Thursday, December 31, 2009

Student Leader Applications open January 1st

From Rhonda Templeman at Bank of America:

Student Leader Applications open January 1st!!

Investing in and cultivating future leaders is a critical component of sustaining and developing the growth of vibrant neighborhoods. Since 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Award has offered high school juniors and seniors in 45 of the bank’s major markets firsthand opportunities to discover how they can help shape their communities now and in the future.

As members and leaders in the community you might know some special high school juniors and seniors who are creating positive impact in King, Pierce and Snohomish County communities.

Selected applicants will:
• Participate in an 8-week paid summer internship with a local nonprofit organization
• Take part in an all-expense-paid week in Washington, D.C. at our Student Leadership Summit with hundreds of other community-minded students from the US and UK
• Learn how nonprofits, government, and business can partner to create a positive impact in our communities

If you know a community-minded junior or senior in high school who demonstrate leadership and extraordinary volunteerism, encourage them to apply!

Deadline: February 17, 2010 (9:00 p.m. PST)

Have students visit: www.bankofamerica.com/neistudentleaders

*Flyer Attached


Student Leader Flyer

Get your organization connected to the new Department of Neighborhoods Blog

From Ron Angeles at the Department of Neighborhoods:

Get your organization connected to DON's new Blog. Find out how below. Happy New Year.

Ron

Forwarded e-mail:

From: Maag, Lois
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:45 AM
Subject: Blog guidelines and information

As you know the Department of Neighborhoods blog has officially launched. Our blog, Front Porch, which is actually a news feed, is part of Citylink Seattle, the city's website and network of newsfeeds from 11 other departments. Our blog offers residents the latest information, events and key updates on our programs and services. As part of City link, our information is collected and fed immediately into the Citylink Seattle Web site (http://www.citylink.seattle.gov/), where residents can view our updates, as well as those from across the city. In addition, all major media have signed up for the Citylink RSS feeds. So while I don't see the blog replacing distribution of press releases, it provides us another avenue to reach the press directly.

Front Porch is a key way to publicize information, good news, highlights and changes and additions to your program. In fact, any time you make a change on your web pages, consider writing up a short paragraph for the blog and link to your page for the details. And if one of our programs participated in, assisted, sponsored or funded a project or activity (such as the opening ceremony of an NMF project), it would qualify for our blog (and for our online calendar).

I mentioned in an earlier email that residents can sign up for RSS feeds and get information sent directly to their phones, computers or mobile devices. They just click on the RSS icon located in the upper right hand corner of the blog, and it guides them through the subscription process.

Attached are the guidelines for posting, process and writing for the blog. To get an entry posted, just write it up (using the guidelines attached) and send it to your manager in final draft for review and approval. From there, the manager will send it to Wendy Watson for posting.

Again, this can be a great tool for you to use. I hope you’ll take advantage of it. Please contact me if you have questions.

Lois


Lois Maag
Community Relations Strategic Advisor
Department of Neighborhoods
City of Seattle
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700
Seattle, WA
98124(206) 615-0950 office

"Connecting people, communities,
and government "

Public Disclosure/Disclaimer
StatementConsistent with the Public Records Act, Chapter 42.56 RCW, all records
within the possession of the City may be subject to a public disclosure request
and may be distributed or copied. Records include and are not limited to
sign-in sheets, contracts, emails, notes, correspondence, etc. Use of lists of
individuals or directory information (including address, phone or E-mail) may
not be used for commercial purposes.


DoN Blog Guidelines

Nominate a park improvement project

From Karen O'Connor at Seattle Parks and Recreation

Opportunity Fund
What park project would you initiate if awarded up to $1.5 million?

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting Proposal Letters for the Opportunity Fund until February 1, 2010. This is a great opportunity to get involved in improving your Seattle parks. The first round of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund ($7 million) is open for community-initiated development projects and land acquisition opportunities. Technical workshops will be held in early January 2010 to assist the community in preparing their proposals.

