Come to Dinner for Belltown P-Patch, April 24-30

Tavolata InvitationBelltown P-Patch Community Garden is proud to be partnering with the fabulous Ethan Stowell restaurant Tavolata in Belltown for some delicious vegetable courses to be served up April 24 through April 30.  Tavolata will donate proceeds of these special dishes to the Belltown P-Patch for renovation of the solar-powered fountain and completion of a community bed left bereft by recent new construction.  Celebrate Earth Day/Earth Month at Tavolata and help your local P-Patch. Tavolata is located on 2nd Avenue in Belltown between Bell and Battery Streets. Belltown P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens located throughout the city.

Duwamish Children’s Potlatch Share Cultural and Food Traditions on April 26

Duwamish Children's PotlatchJoin us for a free children’s program sharing the cultural and food traditions of Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe at the Duwamish Children’s Potlatch on Sunday, April 26. Beginning at 1 p.m., the event will include storytelling, crafts, singing and dancing led by Duwamish Heritage Group “Singing Feet,”  and followed by a shared meal from 3 – 4 p.m. Doors open at noon and there is free parking in the area.  RSVP here.

Traditionally potlatches were winter season gift-giving feasts. The warmer months were for procuring food and wealth for the family and village, then coming home and sharing with neighbors and friends.

The Duwamish Native Food Program is sponsored by the DUWAMISH RIVER OPPORTUNITY FUND (DROF): Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and 4Culture.  The program is bi-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Sundays through July.

WHEN:  Sun., April 26, 2015, 1-4pm.  Doors open at noon.

WHERE:  Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW in Seattle

FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Linda Dombrowski, Event Coordinator, at 206.431.1582 or linda@lindadombrowski.com

or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1437608 to RSVP.

 

Storytelling and Video Celebrating Earth Day and the Duwamish River on April 19

Earth Day StorytellersCome hear the Seattle Storytellers Guild present tales around “Earth Day Storytelling 2015: New Seeds, New Growth” on Sunday, April 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W. Marginal Way SW). In addition to storytelling, a video will be shown about youth in the Delridge neighborhood who were inspired by a story to paint a 210-foot mural of the history of the Duwamish River at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. This event is funded by a Small Sparks award of $1,000.

 

Lake2Bay to Host Belltown/Denny Triangle Walk & Celebration on April 19

Belltown WalkJoin us for the Belltown/Denny Triangle Walk and Celebration Sunday, April 19.  Explore the neighborhoods’ public spaces and provide community input to help shape public spaces yet to be created. The walk begins at Regrade Park (2251 3rd Ave.) at 3:00 p.m. and concludes with a celebration at the Belltown Community Center (415 Bell St.) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Well-behaved puppies are invited to join the event! This event is part of the Belltown and Denny Triangle: Connected Public Realm Small and Simple project, which received a $25,000 award.

 

Our New Website Launches Today!

DON Home PageWith helpful feedback from our users and lots of great work by staff, our website now has a new look. You’ll find:

  • A simple, streamlined format that provides and highlights information you most want and need
  • Improved navigation and a consistent look from page to page
  • New and improved mapping and data
  • A calendar and posts from our Front Porch blog filtered by program to provide targeted news and information

This improvement is to assist you in finding the information you need as our staff strives to involve, educate, and engage you in your neighborhood. We hope you enjoy the new format.

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of two Public Schools for Landmark Status

Daniel Bagley Elementary SchoolSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Daniel Webster Elementary School (3014 NW 67th Street) and the Daniel Bagley Elementary School (7821/7901 Stone Avenue N) on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by May 5 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Bagley Elementary School Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Green Lake Branch Library (7364 East Green Lake Drive North, 206-684-7547); and the Webster Elementary School nomination is available at the Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave NW, 206-684-4089). Both nominations can be viewed at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). Both nominations are both posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

 

P-Patch Gardeners Donate 40,000 Pounds to Seattle Food Banks and Meal Programs

GardenerLast year our P-Patch gardeners’ “green thumbs” grew 40,145 pounds of fresh organic produce for Seattle food banks and meal programs. These food donations came from 36 P-Patch “giving gardens,” which are P-Patch plots dedicated to growing food for donation. In addition, at least 20% of the total food donations came from individual P-Patch gardeners. P-Patchers volunteer to steward the giving gardens and handle the delivery of fresh produce over the growing season. To celebrate the “giving garden” season, Interbay P-Patch Community Garden just held its annual kick-off with more than 20 gardeners preparing soil and planting early crops. Here is a quote from an Interbay P-Patch gardener about last year’s harvest: “This was a great year in the Interbay Giving Garden! …Despite the heat, which was a little hard on the kale, chard and collards, we nonetheless harvested a combined total of 266 lbs. of those greens. We had our best cucumber year ever, with 46 pounds donated. Herbs were a huge success this year, too: 17 lbs. of chives, 15 lbs. of basil and 14 lbs. of flat-leaf parsley. That’s a lot of leaves!!! … We’ll be rearin’ to go come spring!”   Congratulations, P-Patch gardeners, for sharing with and caring for your Seattle community!

Small and Simple Projects Fund Workshops Happening This Spring

dragon dancersThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning more about our popular Small and Simple Projects Fund. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects.

Each workshop provides 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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop. The dates are:

  • Wednesday, April 22; 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. – Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday, April 28; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 106
  • Thursday, May 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room

To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. There will be one more opportunity to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund in October.

Last Large Project Fund Workshop Thursday, April 9

Playground ProjectThe Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting its last workshop for those interested in applying to the Large Projects Fund this May. The Large Projects Fund provides matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at a workshop is required to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

The mandatory workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a strong application, and the review process. Neighborhood and community groups interested in applying are invited to attend. The final workshop date and location is

Thursday, April 9, 6 – 8.p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16 th Ave S

To attend the workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/LPFWorkshop2015 or contact us at NMFund@seattle.gov or 206-733-9916.

The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 4 at 5:00 p.m . To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/largeproject.htm

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

Seattle City Council Approves two new Historic Landmarks

Seattle National Bank

Seattle National Bank

Seattle City Council approved landmark designation ordinances for two city of Seattle landmarks. Located in Downtown and Yesler neighborhoods, these buildings showcase the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for each of these landmarks, and provided draft ordinances to City Council. The final step to the process is approval by City Council.

The new landmarks are:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as seven historic districts located throughout the city. For more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/.