Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Heart Delridge and Clean Greens

Clean Greens Event Sept. 11th from 4-8pm (At the Super 24 Store parking lot- The corner of Delridge Way SW & SW Findlay).

This is the King County Food and Fitness Initiative effort to bring fresh produce to the neighborhood. You can purchase some locally grown veggies through Clean Greens (http://www.cleangreensfarm.com) in person.

The NDNC executive board plus a few other neighbors will host the booth. We'll have info on what we've been up to, can answer your questions, and will offer a fun screen print your own Heart Delridge Tee Shirt activity!

Just bring a pre-washed solid colored shirt, and create! We'll have a screen and provide black and white ink. Screen Printing will be from 4-6pm. Don't want to do that or can't make it until later? You can buy a shirt for $15.

Wanna buy one right now? You can pre-order and pay for a shirt through the DNDA, our fiscal agent. Just go to: http://www.dnda.org/support-DNDA/support-delridge-neighborhoods pay $15, mark that this is for the North Delridge Neighborhood Council's Heart Delridge Tee Shirt, include your contact info, size shirt, etc. and we'll mail it or hold it for you at the event.

Monday, August 23, 2010

West Seattle Blog on artisans at Seattle Chinese Garden

There's a terrific, detailed post over at West Seattle Blog about this weekend's community welcome party for the visiting artisans at Delridge jewel the Seattle Chinese Garden

Head on over for lots of great photos, video, and description. 

September benefit at Youngstown for Nepali women

From West Seattle Blog

Just out of the WSB inbox:
On Saturday, September 25th, 2010, the Bo M Karlsson Foundation’s Third Annual ‘Mahilaa Night’ will be held at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Address: 4408 Delridge Way SW.

This annual Seattle event is a benefit to raise funds for the education of underprivileged women in Nepal. For more information on the work we do, please visit our website http://www.bomkarlsson.org/

We hope you’ll join us for a traditional Nepali dinner, wine bar, entertainment by Nepali musicians, a short film and, a silent auction. Items in the silent auction will include local arts and crafts, Nepali handcrafted goods and gift certificates to many Seattle businesses.

Suggested donation:
Single $35.00/Couples $60.00/Family of 4 $85.00
Tickets includes first drink

RSVP before or by September 15, 2010 at info@bomkarlsson.org or by phone: 206 354 3119

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Skylark wins

Delridge venue Skylark has been nominated at King5 for Best Live Music in Western Washington.  

The folks at Skylark say "We're thrilled to be nominated for the Best Live Music! Make us #1 in Western Washington. Voting starts August 30th."

Head over to King 5 to vote next week.

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Delridge Business - Pho Aroma opens today! Here's the menu

Well worth the wait, Pho Aroma opened today at Delridge and Findlay. I had a chance to try out the Lemon Garlic Beef and it was terrific! 

Here's the menu - drop by!

BTW - Here's the West Seattle Blog article about the owners.  We saw Patrick in there taking pictures of the family today, so check WSB for another update soon. 

Pho Aroma menu

White Center Art Walk

From the White Center Blog - great art and community tonight

August 21, 6 PM – 9 PM

White Center Third Saturday Art Walk

Dubsea Coffee (9910 8th Ave SW): Jeannette Jones – oil paintings. Jeannette’s oil paintings are a complex tapestry of images that require second and third looks to discover the hidden portraits contained within.

Proletariat Pizza (9622-A 16th ave SW): Terry Peart – acrylic paintings. “17th and Roxbury”. Come see this series of paintings of a local landmark in White Center. have you tried the tiramisu?

Salvadorean Bakery (1719 Roxbury): Heather Mathias – Photographing Color and Design:
An Exhibit by Heather Mathias
Heather Mathias’s artwork is an exploration of color and design. She photographs everyday objects, then through “reverse process” discovers their essence – their visual essence; whether it be a specific color, a specific design, or both.

Dzul Tattoo (9622-B 16th Ave SW): The Dzul Family – Tattoo, airbrush, cool urban art. Check out the shop, get that long-desired tattoo!

Cafe Rozella (9434 Delridge Way SW): Another month of good ART!!

