Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center hosts free Duwamish Native Food Program this Sunday

Duwamish Longhouse Join The Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center for a free program sharing the cultural and food traditions of Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. The event is this Sunday, June 28 from 12 to 4 p.m.

The topic is native beach plants. There is an old native saying “When the tide is out, the table is set.” In addition to shellfish and waterfowl, there are many useful plants including kelps, sea lettuce, and eel grass.

The guest speaker is Pamela Bond-Coello of the Snohomish Tribe. Pam is an active Edmonds Community College Alumni. She is a contributor to the development of the Cultural Kitchen, an active learning space in the Campus Community Farm designed to highlight the connection between people and food. She also helped the LEAF School create the Ethnobotanical Garden called “Stloja Ali” or “Place of Medicine” at Gold Park.

The Duwamish Native Food Program is sponsored by the DUWAMISH RIVER OPPORTUNITY FUND (DROF): Seattle Department of Neighborhoods & 4Culture. This program will continue into the 2nd & 4th Sundays in July.

WHEN: June 28, 2015. Doors open at Noon. Program starts at 1pm. Enjoy Art Gallery & Exhibits & Waterfront Park beforehand. A shared meal begins at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106, 206-431-1582, www.duwamishtribe.org

TICKETS: Go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1757016

 

 

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open This Week

Farm Stand OpeningFor fresh organic produce look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands opening for the season this week. The farm stands offer produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods. The hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street) open Wednesdays from June 24 to September 30.
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S.) open Fridays from June 26 to October 2.

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.A new feature at the High Point Farm Stand will be the ROAR mobile farm stand that sells produce grown by local farmers across Puget Sound. ROAR, which stands for Roots of All Roads, is focused on connecting community with locally grown produce and sharing new ways to enjoy it. Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

 

Apply now for Funds to Support Neighborhood Night Out 2015 Activities

Night out flierIf your neighborhood needs funding to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4, the Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to apply now to its Small Sparks Fund because the deadline is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. Even though the deadline for applications is June 22, you’ll need to register first in our web-based application system by June 19. For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round. Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.  

A message from Kathy Nyland, our new Department Director

Kathy NylandNine Days. I’ve been here nine days. June 2nd was my first official day here at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. I say “official” because I have worked with this department in some capacity for years. This is familiar ground to me. In my previous life, pre-nine days ago, I have:

Relied on my Neighborhood District Coordinator over the years and credit a few for being mentors to me.

Submitted applications to the Neighborhood Matching Fund; sometimes receiving funding. Sometimes not.

Chaired my District Council and served on the City Neighborhood Council.

Attended Citizen Advisory Committees and provided comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board.

I have not signed up for a P-Patch….not yet. I have not mastered weeding in my own yard so that guilt has prevented me from signing up for a plot elsewhere.

So, yes, I am familiar with this department.

This department is rich in history. Created nearly 30 years ago, this is a department that has introduced the city to many programs that are considered crowning jewels. My role is to make sure that our future is just as rich as our past, and I am honored and thrilled to help lead the way.

I come here having ideas but knowing I do not have all of the answers. And that’s why I am going to rely on you. Here are a few things I do believe:

Our residents are quite resourceful and are some of our best resources.

We need more chairs at the table.

Not everyone can provide testimony during the day or attend a meeting in the evening.

Let’s identify the obstacles and create more opportunities.

Everyone has a voice, and it’s our job to make sure those voices are heard.

Though this department is not new to me, this role is. It truly is an honor – a bit daunting, but an honor. I look forward to listening and learning something new every day. Here is to “day 10” and many more beyond that!

Kathy

 

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open this Month

Market GardenFor fresh organic produce this summer look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands which open for the season at the end of June. The farm stands offer produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority neighborhoods.

The High Point Farm Stand is located at 32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street. It is open on Wednesdays beginning June 24 to September 30. The NewHolly Farm Stand is located at S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S. It is open Fridays beginning June 26 through October 2. Both farm stands’ hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their organic produce.

The High Point and NewHolly Market Gardens are part of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program and its collaboration with Seattle Housing Authority and GROW to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.

To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

 

 

Funds Available to Support Neighborhood Night Out 2015 Activities

Night OutIf your neighborhood plans to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system by June 19 to apply.

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.

 

South Park Shows UP: Show what you know about South Park!

Please join us for family friendly fun and FREE pizza & tacos on Wednesday, May 27 from 7-9 pm at the South Park Neighborhood Center 8201 10th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108.

Candidates for Seattle City Council District 1 will answer questions to show what they know about the South Park neighborhood and how they plan to represent us. Volunteers will help you register to vote and/or check your address to make sure your registration is current. The entire event is free, open to all, and will be translated into both Spanish and English.

This event is made possible by a Small Sparks award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, support from the Greater Duwamish District Council and hard work from many South Park volunteers.

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People’s Academy for Community Engagement Accepting Applications

PACE classSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The program begins this September and runs through September 2016.

During the 12-month program, 26 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations, and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Sessions will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-9 p.m. at Seattle University. They begin this September and go through next May; then from May through August, participants work in teams with neighborhood groups to plan and implement community projects. Graduation occurs in September of 2016.

Tuition for the 12-month program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.htm. The application deadline is Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions contact Casey Connelly, PACE Coordinator at 206-684-5667 or email at casey.connelly@seattle.gov.

 

 

Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Available for Youth Activities

Small Sparks Youth ProjectsIs your school or neighborhood planning a youth activity? If so, your group may qualify for support from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Its Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars of up to $1000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.

Activities could include a sports event, neighborhood clean-up, or talent show, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/how-to-apply and the deadline to apply is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund.