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Emerald Partnered | Exhibits & Ongoing | November 2021

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Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Photo depicting a youth volunteer assembling a turkey sandwich in a community kitchen.
A young volunteer prepares turkey sandwiches to give away to families at Othello Village during the 2018 Turkey Bowl Week of Service. (Photo: Susan Fried)

7th Annual Turkey Bowl Week

Nov. 21, 11 a.m.–Nov. 25, 12 p.m.

From the host: The 7th Annual Turkey Bowl Week has been a staple in South Seattle and the Rainier Beach Community, and is truly more than a game. This is an opportunity for fathers, families, and students to earn community service hours and come together for one common goal which is to serve and celebrate our community.

Our mission is to teach young people what it looks like to serve someone other than themselves and give opportunities to be apart of a rich tradition.

The dates are Nov. 21–Nov. 25. We will be making 3,000 turkey-sandwich lunches and preparing 2,000 homeless/hygiene kits and distributing them to the tiny home villages and shelters across our communities.

To see a schedule of service projects and flag-football games and keep up to date with the 7th Annual Turkey Bowl Week, follow the Turkey Bowl Week Facebook event page. Check out the Emerald’s article “Football, Fun, and Helping Those in Need Highlight Turkey Bowl Week of Service” for more information.

Kubota Garden Holiday Houseplant Sale 

Nov. 22, 9 a.m.–Dec. 1, 1 p.m. 

From the host: Kubota Garden Foundation is holding a “Houseplants for the Holidays Sale.” Choose a rare and interesting plant to give as a gift or to keep for yourself to beautify your home!

Purchase online from Nov. 22 to Dec. 1, and pick up at the Foundation Office on December 3 or 4. All proceeds benefit Kubota Garden.

For more information and to shop the Kubota Garden Foundation’s Houseplants for the Holidays Sale, please visit the Kubota Garden Foundation’s website.

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop

Opens Oct. 16 at the MoPop

From the host: They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words, and that’s especially true of one of music’s most language-conscious genres: hip-hop. “Contact High” explores four decades of photography, from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not just in music, but in politics, race relations, fashion, and culture. Through more than 170 iconic images of hip-hop’s most influential artists (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Tupac, and more) — including contact sheets that give us a rare glimpse into the creative process of a photo session — “Contact High” examines the evolution of hip-hop, connecting us with the experiences, identities, and places that have shaped the world’s most popular music genre.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this exhibit, please visit the MoPop’s “Contact High” exhibit page.

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November 2021

Flights & Rights: Decolonizing Thanksgiving

Nov. 23 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: Flights & Rights is the ACLU-WA’s regularly scheduled community series featuring important civil rights issues and great beverages. This month, we build community virtually, so grab your beverage of choice and meet us online or via phone.

Join the ACLU-WA for a conversation on Indigenous justice. Details coming soon.

One of the best parts of Flights & Rights? Connecting with our community — and this includes beverage partners across the state! Without them, there would be no Flights with our Rights!

For more information and to register, please visit the ACLU-WA’s Flights & Rights: Decolonizing Thanksgiving event page.

November Native Art Market & Holiday Gift Fair

Nov. 26–28 — 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

From the host: Escape the rain and join the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center the weekend of Nov. 26, 27, & 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Enjoy shopping from native vendors and purchase gifts for friends, family, and yourself!

For more information, please visit the Duwamish Tribe’s events calendar.

Small Business Saturday

Nov. 27 — 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Occidental Square Pavillion, 117 S. Washington St., Seattle, WA 98104

From the host: This November, be a part of the 12th annual holiday shopping tradition that brings together communities in support of their favorite small businesses. Shop Small Saturday celebrates what makes Pioneer Square so vibrant — our businesses. Because a visit to the family-owned framing shop or a stop at the neighborhood taco truck not only supports our local economies, it promotes more vibrant communities. This year, Pioneer Square will host a welcome and information booth at Occidental Park on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide information on Shop Small Saturday, as well as guide folks to the neighborhood’s small businesses. Parking is free at the Butler Garage (114 James St) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with proof of purchase from a neighborhood business.

To keep up to date with Small Business Saturday, follow the Pioneer Square Seattle Facebook event page.

Small Business Saturday Food Walk

Nov. 27 — 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle, WA

From the host: Small Business Saturday Food Walk is back on Nov. 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit a plethora of CID business offerings from food to retail and support small and local ahead of the busy holiday season!

Digital menu with a list of participating businesses available now. CIDBIA will also be tabling at Hing Hay Park with physical menus!

For more information, including a digital menu, visit the CID Food Walk Series webpage. To keep up to date with the CID’s Small Business Saturday Food Walk, follow CIDBIA’s Facebook event page. Check out the Emerald’s article “CID Saturday Food Walk Features Small Businesses and Delicious Eats” for a sneak peek!

Highline Indigenous Voices Celebration

Nov. 27 — 1–6 p.m.

From the host: Join the Highline Heritage Museum for this very special cultural and communal cinematic learning experience and celebration of Indigenous earth/water protectors in the film AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock, and hear from major food sovereignty leaders in the First Nations Development Institute produced film GATHER.

All are welcome but space is limited so RSVP today by emailing

Proof of vaccination for adult guests required as well as masks being worn at all times during the screenings at Highline Heritage Museum.

For more information, including a schedule of showings and contact info for registering, please visit Highline Heritage Museum’s Facebook event page.

Photo of artist's supplies and spoons and paint on a stained light-colored tarp.
Photo by laura adai on Unsplash.

Beacon Arts’ Saturday Zoom Artist Meet-Up

Saturdays — 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

From the host: Designed as a social gathering to have company in your studio during COVID, it has become a place to discuss ideas and share information with other South Seattle Artists. The first half-hour is dedicated to introductions and social check-in.

To give the meet-ups a little more shape, we offer guided discussions or studio tours, etc., that will start at 11:30 a.m., and generally be 45 minutes to an hour, with time again at the end for open discussion. The BA Guild Steering Committee also holds business meetings as needed.

Second Saturdays in summer are just a day for socializing, parallel play, shared virtual studio time, art discussion, etc.

To offer to present at a Zoom and for questions, email us at Or drop in.

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December 2021

World AIDS Day

Dec. 1 — 4–5 p.m.
AIDS Memorial Pathway, 920 East Barbara Bailey Way, Seattle, WA 98122 

From the host: Join us virtually to commemorate World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m.

This year, we mark the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the AIDS epidemic. In remembrance, Gay City will partner with The AMP and community organizers to host a World AIDS Day commemoration. We will remember those impacted by AIDS and the importance of investing in research and prevention efforts.

For more information and to register for the World AIDS Day commemoration event, please visit the following Eventbrite page.

JConnect Hanukkah Party

Dec. 2 — 7:30–10:30 p.m.
The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Join JConnect for a party to celebrate Hanukkah! We’ll have latkes, sufganiyot, and plenty of fun music and activities. Come play dreidel, win (and eat!) gelt, and hang out with other Jewish Seattleites. Wear your most garish Hanukkah sweater — we’ll be voting for the best entry!

Everyone attending will be asked to show ID with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past 72 hours. Masks are required inside unless you are actively eating or drinking.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the JConnect’s events page.

The Power of Money Series

Dec. 2 (A previous event occurred on Sept. 23 and Oct. 21)

From the host: Young Women Empowered  invites you to join us in a  3-part workshops series, unpacking the impacts of intergenerational colonial racial trauma by understanding the history of money, the growing of the racial wealth gap,  how our individual trauma and experience re-enforces colonial practices, and how we as a whole can heal, decolonize our relationship with money, and create a world where we can thrive. 

For the next three months, we will work together to learn, unlearn, and reimagine how resources are shared, decisions are made, and what accountability can mean for all of us. We will center decolonization as a path to challenge and transform our world into one that normalizes responsibility to one another and guides us to our collective liberation.

Tickets for all three sessions total are $100.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the series, please visit Young Women Empowered’s “The Power of Money Series” Eventbrite page.

An Evening With Mossback’s Northwest

Dec. 2 — 6:30 p.m.

From the host: Join KCTS 9 and Crosscut as we celebrate the new season of Mossback’s Northwest with the people who know it best: Knute “Mossback” Berger and producer Stephen Hegg! We’ll take a look back at the origins of Mossback’s Northwest and forward to the new season with behind-the-scenes stories, details on how the show is made and a special sneak preview of the first episode of the new season!

For more information and to register, please visit An Evening With Mossback’s Northwest Eventbrite page.

Timber: A Sound + Light Experience

Dec. 2, Dec. 4, & Dec. 5 — 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
BASE Arts Space, 6520 5th Ave S., #122nd, Seattle, WA 98108

From the host: Math rock meets sound bath in this immersive, meditative 60-minute wash of rhythm and light. Get your third eye opened with “Timber,” a virtuosic piece for six percussionists played on tuned 2x4s. Written by NYC minimalist composer Michael Gordon, this iteration of “Timber” is a mix of absolutely unstoppable talent meshed with intricate visuals. Designed to send the viewer into a gentle audiovisual trance, edibles are recommended, but not required.

Tickets range from $12–$25.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Timber: A Sound + Light Experience, please visit the following Eventbrite webpage.

Food Tours: Twilight Noodle Slurp

Fridays, Dec. 3 & 17 — 4:30–7 p.m.

From the host: Wing Luke Museum food tours are back!! Perfect for small, intimate groups and households, take a tour of Seattle Chinatown-International District’s restaurants, learn local food history, meet the chefs and tastemakers behind your favorite dishes, and help support the businesses that define the neighborhood. This season’s theme is NOODLES, so you better come hungry!

Tours are in-person, and start onsite at The Wing! While you are in our care on the tour, please practice social distancing and wear a mask (unless you are eating!). We treat the local neighborhood as an extension of the museum. Duration of tour experience is 2.5 hours, approximately 1 mile travel distance, and will include walking to 4 different local restaurants to sit down and taste various noodle dishes.

Guests will be given sanitized headsets to wear along the tour to help support everyone’s health and safety. You are more than welcome to bring your own headset to plug into our listening devices. We invite you to wear comfortable walking shoes, to dress for the weather, and an appetite as you learn more about the dishes you are eating along with the history of the local community.

Proof of vaccination for everyone over 12 is required.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Wing Luke Museum’s Twilight Noodle Slurp webpage.

Pioneer Square Holiday Market

Dec. 4 — 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Occidental Square Mall, 117 S. Washington St., Seattle, WA 98104

From the host: Looking for unique gifts for this holiday season? Pioneer Square small businesses are joining forces for a one-day holiday market in Occidental Mall. You’re invited to take a moment to bask in the warmth of the holiday season while enjoying shopping, dining, and more from around the neighborhood. Entertainment will be provided by Red Eagle Soaring and Totem Star. Vendors and additional activities to be announced soon. Check out our official guide to all the great places to shop, dine, be inspired, and have fun in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Parking is free at the Butler Garage (114 James St.) from 11a.m. to 8 p.m. with proof of purchase from a neighborhood business.

To keep up to date with the Pioneer Square Holiday Market, follow the market’s Facebook event page.

Fiercely Indigenous

Dec. 5 — 2–3 p.m.

From the host: Live reading from three Indigenous writers: This winter’s Indigenous storytelling program features three local poets, Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), fabian romero (Purépecha), and Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw). This event will also be available as a livestream. Follow Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s Instagram @friendsofwaterfrontseattle to join.

For more information, including details about the authors, please visit

Transformation in Action: The Intersectionality of Race and LGBTQIAP Identity for Children

Dec. 6 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: TRANSFORMATION IN ACTION — The monthly speaker series for your anti-racist journey presented by Transforming Privilege.

The Washington Post published a study in 2015 that talked about suicide rates in African American kids aged 5–12. It showed they have 2x the rate of suicide than their white counterparts. Dr Lulu will talk about the “trap” of the Black child called LIFE! She will also discuss how a Black gay/queer child is effected by the pressures of religion, culture, family and the community, homophobia, transphobia, and gender biases.

Tickets for this virtual event are $10–$25, sliding scale fee based on your ability. Speaker series fees compensate BIPOC speakers/discussion group coaches.

For more information and to purchase a ticket, please visit Transforming Privilege’s Eventbrite page.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

Diversity-Informed Father Engagement in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Dec. 8 — 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

From the host: The field of infant and early childhood mental health promotes the relationships between children, prenatally through preschool, and their caregivers. Ideally, this includes those identified as mothers, fathers, second mothers, aunties and uncles, grandparents, kin and felt family, adoptive parents, foster parents, and early care and education providers. However, the emphasis on much of the field’s program and professional attention continues to be on biological mothers that both idealize and blame for children’s developmental outcomes.  This lecture series presentation focuses specifically on the identity, concept, and role of fathers, fatherhood, and fathering.

Every child has a father-story, from the very basic biological chromosomal story to the everyday, relationally intimate narrative, in the context of the full range of gender diversity. Despite the empirical evidence of fathers’ positive developmental influences on children’s development, infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) programs and professional efforts to be inclusive of fathers and father-figures have been slow and relatively ineffective.

In this session, we will:

  • Apply the diversity-informed practice framework to analyze and understand program and professional father engagement efforts through the lens of diversity-informed practice, taking into consideration the influences of intersectional and interlocking systems of oppression, such as sexism, racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, transphobia, and homophobia.
  • Discuss why it is essential, not just a good idea, for organizations, programs, and professionals to engage fathers in services for and with their children and parenting partners.
  • Learn about some of the innovative practices in father engagement and begin thinking about some ways you, your programs, and/or organizations can focus on or be inclusive of fathers while keeping in mind principles of diversity and equity.

For more information and to register for the Diversity-Informed Father Engagement in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health webinar, please visit the Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center’s event  webpage.

Photo by Dan Kiefer on Unsplash.

Seattle Nativity School’s Living Nativity

Dec. 9 — 5–7 p.m.
Seattle Nativity School, 4200 S. Mead St., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: To spread joy and cheer this holiday season, join Seattle Nativity School for their annual Living Nativity event. Seattle Nativity School is a nonprofit, tuition-free middle school in South Seattle that prides itself on providing a quality STEM education for its students, all of which qualify for the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

Kick-off the Christmas season and join Seattle Nativity for an evening of fun and community connection. We’re so excited to invite the public to participate and we’d love your help spreading the word! The students will perform a Living Nativity for everyone to enjoy. Bring your family and friends, dress warm, and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa. 

Feel free to arrive anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Seattle Nativity School, 4200 S. Mead St, Seattle 98118.

For this outdoor performance, please park and walk to the plaza steps.

For more information, please contact Judy Schafer, director of Development, at

Reading Group for ‘Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century’

Dec. 9 — 5–6 p.m. PT

From the host: A. Naomi Paik is the author of Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century (2020, University of California Press) and Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (2016, UNC Press; winner, Best Book in History, AAAS 2018; runner-up, John Hope Franklin prize for best book in American Studies, ASA, 2017), as well as articles, opinion pieces, and interviews in a range of academic and public-facing venues. She is co-chair of the Radical History Review editorial collective and has coedited three special issues of the journal — Militarism and Capitalism (Winter 2019), Radical Histories of Sanctuary (Fall 2019), and Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination (Spring 2020) — and will coedit Against the Anthropocene with Ashley Dawson (Winter 2023). Collaborating with Gerry Cadava and Cat Ramirez, she coedits the “Borderlands” section of Public Books. She is an associate professor of criminology, law, and justice and global Asian studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a member of the Migration Scholars Collaborative.

