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The 18th Annual Seattle Black Film Festival

April 16–26

Tickets are on sale now for the 18th Annual Seattle Black Film Festival, “All Virtual. All Black.” — presented by LANGSTON. Purchase an all-access pass or individual-event tickets (on-demand viewing options available). Find the full schedule of films and events, plus ticketing info and more for SBFF 2021 at langstonseattle.org/sbff.

This year’s themes: “A Diaspora in Displacement, Decolonizing the narrative in Our #OwnVoices, The Future of Our Identity (youth-focused films), Black Love, Self Love.”


Discover Seattle Colleges: Virtual Explore Series

All sessions — 3–5 p.m.

*April 19 — Arts, Design, and Graphics (*This event is in the past.)
April 20 — Business and Accounting
April 21 — Culinary, Hospitality, and Wine
April 22 — Education and Human Services
April 26 — Health and Medical
April 27 — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
April 28 — Skilled Trades and Technical Training
April 29 — Social Sciences, Humanities, and Language

From Seattle Colleges: Are you ready to start working toward your college degree, but are still determining the career path you want to take? Get inspired about your possibilities at Seattle Colleges! Learn more about career pathways and college transfer opportunities in Arts, Designs, and Graphics; Business and Accounting; Culinary, Hospitality, and Wine; Education and Human Services; Health and Medical; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Skilled Trades and Technical Training; and Social Sciences, Humanities and Language at our upcoming virtual explore sessions.

Hear from instructors and learn more about what you can expect and what kind of career opportunities you’ll be prepared for. Each event offers two half-hour breakout program sessions. Choose the programs that most interest you and learn more about each education and career pathway.


For more information and to register for this event, visit the following webpage.


Experiences of Syrian Women: Revolution, War, and Uncertainty

Tues., April 20 — 12–1 p.m.

From the host: Join the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) to learn about the humanitarian crisis confronting the women of Syria in the 10th year of the civil war. Learn about the situation on the ground, MFA’s relief efforts, and hear first-hand from Ahed Festuk, an activist from Aleppo, who was among the earliest protest organizers and relief workers — and now works to deliver desperately needed aid to her native country.


For more information and to register for this event, visit the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s “Tuesday Lunch-And-Learn Series” webpage.


Noble Fir Seedling Give-Away

April 20–24 

From Seattle Parks and Recreation: Staring Tuesday, April 20, participating community centers are giving Noble Fir Seedlings to all interested, courtesy of Rosso Gardens. Seedlings are available April 20 through April 24 while supplies last. The community centers participating are: 

  • South Park
  • Rainier Beach
  • Garfield
  • Meadowbrook
  • Northgate
  • Bitter Lake

Each center will have approximately 25 seedlings. First come first serve. Enjoy watching them grow!

For more information, please visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation Earth Week webpage.


Rec’N the Streets: Do It at Home Earth Day Kits

April 21–25

From Seattle Parks and Recreation: Our Rec’N the Streets program will be handing out Do It at Home Earth Day kits. Kits will include how-to instructions and all of the materials needed for art activities and seed planting. Kits will also have 2 free tickets to visit the Seattle Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. You can pick up kits at any of the locations Rec’N the Streets has programming during the week of April 21–25.  See their Facebook page for specific locations on each day.


StoryWalk in the Parks

April 21–25

From Seattle Parks and Recreation: Reading and the outdoors go together like kids and playgrounds! The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Parks and Recreation are collaborating to bring you StoryWalk® in the Parks from Wednesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 24.  You can find StoryWalks at: 

  • Herring’s House Park (Tualtwx), offered in partnership with the Duwamish Longhouse; 
  • Genesee Park (Upper Field parking lot); 
  • Magnuson Park (Magnuson Frog Pond Park and Ride, lot E-5); and 
  • Northacres Park.

Find all the details at www.spl.org/StoryWalk. Post your StoryWalk® photo on social media with the hashtag #storywalkseattle.


Black Educator’s Cafe

Wed., April 21 — 4–6 p.m.

The Academy for Creating Excellence (ACE) is offering a Virtual Black Educators Café — on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 4–6 p.m. PDT — for all Black Educators and members of the African diaspora. 

The purposes of this cafe are to empower Black educators, to encourage meaningful professional growth, and to get to know and support each other.

A zoom link will be sent following completion of this Google Form; Clock Hours are available. If you have questions, email aceacademywa@gmail.com or visit www.ACEacademyWA.org.

You can read more about ACE and their Black Educators Café in this Emerald article by Chamidae Ford.


Rec’N the Streets: Nature Walks

April 21 — 10–11:30 a.m., Jose Rizal Park
Seniors (50+) with Parks and Environmental Education staff
April 22 — 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Meadwobrook Pond
All ages, self-guided
April 23 — 10–11:30 a.m., Union Bay Natural Area
Seniors (50+)
April 24 — 10–11:30 a.m., Carkeek Park
All ages with Parks and Environmental Education staff

From Seattle Parks and Recreation: Rec’N the Streets presents free nature walks! No preregistration required, but participants must wear a mask!

For more information, please visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation Earth Week webpage.


Got Green Earth Day Events

Thursday, April 22

From the host: Got Green is celebrating Earth Day by co-hosting several events across the south Seattle community, including:

  • Garden Work Party with Nurturing Roots Farm
  • BLOC Party Assembly at with WA-BLOC: Climate Justice Keynote
  • Postering and Canvassing from Beacon Hill to Rainier Beach

In the evening, Got Green will host Rooted in Power: Community Dialogue with Got Green and Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition, where we will talk about community-based solutions to environmental injustice and displacement.

We will send a confirmation with further event info – times, locations, and links.  All of these Earth Day events are open to the wider community – we hope to see you and please invite your friends.


To RSVP, visit the Got Green Earth Day webpage.


Black Earth Day Livestream: A Panel on Black Urban Farming & the Environmental Movement

April 22 — 7:30 p.m.

From the host: Join Town Hall Seattle and the Black Farmers Collective for a celebration in honor of the 51st annual Earth Day. We eagerly anticipate gathering again to resume days of service on future Earth Days, but this year’s Black Earth Day celebration features a virtual panel discussing the intersection of Black urban farming and the environmental movement. Listen in as they speak about Black urban farm examples, food and the environment, and historical contributions and modern innovation when it comes to Black food culture.

The Black Farmers Collective is a two-acre urban agriculture farm run by a distributed network of cutting-edge Black farmers and growers throughout the Greater Seattle area. Black Earth Day is part of Black Farmers Collective’s Earth Week programs. Find out more about the other programs, urban farming, and the Black Farmers Collective here.


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


KCLS Book Chat for Kids: Upcoming Events

Thursdays — 4–5 p.m.

*April 15: ROBOTS! (*This event is in the past.)
April 22: Celebrate Earth Day
April 29: Fluffy Bunnies and Other Unexpectedly Dangerous Creatures
May 6: Catch the Reading Bug — Books About Bugs, Insects, and Things That Crawl
May 13: No Place Like Home! Families in Fiction

From the host: Join your children’s librarians to celebrate books! Talk about your favorite books and do fun activities. Leave with a screen-free activity to do after the session. Open for ages 7 to 12. Registration required beginning two weeks before and ends the day of the session at 2 p.m.


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


Clean-Up Our Parks

April 23 — 1–5 p.m.

From Seattle Parks and Recreation: Join Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Education Staff and Volunteers on Friday, April 23, 1–5 p.m. for a Clean-Up Our Parks event. Check out what to expect with this video!

Come with your family or a friend, bring your own bags and gloves, or get them from one of our volunteers in the Parks shown below. We can’t wait to see you there and thanks for helping us keep our amazing city parks clean for Earth Day, and every day!

  • Longfellow Creek Natural Area — meet at Greg Davis Park on Brandon and 26th Avenue in West Seattle; this is near the entrance to the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail for the cleanup.
  • Myrtle Edwards Park — meet at the large rock sculptures near the end of the Elliott Bay Trail 3rd Avenue overpass.
  • Herring’s House Park — meet near the parking lot.
  • Thornton Creek Natural Area — meet at the intersection of 20th Avenue NE and NE 100th Street, near the footbridge.
  • Genesee Park and Playfield — meet near the parking lot on the playfield side of Genesee Ave.

If these parks are not in your neighborhood, you can still help us and participate. Send us a picture of cleaning up your local park or neighborhood to Kyle.Morrison@seattle.gov, and it might be posted on our webpage!


Unyielding Roots: What’s Your Hair Story?

April 24 — 1 p.m.

From the host: The Unyielding Roots workshop will explore the history of Black Hair through storytelling! Come and learn about Black Hair and Black Hair discrimination.

The workshop will also have many guided writing activities. 


For more information and to register for this event, visit the following webpage.


My Family and the Rwanda Genocide

Tues., April 27 — 12–1 p.m.

From the host: Even though they had fled Rwanda years prior to its civil war, the far-reaching events of the war and genocide still had deep impacts on Paul Karemera and his family. Paul tells the story of his family in Rwanda and Uganda, the history of Rwandan conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi people, and the events of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Paul is the newest member of the Holocaust Center’s Speakers Bureau and the first member who speaks about the Rwandan genocide.


For more information and to register for this event, visit the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s “Tuesday Lunch-And-Learn Series” webpage.


Image attributed to ktbuffy (under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license).

KCLS Pajama Story Time

Tuesdays, March 30–April 27 — 7–7:45 p.m.

From the host: Join King County Library System (KCLS) as they host a five-event series on Tuesday nights! Enjoy stories, music, movement, and rhymes that develop your child’s early literacy skills. This series begins on March 30 from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

All ages welcome with adult. Registration required.


For more information and to register for this event, visit the following webpage.


Returned ballot packets by King County, WA (under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license).

Virtual Candidate Workshops by King County Elections

*Tues., March 16  — 6–8 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
*Thurs., April 1 — 6–8 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
*Sat., April 17 — 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
Thurs., April 29 — 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

From the host: King County Elections is hosting four virtual candidate workshops for people interested in learning the ins-and-outs of running for office!

The workshops, one in March and three in April, will be held to demystify the process by empowering potential candidates with key information they need to file their candidacy. This year there are over 330 local, nonpartisan offices up for election. They will cover a range of topics including the elections calendar, online candidate filing, filing fee petitions, ballot order, local voters’ pamphlet filing, and more.

The workshops will be in preparation for the candidate filing period this year, which begins on Monday, May 17 through the following Friday, May 21. All declarations of candidacy must be received by King County Elections before the close of business on May 21, regardless of postmark.


For more information and to register for a workshop, visit the King County Elections “Running for Office” webpage, and check out the Emerald’s reporting on the Candidate Workshops.


