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Touch-A-Truck 2012

Touch-A-Truck
DATE: June 3rd, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Magnuson Park -7400 Sandpoint Way NE, located off the 65th street entrance

OVERVIEW: The Junior League of Seattle presents Touch-A-Truck an event offering children a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the Greater Seattle community. Vehicles on display may include construction trucks, utility vehicles, emergency responders, tractor-trailers, buses, and monster trucks. Children of all ages are allowed to creatively explore the trucks of all sizes with guidance from the respective professionals who explain the equipment and discuss the work they accomplish with such machinery. The event also includes activities such as food vendors, games, crafts, and other local vendors.

ATTENDANCE: The community-at-large is invited to attend.

COST: Free, but donations to the Junior League of Seattle are encouraged. If you are interested in being a part of Touch-A-Truck or interested in being a sponsor, please contact Kate King at katepking@gmail.com .

Also, if any JLS member has one of the following we could borrow for the event, please e-mail Bridget Laneuville at bridget.laneuville@gmail.com .

1) a popcorn machine
2) a cotton candy maker
3) small folding card tables
4) pop-up tents/ tailgate tents

The JLS partners with Seattle Tilth

JLS members working at Seattle Tilth.

Done in a Day is a hard working committee that develops inspiring and motivating projects that enable the Junior League of Seattle membership to get directly involved with volunteer opportunities across the Puget Sound area. Seattle Tilth is an organization whose mission is to inspire and educate people to grow food organically, to conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Part of their curriculum involves educating children through providing a safe and fun place to learn how to tend a garden and take care of the environment through school groups, summer camps, and working together with their families. Due to the fact that the mission of Seattle Tilth and that of the Done in a Day (DIAD) committee are harmonious, the Junior League of Seattle has been pleased to partner with them to offer service shifts for our members in order to make a positive impact in our community.

A JLS service shift – gardening with Seattle Tilth.

During our first service shift with Seattle Tilth, Junior League of Seattle members visited their Good Shepherd Garden in Wallingford on a blustery fall afternoon. Members composted leaves, scattered mulch, harvested lavender, fortified worm habitats, and helped put the gardens “to bed for winter” at Seattle Tilth’s the adult learning center.  Members were invited to bring their children and were excited to be able to partake in a variety of activities. Since most attendees were true gardeners at heart, we were thrilled at the educational lecture on composting we received by an industry expert. As an added bonus, we were all invited to take home bouquets of fresh lavender!

Removing ivy from a 200ft fence with Seattle Tilth.

On the second service shift with Seattle Tilth, members chopped down English ivy, Himalayan blackberries, and English holly along a 200-foot long fence. It was important to get at the blackberries before the birds and animals ate them and spread them all around which would ultimately cause long term root damage to the surrounding vegetation on the wetlands. Cultivating the local wetlands is a project that the folks at Seattle Tilth are trying to grow for their various programs. The ivy, as we all know, can strangle a tree, and in some cases, left unattended over the years, cause its death.  It was a huge satisfaction to all when we could look down 200 feet of bare fence at the end of the day and understand our full accomplishment!  A few more of our members were given the opportunity to plant lettuce seedlings in one of the many greenhouses on site.

The remaining two service shifts for the year are pending, but one this is for sure, Seattle Tilth is an excellent partner, one that we have had a lot of fun working together with, and certainly one that we would like to see many more exciting projects with over the coming years.

Gardening for Seattle Tilth.

YWCA Easter Baskets

On the evening of April 2nd, a group of Junior League ladies showed up at Allie Okner’s house in Wallingford to create 50 spring baskets for kids living in shelters around the Seattle area. The YWCA, whose homeless shelters are a safe haven to families coming off the street or fleeing domestic violence, sponsored this event and delivered the baskets to the happy kids later that week. We know that these baskets (which were actually beach buckets that they can re-use) put smiles on many kids’ faces as they opened them up to find coloring books and pens, Rubik’s cubes, books, and candy!

After arriving at the shift, the ladies got straight to work, unpacking mountains of goodies, dividing them up into proper age groups, packing up the baskets, and wrapping them all up with ribbon. It was a casual and fun shift and gave the ladies time to chat with other JLS members, have a glass of wine, enjoy some sushi and, of course, do something positive for the Seattle community!

