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Volume 1, Issue 2 November 2008

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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR The holiday season is here and once again we prepare to eat, drink and be merry. First, I must say how grateful I am to this community for embracing me and my family in our effort to provide a quality publication that is not only informative but is a positive representation of our community. I give thanks to my readers, my advertisers, my writers and the gracious churches and businesses that make this publication available to the community. This publication is a labor of love from my family to the community and it really feels good to know that the community is loving our labor. We want to do all that we can to help our community be the best that it can be and we know, that it all starts with communication. Communication is the key to solving most problems. If we can communicate with each other, we can start to resolve our differences. If we can communicate with each other, we can start to build a foundation of trust and understanding. If we can communicate with each other, we can achieve greatness. Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving and all that it stands for. Let’s indulge but not over-indulge. Let’s enjoy the bountiful goodness of life and living. Let’s take the time to give and share with someone who is less fortunate. Let’s make a commitment to open the doors of communication because that is the first step in this unity building process. Lastly, I must send a special thanks to Linda Ingram of the Washington State Business Leadership Network and the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment for inviting me to sing the National Anthem at their 2008 Governor’s Awards Program on October 23, 2008. Both of these organizations are advocates for people with disabilities, thus it was truly a pleasure and an honor to have been a part of such a dynamic and inspiring program.

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So much to be thankful for…. By Starla L. Fitch ‘Tis the season to give thanks and reflect on all that life has given us. A time to just be thankful for life, health and strength. One of my favorite sayings is “Everyday above ground is a good day”. Which means, everyday that we wake up is another chance to make the best out of life, another chance to live and enjoy living. I think, we as humans, tend to dwell on the things that we want and don’t have but fail to be grateful for the things we do have. If we have a job, a place to stay, food to eat, health and strength, sanity, family, and/or friends, we should consider ourselves abundantly blessed.

I’ve accepted the fact that I may never be as beautiful, or as rich, or as famous as I might want to be but I look at everyday as a day to just be grateful for who I am and all that I have. I am an only child. My father died when I was 11 and my mother passed away one year before I got married and started a family of my own. It was her dream to see me get married and have children but unfortunately that was not God’s plan for her life. After losing my mother, I really felt alone even though I had family and friends to help me through the hard times. Because of this experience, I know that family is priceless and friends will always come through when you need them. No matter how large or small you may perceive your possessions and achievements to be, rest assured, that no matter what you have, there is someone out there who wishes they could be you. There is someone out there who would love to be in your shoes even if just for a day. There is someone out there who is jealous of you because they perceive you to have something that they should have or that they believe you don’t deserve. Always know that there is someone out there who is worse off than you therefore we must learn to be grateful for whatever we’ve been blessed with. During the month of November, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Historically, Thanksgiving began in 1621 when the Pilgrims and Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. As time went on, Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, began lobbying Presidents in 1827 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Finally, by 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, made this a national holiday with his Thanksgiving Proclamation. Several Presidents prior to Lincoln, ordained one-time Thanksgiving celebrations but it was Lincoln who set the 4th Thursday of November as the official day of celebration. What a wonderful country we live in where someone thought it was a good idea to set aside a day to just give thanks. No presents to give or receive. No pomp and circumstance. No big ceremonies or programs (other than the Thanksgiving Day Parades…which I love to watch and of course, football) just a day to spend time with your family and friends and be thankful that you have family and/or friends to spend time with.

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The Evil Weed

OUR HEALTH & FITNESS

By David White, RN Many people may think it is silly to warn of the dangers of cigarette smoking because, after all, who hasn't heard that? However, between 20 and 25 percent of all adults in the United States still do smoke, despite a declining overall rate since 1964. More addictive even than heroin and cocaine, nicotine has many effects on the human brain that are intensely pleasurable, but in the process of obtaining this drug, smokers ingest hundreds of carcinogens, gases, and chemical additives that are a part of cigarette smoke. Besides putting themselves at increased risk of heart and lung disease, smokers also place in jeopardy the health of those who live with them. Children exposed to secondhand smoke have a greater chance of developing asthma and inner ear infections. Babies have increased incidence of SIDS and low birth weight. These kids also have to contend with the statistic that their smoking caregivers will die prematurely and leave them without a parent, since smoking is the leading cause of death in this country and harms almost every organ in the body. If you are a smoker, you CAN quit. The current thinking is that people are more successful at quitting if they view their cigarette addiction as the medical problem it is, not as a social one or something rooted in "poor willpower." Most people who smoke have tried to quit at least once, and the good news is that the more times they have tried to quit, the more likely they are to be successful in subsequent attempts at quitting. If you want to quit smoking:

