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Entries from January 2017

Most drop-in activities now free at Community Centers

January 31st, 2017 by sarawilly

Courtesy of our sister site

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

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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The dinos are coming!

January 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

This March, dig into dinos with the Burke Museum! Find out how tiny microsfossils can open up the world of giant dinosaurs at a free public lecture with paleontologist Dr. Matthew Carrano. View the latest work on the recently-discovered T. rex, with its lower jaw fossil on display for the first time. See this along with hundreds of other prehistoric plants and animals at the Burke’s most popular annual event, now expanded to two days!

Dr. Matthew Carrano at the Research Casting International facility in Trenton, Ontario, with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History’s new T. rex skeleton. Photo courtesy Dr. Matthew Carrano

Dino Talk: Windows into the World of Giants
with Dr. Matthew CarranoFriday, March 10, 2017, 7 pm

Kane Hall 130, UW Campus


Pre-registration recommended at

Over the last two centuries, paleontologists have discovered more than 2,000 species of dinosaurs, and yet we have just begun to understand them as once-living organisms. Dinosaurs “ruled the Earth,” but what did they really do in their ecosystems? How different was the world of dinosaurs from our own? The answers come in surprisingly small packages, but paint a vibrant picture of the Mesozoic world. Find out more at a free lecture hosted by the Burke Museum with Dr. Matthew Carrano, curator of Dinosauria at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. He will discuss how tiny vertebrate fossils reveal a trove of information, from large-scale evolutionary patterns of dinosaurs, to how dinosaurs varied across landscapes and changed over time.

Lecture sponsored by Nathan Myhrvold and Rosemarie Havranek.

A visitor examines a dinosaur skull at a previous Dino Day. Photo by Lora Shinn

Dino Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017
10 am – 5 pm both days
Burke Museum
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members and UW Staff, Students, and Faculty with UW ID
Online tickets available at
See hundreds of exciting prehistoric specimens and creatures from the Burke’s collection! Meet paleontologists and talk to them about their groundbreaking research from all around the world.
Additional activities:

  • Watch scientists prepare the rib bones of the recently-discovered “Tufts-Love” T. rex
  • See part of the lower jaw (with teeth!) from the “Tufts-Love” T. rex on display for the first time
  • Find out more about the rise of dinosaurs in North America with early dino ancestors, also on display for the first time
  • Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center
  • Uncover a prehistoric creature in our Fossil Dig Pit
  • Dress up in dino-gear and give your best roar
  • Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you
  • Picture yourself in Jurassic Park! Take your photo next to a replica of the Jeep Wrangler used in the movie, provided by Jurassic Park Jeeps.

Ensure your spot for this popular event! Purchase your timed, pre-sale tickets to Dino Weekend today at

Visitors can see the lower jaw (with teeth) from the newly-discovered “Tufts-Love” T. rex for the first time at the Burke’s annual Dino Weekend, March 11-12. Photo courtesy Burke Museum

Burke members receive free, priority admission, including a members-only hour at 9 am on Saturday, March 11. Not a member? Join today at

Dino Weekend is presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontological Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center of Republic, WA.

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U.S. Department of Transportation designates UW as Beyond Traffic Innovation Center

January 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

From the US Department of Transportation

New Report on Future of Transportation Discusses Key Challenges in Cascadia/Pacific Northwest and Across the Country

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx just announced that the University of Washington has been selected as one of 18 institutions across the country to lead research on the major transportation challenges that our nation will face over the next three decades.

The University of Washington’s designation as a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center was announced on the same day that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the final report, Beyond Traffic 2045. The report is the culmination of a two-year analysis of the transportation challenges presented by trends including population growth, increased freight shipping, and the movement of people into concentrated megaregions.

“In the next 30 years, our country will have 70 million more people competing for the use of our roads, transit and rail networks, and airports, and we are going to have to make some big choices about how we fund and prioritize transportation,” said Secretary Foxx. “The Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers will bring together researchers, students, and thought leaders to develop the ideas we need to keep Americans moving and build a transportation system that works for everyone.”

Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers are non-profit institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations which will promote study and thought leadership around the challenges raised in the Beyond Traffic report. Centers will convene leaders and other key decision-makers in each of the megaregions around the United States, as well as in rural communities, to discuss these challenges and coordinate related research, curriculum, outreach, and other activities.

