Final…ly APRIL will be held in April as Capitol Hill-born small press festival closes book on seven years

The APRIL Festival and Book Expo is breaking with tradition.  For the first time — and the last time — the uniquely Capitol Hill literary festival will be confining its celebration to one day only — April 1st. The Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature festival, traditionally held in the later part of March to honor National Small Press Month, is coming to the end of its tale after a six-year journey of bringing eclectic reading events and diverse small press publishers ...

Raw and more than a little vulnerable, Seattle Fringe Festival returns to Capitol Hill

“I think the Seattle Fringe Festival is really taking on the role of mentoring and offering up opportunities for the artist to learn things,” Jeffrey Robert said. Robert, who performs as The Gay Uncle, will be part of the 2017 version of the rebooted festival featuring “more than 30 producers of Theatre, Dance, Improv, Burlesque, Musical, Opera, Drag Performance, Solo Performance, Experimental, Clown, and Performance Art” at Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater and the Seattle Center Armory...

43rd District leaders on health care, homelessness — and what it’s like working with Washington Republicans

What is it like working with Washington’s Republicans? “We tried everything we could have. Cajoling, complaining, amending, making procedural motions, protesting and acting out in various ways,” State Senator Jamie Pedersen said Saturday at a town hall meeting with the 43rd District’s leaders. Pedersen’s story of the state’s education “levy cliff” battle had a happy ending Saturday. Instead of, they lived happily ever ...

Parents concerned junior high challenge program could be lost

Two years ago the Northshore School District Middle School Grade Reconfiguration Task Force, a group consisting of parents, teachers and NSD administrative staff, came into existence to plan the transition of the NSD junior high model to a middle school model — moving grades six, seven and eight to middle school and grade nine to high school. They have been quietly doing so until the last month when concerned parents got wind that the Challenge Program might be on the chopping block. One of the benefits of the Challenge Program, said Angie Hinojos Yusuf of Save Our Challenge, is that any student with the drive and motivation can choose a Challenge course during course enrollment without having to test to gain access to the more rigorous curriculum. The district also has a Highly Capable program for students who qualify based on testing, and that program isn’t in danger of being ended with the grade reconfiguration. The Challenge Program was implemented four years ago as a self-select program for junior high students to choose specific accelerated courses at enrollment. There is no testing into Challenge courses. Students simply decide — with the guidance of their parents — to opt into a course that will challenge them beyond the normal curriculum...

Local schools deal with safety threats

For many parents, social media, specifically the NSD Discussion Group on Facebook, was the first source for them to hear about a safety issue incident that occurred at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore on Monday, Oct. 5. According to the Northshore School District, disturbing notes containing potential suicidal ideation and references to harming others had been distributed about the Inglemoor campus. The author of the notes had been quickly identified, taken into custody and the police notified — all according to protocol, Leanna Albrecht, NSD communications director, said. The Kenmore Police Department investigated the matter and determined that it was appropriate to defer action to the school, Chief Cliff Sether said in an email. The issue was the time that elapsed between the incident and notification to the parents by the school...

Burke-Gilman Trail draws breweries to Kenmore

The Burke-Gilman Trail is some 27 miles of cyclist delight.  Starting in Ballard, it runs all the way to Kenmore, according to the Seattle Parks Department – and the Sammamish Trail picks it up for biking to Woodinville and Redmond.  It’s a lovely ride to wine country, and a well-traveled one. The City of Kenmore recognized that the Burke-Gilman was a major arterial for commuter traffic, according to Nancy Ousley, assistant city manager.  Kenmore even conducted an observational study of the traffic...
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