Here’s a note from the volunteer coordinator at the YWCA:

Dear Wonderful Donors,

Hop Hop Hop went the Easter Bunny all through the shelters, delivering over 550 baskets! You helped put smiles on kids’ faces here and there, no need to find anyone, as the kids came from all over to pick up their special Spring Basket!

The happiness you helped make happen not only makes a difference to the kids, the families, the case managers and staff, but also from all the volunteers and I that saw your generosity first hand, it was truly amazing and I thank you for it!

I hope your holidays were all as wonderful as you made theirs, and I wish you the best spring ever! Thank you all for your help and ongoing support; I have the best donors in the world!

Thanks! Nichelle Hilton YWCA

Thank you to all of our volunteers who participated!

YWCA Easter Baskets assembled by the JLS.

TEACH AND BE TAUGHT

Written by Alice G. Foreman, NW Art Committee Member:

Some might wonder at the title of this blog entry. For those currently serving on the Junior League of Seattle’s NW Art Committee, or JLS members who have served on the Committee and been privileged to go into one of the Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the meaning will be very clear. It won’t even be an “aha” moment; they will just smile and agree.

I want to provide a little explanation for those readers who have not enjoyed the experience of in-room teaching, being a docent, or being a member of the NW Art Committee (something I hope all Seattle Leaguer’s do at some point during their JLS career), but enough Committee endorsement, just read on and you will understand.

Before you can teach you must be taught. You must learn about art and our artists.  Being a member of the NW Art committee, you will learn under the watchful eyes of the Committee Chair, Vice Chairs and Committee Advisors. The keys and overarching links in the learning process of the NW Art Committee are two-fold:

  • Halinka Wodzicki, JLS’s art educator and the Museum Education Manager of the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery. The Henry is a fine repository of Northwest Art, a jewel of a show place for fine art as well as place to educate the public about art.
  • Committee continuity and knowledge sharing.

First of all, let us start with Halinka, a teaching star. She is knowledgeable and approachable.  She is the person who will give you the tools, knowledge and understanding of art you will need to be a successful docent yourself. Her lesson plans and insight tell you exactly how to use these tools and share them with students and teachers alike. So, if you choose to go into the schools to teach/docent, you will be taught.

Secondly, NW Art committee continuity and the sharing of knowledge and experiences is ever-present and an immeasurable factor in the success of bringing art into the schools.

When you get into the classroom, there are moments and experiences where your students teach you. They find a color you had not seen in an art piece. They see and share information about the placement of lines and shapes. You will find their excitement contagious. They will let you know what they see, and they are eager to try on your explanations and compare their thinking with yours.

The ultimate success is the knowledge that you have shared information that will help expand students’ horizons in all areas of their learning. It was always a great thrill for my docent partner, Minda Brusse, and I to receive a fine report card as well as appreciation from our school’s principal for the lessons we shared.

What did the students I taught and the experience of being a docent teach me? That a student’s eyes and minds are open to the creative wonder of art and its importance in our world, and that the experience of letting them interact with art and seeing their imaginations at work is a joy.

The Styles to Shine Closet – TWCA Girls First Program

One of the initiatives by the Junior League (DIAD) Committee is working on this month is the launch of The Styles To Shine Closet, part of the YWCA Girls First Program, which is geared towards girls aged 14-16. This program gives them job skills and helps them prepare for the job force by helping them with internships and after school jobs.

The Junior League of Seattle is helping them build the boutique with paint and mirrors and clothing racks, but we also need the items to fill the boutique! This is where you can get involved.

We are collecting work appropriate outfits and/or professional accessories for the Styles to Shine Closet.  Please see the list below of the items that are needed! Our goal is to have enough clothes for the girls have a true “Shopping” experience when the Boutique opens in May! So clean out your closets, go shopping, and encourage your co-workers to donate to this great local initiative to prepare young girls for the work force! I thought you might use this opportunity to do some spring cleaning and donate to a wonderful cause. Remember your first job interview? Most likely you had someone from your home to take you shopping for a new outfit or even help you select from your wardrobe and teach you how to dress appropriately. Perhaps your friend loaned you a leather portfolio or bag so your resume copies didn’t get wrinkled. These girls might not have that support at home, but their they’re getting it through Styles to Shine. Your donations will make it possible.

