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Tony Fragada speaks to current White Center Chamber President Aileen Sison at last year's Gathering of Neighbors. This years event is set for May 4, starting at 9am.

UPDATE 2: Gathering of Neighbors will connect friends and community on May 4

Update for May 3
The final lineup for events, speakers, and participants has been made available and the list is comprehensive. The list of community organizations and information tables at the event are at the bottom of this story.

The annual community event meant to bring together community members , local organizations, and area resources, the Gathering of Neighbors will be held on May 4 starting at 9am at Chief Sealth International High School.

A key group of neighbors, community organizers, public officials, and youth student leaders from various aspects of life in West Seattle and White Center will be part of the event.

VIEWS (Visualize Increased Engagement West Seattle), Southwest Youth & Family Services, the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, and the Southwest District Council will present the event.


Other partners include the City of Seattle, and the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Rainwise Program who will offer Delridge residents the opportunity to learn how water barrels and rain gardens can help improve the environment. SPU and their contractors will be available to demonstrate and answer all your questions.

This year’s event will feature several planetary sessions organizers hope will encourage residents, schools, agencies, and community leaders to create new partnerships to meet the changing and challenging needs in the community.

Event Schedule:

·   9:00am - Social/Refreshments
·   9:30 am - Welcoming Ceremonies
·   10:00am - Honoring our Diverse Northwest Culture
·   10:20am - Sessions
*  Should We Elect Our Seattle City Council by Districts?
*  Rain Gardens and Other Creative Way to Improve and Make Your Neighborhood Beautiful
*  Working Together to Build Stronger Communities
*  Connecting Resources to Needs When a Major Disaster Hits - Emergency Communication Hubs
*  Diaries of White Center - A Historical Documentary
·   11:05 - Repeat Sessions
·   Noon - The State of West Seattle/Wrap up
·   Resource Fair/Entertainment
During the afternoon the GON Resource Fair will feature neighborhood councils, non-profits and social service providers, a selection of representatives from various city and county departments, plus local entertainment to celebrate the Gathering of Neighbors and the connections we have made. Will you join us? 

Starting at 12:30 the entertainment will feature:
*  12:30 pm - Twelfth Night Productions - Broadway show tunes
*  1:00 pm - Ellis Brothers - Middle schools trio of Jazz playing brothers
*  1:45 pm - Trackademics - Sealth group
*  2:15 pm -  PK Dwyer - Chicago style blues (acoustic)

Community Organizations and Information Tables

  • 34th District Democrats
  • Alki Art Fair
  • Amerigroup
  • Delridge Grocery/Delridge Produce Cooperative
  • Delridge Neighborhood Development Association
  • King County Community & Technical Colleges
  • Morgan Community Association
  • North Delridge Neighborhood Council
  • Seattle Department of Neighborhoods/PACE LEadership Seattle Foundation Neighbor to Neighbor Fund
  • Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund Program
  • Seattle Public Library
  • South Seattle Community College
  • Southwest Seattle Historical Society / Log House Museum Southwest Youth & Family Services
  • West Seattle Be Prepared! – Emergency Communication Hub West Seattle Democratic Women
  • White Center Chamber of Commerce
  • White Center Development Association

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