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Feb 19: ACW Brunch

The Arab Center of Washington would like to invite you the the 4th annual brunch! 

Join us for some delicious authentic Arabic brunch food in a beautiful venue looking over spectacular Lake Washington and Cascade Mountain views.

This is a family event and we would love to see everyone there! So, kids are more than welcome!

Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Time: 11:30 am – 2 pm

Venue: Mercer Island Community Center (Mercer Room),
8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Ticket Prices:
$20 – General admission
$60 – Family of 4
$15 – Child under 12
Free – Child under 5

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2816646

More information: Facebook Event Page

July 10th: Festival Volunteers’ Orientation

If you’ve signed up to volunteer, or if you are interested in volunteering, please attend this session to meet other volunteers, learn about the different roles! If you can’t make it but would still like to sign up to volunteer, click here to sign up online.

If you’re interested in volunteering and you haven’t volunteered yet, you can still do it online, or just show up to this orientation and sign up there.

When? Sunday, July 10th, 2016 from 12-1pm
Where? Bellevue Public Library, Room 1.

Facebook event

Online Vounteer Signup

June 4: 2016 ACW Picnic

Summer is here and the weather is gorgeous!

The annual ACW picnic is happening on June 4th at the upper shelter of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park this year! Food will be provided by us and, as always, we promise you it will be delicious! 🙂

Can’t wait to see you all there!

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 3:00pm – 7:30pm

Place: Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th St, Shoreline, Washington 98177

Tickets:

$15 / individual
$50 / Family of four
$62.50 / Family of five
Children under 12 will be admitted for free!

Tickets: http://acw2016picnic.brownpapertickets.com

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1682905008616679

On the Menu: We’ll be serving delicious food from Ishtar Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine!

  • Mashawi (grilled meats): Beef, lamb, & Chicken (halal)
  • Falafel for the vegetarians out there
  • All the related sides (Hummus, Baba Ghannouj, salads, Rice, bread ..etc)

April 9: Terrace Brunch

Imagine having some delicious authentic Arabic brunch food on a beautiful terrace looking over spectacular Lake Washington and Cascade Mountain views.

OK, now stop imagining and book April 9th on your calendar! ACW is organizing a brunch on the terrace of Mercer Island’s Community Center and we’d love to see you there!

As with last year’s brunch, there will be some kid’s activities!

Tickets are available at:
http://acwbrunch2016.brownpapertickets.com

Prices:
$20 – General admission
$60 – Family of 4
$15 – Child under 12
Free – Child under 5

Feb 27: Arab Ice Breaker

Join us for a fun afternoon filled with ice-breaker activities, board games, music, and refreshments!

This event is free. All you have to do is show up, meet people, and enjoy your time! 🙂

To help us manage this event better, please RSVP by emailing info@arabcenterwa.org

Hope to see you there!

When?
Sunday, February 27, 2016 at 2:15pm – 5:00pm

Where? 
Mercer Island Community & Event Center
8236 S.E. 24th St.,
Mercer Island, Washington 98040

Click here to see Facebook event

ACW Outreach

The Arab Center of Washington would like to reach out to you with its plans for the upcoming year!

We never would have been able to pull off any of our events or a very successful 2015 festival without your help!

Please consider attending this meeting to get to know us, our ongoing programs, and how you can help 🙂

Where? Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave SE, Renton, Washington 98058

When? Sunday, October 4th, 12-3pm

Agenda:

  • Introduce the Arab Center of Washington Board and it’s members
  • Give an overview of the events and activities we had in the past year year and what we are planning for next year
  • Give an overview of festival
  • Specific positions
  • Recruit people who are interested
  • General Q&A + suggestions + discussions

Refreshments will be served 😉

Thanks!
ACW team

Arab Festival: Lecture Edition

Arab Festival 2015 Lecture Edition


Check out the engaging & informative lectures offered at the 2015 Arab Festival! 

 


Doing Business in the Middle East with Ali Shami:

Ali Shami

How much time, money, and effort do you think business leaders have wasted trying to succeed in doing business in the Middle East? If you are interested in learning short cuts, tips, and proven methods to build a strong foundation for a successful business in Middle East countries, then you will find this discussion worth every minute. Ali Shami, a native Middle Eastern has invested over 20 years in International Business, traveled internationally supporting customers, and worked in three countries representing major US companies.

