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Neighborhood news roundup: city fund, conservation district, preschool enrollment, volunteer opportunities

Here’s a roundup of various news from around the neighborhood and the city.

Furnishments‘ retail store, 7218 Greenwood Ave. N., will officially close on May 31. (The home staging business will remain open.) Everything is now 40 percent off and will remain so for a few weeks, before changing to “garage sale” prices.

Preschool at the Harbor is now enrolling for fall for children ages 3-5. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 9204 11th Ave NW.

Two projects near our neighborhood have been awarded money from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. The Broadview Community Playground Improvement Project received $25,000 to complete construction and permitting documents to renovate play areas adjacent to Broadview-Thomson K-8 School. (The community will match $13,300.) Green Lake Chamber of Commerce received $15,400 for a youth fishing event at Green Lake, which will include a free fishing pole and educational sessions on water safety and life jackets. (The community will match $8,760.)

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is holding a series of Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) public meetings to gather input about establishing a program. “NCDs can be best described as a hybrid between Seattle’s Landmark Review Districts and our Design Review Program where unique neighborhoods can help set architectural style, square footage requirements, or other design elements.” The last of the three meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The city is looking for volunteers for the Citywide Review Team to review project proposals submitted to the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund.

Chuck’s Hop Shop, at 656 NW 85th St., will celebrate its 5th anniversary from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 4, with a full tap list of customers’ favorite beers.

Seattle Audubon is looking for volunteers for its spring Finding Urban Nature program.

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 spring and four more in the fall 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 12 Seattle Public Schools located throughout Seattle.

  • 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!
  • Apply as soon as possible to be a part of spring FUN starting in April!
  • Training sessions will be held on March 28th, and 30th. Reply NOW to get more information and to sign up for a training session!

Contact Seattle Audubon at 206-523-8243.

FamilyWorks resource center and food bank in Wallingford needs donated books for its April Reading Rocks program. Books can be in all reading levels, from infants to high schoolers, and new or gently used. They’re especially looking for children’s books in Spanish. You can drop off books at 1501 N. 45th St. from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays 9:30-5; or 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. You can also volunteer at the April 16 event. Contact Elizabeth at elizabethr@familyworksseattle.org.

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