Thursday, July 31, 2008

Community Night at the Movies Aug 1

Join us for a night out at the movies this Friday, August 1st from 6:30-8:30 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Screening of the movie is free. This first screening is for adults only. Please RSVP (see below).

The residents of Croft Place Townhomes will be hosting a concession stand fundraiser during the movie.

We haven't decided what movie to show, but among the list are:
* Stop Loss
* The Bucket List
* Prom Night
* Meet the Browns

We will also be featuring a Family Night on Friday, August 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm showing one of the following movies:
* The Spiderwick Chronicles
* 10,000 B.C.
* Penelope
* Nims Island

Seating is limited so please RSVP for either of the screenings to Renee Hipp (206)228-9420 or if you have other questions give Phillippia Goldsmith a call (206)923-0917 x 116

In community....

Phillippia Goldsmith
Community Builder
*Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
5411 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
206-923-0917 x 116
206-923-0920 FAX

*Join our mailing list <>  for more information about our programs and services.

Job Opportunity: Program Director at WCELI

From Stephan Blanford at the White Center Early Learning Initiative

Dear Friends of White Center Early Learning Initiative (WCELI):

I am hoping to expand our efforts to attract a high quality and diverse pool of candidates for a key leadership position within the new structure of WCELI, and asking for your help. The WCELI Program Director will have responsibility for the integration of a wide range of services for children and families in White Center, plus the expansion of those services to families we haven't yet touched.

You can help by sending the attached job description to anyone you think might be qualified and interested in working to improve outcomes for thousands of children and families in White Center. We have lots of fun, but we also work hard, work smart and work fast because we realize that our work has local, statewide and national implications. More information about this and other positions that we are hiring can be found at our
website: [Link]

Thanks, in advance for your help.

Stephan Blanford
Executive Director, White Center Early Learning Initiative (WCELI)
WCELI is hiring! Position Descriptions here

Read some great news about WCELI at:

Read this document on Scribd: program director recruitment

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: August 8 @ Youngstown

Happy Thursday! Hollis here repping Youngstown. We have a really exciting event going down next Friday here at the center and at grocery and food stores across the Delridge and White Center neighborhoods. It'll be a great opportunity for residents to learn more about their consumer options, and for community members concerned about availability, cost and resources of food in the area to connect and get involved in the Food and Fitness Initiative and learn how we can advocate for more access to sustainable food and healthy lifestyles. Plus, there's gonna be a BBQ afterwards with all-ages activities and live music! Certainly not an event to be missed.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A Community Excursion and Celebration!
August 8
3 PM

Join your community in surveying and celebrating food in Delridge! As part of the King County Food and Fitness Initiative, teams of adults and youth will visit local grocery stores to investigate the quality and prices of our food. Then, we will gather at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center for a free barbeque and musical performances! This is a great opportunity for Delridge residents of all ages, particularly families, invested in the neighborhood to know more about the availability and cost of food. We will meet at Youngstown at 3 PM-transportation to your assignment and to the celebration is provided. To participate in this event or for any questions, e-mail Hollis Wong-Wear at

Hope to see you here!

Community Cultural Center

Dina Johnson at Highland Park Action Committee posted up a terrific summary of last night's community vision meeting we posted about for the planned White Center Community Cultural Center.  Thanks to West Seattle Blog for the tip.  

The roots of this project go back several years; local grassroots leaders organized by The Trusted Advocates (West Seattle Herald profile here) identified the need early in their work while members of the congregation of St James Church asked the Synod to help repurpose the facility.  Over the past year, The Trusted Advocates, the Northwest Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the White Center Community Development Association, and several community members have been working to build a more detailed vision for the project, with help from Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, the Pomegranate Center, and Environmental Works.  

Last night, the parties literally signed off on a vision and now will be getting to work to make it happen.  If you'd like to be involved, you can contact one of the groups above, or sign up for the group below.  

Stay posted to this blog for further announcements about how to get involved.  

Google Groups

Subscribe to Cultural Center in White Center at St James - Steering Team & VIP


Visit this group

Delridge Skate Park update

Our friends at West Seattle Blog posted a terrific and thorough report on last night's Community Meeting on the Delridge Skate Park.  