Full Tilt Ice Cream (9629 16th Ave SW): Check for updates

Big Al Brewing (9832 14th Ave SW): Adam Schmidt – Metal Art -Precision-cut metal art.

Emergency Preparedness Classes for community leaders

Forwarded by Ron Angeles from

Let's make the Delridge District the best prepared area for an emergency in Seattle!! Sign up now!!!

Subject: [EOCSNAP] SNAP Announcement: Fall Skills Training Begins Sept 25 - Registration now open!

Greetings from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management:

You are the first to receive notification for Seattle OEM’s 2010 Falls Skills Training! The attached flyer has full course descriptions as well as specifics on how to register by e-mail or phone to our office.

Next week, we will post these classes to the Emergency Management Events Calendar on the OEM website, but we wanted to give you an opportunity to share this announcement with your community contacts first.

Due to the high demand of our skills training classes, space tends to fill fast, but please be courteous and only register if you can keep your commitment to attend. We want to be fair and give as many as possible the opportunity to learn priority skills on how to respond and care for others after a disaster.

Other dates to keep in mind: (look for specifics in the September Monthly Connection)

· Sept. 29 – SNAP Continuing Education Workshop: Effective Drills and Exercises – good for neighborhood coordinators and block captains who have a group ready to put their skills into practice.

· Oct 13, 20 and 27 – SNAP Leadership Academy: a three-week course on how to coordinate and organize a group.

Thanks for your continuing interest in emergency preparedness. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions – we look forward to seeing you soon at one of our skills classes!

For a current listing of events, go to the Emergency Management Events Calendar

The Public Education Team

Seattle Office of Emergency Management
105 5th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
E-mail: mailto:snap@seattle.gov

"Disaster ready ... prepared people, resilient community."
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Fall Skills - 2010

More work for organizers - Washington Bus

Over at Washington Bus - the organization that organized voter registration in Delridge the past couple of weekends: 

We're hiring!

We'll make this quick - The Bus is running extensive voter registration and get-out-the-vote programs around the state leading up to Election Day on November 2nd. We're looking for smart, dynamic, hard working, well-organized and multi-talented people. Sound like you? Check out the job descriptions below. We're filling these positions ASAP, so get your application in today!

Statewide GOTV Coordinator
Spokane Coordinator
Spokane Organizer
Vancouver Coordinator
Vancouver Campus Organizers

Bus Internships
The Washington Bus is looking for interns to support our outreach, voter engagement, legislation and targeted races. Our internships offer leadership opportunities for you to make real political change. Click here to learn how to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Get on the Bus!

Job opportunity for an organizer - Got Green

From Maru Mora Villalpando

Position Announcement: ORGANIZER (FULL TIME)

Framework: We are entering a historic time in our country where local efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming are expected to generate thousands of job opportunities as well as new products that are healthier for our homes and families. Got Green believes that through community organizing, we can make sure that Seattle-area “green jobs” provide opportunity to communities most in need: low income communities of color; and that “green jobs” are also “good jobs” – paying a living wage and benefits. We also believe that through organizing, we can make sure that low income families gain equal access to “green products” and “green lifestyles.”

Got Green is a start-up organization – sponsored by the White Center Community Development Association – and we are seeking an experienced community organizer to build a racially diverse activist base of low income and working class young adults of color to fight to ensure that their communities fully benefit from the sustainable, green economy.

· Recruit and develop the leadership of low income and young adults of color to participate in and lead all of Got Green’s activities.
· Develop and implement a broad-based outreach and recruitment plan to 1) Bring new members into Got Green; 2) Educate communities of color (including recent immigrant communities) about green jobs opportunities; 3) Recruit potential participants into a union-certified Weatherization Installer Tech training program.
· Work with volunteer activists to plan and lead community organizing campaigns aimed at 1) Shifting the balance of power in favor of low income communities; 2) Winning concrete demands that improve the lives of low income young adults of color.
· Organize events such as community forums; hip hop shows; film showings; accountability sessions; etc. to advance Got Green’s outreach and organizing.
· Create leadership and personal development plans with each of Got Green’s core constituent leaders. Support Got Green leaders towards reaching their goals.
· Help to develop and lead organizing skills trainings and political education sessions for Got Green constituents/activists.
· Build and maintain a community-based interpreting/translation network
· Assist with fundraising activities such as grant writing; meetings with potential funders; event organizing; as needed.
· Support Got Green’s Weatherization Tech Installer training program and field work. Build relationships with Got Green trainees to involve them in community organizing efforts.
· Participate in staff meetings, organization-wide retreats and on-going strategic planning sessions and support other staff where needed
· Represent Got Green’s mission, values and objectives in all interactions with the public.

