PHOTO: Hawthorne Elementary School Principal Sandra Scott prepares to cut the ribbon for the newly renovated Hawthorne Library on Friday Nov. 15. Target, the Heart of America Foundation and Skanska, with input from Hawthorne students, worked together to help make-over the space. The redesign features 2,000 new books, furniture, carpet, shelves and a complete technology upgrade, including new iPads interactive white boards and more. Susan Fried photo
Public Invited to Comment on Future Transportation Projects
After months of collaborating with local and regional transportation planning organizations, the Washington State Department of Transportation is ready to present its annual list of future statewide transportation-improvement projects to the public for review and comment.
Anyone is welcome to provide feedback on WSDOT’s draft of the 2015–2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) beginning Tuesday, Nov. 18, until Wednesday, Dec. 17. The 30-day comment period is the last step of a process that finishes near where it began: talking with local residents, leaders and planners in communities across the state.
Any comments WSDOT receives will be sent to the appropriate local-planning organization for consideration.
More than 1,100 transportation-improvement projects statewide utilizing $2.6 billion in federal funds are included in the 2015–2018 STIP. Improvement projects include pavement overlays, roadway widening, bridge replacement or repair, signal systems, safety enhancements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and transit facilities.
Written comments can be sent to Nancy Huntley, WSDOT, PO Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390, or email Huntlen@wsdot.wa.gov
Constantine Hosts Evening on Early Childhood Development
King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday hosts an advance screening of "Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation," which is the first episode in a six-part series scheduled to premiere on PBS in the spring of 2015.
The event is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. 2nd St., Renton.
Immediately after the film, Executive Constantine will host a panel discussion about early childhood development and discuss Best Starts for Kids, his initiative to ensure that every child born and raised in King County has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.
Documentary screening followed by panel discussion hosted by Executive Constantine. For more information go to www.kingcounty.gov.
Black Holiday Bazaar
Pacific Northwest Black Collectors Holiday Bazaar is Sunday, Nov. 23. This event is being held at the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club located at 50th South and South Angeline Street, Seattle, Washington from 1 – 4 p.m.
Vendors items include, but not limited to: Black Santa’s (table top and animated), Black Holiday Figurines, Gingerbread Ornaments, Black tree Ornaments, Black Angels for table top and Christmas Trees, Black Dolls, hand knitted scarves, handmade jewelry, Cards, Pictures, Bath Oils, Jams/Jellies and Bakery Items.
For more information find the Pacific Northwest Black Collectors Club on Facebook.
Startup Entrepreneurs Collaborate on Education
The Seattle Public Library will host Startup Weekend EDU Seattle from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23. The public is invited to watch education-based startup teams demonstrate their new product and service ideas from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.
At Startup Weekend EDU Seattle, participants will pitch their education-based startup ideas and receive feedback from judges and other participants. Teams will form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote).
Professional coaches will be on hand to guide teams through the process. Library staff will support the information needs of event participants throughout the weekend.
This event is hosted by the Library. The public is invited to attend Sunday's presentations for free. Registration for the Sunday presentations is not required. Startup Weekend EDU Seattle is a broader three-day event, however, and registration is required. For more information, visit Startup Weekend EDU Seattle.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or www.spl.org
Create Greeting Cards at the Central Library Dec. 7
The Seattle Public Library invites teens and adults to take a break from holiday crowds and cold weather by crafting handmade greeting cards from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3, The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room.
An art instructor will show attendees how to make greeting cards using basic printmaking techniques. Art supplies will be provided and all skill levels are welcome.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the students of Shulamit Kleinerman Violin Studio. Light refreshments will be served.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.
Northwest Coast Native American Art at the Central Library
Burke Museum curators Robin Wright and Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse will discuss and present slides on art made by Northwest Coast Native Americans from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.
This program will focus on Wright and Bunn-Marcuse's new book, "In the Spirit of the Ancestors: Contemporary Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum."
Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.