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ElderFriends Accepting Thanksgiving Day Visit Referrals
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On Thanksgiving day ElderFriends volunteers will visit with 60 older adults who would otherwise spend the holiday alone.

We are accepting referrals for participants that meet the following eligibility criteria. Please refer eligible folks by November 14 – email to receive a referral form. We will call the person to talk about the details, make sure it’s a good fit, and get them signed up.

Elder Eligibilty
• 65 years of age or older
• Live alone in their apartment or home
• Does not have plans for Thanksgiving day and will be at home between 10-12 (Thursday, November 27, 2014)
• Would like to have a volunteer visit their home and bring a meal.

How it works

Are screened and trained by us. They will meet at 10:00am Thanksgiving morning for orientation and to pick up meals and delivery items. By 10:45am they will be on their way to their elder friend’s home to visit. Volunteers may visit as individuals, pairs, or families.

Friendly visit:

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Rainier Beach Tree Walk 11/15
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The Rainier Beach Tree Walk is coming up THIS SATURDAY (Nov 15)! We will meet at Dunlap YMCA (4525 S Cloverdale) at 10am for a mile long walk around the neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and learn about our local trees!

Please help us spread the word to your community by posting or forwarding the attached flyer. More information and registrat can be found at

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Community Task Force Workshop 10-9
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You are invited to participate in the next Community Task Force (CTF) workshop to review and give your input on the draft Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth implementation plan:

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
South Lake School
8601 Rainier Ave S
Click here for directions
Interpretation, childcare and dinner is provided

The draft implementation plan is based on interventions identified by you to address place-based risk factors associated youth victimization...

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CC Farmers Market Opens May 7th
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The Columbia City Farmers Market 2014 season is opening on Wednesday, May 7th!

The Columbia City Farmers Market is every Wednesday, 3 pm- 7 pm, starting May 7, at the corner of Edmunds and 37th. Chef Hour 2-3 PM before the public market- chefs please check in with Manager before you start shopping. The Columbia City Farmers Market accepts SNAP, WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons. This year we will also have Fresh Bucks bonus for shoppers using EBT at the starting on May7th!

On opening day farmers’ tables will be piled high with spring greens, bouquets, plant starts for your garden, asparagus, cow and goat cheese, fresh eggs, wild-caught salmon, pastured meats, baked goods, delicious prepared foods, and much more. Columbia City’s favorites will be back: Whistling Train Farm, Columbia City Bakery, Rockridge Orchards, Alvarez Organic Farm, Loki Fish, Tieton Farm and Creamery and Tonnemaker Orchards.

Special Events 2014:
• Make a Mother’s Day Card on May 7th
• Coloring Contest- May 7-21
• Rhubarb Fest and Recipe Contest on May 21
• Vendor Appreciation Day August 13
• Zucchini Races September 3
• Fall Pear Fest September...

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Rainier Beach Town Hall Held Thurs 4/24
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A Town Hall meeting will be held Thursday, April 24th by Rainier Beach Moving Forward from 6PM – 8:30PM, April 24th, 2014, at South Shore K – 8 School (4800 Henderson) to celebrate, set priorities and move towards an organized voice.

Since 2004, the Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting (RBTHM) has been a central gathering that welcomes all to come and share in lending a voice to what’s going on in the neighborhood, make connections, and together move forward shared priorities. On hiatus for the past 3 years to monitor and shape our neighborhood update plan and the Rainier Beach Community Center, there is much to celebrate and prioritize to make sure Rainier Beach continues to be a welcoming, diverse neighborhood where all our families can thrive for years to come.

Refreshments and childcare provided.

For questions or to RSVP for childcare and interpretation services, please contact us at 206.859.7820 or

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Plate of Nations Culinary Tour-de-Force Starts Friday
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SEATTLE – Hey foodies, here’s a quiz for you – What do chicken mole crepes, Samboosas, ShuMai, General Tso’s Chicken, Jellyfish and Shrimp salad, Drunk Noodles, Derek Yebeg Tibs, and Lemon-Potato Gnocchi have in common? All of these globally enticing dishes are up for grabs on special menus offered during the Fourth Annual Plate of Nations event along MLK in the Valley March 21st, to April 5th, 2014, supporting the work of the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Proudly presented by the MLK Business Association, the Plate of Nations dine around features $15 and $25 sharable meals, offered by eleven of the best, independently-owned restaurants in the heart of one of the most ethnically-diverse communities in the country – MLK in Rainier Valley.

Plate of Nations offers a culinary tour of continents. Participating restaurants include Café Ibex (Ethiopian), Bananas Grill (Mediterranean and Middle Eastern), Rainier...

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CC Gallery Presents “Reflections” & “Off the Grid” 3/2
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Columbia City Gallery is pleased to present two exhibits March 2 – April 27, 2014. In the Main Gallery, we present Reflections. Gallery artists Jacqui Beck, Shari Kaufman, Annie Moorehouse, Joan Robbins, and Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger show new work in ceramics, acrylics and mixed media. Jacqui Beck acknowledges that art inspires reflection; she says, “Art is an opportunity to become aware of things we may have missed,” and creates work in which we may all see ourselves.

