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Tacoma Public Library and Seattle Public Library announce a reciprocal borrowing agreement

On March 29, 2021, Tacoma Public Library and Seattle Public Library announced they would have a reciprocal borrowing agreement. People who have a library card with TPL and a government issued ID can now get one with SPL. 


According to SPL’s library card FAQ, previous availability went only to people who lived, worked, went to school or owned property in Bothell or King County. Other libraries made reciprocal borrowing agreements with SPL in the past, and now TPL is added to that list. 


Applications for an SPL card are available at any SPL branch or online at their website. Once approved, readers can check out and put up to 25 e-books and e-audiobooks on hold, as well as 50 physical items on hold. Physical items on hold must be picked up at a SPL branch. This process is the same for SPL patrons getting a TPL card as well. According to both libraries, they are not charging overdue fees—only fees for lost or damaged material. 


Most TPL are still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, there is hope for people who miss the calm environment of the library. “Fern Hill Library and Swasey Library are now open for visits by appointment or walk-in,” TPL stated. TPL Now updates regularly on the availability of services being offered at TPL. 


This is a wonderful partnership, and people should take advantage of this wider access to library catalog as more libraries continue to open up.

UK COVID Strand Found at University of Washington

Between Dec. 25 and Jan. 20, 1,035 DNA samples were collected and tested at the University of Washington’s virology lab, two of which tested positive for the B.1.1.7 strain previously identified in the UK in September. 

Chris Spitters, a health officer for the Snohomish Health District says the district had already instituted standard case investigation, isolation, and contact tracing prior to learning about these cases; he adds that containment protocols will not be handled any differently than with standard COVID-19 cases.

In regards to vaccinations, UW medicine states that the current Pfitzer and Moderna vaccines will still be effective against new variants, but encourage taking extra precautions until then such as double masking, maintaining social distancing, and keeping your hands clean. “This new variant is 30%-50% more contagious than the original strain, so wearing masks and physical distancing is even more important,” UW stated.

The University of Washington encourages people to take extra care in following the CDC guidelines while awaiting their vaccinations. “[The] B.1.1.7 variant spreads the same way other coronaviruses spread; it’s just better at it,” UW stated. “Strictly following prevention measures is the best way to slow the spread of all variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Recommended steps to take in order to prevent contracting or spreading the B.1.1.7 variant are maintaining a social distance of up to 6-feet with people not in your household, avoiding crowds or poorly ventilated areas, washing your hands, staying home or away from others if you or someone around you is showing signs of COVID-19, getting vaccinated when you are eligible, and/or wearing a properly fitting mask with multiple layers if available.

The University of Washington states that wearing a facial covering with at least two-layers can block up to 80% of exhaled respiratory particles as well as inhaled and adding a double facemask can provide additional filtration.

The B.1.1.7 variant may sound scary and new for the residents of Snohomish and King county, but by taking the necessary prevention steps and staying vigilant with our health as well as our community’s can make the situation easier to contain and manage.

The Drop – Episode 6 – Elizabeth Warren in Seattle

Daniel So brings the listener to Seattle event with Elizabeth Warren.


Host: Daniel So

Editor: Daniel So, Kotone Ochiai

Photographer: Desirae Garcia

Filter out light pollution at the planetarium

Sophiya Galanesi / Staff Photo
Two projectors behind the dome immerse the audience into the night sky.

Pierce Science Dome illuminates path to brighter night skies

It has been three minutes since take off. Hands gripped tightly on the seat handles, you brace yourself as the shuttle breaks through earth’s atmosphere. After all the training, the moment to finally see the stars unobstructed has arrived. All that is seen is an endless expanse of stars until Jupiter and Saturn come into view. It’s an unforgettable and unimaginable experience; one that can be found at the Pierce College Science Dome.

The show starts by revealing how little can be seen in the night sky because of light pollution and how much more can be seen without it. Projectors illuminate the unpolluted night sky through red lines that outline the constellations.

This is one of several shows that the planetarium displays to educate Pierce College students, along with the community, about space. The screenings are free to Pierce students and happen every Friday. Every show includes a briefing on light pollution, which for the past six years has increasingly become an environmental issue in Tacoma, Washington, according to the Globe at Night program, an international citizen-science campaign.

Light pollution occurs when people turn on lights at night that shine into the sky and limit their ability to see the celestial body, said Hillary Stephens, Science Dome director.

