Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Fun, education and holidays

In these wild economic times, it is a great opportunity to go to low- cost events and educate yourself about what are some of the social and economic conditions around the country. Check out some of these events:

Acclaimed New Orleans Activist Malik Rahim
in Seattle December 8-14 The co-founder of Common Ground New Orleans, Rahim recently won the Thomas Merton Human Rights Award for his heroic work on behalf of his fellow Katrina survivors. Common Ground has provided direct humanitarian aid to over 80,000 people since the Katrina disaster and is leading the struggle to rebuild New Orleans in a socially just and environmentally sustainable manner. While in Seattle Mr. Rahim will talk about the current situation in New Orleans and what we can do to help. He will also promote a spring 2009 social justice trip to New Orleans by students and staff of Nova High School, along with Katrina survivors living in Seattle. · Thursday December 11 7 pm Talk by Malik at New Hope Baptist Church116 21st Ave. in the Central District. Introductory remarks by Rev. Robert Jeffrey, pastor at New Hope and long time social justice advocate. · Saturday December 13 at 7 am Malik will appear at KBCS radio 91.3 on the program "Mind Over Matters" with host Mike McCormick · Saturday December 13th 2-4 pm Talk and Fundraising Reception at the Home of Joe Szwaja 2021 NE 75th Street in Ravenna. Tax deductible donations to help Common Ground and Nova High School's New Orleans Social Justice trip can be sent to Nova PTSA (memo New Orleans) c/o Nova 2410 East Cherry StreetSeattle 98122. To buy fair trade and eco friendly products to help Nova's New Orleans efforts (fair trade chocolate, stainless steel water bottles and envirosax shopping bags) go to For more information about Malik's visit or Nova's Social Justice Trip to New Orleans call (206) 523-3656


Dr. Robert Bullard to speak at Human Rights Day Celebration Author and professor Dr. Robert Bullard will speak at a free evening event to celebrate Human Rights Day in Seattle on Thursday, December 11, 7-9 pm at Town Hall Seattle on 8th Avenue and Seneca. The evening event also will include presentation of the 2008 Human Rights Awards to local human rights leaders NW Immigrant Rights Project, Somali Community Services of Seattle, YWCA GirlsFirst and Michael Neguse. WHAT: Seattle Human Rights Day 2008 WHERE: Town Hall Seattle on 8th Avenue and Seneca WHEN: Thursday, December 11, 7-9 p.m. Speaker Dr. Robert Bullard also will speak from 11:30 am to 1 pm on December 10 in Seattle City Hall’s Bertha Landes Room. WHY: The 13th annual Seattle Human Rights Day event commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948. FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, and one of the leading experts on environmental justice and race. He has authored fourteen books on environmental justice, environmental racism, housing and transportation, including Confronting Environmental Racism. For more information call the Seattle Office for Civil Rights at (206) 684-4500 or check the web at Human Rights Day 2008 is produced by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Rights Commission and United Nations Association-Seattle, with support from Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities, Seattle Women’s Commission, Seattle Public Utilities Environmental Justice and Service Equity Division, King County Civil Rights Commission, WA State Human Rights Commission, Community Coalition on Environmental Justice, Youth for Human Rights, Youth for Human Rights, Ingalina’s, Teatro Zinzanni and The Chiropractic Center.

2 Multicultural Holiday Fairs worth going to:

An Ethnic Holiday Gift Show!! - Saturday, December 13th JOIN US For A Cozy Ethnic Holiday Gift Show A Festive Day of Refreshments, Fun, and One Stop Shopping Some of the products distributed by our vendors include: Silpada Jewelry - Body Care Essentials – Handmade Quilts Designs by Sharron – Lula & Mi Shea Butters – Custom Greeting Cards Warm Spirit – Calendars - Ethnic Art & Artifacts - Serenity Soul Body Butters Xscapes Toiletry & Travel Paks - Black Dolls Delicious Homemade Cakes, Pies & other Goodies & Other Unique Gifts. WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2008 WHERE: 3128 – 34th South (the house is located between South Hanford Street & Mt. Baker Blvd – near Franklin High School) TIME: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Please be our guest… Skip the malls, come shop in a relaxing environment and enjoy hot cider, coffee, wine and light refreshments. Do your holiday shopping with our unique vendors. BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

