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Archive for May, 2009

May 18th, 2009 in Arts, Community, Environment, Events, People | No Comments


Local White Center artist Kim McCarthy took on the task of stenciling 21 trash cans, with the help of DOC crews and the North Highline Fire Department. Check out the rest of the trash can photos HERE, and make sure to check out Kim’s blog HERE.

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May 18th, 2009 in Arts, Community, Environment, Events, News, Partners, People | No Comments


The White Center CDA would like to say THANK YOU to the over 360+ volunteers who helped clean and spruced up their White Center community. From what we hear, there was over 2 tons of trash picked up (so far), not including clean green materials. We’d also like to thank our community partners, participating businesses and true die hards who went above and beyond to make this year’s event a success. Here are some photos from the event - we’ll have a lot more in our photos section soon plus a short video. Visit the blog often for updates!

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Hundreds of volunteers gathered in our parking lot to pick up materials, cleaning supplies, and of course, the I <3 WHITE CENTER t-shirts!

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These seniors walked all the way from Greenbridge to our office!

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May 15th, 2009 in Community, People, Youth | No Comments


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Evergreen High School student Alexander Meas, 18,  dropped by the office recently. We caught up with him to see what’s up (our side notes are in parentheses).

What brings you into the office?
To turn in papers (King County Food and Fitness Initiative surveys) that you guys need!

What were the surveys for?
The surveys were for the CDA, they were to help better understand what the folks in our community want to improve; or what they have knowledge of…that is what I think at least…(the surveys were for the purpose of finding how the community stays fit, and how health and fitness is a priority to White Center).

How many surveys did you get filled out?
I’m not sure how many surveys I got filled out but I know it must be over 50 because I had a gym full of Evergreen high school students fill out these surveys. (Alex handed us 70+ surveys. Great job Alex!)

Where else do you volunteer? What do you do there?
I used to volunteer with Youth Media Institute, but now I am an intern with them. I am their photographer and logistics worker. So I basically run around doing really random work, and eventually I get to go take pictures at events that are local.

What motivates you to do community work?
Community work is a chance for me to be able to look at something and say “I helped with that”. It’s just a great feeling over all, It’s also a great chance for networking!

What do you think of the White Center CDA?
The White Center CDA is pretty cool. They make you feel really welcomed whenever you see them. I walked into the CDA one time and they were having cake, reminds me of my office! They are great people that do great things. Keep it up you guys!

Any plans for the summer?
I will be working with Youth Media Institute over the summer helping them with the Youth Out Loud class by being a peer mentor. I’m not at all sure what I have planned..but shenanigans will be the word that I will use to predict what my summer with involve.

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May 6th, 2009 in Business, Community, News, People | No Comments


Kogi, a Los Angeles-based mobile Korean BBQ truck business that has gained fame through Twitter by disclosing their next location to their followers, has captured the stomachs of foodies all over southern California. South Seattle already has a plethora of taco trucks, one in particular in White Center (Taqueria La Fondita), but none running on mobile technology like Kogi.

Enter Marination Mobile, a new venture headed by business partners Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison. The concept is similar to Kogi, but with an Asian Pacific Islander flair: a Korean-Hawaiian taco truck. Before you wipe the drool from your hungry mouths, check out this article on Marination Mobile (courtesy of EatAllAboutIt.com). This is sure to entire customers:

The first good sign: When Saxton answered the phone, she was busy cooking up a batch of kimchi fried rice, which will be one of the items sold on the truck, complete with a fried egg on top and a garnish of green onions, furakaki and sesame seeds. Other planned menu items: A kalbi taco, a spicy pork taco, braised tofu, and “Aloha Sliders” of kahlua pig on Hawaiian sweet rolls. And, says Saxton (whose heritage is both Hawaiian and Korean), she will not forget the Spam. Tacos start at $2, and nothing will run more than $5.

Because this is such good news for our city, i’d like to make a plea to Marination Mobile, who plan to open at the end of this month:

 

COME TO WHITE CENTER!

 

White Center’s community of over 32,000 is also the most diverse in the state. With enough push (through Twitter and word of mouth), an all-day visit will not only give you a lot of business, but the opportunity to show others what White Center has to offer - produce, cafe’s and various ethnic shops.

Consider our neighborhood and you won’t be disappointed!

For more information, follow Marination Mobile’s exploits here: 

http://twitter.com/curb_cuisine

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May 6th, 2009 in Community, Events, Partners, People, Youth | No Comments


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Hansel Diego of White Center’s Arbor Heights, pictured here with Elsie Gutierrez, Community Developer of New Futures at Arbor Heights, is this year’s New Futures scholarship recipient. Thank you to New Futures at Arbor Heights for inviting White Center CDA staff to this event!

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May 4th, 2009 in Community, Education, Employment, Partners, People, Politics, Video, Youth | No Comments


On Saturday, March 14, a group of youth representing White Center/Burien/Boulevard Park/West Seattle hosted the first ever Building Our Own Movement (BOOM) youth summit at the White Center Salvation Army. As a result of the summit, these youth have followed up on various projects, including these video projects put together during spring break. You’ll notice that Virgil and Ian, both of the Community Building team at White Center CDA were interviewed for this project. Enjoy both of the videos!

PART ONE:

PART TWO:

Videos courtesy of Youth Media Institute and SCAN Youth Media.

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May 4th, 2009 in Community, Education, Events, Partners, People, Politics, Video | No Comments


This video is a summary of the 2008 Community Summit at Mt. View Elementary. Video created and courtesy of our community partner, Youth Media Institute.

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May 4th, 2009 in Community, Events, People, Video | No Comments


This video presentation was shown at White Center CDA’s 5th Anniversary dinner in November 2008. Video created by Ian Dapiaoen.

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