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RHS Rider Soccer Camp

June 18th, 2014 by hillaryu

Attend the Roosevelt High School (RHS) Soccer Camp and sharpen your skills!

The RHS Boys Soccer program is hosting a soccer camp June 23-26 from 10:00 a.m.  to 2:00 p.m.  for ages 6-13.

The camp staff will include RHS boys soccer coaches and current high school players from the Wedgwood, View Ridge and neighboring areas.

The cost is $47 and goes towards supporting the RHS boys soccer team.

For more information, please check out their brochure.

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Parent Petitions Seattle Public Schools to Adopt Meatless Mondays

June 17th, 2014 by hillaryu

Megan Murphy handing Seattle Public School nutritionist Wendy Weyer the petitions.

Seattle mom Megan Murphy, will deliver petitions with more than 1,500 signatures from parents and students to Seattle Public Schools’ child nutrition department asking the district to implement Meatless Mondays.

Dozens of U.S. school districts have joined the Meatless Monday movement, a popular international campaign originally created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. It was revived in 2003 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Monday Campaigns to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.

School districts in some of the nation’s biggest cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Diego are going meat-free one day a week to encourage students to eat healthier, more plant-based meals to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.

“Encouraging students to take a vacation from meat one day a week with Meatless Monday will do wonders for their health and academic performance,” said Rachel Huff-Wagenborg, Seattle Director for The Humane League. “It’s a great way to get kids eating healthier while reducing their carbon footprint and sparing animals from suffering on factory farms.”

“Schools have an incredible opportunity—and responsibility—to help get kids eating healthy as they’re developing habits that will stick with them for a lifetime,” said Megan Murphy. “For the sake of our children’s health and the health of the planet, I hope Seattle Public Schools will embrace Meatless Monday.”

The Humane League advocates for taking a once-a-week vacation from meat as a way to promote personal and public health, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the inefficient use of natural resources, and to decrease the number of animals raised in cruel confinement on factory farms.

They will be delivering the petition on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at noon, to the Seattle Public Schools’ District office (2445 Third Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98124).

For more information, visit the Human League website or contact Rachel Huff-Wagenborg at (206) 708-3292.

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Blood Drive at the Temple Beth Am

June 15th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Puget Sound Blood Center is holding a blood drive at the Temple Beth Am!

This is a great opportunity to ensure that this precious resource is available for ill and injured people in our community.

Sunday, June 22
Temple Beth Am
2632 NE 80th St, Seattle, WA 98115
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(closed 11:30am to 12:30pm)

To sign up, please visit their website or call 1-888-398-7888

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Celebrate North Seattle Block Party

June 10th, 2014 by hillaryu

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual Celebrate North Seattle Block Party!

Sunday, June 22nd
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Oak Tree Village Parking Lot
10000 Aurora Avenue North

5 years ago, this block party started out as a grassroots effort by people who simply wanted to see good things happen in their community. Half a decade later, this event has become a yearly event where people can learn about everything that North Seattle has to offer.

The event will feature live music, a kid’s carnival, food trucks, inflatables, and a gallery with North Seattle businesses, non-profits and community groups telling about what they do.

For more information visit their website or contact Casey Pier at 206-486-4646.

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Zoning & Streetscape Design Public Workshop – THIS WEDNESDAY!

June 9th, 2014 by hillaryu

Reminder: The 2nd of 3 public workshops on the future streetscape design and zoning for 35th Ave NE is this Wednesday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church (7050 35th Ave NE).

This is a great opportunity to review streetscape designs and the zoning alternatives proposed based on feedback from their first public workshop.

A summary of the first public workshop can be found here.

Further information on the workshops can be found here.

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Mark Your Calendars: Bubble Blast Party

June 7th, 2014 by hillaryu

Discovery Corner Preschool, at Bitter Lake Community Center, is hosting a BUBBLE BLAST party and field day for children ages 2 ½ – 5. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the re-opening of Discovery Corner Preschool’s summer camp and meet their instructors!

Event activities include:

  • Face painting
  • Sack races
  • Bubbles
  • Games
  • Snacks

There is a $5 donation per family that will get you access to all the fun and will go towards their preschool program.

