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5/25/2010  
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Randy Engstrom 290-3369 (day of event)
Lois Maag  (206) 615-0950


Celebrate Refresh Southwest in Delridge on Saturday, June 5th
Event offers community members chance to learn, sing, dance, garden, and more!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites you to ReFresh Southwest on Saturday, June 5 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This free community celebration features live performances, creative arts and environmentally-focused workshops, speakers, family activities, along with over 100 community organizations and resources from Southwest Seattle. Hosted at the Delridge Community Center and Playfield, the event will give community members an opportunity to hear live music; learn about healthy, active lifestyles; participate in workshops on gardening and dancing; and chat with local businesses about resource opportunities in the Southwest neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

ReFresh Southwest was made possible in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of $14,500, along with the community’s contribution of $8,000. “The Delridge community is so fortunate to have the support of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund; those resources fuel events like Refresh Southwest that can bring so much of our community together,” said Randy Engstrom of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Community members attending the event are encouraged to walk. If you form a group to walk to Refresh Southwest, and register your team, you may be eligible for a cash prize or other items. To register, call 684-7416 and provide your name, name of your group, and the best way to contact you. The group lead will be contacted with more details, including maps and other supplies you'll need for your walk. You must be a registered group to win!

Before Refresh Southwest, there will be a “Clean and Green” neighborhood clean-up event from 9 a.m. to noon. The meeting place for volunteers is Southwest Youth and Family Services at 4555 Delridge Way SW beginning at 9 a.m.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund Program (NMF) was created in 1988. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the City. Every award is matched by neighborhoods’ or communities’ resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. Since the program was created 22 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded over $45 million with a community match of more than $64 million. Projects have involved a total of nearly 78,600 volunteers who have donated over 400,000 work hours.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and service that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

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