News roundup: PNA job, free dental appointments for kids, Ballard High robotics team wins, Night Out registration, Seattle Works Day, Carkeek Park art installation

by | May 25, 2017

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for a Whittier Kids Program Supervisor for its program at Whittier Elementary in Ballard. You can see the full job description here.

The UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry still has appointments available for children to receive free preventive dental care through the Give Kids a Smile program in Magnuson Park. Children up to age 18 can receive a free exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application. No income verification is required and no immigration questions asked. Call 206-543-5800 and ask for Give Kids a Smile.

Congratulations to Ballard High School’s Vikings Robotics Team, which recently beat out 400 teams from around the world to capture the 2017 Robotics World Championship in Houston.

The competition, dubbed the “Varsity Sport of the Mind”, is for students grades nine through 12. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams raise funds, design a brand, work on team-building skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team, in circumstances designed to replicate real-world engineering.

The 27-member Ballard High School Viking Robotics team built their robot during six weeks in January and February. After performing well in competitions at Glacier Peak High School and Mount Vernon High School, they advanced to the PNW District Championship at Eastern Washington University in early April. When they earned their spot there, they had less than two weeks to prepare and travel to Houston.

Registration is now open for this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1, where neighbors block off streets and have barbecues and concerts and get to know each other better in an effort to fight crime. You can register your block party here and print out materials to notify neighbors.

Hoopaholics is hosting a Lil’ Dribblers basketball program this summer at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club. It’s for beginning basketball players aged 5-9.

Players will work on skill-specific fundamentals in a fun, learning environment. We welcome players that are new or brand new to the game of basketball. Lil’ Dribblers is part skills development, part informal league play to allow players to get experience in a game-like setting. We hope your player can join us this summer! For more information and to register, visit

June 17 is Seattle Works Day, where more than 1,000 volunteers will work at 55 project sites around the city. You can still sign up for a project team here.

The Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation are accepting proposals for up to five temporary outdoor artworks in Carkeek Park from Aug. 5 through Oct. 15 for the annual “Heaven & Earth” art installation. The deadline for submissions is June 18; there is no fee to apply. Artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000. This year’s theme is “cultivation.”

When we cultivate, we invest our time, energy and resources into an existing environment or relationship (even with ourselves) to foster growth. This may mean working the earth or learning a new skill or reaching out to our neighbors to strengthen our communities. We invite artists to demonstrate what they hope for when they cultivate and/or what they realize as a result of cultivating.

There are five distinct sites at Carkeek Park selected for the Cultivate/d exhibition. Some are open field environments while others are discovered through woodsy paths and lend themselves to more intimate viewing. The park attracts diverse communities for family gatherings, educational opportunities, or social events and is set against a backdrop of the Puget Sound. We invite the artist to contemplate the concept of cultivation as it relates to nature, culture, or personal growth.

We encourage site specific work and will work with chosen artists to find a suitable site and/or you may make a case for a specific site and how it is suitable for your specific artwork.

Sites 7, 9, 11, 12, as well as areas along the Lower Meadow (near end of one-way loop road in field to the south) are available for the 2017 art placements.

The Call is open to artists of all mediums, established or emerging. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal.

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