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Entries from April 2012

Artist trunk show Sunday to raise funds for Thornton Creek Elementary memorial playground

April 28th, 2012 by Support Staff

Three years ago Rose Chavez, a 5-year-old student at Thornton Creek Elementary School, died of  complications from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes severe seizures.

In her memory, the community set out to build a memorial playground that would accommodate children with special needs. The playground should be finished by the end of this school year, supporters say.

A final fundraising push is set for Sunday. “The goal of this event is to raise the final funds that we need to cover all the last of the expenses,” emails Beth.

The event is the “Differently Designed Artist Trunk Show,” and runs from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the school, 7711 43rd Ave. N.E.

Come and shop for handmade art created by twenty local artists. There will be jewelry, soap, paper crafts,cookies, and much more.

Twenty percent of all sales will benefit the Every Body Plays playground at Thornton Creek Elementary, a community playground designed for children with special needs in memory of a kindergarten student who passed away in 2009.

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One more week to get Solarized

April 24th, 2012 by hillaryu

If you need a little more time to decide whether you’d like to participate in Solarize Seattle: Northeast, the deadline has been extended to next Monday, April 30.

The program, which aims to help educate homeowners about solar power and contract for less expensive installation, was slated to end April 23 but will remain open for an extra week because of popular demand, according to a news release.

Already, 21 Northeast Seattle residents have contracted to install solar on their homes, and nearly 300 people have registered to participate. The program, which is a partnership between nonprofits Northwest SEED and Sustainable NE Seattle, hopes that by the end of summer more than 50 Northeast Seattle homes will have solar installed through the campaign.

If you live in the 98105, 98115 or 98125 ZIP codes, you can register at Need to learn more before signing up? There will be a workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St.

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“Rampathon” – volunteers building free access ramps – coming next month

April 22nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Rampathon, a popular program by the Master Builders Care Foundation, will be held next month on Saturday, May 19.

From the announcement:

Rampathon® is an annual one-day event of the Master Builders Care Foundation. Since its inception in 1993, thousands of volunteers from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties have gathered together to build more than 300 free ramps for low income homeowners throughout King and Snohomish counties.

In 2011 alone, more than 300 volunteers contributed over 2,900 hours and built 16 ramps. With support from local vendors and suppliers, we have been able to give housebound individuals a life-changing gift: mobility.

For more information, call (425) 460-8232 or email

Thanks to David Miller of the Maple Leaf Community Council for this post idea.

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Recycle your electronics today to benefit North Helpline

April 14th, 2012 by Support Staff

Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is North Helpline’s spring electronics recycling event, benefiting non-profits like the food bank that serves northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Anything metal, or with a plug (electronics and appliances) can be recycled, and there will be a van on site for secure and safe document shredding. We will even have limited curbside pickup available with prior arrangement for a nominal fee.

The event is free, although donations are accepted. It’s being held at Lake City Christian Church, 1933 N.E. 125th St.

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The busy Northeast branch library and this summer's levy proposal

April 12th, 2012 by Support Staff

Voters will decide in August whether to tax themselves an extra $52 annually to bolster Seattle’s strained library system.

Locally, approval of the property tax levy would mean the Northeast branch library, which has the second-heaviest use of any branch in the Seattle Library system, would see less crowding. From the library:

Books, computers, staff, programs, meeting rooms – everything at this branch is in high demand. People who live outside the area also use this branch because hours at their home branches have been cut. The levy will relieve service pressures by expanding hours at other locations. Computers and printers essential to support students, job seekers and others will be upgraded and the collection ofbooks and materials and online services improved. Funding for regular buildingmaintenance is also included.

The levy would also increase the budget for books and materials, and add back resources and maintenance cut since the landmark Libraries For All push finished in 2008.

Details about the $123 million, seven-year property tax levy proposal are here. A story about the City Council voting earlier this week to place it on the Aug. 7 ballot is here.

From that Seattle Times story:

Budget cuts over the past four years have forced the library to close 15 of 26 branch libraries on Fridays and Sundays. The entire system is shut down the last week of August, when the staff, for the past three years, has taken unpaid furlough. The levy would end the weeklong furlough.

The levy would raise about $17 million a year to supplement the libraries’ annual general-fund budget of about $50 million. It would cost the owner of a median-priced $361,000 home $52 a year.

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