For more information and to register for this reading group, please visit

Seattle Human Rights Day

Dec. 9 — 6 p.m.

From the host: Celebrate with the Seattle Human Rights Commission on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at 6 p.m. for their annual Human Rights Day virtual event. In collaboration with Town Hall Seattle, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and their Human Rights Day planning partners and sponsors, the Commission welcomes you to join them to amplify and advocate for human rights in the region.

This year’s theme is Overcoming Hate: Reflections on Healing Post-9/11. Guest speakers for the event include State Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Vice President of AFT-Washington Tracy Lai, founder and President of World Without Hate Rais Bhuiyan, and more.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, please visit the Seattle Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Day 2021 webpage.

Building Capacity for Mutual Aid Groups Workshop Series

Thursdays (4 sessions) — 7 p.m. ET

*Oct. 28: No Masters, No Flakes! (*This event has passed.)
*Nov. 11: Decision-Making (*This event has passed.)
Dec. 9: Skills for Abolitionist Practice
Jan. 20: Leadership

From the host: In this series, Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During this Crisis (and the Next), will present four interactive workshops designed for people working in mutual aid groups. Each workshop provides tools for addressing common obstacles and growth areas for people doing sustained work together to meet basic survival needs in their communities. The workshops are appropriate for people doing work in all-volunteer groups or in groups that have some staffing.

This event has a suggested registration fee of $5. 100% of funds raised will be donated to a mutual aid organization. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are welcome.

For more information and to register, please visit BCRW’s Building Capacity for Mutual Aid Groups website.

AAWA Virtual Writers Read

Second Sundays Monthly — 2 p.m.

From the host: Join the African American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA) at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month where AAWA hosts “Writers Read.” Hear special guests and AAWA members. Be an Open Mic star!

For more information and to RSVP for a virtual Writers Read, please visit the AAWA’s “Upcoming Events” calendar and select the session you wish to join.

NOCCO: Transcendence

Dec. 11 — 2–4 p.m.
Rainier Arts Center, 3515 South Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: North Corner Chamber Orchestra (NOCCO) presents TRANSCENDENCE, an afternoon of ethereal music featuring works by female and Black composers. Strands of Hildegard von Bingen’s melodies will weave through a program of Joseph Bologne’s elegant first symphony, Aaron Copland’s pensive Quiet City, and Symphony No. 22, “The Philosopher,” by Joseph Haydn. 

General tickets are $35, seniors $25, and 21 & under are free.

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event (a photo works!). Current ticket holders who will not be able to attend on account of this policy may request a refund by emailing

For more information, including the evening’s program, and to purchase tickets, please visit the NOCCO’s events webpage at

‘Health Matters: Advocating for Washington Women’ Webinar Series

Second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

*Sept. 14 — Seeking Solutions Through Advocacy (*This event is in the past.)
*Oct. 12 — Reproductive Justice and Women’s Empowerment (*This event is in the past.)
*Nov. 9 — Improving Access to Care in Washington State (*This event is in the past.)
Dec. 14 — Preventing Violence and Serving the Needs of Survivors

From the host: Join AAUW of Washington as they host a series of four webinars on specific critical health access issues for Washington women! Each webinar will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

To defray the expenses of holding the events, the cost for attending webinars is as follows:

  • Members: $15 for each webinar or $50 for the series
  • Non-members: $20 for each webinar or $60 for the series

For more information and to purchase tickets for the webinars, please visit AAUW of Washington’s Health Matters’ Eventbrite webpage.

FareStart’s Guest Chef Night at Home Virtual Series

Join FareStart for a quarterly one-hour virtual event focusing on a culinary theme or skill! Hosted by Chef Wayne Johnson.

*March 25 — 5–6 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
Chopping Like a Pro with Chef Kristi Brown of Communion and That Brown Girl Cooks!, and Varin Keokitvon of Seattle Central College and formerly of Heartwood Provisions
*May 20 — 5–6 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
Art of the Appetizers with Chef Rachel Yang of Joule, Trove and Revel, and Chef Melissa Miranda of Musang Seattle
*Sept. 9 — 5–6 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
Perfecting Pizza with Chef Francisco Migoya of Modernist Cuisine
Dec. 16 — 5–6 p.m.
Relishing Fermentation with Chef Edourado Jordan of JuneBaby and Salare, and Chef Brendan McGill of Hitchcock

From the host: FareStart Guest Chef Night was launched nearly 30 years ago. It became one of Seattle’s most beloved culinary events where the community gathered every Thursday night at the FareStart Restaurant to enjoy a three-course dinner prepared by a local celebrity chef and FareStart students. Since the event’s inception, more than $6 million has been raised to support FareStart’s job training programs for youth and adults with barriers to employment. The event was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as FareStart pivoted to provide emergency meals to communities across the Seattle area.

For more information about FareStart or to register for a FareStart Guest Chef Night at Home virtual event, visit FareStart’s Guest Chef Night webpage.

Black-presenting mother smiles while holding a Black-presenting toddler.
Featured Image: Photo by Andrae Ricketts (under a public domain license via Unsplash).

QTBIPOC Parent Survivor Community Healing Gatherings

*Nov. 20 with Anastacia Renee — 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (*This event has passed.)
Dec. 18 with TBD — 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

From the host: API Chaya’s Queer Network Program is hosting monthly healing gatherings for QT/BIPOC parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are survivors on the third Saturday of the month from August through December.

API Chaya will provide food for all healing gatherings, via gift card. The goal is to provide facilitated programming to center and support QT/BIPOC parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are survivors. For the rest of 2021, we will bring in different facilitators and activities shaped by the themes suggested by you.

For more information and to register, please fill out the following Google Form.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.

Superfine Art Fair Seattle 2021

May 12–15, 2022 — 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Block 41 in Belltown

From the host: The highly anticipated return to in-person art fairs is finally here! Superfine is the #1 art fair for independent artists and art-lovers, where you are supporting living, local artists and meeting them too! The unconventional art fair will land at Block 41 in Belltown from May 12 to 15 in 2022. Real art lovers will be able to connect with real artists, buy affordable art, and support great causes: 25% of your ticket purchase goes to an LGBTQ+ charity to support LGBTQ+ youth, and 90% of art is priced from $50 to $3,000. 

Buy your tickets online now to save 20-40%! General Access or VIP Private Access tickets are available with timed entry in adherence to our COVID-19 Compliance Commitment.

For more information and to book tickets for the Superfine Art Fair, please visit the following webpage.

Delridge Farmers Market

Second Saturday of the Month — 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Hope Academy, 9421 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

From the host: Join African Community Housing and Development (ACHD) for the opening of the Delridge Farmers Market in the South Delridge neighborhood of West Seattle returning May 22! A USDA-designated food desert, the area has long struggled with food access for its diverse population; this market seeks to put fresh, local food produced by BIPOC-owned businesses directly into the hands of the neighborhood’s residents.

The Market is designed to provide a wide array of culturally appropriate foods for the immigrant and refugee community in the area. Featuring robust food access programs, the main goal of the market is to bring local, nutritious food to everyone, especially families for whom fresh produce is a financial struggle.

The market will occur on the second Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the courtyard of Hope Academy (9421 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106). Everyone is welcome to attend, and robust food access programs are available to all food-insecure families (including SNAP/EBT, WIC/Senior, SNAP Market Match, and Fresh Bucks). Masks are required, and social distancing protocol will be enforced.

The Delridge Farmers Market is made possible by King Conservation District, Albertsons Foundation, and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Individuals interested in attending or volunteering at the market should visit Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Rachel at

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A smiling Black girl with braids plays guitar. another girl sits to the left of her and a woman to the right.

Virtual College Summit & Audition Workshop for Musicians

Nov. 21 — 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

From the host: Seattle JazzED’s Virtual College Summit and Audition Workshop is the premiere one-day event for high school students wanting to discover musical opportunities in college. With an even broader reach, student musicians from across the country will be able to learn from college representatives and ask the questions that matter most to them on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. The day will run in a festival format on Zoom, with each college presenting for 15-minutes, and a mid-day audition workshop hosted by Riley Mulherkar & Willem de Koch of The Westerlies. 

Participants may virtually visit with the colleges of their choice throughout the day, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and may join for the whole period, or just during the times of the schools they’re most interested in. The College Summit and Audition Workshop is open to, and helpful for, students on any instrument, including vocalists in grades 9–12. Parents, guardians, and educators are welcome to attend any, or all, of the event. The event fee is listed as $65, however, as with all programming, Seattle JazzED offers a pay-what-you-can system, no questions asked. If students/families would like to, they may enter the code “WAIVER” when registering to waive the full tuition amount!

For more information and to register for the Virtual College Summit & Audition Workshop, please visit the following webpage.

South End Public Market

Nov. 20 — 12–6 p.m.
Day Moon Press, 3220 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144

From the host: South End Public Market is having a market cohosted with Day Moon Press at their location on Beacon Avenue!

Beacon Arts Guild has curated a mix of local artists with prints/cards, body products, jewelry, home decor, and more. Top it off with a tasty hot drink from Beacon Arts Bake Sale in the backyard! This month’s vendors include PlazaArtista, SMASH THE BOX, Full Harvest Gardener, Tara Kraft, Art Maranth Mixed Media, and Magic Bear Designs. As we are indoors, masks are required, and we will be staggering people entering to make sure everyone stays safe!

To keep up to date with the South End Public Market, follow Beacon Arts’ and Day Moon Press’ Facebook event page.

Major Taylor Birthday Celebration Group Ride

Nov. 20 — 11 a.m.
Bike Works Shop, 3709 S Ferdinand St., Seattle, WA

From the host: Please join Bike Works + Cascade Bicycle Club on Saturday, Nov. 20, for a free, no-drop, all-ages community ride in honor of the late great Marshall “Major” Taylor’s birthday coming up on Nov. 26. In 1899, Taylor was the first African American to win a world championship in cycling.

For more information and to register for the Major Taylor Celebration Group Ride, please visit

JCCCW’s Artisan Craft & Holiday Gift Sale

Nov. 20 & Nov. 21 — 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
JCCCW,  1414 S Welleter St., Seattle, WA 98144

From the host: Reserve an appointment to shop at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington’s (JCCCW) first 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁 & 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗚𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗲 that will be held on Saturday & Sunday, the 20th and 21st of November, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. This sale will include many of the beautiful and unique Japanese items from the 2021 Bunka no Hi exhibit, as well as many other collectible items and art from our inventory, to add to your own collection or give as a gift for the holidays.

Cash and all major credit cards will be accepted. Revenue generated from this sale will go toward supporting the mission of the JCCCW to preserve, promote, and share Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage.

Appointments will be required for this event. Appointments will open on the 1st of November at 10 a.m., via a link that will be posted on this page. Each appointment slot will allow up to two (2) people 12 years or older; please keep to one appointment per household.

In compliance with King County Guidelines, upon entry all attendees over 12 years of age must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative test result for the virus from within 72 hours prior to attending. Masks must also be worn at all times while inside the JCCCW facilities during the same, and they must cover from your nose to your chin.

We ask for your continued patience and cooperation through this unprecedented time, for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors.

For more information and to sign up for an appointment time, please visit JCCCW’s Artisan Craft & Holiday Gift Sale webpage.

Mapes Walkway Fall Spruce Up

Nov. 20 — 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Mapes Creek Plaza, 52nd Avenue South and South Henderson Street

From the host: Please join veterans and community members for the Mapes Walkway Fall Spruce Up on Saturday, Nov. 20! On this mission, we and partners will improve environmental safety for Mapes Walkway connecting youth to community and schools at Rainier Beach. Lunch will be provided!

To register, please scan the QR code in the above image. For more information, contact Andrew Gutshall at or 715-513-6552.

PSARA Webinar on Reparations

Nov. 19 — 5 p.m.

From the host: Featured presentation by Dr. Ron Daniels, the founder and president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a progressive, African-centered and action-oriented Resource Center dedicated to empowering people of African descent and marginalized communities. He is the convenor of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC).

Larry Gossett and Alice Ito will facilitate the webinar.

To register for this webinar, please fill out the following Zoom registration form. For more information, please email

Photo depicting an Indigenous group of individuals wearing traditional headdresses and clothing.
Tloke-Nahuake for “Reflections.” (Photo: Futsum Tsegai, courtesy of Seattle Public Library)

Reflections Dance Festival Watch Party

Nov. 19 — 3–9 p.m.

From the host: Come dance the night away at the artists’ reception and viewing party for the Reflections Watch Party on Pier 62, the site where the dance festival was filmed earlier this month! We’ll have heaters, tents, food trucks, a beer garden with hot mulled wine, and DJ Cutz — everything you need to light up the night. Viewing begins around 4 p.m., dancing to follow!

Photos and performances filmed by Futsum Tsegai, artist-in-residence for The Seattle Public Library.

About the Reflections Dance Festival 2021: Ready for a beautiful love letter to the city during Delta times? Reflections Dance Festival returns as a ray of light during the dark times of fall and winter during the pandemic. Reflections, which was filmed on Seattle’s Pier 62 and was presented as a virtual livestream in early November, is copresented by The Seattle Public Library and Friends of Waterfront Seattle with lead partners Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects. It is free and open to the public.

To keep up to date with the Reflections Dance Festival Watch Party, follow the Reflections Dance Festival – Virtual Event Facebook event page. Check out the Emerald’s article “‘Reflections’ Dance Festival: A Gift of Indigenous and African American Solidarity” for more information!

What Happened? An Analysis of the Media Fear Mongering During the Election

Nov. 18 — 5:30 p.m.

From the host: Real Change interim Editor Ashley Archibald, Charles Mudede of the Stranger, and Erica C. Barnett of PubliCola will discuss the media coverage of the last election cycle. Fearmongering around public safety and visible homelessness dominated the dialogue of local media outlets, while other issues were left untouched. Join these key Seattle journalists as they unpack how news outlets perpetuated narratives, and what it means for Seattle’s future.

For more information and to register for this virtual webinar, please visit

Detention 101

Nov. 18 — 5 p.m. PT

From the host: Interested in joining the fight for immigration rights and to end all detention camps but don’t know where to start? Join Tsuru for Solidarity (TFS) on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET for “Detention 101,” a conversation/discussion with Professor Naomi Paik on the history of detention in the United States across the administrations to contextualize the work of TFS. 

Naomi Paik, an interdisciplinary scholar and associate professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will be presenting on her research on the history of immigration, particularly drawing from her most recent book Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary (2020) . We will leave with some strategies and action items on how we can join and continue the fight for a future beyond prisons. This event will be both educational and discussion-based, including a presentation from Naomi Paik along with time for questions and discussion. 

A follow-up reading group for Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century will also be hosted on Thursday, Dec. 9.

For more information and to register for this virtual discussion, please visit

Lunchtime! Get Ready for 2022! Labor Laws, Domestic Workers, Transit, & You!

Nov. 18 — 12–1 p.m.

From the host: Join the Ethnic Chamber of Commerce Coalition and the Seattle Office of Labor Standards for a lunch and learn on Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. about Seattle’s Domestic Workers Ordinance and what you can do to protect and support domestic workers in our community.

For more information and to register, please visit the following Eventbrite page.

KCTS 9 Book Club — November

Nov. 17 — 7–8 p.m.

From the host: The KCTS 9 Book Club is a virtual conversation event series, in collaboration with Third Place Books in Seattle and PBS Books. Monthly book selections are made by a rotating group of Washington authors who will also host the virtual discussions. The twist: Authors will select books that aren’t their own! Most months, books selected will be fiction, but we may change it up once every so often. Themes will correspond to current programming airing on KCTS 9. This month, we’ll be reading The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Local author Kelly Brenner will lead the discussion.

