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Seattle Gems event for girls

PHOTO: Poster for Seattle Delta Sigma Theta Sorority GEMS 6th Annual Teen Summit. Organized by teens the summit will feature food, giveaways, an open mic and speaker Toyia Taylor.

City Restores Funding Program for Arts Jobs

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is bringing back a funding program supporting arts jobs for Seattle arts, cultural and heritage organizations. Arts Mean Business will provide one-time funds for pivotal jobs that will make a difference in an organization’s ability to sustainably carry out its mission. Priority will be given to arts, cultural and heritage organizations that reflect, represent and serve historically underserved populations – communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and those who are differently-abled who use the arts as a way to serve these communities. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, June 11.

Eligibility requirements: Seattle-based organizations with at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization; a primary purpose of arts, culture or heritage; and a demonstrated record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments serving Seattle residents. Funds may be applied to salaries or contract fees, full or partial, for one position that is crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies that serve the organization's mission.

A link to the online application is available at www.seattle.gov/arts. For information, contact Kathy Hsieh at 206-733-9926 or kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov.

Seattle Speaks TV: Wade into the Waterfront
A vision to transform Seattle’s waterfront into a major public promenade of rehabilitated piers, parks and plazas is taking shape. Join Seattle Channel, Seattle CityClub and Town Hall for a live, televised, community conversation about the proposed project; its costs and how it will affect not only downtown, but the city beyond.

The next episode of Seattle Speaks will bring together a panel and a live audience to deliberate this pivotal moment in the city’s history.

Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan will lead the discussion, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. The program will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel cable 21 (HD on Comcast 321 and Wave 721) and online at seattlechannel.org. Join the conversation in person or online, where you can take part in polls and voice your opinion via social media and e-mail. Take the pre-show poll online now: www.seattlechannel.org/seattlespeaks.

Over the past 150 years, Seattle’s waterfront has changed from a Native American gathering place to a deep-water port to the pathway for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, an earthquake-damaged, double-decked highway that will be replaced by a deep-bore tunnel.

Admission to Seattle Speaks is free but advance registration is required. Register at www.seattlecityclub.org or call 206-682-7395. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.

Free Lunchtime Concert Celebrates International Day of Jazz

Ernestine-Anderson-introSeattleCenter, in conjunction with Jazz In The City Concert Series, celebrates the 2014 United Nations International Day of Jazz with a special tribute to Seattle’s own jazz ambassador, Ernestine Anderson (pictured).

This free lunchtime concert, 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, in Seattle Center Armory, features some of Seattle’s finest jazz artists:  Debbie Cavitt, Tess Guerzon and pianist Deems Tsutakawa and his band.

International Day of Jazz, which highlights the diplomatic role of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization in uniting people in all corners of the globe through jazz, concludes Jazz Appreciation Month honoring the music that America gave to the world.

The community is encouraged to attend this mid-day musical respite. Bring a lunch or purchase from Armory eateries, featuring freshly prepared foods of the Northwest. More information is available at:  www.SeattleCenter.com or 206-684-7200. 

Revenue Department Offers Free Webinar about Taxes for Businesses

Business owners in Washington have many responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they must report. To help reach more businesses statewide, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) will host on April 30 a free live webinar for new and small business owners from 10 – 11 a.m.

In offering these live webinars, Revenue aims to make it easier for small businesses to participate.

To register, send an email to NBOWebinar@dor.wa.gov with your name, company name, phone number, and email address.

The deadline to register is Friday, April 25.

Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. The webinar facilitator will answer specific questions related to your business at the end of the webinar.

The Revenue website at www.dor.wa.gov/Workshops offers a complete schedule of in-person business workshops held around the state and short video versions of the workshops.

The Seattle Library Hosts Free Radio Journalism Workshop for Teens

The Seattle Public Library will host a free radio journalism workshop for teens from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required; call the branch at 206-684-4063 to register. Free parking is available at the branch.

Participants will get hands-on interviewing skills and use professional recording equipment in this workshop presented by KUOW RadioActive. Teens ages 16 to 18 interested in an internship with KUOW can get information and an application following the workshop.

RadioActive is a radio journalism program for teens based at KUOW 94.9 radio.

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian.


Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation 2014 Scholarship Winners

Seven former students of the original Martin LutherKingElementary School have been awarded $l,000 scholarships for post secondary education. 

Garfield High School: Mariah Beverly, Jaybrie Brown, Jaelyn Givens and Dajeanne Washington; RainierBeach: Nadine Middlebrooks; HazenHigh School: Adonis Shareef; University Prep: Syade Shields.

These students will be honored at a banquet on Monday, May 19, to be held at the MountZionBaptistChurch, 1634 19th Avenue in Seattle.

