August 2013

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SummerStreetsAugust Summer Streets Events Right Around the Corner

Celebrating its sixth year, Summer Streets has quickly become a tradition as a special part of summers in Seattle. Local merchants and artists work together months in advance to make each event even better each year.  Neighbors, families and friends mark their calendars so they don't miss it.    


On Friday, August 9, Summer Streets is partnering with the Phinney Neighborhood Association in hosting a street party along with an artwalk. Enjoy boundless amounts of music, food and art and discover how a street can be transformed!


In the Rainier Valley, Saturday, August 17 is the day for a "Picnic in the Street" along Rainier. Summer Streets is partnering with the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, the 21st Annual Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and the Columbia City Business Association for this celebration. 


treesAct Fast for Free Trees For Your Yard And Neighborhood

Act now - trees are going fast!
Seattle's annual 
Trees for Neighborhoods program is accepting applications. You can request up to FOUR trees for your yard. Along with your trees you will get training, watering bags and ongoing care reminders. It's never been easier to help "green up" your neighborhood! 


Tree pick-up and training workshops will be scheduled for October and November, the best time to plant trees in the Northwest. Already have some young trees at home? Make sure you're watering them now, it's been a dry summer!


FB Fresh Bucks Supports Healthy Eating and Local Farmers

Fresh Bucks, a program managed by the Office of Sustainability & Environment in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, The Seattle Foundation, and seventeen farmers markets and farm stands around Seattle, is off to a great start. More than 500 people participated in the program in its first week of operation. 


Fresh Bucks doubles the value of produce purchases made with SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at all Seattle Farmers Markets. EBT users receive $10 in Fresh Bucks per day for the purchase of fruits and vegetables when they purchase a minimum of $10 with their EBT card. This program is the very definition of a win-win: low income residents increase their intake of healthy food and local farmers at neighborhood farmers markets get more customers!


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