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826 Seattle publishes fourth edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’, buy tickets for annual fundraiser with guest Carrie Brownstein

February 18th, 2014 by Doree

826 Seattle’s newest edition of its fourth annual anthology “What to Read in the Rain” features literary great Tom Robbins, journalist Susan Orlean, and novelist and musician Myla Goldberg. In addition to the adult writers, 22 youth writers are featured in this year’s edition of stories, essays and poetry.

Books are distributed to Seattle hotels, which place one in each guest room. Guests can read them and leave them, or they can purchase them. Hotels receive a portion of the proceeds, with the bulk going back into 826 Seattle’s free youth literary programs.

The 2014 edition is available at Renaissance Seattle, Cedarbrook Lodge, Grand Hyatt, Washington Athletic Club, Alexis and Olive Eight (although more hotels may be added). You can also purchase a copy at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (the front and fundraising arm for 826 Seattle), at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. or online.

If you’re looking for another way to support 826 Seattle, their annual fundraiser “People Eating and Giving” is set for March 7 at the Triple Door. Tickets are $150 and include dinner and wine. Special guests include board member Tom Robbins, reading from his upcoming memoir “Tibetan Peach Pie,” and “Portlandia” star Carrie Brownstein. Tickets are available online.

And a heads up that 826 Seattle’s annual Pluto Day has been renamed Dwarf Planet Pride Day, in honor of all the littlest planets. A special parade around the main intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 85th Street starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th.

For the past eight years, we’ve protested Pluto’s demotion from “planet” to “dwarf planet.” Despite our rallying cries, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) has remained staunchly unmoved.

 This year, we’ve decided to embrace Pluto’s status and celebrate all the dwarf planets. The Dwarf Planet Pride Parade departs the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 2pm, with festivities to follow.

 

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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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826 Seattle offering free help for students writing college entrance essays

October 17th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is offering free help for juniors and seniors writing college entrance essays. Mentors will be available at a College Entrance Essay Marathon from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 826 Seattle/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Students can register on the website, but drop-ins are also welcome. Bring finished essays that need editing, or initial ideas for an essay. Bring a laptop if you have one; or bring your essay/ideas on a flash drive or piece of paper.

Another session will be from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.

If students need to do any follow-up work on their essays, or SAT prep, they can attend 826 Seattle’s free High School Tutoring program, from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Register for that program online, or at the College Entrance Essay Marathon.

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Neighborhood news: charity collections, tutoring, zoo lights

August 17th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news we’ve collected recently.

The Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N., made its first donation yesterday to three “charity cases” it supports by naming pizzas after neighborhood institutions, then donating $1 from each pizza to that organization. In its first six months in business, The Ridge sold 700 pizzas supporting the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 799 supporting Woodland Park Zoo, and 804 supporting Fire Station 21, which will give its check to the NW Burn Foundation.

Left to right, Ridge co-owners Chris Gerke and Chris Navarra, Jim Bennett from Woodland Park Zoo, PNA Executive Director Lee Harper, and Charles Turner and Stephen Eney from Fire Station21. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Tara Berg, owner of Hazel Salon & Organics at 5817 Phinney Ave. N., tells us she and her staff raised $298.75 by doing feather and glitter hair extensions at last Friday’s Summer Streets event, to donate to the Seattle Animal Shelter. Hazel Salon is also matching that amount and sending it to PAWS.

Nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle, 8414 Greenwood Ave N., is getting ready for school to start again, and with it, an influx of students needing help with homework. After-school tutoring begins on Monday, Sept. 10. Students ages 6-18 can receive one-on-one help from volunteers from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and high school students only can receive help from 6-8 p.m., including SAT prep and help writing college applications.

You can register for tutoring online, or pick up a registration form at the center, inside Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

Speaking of 826, Naked City Brewery is once again hosting a special fundraiser for them. Naked City has brewed a special beer, called 826 Luminosity, which is a dry-hopped golden ale made with pale and honey malt and Palisade hops. All proceeds from pints of 826 Luminosity sold on Sunday, Aug. 26, will go directly to 826’s programs, plus $1 from every pint sold on Aug. 24-25.

Lettuce Link is asking neighbors to plant an extra row of veggies to donate to food banks. For more information on the ‘Grow-a-Row’ campaign, check out Lettuce Link’s blog, and to donate, contact Jessica Sherrow, the Lettuce Link Summer VISTA, at jessicas@solid-ground.org 206-694-6746, ext. 2.

Woodland Park Zoo recently announced it will premiere its own winter lights festival this holiday season. WildLights will run from Nov. 23 through Jan.1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly (closed Dec. 24-25).

Rendering by Todd Nordling Concept Design.

