topics for Seniors @ the Southwest Branch Library
Check SPL’s Southwest Branch Calendar for more on this month’s topic.

October 4: Protecting Your Privacy
November 1: Getting your Voice Heard
December 6: Sharing Humor
January 3, 2018: Poetry with Claudia Castro Luna

Meet at noon for 1 to 1.5 hours.

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors.

Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.
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.
Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian

Apr
22
Sun
Free Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: ‘Aida’ @ West Seattle (Admiral) Libray
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Norm Hollingshead at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library for a preview lecture of Verdi’s profoundly personal love story told on a grand scale, Aida showcases Verdi’s power to translate human emotions into magnificent music. The high-stakes love triangle between a captured princess, a conflicted military commander, and the King’s formidable daughter unfolds in a variety of Egyptian locales amid a glorious spectacle and rousing choruses—including the famous Triumphal March.

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.

Jul
11
Wed
Hot Topics for Seniors: Retirement Security For All @ Southwest Branch Library
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:25 pm

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors. Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch Library as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.

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

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

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

Sep
4
Tue
The Whale Trail presents Harbor Porpoises in the Salish Sea @ C & P Coffee Company
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Making a mark: Photo-ID of harbor porpoises in the Salish Sea
Presentation by Cindy Elliser, PacMam Research Director

When: Tuesday September 4th, 7:00 – 8:30
–Doors open at 6:30
Where: C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free

Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Presented by The Whale Trail
Sponsored by Nucor Steel

Harbor porpoise are one of the most abundant animals in the Salish Sea, yet little is known about them. Pacific Mammal Research is dedicated to understanding more about this poorly understood population, using techniques such as photo-ID surveys and passive acoustic technology.

Learn more about this shy and elusive species, and the research that is shedding new light on them.

Whale Trail founder Donna Sandstrom will also give an update on Governor Jay Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force and how you can become involved in protecting the southern resident orcas.

Join us as we kick off a new season of Orca Talks! Buy tickets in advance here!

About the Speaker

Dr. Cindy Elliser has conducted marine mammal research for over 15 years. She worked with Dr. Denise Herzing and the Wild Dolphin Project studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas for 10 years before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2014 and founding Pacific Mammal Research to study marine mammals in the Salish Sea. She also is an adjunct biology/chemistry instructor at Skagit Valley College.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is a series of sites to view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment.

Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 50 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the North American west coast, from California to British Columbia.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. Many members of the team first met on the successful effort to return Springer, the orphaned orca, to her pod.

Oct
2
Tue
Envisioning South Park’s new Residential Small Lot Zoning @ SP Hall
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Envisioning South Park’s new Residential Small Lot Zoning (RSL)

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 have been totally rewritten and there are many questions about how it will affect our neighborhoods, including most of South Park.

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

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

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

If you live in South Park, are interested in zoning, or are a homeowner, environmentalist or neighborhood advocate, join Matt Hutchins, AIA for this informational talk.

–Matt Hutchins is an architect specializing in affordable housing, backyard cottages, infill housing and sustainable architecture. He is also a housing advocate with MOAR (More Options for Accessory Residences) and is working to reform zoning for the betterment of local communities, the city and the planet.

Rather than charging any entry fee, please donate to my friend Corina’s fundraiser here: Million Tampon Challenge www.facebook.com/milliontampons/

Here is a link to the event’s website to register.

Oct
4
Thu
Stereotype Threat & Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community @ South Seattle College
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Stereotype Threat & Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community with Dr. Claude M. Steele

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 11-12 p.m.

Location: South Seattle College, Jerry Brockey Student Center, Rooms A & B (campus map)

Drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, join Dr. Claude M. Steele, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, as we address the why, what, and how of diverse learning communities; why they are important, a working hypothesis about what is critical to their success and what research reveals about how to achieve that success. The talk’s practical aim is to identify features of diverse learning communities — schools, universities, and academic disciplines — that while good for all students, are especially helpful for minority students generally, and for women in STEM fields. The talk will also explore the psychological significance of community and its role in learning.

For more information, contact Sol Damaris Mendez, Student Life Program Manager at SolDamaris.Mendez@seattlecolleges.edu or 206-934-7950.

Oct
18
Thu
Restaurant Success Orientation @ Delridge Branch Library
Oct 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

More info here.

Whether you are starting or expanding your restaurant or mobile 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 restaurant or mobile food business started, looking for financial help, counseling on various aspects of your restaurant 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 provide and guide you to the resources that will help you get started and grow.

