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Best Community Events During Lent

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During Lent, Seattle has activities including a Friday fish fry, concerts, craft activities and ways for you to give back to the community. Here are some of our favorites.

Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light
6512 23rd Ave NW, Suite 317
Seattle, WA 98117
206.632.2426
http://www.earthministry.org

This Lent, Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light has partnered with the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment to produce a new carbon fast prayer and action guide. By joining this carbon fast, participants across Seattle and Washington State are significantly reducing their carbon footprints. Click HERE for more information.

Food Drive for Skagit Valley Neighbors in Need
Wednesday, February 22 through Wednesday, March 28
Salem Lutheran Church
2529 N. La Venture Rd
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
360.336.3600
http://www.slcmv.com

The church will have a labyrinth installation and food drive to raise hunger awareness and to collect food for Skagit Valley Neighors in Need. The labyrinth will be installed using purple duct tape. Nonperishable foods and donated supplies will be placed on the tape to create the labyrinth during Lent.

Lenten Prayer Concert
Friday, Mar 2
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
206.296.5360
http://www.seattleu.edu

Seattle U’s annual Lenten Prayer concert enfolds listeners in the peaceful beauty of contemplative choral music sung in a powerfully evocative setting. The Seattle University Chorale and Chamber Singers will present a group of works rich in variety and feeling.

Soup Wednesdays
Wednesday, March 7 and 14
Wednesday, April 4
St. Luke Parish
322 North 175th Street
Shoreline, WA 98133
206.546.2451
http://www.stlukecp.org

You are invited to gather for a simple supper of soup and bread, donating to Operation Rice Bowl what you would have spent on dinner at home. Eat simply and share with those in need.

Free Fry Fridays
Friday, March 16
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Pike Street Fish Fry
925 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
206.329.7453
http://www.pikestreetfishfry.net

Every third Friday, free fresh cut frys, yacht music and $2 New Belgium Beer.

Medieval Mid-Lenten Feast
Saturday, March 17
6:00pm
CamLann Medieval Village
10320 Kelly Road NE
Carnation, WA 98014
425.788.8624
http://www.camlann.org

The fourth Sunday in Lent, known as Mid-Lent Sunday, was sometimes treated as a feast to brighten lagging spirits. Skillful cooks found ways to follow the fasting rule without denying pleasure to the palate. In this spirit CamLann Medieval Village has created for a twelve-dish meal, with seafood, vegetables and sweets, presented in their usual banquet format. Features live music from medieval Europe. Tickets $42.00/person. Call for reservations.

Swedish Cultural Center Paskris and Semior Workshop
Sunday, March 18
1:00pm – 3:00pm
1920 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
206.283.1090
http://www.swedishculturalcenter.org

Swedes’ ties to nature come through in all the holidays. During Lent, they cut birch branches, tie brightly colored feathers on them, and put them in a vase of water. When the branches sprout leaves, it signifies the arrival of spring. If you’d like to make a påskris (twig and feather) bouquet for your family, come to the Center on Sunday, Mar. 18. Enjoy semlor (Lenten buns that are oh-so-good!), along with kaffe and varmt choklad. $5 donation from each individual or family. Call or e-mail rsvp@swedishculturalcenter.org for reservations.

St. James Cathedral Lenten Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 20
12:30pm – 6:30pm
804 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
206.622.3559
http://www.stjames-cathedral.org

St. James has been sponsoring Lenten blood drives since 2006. What could be a more personal, caring and meaningful gift this Lenten season than the gift of blood to someone in the community who has a need? The Puget Sound Blood Center is always enthusiastic about the church’s partnership in this effort, but most especially about the number of new donors. Consider donating for the first time, or consider donating again. Email jsimpson@stjames-cathedral.org to sign up or to find out more. Or call 206.274.3173

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