If the opinions voiced tonight at the first community meeting about the Delridge skatepark-to-be hold sway, that’s the spot where you’ll see skateboarders in the next year or two - the northeast corner of the park, at Delridge and Genesee, immediately north of the parking lot and wading pool (which made news earlier today). Less than two months after the suddenParks Department decision to place a skatepark in Delridge, rather than High Point (briefly under consideration) or Myrtle Reservoir (not so briefly, but highly controversially, under consideration), the process is moving along with high hopes and seemingly abundant goodwill. Ahead, what tonight’s meeting was for, how much the skatepark project is expected to cost, and what happens next:


WHAT’S NEXT: In addition to the preferences on which attendees “voted” tonight, the site decision also will take into account site aspects such as underground utilities the city might have to work around. Meantime, neighborhood activist/advocate Pete Spalding, president of the Delridge District Council, urged skatepark supporters to contact city reps now to advocate for the money needed for this park– don’t wait till the budget comes up for a vote in November. (He also reminisced, talking with WSB, about meetings years ago regarding turning the former Cooper School into the current Youngstown Arts Center, at which time some said “when are we going to get a skatepark across the street at Delridge?”)

Info Camp Sep 27-28 at Youngstown

Thanks for the tip from

                     What is InfoCamp?
InfoCamp Wiki: More info and join the pre-conference conversation.
InfoCamp is for...
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Entrepreneurs
Who are into talking about...
  • Information
  • Users
  • Design

InfoCamp is a hybrid unconference that blends the egalitarian, community driven basis of barcamps with some conventional conference structures, where the presentations are given by attendees. A more verbose description.

Read this document on Scribd: InfoCamp2008-Poster-Book

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Guiding Good Choices parent education workshops

From Renae Gaines at Stop Youth Drinking, Start Thinking Coalition (a project of Southwest Youth and Family Services & Seattle Public Schools)

Dear Community Members:

Guiding Good Choices parent education workshops have returned and we will begin registering families, so please help to spread the word.

Thank you,

Renaé T. Gaines
SPF-SIG Community Coordinator
Madison Middle School
3429 45th Avenue S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 252-9179
Cell # : (206) 396-2945

Stop Youth Drinking, Start Thinking Coalition - “Our Vision is to empower family, youth and community to support an alcohol-free lifestyle for West Seattle youth."

Read this document on Scribd: ggc workshop flyer

Screening of Unnatural Causes August 6


Date:  Wednesday, August 6th
Time:  1:30 - 3pm
Location:  Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee - Northend of Delridge Way - directions here)


Community and Program Updates and Announcements


Video  - Unnatural Causes - Place Matters, which features the High Point neighborhood and how the environment effects your health.

Discussion - What to do to reduce health disparities in lower-income and ethnically diverse communities; and an update on the King County Food and Fitness Initiative in Delridge and White Center

We encourage everyone who provides health and human services to attend this meeting.

Town Hall meeting on substance abuse Aug 7

From Karen Greene at Seattle Neighborhood Group (forwarded by Ron Angeles with this note:  Here's a problem growing throughout our community.  Find out how to prevent it.)

Read this document on Scribd: town hall - 080708

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Seattle Weekly piece on the act at Skylark this weekend

In the Seattle Weekly, a CD review of the act performing at Delridge venue Skylark Cafe on Friday.  

Alt Rock Coffee Shop Drop


Those of you who still can’t put down your old Ben Folds Five or Third Eye Blind albums will love Adam Marsland. He’s touring coffee shops (in alt-rock-pop tradition) to promote the album that he’s dropping today entitled Daylight Kissing Night: Adam Marsland’s Greatest Hits. For only six bucks you get an album that sounds like the power-pop-rock of the 90’s and will make you miss your old cut off jeans, crimped hair and the hiking boots that you wore every day while you “pretended” to play an acoustic guitar.There are plenty of oooohs and woo hoos throughout the album that make it borderline cheesy, but that was the 90’s for ya and you’ve gotta love it. Skylark Café, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111,, Fri. Aug. 1st 9 p.m., Free. JAIME SWINDLE

Monday, July 28, 2008

PARK(ing) Day 2008

Do you like parks?
Would you like more parks in your neighborhood?
Join Feet First and others for PARK(ing) Day!

Help imagine and build a greener, more livable city by being a part of PARK(ing) Day on September 19th 2008.

PARK(ing) day started in San Francisco with the artist collective REBAR. It’s motivated by the realization that a metered parking space is a short-term lease of public land, and doesn’t necessarily need to be used for storage of a personal vehicle.

