The Seattle Parks Foundation recently launched a $1.35 million capital campaign to provide the additional funding needed to build all the major elements envisioned for the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. The community initiated project will be completed in one construction phase and is projected to begin in September 2014, after the growing season is over at the farm.
Initiated by Rainier Beach residents, the project received initial funding through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. “Originally, we planned to build the farm in phases, but soon recognized the value of completing the project as a single phase,” said Harry Hoffman, co-chair of Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. “So we reached out to the Seattle Parks Foundation to help manage a capital campaign to raise the necessary funding.”
Andrea Dwyer, Executive Director of Seattle Tilth, said “We have received tremendous support from the community and because of the success of the capital campaign so far, the project will now be completed in a single major construction phase.”
A transformational schematic plan was developed during 2012 to envision the former Atlantic City Nursery as an...
South Seattle Community College announced today that all graduating seniors at Rainier Beach High School will receive one-year of free tuition starting this fall, thanks to the 13th Year Promise Scholarship.
The scholarship, which is privately funded by the South Seattle Community College Foundation, offers one year of free tuition to graduating seniors from Cleveland High School, Chief Sealth International High School and now, Rainier Beach High School. All three schools are located in South Seattle Community College’s service area.
South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli broke the news to Rainier Beach’s seniors during a surprise announcement at their school.
“This gives me a chance,” Taylor Allen, a Rainier Beach High School senior said. “High school is getting ready for college and college is getting ready for the real world. This is our time; this is the new Rainier Beach.”
In addition to receiving one year of free tuition to South, 13th Year Scholars also receive academic support as they transition from high school to college.
“It’s important for us not just to see these students come to our campus, but to walk across the graduation stage” Oertli explained....
Columbia City, Seattle — Jazz Night School (JNS), Seattle’s largest non-profit jazz education program for students of all ages and abilities, has added a new advanced big band under the direction of the award-winning band leader Hal Sherman.
Hal Sherman, now in his 80s, was the band director at Kent-Meridian High School, leading his program to many national competitions, raising the bar on Seattle-area school band programs, creating a lasting tradition of excellence.
“We’re honored to have Hal Sherman directing his advanced big band program here at Jazz Night School,” said Erik Hanson, executive director at JNS. “His energy and enthusiasm and musical talent is inspiring to all of us.”
Hal Sherman’s 15-member big band will perform Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at the Rainier Vally Cultural Center (at Rainier Ave. S and S. Alaska St.) at the JNS end-of-term performance, and Monday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Tula’s.
Another new program added at JNS this year is the All Voices Gospel Choir, led by local gospel choir director, arranger, and vocalist Michele Charity. This friendly “a cappella” choir focuses on...
Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams today announced the winners of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2013 Denny Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship. The winners are a cross-section of Seattle’s most tenacious, creative and hard-working volunteers who donate precious time and energy to improving Seattle’s parks and recreational programs.
“It is always difficult for us to choose winners,” Williams said. “All of our volunteers make valuable contributions for which we are deeply grateful. Our intention is to single out those whose work builds community, inspires others and improves lives.”
Each year, more than 40,000 volunteers donate about 350,000 hours to Seattle Parks and Recreation. Their service is valued at between $8 million and $10 million annually. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 at the Museum of History and Industry.
Mary Ann T. Wiley (posthumous)
Mary Ann became a true friend and benefactor of the Seattle Japanese Garden when she signed up for guide training with the Arboretum Unit 86 volunteer group in 2003. Her enthusiasm for the garden was infectious. She led more tours than most guides. In 2007 she...
In celebration of the national Movember movement, America’s Best Value Inn Tukwila, WA is holding a food drive and raffle starting November 1st.
For those who aren’t familiar, Movember is a campaign to raise awareness for prostate/testicular cancer in men as well as overall healthy living. In a show of solidarity, men begin growing their mustaches/beards at the beginning of the month and don’t shave until December 1st.
Donations for the food drive can be made in the hotel lobby at 14800 Interurban Ave S. Simply make a donation, receive a raffle ticket and pose for a picture which will be “Mustached” and posted on the hotel’s Facebook page. All food will be donated to the Northwest Harvest in Kent, WA.
