Take a look inside a professional chef’s kitchen at The Bite Cooks! presented by Thai Select and Albert Lee Appliance, at the Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle® from Friday through Sunday, July 19th-21st, 2019, at Seattle Center, in Seattle Washington.
The Bite Cooks! will feature high-energy mystery ingredient cook-offs and culinary demonstrations by some of the Seattle area’s best and entertaining chefs. The Bite Cooks! lineup changes each day, with chefs eager to share their delicious handpicked recipes, and showcase their quick-thinking in the mystery ingredient cook-offs.
The Bite Cooks! features ‘more mystery cook-off’s this year. The competing chefs will be given 30 minutes to create a masterpiece from three mystery ingredients, a basic pantry, and a large selection of produce, kindly donated by Charlie’s Produce.
Three lucky audience members will be selected to critique each chef on their dish and performance. The criteria: creative use of ingredients, presentation, tastiness and overall entertainment. The winning chef will be announced live, and will receive a $100 donation in their name towards the charity of their choice. 2018 winners donated to charities including FareStart, Food Lifeline, and Mary’s Place.
Notable chefs participating on The Bite Cooks! stage include return crowd favorites, Wayne Johnson (FareStart), Saffron Hodgson “The Aussie’ (bushcooking.com), Brittany Bardeleben (Dahlia Bakery), and Warnessa Victorian (Lizzie Lou’s), and new to The Bite Cooks!, Aaron Willis (The Generous Chef), Emme Collins (Alcove Dining Room), Young Cho (Phorale) and, for the first time in The Bite Cooks! history, junior chef-in-the-making, 9-year old, Hana Kuma (Junior Sous) will perform a cooking demonstration with instructor Sara Adams.
The Bite Cooks! is also thrilled to welcome Thai Select featured chefs, who will bring the flavors and aromas of Thai cuisine into their cooking demonstration dish, and, also infuse them into mystery ingredient cook-off challenges. Thai Select chefs featured include Jutamas Kanjanamai (Bai Tong), Aratana Nualkhar and Jindanat Nualkhair (Araya’s Place), plus Kasem Saengsawang (Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine).
Chef Thierry Rautureau aka ‘The Chef in The Hat’ will return for his 12th year as emcee of The Bite Cooks!, and will bring his unique level of excitement, and extensive culinary experience to the stage.
A special thank you to media sponsors KOMO 4, Seattle Refined and KOMO News 1000.
The Bite of Seattle® is a free-to-attend community festival, and in an effort for attendees to experience the best of the Bite of Seattle®, we are excited to offer discounted food and drink packages including the Experience Bite Package which includes Craft Beer & Cider Tasting + The Alley, and, the Craft Beer & Cider Tasting Only Package.Discounted packages are on sale now online, while supplies last.
The slight sulfuric scent of lit matches, the flaring-up of sparklers, and the sudden loud bang of firecrackers are as familiar to the Fourth of July as are the admonishments to use caution when handling fireworks.
Yet the freedoms Americans celebrate in this idealistic scene are not always the same. A public history project at Virginia Tech finds that, historically, African Americans’ sentiments about the holiday have been diverse.
A website, African American Fourth of July, summarizes the findings and analysis of Virginia Tech students who researched seven historical African American newspapers to trace the meanings behind Independence Day.
“These are newspapers for and by African Americans,” said Brett Shadle, the professor in whose introductory history course the students did their work. “These are the conversations African Americans had among themselves about what their politics should be, what their patriotism should be, and what their role is in the United States.”
His students transcribed more than 400 articles written between 1865 and 1988, including those from the Arkansas State Press (1941–1959), the Baltimore Afro-American (1893–1988), the Chicago Defender (1921–1968), the San Francisco Elevator (1865–1874), the Savannah Tribune (1876–1922), the Washington Bee (1883–1922), and the Wichita Negro Star (1920–1952).
Shadle selected the newspapers for their timelines — to ensure representation of viewpoints from the Civil War through the civil rights era — and their diverse locations.
