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It's Not Just Another Day Off Of Work: 21 MLK Day events in Seattle

January 15th, 2014 by master

Photo Credit: Marc Lester/ Anchorage Daily News

There’s no school on Monday January 20th, the Seattle Public Libraries and a host of other government/federal agencies are closed, and if you’re lucky, your job is giving you the day off as well. So besides sleeping in, what are you planning to do to honor our amazing strides in civil rights?

From the Seattle Times Website, here are 21 events going on around town.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events 2014

Northwest events marking Martin Luther King Day begin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Here’s a selected list.

KIng County Martin Luther King Day Celebration

THU Speakers including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and King County Executive Dow Constantine; music, student essay award ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle; free ( ).

MLK Film Screenings and Dialogue at SAM

FRI Films, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “The Man Who Drove with Mandela,” followed by conversation on ways to volunteer in honor of Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and others who led lives of service for social change; 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets available, or day of event on space-available basis starting at 6:45 p.m.; the museum, usually closed on Mondays, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for the holiday, $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3121 or ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

FRI Seattle community colleges host keynote speaker National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Michele Norris, who will discuss “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, and Tonya Mosley of the “Black in Seattle” series for KUOW, emcee of interactive program, discussion and reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free ( ).

Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy planting

SAT Plant trees in the park, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or ).

Youth march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SAT Seattle Parks and Recreation youth-organized march to celebrate the contribution Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive; march ends at Rainier Community Center for youth talent show and youth group-speak recitation, 1 p.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle; preregister online (206-233-3979

Share the Dream

SUN Concert to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and special guests, 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free, freewill offering collected to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County (206-329-0300

MLK Unity Party

SUN KEXP hosts DJs for music, dance and celebration in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cause of freedom and equality for all people, for ages 21 and older, 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$7 ( ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

SUN Keynote speech by Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, performances including theatrical creation, spoken word, African drumming, group singing of civil rights-era songs, awards for service toward social justice, reception with a resource fair, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (

State Parks Free Day

SUN-MON Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required; Martin Luther King Day, Sunday-Monday ( ).

National Parks Free Day

MON Visit national parks with no entrance fee in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (

MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County

MON Preregister online for a variety of volunteer activities (

MLK Day of Service

MON National Service Blog of volunteer projects (

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

MON Breakfast honors Seattle leaders with award presentation and keynote speaker Ron Sims, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, music by University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir, 7 a.m. Monday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$35; tickets available by phone through Friday or at the door (425-775-3362).

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Workshops, Rally, March

MON Workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry, music, keynote speaker Aaron Dixon, 11 a.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march to Westlake Park for brief outdoor rally, 12:30 p.m., rally approximately 1:45 p.m. ( ).

Fremont MLK Day of Service

MON Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with keynote speaker Lake Union District Council Member Ralph Frank Weathers, “I Have a Dream” speech and a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, assemble disaster hygiene kits and welcome baskets for Patrick Place Apts., earthquake preparedness information, Community Service Volunteer Forum, for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St., Seattle; free (

MLK Day Open House, Northwest African American Museum

MON Reading room with a selection of books about the civil-rights movement and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, film showing of “Sing Your Song,” the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte, 1 p.m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or ).

Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase

MON High-school boys basketball tournament, Rainier Beach-O’Dea, Garfield-Franklin, Beamer-Jefferson (Portland); 3 p.m. Monday, doors open 2 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; $10 (

Crossroads MLK Health Fair

MON Performances, health and community information and exhibits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, speakers Bellevue mayor and City Council, 12:15 p.m., Market Stage and South Concourse, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 orwww.crossroadsbellevue.comCQ).

MLK Day project, Kirkland

MON Help remove invasive plants, wear waterproof shoes, tools and gloves provided, 10 a.m. Monday, Crestwoods Park, 1818 Sixth St., Kirkland; preregister (

King Showcase, ShoWare Center

MON High-school girls and boys basketball MLK Day tournament, eight games, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m., ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $5-$10 (253-856-6990

University of Puget Sound Martin Luther King Day Celebration

TUE Keynote speech by leader and political activist of the Chicano civil-rights movement Carlos Munoz, other speakers, music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma ( ).

