May 17th, 2013 by Laura
Thousands of Queen Anne residents and visitors alike reach our neighborhood via the 7-way stop where our “Welcome to Queen Anne” sign greets them. However, the intersection needs some sprucing up, so that everyone knows that we love our neighborhood and take pride in its unique aspects like that crazy intersection!
After Sunday, you’ll be able to read the full sign!
You’re likely familiar with Picture Perfect Queen Anne from past Queen Anne View posts – well, some neighbors in East Queen Anne have partnered with PPQA to help beautify the entrance to our neighborhood with plantings and graffiti removal this weekend.
In a partnership with PPQA, the formerly maintained gardens at the 7-way stop are going to get back in ship-shape, and residents are looking for volunteers to help prune, weed, dig, haul or bring refreshments to a work-party this Sunday, May 19 at 8am.
In addition to the garden rehab, neighbors will be using paint donated from Seattle Country Day School to re-paint and cover graffiti on the Queen Anne mural under the Aurora Bridge (northbound 99 entrance).
Whether your skills or interests lean to gardening or painting, there’s an opportunity to help beautify one of the major entrances to Queen Anne! And, if you can’t make tomorrow’s event, you can donate to a fund for mulch, new plants, and ongoing maintenance via Casa Latina.
To help out via hard work or donated funds, contact Sharon Parker via email or 206.229.3681. Or, just show up bright and early Sunday morning at the 7-way stop and help beautify Queen Anne!
Tags: beautify Queen Anne, volunteer
April 23rd, 2013 by Laura
Lower Kinnear Park will be getting many needed improvements this summer and fall, including trail upgrades, a refurbishing of the tennis court, and new hillside vegetation. Ultimately, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) is paving the way for improved safety, ADA access to certain areas, and upgrades of several park entrances.
To achieve these Phase 2 goals, FOLKpark is applying for a Department of Neighborhood Large Project grant and is asking for community members’ help to get the grant.
What do they need? Obviously, a cash donation is always welcome, but FOLKpark also needs people to volunteer their time. If you can pledge a minimum of 4-6 hours in 2013 to help out Lower Kinnear Park, take the FOLKpark Volunteer Pledge and Survey.
And, here’s what’s on tap for Summer/Fall – all events that need volunteers:
- series of “Talks in the Park” exploring the history, design, plants, and wildlife in the Park
- ribbon cutting ceremony after the Phase I improvements are complete
- tennis event to celebrate the completion of the tennis court renovation
- “doggie event” for the Lower Kinnear Park off leash dog park
The survey is short (10 questions) and it includes a pledge to help FOLKpark with the volunteer and cash match it needs. Take the survey today and help out one of our local parks!
Tags: FOLKpark, Lower Kinnear Park, volunteer
November 28th, 2012 by Laura
You may recall our post on the Green Seattle Day earlier this month – it was part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt by clearing ivy and planting over 200 native trees and shrubs. The event rallied roughly 35 people on November 3rd (thank you, volunteers!) and the next step is prepping for 400+ trees that will be planted in January and February. Plus, if you like eradicating ivy, that task is on the list too, as well as mulching and creating more survival rings.
So, grab your clippers and gloves and sign up for this Saturday’s event at the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt. You’ll need to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and make sure you have long sleeves and pants if you’re up to working with blackberry removal. If you don’t have gloves or tools, just let the coordinator know via your RSVP, and they’ll be provided for you.
And, a heads up to save the date – the next step in rehabbing the greenbelt is planting live Christmas trees left over from the holidays, so mark the morning of January 12th on your calendar, more details to follow.
- What: SW Queen Anne Greenbelt – mulch, prep, ivy removal
- Where: W. Lee and Elliott Ave W., park behind Super Supplements, 1154 Elliott Ave W
- When: Saturday, December 1st, 9am-noon
Note: please RSVP so the coordinator can allot the appropriate amount of extra gloves, tools and mulch.
Tags: SW Queen Anne Greenbelt, volunteer
March 2nd, 2011 by Doree
The Seattle Women’s Commission is looking for new commissioners. The Commission, under the support of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, is comprised of 20 commissioners appointed by the mayor and city council.
The Commission addresses economic opportunity for women, race and social justice, women’s health, disparities in health outcomes for low-income women and women of color, affordable high quality child care, women’s role as caregivers, violence against women and the unique challenges facing immigrant women. Information gathered from this work is used to advise the Mayor and City Council on women’s issues.
This group gives people who are passionate about women’s issues the opportunity to be included in the discussion.
Successful applicants serve a two-year term, must live in Seattle, and be available for monthly meetings the 3rd Monday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
To be considered for a spot on the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and letter of interest by Friday, March 4, to Marta Idowu at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 206-684-4540.
Tags: commissioners, jobs, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Women's Commission, volunteer
March 30th, 2010 by Thea
The Queen Anne Farmers Market is looking for a “dynamic marketing intern” to help out with operations and work with the market manager in preparation for and during the upcoming market season. Market Director Julie Whitehorn posted this job description on the QAFM site this morning:
The Queen Anne Farmers Market is seeking a smart, friendly, detail-oriented intern to learn market operations while assisting the market manager. The time commitment is five hours weekly pre-season and 7-8 hours each Thursday during 22-week season plus flexible offsite hours. The intern will attend committee and board meetings, and learn skills in nonprofit management, market operations, fundraising, marketing and customer service.
