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November Story Times at the NE Library

October 31st, 2014 by hillaryu

Baby Story Time
(For infants up to 12 months)
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Toddler Story Time
(Geared for ages 1-3)
Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20 at 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.
(The Library will be closed on November 27 for Thanksgiving Day.)

Preschool Story Time
(Geared for ages 3-5)
Tuesdays, November 4, 18, 25 at 10:30 a.m.
(The Library will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day.)

Pajamas & Puppets
(All Ages)
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.
(Happening one week earlier this month!)

Also, here is a quick tip from the library for well-loved items:

Kids’ materials get a LOT of love. Sometimes that love results in torn pages, broken cases and scratched discs. If you check out something and get it home to discover that it is damaged, please let the library know when you return it. They will take your word if your family was not responsible for the damage, and it helps them know what they need to repair or replace. If your child did perchance get overly fond of that book, many wounds can be mended, but please let their wonderful mending volunteers do the repair. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about how to treat library materials gently so other families can enjoy them too.

For more information, visit the Northeast Seattle Public Library website.

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6th Annual Monster Bash!

October 11th, 2014 by hillaryu

When:Saturday, October 18th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

Location: On the grounds of St. Stephen’s – 4805 NE 45th Street – Seattle, WA 98105 – behind Seattle Children’s Hospital (across from Laurelhurst Park)

Cost: Only a $13 “Fright Fee” for all this FUN!

Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly by for a spook-tacular celebration presented by Susannah White’s THREE FEET of SUNSHINE.

Come in costume for a hair-raising haunted house and enjoy pony rides, kids tunes, ghoulish games and prizes, creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and parade. Plus, don’t miss the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, and of course, delicious Halloween Trophy Cupcakes!

In celebration of our 6th annual Monster Bash, this year will feature two LIVE performances by Recess Monkey (4pm & 5pm), as well as reusable trick-or-treat bags for every guest!

All proceeds from this fun event benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team. Great fun for a great cause!

Bonus: Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat!

For more information, please visit THREE FEET of SUNSHINE’s website or Facebook Page or Seattle Children’s website.


Susannah White’s THREE FEET of SUNSHINE is a Seattle Children’s Guild, is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families who bear the weight of potentially life-threatening illnesses, by sharing the ever-sunny disposition and steadfast spirit of sweet Susannah – a little girl, despite spending the last year of her life in the hospital, always had a smile to give and a hug to share. We raise awareness and funds aimed at providing opportunities and extending support programs devoted to enhancing quality of life for pediatric patients and their families.

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Keeping the Lights ON in the View Ridge Neighborhood

October 11th, 2014 by hillaryu

Seattle City Light crews will begin work Oct. 13 to upgrade the underground electrical system in a southern section of the View Ridge neighborhood in order to improve the system’s reliability and better serve customers. The boundaries for the project are approximately: NE 65th Street on the north, NE 55th Street on the south, 33rd Avenue NE on the east, and 45th Avenue NE on the west. The project is projected to last through April 2015, and will employ methods that both mitigate cost and minimize disruption to the surrounding neighborhood.

Initial construction will involve the installation of new underground conduit, which crews will pull cable through at a later date. This work marks the next step in a series of efforts taken by Seattle City Light to improve the system’s electric reliability. Previously, City Light crews tested the vitality of cables in the area in order to identify sections that needed replacing.

During the construction period, crews will use a small-diameter boring method called horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a more cost-efficient and less intrusive alternative to open trenching. All work will be kept within city ordinances and standards, however customers should expect some noise, traffic, and dust during construction. While power outages will be required to ensure safety, all affected customers will be notified in advance of the date and time, as well as expected duration of the outages.

For more information about this and other City Light construction projects, visit their website.

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Portage Bay Cafe Expands with Fourth Restaurant Opening in Summer 2015 in Seattle’s Roosevelt Neighborhood.

October 3rd, 2014 by hillaryu

Portage Bay Cafe signed a lease for a 3,400-square-foot space in The Rooster, a 197-unit apartment building being developed at Northeast 65th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast near Whole Foods Market. The restaurant will seat around 125 and will also include outdoor seating for summer dining.

This is the fourth Portage Bay Café for owners John and Amy Gunnar. This restaurant will continue their mission of offering organic, sustainable foods that are locally sourced whenever possible. Examples include cage-free eggs from Olympia; bacon from the Hill Meat Company and sausages made in-house with Washington’s Carlton Farms pork.

“We just really love the Roosevelt area and have been exploring the idea for awhile. We’re really proud to be a Seattle business and have been looking for more ways to expand our cafes, but also our presence as a local business that supports Washington farmers and growers and wants to be a part of the neighborhood.” says John Gunnar.

Other Portage Bay locations include South Lake Union, Ballard and the U-District.

More information, visit their website.

Welcome to the neighborhood Portage Bay Cafe!

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NEST Resource Fair for Seniors and Families

October 3rd, 2014 by hillaryu

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) is showcasing some of their best preferred vendors at the 1st annual Resource Fair for seniors and their families!

This event will take place at Aljoya Thornton Place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on October 11th.

Learn from vendors in the areas of health, finances, home maintenance, daily life, and well being.

For more information, contact NEST via email or call them at (206) 525-6378.

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Barter Fare

September 24th, 2014 by hillaryu

Community Barter Fair & Cider Pressing

It is officially fall and it is time for the Barter Fair.

