News roundup: bird bath taken, Sip ‘n Ship featured, volunteers needed, city funds available

by | Jun 3, 2015

Kathryn says someone inadvertently took their new bird bath they had just put out on the sidewalk to spray paint on North 79th Street near Fremont Avenue North about 3 p.m. on Saturday. Neighbors reported seeing a white SUV. If it was you, please return it.

Sip ‘n Ship, which has Greenwood and Ballard stores, was recently featured in Google’s Economic Impact reports.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for the following volunteers:

One-on-One Technology Mentors
Requests for help with smart phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and desktop computers range from setting up an email account to attaching a photo to downloading an app. We’re looking for folks comfortable with their skills and able to communicate well with a confused user. You decide what types of equipment you’re comfortable helping with and when you’d like to help.

Spend Our Money!
We need your strong muscles and vehicle to help us shop for our monthly events. Items include food, paper goods and lots and lots of booze at Costco, Cash and Carry and/or Sam’s Club. We give you a list, and you spend our money at a time that is convenient for you. Items will be dropped off at either the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St, 98103) or the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N, 98103). Must be 21+ and have either a Costco or Sam’s Club membership.

If interested, contact LeAnne Chow at [email protected]

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls at Billings Middle School near Green Lake is looking for volunteers for this summer. Jobs include counselor, instrument instructor, band coach, mental health crew, camp support crew, nurse/doctor, camp photographer, videographer, set-up and showcase. Check the website for more information on volunteering.

Seattle Parks’ Big Day of Play is on June 28 at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Free shuttle buses will run from five community centers, including Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N. Call 206-684-7524 by June 26 to reserve a seat on the shuttle bus. The Big Day of Play runs from 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, with all kinds of physical activities for families, plus music and entertainment, youth demonstrations and healthy food vendors.

Farmers Insurance Agent Elaine J. Eugenio donated $2,500 in art supplies to West Woodland Elementary School last week as Part of Thank America’s Teachers Program.

Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund is offering $1,000 for youth activities through its Small Sparks Fund.

Activities could include a sports event, neighborhood clean-up, or talent show, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at and the deadline to apply is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website at

The Small Sparks Fund also is available to support neighborhood Night Out activities for the Aug. 4 nation-wide event. The deadline to apply is June 22.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system by June 19 to apply.

For information on the application process, visit or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is developing a Community Center Strategic Plan and is considering options for future staffing and programs. Parks is asking for input on what community center programs and services people value most, and how the department can improve those services. You can send comments to [email protected], or attend the mini-summit from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St.

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