1. Enlist the help of your doctor. There are several drugs available by prescription which have been shown to be effective in helping people quit smoking. One of these is Wellbutrin. Nicotine gum, patches and sprays are also available.

2. Set a quit date within 2 weeks and stick to it. People who quit entirely right away are more successful than those who simply try to reduce

how much they smoke. 3. Get support from others who are trying to quit. Seattle Central Community College has a Smoker's Anonymous program that meets once a week and is free. For more information call 206-666-6795. The Washington State QuitLine provides free 30 minute counseling sessions for those who are quitting and can help in finding resources for wellbutrin and nicotine gum or patches for people without health insurance. The number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or 877-266-3863 for Spanish-speakers and 877-777-6534 for the hearing-impaired. There are many rewards to quitting smoking. IMMEDIATELY you will notice that food tastes better and your sense of smell improves. 20 MINUTES after quitting your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. 2 WEEKS to 3 MONTHS after quitting your heart and lung function increases. 1-9 MONTHS after quitting coughing and shortness of breath disappear and your lungs regain the ability to clean themselves. 1 YEAR after quitting your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker's. 15 YEARS after quitting your risk of heart disease is equal to that of a non-smoker's. And if all that isn't enough to motivate you, think of the money you'll save. A person who smokes a pack a day spends about $1820 per year on cigarettes. That could be spent on a lot of new, sweet-smelling clothes! *David White has been a critical care/emergency RN at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for 12 years.

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Being a good Parent

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

By Starla L. Fitch There is a lot more to being a parent than just having a child. Some people think that the mere act of producing a child makes you a parent but I beg to differ. I know a lot of men and women who don’t have children but are better parents than some of us who do. The wikipedia definition of parent is, “one who sires or gives birth to and/or nurtures and raises an offspring” and I concur but I must place emphasis on the “nurtures and raises” part of that definition. Our children need to be nurtured and they especially need to be raised. Too many children are raising themselves and this process starts at a early age. As young as two years old, children are telling their parents what to do and the parents seeming to think that this behavior is cute or precocious are doing as they are told. These parents try to reason with two year olds. Let me tell you a secret, you can’t reason with a two year old. “It is not until the age of 7, give or take a year or so, that your child's conscience begins to mature enough to guide her action.”(The Age of Reason by Adele M. Brodkin PhD – Scholastic Parents, July 1, 2006) So when, your child is being defiant or stubborn or rude or even mean, just remember that this is normal behavior but we as parents shouldn’t cave in to their whims. We have to be the parent! As your child sees your strength, it will help them learn to respect who you are as a parent. We all want our children to be happy, we never want to see them unhappy or disappointed but unfortunately, disappointment is just a fact of life. It is better for them to face disappointment as you raise them to be good adults than for them to face a disappointing life because they never learned to listen or be respectful and now they are getting expelled from grade school or going to juvenile hall or even jail. Being a good parent takes sacrifice, dedication, love, discipline, care and understanding. Being a parent to your child is much more important than being their “friend”. There is a bible verse which states “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. I believe in this verse because I am a product of this philosophy. It was my mother’s parenting philosophy and it worked for me and it is the same philosophy I am using to raise my son. Parents, don’t get caught up in the old adage “times have changed and we have to change with the times”. I agree times have changed but human beings have not. We all come into this world as innocent infants and we all must go through the same growth stages that our parents and their parents have gone through and our children will go through. Things have changed but 1+1 still equals 2, night still follows day, the sun still rises in the east and sets in the west and being a good parent is as important today as it was yesterday.

Holiday Recipes

EAT, DRINK & ENJOY!

