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Check out “Fantastic Fishes” at the Burke

July 23rd, 2016 by sarawilly

A shark from the Burke’s ichthyology collection. Photo © Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic.

Dive into the Burke Museum’s ichthyology collections at this brand new, all-ages fish event! Get up close to hundreds of fish specimens and enjoy the summer weather on Portage Bay at the University of Washington’s Marine Sciences Building during a fun-filled day celebrating all things with gills and fins!

Fantastic Fishes
Saturday, August 20, 2016
9 am – 1 pm
UW Marine Sciences Building, 1501 NE BOAT ST

Activities include:

  • Climb aboard the research vessel Clifford A. Barnes
  • Tour the Burke’s ichthyology collection and UW Oceanography’s tide models
  • Uncover the mysteries of the deep with deep-sea fish specimens
  • See Seagliders and discover how these underwater vehicles measure the ocean
  • Check out sharks, rays and skates
  • Discover the kinds of fish that live in the Puget Sound
  • Find out how to take care of fish with home aquarium enthusiasts
  • Come see the finished Angyaaq—a traditional open-boat from Alaska—previously being made during the Burke’s 2015 Maker:Market exhibit
  • Make fishy-inspired crafts
  • And more!
For collection and tide model tour times and more information about the event, go to burkemuseum.org/fantasticfishes.

Admission to Fantastic Fishes also includes admission to the Burke Museum. Ticket prices: General $10; Senior (65+) $8; Student & Youth (5–18) $7.50; FREE for children 4 & under, Burke members and UW students, faculty + staff w/ UW ID

Visitors can tour the Burke’s ichthyology collection during the Fantastic Fishes event on August, 20, 2016, 9 am – 1 pm. Photo courtesy Burke Museum.

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University of Washington student project brings clean water to those in need

July 23rd, 2016 by sarawilly

UW Junior Charlie Swan is working on a charitable project with a few friends.  Swan writes:
SPERO is a brand focused on making charity more accessible to people and integral to business through high-quality products…With your support, the SPERO Bottle is our first step toward this vision.  The SPERO Bottle which is helping to bring clean and safe water to those in developing nations. We donate 20% of proceeds from each bottle to charity: water, one of the most established and well-renowned charities bringing clean and safe water to people in developing nations. 100% of donations to charity: water go toward clean water projects such as wells, water purification systems, and more. Not only does clean and accessible water promote physical health, but it saves people millions of hours otherwise spent walking to and from safe water sources. Clean and safe water changes lives in a huge way, and with your help, we can all be a part of this positive difference.
Buy a bottle, or check out their charity: water at charitywater.org to hear some of the stories behind their work, Or click here for more information.

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Shakespeare in the Park…free!

July 14th, 2016 by sarawilly

GreenStage celebrates its 28th season with Shakespeare in the Park plays Cymbeline and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Backyard Bard shows Pericles and Twelfth Night. The season runs July 8–August 13, 2016. This summer, they will perform at a park near you. Admission is free, just bring a blanket and a picnic! GreenStage recommends arriving 20 minutes to find the best patch of grass. Follow the yellow signs around the park to the stage. Click here for more information and a full list of GreenStage’s performance spots.

Pictured: Paul Shapiro as Falstaff, Nicole Vernon as Mistress Ford, and Erin Day as Mistress Page. Photo by Ken Holmes

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Recycling competition gives Wallingford a chance to win $20k for local non-profits

July 5th, 2016 by sarawilly

Hey Wallingford, the recycling challenge is on! Win cash for local non-profits!

Are you and your neighbors ready to waste less and recycle more? Would you like to help local non-profits win up to $20,000?
Then it’s time to enlist your neighbors in the Waste Management Think Green Reuse and Recycling Challenge!
If you live in Wallingford and have Waste Management as your service provider for recycling, composting and garbage, you could win big and save the planet at the same time.
What does it take to win?
• Sign Up Now! Homeowner’s associations, civic organizations, community clubs and environmental groups are needed to organize regional sustainability efforts.

• Reduce Waste. The neighborhood region that reduces garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 for the community non-profit(s) of their choice. To determine the winner, WM will compare the pounds of garbage per household from this year to last. The region that reduces their garbage the most wins!
• Educate your community. Regions that reduce waste through creativity and strong community involvement can win even more – up to $15,000 for the non-profit(s) of your choice. Examples: create a Recycling Flash Mob, produce a video for YouTube, set up a recycling education table at your community events, or even go door-to-door to urge neighbors to get involved.