Instead, on PARK(ing) Day, parking spaces all over the world are transformed by organizations and neighbors into temporary public parks. Last year over 200 parks were created in fifty cities around the world, including Seattle.

Go to to read more and fill out this form:

If you are an individual and want to take part, email with your name, email, phone number, the neighborhood or location you would like your PARK(ing) spot to be in, and whether you can organize a space yourself or simply want to participate. We’ll take it from there.

Come to the Feet First PARK(ing) Day workshop on August 13th to learn more about creative ideas for your PARK(ing) spot, resources, permitting, and to nail down other specifics like location. Full details:

PARK(ing) Day workshop
August 13th6pm to 7:30 pm
Triad Urban Center701 3rd AveSeattle, WA 98104
Questions: 206.652.2310

The Trust for Public Lands has taken the project on nationally, and Feet First is working with TPL and the Parks Foundation to mobilize community organizations, businesses and residents to participate here in Seattle. Park(ing) Day is not only a great chance to support a greener and more livable city, it’s a great chance to connect with your local community one curious onlooker at a time. A park(ing) spot park is a whole lot of fun and a true conversation starter, in the best meaning of those words.

For pictures, more information, and more background, go to www.tpl/parkingday (esp. check out “videos and photos from past PARK(ing) day events), or to

Thanks Becca Deehr, Feet First Policy Director for contributing this event!

Designer for Delridge Skate Park Selected

Kelly Davidson, Project Manager for Seattle Parks & Rec, just sent me word that they've selected Grindline as the designer for the skate park.

I'm very pleased. I was on the board last week that interviewed four strong candidates. Any one of them would have done a great job, but Grindline was the unanimous choice.

They are a local company with deep roots in the Delridge area. They are passionate about skating and the community. I really feel this will be a hometown project.

Please come out and express your hopes and expectations for the skate park Wed. night.

SWYFS Second Annual Fundraising Breakfast and Silent Auction Sep 16

From Cara Kroenke at Southwest Youth and Family Services

You're Invited!! 
 Come visit with Senator Tom Daschle, shop, help youth and families and enjoy a wonderful breakfast with us.  It's all just a click away at:
The Board of Trustees and Staff of
Southwest Youth and Family Services
 Invite You to Attend Our
 Second Annual Fund Raising Breakfast
and Silent Auction
September 16, 2008
Salty's on Alki
7 am-9:30 am
Cara Kroenke
Communications and Fundraising Director 
Southwest Youth and Family Services
Seattle, WA 98106
Phone:  206-937-7680 *225
Fax:  206-935-9967

Reminder: Delridge Skatepark Public Meeting, Wed. July 30th

A gentle reminder to neighbors, park users, skaters, parents, and other interested people to come to the first public meeting about the Delridge Community Center skate park design.

7:30 to 9:00 pm
Wednesday, July 30th
Delridge Community Center

Skate parks benefit the community because parks are lively, and the sport brings a diversity of people together in a sport people from 7 to 70 enjoy (okay, 70 may be stretching it a bit).

The designers need to understand, though, how the park is used now and what our expectations are. By the way, the wading pool and playground won't be affected. I'm glad to be involved to help ensure it's an enjoyable site for everyone.

Skate park design has come a long way since the earliest days of the sport. There is more awareness of the surrounding neighborhood, and willingness to make a park neighborhood feature. My own hope is that the park is as pleasing as possible even if there is no skating happening.

The more ideas the designers have from the public, the better they'll be able to understand what we want. Otherwise, they'll be left guessing, and we won't have any room to complain.

Won't you come and help make this park as excellent and beautiful as possible?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Stay Young in Seattle with Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Posted by Dave at Teachstreet Blog

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Several weeks ago I had the chance to chat with Hollis, who works part-time at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, located in West Seattle. Hollis is a full-time student at Seattle U, but finds time to help Youngstown with marketing and event management — she also immediately ‘got’ what we’re trying to enable with TeachStreet, because she’s their community maven, having already set them up (and maintains them) Youngstown on MySpace and other spots!

They’ve got a tremendous variety of classes on TeachStreet, and we hope to keep them as a long-time resident — the good news is it looks like we’re already sending a bunch of prospective students their way (that’s one of the benefits of being an Admin… we get to see what’s going on behind the scenes!).