HEAVENLY SWEET POTATOES

SIMPLE SAVORY STUFFING

Ingredients: Vegetable cooking spray 1 can (40 ounces) cut sweet potato in heavy syrup, drained 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp. ground ginger 3/4 cup Swanson® Chicken Broth (Regular, Natural Goodness™ or Certified Organic) 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth (Regular, Natural Goodness™ or Certified Organic) Generous dash ground black pepper 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1 small onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup) 4 cups Pepperidge Farm® Herb Seasoned Stuffing

From: Campbell's Kitchen Prep: 10 minutes Bake: 20 minutes Serves: 8

Directions: Spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Put the potatoes, cinnamon and ginger in an electric mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until almost smooth. Add the broth and beat until potatoes are fluffy. Spoon the potato mixture in the prepared dish. Top with the marshmallows. Bake at 350°F. for 20 minutes or until heated through and marshmallows are golden brown. *courtesy of www.campbellskitchen.com

From: Campbell's Kitchen Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Serves: 8

Directions: Heat the broth, black pepper, celery and onion in a 2quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the stuffing and mix lightly. VARIATION

Cranberry & Pecan Stuffing: Stir 1/2 cup each dried cranberries and chopped pecans into the stuffing mixture. *courtesy of www.campbellskitchen.com


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Should you Rent or Buy?

REAL ESTATE CORNER

By Djuna Basconcelo Culturally we are trained from early on to get a good education, then a good job, and later buy a white picket fence home…our own little piece of America, “The American Dream”. Of course the people we know and maybe look up to all have opinions. As with any choice, there are benefits and drawbacks to homeownership and renter-ship. In a side-by-side comparison we can easily analyze the Pros and Cons of each. Let’s assume we’re comparing buying a single family home to renting that same home.

RENTING PROS

CONS

Possibly less expensive Highly moble No repairs No maintenance No down payment

Use/pet restrictions No equity growth Rent increases Improvement restrictions Landlord relationship No tax benefit Deposits First & Last Months rent

BUYING PROS

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Livable Appreciable Rentable Improvable Depreciable Tax benefit Leverage-able Stability

CONS Possibly more expensive Less mobile Repairs Maintenance Down payment requires Property tax increases

Wow, there seem to be approximately the same number of pros and cons for each. Well, if yard work or home repairs are enjoyable hobbies, then they move from the Con column to the Pro column. Or, there may be one Con that so far outweighs all the Pros combined that the decision is clear and easy but each person has to reach his or her own conclusion. Statistically, neighborhoods with higher rates of owner occupied properties have lower rates of crime, vandalism, and litter. Add to that, neighbors who know one another and the occurrence of undesirable activity decrease even further. One final thought, in the US average net worth for non-homeowners in 1989 was just over $2000, for homeowners it was $100,000. By 2001, non-homeowners were worth about $7,000 and homeowners, $175,000. In fact, homeownership is the single greatest source of wealth, the great equalizer. *Djuna Basconcelo has worked for Keller Williams Realty for 10 years and has lived in the Central Area since 1995.

Does fear stop you from saving money?

MONEY MATTERS

All too often people allow fear to stop them from saving money. Fear of not having money to pay bills. Fear of not keeping up with the neighbors next door. Fear of being called poor. Fear of being called cheap. Fear of dying before one could use up the money that has been saved. Fear of becoming ill and not being able to reap the rewards of all that saving. And fear of saving itself. So how does one overcome this fear and why should they? There’s no doubt that fear can stifle a person’s dreams as well as one’s joy in life. But did you know that this fear can also stifle one’s bank account? The only way to overcome fear is to look it straight in the face and take a step forward; one step at a time, until the fear no longer controls you. Most of us work today to spend today. But what happens when you become laid off of work? What happens if you get injured on the job and can no longer perform that job? Will you be able to survive with no income coming in? Of course not! Saving money may not be the most exciting thing to do, but it sure is the smartest thing to do. Once you start saving and realize that that small amount of money is not missed, it becomes easier to save a little more the next time. The secret is to have your savings automatically withdrawn from your paycheck and placed into the form of savings you choose. "Form of savings?", you ask. Well, there are several different ways to save money. You just have to find the one that best fits your comfort zone. Some smart ways to put your money to work for you is to open a traditional savings account, invest in Savings Bonds, Municipal Bonds, Annuities, High Yield Savings account or try investing in gold. That’s right, gold is one of the hottest trends to invest and protect your hard earned money. Saving is important, so don’t let fear stop you from saving money. *Some information contained in this article courtesy of www.essortment.com