MUSICA Entertainment & Early Education The Columbia City Holiday Kids Fair At the Historic Columbia City Theatre Saturday, December 13th, 2008 Noon - 3:00 pm Early learning, birth to five education, school readiness, families & fun! MUSICA Entertainment is proud to present events that focus on literacy, health, education and safety of children birth through 8. Several studies show that music helps focus attention and provides a motivating environment for learning. As young children grow and develop, music continues as a basic medium, not only of communication, but of self expression as well. Through all of our youth events we reinforce the role of parents as their child's first and most important teachers. The Columbia City Holiday Kids Fair is an opportunity to have family fun experiencing fantastic entertainment, music while visiting the historic Columbia City neighborhood. Columbia City, located just southeast of downtown Seattle is sometimes referred to as the "Neighborhood of Nations". Shop in the unique business district which has everything from the Columbia City Art Gallery to funky boutiques to children's apparel and, cuisine from traditional American to Cuban, Mexican, Cajun soul, Ethiopian and more! The Columbia City Holiday Kids Fair takes place in the Columbia City Theatre, Seattle's oldest vaudeville theatre. Formerly a playground for Jimi Hendrix music wizardry, the current theatre offers a classic show stage, a state of the art audio recoding studio, and a video production facility. Kids of all ages will enjoy this production of music, dance and fun! The event will be hosted by none other than Frosty the Snowman. Frosty's guests include, yes of course Dear ole' Santa Claus, who will stop in for a visit and pictures. Frosty's performers and friends include jazz guitarist Michael Powers who'll be performing holiday tunes for the young and the young at heart, along with the lovable education mascot Rodney Raccoon, who teaches kids about hygiene, their ABC's and 123's, all to cool hip hop music. The amazing EriAm Sisters featuring 11 year-old Haben Abraham will be joining Frosty to present an amazing performance of the latest top 40 tunes as well as a preview of music from their forthcoming album. Northwest Tap Connection, the incredible Seattle youth Tap group has performed all over the United States and will again amaze audiences with their tap, dance and showmanship. Lots of surprises, face painting, interactive games and balloon making only add to an afternoon of fun, learning and music! Toddlers are welcomed and encouraged at this all ages family friendly event. At MUSICA Entertainment we are excited to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, safe learning environment full of Holiday spirit and good cheer. As proponents of Early Education we're just as excited to be able to connect you with organizations like Thrive By Five Washington, The Foundation For Early Learning and Atlantic Street Center. You'll learn more about the Atlantic Street Center, home of the very successful Parent/Child Home Program and other valuable resources in regards to early education, parenting and school readiness during our live webcast of the event if you can't make it in person. If you have crafts to display or would like to be a vendor, we have limited table space available and of course the product must be kid friendly. Please contact Advance tickets available at or at the door. &&&HTTP://WWW.MUSICAENTERTAINMENT.ORG

Have a great evening!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is to add to your reading offers!

Here is the clue to getting rid of oil-wasting lifestyles. The idea could supplement cars, replace them, or be
another kind of railroad (but MUCH better). This is the fictionalized version.
Amcars use renewable energy, travel anywhere, and can be faster than plane travel. Try the idea at :

* The ideas in the story are factual, with a prologue explaining them, and a bibliography covering some of the work done in the field. It offers a major solution to the most polluting problem in the world – the traffic system.

* As a long-time activist with an MS degree in Environmental Engineering, the author worked in the Aircraft Industry, the EPA, as an Engineering magazine editor and as a Consultant. Had short stories and articles published in local publications, and has spent years noting the problems associated with cars, greenhouse effects and pollution world-wide. The manuscript published as The Power Play to end the car offers a mostly fictional, yet practical, solution to the most notable of those problems.

* Set on a Moslem island, this poignant 70,000 word manuscript depicts the tumultuous experiences of a male protagonist whose ultimate mission is eliminate a country’s need for cars.

* The story commences as readers are introduced to Gretton, the story’s protagonist and narrator, who tells his life story with outlandish situations and humor. His dream, to build a system consisting of a country that doesn’t need cars, comes to fruition with the help of an important character he meets in college. This, however, leads to trouble with the Establishment, to invasion, and to his ouster and imprisonment.

* As Gretton’s health ultimately fades, a dissertation on ocean pollution takes his adopted daughter and wife back to the Americas while his son John in Canada re-starts Amcars, thus taking up the vision of transportation.
Enjoy --

B.B. Bunting