Holiday Festivities in Seattle This Weekend

Take a break from homework and studying this weekend and check out these great and FREE holiday events around downtown Seattle!

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Sheraton Gingerbread Village – Tuesday, November 21 through January 1
The Downtown Sheraton Hotel is celebrating their 25th year of exceptional gingerbread creations. This year the theme is honoring Seattle. They have viewing hours every day, so stop by when you have the chance.

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Macy’s Holiday Parade – Friday, November 24
If you’re an early riser, head downtown to see watch the Macy’s Holiday Parade! The parade route is along Fifth Avenue and University, ending at Macy’s. The parade starts at 9:00am and will last for around an hour.

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Magic in the Market – Saturday, November 25
If you don’t want to fight against Friday’s crowds, you can still kick off holiday celebrations in Pike Place Market on Saturday! Starting at 11:00am, there will be live music performances, photos with Santa, and a tree lighting at 5:00pm.

– Meg Humphrey

Free Concerts at Seattle Center

Come get a taste of Seattle’s independent music scene at Seattle Center! Every Friday during August, KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center sponsor free concerts.  They take place on the Mural Amphitheatre Lawn starting at 5:30 pm.

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These concerts are completely free and welcome all ages. Seating is limited, so you want to get there a little early. You can bring your own picnic food or head to the Armory and buy a delicious dinner to enjoy while you watch.

Below is the 2017 line up:

Friday, August 4
The Helio Sequence
Summer Cannibals

Friday, August 11
Haley Heynderickx

Friday, August 18
Surprise Guest
The Courtneys

Friday, August 25
The Maldives
Industrial Revelation
Emma Lee Toyoda

Make sure you follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and announcements!

Craft Weekend

Support local artists and small business at three different fun events this weekend!

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The Shoreline Arts Festival has something for everyone. Not only can you view and purchase art from members of the community, there are dance and music performances, food trucks, hands-on art projects, and cultural rooms.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25
Time: Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for food and souvenirs.

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Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest independent craft show. There is a winter and a summer show, and no two events are the same. The artists, designers, and crafters (including chefs and bakers!) are selected by a jury to get the best mix of everything Seattle has to offer.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for crafts and goodies.

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If you’re looking for something really unique, Oddmall – Emporium of the Weird, is taking place at Everett Community College. Oddmall prides itself in their eclectic and diverse lineup of crafters, artists, live performers, authors, and food stalls.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25
Time: Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Everett Community College – Walt Price Student Fitness Center
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for one of a kind treasures.

Northwest Folklife Festival 2017

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May 26-29 is the 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival! Folklife is a yearly celebration that promotes the arts and cultures that make Washington unique. Over the four day festival, there are over 800 scheduled performances, including music, dance, film, and visual art demonstrations.

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The Northwest Folklife Festival is completely free and takes place throughout Seattle Center. The programming begins at 11:00am every day and ends around 9:00pm. You can view the full schedule, see an area map, and find out what food and shopping vendors will be available on their website.

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Don’t miss out on this amazing event to learn more about the great communities and artists around Seattle!

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– Meg Humphrey

Engage in Change with Earth Week

Learn more about what you can do to protect nature during Shoreline Community College’s Earth Week! Earth Week is four full days of discussions, demonstrations, activities, and performances to help educate everyone about the importance of taking care of the world around us.

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For full times and details, please visit the Earth Week Events Calendar. Below are some highlights!

Wednesday: April 19

  • Sustainable actions through solidarity
    • Arbor Day Recognition/Tree Campus USA Certification
    • Keynote Address: Worldview of a Standing Rock Sioux: Tribal member Kyle Schierbeck, Coyote Follows the Road
    • Exhibit on Standing Rock and the Flint Water Crisis
    • LIVE Music Performance: Jared Bridge

Thursday, April 20

  • Community Sustainable Actions
    • Supporting a vibrant Seattle through urban forestry policy: Urban Forestry Policy Advisor – Sandra Pinto de Bader
    • Green City Partnership: Restoration for Enhancing Ecology & Community – Matt Mega
    • Discussion: The 3E’s of Sustainability: Finding the “SWEET Spot”
    • Deep Roots Garden Veggie Start Giveaway
    • Washington Native Plants Society
    • Mushroom Growing Kits
    • LIVE Music Performance: Funk & Groove

Friday, April 21

  • Engage in Change: Taking Action
    • Participatory Volunteer Action: Campus-wide fruiting ivy removal. Ridding our campus of invasive plants one species at a time. Participants MUST SIGN UP in the Student Leadership Center by Friday, April 14!
    • LIVE Music Performance: Ukulele Club

Saturday, April 22

  • Spring Ecological Restoration
    • All participants are welcome to join us for our annual Earth Day restoration event in the North Woods at Shoreline Community College. We will be removing invasive plants including ivy, laurel, holly, and blackberries. We will be planting a variety of native ground covers, shrubs, and trees. Gloves and tools will be provided, but if you have your own please bring them. Wear close-toed shoes or boots, layers of clothes, a rain coat if needed, and a hat. Bring water! Participants will meet at the parking lot east of the soccer field.

Shoreline Students Funk and Groove

Funk & Groove is a Shoreline Community College music ensemble specializing in popular music from the 1970’s to present. Many genres of music are covered by Funk & Groove, including jazz, pop, R&B, and rap. They perform live shows around town and for campus functions like the Student Success Campaign Community Breakfast hosted by the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

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Funk & Groove will be playing a show at the Ould Triangle on Saturday, February 4. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support your fellow students, and have a ton of fun while doing it! The show starts at 8:00pm, make sure you arrive early to grab a good seat.

Meg Humphrey