The raffle prize includes a $25 gift card to Starbucks, the DVD “Anchorman”, a free night at the hotel and other mustache themed goodies.
Americas Best Value Inn and Suites-Tukwila/SeaTac Airport is 80 rooms on two floors on a four acre property adjacent to the Green River. Located at 14800 Interurban Ave South, Tukwila, WA 98168, ABVI is a popular vacation destination hotel as well as hotel for business purposes. The Seattle area motel is...
A group of community outreach specialists and structural engineers will be facilitating a public open house to provide educational information on the City’s future policy for seismic upgrades to Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URM). URMs are brick buildings constructed without steel reinforcements, ties and connections in their bearing walls required by modern building codes. The City is currently considering policy options for strengthening these buildings which are vulnerable during earthquakes.
When: November 13, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Where: Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
The Columbia City area was identified as the pilot area for the first outreach efforts due to the diversity of its residents coupled with the extent of URMs in the business district. The concentration of URMS adds critical value to the daily economic and cultural activities of the neighborhood. Interpreters will translate information in Tagalog, Spanish, Chinese, and Amharic. The target audience includes building owners, building managers, business owners, employees, customers, and tenants for both residential and commercial buildings.
The communication program will...
SEATTLE: The South Seattle Community College Art Gallery will present “How We Remember Our Veterans” a multimedia show created by faculty, staff and students. The showcase will run to December 4, 2013.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit will take place on November 12, 12 pm – 2 pm, immediately after the Flag Ceremony on campus. Instructor Bob Dela-Cruz arranged to have a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital in honor of South Seattle Community College for the ceremony.
The show is collaboration between the Art Gallery and the members of the President’s Advisory Committee on Veterans. Memorabilia, photos, uniforms and other media are used to remember and honor family and friends that have served or are currently serving in all branches of the military through a variety of presentations.
The show is also co-curated by South alumni, Peder Andreas Nelson, Assistant Exhibits Developer at The Museum of Flight
Admission to the South Seattle Community College Art Gallery is free and open to the public. For Gallery hours and information about future exhibits, visit www.southseattle.edu/art-gallery
We’re pleased to announce Ben Hunter speaking at TEDxRainier on November 9 at the Fifth Avenue Theater. The theme for this year’s TEDxRainier is rethink. Ben captures this with his planned talk about rethinking folk music and homemade music thriving in local communities. Ben is a powerful South Seattle advocate; through his work with Community Arts Create (CAC), a Seattle based not-for-profit that uses the arts as a vehicle for community development and engagement and live performances. He’s an active, working musician performing in Seattle and around the country with his folk band.
Ben will be one of a few TEDxRainier speakers weaving music into his talk – don’t miss it. More info at http://tedxrainier.com/.
Dear Southeast Seattle residents,
You are invited to participate in a unique opportunity to help reduce and prevent youth violence in Rainier Beach.
The project, which is called Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, is an innovative, community and place-based violence prevention initiative to reduce youth victimization and crime while improving relations between youth, police and the community. The goal is to identify and holistically address the root causes of youth victimization and crime at five focus locations, “hotspots” in Rainier Beach through non-arrest interventions.
We are recruiting community residents and other stakeholders to participate in a Community Task Force (CTF). The CTF will do the problem analysis and identify interventions for the five juvenile crime hotspots in Rainier Beach.
Please contact Barb Biondo if you are interested in signing up for the Community Task Force or would like more information. Please respond by October 22nd to participate in the Community-based Problem Solving training that is scheduled October 26th.
Contact information: Barb Biondo
South Seattle Community College is hosting its annual “Salute to South” to celebrate the upcoming school year, which begins next week. “Salute to South” has become an annual tradition at South that celebrates the accomplishments of the previous academic year and the upcoming year. This annual event is a community reception that is open to the general public with South faculty and staff – including President Gary Oertl- in attendance. Light refreshments will be served including some of the student-produced Northwest Wine Academy award-winning wine.
WHERE: South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave SW – Northwest Wine Academy. Click here for a Campus map, where the building is identified as NWWA.
WHEN: September 19, 2013 running from 3:30– 5:30 PM.
All over South Seattle, neighborhoods are building beautiful, hard-working rain gardens to deal with the primary threat to our beloved Puget Sound: polluted runoff. It’s a compelling story of small-scale solutions in action!
Next Saturday 9/21, from 3-5pm, join us for a multi-cultural, bi-lingual tour of some of South Seattle’s most beautiful gardens, and for information on how these installations keep Puget Sound clean while brightening up neighborhoods. Meet neighbors, community leaders and rain garden designers at this celebration of all that’s green and growing in South Seattle. We’ll gather at the South Park Community Center: 8201 10th Avenue South, Seattle 98108.
SEATTLE – In a first effort to focus attention on the Rainier Beach community as a part of Seattle’s “Only in Seattle” campaign, the Rainier Beach Square “Green” Business and Community Walking Tour, powered by the Rainier Beach Merchants Association, will take place on Saturday, August 24th, from 1:00 PM to 2:30PM. Locations featured on the tour are Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant, the Rainier Yacht Club, a grassroots community project in Beer Shiva Park and Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, and more!
Additionally, the tour aims to dispel a notion that Rainier Beach is a dangerous area, with recent data showing that the area has less major crime than Seattle areas such as Fremont, Greenlake, and Capitol Hill, and is leading the city in a trend of lower crime rates.
Highlighting Rainier Beach local business and community efforts is a part of the Seattle Office of Economic Development “Only in Seattle” campaign, which embraces small local businesses as, “the key to creating and preserving vibrant, safe, sustainable districts.” In Rainier Beach, the vast majority of businesses are locally owned. In a recent survey of 42 local business owners, 75% said that they lived in Rainier...
SEATTLE – Rainier Valley Summer Streets will make Saturday, August 17, a huge, family-friendly party along Rainier Avenue S. This free event opens the city’s largest public space – its streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for cars! And what a great time it is going to be. Summer Streets combines with the annual Rainer Valley Heritage Parade to celebrate the history and diversity of the neighborhood.
This year’s theme is “Picnic in the Street.” Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and lounge along Rainier. Restaurants are serving picnic food and food trucks will be located in the Full Tilt parking lot. Mayor Mike McGinn will cut a ribbon strung across the street to officially open it to pedestrians and bicyclists immediately following the parade at 12:30 p.m.
And there are so many things to do! Enter a pie eating contest; support local artists and shop at Art in the Alley; check out the BBQ contest; decorate your bike and go on a scavenger hunt; and join Detective Cookie for chess. You can also boogie to live music and hang out with your neighbors.
Celebrating its sixth year,...
“Come Dance with Us!”, Sunday August 18 in a grassy meadow under big, old trees at the 7th annual Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival from noon until 6:00. A world of ethnic variety will convene with music, dancing, food, art activities, and booths. New this year, a staged reading of Kathya Alexander’s Dream’n, a contemporary Rainier Valley adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” produced by Brown Box Theatre. Of course, there will be Othello’s traditional petting zoo complete with camel, and his multicultural furry friends.
Recently refurbished, Othello Park features new walkways, entry ways, a permanent stage gracefully designed to suit its pastoral landscape, and a zip line. You could just sit, relax, and enjoy the park’s beauty and the show, but this year, in keeping with the dance theme, the selection of international rhythms will call forth lots of audience participation. Mark Lilly, the gifted artist and folklorist will perform with his group, Bembe Olele their forkloric Afro-Cuban style of singing and drumming. You will be called to your feet again and again throughout the afternoon by Shakti Bollywood Dance, Bhangra Folk Dancing, or Pearl Django,...
Rainier Valley Food Bank is hosting its third annual Columbia City Chow Down on Tuesday, July 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. This year more restaurants than ever are participating! Proceeds from the event support one of Seattle’s busiest food banks, providing healthy food to hungry neighbors since 1991.
