American Legion Post 234 members Chris Szarek and Ray Gopher attended the Edmonds Community College POW-WOW on Saturday 5/7. This is an annual event. For more information, click here.
April 30th at the Nile Country Club is the Northwest Junior Pipe Band annual dinner/concert and, of course, auction.
Many of you know about the band's trip to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow last Summer, where they finished 6th.
Click on the below link to see their final performance on the Glasgow Green to get an idea of how good they are. If you saw this already, enjoy it again.
Plan on an evening of great highland pipes, highland dancers, fiddling, fireside "small" pipes, a chanter piece by our Pipe Band School, and even a bit of Cape Bretton step dancing - all by the band members.
Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
Saturday, 30 April
Nile CC, Mountlake Terrace
5:30pm - about 10:00pm
Join us on Monday, 4/11 and enjoy a presentation by the curator for the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field.
Cory Graff has lived in the Pacific Northwest his entire life. He grew up in Tacoma, his house was right under the flight path for McChord Air Force Base. Day and night, he'd see a seemingly endless stream of Lockheed C-141 cargo planes headed for the runways on the other side of Commencement Bay.
Cory graduated from the University of Oregon and soon after went to work for the Museum of Flight in Seattle. He did writing and research jobs for the exhibits department and later assisted in the creation and installation of large exhibits including The Boeing Story, Wings Over Hollywood, and 747.
In his own words, "...perhaps the most complex and rewarding project I helped lead was the World War I Gallery in the Museum of Flight's Personal Courage Wing. The sprawling layout covered 25,000 square feet and contained 18 aircraft. As well, there were extensive scenes to illustrate the era, such as a bomb-damaged French farmhouse and a curving of trench scene."
Please plan on attending Monday, 4/11 at 7pm.
American Legion Post 234 and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Peter Puget Chapter present a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration event in honor of Vietnam Veterans Day.
The program includes readings from local authors who have written about the Vietnam War era, video interviews with Vietnam War era veterans, and the one act play "Seldom is Heard" performed by the Edmonds Driftwood Players.
Veterans and their families from all military branches and all eras of service are welcome to attend as well as the general public.
$5 per person donation at the door
Location: 22909 - 56th Avenue W, Mountlake Terrace
Click here for more information
Free concert brings big band swing, bebop, Latin, popular tunes, and more to Bellevue
The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will play a free concert Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Courter Family Athletic Pavilion on the Bellevue College (BC) campus.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. The 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.
“This band is truly amazing. We are thrilled to host them on our campus,” said professor and Jazz Band Director Jim Sisko. “Bringing musicians of this caliber to Bellevue College is immeasurably beneficial for our current and future students and really points to the Eastside as a home for the arts.”
The band has appeared in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in unique joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit and Baltimore symphonies.
WHAT: Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band performing big band swing and more. An exciting evening of fun for the whole family. Band members will also be available for an audience meet-and-greet after the performance.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bellevue College- Courter Family Athletic Pavilion, Building G
PARKING AT BC: Free evening parking and Metro Transit route 271 stops on the Bellevue College campus
TICKETS: The concert is free, but reservations are required through Brown Paper tickets:
VA Puget Sound Health Care System requests the honor of your presence at their:
50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration Event
Veterans Lobby, Building 100
12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 29th
Click here to download more information about this event.
CHRISTINA OLDS, DAUGHTER OF TRIPLE ACE FIGHTER PILOT GENERAL ROBIN OLDS, TO SPEAK TO CASCADE WARBIRDS
Cascade Warbirds, an organization with the mission to encourage the flying, preservation, and display of Warbird aircraft, to honor Veterans, and to engage in aviation education, will host guest speaker Christina Olds at its March meeting this Saturday, the 12th. Olds, daughter of Brigadier General Robin Olds, will bring to life the exciting career of her father and display some of his original drawings. She will also have available her book about her father’s life, personalized and autographed for only $20.
As stated in the summary of her book, Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, Robin Olds was many things to many people. To his West Point football coach he was an All American destined for the National College Football Hall of Fame. To his P-38 and P-51 wartime squadrons in WWII he was the aggressive fighter pilot who made double ace and became their commander in nine short months. For the pioneers of the jet age, he was the wingman on the first jet demo team, a racer in the Thompson Trophy race, and the only U.S. exchange officer to command an RAF squadron. In the tabloid press he was the dashing flying hero who married the glamorous movie star. For the current crop of fighter pilots he is best known as the leader of the F-4 Wolfpack battling over North Vietnam. For cadets at the Air Force Academy he was a role model and mentor. He was all of those things and more.
Cascade Warbirds Squadron Commander Ron Morrell met Christina Olds at a recent aviation convention and arranged for her to come to Seattle for this weekend’s meeting. “Her presentation of her father’s life and career with personal details and anecdotes is something every person with military experience or interest in history will find to be amazing,” he said. “This is a unique opportunity for our entire community.”
The Cascade Warbirds meeting will be the Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, North View Lounge. It will begin at 10:00AM with a short introduction, then Christina Olds presentation, and organizational business to follow.
Cascade Warbirds, is Squadron #2 of EAA Warbirds of America. With over 250 members, it is the largest Squadron in WoA. Membership is centered in the Puget Sound area, extends throughout Washington, and also from British Columbia to Nevada, with others all across the continent. Its mission is to promote and encourage the flying preservation and display of Warbird aircraft (Keep ‘em Flying), to honor Veterans, and to engage in aviation education.
On the web at http://www.cascadewarbirds.org
For further information contact: Kerry Edwards
What happens when Hollywood turns its attention from war to the warrior and focuses on the lasting effects of armed conflict on veterans and their families?
Find out by taking this course at the Edmonds Community College Creative Resource Institute.
In this cours, examine the role of the media in shaping public perception of veterans, and how the depiction of veterans in movies has changed over time. We will view “The Best Years of Our Lives” and examine the issues presented in the film in their historical context, as well as in comparison to issues veterans face today. The final session will feature a panel discussion with veterans from different periods, presenting a multi-generational view of how veterans’ issues and public perceptions have changed over time. Chris Szarek served in the US Navy for 20 years as a Seabee, retiring in 2009. After retirement, Chris earned a BA in communications and an MBA from UW. He currently serves as the director of the Veterans Resource Center at Edmonds Community College. No class May 25th. 4 sessions.
On Monday, 2/8 the guest speaker will be Chris Santucci of Rainier K9, LLC. He will be giving a presentation on working dogs and dog training. Please feel free to bring family and friends to this special meeting.
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