News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


PCC Announces New Name + Community Fair This Saturday (9/16)

September 12th, 2017 by hillaryu

PCC in View Ridge was transformed overnight, and you can find the website showcasing the new look and feel here.

Community-owned PCC Natural Markets, one of Seattle’s original grocers and the largest community-owned food market in the U.S., today revealed a new name, logo and brand campaign that puts its longtime community legacy front and center. Now called “PCC Community Markets,” the co-op also announced a range of new offerings celebrating its local relationships while meeting Seattle shoppers’ growing appetites for healthful, organic and made-from-scratch food.

“Since our modest beginnings as a food buying club, started by a group of Seattle families in 1953, PCC has always been more than just a grocery store,” said Cate Hardy, PCC Community Markets CEO. “As a community-owned co-op, we think about things differently, from our dedication to staff and our deep relationships with local producers, farmers and ranchers; to what makes it onto store shelves; to why we believe cooking food from scratch in each store every day is one of the most important things we do. The ‘why’ behind every decision we make starts with our community, and we want our name to reflect that commitment.”

PCC Community Markets also announced new offerings centered on local producers, organic foods and healthy eating that will be available in stores later this fall:

PCC Grass-fed Yogurt: In 2016, PCC approached Pure Éire Dairy with the idea to expand the dairy’s rich, creamy milk into yogurt. The Othello, Wash., producer (and the only certified 100 percent grass-fed dairy in the nation) agreed and soon found a welcome spot in the PCC dairy case. Now, PCC and Pure Éire are partnering to create a PCC private-label yogurt — the only local, organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, animal welfare-certified yogurt of its kind. The new line, available Oct. 1 and exclusively at PCC, comes in peach, strawberry, vanilla bean and plain flavors. The yogurt joins a thoughtfully curated collection of PCC private-label items, including organic milk; organic, fair trade, shade-grown, locally roasted coffee; frozen, local, organic blueberries; local, antibiotic-free ground sausage; local, handcrafted pastas; and its entire collection of made-from-scratch deli soups, salads, salad dressings and entrees.
Fresh, Ready-to-cook Meals – To meet the growing demand for convenient, high-quality, flavorful meal prep, PCC will launch a private-label line of fresh, ready-to-cook meal kit components. The offerings will include marinated and seasoned organic, non-GMO or grass-fed meats that shoppers can mix and match with fresh, organic vegetables. All the recipes are created and tested by PCC’s award-winning in-house chefs, pre-prepped and ready to cook. The meals will be available this November, initially at the Edmonds and Redmond PCC locations.
Introducing the Chop Shop – Julienned, minced, sliced, diced or chopped! Beginning in November, the Chop Shop will cut to order for free any fruit or vegetable in PCC’s produce department, which offers a selection that is 95 percent organic. Also available: take-and-eat options like organic chili lime mango, fresh young coconut water, and pre-cut organic fruit and vegetables. The program will launch at the Edmonds and Redmond PCC locations and will come to Burien in 2018.

Local Spirit Shop – To complement its collection of exclusive wines and local beers and ciders, PCC will introduce a spirits shop. The selection will include local favorites Batch 206, Scratch, and Seattle Distilling, among others. The department will be curated by PCC’s Wine, Beer and Spirits Merchandiser, who was recently named Seattle Magazine’s “Retail Wine Steward of the Year.” Available at Edmonds and Redmond PCC stores beginning in November, this department will celebrate the food market’s local roots by featuring only Pacific Northwest-produced spirits.

With its name change, PCC Community Markets also will introduce a new logo, brand identity, awareness campaign and website meant to celebrate its long-standing belief in the power of good food to reach more shoppers. The website will offer resources to help visitors eat healthfully; shop knowledgably; stay educated and informed about important food issues and policies; and become a member of the co-op.

To celebrate the community that is at the heart of its new name, this Saturday, Sept. 16, PCC will host the PCC Community Fair at all of its stores from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the day, shoppers will be able to experience the best of PCC, including fresh food samplings and one of several activities for shoppers to enjoy: live local entertainment, cooking demos by PCC Cooks instructors and educational store tours with a trained PCC Nutrition Educator. Additionally, “Little Free Cookbook Libraries” will be unveiled at the Bothell, Greenlake Aurora and View Ridge PCC stores to inspire recipe sharing and cooking from scratch.

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The Arc of King County’s 5k for Inclusion

September 2nd, 2017 by hillaryu

The Arc of King County invites families throughout King County to join us to raise awareness and funds in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at our 4th Annual 5k for Inclusion! This non-competitive, fully inclusive event is for everyone – all ages and all abilities are encouraged to participate! Our goal is to raise $15,000 to continue creating an inclusive community for all! We can’t wait to see you there!

So, how does this work?

  • You can register as a team captain or as a fundraiser, by clicking the button on the right that says “Create a Team”
  • Don’t want to fundraise, and just want to participate? Click the button on the right that says “Register Here”
  • To fundraise for The Arc, you will sign up and create an account. Pick whether you’d like to be apart of a team or fundraise by yourself. Then send the link out on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite social media and have your friends and family donate to your cause! All of the money you raise will go to support The Arc and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!!
  • To join a team that’s already been created, click on the “Team Directory” button and then find your team and go to their page.

The 5k for Inclusion: Family Fun Run, Walk, and Roll is:

  • A non-competitive fun run, walk, and roll for everyone
  • Free to register, but raise $25 to receive a t-shirt
  • Enjoy a Resource Fair with partner agencies before and after the event
  • Awards for the highest fundraisers
  • A fun event for a team: co-workers, friends, and extended family can all join in!

Learn more here.

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Celebrate the new Lake City Skatespot on Sept 9

August 30th, 2017 by hillaryu

Join the Lake City community to celebrate the opening of the Lake City Skatespot at Virgil Flaim Park on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The official ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 11 a.m. followed by beginner skateboard lessons from Skate Like a Girl, a 12 and under skate demo, giveaways, DIY deck project, music and refreshments.  Virgil Flaim Park, 2700 NE 123rd St, is the largest, most centrally-located park in the Lake City community, and it is used extensively by families for recreation, outdoor dining, and community gatherings.

The Lake City Skatespot project was community-initiated and includes a skatespot with colored concrete, a relocated and resurfaced the basketball court and other improvements at the park. A skatespot is smaller than a full skatepark but large enough to incorporate multiple skateboarding features. The community’s desire for a skatepark in Lake City was first documented in the North Neighborhood Plan (1999) and then in the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2007 Citywide Skatepark Plan. Cascade Design Collaborative in collaboration with Grindline Skateparks worked with the community on the design and improvements at the park.

For more information about the event please contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-233-7929 or karen.o’

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Seattle Musical Theatre – Start of the Season Clean-up!

August 26th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by Kathleen S.

Come help out at our Theatre as we spruce up for our season opening.  We need at least 10 Volunteers to clean, sweep, load and move construction materials and other debris from our theatre stage and house so we are neat and tidy for “My Fair Lady” which opens Friday, September 8th.  The clean up dates and times are next Tuesday and Wednesday – September 5 and 6 from 10am until 2pm.  The address is 7120 62nd Avenue NE at the theatre in Magnuson Park.

Please respond to Kathleen Spaulding at Seattle Musical Theatre by phone (206-363-2809) or email.

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Seattle Peace Concert @ Magnuson Park

August 24th, 2017 by hillaryu

Free public concert. Located just south of the swim beach at Magnuson Park.
Sunday, September 10
Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Free admission

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Who stole the sun event at Bryant Playground

August 19th, 2017 by hillaryu

Watch the eclipse from the Bryant Neighborhood Playground while learning more about this cool astronomical phenomenon. The moon will cover 92% of the sun at around 10:20 a.m.!

This program is part of the Library’s 2017 Summer of Learning program, Blast Off to Space! The Library is offering hundreds of free programs and activities for children and teens to keep youth engaged in reading and learning all summer long.

Hosted by Seattle Public Libraries. Learn more here.

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Save the date: SPL end of summer party

August 16th, 2017 by hillaryu

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 3 – 6 p.m.

You are invited to a fabulous party to celebrate the end of summer. Join the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library for a neighborhood scavenger hunt, games, food, fun, and drawings for exciting prizes. All ages welcome.

This program is part of the Library’s 2017 Summer of Learning program, Blast Off to Space! The Library is offering hundreds of free programs and activities for children and teens to keep youth engaged in reading and learning all summer long.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Learn more here.

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Piatti Seattle: Al Fresco Wine Tasting (8/24)

August 12th, 2017 by hillaryu

Upcoming event at Piatti in University Village. Perfect for a warm summer evening. Learn more here.

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The Search is On: Friends of the Seattle Public Library Seeks a new home

August 6th, 2017 by hillaryu

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is searching for a 9,000 square foot facility within Seattle city limits to process material for its annual book sales. Ideas or suggestions for a new space can be submitted to

The Friends organization moved out of Building 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park, the former location of Friends book sales, in 2012 due to needed renovations to get the building up to code. Since then, the Friends has operated out of the second floor of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL), subleasing from The Seattle Public Library. The Library’s lease at the WTBBL will end in late 2018.

Since 2016, the annual Big Book Sale has been hosted at the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center as a more central location that provides easy accessibility.

For the past 46 years, the Friends’ book sales have provided inexpensive used books to raise money for the Library. The first sale in 1971 offered 20,000 books and netted $2,634. The 2017 sale offered over 150,000 items and netted just over $100,000 with over 8,000 in attendance. For the past three years, the Friends has also been selling online through Amazon, eBay, Discogs and ABE Books. Since 2003, the Friends has given more than $1.6 million in grants to the Library.

The Friends is a non-profit, 501©3 organization, established in 1941 to support the Library through advocacy, education and fundraising.

To submit suggestions or ideas on available spaces, contact or call 206-682-7567.

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Urban Family Campout at the Beach!

August 3rd, 2017 by hillaryu

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Come spend a summer night at an old-fashioned campout in Magnuson Park!  This year, Magnuson Community Center has expanded this program to include two weekends of camping fun!

Pitch your tent in one of the camp sites around the swimming beach area and picnic shelter #2 for a fabulous night of fun on the shore of beautiful Lake Washington.  There will be songs, a hot dog roast, and s’mores around a big campfire in the evening, and you can go on a guided bat walk by starlight if you’d like.  In the morning, there will be fresh coffee and juice, and you can go on an early guided bird walk if you’d like.

Magnuson Community Center will provide the s’more supplies, hot dogs, drinks, chips, juice and coffee.

Check-in starts at 6 p.m. on Friday.  Check-out is at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Pre-registration is required, which you can do online via SPARC  (when registration opens in March) or by phoning Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026

Remaining 2017 date and time:

Campout #2: Fri. Aug. 25th at 6:00pm to Sat. Aug. 26th at 11:00am

Location:  Grassy areas around Magnuson Park Picnic Shelter #2 at the swimming beach.

Fee: $10 per person (children under age 2 are free)

Learn more here.

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