Seattle Restaurant Week

Daily — April 1–30

From the host: Seattle Restaurant Week returns this spring, from April 1 to 30, to celebrate the greater Seattle area’s culinary community. Participating food establishments offer special prix fixe menus all month long with $20 lunch and $35 and $50 dinner options in socially distanced dining rooms and patios, along with quarantine-friendly takeout and delivery meals.

This year, in response to COVID-19 and the pivots most restaurants have had to make, Seattle Restaurant Week is reimagined to be more inclusive with a focus on supporting our hard-hit independent restaurant operators in a number of ways. A month-long promotion will provide diners more opportunities to eat out or take out at more venues.


Learn more and find participating restaurants at https://srweek.org/.


Virtual Kodomo no Hi: Children’s Day Festival

Sundays during May 2021 — 12 p.m.

From the host: Kodomo no Hi is going virtual this year! Kodomo no Hi, also known as Children’s Day Festival, is an annual event that encourages children and families to explore and learn about Japanese and Japanese American art, culture, history, food, and music.

The event is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us from the safety of your home at our “Virtual Kodomo no Hi, ” which will include a new video every Sunday at noon (PDT) during the month of May on JCCCW’s YouTube Channel as well as Japanese cultural booklets and an activity pack that are free to download!

Through the new kid-friendly, educational videos, viewers can learn about Sumo wrestling, Japanese language (Onomatopoeia, soramimi or mishearing, and Japanese slang), and Nikkei history. Plus, the Japanese cultural booklets and activity pack will guide you through information and activities to enjoy during the spring and summer season, Japanese style! Prior to the main Kodomo no Hi programs, we will publish the Japanese Spring Fun Book on April 5 at jcccw.org/kodomo-no-hi, so please visit our website to download it for free!


For more information and a list of Kodomo no Hi programming, please visit the following webpage.


Image: Screenshot of the registration page for In Community We Flourish (Gates Foundation).

In Community We Flourish |  Enduring COVID-19: Stories from Our Transforming World

May 5 — 12–1 p.m. PDT

From the host: Join the Gates Foundation Discovery Center, South Seattle Emerald, and Civic Commons as we continue the virtual lunchtime series, In Community We Flourish. This series will focus on stories of communities coming together to meet needs, share information, heal, fight and treat the disease, and spread joy. It complements the Gates Foundation Discovery Center virtual storytelling exhibit Enduring COVID-19: Stories from our Transforming World, launching on discovergates.org in late April 2021.


Register via web form.


Reading Through It Book Club (May): Minor Feelings

Wed., May 5 — 7–8 p.m.

Join Third Place Books and the South Seattle Emerald on Wednesday, May 5 to discuss Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong. You can purchase a copy of the book here on the Third Place Books site.

All are welcome and no purchase required. In accordance with current health guidelines, our in-store book clubs are meeting virtually on Zoom until further notice. Reading Through It meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of South South Emerald, and Neal Morton, Western education reporter for The Hechinger Report, will lead the conversation.


Tilth Alliance’s Edible Plant Sale

May 7–14, reservations required
Rainier Beach Urban Farms & Wetlands

From the host: Join Tilth Alliance for their Edible Plant Sale, and take your pick from an epic selection of organic edible plant starts, perfect for summer gardens! The sale will be in-person May 7–14 at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (5513 S Cloverdale St). To maintain limited, safe capacity, shopping reservations and face masks will be required. We will begin accepting reservations on Monday, May 3, at noon.

You’ll find an amazing selection of tantalizing veggies to choose from, including summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, squash, and corn, foodie favorites, heirloom varieties, culinary herbs, edible flowers, and pollinator plants. The plants are the best varieties to grow successfully in our Pacific Northwest climate.

Get more information and details about making a reservation, parking, entering the sale, and more at tilthalliance.org.


For more information and to reserve a shopping time, please visit the following webpage.


BHGC’s Garden Shares Events Return!

Second Saturdays Monthly
Beginning April 10 — 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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 seattlebeaconhillgardenclub@gmail.com with “Foster Farmer” in the subject line. For more information about BHGC, visit their website at seattlebeaconhillgardenclub.org.


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.
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.
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.


North elevation, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle WA.

The Wing Luke Museum Is Back!

The Wing is now open with limited capacity and hours Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Reserving tickets online prior to the visit is highly encouraged.)

Current exhibits:

Guilty Party (through May 16) — Folk mysticism, cultural tradition, digital technology, and social media converge in our newest exhibit, Guilty Party. Through the multimedia works of various Asian Pacific American artists ranging from costumes to performance to video and photography, visual artist and curator Justin Hoover showcases the complicated relationship between the joys of community, identity, and self expression, and the fears that come from defying cultural norms in a time when everything is so exposed. See body adornment and costumes come to life and intersect in an age where the delights and tribulations of social media are inescapable.

Where Beauty Lies (through Sept.) — This exhibit explores Asian Pacific Americans’ relationship to physical appearance and personal presentation, the history of beauty standards and products, and the ways in which we are redefining beauty.


The Wing also has a permanent exhibit visitors can tour all year round. Learn more about their safety protocols and planning your visit on their website. You can also stay connected to the Wing via their Digital Wing Luke website.


Submit an event for inclusion on this page here.


RECENT PAST EVENTS:

Duwamish Alive!: Celebrate Earth Month With a Free Tree

April 17 — 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Equinox Studios, 6555 5th Ave S., Seattle 98108, Georgetown

From the host: Dirt Corps is giving away trees to plant in your yard which will provide shade, reduce storm-water runoff into our streams and river, help clean the air, and provide year-round beauty. Experts will be on hand to help you choose the right tree for your yard and tastes while also giving you instructions on planting and caring for it. A water bag is also provided to reduce watering time during the summer. The types of trees include:

  • Shrubs – Vine Maple, California Wax Myrtle,
  • Small trees – Douglas Maple, Cascara
  • Deciduous Trees – Oregon Ash, Garry Oak,
  • Conifers – Jeffrey Pine, Shore Pine, Grand Fir, Western Red Cedar

Supplies are limited, so arrive early for the best selection! Just drive up, indicate which tree you would like, sign the receipt, DIRT Corps members will load your tree, and off you go. You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle! Spanish translators will be available.


For more information about this event, visit the following webpage. Note: Duwamish Alive! Coalition partner, DIRT Corps, is hosting the tree give away, but there are also habitat restoration sites that still have volunteer openings — find them and sign up on the Duwamish Alive! event calendar.


Black Mamas Thrive: Claiming Our Power, Resilience, and Liberation

*April 11 — 12–4 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
We Thrive: Claiming Our Power! Opening + Birthworker Mixer
*April 14 & 15 — 6–8 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)
We Thrive: Claiming Our Resilience! Film Fest
April 17 — 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
We Thrive: Claiming Our Liberation! Black Maternal Wellness Dialogues

From the host: Black Maternal Health Week — Claiming Our Power, Resilience, and Liberation: a celebration of Black Mamas & Black Motherhood including queer, trans, non-binary & gender nonconforming moms, aunties, other mothers, grannies, sister mamas & muvas.

From April 11 to 17, we’re joining Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Black women across the U.S. for Black Maternal Health Week, an annual mobilizing effort to promote and amplify Black maternal health, rights, and reproductive justice. We believe in Black Mamas’ right to live and thrive, and the vital need to center our knowledge, our stories, and our lived experience.

We seek to further the celebration and awareness of Black maternal health, to build community amongst Black birthworkers and Black birthing people, and to provide resources to support healthy birth outcomes in the Black community. We also seek to bring the Seattle community into the national conversation on the crisis in Black maternal health, with a focus on community-based interventions and solutions. This is the only event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. We thank our funders and partner organizations for making this program possible, including Satterberg Foundation, Rokea Jones of Mama’s Wellness + Advocacy LLC, Surge Reproductive Justice, The Maternal Coalition, Quilted Health, and Sankofa Film Society.


For more information and to register for any of the Black Maternal Health Week events, please visit the following webpage.


Mochaculture: Aretha Franklin

Fri., April 16 — 7 p.m.

Mochaculture is a docuseries meets concert experience that knits the stories of our local arts community together with the legendary voices of color that inspire them. Hosted by Shaina Shepherd. Presented by Converge Media and The South Seattle Emerald.

Episode Two: Aretha Franklin

Performances by: Stephanie Anne Johnson, Erin Rae, Vance Ashworth, and Shaina Shepherd

Tune in on Converge Media on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, or Twitch. Also available on the South Seattle Emerald Facebook page.

Executive Producer | Shaina Shepherd; Producer | Nikki Barron; Camera + Editing | Nikki Barron; Audio | Nikki Barron and Bradley Laina


Promo image for To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults.

Photography Northwest Exhibit: To Survive on This Shore

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews With Transgender
and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Jan. 14–April 15 2021

In Conversation: To Survive on This Shore
Presentation and discussion with Jess T. Dugan, Vanessa Fabbre, Caprice Carthans, and Aidan Key
*Sat., Jan. 30 — 12 p.m. (*This event is in the past)

To Survive on This Shore exhibition (description from the host): Photography Northwest is pleased to present To Survive on This Shorea new photographic exhibition on view January 14–April 15, 2021. This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Jess T. Dugan, photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.


Crosscut.LIVE: At-Large — How the Pandemic Is Changing Us

April 13 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: We know the pandemic has upended our daily lives, but we are only beginning to grapple with its impacts on our mental health and the long-term implications for our society. Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a physician and a sociologist at Yale University, directs the Human Nature Lab at the university and is the co-director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He is also the author of Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live. He joins us to discuss the psychological burdens we each bear, the irreversible changes to our culture, and what it will look like when we return to a new “normal.”


For more information and to register for this event, visit the following webpage.


Love, Resilience, and Creativity During Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Tues., April 13 — 12–1 p.m.

From the host: Over the past 15 years of studying genocide and mass atrocities, Marie Berry has interviewed more than 300 women who have survived unfathomable horrors in places like Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. While many told stories of fear, loss, and pain, what sticks with her today is how so many women also described loving deeply, finding humor, building communities, and not only surviving but even thriving during and after the violence.

In this talk, Dr. Berry will show how during periods of mass atrocity, human beings have long resisted through solidarity, art, non-violent direct action, and other creative strategies to reclaim their humanity together. These forms of everyday resistance are critical for us to understand to improve our ability to stop genocide and other mass atrocities going forward.