Two data points were collected with an LM3 over the Metropolitan Market and the Fircrest Golf Club in 2011.
Nine data points were collected with a range between LM0 and LM5 on and around the University of Puget Sound in 2015.
19 data points were collected with a range between LM2 and LM5 in and around North End, Hilltop, Central Tacoma, University Place, Fircrest and South Tacoma in 2019.​

“Pierce is an urban area, and the light pollution is pretty bad, but not as bad as being in the middle of downtown Seattle,” said Stephens. “A lot of the light pollution around here comes from the tide flats in Tacoma, but there are more local sources, too, like the parking lot lights on campus.”

Outdoor lights, such as those near Pierce College, prevent the community from seeing more than half of the constellations, Stephens said. “One of the things this does is wash out the starlight so that in the city you can only see a couple of dozen stars,” she said. “Far away from city lights, you can see around 3,000 stars without a telescope.”

Stephens said the showings try to include information about light pollution – either in the screening itself or through a five-minute video called ‘Losing the Dark’. “The Science Dome is a great place to see what the sky would look like without light pollution,” she added.

Light pollution could have a hazardous impact on one’s health and the environment. Bright lights at night mess with natural circadian rhythms, Stephens said. In addition, many animals use moonlight to navigate. Artificial lights can confuse this navigation process.

To combat light pollution, the planetarium is completely covered in carpet and matte black paint to absorb light that may taint the view of the stars. Two projectors behind the dome immerse the audience into the night sky.

Grace Valdez, a former Running Start student who decided to work as a Science Dome ambassador after completing her general degree, narrated an experience of virtually flying through the Science Dome, while naming the most prominent stars and planets. “A lot of this is just astronomy. If you don’t know anything about it, this is a really friendly place to start,” Valdez said. “This is basically just [a] glorified PowerPoint but [with] planets and space.”

Vijoleta Wallace, a frequent visitor, said she comes here to see the beauty of the stars in a way not possible in Federal Way because there is no other place like it in the area. “The narration is different every time, and it’s just beautifully made.”

The Science Dome, which is in the Rainier building, opened in 2010 when Stephens was hired on at the same time to install a planetarium. Construction ended fall 2012 and opened to the public in January 2013. “The original building plans included a planetarium, but with the recession, it wasn’t in the budget when the building was under construction,” she said. “So, when I got here in 2010, there was just a big empty room.”

Pierce College offers astronomy classes that give students hands-on experience by demonstrating how to use the Science Dome as a resource. Astronomy courses are not part of the Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree, and are not required for those pursuing careers in physics or astronomy. Often, universities don’t count these classes toward these majors until students have completed a full year of calculus-based physics, Stephens said. However, the planetarium provides a new way of learning about galaxies that doesn’t require sitting in a lecture hall. After a visit, you may never look at the night sky in the same way.

Violence erupts around the world in wake of announcement

Protests and civil disturbances happen after the grand jury edited not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown


Dominic Wilkerson / Staff Photo

Protestors and police face off at 12th and Pike in Seattle. Anger and disbelief can be felt among the protestors.

November 24, 2014, millions of people sat around their tv set to hear the verdict on rather or not the grand jury would indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown during an altercation back in August. Family members of Brown and hundred of other people gathered outside the courthouse awaiting the verdict.

Bob McCulloch, St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, stepped out from behind a door to in front of the cameras to announce the verdict. After several minutes of talk about how and why they came up with the verdict, McCulloch announced there would be no indictment.

While most would think this would be closure to the situation, that was far from the truth. Protesters filled the street in Ferguson, where the protesting turned into rioting. As President Obama was making his statement on the situation, video of a burning police car played on the screen.

The police set up their line against the rioters, but came under gunfire from the mob on several occasions. About a dozen buildings around Ferguson were torched to the ground by the rioters. In some occasions even the reporters were hurt by the crowd while trying the cover the event.

Protests were not limited to Ferguson. Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Seattle were just a few cities around the US to have protest.  Understanding the hostile environment that I could be facing  picked up my camera and went to Seattle to cover the protest.

Marching to several locations around Seattle, the protesters were met by police at every turn. Seattle police department kept the public updated on their Twitter feed about what was going on. On the first night, the protest centered around Capitol Hill.

