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Entries from March 2016

News roundup: new zoo CEO, AmeriCorps summer meal workers, Spring Clean, Best Starts for Kids input, Bicycle Advisory Board, Shakespeare

March 31st, 2016 by Doree

Dr. Alejandro Grajal was recently named the new President and CEO at Woodland Park Zoo. He starts work on May 16. He is currently senior vice president for conservation, education and training at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.

AmeriCorps is looking for 80 people to join its End Summer Hunger Campaign.

Corps members are assigned to one or more Summer Meals sites, and their job is to make a fun, safe and
engaging environment for kids. Members will plan and lead activities for kids and families and ensure that all rules for the Summer Meals program are being followed. This is the ideal opportunity to work with a cohort of 80 other End Summer Hunger Campaign Corps, engage with parents, kids, nonprofit leaders and community members on a daily basis, and do something meaningful this summer.

The requirements for this position include:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Must be available 40 hours a week for five days a week from June 20th, 2016 to August 26th, 2016
  • Cannot miss more than two days of the entire term of service. No exceptions can be made.
  • Must go through a Washington State Patrol background check

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged. To apply, complete this application form. Please contact us at nationalservice@uwkc.org if you have any questions or concerns.

The 30th annual city-sponsored Spring Clean runs April through May. Residents can help pick up litter, stencil storm drains to protect salmon from polluted water, paint out graffiti, and remove invasive plants from planting strips and traffic circles Seattle Public Utilities will provide volunteers with free litter bags, gloves, safety vests and waste disposal. All projects are conducted on public property. Call 206-233-7187 or register online.

King County is asking for input on initiatives that will be funded by the voter-approved Best Starts for Kids. The community meeting closest to our neighborhood will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for a new Coordinator for its PNA Village. See the full job
description here.

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board is looking for new members. The volunteer board helps implement Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan.

The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members represent all types of bicycle riders and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Seattle City Hall.

Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by April 21, 2016 to Nicole.freedman@seattle.gov with “SBAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206 684-4690.

The 2016 Community Resource Exchange on April 6 at CenturyLink Field will provide a hot meal and essential services to the homeless, including dental checks, haircuts, new shoes and socks, and personal hygiene items. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No registration is required.

Shakespeare’s First Folio is at the Central Library downtown through April 17. This nearly 400-year-old book collected 36 of Shakespeare’s plays seven years after his death. Eighteen of those plays were not published elsewhere and may have been lost if not for this folio, published in 1623. A Third Folio, published in 1663, is also on display. Admission requires a free timed ticket, which can be ordered online.

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Free films at Broadview Library in April

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of free movies for all ages throughout April at 17 branches, including the Broadview Library at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

The series includes Page to Screen, with short story readings followed by films based on the stories, as well as Arcade Cinema, All Together Seattle and Shakespearean films curated by Scarecrow Video to supplement the Library’s First Folio exhibit.

Movies at the Broadview Library:

  • 1-3 p.m., Sunday, April 3: First Folio: “10 Things I Hate About You” (PG-13)
  • 12-2:15 p.m.,Thursday, April 14: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13)

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Greenwood resident hosting ‘Second Chance Prom’ to raise money for Ruby Room

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Greenwood resident Francie Warnekros and friend Michelle Weiss are hosting the second annual Second Chance Prom to benefit The Ruby Room, which provides formal wear for local teens so they can attend their high school prom without spending hundreds of dollars on outfits.

This year’s Second Chance Prom theme is “Modern Gatsby.” The prom is on Saturday, April 16, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Clubhouse on Queen Anne, 1608 4th Ave. W. General admission tickets are $35 per person, VIP tickets are $60.

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District 6 City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to host in-district office hours at Greenwood Library April 15

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, representing District 6 (which covers Northwest Seattle, including Greenwood), is hosting three in-district office days in the coming weeks, including one at the Greenwood Library from 3-6 p.m. on April 15. The in-district office hours are designed to make it easier for constituents to ask questions or share their perspective about city policy, without having to travel downtown.

Councilmember O’Brien’s upcoming in-district office hours:

  • Thursday, March 31, 3-6 p.m.: Green Lake Library, 7364 East Green Lake Dr. N.
  • Friday, April 15, 3-6 p.m.: Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Thursday, May 5, 4-7 p.m.: Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW

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Green Lake alum treatment begins April 4

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation will treat Green Lake with aluminum sulphate (alum) from April 4-18 to reduce phosphorous levels.

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the contract for the alum treatment to HAB Aquatic Solutions. The contractor will close the parking lot north of the Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 West Green Lake Way N. to stage alum treatment equipment. Staging and treatment is anticipated to take two weeks beginning Monday, April 4 and be completed by Monday, April 18, 2016.

