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‘Medicare Made Clear’ workshop at Greenwood Library Sept. 12

August 19th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is holding a health care workshop to give an overview of Medicare options and help people make informed decisions on Medicare coverage. The free workshop is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Registration is not required.

The “Medicare Made Clear” workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare Parts A, B, C, D and supplemental plans, including what they cover and how they work. Discussion topics will include how to receive benefits, the pros and cons of each part, approximate costs, enrollment and eligibility guidelines.

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PNA hiring for 4 positions at Whittier Kids Preschool and after-school program

August 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hiring for several positions at Whittier Kids Preschool and Whittier Kids School Age Program, at Whittier Elementary, 1320 NW 75th St. Here are synopses of the job descriptions. For full descriptions, email hr@phinneycenter.org.

  • Lead Preschool Teacher: Responsible for coordinating with the Assistant Director of Programming on curriculum and classroom management at Whittier Kids Preschool, and mentoring and collaborating with associate teachers and classroom parents on individualized, play based, developmentally appropriate programming and practices. Applicants need a bachelor’s degree or higher in early childhood education, child development, education or related field; two years of experience working with preschool children; familiarity with Teaching Strategies Gold or Creative Curriculum’s Developmental Continuum preferred; experience with the process of documenting observations and performing developmentally appropriate child assessments; current certification of CPR, First Aid and BBP Education instruction. The position is 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, paying $16-$17 per hour. Benefits include health insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; long‐term disability insurance; self-paid Aflac products; self-paid ORCA pass; a flexible spending account; three weeks personal time off the first year, increasing annually; and paid holidays. Email cover letter and resume to hr@phinneycenter.org.
  • Preschool Teacher: Part-time position for general classroom supervision of children ages 3-5. Must be at least 18 years old; have experience working with children ages 3-5; Early Childhood Credits a plus; current certification of CPR, First Aid and HIV/Bloodborne Pathogens; documented negative TB test; food handler’s permit. The position is 25 hours per week, Monday-Friday, paying $15 per hour. Benefits include health insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; long‐term disability insurance; self-paid Aflac products; self-paid ORCA pass; a flexible spending account; three weeks personal time off the first year, increasing annually; and paid holidays. Email cover letter and resume to hr@phinneycenter.org.
  • After-School Lead Teacher: Responsible for coordinating with the Assistant Director of Programming on curriculum and classroom management, collaborates with associate teachers and parents, and also tutors two hours a week at Whittier Elementary. Requires a bachelor’s degree with Early Childhood Education credits preferred; two years of experience working with school age children; current certification of CPR, First Aid and HIV/Bloodborne Pathogens; documented negative TB test; food handler’s permit. Position is 22 hours per week, Monday-Friday, $16-$17 per hour. Benefits include health insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; long‐term disability insurance; self-paid Aflac products; self-paid ORCA pass; a flexible spending account; three weeks personal time off the first year, increasing annually; and paid holidays. Email cover letter and resume to hr@phinneycenter.org.
  • After-School Teacher: Responsible for general supervision and management of children in the Whittier Kids After-School Program. Must be at least 18 years old, Early Childhood Education credits preferred; experience working with children ages 5-12; current certification of CPR, First Aid and HIV/Bloodborne Pathogens; documented negative TB test; food handler’s permit. Position is 20 hours per week, from 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, $15 per hour. Additional hours may be requested for special events, early release days and school breaks. Benefits include 401(k) plan with employer match; self-paid Aflac products; self-paid ORCA pass; three weeks personal time off the first year, increasing annually; and paid holidays. Email cover letter and resume to hr@phinneycenter.org.

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Join neighbors this Saturday to walk along proposed 6th Avenue NW Greenway

August 18th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and West Woodland Neighbors are hosting a 1.5 mile walk along the proposed 6th Ave NW Greenway.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the 6th Avenue NW Pocket Park, on the corner of NW 76th Street and 6th Avenue NW. Walkers can also join up at 10 a.m. at Cafe Bambino, on NW 65th Street at 4th Avenue NW.

The purpose of this walk is to build enthusiasm and support for safety improvements along 6th Ave NW. Safety improvements serve everyone, but particularly children walking to the several schools and preschools located along this corridor and elderly people who have chosen to age gracefully in place in this neighborhood.

The three most difficult areas to address financially and from an engineering perspective are the street crossings at NW 65th, NW Market, and NW 43rd crossing at Leary Ave NW.