“We are thrilled to partner once again with Columbia City’s best, most exciting restaurants, and are depending on the community’s support to make our third annual Chow Down a resounding, delicious success,” said Sam Osborne, Rainier Valley Food Bank’s executive director. “Chow Down has become a local favorite event, and we want everyone to know just how critical the funds and awareness we raise are to feeding the nearly 12,000 people who now depend on us every month for healthy food.”
The purchase of a “passport” grants participants the ability to explore and sample some of the neighborhood’s best eateries. Participating restaurants include: Afrikando Banadir, Bananas Grill, Empire Espresso, Full Tilt Ice Cream, Geraldine’s Counter, Hummingbird Saloon, Island Soul, Jones Original BBQ, Jus Bar, La Teranga, Lottie’s Lounge, Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grill,...
Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting to gather input on a proposed public art piece at Jefferson Park that will be skate-able. The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Jefferson Community Center located at 3801 Beacon Ave S.
Red Bull and X Games gold medalist Torey Pudwill approached Seattle Parks and Recreation about commissioning an artist to design and fabricate a unique piece of skate-able art for Seattle. Parks worked with Red Bull to choose a suitable park for the art. Artist CJ Rench from Hood River, Oregon, was selected from an Open Call to Artists to fabricate the piece. Seattle Parks will work with Mr. Rench to make sure that the design and size of the art piece is appropriate for the location.
At the meeting, Seattle Parks will present the history of the proposed project, proposed placement options in the park, introduce the artist and gather input from the community. CJ Rench will discuss his ideas and answer questions. Red Bull representatives will also discuss the project.
Jefferson Park is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. The Jefferson Park Skatepark opened in early 2012 and features the deepest bowl in the City.
For more information,...
The Southeast Seattle Senior Center is asking a few friends to help spread the word about our second (yay!) LGBTQ reception, a small party with snacks and refreshments, to welcome our LGBTQ neighbors. Although we will be happy to host adults of all ages, the intent is for our center to facilitate the forming of community among our LGBTQ neighbors, especially older adults, as this can be a gap in the support system of older LGBTQ folks. So please feel free to forward this email or print and post the attached flyer.
When: Thursday July 11, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S. Holly
Seattle WA 98118
Why: This is a low-key gathering, with a take-home page of resources and an opportunity to say hello to old and meet new friends & acquaintances.
Who: YOU or someone you know. Call (206)722-0317
PS: We will have LIVE music for the first hour. Big thanks to
Jazz Night School
3916 South Morgan Street
Seattle WA 98118
(206) 722 6061
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In collaboration with Atlantic Street Center and Seattle Parks and Recreation, Teen Feed is expanding its meal program to serve youth and young adults in need in South Seattle, starting with a meal on Thursday, June 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S.
Beginning last month, Teen Feed provides warm meals and resources to youth and young adults, ages 13-25 at Rainier Community Center between 7 and 8 p.m. every Thursday evening. The Teen Feed meal will provide opportunities for Atlantic Street Center and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s violence prevention programs to build relationships with the youth and young adults they serve, connecting them with valuable resources and critical support to help them make positive choices.
Teen Feed serves warm meals and support to 50-80 young people every night of the year in Seattle’s University District. Building on the demonstrated success of its programs supporting homeless and street-involved youth in University District, Teen Feed launched a Strategic Plan to bring the Teen Feed meal and supportive connections...
As a part of the final phase of a 3-year grant from the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, the Rainier Beach Merchants Association (RBMA), with support from Southeast Economic Development (SEED) and the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, has created a survey to help identify priorities for those who own businesses, run organizations, and work from home in the Rainier Beach area. The end results of the brief survey will help the RBMA to create resources to support local businesses and organizations, as well as to proactively attract businesses that support the community.
If you own or run a business or organization, or work from home in the Rainier Beach area, http://www.rainierbeachmerchants.com/rainier-beach-merchants-associciation-membership-marketing-survey/
For more information please contact Patrice Thomas at PThomas@seedseattle.org or visit http://www.rainierbeachmerchants.com/
Please come outside and play with us! Join Art Adventures for nature walks where we learn about each other, make art, and enjoy our shared public lands. We are two artists sharing our perspectives hoping to inspire and help our neighbor’s experience nature. We facilitate learning about art and our beautiful earth in an inspiring and encouraging environment. All levels of experience welcome!