· Demonstrated connections to and “roots” in communities of color
· Minimum three years direct organizing experience around economic, racial, and/or gender justice issues – preferably in communities of color
· Experience developing the leadership skills of low income/working class constituents
· Excellent written and verbal communications skills
· Strong computer skills – MS Office, Web-based email, databases, etc.
· Ability to work evenings and weekends as required
· Valid WA State Driver’s license, owns a vehicle, is/can be insured.
· “Risk taker” and “Team player”

· Fluent in a second language
· Existing network in one or more local communities of color
· Experience with/knowledge of organized labor movement and specifically building trades unions
· Desktop publishing, graphic design, or web design experience
· Sense of humor

Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
Sick Leave & Accrual
Vacation (12 days in the first year)
12 paid holidays

Submit resume, cover letter and three references ASAP via email to:
SUBJECT LINE: Organizer position

Please also submit your answer (500 words or less) to the following:
What have you found to be the greatest challenges and opportunities to building a grassroots activist base in low-income communities of color?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Youth Out Loud Showcase this Friday!

From Alberto Mejia at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center: 

On Behalf of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and Youth Media Institute. I'd like to invite you all to the upcoming summer showcase for the 2010 Youth Out Loud summer program! The event is taking place on Friday, August 20th from 6-8pm in the Youngstown theater, and will feature live performances, youth-produced films, original music and digital photography. Our students have put together some amazing pieces this year...join us as we celebrate their work!

Please refer to the flyer below for more information. We hope to see you there!

In appreciation,

Alberto Mejia II, M.P.A.

Green Jobs Forum August 27

Although this forum is over in Southeast, it's organized by a number of leaders from Delridge and White Center, and deals with an isssue that's important to the neighborhood. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Aging Your Way - Conversations for Change September 23

From Joanne Donohue at Senior Services

Aging YOUR Way

Will your community will be able to support you in the way you want so you can stay there as you age?

Baby Boomers are riding the wave to their senior years at a rapid pace but are notoriously resistant to talking about aging, and it's clear they are not interested in aging the way their parents did. To be ready for this demographic shift, communities need to be ready to handle the increase in the capacity and type of services and programs which will be required.

Baby Boomers and other younger-thinking older adults are already re-designing their communities to support them as they age.

Senior Services is bringing community gatherings to neighborhoods around King County and the participants are outstripping all goals and expections we've had! We've held events in SE Seattle and in Shoreline already.

Want to be part of the action? Attend one of the “Aging Your Way” community gatherings in your area.

Join us at an event in your neighborhood to develop your vision and ideas, and work on implementing them! Jim Diers, community development expert and professional facilitator, leads participants in identifying what they care about and creating their vision of what their community will need to look like. Action teams are formed and people are empowered to use their skills, knowledge and passion to make their vision a reality.
Aging Your Way Flyer SW

Newest neighborhood microblog: Roxhill Rox

About the Blog: 
We dig our neighborhood! There is a great mix of people, kids, businesses, parks, and pets. We're going to give you the lowdown and let you know how the other half live (no not that half, the OTHER other half).

About the bloggers: 
We're parents, entrepreneurs, geeks, rock stars, professionals, and everything in between. We dig out little hood up here at the top of Seattle and just want to share a little bit with you guys.

First four posts this week: 

Seattle City Council approves urban farm and community garden legislation improving access to locally grown food

From Erin MacDougall at Public Health of Seattle and King County (and a Food and Society fellow): 

Council News Release

SUBJECT: Seattle City Council approves urban farm and community garden legislation improving access to locally grown food

Laura Lockard (206) 684-8159

Council President Richard Conlin

Seattle City Council approves urban farm and community garden legislation improving access to locally grown food

SEATTLE – As part of the 2010 Year of Urban Agriculture, the Seattle City Council approved Council Bill 116907 that supports the rapidly growing local food movement. The ordinance updates the City’s Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including allowing "urban farms" and "community gardens" in all zones, with some limitations in industrial zones. Also, residents will now be able to sell food grown on their property.

