Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Michelle Obama speaks frankly about race" (with video)

Politico, with video (01:38):
In tackling the problem of childhood obesity, first lady Michelle Obama is doing something that her husband rarely does — talking about an issue bluntly in terms of race and helping urban America.

She is, some say, filling a role that Barack Obama seems less inclined to fill, serving as a kind of bridge from the White House to black America in much the same way that she functioned during the campaign, observers said.
Where President Obama has been reluctant at times to address domestic policy in terms of how it would specifically affect African-Americans or Hispanics, Michelle Obama has approached her signature issue differently, frequently bringing up issues of race, region and inequality.

The first lady provided a vivid example Friday of her approach to childhood obesity, touring the Fresh Grocer in North Philadelphia, a predominantly black neighborhood that had been without a grocery store for more than a decade. The $15 million store opened in December, created 270 jobs and has a 96 percent minority workforce. The store, located near Temple University, is located in Progress Plaza. Aides to the first lady said the goal is to highlight how neighborhoods have addressed the problem of "food deserts," neighborhoods that lack a full-service grocery store.

“It’s a nuanced conversation about race and place and economic inequality, and at the same time, she is staying within the first lady framework,” said Melissa Gilbert, a professor in the urban studies department at Temple University. “It’s a very smart approach because she is bringing up issues that people haven’t thought about in the popular mainstream society.”

Over the past month, as she has rolled out her Let’s Move initiative, the first lady has spoken broadly of childhood obesity as a problem that confronts children everywhere, but she also frequently mentions the disproportionate effect it has on black and Hispanic children. One in two minority children deal with being overweight compared to one in three white children.

“Because right now, if we think about our children, nearly a third of them in this country are overweight or obese, and a third will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lifetimes. In the African-American and Hispanic communities, that number goes up to half,” she said during one recent speech on health care and childhood obesity.

And in speeches and interviews, she has also addressed the issue of unsafe neighborhoods and often framed the problem as a particularly urban one.

She spoke of the difficulty some children have getting daily exercise. “Urban sprawl and fears about safety often mean the only walking they do is out their front door to a bus or a car,” she said when she launched the program earlier this month.

Speaking of the lack of healthy food options in some urban neighborhoods, Obama said, “And we certainly can’t ask parents who are living in the midst of food deserts without the resources to buy the products and the items for their families, we definitely can’t put them into that trick bag of telling them that they need to do something that is completely out of their reach.”

And she told of her own experiences as the mother of two young daughters. "I was fortunate enough to have a pediatrician who worked in an urban environment in the African-American community," she told CNN’s Larry King about how she came to the issue. "And he was tracking BMI [Body Mass Index]. And he saw a little uptick in the kids' BMI and he kind of pulled me aside."

East Wing aides worked with the White House Office of Urban Affairs in planning for the trip to Philadelphia. And on Saturday the first lady will address the National Governors Association convention in Washington, and appear on Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show, as she ramps up her national public education initiative to fight childhood obesity.

The effort marks her first full foray into policy after a year marked by sustained outreach to metro Washington. She has visited schools, started a mentoring program for young women and invited students to help cultivate and harvest the garden on the South Lawn.

And even when the first lady traveled abroad last spring to London, she made her first speech to a group of inner-city minority students, telling them that she was raised in the “real part of Chicago” and that it was “important for the world to know that there are wonderful girls like you all over the world."

It was similar to what she told a group of students at Anacostia High School as she sat with them in a classroom, recalling that she had been ribbed for talking like a white girl.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said that Obama "plunged into the district" and hasn't been content to see "D.C. as a nice backdrop with a lot of black and Hispanic faces."

"In a country where race rules, she is seen over and over with black children, but it doesn't send out the same racial vibes," Norton said. "Barack hasn't hung back, but she does have greater license to go into the black community without seeming to cut off white people as the president might. And he wouldn't be doing that, but perception is reality."

It is an approach, both symbolic and substantive, that hasn't gone unnoticed by observers of race and urban policy, who had hoped that her husband would live up to his tag of being the first big city, urban president, but have since been disappointed.

