From tonight’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center: The dates are set for two big Delridge events later this year — Delridge Day is scheduled for June 5th at Delridge Community Center (11 am-3 pm), Gathering of Neighbors is set for November 6th. Planning meetings are under way, first Wednesday each month at Youngstown – they’re talking Delridge Day at 4:30, GON at 5:30. Also at tonight’s DNDC meeting – Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s strategic focus, a presentation about the upcoming U.S. Census, and more – ahead:
DNDA UPDATES: From executive director Derek Birnie – the organization is about to roll out a new strategic plan, focusing less on property development and more as a resource for neighborhood leadership and improvement. He also talked about the online resource delridge.blogspot.com, and had an update about the King County Food and Fitness Initiative that DNDA’s been involved with – three years of implementation funding. Also coming up – organic-gardening advocate Will Allen will be at FEEST next month and at a Youth Summit this summer, likely right before Delridge Day. (One more DD note – Neighborhood Service Coordinator Ron Angeles mentioned a plan for a walking tour that will loop to and from the festival site.)
2010 CENSUS PRESENTATION: Ken Pittman, who’s with the city, made a guest presentation. Shortest census ever, he promised – with the motto “10 questions, 10 minutes.” Most of it will be done through the mail, he said, but there will be places around the city to get a form, as well as places where it will be available in languages other than English and Spanish. He also noted the Census is hiring – part-time jobs, and you have to be at least 18 years old – 2010censusjobs.gov.
SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: We reported previously on a similar presentation that Chas Redmond made at the Southwest District Council two weeks ago — bottom line, SWS is working on a tool-lending library for all of West Seattle, and looking for support from its two district councils, to get a matching grant for some of what they need, including software to manage it. Patrick Dunn spoke to DNDC about the project, and council members agreed – as did SWDC – to grant the letter of support. (Find out more about the tool library at this page on the SWS site.)
Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meets the third Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.