As part of the research for the Beyond Traffic 2045 report, USDOT officials held a public forum with local leaders and stakeholders in Seattle, Washington, on October 6, 2015, to understand the major issues that were facing people across the Cascadia/Pacific Northwest megaregion. The report notes that the region is projected to grow 41 percent by 2050, with most of the expected population growth concentrated in the Portland–Seattle–Vancouver urban corridor.

The full list of Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers and more information about Beyond Traffic 2045, including the full report, is available here.

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20th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive

January 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

Help those in need this winter by donating new or gently worn sweaters, coats and cold-weather gear to KCTS 9’s 20TH annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, February 12. The donated items will benefit Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center.

Look for the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collection bin at any PCC Natural Markets location or Sound Credit Union location in Western Washington; or drop your items off at KCTS 9‘s Seattle Center studio. All new or gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats will be accepted.

KCTS 9 is also partnering with Uber to help those in need by making it easy to donate new or gently worn sweaters, coats and cold-weather gear at the touch of a button! On Saturday, February 11, Uber users can log into the app and request ‘Donate’ at the bottom of their screen. A driver will then be scheduled to pick up the donated clothing and deliver it directly to a local donation center – all for free!

“All of us, at some time or other, need help,” said Fred Rogers. “Whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our way, everyone is a giver and receiver.”

KCTS 9 kicks off the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive this year with a free Be My Neighbor Day party on Friday, January 13 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the KCTS 9 studios, 401 Mercer Street.

At the party, guests are invited to honor the legacy of Mister Rogers and celebrate the many ways we can all be good neighbors. Guests will enjoy crafts and fun activities with community partners including Seattle Children’s Hospital, Vroom, Woodland Park Zoo, Wellspring Family Services, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, Northwest Center, Cliff Bar, and Seattle Fire Department (SFD will be joining from 10 am -12 pm). Street Donuts will be selling donuts, hot cocoa and coffee—and they will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Sweater Drive. Plus, PBS Kids character Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be joining us for the day. Guests will have the chance to meet Daniel and take a photo with him.

To participate in the Be My Neighbor Day party, guests may register on the Eventbrite page.  Guests should bring a new or lightly used sweater to donate, or make a cash donation to the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. Click here for details.

Fred Rogers began the sweater drive and inspired its spirit of generosity and neighborliness for six years before he passed away in 2003. KCTS 9 is honored to continue the program in his memory. Last year’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collected more than 7,500 sweaters and coats.

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Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

January 4th, 2017 by sarawilly

Love our neighborhood parks? Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at a Volunteer Information Fair to learn about volunteer opportunities. Volunteers coach youth sports, help plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.

Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Volunteer Information Fair on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S), and on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave. NE). Find out what opportunities are available, learn more about the jobs that volunteers do, ask questions and get registered as a volunteer on site. Plus, they will be serving a free lunch!

Representatives from several of their units will also be on hand to describe  volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for this event, please call Cheryl Brown at 206-615-0619.


Serious injury collision in U District, suspect in custody

January 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

From the SPD blotter:

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are conducting their investigation following a serious, multi-vehicle collision in the University District this afternoon.

Shortly after 4:00 pm on December 31st, a man driving a Honda SUV was involved in a hit and run collision at NE 45th Street and Roosevelt Way NE.  The driver continued southbound on Roosevelt Way at a high rate of speed.  The Honda collided with a motorcycle and another vehicle that were stopped for a traffic light at NE 42nd and Roosevelt, causing significant damage to the motorcycle and injury to the adult male rider of the motorcycle.  The suspect driver then drove westbound on NE 42nd  before colliding with a pole at 9th Avenue NE and NE 42nd.  The suspect, an adult male in his twenties, then called 911 to report the collision and walked back to the scene at 42nd and Roosevelt.  Officers had arrived at the intersection by that time and called for Seattle Fire to aid the injured motorcycle rider.  The suspect attempted to run away from the scene but was quickly apprehended by officers.

The injured motorcycle rider was transported by Seattle Fire medics to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  The occupants of the other cars involved were evaluated at the scene by Seattle Fire, but did not need to be transported to the hospital.

The suspect is being evaluated and processed for impaired driving and will be booked into the King County Jail later tonight.  TCIS detectives continue conduct their investigation.  Roosevelt Way NE southbound from NE 42nd Street and 42nd to 9th Avenue NE are closed during this investigation.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.