For some, Obama's four-hour trip to New Orleans exemplified his approach to the issues confronting urban America. Critics say that though he created the White House Office of Urban Affairs, he has yet to articulate an urban agenda that has taken hold in the public consciousness.

Last year in a White House meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, Barack Obama privately told the group “we have to do something about obesity among our people.”

Speaking more broadly, he told American Urban Radio Networks recently that: "The only thing I cannot do is, by law I can't pass laws that say I'm just helping black folks. I'm the president of the entire United States.”

Aides insist Michelle Obama’s approach complements the president’s approach, and there is little daylight between the East and West Wings in discussions of race or an urban agenda.

“We haven’t necessarily been of the view that there are issues that we can talk about that he can’t. I just think that we often say that part of the role that the first lady plays is to try to demonstrate how different policy choices have an impact,” said Jocelyn Frye, the first lady’s top policy adviser. “What we are doing is driven by the importance of the issue, as opposed to race or an urban agenda.”

But in Michelle Obama, many observers see an unexpected ally — an urban first lady.

"So far, she seems to be very adept at highlighting problems particularly entrenched in cities and particularly identified with cities without raising alarms about an administration fearful of urban decline or overly deferential to a certain population," said Harry Moroz of the Drum Major Institute, a nonpartisan think tank focused on big-city issues. "The first lady can’t make up for what the White House Office of Urban Affairs is not doing. The more the first lady talks about model local policies, the more cities will be seen as problem solvers, instead of problems."

The four major goals of the first lady's initiative are increasing the number of "healthy schools," providing more opportunities for kids to be active, ensuring that affordable and healthy foods are available and making sure that parents have nutrition facts.

In her discussions so far, she has raised issues that have concerned urban activists for decades — unsafe neighborhoods that discourage outside activities and limited access to good grocery stores, or “food deserts.” a term popularized by a Chicago-based researcher.

Yet childhood obesity is not an overtly racialized issue, unlike the anti-gang initiative that Laura Bush launched, for instance. Everyone can identify.

“A black person might see it as a racial justice issue, and somebody interested in class could see it from a poverty perspective, but the suburban white housewife with chubby kids can identify with it as well,” said Andra Gillespie, who specializes in politics and race at Emory University. “It’s about her being an everywoman, though she has a different sensibility and thinks about cities and issues through an urban perspective.”

In some ways, the first lady, who nudged the president to more clearly address the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., can say things the president can’t, some observers assert.

"She knows she has a separate bully pulpit, and she doesn't use hers to step on his," Norton said.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Town Hall with West Seattle Legislators Feb 20

From West Seattle Blog:

Just in from your 34th District state legislators: State Sen. Joe McDermott and Reps. Eileen Cody and Sharon Nelson invite you to a Town Hall meeting on February 20, 11 am-1 pm, atHigh Point Community Center. That’s less than three weeks before the current session in Olympia is scheduled to end; their main focus is expected to be the economy, but the announcement promises they’ll also talk about schools, health care, public safety, transportation and the environment.

Visit WSB for more community news.

Tonight - February Greendrinks, hosted by Neighborhood House's High Point Center

Thanks to Kim Becklund for the heads-up that Neighborhood House is hosting Greendrinks tonight at High Point

Event Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Event Location:
High Point Center
6400 Sylvan Way SWSeattle, WA, 98126
United StatesSee map: Google Maps
Thanks again to Oikocredit USA and Re-Vision Labs for hosting the January Greendrinks. If you weren't able to make it, you can still join the movement to fight poverty through investment by joining the community hub.

THE NEXT GREENDRINKS WILL BE ON TUESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY at NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE'S HIGH POINT CENTER, at 6400 Sylvan Way SW, 98126, in West Seattle, with featured non-profit Neighborhood House. Come check out this amazing center, in the heart of the High Point community, that is a home for anti-poverty services that strengthen High Point families and support the development of a healthy, vibrant and green community.

As usual, we will be collecting a $5 suggested donation at the door that be split between our featured non-profit, Neighborhood House, and Seattle Greendrinks. Click here to plan your trip to the event usingMetro's Trip Planner. For logistical questions, please call 206.588.4900.