For more information and to register for this event, visit the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s “Tuesday Lunch-And-Learn Series” webpage


Spring Fling Pop-Up! Native Art Market

Sat., April 10 & Sun., April 11 — 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

From the host: The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center presents the Spring Fling Pop-Up Art Market 2021! The event will feature local vendors and Native artists showcasing their amazing beadwork, prints, drums, and more. Come find the perfect gifts for family and friends and support Native artists and small business operators!


Seattle King County NAACP Legislative Town Hall

Sat., April 10 — 6–7:30 p.m.

From the host: Join the NAACP’s Seattle King County branch for a Legislative Town Hall: Politics Making a Difference In Our Community. Come learn about legislation impacting the Black Community, submit your questions [via email] ahead of time. Special guests Senator Rebecca Saldaña (37th Legislative District), Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley (37th Legislative District), County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay (2nd County District), with moderator Stephan Thomas (Director, Prosecutor Impact).


Learn more about this event, including how to join the virtual event on Zoom, on the Facebook event page.


Fade to Black — Seattle Black Film Festival Preview

Fri., April 9 — 6:30 p.m.

From the host: Join us for a special edition of Fade to Black! We’re taking a pause from our regularly scheduled monthly programming to give you a special preview of the upcoming 18th annual Seattle Black Film Festival (SBFF), April 16–26, 2021. Join Isabella as she talks with LANGSTON’s SBFF team about what you can expect from the 2021 all-virtual festival including a new viewing experience and simplified ticket options, the nearly 70 official selection films, and you’ll even get to check out a few film trailers! Register on Zoom to join the conversation and submit questions to the panel or simply watch live on the Langston Seattle Facebook page.



Find more information about SBFF 2021 at langstonseattle.org/sbff.


KCLS Book Chat for Kids: April Events

Thursdays — 4–5 p.m.

April 1: Fooled You! Celebrating Tricksters, Pranksters, and Jokesters
April 8: Heroes Among Us: Superheroes and More

From the host: Join your children’s librarians to celebrate books! Talk about your favorite books and do fun activities. Leave with a screen-free activity to do after the session. Open for ages 7 to 12. Registration required beginning two weeks before and ends the day of the session at 2 p.m.


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


Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thurs., April 8 — 12–1 p.m. PT

From the host: Holocaust Center for Humanity is hosting a virtual Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day event! The program includes:

  • Ingrid and Maud: A Holocaust Story of a Rescuer and the Rescued — Featuring special guests Ingrid Steppic and Maud Dahme.  Ingrid and Maud met when they were young girls – one Jewish and seeking refuge from the Nazis, the other part of a family helping to hide Jewish people. Join us for a live conversation with these two women for Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day. 
  • Candle Lighting — Bring a candle and turn on your camera to join community candle lighting ceremony. Followed by guest speaker Rabbi Tamar Malino of Spokane’s Temple Beth Shalom.
  • Remembering as a Community — Let us know who you are remembering/honoring on this Day of Remembrance so that we can acknowledge them during the program. You will have the option of including a name (or names) when you register for the event.

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


Grief Circle on IG Live by Memory Artist Miranda Sheh

Thurs., April 8 — 5-6 p.m.

From the host: Memory Artist Miranda Sheh invites you to join her monthly Grief Circle on Instagram Live, where she shares her responses to 3 prompts through story or poetry and invites participants to share the space and offer their own responses to the prompts through any art form they choose. If time allows, afterward the group participates in free creation for anything that might come up. For anyone not ready to read their response aloud but wants their story heard, you can submit your story, poem, song, etc., beforehand to have Miranda read out loud.

For this month’s Grief Circle, the prompts are:

  • A joyful memory of the one you loved.
  • How do you process the anger that comes along with grief?
  • What did you learn about grief in your childhood?

For more information and to join the Grief Circle, visit Miranda Sheh’s “Events” webpage.


Food for Thought: The Foods That Made Seattle

April 8 — 5:30 p.m.

From the host: Join KCTS 9 as we take a look at the foods that made Seattle with the people who know them best. Speakers include Pho Bac’s Yenvy Pham, KCTS 9’s resident historian Knute Berger, Tilikum Place Cafe’s Ba Culbert, Bob Donegan of Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants & Chowder, and Farshid Varamini of Gantry Public House and Pioneer Grill Hot Dogs. Hosted by Rachel Belle of Your Last Meal podcast.

This event is part of our Food for Thought series, a KCTS 9 event series focused on examining the ties (and recipes) that bind us together and, of course, food!

Have a question for our speakers? Enter yours when you RSVP, and we will use it to help shape the conversation.


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


#YouBelongHere: Shukri Olow’s Campaign Kick-Off

April 8 — 6–7 p.m.

From the host: Shukri Olow is a community organizer, doctoral candidate, and mother running for King County Council District 5 (covering the cities of Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila, Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, and Renton).

For the last 14 years, she has worked directly in service to the residents of South King County, working on a variety of issues including housing, education, and human services. She mentors youth through several programs, pushing the systems from the outside so that we can all get to collective liberation.

She is excited about the opportunity to co-create a platform with the community and center their voices and their valuable lived experiences.

Please join us and several community members for this wonderful campaign kickoff hosted by YouthforShukri.

The theme for this event is #youbelonghere, because every member of the South King County community deserves to be heard, valued, and represented.


For more information and to register for this event, visit the following webpage. For more information about Shukri Olow’s campaign, visit /www.electshukriolow.com/.


Image attributed to Nilufer Gadgieva (under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license).

SPL It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series (Virtual)

Thurs., April 8 — 6–7:30 p.m.

From the host: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 377th meeting of “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series,” featuring author readings and open mics. This month’s online presentation welcomes Jacqueline (Jaye) Ware, Cynthia Orr, and CJ Dudley.

Jacqueline (Jaye) Ware is a longstanding member of the African American Writers’ Alliance. She is a Poet, Spoken Word Artist, and Playwright. Jaye has performed at libraries, schools, Town Hall, museums (including Tacoma, Northwest African American, and Seattle), art galleries, bookstores (including Elliott Bay), and on Camano and Vashon Islands. Her filmed, on-location play (reading), can be viewed on YouTube, Menrva Labs, “Madison Park Bench.” Her filmed, hip-hop pandemic stage play, “COVID Dreams” is available on Vimeo’s On Demand channel. Motto: “Words have power; use them wisely and in moderation.”

Cynthia Orr was a professional storyteller, specializing in programs for adults. After 10 years of full-time touring and telling, she became a mental health counselor. Now retired, she is writing a series of essays on her encounters with art and beauty. She is an avid traveler and poker player.

Born and raised in Seattle, WA, CJ Dudley is an accomplished singer, songwriter, poet, author, actor, painter, and clothing designer. Writing his first song at the age of 14, he would soon come to realize his natural gift for creating melodies and witty punchlines. As he began to gain more experience within the highs and lows in life, new creative avenues were birthed, which allowed him to be able to express himself through means other than just music.

This reading will be recorded for podcast and will also be available for future viewing on the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series YouTube channel.

Registration is required.


For more information and to register for this event, visit the following webpage.


Crosscut.LIVE: Northwest Newsmakers-What Unites Us?

Wed., April 7 — 11 a.m.

From the host: After more than a year of life-altering events and collective traumas, compounded by deep partisan divides, many of us aren’t sure who to trust or how to come together, if we wanted to. Unity feels like a fantasy. Our guest, Eric Liu, is co-founder and CEO of Citizen University and directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. For years, he’s led with a zen-like optimism, advocating for civic engagement as a way to find common cause. In troubled times like these, does he still see a way back together?


While the event is free, donations are accepted. Register on Eventbrite.


Building Financial Strength in Your Business Virtual Event

April 6 — 2–3 p.m.

From the host: Are you holding steady in your business? Are you preparing for the economy to recover?

Register NOW for Building Financial Strength in Your Business. Featuring Jenefeness Tucker (certified business advisor at WSBDC), Ollie Garrett (president of Tabor 100), Maurisa Phillips (loan readiness officer at Business Impact Northwest), and Beto Yarce (executive director of Ventures), you’ll learn about business tools, resources, and financial opportunities that strengthen BIPOC-owned businesses in Washington State.


To register for the event, sign up using the following registration form. This event is presented by the Washington State Microenterprise Association, Ventures, Business Impact Northwest, the Washington State Department of Commerce, Tabor 100, and the Washington State SBDC.


Break the Cycle: Preventing Homelessness is Ending Homelessness

Mon., April 5 — 6 p.m.

From the host: The Washington State Poor People’s Campaign and Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches will present “Break the Cycle: Preventing Homelessness is Ending Homelessness,” an emergency town hall to take place on Zoom on April 5, 2021from 6:00-7:30 Pacific. Panelists include the Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace, Sharon Lee of the Low Income Housing Institute, Violet Lavatal of the Tenants Union of Washington, and King County community organizer Shukri Olow.

The Washington Poor People’s Campaign is proud to offer this town hall that will focus specifically on the issues facing South King County. “Break the Cycle” will feature panel discussion, testimony from impacted people, and breakout group conversations about the burgeoning housing crisis and urgent need for rent relief in South King County.


Register for the event and learn more about the event sponsors on Zoom.


The Crossover: How to Make Your Career Pivot to the Cannabis Industry

Sat., April 3 — 12–2 p.m.
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Pay What You Can ($1+)
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From the host (A Green Legacy): According to Leafly’s 2021 job report, the cannabis industry supports over 321,000 full-time jobs. With an industry slated to grow to more than $24B in revenue this year and almost every skill set needed, how can you use the skills you already have to crossover into the cannabis industry? Join A Green Legacy on Saturday, April 3rd, as we speak with an all-women panel of badass cannabis entrepreneurs and professionals who will discuss how they successfully leveraged their skills and transitioned into the cannabis industry.

This event isn’t exclusive to women, it’s centered around folx underrepresented in cannabis (BIPOC, POC, & women), and allies, who have thought about entering the cannabis industry as an entrepreneur or career professional. Ask panelists the burning questions you’ve wondered and hear how you can prepare for a life in cannabis, while also co-conspiring for an inclusive industry.


Find a full list of panelists, moderators, and producers on Eventbrite.


Mochaculture: Ray Charles

Fri., April 2 — 7 p.m.

The Emerald is thrilled to partner with Converge Media to present the first episode of Mochaculture, a docuseries-meets-concert experience that knits the stories of our local arts community together with the legendary voices of color that inspire them. The first episode, centered on the music of Ray Charles, will premiere Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m. on our Facebook page and all Converge Media platforms.

Hosted by Shaina Shepherd, Episode One: Ray Charles features performances by Eva Walker, Maya Marie, Chris King, Jimmy James, and Shaina Shepherd. 


Abolish Auto Decline: Stop Sending Our Children to Prison

New Coalition of Racial Equity Leaders Launch Campaign
Against Jailing Kids with Webinar

Tues., March 30 — 6–7:30 p.m.

From the host (Kids Are Kids): A coalition of leading racial and economic justice organizations will launch their Kids Are Kids campaign on Tuesday March 30 with an educational webinar: ‘Abolish Auto Decline: Stop Sending our Children to Prison.’ The webinar will take place from 6-7:30 on the group’s website, KidsAreKidsWA.org, and will be live streamed on Facebook. The coalition includes King County Equity Now, the George Jackson Freedom Coalition, El Comite, Seattle Peoples’ Party, White Center Development Association, East African Community Services, among others.

The group is aiming to raise awareness about ‘Auto Decline,’ which are state laws that send youth to adult court, and the gross racial disproportional representation of Black and Brown boys in King County. The laws originated in the ‘tough on crime’ era of the 1990s, which are widely recognized as failed and racist policies that have left decades of devastating impacts to Black and Brown communities yet remain, despite their proven failures.


Learn more on kidsarekidswa.org. View the Facebook event.


Communities Against Hate (Online)

March 26 at 12 p.m. – March 28 at 11:59 p.m. PT

From the host: The Social Justice Film Institute is presenting a series of films about communities confronting and healing from violence and hate.

The program for Communities Against Hate includes screenings of the films Seva and HBCU Storytellers – Confederate Monuments: Heritage or Hatred?, which premiered at the 2020 Social Justice Film Festival.

Accompanying these films will be a panel and interviews between the filmmakers and artists behind these films and Social Justice Film Institute Advisory Council member Remoy Philip.

This event is free with RSVP!


For more information and to register for this event, visit the following webpage.


Image courtesy of JCCCW.

JCCCW’s “Spring All Things Japanese Sale”

From the host: As winter turns to spring, join the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) for a Spring Rummage Sale! This rummage sale has something for everyone, including dolls, furniture, fans, clothing, accessories, plush toys, jewelry, books, and much more. There is something for everyone with hundreds of items for sale and prices starting at just $0.25! The sale will last from March 26 to March 28. Income generated from the event will go toward supporting the mission of JCCCW to preserve, promote, and share Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage.

To stay in accordance with safety guidelines, all visitors are required to make an appointment to shop at this sale. While on-site, masks are required to be worn at all times, covering from your nose to your chin. Social distancing will be enforced. We ask for your patience and cooperation through this unprecedented time, for the safety of staff, volunteers, and visitors.


For more information and to register for an appointment, please visit the JCCCW All Things Japanese Sale webpage. Online registration open on March 5 at 10 a.m.


Family by Kat Grigg (under a CC BY 2.0 license).

Speaking of Change: What Does “Openness” in Adoption Mean?

March 24 — 4–4:30 p.m.

From the host: This Zoom event is for everyone! Whether you’re an adoptee, adoptive parent, birth/first parent or family member, or an interested community member, please join us on March 24 at 4 p.m. PST as we peel back the curtain on foster care and adoption! Amara’s “Speaking of Change” series breaks down common assumptions and misconceptions about foster care and adoption by including the voices and stories of people engaged with child and family welfare.

In this first event of the series, we’ll debut the inclusive family support video, an animated short about what openness might look like for adoptees and their families, with a Q&A following! Join Amara’s Post-Adoption Director and adoptee, Angela Tucker; author and adoptive parent Lori Holden; foster and adoptive parent and advocate, Katie Biron; and Kara Andersen, Amara’s Family Support Specialist for this exciting event!


To register and learn more about this event, visit Amara’s Event webpage.


Children reading by Book Aid International (under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license).

KCLS Book Chats for Kids

Thursdays — 4–5 p.m.

*March 4
Gross, Grosser and Grossest (*This event is in the past.)
*March 11
Pi Day-STEM Books to Feed Your Brain (*This event is in the past.)
*March 18
Resilient and Resourceful During Wartime (*This event is in the past.)
March 25
The Verse is Yet to Come

From the host: Join children’s librarians from around King County to celebrate books! Talk about your favorite books and do fun activities. Leave with a screen-free activity to do after the session.


Crosscut.LIVE Events

*Northwest Newsmakers — Equity and Access in Healthcare
March 16 — 5–6 p.m. (*This event is in the past.)

From the host: After 20 years leading the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Dr. Ben Danielson resigned in November in protest over what he claimed were racist practices at the clinic’s venerated parent institution, Seattle Children’s. His decision to step down caused an uproar in the Black community and, some say, a reckoning within the hospital. Seattle Children’s responded by pledging a close examination of its policies and practices and asking a member of its leadership to step down. The hospital announced it had brought on former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead the investigation. For this edition of Northwest Newsmakers, we sit down for an extended conversation with the man in the middle of the story, hear directly from him about what led to his decision, see how he feels about what has happened since, and get his perspective on the fight against systemic racism.


For more information and to RSVP for this event, visit Crosscut’s Event webpage. For further reading on Dr. Ben Danielson’s resignation, check out the Emerald’s article “Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Version of Accountability Fails to Prioritize Healing of Odessa Brown Families.”


At-Large — Coded Bias: Artificial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Our Civil Rights

March 23 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? Most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women. Join us for a conversation with Shalini Kantaya, director/producer of the new film Coded Bias, as we delve into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. Artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.


For more information and to RSVP for this event, visit Crosscut’s Event webpage.


Rolando Ixcoy Benefit Auction and Raffle

March 21 at 12:00 p.m.–March 28 at 2:00 p.m.

From the host: Mount Baker HUB Alliance is hosting an Online Benefit Auction and Raffle for Rolando Ixcoy. Rolando was the victim of a hit and run, Feb. 1 on Beacon Ave S, when walking home from work. He lives on Beacon Hill and is a line cook at Buddha Bruddah on Rainier Ave S. Rolando was treated at Harborview ER with 2 separate life-saving surgeries, and he faces a long road ahead to a full recovery from his injuries.

Funds from the Online Auction will go to Rolando and his family to help cover household bills, loss of wages, medical expenses and recovery relief. Proceeds from the Raffle will be paid directly to Harborview to help cover Rolando’s medical bills.

The Online Auction will be open for bidding for 1 week, beginning Sunday, March 21 and ending Sunday, March 28. The Raffle drawing will be a live Facebook event on Sunday, March 28th.

We thank you in advance for your generous bidding!

For more information and to participate in the auction and raffle, visit Buddah Bruddah’s Facebook event page.


Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans with Toshiko Hasegawa

March 19 — 1–1:30 p.m.

Join Rainier Avenue Radio’s Tony B and guest Toshiko Hasegawa, executive director of WA State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and candidate for the Seattle Port Commission, as they discuss the impact of the coronavirus on South Seattle and the surrounding communities, focusing on the violence and discrimination against Asian Americans.

Tune in on March 19 from 1 to 1:30 p.m.!


You can listen to this program on Youtube, Facebook, Twitch, the Rainier Avenue Radio App (free on both iPhone and Android), as well as at www.rainieravenueradio.world.


Image is cropped from the digital flier for this Lunch and Learn event.

Equitable Access for ELL Students with Disabilities and Special Needs Care Lunch and Learn

Wed., March 17 — 12–1:30 p.m.

From the host: Please join us for a great discussion on Equitable access for ELL students with disabilities and special care needs. Experts from Neighborhood House and Open Doors for Multicultural Families will be our speakers. (You must register here to get the Zoom link.)


Holocaust Center for Humanity Lunch-and-Learn: Burying the Holocaust in the Pages of The New York Times

Tues., March 16 — 12–1 p.m. (PST)

From the host: During World War II, The New York Times published over 1,800 detailed, timely stories about what was happening to Europe’s Jews, almost all of which appeared inside the newspaper. Northeastern University Journalism Professor Laurel Leff will discuss why The Times decided to bury the story of the extermination of the Jews and how that fateful decision affected contemporary understandings of the cataclysmic event. 

Laurel Leff is Professor of Journalism and Associate Director of Jewish Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Her book, Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper, was chosen as the Best Media History Book of 2005 by The American Journalism Historians’ Association and Best History Book of 2005 by ForeWord Reviews.


Register for this event via web form.


Beyond The Numbers: A Discussion About COVID-19’s Impact on the Latinx Community

March 15 — 6 p.m.

From the host: As of Feb. 19, 2021, Latinos comprise 32% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washington state, while Latinos only make up 13% of the state’s total population.

Beyond the Numbers is a virtual event hosted by Chris Franco and Shukri Olow that will feature several Latinx doctors and health/community professionals to unpack the data and discuss COVID’s impact on the Latinx community in Washington.


For more information and to register, visit the event page on Eventbrite.


Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

Feb. 11–March 14, 2021

From the host: In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary. Paired with a mentorship program and artist services, Our Right to Gaze is intended to disrupt the status quo and experiment with new models to support independent filmmakers.

To view the event and purchase tickets, visit the Northwest Film Forum’s (NWFF) “What’s On” webpage


For an in-depth look into the films, check out the Emerald’s article, Northwest Film Forum: A Hyperlocal 2021 Sundance Festival Venue.


Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2021

March 4–14, 2021

From the host: The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) proudly presents its ninth annual festival March 4–14, 2021 entirely online in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). This year’s program will showcase some of the best in recent independent cinema by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The 123 films in SAAFF’s 2021 program demonstrate the talent of both veteran and up-and-coming filmmakers and the richness and diversity of AAPI storytelling. This year, SAAFF will offer 9 outstanding feature-length films and 15 exciting shorts programs, including a drive-in screening of martial arts action comedy THE PAPER TIGERS on March 6.


To purchase tickets, visit the SAAFF website. For more information, check out the Emerald‘s article “9th Annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival Will Be the Biggest Yet.”


Y-WE’s Annual STEM Exploration Day

Sat., March 13 — 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on gather.town

From the host: Join us for Young Women Empowered’s (Y-WE) annual STEM Exploration Day! The theme this year is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) for the future we need. This will be a fun day of learning and exploration online. Dive into a series of interactive workshops and hear from a panel of diverse women sharing experiences and insights on their journeys in STEM. We will learn from amazing women leaders, examine climate justice, discuss AI for good, and more!

Y-WE is also offering an educator’s stipend. Whether or not you self-identify as a teacher, if you bring 15 youth to STEM Exploration Day, Y-WE will provide you with $100. They have 7 stipends available, first come, first served.

This is a free community event open to all ages and gender identities.


To register for the event, fill out the form here. To learn more about STEM Exploration Day visit Y-WE’s website.


Ilana Harris-Babou Double Feature Film Screening with Talkback

Sat., March 13 — 12–3 p.m.