For more information and to register, please visit KCTS 9’s November Book Club Eventbrite page.

Food for Thought — From Turkey to Terikayaki: An Immigrant Chef’s Thanksgiving Table

Nov. 16 — 6:30 p.m.

From the host: Join KCTS 9 on Nov. 16 for a discussion with local immigrant chefs on how they’ve incorporated their traditions into the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving. Hosted by Rachel Belle. Featuring: Thierry Rautureau, LUC and Food Network personality; Melissa Miranda, Musang; Taichi Kitamura, Sushi Kappo Temura; Adama Jammeh & Oumie Sallah, Afella Jollof Catering; and Kara Martin, Food Innovation Network.

For more information and to register, please visit KCTS’ Eventbrite page.

LWGMS Virtual Open House

Nov. 17 — 6 p.m.

From the host: L-Dub will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. Attending an Open House is an excellent way to get to know L-Dub, its program, and its people. Meet with students, teachers, and administrators, and learn how our academic and co-curricular programs may be a good match for your family.

Along with our Virtual Open House on Nov. 17, L-Dub will be hosting two virtual information sessions on Oct. 27 and Dec. 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. Our fall in-person campus tours are happening Oct. 14–Dec. 16 at 2100 S. Walker St, Seattle, WA 98144. Registration is required to attend all events (virtual and in person) and can be done through the admissions page on our website.

‘You Sexy Thing’ by Local Author Cat Rambo Virtual Launch Event

Nov. 16 — 6 p.m.

From the host: University Book Store is proud to present the book launch for Cat Rambo’s latest novel, You Sexy Thing. Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off in this fantastic space opera You Sexy Thing from former SFWA president, Cat Rambo. Just when they thought they were out … TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance. But, some wars can’t ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren’t content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.

This is a free Zoom event but registration through the link provided is necessary to join the Zoom webinar. If you have any questions, please email See you there!

For more information and to register for the “You Sexy Thing” virtual launch event, please visit the following Zoom registration form.

Rep. Adam Smith Virtual Town Hall

Nov. 16 — 6 p.m.

From the host: Rep. Adam Smith of Washington’s Ninth Congressional District, which encompasses South Seattle, parts of south King County, as well as Bellevue, is hosting a virtual town hall focused on the work that he has been doing during the first half of the 117th Congress. Smith will be answering your questions about the past year and what’s ahead.

For more information and to register for the virtual town hall, visit To submit a question for the upcoming town hall, use the following form.

LIHI 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala & Auction

Nov. 1–14

From the host: The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Over the past 30 years, LIHI has grown to be one of the largest nonprofit housing organizations in the Puget Sound region with 3,049 affordable units serving Seattle and seven counties: King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, Kitsap, Whatcom, and Island.  We are celebrating 30 years of progress in housing tens of thousands of people, providing hygiene services through our Urban Rest Stops, and sponsoring over 1,000 tiny houses and hotel rooms as a crisis response to homelessness.

The 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala & Auction is live and available for viewing, bidding, and donating at any time from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14. To register and view the items, visit the following LIHI auction website.

AAWA Hosts Jamaican Poet Natalie Corthesy on Nov. 14!

Join the African American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA) as we host award-winning Kingston, Jamaica, attorney and poet Natalie Corthesy. Her newest book of poetry, Sky Juice, is a feast for the senses. Vivid descriptions of food, music, and cultural life in Jamaica from a feminine perspective is tantalizing. You can find Sky Juice and her first anthology, Fried Green Plantains, at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

The World We Create: Writing and Performing as Change-Makers

Sunday, Nov. 14 — 1–3 p.m. A previous event occurred on Nov. 7.

From the host: “I believe that all organizing is science fiction – that we are shaping the future we long for and have not yet experienced.”  —adrienne marie brown

Why do you write? Why do artists create art? What is your purpose as an artist? As poets, storytellers, writers, and creators, art is a platform that elevates the social change we want to see in the world and a modality to express changes in our own beings. As activists, organizers, and change-makers, we are shaping a world we haven’t yet known. Our words carry the magic of our ancestors; they are the legacies we build in real time. Together, we have the power to manifest worlds we haven’t yet imagined, draw people to movements, provide a mirror for our struggles, and build power for our communities.

Please join API Chaya’s Queer Network Program and poet performers Ebo Barton and Ben Yisrael for a writing workshop and performance space on how we can use our words to engage audiences to become change-makers too!

For more information and to register, please fill out the following Google Form.

Seattle Forest Week

Nov. 6–13
Green Seattle Day: Nov. 6 — 9 a.m.

From the host: Introducing Seattle Forest Week (Nov. 6–13),  a weeklong celebration of Seattle’s Urban Forest. ⁠⁠

⁠⁠Seattle Forest Week will kick off with Green Seattle Day on Saturday, Nov. 6, and finish with Seattle Arbor Day on Nov. 13, with all sorts of opportunities for learning, relaxing, and engaging during the week.

Green Seattle Day: Sign up to be one of hundreds of volunteers across the city planting native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will become the future forest of Seattle. All are welcome!

Green Seattle Day Locations in South Seattle:

  • Cheasty Greenspace
  • Maple School Ravine
  • Kubota Gardens Natural Area
  • Seward Park
  • East Duwamish Greenspace at Beacon and 13th
  • East Duwamish Greenspace at Trenton and 42nd
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

For more information and to stay in the loop about Seattle Forest Week events, please visit Green Seattle Partnership’s website at

RESILIENCE! An AAPI 24-Hour Play Festival

Nov. 13 — 8 p.m.

From the host: Through COVID-19 and an ever-mounting tide of anti-Asian hate, Asian Americans have gone through the wringer in the past two years. Well, guess what — we’re still here, persisting and resisting all your efforts to stuff us into boxes to define us. We’re striking back with our whole voice, creating 7 new plays in 24 hours themed around resilience, representation, and better, bolder futures featuring the talents of nearly 40 AAPI writers, performers, directors, producers, and technicians. 

Pork Filled Productions is using a Name-Your-Price structure to work with our audience and what they can afford to give. Thank you for supporting local theatre and local theatre artists. If any cost is prohibitive, please reach out to Check our website and social media for cast and crew announcements on Instagram @pfptheatre, Facebook @PorkfilledProductions, and Twitter @PFPTheatre!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the following website.

Rain City Rock Camp Virtual Gala

Nov. 13 — 5:30 p.m.

From the host: Rain City Rock Camp is the only nonprofit in the Seattle area that combines music education, gender-responsive programming, and a commitment to positive social change. By choosing to support our Fall Gala, you are ensuring that Seattle’s youth continue to have a safe, empowering community where they can express themselves fully through music for many years to come.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 13, for our Fall Gala event featuring inspiring words from a 2021 Youth Leadership Award Winner, live music performance by Amplified Teen Voices, and an after-party by DJ Morgan from KEXP. Our exclusive Live Auction items feature original creations by local artists, VIP event tickets & experiences, and curated gift packages. Online Silent Auction available for bidding Nov. 7–13; open to the public, no event ticket required.

For more information, including auction links and sponsorship opportunities, and to register for the online gala, please visit Rain City Rock Camp’s Annual Gala webpage.

Estelita’s Library Grand Opening

Nov. 13 — 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

From the host: Estelita’s Library will have its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m.

Come hang out with people you missed, read a book, play some chess, buy some merch for you to rock, and eat some food from Feed the People!

We are also welcoming you to our new, amazing space in the Central District that we own and operate. You won’t want to miss it. See you on Nov. 13!

To keep up to date with Estelita’s Library, follow them on Facebook @esteliataslib.

Da Synchronicity

Nov. 11 — Doors at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8:30 p.m.
Cafe Racer Seattle, 1510 11th Ave., Seattle, WA

From the host: Have you ever seen 11/11 and had this deep feeling that you were exactly where you needed to be? On Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m., a line-up of all Black Queer artists shall align to open up a 11/11 portal of spirit, healing, and divine love. Featuring performances by Kayla Karrington, Fairygawdzad, Justice Manslayer, Divine Augustine and Oya Storms. This show is fated from the gawds and full of magic — but you can call it “Da Synchronicity.”

Tickets are $10 in advance. All ages until 10 p.m. (tickets for guests under 21 are offered at a discounted price of $5) Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m.–midnight. Vendors TBA. A ticket and proof of vaccination are required. All patrons are required to wear masks when not actively eating/drinking.

To purchase tickets for Da Synchronicity, please visit the following webpage. To keep up to date with the show, follow Cafe Racer Seattle’s Facebook event page.

Decolonizing Healthcare: Medical Racism and Access to Wellness

Nov. 9 — 6–8 p.m.

From the host: Decolonizing Healthcare is the culmination of my life’s work and experience. I had no idea 25 years ago when sitting in hospitals with my dad, and then continuing to navigate hospitals, clinics, rehabs, and nursing homes with him over the next 14 years, that I would end up doing this. But I should have. This July will mark the 25th anniversary of my father’s first brain surgery. A week before the surgery, his neurosurgeon told us that he’d done a complete medical history investigation of my father to determine the source of the tumor and he told us that in his medical opinion he believed that experimental medical radiation therapy administered to my fathers head when he was a 9-year-old child and my grandmother took him into a Jim Crow clinic for help. This was in his medical records unhidden, but this was 1949, loooog before the days of informed consent. This set me on a path of self discovery. I began relearning history from the Black and Indigenous lens. And I also learned that most of the experimentation done on Black people, while not in history books, is documented in medical records because white society didn’t even deem it as wrong, as we weren’t considered human. This is deeply ingrained and doesn’t just go away and plays out in a myriad of subtle ways in today’s society, because the U.S. has never acknowledged, reconciled, and repaired it.

This workshop is intended to get practitioners to do the work within themselves and in turn in their professional communities to create the health care system we all envision. This isn’t your typical DEI or anti-racism training, you will be infomed and challenged but you will not be coddled. You will be given truth and challenged. Come ready.

Tickets are $75.

For more information and to register, please visit the following Eventbrite page.

UW Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Info Session

Nov. 9 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: Join UW for an information session on the Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. Get details on curriculum, format, time commitment, and more. A program representative will be on hand to answer your questions.

For more information about the certificate program, visit the UW’s Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program website. To register for the information session, visit the following UW RSVP link.

Immigrant & Worker Justice Toolkit

Nov. 9 — 12 p.m.

From the host: Join the WSLC Labor & Immigration Committee, the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, and our own APALA Seattle Chapter on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 12 p.m. for a virtual workshop, to talk through this valuable collection of resources for immigrant justice advocacy and organizing.

You may register with the following link

Dr. Quintard Taylor: Critical Race Theory — What, Why, and How It Became a Political Grenade

Nov. 8 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host: Critical Race Theory (CRT) is one of the most contentious issues of our time. Most of us have strong opinions, but few of us understand the true meaning and history of CRT. Attend our online discussion to hear Dr. Quintard Taylor, professor emeritus of History at UW, explain Critical Race Theory and why it has become the flashpoint of controversy in the American education system.

Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) holds monthly Open Discussions via Zoom on topics concerning racial equity, and invites all to attend! RARE is a multiethnic volunteer group that pursues projects and discussions on race. RARE has raised over $250,000 for scholarships for students of color at RHS, is producing a documentary film about the history of race and integration at RHS, and is now launching additional initiatives to enhance racial equity in all Seattle high schools and beyond.

For more information and to register, please visit

A Call to Action, Inclusion, & Empowerment: Dr. King Commemoration

Nov. 6–8

From the host: On November 8, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968), the great civil rights leader, came to Seattle for his only visit. He was invited by the Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney, then a young pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle’s Central District, who had been a classmate of Dr. King’s at Morehouse College and an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brother.

This November 6–8, join the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) and community partners in commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1961 visit. With keynote remarks by Dr. King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King, III, this special community celebration will feature engaging and educational activities for youth and families that honor Dr. King’s commitment to service, leadership, and legacy.

With both in-person and online opportunities for attendance, all members of the community are invited to join this inspiring three-day celebration.

For more information about NAAM’s Dr. King Commemoration, including a schedule of events, please visit

Past, Present, Future — A Tribute

Sept. 22–Nov. 7

Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: The Association of Pacific Northwest African American Quilters presents a tribute to some of its founding members — Gwen Maxwell Williams, Johnnie Rabb Miller, and Patricia Batiste Brown — by finishing quilts they had started. They will also exhibit Underground Railroad and Black Lives Matter group quilts and individual quilts.

For more information about the Past, Present, Future exhibit, please visit Columbia City Gallery’s events page.

Seattle Restaurant Week

Oct. 24–Nov. 6

From the host: Seattle Restaurant Week is a bi-annual prix fixe dining promotion that gives diners a unique chance to support the greater Seattle area’s culinary community, highlighting its craft, diversity, resilience, and great food!

Seattle Restaurant Week is back this fall between Oct. 24 and Nov. 6. Over 200 participating venues across 45+ neighborhoods and cities in the greater Seattle area will participate. Restaurants will be offering special menus of $20 lunches, $35 and/or $50 dinners. Menu offerings can include takeout, delivery, or on-site dining.

For more information and to see a list of participating restaurants, please visit

5th Annual Kent We Are History Keepers Workshop (Virtual)

Nov. 6 — 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

From the host: Presented by the Ethnic Heritage Council and the University of Washington Libraries with the Greater Kent Historical Society, the 5th Annual We Are History Keepers Workshop is going virtual!

In the morning choose two from the three instruction sessions offered by UW Libraries archivists and librarians on Researching Family and Local History Using Archives and Special Collections, Managing and Preserving Digital Files, and Managing Family Papers and Photos. Following a lunch break, the afternoon will feature two panels: From Writing to Publishing Your Local History and Preserving the Legacy of Kent’s Native Americans (First Nations People).

The event is FREE and open to all! Registration is required. Register by Nov. 5 at 11:59 p.m.

To register, please fill out the following Google Form. For more information about We Are History Keepers, visit their website at

Town Hall: Honoring the Work of Journalist Alex Tizon

Nov. 5 — 7:30 p.m.
The Reading Room, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

From the host: Join us at Town Hall Seattle LIVE and in-person at The Great Hall on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. for an event honoring Alex Tizon. Alex Tizon (1959–2017) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who built a career telling the stories of people at the margins. This posthumous tribute will be presented by his colleague, Sam Howe Verhovek of the NY and LA Times, and his widow, Melissa Tizon.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit Town Hall’s event webpage.

What the World Needs Now: A Dreamathon

*Virtual Dance Party: Oct. 22 — 7:30–9 p.m. (*This event has passed.)
*Virtual Community Celebration: Oct. 23 — 2–4 p.m. (*This event has passed.)
Reflections on Dance Festival: Nov. 4 — 6–8 p.m.

From the host: “What the World Needs Now: A Dreamathon” hopes to inspire a brighter change this fall and winter by inviting people across Washington to imagine a better pandemic life together through art, inspiration, and wisdom from people and communities at the frontlines of the COVID-19 health crisis.

With a little creativity and a lot of community building, the #DreamathonWA campaign includes several public virtual events, including a community celebration on Oct. 23 (featuring Dr. Ben Danielson, Aaron Dixon, Amir Islam, and more), selfie stations, a virtual dance party, and the Reflections Dance Festival on Nov. 4.

