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City news, ‘Be the Editor’ with KUOW, English practice groups, volunteers needed, forgiving library fines for teens

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

Chabad of NW Seattle invites the community to its annual Passover Seder, led by Rabbi Yoni Levitin, at 7:45 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Greenwood Masonic Lodge, 7910 Greenwood Ave. N. Cost is $54 for adults, $20 for children ages 5-12. RSVP online.

KUOW Public Radio is hosting a community conversation called “Be the Editor” at the Broadview Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29.

At KUOW, we look to our community to help us decide what stories to cover and how to tell them. We also want to know what our audience thinks about the stories once they are finished. Join KUOW Director of Audience Arvid Hokanson to learn about how community engagement is shaping news coverage at KUOW and provide feedback on a few recently completed stories.

Phinney Neighborhood Association has a position for a part-time, on-call substitute teacher for its Whittier Kids program at Whittier Elementary in Ballard. The full job description is here.

The City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund program will provide community organizations and nonprofits with grants up to $50,000 each to improve digital equity through projects that support the community.

The City seeks applications for projects that increase access to free or low-cost broadband, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and ensure affordable, available, and sufficient devices and technical support. The fund gives matching dollars for community-driven projects. City funds are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or funding.

Interested parties should attend a workshop on how to apply from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (This workshop is not required to submit an application, but would be helpful, especially for first-time applicants.)

The City of Seattle is looking for two community members to serve on the Seattle Renters’ Commission, which advises the city on renter policies and issues. Online applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 12.

Seattle Public Utilities has released its draft 2019 Water System Plan for public input. The Plan “details how the utility intends to meet current and future water demands, ensure high quality drinking water, enhance system reliability and resiliency, and cost-effectively invest in and maintain the water system.” You can review the Plan online through June 1. The final plan will be based on public input and reviewed by the Mayor and City Council in the fall.

The King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission is seeking new commission members. Applications are due by Friday, April 27.

The mission of the Immigrant and Refugee Commission will include: achieving fair and equitable access to county services for immigrant and refugee communities, improving opportunities for civic engagement, setting annual goals, and participating in important dialogue on County policies and practices that impact the community.

The commission will have thirteen voting members and four nonvoting members for three-year terms, with the exception of the inaugural term members whose terms would be staggered into three, two, and one-year terms to ensure continuity of experienced members in the commission.

Individuals interested in applying to become a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Commission should go to https://www.kingcounty.gov/irc

Alzheimer’s Association is looking for volunteers to facilitate Adults Caring for Parents Caregiver Support Groups in Seattle.

Adults Caring for Parents Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent and caring place for caregivers to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss.
Our Chapter trained volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources, and continuing education opportunities.

Individuals who are often best qualified as Adults Caring for Parents support group facilitators include: working or retired social workers, nurse and other healthcare professionals, educators, clergy, counselors, and former family caregivers. Commitment of at least one year is required.

Interested in learning more? Contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, 1.800.848.7097 or 206.529.3875, [email protected].

Seattle Public Library is offering English practice groups for those new to speaking English or who would like to improve. Talk Time conversation groups take place at several branches, including the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. (6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays), and the Fremont Library, 731 N. 35th St. (4-6 p.m. Mondays.)

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has launched an online website called Community Connector which connects people with community-based groups throughout the city.

Community Connector (communityconnector.seattle.gov) also serves local organizations by providing them a platform to promote their work, reach new people, and engage with other like-minded organizations.

The Community Connector is part of the new Community Resource Hub (seattle.gov/resourcehub), Seattle Departments of Neighborhoods’ online one-stop-shop for City resources, information, and tools to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. The site includes “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more. You can learn more about the Community Resource Hub here.

Seattle Public Library’s Fresh Start program is expanding to give teens ages 12-19 a one-time chance to clear their overdue fines that are keeping them from using library materials. The Seattle Public Library Foundation is supporting the program financially, to help forgive fees for lost items.

When Library accounts have an unpaid balance of $15 or more, they are blocked from checking out materials. This helps us make sure that Library materials are available for everyone. Many teens have blocked accounts due to late fines or lost items. The average balance on a blocked account is over $50, which many families are unable to pay.

If you are aged 12-19 and have a Library account blocked due to late fines or lost items, stop by any Library location or contact us online to request a Fresh Start. This is a one-time opportunity to get your account cleared of fines and fees.