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Dawn Mason buys flowers at the Columbia City Farmers Market
By Lisa Loving | The Skanner News
Published: 05 June 2014

Dawn Mason buys some flowers at the Columbia City Farmers Market.  It opened for its 16th year in early May and will stay open through Oct. 15. Over 40 farmers, and other vendors sell everything from organic fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, cheese, honey, pasture raised meat and flowers at the Columbia City Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 7.


Juneteenth Celebrations Begin


Central Area International Juneteenth Celebration 2014 is dedicated to the memory of Maya Angelou.  It will run from Friday June 6 through Sunday June 8 at Pratt Park 1800 S Main St. Seattle.

The African American community at High Point is planning a big celebration from  2-6 pm Sunday, June 22, 2014 at The Neighborhood House High Point Center, 6400 Sylvan Way SW. Find entertainment, spoken word, and soul food at this Black American celebration.


Tacoma’s Juneteenth Committee invites you to celebrate from  1p.m., Saturday, June  7  at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma.  Free hot dogs for children aged 12 years and under.  Vendors, food, fun, raffles, entertainment and guest speakers.

Library Hosts ‘Seattle Cooks’ in June

From June through November, The Seattle Public Library is hosting “Seattle Cooks,” a series of events featuring cooking demonstrations and tailored cookbooks from the collection. Learn how to make the most of seasonal produce, pair wine with food, and more.

Seattle Cooks events in June include:

Fermentation and Canning – Watch Seattle Culinary Academy students demonstrate various fermentation recipes, then taste the results and get answers to your canning questions.

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market at Seattle Central College, Broadway Avenue and E. Pine Street, 206-386-4636

Making the Most of Seasonal Produce – Browse books on farm-to-table eating and sample local and seasonal bites prepared by Seattle Culinary Academy students.

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market at Seattle Central College, Broadway Avenue and E. Pine Street, 206-386-4636

Northwest Wine Academy Spring Release – Taste the latest wines from Northwest Wine Academy and learn about pairing wine with food.

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-386-4636

Street Food – Sample tasty street treats made on-site by Seattle Culinary Academy students and browse cookbooks inspired by food trucks.

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15 at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market at Seattle Central College, Broadway Avenue and E. Pine Street, 206-386-4636

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or  go to  www.spl.org.

Last Chance To ‘Get Digital’ with King County Pet Licenses

Time is running out for cat and dog owners who want to be on the cutting edge of pet licensing and identification technology. For a limited time, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is offering a new type of pet license tag in partnership with PetHub. The license is printed with a QR (Quick Response) code that can be scanned with a smartphone or other mobile device to retrieve the animal's online profile. This can help stray pets and their owners get reunited much sooner.

Digital pet licenses are the same price as the standard RASKC license: $30 a year for spayed or neutered cats and dogs, or $60 a year for unaltered pets. Digital licenses are only available for purchase online at www.PetHub.com/RASKC or by calling 206-296-2712. 500 PetHub digital license tags have been set aside for this trial program, and the offer will end when supplies run out. Only cats and dogs living in the RASKC service area are eligible for this special offer. At the end of this trial program, RASKC and PetHub will evaluate the response from pet owners to see if digital license tags will become a permanent offering in King County.

For more information on digital pet licenses and eligible areas in King County, please visit www.PetHub.com/RASKC. For more information about Regional Animal Services, log on to www.kingcounty.gov/pets.

Celebrate Salish Sea Native American Culture at Deception Pass State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to attend the Ninth Annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration with the Samish and Swinomish tribes, at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island, between the cities of Oak Harbor and Anacortes.

The celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 7, at the Bowman Bay picnic area on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park, 41020 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor.

The Discover Pass is not required to attend this event. Saturday, June 7, is a State Parks “free day.” Visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass to access state parks on free days.

To get to the Bowman Bay area at Deception Pass State Park, use the park’s entrance at the junction of Rosario Road and State Route 20. The entrance is north of the Deception Pass Bridge, by Pass Lake.

The event is accessible to persons with disabilities. For special accommodations requests, call 360-902-8626 or 360-675-3767 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at 800-833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

Celebrate the 116th Anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse invite the public to attend the 116th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco.

The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park, 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco.

The event will feature refreshments, fun for children, music, an informative exhibit, the sale of a North Head Lighthouse special-edition poster, a contest for a lighthouse-related prize and self-guided tours of a lighthouse keeper’s residence. Guided tours of the lighthouse will be available for $2.50 for people 18 years and older and free for ages 7 to 17. (Children must be 7 years or older to tour the lighthouse tower.)

The Discover Pass is not required to attend the event. June 7 is a State Parks “free day,” in recognition of National Trails Day. Parking near the lighthouse is limited; signs will direct visitors to alternate parking.

‘Supporting Startups And Investing In The Community’ June 12

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a town hall session from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 to explore how the Library can expand its technology, instruction, research and service offerings. The session will be held at the Seattle office of Internet marketing firm Moz, 1100 Second Ave., Suite 500.

The event is free and open to the public and is particularly geared to startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and members of the creative and lifelong learning communities. Please RSVP by Friday, June 6 at http://bit.ly/SPLTownHallRSVP.

“Supporting Startups and Investing in the Community” will feature a keynote presentation by Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin, the “Wizard of Moz.”

One of the Library’s five service priorities is to enhance technology to provide discoverability and increased access to materials, information, services and interactive experiences.

This event is presented in partnership with Moz and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636.

Parks Summer Tennis League Caters to Youth Beginners

Seattle Parks and Recreation continues its play-based tennis league for youth with little or no experience playing tennis on June 23 at 15 community centers across the city.

This summer’s “QuickStart” league will consist of two age brackets: 7-8 year-olds playing on a 36-foot court (a standard court is 78 feet long) and 9-10 year-olds playing on a 60-foot court. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The league fee is $35 per player for the eight-week program. This year’s 2014 QuickStart Tennis League is proudly sponsored by BECU.

Practices/matches are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., depending on age. QuickStart Tennis starts June 23 and concludes on Aug. 13 with a jamboree fun play day at the new Tennis Center Sandpoint. Sign up at one of your neighborhood community centers or online using your SPARC account. Parent participation is highly encouraged, as this is a family game! For more information, please contact Jeannie Shek, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-4764 or jeannie.shek@seattle.gov.

Volunteer coaches and parent managers are needed! This helps keep league fees low. Volunteers can be tennis enthusiast, parents, fans or anyone that loves helping kids succeed. No tennis or teaching experience is required – just a passion for working with kids! There will be two FREE QuickStart volunteer on-court trainings on Saturday, June 7, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Tennis Center Sandpoint and Monday, June 16, from 6:30-9:30.p.m. at the Amy Yee Tennis Center.

Also, check out The Skanner News Community Calendar for family fun events under $10. 

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