It’s 1913, Beacon Hill. The story goes that prominent Seattle businessman Frank De Witt Black offered his wife, Kate Gilmore Black, a grand tour of Europe. But Kate said she preferred to have a Japanese garden. And so in 1914 the garden was installed on the southeast corner of their property. Today thanks to the foresight of a neighborhood resident, that pocket garden remains at the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Atlantic, reincarnated in 1992 as a Seattle City Park named Katie Black’s Garden.
The Blacks arrived in Seattle from Detroit in 1892, bought three acres on Beacon Hill overlooking Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle, and built a grand house in the style of a Swiss chalet. Frank made his money in real estate and was one of the founders of the Seattle Hardware Company. He was reluctantly elected mayor of Seattle in 1896, only to resign a few weeks later, according to one source, “because of a distaste for politics.” The couple had three sons they named Frank, Leo, and Harold.
Today “Swiss Cottage,” the Blacks’ name for their estate, is gone. The city block where it was located is mostly occupied by two large condominium complexes, one of which incorporates unique...
The “Christmas Ship”, “Holiday Boat Parade” or “Christmas Ship Festival” whatever you call it, “tis the season” and it is a nice event to enjoy with friends and family. My kids loved the boat parade, bonfire and refreshments and looked forward to this event every year since age two. They continue to look forward to it as young adults. We would park at Pritchard Beach, head over to Maya’s for dinner or fried ice cream-(yum!) and return to the Pritchard Beach in time for the arrival of the boats. Performances in the Southend are tonight: 7:50-8:10 Pritchard Beach Park, and 8:25-8:45 Seward Park.
Seattle has hosted a parade of boats for more than 60 years. The first boat parade, the “Seattle Civic Christmas Ship Festival’ was organized by the Seattle Parks Department in 1949. Parks coordinated the parade until 1994 when Argosy Cruises took over the event. The Argosy Ship is the large lighted white boat that floats on local waterways with a Choir on board, from early December until December 23. Upon arrival, the boats line...
Submitted By Alan LLoyd
As a health care provider in Rainier Valley, I see women who are pregnant in the 3rd trimester, coming in with that persistent low back, neck, and upper back pain. I noticed occasionally women who are pregnant, coming in for rib pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica, and leg cramps. As most of the woman I see are very busy, I thought I’d provide some background information and self-care tips.
Musculoskeletal problems are often due to the hormonal effects of progesterone on the ligaments. The weight of the growing fetus is compensated for by the woman’s muscles and joints. This weight is distributed in the abdomen, rather than evenly over the entire body. This throws the woman’s center of gravity off, leading to a variety of pelvic, back, shoulder, and neck problems.
Problems also arise due to pressure on the limited physical space. The ribs become an area of discomfort, as they compensate and expand as the uterus pushes upwards. A woman may also experience hip and pelvic pain from ligaments loosening within the pelvis.
By Susan Davis, Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce Director
We all make assumptions about our communities, based on how we engage or shop, but by doing that we often miss the amazing things that are right under our noses.
A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to get reintroduced on a very deep level to some of the Rainier Beach business and community amenities on the Rainier Beach Square “Blue” Tour. This was the second of three tours created by the Rainier Beach Merchants Association this year to get people out walking in this community that is statistically lower in major crime than almost every neighborhood in the northend, and show off the incredible gems of the Rainier Beach Square area.
As a participant of the “Blue” tour, amazing things were revealed to me:
NW Tap Connection goes waaay beyond tap classes! We saw ballet, tap and hip hop for kids and teens. Melba has been building lives full of confidence and talent for two generations! Growing up in the south, she also adds her...
This time of the year I usually write about high school football and encourage you to support a local team. “My bad”, I have not wrote about high school girls’ varsity soccer. But this is the season for that sport too and the games are inspirational for our girls. Schedules for both sports can be found in the Seattle Times under “High School Sports”. However, instead of sports I am going to talk about an economic way to treat yourself to some of the finer things in life like multi-course meals, high tea and wine tasting.
I recently returned to working at South Seattle Community College and was immediately reminded of all the deals one can find on community and technical college campuses. From full-course meals to car and cosmetology services. At South there is an Arboretum and Chinese Garden which are inspirational, filled with many gardening ideas and a great place to take visitors as there are awesome views of the City.
