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Entries from September 2014

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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Solve Clues and Discover Fall Trends to Win a Trip to New York City!

September 12th, 2014 by hillaryu

Throughout September, participate in ‘Trend Spotting at U Village’ for your chance to win a trip to one of the fashion capitals of the world – New York City

On Sept. 1st University Village launched ‘Trend Spotting at U Village,’ a month-long celebration of fall fashion, in-store events and one major contest to ring in the crisp, new season. Shoppers and friends of U Village can follow along online and on social media to solve clues and be entered into a daily drawing for fabulous prizes, as well as be entered to win the grand prize – a trip for two to New York City to experience all that the fashion-forward city has to offer.

Every day in September, University Village will share a clue about one of its retailers – a tidbit of the retailer’s history, a trend that the shop is known for or simply a phrase that defines the store – and customers must solve it. Know the answer? Find out if it’s right by heading into that store and, if the ballot box is there, fill out an entry form for a chance to win the daily prize. No ballot box? Guess again! The following business day, a winner will be drawn to receive a gift card prize for the store worth up to $250.

Play every day! A new clue about a different University Village store will be revealed each morning, and shoppers can play throughout the entire month to try and win. Participants that enter the daily giveaways will automatically be entered into the grand prize drawing – a trip for two to New York City, including airfare, hotel, and a $500 University Village gift card to prepare for the trip.

Additionally, every Thursday in September, a special event or unique offering will take place in or around the store selected for the clue that day. Whether a musical guest or an appearance by one of Seattle’s celebrated fashion bloggers, something special will happen each Thursday that is not to be missed! Stay tuned for more information and be sure to follow University Village’s Facebook and Twitter pages to receive the most up-to-date information!

Clues will be announced around 10:00 a.m. each morning on University Village’s homepage and through U Village’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Participants must visit the store and fill out a form in order to enter. If a participant solves and enters the daily giveaways, they are automatically entered to win the trip for two to New York City.

For more information and complete contest details, rules and restrictions, visit the U Village website.

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Seattle Musical Theatre 2014-2015 Season

September 12th, 2014 by hillaryu

Seattle Musical Theatre kicks off its 2014-2015 season with Tony Award winning classic MAN OF LA MANCHA, book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA follows the eccentric Don Quixote, his faithful manservant Sancho, and the tough, but beautiful Aldonza in a mythic and spiritual quest for the impossible dream. With Director Rick Wright at the helm, MAN OF LA MANCHA runs September 12-28, 2014 at Magnuson Park.

Tickets ($20-$35) are available through or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Seattle favorite Jeff Church (Village, SecondStory Rep) takes on the titular role as “Cervantes/Don Quixote”; with Dustyn Moir (“Paul” in A Chorus Line at SMT) as “Sancho”; and Cherisse Martinelli (Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Leavenworth Summer Theatre, Central Theatre) as “Aldonza.” The cast also includes David Caldwell, Benjamin Cournoyer, Marty Durham, Spencer Fairbanks, James Fesalbon, Melissa Fleming, Tod Harrick, Rebecca Maiten, David Otten, Dima Pogrebniak, Brian Pucheu, Kelly Tallariti, Joshua Valencia, and Ava Yaghmaie.

The mission of Seattle Musical Theatre is to engage and entertain the community by producing new and traditional musicals. The theater nurtures local talent by providing training and artistic development opportunities for children, youth, and adults from all walks of life. SMT’s vision is to enrich the entertainment and educational value of live theater in the Northwest region; provide a premiere environment for nurturing artistic and technical talent; and develop the Magnuson Park theater facility as a key cultural resource for civic, arts, and other community organizations. SMT at all times will strive to demonstrate and inspire these values among the Board of Directors, staff, artists, volunteers, patrons, and donors.

For more information, visit their website.

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Thornton Creek Alliance 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 6th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Thornton Creek Alliance is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a concert in the park!

Be sure to bring a blanket, and a picnic, and join your neighbors for a fun afternoon!

Learn about the restoration efforts, participate in children’s activities and meet community partners! There will be music by the ThorNton Creek Band with ice cream and cake provided!

Sunday, September 14th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, rain or shine
Cromwell Park
18030 Meridian Ave N.

For more information, visit their website.

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Album from Wedgwood resident Glenna Burmer wins Independent Music Award

September 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Submitted by Rita C.

A locally produced album by Burmer Music — Celebrate World Music! — is a winner in the Contemporary Classical category of the 13th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop poll. This is the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international music award program for independent artists. More than 100,000 fans voted worldwide for their favorites in some 80 categories.

Wedgwood resident, Glenna Burmer, is the executive director of Burmer Music as well as a musician and composer.

Celebrate World Music was presented live at a world premiere concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Wash., in 2013.

More information can be found online.

Congratulations Glenna!

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Health Fair at Harbor Church

September 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Harbor Church (9204 11th Ave NW) is hosting a health fair on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This fantastic event is sponsored by Bayer and QFC, and will have flu, pneumonia, and whooping cough vaccinations available on-site. Additionally, there will be free nutritional help and information, blood pressure checks, blood glucose (sugar) monitoring, and prizes.

Open and available to all, regardless of income and insurance.

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