“We’re Better Together” The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Tacoma will once again bring the community together to celebrate Monday, January 21, 2019 as a day on, not a day off.
January 21, 2019
10 AM – Doors open for Community Outreach Fair
11 AM – Program begins
1500 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
There is free holiday on-street parking and free parking at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. D Street). Freighthouse Square is easily accessible via the LINK Light Rail and stops at the Convention Center. There will also be signage directing event attendees to designated complimentary parking stalls that will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.
City Events and Recognition Committee
The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration program is spearheaded by a City Council-appointed City Events and Recognition Committee. The Committee is comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise.
The City Events and Recognition Committee serves as an advisory and action committee on matters pertaining to City-hosted events and special recognition programs. Members are responsible for planning, reviewing and evaluating events, engaging the community in its fundraising efforts, and soliciting corporate and private sponsorships to leverage funds for City-hosted events such as the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration and the City of Destiny Awards.
About President Dr. Isiaah Crawford – University of Puget Sound
A distinguished scholar, teacher, and college administrator,Isiaah Crawford became president of University of Puget Sound on July 1, 2016, following an extensive national search. Crawford’s academic work and achievements as a senior administrator are closely aligned with the values and aspirations of Puget Sound, and with the key areas of challenge and opportunity facing higher education today.
Crawford came to Puget Sound following service as provost and chief academic officer of Seattle University (2008–16), where he directed the Division of Academic Affairs and oversaw the university’s schools and colleges, libraries, enrollment, information technology, institutional research, and offices supporting student academic achievement, faculty affairs, and global engagement.
Key areas of focus during his service to Seattle University included strategic planning; strengthening shared governance; securing grants and other gifts in support of fundraising objectives; supporting teaching, research, and service activities of the faculty; and establishing the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and the School of New and Continuing Studies, which began operation in academic year 2015–16. Working with university leadership, he participated in the development of more than $200 million in key facilities projects, including renovation of the library and establishment of a learning commons; a new residence hall; a new fitness center and remodeled intramural athletic field; the School of Law annex; an admission and alumni center; and planning for a new science facility.
From 2004 to 2008, Crawford was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, where he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology in 1987 as an assistant professor and through the years was tenured and promoted to the rank of professor in 1999. He taught courses in psychology of personality, human sexuality, addictive behavior, human diversity, and minority mental health. He also served as graduate program director of the clinical psychology doctoral program (1994–97), Department of Psychology chair (1997–2003), and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2003–04).
A licensed clinical psychologist, Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from DePaul University, where his research focused on personality theory and community psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center; worked as a clinical specialist at Charter Barclay Hospital and staff therapist at DePaul University Community Mental Health Center; and maintained a private clinical practice in Chicago from 1987 through 2002.
A recipient of national awards, including three from the American Psychological Association, he has been published in numerous scholarly journals over the past 30 years—including, most recently, the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Child and Family Studies, AIDS Care, and Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality—on topics including post-traumatic stress, racial inequality, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse, visual impairment, poverty, depression, and more. Crawford has served on the editorial boards of professional publications, including the International Journal of Sexual Health, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, and Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education for Adolescents & Children. He serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, The Annapolis Group, Independent Colleges of Washington, and the Northwest Conference, as well as the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Symphony, Providence St. Joseph Health (chair, Work/Life Committee), Providence Health Plan (chair, Governance Committee) and The ROPA Corporation (St. Louis).
Crawford’s numerous other activities include serving on the board of directors for Swedish Health Services (2010–12), AIDS Foundation of Chicago (1994–08; board president, 2004–06), and Horizons Community Center (1988–92). He is former president of the Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and previously served on the national advisory board of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute (2006–08), National Institutes of Health Panel Review–AIDS and Related Research (1999–2002), and various roles with the American Psychological Association.
Seattle is known for its nightlife. Join us on the beach and let us show you around.
Explore Charles Richey Sr Viewpoint in West Seattle during winter nighttime low tides with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists and discover what creatures we see at this time of year. Meet us at the intersection of Beach Drive SW & 63rd SW in West Seattle. Look for signs and a Seattle Aquarium canopy, where beach naturalists will meet you.
This is a free event, so bring the whole family!
Theater on the Square
Free with registration at BroadwayCenter.org!
Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to integrate into a white Southern Elementary school in 1960. This play explores the first days Ruby might have experienced in a classroom where she was the only student because parents wouldn’t let their children attend class with her. Take a close up look at the first steps of desegregation, from the experience of Ruby, to Rosa Parks, and lunch counter sit-ins.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Start 2019 off right by getting a jump-start on your home improvement project! Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter or potential homeowner, one of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Home Fairs will have something for you!
We will be joined by a variety of organizations to answer all of your questions, from Seattle Public Utilities, RainWise, and Rebuilding Together Seattle to Habitat for Humanity, City Light, Department of Neighborhoods, and many more.
Learn about Earthquake Home Retrofits, Landslide Preparedness and Awareness, and Backyard Cottages with three focused presentations covering each of these important topics.
Ask us about our permitting process, inspections, and codes requirements. Do you rent, or are you a landlord? Come learn about rental housing rules. We’ll also have information tables about affordable housing, landslide awareness, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, home ownership assistance, weatherization of homes, and so much more!
We’ve had such a great turn out for our South Seattle Home Fair for the past two years, we’ve added another event to bring these important resources to the rest of our great city: the new North Seattle Home Fair! This new extension of our popular event will take place on Saturday, January 26 at the Sunset Hill Community Club from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our South Seattle Home Fair will once again be at the Filipino Community Center on Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, this event has something for you.
Home Fair Details:
North Seattle Home Fair
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
South Seattle Home Fair
Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
(Both the Sunset Hill Community Club and the Filipino Community Center are ADA accessible.)
Presentation Schedule (for both events):
- 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Earthquake Retrofit (protect your home in case of an earthquake)
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Landslide Awareness (learn how to prevent landslides on your property)
- 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. – Backyard Cottages/ADUs (what you need to know about planning your project and getting a permit)
We’ll have information tables where you can ask an expert your questions and get advice about your project or about available services. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about:
- Affordable Housing
- Building and residential codes
- Building, electrical, boiler, and mechanical inspections
- Building permits
- Community tool library
- Emergency information
- Home repair assistance
- Land use rules
- Landslide awareness
- RainWise information
- Rental housing rules
- … and more!
Other City departments and local organizations available to answer questions include:
- Seattle Public Utilities
- Rebuilding Together Seattle
- Office of Housing
- City Light
- Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs
- Department of Neighborhoods
- HomeSight (South Seattle Home Fair)
- Habitat for Humanity (South Seattle Home Fair)
- Southeast Tool Library (South Seattle Home Fair)
Tacoma Little Theatre is holding auditions for its multiracial production of the noir classic, Laura, written by Vera Caspary and George Sklar, and directed by Randy Clark.
Auditions will be held Sunday, February 3rd and Monday, February 4th at Tacoma Little Theatre. Audition appointments will be set between the times of 6:00pm-9:00pm on Sunday and 7:00pm-10:00pm on Monday in five-minute increments. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, February 6th.
When Mark McPherson first falls in love with Laura, he knows he’s in love with a phantom—for Laura is dead, and he’s in charge of her murder investigation. From her portrait, her letters, her personal effects, and from his contacts with the three men who loved her, Mark has created an image of a woman tantalizingly alive and real. As the detective grows obsessed with the case, he finds himself falling in love with the dead woman. What really happened to Laura?
Actors are asked to prepare a two-minute memorized monologue of their choice.
Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition and all roles are available: Mark McPherson (male, 30-45), Danny Dorgan (male, 16-20), Waldo Lydecker (male, 40-50), Shelby Carpenter (male, 30-35), Bessie Clary (female, 30-60), Mrs. Dorgan (female, 40-50), Officer Olsen (male, 25-35), A Girl (female, 20-30).
To reserve an audition time, follow this link (http://castingmanager.com/audition/info/bSvF0TGCZmLyRXa), or
call our Box Office at (253) 272-2281. Once cast, Laura will run from Friday, April 26, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019.
On Sunday, January 20, 2019, we highlight the talents of the next generation – today!
Join us for this family-friendly event with free food, a DJ, and an open mic setting where young future leaders can express what Dr. King means in the art form most relevant to them! Youth interested in performing can sign-up here.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2 PM – 5 PM
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144
Want to volunteer for this event? Register here.
This is event is FREE and open to the community. Sponsored by Historic Central Area Arts & Cultural District, (HCAACD), in partnership with Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.
|In honor of our 20th anniversary, CD Forum for Arts & Ideas continues our newest event series, SUNDAY DINNERS, with a *very* special guest: CD Forum Founder STEPHANIE ELLIS-SMITH!
