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“Facing the Mountain” paints vivid picture of Japanese American experience during World War II

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown joins Nancy Pearl on Book Lust to discuss his new release, "Facing the Mountain - A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II." The book chronicles the lives of four young men and their families, providing a sweeping view of the Japanese American experience during World War II. Brown is a self-proclaimed "storyteller who wants to tell personal stories that shed some light on history," and that makes this heavily-researched nonfiction account of an important part of our country's history a real page turner. Rumor has it that it's already been optioned for a film.

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Seattle/King County Video Voters' Guide

With ten races in King County and Seattle alone, choosing between such a large pool of candidates can quickly get overwhelming. Don’t be intimidated, we’ve created the perfect tool to lighten the primary election load: the Video Voters' Guide, 2021 Primary Election.

The non-partisan guide contains direct and unfiltered statements from the candidates themselves. You’ll also hear proponents and opponents of one ballot measure: Children, Youth, Communities, and Families Levy (Prop 1.).

Candidates appear in the same order in the video as they do on your ballot, and each has two minutes to tell you who they are, why they’re running, and the pillars of their platform. Races include King County Executive, King County Council, Seattle Mayor, Seattle City Attorney, Seattle City Councilmembers, and Seattle School Board members.

Give it a watch, tell us what you think, and don’t forget to submit your ballot by August 3rd!

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Welcome back Seattle!

Welcome Back Weeks!

We’ve had a rough year, and with over 80% of eligible Seattleites vaccinated it’s time to let loose. “Welcome Back Weeks” aim to do just that with art, dance, song, and gathering. The first big celebration took place last weekend in Chinatown International District (CID), and the festivities continue this coming weekend in Pioneer Square and Westlake. Read on...

Welcome back Pioneer Square!

On Saturday, it's Welcome Back Pioneer Square with live music from Shaina Shepherd, Shenandoah Davis, and The Black Tones. Plus, a "Found Fashion" exhibition from Path with Art, free screen printing from Party Hat Gallery, and a vaccine pop-up offering Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Stop by Occidental Square at 117 S. Washington St. on Saturday, July 24 between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Welcome Back to Westlake

Then, Sunday afternoon is a  family-friendly celebration at Westlake Park and Pacific Place. Enjoy a  "Halloween in July" where kids and families can dress up and trick-or-treat across local vendors and stores in Westlake Park and Pacific Place. Plus, sidewalk sales, food trucks, free face painting, a costume contest, THRILLER dance classes, live performances featuring El Vez, Teatro Zinzanni, SANCA's Cirrus Circus, Lelavision, Up Up Circus, and more. Visit Westlake Park at 401 Pine St. on Sunday July 25, between 12 - 8 p.m. to join in on the fun.

Learn more about Welcome Back Weeks and RSVP to get the latest updates.

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Don't procrastinate, vaccinate!

Everyone who lives, works, or attends school in King County can now schedule a first and second vaccine or just a second vaccine today at the City of Seattle's vaccination site. Vaccinations do not require an advance appointment, but you can still make an appointment if you like. They are free, insurance is not required, and while presenting an ID card at the time of your vaccination is recommended, it is not a requirement. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when they receive their vaccine and require authorization from a parent or guardian during the registration process.

Where to get your free vaccine:

For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information visit the City’s vaccination website at www.seattle.gov/vaccine. The site contains vaccine information in seven languages, and in-language assistance is also available over the phone with the Customer Service Bureau Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (206) 684-2489.

Even as more residents get vaccinated, please continue to follow all public health guidance. Visit this website from Public Health – Seattle & King County for more information.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, schedule a free test at one of the city's sites. 

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