Have you been to a Green Lunch yet? Join a small group of Greendrinkers for lunch on 12 February 2010by signing up here.

Here's a huge shout-out, too, to our ongoing sponsors, The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Full Circle Farm,Badger Mountain Vineyard, DRY Soda, The Essential Baking Company, and Chaco Canyon Cafe! As per usual, the February Greendrinks will begin between 5:30 and 6pm.

Please help us reduce waste - even compostable waste - by bringing your own mugs, wine glasses, and the like. Compostable cups will be available for a $5 suggested donation.

Finally, please email info (at) seattlegreendrinks (dot) org for sponsorship information or to volunteer.

WSB: Pigeon Point Council: New co-chairs; Pathfinder principal

From West Seattle Blog:

new co-chairs have stepped up: Jim Sander and Theresa Ball
details on a conversation with David Dockendorf, principal of Pathfinder K-8.

Lots more at WSB

Work parties at the Seattle Chinese Garden

From Katie Kauffman on Puget Ridge:


Our neighbor, Judy Cashman, invites you to participate in work parties at the Chinese garden (located near the north end of the South Seattle Community College campus).


From Judy, 18th:

Hi Katie,

Could you please pass along the info for work parties in our neighborhood's Seattle Chinese Garden? People can come as much or as little as they wish. I went there a month ago, and the gardener Aaron was very friendly and appreciative of the help. It's also a nice way to get to see the 'before" of what will in the future be a wonderful Chinese garden right here in our back yard!


Work Party Schedule ­ 2010

The parties take place from 12 - 3 pm
(3rd Sunday of the month from February - October)

The following dates correspond to the 3rd Sundays of every month:

Feb 21
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20
Aug 22
Sept 19
Oct 24

Mark your calenders! Please bring gloves and tools (some tools are provided)
Sign up with Aaron Skinner, Society gardener, email :
Click here for more information:

Seattle Chinese Garden Society
6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle, Washington 98106

Ethnic Arts Connection - Pre-event Workshop Series

From Artist Trust:

A FREE one-day gathering, the Ethnic Arts Connection is a biennial conference introducing Northwest performing and visual artists working in culturally specific traditions to presenters from around the region in a day of performances and networking. The event will take place, Wednesday, March 10 at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion.

Get a head start and prep for the event with three, free workshops for artists in February.

Resources for Artists
Miguel Guillen, of Artist Trust, will discuss the essentials of presenting your work; funding opportunities and professional resources, ranging from health care to legal services for artists. Artist Saya Moriyasu and Paul Rucker, of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, will also present.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way S.W.

Touring 101 for Performers
Karen Hanen, of Arts Northwest, will present important tips and skills for emerging performing artists preparing to take their shows on the road. She will outline the how-to's of touring, getting bookings, participating in block bookings and more.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way S.W.

Promotion for Artists
Paul Rucker, of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, will offer tips on publicity and promotion, including social networking and other methods of getting the word out about your event. Pick up pointers on creating an effective press packet and working with the media.
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Center - Center House - Room A
305 Harrison St.

You must register in advance. RSVP to Paul Rucker( Please list the workshop(s) you want to attend and provide the name(s) and contact information of all who will attend. You will receive a confirmation. Space is limited. Artists registered for the Ethnic Arts Connection on March 10 will receive priority for the workshops.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2010 (for workshop registration)

Young local artists honored at White House!

This AMAZING opportunity came together over just a few days last week, and results from the dynamic leadership of this group of young artists and the collaboration of a number of organizations and projects that support their work. Congrats to all!

Derek Birnie, DNDA

From ArtsCorps:

Arts Corps Youth Invited to White House Event
Youngstown Records class attend Obama's A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement

Photo by Laura O'Quin

Eight youth from Youngstown Records - a collaborative after-school program of Arts Corps' MusicianCorps Program and Youngstown Cultural Art Center - have been invited to attend the White House historic concert and education event on February 10th entitled "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." The concert will air in Seattle on February 11 at 9 p.m. on KCTS9

These students come from a variety of Seattle high schools and backgrounds and are talented and committed musicians who share a passion for social justice and independent youth voice.

