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Free home retrofit class: Saturday April 21, from 11:30-1:30

April 18th, 2018 by Sara

Help reduce damage caused during an earthquake. Learn to become an informed consumer or how to do home retrofit yourself. Retrofit experts will show how to assess your home’s needs and how to use the City of Seattle’s pre-engineered Home Retrofit plans to permit and retrofit your home.

Prior to 1980, building codes did not require builders to secure houses to their foundations. This does not mean that every house built before 1980 is “unsecured”, only that it was not a requirement. If your home is not properly secured, it may be at increased risk of “slipping” off the foundation during a major earthquake. Retrofitting involves bolting your home to its foundation and providing sheer/pony wall strength.

Click here to register-space is limited.

 

Click here for more information, or email:snap@seattle.gov

 

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Seattle City Council passes parking/zoning regulations that will increase residential areas considered near ‘frequent transit’ thus not requiring any new development parking

April 3rd, 2018 by Sara

From Doree at our sister site phinneywood.com

Late (yesterday) afternoon the Seattle City Council passed zoning/parking regulations that will, along other things, increase the residential areas considered to be near “frequent transit” service, which does not require housing developers to provide any parking.

Councilmember Lisa Herbold introduced an amendment to try to mitigate the impacts on neighborhood parking, but that amendment failed. She was the only councilmember to vote against the ordinance (Kshama Sawant was absent).

You can see KING 5’s Chris Daniels’ report on the meeting here.

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Nominate your teacher for Teacher of the Year!

April 3rd, 2018 by Sara

It’s that time of year again! Time to honor Washington state’s best and brightest heroes (educators) in the classroom! Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Restaurants are calling on all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate their favorite, deserving teacher for a chance to take home the 2018 Teacher of the Year honors. Two well-deserving educators will be selected as grand prize recipients to bring home a $500 gift card good for classroom supplies, a commemorative plaque and the official title of either Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. Plus, the nominating students of the grand prize winners will receive either an Ivar’s Kids Meal – including a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam – or a Kidd Valley Kids Meal for every student in their class.

To nominate a teacher, students 14 years old or younger may visit select Puget Sound area Ivar’s or Kidd Valley locations (excluding stadiums and Eastern Washington restaurants) to complete an official entry form, or click here. All entries must be received by May 20, 2018.

The contest will also award four teachers a first-place prize of a $150 gift card for classroom supplies, and 30 teachers will receive a second-place prize of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.

Ivar’s and Kidd Valley encourages students to recognize and praise educators who have positively impacted them, and to share inspirational stories with other students and teachers. The annual Teacher of the Year contest, now in its 15th year, is one of the longest-running teacher appreciation programs in the state and provides students with the opportunity to honor those teachers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to teach, mentor and support them.

The 2017 Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year grand prize winners were Kirsten Jewett of View Ridge Elementary in Seattle and Brittany Hall of Horace Mann Elementary in Redmond. Who will be selected this year’s heroes?

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Seattle Animal Shelter conducting emphasis patrols on saltwater beaches

March 26th, 2018 by Sara

It’s spring in Seattle, which means blossoming and hatching all around us. This is a particularly important time to ensure that immature wildlife have their best opportunity to flourish in the Northwest. To help protect the young wildlife, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be conducting emphasis patrols on all saltwater beaches in the city.

Dogs are not allowed on any of Seattle’s public saltwater beaches, even if they are leashed. This law helps us protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines. Marine mammals, such as seal pups that are typically born in April, use the city’s beaches to rest and warm themselves. Shore birds also frequent our beaches. Wildlife that interact with dogs are less likely to reach adulthood.

Uniformed animal service officers will be patrolling city parks with a focus on saltwater beaches and may issue citations to violators.

If you would like to report Seattle beaches where dogs are frequently seen, submit a service request here. You can also contact the Seattle Animal Shelter by calling 206-386-PETS (7387).

For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter, click here.

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School walkouts this morning

March 14th, 2018 by Sara

A walkout is planned this morning in many Seattle schools, to protest Congress’ reaction to gun violence in schools, exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Students from thousands of schools across the country will leave their classes at 10am, and remain out for 17 minutes, one minute to honor each student killed during the shooting.

The walkouts are organized by students.

