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Seattle Parks seeks summer interns

Seattle Parks seeks summer interns
Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) invite youth ages 14-18 to apply for work as interns in the Recreation Technology or "RecTech" program in the summer of 2010.
These internships provide young people with important skills in today's tech-savvy world. The program will bring them up to date on various tech skills and help make them more employable.
There are openings for interns in these technology areas in:
Digital Darkroom and Photojournalism at Delridge Community Center. This internship will provide an overview of the digital imaging process and will cover the basics of photojournalism.
Video Production at Garfield Community Center. In this session, the interns will spend the summer behind a camera and holding a microphone. It will include workshops in video production, theater, and creative writing.
Web Design at South Park Community Center. Interns in this program will learn web design, graphic design, HTML, and interactive animations.
All internships run from July 12 through August 26, Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Applicants should be sure:
They are enrolled in high school during the 2010-11 school year, or graduated in 2010.
They have some skills in computer and Internet basics and common software applications, or a desire to learn them.
They have good interpersonal skills, including the desire to work with others.

For more information on ARC, please see For more information on the RecTech program, please see For information on how to apply, please send or drop off completed applications to Carl Dwyer, Associated Recreation Council, 860 Terry Ave. N, Suite 101 (the Armory at Lake Union Park), Seattle, WA 98109. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 28.

Annex Theatre seeking projects for 2011
Annex Theatre is currently accepting proposals for productions in the theater's 2011 season. A Request For Proposals (RFP) can be found on Annex's website,; anyone interested in submitting a project for consideration is encouraged to read the RFP.
Annex will be producing four Mainstage projects and three Late-Night projects. Details about what the theater is looking for, how to submit a proposal, and how to ask any further questions you may have can be found in the RFP.
The deadline for submissions is May 3, 2010.

Children's book authors come to Seattle
Matthew Reinhart will visit View Ridge Elementary School on Friday, April 23. He will talk with students in third and fourth grade in the lunchroom from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Chare Hodgson Meeker will visit B.F. Day Elementary School on Thursday, April 29 and will meet with third and fourth graders from 10 a.m. to noon. Both authors will read from their work and take questions from the students.
Matthew Reinhart, co-author of the newly released "Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes," a hand-crafted pop-up book that details a range of world mythologies, has authored 15 pop-up books, three of which - "Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy (2007), "Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures" (2008), and "Brava, Strega Nona!" (2008)- topped the New York Times Children's Books Best Sellers list. Reinhart has partnered with acclaimed children's book authors Tomi DePaola, Robert Sabuda, Maurice Sendak and studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He lives and works in New York City.
Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning author of eight children's books and 20-plus magazine stories. Her books include "Manorah The Bird Princess" (2007), "Hansa, The True Story of an Asian Elephant Baby" (2002) and "I Could Not Keep Silent: The Life of Rachel Carson" (2001). Her award-winning books include "Lootas Little Wave Easter," selected as a 1999 Notable Book for Children by Smithsonian Magazine and "Who Wakes Rooster," which was a 1997 Bank Street Book of the Year at Bank Street College. Ms. Meeker teaches at the Richard Hugo House and has been a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools. The event is part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools program.

Nominations needed for wildlife sites
With the community's help, Seattle Parks Department will identify and protect critical urban wildlife habitat for some of the state's most vulnerable species.
In 2009, the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners approved the Wildlife Sanctuary Policy, which articulates Seattle Parks' commitment to sustain habitats for a wide variety of wildlife, and outlines steps Parks will take to create and manage wildlife sanctuaries for these species:
Local populations of federally endangered or threatened species
State Priority Species or Species of Concern
Locally important species with declining populations
The Parks Department is now inviting nominations for wildlife sanctuary locations from the community. Any individual or community group can submit a nomination for a park site, between now and June 15, of a location they think should become a sanctuary.
The nomination form is available now. Assessment of wildlife sanctuary applications will be completed by June 30, and the Parks Superintendent will have final approval of all nominated sanctuaries. You can find nomination forms, instructions and references online at Nomination packets will also be available at Seattle Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 100 Dexter Ave. N.
The department's goal is to promote the value of healthy and diverse urban wildlife populations by working with the community to combine planning efforts, maintenance practices, educational opportunities, and volunteer stewardship to support wildlife. For help and more information, please call Barbara DeCaro, Natural Resources Management Unit, at 206-615-1660 or email her at

WSDOT seeks design-builders for state Route 520
Design-build teams interested in building transit and safety improvements for a key stretch of state Route 520 on the east side of Lake Washington are being asked to submit statements of qualification by May 20.
The state Route 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project contract price is approximately $325 million to $425 million and will include highway and environmental improvements from Medina to Bellevue. In March, Gov. Gregoire and the Washington State Legislature gave the go-ahead for the project by allowing toll revenue collected on the floating bridge to be spent within the state Route 520 corridor.
"We want to take advantage of the favorable bidding environment and are moving swiftly to begin building improvements on the Eastside," program director Julie Meredith said. "We plan to have a design-builder onboard by the end of the year and break ground in 2011."
Design-build teams are invited to attend a voluntary meeting next week.
When: 2- 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 21
Where: Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave.
A public safety forum will be co-sponsored by the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce, Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, and the Uptown Alliance at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 21 in the Rainier Room in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms complex.
Hear about the staffing that is now available for patrols in South Lake Union and Uptown/Queen Anne. Learn how you and your neighbors can participate in the Block Watch Program to discourage criminal activity where we live and shop. Daniel Sims of Seattle Public Utilities will brief neighbors on when and how to report graffiti and how it can be removed promptly.
Hear presentations and interact with a panel which will include City Councilmember Tim Burgess who will explain how the City Council is supporting crime prevention, safety of the public, and improved civility on our streets. The Seattle Channel, cable channel 21, will carry a delayed telecast of the Public Safety Forum.
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