**NEW** Lake City Library reopens January 2
The improved Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., will reopen at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, after being closed for renovations to make the library a more enjoyable space to read, study and collaborate.
Community celebration 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
Please join us to celebrate the dynamic new space!
Please talk with a staff member if you picked up your holds at another branch during the closure and need help to restore your holds pickup location to the Lake City Branch.
Speak with a staff member at any Library location, call the Library’s Quick Information Center at 206-386-4636 or Ask Us.
**NEW** Free admission to the Volunteer Park Conservatory Dec. 24 though Feb. 28
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and The Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) are pleased to announce that the Volunteer Park Conservatory will waive all admission fees Dec. 24, 2018 though the end of February, 2019.
Free admission to the Conservatory during this time period is made possible by a generous donation from the Bennett-Shear family – a gift from the children to celebrate their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Son Emmett Shear said, “We grew up walking to the Conservatory during my whole childhood, and I know my parents want everyone to be able to enjoy this beauty and peace. In their honor, I’m excited to be able to invite people to come for free to the Conservatory again.” (The Conservatory had been a free experience until 2013)
SPR and FOC encourage everyone, especially those who have never visited before, as well as school groups planning field trips, to take advantage of this opportunity to discover the Conservatory at no cost.
The Conservatory’s Poinsettia and Holiday Train Display will be up and running through January 1, 2019, and the FOC offers free docent tours by appointment Tuesdays through Sundays (except the first Saturday of the month). To schedule a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conservatory’s regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays except for the upcoming holidays). The Conservatory will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Regular admission will be reinstated on March 1, 2019. Adults $4; Youth $2; Kids under age 12 are always free.
Many thanks to the Bennett-Shear Family for making the Conservatory accessible to all during this holiday season.
Questions? Please contact Khue Tran, FOC Executive Administrator, at Khue.Tran@volunteerparkconservatory.org.
**NEW** Final Free Week at the Burke Museum
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Sunday, December 30, 2018
10 AM – 5 PM daily
Celebrate the final days of the current Burke Museum before we close our doors on December 30, 2018 to move collections and prepare exhibits for the New Burke Museum (opening fall 2019). Enjoy free admission and gallery activities for all ages.
- 11 am – 1 pm Dec 26-29 (no Dec 30): Meet paleontologists and get a closer look at fossils being prepared in the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress paleontology labs
- 11:30 am daily*: Storytelling of How Mouse Moved the Mountain. Dec 29 & 30 only: activities led by special guest artist/storyteller, Ty Juvinel (Tulalip)
- 2 pm daily: “Tiny Talks” with Burke staff and volunteers about their latest research and recent (re)discoveries of stories revealed in the process of moving into the New Burke
Ongoing activities (10 am – 5 pm daily):
- Take part in culture, fossil and biology-themed crafts and hands-on activities for all ages
- Enjoy the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress exhibit along with the Burke’s long-term Life and Times of Washington State and Pacific Voices exhibits
- Add your own artistic contribution to a large-scale geologic timeline drawing created by artist Jed Dunkerley in the Burke Room
- Mark the occasion in the Burke Boiserie Photobooth and share your favorite memories in a special yearbook
*Additional storytelling times may be added daily as staffing allows
**NEW** Watch a movie over winter break with SPL
Discover movies and TV shows to borrow, download or stream with your library card!
Use your Library card to stream or download free feature films, documentaries or popular TV series to your computer or mobile device. Our collection also includes thousands of DVDs that you can check out for two weeks and watch at home.
Find more information here.
**NEW** Board Game and Puzzle Swap at Ballard Library
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107
Clean out your game closet, get something new to play or put together this Winter, and mingle with other gamers in the neighborhood!
What to bring:
Kid, family, or adult board games, card games, or puzzles that you no longer want and a snack to share (optional). Games and puzzles should be in good shape, and all pieces should be included. You can exchange up to five games / puzzles. Feel free to bring extra, however. Anything not claimed in the exchange will live at the new Ballard Tool Library and be available for check out!
How does it work?
6:30 – 6:45: Arrive with your games and puzzles and check in. You’ll receive a token for each game or puzzle you bring (up to five). Take a look at what’s available, get to know other neighborhood gamers, and enjoy snacks.
6: 45 – 7: 30: Beginning at 6:45, we’ll randomly pull tokens. If you have a token that matches, select a game from what’s available. All games and puzzles not chosen will be donated to the new Ballard Tool Library and available for check out.
**NEW** Free Admission to National Parks
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2019:
- January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 20: First day of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 28: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
See this link for more info: bit.ly/-freedays
Seattle Public Library winter break events
The Seattle Public Library will offer free programs ranging from holiday Photoshop classes to board game bonanzas, movies, crafts, chess and more! See below for the schedule of events from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 6.
TEENS (ages 12-18 or as noted)
Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club – Interested in D & D? Play and learn with other teens at the Ballard Branch. This group is organized and led by Ballard teens. Snacks will be provided. First time attendees, please come at noon for character creation.