The gatherings were rather peaceful until they gained access to I-5 northbound, causing traffic to come to a halt. One Washington State trooper’s vehicle was damaged while trying to get the protesters off the freeway. This group of protesters were the ones marching around downtown Seattle.

Several locations around downtown Seattle had barricades set up to keep the protesters back from certain locations like the police department. I showed up to 12th and Pike where one of these barricades were set up. There were about 15-20 officers and around 10-15 protesters.

I managed to get an interview with one of the protesters, Jus Moni of Seattle,  whom I assume withheld her legal name in fear of being prosecuted.

What is the main reason that you are out here protesting?

JM: “I am demonstrating my rights. I have a young black man that I am refusing to plan a funeral for at four years old. I believe war is coming and I know who’s side I stand on.”

Have you been here all night?

JM: “I have been here a few hours. I was here with the crowd, but they dispersed.”

Are the cops at least being respectful to the gathering of protesters?

“I don’t know if you can call it respectful. I can tell you looking into some of these officers eyes they do not want to be here. A part of this story is offering our hand to those who don’t know the truth. Allowing them, not any more time, but allowing them space for redemption.”

Over the next week, the protest around Seattle got larger. During Black Friday, protesters filled the Westlake Center, causing it to close 3 hours early.

Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle, released a news statement about the situations of the week.
“While I understand the hurt and frustration that our city has experienced in the past day, this is a city that respects the rule of law. I support the First Amendment rights of the people, but violence against property or police officers will not be tolerated in our city.”

Protest all over the world interrupted the day to day lives. A video appeared of protesters tearing down the fence at the parliament building in London and rushing the field as police tried to hold them back. In Los Angles, like other cities, protesters filled the highways causing commuters to be late to work which caused confrontations between commuters and protesters.

Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department last week.

“I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow,” Wilson stated in his letter of resignation.

Wilson will not receive his severance package for resigning per the Mayor of Ferguson.

Racial debates and arguments erupted across many social media platforms. The KKK (Ku Klux Klan) stated they would back up the police force in Ferguson, while Anonymous (an organization of known hackitvist) posted personal data of the KKK leader.

This is still an ongoing situation that will be updated on our website after this issue.


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Dominic Wilkerson, Managing Editor

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Make a Day of Seattle

Kristoffer Hayward
Staff Writer

Not everyone is heading away from home for vacation and, for about 75 dollars; it won’t be necessary thanks to the Seattle City Pass.

The Seattle City Pass is a special ticket that allows the ticket holder to visit six of the seven top attractions in Seattle. The Space Needle, the Seattle aquarium, the Pacific science center, an argosy boat tour, The EMP music museum, the museum of flight or the Woodland Park Zoo.

Separately the bundle could cost someone 114 dollars, meaning the pass saves 40 dollars per person. The pass doesn’t have a standard expiration date, but does say that the pass will only be valid for nine days after the first exhibit is paid for.

The Space Needle offers a unique view over all of Seattle, allowing visitors to spot ferries, duck boats, the pier Ferris wheel, and the news stations from the sky deck. The deck also holds an exceptional restaurant that slowly turns to give a rotating view of the city, though the prices are sky high as well.

The pacific science center has various fun activates and information related to science, but it also houses a gigantic IMAX screen. People who purchase the city pass also have free admission to a movie included.

The aquarium is one of the pricier exhibits in the roster, given that they provide the hour long ferry tour on top of admission. The aquarium boasts exhibits about orcas, sea mammals, sharks and the Puget Sound.

The EMP museum is mostly known for the science fiction and the music aspect of their exhibits, but currently they’re tackling the realm of high fantasy. Overall the museum feels sort of quirky and fun in the same way as the pacific science center does with its science exhibits.

Either the Woodland Park Zoo or the Museum of flight, whichever suits the pass holder. The Zoo might go well with the aquarium with younger kids while the museum of flight might interest teens more, depending on interests. Both places offer a good deal of specialized and memorable content.


through the eyes of a friend

Kristoffer Hayward & Kendra Pfeiffer
Staff Writers

“We were pushed off the train and then, as we were pulled to the right, we were told, ‘left is death’.”

The above quote was spoken by Sara Vise, the fictional friend of Anne Frank, in the play Through the Eyes of a Friend.  The play is presented by the Seattle based theatre troupe Living Voices from the perspective of Sara Vise, a character based on a compilation of various Holocaust survivors.  Pulled back to the Second World War, actress Katjana Vadeboncoeur portrayed a young girl who lost nearly everything during the Nazi regime in an emotionally charged performance.

