Fall 2011 Small & Simple Grants Cycle Starts Sept. 1

The 2011 Small and Simple Projects Fund, a program of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, will be open for applications beginning on Thursday, September 1 for the fall cycle. The fund is open to all eligible applicants and project types.

In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Month this September, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourage community members to apply for funding to help them organize and engage their neighbors and plan for emergency and disaster situations.

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 Hosts Awareness Day @ Lake Union Park

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 terri@coolmom.org to volunteer. Shifts are 11:30 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 3:30.

For more information on Moving Planet contact Jessie Dye at jessie@earthministry.org or 206-632-2426.

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Shoreline Access & Street Ends in SW Seattle To Be Improved

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.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/environment.htm or contact Cheryl Eastberg at 206-386-4381 or cheryl.eastberg@seattle.gov. For more information on Levy funded projects in your neighborhood, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/Shoreline%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Summer Foraging Walk Along Burke Gilman Trail

Photo by Ryan Cousineau

This workshop is introductory with a focus on plants that are edible during late-summer and early-fall.

Please bring gloves, snips or scissors and a paper or cloth shopping bag.

We will meet in the Gasworks Park parking lot and stroll the Burke-Gilman Trail toward Matthew’s Beach.

Please plan on:
1 p.m. Two-hour interpretive walk
3 p.m. Food preparation
4 p.m. Sample the fare, review i.d. books

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Seattle Public Utilities Survey




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.

Read the plan – and then tell SPU what you think by taking a five-minute survey – use this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/spusolidwasteplan.

Let’s make sure we are well represented in SPU’s outreach process!

SIFF To Re-Open Uptown Theater October, Use As New Venue

In case you haven’t heard by now, the Seattle International Film Festival  announced that it will re-open the historic Uptown Theater in Queen Anne this fall in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the new SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center.

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.

SDOT Wants To Know Your Parking Preferences (Really!)


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.

Seattle Library Closed from August 29 through September 5

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.

To learn more go to this website http://www.spl.org/using-the-library/visit-the-library/holidays-and-closures/library-closure-aug-29—sept-5.

Festival Street Dedication To Honor El Centro de la Raza Founder

Come, let’s celebrate together!

Roberto Maestas Festival 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.

Here is the scheduled Beacon Rocks! line-up:

  • 1:00 Deception Pass
  • 1:30 Skin Deep Belly Dance
  • 1:45 Volcano Diary
  • 2:30 Ala Carte
  • 3:00 Roberto Maestas Festival St. Dedication
    • Seattle Fandango Project
    • Mariachi Seattle Azteca
    • Street Sign Unveiling
  • 4:00 Beaconettes
  • 4:45 Splinter Dance
  • 5:00 Unite One & TraQEssentials

Stay tuned to www.elcentrodelaraza.org for other upcoming events!

Sustainable Ballard Monthly Meeting @ Sunset Hill

Sustainable Ballard is holding their regular monthly meeting Monday, August 22, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 60th St.

This month’s topic is Simple Living.

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:

  • food
  • career
  • family & community
  • transport
  • emotional and physical health
  • health of the earth.

About the presenters

Deanna Duke is a well-known sustainable lifestyle blogger who sets out creative and fun challenges for saving money. She will kick-off the meeting by sharing her projects. Her new book is due out shortly: The Non-Toxic Avenger: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You. Her website is The Crunchy Chicken.

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.

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