Announcements & Events

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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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Pilipinx Essential Workers: Colonization, Delano, and Beyond

Wed., Aug. 12 @ 12 p.m.

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, Register Here

A panel of prominent Pilipinx leaders and scholars, including local resident, Juanita Tamayo Lott, will present a panel discussion on the history of Pilipinx essential workers in America. Delano refers to the community where farmworkers led a national grape boycott widely credited to Cesar Chavez that actually began with Pilipinx farmworkers in Delano, California. They subsequently joined forces with Chavez forming the United Farm Workers union. 

Tamayo Lott, a trailblazer in Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies and nationally recognized activist, retired here in the South End in 2019. 

Other panelists include: Dr. Enrique de la Cruz, Patty Enrado, and Tony Robles. The panel will be moderated by MT Vallarta. The virtual event is sponsored by Eastwind Books in Berkeley, California and the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). Register for this free virtual event here.

Panelists for Pilipinx Essential Workers: Colonization, Delano, and Beyond

Community and Technical Colleges: Recovery, Equity & Justice

Wed., Aug. 12 @ 1 p.m.

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, Register Here

Strong community and technical colleges are essential to Washington’s recovery and racial/economic equity. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and new awareness of racial disparities, these colleges have wrestled with the economics of providing the education that everyone needs to pursue many essential professions and further higher education. 

This online forum features 7th District Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal — author of the College for All Act — American Federation of Teachers Washington president, Karen Strickland, and other leaders from across the state who will discuss the role Washington State’s Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs) will have during the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. The forum is sponsored by an alliance of students, faculty, alumni, and community supporters fighting to defend and improve two-year colleges during these difficult times. 

Register for this free event here.

King County Library System “Curbside to Go”

At a time when educators, parents, and students are concerned about the safety of school openings, the King County Library System (KCLS) is stepping up and making their vast collections of resources available. Here are three ways to access library materials safely:

  1. Make an appointment on the myLIBRO mobile app or call the library in advance to set the appointment for you. Learn how to schedule Curbside to GO holds pickup in the myLIBRO app. Download the app on iOS or Android devices.
  2. Call the phone number on signs outside when you arrive at the library. Each library has a different phone number. Staff will book the earliest open appointment for you.
  3. Walk up without making a phone call to receive the earliest open appointment. Wait times may vary. The first open hour is the busiest hour. The last available pickup slot is 15 minutes before closing.

Click here for a list of Curbside to Go hours and info for South End branches.

Webinar: Solidarity from TWLF to BLM

Thurs., Aug. 13 @ 12 p.m.

TL;DR: Virtual, Free to Attend, Register Here

The Black Lives Matter movement is discussed by those who were engaged in the 1968 Black Student Union and Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) strike at San Francisco State University and related movements across the Bay Area at UC Berkeley. The panelists include Columbia City resident Juanita Tamayo Lott, Dr. LaNada War Jack and Harvey Dong. The panel is moderated by Janie Chen, a current UC Berkeley student. Tamayo Lott was part of the San Francisco State University BSU/TWLF strike, went on to help create Ethnic Studies and decades later, the Filipino American Studies program at the University of Maryland. She is a retired demographer who was instrumental in the disaggregation of ethnic identity in the U.S. Census process.

Dr. LaNada War Jack, a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes in Idaho, was the first Native American student enrolled at UC Berkeley and participated in the first Native American component of its Ethnic Studies program. She was part of the student activists who took over Alcatraz Island in 1969.

Harvey Dong was active in the TWLF UC Berkeley strike for Ethnic Studies and the struggle to save the International Hotel, an eight-year effort to save low income housing for elderly Pilipinx. He went on to receive a PhD and to teach Ethnic Studies back at UC Berkeley.

The webinar is sponsored by Eastwind Books of Berkeley, California and the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). Register here.

Image source: Habitat for Humanity website.

Habitat for Humanity South Seattle Home Preservation Day

Sat., Aug. 22

TL;DR: Qualified home owners can get free help with home repair projects. Sign up to participate (by Aug 10!) here.

Habitat for Humanity is holding a “Home Preservation Day” in the Rainier Valley/South Seattle area in August. In their words, Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation events help qualified homeowners in various neighborhoods with minor home repair projects in order to help them preserve their homes and improve the community as a whole.
Interested parties must apply by August 10 for consideration to be included in the event. The repairs will take place on August 22. Find more info and guidelines for income eligibility and apply to participate in the event here.

