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Community Gathers to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the P-Patch Program

On Saturday, September 9, P-Patch gardeners and community members gathered at the Magnuson Park P-Patch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the P-Patch Community Gardening Program. The celebration included food, seed and plant giveaways, informational displays about the program’s history, speakers from City of Seattle leadership, and entertainment by Kondo renZou, a marimba group that grew out of the University of Washington Zimbabwean Music Club.

Check out photos from the event on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Bike and Scoot Demonstration Day at Seward Park: Join the Seattle Department of Transportation on Sunday, September 17 for free scooter, bike, and adaptive cycle rides at the entrance of Seward Park. Outdoors for All and Seattle’s scooter and bike share operators will be providing free test rides, helmets, and training. Learn more about the Bike and Scoot Demonstration Day.

Don’t Miss the Seattle Home Fair This Fall: The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections has moved their popular Home Fairs from the winter to the fall, holding six virtual lectures on October 14 and an in-person event on October 21. Check out a full list of Seattle Home Fair events.

New Online Tool Promotes Equity, Collaboration, and Environmental Justice: Outside City Wide Public Space Explorer is an exciting new resource aimed at bringing about several transformative changes in how we plan and improve our public space system. Learn more about this new online tool.

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation Facilities to Close for Recreation In-Service Day: Some facilities and services around the city will be closed on Thursday, September 28 for an in-service day. See a full list of facilities that will be closed and those operating on regular schedules.

Free Pickleball Comes to Downtown Seattle September 16 and 17: Get your paddles ready! Seattle Parks Foundation presents Pickleball for All at one of ten ADA accessible temporary courts at the intersection of 5th and Vine. All ages and experience levels are welcome to join. Learn more about the Pickleball for All event.

City of Seattle to Host Revolutionary Multimedia Art Installation at City Hall Park:
City Hall Park is the latest canvas for the groundbreaking multimedia art installation MONUMENTS, created by world-renowned artist Craig Walsh. FREE showings of this immersive art experience are taking place nightly from 8:30 pm to 10 pm thru Oct. 1. Learn more about the MONUMENTS art installation.

Never Miss a Solid Waste Collection Day with the Recycle It App: Through the app, Seattle Public Utilities solid waste customers can schedule reminders about their collection day, get answers to common recycling questions, and report some service issues. Read about the Seattle Public Utilities Recycle It app.

In The Community

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Ethiopian Village Open on Rainier Avenue

For more than eight years, the Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS), an organization that provides various services to Ethiopian immigrants transitioning to the U.S., has worked arduously on the development of the Ethiopian Village on Rainier Avenue. Last month, the ECS celebrated the grand opening of its new space, which features 89 affordable units for low-income seniors ages 55+, Cafe Avole, and more office and community space that will expand ECS’ programming and outreach.

Read more in South Seattle Emerald.

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Seattle Playwright Aimee Chou Shares Deaf Culture through Humor

A spooky house, a Ouija board and the suspected ghost of Alexander Graham Bell appear in playwright and actress Aimee Chou’s horror-comedy, which premiered on Sept. 7 at Sound Theatre. Growing up, the theater wasn’t accessible for people like Chou, who is deaf. She didn’t learn ASL until after she completed her graduate degree at the University of Washington which spurred her involvement with the local Deaf community and her eventual journey toward theater.

Read the full story in Crosscut.

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Aquí Mercado Shows the Latino Community in Seattle Está Aquí

Aquí Mercado is one of the newest markets to pop up in Seattle, and just five months in, it’s already making its mark. The market was started by husbands and business partners Daniel and Ismael Calderon, who felt the need to create a space that centered the Latino experience. Since April, they have been hosting the market monthly, drawing crowds of 250-plus people, with each market featuring around 20 vendors from the greater Seattle area and beyond, selling and offering food, art, vintage clothing, tattoos, and overall “buenas vibras.”

Read the full story in South Seattle Emerald.

Other City News

Community Invited to Share Feedback on Seattle Transportation Plan: A draft plan is a 20-year vision for the future of Seattle’s streets, sidewalks, and public spaces informed by thousands of people who live, work, and play in Seattle. Learn about, review, and provide input on the draft Seattle Transportation Plan.