King County Executive Ron Sims and other local officials will take part in a noon rally Monday at Seattle City Hall Plaza to kick off Domestic...

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King County Executive Ron Sims and other local officials will take part in a noon rally Monday at Seattle City Hall Plaza to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The one-hour gathering is being sponsored by the county’s Domestic Violence Council. City Hall is at Fourth Avenue and James Street in downtown Seattle.

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Plant sale

Sunday: PlantAmnesty’s big plant sale will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. If you’d like to volunteer, call 206-783-9813, Ext. 0.

Seattle Center Board

Seattle has four openings on an advisory board that helps Seattle Center staff, the mayor’s office and the City Council in policy matters that affect the center. The board consists of 15 members appointed by the mayor and City Council to serve volunteer terms. Board members must live in the city limits. Those interested in being considered should submit a letter of interest and resume by Oct. 24.

For information about openings and responsibilities, go to, or call 206-615-0048, or e-mail

Can you help?

Oct. 6: Camp Long in West Seattle may be one of Seattle’s best-kept secrets. The Seattle Parks Department thinks so. The 68-acre park offers forest trails for hiking, overnight camping in rustic cabins, rock climbing and nature programs. But the park is always in need of upkeep. The Parks Department depends on volunteers to help remove invasive plants, plant native trees and monitor restoration sites.

Volunteers meet at the park, at 5200 35th Ave. S.W., on the first Saturday of every month for work parties from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next work party is scheduled Oct. 6. Tools, gloves and instructions are provided. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old.

For information, go to, or call 206-684-7434.

Traffic watch

Saturday and Sunday: One block of Pike Street — First Avenue to Second Avenue — will be closed from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday while worn concrete panels at Second and Pike are replaced.

To submit an item to Here & Now, e-mail or call 206-464-2226.

Sept. 28, 1991: The 48-foot-tall “Hammering Man” sculpture outside the entrance to the downtown Seattle Art Museum tumbled and was damaged when lift straps broke while the 22,000-pound steel-and-aluminum figure was being hoisted into place by a crane. The sculpture, created by Jonathan Borofsky, fell just a foot, but had to be returned to a foundry for repairs. It was reinstalled in front of the museum at First Avenue and University Street a year later. Hammering Man, commissioned by the Seattle Arts Commission, features a motorized left arm that hammers four times a minute.