Welcoming Week Warm Up

Welcoming Week starts early in East King County! Check out events happening before Sept. 15th:

Interfaith/Intercultural Friendship Picnic

Saturday, Aug. 19, 12-4pm
Hosts: Network for Unity, East Shore Unitarian Church, Islamic Center of Eastside, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
Location: Crossroads Park, Spray Park Shelter B: 999 165th Ave NE Bellevue WA

Enjoy an afternoon filled with food, fun and games! We are inviting all nearby residents to come and share food with us. We are proactively seeking diversity. So if you feel you won’t fit in, we definitely want you there. All we ask is that you come with a dish and an open heart.

Crossing Kirkland

Saturday, Sept. 9, 12-3pm
Host: Crossing Kirkland
Location: various stations along the Kirkland Corridor; see map

City-wide block party near and on the Kirkland Corridor will feature family friendly events, fun activities, food trucks, and more. Walk, bike, and meet your neighbors!

Welcoming America Resource Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 12-4pm
Host: Hopelink
Location: Bellevue Center, 14812 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98007

This fair will connect these new arrivals to the vast array of services available to them in the King County area by inviting local non-profits to share resources for job placement, health insurance, transportation opportunities, ESL classes, and more! The event will also coincide with our regular food bank hours. Through this event, we want to celebrate the values that ensure that our community remains inclusive and welcoming to both newcomers and existing residents. Metro bus #245 and the B-Line both stop near the Hopelink Bellevue Center.

Eastside Timebank Welcoming Potluck

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Host: Eastside Timebank
Location: Redmond City Hall, Bytes Cafe (1st floor)

Learn about the Eastside Timebank where neighbors help neighbors, earning an hour of credit for each hour of service they provide. Bring a dish to share for the potluck from 6:30-7:30. New member orientation from 7:30-8:30.

WELCOMING WEEK Sept. 15-24, 2017

See events below. Check back – more being added in the coming weeks! For more activities happening in other parts of Puget Sound and across the U.S., search online here.

Welcoming Kirkland

Saturday, Sept. 16, 1-4pm
Hosts: Juanita Neighborhood Association, KirklandSafe, and the City of Kirkland
Location: Heritage Hall, 203 Market St., Kirkland WA 98033

This community event in the city of Kirkland will feature information about various local social services resources, adult education, clubs/groups, faith communities, businesses, and more. Come to network, make friends, and enjoy local music and dance performances. For both newcomers and U.S. born residents – everyone is welcome! If your organization or business would like to host a free table at the event, please contact event organizers Larissa Chuprina or Ken Albinger.

Move & Groove with Community!

Saturday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8pm
Hosts: Wellness Professionals Network and the Bellevue Family YMCA
Location: Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel Red Rd. Bellevue, WA

For this year’s annual Welcoming America Week, the Wellness Professionals Network and the Bellevue Y are hosting a community dance party to connect new and long-time residents in a spirit of unity. All are welcome and no dance experience needed. Freestyle dance and some instructor led dances (Zumba, Bollywood, etc.) Let’s have fun together!

Community Picnic

Sunday, Sept. 17, 12:30-3:00pm
Hosts: Indivisible Kirkland Kenmore
Location: Crestwoods Park, 1818 6th St, Kirkland, WA 98033

Join us in celebrating and welcoming new members in our community!

8 Borders, 8 Days Screening

Sunday, Sept. 17th, 6:30-9:00pm
Host: First Congregational Church of Bellevue
Location: First Congregational Church, 11061 NE 2nd St., Bellevue, WA 98004

Documentary written by Amanda Bailly tells the story of a single Syrian mother of two who had no option but to place herself and her children at risk on a smuggler’s raft to Europe. 60 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles. Discussion to follow the film screening.

Essentials for Job Seekers: Tips for Newcomers

Monday, Sept. 18th, 1:00-3:00pm
Host: Hopelink
Location: Kirkland Hopelink: 11011 120th Ave NE, Kirkland WA 98033

Panel presentation with local employers from various industries will share advice on what they’re looking for in an employee, what level of English proficiency is required for different positions, and opportunities for on-the-job training. Although some of the information will be specific to immigrants who are new to the US, anyone looking for job opportunities will find helpful information at this event. All are welcome.

Ask a Muslim or Two: Community Dinner and Conversation

Monday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:30pm
Hosts: City of Bellevue, Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition, Adams Interpreting and Mediation Services
Location: Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St. Bellevue WA 98008

Ask a Muslim or Two will focus on the experiences of women who wear the hijab. Mothers, sisters, wives, professionals, community volunteers, caregivers, and students… they are visible and particularly vulnerable members of our community. This event is designed specifically for non-Muslim women and men who are interested in hearing the experiences of Muslim women and increasing their level of awareness and understanding. Space is limited and registration is required. Details here.

Community Matters: You Belong

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8pm
Hosts: Wellness Professionals Network and Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition
Location: Redmond Regional Library, 15590 NE 85th St. Redmond WA 98052

Whether you’ve lived somewhere your whole life or just recently arrived in your new home, a sense of belonging can be hard to come by. This sense of belonging isn’t just good for personal health and happiness; it’s critical for community health as well. How can we create a stronger sense of belonging for ourselves and others? Join us for an evening of conversation exploring how to overcome challenges that can keep us isolated and even divided from one another. We hope to:

–Bring people together who may not normally get a chance to interact

–Engage in meaningful conversation that honors our diverse perspectives

–Inspire small, but powerful actions that strengthen our sense of belonging and the health of our community

Registration recommended, but not required.

Conversations on Equity

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Hosts: Eastside Pathways, Bellevue School District, City of Bellevue, and Leadership Eastside
Location: Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, 15 Lake St. Suite 200, Kirkland WA 98033

This is a follow-up to the Eastside Racial Equity Summit held on June 27, 2017, facilitated by Courtlandt Butts from the Pacific Educational Group. We will continue our conversation on aligning existing equity initiatives and deepening individual understanding and commitment to the work towards a more equitable Eastside. All are welcome. Registration required.

Welcoming Week Family Celebration

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:00-8:00pm
Hosts: Issaquah Library, City of Issaquah, and Cultural Nexus
Location: Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah WA 98027

Bring the whole family and join us for a celebration of the many different cultures that make up our community of Issaquah. We will have art, traditional dress, music, dance, and candies and cookies from around the world. This program is a wonderful opportunity to make meaningful connections with your neighbors as part of Welcoming America Week. Welcoming America’s national network helps nonprofit and government partners transform their communities into more welcoming places for all people, including immigrants.

2nd Annual Welcome America Health Fair

Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am – 2pm
Hosts: International Community Health Services and the Bellevue Family YMCA
Location: Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel Red Rd. Bellevue, WA

A fun event to connect our newcomers, international communities, and native U.S. residents to one another and to resources available to them in our area.  We will provide a variety of health screenings, healthcare and legal information. Games around the world for the kids. Free and all are welcome!


ERIC Connection

Tuesday, October 3, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Host: TBA

ERIC Connection

Tuesday, December 5, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Host: TBA