Fairytale STEM Challenge
Sammamish Library: Facebook Live; 10–10:30 a.m., free, ages 5-7
Fairytales can get a bit boring: always the same predictable happy ending. But what if there was a twist? Join Miss Sara from the Sammamish Library to recreate your favorite fairytale’s outcome using STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to create an object that could change everything. All you need to do is gather recycled materials from around your home: cardboard, plastics, string, tape — whatever you have! And use those materials, stem principles and imagination to get a story ending with a twist. You can register at the link as well as stream it live!
Island Books Book Club on Race & Allyship
Island Books: online event at link; 6–7:30 p.m., free
“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo is a powerful book that fosters honest conversations around race and racism and how they infect every aspect of American life. Staff from Island Books will walk through the book to dive into these conversations and break down what we can and should learn from this enlightening work. This event could be very helpful along one’s antiracist stepping-stone path. Register at the link to attend and hear about other books that will be studied in this club.
In Conversation: Olumide Popoola & Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Goethe-Institut & Elliott Bay Book Company: online, register at link; 1–2 p.m., free, all ages
Olumide Popoola’s book “When We Speak of Nothing” is about being young, Black and queer and what that means wherever you are in the world. Popoola will be in conversation with San Francisco-based writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and they will both be doing readings from their works and speaking on what inspires their writing, past, present and future. A main discussion point will be focusing on how writers can take an idea and turn it into a story that a reader can fall into. If you’re a writer or simply a word lover, this event will be a great opportunity to learn from two immensely talented writers and gain a charge of inspiration.
July 31 & every Friday
Kindness in the Kitchen: Pay it forward breakfast
Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market: 85 Pike St., Seattle; 9–11 a.m., pay what you order, all ages
“Pay it forward breakfast” is a win/win pop-up event put on by the chefs at Atrium Kitchen. This is how it works: You order your own breakfast, enjoy it immensely, and then you purchase a kindness in the kitchen card for someone else. This will then pay it forward and provide a free meal for someone in need. So in the end, two people are lucky enough to enjoy a delicious breakfast. If you’re financially able and love breakfast, this seems like a pretty great morning activity. Kindness in the Kitchen will be happening every Friday morning and is open to everybody.
The Swedish Club’s Great Big Flea Market
Swedish Club: 1920 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle; 8 a.m.–3 p.m., free, all ages
What do you call a Swedish flea market? A “loppis”! Less of a joke, more of a fun fact — sorry to have misled you with that opening line! To the point: The Swedish Club will host a flea market in their parking lot for all to enjoy. The loppis will be filled with odds and ends from others cleaning out their space, so exercise caution in this interesting time. More info will be coming down the pike, so stay tuned at the link above!
Cuff Complex: 1533 13th Ave., Seattle; 7-10 p.m.
The Cuff iconic leather gay bar is hosting barbecues Mondays through Fridays in their spacious outdoors — with all the proceeds benefiting Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County. The Cuff is back open, but is first opening only their patio. They’re being careful to adhere to the public health mandates for their staff and guests. Occupancy is limited; so it’s first come, first served. These special, weeknight barbecues will serve grilled hamburgers and hot dogs along with the Cuff’s regular menu. And their staff will continue to process, store and distribute donations daily for our heroes — deemed so by these reverent Cuff links — who are in the street protesting.
Calendar compiled by Michelle Galluzzo. Got something we should know about? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for calendar submissions is nine days prior to the date of publication.
Read more in the July 22-28, 2020 issue.