“We can actually see the same arguments, the fight for rights, threading through the different periods,” said Shadle, who is also chair of Virginia Tech’s Department of History. “The Fourth of July during Reconstruction was generally positive because the people are now free, and they seem to have opportunities — they can vote, and many of them hold office in the South. It’s a time of hope and possibility, and the newspapers reflected that hope.”
But then, Shadle’s class discovered, the newspapers reflected an opposite response during the Jim Crow years, between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the beginnings of the civil rights movement in the 1950s.
“The holiday seemed like a mockery,” Shadle said. “The day’s ideals were great, but not a reality for African Americans. People wanted to talk about life and liberty, but at the same time lynchings were taking place. So, they could celebrate the ideals, yet mourn their ongoing political exclusion.”
To create a cohesive project, the students organized into eight groups to uncover themes and to document the changes of attitudes over time. Each group centered their research on one newspaper, except for the longest running paper, the Chicago Defender, which two groups explored. Each student focused on a five- to 10-year period, finding articles that related to Independence Day. They then transcribed the articles and added keyword tags. After summarizing each article, they shared their conclusions with the group to spot overall trends and themes.
Shadle conceived of the project a year ago when a speech by Frederick Douglass began circulating on social media.
“The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me,” Douglass had said in his 1852 talk to a group of New York abolitionists. “This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”
At the same time Shadle was reading this, his colleagues in the history department were launching Mapping the Fourth of July, a crowdsourced history website aimed at understanding how Americans celebrated July 4 during the Civil War. This caused Shadle to wonder what African American newspapers might reveal about what the day meant to African Americans throughout history.
He thought it would be a perfect project for his first-year student experience course, a class designed to introduce students to their major. It would provide the students with experiential learning opportunities as they navigated primary-source materials and processed information through group discussions.
And Shadle discovered, at the launch of the website, that his students not only excelled in their research, but took great pride in it.
“The students hope this project doesn’t fade away,” Shadle said. “They want others to look at it and use it. They want people to have discussions about what patriotism means, what the Fourth of July means.”
By Cleo Brooks Op Ed(1) –
I am a lifelong and avid reader who believes in the profound positive impact that libraries have on our society.
I was born in Seattle and spent large parts of my childhood in the Downtown Seattle Public Library, as my mother was a teacher who frequented the library to search for materials to use in her science classroom. I was even there over the summer. As a child, I participated in summer reading programs at the Central Library, and my brothers and I would go to story time at the Downtown Library.
Later, I received my Library Science degree and soon after was hired by the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library to promote programs and services for blind and low-vision people. I was later hired by the Seattle Public Library in a similar position to promote SPL services for patrons with disabilities and special needs through the Library Equal Access Program.
And the rest is history. I have worked at SPL for nearly 28 years and have valued library services for the many important community connections they have created, both those established by SPL to meet the needs of targeted communities as well as the other programs libraries developed to support many other members of the community. The outward support from SPL truly engenders a love for libraries, from the welcoming environment of the library supporting children to the importance SPL places on serving all communities.
SPL provides access to modern and updated technology of all types. Teens can get tutoring, access extensive collections of books and other resources for school, or use resource connections to help with transportation, and housing. Libraries have more classes for parents who would otherwise have no way to further their education. They also offer safe spaces for the homeless as well as updated and safe shelter during earthquakes. All for just $3 more per month for the average homeowner.
Unfortunately, all of these important services are in danger. Our libraries are threatened with the loss of 25% of their current funding if Proposition 1, the Library Levy renewal on the August 6th Primary Election ballot, doesn’t pass. If the Library Levy isn’t renewed, there will be reductions in library hours, resulting in reduced services provided by libraries, such as classes, homework assistance, and access to important technology.
It is essential that this levy is renewed for another seven years to continue providing expanded education, up-to-date technology access and print collections, health and housing support, and safe spaces for Seattle citizens all over the city. In this time of extensive growth and change in Seattle and all over the country, we need to support the institutions that have supported us for so long. I urge you to vote to renew Prop 1, the Library Levy, on August 6th!
Friends of Waterfront Seattle has announced its 2019 waterfront summer event lineup, featuring free live music, performance, and activities for all ages. Family-friendly performances occur every Saturday and Sunday from July 6 through September 2 at Hot Spot, the event stage on Pier 58, located at 1401 Alaskan Way.
Kicking off the waterfront summer event season is the fourth annual KEXP Rocks the Dock concert featuring bands Dude York, Moaning, Dogbreth, and DJ & Emcee Abbie. Hosted by KEXP 90.3, Seattle’s non-commercial independent radio station, the waterfront event season kickoff begins Saturday, July 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7 performances include live music by outstanding ensemble headliner, Banda Vagos, and other Latin artists Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana and Correo Aereo from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pier 58’s Hot Spot summer events feature vibrant cultural, educational, and recreational events and activities. Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Sea Mar Community Health Center offers a free full hour of Zumba Fitness, taking place July 7 through Aug. 25. Other weekend waterfront events include soccer at the Seattle Sounders’ FC RAVE Foundation Soccer Octagon, summer theater by Book-It Theater and Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre, site-specific dance performances by Kinesis Project dance theater, K-Pop music and dance, a hip hop tournament-style competition by 206 Zulu, Blues music, youth-led live music and activities with The Vera Project, dance parties and competitive dance battles, a local artist music festival, and the Americana Festival. For details on the full schedule of waterfront events this summer, visit www.friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org/events.
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the City of Seattle’s nonprofit partner helping to build the future Waterfront Park and ensure its lasting success. Following the public-benefit partnership model, we educate the public about the park and its benefits, raise philanthropic funds to build the park, and partner with the City to manage, fund, and program the park long-term. Our goal is to make the central waterfront a public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. Waterfront Seattle / Friends is a founding member of the High Line Network, a movement in cities across the world to reclaim underutilized infrastructure and reimagine it as public space. Explore the future park at our project showroom, Waterfront Space, located at 1400 Western Avenue in Seattle, and open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Sound Generations’ 2019 Inspire Positive Aging Award Recipients Are Announced
Recipients named at the Inspire Positive Aging Awards Luncheon on June 26 at the Bellevue Hilton
Sound Generations is thrilled to widely announce the recipients of the 2019 Inspire Positive Aging Awards that exemplify positive aging in King County. Monique Ming Laven of Kiro 7 was on hand to assist in acknowledging the accomplishments of 49 amazing older adults who have been instrumental in modeling how to lead one’s best life in a society that often overlooks and minimizes the contributions of aging adults in the greater community.
Seven individuals were recognized for their ability to inspire those around them to age well. They represent the resilient energy, creativity, and drive that exists when people choose to define how they will live instead of letting their age define them. When these attributes are coupledwith encouraged peers, intergenerational collaboration, and engaging senior centers and community resources, some remarkable individuals shine through. They have all made their communities better through one of six award categories: Advocacy and Activism, Community Service, Defining Inspiration, Health and Wellness, Intergenerational Impact, and Lifelong Learning.
Diana Thompson, 79
Advocacy & Activism co-recipient
Diana is a change agent! In 2018, her advocacy helped ensure that adults in Washington State who are covered by Medicaid can receive hearing aids. This year she was instrumental in raising awareness and garnering support for a legislative bill to ensure that audiology patients are informed about the benefits of hearing technologies such as telecoils and bluetooth. Her methodical, persistent, diligent, and strategic advocacy has resulted in raising awareness about Medicare Observation Status which is a little known coverage gap that can cost older adults thousands of dollars in unexpected hospital bills. As a role model for advocacy, Diana patiently mentors her peers and advocates of all ages, providing them with the information and strategies to help them be successful. She is well known and highly regarded by her state and federal legislators, city and county policy makers, and statewide advocacy organizations including those for aging, hearing, and healthcare issues.
Janet Jones-Preston, 71
Advocacy & Activism co-recipient
Janet is a grandmother who has raised her children and fostered others. Although retired, she is (in the words of Times Pacific NW magazine writer, Susan Kelleher) a SUPER volunteer. Janet, along with her son who immigrated to Ghana for graduate studies, built a home ostensibly for herself. However, upon encountering a homeless family of eight, she allows them to live in the home rent free. Upon learning that education is not a basic right as it is in the United States she mortgaged her home and provided funds for her son to start a school that is flourishing and now serves 260 students. She visits the Washington prisons twice a month, taking along fellow educators, student teachers, district superintendents, and school staff on all levels. To the Ghanaian students she represents hope and to the prisoners, empowerment and encouragement.
