Changes Coming To Lake City Library

In Early 2018 the Lake City Branch Will Close for Interior Remodel

The following is taken from The Seattle Public Library Foundation’s information regarding Lake City’s library remodel scheduled to begin in late February of 2018. The foundation anticipates that the Library will be closed for approximately five months during the work. LCFF will be working with the Library to keep you informed on how this will effect programs offered by the Library and how individuals and groups can help support this remodel through fund raising.

“In 2018, the Seattle Public Library plans a major renovation of its Lake City Branch, expanding the amount of public space to meet the needs of a dynamic neighborhood this is rapidly growing and changing. Lake City is one of the most heavily used libraries in the city with more than 220,000 patron visits last year. – There is high demand for use of the library’s computers and free WIFI as well as public meeting rooms. Mores students attend the Lake City’s after school Homework Help program often taking up most of the public seating. Continue reading “Changes Coming To Lake City Library”

LCFF in 2017

LCFF’s Year in Review – 2017

As we look forward to another strong year in 2018, we wanted to take a brief moment to reflect back on some of the accomplishments of 2017. Thank you to everyone who supported our work, volunteered your time, attended an event or took part in the Lake City Community.

  • Held 9 Community Conversations involving hundreds of people on important neighborhood issues
  • Worked with our partners to complete a neighborhood planning grant that engaged over 5oo community stakeholders through survey’s, focus groups and community meetings resulting in an inclusive action plan
  • Held 10 Live Music Concerts in our Lake City Mini Park

  • Painted 2 Store Fronts at no cost to the business owners
  • Worked with the Lake City Young Leaders to continue the mural projects that brought out hundreds of volunteers
  • Held 7 Community Clean Up efforts throughout the neighborhood
  • Promoted Small Businesses in Lake City through various events and programs
  • Completed the 4th year of “World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City” program with 450 “passports” circulated
  • Worked with Seattle Department of Transportation to get street murals, crosswalks and stop signs on 28th Ave. NE and to address our Lake City Way medians
  • Planted flowers along LCW with the Lion’s Club and Lake City Young Leaders
  • Worked to shadow two new development projects through the design review process
  • Supported the Lake City Young Leaders program with stipends for participation and leadership in Community events
  • Worked with businesses and service providers to hold the Lake City Pub Crawl, Trick or Treat Walk, Bike Everywhere Day, Park(ing) Day, Roll and Read literacy event, two World Dance Parties and Pumpkin Palooza
  • Conducted walking tours and discussions with Mayoral Candidates and at large City Council Candidates
  • Helped to form the District 5 Business Coalition to create cohesion and dialog across the district and successfully advocate for the expansion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program to the north end
  • Worked with the North Seattle Rotary to get an information     kiosk installed at the Jackson Park Tutoring Center
  • Held a fund raiser for our amazing Lake City Farmers Market and also maintained an outreach table throughout the market season
  • Brought live children’s theater and live chickens to educate youth, with our partners from the Hunger Intervention Program, to Albert Davis Park

Mariachi in Albert Davis Park

The Lake City Latino Community Brought Mariachi Music for All to Enjoy

LCFF was honored to play a small part in supporting Peggy Herandez and the Lake City Latino Community’s effort to bring live Mariachi music to Albert Davis Park on Saturday, December 16th. Over 100 neighbors came out on a beautiful Winter day to enjoy the music of  El Mariachi Monarcos . The event was supported by a grant from Seattle Parks and Recreation and warm beverages were provided by Molly with the Lake City Farmers Market and Annette from the Kaffeeklatsch. Nancy Pew from the library was there to hand out hand warmers for those that needed and Lake City’s own Monica Sweet once again provided amazing technical support for the group. Monica’s sound engineering continues to be top notch and always rising to the challenge of new instruments and configurations.

Congratulations to Peggy, the Lake City Young Leaders and Families Adelante for putting on a great show and treating us all to a very special event in Lake City.

 

Great Celebration and Great Community

LCFF Thanks All of You Who Joined Us and Helped Support a Great Year of Community Conversations

LCFF wrapped up our Community Conversations with a wonderful celebration including great food from Kaffeeklatsch and Manila Manila, the lovely piano work of John Garlington and the honoring of a few well deserving individuals. Several of our past Community Conversation participants were on hand to answer questions and engage with attendants.

In addition to a wrap up of the 2017 Community Conversation we also gave out awards to some of our stellar community members.

Sandy Motzer, LCNA chair, awarded Peggy Hernandez the “Chuck Dickey” Community Service award for all the amazing work Peggy has done in the Community.

LCFF awarded our “Small Business of the Year” award to Annie Stocker of Two Dog Yoga. LCFF also recognized the outstanding commitment and dedication of Molly Burke of the Lake City Farmer’s Market.

Please be on the look out for our Community Conversations in 2018 as we continue our dedication to informing, engaging and empowering the Lake City Community.

Guest Posting

KnowingReality

LCFF is proud to post this article by local youth, Alanna Ramirez,  as part of our hope to provide the personal stories and observations of those who call Lake City “home”.

Title: Knowing Reality – by Alanna ramirez

“For years the beauty industry has influenced many trends and beauty secrets; whether that’s to curl your hair with soda cans, or learning how to clear a blemish overnight. This industry has become a huge platform to showcase standards of beauty among many different races and cultures. Although this can be seen as a good way to inspire and educate young individuals, the beauty world has become a blindfold to cover up the true meaning of what beauty is. Especially towards women of color being affected by the racism and fake body image standards they are expected to obtain.

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