Click here to learn more, and contact Waste Management at recyclenw@wm.com. WM recycling educators are ready to help you organize your neighborhood.

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Find it Friday! The Seattle Public Library releases collectible cards for branches with new Friday hours

July 5th, 2016 by sarawilly

Thanks to funds from the seven-year, 2012 voter-approved Library levy, The Seattle Public Library will restore Friday operating hours at the High Point, International District/Chinatown, South Park and University branches starting July 1.

These four Library locations will now be open every day of the week. New open hours will be: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

To celebrate, the Library is launching “Find it on Friday!” with four collectible trading cards featuring architectural images from the branches with new Friday open hours. For a limited time, Library patrons can pick up a branch trading card at each of the four locations with newly added Friday hours. When patrons locate where the photo on the card was taken, they will receive a collectible stamp.

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Pick up a branch trading card from Library staff.
  2. Find the spot at the branch where the photo on the card was taken.
  3. Tell Library staff the location of the photo spot is and ask for a stamp.
  4. Did you Find it on Friday? In addition to a collectible stamp, you get a gold star!

Cards and stamps can be collected by visiting the High Point, International District/Chinatown, South Park and University branches from July 1 until Aug. 31, 2016. Cards for other Library locations will be available later this year.

To show love for the Library, patrons are encouraged to take a selfie with their trading cards and share it on social media using #finditatspl.

For more information, click here , call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Wallingford Family Parade

July 1st, 2016 by sarawilly

Presented by the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce and the Boys & Girls Club

Parade begins at 11am, Saturday, July 9.

Need some Summer Fun? Come join the Wallingford Kids and make a parade. Dress up in costume, bring your crazy Auntie, bring your mom and dad, too! The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 67th Annual Wallingford Family Parade, the longest running Seafair Community Event. Families come from far and near to watch, participate in and enjoy the parade. Local businesses, drill teams, marching bands and family-oriented organizations celebrate and compete for awards.

The parade will weave it’s way through Wallingford; beginning at the corner of Interlake & N 45th, and run East along N 45th St.  It ends at Bagley Avenue N.

EVERYONE is welcome to participate!
Hey Kids!  Want be in the parade? No need to register in advance. Just show up at the muster site (Lincoln High School parking lot) at 10am ready to go.

The Parade will be followed by Hide & Seek for “The Wallingford Kids” at participating Merchants on 45th. Click here for more information, or email events@wallingfordchamber.org.

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Burke-Gilman trail “Missing Link” draft Environmental Impact Statement now available

June 21st, 2016 by sarawilly

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Project (Missing Link) and has made the document available for public comment. The DEIS evaluates four alternatives for connecting two existing portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail between the intersection of NW 45th Street and 11th Avenue NW, and the Ballard Locks.

SDOT will hold two public hearings to provide information about the DEIS and to solicit public comments. The public hearings will be held at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street on:

• Thursday, July 14

6 – 9 p.m.

Presentation at 6:15 p.m.; public comments: 7 – 9 p.m.

• Saturday, July 16

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Presentation at 10:15 a.m.; public comments: 11a.m. – 1 p.m.

The DEIS and information about how to provide comments can be found on the project website here. Hardcopies of the report are available for viewing at a number of Seattle Public Libraries, including the Central Library (downtown), and the Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, Magnolia, Queen Anne and University branches. Comments on the DEIS will be accepted until midnight on August 1, 2016.

The Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling routes in Seattle and connects multiple neighborhoods and other city and regional trails. It serves as a major transportation and recreation corridor for people walking, jogging and biking.

The Burke-Gilman Trail Extension (Missing Link) Project would connect two existing portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail through the Ballard neighborhood to complete the regional facility that otherwise runs continuously from Bothell to Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park. SDOT proposes to connect these two segments of the BGT with a marked, dedicated route.

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Are you going to the community meeting for the Lincoln High School project?

June 20th, 2016 by sarawilly

This letter was sent to neighbors of Lincoln High School, but all are welcome to join in the discussion:

Dear Lincoln High School community:

Seattle voters approved the Seattle Public Schools Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy in February 2013, which includes the project to modernize and open Lincoln High School. The meeting will be presented by representatives of Seattle Public Schools BEX IV capital projects team and Bassetti Architects and will include information about the project’s early design progress.

