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Published: 30 April 2015

City Opens Farmers Market Voucher Applications for Low-Income Seniors

The Seattle Human Services Department has opened applications for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, an innovative initiative that provides low-income seniors with $40 vouchers that can be exchanged for fresh produce at participating farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County.

King County residents, age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) with incomes at or below 185 percent of Federal Poverty Level are eligible to apply. To qualify, an older adult living alone must earn a monthly income at or below $1,815. A household of two must earn less than $2,456 per month.

Completed applications must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2015. Due to limited funding, qualified applicants will be selected through a random process. All applicants will receive mail notification of the status of their application on or before July 1, 2015.

Applications are available online or by calling any of the organizations listed below:

  • African American Elders Program: 206-328-6840
  • Asian Counseling & Referral Service: 206-695-7510
  • Chinese Information & Service Center: 206-624-5633 ext 4178
  • Latino Information & Assistance: 206-764-4700
  • Neighborhood House: 206-571-5080
  • Russian Information & Assistance (Irina at JFS): 206-861-8787
  • Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens: 206-684-0500
  • Senior Information & Assistance (206-448-3110 or 1-888-4ELDERS)

A searchable list of local markets that may accept the vouchers can be found on the Washington State Farmers Market Association at www.wafarmersmarkets.com.


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, 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.


Bicycle Sundays Start May 3 Along Lake Washington Blvd.

May is Bike Month, and we’re celebrating by kicking off the 50th anniversary series of Bicycle Sundays on May 3.

During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation invites everyone in the community to bike, jog or stroll along the boulevard between the Seward Park entrance and Mount Baker Park’s beach during these times.

The 2015 event dates are: May 3, 17, 31; June 21, 28; July 5, 12; Aug. 9, 16, 30; Sept. 13, 20.

The Cascade Bicycle Club will sell helmets in Seward Park for $15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and offer professional helmet fittings on June 21 and 28, July 5, Aug. 9, 16 and 30. King County law requires all cyclists to wear helmets. Wearing a properly fitted helmet reduces the risk of severe head injury by 85 percent.

Bicycle Sundays are sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cascade Bicycle Club and Seattle Department of Transportation with the support of the Seattle Police Department.

For more information, including bicycle trail etiquette and traffic codes, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/bicyclesunday/. Mt. Baker Beach, Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center and Seward Park remain open to all users.


2015 Missed Votes Report for Legislators Released

WashingtonVotes.org has released its annual Missed Votes Report, detailing missed roll call votes on bills for every legislator during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session that adjourned on Friday, April 24.

WashingtonVotes.org, the state’s premier legislative information website, has provided access to objective descriptions of WashingtonVotes News bills, amendments and votes of the Washington legislature since 2002.

WashingtonVotes.org’s real-time Missed Votes Report database is also at www.washingtonvotes.org/MissedVotes.aspx.


'The Big One': 20th Annual Art Walk at The Greenwood Branch

The Seattle Public Library will display work from local artists Thendara Kida-Gee and Katarina Reka during the 20th annual PhinneyWood art walk, "The Big One," from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 8 and Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086.

The art walk is free and open to the public. No registration is required. On Friday night, the Greenwood Branch will close at its regular time, 6 p.m., and access to materials or holds will not be available. Please note that only the meeting room and restrooms will be open during the art walk. The parking garage will also close at 6 p.m., however street parking is free and available near the branch.

"The Big One" is a free annual art walk in the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods. Work from over 100 local artists will be displayed in over 65 venues. The art walk is organized by the Greenwood Arts Council in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

For more information, call the Greenwood Branch at 206-684-4086 or www.spl.org.



For more Seattle and Portland area events, check the Community Calendar.

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