The 2016 alum treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and improving recreational use of the lake. The alum treatment is applied from a barge on the lake. The treatment is pumped from a truck staged in the parking lot through hoses that will run over the Green Lake path to the barge. These hoses will require a small ramp to allow Green Lake path users to travel safely over them.

The alum will be applied near the water surface and it removes phosphorus from the water column as it forms small clumps and settles. It then covers the bottom sediments to further prevent the internal release of phosphorus from the sediments. The alum treatment is effective immediately upon application.

Previous lake-wide alum applications in 1991 and 2004 effectively limited algae blooms and improved water quality. The alum treatment is expected to be effective for up to 10 years.

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Helicopter disaster support exercise at Discovery, Magnuson parks today

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Today (Wednesday), the city will hold a helicopter disaster support exercise at both Discovery Park in Magnolia and Magnuson Park at Sand Point. So don’t be alarmed if you see helicopters buzzing in and out of the parks and over our neighborhood.

The helicopters will take off from Joint Base Lewis McChord around 2 p.m. and land at the parks between 2:45-3 p.m. and again between 3-3:30 p.m.

The Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Washington National Guard and Northwest Regional Aviation will conduct a joint helicopter and communications exercise to better prepare the City of Seattle, first responders and our regional partners in the event of a major disaster that displaces a large portion of the population, and requires search and rescue operations, transport of supplies, and transport of injured victims. The exercise is part of a statewide preparedness exercise organized by Northwest Regional Aviation in preparation for a National Cascadia Subduction Zone exercise in June 2016.

The exercise uses two major regional parks in Seattle in the vicinity of emergency shelters in the city as landing zones. The two parks are Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle and Discovery Park in Magnolia. Jefferson Park in south Seattle will serve as the “operations center,” where overall event coordination will take place.

The exercise will involve the flying of two helicopters, one Blackhawk and one Lakota, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Seattle. The pilots are in the Washington National Guard’s 66thAviation unit. Seattle Fire will be in charge of air operations and helispot management. Seattle Fire and Washington National Guard communications teams will provide separate interoperable radio communications between helicopters and ground personnel. One helicopter will land at Magnuson Park and one will land at Discovery Park. Each helicopter will then fly to and land at the opposite park site.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will be hosting the event and establishing the operations center in Jefferson Park as the communications and coordination site for the exercise. Seattle Fire, the Washington National Guard, and Northwest Regional Aviation have coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission as appropriate and have worked with Boeing Field, Sea-Tac Airport, and King County Airport regarding airspace.

The communications exercise will test communications to, from and between helicopters as well as test each of the player’s ability to talk with each other on Seattle 800MhZ communication networks, VHF/UHF radio channels, and video downlink capabilities.

After the second helicopter landings, there will be a public education opportunity at Magnuson Park near the landing site where the public can talk to exercise participants including SFD firefighters, helicopter pilots, Washington National Guard Homeland Response Force.

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Northbound lane closures on Aurora Avenue Bridge through April

March 29th, 2016 by Doree

Washington State Department of Transportation crews are closing at least one right northbound lane of the Aurora Avenue Bridge through April so they can install a work platform and containment system to paint the bridge.

  • One northbound right lane will close from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays
  • One northbound right lane will close from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays
  • Two northbound right lanes will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily

The northbound sidewalk over the bridge is closed to pedestrians around the clock until September.

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Community meetings on Seattle Public Schools boundary changes for 2017-18 school year

March 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings about boundary changes that will take effect for the 2017-18 school year. Boundaries are changing for 18 attendance area elementary and nine middle schools to balance enrollment and create attendance areas for new schools opening in the fall of 2017.

Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St. (with interpreters in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese); 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at John Stanford Center Auditorium,2445 3rd Ave. S. (with interpreters in Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna and Vietnamese); and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Roosevelt High School, 1410 NE 66th St. (with intrepreters in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese).

The changes were approved by the Seattle School Board on in November 2013. Additional meetings will be scheduled this fall. You can see a list of schools with changes and maps here.

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9-1-1 Hero Award ceremony at zoo Thursday kicks off month of learning 9-1-1 skills for children

March 29th, 2016 by Doree

King County 911 Program Office is bringing 9-1-1 skills to children all over the county during April, to help them know what to do in an emergency. The kickoff event, at 10:30 a.m. this Thursday at Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoomazium, will feature a 9-1-1 Hero Award ceremony for 9-year-old Austin Holdt, who called 9-1-1 in December when his grandmother fell unconscious.

The program is taking its Emery the Emergency Penguin storybook tour to 13 libraries across King County in April. Children will hear the new story “Emery and the Ice Carnival,” learn a 9-1-1 song and receive an Emery coloring book.

You can hear the catchy 9-1-1 jingle and find other resources on the King County 9-1-1 website.

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