Saturday afternoon saw a Rainier Avenue packed with more than 3000 South End residents standing shoulder to shoulder to catch a glimpse of entrants in the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, presented by the Rainier Chamber of Commerce. Beginning at Rainier Avenue and 42nd, and ending at Rainier and Alaska, participants – including drill teams, dance crews, and political hopefuls – marched (and in some cases drove) the half mile stretch in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
5th Annual Art Walk Rainier Beach, signature event of the Rainier Beach Merchants Association, will be presented Saturday,September 5th. With a 2015 theme of “A Cultural Homecoming,” the event celebrates all who have lived, worked, and shared in the Rainier Beach community since its settlement by the Duwamish people thousands of years ago. This year, Art Walk Rainier Beach will honor the Duwamish Tribe by opening the event with a special welcome by Chief Sealth’s 4th-Great-Grandson, Ken Workman.Continue reading Duwamish First Peoples to be Honored at 5th Annual Art Walk Rainier Beach: A Cultural Homecoming→
All of the South End seemed to be in attendance for the 8th annual Othello Park International Music & Arts Festival held on Sunday, August 16. This year’s theme was fun in many languages. To honor the rich linguistic diversity of the neighborhood there was a banner saying Hello in 40 different languages. Even Mayor Ed Murray stopped by the say “Dia Dhuit,” (hello in Irish the language of his grandparents) and to commend the City Parks Department on their upcoming renovation which will include improvements to the park bathrooms.Continue reading Oh Hello Othello: Arts Festival Celebrates South End Diversity→
When I walked into the Royal Room in Columbia City two Sundays ago to see Tina Vernon’s show “NOTE TO SELF, An Evening of Storytelling and Music”, I expected to sit through a beautiful but fairly standard music set. The only thing I knew about Tina was that she is quite the singer, known for soul, jazz, and rock pieces. So, when I plopped down at my table, I opened my notebook and wrote “T Vernon Music Review” at the top, fully expecting to hear some nice tunes and whisk myself away at the end of an hour or so.Continue reading Review: Tina Vernon’s Note To Self, An Evening of Storytelling and Music→
Mulhdata Dawud, an Oromo youth who lived in New Holly, had his flame extinguished on July 29th. He was killed in a drive-by shooting that took place in Federal Way. Two friends in the car with him were also shot. The deceased 20 year old was cherished by his community and known as a family man. He was born fifth of nine children and raised by loving parents. He will be missed by all, especially his older sister and niece. Mulhdata had never been in trouble with the law. He was the last person anyone would have expected to pass in this way. Continue reading Where Does Youth Violence Really Come From?→
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