Virtual Dance Party: Dancing is a big part of the #DreamathonWA bill! From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, join us for this special virtual pre-funk dance party, hosted by local musicians Rell B Free and CarLarans. Designed for adults 18 and older, this event is for those who may have lingering questions on how they can enjoy themselves and stay safe this fall and winter. RSVP for this dance party on our Facebook event page. With a lineup of underground DJs Toe Jam and Tremenda Diosa, and co-hosted with Converge Media, this after-hours event aims to be a party with a purpose.

Virtual Community Celebration: From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, join our artsy pandemic town hall with something for everyone and a BIG dream: How can pandemic life get better? This Community Celebration will not be your typical online program. Learn more and RSVP on our Facebook event page.

#DreamathonWA’s biggest event will include live performances and a focus on helping families and communities prepare for pandemic life this fall. We’ll share a special livestream with Tubman Center for Health & Freedom. Poetry and documentary storytelling will bring to life the voices of frontline medical workers. Incarcerated people and others will explore how to recover emotionally and economically from COVID-19. As kids wait in the wings for vaccine approval, families have important questions, too, and Kids Clinic is here to share timely insights for little and big folks. A special cooking segment might even make pandemic life a little yummier. Special surprise guests will be announced closer to the event.

Reflections Dance Festival: #DreamathonWA winds down with a special dance festival showcasing artists from communities who were hardest hit by COVID-19. RSVP for this event on Facebook, and join us for the dance festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4. Filmed on Seattle’s Pier 62 and presented as a virtual event, Reflections is a love letter to the city during delta times.

For more information about the Reflections Dance Festival, check out the Emerald’s article “‘Reflections’ Dance Festival: A Gift of Indigenous and African American Solidarity.”

For more information about #DreamathonWA, please visit, and check out the Emerald’s article “Libraries, Artists, and Community Members Host ‘What the World Needs Now: A Dreamathon.’”

Being Street: The Trans Woman of Color as Evidence

Nov. 4 — 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

From the host: This talk interrogates the idealized separation between medico-scientific knowledge and vernacular trans lived experience as more truthful historical evidence. Focusing on figural and ephemeral poor trans Women of Color in the 1960s whose lives transpired primarily on the street, who did sex work, and who formed social bonds to address violence as well as transition DIY, Gill-Peterson argues that the authoritative archives of transsexual medicine, social services and the police, and the political reclamation of trans people telling their own stories all participate in the construction of trans Women of Color’s “experience,” rather than the former serving as its occlusion and the latter its salvation.

For more information and to register, please visit

Paul Hlava Ceballos & Quenten Baker, “banana [ ] / we pilot the blood” Virtual Book Launch

Nov. 2 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: Hosted by the Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle-based poets Quenton Baker and Paul Hlava Ceballos will celebrate the release of “banana [ ] / we pilot the blood,” a striking and necessary volume of poetry with essays by Christina Sharpe and visual art by Torkwase Dyson. Natalie A. Martinez will join Baker and Hlava Ceballos in conversation around readings from the work.

For more information and to register for the Virtual Book Launch, please visit the following Eventbrite page.

Multiracial Artists in Conversation

Nov. 2 — 10–11:30 a.m.

From the host: Join us for Seattle JACL’s final Mixed Race Webinar of 2021! (FREE event). As multiracial people, we are constantly put into narrow categories that try to define who we are. But what does it mean to tell your own story? To be able to claim and celebrate all parts of who you are? Speakers for this panel are defining their own narratives through the arts — including photography, visual art, and writing. Mixed Race youth, adults, and families — as well as the arts community — will benefit from this inspiring discussion about what it means to be a storyteller of your own narrative, be it on a canvas, in a book, in a photograph, onstage, or in everyday life.

In order to attend, you must register at the link below and a Zoom link will be emailed to you:

For more information about the Multiracial Artists in Conversation webinar, please visit the following Facebook event page. To register, please fill out the following form online.

Coat & Clothes Drive With the Double Dutch Divas

Oct. 30 — 2–7 p.m.
9800 8th Ave. SW #105, White Center

From the host: Join the Southwest Boys & Girls Club and the Double Dutch Divas for their first annual Clothes & Coat Drive! Community members can drop off clothing donations, pick up items that they need, and enjoy music, healthy snacks, and double dutch. This autumn has already proven to be a cold one, and with the pandemic, there’s more economic insecurity than ever, requiring more community support to fill in the gaps and ensure everyone can stay warm this season.

The Double Dutch Divas were started as a way to bring unity to the community through physical exercise, play, and fitness. The Divas now bring the sport of double dutch to Seattle area schools and community events, teaching people young and old how to jump.

For more information about the Coat & Clothes Drive, follow the Southwest Boys & Girls Club’s Facebook event page.

Witches to the Water: Rainier Beach

Oct. 30 — 12–2 p.m.

From the host: Calling all Witches to the Water! Bring your hats and brooms, paddleboards, and kayaks for an afternoon on the water!

Don’t have anything water-worthy? Bring a frisbee, a chessboard, badminton, bocce, or other land-lover game to play with your witchy friends!

For more information and to register, please visit the Rainier Beach Witches’ Facebook event page.

Frame It: Photography Workshop for Beginners With Kariba Jack

Oct. 29 — 6 p.m.

From the host: Join MoPop on Oct. 29, 2021, for the “Frame It” photography workshop! During the workshop you’ll learn about the basics of photography and be able to leave with the knowledge to create an image that is frame worthy! Kariba Jack is a hip and fresh Nigerian American photographer who loves capturing the now. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle to be exact, she specializes in natural light photography with a bold and vibrant approach with her portrait and wedding clients. She’s photographed many events and worked with celebrities including Trey Songz, Maya, Keyshia Cole, Wale, Common, Keri Hilson, Ne-yo and Tank just to name a few. Photography is not only her profession but her passion as well.

The cost for this workshop is pay-what-you-can.

For more information and to register for the “Frame It” workshop, please visit the MoPop’s “Contact High” photography workshop webpage.

Photo collage depicting various images of erotic photography.
Top left: Photo by Jamie Rand Imaging; top right: Photo by Vitz Photos; bottom left: Photo by James McDaniel; bottom right: Photo by Ricky Osborne. All photos courtesy of Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF).

Seattle Erotic Art Festival

Oct. 29–31
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

From the host: The Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF) is an experience unlike any other festival or gallery you have likely ever attended.  Over the course of three days, a curated selection of some of the finest erotic art the world has to offer will grace the floors of the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, awaiting your perusal and enjoyment.

During regular festival hours, you are invited to view the art and daily entertainments, from poetry readings to pantomime to acrobatic displays.  There is also the Festival Store, where you can often find prints by the artists featured in the festival as well as other unique items and annual Seattle Erotic Art Festival merchandise. In the evenings, the vibe changes from a gallery to sexy art party. The Late Night Festival is a sexy, fun time with performers, bartenders at the ready, and a fantastically energetic crowd.

To purchase tickets for SEAF, please visit For more information about SEAF, check out the Emerald’s article “The Upcoming Seattle Erotic Art Festival Is the Feel-Good Event We All Need.”

Free Virtual Screening of Mission: Joy

Oct. 28–Oct. 30 at 11:59 p.m.

From the host: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share science-backed wisdom of how to live with joy in troubled times in this 90-minute documentary Mission: Joy. Watch anytime for free within the 72-hour window on Oct. 28, 29, and 30. The link will be emailed as the date nears.

For more information and to register for this virtual screening of “Mission: Joy,” please visit the Center for Ethical Leadership’s Eventbrite page.

Gimme Shelter Virtual Benefit Concert

Oct. 27 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host: Hear Billy Joe Huels and the Dusty 45s in a virtual concert to benefit Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), pre-recorded in a session at the Tractor Tavern. An exhilarating mix of surf guitar, brass, rockabilly, jazz, rock, old country, rhythm and blues, and honky tonk in a virtual show for the 13th annual Gimme Shelter benefit.

All funds will go toward training opportunities for DESC staff as they work to make an impact in the lives of Seattle’s most vulnerable citizens, those who are experiencing homelessness in Seattle, and those in permanent supportive housing.

For more information and to register for the virtual concert, please visit the DESC’s Gimme Shelter webpage.

Photo by Michael Longmire on

BECU Webinar: Protecting Yourself Against Fraud

Oct. 27 — 7–8 p.m.

From the host: In today’s high-speed world it is important that we be vigilant in our fight against fraud. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to know how to protect oneself with so many different types of scams trying to take your money. In this webinar, you will learn how to spot the most common scams trending, learn what happens when you fall for a scam, understand how you can avoid being a victim of fraud, and learn how to report fraud.

For more information and to register for this BECU Webinar, please visit the following Zoom registration page.

Community Election Connection Debates: King County Executive

Oct. 27 — 5 p.m.

From the host: Join Rainier Avenue Radio for their King County Executive debate between Joe Nguyen and Dow Constantine, Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. The event is powered by Converge Media and the South Seattle Emerald.

Tune in on the South Seattle Emerald’s Facebook page at under “Upcoming live videos.”

PeaceTrees Vietnam’s 26th Anniversary Celebration

Oct. 26 — 5:30–7 p.m.

From the host: PeaceTrees Vietnam is a Seattle- and Vietnam-based humanitarian demining organization working to remove explosive remnants of war from central Vietnam. We invite you to join PeaceTrees on Monday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. PDT to celebrate 26 years of peace and partnership. We are honored to welcome bestselling author Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai as the keynote speaker for our 26th Anniversary Celebration! Quế Mai’s international bestselling book, The Mountains Sing, is a multigenerational novel that follows the Tran family. This illuminating story is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam war and touches on messages of peace, reconciliation, and hope.

We hope you will join us virtually on Monday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. PDT to hear from Quế Mai and other speakers and celebrate another year of lifesaving work!

For more information and to register for the 26th Anniversary Celebration, please visit PeaceTrees Vietnam’s Events webpage.

Afro Dance Workshop

Monthly, starting Oct. 23 — 6–8 p.m.
340 15th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112

From the host: Leave your worries prior to entering the class and come enjoy yourself to the fullest. Come be FREE, LAUGH AND ENJOYMENT!

One thing you must know prior to doing Afro is the sense of feeling. In Afro, we focus on letting the music give guidance to our body. You will get your body to move in ways you have never been able to before. We will do moves from Nigeria, Ghanna, Togo, Congo, South Africa, and explore what the continent has to offer in terms of enjoyment. Not only is it easy to forget about your worries/problems you’ve been dealing with , you will be able to laugh, smile, groove, and enjoy yourself the fullest way you can.

Tickets for workshop sessions are $15–$20.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Afro Dance Workshop Seattle Eventbrite page.

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash.

Empowering Youth Virtual Fundraiser

Oct. 23 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: College Success Foundation’s annual fundraising event helps ensure that thousands of underserved, low-income students throughout Washington State get the support they need to persist and graduate from college. We’ll hear about the challenges of isolation and celebrate community, resilience, perseverance, and success. We invite you to join us for a virtual gathering of meaningful connection, campfire conversations, and powerful storytelling from our advisers and students.

All funds raised provide students with the programs and support they need to navigate these trying times and continue on their journey to college.

For more information, please visit the College Success Foundation’s Empowering Youth Virtual Event webpage.

Freedom Fund: Living the Legacy Live Event

Oct. 23 — 1 p.m.

From the host: In less than two weeks, your Seattle King County NAACP will be kicking-off Freedom Fund: Living the Legacy! This virtual Week of Giving and community event is a celebration of our 108 years of service to the cause of racial justice and civil rights!

The Seattle King County NAACP is celebrating its 108th anniversary this October with a week-long digital event we’re calling “Freedom Fund: Living the Legacy.” From Oct. 18–22, we will be sharing videos that tell the story of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going as we strive to live the legacy of those that came before. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. PDT, we will be broadcasting a live event from the studios of Michael B. Maine in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Tune in to hear from Seattle King County NAACP leadership and from Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley!

To attend the event and receive links to videos, register for free at

Dia de Muertos Community Celebration • Celebración comunitaria del Día de Muertos

Oct. 23 — 12–4 p.m.
Pier 62, 1951 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

From the host: Learn, celebrate, and experience Dia de Muertos through music, dance, and art at Pier 62. Be moved by performances from local groups Teocalli Cuatlicue, Huecha Omeyoacan, Joyas Mestizas, and Bailadores de Bronce, presenting the beauty and richness of traditional Mexican dance and music. Find unique Mexican artesian crafts, jewelry, arts, and gifts for yourself or someone you love. And enjoy family-friendly activities that celebrate the traditions of Dia de Muertos, honoring the life and lives of the departed.

Ven a aprender, celebrar y vivir la tradición del Día de Muertos a través de la música, la danza y el arte, en el Pier 62. Contáremos con actuaciones especiales de grupos locales y de la región del Pacífico Noroeste como: Bailadores de Bronce, Teocalli Cuatlicue, Joyas Mestizas y Huehca Omeyocan, quiénes estarán presentando la belleza y riqueza de la tradición mexicana con danza y música prehispánica. También encontrarán una variedad de joyería y obsequios artesanales mexicanos, únicos para usted o algún ser querido. Podrán disfrutar de actividades para toda la familia y que tradicionalmente se celebran el Día de Muertos honrando la vida y a la vida de nuestros seres queridos que han partido.

For more information about the Dia de Muertos Community Celebration, including a schedule of events, please visit the Waterfront Park’s Dia de Muertos Celebration webpage.

Illustrations by Emma Noyes (Sinixt band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation), an artist, researcher, and educator living and working in Spokane. Follow her @expertink. Love her art as much as we do? 100 registrants will win event swag bags of Emma Noyes x ACLU-WA goodies.

Belonging | The 2021 ACLU-WA Annual Celebration

Oct. 22 — 6:30–8 p.m.

From the host: Join the ACLU-WA for a festive evening of belonging, awards, words, and music!

Virtual evening will include ACLU-WA Executive Director Michele Storms in conversation with john a. Powell, director of Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley; performances by The Black Tones, Tomo Nakayama, and Sonya Renee Taylor; and celebrations of the 2021 ACLU-WA Award recipients. The evening will be emceed by Jeannie Yandel and Eula Scott Bynoe of Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace.

For more information and to register for the virtual event (and order food and drinks!), please visit the ACLU-WA’s Belonging 2021 event page.

Vintage Edition: Pan Afrikan Marketplace at Wa Na Wari

Oct. 22–Oct. 24 — 12–5 p.m.
Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

From the host: Join Wa Na Wari for this vintage edition of the Pan Afrikan Marketplace. Curated by Afua, over 400 vintage pieces from local vendors will be for sale including vintage bags and designer bags, jewelry, hats, belts, scarves, shawls, and head wraps in wool, silk, cashmere, and pashmina, outerwear, Afrikan bags from Kenya and Ghana, Afrikan bubus (robes for men and women) and more.

For more information about Wa Na Wari’s Vintage Pan Afrikan Marketplace, please visit their Facebook event page.

Seattle Queer Film Festival

Oct. 14–24
Three Dollar Bill Cinema, 517 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

From the host: Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents the 26th Annual Seattle Queer Film Festival, running Oct. 14–24, 2021, at various venues throughout Seattle. Join us for 11-days of the best queer cinema in the world, along with fabulous parties, workshops, and more. Featuring an amazing selection of Indigenous, QTBIPOC, and POC programming that showcases the diverse awesomeness of the region. Our hybrid festival can be accessed virtually and in-person, and we are requiring proof of vaccination and masking at ALL festival events. Passes and tickets are on sale now!

