• Magnolia Village Halloween Trick or Treat – October 30 TODAY
  • Queen Anne Halloween Trick or Treat – October 30  TODAY
  • SLU and Queen Anne Chamber After Hours – November 5
  • Seattle Public School State of the District – November 5
  • Traveler Safety Tips for Darker Rainy Months
  • City Seeks Youth Members for Participatory Budgeting Committee Project
  • Green Seattle Partnership Survey
  • Fort Lawton Cemetery Tour – October 31
  • Take the Pedestrian Master Plan Update Survey
  • Gardening With Dogs – November 2
  • Seattle 2035 Open House – November 5 in Ballard
  • Are You Prepared for Landslides?
  • Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Building at 701 9th Ave N – November 4
  • Alaskan Way Viaduct Closures Halloween Weekend
  • Seattle Center Festal:  Dia de Muertos – October 31 and November 1
  • Seattle Center Festal:  Hmong New Year Celebration Commemorates “40 Years in America”
  • Don’t Forget to Return Your Ballot by November 3
  • Seattle Department of Transportation On the Move – Traffic Advisories

Magnolia Village Halloween Trick or Treat TODAY


Trick or Treat

FRIDAY October 30th  3PM to 6PM


Multi Chamber with SLU and QACC After Hours

JOINT CHAMBER EVENT: Queen Anne & SLU: Networking Neighborhoods

Thursday, November 5th

5 – 7 pm

Tin Lizzie Lounge at The Marqueen Hotel
600 Queen Anne Ave N

Join us for an evening of live jazz, craft cocktails, delicious food and great company as SLU visits Queen Anne. This is a joint event between the Queen Anne Chamber and SLU Chamber. Registration includes two drinks and a buffet of appetizers.

Free to QACC Members; $20 non-members


Please join Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland and the Board of Directors  for an afternoon presentation sharing the successes, challenges and opportunities of Seattle Public Schools.

WHAT:            Seattle Public Schools State of the District

WHEN:           Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room(600 Fourth Ave)


WHAT:            Encore Presentation of SPS State of the District

WHEN:           Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:          John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence – Auditorium (2445 Third Ave S)


Please contact SPS @ Office of Public Affairs or 206-252-0200

Traveler Safety Tips for Darker, Rainy Months

City reminds people driving, biking, and walking to practice extra safety this fall and winter; longer nights and wet weather mean extra risks for travelers

SEATTLE – Fall has arrived in the northwest bringing rainy weather and shorter days. Statistically, there are more collisions during the darker and wetter months of the year. Seattle is actively working to raise safety awareness and improve safety on our streets through Vision Zero, the citywide plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The Seattle Department of Transportation is sharing some important safety tips for everyone as they travel the streets of Seattle this fall and winter.

“Safety is all about simple steps and choices we make every day. Driving the speed limit, making sure you’re being seen, and putting your phone away are critical for everyone’s safety,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “With Halloween and the Daylight Savings coming up, we want to remind people driving, biking, and walking to use extra caution out on the roadways.”


Focus on the Road

Distracted driving incidents have more than tripled since 2011. People driving need to pay attention and put the phone away when they get in the car. That call or text can wait.

Make Smart Choices

Taking personal responsibility on our streets means not driving impaired—which remains the single biggest contributing factor to fatalities. If you’ve had too much to drink, park it, cab it, take transit or use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.

Slow Down

  • The laws of physics tell us that higher speeds result in more crashes, injuries, and deaths: When a person who is walking is hit by a car traveling 40 miles per hour, that person has a 10 percent chance of survival. Those are not good odds.
  • The good news is that, if we slow traffic down a little, something remarkable happens: When a person who is walking is hit by a car travelling 20 miles per hour, the survival rate jumps to 90 percent.

See and Be Seen

People driving need to pay extra attention. People walking and biking need to make sure they are visible. The best way to do this is to wear reflectors or bright colored clothing. If you’re riding a bike, use lights and reflective stickers. And remember, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked.

