This Weekend In South Seattle: Discover There’s Nothing Like Chocolate and Have a “Charlie Brown” Christmas

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Collected by Michael Alexander

Friday, December 19th

Movies: Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies Presents: Nothing Like Chocolate Details:Nothing Like Chocolate is a documentary that brings together the themes we’ve explored since June; the environment. fair trade, fair wages, dignity of all work. Follow the efforts of a young man to produce slave free, locally sourced, organic, cooperatively produced, bean-to-bar chocolate from a small solar powered factory on the island of Grenada. Winner of many festival awards, a film with heart. This is our season finale, we’ll have some delicious door prizes. -Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm- Where: The Garden House 2336 15th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98144  – More Info: http://www.beacon-arts.org

Happy Hour: Happy Hour Funk- Details:Join us for happy hour at 5pm, with some mellow instrumental funk at 6:00pm to kick off your weekend. –Time:  5pm to 7pm Where: The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118 –More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

Community: Community Kwanzaa CelebrationDetails:Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1963, Kwaanza was created to build a bridge for African American and African communities throughout the world. This family friendly event will feature seven artists presenting seven African principles that make up the seven days of Kwaanza. To be followed by a reception representing the traditional feast held on Imani, the 7th and final day of Kwanzaa with seven different entrees.-Time: 7:00pm- Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144  – More Info: http://www.langstoninstitute.org

Music: Mojo Cannon BandDetails:The Mojo Cannon Band (formerly known as the Curtis Hammond Band) is a high energy 8 piece R&B band from the Seattle area and was a Washington Blues Society “best band” nominee in 2008 and 2013. The band features a talented and soulful rhythm section consisting of Greg Timmons on lead guitar and vocals, Jim Brandt on bass, rhythm guitarist Mark Strom, drummer Steve Thompson, Dave Teitzel on Hammond and Yamaha keyboards along with a stellar three piece horn section (affectionately called the 13 St. Horns) including David Bernhardt on trumpet, John Coffey on tenor and baritone saxes, and Craig “T-Bone” Daly on trombone.- Time: 9:00pm- Where: The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- More Infohttp://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

Saturday, December 20th

Family: RAYS Winter Holiday FestivalDetails:Join RAYS for their 16th annual holiday festival. There will be fun, food and games- Time: 10:00am –Where: Renton High School ( 400 S 2nd St, Renton, WA 98057 ) –More Info: http://www.rays.org     

Community: Chritmas/ Kwanzaa BazaarDetails: Food, fun, fellowship,storytelling. caroling.and other retail vendors  -Time: 12:00pm- 9:00pm Where:Life Enrichment Bookstore 5023 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118   – More Info: vwseatttle@aol.com

Community: VFW  Kids Christmas Party PotluckDetails:Raffle Prizes, Gifts, Food& Drink! –Time:  2:00pm-4:00pm  –Where:7421 South 126th Street Seattle, WA 98178More Info: persimmon1859@gmail.com

Community: VFW  Family Christmas Party PotluckDetails:Directly following the Kids Potluck! More Food and Drink! –Time:  5:00pm-7:00pm  –Where:7421 South 126th Street Seattle, WA 98178More Info: persimmon1859@gmail.com

Community: Winter Wonderland HayridesDetails:Nothing says the holidays like a truck-drawn haywagon ride around Seward Park! Look at Seward Park through an Audubon naturalist’s eyes as you learn about the magnificent old growth forest and our beautiful Lake Washington. Guided hayrides leave from the front of the Center hourly. Dress for the weather. Please check in 10 minutes prior to departure. Hayrides depart on time and rides fill early!Time:  Rides depart hourly from 10:00am-2:00pm – Where: Seward Park Audubon Center 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S Seattle, WA 98118- More Info: www.sewardpark.audubon.org

Athletics:  Fathers and Sons Together Basketball Empowerment CampDetails:Starring NBA SuperSonics legend Slick Watts and former UW Husky dtar Donald Watts. This is a camp designed to give kids basketball training, allow fathers an opportunity to discuss fatherhood, and provide both fathers and sons a platform to have fun together. Camp is free, though registration is required  Time:  2:00pm-6:00pm –Where: Delridge Community Center 4501 Delridge Way SW Seattle, WA 98106 – For More Info and to Register: http://www.fastsfathersandsonstogether.org

Music: Winter Moon BallDetails:Featuring:Country Dave and the Picking Crew, Dusty Lips, Annie Ford, Stella Hawthorne, Katie Blackstock, Caitlin ShermanLucille and Arlan Prix Fixe. Dinner for Winter Moon Ball is a choice of:-Pork Adobo (w/ rice and black beans) -Prawn Dinner (w/ rice and collards) -Butternut Squash Lasagna. All  come with house salad, dessert, and glass of champagne. –Time: 7:00pm- 10:00pmWhere: The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- More Info: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

Sunday, December 21st

Music:  Piano Starts Here: A Charlie Brown ChristmasDetails:A special holiday performance of the Piano Starts Here series featuring music from Vince Guaraldi classic score from the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.Time: 6:00pm-Where: The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- More Infohttp://www.theroyalroomseattle.com

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