Sidney Rouse, 83
For the past 8 years, 5 days a week, Sid has arrived at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center at 6:30 A.M. to assist in the kitchen. Sid has stood by his kitchen comrades, dishing up hugs and happiness along with the food. Despite suffering from an eye disorder, he appeared each morning for duty, sporting a patch on one eye. When encouraged to go home, he takes the moment to teach his peers: “When you slow down, your body and mind slow down. At home, I would just feel sorry for myself, but here, I have a job to do and a cook to annoy.” What is most inspiring is his humility in performing his tasks. It’s stirring to see an accomplished Boeing Test Engineer and WWII decorated veteran, find such satisfaction in performing the most basic tasks for a non-profit. He takes as much pride and professionalism in his kitchen duties as he did in the aerospace industry.
Marilyn Valentine, 84
Marilyn is a unique, creative, and engaging person. All of her creative parts are integrated into everything she does. She models bravery, showing up as her whole self, which creates the space for others to do so as well. She was the first person at the Lake City Seniors program to openly share her partnership with a woman. Marilyn connected to Lake City Seniors through her Enhance Fitness classes. I asked her if she would co-facilitate an LGBTQ support group. After thinking about it, she agreed to help start a group, but she wanted it to be open to anyone and it would be called “Connections”. For two years, Marilyn co-led a highly successful and diverse peer support group. She was the heart and soul of this group, welcoming new members and fostering deep and meaningful friendships and connections that continue to reverberate throughout the center and our community.
Asefa Tessema, 71
Health & Wellness
Asefa, a former prisoner of war, exudes peace and calm that is rooted in his commitment to his faith and his mind/body wellness. He practices prayer, meditation, yoga, and exercises daily. Five years ago, after eye surgery left him blind, Asefa’s daughter sponsored him to come to the U.S. to try to get better treatment and regain his vision. Upon his arrival, he started attending the Ethiopian Community Center in Seattle. A few volunteers led exercise programs there for a little over a month but could not keep going. Asefa started leading the exercise. He began leading the group in a gentle yoga and aerobic exercise program two times a week to improve physical and mental health. After four and half years he eventually found and trained new volunteers that are carrying on the program. When asked about aging, he said, “Aging is not a disease, it is a blessing and a gift.”
Marletta Iwasyk, 80
Marletta Iwasyk, is a phenomenal kindergarten teacher. She recently turned 80 years old and has taught for over 50 years for Seattle Public Schools. Over the years, she has taught over 1275 students and continues to teach and inspire generations. Marletta’s presence in the classroom positively influences students, staff, and parents about getting older. To the kindergarteners in her class her presence makes them “blind” to aging and to not feel like you can only do things at a certain age. To the teachers/staff Marietta is a role model and inspiration. Her vast knowledge, boundless energy, wonderful personality, and caring nature inspire them daily. And it lets them know that age need not limit them. To the parents her presence shows them that age doesn’t have to limit you. Many of the parents were raised thinking you retire at 65 and Marletta challenges that mindset.
Ann Root, 92
Ann Root has been a participant and teacher at the West Seattle Senior Center for four+ years. She inquired at the Center about visiting people who are home bound. Ann realizes the importance of community and friendship. She has been matched with two elder friends as part of our West Side Friends Program. She visits each of them one to two times a month. Ann does not drive, so she walks four plus miles each way to visit her homebound elder friends. She also walks the four mile roundtrip to the Senior Center several times a week. Ann values learning and stretching herself in new ways. She teaches a weekly advanced and beginning German class at the Senior Center. Her skills as a teacher are exemplary. She’s also involved with an Enhanced Fitness Class and belongs to our book group. When Ann walks in to the Senior Center, we are all inspired and moved by her perseverance. At 92 years of age, her commitment to exercise and good health is evident. She walks to the Center in all kinds of weather and several of the “younger staffers” are now inspired to do the same.