For more information about navigating the requirements and regulations for opening or expanding a restaurant or mobile food business, take a look through the Restaurant Success website.

Nov
19
Mon
When Is Home No Longer a Safe Option? *NEW DATE* @ Aegis Living of West Seattle
Nov 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Changed to 11:30 am November 19th

“When is home no longer a Safe Option?”

Led by Kathy Stewart RN, BSN

Complimentary Appetizers and Refreshments Available

Nov
29
Thu
Care Fee Funding Options, Wine & Cheese Hour @ Aegis Living of West Seattle
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

11/29 6-7 pm

“Care Fee Funding Options, Wine and Cheese Hour”

Scott and Steve from Genworth will lead a Panel Discussion to answer questions about your future decisions.

Feb
6
Wed
Hot Topics For Seniors: 100th Anniversary Of Seattle General Strike @ Southwest Library
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors. Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch Library as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues.

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

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

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

Feb
19
Tue
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.

Feb
28
Thu
The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxiety @ South Seattle College, The Brockey Center
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Hosted by South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) Cooperative Preschools:

Whether it’s the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry will discuss simple, effective strategies that build connection and dampen anxiety through fun, play, and empathy.

Thu, February 28, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 pm
The Brockey Center at South Seattle

Tickets are $7 and available at eventbrite.com.

Interested in purchasing one of Dr. Cohen’s books? Our friends at Page 2 Books in Burien have graciously agreed to do book sales for us and Dr. Cohen will be signing after the lecture! You can purchase books onsite or preorder your copy here: BOOK PRESALES.

Mar
27
Wed
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
23
Tue
Climate Science on Tap: Going to Extremes: Is It Climate Change or Just Bad Weather? @ Beveridge Place Pub
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm

How is climate change impacting weather in our region?  Will floods and droughts be the new normal? And how will we cope? This Climate Science on Tap will examine the relationship between extreme weather events and our changing climate. Our experts share the data and their perspectives in riveting presentations and a lively panel discussion of the issue and the impacts on the people and the creatures that call the PNW home.

Scheduled speakers include: James Rufo-Hill of Seattle Public Utilities, Joe Zagrodnik, PhD, Atmospheric Sciences, Sarah Ragen, UW grad student, Oceanography, and Brittany Hoedemaker, grad student, UW Marine Affairs.

The conversation will be moderated by P. Sean McDonald, Ph.D.

This event is sponsored by Cascadia Climate Action.

Dogs are welcome.

Attendees must be 21 or over.

Apr
25
Thu
SW Seattle Youth Alliance April Meeting @ High Point Neighborhood House
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join the SW Seattle Youth Alliance for our monthly coalition meeting.

On our agenda will be:

Thank you for attending!

May
8
Wed
Entomology lecture series @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Seattle Entomologist Jen Paur of Tiny Science will be conducting a series of four lectures on the interesting and exciting lives of insects. Jen is an enthusiastic speaker who can engage audiences of all ages with her great passion for insects. She brings a selection of beetles, butterflies, mantises, or stick insects when she speaks. Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And if you like, you can join us before class at 5 pm for $3 beers in our Cafe!

1. Insects in General: This class will cover the history of insects from the Cretaceous period and their defining features and key assets that allowed them to become masters of our planet. The audience will leave with a new level of appreciation for insects from this fun talk.

2. The Orders of Insects: There are 32 different types of insects! Many that we are familiar with, some that we are not! We will explore these different types.

3. Comparative Study of Insects: How can one type of animal with three body parts, six legs, and four wings can take on so many different shapes and roles?

4. Insect Niches: Insects are incredibly diverse and abundant. We will explore how insects exploit niches, including topics like parasitoidy and eusociality, which are way more exciting than they sound!

Lecture Series is $20 members/$25 non-members. All ages welcome. Please sign up in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1, as a minimum number of participants is required for this series to occur. SCWS, 4217 SW Oregon St.

An Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ @ Walmesley Center
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Experiencing Kinship on the Margins: Changing the Way We Look for Happiness

All are invited to an Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, May 8 from 7-9pm in the Walmesley Center (7000 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126).

Fr.”G” is founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.  He is also a best-selling author of two books, Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir. In his talks, Fr. G shares stories and much wisdom about difficult realities, humanity, restorative justice, community and God’s boundless love and compassion.