Jack Black

Picture: Creative Commons | spartus

One really cool new relationship they’ve recently formed is with Seattle’s Rock School (Rock School exposes aspiring young musicians to a rich musical curriculum designed to inform as well as inspire) — this class was listed on TeachStreet from the very beginning, and the feedback from the community was awesome — think of it as part Jack Black, part Axl Rose, and a little West Seattle thrown in — just mix, and rock!

At a higher level, though, Youngstown’s a great place to rediscover the kid in you — they’ve got classes ranging from Poetry to Bellydance, from Tai Chi to Art. — so, what are you waiting for? Stay Young with Youngstown!

NOTE — If you haven’t been to this facility yet, really, it’s worth a visit on one of these gorgeous Seattle days — The center is owned by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) — DNDA raised $12 million to acquire and complete the historic renovation of the building, and it’s just gorgeous. Youngstown offers affordable rental spaces suitable for a variety of uses from live performances, classes and workshops to business, civic and social occasions.

Available resources in over 25,000 square feet of public space include a recording studio, media lab, 150 seat performance venue, movement studio, workshop, promenade gallery, and convenient conference and classroom spaces. All spaces are available for rental to the public. You can visit their website here.

Seattle Glee Clubs Presents The Olio Players in "With Out A Clue"


Seattle Glee Clubs Presents the Olio Players in "Without A Clue" or "Who Did In Willamina Willagillespie from Walla Walla Washington?" a hilarious whodunit, a musical murder mystery performed as a radio drama circa 1940. 3 Shows Only! Friday, July 25, 8 pm; Saturday, July 26, 8 pm; Sunday, July 27, 3 pm. The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle. 98106

General admission tickets are $15, $12 for patrons 65 & over/12 & under.

Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center


Price: $12 - $15

When: 3:00pm Sun 7.27.08-5:00pm Sun 7.27.08 with 1 other showtime today

All Showtimes

  • Today3:00pm-5:00pm

Friday, July 25, 2008

Upcoming Duwamish River events

DRCC has lots of events coming up to get involved in the Duwamish valley, please keep in touch.
We have kayak trips planned with Alki Kayaks (next one is 7/30, 6-8pm), the 4th Annual River Festival coming up on August 23, 2008, and boat tours in September. Please visit our web site to learn more about these fun events.

Several of our 'Early Action' cleanup sites, and the Riverwide cleanup will be moving along this fall; more details on that soon. In late August, we will also be showing off our Vision Map of the Duwamish that many of you helped create this winter and spring. Come by our booth at the River Festival to check it out, or request a copy through our web site.

In yesterday's Times, there was an article about the cement plants in the Duwamish, regarding Mercury emissions. Read the article here:

Also, one of our founding members, the Duwamish Tribe, has been building their Longhouse and Cultural Center on W. Marginal Way, across from Herring House Park. They are scheduled for opening in November 2008, with many music, art, environmental, and community events planned. If you haven't driven by in a while, please go see how it's coming along!

We also have a new web site -- designed by Brett at Atomic Design Lab -- he did a fantastic job.

Nature Consortium Summer News

From Nancy Whitlock at Nature Consortium:  

Hello friends – I hope you’re enjoying summer as much as we are at Nature Consortium. Warmer, dryer weather definitely enhances all of our outdoor programming!

If you have a minute, I’d love for you to check out the attached Summer News or access the link on our website at:

Enjoy & be well!

Nancy Whitlock
Executive Director
The Nature Consortium
4408 Delridge Way SW #107
Seattle, WA 98106

"...teaching environmental lessons through the creative arts & hands-on conservation projects."

Read this document on Scribd: nature consortium news-summer 2008

Southwest Precinct Picnic in the Parking Lot

From Pete Spalding

Southwest Precinct Picnic in the Parking Lot

The annual Southwest Police Precinct Picnic in the Parking Lot will be held on Saturday, August 16th, 11am-3pm at the Southwest Police Precinct.  There'll be free food and refreshments, entertainment, and community resource information tables.   There are a few tables still available for community organizations and human services agencies to display their information.  Folks can contact Pete Spalding to reserve the informaton table space at or by calling 206.361.5336 (work) or 206.579.4373 (cell). 

