Locals to Know

🎧 Local Music Lowdown: Tomo Nakayama

“Melonday” is out now and available to purchase on bandcamp. Welcome to a brand new weekly occurrence that I’m introducing. In light of the pandemic and all live music being canceled, I wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight some local artists, their music and how to support them. In this new section, I’ll be […]

/ August 4, 2020


Our Tomorrow: A new kind of Mister Rogers in our own backyard

Val Thomas-Matson plays Aunty Lena whose friend possum helps explore weekly topics and themes. (📸: Courtesy of Look, Listen and Learn) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together   Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest […]

/ July 29, 2020


Our Tomorrow: Meet one mom who is spear-heading the Family Tech Support center to assist students in online learning

Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together   Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges. Join us. In the middle of March Seattle Public schools announced the short-term shutdown of schools and […]

/ July 22, 2020


Our Tomorrow: Meet the farmer who’s helping families put down roots at Yesler Terrace

“Growing a little bit of your own food can be one of the best things you can do for your health,” says Ray Williams, the managing director of the Black Farmers Collective. (📷: Hannah Wilson) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together   Civic Commons is building […]

/ July 14, 2020


Our Tomorrow: Meet the photographer documenting resiliency in the CID

Keoke Silvano poses in front of the mural that started it all. (📷: @keokesilvanophotography) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges. Join us.   Keoke […]

/ July 7, 2020


Our Tomorrow: Meet the Seattle chef who’s cooking up community for BLM

(📷: Scott Iverson) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges. Join us.   When our state started shutting down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of […]

/ June 30, 2020


Our Tomorrow: Meet the Seattle cyclist pedaling toward economic equity

(📷: Mark Hatcher / @1hatch1) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges. Join us.   The mission behind Doc Wilson’s weekly Peace Peloton rides boils […]

/ June 23, 2020


Meet the Seattle woman trying to save the LGBTQ+ wedding industry

A scene from a wedding Cindy planned in pre-COVID times. (📷: Justin Barbin) Trying to get married during a pandemic is a challenge for just about everyone, and wedding vendors are no exception. Many of them get the bulk of their annual income from final payments that come through just a month or two before […]

/ May 14, 2020


The flower-powered community effort that’s supporting local Hmong farmers

Pa Cha, owner/farmer of New Garden, has been selling flowers at Pike Place Market for 28 years. (📷: Courtesy Tara Clark) It started with a makeshift flower stand on her Capitol Hill parking strip. On March 25, Tara Clark launched a grassroots effort to sell 50 dozen daffodils and tulips in support of the local […]

/ April 20, 2020


How community radio is amplifying the COVID-era needs of South Seattle

Tony Benton, right, speaks with Garry Owens at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in 2018. 📷: Courtesy Rainier Avenue Radio From the moment the first coronavirus death was reported in King County, local media outlets have been working around the clock to deliver pandemic updates and amplify public health guidelines. In South Seattle, […]

/ April 14, 2020