 

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 11 am – 12 pm

 

The Nutritious and Delicious Mediterranean Diet with Evette Hackman:

Evette Hackman

Even if you know a lot about the Mediterranean diet, you will enjoy this class. We will discuss and demonstrate the great features of typical dishes such as stuffed vegetables, pita bread, olives, herbs, yogurt, grape leaves, falafel, pomegranate, lentils and rice, hummus, eggplant dip, and spinach pies. We will have samples for tasting. Evette Hackman, PhD, has worked for 40 years as a registered dietitian and nutritionist. She is a professor emerita from Seattle Pacific University, a sports nutritionist, public health nutritionist, former nutrition editor of SHAPE magazine, author and consultant.

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

 

What Stays the Same is Never So – A Presentation and Conversation with Visual Artist Mary Ann Peters

Mary Ann Peters In 2014, Mary Ann Peters received a grant from the Art Matters Foundation (NYC) to research the migration out of Greater Syria at the turn of the 20th through Europe and into the Americas, particularly Mexico. She did her research at the l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and various archives in Mexico City, including the ArchivoLibanes. She compared the information to the approach of citizen journalists recording events in the Middle East today.

 

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

 

Travel to the Arab World with Rita Zawaideh

Rita ZawaidehCome listen to award winner Rita Zawaideh, owner of Caravan-Serai Tours and voted Globalist of the Year twice in Seattle, talk about traveling to these magical, mystical countries. Caravan-Serai Tours creates tours that reflect the spirit of the travelers from long ago who looked forward to the hospitality and the opportunity to learn from their North African and Middle East destinations. Caravan-Serai Tours staff have lived, worked, and traveled throughout the Arab world, and are proud of their heritage.

 

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

 

The Disappearing Hammam with Amal Sedky

Amal Sedky Winter

Winter This presentation (with lots of visual images) focuses on the disappearing Hammams—bath houses—in Cairo and their important community functions. Amal will also be happy to comment on her life in Egypt in the past tumultuous years. Amal Sedky Winter is an Egyptian-American clinical psychologist, educator, and long time Arab- American activist. She has worked for women’s empowerment projects in several Arab countries and recently returned to Seattle after serving as a Visiting Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo for seven years.

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 4 pm – 5 pm

 

Storytelling with Afifi Durr

Afifi Durr

Afifi Durr, a former ACW Board member, and a member of Seattle Storytelling Guild.org, will share her stories about Middle Eastern food and culture. She wants to encourage the local Arab community to tell their own stories. Storytellers will have five to eight minutes. Afifi will brief storytellers to assist in preparing or telling stories. Both listeners and aspiring storytellers are welcome. Let us all create our old-fashioned and traditional storytelling of the “Hakawati” in the Middle East. All are welcome! Ahlan Wa’sahlan!

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday and Sunday 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
 

 

 

Oasis of Resilience, Healing and Empowering Syrian Children in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan with Malda Takieddine

Oasis of ResilienceIn this lecture, Malda Takieddine will present the challenges that children in war-torn regions face and how they are impacted. She will present some case studies of methods used in Europe after World War II to help children cope from these changes. Malda will define resilience and will explore how can we build resiliency in children to let them cope with their traumas and prepare them to move forward. Malda’s method is to use landscape to bring people together and strengthen children’s confidence. Malda holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, College of Built Environments. You can read more about her work here.

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 11:30 pm – 12:00 pm

 

A World of Henna with Kree Arvanitas

Kree ArvanitasCome see a powerpoint presentation on the global expansion of beautiful henna body art, displaying some of the popular styles around the world. The influence of henna on fine art will also be touched upon, with a focus on Arab artists. If we have time, I will also do a demonstration of henna application. Kree Arvanitas is the owner of HennaDervish and RebelDog Studio. Her paintings are shown in galleries in the Northwest and her body art has been published in numerous venues, including a NY Times best selling book cover. She has a master henna artist certificate from the renowned Ash Kumar Academy and especially enjoys working on joint media projects with other creative souls.

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

 

Introduction to Arab Music and Songs with Reham Elkhayat

Reham Elkhayat

Reham will introduce the main instruments used in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and will follow the developments of the Arab music till present time. You will be introduced to some of the prominent song genres and artists throughout the region. Reham Elkhayat is the owner of Hannah Cultural Solutions in Seattle. Reham is multilingual and has years of teaching and training experience in the U.S. and abroad. Reham currently teaches language and culture at colleges in Seattle and Edmonds, where she also hosts events on diversity, minority groups, gender and human rights in the Middle East.