"These code changes will strengthen our community food security," said Council President Richard Conlin, sponsor of the ordinance. "This is one more action that supports the goals of the Local Food Action Initiative: increases opportunities for Seattle residents to purchase and grow healthy food in the city."

"This is an exciting time to be an urban farmer," said Nicole Jain Capizzi, owner of Amaranth Urban Farm in Rainier Beach. "I recently moved to Seattle to start an urban farm and am encouraged by the City’s on-going actions that strengthen Seattle's food system."

This legislation formally recognizes Farmer's markets allowing them in more areas of Seattle. The ordinance also allows dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15 foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones.

"The code changes related to rooftop greenhouses are a bold step toward high-yield food production in an urban environment," stated Branden Born, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning at University of Washington. "The Seattle City Council is again on the forefront of initiatives that show a true commitment to improving access to healthy food."

The legislation improves the number of chickens allowed per lot from three to eight, with additional chickens allowed for large lots associated with community gardens and urban farms. The legislation prohibits new roosters and sets boundaries for chicken coops, ten feet away from primary residential structures. Existing chicken coops built prior to the code changes will remain legal.

More information on raising chickens in the city can be found at:


Erin MacDougall, PhD
Healthy Eating and Active Living Program Manager/IATP Food and Society Fellow
Public Health - Seattle & King County
401 - 5th Ave, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104


Monday, August 16, 2010

Arts in Nature Festival this weekend

A quick reminder to head over the Camp Long this weekend for the Arts in Nature Festival!  Details are at the Nature Consortium website, or head over to West Seattle Blog for a concise recap

WSB reports on the RecTech Teen Photojournalism Internship

Photo credit: Ina Dash, Genevieve Carrillo,
& the RecTech Teen Photojournalism Internship
c/o West Seattle Blog
West Seattle Blog ran a great profile of the partnership program at the Delridge Library:  "This summer, the library has teamed up with the Museum of Flight to create a summer program that helps kids around the community express their creativity while learning about aviation. "

Full story with pictures at West Seattle Blog...

West Seattle Blog on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort in Delridge Saturday

Photo Credit: West Seattle Blog
Get any get-out-the-vote doorbellers at your house/apartment today? Here’s one group that set out from Delridge Community Center this morning – volunteers from the Washington Bus, which is trying to encourage younger voters to participate more in the political process.

More great photos and coverage at WSB...

Our Lady of Guadalupe campaign kickoff

An e-mail from Our Lady of Quadalupe

Please join us as we kick off Building for Our Future: The next 50 years campaign with a parish and community celebration.

Sunday, August 29
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
7000 35th Avenue SW
West Seattle

We'll have food and music, games and activities for families, and big news that will get the campaign off to a great start.

The Building for Our Future Campaign is our opportunity to enrich Parish life -- and the life of the West Seattle community -- for the next 50 years and beyond. By coming together to build a new Parish Life Center/Gym, we will not only create a vibrant place for all generations to grow in fellowship and faith, we will strengthen our entire community.

Learn more on our website.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Small Business Networking - City Business Casual 8/26

Delridge area small businesses should consider this opportunity to raise their profile, especially as our sole West Seattle City Councilmember, Tom Rasmussen, will be one of the featured guests. 

Tom Rasmussen is a Seattle City Councilmember and has spent twenty-five years working on issues important to the people of Seattle - from transportation and the environment, to affordable housing and human rights. Tom currently chairs the Council's Transportation Committee and sits on many other regional committees related to transportation.

White Center Community Development Association Annual Fundraiser 9/10

“Celebrating our Global Village”

Fundraiser to benefit:

Neighborhood Revitalization, Family Development and Community Building

Friday, September 10, 2010

6:00 to 8:30 PM

South Seattle Community College Jerry Brockey Center
6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Tickets: $60 per person

RSVP no later than Monday, August 30, 2010

(service charge will apply)

Picnic at the Precinct this Saturday

South Park Outdoor Cinema

Thursday, August 12, 2010

News Release about Arts In Nature

Forwarded by Ron Angeles:


Seattle Parks and Recreation
Mike McGinn, Mayor
Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent

For immediate release August 12, 2010
Contact: Dewey Potter, 206-684-7241
e-mail dewey.potter@seattle.govmailto:dewey.potter@seattle.gov

Camp Long, West Seattle’s outdoor classroom and urban haven, will host the Arts in Nature Festival on August 21 and 22, 2010.