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Greenwood Community Council social at Naked City Brewery tonight

August 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is taking this month off from its regular monthly meetings, and is instead having a social event starting at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

Join the GCC board and members in the screening room to get to know one another and chat about whatever neighborhood issues are on your mind.

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Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Writes workshops

August 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library has expanded its Seattle Writes program series and will host more than 25 writing workshops at several branches this fall, including the Greenwood and Ballard branches. Participants can learn how to use dialogue, build conflict, write a memoir, develop a story’s character, add diverse voices, develop social media marketing skills and more. Workshops are free, but online registration is required.

Seattle Writes: When Someone Speaks – A Workshop in the Art of Dialogue
Learn to effectively use dialogue when writing novels, plays, screenplays, and poems with writer Nancy Rawles.
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086

Seattle Writes: Get Ready for NaNoWriMo
Are you starting a novel or planning on drafting one in November during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Find out what it takes to write a novel in 30 days in this class taught by writer Rebecca Agiewich.
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

Seattle Writes: Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer
You’ve written draft after draft of your manuscript. But is it time to push the “publish” button? Learn more with editor Beth Jusino.
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

The 2015 Seattle Writes fall program series will kick off at the Central Library with “Seattle Writes: Five Secrets to Selling Your Story,” a panel discussion led by bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. In November during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the Central Library will hold weekly drop-in writing sessions (no registration required) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 in the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room on Level 3.

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Ballard’s ‘Seattle Summer Parkways’ needs volunteers for Sept. 19 event

August 17th, 2015 by Doree

The inaugural Seattle Summer Parkways, which will close down seven miles of streets throughout Ballard and into Phinney-Greenwood on Sept. 19, needs hundreds of volunteers, from residents to businesses. (The Central District will have its own Summer Parkways on Sept. 12.)

Volunteer positions include: intersection management, community ambassadors, route patrols, mobile bike mechanics, information booth staff, event set-up and tear-down, and more. All volunteers receive free lunch and a t-shirt. Volunteer descriptions and sign-ups are online.

Click here for a map of Ballard’s Summer Parkways.

These free, all-ages celebrations will create expansive, temporary open space on Seattle’s streets, where thousands of friends, families, and visitors can participate in dozens of community-based activities, from skateboard demos, to puppeteers, to art activities to food truck dining. In addition to events, residents are encouraged to explore the open spaces by biking, running and walking.

Ballard: Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. to 3p.m.

  • Seven miles of streets closed to traffic and 131 blocks to explore
  • Featured activities in seven locations including Loyal Heights Playfields, Salmon Bay Park, Ballard Corners Park, 14th Avenue Northwest Park Boulevard, Ballard Commons Park and the Sixth Avenue Pocket Park

Streets will be closed to through traffic (motorized vehicles), but open to local traffic. Each event will be anchored by dozens of activities hosted in parks along the route.

In addition to the signature activities, event organizers are encouraging participation by inviting residents along the route to host events of their own.

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Northwest Film Forum’s Bike-In moves to Naked City Brewery on Saturday

August 17th, 2015 by Doree

Northwest Film Forum is moving its annual Bike-In from Capitol Hill to Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. The Bike-In is an organized bike ride from Capitol Hill to Greenwood for a night of beer, food, and a selection of local short films. The free event starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. (Beer and food are extra.)

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Black border collie mix Sasha is missing from Greenwood

August 15th, 2015 by Doree

Isabella tells us her black border collie mix named Sasha got freaked out by the thunder Friday while they were at work and pushed out the screen of a partly open window and got out. A neighbor saw Sasha escape around 11:30 a.m. and run towards nearby Sandel Park.

Sasha-lost-border-collie-resized

She’s a black border collie mix with white on her chest and feet, and is very friendly. She is chipped.

We think someone may have found her, as we called several vets and Carkeek said a woman came in with a dog matching her description, but declined to have her scanned for a chip.

If you see Sasha, please call 206-963-7394.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Zelda the dog is missing from Greenwood

August 14th, 2015 by Doree

Update: Zelda has been found.

Earlier: Zelda, a Boston Terrier with one floppy ear, ran out the door to her home at 6th Avenue NW and NW 78th Street today during the storm. She doesn’t have a collar but is chipped.

Zelda-resized

If you find her, please call Sandy at 206-841-2260.

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