May 28, 2022

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Welcoming 7 days celebrates belonging in Bellevue

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Functions highlight lifestyle, art with numerous outside options

Eastside towns and local community businesses will celebrate the sixth once-a-year Welcoming Week with quite a few situations Sept. 10-19. Welcoming America’s topic for 2021’s Welcoming Week is “Belonging Begins with Us.” Welcoming Week is committed to welcoming new immigrants and celebrating assorted communities with all neighborhood members both new and longstanding. Regional inhabitants are invited to engage via the sharing of cultural traditions, art, dance and neighborhood throughout the celebration. 

Various functions acquire put in Bellevue, which includes: 

PopUp StoryWalk, “Drawn Together” Sept. 4-25, dawn to dusk

Area literacy method PopUp StoryWalk offers an installation along the Lake to Lake Trail from Wilburton Hill Park to Bellevue Botanical Backyard, sharing the tale “Drawn Jointly” along the way, which is a choice from their variety collection. The story explores the knowledge of a youthful boy viewing his grandfather. Their lack of a common language sales opportunities to confusion, aggravation, and silence. But as they sit down to attract together, one thing magical takes place. With a shared love of art and storytelling, the two type a bond that goes outside of terms.

Entry to the park and yard are totally free, and the PopUp StoryWalk will be open up day-to-day from dawn to dusk Sept. 4-25. A lot more details on this and other PopUp StoryWalk installations is at

Cultural Discussions, Belonging in the Backyard, Friday Sept. 17, 1-2:30 p.m.

Cultural Conversations begins a new period of storytelling on Friday, Sept. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. for ‘Belonging in the Garden’ featuring informal pop-in discussions and sharing. Reconnect outdoors in the Gathering Place, an outside coated reception place at the Bellevue Botanical Yard. We will be pursuing King County Pointers for basic safety during the COVID-19 pandemic masks will be out there. 

Share your tale on our interactive tale boards. Take a walk with good friends and test out Bellwether art installations at the yard. As we navigate the idea of belonging for those people who have moved here from throughout the U.S. and the globe, let us contemplate what is common about flowers, gardens, traditions, and the connections they build. How is that expression of attractiveness very similar? What may be various or a surprise?

For more information or accommodation requires, make contact with [email protected] or 425-452-6836. All conferences are wheelchair obtainable.

Bellwether, Sept. 9-19 (and all thirty day period at Bellevue Botanical Yard and Bellevue Arts Museum), a variety of times

The yearly Bellwether artwork and lifestyle celebration coincides with Welcoming 7 days this yr and will attribute reveals at Bellevue Botanical Backyard garden and the Bellevue Arts Museum for the duration of the whole thirty day period of September, including many pieces honoring the Coast Salish people and other cultures. In addition, the garden will host artist Gustavo Martinez for a absolutely free, open up-air public sculpture demonstration on Saturday, Sept. 11, starting up at 11 a.m. 

Other art installations and performances in the course of Bellevue all through the official competition from Sept. 9-19 also replicate the Welcoming 7 days topic of “Belonging Starts with Us” these as roving performances at Bellevue Downtown Park showcasing ancestry and self-discovery, performance art by Anida Yoeu Ali discovering Islamophobia and homophobia and an artist panel dialogue about censorship in the arts. 

The hottest schedule and more aspects on displays and performances through the pageant are at

Tree Talks at Bellevue Botanical Back garden, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Appear share tales about your preferred tree and the importance of trees in your tradition and individuals across the environment in this Welcoming Week Tree Talks session. Learn a lot more about the benefit and positive aspects of trees in Bellevue, the city’s operate to maintain the urban forest, and master from other folks about their enthusiasm for the two native Washington trees and trees from about the environment. Conversations will be in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean.

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Local community Connections Fair at Crossroads Park Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hosted by the Bellevue Family YMCA with a number of community companions, the Group Connections Good is a opportunity to meet nearby organizations such as many led by Black, African, Latino, Asian, South Asian, Muslim, Immigrant communities and allies. Provide your spouse and children and mates to Crossroads Park and get related with helpful aid, volunteer possibilities, and other approaches to get concerned in your local community. Collectively, we can make positive anyone feels like they belong. Make contact with the Bellevue Spouse and children YMCA for much more info. 

Other highlights

A joint proclamation commemorating Eastside Welcoming 7 days among the city councils of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Sammamish will be read at the Bellevue Metropolis Council assembly on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. The assembly can be accessed as a result of the city’s Bellevue Television YouTube channel, and the proclamation will be posted to the city’s council calendar soon after the conference.

Additional element and the most current program for Bellevue’s Welcoming Week occasions can be discovered at days. A total timetable of Eastside Welcoming 7 days activities can be discovered at days-2/.

Welcoming 7 days is sponsored by Welcoming The usa, a nonpartisan, nonprofit corporation that supports nearby outreach initiatives to make bridges in between newcomers and very long-time people. This year’s nationwide marketing campaign is focused to fostering a more welcoming nation exactly where everyone–regardless of their background–can truly feel they belong.

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