Delridge Skate Park community meeting

From the Seattle Parks Department webpage:

Public Meeting #1
July 30, 2008
7:30 -9 p.m.
Delridge Community Center 4458 Delridge Way SW.
Seattle WA 98106
This is the first of three public meetings.

The plan for this park is to make it an innovative full service skatepark that can accommodate a variety of features and different skill levels. The skatepark will be located in a complex of existing field sport activities (baseball, soccer, tennis) where parking, bathrooms, and basic amenities are currently located. The scale of this project is expected to range from 5,000-20,000 square feet.

4458 Delridge Way SW

Kelly Davidson
Planning & Development
800 Maynard Ave S, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1366


Jail Siting meeting details

Delridge Community Leaders and residents:

Here's link to Jail Siting information:

Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Brockey Conference Center at South Seattle Community College, located at 6000 16th Ave. S.W. –
focus: West Marginal Way and Myers Way sites; 

Please share this information with your membership, neighbors, and other organizations.

Thank you.

Ron Angeles
Neighborhood District Coordinator
City of Seattle - Department of Neighborhoods Delridge Neighborhood Service Center
5405 Delridge Way SW  98106
(206) 684-7416  (206) 233-7293 (fax)

Stuff the Bus!

From Nancy Woodland at Westside Baby

Stuff the Bus
Diaper Drive
Bring diapers for local children in need and Stuff the Bus!  

Sunday July 27 - 10 to 2
West Seattle Farmers' Market

Costco give matching grant
This afternoon the Costco Foundation informed us that they will give a Daiper for Diaper matching gift for diapers donated this sunday at Stuff the Bus (up to 14,000 diapers).  This means that the diapers you buy will result in double the gift!  Bring your diapers to the bus and it will mean twice as much to local babies.  Spread the news and we'll see you at THE BUS!  


Friday, July 18, 2008

Communities Together: Grassroots Reshaping America - August 15-17

Grassroots leaders from around the Pacific Northwest will be gathering in Seattle for a conference that's free to members of participating organizations including Washington Community Action Network.

2008 Summer Leadership Conference
August 15-17
Seattle University

Have fun and get active with us and our partners from the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations at the 2008 Summer Leadership Conference. Our Keynote Speaker is Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and a long-time progressive activist.

  • Meet other leaders like you from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
  • Participate in workshops on strategies for achieving health care reform and immigrant rights, led by experts from around the country.
  • Learn organizing skills such as public speaking, framing and messaging, building organizing campaigns, and power analysis.
  • Take action to make change

Participation for Washington CAN! members is free! Youth are encouraged to attend.

Call Tim at 206-389-0050 x115 for more information.

Space is Limited. Register Today.

Read this document on Scribd: savethedate

Gangs: “Developing a Regional Strategy” - August 18

From Karen Greene at Seattle Neighborhood Group

Read this document on Scribd: gang symposiumflyerfinal2 august 18

"A Crude Awakening" July 24

From Sheila Brown at Camp Long:

The Northwest Environmental Education Council has some exciting workshops and events coming up! See what's listed below and don't forget to stay up to date with our Environmental Awareness Calendar!

Camp Long Film Screening
Thursday, July 24, 2008: "A Crude Awakening"

Relentless and clear-eyed, this intensively-researched film drills deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming "peak oil" crisis.

Drawing on an international cast of maverick energy experts and thinkers, directors Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack debunk the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stare bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource.

Stick around after the movie for refreshments and discussion!
*This event is free to the public but donations are welcome.*

When: Thursday, July 24, 2008, 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Where: Camp Long Environmental Center - Main Lodge
5200 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA

"Crazy for You" August 7-17

From Jane Taylor at Twelfth Night Productions

Please join me and the rest of the cast at 12th Night Productions' summer musical, "Crazy For You'. Written in the early 90s, the show is a remake of the Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie "Girl Crazy" with an all Gershwin score. Joyous, rollicking, tap dancing fun - the typical boy meets girl despite protests of Mother, boy loses girl and pretends to be rich man to win her back, girl falls in love with rich man but realizes that she really loves boy...

The music is amazing - "I Got Rhythm", "Embraceable You", "Slap That Bass", "Cant' Be Bothered Now". Someone To Watch Over Me", "Naughty Baby", "Nice Work If You Can Get It"and more. The choreography is the best I've seen in this company - you just can't sustain a bad mood when you tap!

