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Friday, July 3, 2015 -- 7:35 am
Neighbor's Plea: No Fireworks To Protect Nesting Eagles, Other Animals And Dry Grass Fire Hazards
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:Please, do the right thing and do not shoot off any fireworks, fire crackers, etc.  Yesterday's post stated the penalty for fireworks in the city, but there are considerations beyond the penalties.   Some neighbors may not know that there are at least 3 families of nesting eagles in our neighborhood.  Please also consider the other birds and the many, many pets (especially dogs) in Laurelhurst. When I asked a neighbor last year why they had shot off fireworks from their dock, she stated that everyone else was doing it.  There was a nested eagle family just a few houses down from their house.  Many lawns in Laurelhurst are already dry and this adds to the fire danger.  Laurelhurst neighbors and families pull together for good causes.  Let the fireworks and fire cracker ban be one of these causes.Also the Seattle Animal Shelter sent out this reminder to protect your pets during Fourth of July celebrations which can be a stressful time for your pet," said Seattle Animal Shelter Don Jordan. General tips·         Keep your pet indoors. The noise from fireworks can be frightening to animals and may cause them to seek safety.·         Don't bring your pet to a fireworks display. Crowded, unfamiliar and loud places can cause undue stress on animals. If you are going to a fireworks display or an event where fireworks will be used, the best action is to leave your pet at home.·         Consult your veterinarian beforehand if you think your pet may need to be sedated.·         Protect your pet from the heat. Holiday weekend weather is forecasted in the mid-to-upper 80s. Do not leave your pet in a car, even in the shade, and make sure your pet has access to cool water. Be careful not to overexert your pet.·         Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license. If a lost pet wearing its license is brought to the Seattle Animal Shelter, the owner is notified immediately via telephone. If an officer finds a licensed pet in the field, it will be returned to the owner, instead of taken to the shelter.·         Don't feed your pet scraps from the grill. While it can be very tempting to share your holiday treats with your pet, it's best to keep your pet on its normal diet. A change in diet can upset your pet's digestion, and some human foods are toxic for some animals.The Seattle Animal Shelter will be closed on Friday and Saturday. If you find a stray animal on either day, please care for the animal until the shelter reopens on Sunday, July 5. If you need emergency care for an injured animal, go to:·  BluePearl (formerly Animal Critical Care and Em Read more...
Thursday, July 2, 2015 -- 12:22 pm
Illegal Firepit Built In Tree Stump At Park And Fireworks Not Allowed Anywhere In City
Laurelhurst Blog - A neighbor alerted the Laurelhurst Blog that someone has built a fire pit in a tree stump at the park, and coincidentally right next to the Ctiy fire pit. The neighbor said "It's pretty bad.  That's all I know. Why they couldn't use the fire pit 100' away is unknown."The City Municipal Code 18.12.270 - Fires says: It is unlawful (a) to ignite or maintain any fire or to participate in igniting, maintaining or using any fire within any park except in a designated stove or fire ring or (b) to ignite in any stove or fire ring any household rubbish or other material banned from outdoor burning by air pollution control regulations, or (c) to ignite or maintain a fire in any fire ring during any stage on an air pollution episode declared by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency. All fires within parks are prohibited between the hours of eleven p.m. (11:00 p.m.) and six a.m. (6:00 a.m.).   The Seattle Parks and Recreation website says:Light fires only in designated fire pits. Burn only clean firewood like bare, clean dry cordwood (chemically treated wood like lumber releases a strong-smelling, dirty smoke into the air and burning pallets can leave nails and debris on the beach) Douse your fire completely with water before leaving. Dispose of trash and ashes in the containers provided for each.  Be considerate of others - no amplified music Alcohol is not permitted in Seattle parks.  Also Seattle Police Department and Police reminds residents that fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle: The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries. The holiday related fires and injuries are preventable. On the 4th of July, 911 centers become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. DO NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Unnecessary 911 calls block people with real emergencies from reaching 911 and getting help. Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011 The Laurelhurst Park closes at 10pm daily. Read more...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 -- 9:36 pm
Update On Webster Point Underground Electrical Work