Please be aware of each other as you’re getting around and travel safely. For more information on Vision Zero, visit www.seattle.gov/visionzero. #VisionZeroSEA

City seeks steering committee members for youth Participatory Budgeting project

 October 28, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking individuals interested in serving on the steering committee of the new Seattle Participatory Budgeting Project (PB). PB is a democratic process through which Seattle youth ages 13-19 decide how to spend part of the City’s budget. In the Mayor’s 2016 Proposed Budget, $500,000 has been set aside for PB in its inaugural year.

“We are empowering our young people to help create the services and resources that speak to their concerns,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This is your chance to address unmet needs, create a brighter future and support a more equitable community for all our youth.”

Along with representatives from the Seattle Youth Commission and the City Neighborhood Council, the steering committee will include youth leaders and representatives from Seattle organizations working with youth that are involved in civic engagement, empowerment and organizing, good government, research, planning and policy, community organizing, community education, grant making, social justice giving, or urban infrastructure. This is a volunteer board that will serve from November 2015 to July 2016.

“The Participatory Budgeting steering committee is a great opportunity for young people to directly shape how city money is spent, and learn how the city works—from the inside,” said Councilmember Nick Licata.

The City will be hosting an informational webinar on Tuesday, November 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for interested individuals to learn more about the participatory budgeting process and the role of the steering committee and to hear from the City of Boston that implemented its own participatory budgeting process in 2014. To access the webinar on November 3, go to attendee.gototraining.com/r/5399245676588420610.

Visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/youth-participatory-budgeting to learn more about the steering committee and to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 13 at 5 p.m. For questions, contact Rahwa Habte at 206.615.2008 or Rahwa.habte@seattle.gov.

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Do you get itchy every time you go into nature OR are big trees things of enchantment to you?  Either way, let us know!

Whether directly or indirectly, Seattle’s forested parklands effect all of its residents. As part of the strategic plan update process, Green Seattle Partnership wants to hear from YOU to help guide the programs priorities and community outreach efforts moving forward. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.  Your input is valuable!

Help shape the future of the Green Seattle Partnership:

Take the community survey now

More on the 10 Yr Update –


Michael Yadrick

Seattle Parks and Recreation

Natural Resources Unit | Jefferson Horticulture Facility

1600 South Dakota St | Seattle | 98108-1546

Tel: 206-615-1046

Cell: 206-423-1608



Fort Lawton Cemetery Tour

Saturday October 31

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Free for ages 12 and up

Please register by calling (206) 386 – 4237.

Take the Pedestrian Master Plan Update survey!

The Pedestrian Master Plan seeks to funnel pedestrian improvements to areas of the city with the greatest need. It prioritizes where to provide new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and many other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods.

To inform the Plan update, we need your input on the types of pedestrian improvements you think are most important, and where you think we should build them. We will use your feedback to help identify the highest priority areas to focus improvements.

You can access the Pedestrian Master Plan Update public survey on SDOT’s home page, or directly on the project website here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pedMasterPlan.htm. It will be open through  the end of November.

Michelle Marx, AICP

Urban Design and Complete Streets Strategic Advisor

City of Seattle Department of Transportation

O: 206.684.0633 | F: 206.684.3236 | michelle.marx@seattle.gov


Gardening with Dogs

Monday, November 2, 6:30 – 7:30pm

UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105)

Man’s best friend? Maybe not in the garden! Between the digging, damage to the lawn and the occasional pilfered vegetable, having a dog and the perfect garden seems like a unrealistic dream. But not all hope is lost! Join Patrick Schwartzkopf to learn how to create a dog-friendly garden that will leave both you and your dog feeling happy and fulfilled.

