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Buffalo soldier at Umojafest
The Skanner News
Published: 08 August 2014

PHOTO: Buffalo soldier Geordan Newbill talks to children at Umojafest on Saturday, Aug. 2.  Umojafest is a three-day celebration held in conjunction with Seafair and includes a parade, the Heal the Hood Basketball tournament, three stages of live music, a marketplace and community resource fair.  Susan Fried photo

Washington Conservation Corps Job Openings

The Washington Conservation Corps, a part of the Washington Department of Ecology, has opened 288 jobs that help protect and restore the environment.

Working in partnership with AmeriCorps, the WCC provides annual member positions for 18 – 25 years old and no age restrictions for Gulf War Era II veterans, reservists and dependents.

Project work includes restoration planting, invasive species removal, trail building, and more. The most recent project supported by members is the Carlton Complex wildfire, the largest and most devastating wildfire in Washington’s history.

From re-building boardwalks and trails, to disaster response for wildfires and landslides, the positions provide paid, career-transferable training and leadership opportunities.

In addition to paid career training, members receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,645 (scholarship) upon successful completion of one year of service (1,700 hours). Basic medical benefits are provided and educational loan forbearance is available. Apply Online at www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc and read a recent WCC success story at ECOconnect blog.

Learn About Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association  holds a Town Hall on Aug. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center, to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities, including the National Alzheimer’s Plan, an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health in Washington State, a new initiative to improve health care for “dual eligibles”, older and disabled Washingtonians who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

 Other town halls are scheduled for Bremerton, East Wenatchee, Everett, Issaquah, Kelso, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Richland, Sequim, Spokane, Tacoma, Yakima, and Coeur d’Alene ID.

Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in Washington State and sixth nationally

To learn more about a town hall taking place in a community near you, visit www.alzwa.org/.

Teen Summer Musical: ‘Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry’

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents the 2014 Teen Summer Musical, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Aug. 15-17, at the LHPAI, 104 17th Ave S.

Based on the Newbery Medal-winning novel of the same name by Mildred D. Taylor, this story follows young African American youth living in the South during the Depression.

Along with youth actors, young people will support their colleagues behind the curtain to create the lighting, staging, sound and set design for the production.

This year’s production is led by a team of renowned performers and teaching artists: Marita Phelps, director; Kabby Mitchell III, dance director; Paul Davis, music director; Cedric Thomas II, music teaching artist; Alaisha Jefferson, dance teaching artist; Ebony Arunga and Kwame Morrow, stage managers; Patrick Crowley and Erica Rose. 

Tickets are $7 for youth and seniors, and $12 for adults and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the LHPAI box office at 206-684-4758.

computer-webVintage Computer Faire

The Vintage Computer Faire (pictured left) is chock-full of fun for all as it makes its debut in Seattle at the Living Computer Museum, on Aug. 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 2245 1st Ave S.

Free of charge, it features hands-on activities, music, fun for kids, and video games and programming through the years. Also featured are a scavenger hunt for Seahawks tickets; D20 brass band performing nerd funk hits; video games – past and present; and hands-on Atari 400, Atari BASIC, Commodore PET, Commodore 128, Cromemco Z-2, SOL-20, TRS-80, and VIC-20.Also the GameTruck – featuring popular games like Minecraft, Mario Bros, Fifa Soccer, Halo 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Madden 25, and Left 4 Dead – will be open.

For more information go to www.livingcomputermuseum.org/vcf

Kent Bus Service Cuts Subject Of Public Workshop, Aug. 11

King County Metro staff will be in Kent Monday, Aug. 11 to discuss upcoming transit cuts.  The workshop is from 10 – 11 a.m. the Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St.

Slated to begin Sept.27, the King County Council approved the first 161,000 hours of Metro transit reductions which includes Routes 152, 161, 173 which serve Kent park-and-ride lots along Interstate 5.

According to Kent’s Senior Transportation Planner Monica Whitman, another 188,000 service hours are to be cut in February barring an upward trend in the county's economic forecast and review by an ad hoc committee. 

Metro staff will be available to answer questions and gather feedback.  More information is available at KingCounty.gov/metro/future.


Sherman Alexie Discusses 'California' With Edan Lepucki

Award-winning author Sherman Alexie will moderate a conversation with Edan Lepucki on her debut novel "California" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 4th Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

In the post-apocalyptic world of "California," Cal and Frida have left behind a decaying Los Angeles to try to live off the land. But when Frida discovers she’s pregnant, the need to connect with other survivors becomes more imperative.

"California" was recently featured on The Colbert Report as part of Colbert's reporting on the Amazon/Hachette dispute. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, call the Central Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

Seattle African American HistoryMakers 

The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive (www.thehistorymakers.com), is proud to announce that effective immediately the Library of Congress will serve as its permanent repository.  The unique collection captures thousands of hours of interviews on African American life, history and culture, as well as the struggles and achievements of the black experience.

The HistoryMakers’ collection comprises 2,600 videotaped interviews with African Americans in 39 states, 380 cities and town.

The interviews, which average three to six hours in length, span across subject areas ranging from science, politics and the military to sports, music and entertainment.

It also boasts a long list of notables, including President Barack Obama, who was interviewed when he was an Illinois state senator, General Colin Powell, child advocate Marion Wright Edelman, baseball legend Ernie Banks, entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte, poet/writer Maya Angelou, historian Lerone Bennett, Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke, movie producer Reuben Cannon, historian John Hope Franklin, and many more.

For more information on The HistoryMakers and its video oral history collection, visit www.thehistorymakers.com.


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