Laurelhurst Blog - In March of this year, Seattle City Light began upgrading the capacity and reliability of the electrical system near Webster Point, which has affected 84 residences in that area, including approximately NE 33rd Street on the north, Webster Point Road NE on the south, East Laurelhurst Drive NE on the east and West Laurelhurst Drive NE on the west. The work will take about one year to complete installation of underground conduits, vaults, and equipment in order to replace outdated 4kV electrical equipment with updated 26kV infrastructure throughout Webster Point.Mark Vanoss, with Seattle City Light, sent this update: Dear Webster Point Customers,Work is progressing on Seattle City Light's project to improve the electrical capacity and reliability in Webster Point. We hope the "Project Update" section below helps explain the latest information about the work. See the project contact information at the bottom of the email if you have further questions. Thank you for your patience during this infrastructure upgrade."  PROJECT UPDATE (6/18/2015) Since the last update on May 28, duct bank excavation and conduit installation has been completed around East Laurelhurst Drive NE and to Webster Point Road NE along West Laurelhurst Drive.  Duct bank excavation and conduit installation isn progress on Webster Point Road NE. Landscaping restoration and sidewalk concrete have been completedfor about 1400 linear feet since the project started at the intersection of NE 33rd Street and East Laurelhurst Drive NE.See recent photos featuring sidewalk restoration.   PROJECT OVERVIEWSeattle City Light plans to improve the capacity, technology and reliability of the electrical systemin your neighborhood. The project involves installing underground conduits, vaults, and equipment in order to replace outdated 4kV electrical equipment with updated 26kV infrastructure.   PROJECT BENEFITSInstalling conduit and vaults will protect the higher-capacity 26kV system, increasing reliability. The current 4kV cable is buried directly in the ground. The new 26kV electrical system will have more switching points, resulting in shorteroutages with fewer customers affected when maintenance is required.  PROJECT TIMELINE AND IMPACTSCity Light hired contractor, KC Equipment. See estimated timeline and project sequence below.               Maintenance outages may be required. If required, customers will be notified in advance.Trenching will occur in the public right-of-way. Affected landscaping, sod, driveway aprons, and sidewalks will be restored to City standards.Parking restrictions are necessary to work safely/efficiently. Trenches will be covered and protected at night.Once conduit and vault installation are complete, the electrical cable will be pulled into place at a later date. At that time, maintenanc Read more...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 -- 9:35 pm
Lost Wallet and Iphone
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:My daughter left her IPhone and wallet on her car top on the night of June 30 around 11:30 p.m. and drove off down NE 41st Street. Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com if you have information. Read more...
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -- 7:30 am
Laurelhurst Community Club Annual Neighbors Meeting Summary Including Talaris Update
Laurelhurst Blog - This information was in the most recent Laurelhurst Community Club newsletter:Annual Neighbors' Meeting a Hot SuccessAbout 40 neighbors enjoyed refreshments and conversation to open the annual meeting of the Laurelhurst Community Club on an 80-degree-plus June 8. After a welcome from Jeannie Hale, LCC president, and the treasurer's report presented by Emily Dexter, six trustees were reelected to serve two-year terms: Emily Dexter, Linda Ann Luiten, Colleen McAleer, Connie Sidles, Stan Sorcher, and Leslie Wright.Featured guest Scott Kubly, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation, discussed Seattle's priorities for improving pedestrian, bicycle, and road safety as well as the infrastructure backlog. Mayor Murray's proposed 9-year, $930 million levy to Move Seattle is now before the Seattle City Council. The proposed new levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (valued at $450,000) about $275 per year, for nine years. The expiring Bridging the Gap levy costs the median Seattle household about $130 per year.  Several neighbors in attendance raised questions about the lack of benefits to Northeast Seattle and the high price that would be paid by Laurelhurst homeowners. At this point, Laurelhurst bus service is scheduled to be eliminated; Montlake traffic is a mess with no easing in sight; the Husky light rail will open in March 2016 but there is not yet a plan that allows neighbors to get from here to there, or back again. No park and ride, shuttle, or bus.  The levy does not appear to address long, congested commute times and the lack of mobility around the city other than through traffic signal adjustments and urging more people to get out of their vehicles and use public transit options. Most of the funding concentrates on sidewalks, bike lanes, bridge and roadway safety and maintenance, improved bus service, and enhanced delivery and freight mobility. Bridging the Gap is expiring and fresh funding is needed.  Our city is growing and there are geographical constraints to expanding roadways. It's obvious there is a very big gap yet to be bridged.  Former Councilmember Sally Clark was introduced as the new UW Director of Regional and Community Affairs, replacing Theresa Doherty who will begin work on the UW's next Master Plan.  LCC trustee Connie Sidles provided an update on the boardwalk and progress at Yesler Swamp, an environmental delight rich with wildlife. She also briefed neighbors about efforts to create shorebird habitat at Union Bay Natural Area, which was detailed in the April and May newsletters. Connie brought several bird specimens from the Burke Museum collection to show us some typical birds of the Swamp, up close and personal. Friends of Yesler Swamp had an informational table and photos. They request that visitors not bike or run on the new boardwalk as the vibrations disturb the wildlife causing them to hide from v Read more...
