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Author Julie Otsuka’s new book explores the comfort & rhythm of routine

Book Lust with Julie Otsuka

Dive into Julie Otsuka’s latest novel, "The Swimmers." Book Lust host Nancy Pearl chats with Otsuka about her widely-praised book, and explains the connection between the two halves of the novel. Plus, Otsuka shares insight into her writing style, favorite authors, and future projects.


Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team celebrates 70 years of supporting, inspiring young women

Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team

Producer Della Chen shares a snippet of her forthcoming documentary about the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team, a staple in some of the area's biggest celebrations. It’s the only Chinese women-warrior inspired drill team in the country, and members say it’s taught them to value their culture and themselves.


CM Nelson shares vision to boost local film industry on Council Edition

City Inside/Out Council Edition with Councilmember Sara Nelson

Seattle City Councilmember Sara Nelson joins Council Edition to discuss plans to recruit and retain more police officers. Also, joined by a special guest, Nelson explains her new proposal to create a Seattle Film Commission


“On the Block” unites Capitol Hill’s arts & small business communities

"On the Block" musician

There’s a new block party in town! Capitol Hill creatives concocted On The Block, a free event taking place the second Saturday of every month through October. The community-run festivities transform 11th Avenue in the Pike/Pine corridor and feature streetwear, art, live performance, and “amplifying the local creative scene.” More information: ontheblockseattle.com


Paws to learn about a Seattle Animal Shelter program providing for pets in need

A dog waits with its owner to get food

Seattle’s four-legged friends are getting special deliveries thanks to a grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation. The outreach program has been able to supply pets of people experiencing homelessness with toys, food, bedding, and more.


Rooting for recovery

Recovery Day at Seattle Mariners

Community members came together, loud and proud, to root for recovery at last Sunday’s Seattle Mariners baseball game. Coined Recovery Day, attendees gathered at Occidental Park to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and support mental health and substance-use recovery during a rally. They later marched to T-Mobile Park to cheer on the Mariners, and put a spotlight on their cause. Learn more: washingtonrecoveryalliance.org.


The storied past of now-pristine Pritchard Island Beach

Pritchard Beach Park

Who’s up for a swim? Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro recommends his favorite childhood swim spot, Pritchard Island Beach. The public recreation area, located on Lake Washington, may seem unassuming, but it’s got quite the history. Learn more in this installment “My Favorite Places.”


COVID-19 resources

Anyone 6 months of age and older is eligible to get vaccinated. Learn more about free vaccines, testing, and the best way to help manage the spread of coronavirus at kingcounty.gov/covid.

Free at-home tests. Each household is eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. And, while supplies last, Washingtonians can order up to two COVID-19 test kits per month from the website sayyescovidhometest.org (ordering available in English and Spanish).

Self-test expiration dates extended. Some COVID-19 rapid self-tests now have an extended expiration date. Review your at-home tests at on the FDA's website.

Free N95 masks. Visit the federal government's one-stop COVID website to find locations to get free masks.

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