January 6 to March 27 -- Seattle Chapter Japanese American Citizens League (Seattle JACL) offers JACL Scholarships for six incoming and/or current college students. Interested candidates can apply at jaclseattle.org/scholarships until March 27. Face-to-face interviews will be held on April 8, and then successful candidates will receive their award at a luncheon on April 22, 2017. For full scholarship information and to apply, go to jaclseattle.org/scholarships/. To become a student/youth individual member of Seattle JACL, go to jacl.org/member
March 4 - Blaine United Methodist Church will hold their annual Sukiyaki Dinner 2017 on Saturday, March 4, from 4-7 pm for Dine-in and 2-5 pm for take-out Cooked or Un-cooked; Un-cooked only from 5-7 pm. This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit: Islamic Center of the Eastside – supporting their rebuild project after a tragic arson attack, and Somali Community Services of Seattle – supporting the Somali transition process toward self-sustainable status in their new country. Info available at: http://blaineonline.org/sukiyaki-benefit/
March 24 -- Seattle Asian Pacfic American Labor Alliance (APALA) invites you to support their 18th annual Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction on Friday, March 24, 2017, 5:30-8:00 pm at the Jerry Brockey Center, South Seattle College. This year's theme is “One in the Struggle: Building Unity Across Communities.” Banquet tickets are $75/regular; $45 youth-students-seniors; table of 10 = $750. Annual membership dues are included! Register at http://tinyurl.com/apalagala . Checks may be made to APALA, P.O. Box 84269, Seattle WA 98124.
March 31 -- JCCCW invites you to their Tomodachi Luncheon on Friday, March 31, 11:30 am -1:30 pm at the Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center. Tomodachi means friend in Japanese, and with that spirit, the JCCCW hosts an annual luncheon which brings together new and existing members of the community to help support and secure the existence of the Cultural Center and its programs. This is a community fundraising event which honors the contributions of individuals or groups who have promoted and celebrated Japanese or Japanese American culture and heritage. Special honorees this year are the Moriguchi Family: Tomio, Tomoko and Denise Moriguchi. The Tomodachi Luncheon features entertainment, speeches from community leaders and celebrities, the presentation of the Tomodachi Award, and of course, a speech from the honoree(s) themselves. Early Bird tickets $50; then $75 after March 3. Information and tickets at: https://jcccw.org/tomodachi-luncheon/
April 8 -- Seattle JACL invites you to their 95th Annual JACL Banquet & Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, April 8, 5:30 pm at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle. This year's theme is “Our Community: 75 Years After E.O. 9066” to mark President Roosevelt’s authorization of the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. We will be honoring the incarceration legacy, while also looking at our work as advocates today to end racial profiling, discrimination, and xenophobia. We are honored to have this year’s banquet hosted by King 5 News Anchor Lori Matsukawa. Honorees include: Larry Gossett, Elsie Taniguchi, Densho, Gobo Enterprises. Early bird tickets $100 until March 25, then $130 after that; Student tickets $50. For more information, contact Tsuki Nomura-Henley: (206) 229-4803 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at: http://seattlejacl.org/banquet2017/
April 9 -- NVC, Holocaust Center for Humanity, UW Department of American Ethnic Studies, and Seattle Japanese Consulate General present "Conspiracy of Kindness: You've Given Me Life" at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church from 2-4 PM on Sunday, April 9. The program examines the legacy of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
April 21-23 -- SCB&JCF Committee and Seattle Center Festal present Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival from Friday, April 21 through Sunday April 23 at the Seattle Center. Today, the Festival is a weekend-long celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture, and is the largest and oldest of its kind in the Northwest. Hanami, cherry blossom viewing, is a reminder to celebrate life, and the pink petals carried on the breeze engender that thought. Information at: http://www.cherryblossomfest.org
April 30 -- NVC, Holocaust Center for Humanity, UW Department of American Ethnic Studies, and Seattle Japanese Consulate General present "522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the liberators of Dachau" at NVC Memorial Hall from 2-4 PM on Sunday, April 30. Enjoy a film showing of "From Hawaii to the Holocaust: A Shared Moment in History" and a video interview with a Nisei veteran at Dachau.
May 7 -- JCCCW presents Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day Festival) on Sunday, May 7 from 11 am - 4 pm at JCCCW, 1414 South Weller Street, Seattle. Enjoy a fun and exciting introduction to the rich world of children’s culture in Japan. The JCCCW welcomes families in the community to take part in the Kodomo no Hi festival as an opportunity to experience multiculturalism while celebrating the health and growth of all children. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can enjoy activities like Japanese style dancing performances, Yukata dress up, taiko, martial arts, kids’ tea ceremony, games, food, and more! Information at: https://jcccw.org/kodomo-no-hi/
May 7 -- Seattle Center Festál in partnership with the Asian-Pacific Directors Coalition present Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration on Sunday, May 7, 11:30 am - 5 pm at the Armory Main Level on the Seattle Center campus. Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state. Information at: http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=6