Learn more and get tickets at https://frgatolg.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are also on sale at OLG parish, school and after weekend Masses.  Contact Jennifer with questions: jibach@olgseattle.org.

May
15
Wed
Entomology lecture series @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Seattle Entomologist Jen Paur of Tiny Science will be conducting a series of four lectures on the interesting and exciting lives of insects. Jen is an enthusiastic speaker who can engage audiences of all ages with her great passion for insects. She brings a selection of beetles, butterflies, mantises, or stick insects when she speaks. Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And if you like, you can join us before class at 5 pm for $3 beers in our Cafe!

1. Insects in General: This class will cover the history of insects from the Cretaceous period and their defining features and key assets that allowed them to become masters of our planet. The audience will leave with a new level of appreciation for insects from this fun talk.

2. The Orders of Insects: There are 32 different types of insects! Many that we are familiar with, some that we are not! We will explore these different types.

3. Comparative Study of Insects: How can one type of animal with three body parts, six legs, and four wings can take on so many different shapes and roles?

4. Insect Niches: Insects are incredibly diverse and abundant. We will explore how insects exploit niches, including topics like parasitoidy and eusociality, which are way more exciting than they sound!

Lecture Series is $20 members/$25 non-members. All ages welcome. Please sign up in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1, as a minimum number of participants is required for this series to occur. SCWS, 4217 SW Oregon St.

May
22
Wed
Entomology lecture series @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Seattle Entomologist Jen Paur of Tiny Science will be conducting a series of four lectures on the interesting and exciting lives of insects. Jen is an enthusiastic speaker who can engage audiences of all ages with her great passion for insects. She brings a selection of beetles, butterflies, mantises, or stick insects when she speaks. Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And if you like, you can join us before class at 5 pm for $3 beers in our Cafe!

1. Insects in General: This class will cover the history of insects from the Cretaceous period and their defining features and key assets that allowed them to become masters of our planet. The audience will leave with a new level of appreciation for insects from this fun talk.

2. The Orders of Insects: There are 32 different types of insects! Many that we are familiar with, some that we are not! We will explore these different types.

3. Comparative Study of Insects: How can one type of animal with three body parts, six legs, and four wings can take on so many different shapes and roles?

4. Insect Niches: Insects are incredibly diverse and abundant. We will explore how insects exploit niches, including topics like parasitoidy and eusociality, which are way more exciting than they sound!

Lecture Series is $20 members/$25 non-members. All ages welcome. Please sign up in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1, as a minimum number of participants is required for this series to occur. SCWS, 4217 SW Oregon St.

Sep
14
Sat
Fish and Forest with Seattle Parks & Salmon Bake Fundraiser @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Salmon Homecoming Celebration, Ecology Lecture Program, and Salmon Bake Fundraiser

FREE Admission *$15 for Salmon Bake Lunch*

Salmon bake starts at 12 and will continue until sold out.
Parks programming is from 1 pm–3 pm

Enjoy a traditional salmon bake with us to celebrate Salmon Homecoming at the Duwamish Longhouse. Afterwards, join Seattle Parks Naturalist Jacob De Guzman as he talks about the ecological dynamics that exists between Salmon and the Forest Ecosystem. Learn how they mutually benefit one another and how they benefit us.

Special performances by Salmon is Life silk wind sockeye salmon will take place throughout the day. These silk salmon traveled to the COP21 Climate Talks in Paris, France to share a message that we need to listen to the world that sustains us and protect our salmon and our planet as well. They will now join us at the longhouse to spread that same message, and to celebrate Salmon Homecoming here in Seattle.

Nov
20
Wed
“Happiness Starts with Gratitude” Seminar with David George Brooke – That Gratitude Guy @ The Kenney
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

At The Kenney (WSB sponsor):

November’s big holiday is Thanksgiving, but sometimes “life happens” and it’s difficult to feel thankful all the time. The Kenney is honored to host best-selling author, speaker, teacher, and storyteller David George Brooke, “That Gratitude Guy.” Whether you’ve suffered tragedy and the loss of loved ones or are just looking to manage the stress in your life, this is the program for you! David presents an entertaining, enlightening, and empowering seminar that provides you with the tools and techniques to take charge of your life by embracing the power of gratitude and using simple exercises to break old habits and beliefs to re-form and re-focus your life with much higher expectations. Be prepared to look at your life differently…”gratitude turns what you have into enough!”

Join us for a welcome reception at 6 pm with coffee and dessert. Please RSVP to (206) 937-2800. Gratitude journals will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
6:30-7:30PM, Community Rooms 1 and 2

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.

