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News roundup: Murals, business district grant, Garage Sale Day registration, library sale, anti-bias hotline, LGBTQ senior resource fairs, Ecology summer program, Library hiring for teen program

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Several artists who painted murals after the Greenwood gas explosion have painted the empty buildings where the new park will be next to the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue between North 81st and 82nd streets.

They wanted to beautify the buildings until they’re demolished in April for park construction.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Group received a $35,000 grant from the city to help improve our neighborhood’s business district.

Naked City Brewery’s Bryan Miller (far right) and the PNA’s Executive Director Lee Harper thank the city for its business development grant.

It’s time to register for the annual Garage Sale Day on June 3. You can register your yard sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market online, by calling 206-783-2244, or in person at the PNA by May 20. Registered sales will be listed on the printed Garage Sale Day map and the online interactive map.

The Ballard High School Foundation is hosting the first annual Running of the Beavers 5K/10K to benefit the school on Saturday, April 1, at Golden Gardens.

The City of Seattle has a new hotline for people to report harassment. The Office for Civil Rights’ anti-bias hotline is 206-233-7100. Anyone who feels they are the target of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying, should call. The city also will be holding meetings with community groups across the city. “SOCR is coordinating its actions with the Seattle Police Department, which enforces criminal laws against hate crimes, also known as malicious harassment. Anyone who experiences physical violence, property damage or threats should call 911 to report directly to the police. People should call SOCR’s hotline if they experience discriminatory harassment in housing, employment, or public places that does not rise to the level of a crime. It is illegal in Seattle to harass someone based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected groups. SOCR can investigate allegations of discriminatory harassment, issue findings and mandate remedies.”

Friends of The Seattle Public Library is having its huge Spring Book Sale at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Saturday and Sunday, with more than 100,000 books, CDs and DVDs.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Programs, in partnership with Generations Aging with Pride, will offer a series of LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs in April and May. Exhibitors include representatives from the City’s LGBTQ seniors’ social groups, many of the Senior Service Centers, city and social service agencies, and private care providers. The nearest resource fair to our neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE.

Washington Department of Ecology plans to hire 66 teenagers for its Ecology Youth Corps summer program. Youth corps crews pick up litter and clean roads throughout the state. Teens chosen for the youth corps will work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., typically Monday through Thursday. They will be assigned to one of six crews, based in King, Skagit, Snohomish or Whatcom counties, and will work in one of two 16-day sessions: June 26 to July 20, or July 24 to Aug. 17. Participants will earn $11 an hour. Applicants must be ages 14-17 by their first day of employment. Applications are due by April 11 and are available through area school counselors and at Ecology’s website.

Beginning April 1, Seattle Public Library will accept applications for its Student Assistant Program for teens 16 and older.

The Student Assistant Program gives young people valuable work experience at the Library. Applicants must be enrolled in a school program, but may not yet have completed bachelor’s degrees. Students accepted into the program may participate for up to three years, or until they no longer qualify as students.

To apply, a student must complete an employment application, a cover letter, proof of school enrollment and a reference from an educator or employer (form included in the application). The application will be available online on Saturday, April 1.

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