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“Stay Well, Stay Awake” documents local music scene through the pandemic

Stay Well, Stay Awake

COVID-19 hit so many industries hard, including live music. This documentary by Asterhouse began as a celebration of ten years as a band but quickly morphed into a close-up look at mental health, the hardships the music community suffered during the pandemic, and some bright spots as we move towards recovery.


Meet the leader of the new regional homelessness authority on City Inside/Out

Brian Callanan interviews Marc Dones

The staff at the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) hit the ground running after pandemic-related delays, and CEO Marc Dones says “trust is starting to enter the picture” in a region that has developed so much skepticism around different approaches to the homelessness crisis.


Book lovers rejoice! Book Lust host receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Nancy Pearl

Our favorite librarian, show host, and all-around lit-genius Nancy Pearl just received the National Book Foundation's 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community! Learn more about her life's work and the award in this special edition blog post we put together for the occasion.


Swedish-born Seattleite Lisa Liedgren Alexandersson weaves ideas in found textiles

Lisa Liedgren Alexandersson setting up a loom

One person’s trash is Lisa Liedgren Alexandersson’s latest weaving project. The Swedish native and textile artist fell in love with the physicality of weaving and brought that love to scavenge the streets of Seattle for inspiration. Art Zone followed along on one of her adventures, and got a look at some engaging final products right off the loom.


City Inside/Out: Sawant recall election heats up in District 3

Pro and anti Sawant recall yard signs

The Dec. 7's recall election marks the only recall vote of a City of Seattle Councilmember in the city’s history. The Washington State Supreme Court determined evidence was “factually sufficient” and met the legal requirements for a vote to recall Councilmember Sawant, but this does not mean it does or does not endorse a recall. That decision lies in the hands of District 3 voters.


📅 Something for everyone in Art Zone’s holiday-ish events calendar

Brangien Davis curates a holiday-ish art events calendar

Okay, we know the holidays can be a little crazy-making, but these art events around town are the perfect excuse to chill out ❄️. Find some peace in a room full of peachy paper cutouts, gaze at ancient stones shaped like terriers, or take in the latest show from an award-winning playwright.


COVID-19 updates: Vaccination verification, mask mandates & vaccine locations

Seattle skyline featuring Space Needle and Mount Rainier

Free Vaccinations & Boosters

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are currently available to everyone 5 and older regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. The City of Seattle and partners are offering free and accessible first, second, and/or booster doses at hubs across Seattle. Learn more at, visit Public Health – Seattle & King County for additional locations, or consult with your primary care provider, if you have one.

Pfizer's kid-sized vaccines have been authorized for children between 5-11 years old and are available by appointment at City of Seattle vaccination hubs as well as some pediatrician offices, community clinics, and vaccine partnership sites throughout the region.

Booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for some people. Learn who is eligible to get a booster shot at

Vaccination Verification

King County requires vaccination verification for everyone 12 years of age and older. You must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative PCR COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours, or a negative rapid test result conducted on site in order to attend outdoor events of 500 or more people, indoor recreational events, or establishments, restaurants, and bars. Throughout Washington state, many businesses, events and employers are also requiring vaccination verification. Visit the Department of Health's vaccine website for details and proof of vaccination options, including the new WA Verify tool.

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has put together a Vaccine Verification Toolkit that provides businesses with resources to comply with King County’s new vaccine verification order.

Mask requirements

In Washington state, everyone 5 years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status, is  required to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, at outdoor events with 500 or more people, and in outdoor public places when six feet of distance is not possible.


If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a free test, with or without an appointment, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

Need help?

If you need language interpretation, help finding a vaccination or testing site, or ADA accommodation, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at (206) 477-3977, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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