Sushi & Sake Festival returns
The most fun, unique, satisfying, value packed holiday event returns on Thursday, Nov. 9 for the Fifth Annual Sushi and Sake Festival presented by the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce.

The festival, which has become a popular community event, will be held at The Westin Hotel in Seattle in order to accommodate over 1000 participants.

The festival invites about a dozen of the best Japanese restaurants in the region to prepare a selection of sushi and other Japanese food. They also ask suppliers of premium sake and Japanese beer to provide a selection for sampling.

To create a festive mood, there will be a silent auction, raffle, entertainment by Deems Tsutakawa Trio, taiko drumming and exhibits.

Proceeds from this event support the education work of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

You may purchase individual tickets on-line for $75 at www.densho.org.

Domingo receives MAP Award
MAP (Multicultural Alumni Partnership) of the University of Washington will present their annual Bridging the Gap Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event will recognize distinguished alumni and friends, raise funds for the MAP multicultural scholarship fund and announce the 2006 MAP scholarship recipients.

Among the recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Awards is Cindy Domingo. Domingo, class of ‘77, began her activism at the UW in the 1970s. When her brother Silme and a fellow union activist, Gene Viernes, were assassinated in 1981, she led a 10-year justice-seeking effort resulting in local criminal convictions and a $15 million judgment against the Philippine government in a federal civil suit. Cindy has been a founder of a host of local and national human rights organizations and has served on many community boards, including the Church Council of Greater Seattle, the International Examiner, the Center for Social Justice and the U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration. She currently works as the legislative aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. County Councilmember Larry Gossett.

For more information, contact: Vivian Lee (253) 854-7721 or (206) 819-4292 or [email protected] or Justin Simmons, MAP President, (206) 736-9882, [email protected]

Council approves Community Center Expansion
Councilmember David Della, Chair of the Parks, Education, Libraries, and Labor Committee, led the Council’s unanimous appropriation of $108,000 for a new 491-square-foot, exercise-and-fitness room at the ID/Chinatown Community Center.

“Community members have told us they want to keep physically fit and this new space will be another place for them to do so,” says Councilmember Della.

AAPIP welcomes Yamada to the Gates Foundation
Dr. Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada speaks about his heroes in science and health at a reception welcoming and honoring him as the new president of the Global Health program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Puget Sound chapter of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) organized the reception on Oct. 12 at the Burke Museum Café on the University of Washington campus. Yamada leads the Gates Foundation’s efforts to help develop and deliver low-cost, life-saving health tools for the developing world.
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