Skanska Hosts First-Ever online “Bricks & Books,” benefitting Rainier Scholars

Skanska, a leading global construction and development firm will host their eighth-annual Bricks & Books auction benefitting Rainier Scholars online. In addition to going virtual, the fundraising campaign and event will be a full month long, Aug. 4–Sept. 4. Throughout the month, Skanska’s employees, partners, and other industry members are encouraged to donate. According to Skanska, the annual event raises funds to support Rainier Scholars’ mission to cultivate the academic potential and leadership skills of underrepresented students of color.

Make a donation now through Sept. 4, here. (Donation page operates best on Google Chrome or Safari.)

Image: Poster art for “John Lewis: Good Trouble” (all rights reserved, Magnolia Pictures, John Lewis: Good Trouble movie)

Daily Through September 30 —  John Lewis: Good Trouble

All the tributes to the late Congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis, leave us wanting more as new nuggets about his life and film footage of his speeches inspire us over and over again. Here’s a documentary film, recommended as appropriate for middle schoolers and older, available for the family to watch it together via virtual cinema through Ark Lodge.

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” inspires us to get into trouble — good trouble. Using interviews and rare archival footage, the film “chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration.”

Ark Lodge Cinema: screening from a computer near you!                   
Tickets available here.

Image sourced from King County Mobile Medical Program informational materials available at

Free Dental Services in South King County

HealthierHere, MultiCare, and Medical Teams International are partnering to offer free dental services via mobile clinic to those in need in Seattle and South King County. The services are available from July 31–November 30.

People on Medicaid, those experiencing homelessness, and/or those who are uninsured are eligible for free dental services. No insurance, ID, or fees are required. The following COVID precautions will be in place: a screening questionnaire for patients, temperature checks, and only one patient in the van at a time to allow for social distancing (no guests or family members will be permitted in the mobile clinic).

For schedule, locations, and further details, visit


Photo: To commemorate the anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, From Hiroshima to Hope is posting an online commemoration this year. They’re also encouraging people to create and display peace candles in the windows of their homes. Photo courtesy of From Hiroshima to Hope.

From Hiroshima to Hope: Virtual Lantern “Floating” August 6-9

Every year since 1984, local peace, faith, and community organizations have gathered at Green Lake to remember the August 6, 1945, U.S. bombing of Hiroshima — and the destruction of Nagasaki, Japan three days later. The Hiroshima to Hope Planning Committee creates a cultural program each year and invites participants to float paper lanterns in memory of loved ones and as symbols of friendship, love, and hope for a peaceful world. 

Like many annual events and community celebrations, there will be no program or lantern floating on Green Lake this year. But the 2020 From Hiroshima to Hope program invites everyone to participate.

A film will be posted on the From Hiroshima to Hope Facebook page on August 6 this year featuring past event performances and readings by Troy Osaki, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Nikki Nojima Louis, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. The film also includes interviews with hibakusha — atomic bomb survivors — as well as traditional koto music by Marcia Takamura and shakuhachi flute by James Jennings. The online experience will also include a range of beautiful images of candle-lit lanterns floating on Green Lake. 

In addition, everyone can make a lantern from a jar or a drinking cup to place in their windows at home from August 6–9. From Hiroshima to Hope’s website has lovely examples of how to make your own lanterns, including characters in Japanese and Punjabi.

August 8: Celebrate Art & Artists from the African Diaspora

In the best and worst of times, celebrate a spirit-filled evening of arts rooted in African heritage. Actors, bands, comics, drummers, poets, musicians, storytellers and even quilters will share their cultural and artistic accomplishments from a virtual main stage. In addition, participations can interact in small groups led by artist facilitators in a Readers’ Theater or Drumming space. There are also registrations for Interactive Quilting and a Children’s Virtual Stage.

Find sliding-scale tickets here. Learn more about the event on Valley and Mountain community’s Facebook page. You can also contact Dr. Lora-Ellen McKinney for event information.

August 4 Primary and Special Election for Washington, King County

By now, voters should have received  official ballots and King County voters’ pamphlets. A primary election in the middle of summer — and during a health pandemic — may feel like a low priority to many, but this election is important and your vote matters.

Additional events info below when applicable.

KCLS Libraries Curbside below info:

Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(206) 243-3490

Boulevard Park
*Not available at this time. Pick up holds at the Burien Library.

Des Moines
Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(206) 824-6066

Federal Way
Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(253) 838-3668

Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(253) 931-3018

*Beginning August 13:
Tues.–Wed., 1–7:30 p.m.
Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(253) 833-3554