President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert in honor of Black History Month. Artists include Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will serve as emcees. The music special, part of the PBS "In Performance at the White House" series, will air on February 11 at 9 p.m. ET on KCTS9.

The invitation to attend the White House celebration came from the Grammy Foundation through Experience Music Project and Kathleen Allen, community arts liaison with Seattle Public Schools, who was moved by the students' performances a the opening exhibit of I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me at The Frye Art Museum on January 22, 2010. Funds to support the trip to the White House have been provided by generous contributions by the Frye Foundation, Carlo and Eulalie Scandiuzzi, and other individual donors.

Monday, February 8, 2010

SWS - Walkable Livable Communities

From Brian at Sustainable West Seattle:

Hello all,

Here's an upcoming event that i some cases affects your programs (or that I believe you'll at least be interested in). We're very excited about the ongoing community discussion that we hope will develop out of this event.

Would you take a moment to help us get the word out by promoting this through your networks?


Brian Allen, SWS President (206) 973-7374
brian at sustainablewestseattle dot org
PO Box 16251, Seattle WA 98116-0251


Sustainable West Seattle February 2010 Meeting
Tuesday February 16, 7pm South Park Community Center 8319 8th Ave S

The SWS February General Membership meeting will take place at the South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave S), in Seattle on February 16 at 7pm. We encourage residents of South Park and all of West Seattle to attend! Join us for

A Presentation and Neighborhood Discussion about
Walkable Livable Communities
This project began as a charette sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the Northwest Eco-Building Guild, that looked at ways to provide more housing within Seattles single-family neighborhoods. It has developed into a presentation which shows how allowing more housing in single-family neighborhoods - done the right way - can help create more Walkable, Livable Communities.

The presentation touches on some of the challenges before us increasing population, Climate Change, Peak Oil, increased sprawl, loss of community, etc. This is followed by examples of compact housing, such as cottages, duplex/triplexes, corner shops, and others that were allowed in Seattles past.

Some innovative new housing options will be discussed, such as flex houses, along with strategies to encourage community and walkability in our neighborhoods. Well also review recommendations about how to allow these forms of housing in Seattle, ways to achieve these goals, and related community projects and concerns.

Our presenters for the evening:

Sheri Newbold live work play (Vice President, Seattle chapter)
Justin Fogle a peaceful world (Past President, Seattle chapter)
Jim Burton blip design (President, Seattle chapter)

For more information please contact SWS President Brian Allen at or call (206) 973-7374.

participate in the Youth and Families Initiative

Forwarded by Steve Daschle and Ron Angeles:

Please share the invitation below with your family, friends, group and other connections.


Ron Angeles, Dept. of Neighborhoods, Delridge Neighborhoods District Coordinator

You’re Invited

Dear fellow Seattleites,

Mayor Mike McGinn invites you to participate in the Youth and Families Initiative, a major initiative announced during his inaugural address.

The children and families of our city are facing many difficult challenges. As a community, we need to talk about what we want for our kids and how best to create a healthy, positive and equitable environment for all families in our city.

Let’s start a discussion together and come up with a plan that works.

Please join us in attending one of five workshops, where trained facilitators will lead participants through the beginnings of this group discussion. If you are interested in volunteering with the Initiative, please contact Sol Villarreal in the Mayor’s Office at or 206-233-2656.

The five venues and dates will be:

February 22 – Rainier Community Center 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 1 – Northgate Elementary School 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 8 – Van Asselt Elementary School 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 15 – Denny Middle School 7:00-8:30 p.m.
March 22 – Garfield Community Center 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Activities for kids older than three years of age and light refreshments will be provided at each meeting. If English is not your primary language and you would like translation or interpretation, please notify the Department of Neighborhoods at 684-0464 so we can work to provide the best resources available.

It is only together that we can solve the deep, complex problem of how to create an equitable community for our great city’s youth and families. There is no one solution, no one program or person who can point our neighborhoods in the right direction.

We ask that you join us at the beginning of this discussion so that we may all work together toward the common goal of a stronger community.