Reggie Jones, pro football player, Super Bowl champion and motivational speaker will be keynoting the event, offering words of encouragement and inspiration.

For additional information, or if you are interested in attending the banquet, call Jan Lind-Sherman, Dream Foundation chair, at 425-478-8174 or e-mail her at lindsher@aol.com.

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump's White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray outside the president's front door, though not his fault, serves as a metaphor for the tumult still unfolding inside. Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited "a mess" at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess. At a stunning pace, Trump has riled world leaders and frustrated allies. He was dealt a bruising legal blow on one of his signature policies. He lost his national security adviser and his pick for labor secretary to scandal. He's seen forces within his government push back against his policies and leak confidential information. All of this has played out amid a steady drip of revelations about an FBI investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Trump says his administration is running like a "fine-tuned machine." He points to the rising stock market and the devotion of his still-loyal supporters as evidence that all is well, although his job approval rating is much lower than that for prior presidents in their first weeks in office. Stung by the unrelenting criticism coming his way, Trump dismisses much of it as "fake news" delivered by "the enemy of the people" — aka the press. Daily denunciations of the media are just one of the new White House fixtures Americans are adjusting to. Most days start (and end) with presidential tweets riffing off of whatever's on TV talk shows or teasing coming events or hurling insults at the media. At some point in the day, count on Trump to cast back to the marvels of his upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election and quite possibly overstate his margins of support. Expect more denunciations of the "dishonest" press and its "fake news." From there, things can veer in unexpected directions as Trump offers up policy pronouncements or offhand remarks that leave even White House aides struggling to interpret them. The long-standing U.S. policy of seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Trump this past week offered this cryptic pronouncement: "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one." His U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, the next day insisted, "We absolutely support a two-state solution." Trump's days are busy. Outside groups troop in for "listening sessions." Foreign leaders call or come to visit. (Or, in the case of Mexico's president, cancel out in pique over Trump's talk about the planned border wall.) After the president signed two dozen executive actions, the White House was awaiting a rush order of more of the gold-plated Cross pens that Trump prefers to the chrome-plated ones used by his predecessor. Trump hands them out as souvenirs at the signing ceremonies that he points to as evidence of his ambitious pace. "This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country," Trump said at a Thursday news conference. "Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that's done so much in such a short period of time." That's all music to the ears of his followers, who sent him to Washington to upend the established order and play the role of disrupter. "I can't believe there's actually a politician doing what he says he would do," says an approving Scott Hiltgen, a 66-year-old office furniture sales broker from River Falls, Wisconsin. "That never happens." Disrupt Trump has. But there may be more sound and fury than substance to many of his early actions. Trump did select Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a nomination that has drawn strong reviews from conservatives. But the president is regrouping on immigration after federal judges blocked his order to suspend the United States' refugee program and ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, which had caused chaos for travelers around the globe. Some other orders on issues such as the U.S.-Mexico border wall and former President Barack Obama's health care law are of limited effect. Trump says his early actions show he means to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign. "A lot of people say, 'Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall,'" the president told a group of police chiefs recently. "I wasn't kidding. I don't kid." But the Republican-led Congress is still waiting to see specifics on how Trump wants to proceed legislatively on top initiatives such as replacing the health care law, enacting tax cuts and revising trade deals. The messy rollout of the travel ban and tumult over the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn for misrepresenting his contacts with Russia are part of a broader state of disarray as different figures in Trump's White House jockey for power and leaks reveal internal discord in the machinations of the presidency. "I thought by now you'd at least hear the outlines of domestic legislation like tax cuts," says Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. "But a lot of that has slowed. Trump shouldn't mistake the fact that some of his supporters like his style with the fact that a lot of Republicans just want the policies he promised them. He has to deliver that." Put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the camp of those more interested in substance than style. "I'm not a great fan of daily tweets," McConnell said Friday, referring to the "extra discussion" that Trump likes to engage in. But McConnell was quick to add: "What I am a fan of is what he's been actually doing." He credits Trump with assembling a conservative Cabinet and taking steps to reduce government regulation, and promised: "We like his positions and we're going to pursue them as vigorously as we can." The challenge may be to tease out exactly what Trump wants in the way of a health care plan, tax changes and trade policy. At his long and defiant news conference on Thursday, Trump tried to dispel the impression of a White House in crisis, squarely blaming the press for keeping him from moving forward more decisively on his agenda. Pointing to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Trump said, "You take a look at Reince, he's working so hard just putting out fires that are fake fires. I mean, they're fake. They're not true. And isn't that a shame because he'd rather be working on health care, he'd rather be working on tax reform." For all the frustrations of his early days as president, Trump still seems tickled by the trappings of his office. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the White House last week to discuss the national opioid epidemic over lunch, the governor said Trump informed him: "Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" Trump added: "I'm telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous." ___Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac
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