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Published: 23 April 2015

MOHAI: Maker Day on Coding

On the last Saturday of the month, come to Maker Day at MOHAI to tinker, experiment and create alongside some of Seattle's most innovative makers. Drop in any time between 11 am-2 pm; activities are designed for all ages and skill levels and no reservation is necessary!

On April 25: Create computer games and animation with Code Fellows.

Learn basic software programming concepts from Code Fellows instructors and alumni. We'll use Scratch to create our own interactive games, stories, and animation! Perfect for all ages and experience.

Cost is included with museum admission

Location Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave N. Contact  MOHAI Programs, 206-324-1126 ex. 165


L&I Medical Benefits Increase for Victims of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

State medical benefits for victims of domestic violence and other crimes are going up on July 1.

The Labor & Industries Crime Victims Compensation Program will increase available medical benefits from $50,000 to $150,000. The change means the total available for physical and mental health bills, burial reimbursement and time loss from work could be as much as $190,000.

L&I is announcing the improved benefits in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which runs April 19 through April 25. This year’s theme is “Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims.”

The compensation program pays medical bills, time loss and disability awards and reimburses burial expenses after all coverage has been exhausted. It also covers payment for sexual assault exams. There are eligibility requirements, including cooperating with the investigation.

Figures from the just completed fiscal year 2014 back up the observation. Assaults make up more than 60 percent of the 5,958 cases the program handled. Nearly two-thirds of the cases, 61.1 percent, are processed within 21 days. More than $9 million is available in state and federal funds this year to assist victims.

To contact the program, call toll free 1-800-762-3716 or go online to www.CrimeVictims.LNI.wa.gov.


Library Accepting Applications for Student Assistant Program

Teens ages 16 and older are invited to learn about and apply to the Student Assistant Program at The Seattle Public Library. Eligible students have until 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015 to apply. For more details on how to apply, visit Library Job Listings.

The Student Assistant program gives young people valuable work experience at the Library. Applicants must be enrolled in school programs, but may not yet have completed bachelor's degrees. Students accepted into the program may participate for up to three years, or until they no longer qualify as students.

To apply, a student must complete an Employment Application, a cover letter, proof of school enrollment and a reference from an educator/employer (form included in the application).

The Library will offer a workshop and computer lab time for students to learn more about how to apply to be a Student Assistant. Dates and times are as follows:

Student Assistant Open Lab - Students will have the opportunity to work on their online applications. Library staff will be available to answer questions about the application process as well as provide interviewing tips, Thursday, April 23, Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 at the South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S. at S. Cloverdale St., 206-615-1688.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or  www.spl.org.


Free Child Car Seat Check-Up Events in King County

Child safety seats can save lives, but they need to be used properly to be effective. Parents and caregivers can get support in fitting their children securely in car seats at five free child car seat check-up events in upcoming months, beginning Friday, April 24, 2015. Public Health - Seattle & King County is hosting the events.

Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Coal Creek Family YMCA located at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd, Newcastle

Friday, May 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Renton Community Center located at 1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy, Renton

Parents and caregivers will have their child safety seat checked by a certified child safety seat technician for safe installation and educational materials will be on hand. Soon-to-be parents and caregivers are welcome as well.

These events are ones of many ongoing child safety seat check-up events in the Puget Sound area. Check the Washington Safety Restraint Coalition website for locations and schedules.


Repair Café At The Seattle Public Library

Don't throw away broken electronics - fix them! Instructors from the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) Fixers Collective will teach people of all ages how to fix appliances, computers and other electrical devices from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage. Enter and exit the garage on 81st Street.

Children, teens and adults are invited to learn how common electronic items work and save money while exploring the lost art of DIY fixing. Attendees should bring their broken appliances, computers, tools, gadgets and other electrical devices to Repair Café and learn how to fix them.

For more information, call Library at 206-684-4086 or www.spk.org.


For more Seattle and Portland area events see our Community Calendar.

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