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HUB 101 Volunteer Training will be offered on Zoom on March 17

Lakewood Seward Park Neighborhood Association is the home of our area’s Emergency Communications Hub. We are currently seeking volunteers of all ages and abilities! (No specialized skills required and you don’t need to be a member of LSPNA to volunteer.) This is a rare opportunity to get volunteer training online. Please join us!

WHAT: Hub 101 virtual training 

WHEN: Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

WHERE: On Zoom. Advanced signup required:

LED BY: Seattle Emergency Hubs founder Cindi Barker and Ann Forrest, well-known emergency preparedness educator


  • New volunteers who want to learn about volunteer roles
  • Volunteers who haven’t actively practiced with a Hub since the pandemic started
  • Supporters who want to know more about how a Hub works

AGENDA: (1) Hub overview, (2) Parts of a Hub, volunteer roles, (3) How to set up a Hub—40 minutes

Then the group will divide into small groups to practice some simple scenarios—40 minutes

For more information about our Lakewood Seward Park Hub and other Seattle Hubs:

Guest Article: Designing the Perfect Bedroom for a Child on the Autism Spectrum

Designing the perfect child’s bedroom takes some work; many kids have their own ideas about decor, even when they’re very young. When your child is on the autism spectrum, however, it’s especially important to make sure you get their room just right. Many kids on the spectrum have sensitivities to light and color, or they might have sensory processing issues that make the feel of certain fabrics irritating. To ensure your child’s comfort, make sure you get everything they need.

The key is to think about your child’s specific needs, both to stay healthy and happy. Talk to your pediatrician about how to get started, especially if your child tends to wander or doesn’t understand the consequences. One of the biggest safety issues that children on the spectrum face is injury stemming from the fact that they don’t realize certain actions can hurt them.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to create the best bedroom for your child’s needs.

Help Her Sleep Easy

The best way to help your child get better sleep is to take a look at her mattress. If it’s more than five years old, or if she’s a hot sleeper, look for one that has breathable layers to keep her cool at night. Comfort is key for kids on the spectrum, as it helps them relax. Also, considering finding good kids bedding and ensure that it’s soft and tag-free.

Keep the Colors Neutral

The colors in your child’s room are important to her ability to focus and relax. Bright colors are often discouraged for children on the spectrum, as they can create energy when she should be winding down. Calming or neutral colors are usually best; keep the decor to a minimum, as well, especially if she has sensory overload issues.

Create Areas

Creating areas for your child to play and learn will help her stay organized, which is great for her mental health and ability to focus. Use storage solutions to give her a place to keep puzzles, games, and books, and consider using bins and plastic containers to keep them out of sight.

Making sure your child is safe and comfortable is often a daily struggle, but with a well-planned-out room, you can rest easy and have peace of mind when she’s home while ensuring that she can play and learn in her own way. Talk to your child’s doctor for more information on how to choose the best furniture and decor for her needs.

Jenny Wise