Parks Department furlough days coming up

Some Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed on Friday and next Monday as part of the furlough program to fill the budget gap. All Parks facilities and offices will also be closed on Thursday for Veterans’ Day. Friday’s closures: Grounds maintenance Community centers (except child care and late night programs, which will still […]

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Parks Department furlough day Friday

Seattle Parks and Recreation has more furlough days coming up this week and next, to help close its budget gap. City of Seattle employees are taking 10 days off without pay this year. On Friday, all community centers, swimming pools, and environmental learning centers will be closed, and there will be no grounds maintenance. Next […]

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Dine out for literacy Thursday night

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program is hosting its annual restaurant benefit, Dish Up Literacy, on Thursday. Eat at Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ or 12 other Seattle restaurants, and 20-percent of the proceeds will support literacy programs for children in need. According to Page Ahead, 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their […]

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Eyes on the City expanding to Ballard/Phinney

Eyes on the City, an optometry practice in Sammamish, is expanding to Lower Phinney/Ballard, to a brand new building at 603 NW 65th St. Dr. Leslie Craddock will be seeing patients at the Ballard location at least two days a week. When I called her Sammamish office this morning, they said the office had hoped […]

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Work begins on 8th Ave & NW 73rd crosswalk

Seattle Department of Transportation crews started work this morning on the new crosswalk across 8th Avenue NW and NW 73rd St. Here they’re creating a new curbcut that will make it easier for wheelchairs and strollers. Nearby residents have long complained about the safety of crossing 8th Avenue NW, because NW 73rd St. is offset […]

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Track neighborhood art walks online

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata has launched a new online resource to track the city’s many neighborhood art walks, including Ballard’s Second Saturday Artwalk. Seattle Neighborhood Art Walks currently lists 13 art walks. “Art walks are important to neighborhoods as they inspire visitors and residents to appreciate creativity within themselves and throughout their community,” Licata said in […]

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School supply drive at Bartell Drugs

All 58 Bartell Drugs locations, including Ballard (5605 22nd Ave NW) are collecting school supplies for needy kids. The 7th annual “School Tools for Kids in Need” program, which runs through August 29th, is sponsored by Bartell and World Vision. The school supplies will go to students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs. […]

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City giving away free trees to neighborhoods

It’s time once again for the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to give away free trees to almost anyone who wants one. Just get a group of neighbors (a minimum of five households) together to request from 10 to 40 trees per project. Every participating household can also get a fruit tree for their own yard. […]

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Share the Road, it’s Bike to Work Day

Thousands more bicyclists than usual will be riding today, because it’s the annual Bike to Work Day. Cascade Bicycle Club has teamed up with a number of other businesses to provide 44 commute stations throughout the region, offering freebies like water bottles and snacks, providing information on cycling, and some even have bicycle technicians ready […]

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