Seattle Center marks Hmong New Year on Nov. 5

Popular Hmong-Canadian rock band SuddenRush will headline the annual Hmong New Year Celebration at the Seattle Center Armory on Nov. 5 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

The festival is celebrating 19 years at Seattle Center under the theme “Past to Present,” showcasing Hmong artists in ways that illuminate the history and current trends of the culture.

Traditional dance and music performances will grace the Armory stage, while festival-goers can take a Hmong line dancing class. Artifacts from the Burke Museum will be on display, and attendees can listen into a historical reading by a docent, designed with children in mind.

The festival marketplace will have Hmong clothing, CDs, and films available for purchase, along with an array of dining options, including pork sausage with sticky rice and peppers, spicy papaya salad and nam vam (tri-colored tapioca in coconut milk).


Community marks one year of Tent City 5 on Nov. 11

It’s been nearly one year since Tent City 5 opened at 3234 17th Avenue West, and neighbors are marking the occasion with an event on Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Magnolia United Church of Christ (3555 W. McGraw St.). The party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the move-in will feature food, door prizes, and fun. Winter clothing and food donations will also be accepted during the event.

For more information, contact Carol Burton at ctburton7@gmail.com.


Boy Scouts sponsor Nov. 12 blood drive

Queen Anne Boy Scout Troop 70 is sponsoring a community blood drive on Nov. 12 at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church (1606 5th Ave. W.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors can choose to give whole blood or platelets. Six appointment slots will be open to give platelets during the day. To schedule an appointment, visit schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/GroupLandingaspx?s=0578 or go to www.bloodworksnw.org and select the “BSA Troop 70 – Queen Anne Community” blood drive. Walk-ins are also welcome.

For more information, contact Jim Grane at 206-282-6861.