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Picardo P-Patch Partners with Sand Point Family Housing to Bring Fresh Produce, Herbs, and Flowers to Residents

The giving garden system has been an integral part of the P-Patch Community Gardening Program since its creation in 1973. Last year, Seattle’s first P-Patch, Picardo Farm, made the decision to stop delivering produce to food banks and instead transition their donation program to building long-term community partnerships with organizations in their neighborhood. One of those organizations is Solid Ground Sand Point Family Housing. We recently connected with Matthew White, a residential case manager at Solid Ground to learn more about the produce donations.

Read more in the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Over $3 Million is Awarded to Support Community Meals for Older Adults: The Seattle Human Services Department’s (HSD) Aging and Disability Services division has announced a combination of federal Older Americans Act funds and HSD General Fund dollars to help provide nutritionally sound and culturally nuanced meals in a group setting. Learn more about the community meal funding.

Calling All Artists! Help Honor the Central District’s Rich and Diverse History: The Garfield Super Block Coalition (GSB) and Seattle Parks and Recreation are currently seeking artists to help contribute to the placemaking goals of the GSB project by creatively telling the story of the Central District neighborhood through art. Learn more about artistic opportunities to honor the Central District.

Labor Day Closures for Seattle Parks and Recreation: Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities and services will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. See a full list of facilities that will be closed and those operating on regular schedules this holiday weekend.

City and Port of Seattle Announce New Partnership to Revitalize Parks on Elliott Bay Waterfront: Government and organizational leaders recently formed Elliott Bay Connections, an unprecedented public-private partnership to connect, restore, and revitalize parks along the Elliott Bay waterfront at zero cost to taxpayers. Read more about the Elliott Bay Connections partnership and future waterfront plans.

Seattle Slam Showdown: Free Youth Basketball Tournament Sept 9-10: The 3-on-3 basketball youth tournament is free and open for all youth 8-13 years old and celebrates youth’s talent and passion while also inspiring them with mentorship and guidance. Check out more details and register today!

Laurelhurst Community Center Temporarily Closed for ADA Renovations: The Laurelhurst Community Center will close on September 1 for the ADA Barrier Removal Project. The entire community center, play area, play field and parking lot will be closed during construction. Learn more about the renovation project and projected timeline.

In The Community

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Local Archaeology Class Unearths Important Piece of Japanese American History in North Seattle

In 1911, the Kumasakas leased a small farm with greenhouses at 85th and Latona Avenue. They operated that until 1919 when they moved to what is now North Seattle College, and occupied the farm until 1968 when the whole area was bought up for the construction of North Seattle College. Last year, an archaeology class led by Dr. Alicia Valentino, associate faculty of Edmonds College, uncovered remnants of what used to be part of Bea Kumasaka’s old family farm, the Green Lake Gardens Company. They continue their efforts this year at the same site.

Read more in Northwest Asian Weekly.


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Celebrating the Life of Tokitae the Orca on San Juan Island

On Sunday, more than 300 people gathered Sunday at a park in the heart of the home waters of the southern resident orcas to pay tribute to the life of Tokitae. She was the last of the southern resident orcas still alive in captivity until Aug. 18, when she died after spending 53 years in the same tank at the Miami Seaquarium. A recording of what was said to be some of Tokitae’s last calls, recently made in her tank at the Seaquarium, were played over a loud speaker. Also played were the wild sounds of her family members, recorded as they swam the waters of the San Juan Islands, where they gathered the day she died.

Read the full story in The Seattle Times.


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A Look into the Pacific Northwest's Only Chicano Art Gallery

A painting of Jake Prendez and his son wearing black T-shirts and blue luchador masks adorns part of a gallery of his original Chicano art on a bubble gum pink wall inside the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery. Jake Prendez and Judy Avitia-Gonzalez, a married couple who are longtime White Center residents, opened the gallery in 2019 with two main goals: making art more accessible in the area and providing opportunities for artists of color who they say have long been neglected in traditional art spaces.

Read more in The Seattle Times.

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