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Public hearing on Seattle Parks’ Community Center Strategic Plan is Oct. 13

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s proposed Community Center Strategic Plan at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St. While that’s far from our neighborhood, this strategic plan will impact community centers throughout the city, including Green Lake, Loyal Heights and Ballard.

The Community Center Strategic Plan will lay the foundation for both operational and facility decision-making for the community center system in the future. The 2014 Parks Legacy Plan established two general goals for community centers:

  • Ensure community centers are the focal points in our neighborhoods and serve as places where people can connect, foster relationships, build community, and enhance their health and well-being by offering programs, activities, and events to Seattle’s changing population.
  • Ensure community centers are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places for individual enrichment and community growth.

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public. Those who want to give input on the plan but are not able to come to the public hearing can send written comments, which bear equal weight to oral testimony. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and there is work going on in every corner of the city. This year includes funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

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Hunger Action Month ends tomorrow, donate to Greenwood Food Resource Center

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

FamilyWorks is hoping to raise another $800 by the end of tomorrow for the new Greenwood Food Resource Center, housed at the Salvation Army, at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. FamilyWorks set a goal of raising $3,000 in September for Hunger Action Month. That money will be matched by FamilyWorks Board Members and local businesses.

Greenwood Food Resource Center opened in April to help fill the gap when Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank closed.

Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood has donated a T-shirt, growler and one growler draft fill in support of the fundraising campaign. Anyone who donates to GFRC through the end of September will be entered into a drawing to win.

You can donate online here.

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Tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs more tutors at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge). Invest in Youth provides free weekly tutoring services at five Seattle elementary schools from October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

They currently have 12 tutors, but need an additional eight. For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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PNA Village holding volunteer recruitment event on Oct. 15

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, which helps people stay in their homes as they age, is hosting a volunteer recruitment event from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Volunteers help Village members with household tasks, shopping, gardening, walking their dogs or driving them to appointments. Volunteers of all ages can choose tasks and a schedule that suits their needs.

At the Oct. 15 event, potential volunteers can hear from current Village volunteers and staff about what it’s like to help people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the types of volunteer jobs available. There will be time for questions and discussion. The PNA Village fall potluck follows at 5 p.m., and potential volunteers are invited to stay for that.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

For more information or to RSVP for the Oct.15 event, email Village@phinneycenter.org or call 206-789-1217.

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Aurora Avenue Bridge sidewalk closures switching sides this week

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The long-term sidewalk closure on the Aurora Avenue Bridge/State Route 99 is switching sides this week.

The sidewalk next to the northbound lanes will reopen by 11 a.m. this Thursday, after nine months of repair and painting. The sidewalk on the southbound lanes side will then close through the end of October.

To facilitate the switch, on Thursday the right northbound lane will be closed from 8 -11 a.m., then the right southbound lane will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup is posted at either end of the bridge to assist users who are unable to use the pedestrian/cyclist detour.

With the exception of the handrail, most of the work to clean, repair and paint the Aurora Avenue Bridge’s stringers and floor beams is complete. Crews are now dismantling the work scaffolding and containment system that was installed under the bridge for the painting.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. A second project to clean, repair and repaint the remaining portions of the bridge could begin in late 2017.

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Councilmember O’Brien to host forum on Health and Public Safety in Ballard on Thursday

September 27th, 2016 by Doree

District 6 City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is hosting a community forum from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., to discuss how the city can implement public health and safety solutions proposed by community members at the July 29 Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum.

Councilmember O’Brien will provide an overview of the proposed solutions and their budget implications. Attendees will then convene in small work groups and provide feedback and input on the proposals and provide additional ideas.

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Celebrate Seattle Public Library’s ‘Booktoberfest’ at local bars and pubs

September 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is celebrating Oktoberfest in its own special way, with Booktoberfest events at bars and pubs.

Readers can join in for literary happy hours, librarian-hosted trivia nights, spooky stories in bars and libraries, a “Stranger Things” ’80s film fest, literary mixology and more. All library events are free, although you’ll need to buy your own drinks. Registration is not required. Most events are for ages 21 and over.

The only Booktoberfest event in our neighborhood is “Bookish Happy Hour” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. Buy a drink and chat with fellow book lovers about what you’re reading, as well as your favorite books and authors.

See the Booktoberfest website for the full schedule of events citywide.

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Greenwood Avenue will be repaved between North 112th and 125th streets Tuesday and Wednesday nights

September 26th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will repave Greenwood Avenue North between North 112th and 125th streets on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Work will start at 7 p.m. both nights and last until 6 a.m. One travel lane in each direction will be maintained.

  • Tuesday night, September 27, the southbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Wednesday night, September 28, the northbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Motorists will NOT be able to enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the newly laid asphalt has had time to cool. For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • In some locations, on-street parking adjacent to the paving will be prohibited until the repaved lanes have reopened. (A-frame signs will be placed in these locations in advance of paving to inform impacted motorists.)
  • On Tuesday night, it is estimated that the southbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the southbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m.Wednesday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • On Wednesday night, it is estimated that the northbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the northbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m.on Thursday. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • The work is expected to create noise, dust, vibration, light, and asphalt odor.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access if needed.

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Turntables & Trails opens at 8th & 83rd, selling new and second-hand audio and outdoor gear

September 26th, 2016 by Doree

Turntables & Trails has opened at 8314 8th Ave. NW (just south of Seattle Electric Bike), selling new and used audio equipment and outdoor gear.

“I love giving people bargains and/or trading to get someone out the door with a new (to them) turntable for the first time, or a backpack for their first camping trip,” Owner Spencer Carson said by email. “I also carry some toys, Legos, and games for the kids! The location is one block from Chuck’s Hop Shop which means I’ve already had several parents and kids stop in to grab Legos or toys before heading to Chucks.”

Turntables & Trails is open from 12-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 1-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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