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Neighborhood news roundup: Theater, low-power radio station volunteers needed, food bank donation, home health assessment, city capital projects information, voters guide

Taproot Theatre is extending its production of “Dracula” by one week, through Oct. 31. And tickets to its Christmas shows, “This Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” are now on sale.

The city’s new low-power community radio stations are working on getting up and running, including 107.3 in Ballard, which will reach into Phinney-Greenwood. They’re looking for volunteers to help with the design and set up. A Volunteer Committee Signup meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at 309 N. 36th St. in Fremont, above LTD Bar and Grill.

The Ballard Elks recently made a large donation to the Greenwood Food Bank, collecting 437 pounds of food in one month.


The 2015 Master Builders Association Remodeled Homes Tour on Oct. 17 includes one Greenwood home, at 8315 Fremont Ave. N. The tour is free.

Seattle Department of Transportation has launched a new website, Capital Project Dashboard, which provides information on major projects (more than $500,000) including transit, bike, pedestrian, waterfront and bridges. You can see each project’s estimated cost and spending, whether the project is in design or construction, if it is on schedule and within the budget, and its expected completion date. Project information will be updated monthly.

The American Lung Association’s Master Home Environmentalist program is offering free home visits to families looking to improve their indoor air quality, with the goal of improving health and quality of life, especially those with asthma or allergies. Home assessments can look for possible mold/moisture, allergens or asthma inducers, smoke, home chemicals, dust and lead. (Note that they don’t do testing or cleaning of any kind.) For more information, see the website, or call 206-512-3280 (English) or 206-512-3294 (Spanish).

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development is holding five community meetings this fall to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan, titled Seattle 2035. It is designed to be a roadmap for Seattle’s next 20 years. The two open houses nearest our neighborhood are Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m., at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. in Ballard; and on Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N.

The meetings will include open house displays and a presentation to provide a broad overview of the Draft Plan, highlight major changes and get feedback on proposed village expansion areas, especially areas near meeting locations. Since some of Seattle 2035’s policies about affordable housing will be implemented as part of the City’s proposed Housing and Affordability and Livability Agenda, there will be information and opportunity for feedback at the meetings.

The Draft Plan is informed by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was released in May 2015. The Draft Plan includes goals and policies to help achieve our vision for Seattle’s future. Seattle is expected to grow by 120,000 residents and 115,000 jobs in the coming 20 years. The Draft Plan also includes a new Future Land Use Map, showing a pattern of growth that supports the City’s vision.

Residents may comment through Nov. 20 at community meetings, through Facebook and Twitter, by email to [email protected], or by mail to City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Seattle 2035, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for a new teacher for the PNA Preschool Co-op and the Ballard Preschool Co-op.

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) and Ballard Preschool Co-op (BPC) are parent-run preschools that provide a structured cooperative program designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children. Each offers classes from Parent/Infant through Pre-Kindergarten. Children and parents benefit from the cooperative classroom experience, led by a staff of nurturing early education teachers, and the community of participating families. Parents are additionally supported by the instruction and guidance of our parent educators.

Position Overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic, warm, and caring individual to teach our Parent/Infant (BPC) and Parent/Toddler (PNPC and BPC) classes starting ASAP. Ideally, this person will teach all 3 classes at both preschools; however, we will consider multiple candidates to fill these roles, if necessary. The PNPC Parent/Toddler class is held at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave North, whereas, BPC classes take place at their preschool location in Loyal Heights, 7503 18th Ave NW.

Employment Details

The PNPC Parent/Toddler class meets on Fridays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Current enrollment in this class is 16 children and 16 parents. The BPC Parent/Infant class meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. with 10 infants and 10 parents currently enrolled. The BPC Parent/Toddlers class is held on Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and includes 15 children and 15 parents.

For complete position information, contact Misty Saracino at [email protected], or email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by 5 p.m., Oct. 19.

The 2015 Living Voters Guide is now live. Hosted by Seattle CityClub, it includes:

  • Seattle City Council district races
  • City of Seattle I-122: Public participation in government
  • City of Seattle Prop. 1: Transportation maintenance and improvements funding
  • King County Prop 1: Property tax levy for children, youth, families, and communities
  • King County Charter Amendment 1: Law enforcement and oversight
  • Statewide Initiative 1366: State taxes and fees
  • Statewide Initiative 1401: Trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction