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Final days at the ‘old’ Burke

November 28th, 2018 by sarawilly

Celebrate the final days of the current Burke Museum before we close our doors on December 30, 2018 to move collections and prepare exhibits for the New Burke Museum (opening fall 2019). Enjoy free admission and gallery activities for all ages.

Scheduled activities:

11 am – 1 pm daily: Meet paleontologists and get a closer look at fossils being prepared in the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress paleontology labs

11:30 am daily*: Storytelling of “How Mouse Moved the Mountain.” Dec 29 & 30 only: activities led by special guest artist/storyteller, Ty Juvinel (Tulalip)

2 pm daily: “Tiny Talks” with Burke staff and volunteers about their latest research and recent (re)discoveries of stories revealed in the process of moving into the New Burke

Ongoing activities (10 am – 5 pm daily):

-Take part in culture, fossil and biology-themed crafts and hands-on activities for all ages
-Enjoy the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress exhibit along with the Burke’s long-term Life and Times of Washington State and Pacific Voices exhibits
-Add you own artistic contribution to a large-scale geologic timeline drawing created by artist Jed Dunkerley in the Burke Room
-Mark the occasion in the Burke Boiserie Photobooth and share your favorite memories in a special yearbook

*Additional storytelling times may be added daily as staffing allows

Go to burkemuseum.org/finalweek to plan your visit and for more information.

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Transit Talk October 4

September 25th, 2018 by sarawilly

The U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Link light rail stations will arrive in 2021, which means these neighborhoods will be better connected to each other and the region. Three-quarters of Ravenna residents said they plan to use the Roosevelt light rail station when it opens, according to a 2013 RBCA survey.

Join U District, Let’s Go for an evening of sharing ideas and resources to prepare for these changes. Learn what our neighborhoods are already doing to get ready for transportation investments coming soon. Let’s learn from each other and build on our collective creativity as we get ready for 2021.

Transit Talk: We’re in it Together
Urban Luxe Café, 6105 Roosevelt Way NE

October 4, 2018

6:00 p.m. Doors open, drinks, appetizers, networking

6:30 p.m. program start, welcome, panel introductions and brief presentations

7:40 p.m. moderated audience Q&A

8:00 p.m. program ends

More information and free registration available through the U District, Let’s Go website.

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Join Emerald City Women’s Chorus

September 20th, 2018 by sarawilly

Join the Emerald City Women’s Chorus for its fall session after a successful first year making delightful music together The Emerald City Women’s Chorus, a non-audition chorus in north Seattle, is gearing up for its second year. The chorus extends an invitation to women of all ages and all voice parts to join this fun and supportive community of 40 singers who love to sing for the joy of it.

Kicking off the Fall session is a social gathering on Saturday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. at a member’s home in Lake Forest Park. This is an opportunity for you to meet chorus members and their director, find out what makes this chorus special, and learn about their plans for the upcoming choral year. Call Sharon Glein at 206-525-7497 for more information and directions to this event (leave a message and she’ll return your call).

Rehearsals for the 10-week Fall session start on Monday, September 24. Prospective members are encouraged to attend a rehearsal at no cost to experience the chorus in action – please arrive around 7:00 p.m. to your first rehearsal. The chorus rehearses at the Wedgwood Community Church (8201 30th Avenue NE, Seattle – lower level) on Monday nights, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fall session culminates with an afternoon community concert on Sunday, December 2 at Music Center of the Northwest (901 N 96th Street, Seattle). Cost is $117 for the session and includes music for the singer to keep.

To register for Fall session, call Music Center of the Northwest at (206) 526-8443. Emerald City Women’s Chorus was established in Fall 2017 in collaboration with Music Center of the Northwest. Stacia Cumberland is the chorus artistic director, and Tom Hecker is the accompanist. For more information about the chorus (1) call Sharon Glein at (206) 525-7497 (please leave a message), (2) read about the chorus on the Seattle Choral Consortium web page, (3) check out the chorus Facebook page at @EmeraldCityWomensChorus, or (4) email the chorus at EmeraldCityWomensChorus@gmail.com.

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Design Update for NE 70th and I-5 Crossing Improvement Impacts Some Parking

September 20th, 2018 by sarawilly

The NE 70th St Crossing Improvement design has been updated to remove the parking option between Roosevelt Way NE and 12th Ave NE, to compensate for the narrowness of the street. Parking still will be available on the south side of NE 70th St between Roosevelt Way NE and 8th Ave NE as shown on the previous design.

Click here for updates and more information.

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Urban Survival Skills Fair in Northeast Seattle, Sept. 30, 10-2

September 20th, 2018 by sarawilly

Learn how to make an emergency toilet, operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), and other handy city life hacks at the Urban Survival Skills Fair on Sept. 30 next to Victory Heights Park. Hosted by Seattle Emergency Hubs, the fair will feature booths and information for those interested in emergency preparedness.

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Welcome, New Seasons!

June 13th, 2018 by sarawilly

A sponsored post from our friends at New Seasons Market

Looking to patronize businesses that put their values into action: like using sustainable and responsible environmental practices, caring for employees, and building community? There’s a brand-new option in Ballard.

New Seasons Market gives 10 percent of its after-tax profits to local nonprofits, with a focus on three areas: fighting hunger, supporting schools and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the company gives each employee up to eight hours of paid time off each year to participate in local community service projects.

New Seasons Market is committed to supporting the local economy where its stores operate. They offer goods from local makers, farmers, ranchers and fishermen, including community-grown organic produce, sustainable meat produced by the region’s ranchers and wild-caught seafood sourced directly off the Washington coast.

The Local Finds program screens suppliers and assists them in the process of getting their product in front of shoppers.