Let us know what kinds of things you do to celebrate civil rights. We would love to hear in the comments!

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Santa, free frozen yogurt, indie crafts at more this weekend in Wallingford

December 9th, 2011 by master

Here are events going on around Wallingford this weekend:

  • Nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood” like free yogurt! This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the grand opening of Yogurtland in Wallingford at 2320 N. 45th Street. The first 50 guests to arrive will receive gift cards. If you’re not one of the first 50, don’t despair, you can still get free frozen yogurt and toppings (while supplies last) and free Yogurtland t-shirts (while supplies last) and prizes for kids.
  • The Wallingford Boys & Girls Club will be hosting the third bi-annual I Heart Indie Holidays Show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll have 44 local artists and craft-stars offering their holiday best! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club Keystone Program. Free admission. The Boys & Girls Club Keystone Program will also have a concessions stand benefiting their program.
  • Family Fun Day at the Green Lake Branch of the Seattle Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We will be making stick puppets , putting on the show the Gingerbread Boy with those puppets and finishing with some simple folk dancing. It will be a jam-packed hour of fun for the whole family.
  • Celebrate the Season with the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce on Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jolly ole’ Santa will be on hand to great the kids and hand out candy canes at the Wallingford Center Plaza! The Green Carolers will lead us in some spirited carols as we stroll the neighborhood singing. We will end back at the plaza at 4:30 for the second annual lighting of Wallingford sign. Afterward join us inside Wallingford Center to warm up with hot cider and cookies.

    We will meet on the NW Plaza of Wallingford Center.

  • SATAY Malaysian Street Food (1711 N. 45th St) is celebrating their one-year-anniversary on Saturday.

    “This year has been an amazing journey building our business in the heart of Wallingford. We’ve felt the love and support of the Wallingford community as we continue to grow in the hood! As thanks to everyone who has made SATAY apart of their lives, we’re pleased to offer a free Roti Canai or Curry Puffto anyone who stops in on December 10th, 2011. We’re asking people to donate the value of their free Roti or Curry Puff to benefit Asian Counseling and Referral Services’ (A.C.R.S.) Club Bamboo which provides meals and activities for seniors.”

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    Kids have a blast at Picnic at the Precinct

    July 10th, 2011 by master

    Seattle Police held its “Picnic at the Precinct” on College Way this Saturday, an annual event when residents can meet the officers who patrol the North Seattle region. And perhaps best of all, kids get an inside-look at police work.

    The mounted patrol is always a crowd favorite.

    And so are the police robots, which are used to sniff out suspicious devices.

    This lucky guy is getting a tour of a SWAT vehicle.

    The event has been running since 2004, sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation and local businesses. “Picnic at the Precinct events provide an opportunity for the business and residential communities in the precinct geographical boundaries to come together and enjoy a day to meet and interact with their local officers in a fun environment,” explains Detective Jeff Kappel.

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    Scenes from the Kiddies Parade and Street Fair

    July 9th, 2011 by master

    You couldn’t ask for a better day for Wallingford’s annual Kiddies Parade, which delighted crowds with marching bands, drill teams and of course, lots of kids. Wallingford’s own Dick Spady, of Dick’s Drive-in, was the Grand Marshal this year. Here are a few photos we snapped along the route on 45th:

    Parents and kids with Family Works.

    And the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club.

    John Stanford International School is always a crowd favorite.

    Another photo of John Stanford School.

    Marchers! A good showing by Wallingford’s kids.

    The Baby Dolls Drill Team.

    The All City Band.

