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News roundup: SDOT needs walking guidance, volunteer literacy tutors needed, Town Hall comes to PNA, Green Seattle Day, red panda twins cuteness

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

Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for up to 10 people for a discussion about finding your way around the city on foot.

This discussion is part of a year-long project to design better walking directions and information to encourage Seattleites and visitors to walk more and further. These meetings will provide the City with critical early input from those who have first-hand knowledge of wayfinding challenges in Seattle.

The discussion will take place over 2 hours on October 10th at the Central Library (1000 4th Ave, Seattle 98104). There will be an afternoon (2pm-4pm) and an evening (5:30-7:30) session. Volunteers must be available on this date to be considered. Refreshments will be provided. Participants will be acknowledged for their time with a $60 Safeway gift card.

If you are interested in volunteering for a focus group, please email wayfinding@seattle.gov by September 27th, indicating your availability to participate in the afternoon or evening session.

To help us gather a representative sample of community members, please tell us something about yourself, including the neighborhood in which you live or work and the reasons why you walk.

The national literacy nonprofit Reading Partners is looking for volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with students at Broadview Thomson K-8, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N.

Only 20 percent of economically disadvantaged students in the US are reading proficiently by fourth grade. For students entering fourth grade, it is essential to have made the switch from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ Most subjects, including history, science and math, all require literacy in order to progress. Over the past two decades, Reading Partners has engaged nearly 55,000 community tutors and over 1,300 AmeriCorps members to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to more than 50,000 students attending over 350 public schools in nearly 75 school districts across the country. All told, Reading Partners volunteers have delivered more than 1.5 million tutoring sessions, helping students grow their reading skills and confidence at a critical stage in their education.

More volunteer information here.

Town Hall Seattle continues its Inside Out season while its historic downtown building undergoes renovation. Town Hall and the Phinney Neighborhood Association present “Dylan Thuras: The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $5 for adults, free for kids.

Dylan Thuras, co-founder of the global exploration project Atlas Obscura, unveils a guidebook to inspire a love of exploration in our kids—an illustrated collection of the world’s most breathtaking landmarks.

Join hundreds of other volunteers Nov. 3 for Green Seattle Day to plant thousands of plants in parks throughout Seattle. In our neck of the woods, volunteers will work at Woodland Park, Golden Gardens and Discovery Park. No experience is necessary, and all tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks and instruction will be provided. Sign up here.

Woodland Park Zoo’s new red panda twins, Zeya and Ila, are taking their first steps out of their behind-the-scenes den. Check out this cute video.