News Blog for Seattle's University District Neighborhood


Oh, how the Neighborhood is-a-changin

January 21st, 2014 by master

Are you a resident of the U-district, Roosevelt Neighborhood or surrounding area’s? Are you wondering what changes are happening in the near and distant future? Come meet some fellow neighbors and city officials who are working together to change our urban landscape to be more user friendly. The next meeting is tonight at 7pm at the University Heights Community Center. Check out the Roosevelt Neighbors’ Alliance for more information. will be there taking some notes to share in future posts. Do you have any ideas for changes you would like to see in these neighborhoods? We would love to hear ’em!

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Art exhibit takes over University Heights Center

March 14th, 2012 by master

Step inside the University Heights Center these days and you’ll see an unusual art exhibit. Breaking away from the traditional collection of framed art hung from the walls, artist Julia Hensley created one giant collage that moves along the walls and throughout the building.

The installation, called HEIGHTEN, is part of a larger program of the center; University Heights Arts Gallery. The center is home to a wide variety of cultural, musical, and performing arts and nonprofit corporations.

While the exhibit opened last month, University Heights will host a second opening/ open house on Friday March 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors may take a tour of the facilities, view the living art installation display and be a part of the collaborative piece. Refreshments will be available. Event festivities will include local/regional wines may be featured & light appetizers, Live Music & demonstrations of the artists’ & centers’ activities. $5 donation per glass (suggested donation).

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New Goodwill donation center opens at University Heights Community Center

December 19th, 2011 by master

Just in time for the holidays, Seattle Goodwill just opened a new donation collection site in the parking lot of the University Heights Community Center.

Please take into account the following when preparing your donation: Goodwill can’t fix items that are broken or are in poor condition and can’t except anything that’s been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can find a list of those items at And it seems like a no-brainer but it appears it needs to be said that they don’t accept hazardous, poisonous or flammable material.

Here’s a list of what they do take:
Antiques and Collectibles
BBQ grills (must be clean and without propane tanks)
Bed frames
Camping Equipment
Carpeting (new, never installed)
Cell Phones
CDs, records and cassettes
Clothing and accessories
Computers – desktop, laptop and monitors* (see below)
Computer accessories – printers, mice, scanners, keyboards, etc.
Computer software (factory sealed)
Small electronics
Exercise equipment
Futon frames and gently used futon mattresses
Home decor
Household appliances (no large appliances)
Lamps and light fixtures (no fluorescents)
Lawn equipment, including gas powered (must be drained of all fluids)
Portable heaters (must have three prong plug)
Sporting Goods
Televisions* (see below)
Vehicles – Call 1-877-999-8322 to donate your vehicle

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Free wreath making event taking place this Saturday

November 30th, 2011 by master

The popular wreath making event at the U District Farmers Market is back. You can pick up free boughs, ribbons and ornaments at University Heights Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1. The boughs are trimmings from Seattle Public Utilities’ Ceder River Watershed. U District businesses are supplying the decorations. You can also get free cider courtesy the UHCC and Farmers Market. This is the events sixth year.

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UW students invited to AVEventure 2010 party

September 7th, 2010 by master

The University Chamber of Commerce is inviting all UW students to attend a big welcome party to start the new school year.  AVEventure 2010 will feature live music, giveaways, and the chance to meet community and business leaders in the U-District.  The Chamber is also considering a plan to expand this event to a month-long series of events ending with Homecoming, which might include a “Bite of UW” food festival.

AVEventure takes place Friday, October 1 from 3pm to 7pm at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way).  You can find more information here.

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University Heights Community Center wins grant

June 15th, 2010 by master

The voting is over and the University Heights Community Center is a big winner in the 2010 Partners in Preservation initiative.  The center will receive a grant of $60,000 to repair 255 original wood windows.  American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation decided to award $5000 to the other contestants who didn’t receive enough votes, including the Jacobsen Observatory on the UW campus.  You can see the entire list of awards here.

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Historic U-District sites compete for $1 million

April 29th, 2010 by master

Two historic sites in the U-District are among 25 sites across the area competing for $1 million in grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  You’re asked to vote for your favorites now through May 12.  The winner of the vote is guaranteed to win a grant.  The two U-District sites in the running are the University Heights Community Center and the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory.  For more information on the contest, click here.

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