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Neighborhood news roundup: fireworks, preschool, international student hosts, Summer Meal Program

July 4th, 2013 · Comments

While garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup is on a normal schedule today, July 4, the North Recycling and Disposal Station in Fremont/Wallingford is closed. If you really need to get rid of your junk, the South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Speaking of the North Transfer Station, Seattle Public Utilities is hosting a public on July 9 about the design process for the remodeled transfer station at 1350 North 34th St. The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. Lake Washington Rowing Club, 910 N. Northlake Way.

We heard plenty of fireworks in our part of the neighborhood last night, but the city is reminding folks that fireworks are still illegal within city limits.

The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $5,000 fine. Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. (Not to mention the stress our pets experience) Every year the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks related fires and injuries. The holiday related fires and injuries are preventable.

Our 9-1-1 center becomes overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls on the 4th of July. For this day only, DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics…Reports of fireworks; barking dogs; drunken parties; gunshots fired; boating mishaps; burns; noise complaints, etc. are commonplace during this holiday. Delays in dispatch are a reality. If possible use the 625-5011 line to report any fireworks violations.

Seattle Police Department has opened registration for the National Night Out Against Crime. Register your block party and set up road block signs on Tuesday, Aug. 6, pull out the barbecue and get to know your neighbors.

King County Metro Transit is on a Sunday/Holiday schedule today.

The Teachers Lounge at 8505 Greenwood Ave. N. has opened its doors. It is open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. The sign out front promises a “1-5/8” Happy Hour, from 5-6:37 p.m.

Preschool at the Harbor, 9204 11th Ave. NW, is now enrolling for fall. Harbor offers morning preschool classes for ages 3-5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See their website for more info, or  email walkonthepath@gmail.com.

Woodland Park Zoo will close early at 3 p.m. next Friday, July 12, for its 37th annual Jungle Party, which is already sold out. You can still buy tickets for the silent auction reception only. The North Meadow and its walking path will be closed all day for set-up, and the West parking lot at North 55th Street and Phinney Avenue North, and the inner North parking lot at North 59th Street and Phinney Avenue North also will be closed all day.

Illumination Learning Studio, at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 101, has opened registration for its fall After School Program.

The American Homestay Network has a short-term opportunity for families in our neighborhood to be a homestay host for a visiting student from China from July 28 through Aug. 13. The students will be studying at Seattle Pacific University. All of the students are high school aged. Hosts are asked to provide a self-serve breakfast, help the students pack a lunch and eat dinner with them for the two-week session. While attending classes at SPU the students will use public transportation. Hosts will be paid $600 to host two students who share a room, or $425 per student for a private room. See the website for more information, or email Glenda Sinclair at glenda@homestaynetwork.com or call 425.285.4466.

And just a reminder that children up to age 18 can get free lunch and sometimes breakfast or snack through the Summer Meals Program. There are three locations in our neighborhood: Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, from 12-1 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 30; Broadview-Thompson Elementary School, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., serves free breakfast from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 12-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through Aug. 23; and Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., serves lunch from 12-1 p.m. and snack from 3-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 23.

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