For more information, including screening times, and to purchase tickets, please visit Three Dollar Cinema’s Seattle Queer Film Festival 2021 webpage.

Tasveer Festival

Oct. 1–24

From the host: Tasveer Festival will showcase the best in South Asian film, literature, and storytelling in a SXSW-style festival, permeating the month of October with arts and culture. Through this festival, Tasveer will provide a platform to amplify under-represented South Asian voices, place a spotlight on South Asian artists, and create a safe space for dialogues within our communities.

Through the Tasveer Festival we strive to carry our mission of stimulating thinking and social change through storytelling, helping to empower, transform, heal, and entertain attendees. Our diverse programs will encourage people to start and hold dialogues focused on South Asian stories regarding representation, equity, climate change, LGBTQ issues, women’s rights, and much more.

For more information, including a schedule of events, and to purchase tickets, please visit Check out the Emerald’s article “Born in the Aftermath of 9/11, Tasveer Festival Centers South Asian Stories.”

Artwork depicting golden and dark brown brushstrokes.
“An Alhambra Afterglow,” (2019) by Rajaa Gharbi. Acrylic on canvas 36″x 48″

CoCA Presents ‘Tell Me More II’

Sept. 9–Oct. 23

From the host: The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is pleased to present “Tell More II” (Sept. 9–Oct. 23, 2021), a solo exhibition by Rajaa Gharbi. 

A celebration of this exhibition will be hosted on-site at the CoCA gallery on Oct. 7, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. PST in conjunction with Pioneer Square Art Walk. 

For more information about this exhibit, please visit the following webpage.

Northwest Newsmakers — Seattle’s Next Mayor: One-on-One With the Candidates

Oct. 21 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: Two candidates are vying to lead Seattle as it faces enormous challenges — from an ongoing pandemic to a crisis of homelessness and housing to calls to reimagine policing and public safety. How they propose to take on these issues could have a profound impact on the future of the city for many years to come. Hear how each candidate sees their solutions in the context of a larger vision for the future of our city in dueling one-on-one interviews just weeks ahead of the mayoral election.

For more information and to register, please visit Crosscut’s Northwest Newsmakers: Seattle’s Next Mayor webpage.

Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

Oct. 21 — 12–1 p.m.

From the host: Join us for a conversation about energy inequality, climate disasters in Communities of Color, and the future of energy justice. Spark Northwest’s Tarika Powell is a regional expert on fossil fuel infrastructure, public safety, and land use management. Tarika is a popular speaker and presenter who connects the dots between energy policy and environmental justice for working communities and Communities of Color. The webinar will be a casual “lunch-and-learn” setting to learn about the intersection of energy and equity, and to ask questions! It is free and all are welcome.

For more information and to register for this free lunch and learn, please visit Spark Northwest’s Webinar: Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change Eventbrite page.

KCTS 9 Book Club — October

Oct. 20 — 7–8 p.m.

From the host: Local authors team up with KCTS 9, Third Place Books, and PBS books to lead monthly book discussions on themes related to KCTS 9 programming. The October selection is So Lucky by Nicola Griffith to complement programming related to the experiences and rights of the disability community airing during the month.

For more information and to register, please visit the KCTS 9 Book Club website.

Virtual Series: Colorism in the Filipino American Community

Oct. 20 — 5:30–7:30 p.m.

From the host: Please join Filipino Community of Seattle in discussions about colorism within our community. Check out the flyer above with the pre-registration link for this event!

This is the final installment of the educator series presented by Minda Michelle Mattox and Tai Velasquez (@experiencesbytai), cosponsored by the Filipino Community of Seattle and friends at @fapagow, @fanhs_seattle, and @filam.educators.wa

Virtual FareStart Annual Gala Auction

Oct. 17 — 6 p.m.

From the host: Join FareStart in its mission to transform lives, disrupt poverty and nourish communities through food, life skills and job training at FareStart’s 29th Annual Gala Auction on Oct. 17.

This year’s virtual livestream will feature live, silent and premium auctions. Some auction items include travel packages to New Zealand and Hawaii, VIP sports and live event experiences, decadent culinary packages and wine tastings.

LIVE BROADCAST: Sunday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. PT 
ONLINE SILENT AUCTION: Opens Monday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. PT 

To register:

A family crossing the zigzag bridge (Photo: Chie Iida)

Maple Festival 2021

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.–Oct. 17, 5 p.m.
Seattle Japanese Garden

From the host: Join us for Momijigari, the beloved tradition of appreciating nature’s art. Each day brings out more colors to the Seattle Japanese Garden during this time of year, creating a breathtaking view.

For more information, including activities and tours, please visit the Seattle Japanese Garden’s Maple Festival 2021 webpage.

Panel: Being Filipino/x/a on Indigenous Lands

Oct. 17 — 1–2:30 p.m.

From the host: In celebration of Filipino American History Month, this event features community members who were the original contributors to the “I Am Filipino” exhibit in 2012 along with University of Washington students who have contributed to a newly installed exhibit video answering the questions “How do you navigate the world as Filipinx?” and “What does it mean to be Filipinx on Indigenous Lands?” 

Thank you to community partner Filipino American National Historical Society and to event coordinators Cynthia Mejia-Giudici and Kriya Velasco for making this event possible.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this panel, please visit the Wing Luke Museum’s Panel: Being Filipino/x/a on Indigenous Lands event page.

Social Justice Film Festival

Oct. 7–17

From the host: Join festival-goers across the country Oct. 7–17 for thought-provoking films and conversation, including special panels on the art of social justice filmmaking and racial justice. The festival will be held online due to the evolving public health context.

Presented by the Social Justice Film Institute, Northwest Film Forum, and the Meaningful Movies Project, the 2021 Social Justice Film Festival (SJFF) is a celebration of the power of people and film to push for change within their homes and communities.

This year’s program features a competitive, curated selection of short and feature films that highlight many of today’s key human crises. Taken together, the genre-spanning films ask how we activate and create refuge in response to crisis.

For more information, including screening schedules and a calendar of panels, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Social Justice Film Institute’s SJFF webpage.

Farm to Table Women’s Mixer

Oct. 16 — 5–8 p.m.

From the host: Curated cuisine highlighting farm fresh herbs and plants. Mindfully paired and aesthetically pleasing menu items brought to you by Irene’s Grazing.

To RSVP to the Farm to Table Women’s Mixer, please email

Walk the Block: Wa Na Wari’s Third Annual Fundraiser

Oct. 16 — 3–6 p.m.

From the host: This fall Wa Na Wari is taking art to the streets for our 2021 Fall Fundraising Event. We are creating our own one-day art walk pop-up in the Central District and it’s called “Walk the Block.” 

“Walk the Block” transforms homes, businesses, parks and other common spaces in our neighborhood into street viewable art installations and performance sites. Enjoy art, video installations, live music and more as you stroll the neighborhood with family and friends. All while helping to raise funds and build community with Wa Na Wari.

All participants are required to wear a mask at the event. Participants can arrive and begin the walk anytime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This will allow participants to stay socially distanced throughout the walk. Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes.

For more information, including participating artists and ticket packages, follow Wa Na Wari’s “Walk the Block” Facebook event page. To purchase tickets, please visit Wa Na Wari’s “Walk the Block” Eventbrite webpage.

25th Annual SpiritWalk and Warrior Run

Oct. 16 — 9–1 p.m.

From the host: The 25th Annual SpiritWalk & Warrior Run is a community 5k run and 1.25m walk that’s open to the entire community! This year’s theme is Land Back — the movement to restore land, language, ceremony, kinship, and medicines to Native people. All registrants will be eligible for raffle prizes, and 5K winners will receive custom-beaded medallions. The walk/run will be followed by a family picnic with Indigenous art vendors and entertainment.

For more information and to register, please visit

Photo by Battlecreek Coffee Roasters/

Build the Beach: Careers in Construction — Mechanical Plumbing

Oct. 14 — 6 p.m.

From the host: Interested in the Mechanical Plumbing trades? This next virtual meeting is for you. We will be taking this time to share general information about the mechanical plumbing trades. You will also have the amazing opportunity to gain more insight into our contract with Apollo Mechanical Contractors and their partner Adept Mechanical, and the exciting job benefits this career has to offer. We will also be sharing tips and tricks about how you can jump start your career in this trade.

For more information and to register for this virtual meeting, please visit Build the Beach’s Careers in Construction: Mechanical Plumbing webpage.

Columbia City Farmers Market

Wednesdays, ends Oct. 13 — 3-7 p.m.
Columbia Park, South Edmunds Street and 35th Avenue South

From the host: Summer is here and that means the farmers market at Columbia Park is open! Shop for hard-to-find food and veggies and meet the vendors on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m. 

All markets are ADA accessible. Vendors accept cash, credit, and debit. All markets accept EBT/SNAP. Swipe your card at the Market Manager Booth. WIC + Senior FMNP also accepted.

For more information about the Columbia City Neighborhood Farmers Market, please visit the following webpage.

Indigenous People Festival

Oct. 12 — 12–8 p.m.

From the host: Indigenous People Festival is a free, annual celebration of Indigenous creativity and brilliance where all attendees can learn about Indigenous cultures from a lineup of contemporary talent. This year, we’ll present four exciting days of virtual performances and panels featuring locally and nationally recognized Indigenous artists and advocates.

Indigenous People Festival is presented in partnership with Seattle Center as part of Festal.

For more information about the Indigenous People Festival, please the Seattle Center’s “Indigenous People Festival” webpage.

Global Classroom Book Club: Fall 2021 — The Heartbeat of Iran

Oct. 12 — 4–6 p.m.

From the host: Global Classroom is excited to feature newly published work, The Heartbeat of Iran, written by award-winning journalist, Tara Kangarlou, for our fall 2021 Global Classroom Book Club. As we continue to navigate the global pandemic, it is important that we acknowledge the political and racial divides unearthed during this time and educate ourselves about the lived experiences of peoples around the world. The Heartbeat of Iran showcases the everyday lives of the people of Iran focusing not on the country’s “delicate socio-cultural, political, and religious mosaic” but on the people who make up this mosaic and breathe life into the country. This work follows the lives of 24 regular Iranians and “offers an unprecedented insight into how people’s shared humanity, culture, and aspirations are far greater and more powerful than any rift and divide.”

Join us as we welcome author, Tara Kangarlou, to discuss her work and engage in conversation surrounding her experience in working to bridge cultural and political divides through storytelling.

For more information and to register for this discussion, please visit the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom Book Club | The Heartbeat of Iran | Fall 2021 webpage.

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum on Racial Equity

Oct. 11 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host: Seattle Mayoral Candidates Answer Your Questions on Racial Equity! Racial equity is one of the burning issues of Seattle’s 2021 mayoral contest. Ask the candidates your questions in our online forum! Each candidate will be given 40 minutes. They will speak briefly regarding their experiences and priorities related to racial equity. The remainder of the time will be devoted to Q&A. The questions will come from you!

Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) holds monthly Open Discussions via Zoom on topics concerning racial equity, and invites all to attend! RARE is a multiethnic volunteer group that pursues projects and discussions on race. RARE has raised over $250,000 for scholarships for students of color at Roosevelt High School, is producing a documentary film about the history of race and integration at RHS, and is now launching additional initiatives to enhance racial equity in all Seattle high schools and beyond.

For more information and to register for this forum, please visit RARE’s Open Discussions on Racial Equity webpage.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021

Oct. 11 — 2–3 p.m.

From the host: This year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day at UIATF is going hybrid! While we hope to be able to gather safely together in person again soon, we’re thrilled to bring you a virtual celebration streamed on Facebook with talented dancers, singers, and speakers.

We will remember all those who endured the residential schools, honoring the survivors. We will also celebrate resilience and healing.

Check ‘Going’ and keep checking back for more details! A link to the livestream will be posted closer to the date.

For more information and to follow updates on the livestream, please visit the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Facebook event page.

99.9 KISW & The Crocodile Present Des Rocs

Oct. 10 — 8:30 p.m.
Clock-Out Lounge, 4864 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108

From the host: Somewhere in Queens, a musical madman creates compositions in an underground lair. Formerly used as a break room for 1950s MTA tunnel workers, the grit and legacy of the city radiates from the walls, anointing Des Rocs with the authentic soul of NYC. Des Rocs is Rock ’N Roll. A fourth-generation New Yorker and pizza maker, his authenticity, coupled with his obsessive drive to create, has spawned an undeniable force of nature. His music builds upon its deep and soulful rock roots and applies a sadistic, frenetic twist. Des delivers Rock ’N Roll to the modern landscape, enriched with the deep reverence to the history of the art form.

Inspired by music and culture of both past and present, Des provides an energetic and dynamic live performance, displaying the blood, sweat, and tears of the journey to reinvent Rock ’N Roll. Des Rocs is a man possessed, the chosen prophet of his Filthy Animals™, the movement created by his fanbase. He approaches his career as an all-encompassing art piece. The music, the performance and the visual aesthetic all work in concert to provide his Filthy Animals™ with a captivating movement that’s impossible to ignore. His art is deeply personal, vulnerable, staying true to, and betting on, his unique creative vision. 

Des’ latest release, an EP titled This Is Our Life, arrived at the end of 2020. It is an anthemic celebration of our greatest tragedies becoming our greatest strengths. The EP captures the true triumph in our flaws, and the clarity found somewhere at the end of our rope.

Tickets are $17.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit The Crocodile’s ticket purchasing page.

HERO House NW 5K Run and Walk

Oct. 10 — 9 a.m.
Redmond Municipal Park

From the host: Take a step for mental health and sign up for the HERO House 5K Run and Walk to benefit HERO House NW and its Clubhouse programs. We are excited to offer the first annual in-person, in-place HERO House 5K run and walk! Run or walk IN PERSON on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. at Redmond Municipal Park on the scenic Sammamish River Trail.

For those not yet comfortable running in person, you can sign up for our virtual event, and run or walk on a route in your neighborhood, wherever you are in the world! Runners swag includes a performance shirt, window sticker, wristband, and event magnet. Shirt sizes not guaranteed after Sept. 10.

For more information and to register, please visit HERO House NW’s Facebook event page.

Fall Festival 2021

Oct. 9 — 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126

From the host: Join Rec ’N’ the Streets and the Seattle Housing Authority for socially distant games, dance classes, a fresh produce giveaway, and free art kits at their 2021 Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 12 to 3:30 p.m.!

Hillman City Neighborhood Cleanup

Oct. 9 — 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Onda Origins Café & Roastery at the corner of Rainier Avenue South and South Findlay Street

From the host: The Hillman City Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a neighborhood cleanup Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be a great opportunity to connect with neighbors as well as spruce up our commercial area along Rainier Avenue South!

Cleanup supplies will be provided. Also coffee will be available, courtesy of the good folks at Onda Origins. Just bring your energy and good cheer!

Meet at Onda Origins at the corner of Rainier and Findlay.

Crosscut. — The Future of Seattle: Building the City We Want

Oct. 7 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: Perennially listed as one of the best places to live, Seattle now faces many of the hurdles that the world’s fastest-growing cities do — heightened by the impacts of the COVID-19 shutdowns. Among them, hybrid work models and half-empty offices; economic instability that threatens vulnerable communities and businesses; diverse neighborhoods upended by gentrification and displacement; and rising costs of living that make it unaffordable for artists. We’ll sit down with three leaders taking on these challenges and hear how they hope to rebuild Seattle to be the city we want it to be.

For more information and to register, please visit Crosscut’s The Future of Seattle webpage.