Saturday, June 14
1:00 – 2:15 PM
Bitter Lake Community Center
13035 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133-7560

For more information, visit their website.

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JCCCW Kintsugi Garden Opening Dedication

June 5th, 2014 by hillaryu

June 12th 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington

The Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) and the University of Washington’s Department of Landscape and Architecture are proud to announce the grand opening of the newly constructed Kintsugi Garden located at JCCCW’s main office (511 16th Ave S.).

The community is invited to attend the opening celebration, which will include refreshments, remarks from JCCCW and the UW Department of Landscape and Architecture faculty and students, as well as a ribbon cutting.

Development for the garden began in January 2014 where University of Washington students lead by professor, Daniel Winterbottom, came to JCCCW to view the site. Community meetings were held throughout January and February for students to gain community insight which helped in the students’ research to develop concept designs.

Construction of the Kintsugi Garden began in March and will be completed this June. Inspiration for the garden came from various aspects of Japanese culture and arts including basket weaving, native plant life, and kintsugi. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold, silver, or platinum. It is commonly used for pottery with an earthen or rustic feel that has developed wear and tear over many uses and requires repair.

The celebration is free to attend, but space is limited and guests are advised to arrive early to ensure entrance into the garden during the dedication. For more information on the garden design process, please visit their website.

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Seattle Gaels Irish Sporting Club

June 4th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Seattle Gaels are looking for new players! Founded in 1979, the Gaels are co-ed teams that play ancient Irish sports, including Gaelic Football & Hurling.

So what are these games?

  • Hurling, often called the fastest game on grass, is the national sport of Ireland. Fifteen players make a team for this stick-and-ball field sport that showcases endurance, creativity and athleticism.
  • Gaelic Football is a field game and is played with a round ball, slightly smaller than a soccer ball. The sport is often described as a mixture of soccer and rugby.

The teams practice right here in the neighborhood at Magnuson Park on Tuesdays/Thursdays (Hurling) and Wednesdays/Sundays (Gaelic Football). Games are against each other, or other cities, at Magnuson Park. The season runs April through September.

Everyone is invited to join their club and players range in age from 20-years-old to 65-years-old.

You can find more information on their website.

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Wedgwood Art Festival

May 31st, 2014 by hillaryu

The 9th annual Wedgwood Art Festival, a N.E. Seattle summer highlight of art, music, food and children’s activities, returns this July!

Event highlights:

  • Turn your face into a cat or pirate by Wild Smiles face painting.
  • Kids are invited to make their own art at a variety of art activity stations including Roaring Mouse Studios.
  • Enjoy a performance by Thistle Theater, daily, at 1:00 p.m.
  • See Seattle Fire Engine #40 up close.
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch or snack by visiting a number of food vendors including Veraci Pizza, Patty Pan Grill, Half Pint Homemade Ice Cream and more.
  • Come to appreciate a variety of live musical performances by local musicians.

July 12th & 13th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Corner of N.E. 35th St and 89th St. N.E.
(Our Lady of the Lake Parish and School)

For more information, visit their website or send them an email. Prefer to call? You can reach them at 206-898-5014.

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Zoning Change Requests for New Thornton Creek Elementary School

May 30th, 2014 by hillaryu

A Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee meeting has been scheduled to discuss the Seattle School District’s request for a waiver from City zoning regulations to construct the new Thornton Creek Elementary School. It will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thornton Creek Elementary School cafeteria (7711 43rd Avenue NE). The public is invited to attend.

The School District is requesting changes to City zoning regulations for the following:

1) Greater than allowed building height.

2) Less than required on-site parking.

3) Continuation of on-street bus loading and unloading.

This meeting will include a presentation before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives, on the requested changes to the development standards (zoning). There will also be an opportunity for the public to make comments concerning the request.

Following public testimony, the committee can recommend a waiver, recommend with conditions, or deny the request; or it can decide to hold additional meetings if the committee feels more information is needed. The final decision is made by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to:

Steve Sheppard
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, call Steve Sheppard at 684-0302, or send him an e-mail.

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