South Region April e~newsletter
South Region newsletter includes citywide and district specific events and items that may be of interest to you.
Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund application Due May 9th
The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides awards up to $20,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project. Small and Simple Projects Fund activities may be physical projects as well as less tangible but equally significant educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities. All projects must demonstrate its capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:
- Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
- Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
- Demonstrate community match.
- Occur within the Seattle city limits.
Japan Quake and Tsunami Disaster and Relief Information
Link to information about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, including how to find family and friends, and how you can help.
Technology Matching Fund
The Technology Matching Fund (the TMF) program, established in 1997, supports community's efforts to close the digital divide and encourage a technology-healthy city. The fund supports projects that reach technology underserved communities, thereby increasing digital inclusion. The City's goals are to:
- Increase technology literacy
- Provide residents with access to computers, the Internet and other information technology
· Increase residents' use of technology for community problem solving, civic engagement, and community building
The program provides grants where the community's contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services, or cash is matched by the Technology Matching Fund. The fund is currently seeking applications for the 2011 grant round. Application will be accepted April 5 through May 18th. The application and guidelines are available at Community Technology. See below for Grant Information Sessions:
April 9, Solid Grounds- 1501 N 45th St Seattle WA, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
April 11, Douglas Truth Library-2300 Yesler Way Seattle WA, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Native Plant Stewardship Training-Turn Education into Action in Your Own Community
The Washington Native Plant Stewardship Program is South Seattle is partnering with the City of Seattle to educate committed volunteers to help restore natural areas and parks within Seattle. The 10-week training will be held on Fridays from April 29 through July 9th (no class May 27th or July 1st). There will be four Saturday classes. The training is taught by top professionals on various topics such as native plants, habitat restoration and northwest ecology. In exchange for this free training, stewards will commit to 100 hours of volunteer service implementing the skills learned in these classes on local restoration projects. Class will be at Camp Long and Pritchard Beach. The deadline to apply is April 10th. Visit www.wnps.org for application and additional information.
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Explore Seattle's deep connections with Japan and celebrate the beauty of spring at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, at Seattle Center on April 1-3.
Spring Clean—held each year in April and May—is Seattle's premier clean up event. Spring Clean provides opportunities for citizens to clean up Seattle's public open spaces of their choice with city support, including planning assistance, gloves, safety vests, disposal bags, transfer station passes, and waste disposal. Typical volunteer projects include litter pick- ups, invasive plant removal, storm drain stenciling, graffiti removal, and general area beautification. Complete the signup form (doc) and e-mail to Gretchen Muller at gretchen.muller@...
City of Seattle Human Services Department Seeking Sites for Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program will be offered again this summer from Monday, June 27, 2011 to Friday, August 26. The program provides no-cost breakfasts, lunches and snacks for children and youth ages 1 through 18. The meals are served to children at approved sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches. For information about eligibility and to apply, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/summerfood. To apply, an agency must complete and return the application form found at the website as soon as possible but no later than April 1, 2011. For more information, please contact Javier Pulido, Program Coordinator, Human Services Department, at 206-386-1140 or javier.pulido@....
Spring Egg Hunt events at local Seattle Parks and Recreation sites
It’s time for spring egg hunts. For more details on any of the spring egg hunts, please contact the facility directly.
Saturday, April 16
· Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St.
Spring Pancake Social and Egg Hunt
10 a.m. to noon
Join us for our spring Pancake Social and Egg Hunt! The cost for the pancake breakfast is $1 per person and $5 per family. The egg hunt is free.
Tuesday, April 19
· High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW
Toddler Spring Eggstravaganza
Ages 2 – 5
10 a.m. to noon
Activity Fee: $5; please use #69489 in the SPARC registration system at www.seattle.gov/parks. Bring your little one for a morning of fun and activities, including a very special bunny visit especially for toddlers. There will be games, crafts for the children, and an egg hunt (11 a.m. sharp) with age-appropriate prizes.
Friday, April 22
· Teens Only! Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Way SW
Teen Night Egg Hunt
Join us for the biggest outdoor teen night hunt in West Seattle! Please remember your flashlight and goodie bag, and there will be prizes. We’ll serve a spaghetti dinner after the hunt. Please call 206 684-7441 for more information.
· Teens Only! Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S
Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt
Ages 11- 17
Bring your own flashlight and hunt for the winning prize eggs that hold candy and games. We’ll have the hunt rain or ‘shine, so please remember to dress for the weather.
