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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 01 July 2009

The Seattle City Council today launched a new website to help people cope with the current economic crisis (http://seattle.gov/council/econ_center.htm). Recession Resources for Seattle Residents offers links to a variety of informational sites and resources for those seeking job training, debt assistance, help with housing issues, and health care.
This new service is designed to help people hold their ground in what looks to be a continued stretch of difficult financial times.  "Our goal is to make it easier for Seattle residents to find the help they need, and find it quickly," Council President Richard Conlin said.
"Hopefully, these resources will make what is a difficult time for many people just a little less stressful."
The Council committed to getting this informational resource online as one of the elements of its Economic Recovery Plan embodied in resolution 31135. The complete list of topics that users will find assistance with includes foreclosures, home purchasing, safeguarding savings and retirement funds, debt service, job search and training, child care and food assistance, health care, and utility bill payer assistance. The Council site essentially makes existing resources more accessible in one location.
"We know that people are hurting," said Conlin, "and we're determined to provide the greatest possible service to our constituents, especially during this difficult time."
Archives of previous meetings, news releases and copies of legislation are available on the Council's website at www.seattle.gov/council.
Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and webcast live at www.seattlechannel.org/viewer_live.asp.  Questions about Council news releases can be directed to Debra Carnes, Council Communications, at 206-684-8159, or by e-mail at [email protected]

Public comment sought on King County budget and policy priorities
King County residents are invited to share their thoughts to help the county create a strategic plan that consolidates the strategic plans of departments and agencies. King County will collect residents' ideas and opinions this summer through surveys, public meetings and online feedback.
 This first countywide plan will be combined with county employee feedback to help the county assess how well services are being delivered, identify a countywide vision for the next five years and chart a path between the two. The strategic plan will guide policy and budget decisions over the next five years.
 Residents can give their comments on county priorities at four public workshops in July:
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30– 8:00
Shoreline Conference Center
Shoreline Room, 18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155 

Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 – 8:00
RiverRock Grill and Ale House
4050 Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98058 

Thursday, July 16, 6:30 – 8:00
Preston Community Center
8625 310th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027 

Thursday, July 30 ,6:30 – 8:00
The Hall at Fauntleroy
Emerald Room
9131 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136 
For more information about the strategic plan and ways to offer your opinion, please go to http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/strategy/StrategicPlan/CountyStratPlan.aspx.


Affordable Summer Dance Classes For Boys And Girls in the Local Community and Beyond 
My World Dance and Fitness Studio, a community-focused dance and fitness studio,  will be offering affordable dance classes for children ages 3 – 8 years old, July 11 – August 22, 2009.  Classes for youth ages 9 and older will be added as interest is expressed.
  The classes  — pre-ballet, ballet, and jazz – will be offered to 3-5 year olds (pre-ballet and jazz) and 6 – 8 year olds (ballet and jazz), every Saturday morning beginning July 11th through August 22nd,, with an open house and performance on August 23, 2009.   Students may register for one or two classes per week for the seven-week session.  The expanded Fall session will begin September 12, 2009.
  At the recent My World Dance and Fitness Open House that concluded the Spring dance class session, parents, relatives, and family friends were able to enjoy the young dancers perform in a recital alongside their instructors.  It is from the feedback and interest generated at the recital that MWDF decided to have a children's summer dance program.
  My World Dance and Fitness Studio is a new, state-of-the-art, dance and fitness studio in the Artspace Hiawatha Loft Building at 849 Hiawatha Place South, Seattle.  The studio offers a daily sampling of dance and fitness classes from around the world such as belly dancing, tai chi, yoga, and salsa.    The pounding beat of live drumming draws observers who become students of Dora Oliveira's Afro-Brazilian Samba. The hip, the hop, and the jive infuse dancers with the syncopated rhythms of Pam Johnson's Swing Dance class. And "Sweatin' to the Oldies" is old news compared to Suzanne Simmons' Funk Aerobics.
 Information about class descriptions, registrations, fee information, and additional class offerings is available by visiting our website www.myworld-df.com or by calling (206) 861-2500.

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