Office of Mayor Mike McGinn

Sunday, February 7, 2010

NDNC Neighbor Appreciation and Adopt-a-Street

In the spirit of Neighbor Appreciation Day and the NDNC Adopt-a-Street event Saturday, Feb. 6th, the North Delridge Neighborhood Council thanked Sharon P. for her dedication to cleaning up our area with a gift card to Barnes & Nobel. Sharon not only comes to Adopt-a-Streets rain or shine, but she can be seen around the neighborhood cleaning up on weekends.

Thanks, Sharon, for quietly making a visible difference in our neighborhood!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Noted at WSB weekend events page

Event type Story Time
Where Delridge Branch
Audience Children
Language Tiểng Việt

Story Time Summary Thư viện công cộng Seattle tổ chức giờ đọc truyện bằng tiếng việt cho trẻ em! (The Seattle Public Library is hosting Vietnamese Story Times for young children!)
Full Description Hãy đem con em quý vị đến thư viện để theo dõi các câu chuyện, các bài hát và thơ ca.
Event Notes Các sự kiện và chương trình của thư viện hoàn toàn miễn phí. Không bắt buộc phải ghi danh trước.
Translation Bring your child to the library to celebrate stories, songs, and rhymes!
Library events and programs are free. Registration is not required.

More Children's Programs
Contact Info Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian

More at Seattle Public Library

Work party at West Duwamish Greenbelt

with the Nature Consortium

What: Work Party
When: Feb 06, 2010
from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm
Contact Name: Marisa Ordonia
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 206-923-0853

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site. During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.


Where to meet: Behind Cooper Elementary

What to bring: Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces). We work rain or shine. Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills. Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack.

More at Nature Consortium

High Point Neighborhood Night

Noted at WSB weekend event listings

High Point Neighborhood Night
WHEN Friday, February 5, 2010, 6 – 8pm
WHERE Neighborhood House
High Point Center
6400 Sylvan Way
Seattle, WA 98126
AGENCY Neighborhood House, Seattle Housing Authority, High Point Neighborhood Association
ROOM Family Center
AUDIENCE 0 - 3 Years, 3 - 5 Years, Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors
CONTACT NAME Asha Sheikh Ismail
CONTACT PHONE (206) 239-8066
Family Night is free and open to the public.

More events at High Point Center

Art & Poetry Exhibit at SSCC

SSCC Art Gallery
Showing: January 4th - February 5th, 2010

cover artwork by Arana Yunwei, Carissa Falkenstein and Katie Edwards

Featuring a collaborative installation of art and writings of South students.

The SSCC Art Gallery is located next to the Bookstore in the Jerry Brockey Student Center.

Admission is always free.

More at SSCC Student Life

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Neighborhood Appreciation Day - South Park Pancake Breakfast

From the South Park Neighborhood Yahoo Group

Title: Pancake Breakfast! Neighborhood Appreciation Day
Date: Saturday February 6, 2010
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: South Park Community Center
Street: 8319 8th Ave S.
City State Zip: Seattle WA 98108
Notes: $1.00 per person (money goes to help SPCC do cool things like this)
Celebrate our Community while you enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage and, juice and coffee!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Save the date: Cesar Chavez Village dedication

From Jessica Nguyen at Housing Development Consortium:

SeaMar Community Health Center will celebrate the completion of Cesar Chavez Village (1010-1026 South Henderson Street, Seattle) on March 31st, 12:00 pm. All members are invited to the celebration. Contact Paul Fitzgerald, for more information.

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Sé mi Valentina creativa / Be my creative Valentine at the South Park Library!

From the South Park Library (contact):

South Park artist Amaranta Sandys shows us how to create a Valentine's Day card using techniques such as paper cutting, weaving, collage, decoupage, and stencil. For ages 5 and up.

Saturday, February 6, Noon-2 p.m.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. To register, call 206-615-1688. Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

¡Demuestre su amor a través del arte! Haga una tarjeta de San Valentín con la artista Amaranta Sandys usando técnicas como papel cortado, tejidos, collage, decoupage y esténcil. Este programa es bilingüe. Para niños de 5 años y más. ¡Gratis! Para registrarse, por favor llame al 206-615-1688. Se aceptarán personas no registradas si el espacio lo permite.

sábado, 6 de febrero, 12-2 p.m.

