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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 27 August 2009

Garden-Based Food Fair, Aug. 29
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd will host the Gardening-Based Food and
Nutrition Fair on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2116 East Union St., Seattle.
Nutritionist Stephanie Wells, MS, RD will lead a workshop from 2 – 3 p.m.
Discussion topics include nutrition on a budget; nutrition as a means of preventing chronic disease; organic food and farmer's markets; children's nutrition and healthy snacks for children; and healthy eating for today's busy family.
An event highlight is the recipe contest. Attendees are asked to bring a prepared food item to share. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food bank. To receive additional information, to register or to volunteer, please call 206-424-4573 or email [email protected]

'Roses in the Water' Reading
Alala Productions presents a staged reading of the new award-winning play "Roses in the Water" by local playwright La'Chris Jordan. The dead-end job, the drive-by shootings, and the constant struggle to pay the rent have all taken their toll on Clarice and she wants out.  The play was a third place winner in the 2009 WriteMovies.com International Writing Competition in Los Angeles, California and a finalist in the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival. Performed on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. in Seattle. Admission is $5.

Credit Counseling
Wondering how to manage your money and maintain good credit during these financially turbulent times? Learn how to take charge of your finances at "Credit Reports and Scores: Your Financial Report Card" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at The Seattle Public Library, University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.
The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Call the branch at 206-684-4063 to register.

Art Classes
This fall Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering a wide variety of art classes at Alki Bathhouse, 2701 Alki Ave. SW. Register now by calling the Alki Community Center at 206-684-7430. Class offerings include
Pottery for adults and seniors
Figure drawing
Garden art
Making music with clay
Introduction to watercolor
Paint your heart out
Child/parent pottery
Ceramics painting
Exploring finishing techniques in clay
Independent wheel throwing
Beginning wheel throwing
Handbuilding sculpture and vessels
Dancing with color
Beading basics
Kids pottery
Home school pottery
Home school painting
Home school design
Card making
Something for everyone mixed media art
Fashion design

Jobtini Helps Job Hunt
Are you looking for a new position? Ready to make a career change? Jobtini is the premier diversity career networking event in the Pacific Northwest – don't miss out! Register for the event at www.colorscareers.com The event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 88 Keys Dueling Piano & Sports Bar, 315 2nd Ave S., Seattle. Dress code is business professional.

Job Search with WorkSource
South Seattle Community College's WorkSource Center is partnering with the Seattle Public Library to offer résumé and job search workshops at the downtown Central library between July 15, and Dec. 15. The one-hour workshops are conveniently scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays. All workshops take place on Level 4, Room 4, at the Central Library located at 1000 Fourth Ave. No registration is required, but seating may be limited.
For more information contact the Seattle Public Library (206) 386-4636, www.spl.org, or South Seattle Community College WorkSource at (206) 764-5304, www.southseattle.edu

 Area Colleges Get Boost for Minorities
A regional alliance of colleges, universities, support organizations and science centers will be working together to double the number of bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics awarded to underrepresented minorities within the next five years.
A $2.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support an alliance of institutions from Idaho, Oregon and Washington which will employ a collaborative model that has proven successful around the country, increasing minority success in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs and boosting the number of minority students that go on for graduate education in STEM fields.
The University of Washington is the lead institution in the grant, called the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Other four-year universities involved include Boise State University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and Washington State University.
The program is based on the premise that activities which integrate students into the academic life of their institution and into their chosen discipline will result in greater success. Students are provided with financial, academic, social and professional support in a coordinated effort to help them succeed.

Mortgage Fraud Efforts Grow for AG's Office
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller are co-chairing a new State-Federal Task Force on Mortgage Enforcement which is an unprecedented partnership to target fraudsters.
The Task Force is dedicated to enforcing both fair business practices and civil rights. Additional members include representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Missouri and Ohio.
McKenna said that by combining their enforcement powers and expertise, state and federal authorities are in a stronger position than ever before to take on equity skimmers, foreclosure rescuer schemers, straw purchasers and unethical lenders who deceive or discriminate.
The Washington State Attorney General's Office also plays a leading role in the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group, a coalition of state attorneys general and state banking regulators formed to identify strategies to prevent unnecessary foreclosures.

For more information about how the Washington Attorney General's Office is working to protect homeowners, visit the office's Web site at www.atg.wa.gov/foreclosure.aspx

The Mayor's Small Business Awards
The Mayor's Small Business Awards honor the diversity and excellence of small businesses in Seattle, and their contribution to the city's economic vitality and quality of life.
The deadline to submit nomination forms is Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Town Hall on October 13, 2009.
Read more about the award nomination process or download the nomination form.
Information in English and Spanish.

 If you have any questions, please contact Office of Economic Development staff member Stephanie Beechem at 206-684-0133 or [email protected]
Over the last two decades, the awards program has recognized more than 240 small businesses, including Starbucks Coffee Company (1984), Uwajimaya (1984), Ezell's Fried Chicken (1989), the Dilettante (1990) and City People's Mercantile (1993).
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