“While we are thrilled to have so many local products on our shelves, the Local Finds program is about more than that. It’s designed to work with vendors so that they get the right help at the right time so that they can grow sustainably. It’s about helping local entrepreneurs — whether they are growing pears or making cookies — succeed at a pace that’s right for them,” said Chris Tjersland, New Seasons Market’s partner brand development manager.

In an additional effort to minimize its environmental footprint, New Seasons Market announced that the company is eliminating all plastic straws from store locations in Oregon and Washington. The plastic straws will be replaced with paper alternatives to help reduce litter and ocean plastic.

There’s a lot of power in where and how you choose to spend your dollars, and the grocery store is one way conscientious consumers can put their money where their heart is.

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Help your neighbors- donate blood

May 2nd, 2018 by sarawilly

Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors. Inventories have dipped to critical levels due to consecutive weeks of Spring break vacations and a very early Easter holiday. There is a special need for O blood type and platelets, but all types are welcomed. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type that can be transfused to any patient suffering from trauma when they are rushed to a hospital and there is no time to type their blood.

Donating blood takes less an hour, and because blood can be broken down into its three components each donation can potentially save three lives.

Further details and a list of Bloodworks Northwest donor centers are in the release below. Appointments to donate can be scheduled at schedule.bloodworksnw.org, or by calling 1-800-398-7888.

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THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

April 27th, 2018 by sarawilly

Tell the Library what resources you value most, and what services could be improved by completing a survey available Wednesday, now through Friday, May 25, 2018. Visit the Library’s website here to access the survey online, or visit your local branch to complete a paper copy. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Mandarin, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Korean. Survey responses will help guide the Library’s service planning and decision-making.
It’s been nearly eight years since the Library has surveyed Seattle residents to see how current operations align with public needs and expectations. Information from the 2010 Library survey led to enhancements in the collection of books and materials, more computer technology, expanded Library hours and more.
“A lot has changed in our community since 2010, and it is important to ask residents if our services and resources are addressing their needs,” said Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner. Turner said in addition to offering an expansive print and digital collection, the Library offers nearly 10,000 annual educational classes, cultural programs and services, including tax help, health care enrollment, homework tutoring, citizenship preparation, Wi-Fi hotspot lending to tent cities, social service referrals and more.
For more information about the Library or survey, Ask Us.

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Annual Eckstein Band Rummage Sale

March 30th, 2018 by hillaryu

Submitted by Stephanie C.

Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We need your donations to make this year’s sale a success! Please set aside your gently used clothing, household items, books, music, furniture, sports equipment and more. Bring your donations to the Eckstein cafeteria on Friday, April 27th from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Then mark your calendars and come to this popular rummage sale event! There will be wonderful bargains, delicious baked goods for sale, and lively jazz music from our student combos.

Proceeds from the Rummage Sale go directly to Eckstein’s Music Programs and are used to support instrument repairs, scholarship funds, and off-campus music performances. Your contributions will help make our outstanding music programs accessible to every student and family.

Thank you for supporting this important event!

If you have any questions please email: Maria Callahan at  or Kristen Yagle

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Volunteers to transform the home of longtime Wedgwood resident

March 27th, 2018 by hillaryu

Submitted by Sharon C.

On Wednesday, March 28th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Rebuilding Together Seattle along with roughly 25 volunteers from sponsor Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and partner group Green Canopy Homes to restore the home of a senior in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle.

Janice is 65 years old and lives alone in her 1919 home, where she has lived since 1980. As a former antique shop owner, Janice appreciates the classic charm of her home and understands the importance of historical preservation. Now retired, Janice has found it difficult to maintain her home, where she hopes to age in place safely. Her husband Dennis passed away in 2015, adding to the challenges of home maintenance. To give her the boost she needs, volunteers from the Master Builders Association and Green Canopy Homes will be insulating the attic, replacing old carpet with new laminate flooring, installing handrails and bathroom grab bars, cleaning gutters, and many more weatherization, energy efficiency, safety, and health focused repairs at entirely no cost to Janice.

About: Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
Founded in 1909, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) has grown to become the largest residential homebuilders association in the United States. With nearly 3,000 member companies, the association is dedicated to membership value, housing advocacy, community service, and financial stewardship throughout the Puget Sound region. For more information, please visit www.mbaks.com or contact Sharon Couts at 425-460-8213, scouts@mbaks.com.

About Green Canopy:

With a strong sense of purpose, the Green Canopy Team came together in 2009, guided by the belief that they can create greater access to sustainable housing while combating resource scarcity and climate challenges. Through urban infill, certified green homebuilding, and the sophisticated management and application of impact investment capital, Green Canopy is dedicated to inspiring resource efficiency in residential markets. The certified B Corporation has completed and sold over 136 homes in Seattle and Portland combined, winning multiple awards for business and construction practices. For more information, please visit greencanopy.com or contact Alexa Ashley at 206-658-5399, lexy@greencanopy.com.

About Rebuilding Together Seattle:

Rebuilding Together Seattle is the leading community revitalization partner focused on addressing substandard, unsafe, and unhealthy housing conditions. As part of the national Rebuilding Together network, our 140 affiliates repair 10,000 homes annually with the help of nearly 100,000 volunteers. We leverage resources and partnerships to offer home repair and modification services to low-income homeowners and nonprofit facilities at entirely no cost to them. More than housing repair, we improve health outcomes, stabilize housing and homeownership, and reduce the need for new affordable housing. Our work preserves treasured memories and restores social connections, while celebrating community through the strengthening of our neighborhoods. Together we can build safe homes and communities for everyone.  For more information, please visit www.rtseattle.org or contact Hannah Colston at 206-682-1231,hcloston@rtseattle.org.

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