The nomination process begins with the submittal of a Proposal Letter, which is available now. Proposal Letters and Opportunity Fund Criteria are available online at http://seattle.gov/parks/levy/opportunity.htm. The forms will also be available at Parks Community Centers, Department of Neighborhoods Service Centers and Seattle Public Library branches starting Monday December 14, 2009.

Attached is the press release and an 11 x 17 flyer that provide additional information and announce the technical workshops.

First Year Levy Update

Learn about the progress made during the first year of the Levy on the Parks and Green Spaces Levy web page http://seattle.gov/parks/levy/default.htm. The report is directly under the map. If you would like a printed copy please contact me.

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Best,


Karen O'Connor
Senior Public Relations Specialist
Planning and Development
Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave. S, Seattle 98134
206.233.7929

"Creating community through people, parks and programs." www.seattle.gov/parks

Help Betsy get another playground done!

Thanks to West Seattle Blog for this post.

In short:

Betsy Hoffmeister from Delridge (who catalyzed the Delridge Playfield-playground process after months of working on a proposal for a different site) and Ann Limbaugh from Admiral have both forwarded word that KaBOOM! is coming back to Seattle in 2010 to build another playground and looking for potential places to do it.

They're looking for ideas and help. See the full WSB post for more info.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Free Seattle Symphony performance

Sent by Warren Lawless from the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle:

0910 Community Concert Flyer South Seattle



Thomas Hong, conductor
Amber Archibald, violist
Seattle Symphony
.....................
Friday, January 15, at 8pm
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Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (“Fingal's Cave”), Op. 26
Jones: Benediction
Stamitz: Viola Concerto in D major, Op. 1
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Little Russian”
.....................
South Seattle Community College • The Brockey Conference Center
6000 16th Ave. SW • Seattle, Washington 98106

Hosted by the West Seattle Kiwanis Club

Houston native Amber Archibald received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Indiana University and her master’s degree in viola performance from Rice University. She currently is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Washington, studying with Melia Watras. Archibald also serves on the faculty of Seattle University and has performed throughout the United States, and in Portugal, Austria and Germany.

This concert is presented as part of the ACCESS Project, and is supported in part by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, The National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO, The Moraine Foundation, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation and US Bancorp Foundation.

FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT

Nature Consortium January work parties

Posted by Rose Egge at West Seattle Komo:

Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 26, the Nature Consortium is hosting several urban forest restoration work parties at Pigeon Point.

Work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. You will help remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the city’s largest remaining forest.

RSVP is mandatory for all work parties as locations vary. Email Marisa at volunteer@naturec.org or call (206) 923-0853, and please provide your name, phone, email, and work party date of interest.

(Derek's PS: Check out the Nature Consortium's blog)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership new website

From Renae Gaines:

The Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership’s website is now up and running, log on to www.preventionworksinseattle.org and then click on West Seattle.

Thank you for supporting prevention programs in the West Seattle community in 2009 and I hope to see increased efforts in 2010.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

Renaé T. Gaines
SPF-SIG Community Coordinator
Madison Middle School
3429 45th Avenue S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116

Cell # : (206) 396-2945
rtgaines@seattleschools.org
Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership - “Our Mission is to eliminate underage drinking and youth substance abuse by setting "no use" expectations in schools, in familes and in the community and by increasing healthy options for children and youth."

Camp Long Offers Exciting Programs: January and February 2010

Camp Long January February


NEWS RELEASE
Gregory J. Nickels, Mayor
Timothy Gallagher, Superintendent
http://www.cityofseattle.gov/parks

For immediate release December 29, 2009
Contact: Joelle Hammerstad, 206-684-8020
e-mail joelle.hammerstad@seattle.gov

CAMP LONG OFFERS EXCITING PROGRAMS

Camp Long, located at 5200 35th Avenue SW, offers numerous opportunities to discover what you can do to help the planet. To register, call 206-684-7434.