Northwest African American Museum’s Unity Benefit

Oct. 7 — 6 p.m.

From the host: Join us for a virtual evening of Arican American Artistic Excellence in support of NAAM’s dynamic programs, exhibitions, and educational offerings!

For more information and to register, please visit NAAM’s Unity Benefit virtual event registration page.

Lunch and Learn: Decolonizing Legislative Policies in Education

Oct. 6 — 12–1:30 p.m.

From the host: Join the Equity in Education Coaltion for their second-to-last lunch and learn in the series “Decolonizing Education.” This week’s lunch and learn features guests Sameth Mell, director of Partners in Change, Equity in Education Coalition; Rep. Mia Gregerson, 33rd Legislative District; Bernal Baca, executive director, Centro Latino; Misha Werschkul, executive director, Washington State Budget and Policy; and Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, 37th Legislative District.

For more information and to register, please visit the following Zoom registration page on Equity in Education Coalition’s website.

Photo by John Moeses Bauan/

Work$hop Wednesday: Purchasing a Home

Oct. 6 — 12 p.m.

From the host: Join Seattle Credit Union for their webinar series Work$hop Wednesday! Led by a financial expert, Seattle Credit Union’s new virtual workshops are designed to empower you with the tools and resources you need to take on your financial future.

Our next session is Wednesday Oct. 6th at 12 PM, “Purchasing a Home”: Participants will learn more about the home-buying process, what to expect from a realtor and your lender, and what a buyer should do as a part of their due diligence. Upcoming topics will include budgeting, car buying decisions, and credit building.

As a reminder, our workshops are open to all. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable financial future for our neighbors here in Seattle and throughout the Greater Puget Sound.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit us at

The Crocodile Presents: LOCAL H & Radkey

Oct. 5 — 8:30 p.m.
Clock-Out Lounge, 4864 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108

From the host: On Tuesday, Oct. 5, The Crocodile presents LOCAL H Radkey! 

$20 ADV / $25 DOS Doors 21+ Clock Out **Moved from The Crocodile Second Stage** 

Clock-Out Lounge requires full COVID-19 vaccination and proof to enter the venue. Please provide your vaccination card (photo also works) OR proof of negative COVID-19 test from within 48 hours of the event itself.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit The Crocodile’s ticket purchasing page.

Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash.

Trees for Neighborhoods: Planting and Care Events

Application Deadline: Aug. 9
Zoom Webinar, Sept. 25 — 10-10:45 a.m.
Zoom Webinar, Sept. 29 — 7-7:45 p.m.
In-Person Workshop & Neighborhood Celebration, Oct. 2
Tree Delivery Begins, Oct. 4

From the host: Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 11,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That’s 11,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier! When you participate in Trees for Neighborhoods, you receive help selecting the right tree and planting location, FREE trees (up to 4 per household, lifetime max of 6), a watering bag and mulch for each tree, training on proper planting and care, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities, planting assistance (on a limited basis due to COVID-19 concerns), and street tree evaluations for the first couple of years to let you know how your trees are doing!

Applications for 2021 trees are available now and close on Aug. 9! In order to receive a free tree for planting, you must attend a webinar or in-person workshop listed above.

For more information about the Trees for Neighborhoods program and to apply, please visit the following webpage.

Transformation in Action 2021: The Power of Perception — The Truth About Implicit Bias

Oct. 4 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: During this time of social and political unrest, a lot of discussion has come up regarding the effectiveness of implicit bias trainings designed to counteract unconscious prejudices that are automatically activated which may inadvertently impact how people see and treat people that belong to marginalized groups. In this interactive discussion, we will discuss the truth regarding implicit bias, how it has been scientifically studied within the field of psychology, and suggestions for creating inclusive environments.

Tickets are $10–$25 (sliding scale based on your ability).

For more information and purchase tickets for this webinar, please visit the following Transformation in Action 2021 Eventbrite page.

NOW Seattle: The Fifth Annual Shero Awards

Oct. 3 — 5–6:30 p.m.

From the host: On Sunday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m., the National Organization for Women (NOW) Seattle Chapter will be hosting the Fifth Annual Shero Awards online. Registrants will enjoy a virtual auction, entertainment, and a formal Shero Award presentation ceremony.

This year, NOW Seattle will present the Shero Award to three honorees: Sen. Claire Wilson, chief development officer for AtWork! Alicia Crank, and founder of Peoria Home Paula Newman-Skomski. The Shero Award honors remarkable women for their outstanding accomplishments and efforts on behalf of women. It is awarded to women who have been powerful advocates for other women, and who have done significant work to change women’s lives for the better.

Proceeds from this event will directly support the efforts of the National Organization for Women Seattle Chapter and this year’s Shero Awardees. More details at 

For more information and to register for the Fifth Annual Shero Awards, please visit

‘Not the Church, Not the State’ March and Rally

Oct. 3 — 2 p.m.
St. James Catholic Cathedral, 804 9th Avenue to Federal Courthouse, 700 Stewart Street

From the host: Are you outraged about the Texas abortion ban going into effect? You can take action to commemorate Rosie Jiménez and build the fight for reproductive justice! This local action is part of the call to “Remember Rosie Jiménez: National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice” that Radical Women has been working on with other activists around the United States.

“Not the Church, Not the State” March and Rally on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2:00 p.m. Meet at St. James Catholic Cathedral, 804 9th Avenue, and march to Federal Courthouse, 700 Stewart Street.

For more information about this march, follow Radical Women’s Remember Rosie Jiménez: National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice Facebook event page.

Packaged Black: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas in Conversation

Oct. 2 — 3–4:30 p.m.

From the host: Artists Barbara Earl Thomas (M.F.A., Painting & Drawing, 1977) and Derrick Adams will share stories about the multiyear cross-country exchange that led to their Henry Art Gallery exhibition “Packaged Black,” on view from October 2, 2021 to May 1, 2022. The in-person conversation (free, registration required) will also be livestreamed on the Henry’s YouTube channel.

For more information and to register, please visit the Henry’s Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas in Conversation webpage.

Women’s March: Rally for Reproductive Justice

Oct. 2 — 2 p.m.
Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101

From the host: Rise up to defend reproductive rights in solidarity with people across the country!

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Women’s March’s Rally for Reproductive Justice webpage.

Members of the Celestial House of Arcadia (Photo: Momma Nikki)

SPL Presents Sixth Annual Legendary Children Performances

Oct. 1 — 8 p.m.

From the host: Celebrate LEGENDARY CHILDREN on Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.! Now in our sixth year, this show-stopping event is still a celebration of house and ball culture and the creativity and leadership of our broader QTBIPOC (Queer and Trans Black Indigenous and People of Color) communities.

Don’t miss live performances, hot DJs, and high art from the Pacific Northwest’s house-and-ball community and premier drag royalty (kings, queens, and all the crowns in between). Come for the art, stay for the public runway. Reading is fundamental so don’t miss the Seattle Public Library booklists and other online action designed to make quarantine deluxe for you!

FREE and open to the public. We always welcome early RSVPs, and online watch parties are in full effect.

This virtual event is trans-affirming, QTBIPOC-led, and all ages. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

For more information and to register, please visit the Legendary Children Facebook event page. Check out the Emerald’s article “Legendary Children Takes the Virtual Stage, Celebrating Ballroom and QTBIPOC Culture” for reporting on last year’s event.

‘Between the Frames’ Virtual Screening and Discussion

Sept. 30 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host: Between the Frames is a film program in Redmond that uses visual storytelling to promote and deepen our understanding of different histories, traditions, and cultures. These films, situated in the Black North American and South Asian contexts, are linked by themes of memory, acceptance, self-love, and the complexities of the diasporic experience. In particular, they explore and disrupt the deep connections between internalized racial biases and colorism within and between Black and South Asian communities. This program features What’s Your Brown Number? (2015, India, 4:31 mins), directed by Vinnie Ann Bose, produced by Studio Eeksaurus, and Kaala  (2019, India, 15:24 mins), directed by Tarun Jain, produced by Nasira Khan.

The screenings will be followed by a moderated discussion by Nalini Iyer. Streaming on YouTube Live and Facebook Live.

This program was organized by Savita Krishnamoorthy Media, designed by Chile Dulce, and presented by Black Cinema Collective (BCC). This project is supported in part by grants from the City of Redmond and 4Culture.

For more information, please visit BCC’s Between the Frames webpage or follow their Facebook event page.

Speaking Volumes: Pongo Poetry’s 2nd Annual Fall Fundraiser

Sept. 30 — 6:30–8 p.m.

From the host: Join Pongo Poetry Project on Sept. 30 for “Speaking Volumes,” presented by The Poetry Foundation. The event is our second annual fall fundraiser and will feature the renowned poet and author Danusha Laméris as the guest of honor.

Prior to our celebration, Pongo will offer a 30-minute reception and Q&A with Danusha Laméris. The virtual reception will be moderated by the renowned poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, and streamed live on YouTube from 6:30 to 7 p.m. PST. Ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to hear directly from Danusha about her writing and ask questions about her work. All ticket proceeds will support Pongo’s growth.

Our celebration will be streamed live on YouTube from 7 to 8 p.m. PST. The celebration is free to the public but donations are strongly encouraged. The event will feature a poetry reading from our guest of honor Danusha Laméris, the voices of our youth writers, and stories of impact from across our history.

For more information, to register, and to donate, please visit the Speaking Volumes Eventbrite page. To read some of the works of Pongo Poetry’s youth writers, visit the tagged archives “Pongo Poetry Project” on the Emerald.

Job Launch: Pathways to Start Your Own Business

Sept. 30 — 3–5 p.m.

From the host: Interested in starting your own business but don’t know where to begin? Look no further! Join King County Parks, the White Center Teen Program, WorkSource, and the YWCA for a FREE Zoom event on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. This virtual event is for young adults ages 16–24 who are interested in starting their own business and will include presentations from various programs that provide business assistance and resources for local entrepreneurs in the area.

For more information about the “Job Launch: Pathways to Start Your Own Business” webinar, please visit the following Eventbrite page.

Farm Stand at Rainier Beach Urban Farms & Wetlands

Thursdays beginning June 17 — 2–7 p.m.

From the host: Starting June 17, the farm stand will be open every Thursday, 2–7 p.m., at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (5513 S Cloverdale St — get directions)!

We offer an abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, eggs, and honey. Available products include produce grown right at our farm and additional items sourced from small, local farms.

Donations are encouraged for produce, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. We accept cash, credit, EBT, Fresh Bucks, and offer SNAP Market Match.

Bring your masks! We will be following King County farmers market guidelines, which currently require staff and shoppers to wear maks even if fully vaccinated.

For more information and to register, please visit the following webpage.

Marcus Harrison Green: Readying to Rise

Sept. 29 — 7:30 p.m.

From the host: It’s been a watershed year. Social justice, and all that may mean to us all, is both in our grasp and slipping out our fingers. Seattle journalist Marcus Harrison Green knows this well. Growing up Black in South Seattle, Green, a dear friend and frequent collaborator with Town Hall Seattle, has seen both the sharp rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the murk of police brutality in tandem.

Ready to Rise is a new collection of essays, highlighting where things break down and what comes from the brokenness. Based on experience, Green offers sharpness and clarity in regard to racism as it pervades all aspects of our society — from the classroom, to the police patrolled streets, to the newsroom. He also writes about religion, mental health, human morality, and what his beloved grandmother taught him and will now teach us all.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this virtual event, please follow Town Hall Seattle’s “Marcus Harrison Green: Readying to Rise” Facebook event page.

Rainier Arts Center Porch Festival EXTENDED

Wednesdays in September — 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Columbia Park, 4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Rainier Arts Center’s Porch Festival has been EXTENDED through September!

Join Rainier Arts Center for live performances on the center’s porch every Wednesday in September from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.! South End musicians, poets, drummers, and dancers perform on the Rainier Arts Center porch! Relax in Columbia Park and enjoy the show.

For more information about the Porch Festival, please visit the following webpage and check out the Emerald’s article “Rainier Arts Center Hosts Weekly Porch Festival Showcasing BIPOC Artists.”

Xenobia Bailey Presents Funktional Design, Urban Design Lab, The Pacific Northwest

Sept. 26 — 12–2 p.m.

From the host: Led by Xenobia Bailey, this workshop is a mini design lab tapping into a de-colonized African American Urban Aesthetic that evolves from the early, formerly enslaved North American Maroon Culture which evolved by way of the African American Homemaker, into a Funk Aesthetic, that branches into Jazz, that begot the mega industry and culture of hip-hop and inspired other unknown sustainable indigenous African Cultures imagined and realized.

African Americans have envisioned and manifested a non-commercialized self-identity and community, as maintainers and funktional co-creators of a Cosmic Aesthetic that we know as the “Hoodie Hood” since emancipation. This is a lab for establishing a commercialized aesthetic.

This mini design lab will help to cultivate an African American Gaze of the Pacific Northwest for the purpose of experimenting with and creating Black Community Brands for economic and social development.

All interested participants should bring to the workshop 10–20 photographs or videos, taken on a cell phone, of nature and the underside of nature, moss, tree roots, fungus, microorganisms, molds, the city, the streets, the parks, bodies of land, the home inside out and outside, Remains of a meal on a plate, kitchen table in preparation for cooking, anything, anywhere, everywhere, elsewhere, still life compositions, etc. We will use these images to conceptualize the creation of options for African American Brands of the Pacific Northwest for the marketing of future products and services produced by the African American Community for sustainability and revitalization.

For more information, visit Wa Na Wari’s “Xenobia Bailey Presents Funktional Design, Urban Design Lab, The Pacific Northwest” Facebook event page. To register, please use the following Zoom registration form.

Let ’im Move You: This Is a Formation

Sept. 24 — 7 p.m.; Sept. 25 — 9:30 a.m.
On the Boards, 100 West Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98119

From the host: This Is a Formation, the final work in jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham’s “Let ’im Move You” series of performance and visual works informed by Black queer and Black femme innovations, centered around the artists’ explorations with the J-Sette Form, running from Sept. 23–25. 

Through jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham’s “This Is a Formation,” culminating ten years of collaboration in J-Sette dance through their “Let ’im Move You series,” audience members will, in the Merrill Theater and the streets outside the building, share space with dancers (including seven local performers) whose call-and-response movement forges and affirms community around Black queer resistance and delight; in conjunction with these performances, poe and Beacham’s work will kick off with a procession across a mile at sunset in the historically Black Rainier Beach neighborhood. 

Proof of vaccination* or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours will be required for entry. Patrons are required to wear masks during the entire event. 

*Photo of vaccination card is acceptable. If you do not have your card, you can access your vaccination record remotely by creating an account on the WA Dept of Health Immunization Information System,

For more information about “Let ’im Move You: This Is a Formation,” please visit jumatatu m. poe’s “Let ’im Move You: This Is a Formation” webpage.

Ali’s Legacy — Athletes, Activism, and Art

Sept. 23 — 6:30–8 p.m.

From the host: Join KCTS to celebrate the release of the new Ken Burns’ Muhammed Ali documentary. The legendary boxer is known for his unwavering commitment to his beliefs, even when he knew it could end his career. Today’s athletes follow in his footsteps when taking a stand for causes close to their hearts.