  • The festival will feature a large and varied range of performing and visual arts that connect visitors with nature, including:
  • Music: Jazz, classical, world, hip hop, bluegrass, and orchestral folk
  • Auditory arts: the "Museum of Sound"
  • Dance and aerial performances
  • Puppet shows
  • Marching bands
  • Interactive activities for kids and adults, including printmaking, instrument and mask-making, participatory chime clusters, laughter circles, and naturalist events.

The festival is hosted by the Nature Consortium, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect people, arts, and nature. The event is also a fundraiser for the organization, founded on the principle of teaching environmental lessons through the creative arts and hands-on conservation projects.

Locally renowned performing artists at the festival will showcase include Hey Marseilles, Pearl Django, Lelavision, Earth, Fences/Chris Mansfield, The Cabiri, Chris Ballew playing songs of The Presidents of the United States of America (as a Nature Consortium benefit show - $25/ticket) and also performing as Caspar Babypants, Jack Wilson, NorthWest Dance Syndrome, Anti-Fascist Marching Band, The Boys of Greenwood Glen, The Curious Mystery, Air 2 A Bird, and Paul Rucker.

The festival’s renowned "Museum of Sound" will offer festival-goers multidisciplinary installations (visual and auditory arts, music, and sound) featuring Hollow Earth Radio, Youngstown Records, Kate Endle & Chris Ballew, Nicolas Gonzalez, Susie Kozawa, Gregory D’Elia, Benjamin Yarges, Ricky Gene Powell, and Nature Consortium Youth Art Program participants.

For more information about the festival, please see www.naturec.org/festival.htm. For more information about the Nature Consortium, please see http://www.naturec.org/.

Suggested donation: $10 per person.


South Park outdoor cinema is back

From Front Porch (the City of Seattle civic engagement blog)

South Park outdoor cinema is back

The South Park Outdoor Cinema and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation will be screening “Where the Wild Things Are,” this Saturday, August 14 in the Napoli’s Parking Lot starting at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 8:30 p.m.

The South Park Outdoor Cinema is another event that is part of the City of Seattle’s Bridge Closure Response—an effort to help the South Park Community through the impacts of the bridge closure. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has been coordinating various city efforts and strategies to build South Park as a destination. Look for more exciting events coming in August!

Deadline approaches for free trees for your neighborhood

From Lois Maag at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Stella Chao, Director

Judy Brown; 206.684.0714; judy.brown@seattle.gov
Lois Maag; 206.615.0950; lois.maag@seattle.gov

Deadline approaches for free trees for your neighborhood

Application for Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods Tree Fund is due August 16

August 11, 2010 (SEATTLE, WA)— The deadline is approaching for applications to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Tree Fund, a program that provides free trees for neighborhoods. The Tree Fund is a simple way for residents to beautify their neighborhood and help the environment, while connecting with their neighbors. Applications for the Tree Fund are due on Monday, August 16 at 5 p.m.

Groups of neighbors from at least five households living on a street or block can request from 10 to 40 trees per project. In addition, every participating household can have a fruit tree for their own yard. Information on how to organize your neighborhood, the selections of trees, as well as the application form, can be found at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/treefund.htm .

For questions or additional information, contact Judy Brown, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206.684.0714.

# # #

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and service that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods .

Seattle Race Conference in Delridge August 28

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
South Seattle Community College
Brockey Conference Center
6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Driving and bus directions can be found at:

$20 pre-registration, lunch will be provided/$30 at door, lunch not guaranteed for those who register at the door
Scholarships available. There is no charge for SSCC student and staff who pre-register.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and will close Friday, August 13th
Register Online

Scholarships: To request a scholarship please emaileleta.wright@gmail.com .
Provide a brief explanation of your situation and the amount of scholarship you are requesting. You will receive a reply by email indicating the amount of scholarship awarded and providing an authorization code to use when registering

Special Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability or language interpretation for yourself or for clients please call (206) 684-4514 by August 13th.

