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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 11 February 2009

Festival Sundiata Feb. 14-16

Traditional drumming and dance set the rhythmic tone for a weekend filled with live entertainment as Festival Sundiata celebrates African-American heritage on Feb. 14 - 16, from noon to 8 p.m. in Fisher Pavilion and Center House at Seattle Center, with an art opening on Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
African heritage is brought to life through dance, gospel, jazz, neo-soul, hip-hop and an African "Ujamaa" marketplace. Special activities in 2009 include: an interactive African Children's Village, Gospel Showcase, Smokin' Black Chefs of the Northwest and the Black Palette Art Exhibit in Northwest Gallery, 3rd Floor of Center House.
The festival is named for King Sundiata, the legendary 13th century West African Mansa "king of kings" of the Mali Empire.

Cat Event in Rainier

The Seattle Animal Shelter hosts a cat adopt-a-thon on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous cats of different breeds.
Adoption prices for cats range from $102 to $107 and include:
• Initial vaccinations
• Deworming
• Feline Leukemia testing
• Spay or neuter

Discussion of Obama's First 100 Days

The Center for Constitutional Rights, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that has provided legal assistance to "Gitmo" prisoners, will evaluate the Obama administration's first actions. The group's executive director, Vincent Warren, will discuss the organization's "100 Days Campaign," which calls for ending torture, rendition and illegal detention; protecting dissent; reining in presidential war powers; and ending warrantless wiretapping. Presented on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life. Tickets are $5 at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006, and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm.

Alzheimer's Support Group

Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place, for free, for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with dementia. It is held the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. S., Seattle. Contact group facilitator Letitia London at 206-841-4230. This group is for African-American Caregivers.

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