We’ll explore the topic of athletes and activism through conversation, art, film clips, and a boxing demo! Learn about and engage in activism with community partners, plus a chance to purchase a limited edition print of artwork featuring Ali by artist Keegan Hall, with proceeds benefiting local organizations who do work that aligns with Ali’s principles. There will be an audience Q&A segment, so submit yours for consideration in the check-out process when you reserve your ticket. We’ll also incorporate questions submitted during the event. Additionally, one of our community partners for the event, Cappy’s Gym, is giving away a gym membership, hand wraps, and gloves to one lucky winner. If you’d like to be entered, please select “yes” when prompted during the checkout process.

This event will be virtual. The link to join will be sent in your confirmation email after registration and again in an email the day prior to the event. Closed captioning will be available.

For more information and to register, please visit KCTS9’s “Ali’s Legacy — Athletes, Activism, and Art” Eventbrite webpage.

PSARA Webinar: Defending Democracy in a Period of Far-Right Insurrection

Sept. 23 — 5 p.m.

From the host: Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) is hosting a webinar on the topic of “Defending Democracy in a Period of Far-Right Insurrection” with Leonard Zeskind, author of Blood and Politics: A History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream.

To register for this webinar, please fill out the following Zoom registration form.

Northwest Film Forum: 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival

September 16–26

From the host: Northwest Film Forum welcomes audiences back for in-person screenings with their 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival! The beloved annual event will be presented with a hybrid of in-person and virtual events, taking place Sept. 16-26.

The 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival showcases creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2021 program features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings 2021 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

For more information, including the Festival Catalog, and to purchase passes, visit the NW Film Forum’s “24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival” website.

Business Resource Open House: The Business of Community

Sept. 21 — 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

From the host: What is the ecosystem that drives a healthy economic community? Come help us dream and work toward an equitable relationship economy! This free event is perfect for any Seattle business owner or nonprofit organization dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. Get face time with experts on the topics of pivoting, how to use technology to take your business online, and other resources like mentoring and financing. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

In-language translation provided in Amharic, Mandarin, Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese. Please select your preferred language when prompted. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This Zoom webinar will be livestreamed to Seattle Public Library, Beacon Business Alliance, and Rainier Ave Business Coalition Facebook pages. 

The Business Resource Open House webinar series is co-created by Beacon Business Alliance and SPL’s Library-to-Business. Production by John Chen, CEO Geoteaming. Sponsors include Rainier Ave Business Coalition, Essential Southeast Seattle Collective, with partial funding from Verity Credit Union and the Office of Economic Development.

For more information and to register, please visit the following Zoom registration webpage.

Welcome Back Seattle: Finale Concert

Sept. 19 — 2–7:30 p.m.
Mural Amphiteatre at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109

From the host: September 19, the City of Seattle is hosting a Welcome Back Seattle finale concert at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center! The Vera Project will provide free screen-printing of an exclusive Welcome Back Seattle design. Local Seattle hip-hop, soul, and R’n’B artists will perform until sunset., with Adra Boo hosting!

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the City of Seattle’s “September Welcome Back Weeks” webpage.

Intiman Theatre: Homecoming Performing Arts Festival

Sept. 18 — 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sept. 19 — 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Harvard Avenue between Pike and Pine

From the host: Intiman Theatre is proud to invite you to join in and celebrate the return of the live arts in a safe, outdoor setting! On the final weekend of summer, Harvard Avenue between Pike / Pine will transform into the HOMECOMING Performing Arts Festival featuring vendors, food trucks, artist installations, a beer garden presented with Life on Mars and over 100 artists performing on the mainstage.

Performances will include children’s programming from South End Stories, live bands from Café Racer, dance from Velocity, stand-up comedy curated by Emmett Montgomery, drag, burlesque, DJ sets, LGBTQ+ entertainment from BeautyBoiz, and much more. The artist lineup has been announced and festival passes and single-day tickets are now available!

Visit to purchase tickets and learn more.

Celebrate Black Lives Matter Festival

Sept. 18 — 4–7 p.m.
City Hall Plaza, 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

From the host: September 18, the City of Seattle is partnering with Legendary Children and local Black-owned small businesses and creative workers to host a “Celebrate Black Lives Matter” festival at City Hall Plaza. This festival will be a presentation of art, music, and performances by queer and transgender artists. 

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the City of Seattle’s “September Welcome Back Weeks” webpage.

South Park Multicultural Latino Market: Fiestas Patrias

Sept. 18 — 1–5 p.m.
8456 Dallas Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108

Te invitamos!! Featuring DJs spinning salsa, cumbia, merengue, banda, and quebradita sonidero music and vendors selling authentic Mexican and Latino foods like tacos, empanadas, elotes, specialty non-alcoholic drinks as well as clothing, jewelry, and collectibles, you won’t want to miss out on Fiesta Patrias!

For more information, check out the Emerald’s article “South Park’s Multicultural Latino Market Celebrates Mexican Independence Day Saturday.” To RSVP, please visit Fiesta Patrias’ Facebook event page.

Sept. 18 — 1–3 p.m.
Detective Cookie Chess Park, 9201 Rainier Ave S (corner of S. Barton Place and Rainier Ave S.)

From the host: Come play chess outdoors near the site of the future Detective Cookie Chess Park (chess sculptures location)! There will be free pizza, games, and music!

For more information about the Chess Pop-Up, check out the Emerald’s article “Rainier Beach Chess Park Pop-Up Brings a Vision of a Future Permanent Home for Chess” and visit the following website.

HONK! Fest West

Sept. 18 — 12–7:30 p.m.
Columbia Park, 4721 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: HONK! Fest West returns for the 13th year to Columbia City, bringing much-needed musical joy to feed your soul. Come celebrate with us in Columbia Park on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a day of brass bands spanning multiple genres, as well as traditional African and Brazilian drum & dance. Eighteen groups will be performing throughout the day! Come out and reconnect with your community in the open air! 

Masks will be required to attend. All precautions are being taken to keep our performers, attendees, and the community safe. Starts at noon and ends with a community jam at 7 p.m.

For more information, please visit

Rainier Beach Farm Fest

Sept. 18 — 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, 5513 S Cloverdale St., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Join us on Saturday, Sep. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Rainier Beach Farm Fest, a celebration of urban agriculture and our beautiful Southeast Seattle community. 

All set within Seattle’s largest urban farm, we plan to host plant-based crafts, nature walks, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, farmer meet-and-greets, live performances by local artists, food trucks, a farm stand and so much more.

Hosted by Tilth Alliance, Farm to Table, and Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, this event is free and open to the public.

Local businesses and community organizations will be providing additional opportunities for getting involved in Rainier Beach. Stay tuned for more details!

For more information, please visit the following webpage and follow Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands and Tilth Alliance’s Facebook event page.

AloHā: BIPOC Navigating Relationships With White Loved Ones

Sept. 18 — 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

From the host: Seattle JACL continues our Mixed Race Seattle series with a free workshop on AloHā — the Indigenous way of navigating relationships. This session is geared toward people who identify as BIPOC and/or Mixed Race who could use support in their relationships with white partners, friends, and family members. The two-hour session will include a presentation, discussion in small groups, and a short break.

The workshop is led by Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, the executive director of Co3 Consulting: Co-Creating Cohesive Communities. Ebalaroza-Tunnell is a doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the director of Equity for the Mukilteo School District. As a Mixed Race Hawaiian/Asian/Pacific Islander woman married to a white man, Ebalaroza-Tunnell brings lived experience, professional expertise, and her own ancestral wisdom to the session.

In order to attend, you must register HERE: A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

For more information about AloHā: BIPOC Navigating Relationships With White Loved Ones, please visit the following Facebook event page. To register, please fill out the following form.

Pioneer Square 1st Avenue Medians Clean-Up Event

Sept. 18 — 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Occidental Square

From the host: In lieu of our Annual Spring Clean efforts, the Alliance for Pioneer Square will host a volunteer clean up event in the neighborhood on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Join us and a host of neighborhood volunteers for an afternoon of weeding, mulching, plant maintenance, and litter removal on the First Avenue South medians. Team up with your fellow coworkers and neighbors for this community effort as we give the neighborhood a little extra TLC.

First Avenue South will be closed to vehicular traffic for the safety of volunteers. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided at the start of the day’s activities along with a pair of working gloves. A boxed lunch will also be provided to volunteers in the afternoon.

For more information and to register, please visit the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s “Pioneer Square 1st Ave Medians Clean-Up Event” Eventbrite page.

BIPOC Paddling Skills Day

Sept. 18 — 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 Northwest Sammamish Road, Issaquah, WA 98027

From the host: Join us for a fun and free Paddling Skills Day at Tibbet’s Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington. Participants will be able to take lessons in kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddling, and rafting with experienced instructors. No experience or equipment is required to participate! We welcome you to register your children but they need to be big enough to fit a PFD and work a paddle.

For more information and to register for the BIPOC Paddling Skills Day, please visit  iUrban Teen’s Eventbrite “Diversify Whitewater Paddling Skills on Lake” webpage.

Refuge for Outdoor Festival Camp-In

Sept. 17 — 4:30 p.m.

From the host: Join us for Refuge Outdoor Festival Camp-In, a BIPOC centered festival that focuses on outdoor learning, community building, and showcasing the voices of BIPOC people in the outdoors. Moving to a virtual format, the festival will still focus on key aspects of outdoor learning and community building. This year participants can expect an array of workshops from “Demystifying the ‘Ten Essentials’” to “Environmental Justice IS Disability Justice,” and more.

The Refuge Outdoor Festival serves Black, Indigenous, and People of Color first and foremost. We invite you to take refuge with us where you will be seen and your voice will be heard. We represent the diversity that goes unnoticed by outdoor culture. Diversifying the outdoors and showing our community fun/accessible ways to enjoy outside is our goal. ⠀
For more information and to register, please visit Golden Brick Events’ “2021 Refuge Outdoor Festival” Eventbrite page.

Organizing Meeting: ¡Adelante! ¡Forward! for Abortion Rights From Mexico to the U.S.

Sept. 16 — 7–9 p.m.

From the host: Are you an avid activist for reproductive freedom? Then this is the meeting for you! On the agenda: Learn more about the recent victory for decriminalized abortion in Mexico. Find out how to help build Seattle’s action for “Remember Rosie Jiménez: National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice” on Oct. 3. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! 

Register at:

Sponsored by Radical Women.

For more information and to register, please visit Radical Women’s “Organizing Mtg: ¡Adelante! ¡Forward! for Abortion Rights From Mexico to the U.S.” Facebook event page.

Real Change 27th Anniversary

Sept. 16 — 12 p.m.

From the host: Join Real Change virtually on Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 16, at noon for their 27th anniversary event! Together, we’ll celebrate the hard work of Real Change vendors, the incredible volunteers who power our programs, and community activists! The event will be hosted by local comedian Brett Hamil, and the keynote speaker will be David Delgado of REACH.

The event is free and open to the public with a $150 suggested donation, and gifts of over $250 will be doubled by a generous matching fund.

Real Change will also share videos, prizes, and more on social media all week from Sept. 13 to 17, so like and follow @RealChangeNews on all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn) to follow along with events and celebrations the week of Sept. 14. Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

For more information and to register for Real Change’s 27th Anniversary event, please visit the following webpage.

King County Disaster Preparedness Demo

Sept. 15 — 2 p.m.

From the host: During #NationalPreparednessMonth, King County is sharing ways to stay safe during emergencies.

We’re going LIVE at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, to demonstrate some simple ways to protect your home and answer your preparedness questions. We hope you’ll join us!

To watch the livestream, please King County, WA’s Twitter feed @KingCountyWA.

Planning Meeting for Reproductive Justice & Remembering Rosie Jiméz

Sept. 14 — 6:30–8:30 p.m.

From the host: Help organize an action to commemorate Rosie Jiménez and build the fight for reproductive justice! This local action is part of the call to “Remember Rosie Jiménez: National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice” that Radical Women has been working on with other activists around the United States. Organizing meetings for Seattle’s action will be every Tuesday. 

The next meeting is on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.

For more information and to register, please visit Radical Women’s “Planning Meeting for Reproductive Justice: Remembering Rosie Jimenéz” Eventbrite page.

Crosscut.LIVE: Northwest Newsmakers — America After 9/11

Sept. 14 — 6 p.m.

From the host: As the nation reflects on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a  new FRONTLINE documentary, America After 9/11, traces the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks and devastating consequences across three presidencies. We break from our Northwest focus for a special conversation with award-winning director Michael Kirk about the decisions that changed the world and transformed America. From the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the January 6th insurrection, America After 9/11 re-examines the legacy of September 11 — and the ongoing challenge it poses for the president and our country.

Special thank you to our Northwest Newsmakers series sponsor Waldron.

For more information and to register, please visit the following Crosscut.LIVE “Northwest Newsmakers — Frontline America After 9/11” Eventbrite webpage.

Spean Rajana Mini Summit 2021

*Sept. 13 — 12–1 p.m.: Fishing Industry and Slave Labor (*This event is in the past.)
Sept. 14 — 12–1 p.m.: King County International Airport Community Coalition

From the host: Spean Rajana, an arts and civics organization grounded in Khmer culture, is hosting a mini summit to help community members learn more about the fishing industry, forced labor, and migration. Panelists will include former State Rep. Velma Veloria, Seattle Port Commissioner Sam Cho, Erik Nicholson of Pandion Strategy, and the King County International Airport Community Coalition (KCIACC).

For more information and to register for this mini summit, please visit the following Google Doc by Spean Rajana.

Photo by Olia Gozha on Unsplash.

Free Meditation Walk

Sept. 12 — 10–11 a.m.
Seward Park

From the host: Tune your awareness to the natural world of Seward Park’s ancient forest, sky, and shore. Find peace and rejuvenation on a guided meditation walk with Sifu Kim. Modest pace, up to 2 miles including some stairs. Older children who can maintain silence may join with their adults. No pets, please.

See the website for more info:

Bystander Intervention Workshop

Sept. 11 — 1–3 p.m.
Admiral United Church, 4320 Southwest Hill Street, Seattle, WA 98116

From the host: Hate crimes against people of Asian heritage and African heritage, as well as other marginalized communities, continue to increase dramatically in Seattle, in King County, and in the U.S. But we can learn to intervene SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY in a hate-filled situation. Learn how to bypass your fight/flight urge. Practice how to support the target and de-escalate the energy at the in-person Bystander Intervention Workshop. COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Masks required.

For more information about the Bystander Intervention Workshop, please visit the Anti-Hate Alaska Junction’s “Next Bystander Intervention Workshop” webpage.

BHGC’s Garden Shares Events Return!

Second Saturdays Monthly
10 a.m.–2 p.m. (Began April 10, 2021.)

From the host: Beacon Hill Garden Club (BHGC) is gearing up for their monthly Garden Share events beginning April 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. outside The Station Coffee Shop. Club members and neighbors will share free bedding plants and veggie starts.

To make sure BHGC has enough plants this year, they’re inviting folks to become “Foster Farmers” and raise a few extra veggie starts for the Garden Shares. It’s a great activity for young and old! Foster Farmers who are new to gardening can get a free “Foster Farmer Kit” with seeds and instructions as well as receive guidance from an experienced garden mentor. Grow your own and bring the extras to swap or share at the monthly Garden Shares from May to September. 

If you’re having trouble finding seeds this year, please check out the BHGC Seed Library outside the Station Coffee Shop by the Beacon Hill Lightrail Station. The library is stocked weekly and available free of charge to anyone who can grow them.

To become a Foster Farmer email with “Foster Farmer” in the subject line. For more information about BHGC, visit their website at

Kubota Garden Fall Plant Sale

Sat., Sept. 11 — 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Kubota Garden Maintenance Area, 9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Did this summer’s unprecedented heatwave make you long for more shade trees in your yard? Do you need to replace plants? Has working from home made you pay more attention to your garden?

