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Entries from February 2015

'Girl in a Band' Author, Kim Gordon Comes to the U-district!

February 26th, 2015 by master

Calling all lovers of Kim Gordon: Come see her talk about Girl In A Band to Bruce Pavitt of Sup Pop Records at The Neptune in Seattle March 2

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She is a musician, vocalist, visual artist, record producer, director, designer, actress and now author. But most of us really hold dear to our hearts her role in the post punk experimental band Sonic Youth.

On Monday March 2, she will share the memoir that tells the story of her life as an artist and as one of the first women of rock and roll.

Visit STG presents for Tickets and more info!

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Bandaloop to do a Pop-Up Performance at Meany Hall Thursday AM

February 26th, 2015 by master

Just heard that this morning Bandaloop, an Oakland based  vertical dance performance group, will perform a pop-up performance on the front (North side) of Meany on  at 10:20 and 11:20am. Weather permitting.

Udistrict Daily wishes she could be there, but alas…, please take pictures and Share them with us on Facebook!

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Is the U-district Safe? A week of Crime, Accidents and Mayor Ed Murray

February 25th, 2015 by master

Amid Shootings, attempted abductions at gunpoint, and collisions with metro busses, the U-district has unfortunately been keeping local law enforcement busy.

Living the city life comes with a lot of nightlife options, walkability, and public transit, but when these perks become threats it’s time to look at more safety measures to ensure that we get a chance to enjoy where we live.

It’s been a busy week in the Udistrict! Some highlights include:

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb 22, Police officers were called after reports of shots being fired in a parking lot outside a U-district nightclub near 8th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street. Three people were reported being taken to area hospitals with life threatening gunshot wounds. This is the same area that another man was shot in the leg back in January.

Also, on Sunday night around 10 PM near the University of Washington, detectives were called to investigate a report that an armed man tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint as she was walking home along NE 55th street near 15 Ave NE. Luckily the would be abductor was startled by people walking by and the woman was escorted to safety where she could call 911.

And in other tragic news, a motorcyclist incurred life threatening injuries in a collision with a Metro bus on NE 55th and 15th Ave NE in the Monday morning commute.

This seems to be a wake-up call to our neighborhood that we need to be more diligent about knowing our surroundings, keeping homes secure, and with increased traffic, be more vigilant on the road.

All these happenings occurred just after Mayor Ed Murray did his Community Safety Walk know as “Find it, Fix it” on Saturday in the Udistrict. These walks, one of many he will do, are to help identify safety issues present in the built environment of Seattle’s neighborhoods as part of his Summer of Safety Initiative.

With the “Find it, fix it” App, Murray is hoping citizens will report issues by snapping photos with a smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. With this easy reporting app he hopes that more awareness to their surroundings will help neighborhoods clean up trouble spots and help people feel better about where they live. When people love their neighborhood it thrives.

So, how can you help our neighborhood and yourself stay safe?

Check out the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Page on the Website.

The University of Washington has this page to help students with safety issues. also encourages residents and business owners to report criminal behavior, get involved in programs like Block Watch and Night Out, and talk to your neighbors.

Of course, living in the city, there is always the chance that crime, accidents and other unnerving incidents will feel a little too close to home. We would love to hear what you do to feel safe in our city, advice for people and any other resources you want to share in the comments!

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City Council Public Hearing Wed Feb 25th, 2pm City Council Chambers

February 24th, 2015 by master

If you have concerns about the Business Improvement Area (BIA) plan for the University District, you can head down to the Council Chambers hearing on Wednesday Feb 25.

Whether you are for the highrise zoning planned for the District or you are concerned for possible loss of open space, low-income housing and historic buildings, you can make your voice heard.

What:City Council Public Hearing
When: Wed Feb 25th, 2pm
Where: City Council Chambers (5th and Cherry downtown)
For more information, contact Shirley Nixon  206-632-0353,  John Fox  206-632-0668

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Proposed 340 Foot Towers Give Some Citizens Vertigo

February 17th, 2015 by master

Appeal of U-District Upzone to 340′ Towers Filed By Local Housing & Community Groups

With plans for dramatic upzones that some believe could displace low income residents and small businesses, local citizens fight to maintain the character of the U-District.

