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Train with the Sound Steps Team!

January 26th, 2015 by hillaryu

Join the Sound Steps team and train with other adults age 50+ to complete a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon Walk!

These free Saturday morning training walks will happen from February through June in north Seattle and will prepare you to accomplish your goal.

These classes are open to all fitness levels.

Find out more by attending an information session on Wednesday, January 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St.)

For more information, and to RSVP, contact Mari Becker with Seattle Parks and Recreation, (206) 684-4664.

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Airbnb Hosting Just Got a Little Bit Easiser

January 20th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Riley Chow

Broadcast Coffee, Bus Stop Espresso and Fix Coffeehouse (all local coffee shops) have taken on Keycafe, a new key exchange service that was recently featured on NBC’s local King 5 News, to help out the local Wedgwood and View Ridge communities. These local businesses are now further helping the people in the neighborhood manage their lives, themselves benefitting through the resulting increased international foot traffic.

Through the Keycafe service, homeowners can store their keys at a nearby participating café and then remotely assign access to whomever they need to let in. Homeowners digitally track their keys and know who has their keys or where they are stored. It is like having a digital lock without the need to install any hardware or download any software. The service has proved to be popular among users of vacation rental websites like Airbnb, as well as for letting in cleaners, contractors and real estate agents.

Keycafe Inc. is a fast-growing, Vancouver, Canada-based company with over 170 locations in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and now, Seattle. Visit their website for a map that shows where Keycafe is offered.

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New Lunch Menu at Mama Melina

January 19th, 2015 by hillaryu

Mama Melina, located near the University Village, has a new lunch menu and it is full of variety!

Choices range from Margherita pizza to Gnocchetti Verdi and all of their ingredients are made in-house, even the bread!

Check out their new lunch menu here, and be sure to stop by, give it a try and let us know what you thought!

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Reports of possible blue-green algae

January 14th, 2015 by hillaryu

Update 1/15/2015

Access to water temporarily closed at Magnuson Off-leash Area

Toxic algae scum spotted in Lake Washington

As a precaution, Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area. Toxic algae blooms are most common in the summer and fall, but can occur any time.

King County Department of Natural Resources collected water samples and submitted them to the State Toxic Algae Program. The information was reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate in some places along the shore.

In general, people and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated and dogs should not drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae. Out of an abundance of caution, Parks closed beach/water access in the off-leash area until it is deemed safe for dogs to swim and play in the water.


Reports were received at Magnuson park regarding possible blue-green algae in the dog beach. It is being tested by the Department of Ecology to confirm what it is. When we have more details, we will let you know.

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Hands On!

January 9th, 2015 by hillaryu

Sustainable NE Seattle is collaborating with Meadowbrook Community Center to offer our 5th annual ‘HANDS ON!’- a community skills–share fair.

What is a skills fair?

A day of sharing practical skills with our neighbors – we will have short workshops on a wide variety of skills, from sock darning to bread baking to fruit tree grafting. The day will include a luncheon and speaker.


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Skills from 10-5, Lunch from 12:00-12:45


Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125


YOU! This community has stepped up in the past five years and filled the day’s schedule with classes of all kinds. Think of the things you know that help aid in your ability to live more in concert with the earth and adds to your resilience. Then email and let us know what you want to teach.

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North Seattle Fives Cooperative School Open House

January 9th, 2015 by hillaryu

Written by Holly F.

Event Host: North Seattle Fives Cooperative School

Date: January 24, 2015

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Location: 5515 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

North Seattle Fives Cooperative School is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. The school is hosting an open house for prospective students: from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The school is located inside St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N. (use the back entry).

Students attend school four days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

North Seattle Fives is designed to meet the needs of children who are too young for kindergarten or who would benefit from another year before starting kindergarten. The classroom, located across the street from Woodland Park Zoo, is designed to provide a stimulating, hands-on environment for the children. Enrollment: Capped at 20 children, and is limited to children who will turn five years old by Dec. 31, 2015, but occasional exceptions occur.

Deadline for registration is February 14, 2015.

For more information, see the website or call 206-789-1807.

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Neighborhood Matching Fund announces its 2015 funding opportunities for community-initiated projects

January 6th, 2015 by hillaryu

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announces its funding opportunities for 2015. All three of its funds – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities. More than 5000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began 27 years ago.