Monday, June 29, 2015 -- 8:35 am
"ABCs of Jazz and Blues" At Northeast Branch Library Today
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event called "Twinkle, Twinkle: The ABCs of Jazz and Blues" today from 4-5pm.    The information says:Listen to a well-loved children's song through styles like slow blues, swing, reggae, salsa and more, with local musician Michael Powers. The Seattle Public Library's 2015 Summer of Learning, including a summer full of Wild Science! for youth and families runs through September 10th.  The closest library to sign up is the Northeast Branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE. The information says:The program is designed to keep young people reading and learning while school is out. This year's program features the theme "Wild Science!" and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.Children, teens and parents of children up to age 5 are invited to come into any Library location to pick up a free booklet filled with fun, brain-building games and activities that support early learning.   and another booklet for ages 7-12 filled with science experiments, games, puzzles and activities, as well as a guide to hundreds of fun, free programs. Participants also can fill out a survey to get two free tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.  The Library offers summer programming to mitigate the summer slide and teaches children and teens learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills. Children and teens may also sign up for multi-day classes where they can learn to build robots, create video games, use Legos for stop motion animation, sketch wildlife biology and more.Go here for more information.     Read more...
Friday, June 26, 2015 -- 3:49 pm
Week In Review Conundrum: Grow Seattle, Preserve Seattle
KUOW-FM Seattle - ... glamor of Ballard itself. We're not as bad as Ballard although I think the time will come. Carpenter lives off Sand Point Way north of Husky Stadium; Mitchell lives in Kenmore but is interested in Seattle issues. Carpenter: I think in general ... Read more...
Friday, June 26, 2015 -- 9:20 am
Seattle Public Schools Submits Additional Information To Support Need For Portable At Laurelhurst Elementary School
Laurelhurst Blog -    portable delivered then removed on north playground at Laurelhurst Elementary School last summer  DPD (Department of Planning and Development)  has yet to announce its decision on whether they will grant Principal Talbot's request of one more portable at Laurelhurst Elementary School, though some say the decision may come as early as next week.In the meantime, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has posted answers to numerous questions requested in the DPD "Correction Notice, providing quite a lot more background information for the portable need, which many say should have been presented at the Design Departure Committee Meeting on March 17.  DPD sent the Correction Notice to SPS, as they were unable to make a decision based on the limited information.As published in the Blog, Principal Talbot already went ahead and hired an additional teacher, making for 18 total teachers, without having enough space for all classrooms saying in the last school newsletter:We got the great news this week that we have been granted the extra teacher I have been requesting from the district.  Unfortunately, it does push us up against the question of space for the new classroom.When people ask me what I want the outcome of this difficult dilemma to be, I reluctantly have to admit that in spite of a strong consensus from the community in opposition to adding portables, I would like to have one additional portable classroom if the summer construction project isn't possible. My support for a portable is based on finding an answer that will get us started next year with the 18 homerooms our students need, while minimizing negative impacts to students.  Several members of the Design Departure Committee Meeting recently wrote DPD a letter expressing their frustration in not being informed of the Correction Notice and extensive request for information, as well as their concern with the lack of Committee involvement when SPS provides the additional information saying:Since you are considering new information from SPS, we hope that the Committee might be able to present some new information as well.  Since the March 17 public meeting we have learned that:·       LASER had agreed to share one of its portables again next year for instructional space·       SPS has pulled permits to divide the school library, creating a new classroom·       These two "new" classrooms would obviate the need for additional portables at our school. This information indicates that a less impactful alternative exists to simply plopping down more portables in violation of current lot coverage rules and to the detriment of the health and well-being of our community.   Laurelhurst already has the smallest playground with the highest lot coverage percentage Read more...
