Category Archives: Seattle

Seattle’s 2015 MLK Unity Day!

Here’s a half-hour video featuring the MLK Youth Contest Winners that the City of Seattle sponsored in January as part of the City’s first-ever Unity Day.

It includes additional footage/interviews with the winners!

Seattle Underground Tour – definitely recommended!

IMG_0325Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is a world-famous tour that I would definitely recommend. Starting in Doc Maynard’s Public House – a saloon from the 1890s, the tour takes you across Pioneer Square and eventually makes its way underground. At the first site is one of the first flush toilets in Seattle, invented by Thomas Crapper. The same site holds props from the 1973 movie The Night Strangler: a decorative wooden door, and a beaten up red couch.

IMG_0322From there, the tour moves on to the second site. Though it may seem like a giant wall of bricks, it is actually proof of the fact that Seattle was built on sawdust. Considered to be Seattle’s first economic father, Henry Yesler himself stated “We commenced sawing wood under a shed in March ’53; the saw dust we filled swamps with, and the slabs we built a wharf with.” The third and final underground site presents an old bathtub. Not every house had a bathtub and most settlers had one bath a month; once a bathtub was filled with water, a dollar would be charged to first person in the bathtub, fifty cents to the second, a quarter to the third person, and so on. Imagine paying fifty cents to bathe in dirty water!IMG_0327

IMG_0330The tour ends in Rogues Gallery, the Underground Tour gift shop. It features a fancy porcelain crapper imported from England, antique typewriters, and much more. Taking the tour is a very engaging experience that reveals little-known facts about Seattle. The tour guides are very engaging and tell you several stories, ranging from ghost stories to embarrassing stories that our early settlers wouldn’t want you to know.

–Formosa, Northeast, Teen Blogger

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Jet City Seattle Open: High School Improv Competition

Jet City ImprovLike theater? Like funny things?

Like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler?

Then do I have the weekend event for you! Jet City Improv, Seattle’s own Improv Theater is hosting their annual Seattle Open this weekend! The Seattle Open is an improv competition for high school teams where students are judged based on their energy, creativity, and of course, improv. Watch some of western Washington’s most talented high school improvisers in the Semi-Finals and the Finals of the competition this weekend! Returning champs Charles Wright Academy will be there, along with two teams from Ingraham High School and representatives from three other schools! The preliminary round of the competition was last weekend letting only six out of eleven teams through to the second round. The competition will be held at Jet City Improv in the University district and tickets are free (there is a $5 suggested donation)! These students are crazy talented and it is sure to be an entertaining event!

Or if for some crazy reason you have plans this weekend and can’t make it, Jet City is a great place to go year round. They often have themed long-form shows running, as well as their usual Jet City show. It’s fun for everyone and always a good time! Support local improv, local theater and local students and come on out to Jet City this weekend!!!

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Jet City Address: 5510 University Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105

Semi-Finals Showtime: 2:00 PM Saturday March 14th 2015

Finals Showtime: 6:00 PM Sunday March 15th 2015

 

Jet City Improv website (or click the pics)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler both got their starts in improv, here are links to their books:

–Grace, Greenwood, Teen Adviser

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Youth Drop-in @ Central tomorrow!

Youth Drop-inThursday, Mar. 5, 4 – 6 p.m.

Youth (ages 12-25) are invited to join us for a free weekly drop-in in the Central Library Teen Center.

Hosted in partnership with New Horizons and YouthCare, drop-ins will offer free snacks, activities and resources.

Library events and programs are free and all youth (ages 12-25) are welcome. No registration.

For more info, call the Central Library Teen Center @ 206-615-1410 or E-mail the Teen Center.

Hope to see you there!

Greenwood Branch Celebrates 10 Years!

On January 29, Greenwood Library turned 10, and last Sunday, 2/8/15, we celebrated its 10th birthday with a time capsule, cake, and City Librarian Marcellus Turner. ???????????????????????????????

Did you know that the first location of the Greenwood Library was at 7020 Greenwood Ave and opened in 1928? This location was open until 1953, when it moved to the current location. Construction began to renovate the building in 2003, and it opened two years later.

As people came through and enjoyed a piece of cake, we asked that they write down what they thought the library was going to be like in 15 years. Here are some highlights:

-Everything electronic
-Planning to build a new one that has a garden
-Will look like a spaceship
-Will not have may physical books, except for beautiful Children’s books with gorgeous illustrations
-Meeting room used as drop-in center
-Night shelter for the homeless
-Library will be more of a media center than a place for books
-Robots instead of humans helping patrons- I HOPE NOT (his words)
-Dusty
-5x bigger, with every book ever publishedDinosaurLibrary

We also asked for drawings of the library, and this is one of my favorites.

It felt like a proper birthday party for everyone’s favorite library! ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s interesting to see the divide of people on what the library will be like. Which side are you on; all electronic, or much, much bigger & full of books?

–Sophie Adams, Greenwood Library
GWD

Go ahead – make(rspace) something!

What is this?

3D printer

Looks like a popcorn machine, no?

It’s a 3D printer! Want to use one? You can at a Makerspace!

Makerspaces are like community labs where people or groups can come and use available materials, like electronics, printers, machine tools, hand tools, or sewing machines to create projects and collaborate with others. Some makerspaces charge a membership fee and some just a usage fee. Some have special programs and pricing for youth.

Here are 3 you can try out in Seattle.  Go ahead and make something!

SoDo MakerSpace
1914 Occidental Ave. S.
206-423-9253

Jigsaw Renaissance
815 Seattle Boulevard S.
206-853-4319

Metrix Create:Space
623 Broadway E.
206-357-9406

Game Day is here!

Are you ready? Send us your best 12s or game day shots & we’ll share them here, on our tumblr & twitter.

Also, you’re welcome to join us at the Central Library to watch the game on a huge screen in the auditorium.

Go ‘Hawks!!!

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