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10 Reasons to Eat Local

CENTRAL AREA MONTHLY

THE GREEN REVOLUTION

Eating local means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction. Locally grown produce is fresher. While produce that is purchased in the supermarket or a big-box store has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks, produce that you purchase at your local farmer's market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. This freshness not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time. Local food just plain tastes better. Ever tried a tomato that was picked within 24 hours? 'Nuff said. Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. Because the produce will be handled less, locally grown fruit does not have to be "rugged" or to stand up to the rigors of shipping. This means that you are going to be getting peaches so ripe that they fall apart as you eat them, figs that would have been smashed to bits if they were sold using traditional methods, and melons that were allowed to ripen until the last possible minute on the vine. Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. In a March 2005 study by the journal Food Policy, it was found that the miles that organic food often travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic. Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive. Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story. Whether it's the farmer who brings local apples to market or the baker who makes local bread, knowing part of the story about your food is such a powerful part of enjoying a meal. Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism. Food with less distance to travel from farm to plate has less susceptibility to harmful contamination. Local food translates to more variety. When a farmer is producing food that will not travel a long distance, will have a shorter shelf life, and does not have a high-yield demand, the farmer is free to try small crops of various fruits and vegetables that would probably never make it to a large supermarket. Supermarkets are interested in selling "Name brand" fruit: Romaine Lettuce, Red Delicious Apples, Russet Potatoes. Local producers often play with their crops from year to year, trying out Little Gem Lettuce, Senshu Apples, and Chieftain Potatoes. Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with local open space farms and pastures - an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped. Source - www.lifebeginsat30.com


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Sponsored by Washington CASH Do you want to start a business? Do you now have an existing business but need support to keep it going or to expand? Well, help is just a click away for small business owners at www.washingtoncash.org. Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self-Help) is a local central area non-profit that provides services to empower enterprising people to create successful businesses. Washington CASH incorporates hands-on learning to gain the skills and confidence needed to be a successful business owner. Using tools to increase financial knowledge and an action plan for creating a roadmap, the possibility to create self-sufficiency are available. Through education, mentorship, microloans and a powerful peer network, Washington CASH offers the resources needed to leverage the resources within. Historically, challenging economic periods have consistently proved to be good times to launch new businesses. But as banks tighten their lending requirements, access to credit for new or existing businesses can be difficult. Knowing what is available in the local community is cornerstone to entrepreneurs. So if you have always wanted to own your own business, you have a skill or industry knowledge, but are lacking on a foundation of business concepts Washington CASH may be exactly what you need to become a successful business owner. If you are interested in learning more about Washington CASH you can attend an orientation on the first or third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 2100 24th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144 in the Rainer Valley/Mt Baker neighborhood. You can also support local small business owners by attending the Washington CASH Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 22 at the Northwest African American Museum, located at 2300 S. Massachusetts St. Seattle, WA 98144. Every one of us is capable of making a difference in our community by supporting local small businesses that create over 900,000 jobs in the United States every year.

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Revival

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS

by Rev. Eugene Lewis We are living in some interesting times. The impact of this year’s election is of historical proportions. Our economy is the worst we seen since the great depression. The market here has affected markets everywhere. Moreover, and most importantly, the secular problems of our world are sucking the spiritual life out of our churches. We need revival now for our churches to stay alive! “Revival is an experience in the life of the church when the Holy Spirit does an unusual work." The key word in that definition is the word "unusual." At unexpected times and in unexpected ways, the Holy Spirit enters the church to bring about unusual events in the lives of men which bring about drastic change in the lives of men and churches. Faithful men and women and even children have been God’s co-laborers in persistent prayers to bring about Revivals in history. They experienced a personal revival or total repentance before the Almighty and became qualified to spark Revival fires in their churches and countries. When the church is on fire for the Lord, we see the following taking place in the lives of our members and community: • • • • • •

