Here are things happening in the way of virtual and online Civic Events (including the great outdoors):
Pacific Science Center presents their Drones/Virtual Curiosity Expo on June 6 from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out all of Pacific Science Center’s upcoming events here.
Know Your Vote: What is Democracy in America? is a virtual dialogue on the topic of democracy in the United States, hosted by the Northwest African American Museum in partnership with MOHAI—June 6 from 5-6 p.m. Moni Tep moderates and the special guest is Gennette Cordova, writer and founder of the non-profit Lorraine House. They’ll explore the topics of voter suppression, demographics that are included and excluded from the voting process, and more. You’re invited to participate by submitting your own questions in Zoom. Get more info here.
The Urbanist’s monthly meet-up is every second Tuesday. Coming up on June 9 from 6-7:30 p.m.: Shaun Scott on the Black Lives Matter protests in Seattle, police violence and the response by Mayor Durkan, and how/if we can fix things. Scott is a political activist, labor organizer, historian, filmmaker, and writer. In 2019 he ran for Seattle City Council in District 4 on a progressive platform of more public housing, a Seattle Green New Deal, and a freelancer's bill of rights. Watch the Zoom event here.
Join Northwest Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds and members of the Northwest Harvest Team for a Virtual Town Hall on June 11 at 11 a.m. In response to COVID 19, Northwest Harvest has dramatically shifted both the scale and urgency of our mission – providing equitable access of nutritious food for all our Washington neighbors. During this event they will share many of the emergency initiatives they implemented to best meet the needs of the state.
Navigating Workplace Microaggressions for Women of Color is an interactive webinar hosted by Jodi-Ann Burey that will provide case study examples of the experiences women of color face at work and will explore the options for managing your mindset and constructing an effective response. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences. Register for sessions on July 16 and August events here.
The next online Grit City Think & Drink is June 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. when they’ll present The Rise of Chinese Wine: A Political Economy Story. In less than a decade, Chinese wine went from being ignored and ridiculed to earning gold medals and praise by famous critics in less than a decade. What is the relationship between the rise of wine made in China and the country’s economic development? In their research, Cynthia Howson and Pierre Ly apply insights from economic development scholarship to the wine industry and show that the story of Chinese wine is about politics, globalization, economic growth, environmental challenges, land rights, and governance.
Next up on Town Hall Seattle's live streamed and podcast lineup: Annabel Abbs, The Joyce Girl, June 9 at 6 p.m.; UW Engage Science—Minding Molecules, Baby Brain Health, Counting Chromosomes on June 10 at 6 p.m.; Matt Ortile with Ashley C. Ford, The Groom Will Keep His Name on June 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Aaron Bobrow-Strain, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Check out all of Town Hall's upcoming virtual events here.
Habitat Steward for Western Washington is a free Zoom workshop hosted by the National Wildlife Federation Pacific on June 9, 16 and 23 from 6-9 p.m. Learn how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas. Get more info here.
Olympia’s Stream Team presents Marine Creature Mondays at 11 a.m. beginning June 8. Experience the wonders of Puget Sound’s marine life through weekly online underwater videos! Join us as we partner with drone videographer, Matt Balder, and marine biologist, Bob Wharton, to see and learn about the incredible underwater creatures that call Puget Sound home. Matt will share his underwater drone videos of marine creatures and Bob will teach you about them while you watch this series of short videos. A new video will be posted each week! Get more info here.
This year's Crab Dash 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk is going virtual. You run or walk a 5K or 10K anywhere (outside or on a treadmill) anytime between June 27 and July 11. The virtual part: you share your run virtually, by posting pictures on social media or by texting your friends or family a picture of you in your Crab Dash Shirt and bib ready to run or walk. You can share your timed results by uploading them on the Run Sign Up site if you want. You get the satisfaction of knowing your efforts helped support the Camano Center and the community. Get all the details here.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville invites you to take a Wild Drive Premier Tour where you can experience the awe and wonder of seeing a moose or newborn bison calf from the comfort and safety of your own car. Drive by roaming herds of Roosevelt elk and mountain goats in Northwest Trek’s beautiful Free-Roaming Area while following the governor’s health and safety protocols. Online, timed-ticketing only, $70 members/$80 non-members. One family or household per vehicle, maximum of 8 people per vehicle. Get more info here.
Bellevue Downtown Association's Takeaway Video Series provides vital information and updates from experts in the community. More info here.
Folio, the Seattle Athenaeum presents a variety of civic and storytelling events. Their Election 2020 series features six critical discussions on the potential outcomes of the election at the national and state level, led by noted national commentator and Folio Board Secretary Mort Kondracke. Get info on the series here.
Seattle Works Hands On Network presents a Full Impact: BIPOC Bi-Weekly Link Up on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Link Up focuses on topics that promote positive well-being for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to connect, build community, share resources, discuss racial equity, promote healing, & make an impact. Register here for events on June 10, June 24 and July 8.
Bellevue celebrates National Bike Month in June this year, which is concurrent with F5 Bike Everywhere Month presented by Cascade Bicycle Club—the time to support, encourage, and celebrate all things bicycling. No one celebrates pedal power like Washington! The best way to celebrate is simply to get on a bike: ride to work, ride to the grocery store or just ride for the sheer joy of being outside soaking up the spring and summer weather. Take the F5 Networks Bike Everywhere Challenge where riders compete by forming teams and tracking their trips from June 1-30. Also, the F5 Networks Bike Everywhere Day is June 19 with community groups, small businesses and corporations hosting event stations that aim to encourage people to start riding or ride more often. Find out more here.
2nd Cycle in Tacoma has a series of Slo+Socially Distant Rides, virtual events that take place on the second and fourth Friday of the month (or any convenient time for you to ride) until their regular shop rides can resume. Simply choose your own comfortable route (or use one we’ve shared in the event discussion) and go for a bike ride by yourself, following the #gimmesixfeet rule of thumb for interaction. Share a photo or video with us here on the FaceBook event or use the #SLOWANDSOCIALLYDISTANT hashtag on social media so that we can all see how bicycles are helping our community cope with social distancing. More info here.
Town Hall Seattle is altering their Spring In Residence platform to launch a podcast residency called “Life on the Margins” in partnership with South Sound Emerald. The bi-weekly installments feature hosts Marcus Harrison Green, Enrique Cerna and Jini Palmer sharing stories not just about marginalized communities but from within, and alongside them, engaging with the narratives and experiences of Seattle. Find out more and listen here.
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's COVID-19 Business Series features three live streamed panel discussions every week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon hosted by Tom Pierson, CEO, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber; Bruce Kendall, CEO, Pierce County Economic Development; and John Powers, Executive Director of Kitsap Economic Development Alliance. Check website for each week's panelists.
The City of Federal Way has its own YouTube channel where you can access videos of meetings, Mayor Jim Ferrell's Facebook Live events, and more.
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