Before the play began, a backstory was provided.  Adolf Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933.  He promised the people a better Germany, but later that year the Frank family fled to Holland.  In 1935, the Vandenburg law was enacted.  A result of this law was the use of color coded badges to identify specific groups of people.  Citizens were required to purchase the badges and they were to be sewn on a specific area of each article of clothing. These badges had to be visible anytime a person was in public.  The purpose of the badges was to label each individual as a “sub citizen” and others were encouraged to treat these people differently by shunning them, spitting on them, etc.

Jews were required to wear a badge with the Star of David on it.  Other categories of people were represented by an upside down triangle of a certain color, but Jews could be marked twice. For instance, if a person was a Jew and a criminal, their badge contained a right side up gold triangle, in addition to the colored triangle indicating criminal.



Jews were not the only people targeted.  Of the 12 million people who died during the Holocaust, the Jews accounted for around half.  Hitler’s Germany was to be populated with the Aryan race, a made up term, comprised of blond hair, blue eyed, tall and athletic citizens.  The color coding of the badges identified the traits undesirable to the new Germany. Undesirable meant not meeting the standards of the Aryan race. These traits included:  Jew, emigrant, anti-social, homosexual, criminal, political and so on.  Anti-social encompassed a wide range of offenses from disagreeing with Hitler to making a joke about him.  It was even against the law to listen to the radio.

The mental hospitals and prisons were cleared out.   Mental patients and prisoners were the first to be exterminated.  People were deported to death camps, concentration camps.  Citizens would receive notices, call up letters, telling them to report to a work camp.  The notice did not indicate where the camp was located, but it was very specific regarding what the person was to pack and bring to the camp.

Margo, Anne’s older sister, received a call up letter when she was 16.  This is what prompted the family to go into hiding.  They hid in Otto Frank’s office building, with another family, for two years with the help of two of the partners and two secretaries.  Eventually, they all were caught and arrested, along with the four that hid them.

The play begins with Anne and Sara in Holland, meeting for the first time at school.  At first their life is idyllic; playing music, talking about movie stars and getting into mischief.  Then people started disappearing, hitting close to home when their school teacher went missing.  Anne and her family disappeared unexpectedly and Sara was distraught.  Sara’s family had to go into hiding as well, but they had to separate.  Sara was in hiding for two years by herself.  She never saw her parents again.  Sara and Anne were reunited at the Vesterborg concentration camp, where their work consisted of sorting through the belongings of people that had been exterminated; gold fillings, shoes, clothing, etc.,  They were eventually moved to Bergenbelsein,  where the camp motto was “work makes you free”.  They were transported by train in cattle cars, cold and crowded, with bodies on the floor of those who did not survive the journey.  Anne and her older sister Margo became infected with typhus and eventually died, a short time before the camp was liberated by the Allies.

Otto Frank was the only one to survive.  Anne’s diary, a birthday present in 1942, was in safe keeping with Miep Gies, one of the secretaries at Otto’s company that helped to hide the Frank family. She returned it to Otto at the end of the war. An abridged version of Anne’s diary was first published in 1947.  In later years, the full contents of the diary was published.

Seattle theatre troupe, Living Voices, presented the play in a unique format.  Presenter and actress Katjana Vadeboncoeur, in the role of the fictional Sara Vise, interacted with authentic big screen images of the Frank family, concentration camps and life during this time.  Presenting the play from the perspective of a young girl made the subject matter more relatable to the audience.  Katjana gave a fine performance, she is professional and talented, drawing the audience into the story as if they were experiencing it firsthand.

Pacific Science Center fit for a perfect date

Katelyn Hummel
Staff Writer

Valentines Day is over, but special outings with your significant other don’t have to end. The Pacific Science Center in Seattle is home to an array of exhibits that are both entertaining and awe-inspiring, a perfect fit for a date or an educational adventure.

The Tropical Butterfly House exhibit is a great place to take a significant other for an experience of wonder and beauty. With over 500 imported butterfly species, this exhibit is an enclosed system with a variety of colors and shapes flittering around the habitat. The habitat has been a joy to many ages, and the thrill of a butterfly landing on a shoulder or shoelace is as exciting to adults as it is for little children.

