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Published: 11 March 2009

Life Enrichment Center Reopens
The Life Enrichment Book Store/LEMS Grand Re-Opening is 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and 2-7 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at a new location, 5023 Rainier Ave., in Columbia City across from the Royal Esquire Club.
Join us for the celebration, food, fun, fellowship, drumming and new items. For more information call 206-650-8791 or 206-722-1700, or go to www.leb seattle.com
The mission of the Multi-Media Center is to use computers, cameras and music to increase the academic, employment and entrepreneurial skills and opportunities of Nubian people.
Email the Multi-Media Center at multimedia206@yahoo.com.

Adoption Webinar
Adoptions From The Heart, a licensed, non-profit adoption agency, will hold a free online webinar on March 16, at 7 p.m. EST to educate participants about the agency and its programs. The focus of the webinar will be on African American and African American Biracial Domestic Adoption programs. The webinar is open to anyone living anywhere in the United States, and will be led by an AFTH social worker who will be available to answer any questions. A webinar is an online version of our free information meetings. Participants are emailed a link and a phone number that will connect them to the presentation.
Registration is required to join the webinar.  Online registration is available at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/889310812.

Community Center Classes
Registration for spring classes for people of all ages is now under way at Alki Bathhouse and  Alki Community Center.
Alki Community Center is located at 5817 SW Stevens St., and Alki Bathhouse is at 2701 Alki Ave. SW.
New offerings include a Human Figure Drawing Class for adults on Monday mornings and a Creative Movement Class for preschool children on Thursday afternoons.
Please call 206-684-7430 for more information on these and many other classes, or visit the web at www.seattle.gov/parks/Centers/alkicc.htm and look in the Spring Brochure.
Say Hey! Tacoma and Seattle
'Say Hey' is a two-hour celebration and networking event for people with disabilities, business leaders, community organizations, and government officials to welcome job seekers and newly hired individuals with disabilities to the community.  
Everyone who supports diversity in the workforce is welcome to join us for these events, in Tacoma, Wednesday, March 25, 6 - 8 p.m., 747 Market St., 7th Floor Conference Room, accessible entrance and additional parking on St. Helens St.
Reserve your spot by March 20, by calling Diana Small, 253-219-4606 or emailing dismall@tacomagoodwill.org. ASL interpreters will be available for the event. Other accommodations by request by March 13.
In Seattle, it will be Thursday, March 26, from 6 –8 p.m. 2401 Utah Ave. (Sign-in starts at 5:45 pm on the 8th floor). Reserve your spot online at www.wsbln.org. For more information contact Karen Walters at karenwalters @wsbln.org or by phone at 206-427-7675.

Whirligig! Returns
 Seattle Center Whirligig!, that wacky world of child-sized action, returns to Seattle Center for its 27th year, March 27 – April 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.
This lively, child-focused festival transforms Center House into a veritable "house of bounce" for two weeks at the start of spring with eye-popping decor, roaming clowns and face painters, and an attractive assortment of super-sized inflatable rides.
Free entertainment choices abound. Radio Disney is on hand April 2, and the Radio Disney Dance Team performs on Center Stage, noon – 12:45 p.m.
Center Stage also hosts 42 student showcase performances during Seattle Center Whirligig! to give public and private schools and youth performance groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public. Whirligig is suitable for children 12 and under. A special Toddler Zone is available. Minimal fees will be charged of $1.50 for a single ride, $4.50 for a toddler (3 and under) day pass, and $7.50 for a day pass (12 and under).
Kids can ride for free in Center House on Thursdays. Face painters and balloon artists also charge a nominal fee. For more information, visit www.seattle center.com. 

'Taking Root'
The film "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" shows at the Central Library Saturday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m.
How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Ask Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In 1977, she suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy.
Free and open to the public. More info at http://communitycinemaseattle.org/.
Also, join a post-event gathering at Grey Gallery and Lounge, 1512 11th Ave.

Small Business Seminar
Tips to Survive and Thrive in a Challenging Economy, a free workshop for small business owners, is Tuesday, March 31, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the SBA Education and Training Center, 2401 4th Ave., Suite 450, 4th & Battery in Seattle. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.
 Back by popular demand, the SBA and its partners are ready to help small businesses cope with and survive this tough economic climate. If you are thinking about launching a new business, growing a current one, or struggling to keep your doors open - then attending this workshop is a must.
Learn how to respond to the current credit market, where to go for help, critical steps to secure capital for your business, and how to take a proactive stance now.
Mark Costello, lead lender relations specialist, SBA will facilitate a panel of savvy business advisors who will provide tips on how to protect your business.
Pre-registration is required, space is limited to 60 attendees. Register with shirley.mcginnis@sba.gov,  note March 31 Panel in subject line, or call   Shirley at 206-553-2664

Walter Mosley Reads from 'The Long Fall'
The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum) and the Elliott Bay Book Company presents an evening with author Walter Mosley, Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 South Massachusetts St.
Reading from his new book, The Long Fall: The First Leonid McGill Mystery, Mosley strikes out in a new direction as he moves from mid-20th century Los Angeles to 21st-century Manhattan.
Walter Mosley is one of America's most-celebrated and best-known writers. His mystery novels, including the now-classic Easy Rawlins series, are routinely on the New York Times Bestseller List and his books have been translated into more than twenty-one languages.
He has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award given to work that increases the appreciation and understanding of race in America, a Grammy, the Sundance Risktaker Award, and the PEN American Center's Lifetime Achievement Award. Mosley served on the board of directors of the National Book Awards and is past-president of the Mystery Writers of America.
Tickets are $7 for general admission. Advance sales are available through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com or phone 1-800-838-3006.
For more information, visit http://www.cdforum.org or call 206-323-4032.  

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