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Talks/Lectures, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop
(Live Stream) Lunch Time Meditation
Change your mind, change your day. Take an hour in the middle of the day to connect to your heart, cultivate inner peace and happiness and clarify your intention for the day. Everyone is welcome to attend these guided meditations. No previous experience is necessary. $8 ~ Free for Supporters
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Sketch Comedy, Stand Up Comedy
(Online) Short Bits
This is Short Bits! Grit City’s new performance party. This all-inclusive evening will feature a variety of performances including a DJ and live music. Each evening is specifically curated and can include local, national and international superstars from every genre of performance. The one thing you can count on is a good time. All-inclusive beverages and popcorn. Must RSVP at http://circleup.fun
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A cappella, Acoustic, Bluegrass, Folk, Americana/Roots, Family/Child, Special Event, Open Mic/Music
(Virtual) Arbutus Open Mic
The Arbutus Acoustic Open Mic is the 2nd Monday of every month from 7-9 pm. Arrive between 6-6:45 to sign up to perform. Our Open Mic Night is a chance for acoustic music lovers and practitioners to share with the community and gain valuable experience and support. This event is all ages, open genre and all acoustic. Starting Monday Jan 13, 2020 the Arbutus Open Mic will be located at Percival Place (formerly Ben Moore’s Cafe).
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Talks/Lectures
(Virtual) Grit City Think & Drink - From Black Lives Matter to Black Wives Matter: Exploring How Pornography Has Sexualized Social Justice Movements
FROM BLACK LIVES MATTER TO BLACK WIVES MATTER: EXPLORING HOW PORNOGRAPHY HAS SEXUALIZED SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS with Dr. Carolyn West, UW Tacoma. In the summer of 2013, after George Zimmerman's acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the movement began with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter (BLM). Porno producers quickly created the video “Black Wives Matter” and declared that “Civil rights have never been this dirty.” In solidarity with the BLM movement, pornography companies called for “an end to racist marketing practices and films that rely on stereotypes and ignorance.” Using a content analysis of more than 6,000 front and back covers of adult DVDs featuring Black performers, in this Think&Drink Dr. West will explore the racist tropes that have been depicted in pornography during the past 20 years. Grab your favorite beverage while we have a PG-13 rated discussion of the implications of turning contemporary social justice movements into X-rated material. Dr. Carolyn West is Professor of Clinical Psychology at UWT where she teaches courses on the Psychology of Black Women and Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence. Dr. West also has written extensively on racism in sexualized media. In 2018 she produced the documentary “Let Me Tell Ya’ll ‘Bout Black Chicks: Images of Black Women in Pornography,” which has been screened at international conferences. She also has worked as an expert witness in domestic violence/sexual assault cases, delivered keynote addresses, conducted workshops, and created innovative training materials to educate and equip professionals with the skills to provide culturally sensitive services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors of color. She can be reached at www.DrCarolynWest.com.
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Talks/Lectures
(Virtual) Grit City Think&Drink | The Politics of Matching, Messaging, and Making the First Move in Digital Dating Spaces
THE POLITICS OF MATCHING, MESSAGING, AND MAKING THE FIRST MOVE IN DIGITAL DATING SPACES with Dr. Riki Thompson, UW Tacoma. Join us for a presentation about digital dating and the quest for connection. In the world of online dating, Bumble has made a name for itself as the app that empowers women and promises to change the rules of the dating game by only allowing women to send the opening message after matching with a man, leaving men to wait for women to reach out and make the first move. In this talk UWT Associate Professor Riki Thompson presents her original research about online communication, gender, sexuality, and the politics of matching, messaging, and making the first move in digital dating spaces. Riki Thompson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her current research explores how people search for connection through digitally-mediated spaces by focusing on storytelling, sexuality, technology, and identity.
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Talks/Lectures
2020 Thurston Elections
It’s Fall and that means Election Day is coming up. See who to vote for in local Thurston County races for Board of Commissioners, Superior Court Judge, WA State Legislative District 22 and U.S. House of Representatives Congressional District 10. The League of Women Voters Thurston County moderated a series of non-partisan forums featuring all candidates running for office in 2020. Go to https://www.lwvthurston.org/forums
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Parade
55th Annual Veterans Parade & Observance
Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day 2020. The City of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Parade since 1965. Now in its 55th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest parades of its kind in the United States of America. The 55th annual Veterans Parade will be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 AM. The parade boasts over 200 units and nearly 6,000 parade participants, including 25+ high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units, honor guards and more. The parade route travels along Main Street from E Street to A Street SW/NW. Other related activities include: American Legion Auburn Post #78 Breakfast (make reservations early) for this year's Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 7 from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM, held at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE. The breakfast is $8/person and includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. The breakfast is co-sponsored by the American Legion Post #78 and the City of Auburn. Visit the Static Display & Exhibit Showcase: Information booths and static displays will be located on South Division Street from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
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Seniors, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop
Alzheimer's & Driving - ONLINE EVENT
ONLINE WORKSHOP: Driving is a skill that requires clear thinking, attention, anticipation and swift decision-making skills. The development of Alzheimer’s often makes driving dangerous. At the same time, many drivers resist advice to set aside the keys and continue driving. Families often find themselves in a no-win situation as they try to persuade a loved one to stop driving. Learn about the effects of the disease on driving, what families can do, conversation techniques and safety tips.
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Seniors, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop
Alzheimer's & Driving - ONLINE EVENT
ONLINE WORKSHOP: Driving is a skill that requires clear thinking, attention, anticipation and swift decision-making skills. The development of Alzheimer’s often makes driving dangerous. At the same time, many drivers resist advice to set aside the keys and continue driving. Families often find themselves in a no-win situation as they try to persuade a loved one to stop driving. Learn about the effects of the disease on driving, what families can do, conversation techniques and safety tips.
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Education, LGBTQ
An Evening with George Takei Presented by The Evergreen State College
Join acclaimed actor, activist, and social media mega-power George Takei and Evergreen's Library Dean Greg Mullins in a fireside chat reflecting on the past, present, and future of democracy through the lens of Takei’s own life experiences. Advance registration is required. George Takei is an actor, social justice activist, and an influential voice with millions of followers across the world on social media. With a career spanning five decades, the openly gay Takei is a sci-fi icon known for his founding role in the television series Star Trek. At age four he and his family were incarcerated along with 120,00 other Japanese Americans and has since become a leading figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality. Through his journey across the politics and pop culture of the U.S., Takei’s witty and critical examinations of our times make him an unforgettable personality who dares to explore, create, disrupt, and inspire.
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