· Teens Only! Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St.
Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt
Ages 12 to 17
Bring your flashlight and goodie
Saturday, April 23
· Teens Only! Southwest Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.
Late Night Flashlight Egg Hunt
Bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure--we’ll be searching for eggs. Find the most and win a prize!
· Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S
Spring Egg Hunt and Pancake Social
9 a.m. to noon
Bring a basket or a bag to gather up goodies at our Spring Egg Hunt at or Van Asselt Community Center! All children 10 and younger are welcome, come rain or shine! This year we are also having a pancake breakfast before the start of the egg hunt, so make sure you are there bright and early! The cost per person for the Pancake Social is $3 for pancakes only, $4 for pancakes and sausage, and $5 for pancakes, sausage, and eggs. The spring egg hunt is free.
· Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S
Spring Egg Hunt
Ages 10 and younger
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bring a basket or a bag to gather up goodies at our annual Spring Egg Hunt! All children 1-10 welcome, come rain or shine! After the egg hunt join us for other fun activities including a coloring contest.
Walk, Bike, Ride Challenge
Seattle’s Walk Bike Ride Challenge is a great way to walk, bike and use transit more often.
Be part of community of citizens making a difference by converting two or more car trips per week. Receive support via weekly emails with encouragement and tips to help you walk, bike and ride. Go online to track your progress and see the collective impact of all participants.
March /April participants can win these great prizes:
· $100 REI gift certificate
· $100 Zipcar gift certificate
· Birthday party at Children’s Museum. ($175 value)
· $25 gift certificate from Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers (Two winners)
Plus, you could win an end-of-year grand prize:
· One night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel in South Lake Union ($375 value)
· An electric bike from e-Moto Electric Vehicles ($1,500 value)
To learn more or to register, click here.
Refrigerator Rebate from Seattle City Light
Appliances make up about 20 percent of your home’s electricity use. Seattle City Light’s appliance rebates can help you upgrade to more efficient models – saving you money and electricity for years to come. For more information, please go to http://www.seattle.gov/light/conserve/resident/appliances/
Free Tax Help at Seattle Public Libraries
The Seattle Public Library, AARP and United Way are collaborating to offer free tax preparation Jan. 18 through April 17 at 11 Library locations. This service is free and available to all individuals. The free service is not available for business tax returns.
Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. To schedule an appointment in advance, call or visit one of these Library locations: Ballard, Columbia, Douglass-Truth, Rainier Beach, or the Southwest Branch. Visit http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=audience_current_featuresdetail&cid=1199922681334 for available times and locations.
Small Sparks Community Development Fund Available
Do you have ideas for building community that could use up to $1000 from the City's Small Sparks program? Small Sparks seeks to bring together new people. The goal is to get new people involved in creative small-scale community building initiatives. If you have any ideas we would love to hear about them, and share information about the program with you! Email your ideas to any South Region Team members. Their contact information is available at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nsc/coordinators.htm .
Southwest and Delridge
Delridge Green Up Day is April 16th!
Join your neighbors on April 16th at the Delridge Community Center for a little spring clean-up. Here are couple projects going on...1. Refresh the Welcome to Delridge Sign 2. Adopt-a-Street -Quarterly adopt a street trash pick-up on Delridge from Andover to Brandon Street.
Lafayette Playground Community Update Meeting
Lafayette Elementary’s Play it Forward Playground Legacy Project is pleased to announce that they are moving forward with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for the $100,000 matching fund. To keep the community and Lafayette Families informed of the progress, they are setting up a series of meeting. Please mark your calendars and stop by.
Wednesday, April 27th 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17 7-8 p.m.
Where: Lafayette Elementary School Library (2645 California Ave SW, enter through the lobby)
Help shape a new West Seattle transportation initiative!
King County Metro is hosting two transportation focus groups for West Seattle residents in April 2011.
King County Metro is bringing a new program to West Seattle in the Admiral, Alaska, and Morgan Junction. The focus groups are designed to help shape a new program to increase the number of people walking, biking, taking the bus, and carpooling in and out of West Seattle.
The focus groups will be hosted on the following days/times:
· April 5th, Hope Lutheran Church, 4456 42nd Ave SW 6 pm to 7:30 pm
· April 6th, Gatewood Elementary, 4320 SW Myrtle St, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Participants will receive a 2011 Chinook Book a guide to living well and having fun in the Puget Sound good for savings of up to $3000 at local businesses. Food and beverage will be provided. Space is limited. Reserve your spot at www.westseattletalks.org or by calling Derrick Van Kirk 206-652-2310 or emailing derrick@...