I will collect the items at home & work, or make arrangements to pick them up from you. We are also doing a couple of drop off locations. If you are interested in donating, email me and I’ll send you the drop-off information. We will even take care of the dry cleaning so you don’t have to do that! The collection dates are throughout the month of April. Thank you so much for your consideration- this is one of those times where your donation will make a big impact on a young woman’s life.

(JLS members can get shift credit- see DC for more details)!

Clothing Donation Suggestions:

  • Youthful, work-appropriate clothing and accessories in ALL sizes (including petite + plus size):
  • Button-down shirts Tops/blouses
  • Cardigans
  • Skirts
  • Blazers
  • cardigans
  • Pants
  • Trousers
  • Shoes (sizes 5.5-12)
  • Accessories:
  • Portfolios Shoulder/handbags
  • Jewelry
  • Pantyhose

Thank you so much for thinking of us and these young women.

We are taking collections at the office through April 30th. Bins and Racks will be set up in the next few days. The contacts for this project are Kim Aber, DIAD Member, kimberlyaber@gmail.com, KJ Johnson, DIAD member, kellyannaj@gmail.com , and Farrah Zemke, farrahmotley@hotmail.com

Donors who want credit should inform us of their donations by signing up for the shifts posted below.  If they decide to drop off their donations at the JLS office instead of during a shift, they still need to sign up on one of the shifts but inform us that their donation is at the JLS office and properly bagged/labeled so we know who to assign credit to once their donation is approved.

Sat Apr 14th 2012 10:00am-2:00pm DIAD: YWCA: Styles to Shine Clothing Drive (Donor Drop off)
Tue Apr 17th 2012 5:30am-6:30pm DIAD: YWCA: Styles to Shine Clothing Drive (Donor Drop off)
Wed Apr 25th 2012 6:00pm-8:00pm DIAD: YWCA: Styles to Shine Clothing Drive (Donor Drop off)

Impact Day 2012 – Wellspring Baby Boutique Service Shift Recap

JLS volunteers at the Wellspring Baby Boutique on Impact Day 2012.

Bright and early on Impact Day, March 24, 2012, fourteen Junior League of Seattle ladies arrived at the Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique on Rainier Avenue for a tour of Wellspring and to help sort clothes in their Baby Boutique. The Baby Boutique is a “free store” for homeless families with children. It supports families that are in the cycle of homelessness by providing them with clothing, diapers, infant formula, baby equipment, toys, books and many other essential items.

In 2010 alone, the Baby Boutique served nearly 3,500 homeless children in the greater King County area.

Initially, the shift was supposed to entail sorting through donations, but the efficiency of a Junior League woman should never be underestimated! We soon moved onto stocking the store and helping some of the kids pick out clothes, books and toys.

The highlight of the day was when a little boy picked out some shoes that we had just stocked and looked at us excitedly saying, “this is the best find all year!  Three words for you girls – totally rad!”

OK, it was two words, but it was still the cutest and most rewarding thing we heard all day!

Sorting clothes at the Wellspring Baby Boutique.

Thank you to all the fun, energetic Provisionals and Actives who participated:

Laura Antonenko
Camille Carette
Tracy Smith
Shanna Woo Ganem
Anna Delton
Mary Ellen Jilke
Melissa White
Danielle Castino
Desiree Trister
Fiona Watson
Noelle Nelson
Staci Baldwin
Kellyanna Johnson

The Junior League of Seattle thanks Wellspring Family Services for the privilege of allowing us to work with you this year. Wellspring was established in 1892, and is celebrating 120 of service to our community. If you would like to learn more about Wellspring Family Services, please click on their name to follow a link to their website.

Junior League of Seattle volunteers at the Wellspring Baby Boutique on Impact Day 2012.

