FamilyWorks Wonder Bags

Jake and Sarah fro FamilyWorks sent over this request:

As you do your holiday shopping, or even just run errands around town, consider buying some small gifts for children at FamilyWorks. Our goal is to be able to give 200 children and youth a Wonder Bag filled with toys that they select. You can help by donating new or VERY gently used gifts for these bags!

Some good ideas for gifts are:

    • Children’s books: ranging from board/baby books to young adult books
    • Small stuffed animal or puppet
    • Socks, hats, gloves: ranging from baby to teen sizes/designs
    • Play-doh, silly putty, Gak, etc.
    • Small bouncy balls
    • Kid-friendly art supplies, stickers
    • Small plastic animals
    • Kids puzzles
    • Decks of cards, card games, or small board games
    • Small Lego kits, science kits
    • Journals, colored pens
    • Lip balm, nail polish, hair ties
    • Gift cards to Bartell Drugs, Target, Fred Meyer, etc. for $10-$20

Any other ideas! Call 206-694-6727 or stop by if you’re not sure.

You can drop off items at FamilyWorks, 1501 N 45th St on Mondays 9:30-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:30-5, or Fridays 9:30-3 by December 12.

Thank you for your help making a great holiday for all families in our community!

Thanksigiving Week Activities

If you’re scratching your head about what your kids going to do all day this week, what with many schools on vacation, check out the Seattle Public Library’s list of  Thanksgiving school break events for Kids and Teens.

Move-A-Tree, Plant-A-Tree in Wallingford

In 2014, City Fruit harvested over 28,000 pounds of fresh, organic fruit from residential and public trees in Seattle. Of that total, nearly 5,000 pounds came from Wallingford fruit trees. This was the first year City Fruit has harvested in Wallingford. The fruit was donated to food banks, meal programs, and homeless shelters, including FamilyWorks Food Bank, the University District Food Bank, and the Wallingford Community Senior Center.

CITY_FRUIT_FB-Shareable_Plant_1-1-300x300From March through October 2014, over 250 volunteers with City Fruit’s orchard steward program spent 530 hours taking care of fruit trees at Meridian Playground and the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The harvest season may be finished, but now it’s prime time to plant fruit trees. On Saturday, December 6, starting at 10 AM, Wallingford will host City Fruit’s first “Move-A-Tree, Plant-A-Tree” event. City Fruit staff and volunteers will plant four or more fruit trees (pear, plum, apple) that are being moved from their current less than ideal locations.

The destination? A sunny greenspace in lower Wallingford, between the Burke-Gilman Trail and N. Northlake Way, near Sunnyside Avenue North. A new public orchard has been established there by City Fruit volunteer orchard stewards.

For the event December 6 we’re looking for folks who like to dig! You will dig up two trees in Wallingford and the destination holes. We alsoCal watering quince need a volunteer with a pickup truck of any size to haul the trees a few blocks to haul them to the planting site.

If you want to join the fun, sign up using the links below. Light duty jobs are also available, such as spreading wood chip mulch, digging weeds, and moving small amounts of gravel. Or – maybe you want to be everyone’s favorite volunteer and bring cookies!

Work gloves, tools, hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Look for the blue canopy on N. Northlake Way.

As a bonus for joining us in the colder weather and for our first Plant-a-Thon, the first 10 people to sign up will receive a long-sleeved City Fruit t-shirt. 

Crushed Olives

CrushedOlivesSale2014_pdfAs she’s done in year’s past, Rina over on 41st and Eastern, with her lovely Israeli accent, is offering home cured crushed olives for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Women For Women International, a non-profit benefiting women in countries affected by war and conflict (“We directly work with women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.”)

The Middle Eastern Flavor’s “Hannah’s Olives” (named for her mother) are $10 / jar, email [email protected] to order. Supplies very limited.

Region13Woodland Park will host the Region 13 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships this Saturday.