Cost: Free (optional $5 donation at the door)

Please RSVP online, by phone (206-685-8033), or email (urbhort@uw.edu)

Instructor Patrick Schwartzkopf has been in the landscaping industry for over 21 years (He started at 14!). He holds advanced degrees in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry, is ecoPRO certified and is a Seattle Forest Steward. Patrick specializes in landscape maintenance, ecological restoration, and horticulture and is currently the General Manager of Pacific Landscape Management. When not nose deep in shrubbery, he enjoys time with his wife, Liz, their four dogs (Zuli, Argus, Libby, and Leroy Henry), and four chickens.

Sasha McGuire

Education Programs Assistant

University of Washington Botanic Gardens

PH  206.685.8033  EM mcguires@uw.edu


How should Seattle grow over the next 20 years?

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has prepared a Draft Plan and we have some Key Proposals we’d like your feedback on!

Come check out the Key Proposals at one of our upcoming open houses. At the meetings you can learn more about what’s proposed, and chat with staff to share your thoughts and ask questions. We’ll also have information available about the potential expansion of our urban villages, and the City’s proposed Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.

Open House Dates and Locations

  • November 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
    Leif Erikson Hall
    2245 NW 57th St. (Google Map)
  • November 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.(presentation at 10:00 a.m.)
    Filipino Community Center (ballroom)
    5740 MLK Jr Way S. (Google Map)
    Childcare provided for ages 3-10 
  • November 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
    Senior Center of West Seattle (Hatten Hall)*
    4217 SW Oregon St. (Google Map)
  • November 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.(presentation at 10:00 a.m.)
    North Seattle College (Old Cafeteria)
    9600 College Way N. (Google Map)

Please RSVP at 2035.seattle.gov/calendar/.

Can’t make it to an open house? No problem. 

You can submit your comments on the Draft Plan through November 20. Here’s how:

  1. Join the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation at seattle2035.consider.it and discuss the potential pros and cons of Key Proposals with your fellow Seattleites
  2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  3. Review the open house display boards
  4. Send us your comments by November 20, 2015:
    1. Email: 2035@seattle.gov
    2. Mail comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Seattle 2035, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

Your feedback will help shape the Mayor’s Recommended Plan, which will be sent to City Council in early 2016.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming open houses. Thank you for taking the time to participate in the Seattle 2035 conversation!

Are YOU Prepared for Landslides?

Take action now to protect your property

SEATTLE — Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.

Landslide season is upon us. Although the Seattle rainfall is currently slightly below the landslide threshold, the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.

Most landslides are caused by water (e.g. rainfall, uncontrolled stormwater) or human activity that increases the weight at the top of the slope or reduces the stability at the bottom of the slope.

With 20,000 Seattle properties (mostly residential) in landslide-prone areas, the Department of Planning and Development encourages property owners to take preventive measures to protect themselves from landslides by:

Ø  Checking downspouts; making sure they are functioning/routed to a safe location

Ø  Maintaining drainage systems by clearing away leaves and debris

Ø  Inspecting sloped areas for indications of soil movement and erosion

Ø  Shutting off irrigation systems and checking it out seasonally

Ø  Keeping fill and yard waste off slopes

Ø  Knowing when to seek professional help for hillside projects

Visit our website to understand if you’re at risk and how to be prepared. Helpful tools include:

  • Landslide tutorial
  • Interactive GIS Map
  • Landslide Prone Area Map
  • Do’s & Don’ts

If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. Seattle property owners with structures that may be affected or endangered by a landslide should also contact DPD at (206) 615-0808 so that a building inspector can respond and perform an initial assessment of the structure.

To view the current conditions of the USGS rainfall threshold for landslides, please visit: http://landslides.usgs.gov/monitoring/seattle/rtd/plot.php

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of the building at 701 – 9th Avenue N for landmark status

October 15, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the building at 701 – 9th Avenue N on Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by November 3 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

PO Box 94649

Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Central Library (1000 4th Ave) and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). The nomination is also posted to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

Expect closures along the AWV during Halloween weekend

Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between South Spokane Street and the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1.

