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Entries from September 2018

Urban Survival Skills Fair in Northeast Seattle, Sept. 30, 10-2

September 26th, 2018 by sarawilly

Learn how to make an emergency toilet, operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), and other handy city life hacks at the Urban Survival Skills Fair on Sept. 30 next to Victory Heights Park. Hosted by Seattle Emergency Hubs, the fair will feature booths and information for those interested in emergency preparedness.

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Transit Talk October 4

September 23rd, 2018 by sarawilly

The U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Link light rail stations will arrive in 2021, which means these neighborhoods will be better connected to each other and the region. Three-quarters of Ravenna residents said they plan to use the Roosevelt light rail station when it opens, according to a 2013 RBCA survey.

Join U District, Let’s Go for an evening of sharing ideas and resources to prepare for these changes. Learn what our neighborhoods are already doing to get ready for transportation investments coming soon. Let’s learn from each other and build on our collective creativity as we get ready for 2021.

Transit Talk: We’re in it Together
Urban Luxe Café, 6105 Roosevelt Way NE

October 4, 2018

6:00 p.m. Doors open, drinks, appetizers, networking

6:30 p.m. program start, welcome, panel introductions and brief presentations

7:40 p.m. moderated audience Q&A

8:00 p.m. program ends

More information and free registration available through the U District, Let’s Go website.

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Don’t miss the Great Wallingford Wurst Festival

September 20th, 2018 by sarawilly

The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival is an “Octoberfest” style end-of-summer celebration that takes place in September at St. Benedict School. Now in its 35th year, the festival started as a small fundraiser for the school. Today the festival brings more than 10,000 visitors to the Wallingford neighborhood in one weekend. The Wurst Festival features inflatable rides, an array of delicious foods, games for kids of all ages, craft booths, homemade sweets, a book sale, a Biergarten, a raffle, plus live entertainment on an outdoor stage.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Friday: 4-10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
The Beer Garden is open until Midnight on Friday and Saturday and feature live musical entertainment. Admission is free-celebrate community in a family-friendly neighborhood environment, and meet your neighbors, alumni and friends.

FOOD

There’s bratwurst and sauerkraut, but also grilled salmon, sweet corn, baked potatoes with all the trimmings, pasta, Caesar salad, Filipino food, burgers and a kid’s lunch at booths and in their covered outdoor restaurant. At the indoor cafe, folks can enjoy beverages with a homemade desserts. Or swing upstairs to have a snack with your beer in the Biergarten.

FUN

Spend all day experiencing the thrills of their rides. Stroll around the grounds and see the finery of more than 60 craft vendors. Take a chance with a raffle ticket. Reminisce with the old photographs in the Alumni Room. Search the Book Shop for interesting titles. Check out the games in the Fun Zone, and maybe even take away a prize or two. Sit back and watch the musicians and dancers on the outdoor stage or stick around after 9 p.m. and dance to the band in the Biergarten.

Please leave dogs at home.

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Senior centers to get $1.7M from city

September 20th, 2018 by sarawilly

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced $1.7 million in awards for senior centers that contribute to the health, well-being, and independence of Seattle’s older adults.

“As our City grows less affordable, we must continue to invest in our most vulnerable residents, including our senior community. Our older neighbors are an asset to our community and a vital part of the fabric of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Durkan. “Our senior centers provide opportunities for volunteerism, lifelong learning, transportation, and healthy meals. These investments will help our neighbors live longer and enhance their quality of life.”

Twelve nonprofit centers across Seattle will receive awards ranging from $67,000 to $180,000 in 2019, including:

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Chinese Information and Service Center
  • International Drop-In Center
  • Greenwood Senior Center (operated by the Phinney Neighborhood Association)
  • Pike Market Senior Center
  • South Park Senior Center
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center

And four programs operated by Sound Generations:

  • Ballard Senior Center
  • Central Area Senior Center
  • Lake City/Northgate
  • Senior Center of West Seattle

“HSD has developed a results-driven investment model that helps ensure that the department’s work is making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people, addressing community disparities, and investing in what works,” said Jason Johnson, Interim Director of the Human Services Department. “These centers provide high-quality, cost-effective programs. They reach out to older people who may be socially or culturally isolated and they build a real sense of community.”

The Seattle Human Services Department recommended the senior center awards from the City’s General Fund. Its Aging and Disability Services division reviewed center proposals and made final decisions based on recommendations from a community-based review committee, the geographic location of the center, and the opportunity to serve populations with higher health disparities and/or lower social and emotional support, particularly Hispanic/Latinx and Black/African American older adults.

Several studies show the connection between social engagement, quality of life, and longevity. AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect lists numerous risk factors for older adults, including diminishing social networks, fewer transportation options, changing roles, and living alone. Social and civic participation and community support are among the goals of the City of Seattle’s Age Friendly Seattle action plan.

For senior center locations, more information about local programs and services for older adults, or answers to questions about aging issues, call Community Living Connections toll-free at 844-348-5464.

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