Rebuilding Together

The Junior League of Seattle is proud to be part of National Rebuilding Day, where volunteers from around the nation will come together to rehabilitate the homes of more than 2,000 low-income homeowners. In the Seattle area alone, there will be approximately 30 projects! As a volunteer on National Rebuilding Together Day, your efforts will have a national impact by providing a safer, healthier, and happier environment for these homeowners. (If you’d like to learn more about National Rebuilding day and/or Rebuilding Together Seattle – check out their website at www.rtseattle.org.)

Saturday, April 28th

7:30am – 4:30pm
6812 South 124th Street
Seattle, WA 98178
**Look for balloons as well as a Rebuilding Together sign out front.**

The homeowners you will be having a direct impact on are Tamera and Lou LeCroy. They are a couple living in the Skyway neighborhood of South Seattle. Some of the work for Tamera and Lou that we will be helping out with include: exterior painting, light carpentry work (with help from experts), and lots of yard work.

We have two separate shifts available for 1 service shift credit each:

AM Shift – 7:30am – 12:00pm
PM Shift – 12:00pm – 4:30pm

All volunteers are welcome to come and work for the full day. If you intend to stay for the full day, please make sure that you RSVP for both service shifts via the website so that you will get 2 credits for staying the entire time. If you are bringing friends and family to help work for the day, please send an e-mail to Anna Ferris at annaf2@gmail.com letting her know you’ll be bringing extra helpers!

In preparation for the event next week we want to provide you all with helpful details that will make the day run smoothly. Please visit our Rebuilding Together event website for the location, directions, appropriate dress attire, waivers to sign and bring with you to the event, yard work tool requests, and misc. info.

Henry Art Gallery Lecture

Written by Anbrit Long, NW Art Chair:

The Junior League of Seattle and Henry Art Gallery partnered in March to offer an exciting lecture and training session that focused on the rich history of Northwest Art and artists.  The evening featured presentations by Northwest Art expert and gallery owner John Braseth, and Henry Art Gallery and Junior League docent Tricia Tiano.

Shelly Lambert, John Braseth and Ashley Baerwaldt-President Elect

Event attendees were invited into the Henry Art Gallery’s Reed Gallery Collections Study Center to view 25 works by Northwest artists that John Braseth had pulled for discussion including Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Paul Horiuchi, and others from the Henry’s Collection.  John provided a wealth of knowledge, analysis and anecdotes to the audience on the Pacific Northwest-based artists.  Junior League members were able to compare and contrast the works, complementing the Junior League of Seattle’s collection.  All attendees were able to look at works from the Gallery’s collection up close, and many of the works were “loose” (unframed and/or unmatted) which added to this unique and exciting experience.

Tricia Tiano, the longest running active docent at both the Henry Art Gallery and Junior League of Seattle, led attendees through an inquiry-based docented discussion of the Flashback exhibit in the Henry’s north galleries, comparing works in the Henry’s collection to work in the Junior League’s collection.  Flashback looked at the visual art of 1960’s and 1970’s with a selection of paintings by Northwest artists and work by University of Washington faculty who were breaking with tradition. Tiano discussed University of Washington faculty painters Spencer Moseley and Alden Mason, who were creating Op Art with large colorful canvases, in contrast to the works and palette of other Northwest painters such as Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, and William Cumming.

Silvia Wolfe, Executive Director of the Henry Art Gallery, gave opening remarks and noted the importance of fostering dialogue about the rich history of art in the Northwest.  The Henry has a long-standing tradition of collaborating with the public, community groups, and other art institutions.  She also thanked Halinka Wodzicki, award-winning educator, for her excellent work in art education for both the Henry Art Gallery and the Junior League of Seattle.

This evening was a unique opportunity for the JLS to share in the academic riches of one of the nation’s most innovative and esteemed university art galleries.  Over half of the 100 attendees hailed from outside the Junior League of Seattle, making the evening a true partnership.

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The Henry Art Gallery is committed to taking risks, and fostering dialogue and debate.   The exhibits and programs are designed to stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, as well as provide a creative wellspring for artists, students, and educators. To learn more about the Henry Art Gallery and their public offerings, please click here.

