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News roundup: Sounders visit, dementia book group, new cloth diaper service, nature volunteers, German-American Day

Cam Weaver of the Seattle Sounders visited Viewlands Elementary School just north of Greenwood on Monday as part of the team and Delta Dental of Washington’s “How Does Your School Make You Smile Wide?” contest. Weaver talked to students about teamwork and staying healthy and taking care of their smiles. Each student received a special soccer ball toothbrush holder and a toothbrush, and autographed posters from Cam.


The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting an Early Stage Memory Loss Book Discussion Group from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Participants will read and discuss a variety of pieces, including short stories, essays and poems. No reading is necessary ahead of time. Please sign up with Carin Mack at 206-230-0166.

Phinney Ridge resident Jen Harwood has launched Diaper Stork, a weekly cloth diaper service. Clients can place orders online. Diapers are priced at a flat monthly rate based on baby’s age (i.e., newborn, toddler, etc.) Diaper Stork also offers an online boutique with natural changing table essentials, patterned diaper covers, bath products and items for mom or dad.

Seattle Audubon is looking for volunteers for its Finding Urban Nature education program, which provides nature and science education to elementary schools throughout Seattle. To volunteer, call Christine Scheele, Education Manager, 206-523-8243 ext. 19, or David Garcia, Education Program Assistant, 206-523-8243 ext.11.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat. Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. Four lessons in the fall and four more in the spring give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. We serve elementary schools throughout all of Seattle!

  • The FUN program relies upon 120 volunteers each school year. We currently still need almost 50 volunteers to meet our needs for the fall program!
  • Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall.
  • Volunteers lead a group of 4-6 students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers.
  • No previous teaching or science background is required – and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!
  • Reply before October 2nd to volunteer in the Fall Program!

Sunday is German-American Day at The SAGA (Seattle Area German American) School at 11010 Greenwood Ave. N., to commemorate the arrival of the first German immigrants to America in 1683. The celebration is from 5-7:30 p.m. and. Includes remarks from Washington State Lt. Gov, Brad Owen, U.S. Representative Jim McDermott, Manfred Bohlander of the German Heritage Society, and special music from several groups and individuals. Childcare will be available for $10 per child. Please register online.

The city’s Design Review Program has several Board positions that will be open next spring, including two for the Northwest division. Applications will be taken beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Interviews will happen in late January and early February, with candidates chosen later in February to officially start on April 4.