PubliCalendar: Aid Seattle's Parks, Libraries, and Kids

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Ezra Parter July 24, 2014

Victor Steinbrueck Park by Pike Place Market is pretty nice, but do the Park Commissioners need to know anything about it? Tell them tonight.

For Thursday 

Board of Park Commissioners Meeting

Once a month, a volunteer body known as the Board of Park Commissioners meets to discuss issues related to Seattle's parks and decide what advice the mayor, city council, and other city officials need to hear in order to maintain the Emerald City's green spaces. 

At last month's meeting the commissioners investigated the Parks Department's plans for a performance measurement system, raising important questions such as: what data Parks should collect? How would they do it? And what does park "performance" even mean?

These questions and others led Parks to update its work plan, and the new version will be presented at Thursday's meeting. Be there to find out what this could mean for parks in your neighborhood and potentially contribute to the discussion of how best to improve and maintain Seattle's many parks.

Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, Thur, July 24, 6:30pm, Ken Bounds Board Room, 100 Dexter Ave North, free. 

For Friday

Seattle Public Libraries Seek Homework Help Volunteers

Think you could still handle the rigors of middle and high school curriculum? Prove it by helping kids with their homework at various public libraries around the city during the 2014-15 school year. 
SPL needs volunteers to fill weekly two-hour shifts (scheduling can be flexible, but a weekly commitment is ideal) giving assistance to youth in multiple subjects at different education levels.
Requirements include a well-rounded educational background, including a minimum of one year of college experience, and a strong command of the English language.
Apply by Friday. 
SPL Seeks Homework Help Volunteers, Fri, July 25, multiple locations, free.

For Saturday

MOHAI Presents Shalom! Open for Business: Tales of Jewish Merchants in Washington State

In partnership with the Washington Jewish Historical Society, MOHAI will be displaying the rich details of Jewish history in the Northwest beginning this Saturday.

Through Mid-January, MOHAI's Linda and Ted Johnson Family Community Gallery will feature photographs, anecdotes, videos, interactive displays, and original artwork from early Jewish immigrants to Seattle, many of whom made their way to the West Coast from Eastern Europe to escape religious and political persecution. From fish peddlers to butchers, bakers, and luggage makers, this exhibit offers a look at the lives and livelihoods of some of Seattle's earliest Jewish families.

MOHAI Presents Shalom!, Sat, July 26, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, $17 (Regular MOHAI Admission).
Advance Notice for July 28

Last Chance to Register to Vote

Not registered yet, but hoping to vote in this year's election? Time is running short. Online registration has already closed, and Monday at 4:30pm is the final deadline to participate in August's election. 
Multiple candidates and Proposition 1, the measure to create a metropolitan park district in Seattle, are on the ballot. Don't neglect your civic duty; register by Monday, study up, and cast an educated vote by August 5. 
Last Chance to Register to Vote, Mon, July 28, 4:30pm, King County Administration Building, 500 4th Avenue Rm 440, free.

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