Adjacent to the Arboretum is a student run garden center and the culinary program has impressive lunches, baked goods and even high tea. Features and services at the colleges vary depending on what type of training is offered....
Friends and neighbors, Claudia and Jackie, joined me today for stair climbing on this fine, and increasingly rare, sunny morning at the concrete stairs tucked in at intersection of S. Cooper St. and Waters Ave. S. in Upper Rainier Beach.
There’s nothing better, in between breaths, than talking about books, gardening and local beautification efforts to take my attention off this demanding, sweaty form of exercise. All of us carried backpacks with varying poundage (5lbs – 20lbs) of rice or other bulk foods to make it more of a load bearing exercise. As middle-aged women, we need to keep building lean muscle mass since women tend to lose 5 -7 pounds of muscle a year if not doing weight-bearing exercise. And besides building strong bones, weight-bearing exercise keeps your metabolism fired up because having more muscle generates more metabolic activity, which burns fat. At fifty-four years old, I’m all for it.
I would have never imagined that I would voluntarily walk up and down stairs carrying weight, but after my backpacking trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains this past summer, I can’t think of a better way to stay in shape and partake in my local landscape. While descending the stairs, one is...
By Cari Simson
Residents of the South Park neighborhood are fighting pollution in a surprisingly beautiful way—with their gardens. Using RainWise rebates, homeowners from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of “green thumb” are installing beautiful, hard-working rain gardens.
Rain gardens are low-maintenance, native plant landscape features designed to naturally filter rainwater. Rain gardens in South Park help keep pollution out of the Duwamish, protecting the river we love—and homeowners get heavily-discounted professional landscaping in the process.
On September 21st, Stewardship Partners, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, King County Master Gardeners, and Urban Systems Design hosted a walking tour of rain gardens recently built in the South Park neighborhood, which included both Spanish and English-speaking homeowners.
Homeowners raved about the multiple benefits of rain gardens, including added home value (curb appeal!), a yard that...
By: Bryce Merrill
Bike Works, a Rainier Valley non-profit, will compete in the Social Venture Partners (SVP) Fast Pitch quarterfinals today at Seattle University. It is one of 40 organizations and companies which have progressed to this stage of the competition, out of nearly 100. After today’s quarterfinals, there will be 24 semifinalists. Eventually 14 finalists will compete for a share of over $250,000 during the main Fast Pitch event on November 13 at McCaw Hall.
Bike Works is an innovative Southend organization centered around bicycles that combines youth development, community engagement, bicycle recycling and a social enterprise bike shop to help build a sustainable and healthy community. Each year they refurbish over 4000 donated bikes and get each into the hands someone who can use it to commute to school or work, run errands or improve their fitness.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Deb Salls over the past three years, Bike Works has completed a strategic plan, doubled its budget and doubled the number of youth that its works with in the community to over 600. They are now seeking funding...
Like so many things here in the Southend, Northwest Tap Connection is more than it appears. The almost invisible grey building crouched behind a car wash and mini-mart off Rainier Ave and Henderson at the top of Rainier Beach Square, is bursting on the inside with a dance explosion and a hard-hitting commitment to the community. Much larger than it appears, the building seems to go on forever with every corner full of wiggling, giggling children. Girls check their postures in ballet plies, and boys bust a hip hop move or tap it out like friend of the studio, dance superstar Savion Glover.
Behind it all is proud Melba Ayco, owner of Northwest Tap Connection and full-time Seattle Police Department employee. “That I do both is not a mistake,” she says. “They go together.” Through Northwest Tap Connection, Ayko offers ballet, modern, African, swing, ballroom, and hip hop, as well as tap (including a class for boys called “hoofin”) to 125 boys and girls as a healthy alternative to other choices that the youth could make. A postcard for the studio points out that a philosophy...
I recently returned to Rainier Beach after attending an intensive emergency training given by FEMA at their training center in Emmitsburg MD. Seventy Seattleites attended “Community Partners in Disaster Response”, a simulated training exercise designed to test emergency management policies, plans, procedures and resources. All major players from SDOT/METRO/Police and Fire Depts./SPU/CL/SCHOOLS/PARKS/AMTRAK, etc. from our city were represented. I was invited by The City of Seattle’s OEM (Office of Emergency Management) to represent all 40 neighborhood HUBS during our exercise. I was proud to be selected and very excited to learn next to the emergency management experts of our city.
