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seattle mayor Ed Murray with Ethiopian children
The Skanner News
Published: 11 September 2014

PHOTO: The Ethiopian Community Association celebrated the opening of a new playground at their community center at 8323 Rainier Ave S. with Mayor Ed Murray on Sept. 2. The new facility was paid for by the nonprofit group KaBOOM! And the Dr. Pepper Snapple group. Photo courtesy City of Seattle.


Memorial Football Classic to Raise Funds for High School Athletics

Seattle Public Schools hosts its first annual Memorial Football Classic starting Friday, Sept. 12, at Memorial Stadium, Seattle Center, to raise funds for athletics transportation.

Superbowl MVP Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Malcolm Smith will make an appearance to meet organizers and participants Tuesday following an event press conference.
For the first time in more than 12 years, all high schools in the district will play in the same league. The event will celebrate the reunification of the Metro League with 10 schools competing on Friday and Saturday.

The Classic will be hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell,a Garfield High School and University of Washington alumnus and National Academic All-American First Team in Football. Special honored guest is Franklin High School alumnus and King County Councilmember Larry Gossett.

The schedule is as follows;

Friday, Sept. 12: 5 p.m.: Seattle Prep vs. Kennedy Lancers; 7:45 p.m.: O’Dea Fighting Irish vs. Mariner Marauders.
Saturday, Sept. 13: 12 p.m.: Bainbridge Spartans vs. Cleveland Eagles; 3 p.m.: Roosevelt Rough Riders vs. Ballard Beavers; 6 p.m.: Garfield Bulldogs vs. Franklin Quakers.


Seattle Women’s Commission Seeks Candidates

The Seattle Women’s Commission is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle.

Terms are for two-years and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must live or work in Seattle and be available for monthly meetings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at City Hall in downtown Seattle.

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and a letter of interest by Sept. 22, 2014.

For more information on the Seattle Women’s Commission, visit http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-womens-commission.


Deadline Approaches to Apply for Matching Funds for Your Neighborhood Project

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help.

However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. This is the last opportunity in 2014 to apply to this fund.

There is one more workshops scheduled where you can get an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, Tuesday Sept. 16, 6- 8 p.m., at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE. To RSVP call 206-733-9916. Childcare and interpreters can be arranged when you RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance.


'The Moor's Account:’ Imagined memoir from the First Black American Explorer

Laila Lalami will read from "The Moor's Account," the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

"The Moor's Account" is written from the point of view of a Spanish explorer's Moroccan slave. The slave is named Mustafa al-Zamori, but called Estebanico by the Spaniards.

As the chronicle unfolds, readers will see that black men played a significant part in New World exploration, and that Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it. In Lalami’s hands, Estebanico’s memoir shows the many ways in which stories can morph into history.

Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She is the author of “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits” and “Secret Son,” the 2010 Seattle Reads title.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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


Easy Vegetable Fermenting Workshop at the Lake City Library

Ellie Cohan, a Seattle Tilth-certified instructor, will demonstrate how to ferment vegetables from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at The Seattle Public Library, Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage. Meet in front of the branch for the workshop.

Fermented foods are full of probiotics, which many consider to have health benefits. Learn how to safely create fermented vegetables using the quick and easy steps that Cohan will demonstrate in this workshop.

For more information, call the Lake City Branch at 206-684-7518 or www.spl.org.


Robin Williams Tribute Film Series At The Northgate Library Sept. 14 - Nov. 2

Celebrate the life and work of comedian and actor Robin Williams by attending screenings of his films at The Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branch.

The Robin Williams Tribute film series will include:
• "Aladdin," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 – A 1992 Disney musical animation featuring Robin Williams as the voice of the Genie. Rated G.
• "Mrs. Doubtfire," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 – A 1993 comedic family drama starring Robin Williams as a housekeeper in disguise. Rated PG-13.
• "Patch Adams," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 - A 1998 comedic biography starring Robin Williams as a medical student who treats patients with humor. Rated PG-13.
• "Dead Poets Society," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 - A 1989 drama featuring Robin Williams as an English teacher who inspires his students. Rated PG.
• "Good Will Hunting," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 - A 1997 drama featuring Robin Williams as the psychologist for a math genius who is also a janitor at M.I.T. Rated R.

For more information, call the Northgate Branch at 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian.

Announcing October 6 ARTISTS UP event for African & African American artists

Evening of networking and resources at the Northwest African American Museum

SEATTLE (September 5, 2014) —To continue reaching communities new to regional arts service agencies, ARTISTS UP will host a free session to connect and inform African and African American artists throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State. The event is designed to share best practices through peer learning, build connections between artists and funders, and demystify funding programs and processes. The event is hosted by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4 Culture and Artist Trust.

The event will take place on Monday, October 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) located at 2300 S. Massachusetts Street in Seattle. Artists creating dance, literature, media, music, theater, visual and public art are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendees that require translation, activities for school-aged children, accommodation or alternative format for a disability (facility is accessible) should notify the presenting organizations no later than end of day, October 1.

Since launching in 2013, ARTISTS UP has successfully built bridges and increased understanding of existing artist funding for Latina/o, Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander artist communities.

Transportation details: NAAM is accessible via King County Metro and Sound Transit Lite Link Rail free parking and.

Register online by October 1. For more information, contact Heather Dwyer at heather.dwyer@4culture.org, 206.296.8676

ARTISTS UP is a collaborative project between three funding agencies interested in reaching under-represented artists to better serve the communities of Seattle, King County and Washington State.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city's boards and commissions. Women, young people, senior citizens, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, people of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

HireLive Bremerton Job Fair Offers New Lyft Customers Free ride

HireLive will be working with multiple Fortune 500 companies, industry leaders and local businesses bringing candidates and companies together for a free of charge one day hiring event in Seattle – Bellevue, Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue.

Participants should bring 10-15 resumes; dress “business professional.”

Job Opportunities include:

Inside Sales Reps, Outside Sales Reps, Account Executives, Retail Managers, Account Managers, Insurance Sales, Customer Service, Technical Sales, Sales Managers, Pharmaceutical Sales, Telesales, Sales Trainer, Merchandiser, Mortgage Brokers, Financial Planner, Route Sales, Retail Sales, Retail Management, Human Resources and much more.

HireLive has also teamed up with Lyft to provide a free $25 credit ride for first time users to and/or from the event. Register for the career fair at www.hirelive.com to receive promo code.


Get Your Business Ready for Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign as part of National Preparedness Month.

The half-hour webinars will be presented at 2 p.m., Eastern time, each Wednesday in September.

SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to check out the archived webinars and for more disaster preparedness tools.


Attend Home Retrofit Workshops at The Seattle Public Library Sept. 6 and Oct. 4

Homeowners can learn how to reduce earthquake damage to their home when The Seattle Public Library hosts retrofit experts at two Library locations on the first Saturday of the month in September and October.

The workshops, presented by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076. Free parking is available at the branches. Times and locations are:

• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W., 206-684-7444
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or go to wwwspl.org.


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