Hosted by CD Forum co-curator DANI TIRRELL, each month we’re gathering with you for food and conversation, as we celebrate some of the most inspirational Black folx in our community keeping art and culture alive–while enjoying food catered by some of Seattle’s most sought after and talented Black chefs.
Tickets are just $15 / Students $10! We want everyone to be able to join us at the table.
About the Featured Guest: STEPHANIE ELLIS-SMITH
Stephanie works with individuals, families, foundations, and corporations to enhance their giving in light of their goals and incorporate best practices in the field. She helps her clients clarify their intentions and empowers them to feel the joy of using their wealth, talents, and experience to improve the lives of those around them.
Whether consulting with individuals seeking greater meaning from their giving, foundations leaning into stakeholder engagement, or companies fine-tuning their social responsibility programs, Stephanie is known for her generative thinking, sparking new ideas that lead to actionable results.
For nearly 20 years, she has been a leader on over a dozen nonprofit boards and commissions, including appointments by Governor Gary Locke, Mayor Greg Nickels, and Mayor Ed Murray. Stephanies broad professional expertise in the civic sector has earned her numerous awards including Puget Sound Business Journals 40 Under 40 Award, Microsoft Corporations Community Hero Award and the Seattle Weekly’s Best Expander of Cultural Boundaries. October 19, 2009, was dedicated as Stephanie Ellis-Smith Day, by then Mayor, Ed Murray.
She lives in Seattle and is married to the Russian historian, Douglas Smith, and has two teenagers and a Doberman.
About the Featured Chef: DONNA MOODIE of MARJORIE restaurant (Capitol Hill)
Donna moved to Seattle in 1993 and opened her first restaurant, Marcos Supperclub, with former husband and business partner. It opened to great acclaim and by 1997, the pair had a second smash hit on their hands with Lush Life, which featured regional Italian cuisine in a sleek, romantic setting. Both restaurants globetrotting menus and a mix of sophistication and funky charm anticipated important trends on the Seattle dining scene, and their popular success helped revitalize the city’s then derelict and deserted Belltown neighborhood.
Donna branched out on her own, transforming Lush Life into Marjorie, paying tribute to the inspiration for her lifelong affair with hospitality. Enjoying five successful years in Belltown, Marjorie relocated to Seattle’s vibrant and eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, opening its doors in the spring of 2010.
Having clearly established herself as a trailblazing restauranteur, Donna is President and CEO of Mint Holdings, a food, and design company she created in 2008. Donna also serves as a Mayor-appointed commissioner for the Seattle Center. She is a former Board President and Director of the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and served on the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Board.
Donna enthusiastically parents her son Max, travels, and occasions boxing and yoga studios in Seattle, paddleboarding when whether permits.
About the Host/Curator: DANI TIRRELL
Join a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-are writers of African de- scent. This forum provides an informal and supportive venue for new and published writers. Meets every second Monday of the month!
Monday, January 14, 2019
Third Place Books—Seward Park 5041 Wilson Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118 7 to 8 PM
ABOUT AAWA –
The African-American Writers’ Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers.
We help one another polish our skills, provide peer review, and create opportunities for public readings and other media venues. Ultimately the group encourages members to publish individually and collectively.
Our stories—triumphs, tragedies, and whatever is within and between the two—are the history of African Americans. We must tell our stories in our words and encourage others to do the same.
WHO WE ARE –
We are published authors and novices. We are professional writers and late-night storytellers. We are Baby Boomers and Millennials. We are world travelers, we are homebodies. We are African-American men and women from all walks of life who have words bursting to make their way through us.
Californian Randee Eddins called to order what became the first meeting of the African-American Writers’ Alliance in February 1991. She encouraged an exchange of ideas, works in progress and sharing our poems, stories, essays, plays, and novels. In this mutually supportive setting, writers listened and shared their work without censure.
AAWA continues its mission at our monthly meetings (Saturdays, Columbia City Branch of the Seattle Library, library opening until noon). The fringe benefit is sharing what we write with an audience other than ourselves. We read in many Puget Sound venues: Elliot Bay Bookstore, Arts/4 Culture, Columbia City Gallery, Gallery 110. and the Sundiata Festival.
AAWA has published four anthologies: Sometimes I Wander in 1998, Gifted Voices in 2000, Words? Words! Words in 2004, Threads in 2009, and Voices That Matter in 2018.