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Caspar Babypants to play at Wellspring Open House Saturday

Wellspring Family Services, just a bit east of Beacon Hill on Rainier Avenue, is holding a free Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 3. The event will feature a special performance by Caspar Babypants (otherwise known as Chris Ballew from The Presidents of the United States of America). Caspar will be debuting a brand-new song written about the winner of this summer’s Kids Helping Kids coin drive contest.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wellspring, 1900 Rainier Ave. S. Caspar Babypants performs live at 1 p.m., and there will also be holiday treats and tours of the facility.

Admission is free for all ages, however, you are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Wellspring Holiday Toy Room. The Toy Room is a place where homeless families may come and choose gifts for their children. Wellspring expects to share gifts with over 1,000 children in this year’s Toy Room.

Caspar Babypants performs for happy, dancing children. Photo courtesy of Wellspring Family Services.

Caspar Babypants to perform at Wellspring fundraiser

Cover of Caspar Babypants' latest album, This is Fun.
Performer Caspar Babypants (a.k.a. Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America) is bringing an evening of music and classic movie shorts to nearby Mount Baker on Friday to raise funds and awareness for homeless kids. The fundraiser will benefit the Kids Helping Kids project through local agency Wellspring Family Services.

The show is Friday, May 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S. Tickets are $15 each for kids and adults (kids under age 2 are free), and are available online through Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 206-902-4229. Doors open at 6 p.m. The ticket price includes popcorn, drinks, and treats. There will be a raffle for donated prizes.

Goods will also be collected for the children of Wellspring. Donations needed are diapers and pull-ups, formula (Similac), and toiletries and first aid products such as toothbrushes, soap, lotion, shampoo, baby nail clippers, etc.

Thanks to Melissa Jonas for providing us with this info!

Share locally: food banks, farmers, and families need your help

Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew) will perform at the Wellspring Family Services open house on Saturday.
‘Tis the season for sharing good cheer! Here are some ideas to get into the spirit of giving.

Get a great deal on a Christmas tree at El Centro de la Raza and support the many programs they offer our community.

Don’t miss the Wellspring Family Services open house on Saturday, December 4, at 1900 Rainier Avenue South. The event features a free performance by Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew of the Presidents of The United States of America) and other musicians. The open house is free and for all ages, but please bring a new unwrapped toy to support the holiday drive.  You can donate your child’s outgrown clothes and gear (car seats, high chairs, etc.) now and all year-round. Why not start a new tradition and ask your child to make room in the toy box for new things?

Clean your pantry and/or pick up extra items for a Beacon Hill food bank. South Beacon Hill neighbors can donate to Beacon Avenue Food Bank, located at 6230 Beacon Avenue South.  North Beacon folks can donate to El Centro’s food bank. Mid-Beacon neighbors can flip a coin—or donate to both!

The Alleycat Acres urban farming collective relies on donations and volunteers to keep their community-run farming efforts going.

The silent auction is sold out, but you should still make a donation to Open Arms Perinatal Services, a nonprofit agency helping pregnant women.

Do you know a nonprofit we missed?

Parenting and recreation classes starting soon

Pottery classes are among those available for $2 Try-Its at Jefferson Community Center. Photo by Robert Nunnally via Creative Commons/Flickr.
It’s September, and if your thoughts are turning back-to-school, you might be interested in some of the classes being offered here in (or near) the neighborhood.

Jefferson Community Center, along with all of the other city community centers, is once again offering $2 Try-Its. Anytime between September 20 and October 9, you can try a class for $2. If you like the class, you can then register at a pro-rated amount. Certain classes and childcare are not included in the promotion.

Some of the classes available in this promotion include:

Adults: ZUMBA!, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Mat Pilates, Pottery ( first two weeks only), guitar

Kids: Ballet, Hapkido, instructional basketball, guitar, kung fu, creative movement, busy bee li’l dribblers

For more information along with class dates and times, please call 206-684-0167. The Fall class brochure is available here. The community center is located at 3801 Beacon Avenue South.

Wellspring Family Services is offering a parenting class for couples, starting this weekend. It’s a workshop for expecting couples and parents of infants, based on Gottman Institute research. Wellspring says that in this class, students will “discover how to stay connected with your partner when becoming parents, cope with conflict, and create a nurturing home.”

The course is $150 per couple, with scholarships available. Classes are on September 11 and 25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For further information, contact pgray@wellspringfs.org or call 206-826-3039. Wellspring is located at 1900 Rainier Avenue South.

(Article updated 9/13/10 to reflect date correction — the $2 Try-It promotion runs from September 20-October 9, not September 8-October 8).