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News roundup: Boys & Girls Club receives new computers, zoo staffer nominated for international award, interacting with nature survey, Planning Commission positions, PNA jobs

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood and city news:

The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood received a Technology Matching Fund from the City of Seattle to install 14 desktop computers in their computer lab so children can use them for homework, hands-on learning activities, coding, robotics, teen employment workshops, photo editing, graphic design and film editing.

Woodland Park Zoo’s conservation scientist, Lisa Dabek, has been nominated for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, the leading worldwide award for animal conservation. Dabek is being recognized for her groundbreaking work to save the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo in Papua New Guinea.

Speaking of Woodland Park Zoo, the new snow leopard cub now has access to its outdoor exhibit from 12-3 p.m. daily.

Researchers at the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems lab at the University of Washington are partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation to better understand how people interact with nature at Discovery Park. Go to www.naturelanguage.com to take a short survey.

Seattle Planning Commission is looking for two new commissioners to serve up to two consecutive, three-year terms. The position is unpaid. The commission “advises the mayor, city council and city departments on citywide planning goals, policies, and plans and provide them with independent and objective advice on land-use and zoning, transportation, and housing issues. The Commission is the steward of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, our citywide vision for how Seattle grows. We debate the benefits and impacts of these important policies and advise on how best to plan for the future.”

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume (by email or regular mail) by Oct. 13, to: Vanessa Murdock, Executive Director, Vanessa.Murdock@Seattle.gov, Seattle Planning Commission, PO Box 94788, Seattle WA 98124-7088.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. is looking for a part-time custodian at 12.5 hours per week and a substitute custodian to cover vacations and short-term needs at the PNA’s four sites in Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and Ballard. They’re also looking for a Whittier Kids After-School Lead Teacher at 27.5 hours per week.