You will be able to learn more about the project scope, schedule, existing conditions and design exploration. You will be able to ask questions and give us input and feedback. We hope that you will be able to join us! For more information, please visit http://bex.seattleschools.org

The 19M renovation is part of the Seattle School District’s (BEX)) “Building Excellence” bond.

Date: Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln High School Auditorium, 4400 Interlake Ave. N.

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UW students and staff get free Market Bucks

June 3rd, 2016 by sarawilly

Every 1st Saturday of the month, UW students and staff get a $2 Market Buck to spend at the University District Farmers Market. Just show your Husky ID at the market info booth: UW Husky Days at U-District Farmers Market.

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City Councilmember O’Brien releases proposal to make it easier to build backyard cottages

May 19th, 2016 by sarawilly

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, NW Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages.

Councilmember O’Brien’s bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

  • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
  • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
  • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
  • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
  • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
  • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
  • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
  • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.

The city’s Office of Planning & Community Development released its SEPA determination of non-significance today. The public can comment on the proposal through June 2 by emailing Nick Welch at nicolas.welch@seattle.gov, or by mail at City of Seattle, OPCD, Attn: Nick Welch, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.

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Testing shows our water is safe according to Seattle Public Utilities

April 25th, 2016 by sarawilly

SPU tested water in a small percentage of older Seattle homes with galvanized piping.  Results  showed lead levels well below allowable federal limits.

Seattle Public Utilities released the results yesterday. From KOMO:

“This sampling protocol was much more extensive than the standard federal test, and should give customers an added sense of confidence in their water,” said SPU Drinking Water Quality Manager Wylie Harper.

The alarm rang Wednesday when officials in Tacoma found that water in four homes were above the allowable lead limits.

Tacoma officials attribute the presence of lead in their water to sections of pipes known as “goosenecks.” On the city website, the pieces of lead pipe are described as having been used between 1900 and 1940 to connect the water main to customers’ service lines.

In the wake of that finding, Seattle Public Utilities asked all Seattle residents to run water for two minutes before drinking it, as a precaution.

The utility tested five older homes that have the potentially suspect galvanized pipes, and so-called gooseneck fittings between the water main and the home. After allowing the water to sit overnight, they tested samples.

The highest lead level was 1.95 parts per billion (ppb), well below the federal limit of 15 ppb, according to SPU.

“Seattle Public Utilities is in compliance with U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations,” said Derek Pell of the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Office of Drinking Water.

The Seattle water supplier also posted an interactive map to allow homeowners to determine what kind of material – copper, plastic or galvanized steel – the service line that supplies their homes.

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Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes

April 6th, 2016 by sarawilly

The 34th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes race is coming up Sunday May 15th.  As in years past, the race will take place at Husky Stadium and will conclude with an on-the-field celebration, complete with an awards ceremony and a Diaper Derby for the little ones. Local food trucks are going to be a new addition to the event, serving up lots of delicious options for event participants and their families. Participants can register online at www.beatthebridge.org. Will you beat the bridge this year?

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Greenwood explosion- how can we help?

March 14th, 2016 by sarawilly

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com
The Phinney Neighborhood Association has compiled a very long list of businesses inside and outside our neighborhood that are helping to raise funds for businesses, employees and residents affected by last Wednesday’s explosion in downtown Greenwood. That list is being continually updated, so please check it often. Here are a few fundraisers happening this week:

Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way, is hosting an all-ages fundraiser for G&O Family Cyclery, which is adjacent to the three demolished businesses and sustained heavy damage. Fifty percent of all beer sales from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday and funds from a raffle will benefit the bike shop. Raffle drawings will take place at 6:30 p.m. and 8 pm. Cycle Dogs (pedal-powered vegan hot dog cart) will be on site from 6-10 p.m. and will donate 100 percent of its revenue.

Magic Magpie Studio henna artist and Greenwood resident Antoinette is hosting “Henna For Greenwood” from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Makeda & Mingus, 153 N. 78th St. All proceeds will go to the Greenwood Relief Fund, with Makeda & Mingus matching every penny.

Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N., is donating 20 percent of all sales Wednesday. The restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is having a week-long silent auction of neighborhood storefront paintings by Mark O’Malley, whose art has been for sale at the bookstore this past year. His painting of Mr. Gyros and Neptune Coffee sold last year, but he’s offered to create another one. There will be plenty of other paintings of iconic neighborhood stores to bid on. The silent auction closes Friday night. Everything over $50 for each painting will be donated to the relief fund. And Phinney Books is donating all proceeds from Friday’s sales (beyond what it cost to buy the books).

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Tanya, the Phinney resident who purchased the Mr. Gyros and Neptune painting last year and is now living temporarily in Japan, emailed us a photo of the painting, which hangs proudly on her wall.

Greenwood Fred Meyer is donating all the proceeds from their coin boxes at cash registers.

Verity Credit Union and Taproot Theatre are holding a raffle for two gift baskets, with tickets to Taproot and gift cards to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. Stop by the Verity branch at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. to purchase raffle tickets.

Hooyman Family Chiropractic, 143 NW 85th St., is donating 20 percent of all proceeds in March and April to the relief fund.

Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting donations and will match the first $500.

The PNA was selling its whimsical holiday monkeys as a fundraiser for the fund and has already sold out, raising $11,000 for the Greenwood Relief fund.

Greenwood Elementary School families selling the “Show Greenwood Some Love” shirts raised $4,100 in just a few hours during Friday night’s Artwalk. Another batch of T-shirts will be available this week.

There is a GoFundMe just for G & O Family Cyclery. So far it’s raised more than $33,000.

Another GoFundMe account was started hours after the explosion by a community member with all proceeds going to employees of affected businesses (the PNA became the fiscal sponsor):  So far it’s raised more than $45,000.

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the PNA’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

A few days ago the Green Lake Community Council donated $500 to the PNA’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

The Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), Greenwood’s tutoring and writing center, is about to publish “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia,” with stories by BFI students and professional writers. (The very first piece in the book, written by a BFI student, is about Mr. Gyros.) They’ve decided to increase the publication run and have pledged 100 percent of the profits to the Greenwood Relief Fund. The book will be available in mid-April.

Numerous neighborhood businesses are collection sites for the Greenwood Relief Fund. Check the PNA’s special webpage for a complete list.

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Come see “We Make Seattle” at UW Startup Hall

March 11th, 2016 by sarawilly

Seattle’s an amazing city, right? We all know that. But surprisingly, not all of the outside world does. A group of filmmakers, including Director of Photography & Fremont denizen Dan McComb, have set out to change that with “We Make Seattle,” a community funded short film highlighting why Seattle is the ideal home for creative workers and entrepreneurs. Watch a teaser here.

Bryan Zug and Scott Berkun were inspired by questions raised at a Startup Roundtable hosted by Mayor McGinn in 2012. “I overheard many entrepreneurs asking the Mayor to help promote the vibrancy of the city to the world and I thought: wait a second! Why are we asking the government to do this? We’re entrepreneurs! We’re makers! Shouldn’t we do this ourselves?” That night he asked his friend Bryan, who runs Bootstrapper Studios, to help, and “We Make Seattle” was born.

The pair teamed up with Dan and set out to make a video profile of Seattle that highlighted the energy and quality of life in the city, which has been rated the #1 tech city in America by The Atlantic yet still is not considered by outsiders to be a destination for creative enterprises.

They raised funds through Kickstarter and with the support of over 250 backers and several local companies, including Tableau Software, Zillow, Filter, and more. The project was truly a grassroots effort–Scott and Bryan love Seattle and saw a way they could help attract new businesses with their combined skills.

It’s also a community film because they are making all the footage available for reuse, and are encouraging institutions, businesses, and residents to share and embed the video wherever they like. The pair are also developing a website with additional regional job finding, business building, and relocation resources.

All are invited to premiere “We Make Seattle” beginning at 6:30pm on March 24 at UW Startup Hall.

1100 NE Campus Parkway
University of Washington

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Join Mayor Murray to discuss homelessness 3/2

February 25th, 2016 by sarawilly

Seattle Channel, Seattle CityClub and Crosscut are hosting a Civic Cocktail March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will join us to discuss equity and growth, working with a new city council and the city’s homelessness crisis. Then, a panel including Seattle city council member Mike O’Brien and Daniel Malone, Executive Director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, will further discuss homelessness in Seattle.

Date/Time: March 2, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom (2100 5th Ave).

Click here for more information.

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