Parkour Visions has been communicating the benefits of effective parkour practice through teaching and community outreach since 2007, and they’re hosting a parkour competition in just a few days. If you’re interested in checking out their 10,000 square-foot gym at the northern base of Queen Anne on Nickerson, learning about parkour, watching competitors or competing, this is the week to do so. Parkour Visions is hosting an obstacle course competition for kids and adults this Friday and Saturday where each competitor runs three different timed courses. There are separate brackets for age and gender, with the winners logging the fastest times.
According to Parkour Visions:
“Parkour is the art of overcoming obstacles effectively and swiftly using only your body. Fundamentals include running, jumping, crawling, and climbing, in order to pass over, under, around, and through obstacles in the everyday world. Parkour offers a full-body workout to people at any level of experience or fitness; it improves our ability to move, increases our confidence, and changes how we see the world.”
Check out the video of last year’s competition to see what you can expect at the event:
- Where: Parkour Visions, 1210 W Nickerson St
- Adult Competition (14+) – Friday, Nov 16, 6pm-9pm
- Kids Competition (8-14) – Saturday, Nov 17, 5pm-8pm
- Competitor Fees: $20 members; $25 non-members; free to unlimited gym members — register here
- Spectators: FREE!
Parkour Visions reaches thousands of people per year through parkour academy classes, outreach to at-risk youth, special events, and private parties. If you’re interested in checking out what they do, you can attend the competition as a spectator for free.
The $500 million, 12-acre site across from the Seattle Center was designed to resemble arms reaching out to “the world’s most vulnerable people.” The organization has spent more than $24.8 billion on different causes throughout the world, with most of that spent on global health initiatives, according to the Gates Foundation Website.
A private party celebrating the opening of the three-year construction project was held on the evening of June 2, with Bill and Melinda Gates in attendance.
The foundation’s staff was spread out in five leased buildings throughout the South Lake Union area, but they’ve been moving into the new campus since early May. About 1,200 people are currently working at the center.
“This year we celebrate our 40th Anniversary Festival and have received a proclamation from the Mayor’s office that declares May 27th to 30th Northwest Folklife Weekend,” writes Folklife Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator Holly Decker.
Folklife, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to create “opportunities for individuals and communities of the Pacific Northwest to celebrate share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations,” is very much a product of the community, and relies on community members to keep itself going every year all while staying free for the public.
“Though many believe we are funded by the city because our Festival takes place on the Seattle Center campus, we receive very little city funding. The organization is able to sustain its self and have the Festival remain free to the public mostly in thanks to individual donors (financial support) and volunteers (approximately 800 volunteers),” says Decker. “Since this Festival, the nation’s largest free community arts festival takes place right here on Queen Anne, I thought, let’s get this community even more involved. Volunteer opportunities for people of all ages!”
This year Folklife is looking for volunteers to work at the festival, and help make preparations in the months leading up to Memorial Day Weekend. According to Decker, the festival accepts volunteers of all ages, though those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The festival, which runs runs four days (May 27, 28, 29, 30), is in need of volunteers to fill shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and tear down the Festival the week before and the week after. There are no hour requirements for volunteers, and typical shifts range from 2.5 to 3 hours.
There are a number of position available, from volunteering as a Vera Gallery assistant, pre-festival merchant aide, office assistant, and “a bit of everything else in between,” Decker says. For a full list of available volunteer opportunities click here (.pdf).
“The area we need help in most is in our Greeter department. Greeters are the heart of our Festival. Greeters staff our entrances and make sure every patron is acknowledged while entering or exiting the Festival. Greeters hand out program guides to patrons and encourage them to make donations as they enter or exit the Festival. This position is for individuals who are friendly and embody the spirit of Folklife. A typical Greeter shift is 2.5 hours and requires the ability to stand for a majority of the shift,” Decker says.
“A great new program we’ve introduced this year is entrance “sponsorship”. Northwest Folklife does not allow organizations to purchase booth space at our Festvial, but this year we are allowing community groups with similar mission statement to “sponsor” a Festival entrance for a day. That means they provide volunteers to work the entrances and in exchange are allowed to distribute outreach materials for their organization. This is also a great project for any groups who want to volunteer.”
Groups interested in volunteering at Folklife this year should contact Holly directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who’d like to volunteer can go to www.nwfolklifefestival.org, click on the “Get Involved” tab and complete the online application.
All funds raised directly supports the Alzheimer’s Association’s free programs and services, benefiting individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.We want you and your friends there for a great turnout for this first-time event, creating a new Chapter-favorite for our supporters and partners who are helping us in the fight against this disease!
All participants will receive an Ales for Alzheimer’s t-shirt for helping to raise money for the cause. The event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m., when there will be pub crawl after party at Chopstix (tour-goers get in free).