For the brave at heart, visiting the Insect Village can be fun and exciting, but it can also set your teeth on edge. As visitors enter the exhibit, a giant, animatronic bug at its entrance greets them. Visitors are able to touch and hold specified bugs under the careful supervision of the staff at certain times of the day. Holding a plump cockroach or watching a spider crawl over your palm can be a good dare…or the beginning of startling dreams for nights to come.

Another highlight is the mini aquarium where visitors get the opportunity to feel the tingling sensation of a live anemone under water or pet a bulky starfish. For those with kids, the aquarium is a great attraction.

There are many other kid friendly exhibits and attractions. A floor-to-ceiling electronic 3D rubix cube invites many kids to interact with one another to play the oversized puzzling game.

The shadow wall is another highlight that is fun for all ages. Visitors make poses against the shadow wall and wait for a brief flash that leaves a temporary shadow of their outline.

The staff are on hand at all of the exhibits, ready to answer any questions. Each exhibit is filled with facts and information, especially the recent Wellbody Academy exhibit that goes through the importance of bodily health. Visitors learn about playing hard to live long, sleep, healthy foods, and much more.

The Pacific Science Center also hosts laser light shows from Thursday to Sunday. These are 30 minutes long and cost an additional three dollars. Visitors can also purchase a message to be displayed during the light show for 50 dollars.

Watching a movie at the IMAX Theater is a great way to finish off the evening.  The six story tall, 80-foot wide screen makes the viewing experience a thrill. The line can be long, but there are a variety of statues and optical illusions for your entertainment while you wait.

‘Wicked’ shows audiences a new side to the land of OZ

Broadway adaption of famous book comes to Seattle to dazzle audience with references to classic ‘The Wizard of OZ’

Healani Brennan
Staff Writer 

The popular Broadway production of the novel “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire, does not fail to entertain. The show is not the most accurate depiction of the novel, but rather creates a more colorful song-inspiring show.

The play takes place in Oz and tells a different story from before Dorothy came around. Mainly the storyline focuses on Elphaba, the wicked witch of the west, and how she came to be wicked. Underlying political tones from the novel become apparent in the production as well with the outcast of the animals of Oz.

The two main characters, Elphaba and Glinda, have strong personalities that are kept consistent throughout. The actresses portraying each, Dee Roscioli (Elphaba) and Patti Murin (Glinda) shine through and hit every note with power and perfection.

Murin portrays Glinda as more of a goofy character than she is like in the book which makes for tons of laughter and comic relief in intense scenes. She turns the smallest sentences into moments of hilarity with little effort but is touching and heartfelt in the strong scenes in which her and Elphaba have to take different pathways of good and evil.

Dee Roscioli in the role of Elphaba is more similar to the book version in that she is sarcastic and sardonic. Roscioli’s depiction of Elphaba’s emotions from her relationship to her father, to the worry she feels for the animals of Oz is spot on.

All of the credit does not go to just the two main characters though. Cliffton Hall as love-struck Fiyero shined through on the number “Dancing through life” and had audience members swooning by the end of the number.

For people that know the original Wizard of Oz story and have seen the movie will enjoy the many references to the original that are thrown in. Lines such as “there’s no place like home” are subtly put in and one can hear the scatters of giggles in the audience from the recognition of the line.

The production of Wicked at the Paramount Theatre is playing through Nov. 17 and is worth the time and money. The cast is wonderfully put together and it’s a fun event for the whole family to attend.


Chocolate delight and masterful chocolatiers

Chocolate entrepreneurs show off their flavorful creations at the Northwest Chocolate Festival

Tamara Kelly
Staff Writer

Chocolate is usually a dessert that can be filled with rich cream or drizzled over pretzels or cinnamon gummy bears, but at the Northwest Chocolate Festival in downtown Seattle, chocolatiers are taking it even further.

These chocolate entrepreneurs start by mixing unique flavors together for a sweet and salty taste that can surprise even the most adventurous consumer with a variety of mouthwatering experiences.

There are flavors like white chocolate and Balsamic vinegar, Habaneros with dark chocolate, and this year’s fastest seller, bacon flavored chocolate.
One of these new age chocolate thinkers is Caleb Smith, an assistant with Carter’s chocolates and ice cream. He had this to say about the bacon chocolate. “That was a big seller; we sold out within a few hours.”
While bacon flavored chocolate and strips of cooked bacon dipped in chocolate were sold from three different vendors, one suggested we try adding some in a homemade soup.