It is highly recommended that commuters prepare for additional congestion as a result of this closure. Closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct will allow crews to thoroughly inspect the structure, as is done every spring and fall. Read this document to get a better idea of how construction crews are working to make the viaduct safe and open for drivers until the tunnel project is complete.

You can watch this video to get a better idea of how crews are progressing in restarting Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine.

Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed

Honors Tradition and Preserves Cultural Heritage

 Seattle Center Festál:  Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed honors those who have passed in arts, ritual and spirituality, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, in Seattle Center Armory. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to honor the lives of departed loved ones.

To mark the 14th anniversary of Dia de Muertos at Seattle Center, grandmother artisans from the Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacán will share traditional stories to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of Dia de Muertos. “La Calavera va al Panteón,” a theatrical puppet show written specifically for the festival, explores the meaning of Dia de Muertos.

A marketplace offers pan de Muertos (bread of the dead) traditional Mexican specialties, clay crafts and traditional figurines with a day of the dead theme.

Guest artist Samuel Becerra of Oregon (lanearts.org/artists/samuel-becerra) leads art workshops open to children and youth ages eight to 15. Participants have the opportunity to create a rustic finish on a clay mask during Saturday’s workshop and color and decorate a clay skull on Sunday. One session of each workshop is offered per day, with a sign-up list available at the beginning of each festival day. Space for these workshops is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

In 2015, Seattle Center Festál explores the “art of culture” in 23 celebrations on weekends throughout the year. The events, organized by ethnic/cultural organizations in partnership with Seattle Center, make use of indoor and outdoor spaces on the grounds and offer wide-ranging entertainment, food, visual displays and exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities. The annual series forms the bedrock of public programming at Seattle Center, captivating and enlightening festival-goers as they experience the distinct cultures that influence the character and course of our broader community.

Seattle Center Festál is a program of Seattle Center Productions. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed and other Seattle Center public programming, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.

Hmong New Year Celebration Commemorates

“40 Years in America”

Seattle Center Festál:  Hmong New Year Celebration preserves the ancient Southeast Asian highland cultures of China, Laos and Thailand, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, in Seattle Center Armory. This harvest celebration showcases Hmong musicians and artists in ways that illuminate this distinct culture.

The theme for this year’s festival is “40 Years in America,” marking the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Hmong people in the United States. A video presentation entitled “40 Voices:  We are Hmong” plays throughout the day and features 40 Hmong individuals speaking about what it means to be Hmong, celebrating Hmong culture and offering perspectives on strengthening the community.

Bo Thao-Urabe, recently nominated by President Obama for the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, is the festival’s special guest speaker (http://aapip.org/bo-thao-urabe). Thao-Urabe hosts the workshop “Maximizing the Potential of Hmong-Americans to Solve Community Challenges,” from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., in Armory Loft 3.

Moua Classical Band, a Hmong cover band from Sacramento, headlines the festival. A fashion show at 3 p.m. features traditional Hmong dress. A New Year’s Night Party follows the festival from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. in Seattle Center Pavilion and includes performances by Moua Classical Band, Narrow Nimbus and Viem Lo. Tickets are $12 presale or $15 at the event.

A marketplace serves Hmong specialties including sausage with hot peppers and sticky rice, spicy green papaya salad, eggrolls and nam vam (tri-colored tapioca in coconut milk). Festival-goers may browse booths offering traditional Hmong attire, arts and crafts, jewelry, films and music.

Spiral Youth Club, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Hmong generations, offers children’s workshops, 12 p.m.-3 p.m., on the Armory balcony. Arts and crafts activities include making and decorating traditional Hmong hats.

In 2015, Seattle Center Festál explores the “art of culture” in 23 celebrations on weekends throughout the year. The events, organized by ethnic/cultural organizations in partnership with Seattle Center, make use of indoor and outdoor spaces on the grounds and offer wide-ranging entertainment, food, visual displays and exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities. The annual series forms the bedrock of public programming at Seattle Center, captivating and enlightenin

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