Teen Space – Hang out with your friends and other teens your age! Play board and video games, hang out, listen to music, use a computer and eat snacks until the food runs out.
Peter Manos – Local author Manos will discuss “A Girl Named Cricket,” about a teenage alien who is tricked into leaving her dying planet and forced to enroll in high school in California.
ALL AGES (or as noted)
Kids Café Afterschool Meals – Kids and teens eat for free! This program is co-sponsored by Food Lifeline, City of Seattle Human Services and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. For ages 1-18. No meals when the Library is closed on Dec. 24 and 25, or Jan. 1.
Game On! – Come to the Library for board games and open play on the Xbox 360 and Wii. Drop in for fun activities, dance to the Kinect, or drive yourself crazy on Mario Kart. For kids and teens.
Day of Reading and Fun – Join us for reading, coloring, and bookmark making.
Hot chocolate and tea provided, plus book giveaways! Feel free to bring cozy blankets and pillows. For all ages.
Play Chess – Drop by to learn and play chess! For all ages.
Reading Oasis – Drop in anytime for a low-key afternoon of reading while we transform the Library meeting room into a cozy escape full of tents and pillows. You’ll trade book recommendations with librarians, sip warm drinks, and go home with Library goodies and plenty to read for the rest of the break. For kids and teens.
Scarecrow Video Silver Screeners presents ‘The Women’s Balcony’ – A 2016 Israeli comedy-drama about a group of devoutly orthodox Jewish women attempting to unite their neighborhood and preserve their traditions when a charismatic rabbi enters their lives. Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon, and stars Evelin Hagoel, Yigal Naor and Orna Banai. Shown in Hebrew with English subtitles. For teens and adults.
Bow Wows And Books – Come read aloud to certified therapy dogs from Project Canine (younger and older siblings are welcome too). The Library will have books available, and you are welcome to bring your own books as well. For ages 5 to 13.
The Library supports children and youth by giving them opportunities to excel and learn through our educational resources, classes and staff assistance. We help level the playing field for underserved populations by forming strong partnerships to offer aid with student success.
For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: email@example.com.
**NEW** Second Annual Horrible Art Gala
Friday January 25, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm
Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125)
The Premiere Pop-Up Art Gallery showcasing art that acts as a commentary on specific themes. Horrible Art Gala gives artists that have not been prominently featured in “high-art” galleries an output and an audience in one flourishing festive night. We do not consider our artist’s showcase “low-art,” but encourage our attendees to discuss, and mock the concept. Because what’s the real difference? That’s right…Nothing.
This year we will be operating as a fundraiser, teaming up with City of Seattle; all donations will be split, 50% going toward Education Scholarships and 50% going towards Crab Claw Creative Media Funds (This goes towards the production of films, the purchasing of gear, etc).
**NEW** Nathan Hale Raiders Holiday Hoop Camp
December 26-29, 2018 and January 2-5, 2019
9:00am to 3:30pm (lunch not provided)
Registration fee $199 (in advance) or $230 (at the door)
Nathan Hale HS (10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125)
Register by sending a check or money order payable to Nathan Hale Mens Basketball. For more information, contact coach Dom Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adolesco Youth European Exchange Program
Is your student ready to spread their wings to France, Germany, Italy, or Spain? Consider a unique, two-way exchange program that gives them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.
Adolesco Youth Exchange will match you with a student in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 and 12 weeks) your student wants to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of a flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.
Please join come to an INFO MEETING on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102). RSVPmarie@adolesco.org, and see www.Adolesco.org for more info. The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. Learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living in a new culture and gain a great friend… for life!
Info sign-up at www.adolesco.org/contact
Info Meetings listed at https://www.facebook.com/Adolesco.org/events
Visit a Museum through Museums for All
Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 300 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their EBT card. Several local museums participate, including the Museum of Pop Culture and the Museum of History and Industry. Search here to find participating museums near you!
Watts Basketball Holiday Hoops
This winter break, join Seattle SuperSonics legend Slick Watts and UW standout Donald Watts for the Watts Holiday Hoops Camps at Villa Academy! These three-day-long, half-day camps are the perfect way to get your young player’s skills sharp for the upcoming season. Camps run December 26–28 and January 2–4 from 1pm–4pm daily.
Scholarships are available to those in need.
Come see why Watts is world renowned for our approach to training athletes to be game changers for life. Our programs have produced hundreds of high school players and dozens of NCAA scholarship athletes. Most importantly, our camps are fun!
Sign up today! Registration closes on December 23!
Questions? Contact our program coordinator Colin Davenport at
North Seattle Lacrosse for Boys Grades 3-8
Registration is now open for the North Seattle Lacrosse 2019 spring season. Space is currently available for players in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. Prior lacrosse experience is not required. Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of lacrosse, team play, and sportsmanship. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.northseattlelacrosse.org/
Calling all Northeast Seattle girls interested in Girls’ Lacrosse Grades 2-8
New and returning players welcome. No prior experience necessary!
Registration for spring 2019, starting November 15. Registration closes February 2nd.
Details and registration at: doublecrosse.com