Jeanne Hayden, 95
Nominated in two categories: Defining Inspiration & Community Service
At 95, years young, Jeanne continues to contribute to her community; She makes and donates quilts for the infants and children at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Although she didn’t learn to quilt until the 1990s, she has created over a 1,000 quilts in her life. Some of her quilts have been on display at the Monroe Quilters Anonymous events and most recently at her local library. Although she suffers from macular degeneration and other eye impairments, she is not one to be defeated. Utilizing eye glasses and magnifiers she continues to make quilts. Sometimes she works on miniature wall hangings that seem to require the combined artistry of a watchmaker and an artist. At 95, she continues to be active in her church and walks every day! Jeanne has such a pleasant and positive approach to some of the difficulties that accompany aging that inspire and show all how to age with grace.
These individuals are the reason Sound Generations exist. They remind us that the needs of older adults are ever-changing and that if we are going to support people on their aging journey through community connections and accessible services, we must ensure that those of all abilities, income levels, and cultures have what they need to age in place as independently as possible in a community that affirms aging. Aging is not only inevitable, but should be embraced considering that King County’s fastest growing population segment is the oldest old, those 85 and older. Furthermore, by 2040 the percentage of King County residents age 60 and older is projected to increase to 25%.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. The annual Inspire Positive Aging Awards reflect Sound Generations’ commitment to older adults while changing the narrative and aesthetic associated with aging.
About SG: Sound Generations is the most comprehensive non-profit organization serving older adults and their loved ones in King County. Established in 1967, we support almost 60,000 people and those who care about them annually on their aging journey through community connections and accessible services. Our ten core programs and six senior centers are constantly striving to expand the provision of food security, transportation, health & wellness, and assistance services to underserved and marginalized populations. We are committed to helping all people, especially those in low income communities and communities of color, obtain the services they need while feeling included and respected.
July 27-28, 2019
Noon – 7 pm
501 South I St., Tacoma, WA
Ethnic Fest has been celebrating culture & community for Over 30 years! Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world.
Since 1986 Ethnic Fest has grown to become the largest celebration of culture and community in Tacoma. Voted the best festival of the South Sound; this year Ethnic Fest takes place Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, July 28 from Noon to 7 pm at historic Wright Park in Tacoma, WA.
This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts Kid’s Zones, hands-on cultural activities and experiences, performer stage, as well as numerous specialty arts and crafts, food, and information vendor booths. This year’s festival will also include a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, for Youth (15U) and Adaptive Recreation divisions.
Vendors and performers
Learn More About:
- 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament-Hoop It Up @ Ethnic Fest July 26-28Date: July 26-28
Register Your Team Today! Deadline July 19
Teams will be sorted by grade level.
3rd-8th Grade Registration
9th-12th and Family Divisions Registration
- Flag Football
- Sports for pre-school age
Metro Parks Tacoma Youth Sports provides recreational league play in five different sports during the year for boys and girls ages 5-12.
All teams are coached by volunteers who are background checked at national and state levels. MPT Youth Sports staff also provides guidance for any individuals willing to coach, including potential full team practice plans and coach training. Teams and players are registered as coaches are available. For more information please visit this page.
- MPT Youth Sports also provides instructional opportunities. Kidz Love Soccer and Skyhawks Sports Academy have contracted instructors that provide sports quality instruction on Metro Parks Tacoma fields and facilities.
- Kidz Love Soccer provides year-round instruction in multiple-week sessions.
- Skyhawks offers one-week tennis camps during the summer months at Stadium High School and Point Defiance Park.
- MPT staff also provide instructional camps during the summer for basketball, soccer, flag football, and others.
You can help SHA choose priorities for its 2020 budget by completing this survey by July 15th.
The survey asks questions related to each of Seattle Housing Authority’s three Strategic Directions and its Key Objectives. It also asks for your thoughts on SHA and its properties, how to budget if federal funding is cut, and how to improve the survey and better reach under-represented communities.