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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
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!

May 29: ACW TGIF: Highline College Table Tennis and Pizza

Join us on Friday for table tennis and pizza at Highline College!

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Tickets: $5 / person

In order for us to make sure we have enough food, we require you to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets are available at: http://acwTableTennis.brownpapertickets.com/

Location: Highline College, Building 28 Gym
Address: 2400 S. 240th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198
Parking: we recommend you park in the South parking lot. The main door will be open by building 27, the lockers area.

College maps and parking directions: https://www.highline.edu/campus-guide/locations-and-directions

Click here to see Facebook event

May 10: 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 May 10th 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!

“But it’s mother’s day!” – we hear you! That’s why we’re planning a few activities for the kids as well!

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

Prices:
$20 – General admission
$60 – Family of 4
$15 – Child under 12
Free – Child under 3

Please note that the terrace fits 50 people. So, the event is capped at 50.

April 10 – ACW TGIF: Pool & Bowling

Start your weekend off right by joining ACW’s weekly TGIF (thank goodness it’s Friday) events…

We will aim to have the TGIF events every other week and we will try to alternate between Seattle and Bellevue and encourage you to host an event (or suggest places/ activities for us discover together!!)

For our inaugural event this week, we will meet at Garage Billiards at 8pm (April 10) (Seattle)

You must be at least 21 to get in. Please bring an ID otherwise you won’t be allowed in.

Logistics upon arrival:

We will wait inside the entrance till our group arrives and decide on pool or bowling (if we are adventurous we can do both)

http://garagebilliards.com/mambo/

April 4: Big Four Ice Caves Hike and Picnic

Spring has sprung—it’s time to dust off those hiking shoes for the 1st hike of 2015 at the Big Four Ice Caves!

About the trail:

This is a fairly easy hike. 2.2 round trip with an elevation gain of 220ft.

Option for non-hikers:

If you opt out of the hike there is a walking trail around the picnic area. You can enjoy the scenery till the hikers climb down and we can all eat together.

When:

April 4th 11:00 am till 3:00 pm at the trailhead. (If you are carpooling please leave by 9:00 am for on time arrival)

Lunch:

Please pack a picnic for after the hike – you are also welcome to bring something to share!

Attire:

Dress in layers in the event you get hot/cold, wear hiking boots as some spots are bound to be slippery with loose gravel and ice. For those with a sense of adventure you can scramble once we reach the caves (although it is not advisable).

Carpool:

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to carpool or if you need a ride. Please bring $5 for gas money if you need a ride. Email us at info@arabcenterwa.org.

Directions:

From I-5 in Everett, take exit 194 for Snohomish/Wenatchee, then take exit 204 for Lake Stevens. Follow this road for 2 miles, then turn left onto Hwy 9/9N Granite Falls. Proceed for 1.5 miles, turn right onto E 92/Granite Falls. In 6 miles, come to a roundabout that has a log sign for Granite Falls. Take the following roundabout to Quarry Road and stay on it through two more roundabouts.

Come to a stop sign and turn left onto the Mountain Loop Highway. In 10 miles, pass the Verlot Ranger Station on the left. A mile after the ranger station, cross a blue and grey bridge. 13 miles from the bridge are two signs for the Ice Caves on the right hand side of the road. The first one will be for the picnic area. A quarter-mile beyond that is a sign marked Ice Caves Trailhead; turn in here. There is a paved parking lot with plenty of parking, vault toilets and a self-serve pay station for a one day Northwest Forest Pass, which is required for the trail.

Google Map

GPS Co-ordinates:

48.0659, -121.5107

March 7: Rami G. Khouri at the University of Washington

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Ziadeh Lecture 2015 – “Revolutions and Counter-revolutions: An Update From Inside the Arab World’s Turbulent Reconfiguration” featuring guest speaker Rami G. Khouri

Who:  Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

When: Tuesday, March 10th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Kane Hall, Room 210 with a reception to follow in Kane Hall, Room 225

Cost: Free and open to the public, no reservations necessary

Facebook: http://depts.washington.edu/nelc/events.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nelcuw

Description: The historic popular uprisings that rocked the Arab region four years ago and removed four leaderships set in motion a turbulent series of events across the Arab world that have resulted in a wide range of very different outcomes — from democratic pluralism in Tunisia to state collapse and the world’s largest proxy war in Syria. The rise of the “Islamic State” group in Syria-Iraq is the latest and most frightening sign of the region’s fragility, and collapse in places. Rami G. Khouri will analyze the underlying reasons for the very turbulent, often violent, conditions across the Arab world during the past four years, and whether we should expect more rather than less problems ahead.

Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut and Nazareth. An internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, he was the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, where he currently is a senior policy fellow. He also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University, and his internationally syndicated column is published by Agence Global (USA). He is editor at large, columnist, and former executive editor of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, and he was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006.

Feb 15: 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 15 at 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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

Jan 30: The Nile Project

The Nile Project is coming to Seattle! And guess what? The organizers at UW World Series have graciously offered ACW and all their supporters a 25% discount on tickets to the event!

Event Details:
Date: Fri, January 30, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Venue: University of Washington – Meany Hall
Discounted Ticket price: $30 (original price $40)
Ticket price for UW students: $10

To purchase tickets, go to this website and use promo code “UWWSNILE”:
http://uwworldseries.org/events-tickets/calendar/nile-project