Miller CC and Country Doctor Community Clinic spread cheer to thousands


Holiday magic swept through Miller Community Center Saturday, Dec. 13, when 1,055 toys were given to local children. Miller Community Center and the Country Doctor Community Clinic hosted their annual holiday party for patients and underprivileged families in Seattle.IMG_3106

About 2,500 people joined the celebration assisted by volunteers from Holy Names, the Seattle Police and Explorers, Country Doctor staff, Garfield High School students and Lake Street Catering.IMG_3126

Families enjoyed lunch and craft activities and received visits from Santa Claus and Miss Washington. Music was provided by DJ George Yasutake.

Every child went home with a toy donated from Toys for Kids, Toys for Tots, Thumbs Up Farm or Ira Culver House.  The leftover goodies were sent to Garfield Community Center, Atlantic House and the Union Gospel Mission.

Seattle Parks would like to thank Maintenance Laborer Robert Verdecias and clinic staff Laury Mckean and Darla Bratton for their support with this event.

Miller CC, Country Doctor Clinic host holiday party on Dec. 13

Seattle Park and Recreation’s Miller Community Center and the Country Doctor Community Clinic will host their annual holiday party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, for clinic patients and other underprivileged families in Seattle.

The event will take place at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E) and will include music, crafts, a bouncy house, face painting and more. The holiday party is open to everyone and all activities are free.

Children under 12 will receive a holiday gift and enjoy games and everyone will be served a free meal provided by Lake Street Catering. Gifts are provided by Toys for Kids, Toys for Tots, Ida Culver House and Thumbs Up Farm.

For more information, please call event coordinator Lori Van Norman at 206-684-5078 or call the community center at 206-684-4753.

Seattle Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Committee to meet Thursday, February 20

Meeting location: Miller Community Center 

The Citizens Advisory Committee appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options hosts a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, February 20, at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

The meeting will start with Mayor Ed Murray, who will visit the committee and introduce himself. That will be followed by a presentation from Andrew Thibault, of EMC Research, who will present the results of a poll conducted on behalf of the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Associated Recreation Council, the Seattle Aquarium and the Woodland Park Zoo.

Then the committee will have a discussion with City Budget Office Director Ben Noble on the various funding mechanism options for a possible ballot measure in August.

The committee has set aside 10 minutes at the beginning of this meeting to take public comment. Those wishing to address the committee are encouraged to arrive early and sign up. If there are more people who wish to speak than can be accommodated at the beginning of the meeting, time will be set aside at the end for additional public comments. This will be the final opportunity for the public to give the committee feedback before it makes its final recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on March 12.

The Mayor and Council created the committee to review the draft Parks Legacy Plan ( and to propose options for funding operations and maintenance, development and acquisition of parks and recreation facilities and programs. A revised edition of the Parks Legacy Plan: Draft Goals and Strategies can be downloaded from the project’s website.

Committee members are: Barbara Wright, Co-Chair; Charlie Zaragoza, Co-Chair; Thatcher Bailey; Steve Daschle; Juli Farris; Bill Farmer; Thomas Goldstein; Jessie Israel; Diana Kincaid; Michael Maddux; Brice Maryman; Yalonda Gill Masundire; Mustapha Math; David Namura; and Erika Melroy.

Following the meeting on February 20, the committee will meet again on Thursday, February 27, and Thursday, March 6. All meetings are held at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E 98112, from 6 – 9 p.m.

The committee and Seattle Parks and Recreation held three public meetings to gather input in late January and early February. The notes from those meetings are posted on the committee’s webpage:

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Seattle Parks still has spaces in Miller Community Center for Teen and Adult Wheelchair Basketball League

There is still time to sign up for the Teen and Adult Wheelchair Basketball League at Miller Community Center on Tuesday evenings. Anyone who uses a wheelchair and enjoys playing hoops is welcome to the league.

3 on 3 Wheelchair Basketball League for Teens and Adults (combined) NEW!
This awesome league is for our wheelchair population, combining teens 15 and older with adult players. Beginner and novice players have the opportunity to play in a competitive but friendly environment. All participants must be able to follow a sequence of instruction and have adequate upper body control to maneuver a manual wheelchair.

There are 8 games (three matches to 15 per game) guaranteed plus play-offs. Game start times vary from 6 – 8:45 p.m., and take place at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E., Seattle. League play begins December 4.

Cost: $108 per team, $27.00 per player
Location: Miller Community Center, 330 195h Ave. E
Days: Tuesdays
Start times: 6 – 8:45 p.m.
Dates: December 4, 2012 – February 12, 2013 (no
games Dec 25 or Jan 1)

Miller Community Center December 4 Open House offers treats, activities to try, information about winter classes

Miller Community Center invites the public to its Open House on Tuesday, December 4 from 6-8 p.m. Come enjoy treats, see the facility, participate in activities and register for winter classes.

Starting at 6 p.m.:
• Megan Frazer, Nurturing Pathways Instructor, will host a unique class for parents and babies/toddlers to explore creative dance, movement and music. This is class is fun for mom, dad and baby.
• Seattle Futsal will host indoor soccer for youth ages 10-13. Bring your child to the center to kick around the soccer ball and burn off some energy.
• Meet our new multi-talented music teacher. Adam Creighton will be teaching drum, base, guitar, ukulele, and piano this winter. If you are thinking about trying a new instrument or would like to start your child playing, come on Tuesday to meet him and ask questions.
• See our new play school room and ask the coordinator questions. The room will be open from 6-8 p.m. for toddlers and preschoolers to play with toys.
Starting at 7:30 p.m.
• Try our new Zumba Toning and Boot Camp. Everyone is invited and all fitness levels welcome.

Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see