From the host: Join Wa Na Wari and Jacob Lawrence Gallery for a screening of two films by Ilana Harris Babou: The Long Con and Human Design. Following the screening, we will have a talkback with Ilana and Kemi Adeyemi, curator and founder of The Black Embodiments Studio.


For more information and to register for the screening, visit the event’s Facebook page.


Pi(e) Squared: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pie and Pizza

March 11 — 5:30–6:30 p.m.

From the host: Join KCTS 9 on March 11 for a celebration of everyone’s favorite comfort food: pie! We’ll celebrate the upcoming Pi Day (March 14) with a celebration of all things sweet and savory, from the people who know it best.

We will speak with Lauren Ko (artist and author of Pieometry), Kate Lebo (poet/pie-maker), Kate McDermott (James Beard-nominated author, Art of the Pie) and Dave Lichterman (Founder, Windy City Pies) about what makes a good pie and what they mean to us. Hosted by Rachel Belle of the Your Last Meal podcast.


This event is part of KCTS 9’s “Food for Thought” series, focused on examining the ties (and recipes) that bind people together and, of course, food!

For more information and to register for this event, visit KCTS 9’s Events website.


Seattle Metro League High School Football on Rainier Avenue Radio!

Fri., March 5
5 p.m. Seattle Prep vs Ballard
8 p.m. Rainier Beach vs Garfield

Sat., March 6
5 p.m. West Seattle vs Cleveland

From the host: Join Rainier Avenue Radio (RAR) as they broadcast high school football games, featuring Rainier Beach, Franklin, Garfield, Cleveland, Seattle Prep, and Odea, all schools from our communities, as well as other Metro League schools, starting Friday, March 5.

The play-by-play announcer is Rick DuPree, RAR sports director, and analysis and color commentator is Edwin Bailey, Seahawks 11-year veteran who was recently named to the Seahawks ALL-TIME Team as a starter at guard. Tune in at www.rainieravenueradio.world, the TuneIn app, or use your smart speakers!


RAR will also be providing hands-on training in sports production and broadcast to high school students. Interested students should contact Taylor-Corrine Benton, student coordinator for the program, via email.


KCLS Foundation Literary Lions Gala

March 6

From the host: The KCLS Foundation invites you to join us for our first virtual Literary Lions Gala on March 6! We are excited to be able to invite more community members to the Gala and to see how technology can bring us together.

Our 2021 keynote speaker is best-selling author Colson Whitehead, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2017 for The Underground Railroad and then again in 2020 for The Nickel Boys. He will be joined by a distinguished group of Literary Lions.


To learn more about the Literary Lions Gala and register, visit KCLS Foundation’s Event webpage.


Stompin’ at the Savoy Virtual Gala & Auction

March 6 — 7 p.m.

From the host: Join us for an hour of music and fun in support of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO), a nonprofit arts organization. Enjoy performances by SRJO all-star band members and students in our Jazz Scholars program. Win weekend and week-long getaways, jazz experiences, wine, and much more during our silent and live auctions!

Proceeds from this event will help SRJO to keep the music playing for our musicians, educators, students, community, and the future of jazz.

Register for your complimentary virtual tickets at SRJO’s Gala website. All registrants will be entered to win our door prize, a $200 gift card to The Capital Grille.


Women’s March California by League of Women Voters California (under a CC BY 2.0 license).

LWV Forum — Health Care: USA, Washington State, and the League

March 4 — 7 p.m.

From the host: The South Seattle Unit of the Seattle-King County League of Women Voters (LWV) invites you to join them at their first Thursday forum for March! At this forum, we will review the current state of health care reform, nationally and locally, followed by a panel of several local leaders of groups advocating for Universal Health Care. Panel speakers at this forum include: Steve Bauck, co-outreach vice president of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action; David Loud, Steering Committee co-chair at Health Care is a Human Right, Washington; Jen Nye, communications director at Whole Washington; Bevin McLeod, co-founder and board president of Alliance for a Healthy Washington.

To register for the forum, click here. For more information about the forum, visit their Facebook page!


The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWV) believes that sensible, responsible civil discourse and action based on substance rather than partisanship is essential for civic improvement and that we can help make democracy work through informed participation in government.

The South Seattle Unit of the LWV holds regular meetings on the third Monday of each month (the next meeting is on March 15 at 5:30 p.m.). To see a calendar of LWV events, including regular meetings, visit their Events webpage. For more information about the South Seattle Unit, contact Sarah Miller, co-leader, via email.


Othello Talks: Community Health

March 1 — 6–7:30 p.m.

From the host: Othello Talks is new a monthly 90-minute program covering a specific topic of community focus catering to current residents, professionals, and community organizers who live and/or work in Seattle’s South End. Each program can be independently viewed live or on YouTube. We will learn through presentations and listening to each other, we will engage by learning and teaching our neighbors, and by doing so, we will cultivate the collective wisdom of not only participating in existing community work but also in creating new action. Join our community on Facebook.

Our first event is focused on community health. Please join us on March 1, 2020, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Our first guest is Dr. Benjamin Danielson, a beloved Community MD Adolescent & Pediatric Medicine Specialist.

To RSVP, visit the following link: bit.ly/2LBNlVM


African American Read-In

Feb. 28 — 1–2:15 p.m.

From the host: Celebrate Black History Month with a music-infused #OwnVoices read-aloud event for all ages. University of Washington Master of Library and Information Science students will read stories by African American authors and artists. The African American Read-In is hosted by Dr. Michelle H. Martin and iSchool students and sponsored by the UW iSchool and Read-a-Rama. The African American Read-In is an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The free event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Register at ischool.uw.edu/read-in.


Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2021 

Feb. 18–28, 2021

From the host: Undimmed by the pandemic, Children’s Film Festival Seattle (CFFS) returns in 2021 with online screenings of 134 animated and live-action films from 27 nations, all centered on the experiences, joy, and challenges of childhood. In this time of continuing to stay safe at home, the programs provide families and youth an expansive window to the greater world, inspiring empathy, understanding, and global awareness. The film lineup and pass and ticket sales are live NOW!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Love and Light” — a window into the selection process’s focus on uplifting content.

$5–25 sliding scale admission for all CFFS film programs; no one turned away for lack of funds! Email cffs@nwfilmforum.org about free community tickets.

Visit CFFS’ website to learn more about the festival and to purchase passes.


I’m Every Womxn: An Opportunity Washington Benefit Concert

Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.

From the host: A celebration of the cultural richness that Womxn of Color, particularly Black womxn, bring to Washington state with a concert featuring the incomparable, 10-time Grammy-winning artist, Chaka Khan! This event showcases local Black womxn performers, dancers, and musicians, in an effort to support Washington state Womxn of Color-led nonprofits that advocate for racial equity and justice.


For more information, visit Opportunity Leadership Network’s (OLN) website, and check out the Emerald‘s article OPINION: We Must Continue Lifting the Voice of Every Womxn.


Jackson Street Jazz Walk

Sat./Sun., Feb. 27 & 28 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host: Jackson Street Jazz Walk Goes Virtual! JSJW combines music, community, and the rich legacy of Central Seattle! We commemorate African American artists who have blazed the trails before us, feature today’s jazz & blues artists, and we serve our community. Join us! We invite you to pause from the difficulties of our current day and enjoy the music. This year’s event raises funds to support The Central Area Senior Center’s Meal Delivery Program. Please share this concert event and join us during Black History Month for the 2021 7th-Annual ​Jackson Street Jazz Walk.


This event takes place on YouTube. Tune in at go time either or both days!


Power to Heal

Feb. 27 — 1:30–3:30 p.m.

From the host: Join Whole Washington as they celebrate Black History Month with a powerful movie and panel! First, they’ll introduce you to the Whole Washington campaign. Then, you’ll watch Power to Heal, an hour-long documentary narrated by Danny Glover. The film explores the moment when Medicare expansion and the Civil Rights Movement intersected. Finally, there’ll be an amazing panel featuring: Justin Jackson, LA Chargers running back and Medicare for All activist, as well as Dr. Victory Dooley, family physician and Bernie Sanders surrogate.

The event is hosted by Sean Cavanagh, Andre Stackhouse, and Laura Fielding.

For more information and to register, fill out Whole Washington’s webinar registration form.


BECU Foundation Scholarships — Now Accepting Applications!

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. PST on Fri., Feb. 26

From BECU: It’s that time of year again — the BECU Foundation is currently accepting applications from student members for its annual scholarship program! This year, the BECU Foundation is recognizing and awarding $2,500 scholarships to full-time high school seniors and undergraduates currently enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year or technical college or university who play an active role in giving back to their community.


Learn about eligibility and more on BECU.org.

Note: Students pursuing a degree in healthcare, STEM or trade fields may qualify for a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. (Applications are due by Thursday, February 11, 2021.)


The Soul of Seattle

Join the Black Culinary Leaders During a Month of Virtual Live Events

*Fri., Feb. 126–7:30 p.m.
Live National Panel with Black Culinary Leaders / Hosted by Marcus Samuelsson (*This event is in the past)
*Fri., Feb. 196–7:30 p.m.
Live Cooking Demo with Trey Lamont, Kristi Brown / Hosted by Wayne Johnson (*This event is in the past)
Fri., Feb. 267 p.m.
Virtual DJ Dance Party with DJ Topspin & Special Guest Questlove

From the host: Chef Edouardo Jordan, the two-time James Beard Award winning chef behind Salare & JuneBaby, created The Soul of Seattle to help foster relationships and empower the community through food. His goal is to shed light on the diverse food and Black-owned businesses within Seattle. He believes these talented chefs and curators in the city create the fabric of our food scene.

Event ticket packages will consist of dinner for one person from the restaurant of choice, beer from Métier Brewing Company, a Soul of Seattle branded gift, and a link to the corresponding live event.

All events are hosted on Zoom. Tickets are available for purchase with or without meals. There are limited tickets available for participating restaurant meals. All food must be picked up on the Friday of the event from 3–5 PM from the featured restaurant selected. Any left over meals will be donated to families facing food insecurity.


Sweet Virtual Vibes with SassyBlack

Feb. 25, 2021 — 8 p.m. PST

From the host: Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), and On the Boards co-present this edition of Sweet Virtual Vibes, an extension of each organization’s ongoing collaboration with SassyBlack in support of her as an artist, musician, and creative thinker.       

This Sweet Virtual Vibes will include a screening of Ilana Harris-Babou’s LONG CON, which skewers the wellness industry through stories about well-known fortune-tellers and health gurus, such as the Honduran healer Alfredo Darrington Bowman, aka Dr. Sebi, and Youree Dell Harris, aka Psychic Readers Network spokeswoman Miss Cleo. To learn more about Ilana Harris-Babou’s exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery visit the Gallery’s website.

