Seafair Torchlight Parade

One of the main events of Seattle Seafair is the Torchlight Parade! The Torchlight Parade is an evening event where more than 100 parade units march, illuminating a path through downtown Seattle. This year’s parade is Saturday, July 29, starting at 7:30pm.

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The parade route is along 4th Avenue, and most of the seating is free. There are some reserved seating areas, which people can purchase tickets for on the Torchlight Parade website.

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Before the parade starts, there is a Torchlight Fanfest at Seattle Center. There you can get a sneak peek at some of the floats, look around exhibitor’s booths, and get something to eat from the food stalls.

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Come celebrate the 68th year of the Seafair Torchlight Parade!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Seattle City Council, Pir8teSteve, and Marian Jürgen Regel

Meet Your IPMs: Nicholas and Farrell!

The International Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 school year are excited to begin working with all of our wonderful students. Learn a little more about two of the eight new IPMs below!

Man Ho “Nicholas” Chu (Hong Kong)

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Major: English Literature

Favorite Food: Curry is my favorite and I tried to eat it for a whole week…

Shoreline CC Clubs/activities: Deputy Secretary of Vocal Association, President of Hong Kong Student Association, and writing tutor.

Why he became an IPM: When I first came to Shoreline, I got help from the previous IPMs. I know when international students come here, they would feel helpless. I want to help them with my experiences.

Why he chose Shoreline: When I was in Hong Kong, I met the advisors. They gave me useful suggestions and helped me plan my academic career when we first met. I felt like Shoreline really cares about students.

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: Be more active in school!!! Being more active can help you make more friends and gain wonderful school experience. Friends can help you no matter your personal problems or academic problems.

Come talk Nicholas if you have any problems in school or if you have interesting stories to share!

Farrell Fileas (Indonesia)

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Major: Computer Science

Favorite Food: Buy 1 get 1 Domino’s deal

Shoreline CC Clubs: Adventure Builders Club, Engineering Club

How he spends his free time: Aside from socializing or eating, I generally engage myself in musical activities. I can play the piano and guitar, so I switch between those two instruments. I also spend quite some time in church, and yes – I do play those instruments on most Sunday Services!

Why he became an IPM: I believe every student in Shoreline should be warmly welcomed. I can closely relate to the mixed feeling of joy and sadness experienced by students who came from abroad to the United States to study. I’m always looking to improve myself and to assist you in your times of need. I’m here to provide support for all of you, so don’t hesitate to approach me for questions, or just for chit-chat!

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: Keep an open mind toward the beliefs and opinions of others. You will be integrated to the international community more than ever in your life, so don’t waste the opportunity! It’s also never a bad idea to maintain a good GPA.

Come talk to Farrell if you want to see a magic trick (he can do card magic)!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by 204 Photographers

Learn About Sustainable Living at NW Solar Fest!

The Shoreline Solar Project is hosting the Northwest Solar Fest on Saturday, August 22nd! The event will be held at Shoreline Community College from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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NW Solar Fest is a sustainable living fair. That means it’s all about how people can change their habits in order to preserve the environment. There will be innovations like solar power for homes, electric vehicles, and tiny houses. There will also be “Conversation Cafés” with live demonstrations and panels.

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NW Solar Fest is free to visit and has free parking around campus. There will also be cultural performances, food stalls, and local business and non-profit booths. Come enjoy your Saturday learning about sustainable living and renewable energy!

– Meg Humphrey

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Meet your IPMs: Hikari & Aliya!

The International Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 school year are excited to begin working with all of our wonderful students. Learn a little more about two of the eight new IPMs below!

Hikari Akasaki (Japan)

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Major: Biochemistry

Favorite Food: Vegan pizza

Why she became an IPM: I thought IPM would be a great opportunity for me to make new friends, learn new things, and gain a new experience.

What she likes best about studying and living here: I like the professors and staff at Shoreline, they are very nice and helpful. Also, it is easy to get vegan food around the area.

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: I think the key to being successful at Shoreline is to meet new people and have an open mind.

Come talk to Hikari if you know a good vegan restaurant! One of her favorites is Wayward Vegan Café in the University District.

Aliya Aliyeva (Kazakhstan)

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Major: Public Health

Dream Job: Working at the Nazarbayev University Medical Center

Shoreline CC Clubs: Adventure Builder Club, Just Dance Club, Art Club, and Vice President of the Shoreline Community College Vocal Association.

Why she became an IPM: From my first International Student Orientation it was my goal to become an IPM because I like to meet new people, especially from different countries. Besides that, I know how sometimes it can be lonely when you are the only student from your country, so I want to make Shoreline even more welcoming and interesting. Feel free to talk to me any time you want!

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: Do not be afraid of making new friends (both international and domestic)! They will not bite you!

Come talk to Aliya if you love to watch TV shows!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by 204 Photographers

Seafair Seattle Pow-Wow

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is hosing their 30th annual Seafair Pow Wow this weekend, July 14-16! A Pow Wow is a Native American gathering of singing, dancing, and celebration. It’s a must-see for anyone who wants to learn about the culture and history of Washington State.

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All people are welcome to the Pow Wow. Come take lots of pictures, learn about Native American and Indigenous traditions and cultures, eat delicious food, and even participate in their Intertribal dance! For more information, check out their website.

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When:

  • Friday, July 14: 4pm – 10pm
  • Saturday, July 15: 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday, July 16: 10am – 8pm

Where:

Admission

  • Friday, July 14: FREE!

Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16: $5 for people 12 and older

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– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Shoreline Offers Affordable Education

Shoreline Community College’s affordable tuition makes studying in the United States more accessible for international students. Shoreline has plenty to offer students, no matter your education goals. Whether you want to complete your high school diploma while taking college classes, improve your English, try out different classes to pick the right major, or complete the first two years of your bachelor’s degree, you can do it here at Shoreline Community College.

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Starting your university education at Shoreline Community College can help you save money before you go to a four-year university or pursue other goals. Including housing and living expenses, it will cost a student less than $20,000 a year! Our inexpensive education is still high quality, with experienced faculty and staff who are here to assist you along your college journey.

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You can view a breakdown of our costs by visiting our International Admissions webpage. If you have any questions or would like more information about studying at Shoreline, don’t hesitate to reach out to the International Education Department!

– Meg Humphrey

Shakespeare in the Park 2017

GreenStage is Seattle’s longest-running Shakespeare Company. It’s their mission to have as many people as possible engage in live theater. This is their 20th season of free Shakespeare in the park and will be performing two full length plays.

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Richard II is the story of King Richard II’s last two years in power on the throne of England. This is the first of Shakespeare’s historical plays about King Richard II’s bloodline, and covers the last two years of his life. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

The Comedy of Errors is a story of two sets of twins separated at birth. The twins run into each other in one city and the trouble begins! Due to cases of mistaken identities, their lives become full of romantic, legal, and outrageous mishaps. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

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GreenStage also has their Backyard Bard program, where four actors put on two hour-long plays. This year, they will be doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Click here for their performance schedule.

The Seattle Shakespeare Company also hosts free outdoor plays under the program Wooden O. They perform in nearby locations like Richmond Beach Park, Edmonds City Park, and Volunteer Park. They also have two plays for this summer.

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Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. The main characters, Beatrice and Benedick, try to outwit each other as their friends set up a plan for them to fall in love. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

Pericles is a high seas adventure about Pericles, Prince of Tyre. He learns shocking information about King Antioch and he flees for his life. He travels from port to port to keep himself safe, finding love and making a family along the way. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

There are plenty of times and showings available for every play. Grab your friends, pack a picnic, and have fun!

– Meg Humphrey