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The YMCA of Greater Seattle received a $65,000 grant Monday, June 25 from the Community Transformation Grants Program (CTGs) to lead efforts in South King County to ensure more healthy opportunities are available to all residents, with a specific focus on increased access to African Americans and Hispanics.

The grants are part of the Community Transformation Grants program (CTGs) – a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and lower health care costs.

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 YMCAs and one of seven national organizations to receive funding through CTGs, is re-granting the funds to 10 local Ys to deepen their efforts to implement programs and strategies that support the health and well-being of individuals in their communities.


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A $14,150 grant from the Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund (AAPCF) to Dynamic Partners and Children’s Therapy Center will help provide therapy for thousands of children with disabilities in South King County.

Last year, Dynamic Partners, a consortium of organizations that collaborate to help children with special needs reach their full potential, served 2,300 kids in Washington State’s South King and Pierce Counties.

Dynamic Partners is expanding its ability to serve children by opening a third location in Burien. That location, already under renovation, will allow the organization to double the number of kids it can serve within the next five years.

The AAPCF grant has purchased four pieces of therapy equipment for the still-under-construction Burien site at the old Prudential Northwest Realty location.

An adjustable recumbent bicycle and elliptical machine designed to fit kids will be used in the fitness center for both individual physical therapy sessions and the fitness center program.

Won't conflict with Burien Brot Trot


Event organizers announced June 20 that the B•Town Brewfest – a fundraiser event for the SeaTac Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital – has changed its event date to Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Burien Community Center.

“We got a call last week from the folks at the Burien Brat Trot regarding their charity beer garden on Saturday, October 6 – the original date of the Brewfest,” said Eric G., one of the B•Town Brewfest organizers. “They were concerned about the Brewfest taking away attendance from their Saturday
evening charitable event. We’ve always loved the Brat Trot and the Burien Community, so we didn’t want to do anything to harm their incredible fund-raising efforts.
“That’s why we’ve moved the date of the Brewfest back one week to October 13th,” he continued.

As a “Thank You” to the B•Town Brewfest, you will find Brewfest event information available for anyone attending the Brat Trot’s Friday night Pub Crawl on October 5th and Saturday beer garden event on October 6th.


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A defining moment. An ambitious team. Seattle Children’s Home (SCH) and Navos announced June 19 that they will merge their two non- profit organizations, and effective July 1, Seattle Children’s Home will officially become part of Navos.

The combination represents a breakthrough for young people affected by mild, moderate and severe mental illness.

Since 2009 SCH and Navos have partnered to deliver inpatient and outpatient programs for the most troubled children and youth, from infancy through young adulthood, in our community.

In 2011 Navos began providing limited administrative support services for SCH. At the beginning of 2012, SCH became a member of the Navos Consortium, joining 20 peer organizations, who collaborate to provide mental health services to over 40% of the children and youth receiving treatment in King County.


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Highline Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with Car Pros Burien Nissan. With every new car purchase made Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 25 through Monday, May 28, Car Pros Burien Nissan will donate $200 to Highline Medical Center Foundation benefiting Highline Medical Center and the health of this community.

Individuals who mention Highline Medical Center will qualify for fleet pricing, which is not available to the general public. This pricing is generally thousands off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price depending on the vehicle. Fleet pricing will allow a stream-lined, reduced price, direct buying experience for those who are eligible and participate.

Highline Medical Center Foundation and Car Pros Nissan set a goal to reach $50,000 by August of 2012. Car Pros Nissan has a huge inventory of new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles to choose from.


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The New Futures Board of Directors has unanimously voted to appoint Jennifer Ramirez Robson as its Executive Director.

Ramirez Robson has served as New Futures' Interim Executive Director since October 2011.

"Under Jenn's leadership New Futures has continued to positively impact the lives of the families we serve," said Board president Luis Fraga. "As Interim Executive Director, Jenn has improved program operations, strengthened our community partnerships and increased our fundraising capacity.

We are honored to have her stay on as our permanent Executive Director and continue this great progress."

Ramirez Robson has more than 20 years of management experience in the private sector and in local government. During her career she has served as a management analyst for the city manager of Burien, as well as a policy advisor, legislative analyst, project manager and technology professional with the City of Seattle.

Ramirez Robson also has extensive experience as a supervisor and manager in the hospitality industry in Seattle.


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Tickets for the 2012 Highline Garden Tour are now on sale. This much-anticipated annual event, which takes place Saturday, June 9, allows participants to visit beautiful gardens in Burien, Normandy Park, and SeaTac.

A special feature of the tour this year will be the chance to talk in-depth with the Seahurst neighbors who recently joined forces to install a cluster of rain gardens up and down their street. They did this under the auspices of 12,000 Rain Gardens, a region-wide campaign that is working to reduce polluted stormwater run-off into Puget Sound and other local waterways. Spearheaded by Washington State University Extension and the non-profit conservation organization Stewardship Partners, the campaign hopes to install 12,000 rain gardens throughout the Puget Sound region by 2016.

Ticket holders on the self-guided Highline Garden Tour also will encounter plein air artists at work in many of the gardens, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the private garden of popular local ceramic artist Dana Lasswell and to purchase her works.


UPDATE, WED. 6:00 p.m.

You can still donate until midnight tonight, Wednesday, online, for the GiveBIG 2012 event. Check out their webpage of participating organizations here.


This one is a unique opportunity to help local Burien nonprofits through the GiveBIG 2012 event.

For this event you can participate from anywhere in the world online on one day only, Wednesday May 2nd or right here in your community.

From 3:00 - 5:00 PM we will have a laptop live at the Tin Room, where you can come and make your $20 (or more) donation to support a local Burien Charity in a BIG way. As a thank you, anyone who donates between 3:00 - 5:00 PM at the Tin Room location get's 2 for 1 appetizers. Come out for a good cause and stay for great food!

The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

Photo credit: 
Photo by Steve Shay

Kim Ahlf of Burien and her twin children Matthew & Kelsey, 9, participate in GiveBIG 2012 as Kim donates to Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence, one of the participating organizations in the GiveBig effort. They are pictured at the Tin Room where three computers were set up by the Discover Burien Cash Mob group to encourage local donations today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free training classes offered in English, Computers, GED Preparation,
Math, Customer Service and Citizenship

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Burien Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Center, located at 1031 SW 128th Street, will register people for free classes May 7 – 11, 2012.

The eight-week session runs from May 21 – July 12, 2012.

Classes fill up fast and sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis!

The center will offer the following classes:

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Basic Computers: Introductory classes for people with little or no computer skills.
Computer Basics
Computer Basics for ESOL
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Online Job Search

GED Preparation

Basic/Intermediate Math

Retail and Customer Service

Citizenship Preparation


Open Computer Lab
. Open lab time for help with career related activities, practicing computer skills, or practicing English skills using Rosetta Stone.

For class availability and enrollment information, contact the center at 206-957-1026.


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With Mothers’ Day coming up next month, this is a good time to think ahead and shop the Highline Historical Society’s online auction.

You’ll find gifts galore for the deserving mom in your life. Fun family outings, dining and entertainment packages, home and garden items, resort vacations, local services, and much more are up for bid.

Items in a variety of price ranges are available, and the online bidding process is fun and easy.

Proceeds from this auction will support the Historical Society’s Capital Building Campaign to fund its new museum, as well as providing cataloguing software for the museum collections.

The auction runs now through April 29. Link to the auction from the Highline Historical Society website at

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