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“Homewaters” explores the rich history of Puget Sound

An image from "Homewaters"

“It’s not just water, it’s a way of life. It’s an existence.” Puget Sound is the common bond that connects our entire region. Explore its thousands of years of history – from glacial creation, to its original Native American name, to its recent revitalization – in this feature with local author David B. Williams.


For Joe Rudko, creating collage art is like a giant game of Tetris

Joe Rudko in his studio

Artist Joe Rudko says his monochromatic photo collages are the result of trusting that every move he makes is the right one. He slices, dices, cuts, and pastes photos of all subjects and styles together to create vibrantly patterned color fields.


Councilmember Lewis discusses budget, police funding, housing & more on Council Edition

Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis on Council Edition

The Seattle City Council approved the 2022 budget with additional spending on homelessness services and housing. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing from here on out for the legislative branch. Learn why on the latest City Inside/Out Council Edition with Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis.


Betsy Olson Band performs their toe-tapping tune, “Train Song”

Betsy Olson Band performs "Train Song"

Ride the rails and do a little jig while you’re at it with Betsy Olson Band’s “Train Song.” The quartet includes local musicians Betsy Olson on lead guitar and vocals, Sera Cahoone on drums, Rebecca Young on bass, and Moe Provencher on harmonica and backing vocals.


Welcome Back Weeks brought exercise, arts & culture to Seattle neighborhoods

Dancers perform at a Seattle park

Community engagement is “a manner of surviving” for Seattle’s underserved communities, who were hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Earlier this year, as part of the Welcome Back Weeks program, Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded 38 grants to local arts and culture groups to heal and activate underutilized public spaces.


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 seattle.gov/vaccine, 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 kingcounty.gov/covid/vaccine.

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.

COVID-19 Resources