The Small Sparks Fund which provides awards of up to $1,000 per project accepts applications year-round. This is great funding opportunity for implementing small community projects as well as supporting activities such as Neighbor Appreciation Day, Night Out, Earth Day, and others.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides awards of up to $25,000, has three opportunities to apply. Deadlines for applications are February 2, June 1, and October 5, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:

Thursday, January 8
6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave S – Room 309

Wednesday, January 14
6 – 8 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N – Room 3

To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at Childcare and interpreters can be arranged for workshop participants who RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance. Additional workshops will be offered prior to each Small and Simple Projects Fund application deadline.

The Large Projects Fund (LPF), which awards up to $100,000 per project, is open to applications once a year. The deadline is May 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. It is mandatory for interested community groups to attend one of the six LPF workshops offered before applying. The workshops are as follows:

Tuesday, February 10
6 – 8 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room

Thursday, February 19
6 – 8 p.m.
Casa Latina
317 17th Ave S – Worker’s Center

Tuesday, March 10
6 – 8 p.m.
High Point Community Center
6420 34th Ave SW –Multipurpose Room

Thursday, March 18
6 – 8 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, April 1
6 – 8 p.m.
Garfield Community Center

2323 E Cherry St. – Multipurpose Room

Thursday, April 9
6 – 8 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave S – Room 106

The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit them online. The website provides details on the criteria and requirements for each fund, along with instructions for the online application process.

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“NW Solar Now” Workshop

December 21st, 2014 by hillaryu

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 Ne 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105

Attend a free “NW Solar Now” Workshop and receive a community discount on a new solar PV system!

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about how solar works, state and federal incentives, and how to determine if your roof qualifies for solar.

Additionally, learn how to:

  • Make Your Money Back in as Fast as 5 Years
  • Recover 50% of Your Investment in the First Year
  • Reduce or Eliminate Your Electricity Bills
  • Receive a 30% Income Tax Credit
  • Get up to a $5,000 Incentive Per Year Until 2020
  • Increase Your Property Value
  • Protect Against Utility Increases
  • Reduce Your Environmental Impact
  • Own a Renewable Source of Clean Energy

Join  52 neighbors who have already invested in 246 kilowatts of solar power during the 2012 Solarize NE campaign.

To RSVP or learn more about the event, call (866) 376-5272 or visit them online.

This event is sponsored NW Wind and Solar and Sustainable NE Seattle.

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North Seattle Community College Honored for Green Efforts

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

McKinstry is paying special tribute to local Champions of Sustainability this 2014 football season. The Champions of Sustainability program recognizes McKinstry clients who are taking a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 15 percent of carbon emissions. By proactively addressing environmental concerns such as these, the Champions of Sustainability are breaking new ground in green design, construction and facility management.

On Sunday, November 23, representatives from four Washington State community colleges, including North Seattle Community College (NSCC), were honored at the Seahawks home game with an award. NSCC was chosen for its Climate & Sustainability Commitment and the multiple sustainability and carbon reduction projects that have been completed to date on campus.

As stated in their Climate & Sustainability Commitment: “the main carbon reduction policy that NSCC follows is the State Agency Climate Leadership policy that sets strategic goals for GHG reduction for 2020, 2035, and 2050. NSCC has also signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008. By participating in this program, the College has confirmed its commitment to initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality. NSCC has been a charter member of STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) since 2010.”

McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Seahawks’ Defend Your Turf campaign. The campaign is a four-pronged approach to sustainable water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center as well as in terms of its impact on the city. For further information on the Defend Your Turf campaign, please visit them online.

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45th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-and-Play Along

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

University Unitarian Church (UUC) presents the 45th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-and-Play-Along on Friday, December 26, at 7:00 p.m.

The entire oratorio will be performed under the direction of conductor Karen P. Thomas, Director of Music at UUC and Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle Pro Musica.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for seating. and advance ticket purchase/early arrival is advised as this popular event draws a sold-out crowd every year!

All singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate. Please bring a vocal score if you have one (preferred edition is Watkins Shaw published by Novello).

Vocal scores and orchestra parts will also be available for loan at the event. Instrumentalists should bring their own music stands.

Regular Admission – $18 Students – $13 Seniors(65+) – $15 Tickets can be ordered online.

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