@ South Park Library
8604 8th Ave. S. & S. Cloverdale St.

WSB: Parks Board: Creek news, and next steps on the Code of Conduct

The West Seattle Blog story on the Parks Board touches on Longfellow Creek (including some video of a walk there) and gives us an early heads-up on a chance to meet the Director of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Tim Gallagher, on April 28 at the Delridge Community Center.

See the full story at WSB

Seattle Times: West Seattle first in line for RapidRide service

According to the Seattle Times

"West Seattle's future bus-rapid-transit line will receive $21 million in new funding from the Federal Transit Administration, covering three-fourths of the project cost for buses, stations and road-lane revisions, according to a federal list released Monday."

This is the line that goes through the Junction, past the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, and terminates at Westwood. There are some preliminary plans for a Rapid Ride route on Delridge, which could go a LONG WAY toward resolving the limited east-west transit options that tend to isolate Delridge. It remains to be seen whether that route would benefit from this new federal funding.

Seattle Channel: Grant funds now available to bridge the digital divide!

From Take 21, Seattle Channel News and Views:

Note the workshop in Delridge tomorrow.

Grant funds now available to bridge the digital divide!

The City of Seattle Department of Information Technology is now accepting applications for the Bill Wright Technology Matching Fund. Grants of up to $20,000 are available from a total fund of $300,000. The deadline is Monday, March 8 at 5:00pm.

The Technology Matching Fund provides funds for digital inclusion projects located in Seattle, serving Seattle residents. The goals of the fund are 1) to increase technology literacy and access; 2) to provide residents with access to computers, the Internet and other information technology; and 3) to increase residents’ use of technology for community problem solving, civic engagement and community building.

You are invited to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the application process, grant requirements, and what makes a successful application Interpretation services will be provided for you upon request.

Grant Information Sessions:

Wednesday, Feb 3rd
Delridge Community Center
4501 Delridge Way
SW 98106
10:30am – 12:00pm

Saturday, Feb 6th
Miller Community
330 19th Ave. E 98112
10:30am – 12:00pm

Download grant applications and guidelines at or contact Delia
Burke at 206-233-2751 or for more

WCCDA - Seattle Seahawks Visit White Center

From the White Center Community Development Association:

Pictured is Tony Rago, White Center PAL Boxing Club coach, whose club was featured on the Seahawks website. Hawks Cornerback Josh Wilson visited the center to check out and support the youth activities at the center. Go Hawks!

WSB: Seattle annexing White Center? Toplines from today’s briefing

More from West Seattle Blog, whose reporters attended yesterday's City Council Briefing.

The timeline for consideration is clear, and WSB has a copy of the powerpoint used for the briefing.

Read the full story here.

Delores Huerta event cancelled

We posted on Jan 21 about a conversation with Delores Huerta. KCTS informs us that that event has been cancelled.

Dear friends of KCTS 9,

Regretfully, we have had to cancel A Conversation with Dolores Huerta at KCTS 9.

We learned from the staff of the Dolores Huerta Foundation that Ms. Huerta will be unable to make her trip to the Northwest due to a loss in her family.

We send our best wishes to the Huerta family at this time and thank you for your interest in the event. We are currently attempting to reschedule the same event to a later date. Please stay tuned for future updates.

Tony Gomez
Community Outreach Coordinator

Please contact us with any questions or or 206.443.4809

Youth Summit Planning Meeting

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Theater
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle WA 98106

Tuesday February 9th from 3:30 to 5:30

Food and Service Learning Hours will be provided
Come plan the future of South Seattle
Sponsored by
For more information, contact:

Saturday Adopt-a-Street event at the Delridge Community Center

From Sharon Peck to the North Delridge Neighborhood Council:

A friendly, and encouraging, reminder to all in the Delridge/West Seattle community -- this Saturday, Feb 6 is the next Adopt-A-Street event, starting at 10AM at the Delridge Community Center.

