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News roundup: PNA job, free dental appointments for kids, Ballard High robotics team wins, Night Out registration, Seattle Works Day, Carkeek Park art installation

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for a Whittier Kids Program Supervisor for its program at Whittier Elementary in Ballard. You can see the full job description here.

The UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry still has appointments available for children to receive free preventive dental care through the Give Kids a Smile program in Magnuson Park. Children up to age 18 can receive a free exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application. No income verification is required and no immigration questions asked. Call 206-543-5800 and ask for Give Kids a Smile.

Congratulations to Ballard High School’s Vikings Robotics Team, which recently beat out 400 teams from around the world to capture the 2017 Robotics World Championship in Houston.

The competition, dubbed the “Varsity Sport of the Mind”, is for students grades nine through 12. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams raise funds, design a brand, work on team-building skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team, in circumstances designed to replicate real-world engineering.

The 27-member Ballard High School Viking Robotics team built their robot during six weeks in January and February. After performing well in competitions at Glacier Peak High School and Mount Vernon High School, they advanced to the PNW District Championship at Eastern Washington University in early April. When they earned their spot there, they had less than two weeks to prepare and travel to Houston.

Registration is now open for this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1, where neighbors block off streets and have barbecues and concerts and get to know each other better in an effort to fight crime. You can register your block party here and print out materials to notify neighbors.

Hoopaholics is hosting a Lil’ Dribblers basketball program this summer at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club. It’s for beginning basketball players aged 5-9.

Players will work on skill-specific fundamentals in a fun, learning environment. We welcome players that are new or brand new to the game of basketball. Lil’ Dribblers is part skills development, part informal league play to allow players to get experience in a game-like setting. We hope your player can join us this summer! For more information and to register, visit www.hoopaholics.com.

June 17 is Seattle Works Day, where more than 1,000 volunteers will work at 55 project sites around the city. You can still sign up for a project team here.

The Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation are accepting proposals for up to five temporary outdoor artworks in Carkeek Park from Aug. 5 through Oct. 15 for the annual “Heaven & Earth” art installation. The deadline for submissions is June 18; there is no fee to apply. Artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000. This year’s theme is “cultivation.”

When we cultivate, we invest our time, energy and resources into an existing environment or relationship (even with ourselves) to foster growth. This may mean working the earth or learning a new skill or reaching out to our neighbors to strengthen our communities. We invite artists to demonstrate what they hope for when they cultivate and/or what they realize as a result of cultivating.

There are five distinct sites at Carkeek Park selected for the Cultivate/d exhibition. Some are open field environments while others are discovered through woodsy paths and lend themselves to more intimate viewing. The park attracts diverse communities for family gatherings, educational opportunities, or social events and is set against a backdrop of the Puget Sound. We invite the artist to contemplate the concept of cultivation as it relates to nature, culture, or personal growth.

We encourage site specific work and will work with chosen artists to find a suitable site and/or you may make a case for a specific site and how it is suitable for your specific artwork.

Sites 7, 9, 11, 12, as well as areas along the Lower Meadow (near end of one-way loop road in field to the south) are available for the 2017 art placements. http://heavenandearth.carkeekpark.org/sites/

The Call is open to artists of all mediums, established or emerging. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal.

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Volunteers building more tiny houses tomorrow at Licton Springs Village on Aurora Avenue

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

A group of volunteers from labor unions will construct more tiny houses at Licton Springs Tiny House Village, a new homeless encampment at 8620 Aurora Ave. N. run by the Low Income Housing Institute. The volunteers will be working from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A coalition of local labor unions has funded a number of tiny houses that will be completed on Friday. The unions include: Teamsters 117, Teamsters 174, Teamsters 763, the Roofers Union, Laborers Local 242, Machinist 751, and the Seattle Policeman’s Guild. Each house costs $2,200 in materials, and at 8’ x 12’ they provide a safe, sturdy, and secure home for Seattle’s most vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. The tiny houses have electricity, heat, light, furnishings, insulation, lockable doors, and windows.

This village provides shelter for up to 70 men and women under a low-barrier model that promotes resident leadership and involvement under the supervision of SHARE and full-time staff. Upon completion there will be a total of 29 tiny houses, as well as a Kingdome and Queendome (dorm style), a kitchen, donation area, and security and counseling offices. LIHI provides social workers and supportive services to help move residents into permanent housing, access employment resources, and become housing-ready. The City of Seattle provides partial operating funds for Licton Springs Village.

