by Megan Saunders
On an unusually sunny early April day, the Rainier Beach branch of the Seattle Public Library is bustling with young children hauling large backpacks into a glass-paned room. There is homework to be done. Continue reading Beyond the Classroom: Homework Help Programs in South Seattle Libraries Cater to ELL Students
By Rosalind Brazel
To understand what it took for Rami Al-Jebori to get his restaurant, Mawadda Café, up and running, you have to think about how many hours a week you work. Forty hours? A few more? Sixty at the very most? Imagine if you had to work fourteen-hour days for seven days a week. Here’s the math on that: 98 hours. Also, consider that this is not work for the weak-hearted. It’s not just working on your feet nearly that entire time but it’s also meeting and greeting your customers with a smile, which takes a different kind of energy. He had no staff, no cashier, no dishwasher. He had just himself to get Mawadda Cafe open and running. He worked this grueling schedule for two years. Makes you exhausted just thinking about it, right? Continue reading Mawadda Café: A Must Chai
by Stephen R. Miller
If you’ve walked along the Duwamish Trail, or fished in the river, or, really, lived in Seattle anytime since the 1980s, you’ve benefited from the work of South Park resident and unlikely environmentalist John Beal. Continue reading This Earth Day, Remembering South Park’s River Keeper
by Max Wasserman
With three decades of martial arts experience under his belt, Maxwell LaRoy knows how to teach taekwondo.
It’s why he opened Victory SEA Taekwondo, a dojo in the Skyway neighborhood, one month ago. He said taekwondo can teach kids empathy, validation, and respect — qualities he hopes to inspire in his students and the community they live in. Continue reading New Dojo Brings Uplift and Taekwondo to Skyway
by Alex Visser
As dusk consumes a Thursday night, music, conversation, and clinking of glasses fill a compact nook in Beacon Hill, where locals find comfort in serious political discussion between sips of cabernet. Continue reading Wine Station Perpetuates Legacy of Community Engagement in Beacon Hill
by Emily Gilbert
In a room full of jazz musicians ranging in age from their 20s to 60s, everyone is looking at one man, Erik Hanson, the leader of Big Band Blue and Executive Director of Jazz Night School.
The school, based out of its new location on Rainier Avenue South in Columbia City since January 2017, welcomes musicians of all ages to learn jazz. Continue reading Music Education is Ageless at Jazz Night School in Columbia City
by Susan Fried
Youth Appreciation Week, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s annual celebration of teens during Seattle public school’s spring break, took place April 6 to April 14 at community and teen centers across the city.
Continue reading Youth Appreciation Week In Pictures