Chocolatier and Chef Karen Neugebauer has taken an unconventional approach to chocolate, simply by adding it to her entries. Infusing her signature white chocolate with lemon and pepper into a candy bar and adding it to a basic Alfredo sauce.

Neugebauer featured her chocolates at this year’s Northwest Chocolate Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29 during a kitchen demonstration. This proved to audience members that her flavors combine well together for a dinner delight.

“I’m giving a new outlook on what you can do with chocolate, and we celebrate life through chocolate.” Neugebauer said.

Once the sugar shock began to take over from all the samplings, there were a multitude of informative vendors and displays that any participant could experience. From roasting the coco beans to grinding them down into powder, it becomes a hands-on venture for anyone who was willing to try.

John Nanci from Chocolate Alchemy taught an informative class on the roasting process. Passing around freshly roasted nips to smell, touch, and taste involves the senses in the chocolate making process and brings about a better understanding of the time and effort that goes into making chocolate into the processed forms consumers are used to.

Both Neugebauer and Smith agreed that the chocolate-making community from the Northwest is very close and works collectively to help each other.

Smith said, “There’s little to no competition.” And Neugebauer, added, “The chocolate community is all about helping each other.”

It’s easy to see by the combined efforts of vendors why this year’s fourth annual chocolate festival was rich with spice, tradition and a sense of a unified community.

Eight awesome things to do this summer

Courtesy Photo/ djc.com


1. Seattle International Film Festival
When: Through June 12, 2012 – Various Locations throughout Seattle Washington
What: The 38th Annual Seattle Film Festival promises to be an exciting viewing event. Experience 25 days of intense film viewing where you can indulge in every type of cinema from the US & around the world. From famous Directors to Independent Filmmakers, more than 300 works will showcase.
Where: Screenings, Panels, and Workshops will be held at several venues including The Egyptian,
Harvard Exit, AMC Pacific Place 11 Theaters, Broadway Performance Hall, Cinerama, and The Paramount Theatre.

2. Seafair
June 20 – August 5, 2012
For over half a Century in Seattle Seafair has been an annual tradition for both locals & visitors alike. Celebrated for just over a month, Seafair Seattle is the largest Festival in the Northwest and is rated one of the Top 10 Events in the Country.
There’s always something for everyone at
Seafair Seattle from Arts & Crafts to live Music, huge Parades, Triathlons, and more! Major Events include the Milk Carton Derby,
Torchlight Run & Parade, the Key Bank Air Show featuring the famous Blue Angels, and The General
Motors Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Races held on beautiful Lake Washington.
Where: Throughout the Seattle area.

3. Seattle Pride Festival
When: June 24, 2012
What: On June 24, 2012 over 200,000 people will gather in Seattle top attend the annual Seattle Pride Celebration for the rallies and fun vendors. Over the years the Seattle Pride Celebration has become one of the city’s largest annual events. In 2010, nearly 152 Contingents Marched as Seattle Pride drew an estimated 230,000 Spectators to the Parade. Participants come from the greater Seattle area, around the State, and beyond.
Where: Seattle Center – Downtown Seattle Washington

4. Bumbershoot
When: September 1-3, 2012
What: Bumbershoot Seattle is a huge 3-day party that celebrates the end of Summer with a really spectacular showcase with more than 2,500 Artists displaying their Eclectic and Cultural Masterpieces from all over the world. Seattle Center plays host to this year’s
Bumbershoot Festival, creating a 74 acre playground where folks can celebrate all of the festivities. You can enjoy a world-class Film Festival, learn some new dance steps, rub shoulders with renowned
Authors and Artists, or just sit-back on the side-lines and enjoy one the fun Parades. Bumbershoot 2012 line up includes Janes Addiction, Skrillex, Gotye, Tony Bennett, The Vaselines, M83,
Passion Pit, Keane, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Mudhoney, Missy Higgins, Yelawolf, The Helio Sequence, and much more.
Where: Seattle Center – Downtown Seattle Washington

5. Seattle International Beer-Fest
When: July 6-8, 2012
Hours: Friday 12 PM – 10 PM; Saturday 12 PM – 10 PM; Sunday 12 PM – 7 PM.
Admission is $25-$35, which includes a glass and 10 beer tickets.
What: Celebrating the world’s most legendary brewing styles and the nations that made them famous. Come taste over 130 world-class beers from more than 15 countries.
Where: Seattle Center – Downtown Seattle Washington

