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Dance workshop at MKG Seattle also a fundraiser

November 29th, 2011 by master

The Northgate location of MKG Martial Arts International is opening its heart and its doors with a unique opportunity for you to learn Middle Eastern dance while helping out a family our partners at PhinneyWood have been writing about.

This is from Doree:

Ruby SmithRuby Smith, the 17-year-old daughter of Couth Buzzard Books co-owner Theo Dzielak, is battling Burkitt’s lymphoma, and the community has rallied to support her family while she undergoes chemotherapy. To help pay her treatment expenses, friends held a musical fundraiser in October. And now others are hosting a music and dance workshop this weekend.

“An Introduction to Middle Eastern Music & Dance Workshop” is a family-friendly class for all ages and abilities. It will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday at MKG Seattle, 10722 5th Ave. NE in Northgate. (MKG used to be located where the new Couth Buzzard is now.)

Organizer Charina Pitzel is a friend of Ruby’s family, and wanted to help out however she could. She asked award-winning Middle Eastern dance performer Elisa Gamalto lead the workshop. Gamal will be accompanied by world music band Hejira. Following the class will be an improv performance by Elisa and Hejira.

Gamal says that Middle Eastern dance is for everybody, including men and children.

“People tend to naturally think that bellydance is just for women, but ‘over there’ everybody does it. (D)ance is a universal language that we all share — a way to express and communicate joy with each other, and the arts of music and dance are a lovely way to bridge cultures.”

The workshop is free, with donations of any amount accepted.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page. And you can listen to a performance by Hejira here.

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Maple Leaf Life sister site wins national journalism award

May 3rd, 2010 by sarawilly

Congratulations to our sister site for winning a prestigious national journalism award. The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced this morning that PhinneyWood won the Online Deadline Reporting (Independent) category for the devastating arson fire on October 23, 2009, “Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Greenwood Businesses.”

“..we were on the scene moments after the call came in and posted updates throughout the day. We also received dozens of email tips and photos from PhinneyWood readers. So, this award is also a testament to the power of community journalism,” editor Doree Armstrong writes.

The SPJ Sigma Delta Chi awards are judged by veteran journalists around the country. Judges went through more than 1,300 entries for awards covering online, newspaper, magazine, television and radio.

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Politicians, storytellers and more this weekend

April 9th, 2010 by master

There’s a little bit for everybody this weekend in North Seattle, from learning some stories about the stars overhead to even rubbing shoulders with the mayor.

  • Award-winning journalist Ingrid Nixon starts off the weekend with her all-ages “Stories in the Stars,” from 8-9 tonight at Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave. N. Stories range from the trials and travails of Antarctic explorers to the Greek myths behind the constellations. Tickets cost $8 to $10 and are available at the door.
  • Greenwood-Phinney’s Art Up Artwalk also is tonight, as highlighted in our partner blog PhinneyWood. The monthly event takes place from 6-9.
  • On Saturday, Mayor Mike McGinn will take a tour of nearby Lake City from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Lake City Live blog has a detailed list of where he’ll be stopping during his visit if you’d like to pop by and discuss your thoughts and concerns. [Read more →]

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