Loyal Heights says “Aloha” to summer at bouncefest

Get a jumpstart on summer fun at Hawaiian Bouncefest!

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13, Loyal Heights Community Center will host the Hawaiian Bouncefest. There will be bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and treats. Bright, festive is encouraged.

Carnival tickets can be purchased at the event for 50 cents each, or attendees can buy an unlimited fun wristband for $10.

For more details, call Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St.) at 206-684-4052.

Sen. Murray proposes summer food benefits for low-income kids

Nearly half of public school students in Washington state receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school – about half a million children. But when school’s out for summer, it can be a struggle for low-income families to make their food budgets stretch.

Now U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is sponsoring a bill to give low-income families food benefits over the summer months so kids don’t go hungry.

Kids like Dara Kommavangsa’s two daughters, who attend Seattle Public Schools. Kommavangsa said during the school year, she counts on school breakfast and lunch for her kids and just makes them dinner.

But summers are tough.

Although there are free summer meals available at community centers and other sites, Kommavangsa said her daughters are among the 90 percent of low-income Washington children who don’t take advantage of the programs.

“Yes, there is a lot of summer meal program sites out there, but is it reachable, is the thing. If your parents aren’t there at home, how are you able to go to a site?” Kommavangsa said.

Instead, her family relies on food banks and their own garden to get enough to eat in the summer months.

Click here to read more of the press release about Senator Murray’s proposal…

Seattle Parks Summer Swim League registration is under way

Want to get in shape and have some fun this summer? Register for Summer Swim League!

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a positive team experience for novice swimmers and teaches them the skills they need to become competitive swimmers in a fun, low-pressure environment. Registration is currently under way.

This is a novice league appropriate for kids of all ages, including those who are just being introduced to swimming, all the way up to high school students who swim for their school teams. Many parents have said that the program helped build their child’s self-esteem and swimming ability.

Participants must be 7-18 years old and able to swim in deep water for at least 25 yards (one length of the pool). The program includes up to five one-hour workouts each week, two dual meets and two larger championship meets.

Registration is open at Southwest, Rainier Beach, Queen Anne, Evans, Meadowbrook, Madison and Medger Evers pools. Practice times vary, depending on the pool and the child’s age.

The cost for the program is $130 and includes a team t-shirt. There is a low-income option ($65) available for those who qualify.

The program begins on Monday, June 23, and ends with the All-City Swim Meet on Saturday, Aug. 2.

To register, please click HERE. Registration closes on June 23 or when the program fills up.

YouthCare awarded $250K for employment training

The Seattle Human Services Department announced on March 24, 2014 the award of $250,000 to YouthCare for its Youth Build education and employment training services. YouthCare was awarded the funding in a competitive “Letter of Intent” funding process. Youth Build will provide education and employment training services to low-income black/African American, Latino, Native American and English learning youth, ages 17 – 24.  The youth will gain a GED or high school diploma while learning the construction trades and building or repairing low-income housing.  Services will be provided from April 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.