So, sit back, stand up, dance, curl up, but whatever you do get yourself ready for a sweet sweet virtual vibe!

For more information and to purchase tickets for this event, visit On the Board’s website.


Hello4Culture: Black Imagination

Thurs., Feb. 25 — 8–9 p.m.

From the host: For our first Hello4Culture of 2021, we’re celebrating Black History Month by taking a deep dive into Black Imagination: Sites of Power, a 4Culture-funded project by artists Natasha Marin and Jay O’Leary Woods. This exhibition-slash-experience features video, audio, and visual art made in collaboration with dozens of local Black artists.Co-hosted by our friends at Northwest Film Forum, this session will feature screenings of video from the project and conversations with the artists.


Register on Zoom. The session will be captioned. Explore Black Imagination: Sites of Power at www.black-imagination.com. Learn more about Hello4Culture at www.4culture.org/hello-4culture.


Holocaust Center for Humanity Lunch-and-Learn: ‘In My Hands: Rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke’

Feb. 23 — 12–1 p.m.

From the host: Join Intiman Theatre for an exciting partner event with the Holocaust Center for Humanity! We will be joined by Jeannie Opdyke Smith who will share her mother Irene’s incredible journey of courage and resilience. The true story of how one Polish Catholic teenager saved over a dozen Jews during the Holocaust. The story became the acclaimed Broadway play Irena’s Vow. Learn from Irene’s example how we can all say no to hatred, persecution, and prejudice.

Tickets are free! To register, visit the following webpage.


Black Theatre Beyond the Politics of Representation

Feb. 23 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: Join Intiman Theatre for a Black History Month conversation: Black Theatre Beyond the Politics of Representation. Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Intiman’s Board Chair, will host the conversation, with special guests Stacie McCormick, PhD, and Wind Dell Woods, MFA/PhD. Together, the panelists will explore questions around the tensions embedded in the politics of representation for Black theatre artists. How can Black theatre become a liberatory space that pierces the veneer of how blackness gets to be represented on stage?

Tickets are free for everyone! For more information and to reserve tickets, head to Intiman Theatre’s website.


BIPOC Filmmaker Weekly Happy Hour

Feb. 23 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: BIPOC folks in the filmmaking game: Drop in for a new weekly virtual Happy Hour! We might drink a little, laugh a little, and talk about film — what we’re watching, creating, what you want to do in the industry, and what you need. Join us weekly, or whenever you can. Each Happy Hour will take place over Zoom. Registration is only required once, then you can attend weekly.

“In the spirit of Alice Walker’s quote, ‘Hard times require furious dancing,’ we wanted to create a virtual space of connection and joy for BIPOC filmmakers.” — Tifa

For more information and to register for the event, visit Northwest Film Forum’s (NWFF) “Education” webpage.


NWFF’s Weekly Open Script Read

Feb. 22 — 10–11 a.m.

From the host: Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) presents Open Script Read, meeting weekly on Monday mornings and facilitated by NWFF Executive Director Vivian Hua! Local screenwriters and filmmakers may submit 10 pages of their original work, and one script will be chosen per session. For the first half-hour, participants will hear a live table read and receive feedback from other writers. The remaining half-hour will allow other writers to share details about projects they’re working on, as well as look to one another for advice and collaboration. All are encouraged to attend, even if your script is not being read.

For more information and to register, visit NWFF’s “Education” webpage.


Photo: A dancer from the Thai Cultural Society performs during the Lunar New Year festival in the C-ID, Seattle, WA, 3/2/19 (by Carolyn Bick). Graphic design overlay by Emerald staff.

Local Lunar New Year 2021 Celebrations

Feb 5–22 — Tết in Seattle: Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 2021 (Seattle Center)
*Feb. 12–18 — ICHS Lunar New Year 5k (will be held online). Registration is closed but you can still support this fundraiser. (*This event is in the past.)
*Feb 13, 1 p.m. Wing Luke Virtual New Year Celebration (*This event is in the past.)

Plus! To celebrate Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Little Saigon Creative is hosting a photo booth through the end of the month and a Flash Sale that ends this weekend (Feb. 13/14). Due to COVID-19, a smaller-than-usual Lion Dance will embark from Little Saigon Creative at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and make its way to Phở Bắc Sup Shop. 

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NWFASA Filipino American Agenda Community Town Hall

Feb. 20 — 2–3 p.m.

From the host: Join the Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance (NWFASA) and other community members in Washington and Oregon at our Community Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. as we discuss various issues surrounding Filipinos across the US and abroad via the Filipino American Agenda (FAA) — a list of agreements reflecting the immediate interests and needs of our community. We will conduct an orientation of the FAA and create an open space for folks to provide any feedback and/or additions. This event is open to EVERYONE! Bring your friends, family members – your titos and titas! We want to make sure everyone’s voices are heard.

For more information, visit NWFASA’s Facebook event page, and to RSVP to the event, visit their registration portal.


Moss’s First Annual PNW Mini Lit Fair

Feb. 20 1:30–5 p.m. PST

From the host: Moss proudly presents the first annual PNW Mini Lit Fair, an experiment in regional pomp and circumstance. We’ve managed to snag the fine folks at Pacifica Literary Review, Poetry Northwest, Fugue, and the Cadence Video Poetry Festival for a literary extravaganza that’ll knock your socks off, with readings from Jess Walter, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Shelley Wong, and many more.

Mark your calendar and snag your free ticket for Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:30–5:00 p.m. PST for a marathon of readings and videos, along with a panel discussion with the curators who shape the outlets you know and love. The event is totally free and open to the public — we’re excited to see you!

More info on the event, including a full schedule (stay for the whole show, or just pick the readers of most interest to you!) is available at Moss’s website.


Promo image for FIUTS CulturalFest 2021 from the event on Facebook.

Virtual CulturalFest International Expo

Feb. 10–20

From the host (FIUTS): CulturalFest is the largest multicultural student event at the University of Washington, and this year visitors of all ages can experience FIUTS  CulturalFest from anywhere in the world! 

FIUTS CulturalFest International Expo 2021 will celebrate the world’s cultural diversity represented by University of Washington students and FIUTS global community members. During the 10-day online event, anyone is welcome to “travel” the world in a safe virtual space through art, music, games, photographs, and much more. Visit fiuts.org on February 10th to begin the celebration!


Northwest Nikkei Museum Speaker Series

Feb 19 — 7–8 p.m. (ongoing speaker series)

From the host: Join us for our new, monthly program and learn about Japanese American culture and history with the Northwest Nikkei Museum (NNM)! On the third Friday of every month we will host a speaker, covering a variety of topics and perspectives related to Japanese Americans in the Greater Seattle Area and beyond!

Join the NNM and Omoide on Friday, February 19th starting at 7 p.m. (PST) via Zoom for the first of the series to discuss Day of Remembrance. Omoide is a unique writing program that has introduced the Nikkei experience to several thousand students, 200 teachers, and 400 members of the general public for more than a decade. Free to attend, but registration required.


Learn more about this — and other upcoming speakers — and register for events on the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) website.


NWFF Special Event: Thin Skin Screening and Discussion

Feb. 19 — 6 p.m.; Discussion at 7:30 p.m.

From the host: A struggling single dad clings to his dream of being a musician, much to the chagrin of his absent Nigerian father, until a mysterious illness throws his world into chaos. Thin Skin is a music-infused, darkly comedic true story about keeping it together when you’re falling apart.

A live talk-back with cast and crew accompanies this screening at 7:30 p.m. PST. Please start the film promptly at 6 p.m. PST to be able to join in.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Northwest Film Forum’s (NWFF) “What’s On” webpage.


2020–21 Hugo Fellows Mid-Year Reading

Feb. 17, 2021 7–8:30 p.m. PST

From the host: Join the current Hugo House Fellows for their mid-year reading. Nourished by the Audre Lorde poem “A Litany for Survival,” Fellows have themed the evening “A Litany for [ ]” as a framework for reading their work.

The 2020–21 Fellows will read from the projects they’ve been working on during the Hugo Fellowship, a part of our program that provides support to emerging writers. Hear new work from Brian Dang, Cassidy Dyce, Clare Johnson, Frances Lee, Stephanie Segura, and Arianne True. Writers-in-residence Laura Da’ and Ruth Joffre, who served as mentors for this class of Fellows, will emcee.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the “Hugo Events” webpage.


The Emerald recently published an opinion piece critical to Hugo House leadership. For more information, read the article, Hugo House’s Passive Response to Racism Prompts Writers to Address the Violence of the Past


A TOWN HALL MEETING — Part 2: A Discussion on the Recent Violence in the Rainier Beach Safeway Parking Lot

Feb. 17, 2021 6–7 p.m. PST

From the host: Rainier Avenue Radio presents A TOWN HALL MEETING — Part 2: A Discussion on the Recent Violence in the Rainier Beach Safeway Parking Lot.

Join us to make your voice heard about recent violence in the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot… or just listen! The discussion will center how community members feel they are being impacted by the violence, what YOU see happening as a result, and what YOU would like to have happen. Are you a South Seattle resident? What engages you in these conversations? We look forward to hearing back from you and encourage your participation.

Register on Eventbrite for access to the Zoom link to participate.

Or you can WATCH on the Rainier Avenue Radio website or app (free iPhone/Android), YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch. You can also LISTEN on our website, TuneIn, or through your smart speaker.


Re-Opening Schools Amidst a Pandemic Lunch and Learn

Feb. 17 12–1:30 p.m.

Join the Equity in Education Coalition (ECC) for this month’s Lunch and Learn: Re-Opening Schools Amidst a Pandemic. Panelists include Angel Asuncion-Reed, parent within the Bellevue School District and assistant director of Clubs and Leadership at Seattle University’s Center for Student Involvement; Jennifer Matter, president of the Seattle Education Association; Aaron Garcia, member of the Highline School Board; James Bible, attorney at the James Bible Law Group; and Maddy Thompson, executive policy director for education and higher education for the Office of Gov. Inslee. The event will be held virtually on Feb. 17 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Learns are a monthly event that discusses community-identified issues — such as diversifying the teacher workforce, implementing restorative justice, and understanding the intersection of mental health and racism. The outcomes and goals of Lunch and Learns are to increase the understanding of and power in the educational system for parents, families, and communities of color, and to also develop equity-based solutions to community-identified issues and strengthen the movement to end racism in the public educational system.

To learn more and register for the event, visit ECC’s “Events” webpage.


Union by Law: Filipino American Labor Activists, Rights Radicalism, and Racial Capitalism

Feb. 115–7 p.m.