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Arab Authors Book Club Panel

Book Club PanelThe Arab Authors Book Club meets every other month to discuss North African and Middle Eastern literature. These books range from the classics to contemporary and encompass a wide range of social issues that deal with Arab society. Come hear them discuss their favorite books and recommendations for your reading enjoyment.

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

 

Figs, Loquats and Grapes with Bill Farhat

Bill Farhat

Come hear Seattle’s very own “Fig King” Bill Farhat, talk about how to cultivate fig trees, loquats and grapes here in the Pacific Northwest. Bring your questions about these fabulous fruits from the Arab World. Bill Farhat, is a retired Arabic professor who’s been growing figs in his backyard in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood for decades.

 

 

 

✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 4 pm – 5 pm

 

How you can help?

have worked hard to make this a lovely Festival for all. If you would like to support the festival we have an Indiegogo campaign running here. $25 dollars helps us go a long way!

ACW TGIF: Bouldering

Start your weekend off right by joining ACW’s TGIF events!

Get ready to rumble or in this case Boulder till your heart’s content (rock climbing without the fuss). This is a family friendly event.

When: Friday June 12th at 6pm
Where: Seattle Bouldering Project (http://www.seattleboulderingproject.com/)
Address: 900 Poplar Place S. Seattle 98144
Cost: $16 for adults $12 for youth, Shoe rental $4

Please complete waiver either online or print and bring with you:
Online: https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/seaboulderingproject/f8a6bf1f-7dd4-4807-a824-a0b8eabdcb66
Print: http://www.seattleboulderingproject.com/pdf/SBP_Waiver.pdf

Logistics upon arrival: We will wait inside the entrance till 6:15 for our group

Call Farazana if you need directions or have questions 206 890-8418

Click here to see Facebook event

Note: TGIF stands for Thank Goodness It’s Friday. We will aim to have the TGIF events every other week and we will try to alternate between Seattle and Bellevue and we encourage you to host an event or suggest places/ activities for us discover together!

May 16: ACW-NAAP Seattle Spring Kick Off

The Arab Center of Washington Festival Team and the Seattle Petition Chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals are collaborating in an effort to bring the community together in 2015 for a weekend afternoon lunch.

The ACW Festival Team is assisting with the Seattle launch of NAAP. There will be on-hand information about and we will discuss the goals of the organization and the steps needed to become an official national chapter. We will also present our plan to have a presence at the upcoming Arab Festival Summer 2015 in order to engage the community and build awareness of NAAP-Seattle.

This lunch is the opportunity for the community to support NAAP-Seattle in these these goals, relay what kinds of events they would like to see happen in Seattle and encourage involvement.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time: 2pm

Location: Via6, 2121 Sixth Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121

Suggested donation $40.

Check out www.naaponine.org to learn more about NAAP nationally. And be sure to like their Facebook page to stay posted on our local activities.

There will be plenty of drinks and food, including a Falafel bar, good people and a view of the city.

Please spread the word to your contacts and count on being there to support the Arab Festival and the NAAP petition chapter of Seattle.

Best,
ACW and NAAP Seattle (petition chapter)

 

Click here to see Facebook event

August 8: ACW Picnic

Summer is here and the weather is gorgeous!

The annual ACW picnic is happening on August 8th at the upper shelter of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park this year! Food will be provided by us and, as always, we promise you it will be deeeeelicious! 🙂

This event will be capped at 70 people. Hurry up and purchase your tickets to reserve your spot. Our brunch in April sold out 2 weeks before the event! So, don’t delay!

Can’t wait to see you all there!

Date: Saturday, August 8 at 3:00pm – 7:30pm

Place: Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th St, Shoreline, Washington 98177

Tickets:

$15 / individual
$50 / Family of four
$62.50 / Family of five
Children under 12 will be admitted for free!

Tickets: http://acw2015picnic.brownpapertickets.com

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1560704577525154

On the Menu: We’ll be serving delicious food from Ishtar Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine!

  • Mashawi (grilled meats): Beef, lamb, & Chicken (halal)
  • Falafel for the vegetarians out there
  • All the related sides (Hummus, Baba Ghannouj, salads, Rice, bread ..etc)

Special Guest:

Kree Arvanitas, an awesomely talented artist and the owner of Henna Dervish, has graciously offered to do henna and donate all proceeds to the Arab Center to help fund the Arab Festival! She is planning to be there around 3pm to 5 or 6pm and will be charging the regular rate ($10 minimum adults, $5 minimum kids under 12). Thanks, Kree, for your generosity!