Approximately 375,000 energy-efficient LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. An animated display of nature’s wonder will be woven into the zoo’s famous greenery inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe, including “Northern Lights,” “The Water Hole” and “Jungle Lights.” Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor nature play space, will be open for play and performances. While the zoo’s animals will be tucked in for the night, the Day Exhibit, a showcase of reptiles and amphibians, will be open, offering another indoor venue for the chilly evenings.

Other highlights will include visiting reindeer, the Historic Carousel (additional fee), entertainment and festive refreshments for purchase.

Admission to WildLights will be $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for toddlers ages 0-2. From December 14 to January 1, admission will increase to $9.50 for adults. This is an after-hours ticketed event so regular zoo membership privileges will not apply. WildLights will be a rain or shine event ‒ there will be no ticket refunds.

Tickets to WildLights will go on sale in the fall and will be available online at www.zoo.org/wildlights daily. Night-of-event tickets will be for sale at the zoo’s West Entrance only, if not sold out.

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Pluto Day to celebrate dwarf planet

March 5th, 2012 by Doree

826 Seattle and the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. are once again hosting their annual “Pluto Day” event, where they celebrate the dwarf planet and lament its demotion from full planet status.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a “dwarf planet,” despite vigorous opposition by Pluto lovers in Greenwood.

Pluto Day starts at 12 p.m. Saturday at the space store at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. A sign-making workshop will be followed by a march beginning at 1 p.m. Marchers will travel north on Greenwood Avenue North sidewalks, cross at North 87th Street, then head back 2-1/2 blocks to rally in front of Neptune Coffee at 8415 Greenwood Ave. N.

Keynote speakers include Alan Boyle, journalist and MSNBC.com science editor, who will give arguments for and against Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet.

The first “Pluto IS a Planet” protest was on March 15, 2008. You can see YouTube video of that first protest. Last year’s Pluto Day march and rally drew more than 30 “protesters.”

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Pearl Jam bassist auctioning two custom guitars to benefit 826 Seattle

January 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitar maker Mike Lull have created two bass guitars that are currently being auctioned online at CharityBuzz, with all proceeds going to 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s tutoring and writing center hidden inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

As of Monday afternoon, “Green Noise” (signed and hand-painted by Ament, with an estimated value of $5,000) was going for $2,200; bidding ends at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time) Thursday.

Red Splatter” (signed and hand-painted by Ament, with an estimated value of $5,500), was going for $2,450; bidding ends at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time) Thursday.

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826 Seattle celebrates its newest book, White House award

November 26th, 2011 by Doree

(Editor’s Note: Sorry for not posting this sooner; I’ve been sick all week.)

Last Sunday, Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle was packed with authors both well-known and maybe soon-to-be-known, and well wishers, as it celebrated its 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and the release of its 2012 edition of the anthology “What to Read in the Rain.”

It was a packed house at 826 Seattle and its fundraising front, the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., located at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. Photos by Victoria VanBruinisse.

Executive Director Teri Hein said the anthology is the continuation of a project they started a year ago. The first edition of “What to Read in the Rain” can be found in downtown Seattle hotels such as the Hilton, Madison Renaissance, Grand Hyatt, Olive 8, Alexis and Pan Pacific.

Hotels buy the books by the case at a discount, then place them in guest rooms. Guests can read the book during their stay and leave it, or take it with them and get charged on their bill, just like an honor bar item.

“It’s been a fantastic fundraiser for us,” Hein said in a phone interview prior to the party.

Well-known authors such as national 826 founder Dave Eggers sat side by side with young student authors, signing copies at last weekend’s party.

826 founder Dave Eggers, right, signs copies of “What to Read in the Rain.”

Hein and Ballard High School student Meron Kasahun talked about their experience three weeks ago of receiving a national award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I have to tell you, it was really awesome,” Hein said. “And it was fantastic to take this student of ours, Meron, with us. She’s been with us since eighth grade and now she’s a senior. She represents the kind of kids we work with here. And Michelle Obama is just extremely accessible. I feel like I would really like her, and she would like me. I was really proud to be able to represent 826.”

Executive Director Teri Hein and Ballard High student Meron Kasahun show off the official White House portrait of them and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Hein said 826 Seattle’s seven years in Greenwood have been a perfect fit, and surrounding businesses have been very supportive. Even their landlord has made improvements to the space above and beyond what would be expected, and has even donated financially.

“I love Greenwood. I love the welcome we received in Greenwood seven years ago when we were looking for a place to be,” she said. “We just felt like this was the place for us.”

And 826 has been expanding, going on field trips and bringing students up from the south end of Seattle. The program is also looking at expanding into other neighborhoods, but Hein said 826 would keep its “world headquarters” right here in Greenwood.