Six clock hours will be available through Seattle Public Schools ($2 per clock hour)


Spero Manson, PhD, (Pembina Chippewa), Distinguished Professor, directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver. His programs include 8 national centers, entailing research, program development, and training among 102 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings.

Ben Danielson, MD, Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, Seattle. Dr. Benjamin Danielson joined Seattle Children's Hospital in 1995. He has been the medical director of Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle since 1999, and he holds the Janet and Jim Sinegal Endowed Chair for the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic. The clinic has been an active part of Seattle's Central District since 1970.

If you would like to join the planning committee for the 2010 Seattle Race Conference please emailinfo@seattleraceconference.org

Seattle Race Conference
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
105 Fourteenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-5594

The Washington Bus registering voters in Delridge/West Seatle this Saturday

Ride on the Magic Vote Bus! August 14th in West Seattle
Christina Rocks serves as the Field Coordinator/Official Badass with the Washington Bus. For those not yet familiar with the Bus, it is a force and a resource for the youth, promoting civic engagement and all around good times. More from their website www.washingtonbus.org/, and their bloghttp://washingtonbus.wordpress.com/

Pow Pow Democracy Pow Pow!

There are no other words to describe how excited we are for the Magic Vote Bus!!!
And yes, we will be even more excited to see you there with us, this Saturday in Delridge! We can’t wait for you to help us get young people out to vote in the August 17th primary!

We will be meeting at the Delridge Playfield (Delridge Ave SW and SW Genesee St) in West Seattle for coffee, bagels, hands-on training, and assorted hi-jinks. We will then go door-knocking in West Seattle to raise awareness about the August 17th Primary (which is on August 17th) and to make sure young people sign, stamp, and send in their ballots!

And because we, the Summer Fellows, love nothing more than a celebration of good politics, after knocking on doors, we’ll head over to Youngstown Cultural Arts Center to be greeted by live music, PRIZES, and even MORE food. Because we love food. And prizes. And music.

Aren’t you hella excited? Aren’t you hella stoked? Aren’t YOU hella bus? Why yes, yes you are.
RSVP today on Facebook, and if you have any questions, feel free to send an email to Tunny at mailto:atTunny@washingtonbus.org

Bus love.



Highland Park Outlanders Run/Walk Club - 8/17

From Ingrid through the Riverview Neighborhood Council list:

Subject: Highland Park Outlanders Run/Walk Club

Hi guys -

Several of you have mentioned perhaps training for a half marathon - either as walkers, runners, or run/walkers. So, I've decided to try to get the Highland Park Outlanders back up and active. We'll meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month, and the fifth Tuesday if there is one, at the Highland Park Improvement Club near 12th and Kenyon at 6.30pm. There will be routes for three or four miles, and people can walk or run as they prefer. And once a month on a weekend we'll have a longer route folks can do. Once we've had a few successful run/walks, I'll bring a list of potential runs people can sign up for.

Post-run/walk, snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorites if you'd like.

First run/walk: August 17, 6.30 pm.


Camp Long August Programs

Camp Long offers family programs!
Camp Long, located at 5200 35th Avenue SW
For more information go to: http://seattle.gov/parks/environment/elc.htm

Check out the video of the Lodge Re-Opening: http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/happening-now-camp-long-lodge-reopening-celebration

**** Camp Long Smores Flavored Ice Cream! Ask for it next time you’re at Husky Deli! ****

Sunset Owl, Bats and Moths
Ages 1 and older
We’ll look and listen for owls, bats, and moths on a sunset hike. A bat detector will make the bats’ echolocation calls audible. Will juvenile Barred Owls be hissing their “feed me” calls? Please register by August 6 by calling 206-684-7434.

August 7 Sat 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Course #57658 Activity Fee: $7

Dragonfly, Butterfly and Bumblebee Chase
Ages 1 and older
We will provide nets and bug boxes. The bugs will donate their time. Learn the art of catching bugs from bumblebees (even a three year old can), to butterflies (intermediate) and dragonflies (the most challenging). Participants of all ages can share in the excitement while learning the story of each bug. With some luck we might find a garter snake too? Please register by August 6 by calling 206-684-7434.

