Announcements & Events

curated by Emerald Staff


Here, you’ll find community announcements, events, and other stuff we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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* Featured Event *

T’Challaween Costume Parade on Beacon Hill

October 31, 2 p.m.

The South Seattle Emerald in partnership with Rainier Avenue Radio bring you — T’Challaween! This event will feature a 3/4-mile, *socially distant, *COVID-safe costume parade along the Beacon Hill Greenway. Paraders will travel north to south from around S. College St to S. Hanford St along 18th Ave S. (join anywhere along the route!) and catch “no-touch” candy from our volunteers! And Rainier Avenue Radio will livestream the event for those who can’t be there. **MASKS REQUIRED! (Costume masks alone don’t count.)

WATCH: RainierAvenueRadio.World app or Facebook
LISTEN: www.rainieravenueradio.world

Thank you to our sponsors The Station, Converge Media, Jump Start Consulting, Bar del Corso, Urban Feed & Garden, Beacon Business Alliance, Practically Apparent, and Beacon Arts! (*And a shout out to the Feed the People Plaza and Hello Bicycle!*)


Ahamefule J. Oluo via Earshot Jazz website (Photo by Naomi Ishisaka)

Earshot Jazz Festival

The 2020 Earshot Jazz Festival is underway! Performances are live-streamed, and you can find ticket information on their website. Here are some upcoming performances you might want to catch:

Thursday, October 29:  Ahamefule J. Oluo Jazz Quartet at the Royal Room
Friday, November 6:  Ben Hunter Group


Find upcoming RAR Community Election Connection events (LAST WEEK!) on Facebook and mark your calendars!

View the Facebook event for…
Candidate Debate for Legislative District 37, State Rep Pos. 1, here;
Candidate Debate for King County Superior Court Judge Pos. 13, here;
And WA Referendum 90 – Sex Education in Public Schools Debate, here.


Announcement — 10/27/20: Help shape the future of King County International Airport – Boeing Field

From King County: King County International Airport – Boeing Field wants the public’s input to help shape the airport’s future. The airport is updating its master plan to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. Those interested are invited to any of three virtual open houses to learn more about the airport’s draft preferred alternative. Save the date:

Wednesday, October 28:

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m.
  • 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • 6 – 7 p.m.

Advance registration is required. To register, and for more information on the Master Plan, see kingcounty.gov/KCIAMasterPlan

There will be live translation of the open houses in Spanish, Chinese Traditional and Vietnamese.

You may also send your feedback about the master plan update via:


Announcement — 10/23/20: Online and Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline Is Mon., Oct. 26

Info from the Secretary of State: Register online at VoteWA.gov, the state’s online voter portal. All you need is a Washington State driver’s license or I.D. You can also change/update your registration, view a personalized voters’ guide (with information on candidates and measures specific to where you live), locate ballot drop boxes, voting centers, and elections offices, and track your marked ballot once it is in the system.

After Oct. 26, you may register in person at a county elections office or voting center during normal business hours and as late as 8 p.m. on Election Day. But don’t wait until the last minute!

Get tons more info in The Emerald’s 2020 Voters’ Guide.



Sourced from SPL’s Elections 2020 webpage.
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Six Parks Along the Duwamish River Get New Names, Four Are in Lushootseed

by Jack Russillo


After more than six months of community outreach and coordination, six parks along the Duwamish River have new names. The new identities of the parks were announced at a virtual Port of Seattle meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27. 

The public spaces on the industrialized Duwamish River previously all had names with numerical subjects, but now all six of them have names that correspond more with the ecological significance and cultural history of their individual locations. Four of the properties have new names in Lushootseed, the Indigenous language of people who lived near the Salish Sea, and two of the new names are in English.

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OPINION: Though Long the Road

by My Uncle Max (Robert Jones, Deion Simms, and Darren Lee)


Birthed of the historic turmoil of 2020, My Uncle Max is a spontaneous collaboration of three Seattle-based friends. Their single, “Though Long The Road” is a lamentation of lost family members and an homage to those fighting for racial justice.

They present their musical Op-Ed here.


Featured image by Alex Garland.

The Morning Update Show — 10/28/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Wednesday, Oct. 28

Today on the Morning Update Show:

**Brian Callanan — Live; “Heinous” hate crime in Federal Way; Protesters Hit by a Car Outside West Precinct; Councilmember Kshama Sawant; and K. Wyking Garrett of Africatown Community Land Trust.

