High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands open this week

Low-income gardeners offer fresh organic produce

For organic produce look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands opening for the season beginning this week. The farm stands offer produce picked fresh from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods. Along with your favorite vegetables, you’ll also find uncommon produce such as sorrel, purslane, or edible chrysanthemums.

Hours of operation are 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the locations are:

  • High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave SW and SW Juneau St): open Wednesdays from July 5 to September 27
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr between 40th Ave S and Rockery Dr S): open Fridays from July 7 to September 29

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. The High Point Farm Stand will again host ROAR, the mobile farm stand that sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

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Neighbors invited to help plan Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk

The Highland Park neighborhood is invited to help plan the Highland Park Find It, Fix It Community Walk, the third of seven Mayor-led walks happening this year. Find It, Fix It Community Walks bring together City officials, business owners, and community members to address neighborhood needs.

The Highland Park walk will be held on Thursday, May 25 and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team (CWAT). The first meeting for those interested in volunteering for the CWAT will be held at Highland Park Elementary on May 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator Paige Madden at paige.madden@seattle.gov or 206-233-5166.

In addition, community members are invited to apply for up to $3,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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Free Legal Services and Information for Immigrants on Friday, January 20

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is organizing an event called Seattle United for Immigrants and Refugees, a day of service for immigrants and refugees on January 20th. This is one of several ways that the City of Seattle is responding to the fear and uncertainty felt by many of our immigrant and refugee communities.

This day of services will include naturalization assistance, Know Your Rights trainings, free legal consultations with immigration attorneys, assistance with family safety planning and preparing for family separation, as well as information about City of Seattle services and programs.


Seattle United for Immigrants and Refugees
FREE legal services and information
January 20, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
McCaw Hall at Seattle Center (321 Mercer St)

Please join us in spreading the word about this opportunity. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit the New Citizen Campaign or call the help line at (206) 386-9090.


Get help applying for citizenship.

Check-in from 12-3pm


Plan for your family’s safety.

Identical Know Your Rights Training Sessions at 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm

  • Learn about what to do if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stop you or come to your door.
  • Take steps to protect your children and family.
  • Learn about your rights as an immigrant, regardless of your status.


Get legal help.

Check-in from: 3-6pm

  • Talk to Immigration attorneys about your options.
  • Fill out forms needed to protect your family: power of attorney, temporary guardianship, and other forms.
  • Get your Mexican passport or citizenship through Mexican Consulate document services.
  • Bring any immigration documents and court documents if you have them.


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Seattle’s Neighbor Day Celebration Invites You to Indulge in Random Acts of Kindness

Join us for Seattle’s 23rd Annual Neighbor Day on February 11 and help us kick off 2017 with a celebration of kindness and community!

After a challenging 2016 that stirred up divisiveness and bitter debate both nationally and locally, we all need to remind ourselves that our greatest strength comes from one another. When we come together as communities and neighbors to share an experience, to express gratitude, to learn from one another, to support one another in times of need, to get to know each other – this is when we make the truest progress as a society.

To honor that, we invite you to participate in our annual Neighbor Day celebration, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.

We encourage all Seattle residents to celebrate this day by indulging in random acts of kindness. Residents, businesses, or community groups are all invited to participate however they like. The main goal is simply to reach out and connect with your neighbors through generosity.

Neighbor Day will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to participate! Below you will find a list of ideas and resources that can help you plan your Neighbor Day event or activity:

  • Do something nice for a neighbor: take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.
  • Organize a neighborhood potluck, open house, or work party. It can be as big or simple as you want.
  • Need more ideas? We have an extensive list to help you.
  • Want to know how your local business or community group can participate? Here are some ideas!
  • If your event is open to the public, you can post it to our online events calendar.
  • Use our flyer to post around your neighborhood or work area to remind people of the day.
  • Share a “great neighbor” story or tell us how you are celebrating by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and using #NeighborDay.

For more information on Neighbor Day, please visit our website at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborday.

If you have any questions or want to bounce ideas off someone, contact Neighbor Day coordinator Sam Read at sam.read@seattle.gov.

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Learn How to Become an Effective Community Leader and Engage with Your Local Government

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Are you looking for ways to get involved and make your voice heard? Then, register for the winter quarter of our People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE).

PACE is a civic leadership development program dedicated to cultivating the next wave of community leaders. The program builds a pipeline of new leaders in the community through a series of courses and seminars – with classes teaching hands-on skills ranging from community engagement to navigating City government. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting applications for PACE’s winter quarter, which begins January 28 and runs through March 4.

During the five-week program, 25-30 emerging community leaders (18 years and up) will get an introduction to the structure and fundamentals of City government, with a strong focus on how communities and local government can work together. Participants of PACE get a chance to build relationships with key City staff, City Councilmembers, and expert community facilitators.

Winter classes will be held on five Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Yesler Community Center. Topics include: Accessing City Government, City Budget 101, Land Use in Seattle, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Skillful Engagement in Conflict, and more.

Tuition for the five-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available to those who qualify. The application and details for the winter session are here or you can visit seattle.gov/PACE. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 9 by 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring, and fall. The Spring quarter will begin in late April of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.