6. Seattle Music Festival
When: August 10-12
Hours: Friday 4 PM – 9:30 PM; Saturday 11 AM – 9:30 PM; Sunday 11 AM – 9:30 PM.
What: Seattle Music Fest is now celebrating it’s 11th Year of becoming one of Seattle’s most-famous Alternative Rock Festivals, attracting thousands of people to beautiful Alki Beach every year. Proceeds benefit Northwest Programs For The Arts, which supports developing music and visual artists from the region. Past performances include Willis, Red Velvet Relief, Adam Sheridan and Glimmer.
This year’s Seattle Music Festival will feature over 17 Regional & National emerging artists.
Where: Alki Beach – West Seattle Washington

7. Concerts
Need a place to spend your summer? Somewhere close to home? There are lots of concerts you can hit up this summer, whether it be at El Corazon, or the Showbox!
STRYPER Sunday, June 3, 2012 8:00 PM at El Corazon
HelloGoodbye July 21, Saturday, 7:30 at El Coraon
The Maine 6/2 Saturday 6:00 pm, the Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA
The Used 6/10 Sunday 7:00 PM, the Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA
The Temper Trap 6/18 Monday 7:00 PM, the Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA
Foster the People 6/26 Tuesday 8:00 PM Wamu Theater At Century Link Field Event Center in Seattle, WA
Motley Crue/KISS 8/18 Saturday, White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA

8. Summer Blockbusters
Sometimes it’s nice to escape to a nice, cool movie theater during the summer to escape from the heat! Luckily there are several Summer
Blockbusters that are scheduled to come out for 2012.
Prometheus – June 8
Rock of Ages – 15
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – June 22
Brave – June 22
Ted – June 29
The Amazing Spider-Man – July 3
The Dark Knight Rises – July 20
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – August 3

Take a trip to Seattle for Less

Student Programs offers ‘Expedition Seattle,’ a tour of Seattle for a fraction of the price

Andrea Bell
Staff Writer

Going to Seattle can be ex- pensive, but once again Pierce is stepping up to provide students with a chance to get a discounted day of fun in Seattle.

Students can visit the Student Programs office and buy tickets for the event, Expedition Seattle, which is on May 19.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold until tickets run out.

“There are 20 spots available, and tickets are running out. If you are under 18 keep in mind you will need a waiver signed,” Trevor Eakes, the coordinator of Expedition Seattle said.

If a student were to go on this trip on their own the Seattle Underground tour costs $16, plus $15-30 for parking, plus gas.

The tour will consist of visiting the Seattle Underground tour, which is a tour of the old streets of Seattle that were paved over when the newer streets and buildings were constructed.

After that, students will have lunch and will be able to go shopping at Pikes Place Market.

The market offers a wide variety of organically grown foods as well as home-style and specialty food.

They also offer handmade souvenirs.

Two hours can be spent exploring the markets and getting a feel of the type of people who call Seattle their home.

Pikes is also home to many of the bronze pigs that are decorated and placed around Seattle, for the perfect photo opportunity.

Students should keep in mind that the money they will need to buy lunch and souvenirs in Seattle, which can sometimes be rather pricey.

“This is a great chance to explore the city of Seattle, meet new people and just have an all around good time,” Eakes said.

After exploring the market the tour will move on to the Frye Art Museum, to get a better feel of different pieces of art in Seattle.

Seattle is not only home to art museums but also to many local artists.

Walking down the streets, students will be able to see local artists performing along the streets and some local writers trying to sell their work.

Seattle is an art-centered city, so this tour will help students walk through the local art that’s bursting out of Seattle.

After the tours, everyone should be arriving back in the area between 5 and 6 p.m.

It is important for students to remember that they cannot arrive to the parking lot by the HEC any later than 9:15 a.m.

If students arrive late than that, there is a good chance that the tour will leave without them.

“I’m excited for this event. If it goes well, student programs will hopefully consider doing more events like this in the future,” Eakes said.

Local events like this not only save students tons of money as well as providing them with a great opportunity to learn more about their local culture.

Students should take advantage of these events, because when they pay fees with their tuition, some of that money goes into the Student Activities budget and used to for this type of activity.

“I think events like this will help students get themselves out there and appreciate their local culture,” Eakes said.

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