You can stay for as long, or short, a period of time as is possible. Coffee and breakfast goodies to begin!

Sharon Peck


Update and encouragement from Nancy Folsom

Remember the first spring Adopt-a-street of 2010 clean up will be this Saturday, February 6th. Meet at the Delridge Community Center parking lot at 9:45 to pick up supplies and a cup of coffee.

If you haven't come before, please, please consider coming out. Just a couple of hours makes a huge difference. We clean up along Delridge from Andover to Graham. That's about a mile, more or less. We've had about 8 core people coming out and while we do our best to get the whole stretch it's hard. The more people we have the better our street will look. A couple of our regulars have other pressing business and may not be able to come.

So, consider how you want Delridge to look to family and friends who come to visit and please come out and help us clean and make Delridge a neighborhood to be proud of! Thanks!!!


Dance practice and Vashon dance!

From Lili Ann Carey:

Hello West Seattle Dancers!

We have a lot of great dance opportunities this week and next starting with a dance practice scheduled for this Thursday, 7:30, at Puget Ridge Co-housing! I am including Lisa and Marty's letter at the bottom and attaching the map- Here's a great place to work on the moves you have learned in class and lock them in! There is a dance on Vashon this Saturday and I know a number of you are going. Next Saturday here in West Seattle, is our ongoing 2nd Saturday dance. This Wednesday is the beginning of the Romance your Dance Workshops in the Greenlake area and finally, Registration is up for our next session classes. So read on, and get all the news fit to print!

P R Cohousing Map

First Up, This Saturday, dance on Vashon at Ober Park Performance Room from 7-9. (Possibly later...)
This is their ongoing 1st Saturday dance. The dance is free but the ferry is not, so carpool! Candy will be spinning the tunes. Here a link to the Park's Map-
And Here's a link to the Ferry Schedule-
Now, see how easy it is? No excuse not to get out of town for the evening and dance!

Next, This Wednesday is the first of the Romance Your Dance Wednesday workshops at Exit Space Dance from 8-10pm. These first two feature Guy Caridi- one of the foremost dancer/choreographers here in the Northwest--Known for his beautiful movement and clear teaching style, he is a shoe in for a perfect evening. Romance is not just about moves which we have a number of-- but also about carriage and movement. Come Romance your Dance this Wednesday.
Pre-requisite for the workshop is a solid foundation in turning waltz and dancing at an intermediate level or above.
Must pre-register by email- we will cap at 20 persons and role/gender balance- Pay $20 at the door and arrive right at 8pm. Here is a map to the Studio-

Next, February 13th is our West Seattle 2nd Saturday monthly dance- this time with a Sweetheart Theme.
I am looking for a few volunteers to bring store-bought cakes and or help set-up. Please let me know!
Here are the details-
Sweetheart West Seattle Community Dance
Saturday, February 13th, 7-10pm
Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave SW
7-8pm-- Beginning Swing Lesson- (no partner or experience required,)
8-10pm-- Dance to Swing, Waltz, Blues and More! We'll pick some of our most fun romantic tunes to dance to.
Cakes so we'll all be sweet and Valentine's Day Decorations.
Don't know how to dance? Don't worry, Mini-lessons throughout the evening to keep you dancing! Singles and couples welcome- No Sweetheart Required.
Lesson and Dance $12, Lesson or dance Only $8 Day care Available for a very modest fee!
Instructor and DJ- Lilli Ann Carey 206-264-5646
To find us, follow signs from California and Lander.
Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation & Hiawatha Advisory Council 206-684-7441

Moving on... Class registration for next session is up! We have a wonderful line-up for this session at Highland Park with Beginning Salsa, Latin Waltz (we'll take Salsa moves and put them into your waltz) and finally for those of you who have been waltzing for awhile, we will take your waltz moves into Foxtrot. You will discover that not only can you Foxtrot but that you have a lot a moves to boot. The prerequisite for Latin Waltz is a good foundation in beginning Waltz- this is a level 2 class. There is no pre-requisite for Beginning Salsa. Hope to see you then!