    And lots of shops, arts, crafts and activities for the whole family at the street fair along Wallingford Ave. Wallingford Center merchants even handed out free ice cream for the kids. Hope you had a great time this year, and if you have any photos you’d like to share, email them to tips[at]

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    Scenes from the Wallingford Street Fair

    July 10th, 2010 by master

    After the parade, families poured into the Wallingford Street Fair along Wallingford Ave. to shop, play games and chow down.

    Via Tribunali’s mobile pizza oven, Mighty-O Donuts and Whidbey Island Ice Cream were among the food vendors.

    For the kids, the ponies were a big hit, as you can imagine.

    Some danced to the live music outside of Wallingford Center.

    And for those who were there later in the afternoon, a special surprise treat — free cupcakes from Trophy.

    A special thanks to the Wallingford Neighborhood Office, and it was great meeting so many of you today! (My Wallingford was a sponsor of today’s event.)

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    Preview of this weekend's Fremont Parade and Fair

    June 17th, 2010 by master

    This weekend is Fremont’s biggest event of the year, the Solstice Parade and Fair. Over its long history, the event has grown from a funky neighborhood gathering to a region-wide party that’s expected to attract close to 100,000 people.  The parade itself kicks off at noon on Saturday from N. 36th and Leary, travels through the heart of Fremont, and ends at Gas Works Park in Wallingford.

    Photo above from 2009 Solstice Parade

    In addition to the parade, which kicks off with the famous naked bicyclists, you’ll find plenty of other things to do.  Here’s a sampling:

    Live bands: Musical entertainment from 39 different bands on three different stages over the entire weekend.  Here’s the band lineup.

    Solstice Celebration in Gas Works Park: Organizers promise art installations, bands, non-profit booths, food vendors, and a beer garden.

    Fremont Abbey Arts for All: Painting, interactive sculptures, sidewalk chalking, live music at the Rocket Block next to the Big Purple Slide.

    Seattle Art Car Blowout: 75 decorated cars in the Burke Building parking lot. Here’s the “ChewBaru” from last year’s show.

    Cabiri Performance Troupe on Daedalus: Daedalus is a fully freestanding aluminum aerial dance stage.  Five performances will feature dancers from The Cabiri performance troupe.

    Shakespeare on The Troll: Selected scenes from the Bard’s most famous and beloved plays in front of the Troll.

    And keep an eye out for a booth collecting donations for the families involved in the deadly fire last weekend. You’ll find a map of the vendors and entertainment here.  You can also visit the fair’s official website.

    The fair runs from 10am to 8pm on Saturday, and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.  Our sister site Fremont Universe will have full coverage throughout the weekend on its site as well as on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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    New Edible Plant Sale ushers in spring

    March 6th, 2010 by master

    If the warming weather has turned your thoughts to gardening, make this plan for the first day of spring, March 20: Seattle Tilth will do an earlier, small, indoor version of its popular Edible Plant Sale.

    Tilth outreach coordinator Liza Burke says that the sale “encourages people to start growing year-round, since you can do that in this climate.” The event also feeds into the increasing excitement about growing food. Only plants appropriate for growing in spring will be available (i.e., no tomatoes).

    The Early Spring Edible Plant Sale will be held at March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at At Warren G. Magnuson Park, Hangar 30. Burke says that Seattle Tilth shopped around various areas to do the Early Spring Plant Sale and decided to have it indoors rather than at Meridian Park, the site of the May Edible Plant Sale and next door to Tilth’s office. This sale will feature about a third the number of plants available at the later sale. The complete list is available on the Seattle Tilth site.

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    Enter to get some popular Zoo Doo

    February 25th, 2010 by master

    The annual Spring Fecal Fest is here again. The popular Zoo Doo has been piling up and the “Prince of Poo” is ready to get rid of the “most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest,” as the zoo calls it.

    Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

    To enter for a chance to buy some of this steamy Zoo Doo or Bedspread (similar to Zoo Doo, but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust), send in a postcard from March 5 through March 20.

    More details on how to enter right here.

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