Friday, June 26, 2015 -- 7:01 am
Women spotlighted on Seattle stages
Seattle Times - ... titution was adopted, women suit up to play all the framers. Through Sunday, June 28, at Seattle Musical Theatre in Magnuson Park, 7120 62nd Ave. N.E., Seattle, $20 (800-838-3006 or seattlemusicaltheatre.org ). Read more...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 -- 8:22 am
"Urban Naturalist" Kids Activity Today At Northeast Branch Library As Part Of Summer Reading Program
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event called "Urban Naturalist" tonight from 3:30-4:30pm.  The information says:Do you love  the outdoors? Learn how to deepen your experiences with nature through the use of naturalist tools, tracking techniques and more. For ages 9-18. The Seattle Public Library's 2015 Summer of Learning, including a summer full of Wild Science! for youth and families runs through September 10th. The closest library to sign up is the Northeast Branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE.The information says:The program is designed to keep young people reading and learning while school is out. This year's program features the theme "Wild Science!" and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.Children, teens and parents of children up to age 5 are invited to come into any Library location to pick up a free booklet filled with fun, brain-building games and activities that support early learning.   and another booklet for ages 7-12 filled with science experiments, games, puzzles and activities, as well as a guide to hundreds of fun, free programs. Participants also can fill out a survey to get two free tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.  The Library offers summer programming to mitigate the summer slide and teaches children and teens learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills. Children and teens may also sign up for multi-day classes where they can learn to build robots, create video games, use Legos for stop motion animation, sketch wildlife biology and more.Go here for more information.  Read more...
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 -- 7:45 am
Car Prowl On 3300 Block Of 46th Avenue NE And Seattle Police Prevention Tips
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:We live in the 3300 block of 46th Avenue NE and had the unfortunate knock on our door Sunday morning by a neighbor alerting us after seeing all the doors of my car and trunk open. We went out to the car and the  entire contents of my  car were stolen. It was either a sophisticated unlocking device or a mistake on my part of leaving my car unlocked.   My trunk had several bags of new items to return.  The glove compartment was rifled through. There was nothing left. Just a thought with this warm weather that many of us have a fan or window A/C on and this totally blocks any sound from out doors. I think we would have heard something had our windows been open. Here are Seattle Police Department's reminders about securing your car and valuables to prevent a car break-in:CAR PROWL PREVENTION  Take all valuables with you when you park, and make sure all items, regardless of value, are not visible.  You are more likely to be a victim of a vehicle crime than any other crime reported to the Seattle Police Department. An experienced Car Prowler or Thief can gain access to your car in virtually seconds.  In less than 30 seconds, someone could break into a parked car. Most car prowls themselves take less than two minutes. The damage done to locks and windows can be very expensive to repair and cause great inconvenience.REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CAR PROWLSThe following are recommendations that can reduce your risk of being a victim of a car prowl or theft.When you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area. Before leaving your parked car, always remove the keys, roll up the windows and lock the car. Make a habit of locking your garage door and car doors. If possible, store your car in a closed and locked garage. If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night. If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space even if it means adding additional street/yard lighting & trimming back trees/bushes that block your view of your vehicle. If you park your car in a dark or isolated area, consider the City Light Area Lighting Program, which permits additional light fixtures to be placed on existing poles. The cost is less than $5 per month per light. Call (206) 684-3000 for more information. Consider replacing the light fixture closest to your car with a motion detector unit. Motion detectors are a good psychological deterrents since the normal assumption of a person seeing a light come on is that someone has seen them. Additionally, the light makes the prowler or thief more visible. Read more...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -- 12:49 pm
This Week, You Can Eat Pig Brains, Drink Beer and Learn About Astronomy, and Make Vegetarian Tamales
The Stranger - ... tamales stuffed with a vegan mole sauce. Sunday, June 28 Burn off calories at the Fourth Annual Eat Run Hope 5K at Magnuson Park - or you can skip the 5K part and just eat and drink in the chef's tent, where there will be food from restaurants ... Read more...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -- 8:57 am
Seattle Chamber Music Society - Summer Festival Preview Lecture At Northeast Library Branch
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event called "Seattle Chamber Music Society - Summer Festival Preview Lecture" tonight from 6:30-7:30pm.  The information says:Tonight attend a preview lecture on the chamber music of Beethoven, which will be featured in the upcoming Summer Festival.  This multi-media presentation will explore the chamber music works of Ludwig van Beethoven featured at Seattle Chamber Music Society's 2015 Summer Festival (July 6 - August 1). Beethoven is often called the most important composer of Classical music and throughout his life his music evolved. In the presentation we'll use his symphonies as a guide post to investigate his early, middle, and late periods, showing how his musical values evolved in his Chamber Music. This presentation will examine the history and musical impact of these pieces through recorded musical examples and informal presentation by SCMS staff members Jeremy Jolley, Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Garber, Director of Marketing.  For more information go here or call the Northeast Branch 206-684-7539. Read more...