Finally- here is Lisa and Marty's letter-

Dear Highland Park Dancers,

You're invited to a dance practice on Thursday, February 4th, at 7:30 PM.
It will be at the Puget Ridge Cohousing Common House, 7020 18th Ave. SW, which is less than a mile from the Highland Park Improvement Club where we've been having our classes. (See map below. The common house is roughly in the middle of the site.)
We can help each other remember all the great moves we've been learning! We'll mostly be practicing waltz, but we can do a little swing, too. Let us know if you have any questions.
We'd love to see you!

Marty McLaren

Lisa Kauffman

Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle - Spring Seeds and other news...

From Aviva Furman at Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle:

This mild weather has many of us thinking about the gardening season coming up. Here are a couple of events to consider as you are doing your garden planning.

Seed Swap N'Sale – Saturday, Feb 20th 1-4PM South Seattle Community College
Want to save some money on seeds this year? Avoid ending up with half-used packets at the end of the season and try some new varieties! We have ordered bulk seeds from Territorial, Seed Savers, and Fedco, and will have them divided up into 75 cent mini-packets just the right size for the home gardener. There will also be a ‘free’ swap table – so bring in any seeds you have saved and swap with other gardeners. SSCC Garden center will be open with some wonderful early starts. See the seed list or even pre-order using this form for Community Harvest members.


Three fun classes coming up in West Seattle:
Indoor Seed Starting with Tilth - Saturday 2/20 10AM - Noon
Traditional Preserving with Lactic Fermentation - Saturday 2/20 10AM - Noon
Fruit Tree Pruning - Saturday 2/27 10AM - Noon
Get more information by clicking on the above links.

Save the date: April 17th and April 18th – West Seattle Veggie Start Sale
Get beautiful starts for your garden at Community Harvest’s spring sale.

Other news…

COWS in Seattle
OK – NOT the milking or beef variety! COWS is the acronym for Community Orchard of West Seattle. We have submitted an initial letter of intent to the Parks Department proposing a community orchard in West Seattle. There are wonderful models for community orchards in other cities. Imagine a park planted with fruit which thrives in our climate, producing delicious fresh local produce with low carbon impact, demonstrating unusual varieties and researching appropriate methods. Interested in helping to plan? Contact and we’ll put you on the list.

Join Community Harvest of SW Seattle
Consider becoming a member of Community Harvest. By supporting this organization, you not only get 10% off on our plant sales and a reduced rate on classes, but you help to reduce hunger in our local community. Last year, Community Harvest coordinated the picking and distribution of over 6,600 pounds of local residential fruit to the White Center and West Seattle Food banks. We also established 2 vegetable gardens which donated produce to the food banks, and sponsored 2 fun events for West Seattle: the Edible Garden Fair and Tour. Become a member and help support our work which increases access to fresh, local produce.

Please let us know if you would like to be removed from this mailing list.

All the best,
Aviva Furman
Founding Director, Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle

West Seattle Herald on SSCC fundraising dinner

West Seattle Herald publisher Jerry Robinson published a nice write-up of Gifts from the Earth - an annual fundraising dinner to benefit SSCC.

Read the full story.

Monday, February 1, 2010

blast from the past - Neighborhood Planning as Collaborative Democratic Design

This article, published in The Journal of the American Planning Association, analyzed the factors that made the last round of Seattle's neighborhood planning successful - worth being aware of as we look forward to updating West Seattle's neighborhoood plans (at SOME point).

The author's abstract:

Results and conclusions: The city of Seattle developed a set of tools and resources to empower local citizens in the planning process while also holding them accountable for actions consistent with specified broad values and planning targets. This, together with the city’s substantial investment in neighborhood planning staff, who served as relational organizers and intermediaries of trust, was critical to the success of neighborhood planning and to the emergence of collaborative governance culture among highly diverse and often contentious community associations, business interests, city departments, and the city council.

Takeaway for practice: Diverse neighborhoods can find common ground and make positive progress on planning to address shared citywide concerns. However, they need staff assistance to do this. Neighborhood planners can play this role, but only if cities fund them to do this timeconsuming work and provide institutional support and guidance.