Save the Date! South Seattle Home Fair

You’re invited to a South Seattle Home Fair on February 10, 2018, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Here’s your chance to ask an expert about your planned remodel and our permitting process and code requirements. You can also get information about rental housing rules, homeowner assistance, landslide awareness, and much, much more.

Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, this event has something for you.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Filipino Community of Seattle
5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
(The Filipino Community center is ADA accessible.)


We’ll have information tables where you can ask an expert your questions and get advice about your project or about available services. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about:

  • Building and residential codes
  • Building, electrical, boiler, and mechanical inspections
  • Building permits
  • Community tool library
  • Emergency information
  • Energy rebates
  • Home ownership assistance
  • Land Use Rules
  • Landslide Awareness
  • Metro transit projects
  • Rental Housing Rules
  • Weatherization of Homes

Other City departments and local organizations will also be available to answer questions.

  • HomeSight will provide information about Prepurchase Education classes, Homeownership Counseling, First mortgage lending for refinance, and purchase and down payment assistance.
  • Homestead Community Land Trust will provide a program description of their Permanent Affordable Housing model, including eligibility guidelines and resources to get started on the homebuyer process. HCLT staff will be able to answer questions about the Community Land Trust model, ways to get involved in permanent affordable housing advocacy, and much more.
  • King County Metro Transit will provide information about their projects and available services.
  • Rebuilding Together Seattle is a nonprofit that provides free health- and safety-focused home repairs for low income homeowners. They will answer any questions about their program and will have applications and information available at their table.
  • Seattle City Light will have information about energy-saving tips, available rebates for your home, and how to buy the right LED bulb and take advantage of in-store instant discounts on LEDs.
  • The Seattle Hubs table will be staffed by Rainer Beach Ready volunteers who will describe how the Emergency Communications Hubs function, where the Rainier Beach Hub is located and have quick tips and multi-language brochures on how to be prepared and communicate during an emergency, as well as information on establishing new hubs in other South Seattle neighborhoods.
  • The Southeast Seattle Tool Library will present some fascinating facts about the tool collection and the interesting projects the tools have inspired at this community lending library.


For more information about the South Seattle Home Fair, contact:

Moon Callison
(206) 615-1486

Seattle Animal Shelter to offer free spay/neuter services Feb. 27-March 3

To commemorate World Spay Day, this year taking place on Feb. 28, 2017, the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter surgeries plus microchipping to area pets scheduled for surgery not just on that day, but that entire week – Feb. 27-March 3, 2017. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260. This promotion is possible in part because of a generous grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” said Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, medical director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “Spaying can reduce the risk of serious health issues such as pyometra, uterine cancer and mammary cancer. Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and may lower the risk of prostate cancer and hyperplasia. Spaying and neutering also reduce the desire to roam and the dangers associated with that.”

These surgeries usually cost between $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.

The Seattle Animal Shelter also recommends having your pet – dog, cat, or rabbit – microchipped while it is at the clinic for surgery. Microchips are invaluable for the peace of mind provided by this permanent means of identification should a pet ever become lost or stolen, said Dr. Zoulas.

Dogs, cats and rabbits can be spayed or neutered when they are 4 months or older. Dr. Zoulas and her team are excited to again extend their World Spay Day promotion to include rabbits, the third most popular pet in Seattle. While clinic staff have been providing spay and neuter services to the rabbits adopted from the shelter for nearly 20 years, they only began providing this service to the public five years ago. Clinic staff are pleased with the enthusiastic response of rabbit owners to this program.

“Spaying and neutering are safe, routine surgeries that prevent animals from breeding,” said Dr. Zoulas. “This annual effort helps end the suffering of unwanted and homeless animals in our community by preventing unplanned litters.”

In addition to the foundation grant, the Seattle Animal Shelter’s “Pet Population Control Fund” partially funds this year’s World Spay Day special. “Spay Day” is an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. Each February, animal shelters and animal welfare agencies worldwide join forces to promote spaying and neutering of pets as the most effective and humane ways to decrease the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters throughout the world.

There are several ways you can celebrate Spay Day in February and throughout the year:

  • Donate to the “Pet Population Control Fund” at the Seattle Animal Shelter. This fund provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering. It needs to be replenished constantly to maintain the clinic’s ability to provide resources to those in need. Please consider making a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund to help the clinic continue to save lives.
  • Turn in a litter. As part of an ongoing Seattle Animal Shelter program, anyone who turns in a litter of puppies or kittens to the shelter is eligible for a free spay or neuter for the parent animal(s). In return, the shelter guarantees the adoption of the kittens and puppies, if they are adoptable.
  • Talk to your friends, neighbors and family about getting their pets spayed or neutered. Year-round the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic can help those in need with discounted or free spay/neuter surgeries.

To obtain more information about Spay Day Seattle, to donate to the Pet Population Control Fund or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call 206-386-PETS (7387), or visit

New South Seattle Home Fair

–Bringing Free City Services to Renters and Homeowners

You’re invited to the first ever South Seattle Home Fair on February 11, 2017, hosted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). This event will offer free resources to renters, landlords and homeowners. It’s your chance to ask questions about your planned remodel and our permitting process, code requirements, and rental housing and tenant assistance program. City staff will also be available to discuss affordable housing, emergency preparedness, energy rebates, landslide awareness, and rain garden information.

Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter, or potential homeowner, this event has something for you.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Filipino Community Center
Ballroom & Conference Room #201
5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
(The Filipino Community Center is ADA accessible.)


We will have several staffed information tables in the Ballroom and three scheduled presentations on the second floor*:

  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Earthquake Retrofit (protect your home in case of an earthquake)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Landslide Awareness (learn how to prevent landslides on your property)
  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  – Rental Housing (learn about new rental housing rules)

Information tables will include the following topics:

  • Affordable Housing Information
  • Building Code & Permits
  • Building & Electrical Inspections
  • Earthquake Retrofits
  • Emergency Communication Hubs
  • Emergency Management
  • Energy Rebates
  • Energy-Saving Tips
  • Home Repair Assistance
  • Home Ownership Assistance
  • Land Use Rules
  • Landslide Awareness
  • Landlord / Tenant Information
  • Raingardens and Cisterns
  • Rental Housing Rules

A full list of participating City departments and local organizations can be found here.

For more information about the South Seattle Home Fair, contact:

Moon Callison
(206) 615-1486


*There is a lift to help those who need assistance accessing the second floor.

Take center stage: Make Music Seattle is happening June 21

They say all the world’s a stage, and this Sunday that statement rings true. On June 21, for the first time, Seattle will be joining more than 700 cities in a worldwide music celebration called Make Music.

Make Music is a free festival held each year on the summer solstice across the globe where musicians young and old, amateur and professional, of every genre pour into streets, parks and plazas to share their talent with the community. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is partnering with Make Music organizers to host dozens of performers and events in downtown parks throughout the day.

Confirmed performances include:

Westlake Park (401 Pine St.)
Noon:  Mercedes Nicole
1 p.m.:  Clavinova Frank Sinatra Piano Bar (details below)
2 p.m.:  CeeCee James & the Mission of S.O.U.L.
3 p.m.:  Susan Haas
4 p.m.:  Jim Marcotte

Occidental Square (117 S Washington St.)
Noon:  Clavinova Frank Sinatra Piano Bar
1 p.m.:  Guitar Mass Appeal (details below)
4 p.m.:  Randy Bowles

Alki Beach Park (1702 Alki Ave. SW)
3-9 p.m.:  206 Zulu Jam (Hip Hop DJ’s and Emcees)

Oxbow Park (6430 Corson Ave. S)
1-9 p.m.: Various Georgetown-based bands

The Clavinova Frank Sinatra Piano Bar
A Yamaha Clavinova keyboard will travel from park to park on a pickup truck to lead park users in a sing-a-long tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Noon:  Occidental Square (117 S Washington St.)
1 p.m.:  Westlake Park (401 Pine St.)
2 p.m.:  Victor Steinbrueck Park (2001 Western Ave.)
3 p.m.:  Waterfront Park (1301 Alaskan Way)
4 p.m.:  Madison Park (4201 E Madison St.)
5 p.m.:  Space Needle (400 Broad St.)

Guitar Mass Appeal Event
From 1-3 p.m. in Occidental Square, local performer and teacher Judd Wasserman will teach a giant group guitar lesson. The public is invited to show up to the park with their guitars, learn some new songs and have the opportunity to win a beautiful acoustic Martin guitar, complete with cloth case and Ernie Ball strings.

For more information on Make Music Seattle and the most up-to-date schedule, visit the organization’s website at  Make Music Seattle, LLC, is a 501(c3) nonprofit corporation whose existence is for the sole purpose of creating this new Seattle event.

Seattle Tilth offers free composting and container gardening classes in downtown parks

Seattle Tilth composting class in Victor Steinbrueck Park.

This summer, Seattle Tilth will teach apartment and condominium dwellers how to grow salads, herbs and vegetables in containers and how to compost food waste indoors or on balconies or patios in downtown parks. These classes provide new ideas and will help troubleshoot site challenges for new and experienced gardeners. Seattle Tilth garden experts will show innovative ways to grow food organically with limited space and reduce food waste for people who don’t have a yard or garden plot.

Classes are free thanks to funding from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Freeway Park Association and Pike Place Market. See the schedule by location below:

700 Seneca St., Seattle, WA 98101

Thursdays, noon–1:30 p.m.
June 18, Grow Salad in Containers
July 9, Herb Gardening in Containers
July 30, Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers

Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
June 11, Grow Great Tomatoes in Containers
June 25, Composting for Apartment Dwellers
July 16, Companion Planting in Containers


2000 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
July 1, Summer Vegetable Gardening in Containers
July 15, Grow Salad in Containers
July 22, Organic Pest Control in the Garden
July 29, Companion Planting in Containers
Aug. 5, Herb Gardening in Containers
Aug. 12, Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers
Aug. 19, Grow Salad in Containers
Aug. 26, Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers
Sept. 2, Composting for Apartment Dwellers

About Seattle Tilth
Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. Programs in Seattle and King County include hands-on classes for all ages in organic agriculture, cooking and nutrition, and environmental education. We also offer volunteer opportunities and community events.

For more information, please visit or call (206) 633-0451 ext. 128.