Greater Duwamish District
April 16- Earth Day
Join a thousand volunteers at 13 sites within the Duwamish River watershed. Help remove invasive weeds, remove trash or plant native species in restoration sites. Sites in Georgetown and South Park include the 8th Avenue South/Gateway Park project, hosted by CleanScapes, Seattle Parks, and the Georgetown Community Council (the site is down the street across from the Coliman Restaurant) and the river trash cleanup by kayak and canoe, hosted by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, DRCC, Alki Kayak Tours, and ECOSS (the site is at 7900 10th Avenue South in South Park.) Volunteers are needed at both sites, you can RSVP by sending an email to: contact@... All ages welcome and no experience necessary; children 10 and under need one-on-one supervision. Volunteers receive all training, tool safety, coffee and snacks. Sign up today! More information: www.duwamishalive.org or (206) 923-0853 and ask for Amy Truax.
Beacon Idol Audition
We will again host “Beacon Idol”, auditions for BEACON ROCKS, during regular Open Mic’s at Kusina Filipina, 3201 Beacon Avenue South, April 2 &16. Contact beaconrocks@... to schedule your audition or submit a recording for consideration.
What's New Along the Duwamish River?
The Rriverwide Superfund cleanup (Feasibility Study)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WA Department of Ecology have provided a comment "response" to the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group (LDWG) on the Riverwide cleanup of the Duwamish River (also known as a Feasibility Study). DRCC and many communities, business, and other organizations gave comments back in December 2010, which are now part of the EPA's comment letter. DRCC and our technical consultants are tracking the Riverwide Superfund cleanup very closely, and we and EPA welcome additional comments or concerns from the community at any time. We will be making updates to the communities on a regular basis as the process moves forward. More information on the Duwamish River cleanup plan can be found on our web site, please click here. Please send comments or questions to: james@...
The Boeing Plant 2 building cleanup in progress!
You may have noticed that some of the old Boeing Plant 2 building has been demolished. This is the first step to clean up and restore the site. The Boeing Company will pay to remove the contaminated mud from the river and in the upland areas below the old facility. This is currently the river's most toxic site, and its cleanup will be a huge step forward for the river's cleanup and restoration process. DRCC/TAG will be reviewing the proposed cleanup plan by the deadline on May 28th. We want to hear your comments and questions: james@... / 206-954-0218
Boeing Plant 2 Public Meeting!
Wednesday, April 27th from 6-9pm at the South Park Community Center (8319 8th Avenue South)
Shawn Blocker, the EPA Project Manager for the site, will present an overview of the cleanup process and take questions from the audience, followed by public comments.
Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available during the meeting. Food and childcare will be provided.
1st Annual Bark for South Park Pet Fair
If you are a pet lover, please join us on April 9th at the dog park for South Park’s 1st Annual “Bark for South Park”. There will be free samples for your pets, drawings, and give-a-way. Come enjoy the fun. See the attached flyer. Tell your friends enjoy the day. If you have any questions or want to help organize feel free to call Kathy @ 206- 767-5695.
Georgetown Garden Walk
Save the Date!
Sunday April 17th @ The Stables
Come support the spectacular Georgetown Garden Walk!
More details to come, but get it on your calendar now! Come help raise some money for this amazing event.
Plate of Nations • March 27th - April 9th, 2011
MLK Jr. Way S. is home to Seattle’s best, independently owned ethnic eateries. Hankering for some Chinese dim sum, a Vietnamese fish sandwich, Somali goat shawarma, Cajun style crawfish, or Mexican huaraches and a margarita? MLK has it.
Come taste the rich flavors these local restaurants offer at the first-ever Plate of Nations event. From March 27 – April 9, Plate of Nations will draw food lovers and urban adventurers to sample the authentic international cuisine offered by some of the best restaurants in the heart of the Rainier Valley, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the country.
During this two-week event, twelve participating MLK restaurants will offer special $15 and $25 meal deals. Visit the website for menus and details. www.plateofnations.com
Equitable Growth Dialogues
Please join Great City on Saturday, April 2 for the Equitable Growth Dialogues, a series of probing community dialogues concerning regional growth, urban development and entrenched inequalities in Southeast Seattle. As Southeast has seen massive re-investment in the last decade many residents see significant positives including safer streets, new residential investment and increased livability, but the a
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