August 7 Sat 3 – 5 p.m.
Course #57654 Activity Fee: $7

Pond Exploration
Ages 1 and older
Dipping in Pollywog Pond for all ages! Many Northwest salamanders, backswimmers and dragonfly nymphs live in our pond. Use nets to see what you can catch. We’ll share the excitement and stories of the critters we catch! Please register by August 6 by calling 206-684-7434.

August 7 Sat Noon – 2 p.m.
Course #57649 Activity Fee: $7

Beach Days!
Ages 5 and older
Beach life will be revealed during a low tide. Give yourself a chance to ‘sea’ the diversity of life forms created over millions of years. Bring a healthy lunch to munch after exploring! Please register by August 6 by calling 206-684-7434.

Location: Me-Kwa-Mooks Park (-2.3 tide)
August 8 Sun 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Course #56780 Activity Fee: $7

Beach Scrambles at Low Tide!
Ages 10 and older
Traverse the sandy, gravelly, slippery, rocky terrain between Constellation Park and Lincoln Park’s Lowman Beach, total of three miles one way. This will be a moderately paced hike on a variety of exposed tidal terrain. Bring plenty of water, food, waterproof sturdy shoes, sunscreen and binoculars. A shuttle will take participants back to Charles Richey, Sr. Viewpoint. Meet at Charles Richie Sr. Viewpoint, 63rd Ave. SW and Beach Dr. SW. This park is also known as Constellation Park. Please register by August 6 by calling 206-684-7434.

Location: Richie Viewpoint
August 8 Sun 9 – 11 a.m.
Course #56782 Activity Fee: $5

Feet First Community Connections
Ages 1 and older
Feet First is an organization that promotes walk friendly communities. We help people take simple steps to create better places to live, learn, shop, work, and play – a world that cares about health, community, and design. Neighborhood maps created by Feet First will be available to all participants. Learn how to use
the maps and gain an appreciation of walk-friendly routes you may not know exist. Free to Feet First members, $5 donation is suggested for non-members. Please register by August 10 by calling 206-684-7434.

August 14 Sat 10 a.m. – Noon
Course #56785 Activity Fee: $5 for non-members

Twilight’s Nature
Ages 4 and older
Twilight is defined as the time between dawn and sunrise, and between sunset and dusk. What are the mythological and natural connections to this special time also known as the Blue Hour?
Location: Fire Ring
Course #56766 August 28 Sat 7 – 9 p.m.
Please register by August 26
Activity Fee: $8

Camp Long Owl Hoot
Ages 5 and older
Join us for a dusk-to-dark owl prowl through Camp Long’s woodland. Will there be babies! Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Please register by August 20 by calling 206-684-7434.

August 21 Sat 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Course #56789 Activity Fee: $8

Twilight’s Nature
Ages 4 and older
Twilight is defined as the time between dawn and sunrise, and between sunset and dusk. What are the mythological and natural connections to this special time also known as the Blue Hour? Please register by August 27 by calling 206-684-7434.

Location: Fire Ring
August 28 Sat 7 – 9 p.m.
Course #56766 Activity Fee: $8

Third Saturday Free Walks
Camp Long – what started out as a leftover unusable piece of land after the West Seattle Golf Course was created became Camp Long with cabins and a lodge. How did that happen? Walk the trails to see the work that the Works Progress
Administration completed during the Great Depression. Find out how Franklin D. Roosevelt’s daughter influenced the whole process. Each cabin is named after a Washington State mountain peak; if you can name 8 out of 10, you get a prize. The walk leader is Gretchen Graber. Please register by August 20 by calling 206-684-7434.

August 21 Sat 10 a.m. – Noon
Course #56787 FREE

Tot Treks
Ages 2-3
Explore the wonders of nature with your tots. Discover life in the pond, forest, and field and meet new friends. Please arrive 10 minutes early 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. Please register in advance by calling 206-684-7434.