In the Guest Gallery, we present Off the Grid. This exhibit of grids includes work by nine artists who have been meeting every month for ten years to critique each other’s work, offer advice and network. Now for the first time, they have all created work on the same theme. What resulted is this fascinating exhibition. Included are prints, paintings, collages, encaustics, etchings, and artworks that incorporate digital technology. The artists are: Linda M. Brooks, Suzan Fant, Margaret Liston, Joan Stuart Ross, Ellen Rutledge, Karin Schminke, Judy Talley, Kappy Trigg, and Joan Wrench. Curated by Joseph Pentheroudakis.

The Artists’ Reception for both exhibits is on Saturday, March...

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Rainbow Bingo Disco Fever at SESSC 3/7
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This super fun fundraiser on March 7th from 6-9 pm welcomes all for a night of games and pandemonium including games, prizes (some cash!), tasty beverages, and entertainment by Sylvia O’Stayformore.

$22 ticket gets you in the door, dinner (Thanks Tutta Bella!), 12 bingo games. $20 advance purchase, same deal, saves $. Wear your crazy disco gear and enter our costume contest! Come in your ace 70s outfit for a chance to win a prize! You know you can rock some glitter or spandex! Reserve a table for your friends! Make NEW friends!

Tasty beverages available separately – Thanks Charles Coen!!

Tickets available soon at or phone SESSC: 722-0317Contact: Kate Harkins for general info and Alex for ticket purchase: (206)722-0317 or on line: Wheelchair accessible, all adults welcome!

Southeast Seattle Senior Center is located at 4655 S. Holly St. Seattle WA 98118

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Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 8
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Celebrate Seattle’s 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Community groups, businesses, and residents across Seattle will join together on Saturday, February 8 (and the week of) to celebrate.

Here are ways you can celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:
• Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. Once scheduled, you can post your event to the events calendar.
• Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
• Send Neighbor Appreciation Day e-cards to your neighbors.

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The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service January through mid-April at 10 locations of The Seattle Public Library.
Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. The service is not available for business tax returns.

The schedule is subject to change. Please see the calendar before visiting a location. Drop-in assistance will be offered on a first come, first served basis; appointments available as noted below.

Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 5, Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber, 206-386-4636
NOW through Tuesday, April 15 – drop-ins only
• 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays
• Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
• 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays
• 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays

NewHolly Branch, 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905
Saturday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, April 12 – drop-ins only
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays

Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S.,...

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Southend Workshops Offered for Neighborhood Matching Fund
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The Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting three workshops for those interested in applying to the Small and Simple Projects Fund on February 3. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects.

At each workshop, you will get an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, call 206-733-9916 or go online at Childcare and interpreters can be arranged if you RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance. The workshops are open to all:

Saturday, January 11; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry Street

Thursday, January 23; 6 – 8 p.m.
Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit The deadline for applications is Monday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register first on our web-based application system...

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Boys & Girls Rugby Sign Up Now
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Registration for Seattle Vikings rugby for boys and girls ages 7 to 18 is now open with practices starting in January at Magnuson Park. Rugby offers a unique opportunity for kids in Seattle. In existence since 1987, the Vikings coaching staff includes 10+ volunteer coaches and a dedicated athletic trainer, offering both a sense of teamwork and community, as well as unique opportunities to for youth to stay fit.

The Vikings are coming off a successful year in 2013 where they played matches against local teams but also toured Ireland and Wales in April. Interested athletes from across Seattle to join the program, each year nearly 1/3 of players are new to the sport. Players also have the opportunity to compete at a very high level, this month four current Vikings, Matt Brennan (Shorecrest High School), Michael Doquilo (Shorecrest High School), Will Brennan (Shorecrest High School) and Finlay Bruce (Blanchet High School) will try out for the USA High School All American team with the opportunity to travel to the UK and abroad competing against some of the best youth teams in the world. In late January the Vikings will also have 6 players representing the Washington state all-star team for the Las Vegas Sevens, featuring...

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FREE Basketball Camp Saturday!
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Calling all Fathers & Sons!!!

FREE Basketball Camp (Grades 2nd – 12th) with the great WATTS Basketball Program!!!

Join us this Saturday from 3-6:30pm at the Rainier Community Center for a FREE Fathers and Sons Basketball Camp
Instructed by Seattle Legends Slick & Donald Watts

Space is Limited …so Pre-Register NOW!!
Reply to this email, call us at 206.228.6460 or visit us at
Arrive at 230pm!

Kids will join Donald Watts on the court for Drills and Skills
Fathers will join us for an empowering Panel Discussion with Seattle Legend Slick Watts, Educators and Coach/Trainers
And also some combined court activities!

Theme: Changing the Mindset of …The GAME

Basketball | Food | |Give-a-ways | GREAT Conversations and so much more

For any questions contact Cathie Wilmore at 206-228-6640

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Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands Capital Campaign Launched
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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...

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13th Year Promise Expanded to RBHS
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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....

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Jazz Night School Performs Dec. 6, 7 & 9
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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...

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Denny Award Winners 2013 Announced
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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.

Special Award
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...

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Movember Food Drive at America’s Best Value Inn Tukwila
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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...

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Public open house to discuss Col City buildings & earthquake preparedness
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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
Seattle, WA

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...

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RememberingVeterans at SSCC 11-12
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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

The mission...

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Rainier Valley’s Ben Hunter speaking at TEDxRainier
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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

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Community Task Force Youth Initiative
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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

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SSCC Salute to South 9/19
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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.

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S. Park Rain Garden Tour Saturday
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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.

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RBMA Presents Rainier Beach Square “Green” Business & Community Walking Tour
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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...

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