Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Amplify Acts of Kindness: Submit a Nomination for Neighbor Day 2022

Throughout the hardships of the past two years, we have witnessed folks across the city step up to support one another with compassion and kindness. It has been truly inspiring, and now, we want to spread the love! As we prepare to celebrate Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 7, we want to amplify the acts of kindness you have experienced. Honor the people who have gone above and beyond to support their community by nominating them for recognition.

Learn more and submit a nomination on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Celebrate the New Torii Gate at Seward Park on April 2: Supported by a Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant, the new torii takes inspiration from the famous ‘floating’ torii of the Itsukushima shrine at Miyajima, Japan. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Caroline Horton House: The public is invited to participate in the virtual meeting regarding this nomination on April 20. (more)

City Partners with Local Restaurants in Continued Pandemic Recovery Efforts: Seattle Human Services Department is collaborating with local food assistance program, Good Food Kitchens, to invest in a more resilient, sustainable, and just food economy as we emerge from the pandemic. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Steinhart Theriault and Anderson Office Building: The public is invited to participate in the virtual meeting regarding this nomination on May 4. (more)

Looking for a Preschool? Apply Now for 2022-2023 Seattle Preschool Program: The program offers high-quality, affordable preschool programming to help children living in Seattle prepare for kindergarten. In-language applications and assistance available. (more)

Funding Opportunities Available for Programs Focused on Digital Equity: Technology Matching Fund Grants bring $620,000 in available funding for community organizations working on projects to increase digital equity. (more)

Applications Open for Small Business Economic Recovery Loans: The Capital Access Program lowers interest rates on loans to provide small businesses access to capital for essential expenses and operating costs. Apply by Monday, April 8. (more)

National Poetry Month Celebrated with Free Event on April 2: The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with local organizations to host prominent poets from across the state for conversations about the intersections of poetry and civic life. (more)

In The Community

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Panama Hotel is Living Museum of the Japanese American Experience

The photos, plaques, maps and memorabilia that line the walls of the Panama Hotel tell the story of a building that has held incredible significance to the Japanese American experience in Seattle. The hotel has been operational for more than a century and has also served as a midcentury bathhouse and a storehouse for luggage, furniture and personal items left behind during wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s.

Read the full story in the Seattle Times.

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Musang Chef Melissa Miranda Nourishes Community Stories through Food

As a young sous-chef working at French and Italian restaurants, Chef Melissa Miranda never thought an upscale Filipino restaurant would ever be a possibility. She, like many young Filipino Americans, never saw representation of their food on menus or in mainstream restaurants. After studying and working around the world, she returned to Seattle with the opportunity she never imagined. In 2018 she opened Musang, an upscale Filipino restaurant in the neighborhood she grew up in. She runs the restaurant with a community centered approach offering take-home meal kits, youth cooking classes, and providing free meals to those in need.

Read full story in the South Seattle Emerald.

Share Your Feedback

Community Input Needed Regarding Pickleball at Seattle Parks: Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking input on how to best support the growth of pickleball in the area. Join the virtual meeting on March 30 at 4 pm to provide comment and learn more. (more)

Provide Feedback on Seattle Transportation Plan: Help Seattle Department of Transportation establish a renewed vision for the future of our streets and public spaces by participating in a public survey.  (more)

Public Comment Period Open for West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Extension: Community input is needed on Draft Environmental Impact Statement as well as route and station options. Survey open until April 28. (more)