Monday, June 22, 2015 -- 1:55 pm
Neighbor Finds Beautiful Hawk Fallen Out Of Nest In Park
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email from a neighbor on the 3800 block of 46th Avenue NE:Sadly, a dead baby hawk was found in Laurelhurst Park on Sunday morning in the grass under a tree where apparently there was a nest up above.   The baby hawk was found on the NE side of the park near the fire pit.   PAWS Wildlife said it appeared to be either a Coopers Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk and suggested I take the specimen to the Burke Museum so the ornithologists there could do something meaningful with it.   It is a beautiful bird.  Summer is breeding season for Coopers Hawks.  Read more...
Monday, June 22, 2015 -- 1:48 pm
Apply Now For City's Small Sparks Fun For Neighborhood Night Out Activities In August
Laurelhurst Blog -   Applications are due today for additional funds for neighbors that participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4th. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects and events that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. Register on the web-based application system. Go here or call 206-733-9916.  Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. Read more...
Friday, June 19, 2015 -- 5:36 am
Neighors Dislike New Ultra Bright LED Street Lights Resulting In Glare
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog has received several email about the new lights recently installed in various parts o f the neighborhood;One resident on 47th Avenue NE near Sand Point Way said:In the last few days we've noticed that they've changed out the street lights on our street.  Gone are the soft lights that you see on Sand Point Way. They've been replaced by ultra-bright "stadium" white lights.  It's too bright and shines through our closed blinds in our bedroom.  Very annoying.  Does anyone know if this was done as a cost saving measure?  Does anyone dislike it besides me? Another resident said:I am wondering about the new LED lighting being installed in the neighborhood.  I think it's along the bus route.  The glare is very bad.  There are two styles of lights, one has 3-5 rows; the other has 5-8 rows.  There is one on NE 41st Street and 37th Avenue NE by the Center for Urban Horticulture.  They make the neighborhood look like an airport runway.  I've called City Light and they've said there have been many complaints.   The Laurelhurst Blog contacted Mark Vanoss, who gave this information:The City has been converting the streetlights from high pressure sodium (HPS) to light emitting diodes (LEDs) starting in late March 2013 for Laurelhurst and Sand Point, which lie in Zone 3.Work in Zone 3 is being carried out based on City Light's established four year maintenance cycle.  From the map, one can see that conversion of the arterial roadway streetlights in this area is recent. Non-arterial (residential) roadways were converted to LEDs starting as early as late 2009. There are still some residential streetlights out there in isolated pockets. These will be converted as they are identified while the contractor is working on the arterial conversions.Zone 3 is in our four-year maintenance schedule and the HPS fixtures (called cobrahead) are being replaced with long life (expected 15 year life) LED fixtures rather than replace lamps (every four years) with HPS cobrahead fixtures. The City of Seattle sets regulations based on national standards for how much light should be provided on roadways to maintain safe driving conditions and ensure pedestrian safety. City Light has a responsibility to follow those standards. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has primary responsibility and the authority to determine lighting needs and design criteria necessary for traffic safety for arterial and business district lighting. The design criteria include setting light levels, light quality, uniformity, performance of luminaire lighting distribution, and illuminance criteria. A thorough lighting level analysis was performed and SDOT determined the proper LED wattage for the roadway.If bright lights are affecting customers, they  can file an on-line report or call 206-684-7056.  If there are specific LED s Read more...