This map shows which schools are participating in the Seattle area. On March 24, all are invited to participate in March For Our Lives, which begins at Cal Anderson Park at 10 am. and ends at Key Arena.

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Check out SPU’s Gospel Choir

February 20th, 2018 by Sara

All are invited to join Seattle Pacific University’s Gospel Choir, under the direction of Stephen Michael Newby, liturgist and artistic director, and Asta Vaičekonis, piano, as they present an evening of prayers, black spirituals, and ecumenical readings celebrating tradition for Black History Month. With special guest readers from the Faculty Diversity Committee: Raedene Copeland, Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, June Hyun, David Leong, and Dainius Vaičekonis. Performed at First Free Methodist Church. Click here for more information.

Feb 27th at 7:30

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Library Closure

February 20th, 2018 by Sara

The Central Library and all branches of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, for a staff in-service day. The Central Library book drop will be closed. All branch book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave. will be open. Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 8.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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BARTELL DRUGS CELEBRATES LOCAL COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE GREAT THINGS

February 8th, 2018 by Sara

Sponsored post written by Bartell Drugs

Can you feel the energy around the Puget Sound these days? There’s a spirit of innovation in the air, enthusiasm for the great outdoors, and an excitement for local companies and local pride.

Being a company born, raised and operating in Seattle, Bartells believes in showcasing countless local favorites from small businesses all around the Northwest – something it’s celebrating all February long with its annual Loving Local event.

You can expect great deals on local goods through Feb. 10 at all 65 Bartell locations. As an extra bonus and a way to join in on the local celebration, visit your neighborhood store on Friday the 9th for coffee and cookies from 2-5 p.m., plus enter to win a gift basket filled with local homegrown must-haves.

There’s even more to enjoy at select locations around town, including face painting for kids (and adults, too, if the mood strikes), free manicures featuring Oregon-based Pacifica Nail Polish, and sampling of some of the best snacks and sweets our region has to offer. You can visit Bartells’ events page on the website for details.

This celebration is about letting local products shine, and learning about the great businesses behind them. Joe Chocolates, one of the companies sampling during Loving Local, got its start in 2015 when two college students at the UW launched the idea as part of a class project. Now they have a chocolate factory producing delicious high-quality chocolate jam-packed with rich espresso flavor.

Moon Valley Organics is another brand Bartell Drugs brought onto its shelves in early 2017. This high-quality, organic personal care line rests on a philosophy of simple ingredients packed in environmentally friendly containers – all coming out of North Bend, WA.

There’s a lot to celebrate – stop by your Bartell Drugs, and see what your neighbors are up to!

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Neighbor Day is around the corner

January 21st, 2018 by Sara

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites all Seattle residents to celebrate Neighbor Day on Saturday, February 10 by indulging in random acts of kindness. Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhoods a great place to live. Residents, businesses, and community groups throughout Seattle are invited to participate.

Here are ways you can participate in Neighbor Day:

*   Do something nice for a neighbor: take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.
*   Organize a neighborhood potluck, open house, or work party. It can be as big or simple as you want.
*   Join in a neighborhood service project to clean up a park, plant trees, or organize a neighborhood cleanup.
*   Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project.
*   Use social media to share a “great neighbor” story with #NeighborDay.

If you are looking for more ideas, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has an extensive list on their website. They also have a list of participation ideas for local businesses or community groups.

If you choose to host an event that is open to the public, you can post it to the Neighbor Day online events calendar.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Click here for more information or contact Sam Read at sam.read@seattle.gov.

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Fireside Chat: Local history at the library

January 15th, 2018 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library will co-present a Fremont Fireside Chat, featuring a local historian who discusses the history, culture and people of Fremont, from 2 to 3 pm, Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084. Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Moderated by Kirby Laney of Fremocentrist.com, Fremont Fireside Chats bring the stories of Fremont to audiences of all ages. The one-hour program will have a question & answer period. Afterwards, there will be a short reception where attendees can meet-and-greet and ask about all things Fremont. Join Suzie Burke, Fremont property manager and neighborhood organizer, to hear about Fremont’s industrial past and business future. Beginning with mills, a gas works, ship yards and steel works, the Fremont industrial area now has a distillery, chocolate factory, other manufacturing and maritime businesses as well as Fremont’s “Silicon Canal” of technology companies. Burke will discuss how these changes came about and what we might be seeing in the future.

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

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