From the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies (UW): Join us as we celebrate the release of the new book Union By Law: Filipino American Labor Activists, Rights Radicalism, and Racial Capitalism by Michael McCann with George Lovell (University of Chicago Press).

Union by Law analyzes a century of Filipino American workers’ rights-based struggles, from the U.S. invasion of the Philippines through the devastating landmark 1989 Supreme Court civil rights ruling, Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio.

From February 4 to February 18, save 20% on your book purchase of Union By Law from the University of Chicago Press website using promo code PR20MCCLOV.


Learn more and register on the UW Zoom page for this free event.


Heart 2 Heart: Green Drinks Think Tank

Feb. 95:30–7:30 p.m.

From the host (Sustainable Seattle): Join Sustainable Seattle for a Seattle Green Drinks Think Tank virtual gathering! Our Sound Listening Q1 theme is The Heart of Sustainability. February’s Green Drinks meetup is a participatory research session that will begin with a short presentation on the definition of sustainability, followed by a facilitated discussion. We will discuss these questions:

What does sustainability mean to you?
What attracts you to sustainability?
What guides you in your sustainable decisions?
What gives you the feels about sustainability?


Learn more and register for this free event on Sustainable Seattle’s website.


Senior Support Group

Fri, Feb. 5 — 3–4:30 p.m.

From the host (Somali Family Safety Task Force): Come learn about the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn about the health and safety risks. The age restrictions and criteria and where to get the vaccine.


Learn more and contact the host via the Facebook event. (See other Somali Family Safety Task Force events for men, mothers, youth, and more on their Facebook page.)


Reading Through It Book Club — One Person, No Vote

Wed., Feb. 3 — 7–8 p.m.

Join the Third Place Books and the South Seattle Emerald on Wednesday, February 3 to discuss One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson. You can purchase a copy of the book on the Third Place Books website. All monthly book club titles are discounted 20% at the Seward Park location for the month prior to the book club meeting. To be eligible for the book club discount, select “Curbside Pickup at Seward Park” on the website, or make your purchase over the phone (206-474-2200) or in our Seward Park store.

All are welcome and no purchase required. Reading Through It meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of the South South Emerald, and Neal Morton, Western education reporter for The Hechinger Report, will lead the conversation.

View the Reading Through it Book Club February Facebook event to RSVP and for more info.


Keep Music Live — Grants Available

Application Deadline: Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. PST

From Keep Music Live: Keep Music Live — a COVID-19 fundraising campaign to raise money to support small, independently-owned venues across Washington State has announced the applications for relief grants is now available. Washington State’s beloved music venues were the first businesses to close due to COVID-19 and will be among the last businesses to re-open.

Relief grants will be awarded to all businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 and will be distributed in February 2021. While the application process is very streamlined, Keep Music Live will be hosting live Zoom sessions to provide one-on-one support and answer questions to venue owners who are applying. (Learn more/apply online.)


A Green Legacy Launch Event: Securing Business Funding in the Cannabis Industry

Wed, Feb. 3 — 5:30–7:30 p.m.

From A Green Legacy: Getting capital for your business usually includes a loan from the bank and maybe a friends and family round of investing, right? But what happens when banks are timid or aren’t an option at all because the business is a not-federally-legal cannabis business or is a newly regulated CBD/Hemp business? What happens when the friends and family round of funding doesn’t cut it and biases in banking and venture capital present you with roadblocks?

Join A Green Legacy’s launch event where we’ll talk about the facts and a panel of BIPOC cannabis trailblazers will share what they’ve learned on their fundraising journeys, and how they successfully funded their cannabis business. This is an inclusive event open to anyone including those who are current or aspiring cannabis/CBD/hemp entrepreneurs, investors, folx who are figuring out entrepreneurial options, and those who care about the future of cannabis.

Panelists (abbreviated for space): Marie Montmarquet | Co-founder of MD Numbers Inc.; Jeffery Freeman Jr | Co-founder of the Washington State-based cannabis processing company and vape cartridge brand Mfused & the newly launched CBD brand Polite; Ashley Stallworth | Washington State-based founder of CBD hemp health wellness company, Present Naturals Distributions, founder of Bio Fiber Industries, an agro-technology company, and Co-Founder of High Standard Labs; and Sheley Secrest | Washington State-based, defense attorney and owner of Law Offices of Sheley J.M Secrest, Policy Advisor for the Craft Cannabis Coalition, and regional vice president of the NAACP – Alaska, Oregon, Washington.


(Image: STEM Global)

STEM Global Educator Workshop (Virtual)

Sat., Jan. 30 — 8:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

From the host: Calling all teachers! Join fellow STEM educators for Washington Global Health Alliance’s virtual STEM Global Educator Workshop. This brand-new interactive workshop is designed to give teachers free COVID-19-centered activities and curriculum resources to integrate into their virtual classrooms.

Note: Activities are tailored for high school curriculum standards.


This event is free. Learn more and register here.


TCS Banner designed by TVP partners (source: KCLS website).

Teen Creative Society – Meet and Sketch with Vikram Madan

Wed., Jan. 27 — 4–5 p.m.

Ages 12–18

Supplies needed: Blank paper of any type, and something to write with.

From the host (King Co. Library System): Meet Seattle artist and author Vikram Madan! Ask questions about his pop-surrealist paintings, illustrations, and humorous books of poetry. Have a piece of your own art ready to share. Draw along with Vikram as he explains how to create and sketch characters and keep them consistent even with a new expression.


Register for this event on the KCLS website.

KCLS Nerd Culture Club recently discussed the second volume of The Old Guard series. Book available to on library database, hoopla. Check out Nerd Culture Club: Adult Comic Book Discussion on Tues., Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. *For ages 17 and up, but teenagers can attend with parent/guardian permission.

Workshop: Ask What Success Looks and Feels Like

Two dates:
Fri., Jan. 22, 3:30–5 p.m. (Register)
Tues., Jan. 26, 4:30–6 p.m. (Register)

Join South Seattle Emerald contributor Julie Pham in an interactive online workshop on “Ask What Success Looks and Feels Like.” Leave with new connections and a plan to re-envision success in 2021. 

Pay-what-you-can!


Tai Chi for Joints

Sat., Jan. 23 — 9:30–11:30 a.m.

From the host: Do you have joint pain? Does the pain get worse when it is cold and wet? Wherever the pain is, it is most likely the result of blocked energy in your joint possibly from prior injury, repetitive motion or overuse. The best way to release the blocked energy and alleviate join pain is through energy movement. Tai Chi practice becomes the best way to combat joint pain by improving energy circulation and help heal and strengthen the muscles around the joint.

Meet us Online: Join us online to experience energy flow to lessen the joint pain and feel more centered and calmer. The tuition is $25. Register [on the event website] and you will receive the Zoom login information.


Additional info: This event is suitable for all ages.


Bicycle Trivia Night feat. Andy Hampsten, Jennie Reed, Heidi Franz, and Nelson Vails

Thurs., Jan. 21 — 5:30 p.m.

From the host: Join Bike Works … for a for a night of bicycle trivia! Guest panelists include professional road bicycle racer and winner of the 1988 Giro d’Italia, Andy Hampsten, World and U.S. champion track cyclist and Olympian Jennie Reed, Pro cyclist for the UCI Continental Team Rally Cycling, Heidi Franz, and retired road and track cyclist and Olympian Nelson Vails! Compete for some incredible prizes, while building your cycling knowledge and networks while you’re at it. Sliding-scale tickets proceeds support our youth & community programs.


Learn more and get tickets for this event on the Bike Works website.


Raven Chronicles Presents “Take A Stand: Art Against Hate

Thurs., Jan. 21 — 7–8:30 p.m.

From the host (Seattle Public Library): Join us to hear contributors from the anthology Take A Stand, Art Against Hate read their work and work by other authors.

With over 170 contributors, including Jericho Brown, Lucille Clifton, Marge Piercy, and Danez Smith, Take a Stand features poetry, artwork, essays, and fiction that confront past and ongoing injustices and offer visions of positive change. Tonight’s readers will include Anna Bálint, Tess Gallagher, Lawrence Matsuda, Tiffany Midge, Shankar Narayan, henry 7 reneau, jr., and Penina Ava Taesali.


Register at SPL.org.


39th Annual Seattle MLK Jr. Day — Good Trouble Necessary Trouble

Jan. 12–18

From the host: Seattle’s MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition has mobilized for social justice every year for almost four decades, and this year is no exception. The Coalition comprises grassroots, labor, business, People of Color, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region.

The difference is this year the workshops will be online and spread over several days (Tuesday, January 12–Saturday, January 16), instead of the traditional MLK morning in classrooms at Garfield High. And the workshops this year are including some national figures, as Zoom makes that easy. But you do have to sign up in advance.

Workshops are described [on the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition website].


Additional info: The usual MLK Jr. Day march will be held on Mon., Jan 18 and begins at Noon at Garfield High. Learn more about the full list of events on the event website.


LUSIO Lights Pioneer Square

Daily through Jan. 15 — 4:30 p.m.–12 a.m.

LUSIO Lights Pioneer Square invites you to take a COVID-safe, self-guided tour of an array of lighted art installations in gallery and other storefront windows and outdoor public spaces across the historic downtown Seattle neighborhood. If you haven’t had a chance to take the tour yet, there’s still time! This 45-day light art installation runs until Jan. 15.


From the host: Please remember to mask up and stay socially distant from those outside of your household! Map, artist roster, and more information at lusiolight.com and pioneersquare.org.


OBCC Town Hall

Sat., Jan. 16 — 3 p.m.

From the host (Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic): Dr. Ben Danielson recently stepped down as Medical Director of OBCC, citing along history of inequity and racism at Seattle Children’s. He inspired a call to action to dismantle racism throughout medicine. OBCC remains committed to Dr. Blanche LaVizzo’s mission to provide Quality Care with Dignity. Please join us virtually over MLK Day weekend to discuss your questions, concerns, and vision for our future as a community.


Additional info: RSVP for this event via this web form (available in English, Spanish, and Somali) .


Reading Through It Book Club — We Will Not Cancel Us

Wed., Jan. 6 — 7–8 p.m.

Join Third Place Books and The South Seattle Emerald on Wednesday, January 6 to discuss “We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice” by adrienne maree brown. You can purchase a copy of the book here. All monthly book club titles are discounted 20% at Third Place Books (Seward Park location) for the month prior to the book club meeting. To be eligible for the book club discount, select “Curbside Pickup at Seward Park” on the website, or make your purchase over the phone (206-474-2200) or in the Seward Park store.