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

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

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

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

May
1
Fri
Lights: A ‘Zine Launch @ Paper Boat Booksellers
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pleasure Boat Studios, a West Seattle nonprofit literary press, invites you to celebrate the launch of a new ‘zine–Lights.

The event will feature a short story reading by local writer John Christopher Nelson as well as complimentary wine and nonalcoholic fizzies.

Pleasure Boat Studios is also the publisher of Sugar Mountain, a novel by Alfred Alcorn. Sugar Mountain is the story of a pandemic that started in China.

Oct
10
Sat
West Seattle Timebank Strategic Planning Event @ Online
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to The West Seattle Timebank Strategic Planning Event

Would you like to learn how a non-profit organization develops a strategic plan? The West Seattle Timebank is holding a retreat with their board and members to develop a 3-year strategic plan. You’re invited to attend and learn the basics of strategic planning.
The retreat will be held in three 2-hour virtual sessions:
Sat. Oct. 10th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 24th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 7th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Please register (ASAP). To register, contact: westseattletimebank@gmail.com.
We’ll email you the zoom links and a reminder the week of each session.

Learn more about Timebanking at: www.westseattle.timebanks.org

Oct
24
Sat
West Seattle Timebank Strategic Planning Event @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to The West Seattle Timebank Strategic Planning Event

Would you like to learn how a non-profit organization develops a strategic plan? The West Seattle Timebank is holding a retreat with their board and members to develop a 3-year strategic plan. You’re invited to attend and learn the basics of strategic planning.
The retreat will be held in three 2-hour virtual sessions:
Sat. Oct. 10th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 24th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 7th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Please register (ASAP). To register, contact: westseattletimebank@gmail.com.
We’ll email you the zoom links and a reminder the week of each session.

Learn more about Timebanking at: www.westseattle.timebanks.org

Nov
7
Sat
West Seattle Timebank Strategic Planning Event @ Online
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to The West Seattle Timebank Strategic Planning Event

Would you like to learn how a non-profit organization develops a strategic plan? The West Seattle Timebank is holding a retreat with their board and members to develop a 3-year strategic plan. You’re invited to attend and learn the basics of strategic planning.
The retreat will be held in three 2-hour virtual sessions:
Sat. Oct. 10th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sat. Oct. 24th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 7th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Please register (ASAP). To register, contact: westseattletimebank@gmail.com.
We’ll email you the zoom links and a reminder the week of each session.

Learn more about Timebanking at: www.westseattle.timebanks.org

Apr
29
Thu
Virtual Panel: Women Thriving in the Built Environment @ Online (see listing)
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for our “Women Thriving in the Built Environment” virtual panel on Thursday, April 29 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., sponsored by South Seattle College’s Sustainable Building Science Technology Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program. Our virtual panel of thought leaders will kick off an empowering and engaging conversation about the importance of gender equity in the built environment, from building operations to design and construction. What takeaways can you apply within your own workplace?

Please RSVP (required to attend): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LzwHqT7lRZW6WVkvNCr9_Q

We’ll be discussing the following questions during our panel:
How can women contribute to the sustainability aspect of the built environment?
What can we all be doing going forward to support women in this field?
Why is gender equity important?
How do we build a more equitable future?

Meet our panelists and student moderator:
Courtney Blodgett, Director of Market Strategy, McKinstry
Soph Davenberry, Chief Technology Officer, NEMIC
Vicky Hardy, RCFM, Adjunct Faculty & Consultant, South Seattle College Sustainable Building Science Technology BAS Program
Mara Palmer, Certified Sustainable Building Science Technology professional
Sandy Sechang, Just Sales Manager, International Living Future Institute
Treasa Sweek, Principal, Sweek Consulting Engineers
Sheila Roe, Sustainable Building Science Technology student, Event Moderator

About the Sustainable Building Science Technology Program

The Sustainable Building Science Technology Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program at South Seattle College is uniquely positioned as a leader in the dynamic arena of sustainable building education, putting graduates on track for career success in this growing and exciting field. The 90-credit curriculum builds upon an Associate degree and offers a pathway to becoming a highly skilled building science professional. Students learn about smart buildings, fiscal performance, and human-centered building management for today’s changing world. No other program on the West Coast offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares building professionals with the practical knowledge they’ll need for success.