Athletes, ages 8-18, qualified for the opportunity to race by placing well in their respective local meets earlier this fall. Teams are travelling from Washington, Oregon and Northern Idaho, in hopes of qualifying for the Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championship to be held December 13th in Myrtle Beach, SC. The top 30 finishers and top 5 teams will qualify. The first race begins at 9:00 am. Races continue throughout the morning and early afternoon, finishing at 2:00 pm.

Several Puget Sound based teams will participate, including:

  • Rain City Flyers
  • Federal Way Track Club
  • Cascade Striders
  • Speed Unlimited
  • Issaquah Gliders

Alternative Christmas Fair

FoH_Flyer_2014_pdfDavid Yao writes:
Now in its 36th year, this is Seattle’s original Alternative Christmas Fair, where ALL money brought in goes directly to programs that relieve poverty, hunger and homelessness. JOIN US and enjoy:
  • Vintage Treasures and Books
  • Quality Crafts, Gifts and Decorations from home and around the world
  • Children’s Clothing, Games and Toys
  • Homemade Deli Lunch, Fresh Baked Pies and Treats
  • Handmade Quilt Silent Auction

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL! Come visit, shop, have a tasty lunch, and enjoy a compassion-filled pre-Christmas Bazaar in the company of others who wish to celebrate a vision of ‘Hope’ for our world!

The event is tomorrow, Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm at the Keystone Church in Wallingford (5019 Keystone Pl N)

Mo’ Murals!

Erika Bigelow writes:

Hey Wallingford, there’s some new color in the ‘hood. Thanks to the support of the Wallingford Community Council and the John Stanford International School PTSA, 700 sf of vibrant, colorful, whimsical murals by artist, Ryan Henry Ward, were completed on the South, playground-facing portion of the John Stanford International School, in October. The planning, was two-years in the making, and the results easily exceeded the expectations.

JSIS has one of the smallest playgrounds for a school its size in the district. It hosts over 475 children per school day and is the only play area in the SE Wallingford neighborhood. The community surrounding the school uses this facility after school and on weekends for basketball, learning to ride bikes, playground fun and family time together.

Prior to October, those South-facing walls were a drab green color, which added no life to the playground. The hope of the planning team, was that a mural would inspire the kids and liven up the atmosphere while demonstrating the uniqueness of JSIS. Brainstorming meetings with teachers and parents resulted in a general plan to showcase the JSIS diverse global perspective with a subtext of compassion and friendship.

The teachers and the kids enthusiastically supported the project and lessons on murals in class were followed by awesome question and answer sessions with Henry, while he painted. Students completed their own Henry image to hang inside the school and even had the challenge of a Henry-themed scavenger hunt.

The murals can be viewed from the street on both 4th and 5th, just above 40th, or on the playground itself after school or on weekends. Come and take a look and, if you think you’re a Henry mural expert, see if you can complete the scavenger hunt challenge.


A little about the artist: Henry Ward, who signs his work simply as Henry, is an American artist who has been described as “Seattle‘s most prolific muralist.” Publicly active as an artist since 2008, he has painted over 150 murals on surfaces, such as buildings exteriors, school interiors, garages, and even vehicles in the Seattle area.

As an artist, he began his craft at the age of three, drawing on the walls of his childhood home. In third grade he had his own comic strip, while in the fourth grade he began winning art competitions, which landed his imagery on t-shirts. He self-published greeting cards throughout his childhood, and in high school began yet another comic strip, which was published on the back of Omega Force comic books. He grew up in Enumclaw, Washington and attended Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. Post college, he remained in Bellingham as a social worker, increasingly working with art therapy. After his older brother, Brandon died in 1999 of heart failure, Ward and his younger brother Andy traveled in IndiaNepal, and Thailand.

In contrast to many other artists in Seattle’s “street artist” scene, Ward always executes his public pieces with the permission of the property owner.

Besides his mural and canvas work, Ryan partners with SAM (Seattle Art Museum) to do quarterly “live painting” workshops that instruct and entertain audiences.

‘Compassion is born from the imagination. To have the desire to be compassionate, you have to imagine a world that’s better than the one you live in.’Ryan Henry Ward, Artist


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