Our exercise situation was a snow storm that would not stop…not unlike the major winter storms that plagued the east coast in 2010. We actually heard about “SNOWMAGEDON” from various emergency managers and survivors from New York, DC, Providence RI, as well as Baltimore MD. Hearing how these diverse cities and municipalities dealt with snow (79″) deep in a 2 week period was very valuable. Many policy decisions have to be made at the executive level, for example should businesses and schools be closed before...
By Kevin Maloney, South Seattle Community College
To most people, the idea of a summer boot camp is not particularly appealing. But at the boot camp graduation ceremony held last week, it was clear that South Seattle Community College’s incoming 13th-Year Scholars are not like most people. With 94 participants, a record for the boot camp program, the 13th-Year Scholars are truly outstanding.
The 13th-Year Scholarship guarantees one-year of free tuition for all graduates from Chief Sealth International High School and Cleveland High School at South, regardless of grade point average and family income. Fifty-percent of students said that if it were not for the privately funded 13th-Year Scholarship, they would not be able to attend college. One student who can identify with that statistic is incoming freshman and boot camp participant, Cristian Clemente.
“If it weren’t for the 13th-Year Scholarship, I would not be able to afford college,” Clemente explained. “I like the fact that this community is encouraging us to do well and has made an investment in our education. Now, I need to take advantage of this opportunity and make the best of it.”
In addition to the...
Getting kids back to school is busy enough but these simple tips can help your kids avoid back pain. My soon-to-be 3rd grader does not have text books yet, but good to keep in mind what makes for a good backpack. I have seen a few kids with wheeled bags, but I imagine by middle school that will be way un-cool. What about having two books, one for home and one for school?
• Is the backpack the correct size for your child? The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
• Does the backpack have two wide, padded shoulder straps? Non-padded straps are not only uncomfortable, but also they can place unnecessary pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles.
• Does your child use both straps? Lugging a heavy backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, low-back pain, and poor posture.
• Are the shoulder straps adjustable? The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s...
By SHANEL SCHOLZ,UW Newslab
An event to celebrate Women’s Rights Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, featuring female immigrant farmworkers, speaking out against abuse in the fields. The event is being put on by the Seattle branch of Radical Women, a socialist-feminist organization, and will be held at the New Freeway Hall on Rainier Avenue South.
The event, called “Farmworker Women Battle for Workers’ Rights and Dignity,” is being held to celebrate the day in history that women were allowed the right to vote in the U.S. It’s also meant to educate the public about the problems immigrant women face while working in the fields.
“Though there’s been some information about the strikes and also the fight of farmworker women, particularly against sexual assault, this is certainly a topic that can use more discussion,” said Margaret Viggiani, the outreach coordinator for the Women’s Rights Day event.
PBS’s documentary series “Frontline” recently aired a segment titled “Rape...
By MALCOLM GRIFFES
U.W. News Lab
Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood is an up and coming center for the retro, weird, and quirky. One of the contributing factors in Georgetown’s renaissance is the Trailer Park Mall.
The mall is open Saturday and Sunday for customers to peruse the seven vintage airstreams-turned-boutiques. And this weekend, the mail will took part in the Georgetown Art Attack. For this month’s Art Attack, the mall will held an event called Trailer Park Trannies. These will featured drag performances by Sylvia O’Stayformore and Honey Bucket.
“It’s very John Waters,” said Shannon Anderson, who is the owner, operator and founder of the market.
The mall has been in business selling vintage clothing and home accessories for three years. It moved two years ago to a more prominent location on Airport Way South and South Homer Street. And while all the shops are in trailers, they are not all entirely street-worthy so the move was not as easy as hoped.
Each trailer is rented to a different vendor. Clocharde, owned by Keenan Dowers, specializes in “vintage glass and hostess wares.” It is housed in one of the smaller one-room trailers,...
“Awwww….Sugar, Sugar! Honey, Honey! You are my candy girl….”
These lyrics made popular by the band The Archies about a million years ago come to mind in today’s pregnancy and birth climate. Soaring costs associated with caring for mothers with Gestational Diabetes, and the babies they birth, have Medicare and a variety of providers searching for preventative tools to share with expecting mothers.
