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News roundup: NW Boychoir auditions, home energy audits, volunteer naturalists at parks

Here’s a roundup of non-neighborhood specific news, but which you might be interested in.
Community Power Works for Home is an energy efficiency initiative to weatherize buildings that has now expanded to cover the whole city of Seattle. It’s partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

CPW for Home gives homeowners access to approved home energy experts that help them make the smartest choices for their homes. CPW for Home also provides financing, rebates and incentives to help offset costs, as well as a free quality assurance inspection once the work is complete.
For Seattle residents, CPW for Home provides:

  • A deeply discounted home energy assessment. Usually $400, the program provides the assessment for just $95, thanks to rebates from Seattle City Light.
  • Rebates and incentives to bring down the cost of the upgrade; the more energy you save, the higher your rebate.
  • Pre-approved contractors to do the work.
  • Affordable loans with easy terms to qualify; payments are simply added to the resident’s City Light bill.
  • Energy Experts to help every step of the way and make sure the job is done right.

The program begins with a comprehensive energy audit, helping homeowners learn more about their home.

To participate in Community Power Works for Home, contact an Energy Expert at [email protected] or 206-449-1170, or sign up online at www.communitypowerworks.org.
The Northwest Boychoir will hold open auditions for new members on Sat., Feb. 11, at its offices at the University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way NE, #NB2. Boys between the ages of 6 and 9 are eligible. No previous music or vocal training is necessary. Auditions are by appointment.

Audition appointments are scheduled through the Northwest Choirs’ office by calling 206-524-3234. Auditions are private and low-key, designed to make those auditioning feel comfortable and relaxed. Auditions are about 15 minutes long, and parents are strongly encouraged to be present.
Founded in 1974, the Northwest Boychoir enrolls about 150 young singers annually in five levels of training choirs. Members represent 115 public and private schools in the greater Seattle area. Northwest Boychoir music staff members are trained musicians and music educators. Members enjoy the benefit of small classes and focused instruction.
Recognized as the premier children’s choral program in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Boychoir serves as the official singing ambassadors of Washington State as recognized by five consecutive governors.
The Northwest Boychoir also maintains a long-standing professional relationship with the Seattle Symphony affording members the opportunity to perform regularly with the region’s world-class symphony orchestra.
For more information regarding auditions or the Northwest Boychoir, call 206-524-3234 or visit the website at www.nwchoirs.org.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteer naturalists to share your love and knowledge of urban nature.

Volunteer Naturalists participate in 10 weeks of training and commit to providing 12 programs a year at Environmental Learning Centers and in parklands near schools throughout Seattle.
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Naturalists provide hands-on learning opportunities for school groups and nature programs for families and adults at Discovery Stations, destination locations throughout parks that present visitors with a theme and natural objects that help them discover their backyard parks.
For example, volunteers would have a spotting scope at Bald Eagle nest locations and at Green Lake Park so visitors could follow the nesting cycle of Bald Eagles or Pied Billed Grebes. Another is a station at Me Kwa Mooks Beach or Discovery Park Beach with shells and information about intertidal creatures. One could be a Forest Station to introduce people to the many plants, mammals and birds that make the forested parklands home.

Training begins in March 8. Deadline for applications is February 10, 2012. For more information and to get an application, please email Penny Rose at [email protected] or call her at 206-386-4250.