This time, I don't play the nasty mother. I actually have a very small part (one line), some funny business (I play the bartender) and get to do a little singing and dancing. Mostly, I'm just enjoying watching the other cast members, including our leads, who absolutely shine!

This show is so much fun, and completely family friendly. Come, bring friends, and bring kids, especially those who like to dance.

August 7-17
Thursday - Saturday 7:30 pm
Sunday 3:00 pm

Tickets available at the door - $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors - or at -

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Susatainable West Seattle meeting on toxics July 21

From Sheila Brown at Camp Long:

Join us!: Monday, July 21, at Camp Long (5200 35th Ave. SW), 7:30pm-9pm.
(Bring food to share and socialize from 7:00 to 7:30pm). This month Our meeting this month focuses on toxics and how to eliminate them from our foods, consumer products, homes and communities. Come learn from a great line-up of speakers, some who live right here in West Seattle. Michael Grenetz of the Washington Toxics Coalition will speak to current toxics issues in our food supply/system. SWS member Michell Gaither of Toxinspect will cover toxics in home and consumer products. Finally, Ben Cook of E-Green Building Systems will address toxics in building and the home. Join us for this informative evening.

Monday, July 14, 2008

White Center Community Cultural Center - vision meeting July 30

White Center Community Cultural Center

A welcoming place for all people where traditions are honored and passed on. A place to celebrate strong families.

Read this document on Scribd: finalcm#4flier

Join your neighbors to finalize the design for the community cultural center at St. James Place. It’s your opporunity to contribute and plan for a successful neighborhood gathering space. Food, childcare and translation will be provided.

July 30, 5:30 - 7:30
White Center Heights Elementary
10015 - 6th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98146

For more information please contact: Patricia Julio,, 206.708.8762

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

InfoCamp Seattle 2008 September 27-28

Posted by shuylerk at Yahoo events:
InfoCamp Seattle 2008 is a collaborative unconference open to all professionals and students interested in user-centered information and design issues.

Mark your calendar for September 27-28, 2008!

More details will be available soon...

Saturday, September 27, 2008 - Sunday, September 28, 2008

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW,
Seattle, Washington 98106
More at Yahoo events or at

Saturday, July 5, 2008

BizJam Seattle 08 July 9 and 10

Thanks for the heads-up from Nine to Thrive at NWJobs.

BizJam Seattle is Biznik's second annual "indie" business conference dedicated to helping you grow your small business. Combining two days of business-building workshops and networking, with the BizJam Soirée, a conference after-party on Thursday night, this conference is different from any other conference you've attended.

An "Indie" Business Conference

We think differently about the word "independent" - BizJam is not just another conference for independent business people. The 30 educational Jam Sessions are presented by experts and innovative leaders in the industries of social media & web 2.0, marketing and business strategy. The Pathable name badges will connect you at a glance with others at the event who are most and least like you. The activity in the CRAVE Connection Cafe gives you an opportunity to tell others in your industry what you need most.

You'll leave with new contacts and a solid understanding of new ways you can build and promote your business using free and low-cost tools. Expect lots of collaboration. Lots of new ideas. Lots of fun. Far fewer rules and stale donuts. We even do the after-party differently.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Greendrinks in West Seattle July 8

From Bill Reiswig at Sustainable West Seattle:

Greetings! --- Please feel free to distribute to your organization, forward by email, or post on your blog....
This July 8th starting at 5:30, Greendrinks will be in West Seattle. There are eight currently planned venues in different spots around our fair city. The West Seattle Greendrinks will be hosted at Alki Kayak Tours and organized by both them and Sustainable West Seattle. These two groups have seen to it that a collection of local beer (2 kegs from Elliot Bay Brewery), wine, and appetizers will be available (Since we do not have alot of donated food, any potlock items, no matter how humble, will be gladly accepted) . This is an excellent opportunity to meet and collaborate with people interested in sustainability issues in your neighborhood.
Alki Kayak Tours is located near the West Seattle Water Taxi at 1660 Harbor Avenue SW. The beauty of this event is if you are coming from Seattle downtown after work.... take the water taxi there, bring your bike, and bike home... (after drinking responsibly, of course) For logistical questions, please call 953.0237. Come join us and connect with your neighbors!
About Greendrinks:
Greendrinks exists as a platform for connecting Seattle's environmental community, with the main event a monthly informal social networking gathering. All are welcome to join us the second Tuesday of every month, starting around 5:30pm. The goal of our group is pretty simple: good times shared among people working in, or interested in, environmental and sustainability issues.