May 26, 2013: Kubota Gardens, 1 p.m.
June 6: Rainier Beach Urban Farm, 3 p.m.
June 30: Kubota Gardens, 3 p.m.
Art Adventures Summer Workshop
A ten week workshop exploring nature through various art media. Class will work on a collaborative project that will be part of the Rainier Beach Art Walk.
Starts July 1, 2013: Southeast Seattle Senior Center
More about Art Adventures at: http://www.meetup.com/Art-Adventures-Seattle/
You have the right and the responsibility to know how to protect yourself! Learn self defense fundamentals today. In this fun and informative 2-hour class offered by Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu School, and sponsored by the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, you’ll learn essential self defense skills including: gaining a confident demeanor, vulnerable targets on an attacker, discovering your physical power, where and when you are most vulnerable, grab releases, using your intuition, and de-escalation skills.
When: Jun 2, 2013, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Rainier Valley Culture Center, 515 S. Alaska, Seattle 98118
Registration: Girls and Women – Free
Build strength, confidence, and have fun in this hands-on self defense class. We’ll practice physical techniques and scenarios on pads and on bodies. Community and personal safety is everyone’s responsibility. Feel confident in your space. Gain practical experience.
This class is taught by instructors from Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu School in the Central District, a non-profit women’s martial arts school...
May 10th is Worldwide Lupus Day Community Vigil and Celebration. 7-9:30 pm at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St Seattle, WA 98118. This evening is open to those with lupus, their families and friends. A talent show, raffle will take place. Light refreshments will be served.
May 17th: 6 pm, Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 will light up purple for Lupus Foundation of America Put On Purple (POP!) to raise awareness about lupus. Governor Jay Inslee’s Lupus Month Proclamation will be read and local personalities will also be present. So put on your purple and POP! for Lupus Awareness.
For more information check out: www.lupuspnw.org
In front of a packed house of over 300 audience members, South Seattle Community College celebrated its annual “Friends of the College Dinner.”
The event recognized scholarship recipients and the donors that made the awards possible. During the current academic calendar, South has awarded 240 students – including 125 students that were in attendance tonight – with $600,000 in scholarships.
Additionally, South also announced a new endowment scholarship that was established in memory of Stephen K. Rockwood. This award will be given to students from South’s renowned Culinary program in his honor.
South alumnus John Titus, President and CEO of Aero Controls Inc., was recognized with the 2012-2013 Outstanding Alumni Award, tonight. Titus was honored for his generous support and donation of aviation equipment for classroom use and as a member of the Aviation Technical Advisory Committee. Additionally, Titus made a surprise announcement that he will establish an endowment scholarship for aviation students at South.
The evening was capped off by recognizing 19 members of South’s faculty with annual development...
National Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The goal is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. The public can be engaged in Arson Awareness Week by implementing neighborhood cleanups along with improving internal and external security for their homes and abandoned properties.
What can I do to protect my home against Arson?
• Illuminate exterior and all entrances to your home. Install motion-activated lights on all sides of the house. These are relatively inexpensive.
• Clear all obstructions. Trim or remove brush that blocks the view of a home from the street.
• Install smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems. The combination of smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from a fire. This is the most effective fire loss prevention and reduction measurement.
• Keep doors and windows locked. A simple locked door could be the deterrent that saves a home from arson.
• Clean your yard. Remove excess piles of leaves or vegetation and clean around your house and garage to remove unused paper, trash, cans of paint or other materials.
• Clean up and...
One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes
Seattle Channel documentary details 1981 murders of Filipino American labor activists, public preview screening, May 4
SEATTLE—Seattle Channel’s Emmy-award winning Community Stories series tells the story of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two Filipino American cannery worker activists who were murdered in Seattle in June 1981.
A free preview screening of the one-hour documentary One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments; screening at 7 p.m.; followed by a post-film discussion led by Seattle Channel Senior Producer Shannon Gee, who wrote, directed, photographed and edited the documentary, and Co-Producer Ron Chew. The film is narrated by...