On Monday June 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Mt Zion Baptist Church, room 209, 1634 19th Ave., Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle) invites you to bring your questions and concerns to a community meeting on health care on June 1. The meeting will discuss such topics as:
How am I going to pay for prescriptions? What happens when I'm no longer on the Basic Health Plan? What are my options for caring for my elderly mother?
Joined by a team of health care specialists, Pettigrew's meeting is geared toward increasing access to trained professionals and providing immediate answers to struggling families and individuals.
BeatWalk on June 5
On Friday, June 5, BeatWalk will be keeping the beat alive from 7 to 10 p.m. in the historic neighborhood of Columbia City. BeatWalk is a regional event hosted by local businesses and restaurants focused in highlighting the diversity of the Rainier Valley community with music and entertainment.
The musical lineup for June's BeatWalk includes:
• The Seatles, Seattle's own Fab-4
• W.B. Reid & Bonnie Zahnow who perform Mexican, old-time, string blues and more
• Rouge, a French cabaret
• John Stephen Blues Trio, a blues band
• Leif Tartusek 1-2-3, performing jazz, African, Cuban and other original compositions
• Fedora, an all-girls swing and jazz combo
• Fathia Atallah Trio, a trio focusing on their French and Algerian roots
There is a $5 entrance fee to all venues for adults; 14 & under are free. BeatWalk is along and near Rainier Avenue South between South Angeline Street and South Hudson Street in Seattle.
Seattle is College Bound
On Sat. June 6 Mayor Greg Nickels, Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson will be on on hand to motivate 7th, 8th, and 9th graders on being college-bound at Seattle University's Campion Ballroom, 901 12th Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. The free event for eligible Seattle Public Schools 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship. This is the only year 9th grade students can apply for College Bound Scholarship. The scholarship gives eligible students a chance to attend college and have the state of Washington pay for tuition at a public or private university, community college or technical college for up to four years. This scholarship program offers hope and incentive for students and families who otherwise might not consider college as an option because of its cost.
SPS staff members, translators and volunteers will be available to help families with the application process. For more information on the College Bound Scholarship program or eligibility, call 888-535-0747. Families can also sign up online at www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound.
Free Drop-In Civil Rights Sessions
A maintenance person sexually harassed a tenant. A job applicant was turned down because she speaks English with an accent. A clerk refused to allow someone with a disability to bring her service dog into the store. These civil rights scenarios occur from time to time in King County, and they're illegal.
Need to know more? The King County Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will host free drop-in information sessions to provide practical advice for every resident, focusing on the civil rights basics – how to recognize discrimination, where and how to report it, and how to stop discrimination from occurring.
These sessions will give practical help to renters, property managers, employers, employees, and building and business owners who have questions about their responsibilities and civil rights under anti-discrimination laws.
• Wednesday, May 20, 4 – 6 p.m. Fall City Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Place, Fall City;
• Wednesday, May 20, 4 – 5:45 p.m. North Bend Library, 115 E. 4th, North Bend;
• Thursday, May 21, 3 – 5 p.m. Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave S.E., Covington;
• Thursday, May 28, 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Vashon Island Library, 17210 Vashon Hwy., S.W., Vashon;
• Friday, June 12, 3 – 5 p.m. Algona-Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Road, Pacific.
Nominees for Spirit of Youth Award Sought
The Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (GJJAC) is seeking nominations for the third Annual "Spirit of Youth" award. The intent of the award is to recognize and celebrate a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is today making significant contributions to society. A $1,000 scholarship to attend a Washington State College or University is available to the award winner. Nominations are due June 30. The award also provides the GJJAC and the public with an important opportunity to learn from a young person's direct experience about the hard work and dedication it takes to build a better life, and how juvenile justice professionals and systems can most effectively be of help.
Instructions for nominating a youth can be found here: www.dshs.wa.gov/ojj/.