U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in partnership with Seattle’s Ethnic Heritage Council, hosted more than 500 people from the western part of Washington state at a naturalization ceremony on the Fourth of July. The new citizens came from nearly 80 different countries. Judge Richard C. Tallman administered the oath of citizenship.♦
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) paid respects to former director Mimi Gates by obtaining 20 works of art in her honor. Gates, whose last day at the museum was June 30, had been the museum’s director since 1994.
The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington gathered a team of volunteers to clean and paint over graffiti on light posts and walls in the International District. ♦
Skyline High School junior Ehrik Aldana was elected chair of the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council after serving one year on the council.
Kumon, the world’s largest after-school education company, promoted Hideki Kusuzawa to become the president of Kumon North America.
The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Board of Governors awarded Seattle Superior Court Judge Mary Yu
A team of approximately 50 local Muslims took part in the 2009 Edmonds 4th of July Parade in Edmonds. The Muslim team carried its own banners and included youth, families, activists, U.S. military veterans, and community leaders.
Komen for the Cure’s 16th annual race was held at Qwest Field. Team Josie’s Angels was headed by Rosale Meriales. The team was named in honor of Josephine Malana, a two-year cancer survivor and Meriales’ older sister. ♦
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announced it will present an award to Sen. Daniel Akaka at its third national gala to be held in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17.