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New UW cherry blossom webcam

March 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Every year around the beginning of spring, the iconic University of Washington Yoshino Cherry trees blossom along another iconic University of Washington landmark, the UW Quad. This year, just in time to capture the fleeting beauty of the pale pink flowers, UWTV has installed a webcam overlooking the spectacle.

UW arborist Sara Shores expects the trees to be in full bloom the week of March 26, just in time for the start of the University of Washington’s spring quarter.

The webcam is in operation 24/7 and can be viewed online here  UWTV.org and here YouTube.

The cherry blossom webcam is located on Miller Hall, home of the University of Washington’s College of Education.

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Visitors check out the new section of the Arboretum Loop Trail

March 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation are excited to announce the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors.

The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Dr. is open to pedestrians, connecting access up to the Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; landscape and other work elements will continue into the spring.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes as construction progresses to the north. SPR and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work on this project. We anticipate completion of the trail by early 2018.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Dr., creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden.

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum Loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is a key component of mitigation work being done as part of the SR 520 Bridge replacement. The Loop Trail fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands. To receive construction updates please visit LoopTrail.seattle.gov.

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Zoo Doo sale on now at WPZ

March 15th, 2017 by sarawilly

Spring is in the air and so is the sweet-smelling aroma of Zoo Doo, Woodland Park Zoo’s exotic, highly coveted compost. The annual spring Fecal Fest kicked off the first week of March.

Zoo Doo is composed of species feces contributed by a variety of the zoo’s non-primate herbivores, such as hippos, giraffes, mountain goats, tapirs and more, and is perfect to grow veggies and annuals.

The Fecal Fest, held each spring and fall, attract local gardeners to enter a bid to purchase the exotic, highly-coveted Zoo Doo and Bedspread that Dr. Doo, aka the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been piling all winter.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is available by the truck load. Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Dr. Doo’s private reserve of Worm Doo will be sold again. Worm Doo is worm castings made from Zoo Doo and zoo coffee grounds. An exceptional rich soil and microbial diverse soil amendment recommended for seedlings, potted plants or in the garden, Worm Doo has been pooped once by exotic herbivores and pooped again by compost loving worms.

Due to the high demand for Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter online to win the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. To enter, fill out the online form here, now through March 27. One entry per person is eligible for each drawing.

Entries will be randomly selected according to supply and demand and Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Pick-up dates are  April 8–29.

Cost-
Zoo Doo: 5 gallons $5; 10 gallons $10; 20 gallons $20; 50 gallons $30. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. Pick-up truck: 6×3 bed $50; 6×4 bed $70; 8×4 bed $80. Winners may get one full truckload per person. Pint-sized buckets are available at the ZooStore for $4.95.

Bedspread pick-up truck: 6×3 bed $40; 6×4 bed $50; 8×4 bed $60. Winners may get up to two full truckloads per person.

Worm Doo: pint-sized buckets $10. Available at the ZooStores while supplies last.

Cash or checks only-no debit or credit cards, please.

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All branches of SPL closed March 29 for Staff In-Service Day

March 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

All Seattle Public Library branches will be closed Wednesday, March 29, for a staff in-service day. Book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open.

Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 30.

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Framework agreement reached, completion of Burke-Gilman Missing Link to move forward

March 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin at our sister site myballard.com

Earlier this week, Mayor Ed Murray along with Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Rob Johnson, Ballard business owners, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates, announced that a framework agreement has been reached to move forward on completing the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

“After years of disagreement, we have a path forward to finally complete the ‘missing link’ of the Burke-Gilman Trail,” says Mayor Murray. “Bicyclists and pedestrians will no longer need to weave, dodge, or hold their breath while navigating through Ballard and maritime businesses along the water will maintain access to the roads they depend on. Today’s announcement highlights our collaborative effort to complete the trail, making the Burke-Gilman safer and more accessible for all.”

As the City finishes the environmental review process, the framework calls for stakeholders to work together on the design elements of a preferred alternative route that would complete the “missing link” with a marked, dedicated trail for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposed trail would run along Market Street between the Ballard Locks and 24th Ave NW, then turn on to Shilshole Ave NW Northwest and run along the south-side of the street. The existing trail east of the Ballard Bridge, along NW 45th St, will be improved to allow for better access for businesses and safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians. The City expects the final environmental impact study to be released in May.

“The community has been working on a safe completion of the missing link of the Burke Gilman Trail for years and it is great to be moving one step closer to construction,” says Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

“To say we are elated is a vast understatement,” says Blake Trask, Senior Policy Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club. “This project will benefit generations. We are grateful to the many parties, including local Ballard businesses, for coming together, listening to one another, and committing to building a trail that is safe and predictable for everyone.”

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Find It, Fix It, with Mayor Murray

March 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

Mayor Ed Murray announced earlier this week the six neighborhoods where he will host his annual Find It, Fix It Community Walks. Now in its fourth year, these walks bring City officials, business owners, and community members together to address each neighborhood’s needs.