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

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

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

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

View in Catalog: Magic City by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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May
21
Fri
“Washington Remembers: From Marcus Whitman to Billy Frank, Jr – Stories of Washington Statues and Memorials” @ Online (see listing)
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free online presentation by historian and author Judy Bentley, hosted by the Woman’s Century Club as part of their May Program Meeting. Open to the public.

To get login information for the zoom program, register on this page: http://www.womanscenturyclub.org/meetings-events/

While walking the sidewalks of Washington cities to research her book, Walking Washington History, Judy Bentley came across some surprising memorials to the past: statues honoring George Washington, Mother Joseph, Abraham Lincoln, Spanish-American War veterans, Wendy the Welder, Dirty Dan, and Jimi Hendrix. She also found a fish story, a boat of discovery, wreaths commemorating Wobblies, and a fruit-picker’s basket.

All of these public sculptures honor some event or person a city wishes to remember or honor. Who decides who should be honored? Whose history is told? Bentley will take listeners on a tour of city statues and memorials and discuss how and why they came to be in public spaces, how history the public values has been set in stone.

This topic is particularly timely now that Washington State is moving to replace a statue of Marcus Whitman in the U.S. Statuary Hall in the capitol in D.C. with a monument to Native rights activist Billy Frank, Jr.

About the presenter: Judy Bentley taught literature, composition, and Pacific Northwest History at South Seattle College for more than 20 years. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including two guidebooks. The second edition of Hiking Washington’s History, the greater outdoors complement to Walking Washington History, will be published this spring.

May
25
Tue
The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture In American History Presents Michelle Duster @ Online (see listing)
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize. Join us to hear Michelle Duster discuss the impact of this iconic woman. Registration required. Click here to register.

Ida B. Wells was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Hear professor and Wells’s great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, offer a “warm remembrance of a civil rights icon” (Kirkus Reviews).

The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. This program will recorded, captioned and posted for 30 days on The Seattle Public Library’s YouTube page after the event.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a “dangerous negro agitator.” In the annals of history, it makes her an icon.

A century after her death, Wells’s genius is being celebrated in popular culture by politicians, through song, public artwork, and landmarks. Like her contemporaries Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, Wells left an indelible mark on history—one that can still be felt today. As America confronts the unfinished business of systemic racism, Ida B. the Queen pays tribute to a transformational leader and reminds us of the power we all hold to smash the status quo.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, professor, and champion of racial and gender equity. In the last dozen years, she has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books. She cowrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; coedited Shifts and Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls; and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. She has written articles for Essence, Refinery29, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, and The North Star.

PRAISE:

“Visually stunning…readers who are looking for bold, out-of-the-box, approaches to social change will undoubtedly be inspired by Ida B. the Queen.”
—Forbes

“Bow down to this biography that shows why Ida B. Wells is an icon for all seasons.”
—Refinery29

“With bold graphics and a compelling story, Ida B. the Queen is sure to be one of the year’s best biographies.”
—Bustle

“Ida B. the Queen delves deep into the life of Wells and the Black experience through visual storytelling and recounts the life, successes and hardships of one of the most renowned leaders of justice in American history.”
—The Root

View in Catalog: Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster

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May
27
Thu
‘Pressing the System: How Newsprint Won Women the Right to Vote’ @ Online (see listing)
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is delighted to announce “Pressing the System: How Newsprint Won Women the Right to Vote” a live Zoom presentation and panel discussion on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 PM. Join us for a presentation discussing suffragist Katherine Smith’s utilization of newsprint to inform voters, and hear from SWSHS volunteers Bethany Green and Kathy Mulady, as well as Tracy Record from the West Seattle Blog in a panel discussion reflecting the power of the press. Registration is required.

Newspapers were instrumental in convincing voters that women deserve the right to vote in Washington state 10 full years before the 19th amendment passed in Congress. This program will dig deeper into that journalistic legacy, and explore how the press protects and promotes the basic rights of the American people today. We’ll discuss how the press shaped the way that the public perceived the suffrage movement in Washington for 50 years while women fought for the right to vote and reflect on that power today.

The program will consist of a 20-minute presentation from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, followed by a 30-minute panel discussion, and an opportunity for an audience Q&A.

For more details and to register, please visit our website at https://www.loghousemuseum.org/blog/may-27-pressing-the-system, or contact Maggie Kase, Curator at maggiek@loghousemuseum.org.

Jun
1
Tue
Lynda Mapes And Guests Discuss “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” @ Online (see listing)
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about the history and the future of Orca whales in Puget Sound. Registration required. Click here to register via EventBrite.