For more information contact the event manager Karen Aparicio at email@example.com or 206.363.5500, ext. 241. To attend Ales for Alzheimer’s, check out day-of registration information here.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Western & Central Washington State Chapter, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Here are some facts about Alzheimer’s provided by the association:
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
More than 5.3 million Americans are living with this disease
110,000 of these individuals live here in Washington state
The population of those living with Alzheimer’s is expected to triple by 2050
The Upper Queen Anne All the Best Pet Care hosted an alternative, natural dog food feast called “Let Us Cook for Your Wolf” for Valentine’s Day on Monday evening. The event benefited Old Dog Haven, a group working to help Western Washington’s senior dog population through adoptions and senior dog placement.
Two guest chefs, All the Best owner Susan Moss and Julia Forbes, of “The Dog Talk Show“, specializing in canine cooking, served up a scrumptious dinner for Queen Anne’s dogs. The event only raised $110 dollars, but All the Best marketing coordinator Stella Brockbank says it was well worth it.
“So many cute faces attended,” she wrote. “Thanks to all our Queen Anne customers who attended this fun event for a great cause!”
If you’re one of our readers, chances are you’re fairly adept at getting around the Internet, and have at least probably dabbled in finding information through government web sites, especially Seattle.gov.
Knowledge as Power (KAP), a non-profit based in Seattle with a primary objective to empower politically engaged citizens, is running a Usability Study on Seattle.gov that wants to see how easy (or hard) that site is for people to navigate and to find the information they need/want. And they’ll give you $20 in Tippr credit.
KAP founder and executive director Sarah Schacht explains on her blog:
When I was approached by the Mayor’s office in March for ideas on open gov work that could be implemented across Seattle’s services, the first thing I pointed out was that our city, like many others, doesn’t really know what residents want from their government in terms of openness and online services. It would be important to do a usability study, and use the results to guide future redesigns’ prioritization. Problem was, there’s no money for that kind of work, especially in governments that are slashing staff and announcing doomsday budgets. So, I put my bargain-hunting to work, again, to help fuel the usability study.
So for less than $250 in KAP funds, this study will give Seattle’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and Mayor McGinn’s office a roadmap for improving Seattle.gov, based on the feedback of about 50 Seattle residents who will sit down for an hour (if you’re chosen after doing a short online survey). Let KAP tell you more:
Essentially we are looking for participants like you to sit in a room and let us takes notes as you browse for information on Seattle.gov. It’s as easy as that, and in return we will give you $20 in Tippr credit. (Tippr.com is a local Seattle company similar to Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. Your $20 credit gets you $40-$60 worth of Seattle goods.)
Right now we are looking for two specific groups of people:
1) People who use or have used Seattle.gov for a business purpose (e.g. perhaps you’re a startup and you have to use the website to find and apply for permits) and
2) Ordinary Citzens! We’re looking for people of every level computer competency to come in and test the website.
Come help your city — or at least its web site — work better. Fill out the short application page here.
The Seattle chapter of StandUp For Kids, a charity aimed at homeless and at-risk children, will be holding a fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. this evening, Wednesday, July 14 at McMenamins Pub, located at 200 Roy Street in Lower Queen Anne. In addition to hosting a raffle and spinning wheel game with prizes from local businesses, the restaurant will be donating 50 percent of all food and beverage sales purchased during the event to the charity.
StandUp For Kids is a non-profit, secular, apolitcal organization dedicated to providing food, clothing, and other support for homeless and at-risk children. Founded in 1990, the organization now has chapters in 44 cities, and continues to grow.
Local businesses who have donated prizes to this event include The Maxwell Hotel, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and Pala Pala Dress Boutique, among others.
Local non-profit Rebuilding Together Seattle is accepting applications from low-income homeowners—including elderly, disabled, veterans, and/or families with children—that need help completing work on their homes, and non-profit or community organizations in need of facility repairs.
RTS is connecting with health facilities, government agencies, shelters, senior centers, and community centers to inform others about our program. RTS is need of community leaders to share the word about our program to those in need, with a goal to assist more clients each year.
RTS recently began a Veterans Program, in an effort to bring veteran community members together to help low-income veteran homeowners and their families. RTS also launched an Annual Repair Program that will focus on helping qualified homeowners with quick safety fixes around the house. These fixes include installing grab bars, handrails, skid strips, and updating to energy efficient light bulbs.
Those interested in applying may call the RTS office to request an application, or view and print one online here. For more information, check out the RTS blog, or contact the RTS office at 206-682-1231 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen Anne’s own academic non-profit Successful Schools in Action and the Alliance for Education will be teaming up to host a community discussion on the topic of teacher quality for residents in the Queen Anne and Magnolia communities on Wednesday, March 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the McClure Middle School lunchroom, located at 1915 1st Ave W.
“This is a subject very much on the front lines of public education these days, both nationally and here in Seattle,” writes SSIA Executive Director Lisa Moore. “This is a great opportunity to participate, engage, and learn more about this subject.”
Moore encourages interested parties to pass along invitations to neighbors, preschool families, neighborhood businesses and other local organizations. “We are reaching out to schools and the larger community as well,” she said.
Dinner will be provided by The Alliance. To RSVP for the talk, email email@example.com or call 206-205-0329.