It is not enough just to tell a woman to “eat well and exercise more” at any time in her life, but certainly not during pregnancy, when eating for two does not mean eating twice the calories as much as it does packing each spoonful with nutrition that serves to promote the health and well-being of mother and baby. There are myriad of issues in connecting moms to great nutritious bites: the cost of food, access to fresh organic produce, knowing how to prepare it, cultural norms, and for many just getting used to the taste of non-processed foods is a challenge.
There is the additional shift in just how much whole organic fresh food it takes to serve the body. For example, 30 calories of spinach does a lot more than 300 calories of a snickers bar. It takes fewer bites, and it...
By: Hailey Way
U.W. News Lab
Residents and people new to Normandy Park, attended an art display exhibiting multiple forms of visual presentations last Thursday, July 18th. The exhibit was tucked away in, the now vacant, Old Liquor Store at Manhattan Village. An array of metal sculptures were scattered throughout the room. Along the perimeter, there was an assortment of ink illustrations, acrylic paintings, watercolors and sketches.
This the first year the Normandy Park Arts Commission has put on an eye-fetching showcase open to the public. Raymond Street, Yancy Way, Paula Odor, Don Liljar and Annastasia Mackal were the celebrated artists.
“As long as there’s people who want to attend, we will continue to do this,” said Amber Nichol, arts commission member.
Every work stimulated the senses, provoking questions to whether there was an intriguing back-story that lead to a particular work. Musician and instrument repairman Don Liljar took his craft into sculpting using various sheet and scrap metal. Though he passed away in 2008, his family members were in attendance and happy to share his work with observers.
Bob Frey of the arts commission, said...
By Bruce Reed
Solar energy is currently powering hundreds of Seattle homes, and residents of Southend Seattle neighborhoods are about to get a special opportunity to add their rooftops to our city’s growing solar array. Through a nonprofit-led program called Solarize Seattle, homes and small businesses can qualify for special pricing and take advantage of many incentives that make solar installations more affordable than ever.
Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Developmentt (Northwest SEED) and Seattle City Light are working with several community groups to launch Solarize Seattle: Central/Southeast, a solar energy education and installation program that starts today and runs through October. The program will be co-led by a community coalition of local volunteers, which will spearhead neighborhood outreach. Supporting organizations include Sustainable Seattle, Sustainable Capitol Hill, and Sustainable Central District.
The campaign features a group-buy program that provides a streamlined process for residents and small businesses to purchase solar systems for a discounted price. Participants learn...
If you are looking to add more fermented foods into your diet this summer, try making shio-koji (salt koji). It’s uber-easy and extra tasty. Koji, rice inoculated with the Aspergillus oryzae spores, is commonly used in making traditional Japanese fermented foods like miso, sake and soy sauce, but it is also used to make this salt seasoning which is made from just three ingredients: koji, salt and water. Left on the kitchen counter for one to two weeks, and stirred once a day, it will ferment into sweet/salty creaminess.
Although it can be used simply as a salt substitute on all foods, one of my favorite ways to use shio-koji is for an overnight ferment on garden vegetables like root vegetables (especially radishes and turnips), or sugar snap peas, peppers and cucumbers. Immerse vegetables (whole or sliced) into the mixture; the next day serve them as side dishes to meals or add them in salads.
On raw salads, I enjoy using shio-koji is as a stand alone addition or in a dressing of olive oil and rice wine vinegar. One tablespoon will give that mystifying savory sweet & salty umami taste which will keep your dinner guests guessing and wanting more.
A common and delicious...
Submitted by Christi Gordon, SVP and Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Bank of America
Rainier Scholars recently hosted its Senior Class Celebration event at the Space Needle to honor the outstanding achievements of its Cohort V high school seniors who will begin college this fall, and to recognize the tremendous impact of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders unrestricted, $200,000 grant to help Rainier Scholars continue promoting leadership and academic excellence among low-income students of color. Bank of America is a long-time supporter of Rainier Scholars, and awarded them the grant based on their proven track record of shaping students into tomorrow’s leaders. This year’s graduates are no exception, as they exemplify the potential that can be reached through the Rainier Scholars program. They will be attending prestigious colleges across the country, including Yale, Harvard and University of Washington. This milestone year also celebrates Rainier Scholars first college graduates.
According to the Road...