The Junior League of Seattle Northwest Art Project develops critical thinking through art. For 51 years, the program has been bringing original works of art by Northwest artists to local classrooms—reaching over 11,000 children and 400 educators last year alone with its inquiry-based critical thinking methods. During its early years, the program was hosted and administered in conjunction with the Henry Art Gallery.  To learn more about the NW Art program, please click here.  To inquire about the NW Art program visiting your school, please write: nwart@jrleagueseattle.org

John Braseth is owner and of Woodside/ Braseth Gallery, the oldest and one of the most respected galleries in the Pacific Northwest.  Since 1961, the Woodside/ Braseth Gallery has been instrumental in fostering an appreciation of Northwest Art by lending and donating works locally and abroad, as well as encouraging our collectors and patron to loan their treasures of Northwest art to local, national, and international exhibits and major museums.  Open to the public, the Gallery regularly mounts exhibitions of work by major figures in Northwest art, drawn from their rich and extensive holdings of art works.  To learn more about the Woodside/ Braseth Gallery, click here.

Tricia Tiano
John Braseth in the Reed Collection.
Attendees listen to gallery talk.

Save the Date – Rebuilding Together – April 28th

Please join Rebuilding Together and fellow JLS members:

Saturday, April 28
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Rebuild the home of a couple living in the Skyway neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. We will be doing a variety of different tasks including painting, sanding, gardening, fixing drywall, hanging light fixtures, etc. The more volunteers the better! Feel free to bring a friend, family member, significant other, or co-worker to assist with the work and give them a sneak-peek into your life as a Junior Leaguer. For those of you, who are still looking to meet your service shift requirement, this event qualifies for two service credits. Breakfast and lunch will also be served.

Done in a Day Events – Impact Day

Please join us for three great Done In A Day Events:

  • Impact Day 2012
  • Impact Day After Party
  • New Shift Opportunities
IMPACT DAY 2012

The DIAD Committee, Community Wing & the Impact Day Provisional Project are excited to present Impact Day March 24th, 2012.

Currently, we have various community service opportunities that require more than 175 volunteers for March 23rd & March 24th. We hope that you can find the time to get out and support our Non Profit Partners for the Junior League of Seattle’s BIG Day of Service! Our goal is to make a HUGE IMPACT! There will be more shifts to come! We need your support and on some of the shifts we would appreciate the support of your family & friends!

IMPACT DAY: Spring Cleaning at YouthCare’s Orion Center
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm Orion Center

IMPACT DAY: Preparation Shift for Rebuild Together
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

IMPACT DAY: Magnuson Park Clean Up
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: IMPACT Day New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: Seattle Against Slavery Poster Campaign
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

 

IMPACT DAY AFTER PARTY

Our boots will be dirty and our muscles will be sore, but that just means we need a party even more!
Let’s celebrate a successful Impact Day and spend some time enjoying each others’ company after a great day of serving the community! We have reserved space at FX McRory’s, ordered some appetizers and set up drink specials for you and your guests. Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2pm-6pm. Surely, we will all be tired from our hard work, but who is ever too tired for a drink with friends?

Who: Members and Friends of the Junior League of Seattle (even if you weren’t able to volunteer on Impact Day)
What: Celebration of Impact Day and everything we do!
Where: FX McRory’s 419 Occidental Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104 (Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)
When: Saturday, March 24th 2-6pm
RSVP Here: IMPACT DAY AFTER PARTY

 

DONE IN A DAY SHIFT OPPORTUNITIES

DIAD partners with local organizations whose missions align with ours, supporting projects and programs that combat childhood obesity, anti-violence against women & human trafficking, and organizations that support foster care & disenfranchised youth. We plan projects and initiatives for JLS members to participate in to make an immediate impact on our community’s needs and inspire voluntarism. We post the shifts to the JLS website as soon as they are available, so please don’t forget to log in and check for availability and to sign up. Check back for availability if any of the shifts are full at this time! Please cancel at least 3 days in advance if you are unable to attend so another member has the opportunity to sign up.


DIAD: Create Easter Baskets for the YWCA
Mon Apr 2nd 2012, 6:30pm-8:30pm