“It really is about creating a place where kids and adults are in this together,” she explained. “We really work hard to create an atmosphere where they want to be. Because, really, everybody wants to learn.”

Update Monday, Nov. 28: Check out the article and photo on Meron Kasahun in this month’s issue of Seattle Met.

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826 Seattle throws itself a party

November 17th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood’s nationally-recognized youth writing and tutoring center, 826 Seattle, is throwing a party on Sunday to celebrate its recent award from the White House and its just-released anthology, “What to Read in the Rain.”

The community celebration is from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

The anthology is a collection of writings from well-known Northwest authors and the best of 826’s student’s work. Dave Eggers, Barbara Thomas and David Lasky will read their work, along with several student authors. Of course, the books will be available for purchase, and featured authors will be happy to autograph them for you.

Two weeks ago, 826 Seattle was awarded the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. 826 Seattle Executive Director Teri Hein and student mentor Meron Kasahun traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

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826 Seattle honored at White House today

November 2nd, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood’s very own 826 Seattle, a non-profit tutoring and writing center inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., was honored at the White House today. 826 Seattle founder Teri Hein and Ballard High School student Meron Kasahun received the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

From the press release:

Chosen from a pool of more than 470 nominations and 50 finalists, 826 Seattle was one of 12 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award, which is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. The awards recognize and support outstanding programs that lay new pathways to creativity, expression, and achievement outside of the regular school day. 826 Seattle was honored for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them through the power of the written word.

Ms. Kasahun is a senior at Ballard High and the daughter of a single Ethiopian immigrant mother. She began attending 826 Seattle’s afterschool programs more than five years ago, and has been a regular at the Greenwood-based nonprofit ever since. Kasahun, 17, has served as a Youth Mentor at 826 Seattle and is currently a member of its Youth Advisory Board. She is also president of the Ballard High Black Student Union, is an active member of Teens Against Tobacco and has been an editor at her school newspaper.

“Having the chance to represent my peers in accepting this award from the First Lady in the White House was an experience that I will never forget,” said Kasahun. “I found my community at 826 Seattle, and I attribute much of my success to the support, mentoring, homework help, and writing classes I have received there. It was amazing to have 826 recognized in such a big way, and I am honored to have represented.”

826 Seattle will be celebrating the news with the community on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 1-3pm in its Greenwood office, as part of the literary launch of its second annual anthology What to Read in the Rain.

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826 Seattle kicks off fundraising drive for healthy snacks for tutoring students

August 26th, 2011 by Doree

826 Seattle, the nonprofit writing and tutoring center hidden inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., is kicking off a fundraiser today to raise money to provide healthy snacks to students.

Once school starts, 826 Seattle provides one-on-one after-school tutoring to about 100 students per week, and they provide healthy snacks to those students to keep their minds and bodies fueled.

You can donate to 826 Seattle’s special snack drive here. You can give in any amount, of course, but the website shows certain levels, such as: $10 provides daily snacks for one student for two weeks; $18 provides snacks for all tutoring students for one day; $75 will pay for snacks for all students for one week; and $195 will provide snacks for one student for a full year.

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Drink a new pale ale at Naked City to benefit 826 Seattle next Friday

August 16th, 2011 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is holding a special one-night only benefit for its nearby neighbor, the non-profit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle, which is housed inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Next Friday (which, by the way, is Aug. 26, or 8/26, get it?) Naked City will serve a new pale ale called 826 Luminosity. $1 of every pint sold on Friday night will go to 826 Seattle. 826 Luminosity will be available only on that night.

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Pluto is too a planet! protest at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Saturday

March 11th, 2011 by Doree

Pluto used to be classified as a planet, until the International Astronomical Union redefined the term “planet” in 2006. Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. was understandably upset, and has since hosted an annual Pluto is a Planet Protest March and Rally. The fourth annual rally begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

It is an injustice that local nonprofit 826 Seattle and Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., this planet’s only provisioner of space adventuring necessities, will fight until it’s overturned.

Show your support for this unique people’s movement by joining our march, chanting pro-Pluto chants, and waving/shaking signs.

Sign-making and pre-march pep rally will begin at 1:30pm at the 826 Seattle/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. The march departs at 2pm. The rally will take place at Neptune Coffee (8415 Greenwood Ave N) starting at approximately 2:15pm. The rally will be brief, so be sure to arrive on time.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing center that helps students, ages six to 18, develop their creative and expository writing skills. We are dedicated to providing students with access to writing workshops, publishing projects, and one-on-one help with homework and English language learning – all free of charge.

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