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News roundup: Taproot show extended, digital audiobooks, coyotes, package theft, Safe Routes to school grants, city commission openings

October 10th, 2016 · Comments

Taproot Theatre just extended its production of “Joyful Noise” by one week, now through Oct. 29.

Phinney Ridge’s A la Mode Pies just opened a second location in West Seattle.

Seattle-based Libro.fm offers digital audiobooks through more than 150 independent bookstores around the country, including Phinney Books. More information and digital downloads here.

This bike has been locked up to the stop sign at NW 76th Street and 8th Avenue NW for several weeks now. Anybody know who it belongs to?


Coyotes continue to be spotted around the neighborhood, usually in the early morning hours. It’s a good idea to keep your pets, especially cats, inside at night.

Ashley tells us several packages have been stolen from her small apartment building at NW 55th Street and 3rd Avenue NW in recent weeks, along with an attempted motorcycle theft, which damaged the bike.

Seattle Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the Safe Routes to School Mini Grants of up to $1,000, to fund bicycle and pedestrian safety education projects. Public and private schools, PTAs, and other non-profit organizations may apply.

Mini Grants can fund a wide range of projects and programs at schools that improve conditions for walkers and bikers, educate kids on safety walking and biking behaviors, or encourage more kids to ride their bikes or walk to school. Examples of projects funded in the past include student safety patrol equipment, crossing flags, after school bike clubs, traffic circulation plans, walking school buses, bike trains, bike rodeos, and bike and walk to school campaigns.

Visit our website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ped_srts_grant.htm to download the application or apply online. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be mailed or emailed by the application due date. If you have questions, please contact Serena Lehman at Serena.Lehman@seattle.gov. Completed applications are due October 31st, 2016 by 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of awards the first week of December 2016 and funds will be distributed in January 2017.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for Seattle Park District-funded programs for community activities in 2017.

  • Arts in Parks: Funds outdoor arts and cultural events in parks throughout the city. Applications due by Oct. 19.
  • Get Moving/Recreation for All: Funds “culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under-resourced communities and in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent.” Applications are due by Oct. 24.

The city is asking for input on where to install new curb ramps, to make streets and sidewalks more accessible. You can take a survey here. And if you’re living with a disability, you can request curb ramps be installed specifically where you need them.

The Seattle Planning Commission is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat by the end of the year. Applications are due by Oct. 21. Commission members advise the mayor, city council and city departments on land use, zoning, transportation and housing issues. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume by Oct. 21 to Valerie Kinast, Interim Executive Director, at Valerie.Kinast@Seattle.gov, or by mail to Seattle Planning Commission, City of Seattle, Office of Planning and Community Development, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The Seattle Design Commission has two upcoming vacancies. The Commission advices the mayor, city council, and city departments on the design of capital improvement projects like parks, police and fire stations and community centers.

One position is for a person with a professional background in urban planning, urban design, or landscape architecture. The second position is the at-large, or lay, position. This position has been held by a person in the real estate or development community. We are also interested in people working in the community development field.

Both positions begin their terms in March 2017 and are eligible for up to two two-year terms. SDC members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The 10‐member commission is comprised of members of the architecture, engineering and urban design professions, including one member from the YMCA’s Get Engaged program.

Send a letter of interest and resume by Dec. 1 to Mayor Edward Murray, c/o Michael Jenkins, Director, Seattle Design Commission, City of Seattle, Office of Planning and Community Development, 700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1900, PO Box 94788, Seattle, WA 98124‐7088.