Mayor Murray will lead the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in the following neighborhoods: Wallingford (Tuesday, March 14), Little Brook, Northgate, Highland Park, North Beacon Hill, and First Hill.

Each walk will follow a route determined by community members on Community Walk Action Teams convened by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Specific dates and locations will be announced at least two weeks prior to each walk. If you are interested in participating on a Community Walk Action Team to help plan the walk in one of the six neighborhoods, contact Lemmis Stephens, Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator, at Lemmis.Stephens@seattle.gov or call (206) 386-1907.

The City will continue to offer Community Project Grants for every walk. These grants provide support for community-led revitalization and beautification projects. In 2015 and 2016, 209 community volunteers, with assistance from City staff, completed 20 projects across the city.

Mayor Murray spearheaded the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in 2014 in partnership with Cities of Service, a national nonprofit that works with cities to provide support and training to encourage civic volunteerism.

Whether or not your neighborhood is part of this year’s walks, community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues anytime with the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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World Spay Day- free services for pets in need

February 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

To commemorate World Spay Day, this year taking place on Feb. 28, 2017, the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter surgeries plus microchipping to area pets scheduled for surgery not just on that day, but that entire week – Feb. 27-March 3, 2017. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260. This promotion is possible in part because of a generous grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” said Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, medical director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “Spaying can reduce the risk of serious health issues such as pyometra, uterine cancer and mammary cancer. Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and may lower the risk of prostate cancer and hyperplasia. Spaying and neutering also reduce the desire to roam and the dangers associated with that.”

These surgeries usually cost between $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.

The Seattle Animal Shelter also recommends having your pet – dog, cat, or rabbit – microchipped while it is at the clinic for surgery. Microchips are invaluable for the peace of mind provided by this permanent means of identification should a pet ever become lost or stolen, said Dr. Zoulas.

Dogs, cats and rabbits can be spayed or neutered when they are 4 months or older. Dr. Zoulas and her team are excited to again extend their World Spay Day promotion to include rabbits, the third most popular pet in Seattle. While clinic staff have been providing spay and neuter services to the rabbits adopted from the shelter for nearly 20 years, they only began providing this service to the public five years ago. Clinic staff are pleased with the enthusiastic response of rabbit owners to this program.

“Spaying and neutering are safe, routine surgeries that prevent animals from breeding,” said Dr. Zoulas. “This annual effort helps end the suffering of unwanted and homeless animals in our community by preventing unplanned litters.”

In addition to the foundation grant, the Seattle Animal Shelter’s “Pet Population Control Fund” partially funds this year’s World Spay Day special. “Spay Day” is an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. Each February, animal shelters and animal welfare agencies worldwide join forces to promote spaying and neutering of pets as the most effective and humane ways to decrease the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters throughout the world.

Click here for more information about Spay Day Seattle, to donate to the Pet Population Control Fund or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services. You can also call 206-386-PETS (7387).

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The History of Safari & Immersive Travel Experiences in Africa  

February 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

Join Wide World Books & Maps and Global Family Travels on the evening of February 15th to learn about the History of Safari & Immersive Travel Experiences in Africa.  Two special guest speakers, Jennifer Spatz, Founder of Global Family Travels and Kelly McCoy, Africa Travel Specialist of Global Family Travels will give an engaging presentation that will unveil the History of Safari and review their 2017 immersive travel itineraries to Africa
February 15th  from 7pm – 8pm
RSVP via EventBrite 
Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Avenue North

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Most drop-in activities now free at Community Centers

January 31st, 2017 by sarawilly

Courtesy of our sister site MyBallard.com.

Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District as part of the Community Center Strategic Plan, as of the first of the year, most drop-in activities  at Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers are now free.

During a public outreach process, Seattle Parks and Recreation heard from many communities that even small drop-in fees can be a barrier for people with low incomes, preventing many from taking part in some of our basic activities and services.

In general, a true drop-in activity is one that does not regularly hire staff or have regular materials and supply costs. For most community centers, this means the following activities are now free:

  • Tot Gyms and Tot Rooms
  • Fitness Rooms
  • Basketball, Pickleball, Dodgeball, Volleyball
  • Pool Tables
  • Table games like Bridge or Mahjong
  • and most other activities that previously had $1, $2, or $3 drop-in fees.

The following kinds of activities will continue to charge a fee:

  • Program drop-in (paying for a class one session at a time)
  • Special events
  • Drop-in activities held outside normal operating hours

For more information, or if you have questions about a previously purchased punch card for drop-in activities, contact Northgate Community Center at (206) 386-4283 or Green Lake Community Center at 684-0780  to find out more.

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United Way to assist locals with free tax preparation

January 31st, 2017 by sarawilly

From our sister site myballard.com.

United Way of King County is offering free tax help to local families making under $64,000 a year at Solid Ground (1501 N 45th St) on Tuesdays from 5–9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. until April 20.

Volunteers will prepare taxes for attendees and help connect them with one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

The campaign started as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago led by United Way of King County. Over the years the campaign has spread throughout the county in an effort to connect low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

No appointments are needed to take advantage of this service.

Click here to learn more and find a list of what to bring.

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