Tacoma's Welcoming Week 2019 this Sept 13 to Sept 22

Welcoming Week is part of a national movement to recognize the contributions for foreign-born neighbors and community members. From September 13 to September 22, Tacoma’s own hometown contributors have stepped up with a slate of dinners, gatherings, films, tours, introductions and other events, in order to convene everyone to celebrate Tacoma’s diverse cultural fabric. Here are a few listings:

  • Saturday, September 14: Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias South Park Celebration

  • Wednesday, September 18: Home + heart + me = Navigating Latinx and LGBTQ Identities

  • Thursday, September 19: Flavor- Dine Out Benefit with Tacoma Community House

  • Friday, September 20: Tacoma Refugee Choir Sing Along

Full list of activities below:

Welcoming Week with the City of Tacoma

New shoes and renewed ambition for young scholars

At a Hilltop crossroads 44 acts of generosity bring new Nike shoes to deserving youth” by Craig Sailor at The News Tribune:

MOCHA has been operating for 11 years, Hankins said. This is their second shoe giveaway.

Hankins estimated they spent $2,400 for the shoes, socks and other supplies.

The event is held in memory of Hankins’ father, Harold, a longtime local sports coach.

“He gave back to a lot of youth in the community,” Hankins said. “I’m just carrying on the legacy.”

Sound Off on Building the Links to Opportunity Streetscape

Sound Transit is asking people to let them know what there priorities are for new projects in the region. The Light Rail is definitely coming down MLK Jr Way— but what about the benches to sit on, the lightposts to illuminate, the crosswalks and other important improvements necessary to keep Hilltop beautiful? There are many special bridges, streets, and stations in the Puget Sound but; the MLK Jr Way streetscape on Hilltop is clearly the most important- yes, or no?

Public comment period is open July 26 through August 23  The following website is live and accepting comments for the projects. The System Access Fund Online Open House is available here: https://systemaccessfund.infocommunity.org/

Leave a comment about how important this project is to Hilltop, so that Sound Transit knows where to put their investments.

A Community Conversation about a Hilltop Indoor Market

Community Conversation about a Hilltop Indoor Market’ Hosted by Sound Outreach and Tacoma Community House

The Evergreen College Tacoma, 1210 6th Ave

Wednesday, January 23, 5pm to 6:15pm

Please join us for a second Community Conversation about a potential marketplace to be located in the Hilltop neighborhood!

For this session at Evergreen, we hope to invite guest speakers who can shed more light on the potential location and vision for this marketplace, which would feature a variety of vendors and activities, such as food producers and related businesses, crafts, educational activities, dance, and a lot more. The discussion portion of the meeting will be conducted in an open "unconference" style. By the end, we hope to see if there is sufficient momentum to move forward as a group and start designing a feasible project.

This session will start promptly at 5pm and end by 6:15pm because there will be a panel discussion on race and immigration in the same space from 6:30pm to 8pm, organized by the Archway Consulting Group.

All are welcome to this meeting, especially persons of color, immigrants and refugees, and people who are ready to bring their small business ideas to the market!

Learning about Capital and Small Biz

If you’re starting out with your business, you might need some support and some expertise along the way to serving your clientele. Tuesday December 18th there will be a meeting held at the Tacoma Municipal Building from 11:30am to 1:00pm, and representatives from various development agencies will be on hand to help you! Learn about loan programs, what lenders want to see from borrowers, and ask your questions to get advice from the experts.

Access to Capital- Getting Money for Your Small Business: Eventbrite

The Tacoma Municipal Building is at 747 Market St,, and the event will be held in room 243. Register in advance with the Eventbrite link, and visit http://www.mbda-tacoma.com to learn more about the Minority Business Development Agency and Department of Commerce.