This panel conversation will include Jay Julius, former Chairman, Lummi Nation; Deborah Giles, Orca scientist at UW Center for Conservation Biology and Science Director of Wild Orca and Jason Colby, Chairman of the History Department at University of Victoria and author of Orca.

The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, Mountaineers Books and The Seattle Times. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. This event will be recorded for SPL’s YouTube Channel.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home journalist Lynda V. Mapes explores the natural history of the orca and the unique challenges for survival of the Southern Resident group that frequents Puget Sound. These whales are among the most urban in the world, a focus of researchers, tourists, and politicians alike. Once referred to as “blackfish” and still known as “killer whales,” orcas were for generations regarded as vermin to be avoided or exterminated, then later were captured live for aquariums all over the world. With greater exposure, scientists realized how intelligent the mammal is and are learning about their matriarchal family groups, vocalizations, behavior, and different subspecies. Today only 74 Southern Resident whales are left, and they are threatened by habitat degradation, lack of Chinook salmon (their primary food source), relentless growth, and climate change. Can we reverse the trend?

This special project, co-published with the Pulitzer Prize winning Seattle Times newspaper, features stunning imagery by Times photographer Steve Ringman, as well as from partner organizations including The Whale Museum, NOAA, and Center for Whale Research.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

LYNDA V. MAPES is a journalist, author, and close observer of the natural world. The Seattle Times has made a point of focusing on environmental issues for its readership; Lynda has been a key part in this effort, covering natural history, environmental topics and issues related to Pacific Northwest indigenous cultures. Her writing connects ordinary people and nature. In 1997, while working at the Spokesman Review in Spokane, Washington, she was awarded the Gerald Loeb award for a series on salmon recovery efforts in the Columbia Basin. It was the first time anyone looked at what the region had spent on recovery in the basin and what had resulted from those efforts. In addition to her newspaper career, she is the author of two books, Washington: The Spirit of the Land and Breaking Ground. Her first extended encounter with the Elwha ecosystem, dams, Port Angeles community and Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, this latter book laid an important groundwork of sources for reporting the forthcoming newspaper series and this proposed book on the Elwha. She lives in Seattle with her husband Douglas MacDonald.

Born and raised at Lummi Nation in Bellingham, Washington, Jay Julius spent a number of years in California as a professional golfer, speaker, and entrepreneur before returning home to Lummi. He has served as Chair of, and on Council at, Lummi Nation; has organized and executed Tribal, local, regional, and national campaigns. During his time on Lummi Nation’s Council, Jay led the Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office; saw the launch of the Nation’s Salish Sea Campaign; sounded the alarm for the clean-up of the fish farm disaster; instigated the acquisition of culturally and economically significant lands; and was deeply involved in the fight against the proposed coal port at Xwe’chi’eXen/Cherry Point. He currently works as a strategic advisor and executive coach through Julius Consulting LLC.

Dr. Deborah Giles serves as the Science & Research Director for Wild Orca, and as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington—monitoring the Southern Resident killer whales’ health through non-invasive sampling with Eba, her highly-trained poop detection dog.

Jason M. Colby is associate professor of environmental and international history at the University of Victoria. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, and raised in the Seattle area, he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and Washington State. He is the author of The Business of Empire: United Fruit, Race, and US Expansion in Central America.

View in Catalog: Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home by Lynda Mapes

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Jun
17
Thu
‘From Stonewall to Seattle: The History of Pride on the Duwamish Peninsula and Beyond’ @ Online (see listing)
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is excited to host “From Stonewall to Seattle: The History of Pride on the Duwamish Peninsula and Beyond,” a live Zoom presentation and panel discussion on Thursday, June 17 at 6:00 PM. Join us for an historical presentation discussing the history of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community on the national and local levels. Attendees will also hear from panelists Stacy Bass-Walden, founder of Alki Beach Pride, Aleksa Manila, a drag artist and social activist, and Oliver Webb of the Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound. Registration is required.

Advance registration is required. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link to the program on June 17. Please register HERE.

The Stonewall Uprising wasn’t the first protest against police raiding of gay clubs and LGBTQ+ spaces, but it’s often the first that comes to mind when we think of Pride today. We’ll dive deeper into one of the catalysts for the contemporary LGBTQ+ rights movement that spread from Stonewall to Seattle and beyond. We’ll also explore how Pride is commemorated today on the Duwamish Peninsula not only in June, but all year round.