The Morning Update Show — 10/27/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Tuesday, Oct. 27

Today on the Morning Update Show:

**Guest Host — Justin Carder of CapitolHillSeattle.com; **Sade Smith — Civil Rights Lawyer; Live **Tony B — Rainier Avenue Radio; Live 150 Day Protest Recap; Law Enforcement Seeks to Regulate Protests; COVID on the Rise; and Election Day Is Approaching Did You Vote?

OPINION: Freedom of Press in the Age of Social Media and Authoritarian Presidents

by Cindy Domingo


As we close out Filipino American History Month this October, we realize through the many virtual educational events we have watched that there is more that binds us than divides us as a transnational Filipino community. In fact, the Philippine Congress and Constitutions were patterned after the U.S. — enshrining the same freedoms of speech, expression, the press, the right to peacefully assemble, and the right to petition the government for redress. 

Unfortunately, 2016 marked a year when both the Philippines and the U.S. elected strongarm presidents who have threatened these freedoms and moved our countries away from the democratic principles found in our respective constitutions. Both Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and President Donald Trump have gone full force to try to silence their opposition and, more particularly, have gone after the press and eroded the role that the media plays in defending democracy. 

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Unforgotten Seattle: Journalist, Museum Exec, and Runner Ron Chew Finds Heroes of Seattle’s Unforgettable History Amidst Everyday People of Color

by Glenn Nelson


The whole thing just kind of snowballed on Ron Chew — the book writing and the running. One day revealed to him a rapturous synergy. He realized that the running — the moving — jarred things in his brain: memories, organization, solutions.

Down the home stretch of completing his book, Chew vowed to run 10 miles. Every morning. Every day, until his book was finished. One day he surmised that 10 miles was so close to a half marathon, he increased his mileage. And then he determined he should do them at a swifter pace.

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Ampersand LIVE Artist Shaina ShepHerd’s Reflections on Personal Restoration

by Beverly Aarons


Ampersand LIVE is back for its seventh annual one-night showcase of art, storytelling, science, dancing, activism, and more on Oct. 29, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Virtual and free to the public,  attendees can livestream the event from anywhere with an internet connection. This year’s Ampersand LIVE will feature 10 artists and contributors exploring the theme of restoration: 

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OPINION: In Support of SPS Superintendent Denise Juneau

by David Beard, Warren Brown, Michael Byun, Rev. Roy Chang, Dwane Chappelle, Lisa Chick, Dr. Chemene Crawford, Gregory Davis, Janice Deguchi, James Dorsey, Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange, Dr. Donald Felder, Michael Itti, Lee Lambert, Michelle Merriweather, Trish Millines Dziko, Selamawit Misgano, Munira Mohamed, Erin Okuno, Estela Ortega, Melissa Pailthorp, Shouan Pan, Constance Rice, Heidi Schillinger, Mia Tuan, Kevin Washington


To the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors:

We are writing to express our support for the leadership of Superintendent Denise Juneau, and our support for the renewal of her contract in December 2020. As you know, Denise Juneau began her tenure as Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools a little over two years ago, inheriting a district with significant strengths and significant weaknesses. Since then, she has effectively taken on the ordinary challenges of leading an urban public school district, as well as the extraordinary challenges of doing so during a global pandemic.

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Seattle Protests Stand at 150 Days and Counting

by Elizabeth Turnbull 


On Monday night, the cold streets surrounding Westlake Park transformed into an echo chamber of drum beats, footsteps, and chants of “No good cops in a racist system! No bad protesters in a revolution!” as roughly 500 protesters marched to where the protests began in Seattle roughly 150 days before. 

After an anticipatory drumroll, several protesters stood up on the park’s stage and unfurled a banner that read, “You Can’t Stop This Revolution” on one side and “Montgomery Bus Boycott: 381 Days, Seattle BLM Protests: 150 Days” on the other.

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Rahwa Habte Memorial March to the Ballot Box

by Susan Fried


Sounds of cheering rose from the crowd as people lined up to drop their ballots into the ballot box by Garfield Community Center on Saturday, October 24. A group of about 100 people had marched from Pratt Fine Arts Center near 20th and Jackson to the ballot box on 23rd and Cherry to honor the memory of Rahwa Habte, a community organizer and a fierce advocate of voter rights.  

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