January
Nature Programs - Animals
Explore the wonderful animal life all around us. Fascinating facts and features of animal life whether crawling, swimming, flying or walking.
Nighttime Low Tide at the Beach – New Year’s Eve!
Ages 6 and older
Help bring in the New Year with nudibranchs, seastars and sea squirts! Gather your friends and family and share in the fun of exploring the fascinating world of intertidal life! After exploring, we'll provide the toast for the New Year! Please wear very warm clothing and waterproof footwear. Also bring a flashlight if you have one or we will provide one for you. All ages welcome but must be able to walk on slippery seaweed! Please register one day before beach walk. Please register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook
Course #49139 December 31, 2009 Thu 9:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Adult Fee $8, Child Fee $6

Camp Long Owl Hoot
Ages 4 and older
Join us for a dusk-to-dark owl prowl through Camp Long's woodland. Early winter is courtship time! Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Please pre-register by January 15. Please register by calling 206-684-7434.
Course #49133 January 16 Sat 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Adult Fee $8, Child Fee $6

Nighttime Low Tide at the Beach
Ages 6 and older
Start the New Year off with nudibranchs, seastars and sea squirts! Gather your friends and family and share in the fun of exploring the fascinating world of intertidal life! Please wear very warm clothing and waterproof footwear. Also bring a flashlight if you have one or we will provide one for you. All ages welcome, but must be able to walk on slippery seaweed! Please register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook
Course #49141 January 30 Sat 9:15 - 11:15 p.m.
Adult Fee $8, Child Fee $6

Third Saturday Free Walks
Seward Park Old Growth FREE
Ages 1 and older
Why would an Old Growth Forest need restoration? What else do these big old trees provide besides shade and habitat? Walk among the ancient trees and learn about the on-going restoration that was funded by a local philanthropist. Please register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Amphitheater in Seward Park
Course #50812 January 16 Sat 2 - 4 p.m.

Me-Kwa-Mooks Beach Walk FREE
Ages 1 and older
Me-Kwa-Mooks, in the Nisqually dialect it means "shaped like a bear's head" is land that was donated to Seattle by West Seattle pioneers Ferdinand and Emma Schmitz. Me-Kwa-Mooks sits above the best tide-pooling beach on the west side, but offers its own unique forest habitat under restoration. Rumor has it a new Eagle’s nest resides here. Please register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook
Course #50817 January 16 Sat 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nature Walks - Preschool/Tots
Immerse young ones in the great outdoors and let them explore the wonders of nature. Most classes require adult participation.
Are You Sleeping, Mother Nature? (2-3yrs)
Ages 2 - 3
Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your Tots. Discover life in the pond, forest, field and meet new friends. Please arrive 10 minutes before class time, and wear weatherproof clothing. Up to two children can be registered with one adult. No strollers please. $7 for one adult with one child. $3.50 for each additional person. Pre-registration required by January 16. Please register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Outdoor Space - North of Colman Pool
Course #49147 January 19 Tue 10 - 11 a.m.
Activity Fee $7

Volunteer Opportunity
Camp Long Third Saturday Work Parties FREE
All ages, families
Leave your family legacy at Camp Long by helping to restore a patch of native habitat in the park, building trails or maintaining amenities. Make some new friends while preserving a future for ourselves and native plants and animals. Register by calling 206-423-0762.

January 16 Sat 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


February
Nature Programs - Animals
Explore the wonderful animal life all around us -- fascinating facts and features of animal life whether crawling, swimming, flying or walking.
Salamander Love Night
Ages 4 and older
Did you know that our two local mole salamander species mate and lay eggs right around Valentine’s Day? Come with us to look for these long-toed lovers, their Northwestern friends and eggs in their watery bedrooms. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Please register by February 12. Register by calling 206-684-7434.
Instructor: Stewart Wechsler
Course #49143 February 13 Sat 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Adult Fee $8, Child Fee $6