The program will consist of a 20-minute presentation facilitated by Maggie Kase, curator of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, followed by a 30-minute panel discussion, and an opportunity for an audience Q&A.

Registration is required. Please register HERE today.

This program of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors Luna Park Cafe, 4Culture, Duwamish Tribal Services, and HomeStreet Bank.

Jun
30
Wed
Let’s Go to Luna Park: An Interview and Film Screening with Paul Moyes @ Online (see listing)
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is delighted to announce “Let’s Go to Luna Park: An Interview and Film Screening with Paul Moyes,” which will be held live via Zoom on Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00 PM. Registration is required. Please register HERE.

Earlier this year local filmmaker Paul Moyes released a documentary which explores the history of the Duwamish Peninsula’s short-lived amusement park. Moyes pieced together extensive research to illuminate what it would have been like to experience Luna Park during its existence in the early 20th century.

On June 30, Historical Society staff will facilitate an exclusive interview with Moyes, who will provide insight into his motivations for producing the film and the research process that made the documentary possible. Following the interview, the documentary will be screened. You won’t want to miss out on this special evening.

Jul
8
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: Jill Wakefield: ‘The History of South Seattle College’ @ Online (see listing)
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting Jill Wakefield for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, July 8 at 6:00 PM. Wakefield will deliver a presentation entitled, “The History of South Seattle College.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

South Seattle College has a rich history of service to the community of which it is a part. From its founding in 1969, to the current moment, South Seattle College has worked to transform lives and open doors for a better future through education. Join us on July 8 to learn more about how the College has worked to achieve this goal over the last five decades.

Dr. Jill Wakefield is the Chancellor Emeritus of Seattle Colleges, a three-college system with nearly 50,000 students. Jill was the longest serving and first female chancellor in the district’s history. Jill served Seattle Colleges for more than 40 years, starting out as a program assistant in the veterans office at South Seattle Community College, before serving as a public information officer, director of development, vice president for institutional advancement, vice president for instruction, and president of South Seattle College from 2003 to 2008.

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

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

Jul
27
Tue
Presentation: “Redlining in Seattle – Mapping Inequality” @ Online (see listing)
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm

From the 34th District Democrats:

Ubax Gardheere will present a program “Redlining in Seattle – Mapping Inequality” to help members of the 34th Dems and the community at large learn the history behind this topic. For most of its history Seattle was a segregated city, as committed to white supremacy as any location in America. People of color were excluded from most jobs, most neighborhoods and schools, and many stores, restaurants, hotels, and other commercial establishments, even hospitals. As in other western states, the system of severe racial discrimination in Seattle targeted not just African Americans but also Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, people of Mexican ancestry, and also, at times, Jews. Join us.

July 27, 7 pm on Zoom
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83582622336

Ubax is the Equitable Development Initiative Division Director in the City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development. She currently oversees the EDI fund the City is investing in community-based organizations working in Seattle on anti-displacement strategies and economic development opportunities. Ubax’s core values are rooted in Social Justice and transformative practice. she prioritizes working towards equity, authentically listening to community and she has extensive experience in community development and building an inclusive vision with many of Seattle’s communities of color. She was a member of the Housing Affordability Livability Agenda Committee. Ubax previously was a Program Director at Puget Sound Sage. She was responsible for advancing Sage’s priorities related to equitable transit-oriented development, she focused on land use policy, affordable housing policy, transit-oriented development, community based participatory planning, leadership development and importance of racial justice in policy making. Ubax serves as a Governance Group Member for Communities of Opportunity, a multi-million dollar, cross-sector initiative aimed at creating systems change across King County to address equitable health, housing and economic opportunity and serves on Serves on Seattle Foundation’s Covid response and recovery fund Advisory Board. She serves on the board of Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) a partnership of the County and East King County Cities who have joined together to assist with preserving and increasing the supply of housing for low– and moderate-income households in the region. Ubax is a proud single parent to three very energetic kids who keep her on her toes. She is also a candidate for King County Council District 9.

Oct
13
Wed
Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: Body Resiliency Presented By Lindsay Kite @ Online (see listing)
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Guest curator Olaiya Land talks with Dr. Lindsay Kite about body resilience and her book “More Than a Body.” Click here to register. Registration required.

This series of online talks will examine the ways all of our lives have shifted since the beginning of the pandemic and how we can move towards equity, justice and liberation through meaningful self-care.