Friday, June 19, 2015 -- 5:18 am
Applications Accepted For Funs To Support August 4 Night Out Activities
Laurelhurst Blog - The 31st Annual Neighborhood Night Out is coming up on August 4 and the City is accepting applications through Monday for the Neighborhood Matching Fund to help with activities Community groups can request up to $1000 through the Small Sparks Fund to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. For information on the application process, go here or call 206-733-9916.   Read more...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 -- 11:13 am
Visit Public Library To Join Summer Reading Program
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Seattle Public Library's 2015 Summer of Learning for youth and families kicks has started and runs through September 10th. The closest library to sign up is the Northeast Branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE.The information says:The program is designed to keep young people reading and learning while school is out. This year's program features the theme "Wild Science!" and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.Children, teens and parents of children up to age 5 are invited to come into any Library location to pick up a free booklet filled with fun, brain-building games and activities that support early learning.   and another booklet for ages 7-12 filled with science experiments, games, puzzles and activities, as well as a guide to hundreds of fun, free programs. Participants also can fill out a survey to get two free tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.  The Library offers summer programming to mitigate the summer slide and teaches children and teens learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills. Children and teens may also sign up for multi-day classes where they can learn to build robots, create video games, use Legos for stop motion animation, sketch wildlife biology and more.Go here for more information. Read more...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 -- 10:58 am
Future Of Community Centers City-Wide Meeting Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog - Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) is developing a Community Center Strategic Plan considering  options for future staffing and programs and seeking the public's input regarding what community center programs and services do  residents value most and why and how can Parks improve their programs and services.On Saturday, neighbors are invited to a meeting to learn more and help shape Seattle Parks' Community Center Strategic Plan. The meeting is being held at the Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center from 10-noon.  The information says:What is going on is that with voters approving the Seattle Park District there is additional funding for community centers; so yes this is coming up at budget time, but is not related to cutting budgets (YAY!). The Community Center Strategic Plan will create a vision and direction for Parks 26 centers and give guidance for spending additional funding provided by the Park District in 2016. The Plan recommendations will look at potential changes in hours, staffing, program direction, structural repairs at some centers, and other issues related to ensuring community centers serve our neighborhoods. What is the Community Center Strategic Plan?The Community Center Strategic Plan will lay the foundation for both operational and facility decision-making for the community center system in the future. The 2014 Parks Legacy Plan established two general goals for community centers: Ensure community centers are the focal points in our neighborhoods and serve as places where people can connect, foster relationships, build community, and enhance their health and well-being by offering programs, activities, and events to Seattle's changing population.Ensure community centers are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places for individual enrichment and community growth.The strategic plan sets a course for achieving and strengthening these goals that were established in the Parks Legacy Plan. Community Centers in SeattleSeattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) currently operates 26 community centers across the city with a total budget of approximately $11.4 million. These facilities have various levels of service, staffing and hours of operation.the good news is:Voters approved the creation of the Seattle Park District in 2014.In 2015, with Seattle Park District funding, a new staffing model was implemented at Seattle's community centers, restoring staff capacity which had been reduced during the recession.To ensure the Community Center Strategic Plan reflects the needs and desires of the TimelineJune: Conduct survey; Hold mini-summitJuly: Evaluate current staffing and programsAugust: Prepare draft planSeptember: Park Board review of draft plan    The facilities run operations according to a matrix established in 2011 as a way to live within a reduced budget, and to avoid needing to close any center entirely.  The ma Read more...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 -- 7:46 am
Northeast Seattle Candidates Forum Tonight
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast District Council is holding a Seattle City Council District 4 candidates forum tonight from 6:30-8pm at the University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE, Room 209). All candidates are confirmed to attend that represent District 4, which includes Laurelhurst:Jean Godden: currently City CouncilmembersRob Johnson: Executive Director of Transportation ChoicesMichael Maddux: Member, Parks Levy Oversight CommitteeAbel Pacheco: Assistant Director of External Affairs for the UW Office of Minority Affairs and DiversityTony Provine, former Co-Chair of the Northeast District Council (NEDC), President of the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association, Vice Chair of the City Neighborhood Council, and Chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability.  Questions for the candidates can be submitted in writing at the event. The event is cosponsored by the Northeast District Council,  Wedgwood Community Council, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, University District Community Council, Laurelhurst Community Club, University Park Community Club, and Eastlake Community Council and is funded with support from the Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund.  For more information, go here. Read more...



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