Donations of bath towels, laundry detergent, socks and underwear would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment period extended for environmental concerns for Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck project at Aurora and 92nd

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has extended the time period to comment on environmental issues related to Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck’s proposal to move from 10702 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave N.

The project would change an existing wrecking yard to 25,370 square feet of outdoor display of rental equipment and vehicle repair, add a one-story building for general manufacturing, 1,900 cubic yards of grading of contaminated soil, and alterations to an existing building. Three buildings would be demolished, plus a portion of another building.

The new site is predicted to generate about 500 vehicle trips per day, which has caused concern from some neighbors, especially because a new school campus will open this fall just a block away.

The original comment period ended April 26, but the application has been resubmitted and the new deadline is June 5. You can comment online here, or by emailing PRC@Seattle.gov; be sure and mention project #3026342.

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Jazz Festival at Couth Buzzard Books this weekend

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting its second annual Jazz Festival this Memorial Day weekend, sponsored by Earshot Jazz.

The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Orville Johnson, followed at 8:30 p.m. with Birch Pereira and The Gin Joints.

Saturday, the festival continues from 12 p.m. through the evening with a special Thelonius Monk Tribute directed by Kenny Mandell at 8:30 p.m. Sunday the music begins again at 1 p.m. through the evening. And on Monday, the festival runs from 1 p.m. until around 8 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for a single event, $15 for a day pass, or $30 for a pass for the entire four days.

You can find a complete list of musicians on its Facebook event page.

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Greenwood Library to close again June 26 for two weeks for final remodeling work

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library will close again for about two weeks beginning Monday, June 26, for the second phase of major remodeling work.

The library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. closed from Feb. 13 to April 16 for renovation, including new carpet, a laptop bar in the teen area, combined service desks, increased seating options, added electrical outlets to tables, upgrades to the meeting room and repositioned public computers to reduce glare.

During the new closure, the new custom exterior glass wall will be installed. The front windows/glass wall is being replaced because the large boulder that extended from the outside into the library was removed because of continuing moisture problems. That wall is currently covered with plywood.

The library’s garage also will be closed, but the exterior book drop will remain open. All holds will be temporarily suspended and automatically restarted once the library reopens.

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City Councilmember Mike O’Brien at Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting June 6

May 23rd, 2017 by Doree

City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will attend the June Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting to discuss any topic of concern to neighborhood residents. The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Our District 6 City Council Representative Mike O’Brien will be the special guest at Phinney Ridge Community Council’s next meeting to discuss policies that he and the Council are proposing that could affect our neighborhood. This is an important chance to participate directly with our representative in city government.

Questions for Councilmember O’Brien will be taken in advance. The Community Council’s Board is also developing topics of interest we’d like him to address. Suggestions include how HALA, with its proposed building height increases and no parking required, will impact neighborhoods and housing affordability for all; property ownership requirements for backyard cottages and increasing neighborhood crime.

In addition, you are encouraged to email questions directly to Councilmember Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov. Please reference our upcoming meeting and cc phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com so we can incorporate your questions into our meeting.

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Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. is June 5

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will give its recommendation for the proposed project at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will be a six-story, 220,000 square foot self-storage facility with an office, caretaker’s unit, and parking for 15 vehicles. The existing building (Gold’s Gym) will be demolished.

You can still comment on site planning and design considerations until the June 5 meeting by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure and mention it’s for project #3020310.

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Reminder: Design Review Recommendation meeting for DESC project at 937 N. 96th St. is tonight

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Northwest Design Review Board meets tonight (Monday) to present its recommendation for the Downtown Emergency Services Center housing project coming to 937 N. 96th St. That development will be a six-story building with 100 apartments, support services for homeless men and women with disabilities, and parking for three staff vehicles.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can email comments on design issues until meeting time to PRC@seattle.gov.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car moving from Ballard to Greenwood

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is moving from its 7301 15th Ave. NW location to NW 85th Street near 3rd Avenue NW in Greenwood, where the laundromat used to be.

An Enterprise spokesperson tells me the company has outgrown the Ballard space, and the Greenwood location will have more space for parking and the office.

The new location is under renovation and will open sometime mid-summer.

Thanks to Lynn for the tip!

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