West Seattle Birding Loop
Ages 1 and older
Explore West Seattle's fascinating array of parks while learning to identify winter birds with Master Birder Woody Wheeler. This van-based tour will include short hikes (2 miles total) into Jack Block, Alki, Me-Kwa-Mooks and Lincoln Parks, as well as a bakery/hot drink stop along the way. We could see up to 30 species of birds while exploring diverse and scenic parks that feature ecological restorations, marine and forest ecosystems. Come prepared with rain gear, layers of warm clothes, warm boots and binoculars. Families and beginning birders are welcome and encouraged to come along! Meet in front of the lodge at Camp Long. Register by calling 684-7434.
Instructor: Woody Wheeler
Course #50822 February 20 Sat 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Activity Fee $15

Lincoln Park Owl Hoot
Ages 4 and older
Join us for a dusk-to-dark owl prowl through Camp Long's to Lincoln Park's. Early winter is courtship time! Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Please pre-register by February 19. Register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Outdoor Space - North of Colman Pool, Lincoln Park
Course #49135 February 20 Sat 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Adult Fee $8, Child Fee $6

Third Saturday Free Walks
Puget Park Walk FREE
Ages 1 and older
The sign may be gone, but the park does live on! This small piece of the Duwamish Greenbelt is almost unknown to anyone outside of the neighborhood. Once home to a riding stable, this little piece of heaven has been adopted by the neighbors who have begun asking the question about daylighting the creek, which outflows into the Duwamish River. Register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Puget Park
Course #50818 February 20 Sat 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dr. Jose Rizal Park Walk
Ages 1 and older
Named for a Filipino leader, this greenbelt adjacent to I-5 was a no-person land until the mid 90’s when neighbors wanted better access and a place to walk their four-legged friends. A Rotary Club tree planting in the mid 80’s peppered the hillside with trees in a planting medium that was sure to strangle them. Let’s find out who survived and how to navigate the space. Register by calling 206-684-7434.
Location: Jose Rizal Park
Course #50815 February 20 Sat 2 - 4 p.m.

Nature Walks - Preschool/Tots
Immerse young ones in the great outdoors, and let them explore the wonders of nature. Most classes require adult participation.
Winter Wonderland (2-3yrs)
Ages 2 - 3
Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your tots. Discover life in the pond, forest, field and meet new friends. Please arrive 10 minutes before class time and wear weatherproof clothing. Up to two children can be registered with one adult. No strollers please. $7 for one adult with one child; $3.50 for each additional person. Pre-registration required by February 15. Register by calling 684-7434.
Location: Outdoor Space - North of Colman Pool
Course #49148 February 16 Tue 10 - 11 a.m.
Activity Fee $7
Volunteer Opportunity
Camp Long Third Saturday Work Parties FREE
All ages, families
Leave your family legacy at Camp Long by helping to restore a patch of native habitat in the park, building trails or maintaining amenities. Make some new friends while preserving a future for ourselves and native plants and animals. Register by calling 206-423-0762.

February 20 Sat 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Fruit tree expert will teaching pruning in a West Seattle Orchard


John Reardon, vice president of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, will teach a basic pruning class at his home orchard in the Delridge neighborhood on Saturday January 9, 10 am to noon. This is a rare chance to learn pruning techniques on well-maintained fruit trees and (fuzzless) kiwi vines.


John is a passionate lay fruit grower who has taught classes for Plant Amnesty, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and City Fruit. He notes: “I enjoy pruning! My goals are to encourage easy picking and to create productive plants. I encourage lots of questions and believe in learning by doing.”



Cost is $15 for City Fruit members and $20 general. Register at Brown Paper Tickets or send a check to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.


City Fruit is an organization that helps urban neighborhoods grow and harvest fruit. In 2009 West Seattle residents donated more than 6,600 pounds of fruit to food banks and meals programs. Healthy trees will produce more—and better—fruit, and pruning a tree is one way to maintain its health and vigor. City Fruit is sponsoring the class; the Phinney Neighborhood Association is a co-sponsor.


--Gail Savina, City Fruit, gail@cityfruit.org