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Welcoming Week is Sept. 14-23 and we’re excited to be a part of this national event for the third year.

Join us for one of the March Mixers where we’ll give an overview of Welcoming Week’s goals, examples of successful events, and lessons learned from the past two years. We’ll have networking time to encourage people to organize events together. Light refreshments served.

Please invite friends and people you know who are part of different organizations, faith communities, and local businesses. Welcoming Week is about making sure all people in our community feel connected and welcomed, from new immigrants to people born and raised in  the U.S. We Are All America (ERIC has joined and will share more about this movement in the coming months.)

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-8pm: North Bellevue Community Center, Room A, 4063 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA

Friday, March 23, 1:00-2:30pm: Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA

You’re welcome to attend both! The information presented will be the same, but the people will be different, so there’ll be more opportunities for connecting and co-sponsoring events.

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ERIC Connection | Tuesday Feb. 6, 11-12:30 | Together Center

The Together Center is located at 16225 NE 87th St, Redmond, WA. Join us in the Rainier Room, Bldg A.

ERIC Connection meetings are open to members and guests interested in joining the coalition. (Not a member? You can sign up here!) Get updates on welcoming efforts with cities and schools, hear what fellow advocates and providers are working on, and connect with others for joint efforts. Feel free to bring business cards, flyers, etc. and please don’t forget to bring a dish to share for lunch if you’re able to.

Information . . .  Networking . . .  Support

 

Eastside Muslim and Immigrant Safety Forum – Wed. Jan. 3rd, 7-9:30pm
Dinner and childcare provided.  Come learn about personal safety and de-escalation strategies, WA State hate crime laws, crime prevention, and other important safety information.  All are welcome. Location: Bellevue School District Administration, Rainier Room, 12241 Main St., Bellevue, WA. The forum will be presented by Imam Fadul (ICOE), Imam Suhail (ICOR), Imam Joban (MAPS), Sister Aneelah (AMEN) and 6 chiefs of police from the Eastside. Free event, open to all. Please RSVP. Organized by the Muslim Community and Neighborhood Association in collaboration with the Bellevue Police Department.

Move and Groove Community Dance – Fri. Jan. 5th, 6:30-8pm

Bellevue Family Y: 14230 Bel Red Road, Bellevue. Family event, free to all. Move and Groove Community Dances are a great way to support community connections, diversity, and wellness. This program includes performances and instruction for Bellydance, Bollywood, Classical Indian Dance, Flamenco, Hula, Salsation, Turkish Youth Choir and dance instruction, Zumba, and DJ tunes. You can follow along to guided moves or just do your own thing! RSVP on Facebook. Sponsored by the Wellness Professionals Network and the Bellevue Family YMCA.

Women’s Night at the Bellevue Family Y – Jan. 13, 6:45-9:00pm

Come enjoy this special women’s only evening at the Bellevue YMCA: 14230 Bel-Red Road. 6:45-7:45 adult female swim and water aerobics, 7:45-8:45 Family Swim (Women and girls; boys 5 and under). Childcare for ages 6 weeks to 9 years old. Free for YMCA members. Community members $5/individual, $10/family (pay at the door).

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration and Health Fair at Crossroads Bellevue – Mon. Jan. 15, 11am-3pm

Be inspired by guest speakers and community leaders, partake in live entertainment, and witness community performances which honor and pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy.  We recognize building a healthy and vibrant community starts with you.  Visit one of the many community health providers at the health fair, donate blood, get free health screenings and visit a host of health-related community resources. For additional information or accommodation needs, contact Mark Manuel at 425-452-7886 or mmanuel@bellevuewa.gov.  Co-sponsored by Bellevue Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., City of Bellevue and Crossroads Mall Bellevue.

Can you come? Look for us at reserved tables in the food court near June Bakery (next to Jo-Ann’s).

Evening “Takeout” Social

Wednesday, December 13, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Crossroads Shopping Center Food Court, 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA

Join us for an end of year gathering and enjoy food from local restaurants, many of whom are owned by our immigrant neighbors. If you can, purchase one entree to share from any of the Crossroads Shopping Center restaurants and bring it to the tables we have reserved in the food court. Just one, please – there will be plenty of food! Let’s support our local business owners, put 2017 to rest, and connect with friends and neighbors who’ve been organizing and/or participating in welcoming community events throughout the year. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Welcome to one of our newest coalition members! Kids 4 Peace is an interfaith youth movement dedicated to turning divided societies into communities of lasting peace. They bring together Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other youth from across the greater Seattle area to learn about each other, build community, and take action on social justice issues together.

If you know Eastside youth interested in participating, there are carpools to the Seattle programs. Kids 4 Peace is hosting an open house on Jan. 28th, 4-6pm for those who want to learn about the core youth leadership program. For details, contact Hannah Hochkeppel.

Come learn more about Kids 4 Peace at their holiday potluck on Sat. Dec. 16th, 5:30-8pm at the University Unitarian Church (6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle). Bring a vegetarian dish and meet new friends!

We have two final events in 2017. Hope you can join us for one or both! And a special thank you to everyone who donated yesterday for #GiveTuesday. Didn’t get a chance? The donation platform is still open and we’d welcome any amount you can contribute. We also sent out our Year End Reflection for Activists and Advocates, so be sure to check that out.

ERIC Connection

Tuesday, December 5, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Host: City of Kirkland
Location: Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room (downstairs – enter from south entrance), 123  5th Ave, Kirkland

Our circle continues to grow! Come meet advocates, providers, volunteers, and others who are part of welcoming efforts in East King County. At this meeting we’ll discuss the Best Starts for Kids Grant due on Jan. 11th for partnerships serving “Place-Based and Cultural Communities.”

ERIC Connection meetings are open to members and guests interested in joining the coalition. (Not a member? You can sign up here!) Get updates on welcoming efforts with cities and schools, hear about emerging issues and trends in the community, and connect with others for joint efforts. Bring an item to share for lunch if you can plus business cards, flyers, etc. We look forward to seeing you!

Evening “Takeout” Social

Wednesday, December 13, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Crossroads Shopping Center Food Court (between June Bakery and Mini City Hall), 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA

Join us for an end of year gathering and enjoy food from local restaurants, many of whom are owned by our immigrant neighbors. If you can, purchase one entree to share from any of the Crossroads Shopping Center restaurants and bring it to the tables we have reserved in the food court. Just one, please – there will be plenty of food! Let’s support our local business owners, put 2017 to rest, and connect with friends and neighbors who’ve been organizing and/or participating in welcoming community events throughout the year. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!