Two events at Edmonds’ Fabric of Life Boutique this week

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Artist Mona Smiley-Fairbanks facilitates a Spirit of Water community workshop on Saturday at the Fabric of Life store. (Photo by David Carlos)

Edmonds’ Fabric of Life, the non-profit fair-trade boutique supporting projects in developing countries, is hosting two events of interest to Edmonds residents and business owners this week.

Tonight, residents are invited to the store at 523 Main St. from 6:30-8:15 p.m. to help design a “Spirit of Water” project, a water catchment and filtration system that will be installed behind the Fabric of Life shop and will serve as an art feature and educational tool. (A first design meeting was held Saturday for young people.) The project is being developed in collaboration with arts organization Beauty of Water. RSVPs are requested for both meetings: 425-563-3925

And on Thursday, Fabric of Life is hosting an Edmonds Chamber of Commerce After Hours International social from 5-7 p.m., featuring Edmonds Community College students from Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa and Turkey who are here through the U.S. Department of State Fullbright program.

The goal of this international initiative is to develop capable young professionals in technical and professional skills, leadership ability and an understanding of American society. The program introduces them to aspects of American culture and gives them an opportunity to share their cultures with colleges and local communities.

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