On Feb 6, the Seattle Displacement Coalition, Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness, University District Community Council, & University Park Community Club filed a joint appeal of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) recently issued by the city for the planned upzone of the University District to 340′ towers.
The grassroots groups argue that more is needed in order to comply with city and state environmental laws and fully inform the City Council of the consequences of such an upzone. They believe it would “dramatically alter the unique character of the district and displace hundreds of low income households and minority owned businesses.”

They also argue that “no consideration is being given as to how these massive changes in zoning will affect a host of other identified elements of the community’s environment including especially impacts on parking, traffic, mass transit needs, open space, and other infrastructure needs.“

The Council is scheduled to consider and vote on this upzone later in the year.You can check out the Final Environmental Impact Statement here on the website.

The organizations whose members live and work in the U-District make this community their home, and believe this appeal is a necessary first step in a broad grassroots campaign to turn back this upzone.

To get involoved, have your say or for more information, contact John V. Fox  206-632-0668 (SDC), Barbara Quinn  206-523-2612 (UPCC), or Ryan Vancil (Attorney) 206-842-7811.

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Forgot to Make Plans this Valentine's Weekend? Here You Go…You're Welcome!

February 13th, 2015 by master

All Righty Procrastinators, Here are some awesome very Local Events to Take yourself and someone you ‘Like’ to:


Jet City Improv Loooooves You! And they have a lovely deal on tickets to some sweet comedy.

Use code “CUPID” to take $5 off tickets to any of this weekend’s shows, including . . .

The Modern Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the final two performances!
Tickets: Thursday 8:00 // Friday 8:00

Jet City Improv, featuring games for the loved and loveless (spoiler alert: you’re beautiful).
Tickets: Friday 10:30 // Saturday 8:00 // Saturday 10:30

If you hadn’t thought about your plans for Saturday until just now, They want to take credit for helping you out!


Forget “50 Shades of Boring” Grand Illusion Cinema has this kinky film for your viewing pleasure:


What a better way to forget about Valentine’s Day, if you’re one of those people, than by listening to a discussion on wildlife sciences, animal welfare, geography, anthropology, literature, and political science.


This five-part Seattle Arts & Lectures coursewill be hosted at the Henry and features a distinguished set of speakers to explore human/animal connections in a range of global and historical contexts, including Renaissance France, contemporary Peru, and urban and rural spaces in the United States.


URBAN BUSH WOMEN at Meany Theater

Everyone Likes a Great Dance Performance. Join Arts UW for this Inspired Show:

Celebrating 30 years as an unstoppable force in American dance, Urban Bush Women continues to make visceral, politically-charged work that is electric and inspiring. With Hep Hep Sweet Sweet, founder and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar presents an earthy and provocative new take on the music and culture fueled by the Great Migration that emerged at jazz clubs in Harlem and Zollar’s native Kansas City. The program also includes Walking with ‘Trane, a work inspired by the life of John Coltrane and his seminal jazz suite A Love Supreme, with live music by pianist George Caldwell.

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One Person's Trash Can be Your Garden's Gold! How to Become a Master Composter!

February 13th, 2015 by master

With The New No-Compost in Trash Rules, it’s time to Learn How to Compost and Turn Your Garbage into Gold.

Seattle Tilth in Partnership with the city of Seattle offers training for Volunteer Compost Educators this Spring at Seattle Tilth.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the city of Seattle now prohibits food waste from going in the garbage.

Because food waste in landfills is a big problem, accounting for nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US, it’s time to take that useful material and transform it into ‘gardener’s gold’.

There is no debate whether or not compost offers tons of benefits. – reducing global warming, storm water pollution and waste, while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

Now in its 30th year, Seattle Tilth is inviting the community to come participate in their Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators.

Here are the Detail from Seattle Tilth on how you can get involved!

Community members participate in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. Learn how to compost while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling!

Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 24 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N). After the training, Master Composters contribute 35 hours of volunteer outreach teaching practical techniques to other community members. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

Apply by March 14
The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County. Applications are dueMarch 14. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.


Questions? Come to an Info Session!
Interested and want to learn more about this program? Attend one of the following info sessions:

  • Monday, Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N)

For More Information:

The Master Composter/Soil Builder program is managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.

  • Thursday, Mar. 5 in South Seattle (TBA, check the website for details)
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    1$ Paseo Sandwiches! SpoonRocket from SF CA Launches on UW Campus

    February 10th, 2015 by master

    Start-up from San Francisco Really Knows How to Speak to Hungry Seattleites by  Inviting them to Enjoy $1 Paseo Sandwiches Delivered Curbside Within 10 Minutes!

    They’re calling the kick-off event the “Dollar Hype Meal”

    Whatever they call it, offering Paseo sandwiches speaks to our Seattle Hearts. Especially after the scare that we would be loosing Paseo forever when they abruptly closed last year.

    So, what’s the deal?

    Spoonrocket, an on-demand meal delivery start-up from San Francisco, is launching on the University of Washington campus to deliver good food, fast to any curb within 10 minutes.   The company is kicking off its arrival by partnering with Paseo, Seattle’s top Caribbean restaurant, to offer $1 sandwiches to customers who order through SpoonRocket on Wednesday, February 11th from 11:30 am to 1 pm all students are invited to grab a $1 and experience the magic of SpoonRocket for themselves.

    The idea for SpoonRocket started with Steven Hsiao and Anson Tsui while at UC Berkeley.  They shared a mission to revolutionize fast food by delivering affordable, gourmet meals in a matter of minutes. Seattle is their second city to launch in.

    SpoonRocket will feature Paseo’s most popular menu item, its Caribbean Roast Sandwich, as part of Wednesday’s offer.  The sandwich is a slow roasted, pork shoulder coated in Paseo Marinade and is regularly available for $8.50.

    To participate in Wednesday’s Hype Meal, customers can order online at or download the app on Wednesday, February 11th between 11:30 am and 1 pm.   Food is available while supplies last and will be delivered on February 11th during service hours.

    Hungry folks, take note: Orders are limited to one sandwich per customer.

    SpoonRocket will continue serving the UW campus during lunch hours between 11:30 am and 1 pm.  Lunch partners include Paseo, Bomba Fusion, Thanh Vi and Banh Mi. Menu items are retail price, with a $3.50 delivery fee.

    For more information, go to

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    Where'd You Go Bernadette Special Author Event Dinner and Book Signing Feb 6

    February 3rd, 2015 by master

    Join the University of Washington UW Club for dinner, a book and Maria Semple, author of the bestselling book Where’d you Go Bernadette.

    This Friday, February 6th, UW bookstore is hosting this fun event located within the stunning UW Club overlooking Lake Washington. Here’s the details:

    Tickets: $39.00 ticket which includes three course Northwest dinner, a paperback copy of Where’d you Go Bernadette.

    Where: The University Of Washington Club

    For reservations, please email or call 206.543.0437. If you are not a UW Club member, please mention so in your RSVP. For more information, visit the University of Washington Club website.

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    Youth Restoration at the Park: YMCA Earth Service Corps Cleans up Cowen

    February 3rd, 2015 by master

    On a recent walk to Cowen Park at the end the North end of University Ave, there was loud rustling in the bushes as teens from the YMCA Earth Service Corps worked to restore habitat.

    The YMCA Earth Service Corps provides teens in our communities with a curriculum of environmental education. Through service projects, field trips, and outdoor adventures, the YMCA hopes to facilitate these students to become strong, confident, and responsible environmental leaders.

    I spoke with Jeff, the director of YMCA-ES and volunteer Randi who shared with me a little about the program. They said that they go from park to park and facilitate the work with the teens from area high schools. They go to different parks every month. Follow their progress on their Facebook Page.

    To help this organization continue to empowers students, check out their website. This innovative youth-led program helps teens take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world.

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