Boys and Girls Club needs volunteers

Photo courtesy of Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club.

The Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club needs volunteers to support their educational programming via homework help and tutoring.

The homework help program has two sessions per day, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (7th grade – 12th grade) and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (2nd grade – 6th grade). The tutoring program has two sessions per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m..

For more information on these volunteer positions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or at 206-436-1893.

El Centro to celebrate 40 year anniversary this weekend; volunteers needed

Local non-profit group El Centro de la Raza‘s 40th anniversary celebration is this Saturday, September 29 at the Seattle Westin Hotel. There will be a reception, historical art walk, live and silent auctions, awards, and more.

The keynote speaker will be New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the second Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Co-chair of the bipartisan Technology Transfer Caucus.

Volunteers in multiple areas are still needed to help the event run smoothly. The most help is needed between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.; dinner will be provided for volunteers. If you’re interested, contact Taylor Skoglund, volunteer coordinator, at or call (206) 957-4602.

To register, donate, or find out more about this event, see the website here.

Have you seen Dora?

There have been a lot of lost pets in the neighborhood lately. Here’s one.

Neighbor Heidi writes:

Our cat went missing yesterday afternoon and I’m hoping one of our neighbors has seen her or has information. She’s a pretty common looking brown tabby with white chest and white front feet. Her name is Dora. She’s a bit skittish with strangers, never strays more than a house away and has never been gone more than a few hours. She’s not the kind to get lost, or curious enough to get locked in a garage or something either, so we’re worried. She doesn’t wear a collar or tags, but is micro-chipped. We’re at 19th and Lander area.

If you have seen her or know anything, call 206-322-4503.

ROCKiT benefit yard sale this Saturday

Betty Jean Williamson sent us this notice:

“A long time neighbor and ROCKiT supporter is moving away and helping to support ROCKiT by donating the proceeds from a farewell yard sale.
Saturday, 9/29 8:00-3:00 3412 Beacon Ave. S. (between Spokane & Hinds)
If you have great stuff you would like to add to the sale, bring them to that address Friday 9/28 (that’s today! — ed.) between 11:00 and 4:00.
All proceeds go to support ROCKiT programs like Beacon Rocks, Tots Jam, Garden House Blues, Sunday Folk Club, BeaconBards Poetry readings and more.”

Part with your old prescriptions at National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Photo by Dawn McIlvain Stahl via Creative Commons/Flickr.

Do you have a collection of partially-filled prescription bottles that you’ll never use? Or prescriptions well past their expiration date? You can turn them in for safe disposal on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, this Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Seattle Police Department South Precinct, 3001 S. Myrtle St.

A notice in the Seattle Police Email Community Newsletter this week said:

“The purpose of this National Take Back Day is to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. This effort has been a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets.”

Intravenous solutions, injectibles, syringes, or medical waste will not be accepted for disposal.

Safety, development, and Quieter Skies on agenda for next NBHC meeting

September is nearly finished, which means that it’s almost time for the October North Beacon Hill Council meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. Agenda topics this time include a public safety update, a Quieter Skies update, and information about the new El Centro development.

Here’s the complete agenda:

  • 7:00 Introductions
  • >7:10 Lt. John Hayes public safety update
  • 7:20 List of current DPD projects
  • 7:25 Kate Gill de la Garza Update/info about El Centro development Plaza Roberto Maestas
  • 7:40 Quieter Skies/FAA update
  • 8:05 Community Calendar
  • Wrap up

All interested neighbors are welcome to attend. Meetings usually end before 9 p.m.

Pedestrian improvements planned for Beacon/14th intersection

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced new funding for a Safe Routes to School project on North Beacon Hill. The project would install curb bulbs, curb ramps, and a pedestrian island at the complicated intersection of Beacon Avenue South and 14th Avenue South, near Beacon Hill International School.

Other projects in the Safe Routes to School program include pedestrian improvements near West Woodland Elementary School in Ballard, and improvements near McGilvra Elementary in Madison Park. The $800,000 for the plan comes from the city’s Real Estate Excise Tax, which is required by law to go to fund capital projects such as these.

View Planned pedestrian improvements at Beacon and 14th in a larger map

Beacon Hill Int’l School seeks volunteer tutors

Beacon Hill International School needs volunteers to tutor kids who need additional academic help. Tutors must commit to one hour a week while school is in session. Each tutor is paired with a 3rd-5th grade student, and will work with that student for the entire year. Sessions at BHIS will be on Tuesdays, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Orientation sessions start this week, and tutoring will begin in October.

Neighbor Sara told us:

“My husband Dan and I have tutored with Invest in Youth at various elementary schools since 2004, and then joined the program at Beacon Hill International School four years ago when we moved to the Hill. We’ve had a fantastic time, each working with a student for one hour, once per week each school year and have really enjoyed getting to know some of the students and parents in our neighborhood. Over the years, a number of neighbors have volunteered with the program as well and I’d love to get additional community members involved with the program, providing great help and additional great role models for these kids right in their own backyards.”

To find out more and sign up to tutor, visit the Invest in Youth website.

Have you seen Chompers?

Have you seen this dog?
Neighbor Andy sent the following notice:

Lost Dog in Beacon Hill. “Chompers” is a small black and white Chihuahua and Boston Terrier mix last seen around 17th and Hinds on the morning of 9/24/12. She is friendly to people, but aggressive with other dogs. She is in heat, which is probably why she got loose. She has tags with my phone number. If you know of anything, please email or call 504-432-0020.