Bill Reiswig

Sustainable West Seattle
206.768.8463 (h); 206.883.7040 (w)
PO Box 16251, Seattle WA 98116-0251

Bill Reiswig

Sustainable West Seattle
206.768.8463 (h); 206.883.7040 (w)
PO Box 16251, Seattle WA 98116-0251

More Americorps positions - Village of Hope and others

We just posted here about the Americorps position at Solid Ground. Neighbor organization Village of Hope is also seeking an Americorps member, and sends this announcement containing other positions as well.

From Deborah Green at Village of Hope:

Please help us spread the word...JustServe AmeriCorps positions still available at Solid Ground (apply now!)
I am sending this email to you for your information and assistance in spreading the word. If you know of anyone that would be interested in working with Americorp, we have applications available at Freedom Church or you can apply at the Americorp Office located at 464 12th Avenue in the Central District.

If you are interested in working with the Village of Hope (VOH), the VOH board members will be sharing information about the positions they are hiring for on Wednesday, July 9th from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Freedom Church in West Seattle, located at 9601 35th Avenue S.W. Following the information session, the VOH board will be setting up times to interview candidates for the positions.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Debbie Green on (206) 937-2701. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Deborah A. Green
Consultant-Village Of Hope
(206) 937-2701 (office)
(206) 770-7278 (fax)

--- On Tue, 7/1/08, Oglesby, Tera wrote:
From: Oglesby, Tera
Subject: Please help us spread the word...JustServe AmeriCorps positions still available at Solid Ground (apply now!)
Cc: "Dapiaoen, Ian"
Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 6:43 PM

Dear friends,

As of today, we have filled 9 of 34 JustServe AmeriCorps positions for 2008-2009.
That leaves 25 positions left to go!

Please help us spread the word about these opportunities to make a difference in the community and gain valuable personal and professional development.

Positions are open until filled!
As a JustServe AmeriCorps Member in 2008-2009, you can...

    Work with youth at risk of violence and incarceration

    • Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center --- Young Men's Violence Prevention Project
    • Center for Career Alternatives Youth Program - Seattle and Kent Offices
    • Cleveland High School --- 9th Grade Support Project
    • El Centro de la Raza Hope for Youth --- Civil Rights History & Poetry Classes *Spanish-speaking required for this position
    • Metrocenter YMCA Street Soldiers Program, in partnership with Atlantic Street Center's New Holly and Rainier Beach Youth Programs…and working in Aki Kurose and Meany Middle Schools
    • NELA Center for Student Succes --- College Readiness Program
    • Powerful Voices Girls RAP (rights! Action! Power!) working with girls in local middle schools
    • Powerful Voices STAGES (Strength Through All Girl Education and Support) working with girls in and out of juvenile detention
    • Seattle Bilingual Orientation Center, a Seattle Public School for immigrant and refugee youth
    • Village of Hope Youth Violence Prevention Network
    • WAPIFASA (Washington Asian Pacific Islander Families Against Substance Abuse) Youth Development Program

    Support people coming out of the prison system

    • Village of Hope Powerful Living Project

    Provide advocacy and support to victims of violence

    • Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
    • El Centro de la Raza --- Financial Literacy Skills for Domestic Violence Victim/Survivors
    • Seattle Police Department Domestic Violence Victim Support Teams

    Help create a better court system

    • Seattle Law Department - Community Court

JustServe AmeriCorps Members commit to working full-time (40 hours/week) from 9/2/08 to 7/31/08.
In exchange for their service, they receive $1, 036/month living stipend, plus $4,725 federal Education Award.
In addition to working at the project site, Members spend 20% of their service time in skill-building, reflection and service activities as an AmeriCorps team.

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Solid Ground is also hiring more than 70 AmeriCorps and VISTA Members to serve with:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. VISTA Corps --- strengthening programs fighting poverty in our community
  • Seattle and South King County Reading Corps --- supporting elementary school kids to succeed in school

To apply for any of these national service positions at Solid Ground, please go to:


Tera Oglesby
JustServe AmeriCorps Program Supervisor
Solid Ground...formerly the Fremont Public Association
Mailing Address: 1501 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Office Location: 464 12th Ave., First Floor, Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206/957-4779 ext. #110
FAX: 206/957-2677

Americorps Job Announcement for the Apple Corps

From King County Food and Fitness Initiative Leadership Council member Michelle Bates-Benetua at Solid Ground

Hello all,

Please forward along to folks you know who may be a good fit.