Kubota Garden is excited to present our Fall Plant Sale in person again! Our nursery is bursting with items nurtured over the past year and waiting just for you.

For more information about the Kubota Fall Plant Sale, please visit Kubota Garden Foundation’s “Events” webpage.

‘Belly of the Beast: Reproductive Injustice in Prisons’ — A Social Justice Film Event

Friday, Sept. 10–Sunday, Sept. 12 — All Day

From the host: Learn about prisoner rights, reproductive justice, and the fight to hold the California Department of Corrections accountable for a pattern of abuse.

Join the Social Justice Film Institute, Fix Democracy First, the Meaningful Movies Project, Meaningful Movies Tacoma and Meaningful Movies Spokane with UUCS, for a limited online stream of the award-winning documentary Belly of the Beast.

Register to watch the film on-demand from Friday, Sept. 10, to Sunday, Sept. 12, then tune in to a virtual Q&A on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. with reproductive health and incarcerated people’s rights activist Courtney Hooks to discuss systems of violence and sterilization abuse in women’s prisons.

All events are free, and a link to view the film will be emailed to registrants on Friday, Sept. 10.

For more information about the film ‘Belly of the Beast’ and to register for this social justice film event, please visit the following webpage.

Welcome Back Seattle: Borealis, A Festival of Light at the Paramount Theatre

Sept. 10 — 4–10 p.m. (various showtimes)
Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle, WA 91801

From the host: On Sept. 10, Seattle Welcome Back Week is partnering  with Borealis, A Festival of Light to host a free, immersive light and sound experience at the Paramount Theatre. Borealis will put on four 35-minute presentations throughout the evening, with 30-minute intervals between each show to allow for cleaning and movement in and out of the theatre. Recent Borealis productions include a virtual show on the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve and a Borealis, A Festival of Light Video Mapping Competition at MOHAI.

For more information, including showtimes, and to get your free ticket, please visit Seattle Welcome Back Week’s “Borealis, A Festival of Light at the Paramount Theatre” webpage.

Road Map Youth Storytellers Project Showcase

Sept. 9 — 4–5:30 p.m.

From the host: To change our inequitable education systems, we need to reimagine who “experts” are, resource Young People of Color to own their stories and follow their visions of transformation. Come learn from five young leaders from South Seattle and South King County — Adar Abdi, Erandi Flores-Bucio, Nurhaliza Mohamath, Savannah Blackwell, and Sophia Vazquez — about community stories and calls to action for all of us.

For more information and to register for the Road Map Youth Storytellers Project Showcase, please visit the following Zoom registration link.

Webinar for Maddesyn George

Sept. 7 — 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

From the host: Maddesyn George is a 27-year-old Native woman and mother from the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State and a survivor of domestic and sexual violence. She has been jailed for more than a year for defending herself against a white man who raped her and threatened her life. She is facing as many as 17 years in a federal prison in California, more than 1,000 miles from her 16-month-old daughter, family, and community.

The Campaign to Free Maddesyn George invites you to attend a webinar Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring Earth-Feather Sovereign, director of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Washington (MMIWW). Come learn more about the work of MMIWW and how you can join the fight to free Maddesyn.

Co-sponsored by Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, API Chaya, Collective Justice, Free Them All Washington, Radical Women, Fight Toxic Prisons, Mother Nation, and Survived and Punished.

For more information about this webinar, please visit the “Free Maddesyn George” Facebook event page. To register, please visit the following “MMIW & Free Maddesyn George Webinar Registration Form” webpage.

Virtual Event: The 7 Layers of Listening and How to Listen With Your Heart

Sept. 6 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: Transformation in Action welcomes Antesa Jensen on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. PT! Antesa will be talking about listening, one of the most important skills we need to be actively anti-racist. 

Antesa is a Tedx Copenhagen and Tedx RushU speaker and an expert in the domain of emotional intelligence. She teaches honest, kind, and compassionate communication styles that deepen connection. We need to learn our history and anti-racism concepts as well as understand the impacts of racism and othering in this society. We also need to learn the skills of relating beyond our reactive responses so we can connect with one another. Listening with our hearts is at the top of that list. Antesa has generously donated her time and will not be compensated for this speaking engagement. Proceeds of this event will pay for BIPOC speaking fees and BIPOC coaching fees.

Tickets are $10–$25.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this speaker series, please visit Transformation in Action’s “The 7 Layers of Listening: How to Listen With Your Heart” Eventbrite webpage.

The Mad Bus Driver and Friends Are Back Again!

Sept. 5 — 8:30 p.m.
Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Join comedian Anthony Session aka The Mad Bus Driver for a hilarious evening of fun at the beautiful Rainier Arts Center. He will be joined by Minneapolis comedian J ROCK, and DJ DIPH will be providing some great music. The show will be hosted by J WILL.

Tickets are $15 (plus service fee).

For more information about The Mad Bus Driver and to purchase tickets for his show, please visit the following webpage.

Etana Live in Seattle at Rumba Notes Lounge

Sept. 5 — 8 p.m.

From the host: Join Rumba Notes Lounge as they host Grammy-nominated reggae superstar Etana! Etana will perform live at the Lounge on Labor Day weekend on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 to $35.

For more information and to purchase tickets to see Etana, please visit the following webpage.

Hitoiki Karate Presents Fall Fellowship Seminar

Sept. 4–6 — 4–8 p.m.
Ninja School Columbia City, 5601 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Join Ninja School Columbia City as they host a Fall Martial Arts Fellowship Seminar on Labor Day weekend! For three days, participants and spectators will get to experience martial arts perspectives from many different teachers around the Washington State area. See you on the mat!

For more information and to register, please visit the following Facebook event page.

(Re)Generate! Seattle Sustainability Summit

Sept. 3 — 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

From the host: The need to build our climate resilience has powerful implications for our development, infrastructure, and social connections, from how we deal with the increasing threats of climate disruptions and how we, as a community, can plan to recover and thrive. Re-envisioned in 2020 as (Re)Generate!, this summit is a direct, hands-on action that examines the unique challenges, as well as the opportunities, in preparing our region for the impacts of climate disruption.

For more information and to register for the summit, please visit the following webpage.

Community Bike Ride and Picnic

Aug. 29 — 2–6 p.m.
Genesee Park to Seward Park

From the host: Join Bike Works for a free, all-ages ride to Seward Park for a picnic-style hangout on Sunday, Aug. 29! The ride will start at Genesee Park at 2 p.m. with a slow roll out by 3 p.m. along Lake Washington Boulevard to the Seward Park north end beach. Kids, pets, and all cycling styles and abilities are welcome. We’ll also have some friendly competitions with prizes!

Be sure to bring your mask, helmet, water bottle, lights, lawn games, swimming gear, and picnic supplies! Food will be provided (including Full Tilt Ice Cream, Ezell’s Chicken, and pizza). Feel free to bring snacks to accommodate your dietary needs.

For more information and to RSVP for the Community Bike Ride, please visit the following webpage.

Africatown’s Black on the Block Rally & Teach In for Economic Justice

Aug. 29 — 1–7 p.m.
23rd Ave South and South Jackson Street

From the host: Y’all ready for one more for #BlackAugust to end the summer??

If you missed the first one on Memorial Day … missed Juneteenth … missed ReUnion on Union … missed Umoja Day of Unity … or you just want more Black love, culture, business and community — this is it for summer 2021!!!

For more information about Black on the Block, please visit Africatown’s Facebook event page.

Nyema Clark, founder and director of Nurturing Roots Farm, holds a white chicken while a youth reaches out to pet the chicken's feet.
Seattle native Nyema Clark, founder and director of Nurturing Roots Farm, located on Beacon Hill. (Photo: Susan Fried)

Back to School Fair at Nurturing Roots Farm

Aug. 29 — 12–3 p.m.
Nurturing Roots Farm, 6218 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108

From the host: Join us on Sunday, Aug. 29, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Nurturing Roots Farm for farm tours, volunteer opportunities, family fun activities, vendors, resources, and more! This is a FREE event for all ages. Masks required.

For more information about Nurturing Roots Farm, please visit the following webpage.

Black Summer Camp: Movies Based on the Black Experience

Saturdays — 8 p.m.
*Feed the People Plaza, S. Hanford St. & Beacon Ave S.

From the host: Join the Sankofa Film Society and Feed the People Plaza with support from 4 Culture every Saturday night for Black cinema under the stars. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for this FREE outdoor film series! Popcorn provided!

*Venue is moving. Follow Sankofa Film Society’s Instagram @sankofaseattle and Facebook @sankofafilmsociety for updates!

For more information, check out the Emerald’s article “Watch Black Cinema Under the Stars Every Saturday Night With Sankofa Film Society.” To see what’s showing, follow Sankofa Film Society’s Instagram @sankofaseattle and Facebook @sankofafilmsociety.

Women holding green triangle scarves, seated in front of a colorful mural calling for legalization of abortion.

Women’s Rights Day: The Inspiring Global Fight for Reproductive Justice

Sat., Aug. 28 — 1 p.m.

From the host: Don’t miss this exciting event! Two international speakers will tell how women in their countries won legal abortion by building massive grassroots movements. Building on their inspiration, a Phoenix feminist will discuss how to counter threats to reproductive justice in the United States. Come away energized, hopeful, and galvanized to action!

Register in advance at 

Sponsored by Radical Women U.S.

For more information, please visit the following Facebook event page.

CID Food Walk

Aug. 28 — 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

From the host: Our last CID Food Walk of the summer returns this Saturday, Aug. 28! Take a look at our menu or visit our website at

Under the current revised mask mandate, please wear a mask when visiting our businesses so we can keep everyone safe while enjoying delicious deals across the neighborhood! 

You can also swing by our tent at Hing Hay Park to pick up a copy of the physical menu.


For more information and to see the menu, please visit the following webpage or follow Seattle’s Chinatown-International District’s Facebook page @iheartID. To get an idea of what the CID Food Walk looks like, check out the Emerald’s article “PHOTO ESSAY: Dragon Fest Food Walk Showcases Local Asian Cuisine.”

RBAC’s Back 2 School Bash

Aug. 28 — 12–4 p.m.
Rainier Beach Plaza, Rainier Ave S. and S. Henderson St.

From the host: It’s that time of year again: This Saturday, Aug. 28,  is the 18th Annual Back2School Bash. Students MUST BE PRESENT. We have filled backpacks with supplies. Come on down from 12 to 4 p.m. We’ll be there till we run out. This is a WALK-THRU Event. 

Register online by using the QR Code on the cell phone image above. 

You don’t have to hangout after you get your supplies and lunch. Entertainment (Youth Showcase) will be Facebook live right here 👉

For more information and to register, please visit Rainier Beach Action Coalition’s Facebook post about the Back 2 School Bash. And check out the Emerald’s article “‘Back 2 School Bash’ Pivots to Walk-Through to Provide School Supplies” for a sneak peek!

Kids Capoeira Class at the Park

Aug. 28 — Toddlers (ages 2–4) 9–10 a.m.; Kids (ages 5–12) 10–11 a.m.
Jimi Hendrix Park, 2400 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144

From the host: The Union Cultural Center is offering a FREE kids and toddler Capoeira class with Mestre Silvinho on Saturday, Aug. 28

No registration needed. Just show up and bring your joy and smiles! We will do movement, music, and signing with both groups!

For more information, contact the Union Cultural Center at or 206-214-8892.

Skyway Virtual Cinema

Fridays — 7 p.m.
Cinema Pack Pick-Up on Thursdays — 5:30–7:30 p.m.

*Aug. 6: Sister Act (1992) (*This event is in the past.)
*Aug. 13: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) (*This event is in the past.)
*Aug. 20: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (*This event is in the past.)
Aug. 27: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

From the host: Nothing can replace the sheer joy of packing into a parking lot with y’all to gorge on food truck cuisine and 50¢ popcorn while watching a new release on a 20-foot screen. We missed you last year when the pandemic forced us to rethink in-person events.

And while we do love Skyway Outdoor Cinema (SOC), we realize the pandemic still poses some difficult challenges for large gatherings. To keep folks safe while still keeping the SOC spirit alive, we’re continuing our Skyway VIRTUAL Cinema series all August.

Register online to get access to the films for Friday nights, and don’t forget to pick up FREE Cinema Packs filled with goodies on Thursdays between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. behind the 7-Eleven in the old U.S. Bank parking lot!

For the movie lineup and to register for movie access, please visit the following webpage. For more information, check out the Emerald’s article “Skyway Outdoor Cinema Adjusts to Bring Community Together.

Seattle JazzED Block Party

Aug. 27 — 5–8 p.m.
JazzED’s New Site, 2101 22nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

From the host: Block Party is back! To celebrate the culmination of Seattle JazzED’s summer PLAYBOOK programming and get fired up for the new school year, they’re throwing a PARTY at the site of their future home in Rainier Valley. Featuring special performances by New York band Sammy Miller and the Congregation, JazzED musicians fresh out of PLAYBOOK camp, and one or two secret guests, this evening is shaping up to be the best bash of the season. This event is for the whole family, with free hot dogs and cake, games, prizes, and enough room to dance to all the funky tunes!

RSVPs are encouraged (to ensure they have enough hot dogs and cake)! RSVP on Facebook.

Sponsored by Friends of Douglas Roach.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the following webpage.

Back to School Community Giveaway

Aug. 27 — 3–6 p.m.
Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, 4520 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Gifts of Hope will be giving out free desks, backpacks, school supplies, toys, haircuts, and more on Friday, Aug. 27, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club. A free Pfizer vaccination clinic will also be hosted at the giveaway.

For more information, please contact Gifts of Hope at or 206-486-7171.

Virtual City of Music Career Day

Aug. 27 — 3–5:30 p.m.

From the host: The Seattle Music Commission, the Office of Arts & Culture, and the Office of Economic Development are proud to announce the return of Seattle’s City of Music Career Day! Produced in partnership with Connors & Co., KEXP, The Vera Project and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), City of Music Career Day provides young people ages 13–26 with direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performances.

We’re excited for you to join us virtually in the Hopin event platform on Friday, Aug. 27, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. PT!

For more information about the City of Music Career Day, visit the Office of Arts & Culture’s Art Beat Blog post, and to register, please visit the following webpage.

Redistricting South King County Mapping Session

Aug. 26 — 4:30–6 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168

From the host: The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Redistricting Justice for Washington is hosting a South King County Mapping Session to help draw our districts for the next 10 years. Join us to review and vote on redistricting map proposals for South King County state legislative districts. This is your opportunity to learn about this year’s redistricting process and make your voice heard for equitable redistricting in our BIPOC communities. Food/Refreshments will be provided.

To register for the South King County Mapping Session, please visit the following webpage.

Photo by Natalie Rhea on Unsplash.

Camp Read-a-Rama: Tunes & Tales

Aug. 23–26 — 9–11 a.m. & 1–3 p.m.

From the host: From August 23 to 26, vocalist and violinist James Dargan will be leading campers in writing their own freedom song at our “Tunes & Tales” camp! We will also be crafting and showcasing our own stories through writing, recordings, and art. We hope to see you there!

Register by August 13! This is a virtual camp, and space is limited to 30 campers.

Discover and donate at

For more information and to inquire about scholarships, please email To register for Camp Read-a-Rama: Tunes & Tales,  visit the following webpage for the morning sessions and the following webpage for the afternoon sessions.