For more information on the job or how to apply, see the official job description (.pdf). The Queen Anne Farmers Market is starting up early this year, on Thursday, May 20. Read up on the market’s upcoming season and expansion here.
Tags: job, marketing, marketing intern, QAFM, Queen Anne Farmer's Market, volunteer
January 26th, 2010 by Thea
Do you love taking walks through the wilderness? Could you spend hours exploring a museum? Do you enjoy talking to other people about what you’ve learned? If yes, this just might be the perfect job for you! Discovery Park in Magnolia is looking for volunteer park docents to lead programs and guides through the park.
Docents lead many of the programs here at Discovery Park, including teaching school groups, tots, families, seniors, and more! We provide our docents with extensive training in Northwest natural history and interpretation techniques so they can feel comfortable venturing into the world of education at a park. Docents are the reason that Discovery Park is able to provide so many educational programs to the public. They are able to help children touch their first sea star or hear a red-winged blackbird by the ponds. They teach the importance of our natural world through games, sensory activities, and FUN!
Through the program, volunteers participate in two 6-week training sessions (one beginning in February, the other in August) including field training, natural history lessons and hands-on activities to prepare each docent for leading public educational programs. In return, docents commit to leading 12 programs over the course of the following year.
Applications to become a volunteer docent are being accepted through the end of January. Training for the Docent Class of 2010 begins Wednesday, February 24. For more information contact Docent Coordinator Kristin Benshoof at 206-386-4236 or email@example.com. or download an application.
(Thanks to Phinneywood for the tip!)
Tags: Discovery Park, docents, volunteer
December 1st, 2009 by Thea
Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for three new volunteers for the city’s Pedestrian Advisory Board.
Residents are invited to apply to serve on a volunteer committee that plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations.
Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. The volunteers are frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees.
The PAB meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 600 4th Ave., between James and Cherry streets. To apply submit by a resume and cover letter explaining your interest to: Brian Dougherty, Seattle Department of Transportation, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3900, P.O. Box 34996, Seattle Washington, 98124-4996, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Wednesday, December 16. For more information, call Brian at (206) 684-5124, or e-mail him at the address above.
(Thanks to sister-site, Phinneywood, for the story!)
Tags: Mayor Nickels, Pedestrian Advisory Board, volunteer
August 16th, 2009 by Thea
Yesterday volunteers from around the city joined together to restore the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt, an area of forested trails that connect two parks on the hillside just above Aurora Avenue North – Trolley Hill Park and MacLean Park.
After Trolley Hill Park, which features a community P-Patch, picnic area and play space, was created in 2002, Seattle Parks & Recreation worked on obtaining a .27 acre part of the greenbelt between Trolley Hill and MacLean that was at the time privately owned. Acquiring the piece of land in 2007, the city set on restoring the area between the two parks.
Yesterday EarthCorps, a non-profit organization dedicated to building community on a global scale through local environmental service, joined the Green Seattle Partnership, Friends of Queen Anne Parks and Seattle Parks & Recreation to restore the Greenbelt.
Over 60 volunteers from around King County and companies like Senture, Boeing and Summer Search donated four hours of their Saturday afternoon to clearing out invasive plants like Himalayan Blackberries and English Ivy, which had taken over the hillside making it impossible for native conifer trees to thrive.
The group spent the first day of this two-tiered project removing the invasive plants, going over areas that had already been cleared, and mulching the newly cleaned soil. In December volunteers will return to the site to plant young conifers and make sure invasive growth has not returned to the area. You can find more information on that event, including volunteer sign up here.
According to EarthCorps coordinator Elizabeth White,
What’s important is having community members that understand how important urban forests are and what they can do to take care of them.
White said the Queen Anne community has been very receptive to the project, “but there is still so much more to do.”
If everyone in Seattled volunteered four hours a year – just came out on a Saturday afternoon – it’s amazing what we could accomplish.
Her vision for the Queen Anne Greenbelt? Having the community organize a potluck, even just twice a year, where neighbors could come out and enjoy good food and even better company, while having fun and keeping the park clean. All it would take is a few hours one afternoon, two times a year.
Tags: parks, volunteer
August 10th, 2009 by Heidi
Sometimes you just can’t eat the fruits of your labor fast enough. Don’t let your garden bounty go to waste, though. Donate your extra produce to Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link program, which provides fresh fruits and veggies to Seattle-area food banks, meal programs, shelters and senior centers. Mary’s Place meal program (610 Dexter Ave N) is in need of apples, pears, plums and cooking apples in particular. They’re also big fans of greens and collards. To make a donation to Mary’s Place, call Sheri or Marty at 206-621-8474. For more information on other locations in need, visit Solid Ground‘s web site. Don’t have a garden? They also need volunteers to help pick fruit, deliver or donate their green thumbs.
Tags: donate, volunteer
July 7th, 2009 by Miss Kitty
On August 15th, join EarthCorps, the Green Seattle Partnership, Friends of Queen Anne Parks and the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department as they work to restore NE Queen Anne Greenbelt.
The Greenbelt is a combination of two new parks: Trolley Hill Park and MacLean Park. Trolley Hill Park is home to a P-Patch and picnic area while MacLean Park commands a terrific view of the Cascades and Mt. Rainer. These parks are home to beautiful and interesting native plants that are being threatened by non-native, invasive plants such as English ivy. At this event they will remove invasive plants and perform restoration site maintenance. Please check out theirr website for more information and to sign up:www.earthcorps.org
Tags: Earth Corps, volunteer