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!*

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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.

Jun
14
Mon
Frank Abe, Tamiko Nimura, Ross Ishikawa and Tom Ikeda Discuss “We Hereby Refuse” @ Online (see listing)
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of We Hereby Refuse, which honors three historic voices and their three acts of defiance in the face of one mass injustice. Registration required. Click here to register via EventBrite.

This event is presented in partnership with Densho, The Wing Luke, and Elliott Bay Book Company and 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 BOOK:

Japanese Americans complied when evicted from their homes in World War II — but many refused to submit to imprisonment in American concentration camps without a fight. In this groundbreaking graphic novel, meet JIM AKUTSU, the inspiration for John Okada’s No-No Boy, who refuses to be drafted from the camp at Minidoka when classified as a non-citizen, an enemy alien; HIROSHI KASHIWAGI, who resists government pressure to sign a loyalty oath at Tule Lake, but yields to family pressure to renounce his U.S. citizenship; and MITSUYE ENDO, a reluctant recruit to a lawsuit contesting her imprisonment, who refuses a chance to leave the camp at Topaz so that her case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Based upon painstaking research, We Hereby Refuse presents an original vision of America’s past with disturbing links to the American present.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Frank Abe wrote and directed the PBS film on the largest organized resistance to incarceration, Conscience and the Constitution. He won an American Book Award for JOHN OKADA: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy (University of Washington Press) and is co-editing a new anthology of incarceration literature for Penguin Classics. He blogs at Resisters.com.

Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American (Sansei/Pinay) writer living in Tacoma, Washington. Her training in literature and American ethnic studies (MA, PhD, University of Washington) prepared her to research, document, and tell the stories of people of color. She can be found at http://www.tamikonimura.net.

Ross Ishikawa is a cartoonist and animator living in Seattle. In addition to his work on We Hereby Refuse, he is working on a graphic novel about his parents and their coming of age during World War II. His work is online at rossishikawa.com.

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

View in Catalog We Hereby Refuse by Abe Frank

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

Jun
17
Thu
Age Friendly Seattle Virtual Civic Coffee Hour @ Online (see listing)
Jun 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a live, online conversation to continue our celebration of Pride.Join us for a live, online conversation to continue our celebration of Pride.

Click here to enter live stream.
Enter as “Anonymous.” Or by phone: 206-686-8357; Conference ID: 224 689 164#

Language: English, Español, 中文, Tiểng Việt, Русский

Meet a panel of City Government leaders in a special 90-minute Civic Coffee Hour.

Cheryl Brown is Lifelong Recreation Program Coordinator, Parks and Recreation. Cheryl will talk about the history and the future of Rainbow Recreation and other Parks programming for Seattle’s older adults.

Dominique Stephens, Interim Co-Director of External Affairs and Outreach, Mayor’s Office. Dominique will describe her experience with organizing and leading City of Seattle’s contingent in the annual Seattle Pride Parade and Festival.

Kristen Ramirez, Art & Enhancements Project Manager, Arts & Culture. Kristen will speak on the City’s involvement with The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway and Public Art Bootcamp, which explored Queer art, history and the intersectional impact of HIV/AIDS.

Civic Coffee Hours bring community elders closer to local government officials to explore topics of interest. Learn how decisions are made, how to get involved, and how to take advantage of programs and services. Closed captioning is provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Presented in partnership with Age Friendly Seattle – Seattle Human Services.

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

Jun
22
Tue
Medicare Made Clear – A Virtual Workshop @ Online (see listing)
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Are you turning 65 and planning for Medicare or thinking about changing your coverage? Attend our virtual workshop to learn the basics. Registration is required.

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

This workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D and supplements), what they cover and how they work. There will be a discussion of the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros and cons of each and approximate costs. We will also cover enrollment and eligibility guidelines. The goal of the meeting is to provide useful information that will put you in a better position to make an informed decision on your Medicare coverage.

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

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