The deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund for awards up to $20,000 is Monday, October 17 by 5:00 pm. Community members can also apply to the Small Sparks Fund for awards up to $1000 with applications accepted year-round. To learn more, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.
Two workshops have been scheduled for community members to learn more about the NMF program and emergency preparedness project ideas.
The workshops will be held:
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Ballard Public Library (5614 22nd Ave NW); and on
Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at The 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S).
All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.
Community members are also encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov. For those applying for emergency preparedness projects, contact the Seattle Office for Emergency Management at SNAP@seattle.gov or call 206-233-5076.
Moving Planet Seattle is hosting a rally and awareness event Saturday, September 24 at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle.
Moving Planet Seattle is a community gathering to demonstrate our call for clean energy and transportation solutions for the 21st century. Thousands of citizens are expected to turn out to show our decision makers that the time has come to move beyond fossil fuels. Join us!
The day’s events are:
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Join the parade of boats and bikes, feet and wheels, pedaling, rowing, sailing, walking, dancing and skating all around Lake Union. End at Lake Union Park at 1:00 pm.
2:00 – 3:00 pm: Come jam to music starting at 1 pm and rally for a sustainable future at 2:00 pm. Show your support for moving beyond fossil fuels while enjoying inspirational speakers, community information booths and a crowd photo for 350.org.
4:30 – 6:00 pm (at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 1217 6th Ave, Seattle): Be inspired by recipients of the David Brower Youth Award given to outstanding young adults who are working on environmental justice issues in their home communities.
Some of the kid-friendly opportunities include:p
lay with mini-yacht flotilla in the pond,
play in the spray park,
SDOT is providing their Summer Streets hula hoops, ball toss and other toys,
watch Skate Like a Girl and Stand-Up Paddleboards,
get an Undrivers License.
Check out the Family Bike Expo where you can try out different bike hauling options. Kids and adults can participate in the 1-2 p.m. People Powered Parade around the park on their bike, stroller, skates, wheelchair, stilts, unicycle, jumprope, or feet and of course all can be part of the giant aerial 350 photo at 3:30.
Bring: sunscreen, refillable water bottle, snacks for your kiddos, a towel (spray park), and your very own personal climate banner.
Get to South Lake Union in a fun way: Water taxi, Streetcar, Pedicab, Bike (with Cascade Ride from West Seattle), pogo stick, jump rope.
CoolMom will be tabling at the event as will Sustainable West Seattle, please contact Terri at email@example.com to volunteer. Shifts are 11:30 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 3:30.
Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Transportation are working together to improve public street ends and shoreline access. The public street ends along Lake Washington, Lake Union, Puget Sound, and other waterways provide Seattle many opportunities to provide public access to the shoreline. The purpose of these projects is to provide physical and/or visual access to the shoreline and water environment.
There are between nine and 13 sites that will receive improvements that may include signs, benches, bicycle racks and minor landscaping. The first three sites to receive minor improvements to further open these spaces for public use are located in southwest Seattle at:
SW Bronson Way – Existing large parking lot next to Salty’s Restaurant with outstanding views of Elliott Bay and the City skyline. Needed improvements include separating parking from pedestrian/view area, a hard surface for benches and bicycle racks and landscaping;
S Fidalgo St. – Located in the Georgetown neighborhood between industrial uses, this street end is adjacent to the Duwamish River. Improvements could include clear signage from nearby streets, simple bench/table and minor landscaping; and
Spokane St. E on the east side of East Waterway – Located under the West Seattle Bridge, the area is flat and dirt-covered. Needed improvements include clear signage, benches, minimal landscaping and a potential stairway/path to the water’s edge.
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides funding planning, design, permitting and construction for these projects. Seattle Parks is currently in the design phase and anticipates construction starting this fall.
Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides improvements to neighborhood play areas, improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, community gardens, safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities and funding for a healthy ecosystem for Seattle. This “green” funding has three types of projects: Forest and stream restoration, community gardens and shoreline access.
Make sure your voice is heard as Seattle Public Utilities updates its long-term solid waste plan. SPU is looking for customer input on many proposed recommendations, including recycling goals, waste reduction initiatives, and service costs.
Mark your calendars as the celebrations begin in both venues on October 20 with details to be forthcoming from SIFF.
The theater, which was most recently operated as AMC Uptown 3 Theater, closed last November 28 (2010).
An AMC representative announced at that time that the company systematically updates its theatres by upgrading and adding new screens, and “disposing of older screens through closures and sales.” The representative stated that “unfortunately, the AMC Uptown 3 has been identified as a theatre that no longer competes effectively in the marketplace and will close at the end of business on Nov. 28.”
SIFF will use the theater as one of their venues for both the annual International Film Festival, as well as additional special showing opportunities that SIFF runs throughout the year.
Whether it’s on the street or in a garage, it’s something that many people do on a regular basis. While people certainly don’t drive for the sole purpose of parking, the act of finding a spot is inevitable. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) wants to hear about your experiences.
SDOT manages the on-street parking network – all those pay stations, meters, and related signs. Right now, they’re working on a project that outlines different strategies to make paid street parking in downtown and neighborhood business districts more available. The technical term is performance-based parking pricing. Other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. are testing out new strategies too.
SDOT would like to get a better sense for business owner needs, understand the customer parking experience, and look for ways to make it better. Take a survey! You can find the survey here – http://surveymonkey.com/s/seattleon-streetsurvey – it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. You can also scan this barcode with your smartphone and link right to the survey.
The Seattle Public Library system will close Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 4 due to citywide budget cuts. All libraries will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 5. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, September 6.
During the one-week closure, most services will be unavailable including book drops. No materials will be due and no fines will be charged.
Roberto MaestasFestival Street Unveiling during Beacon Rocks on August 28th at S Lander St. between 16th and 17th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. This is the plaza street immediately north of the Beacon Hill light rail station.
Seattle has only one festival street. On August 28th, that street will be named after the founder of El Centro de la Raza, Roberto Maestas. Come witness the unveiling and hear words from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn; El Centro de la Raza Executive Director, Estela Ortega; and key elected officials and community leaders. Enjoy food, musical performances, and family fun at the final Beacon Rocks! of the summer.
Learn helpful tips and strategies in saving money, energy, resources, and your sanity at this month’s gathering. Get the low-down on the benefits of a simpler, slower, and more authentic lifestyle in a light-hearted atmosphere. Topics covered:
Jody Grage was born in Seattle 75 years ago and bought her house in Ballard in 1976. She grew up in a great family with little money. She is one of the original Sustainable Seattle people and helped inspire Sustainable Ballard. She was in a very early Voluntary Simplicity study group, too. Jody figured out at the age of 10 that it was easier to substitute for money than for time and has lived frugally ever since. She is active with the Green Party on the local, state, and national levels. She also spends time on vegetable gardening, needlework, and Norwegian folk dress.
Kathy Pelish co-founded Ballard’s sail transport non-profit, Salish Sea Trading Cooperative, which saves resources by using community-timeshared sailboats and free wind and tide to sail local goods from Port Ludlow to Shilshole. She’s also co-taught the Transition Town class series, which advocates a less-resource intensive lifestyle, and was instrumental in bringing out Dr. Kathy McMahon for her Fall 2010 West Coast speaking tour about managing the emotional impact of difficult economic times.