Bring your overstock of home grown and  made items to join in the bartering for other’s goodies.

Apple presses will be there so don’t forget your apples and containers to take home cider.

Saturday, September 27th
1:00 p.m.
Hunter Farm Gathering Place
7744 35th Ave N.E.
Rain or shine.

Canopies and umbrellas are welcomed!

More information is available online.

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Leaked memo: SPD ignoring most N. Seattle burglaries

September 24th, 2014 by hillaryu

From Komo News.

By Joel Moreno Sep 23, 2014

SEATTLE — A confidential memo leaked to KOMO 4 News contains a bombshell admission by the city’s police department. The document says north precinct detectives are too short-staffed to investigate most burglaries.

A police source said that unless burglary detectives have a suspect’s name, evidence photos or surveillance footage, and complete witness interviews, it’s unlikely a case will even get worked let alone solved.

Pete Rogerson works with Seattle police through the North Precinct Advisory Council, where he offers citizen input on police operations. Rogerson said in all his years in that role, he’s never seen anything like this memo.

“I think this memo is very troubling,” he said.

The memo is marked confidential and not for public display, but what it says about burglary investigations could trouble anyone.

“It’s very surprising,” Rogerson said. “I cannot believe this is the case.”

The memo says at one point, 14 detectives worked burglary, theft and juvenile cases for the north precinct. Today it’s down to two detectives and an on-loan patrol officer, even though the memo says cases have climbed to 1,500 a month. The memo concludes, “misdemeanor and even many felony crimes can no longer be investigated except on a very rare, case by case basis.”

“This seems like a big problem,” Rogerson said. “We’re just asking for trouble.”

Seattle police won’t divulge staffing levels in the north precinct, saying it keeps the bad guys guessing.

However, a spokesperson said the major crimes task force also takes on burglary cases. Additionally, the department uses real-time data and community input to guide where resources are deployed.

Milana Richardson, a north Seattle resident, said officers do a good job focusing on violent crime but that didn’t help when burglars stole from her home.

“I told the police. I took their license plate down. I had their name, I looked them up, where they lived, and I had no response (from police),” Richardson said.

Mayor Ed Murray hopes to add 100 new officers in the coming years, though that’s not likely to help the lack of burglary detectives today.

“Adding more officers is not the sole solution to addressing our public safety needs,” the mayor said, “but it clearly needs to be part of the solution.”

By all accounts, crime safety experts said still vital to report all crimes because that information plays out in how limited police resources get assigned.

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HIP Fest

September 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

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On Sunday, September 28th, local north Seattle nonprofit, Hunger Intervention Program (HIP), is hosting its first annual HIP Fest to increase awareness and support for its vital work. HIP is a uniquely impactful anti-hunger organization that provides nutritious meals, basic cooking skills, and nutrition education to families, children and seniors in the north Seattle area.

HIP Fest will take place at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. and will be a fun family event featuring games, a raffle, a cake walk and delicious food.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person and will include food. Tickets can be purchased at the event for games, cake walk and raffle entries. Raffle prizes include passes to Woodland Park Zoo, bread for an entire year from Panera Bread, EMP passes, a tour of KEXP studios, box seats to the Everett AquaSox, yoga classes and more.

A special thank you to their sponsors – Union Bank, QFC, Lake City Lion, and North Seattle Chamber of Commerce – for their generous support of this event.

HIP has been fighting hunger in Seattle since 1998. They’re actively working with our community partners to end hunger in Lake City. HIP’s staff and 90+ volunteers lead cooking demonstrations at North Helpline Food Bank each week, teaching easy and delicious recipes. During the summer you can find HIP in local parks and playgrounds serving fresh, healthy and free lunches and snacks for kids and teens. During the school year, they put together Healthy HIP Packs, a weekend food program that makes sure kids at risk of hunger at John Rogers, Viewlands, Olympic Hills and Briarcrest Elementary schools have food to eat when out of school. All year long, seniors can enjoy HIP’s nutritious weekly meal every Monday at the Lake City Community Center. This fall they’ll be partnering with the Lake City Library to offer free afterschool snacks to kids and teens in partnership with their Homework Help program.

Come celebrate the start of the school year and the harvest season with your local community at HIP Fest!

For more information about HIP Fest and HIP, visit their website.

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Estate Planning Presentation Presented by Solid Ground

September 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

Submitted by Leah Lee.

Solid Ground Invites you to The Woodland Park Zoo for a free one-hour presentation on the importance of creating an estate plan, regardless of age or income.

This is a FREE one-hour estate planning presentation.

Join them on September 24th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.

This event:

  • is FREE to attend
  • has FREE childcare provided
  • will have FREE snacks and beverages
  • has FREE parking
  • will give you FREE Materials and resources to help you craft your own plan

Featuring Chanel Reynolds of & James W. Spencer, Esq. of Spectra Law PS.

Because women and minorities are twice as likely to live in poverty in retirement, they are strongly encourage women and minorities to attend.

If you are interested in attending this free event please contact Leah Lee at 206.694.6852 to RSVP.

Space is limited.

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Deadline approaches to apply for matching funds to support your neighborhood project

September 14th, 2014 by hillaryu

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. The application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

There is one more workshops scheduled where you can get an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or sign up online. Childcare and interpreters can be arranged when you RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance.

The workshop is open to all:

Tuesday September 16
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE

The Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of their project managers.

A program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit their website.

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