Rev. Eugene Lewis

Our members glorify God in this world, There is a spiritual rebirth among the people in our community We see the restoration and health of our families Healing takes place in our society and our culture is redeemed The futures of our children becomes more secure There is a reviving and re-aligning among our churches

We need a Revival in the church in this last hour of the world’s history. Multitudes can be swept into the kingdom of God even in this late hour. If we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and completely consecrated to be His vessel; Jesus will walk with us, the Holy Spirit will fill us, and the church will regain the spiritual life it so desperately need. *Rev. Eugene Lewis is the Senior Pastor of Emerald City 7th Day Adventist Church, 801 - 25th Ave., Seattle, WA

2009 UNITY IN WORSHIP CALENDAR This beautiful and inspirational calendar is the perfect addition to your home and/or office. Please support our effort to help “build unity in the community”. These calendars will be available December 2008 for purchase at any of the participating Churches, JOY Unlimited or go to our website to purchase online.

It’s not too late to participate! We still have a few months available! THE FINAL DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Churches, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to promote your church, support the community and help build unity!

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Sponsored by SOLO, in conjunction with CASC

JUST FOR SENIORS SOLO is for Seniors. SOLO is for Singles. SOLO is the Spirit of Life and Oneness. Together we’ll bring back the good times! You’re never too old, and it ain’t too late to make a date, find a mate or just communicate. Contact Tobi Ellison, Coordinator (206) 325-7663

IF I CAN GET UP I CAN MAKE IT!

What is CASC?

As I live this stage of advanced middle age And my tired, aching body just can’t fake it I look to my soul to be young – to be whole And if I can get up I can make it

CASC stands for the Central Area Senior Center. This is a neighborhood activity center that addresses the social, educational, and health needs of older adults and the community at large. Activities include exercise programs, computer classes, guitar lessons, card clubs, dance classes, language lessons, recreational trips, and much more.

Yes, it may take awhile for a spontaneous smile To remind me that I can take it So I say to my heart “it’s not the end just the start” And if I can get up I can make it Lord, where have the years gone? Oh yes, they’re still going on! With good friends I’ll never forsake it Fine food and wine with a little sunshine, says If I can get up I can make it So when at last my time is the past Remember me my friends and don’t mistake it Hell’s fire is below, and earth ain’t heaven I know But, IF I CAN GET UP I CAN MAKE IT! T. Ellison – Expressionist Seattle, WA 2008

Café Central, CASC’s in-house kitchen, serves hot meals five days a week including special meals like Soul Food Tuesdays and monthly Birthday Lunches. The special diversity of the Mt. Baker, Leschi, and Central Areas is reflected in our membership and in new classes geared to better serve our changing communities. CASC is a United Way agency and a member of Senior Services. Central Area Senior Center 500 - 30th Ave. South Seattle, WA 98144 (one block south of Jackson)

Phone: (206) 726-4926 Fax: (206) 323-9928 Cynthia Andrews, Director

What is Success? Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.”


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Use your Connections!

TRAVEL SMART

by Melissa Reese While we are enjoying autumn’s beauty, it’s time to start preparing for the holidays. Where will you get away to this fall? Will it be to one of Travel & Leisure’s Top 5 Autumn Getaways…New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris or Buenos Aires? When you think about a vacation I am sure that the economy is most likely at the forefront of your mind and you might be thinking to pass on a vacation this year. I would like to share with you some resources that are available to you that may help you enjoy a low cost vacation. You’ve heard the sayings… “Membership has its privilege” and “It’s not what you know but who you know” - It’s true! If you belong to AAA or Costco there are discount travel benefits available to you – use them! Own a timeshare? Book a vacation with them and save on accommodations. If you have a family member or friend who owns a timeshare and is not using it, offer to rent it from them - I’m sure you will get a great price! Keep in mind that timeshares have destinations all over the world! Are you a frequent flyer? If you have racked up tons of miles consider cashing them in for an airline ticket to the destination of your choice! If it’s a Road Trip you want…. take notice that gas prices have gone down! Whenever and wherever you decide to go on vacation, enjoy it and get there by using your connections!

