The Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope

Alaska Suite promo graphic by Nelda Swiggett
The City of Kirkland and Kirkland Interfaith Network invite you to a live streaming performance of The Alaska Suite by the Nelda Swiggett Quintet on Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7:30PM to 8:45PM. The event will be live streamed on LoudSwell and on the City of Kirkland Facebook page. No registration is needed.
Nelda Swiggett Quintet

The Alaska Suite features a five-piece chamber jazz ensemble performing the original music of Seattle pianist and composer Nelda Swiggett. The performance engages the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images and poetry — to connect audiences deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change. Ultimately a story of hope, the performance leaves audiences inspired to take action, and play a role in facilitating society’s response to climate change.

“The combination of the music, your spoken words, and the images was magnificent. What a beautiful way to communicate many facets of climate change, and to draw people in.” — Elizabeth Burton
      • Nelda Swiggett – piano, compositions, narrative, curated images
      • Julian Smedley – violin
      • Clif Swiggett – trombone, percussion
      • Chris Symer – bass
      • Adam Kessler – drums
      • Jill McGrath – poetry

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Replace Stigma with Hope & Understanding

National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Wednesday, June7 7:00 PM

Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA  98033

Come join us for a presentation and discussion with a representative from the Eastside affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Mental illness is not a weakness.  It is biological in nature.  Currently, one out of five people live with some form of mental illness. Who do you know or love who struggles with depression? Anxiety? Addiction? These are only three of the many types of mental illness that significantly affect our family and friends.

Our speaker is part of NAMI’s FaithNet, which strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions.  It encourages the exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.

Come with your questions and learn about resources, classes, outreach to teens, support groups, etc.