Undriving.org is the first organization I volunteered with as soon as I had moved here from KY. I was thrilled with my new decision to be car less and happy to connect with similar minded folks so soon.This group was started by my friend Julia Field and they challenge all of us to get creative about getting around. They ask you to pledge to take some action just in the next month that gets you out of the car.
For children their pledge could be “I’ll walk to my friend’s house twice a week”, others pledge to shop using their bike, or perhaps to teach someone else how to ride the bus downtown. These pledges are small steps that really do help to change our mindsets about jumping into the car for every trip. Research confirms that this is effective stating that 72 % of Undrivers report establishing a new transportation habit as a result of taking the pledge!
The Undriving team of volunteers set up at fairs and local events like street festivals to take pledges and to issue Undriving licenses; amazing since their 2007 start they have issued over 6,000 undriving licenses. Potentially a real transportation shift changer for those folks that have answered...
In Seattle the 4th of July kicks off summer. School has been officially out for a week or two and the weather tends to be a little more predictable. If you have young people at home then you are searching for ways to occupy them. As a lifetime Seattle resident I am aware of many free and low cost activities – as I participate in many in my youth. Yes, some are that old… Here are some activities to keep your children and guests busy this summer:
On Wednesdays the Columbia City Farmer’s Market is open from 3-7 p.m. the Renton Farmer’s Market is open Tuesdays during the same hours. In addition to the latest produce and the absolute best prices on that bouquet of flowers that you are so deserving of, both markets have cooking demonstrations, community booths with local information, entertainment and activities for kids. They are also both located in vibrant walkable communities. You can sign-up for email alerts that will let you know what is in the market for the week and what activities are planned.
As it has done for ages, Seattle Public Libraries hosts its Summer...
By MALCOLM GRIFFES
U.W. News Lab
The sun was shining while hundreds of people crowded the streets of Georgetown. From three blocks away the sounds of distorted guitar vibrated through the air. Sub Pop celebrated its 25th anniversary as an iconic Seattle institution last weekend with a free all-day music festival on Saturday.
People came as they were: young and old, rockers and rappers, longtime Sub Pop followers from the ‘90s and kids possibly attending their first festival. Sub Pop Records Silver Jubilee turned Georgetown into a Sub Pop rock city.
“There is a guy over there letting people staple money to him, for money,” noted my friend Daniel Criem. (This “performer” was not one of the scheduled artists.)
The event featured longtime Sub Pop favorites like Built to Spill and Mudhoney and new favorites like King Tuff and Shabazz Palaces. About five city blocks were closed to car traffic and...
There are at least 49 documented languages spoken in our little zip code, which has the reputation of being one of the most diverse run of city blocks in the entire country. I love to walk early on Saturday mornings down Rainier Avenue from Columbia City to Rainier Beach High School. It is an incredible testament to the many colors and cultures that compose our little world here. I never fail to see something totally new and unexpected.
In the other world I live in—that of maternity care and research, best practice, and the wonder and trials of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time—there is a lot of buzz about the way health care providers are interacting with a diverse population of clients and patients. The phrase being bantered about and lobbed from one end of the waiting room to the other is, “cultural competency”. I’ve sat in a lot of workshops and conferences over the past months where one presenter after another makes a case for this type of care. As a white woman who grew up in a mostly white neighborhood, I always have a lot to learn. I acquired the vocabulary, learned some key phrases, role-played, and took copious notes.
Outside of the stable controlled environment of the classroom...
It may not seem like it, but crime is down in the Southend. In fact, not only are major crimes for each beat trending in a positive direction, the Seattle South Precinct is leading the city in a trend of lower crime. According to the Seattle Police Department, “Through May 2013, three precincts are showing decreases in Major Crimes when compared with the same time period in 2012. They are led by South and West Precincts at -15% each, and followed by East Precincts at -6%. North Precinct is nearly even compared with the same time period in 2012, at +1%. Only Southwest Precinct is posting an increase in Major Crimes so far in 2013, up 8% compared with the first five months of 2012.” Seems unbelievable, right? You can check the stats for yourself, right here: http://www.seattle.gov/police/crime/stats.htm.
Now I’m going to really blow your mind. In May (which is the most recent data available), the South precinct reported LESS THAN HALF the number of major crimes than the North Precinct which includes Ballard, Fremont, and the U-district; and almost half the major crimes as the West Precinct which includes downtown, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill and South Lake...