Joining us this month will be Jini Palmer, host of Town Hall Seattle’s “In The Moment” podcast.

All are welcome and no purchase is required. Reading Through It meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of The South South Emerald, and Neal Morton, Western education reporter for The Hechinger Report, will lead the conversation.

View the Facebook event.


Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve

Thurs., Dec. 31 — 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of a new year with the Seattle Aquarium’s Rockin’ Rockfish Noon Year’s Eve! Gather the family to enjoy the full New Year’s eve experience without staying up past bedtime. Join us at 11:40 a.m. on December 31 (pre-show starts at 11:30 a.m., Pacific time) for this free virtual event featuring music from Mikey the Rad Scientist, a dance party, fun facts about how the animals in our care are spending the holiday, a count down at noon and more. Reserve your spot today!


Longest Night: Solstice Ceremony 2020

Mon., Dec. 21 — 7–11:59 p.m. (6:30 doors)

From the hosts: This Winter Solstice, Northwest Film Forum, Holocene (Portland), REDEFINE magazine, Pink Noise (PDX), Crash Symbols Records & Seattle Documentary Association join forces to present five virtual rooms filled with music, movement, films, and meditation.

Enter a waking dream as Northwest Film Forum’s virtual space is transformed in celebration of the longest night of 2020. Full of ambient electronic music, live performances, guided movement, wellness activities, participatory rituals, and countless inventions culled from subconscious states, LONGEST NIGHT is a communally-minded, staff-invented, season-inspired Solstice party that brings light to the liminal space of the year’s darkest day.


Get all the details on the Northwest Film Forum website.


Peace Peloton Holiday Market

Sat., Dec. 19 (Noon to 7 p.m.) & Sun., Dec. 20 (Noon to 5 p.m.)

From the host: Peace Peloton’s Holiday Market is a safe, fun, and easy way for shoppers and makers to come together in support of economic reform for Black people.


Saturday’s event begins at The Patio in Columbia City at the corner of S. Ferdinand St and Rainier Ave S.. Sunday’s event begins at Tougo Cofee at 860 E. Yesler Wy. Learn more at peacepeloton.com.


Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market

Holiday gifts by artists in your very own neighborhood!

Dec. 5–20

Purchase gifts from hyper-local artisans from Dec. 5 to Dec. 20 online via the Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market. Learn about local artists and makers in the Rainier Beach Community Club’s marketplace directory, which features entrepreneurs in the following categories: Aromatherapy, Artisan Goods, Ceramics, Fabric, Glass, Jewelry, Literature, Mixed (ceramics, artisan foods), Natural Products, Photography, and Visual Arts. All sales and order fulfillment should be coordinated directly with the artists and not with Rainier Beach Community Club. Information for each artist/maker is available in the online marketplace.

Shop now!


Dance for Healing 2 — Find freedom, beauty and celebration in life’s struggles

Joy is strength! Heal body, mind, and soul with the power of dance in your own home with master teacher Dora Oliveira!

Nov. 28, Dec. 5, & Dec. 19

From the host: In this 3-class series, you will learn the basic movements of Jongo, Funky Kizomba, and Samba Reggae. These accessible classes are made possible by the COVID Community Healing Grant from
Seattle Parks Department. We invite people of all levels and abilities to enjoy the strength, energy, and relaxation that comes from dance.
Each week our community will focus on a different dance form that has evolved through the years as people have passed on the traditions, while also breathing new life into them for each generation. Enjoy the class on its own, or go deeper with journal prompts, readings, and links to
help you understand the roots of the dance and savor its fruits: celebration, gratitude, and personal and community liberation.

Sign up here to have 3 weeks of joyful, powerful, accessible
dance classes to be delivered to your inbox! Classes and learning materials will be sent via email [on class days] .

Learn more: dancewithdora.com.


Beacon Business Alliance Networking Happy Hour

Mon., Dec. 14 — 4:30–6 p.m.

From the host: Are you ready for our upcoming Networking Happy Hour this Monday?

Spread some holiday cheer with your local business community and get a look at the soon-to-come update of Essential SE Seattle.

Join via Zoom: http://ow.ly/TjvZ50CInYd


Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting

Wed., Dec. 9 — 6–7:30 p.m.

From the host (Rainier Beach Action Coalition): Food Justice & Public Safety — Join us for a virtual Town Hall when we connect with the community to discuss RBAC’s Food Justice and Public Safety initiatives. We will recognize our local Unsung Heroes who have been in service to the community by developing programs to keep R.B. residents with food security challenges fed during COVID-19. There will also be a focus on RBAC’s efforts as we work towards developing the Food Innovation Center and District. Local artists will entertain, enlighten, and delight us so come one, come all and share in our joy as we say goodbye to 2020 and look to the future and brighter days as we celebrate our resilient community!


Join the meeting (beginning at 6 p.m.) here.


Black Action Coalition Weekly March

Fri., Dec. 11 — 5–8 p.m. (Seattle Central College)

From the host: We rally at 5 p.m. and march at 6 p.m. every Friday from Broadway and Pine. We are led by Black and Indigenous organizers. We march to bring awareness to the systemic and societal oppression of Black and Indigenous people. #BlackLivesMatter #SeattleProtests

Our Demands:
1) Hold the police accountable
2) Reallocate the SPD budget
3) Stop criminalizing youth
4) Actually protect and serve everyone
5) Protect, not attack, our right to protest
Details at: https://bacdemands.carrd.co/
Venmo: @bac-2020
RSVP


Community Food Giveaway

Sat., Dec. 12 — 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

810 23rd Avenue

From the hosts: Community Food Giveaway (Rain or Shine) — Socially-Distanced Outdoors Space. Right on 23rd just north of Columbia in Seattle’s Central District. Bring your own bags and Pick your own product: Meat, Produce, Breads, Dairy. Brought to you by RainierAvenueRadio.world and GOD IS.

Facebook event


Ethnic Heritage Council Roundtable

Sun., Dec. 6 — 2–4 p.m.

From the host: Bring your favorite holiday snacks and drinks to this gathering and enjoy brief presentations on winter celebrations from representatives of seven communities: Afghan, African American, Filipino, Hungarian, Jewish, Norwegian, and Uzbek. We’ll give you a chance, too, to tell us something about your own traditions and celebrations.

RSVP here.


Black Futures with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham!

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? 

Wed., Dec. 2 — 7:30 p.m.

From the host: Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together a new collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—in Black Futures, which tells the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. Drew and Wortham will join Seattle Arts and Lectures for a pre-recorded, online-only event on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. (PST), co-presented with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum).

Black Futures presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics. In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every reader. 

Ticketing and other info: https://lectures.org/event/black-futures/


Reading Through It Book Club — The Truths We Hold

Wed., Dec. 2 — 7–8 p.m.

Join Third Place Books and The South Seattle Emerald on Wednesday, December 2 to discuss “The Truths We Hold,” by Kamala Harris. You can purchase a copy of the book here. All monthly book club titles are discounted 20% at Third Place Books (Seward Park location) for the month prior to the book club meeting. To be eligible for the book club discount, select “Curbside Pickup at Seward Park” on the website, or make your purchase over the phone (206-474-2200) or in the Seward Park store.

All are welcome and no purchase is required. Reading Through It meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of The South South Emerald, and Neal Morton, Western education reporter for The Hechinger Report, will lead the conversation.


Holiday Open Mic at Music Works

Wed., Dec. 2 — 7–8 p.m.

Open Mic at Music Works takes place the first Wednesday of every month. December’s event is a special Holiday Open Mic. Join online on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.


Serenity (Virtual) Yoga Retreat

Sat., Dec. 5 — 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

If Multiple Event Dates, Please List:

From the host (Dee Williams): Serenity Yoga Retreat — A virtual yoga retreat to close out the end of 2020 with grace, gratitude and generosity. No prior experience with yoga required.

Cost: $75 (Contact host for a $25–off discount code for use at checkout!)

Sign up here.


Virtual Bunka no Hi Japanese Culture Festival

New videos premiering every Sunday during the month of November via Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington

Sundays @ Noon Throughout Nov.

From the host: Bunka no Hi is going virtual this year! Bunka no Hi, or Japanese Culture Festival, is a free cultural festival dedicated to celebrating, commemorating, and educating the public about Japanese and Japanese American Culture in the Seattle area. We hope you can join us from the safety of your home at our “Virtual Bunka no Hi”, which will include a new video every Sunday at noon (PDT) during the month of November.

More details: https://www.jcccw.org/bunka-no-hi
Also free and online via the JCCCW’s YouTube channel.


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It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate: A Black Youth Entrepreneurial Virtual Market Place


Fri., Nov. 27 — 12–1:30 p.m. & 3–4:30 p.m.

From the host: The marketplace event is scheduled to take place on November 27 which has been known as Black Friday, kicking off one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Although Black Friday traditionally has been used only as a mechanism of U.S. capitalism benefiting predominately dominant culture businesses, “It’s Never 2 Early 2 Create & Innovate” is joining with other social and economic justice efforts to repurpose that day.

With Video Entertainment by …
NW Tap Connection — Hell ya talkin bout
Akilah Franklin — Song Anymore
Louis Collins & John Jones — Class Clowns
Sidney Thomas — Poem: I am the Black Child
Cipher Goings — Tap Dance
Olu Dixon – Monolouge from the Great Debators
Draze ft. Owuor-Building Black Wealth (Offical Music Video)
Featuring Companies Created By Young People of African Descent

Learn more on the Facebook event.


RnR Live Jamm Session w/ Thatguy Rcurtis

Wed., Nov. 25 — 5–6 p.m.

From the host: This episode of #RnRLiveJammSession by way of #RainierAvenueRadio we are honored to have on the show, Author of “Emerald Street — A History of Hip Hop in Seattle,” Dr Daudi Abe, and Executive Director of “206 Zulu Nation,” Daniel “King Khazm” Kogita! Tap-in and lets get educated together!

Introducing “Hit or Quit!” This is the portion of the show that highlights both local and un-signed artists to see who you, the audience, thinks should be featured and interviewed on the following month’s show. We will announce the winner after each episode of #rnrlivejammsession. The King or Queen will be virtually crowned at the beginning of the following month where their song will be featured throughout that whole month and they will have a 15-min. interview within that month.

Tune in to: www.rainieravenueradio.world.


Turkey Giveaway!!


*Tues., Nov. 24 — 2–4 p.m. (*Was Mon., Nov. 23.)

From the host: Turkey distribution will be on a first come, first serve basis. Limited quantities available. Car pick-up is preferred as we are following strict social distancing guidelines and orders.

Find RIZP on Facebook.



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