Program Offerings

Call Rebecca Crichton at (206) 930-0809 to schedule an event.

Local author readings and discussions

Arleen Williams: The Alki Trilogy

In these novels, Running Secrets, Biking Uphill and Walking Home, a diverse cast of characters face and embrace the challenges of race and immigration, family and friendship. Set on on Alki Beach in West Seattle.

Allan Ament: Learning to Float – Memoir of a Caregiver Husband

Allan Ament wrote his memoir of becoming the caregiver after his wife’s debilitating stroke. Ament shares his personal and spiritual growth caring for a loved one and how he was supported by the ‘Circle of Caring’ around him. Anybody who has been or will be a caregiver will benefit from his insights. 

Ann Hedreen: The Accidental Advocate – What I Learned from Writing Her Beautiful Brain

When Ann Hedreen started to tell the story of her beautiful, brainy mother whose life ended in younger-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, she discovered she had more questions than answers. As she wrote Her Beautiful Brain, she learned about her mom, her family, and about the best ways to deal with her own fears of Alzheimer’s. To her surprise, this included become an active participant in Alzheimer’s research and an advocate for the cause. 

Performances

Three Plays by Lyn Coffin

Camille What happens when a shy playwright is overtaken by the persona of Camille Claudel? The mysteries of Camille’s life unfold through the possession of a local writer, and both are exposed. By turns humorous and haunting, tender and terrifying, this piece will leave you wondering where the truth is located and how well we understand our creative impulses and drives. Lutefisk Lyn Coffin wrote Lutefisk, a 12 minute romantic comedy of the Pacific Northwest about two people on their second “computer” date.  Fries in a Wine Glass Two friends read a ten-minute comedy about two sisters who sit down to dinner after burying a third and wonder why the fourth sister didn’t come.

Lyn Coffin is a widely-published poet, playwright, fiction writer and translator, with nineteen books to her credit. She teaches Literary Fiction at the UW, Professional and Continuing Education.

Feel the Beat! Simone LaDrumma and the Magic of Drumming

Simone LaDrumma shares her love for drumming with stories, a brief history of hand drumming and a drumming demonstration with help from the audience.

Sentimental Journey

Vocalists Ailsa, Misha and Joseph, with Paul on the piano and Joseph on guitar and ukulele, take a Sentimental Journey through the Great American Songbook: Gershwin, Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen and “Fats” Waller. Sentimental Journey performs music by these and other composers and shares information about why the music from 1920s through the 1950s are considered the golden age of American song.

Lectures

Understanding Our Own Diversity: Exploring Fundamental Concepts of Cultural Awareness

A three-session series facilitated by Rebecca Crichton, MA and Executive Director of NWCCA

Learning about cultural differences has never been more important. Many of today’s headlines focus on the misunderstandings and confusion we have about people different from ourselves. Yet most people are not aware of their own cultural assumptions and beliefs. Like fish who don’t know they are swimming in water, most people don’t realize how great a role culture plays in how they encounter the world.

Rebecca Crichton designed and delivered over 50 interactive sessions that increased cultural competence and multicultural understanding for Boeing employees and managers.

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