Thank you,


Michelle Bates-Benetua, Lettuce Link Program Manager

Promote Gardening and Food Security to Youth and Families in Seattle:

A position with Apple Corps

Americorps Job Announcement for the Apple Corps

1 – Lettuce Link Program Development and Outreach Americorps

Program Description: Apple Corps, a program of Solid Ground, works to reduce hunger, obesity, and poor health in children and families in Seattle and King County through school and community-based efforts. Apple Corps recruits and trains Americorps national service members to provide activities to children and families who are most at-risk for malnutrition and poor health. They promote healthy eating and active living programs in conjunction with community partners.

This position places an Apple Corps national service member with Lettuce Link. Lettuce Link, another Solid Ground program, is an innovative food and gardening program growing and giving since 1988. Lettuce Link creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information for low-income families in Seattle. They work to educate the community about food security and sustainable food production.

Organization Description: Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association) is one of the largest, most innovative human service agencies in the Seattle region. Created over 30 years ago, Solid Ground is dedicated to: developing and providing creative and effective responses to our community’s needs; offering quality human services in a manner that promotes dignity; advocating for policies and initiatives that give all people equal opportunities and resources; undoing institutional racism; and supporting the efforts of others who share our vision of community. Each year, Solid Ground provides shelter, food, counseling and other basic services for over 25,000 people in need and is at the forefront of addressing hunger and nutrition issues among low-income families throughout Seattle and King County.

About Americorps: Americorps members spend 10 1/2 months in full-time service addressing the needs of low-income communities. All projects place Americorps members in non-profit organizations and schools to effectively help individuals and communities overcome poverty. Learn more at

Position Descriptions:

Lettuce Link Program Development and Outreach Americorps

An Apple Corps member will help Lettuce Link expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce in food banks and meal programs by developing systems and support that enable more community gardeners and fruit tree owners to raise and donate produce. Additionally, the volunteer will help promote food security and backyard gardening through outreach events, seed distribution at food banks, and working at Marra Farm. Specifically, the Apple Corps member will:

  • Create systems and work one-on-one with gardeners to help revive giving programs at five gardens
  • Assist low-income Seattle residents grow their own food by distributing vegetable seed packets, plant starts and gardening and nutrition information at food banks.
  • Harvest produce at Marra Farm on Fridays.
  • Teach children about nutrition and gardening at Marra Farm.
  • Coordinate the fruit tree harvest project
  • Explore options for increasing donations from farmer’s markets
  • Write newsletter articles that help promote the above goals.

Position Specific Skills and Qualifications:

Knowledge of gardening/agriculture, hunger issues, food assistance programs, and/or experience with educational institutions or social service agencies desirable. Experience working with low-income and diverse populations; Experience working with school-age children; Comfortable speaking in front of large groups; Basic gardening skills; Background in teaching, youth development, or community organizing a plus; Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language highly desirable, but not required; and Driver’s license and reliable transportation preferred.

General Skills and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of education, volunteer, and work experience that demonstrates ability to perform position duties; Effective communication and organizational skills; Ability to work as a team and practice effective relationship-building techniques; Ability to multi-task and work under pressure; Ability to work with people from various cultures, ethnicities and races as well as a commitment to challenge institutional racism; Knowledge of basic computer programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as internet research skills.

Compensation and Benefits:

« Health Insurance

« Modest Monthly living stipend of $950

« A $4,725 post-service education award

« Loan Forbearance

« Childcare assistance (if income eligible)

« Training

« Skill building

How to Apply:

1) Please send a resume and cover letter to Michelle Bates-Benetua at or

Lettuce Link

Solid Ground

1501 N 45th Street

Seattle, WA 98103

** - Priority will be given to applications received by July 11th. However, applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled, through August 6th.

For more information about Solid Ground, please see our website at

Questions? Contact Michelle Bates-Benetua at or (206) 694-6754

Michelle Bates-Benetua, Lettuce Link Program Manager
Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association)
1501 N. 45th St. Seattle, WA 98103

Lettuce Link creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information for low-income families in Seattle and builds awareness about food security and sustainable food production.