Neighborhood news roundup: Gardening, Lottery winner, acting, directing

by | May 15, 2014

Greenwood resident Mark Jones is now shooting his latest film, “Worst Laid Plans,” in North Seattle. Jones wrote the screenplay and is co-directing. He is a graduate of the Seattle Film Institute, and a contributing member of Creative Differences, the production company behind the Emmy-nominated “Welcome to Doe Bay” documentary (he was the cinematographer).


Co-directors CB Shamah and Mark Jones. Photo courtesy Dan Thornton.

“Worst Laid Plans” is a sharply hilarious story four friends who find themselves in dire straits when they get behind in rent. To come up with some fast cash, they hatch a plan to make a quick killing…but their biggest obstacle is not killing each other first.

CharissaJAdams-resizedCharissa Adams, a Seattle actor currently on stage in Taproot Theatre’s “Diana of Dobson’s,” is vying for a finalist spot on a new reality show, called “The Reel Deal.” She is one of 120 people fighting for 21 acting spots.

The show, which promises the celebrity allure of Dancing with the Stars, and the dream realization factor of American Idol, will feature groups of aspiring actors, directors, screenwriters, and composers as they compete alongside celebrity mentors to produce the best short film in just one week.

The public can vote on their choice for finalists. If you want to vote for Charissa, see her contestant page. Voting ends at midnight Thursday, May 15. (Update May 30: Adams was cast for Season 1 of “The Reel Deal.” Congratulations, Charissa!)

Seattle Tilth’s Just Garden Program is building 10 new “food justice gardens” in Crown Hill this Saturday. The program helps build gardens to support families with low incomes.

Volunteers can sign up to help build the organic vegetable gardens and an edible pathway at Labateyah Youth Home in Crown Hill. Volunteers will gather at 9 a.m. at Crown Hill Park, 9220 14th Ave. NW. After working on the gardens, there will be a celebration with food, music and activities.

Just Garden is a program of Seattle Tilth that works to build a just food system and culture of gardening for all people by building food gardens and providing garden education for families with low incomes. These gardens empower families to become self-sufficient, grow their own food and make healthier food choices.

We can already see the results. In 2013, 92% of Just Garden gardeners reported eating more vegetables than before they had a garden. But gardeners aren’t the only ones who are benefitting; 74% of Just Garden gardeners reported that they shared their garden yields with people outside of their immediate home/organization

StacyBarmuta-resizedGreenwood resident Stacy Barmuta purchased a Lucky for Life Scratch lottery ticket at the Greenwood Fred Meyer, winning $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. Congratulations, Stacy!

Metro Transit has a new video series to help bus riders learn about RapidRide. RapidRide on Aurora Avenue replaced the busy 358 route.

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