*Melissa Reese has worked in the travel industry for over 17 years.

Block Watch Program

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

WHAT IS BLOCK WATCH? Block Watch is a national program that is based on the principle that neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime. The Seattle Police Blockwatch Program began in 1972, and has seen significant involvement and success. Just seven years after the program began it was recognized as an "Exemplary Project" by the United States Department of Justice's National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Roughly 30% of Seattle neighborhoods are currently involved in Block Watch, compared to a national average of 8-11%. Seattle has always been recognized for its Block Watch program, with over 3,800 registered block watches citywide. Block Watch has been shown to be an effective deterrent of crime at the neighborhood level. HOW DOES BLOCK WATCH WORK? Block Watch really just organizes and extends what you are probably already doing on an informal basis. We tend to know and watch out for our closest neighbors, but a group of neighbors at one end of the block who are doing this may not know the group of neighbors at the other end of the block. Organizing a Block Watch makes this attitude of watchfulness more systematic, and provides a block map with neighbors' names and telephone numbers that can be used in case of an emergency. Block Watch is simple to begin, and can improve the security of your neighborhood while increasing your sense of community. STARTING A BLOCK WATCH PROGRAM If you are interested in starting a Block Watch, please contact the Crime Prevention Coordinator in your precinct for more information or go to - http://www.seattle.gov/police/programs/Blockwatch/default.htm *Courtesy of www.seattle.gov/police/


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COMMUNITY VOICE November 8th - Mount Zion Baptist Church will present its’ annual “Oldies But Goodies Concert” the theme is “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!” Time: 6:00 pm @ Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle, WA (206)322-6500. November 13th - Green Pathways out of Poverty, a presentation by Van Jones, a civil rights lawyer who is leading the national Green for All initiative. Green for All provides hope to lift all people and pathways out of poverty by ensuring that low-income and minority youth have access to the coming wave of "green-collar" jobs. Thursday @ Benaroya Hall from 5:00 to 7:00pm. To register online go to - http://tlsvanjoneswa.eventbrite.com November 15th - Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Open House, join us for a fun-filled free evening of artist demonstrations, studio tours and a chance to meet staff, instructors, and local artists! From 6-9 pm, 1902 South Main St., for more info go to www.pratt.org November 22nd - Washington CASH is having a Holiday Bazaar at the Northwest African-American Museum, for more information call - 206-352-1945 or go to their website - www.washingtoncash.org. November 27th - Thanksgiving Day! A time to celebrate with family and friends. November 28th - Winterfest 2008 begins and ends December 31st. This 5 week celebration offers “classic” holiday foods, exhibits, family activities and free concerts located at the Seattle Center. November 28th - Tree Lighting Celebration & Holiday Parade - Parade begins at 8:45am on 7th Ave heading west on Pine. The official lighting of Westlake Center’s holiday tree & Macy’s star begins at 5pm in conjunction with a spectacular fireworks display. November 28th - January 3rd- Seattle Repertory Theater presents: You Can’t Take It With You, tickets are on sale now for $15-$59, discount tickets for persons 25 & under, only $10. For more info call (206) 443-2222 or go to www.seattlerep.org. November 29th - Black Nativity begins at the Intiman Theater. This production will run until December 27th. Admission from $10 to $42. For tickets call (206) 269-1900. For more information goto www.intiman.org.

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Dreams of Tomorrow By Starla L. Fitch

Let’s not get lost in the sea of complacency, thinking everything is going to be ok. Letting others do the work for us, yet we benefit from the price that they pay. Let’s not take each other for granted, thinking that “I’m not my brother’s keeper”. Yet when crime or misfortune befalls our community, it’s our unity that becomes weaker. Let’s not forget that each day above ground is a good day and tomorrow is not promised to any man. Therefore, we should devote our time and effort to improving our lives and our community, so our future will be better than we’ve planned. Just remember, we can achieve the dreams of tomorrow, if we lay the groundwork today.


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