Tide Pool Treasures
Course #56770 August 10 Tue 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Me-Kwa-Mooks

Busy Busy Beavers
Course #56771 August 17 Tue 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Cawing Crows
Course #56772 August 24 Tue 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Third Saturday Work Parties FREE
All Ages
Begin a family legacy at Camp Long by restoring native habitat in the park. It’s a perfect time for restoration and cleanup. Make new friends while you preserve the future for yourselves, your children, and the animals and native plants.
For more information or to reserve your place call 206-684-7434 or 206-423-0762. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Care for a new Native Plantings!
Water, weed and mulch in preparation for a hot summer.
August 21 Sat 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sheila Brown
Education Program Supervisor - Public Programs Coordinator
Environmental Learning Centers, Seattle Parks and Recreation
206-684-7086 Discovery Park Office Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

"Creating Community Through People, Parks and Programs"

Youth-Police Alliance Discussion & Role Reversal Workshop Aug 17

From Arielle Washington at the Seattle Youth Commission, via Randy Engstrom:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Strength of Place Village groundbreaking 9/15

Capitol Hill Housing, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association & White Center Community Development Association invite you to join us at the Strength of Place Village project groundbreaking.

Located in the White Center neighborhood, this new development of 30 quality affordable rental housing units is the result of a unique partnership of three community based organizations.


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Intersection of 13th Avenue SW & 100th Street in White Center
Wednesday, September 15th
11AM—Groundbreaking & Remarks
11:45AM—BBQ Reception at Steve Cox Memorial Park(1321 SW 102nd Street one block south of project site)
Please RSVP to: patricia@wccda.org or (206) 694-1082 x162

Related items:
Get the event flyer
See the press release
View images of the project vision

Dance Class - It's Bigger than Hip Hop

On July 7th, we kicked off a new phase of the All Access program at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center . . . Introducing the Summer Institute. We have graphic design, creative writing/theater, and hip hop dancing offered as intensive workshops that take place over the course of a week in conjunction with summer-long ongoing programs. Click the image above to find out more and register.

It's Bigger than Hip Hop
"It's Bigger Than Hip Hop" is a dance class that explores different hip hop styles and music as well as encourages you to develop your own groove. We will be making movement on the dance floor while also looking at hip hop as a social movement. This class is open to all young people, regardless of your knowledge or background in dance - just come ready to get down!

AUG: 9-12th, - Movement Studio
Mon: 10am -12:30, Tues 1:30-4pm, Wed: 10-12:30, Th:1:30-4pm
AUG: 16-19th, - Movement Studio
Mon: 10am -12:30, Tues 1:30-4pm, Wed: 10-12:30, Th:1:30-4pm
TEACHING ARTISTS: Mandy Yu & Maxie Jamal

More on the All Access Summer Institute

Volunteers needed for garden building workparty @ Roxhill Elementary

Volunteers needed for garden building workparty @ Roxhill Elementary in West Seattle
We have a grant through the eat better feel program and solid-ground to improve our capacity for gardening and are expanding the number of raised beds so that more classes and children can participate.

Details: tools, materials, & snacks provided for volunteers

Contact: Maggie.anderson@kingcounty.gov or call 360-421-0172

More information about the King County Food & Fitness Initiative available at www.kcffi.org

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mayor McGinn to tour Delridge Saturday

Join DNDA and neighborhood leaders as we give Mayor Mike McGinn a tour of the Cottage Grove neighborhood! This is our chance to educate the city's top executive about how we get things done "the Delridge Way."

Stops will include:
  • the Delridge Neighborhood Service Center and the Delridge Library
  • the Delridge Fresh Food Spot at the Super 24 store
  • the 5400 block of 25th Ave SW, where the Neighborhood Street Fund will be supporting improvements
  • Greg Davis park and Longfellow Creek
Questions or RSVP's to Derek Birnie or Ron Angeles

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Your feedback needed on the new DNDA website

Delridge leaders and neighbors,

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association just completed a "soft launch" of its new website at www.dnda.org. We hope the new site reflects in a more dynamic way our projects and programs, the board and staff members who lead them, the upcoming events and ways to get involved, and the flow of news and commentary about our work.

We'll be tweaking the content and functionality over the coming weeks, and giving it a new "skin" not long after that.

We're depending on user feedback to ensure we're putting our energies in the right places. Please take a few moments to take the site for a test-drive and then leave your feedback via the link on the front page.


Derek Birnie, Executive Director