Olaiya Land, founder of the online journal and community Lionesse, will be in conversation with authors and activists of diverse backgrounds about their personal journey towards self-acceptance and how their work aims to help others lean into embracing themselves more fully.

These conversations will be centered around reclaiming the concepts of self-care and self-acceptance from the hands of capitalism and mass-marketing and enabling them to retain meaning. The series will especially highlight the experiences of marginalized groups–BIPOC, queer and trans folks, fat people, women, and neurodivergent individuals–as they push back against Western beauty standards, patriarchy and White Supremacy and carve out spaces to feel accepted and whole.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL’s YouTube channel after the event.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Dr. Lindsay Kite is identical twin sisters with Dr. Lexie Kite. They both received PhDs from the University of Utah. Their academic research on media studies and body image inspired them to establish the non-profit Beauty Redefined in 2009 (while concluding their co-written master’s thesis and beginning their doctoral research) to help a greater number of females recognize and reject harmful messages about their bodies, worth, and potential, and redefine the meaning and value of beauty in their lives. Since then, Lexie and Lindsay have become leading experts in body image resilience and media literacy—authors of numerous studies and books have cited their original research—and have been featured in a variety of national media outlets. Today, they continue to build on their academic work and the passion it stoked for helping girls and women through Beauty Redefined’s online Body Image Resilience Program and course facilitator training, blogging, social media activism, and regular speaking engagements for thousands of people of all ages in both secular and religious settings, from universities and high schools to church congregations and community organizations.

Olaiya Land the founder and editor of Lionesse, an online journal and community promoting connection, confidence, sisterhood & self-love. She is the host of the Lionesse podcast. Olaiya also leads retreats and workshops all over the world that help people feel empowered and connect to their creativity. You can learn more about her work at www.wearelionesse.com and @wearelionesse.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Positive body image isn’t believing your body looks good; it is knowing your body is good, regardless of how it looks.

How do you feel about your body? Have you ever stayed home from a social activity or other opportunity because of concern about how you looked? Have you ever passed judgment on someone because of how they looked or dressed? Have you ever had difficulty concentrating on a task because you were self-conscious about your appearance?
Our beauty-obsessed world perpetuates the idea that happiness, health, and ability to be loved are dependent on how we look, but authors Lindsay and Lexie Kite offer an alternative vision. With insights drawn from their extensive body image research, Lindsay and Lexie—PhDs and founders of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined (and also twin sisters!)—lay out an action plan that arms you with the skills you need to reconnect with your whole self and free yourself from the constraints of self-objectification.
From media consumption to health and fitness to self-reflection and self-compassion, Lindsay and Lexie share powerful and practical advice that goes beyond “body positivity” to help readers develop body image resilience—all while cutting through the empty promises sold by media, advertisers, and the beauty and weight-loss industries. In the process, they show how facing your feelings of body shame or embarrassment can become a catalyst for personal growth.

View in Catalog More Than a Body by Lindsay Kite

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Oct
14
Thu
Author Rex Ogle Discusses “Punching Bag” @ Online (see listing)
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us to hear author Rex Ogle talk about his new teen memoir, Punching Bag. Registration required.

Click here to register. Registration required.

The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL’s new Teen YouTube channel after the event.

About the Book:

Punching Bag is the compelling true story of a high school career defined by poverty and punctuated by outbreaks of domestic abuse. Rex Ogle, who brilliantly mapped his experience of hunger in middle school in Free Lunch, here describes his struggle to survive; reflects on his complex, often paradoxical relationship with his passionate, fierce mother; and charts the trajectory of his stepdad’s anger. Hovering over Rex’s story is the talismanic presence of his unborn baby sister.

Through it all, Rex threads moments of grace and humor that act as beacons of light in the darkness. Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told, Punching Bag is a remarkable memoir about one teenager’s cycle of violence, blame, and attempts to forgive his parents—and himself.

About the Author:

REX OGLE was born and raised (mostly) in Texas. He moved to New York City after college to pursue an editorial career, interning at Marvel Comics before working at DC Comics, and later at Scholastic and Little Brown Young Readers. He championed over a dozen NY Times Bestsellers on major brands such as X-Men, Justice League, Star Wars, LEGO, Power Rangers, Transformers, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But writing for himself was always the ultimate goal. Now, he lives in Los Angeles where he writes full-time—when he’s not outside hiking with his dog Toby, playing MarioKart with friends (and losing terribly), or reading.

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