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First section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail opens to visitors

March 26th, 2017 by hillaryu

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation are excited to announce that on Thursday, March 23, 2017, the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors.

The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Dr. is open to pedestrians, connecting access up to the Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; landscape and other work elements will continue into the spring.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a multi-use path open to pedestrians and bicycles. Bicycles in the Arboretum are welcome on asphalt trails only; they must yield to pedestrians and follow the maximum speed limit of 10 mph.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes as construction progresses to the north. SPR and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work on this project. We anticipate completion of the trail by early 2018.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Dr., creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden.

SPR is happy to open this key section of the trail. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff continue to be the priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. To receive construction updates please visit

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum Loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is a key component of mitigation work being done as part of the SR 520 Bridge replacement. The Loop Trail fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum.

Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.

For more information about the project, click here.

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Free First Thursday Art Exhibit at the Seattle Japanese Garden (4/6)

March 23rd, 2017 by hillaryu

The Seattle Japanese Garden will host an artist reception on Thursday, April 6 for its current art exhibit ICHI-GO ICHI-E一期一会 by local artist Season Yoshida.

The saying Ichi-go Ichi-e 一期一会 means “one place, one time” in Japanese, and it perfectly captures how no two visits to the Garden are ever the same. The Seattle Japanese Garden will have free general entry on April 6 from 3 p.m. until close as part of Free First Thursdays.

The artist reception on April 6 will begin at 5 p.m. in the Garden’s Tateuchi Community Room and will feature musical accompaniment to the artwork on display, orchestrated by Season Yoshida herself. This exhibit will be on display through May 2017, and exhibit entry is included in ticket admission to the Garden.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Regular admission is free for all children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission; with no additional charge.

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Save the date: King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market

March 18th, 2017 by hillaryu

UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle
Friday, May 5, 4-8 PM open to public
For the Friday Preview Party, tickets available online
Saturday, May 6, 9-5 PM

This is the King County Master Gardeners 2-Day Sale.

The weekend starts with the Preview Party a fundraiser for the MG Foundation of King County, Friday, May 5. Tickets are available.

Tons of tomatoes, veggie starts, fragrant herbs, perennials, natives and specialty vendors with garden art. Master Gardeners will help to to choose the right plants, find easy-to-grow plants, and give advice on planting and maintaining your garden throughout the year. Get your garden growing this year.

NEW this year. Garden Education Talks on Saturday, May 6th. Open to the Public: Ciscoe Morris, Karen Chapman, Bill Thorness, Elaine Sherbrooke.

Please visit website for times and more details.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation offers series of LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs

March 15th, 2017 by hillaryu

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Programs, in partnership with Generations Aging with Pride, will offer a series of LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs in April and May. The resource fairs are designed to engage, support and empower LGBTQ seniors on their personal aging journey.

LGBTQ seniors, as well as friends and allies, are welcome to drop by any time during the hours of the fair and enjoy light refreshments as they browse the programs and providers in attendance. Exhibitors include representatives from the City’s LGBTQ seniors’ social groups, many of the Senior Service Centers, city and social service agencies, and private care providers.

The resource fairs will be held on the following dates. All events run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 19 at Rainier Community Center in Southeast Seattle (4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118)
  • Saturday, April 29 at Northgate Community Center in North Seattle (10510 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125) – closest to our neighborhood
  • Wednesday, May 10 at Miller Community Center in Central Seattle (330 19th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112)

The fairs are being held at Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers that are ADA accessible, on major bus routes, and that have ample on-street parking.

For questions please contact Cheryl Brown, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at, or 206-615-0619.

More information:

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Shop and Dine to Make a Difference

March 10th, 2017 by hillaryu

March 10-12
University Village

Buy a shopping card for $25, and you’ll get 25% off March 10-12 at many retailers within University Village. There’s an amazing list of shops and restaurants participating: check out the full list of retailers here. Your shopping card also includes free valet parking at the lot near Amazon Books – so you can shop, dine, and support with ease! All proceeds from the shopping cards benefits the Ronald McDonald House.

More about the Ronald McDonald House:

The Ronald McDonald House in Seattle provides more than 450 families a year with a place to live while their child is receiving medical care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Most of these families live with us for more than 2 months and possibly up to a year or longer. We try to give them a home away from home where their basic needs are met – in addition to a room, we offer homemade dinners made by volunteers most nights of the week, a fully stocked pantry, laundry facilities, and a supportive community.

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Garden Lovers’ Book Sale

March 8th, 2017 by hillaryu

Friday, April 7 from 5 – 8pm
Saturday, April 8 from 9 – 3pm
Elisabeth C. Miller Library
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA, 98105

Love gardening, plants, trees, flowers or growing food?
Can’t pass up a bargain?

Then you won’t want to miss the 12th annual GARDEN LOVERS’ BOOK SALE of used books at the Center for Urban Horticulture. This important benefit for the Elisabeth C. Miller Library funds the purchase of new books and magazine subscriptions.

Beautiful art will also be for sale from the Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists.

Friday evening Party: Enjoy wine and light refreshments while browsing a fantastic selection of used gardening books.

Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call 206-543-0415 to purchase tickets.

Saturday sale FREE and open to everyone!

Learn more here.

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Horses as Man’s Best Healer 

March 4th, 2017 by hillaryu

Written and submitted by Jenny H. 

Animals have become man’s best friends. They are always there when we need them the most, and are our ultimate healers. Therefore, many organizations have turned to animal-assisted therapy as a way for medical patients to improve their physical and emotional support during treatment. Most of this therapy is geared towards dog lovers; however, there is an increasing focus on horses and equine-assisted therapy.


Unlike many other domestic animals, horses give patients a feeling of empowerment. Horses are big and powerful animals that may be intimidating to some. This creates a natural opportunity to overcome this fear and develop confidence. When patients can overcome this fear, it helps them develop confidence in taking on other fearful situations, such as their medical condition and treatment. When you care for a horse, you gain a new sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.

Mirroring Humans

Horses are just like us. They like to be in a social environment, but are sometimes stubborn. This creates an opportunity to learn how to deal with individuals and situations where people do not get their own way. Horses also mirror our body language. They will respond to you based on your behavior. If you are stubborn with a horse, he will remain defiant. However, if you can change your behavior and change yourself, the horse will reward you. This mirroring of behavior also helps patients to emulate motor movements.

Equine-Therapy Facilities Close to Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods

Situated in a great location, Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods provide easy access to facilities that provide equine-assisted therapy treatments. Here are some centers that are easily accessible to our beautiful neighborhoods.

Unbridled Counseling: Located 13 miles east of Wedgwood across Lake Washington, Unbridled Counseling uses equine-assisted therapy to address assertiveness, trust, emotion regulation, and mindfulness. Patients will learn how to take care of the horses and develop their own unique relationship with them. After various activities, patients are given the opportunity to discuss their experience and directly correlate it to other areas of their life.

Little Bit: Located 20 minutes outside of Wedgwood in Redmond, Little Bit is a therapeutic riding center which is dedicated to improving the bodies, minds, and spirits of individuals with disabilities. The adaptive riding program teaches horsemanship and riding skills tailored to the individual’s needs. The center also provides hippotherapy, which is a physical or speech-language therapy that uses horse movements to engage the motor, sensory, and cognitive system of patients. It mimics normal walking patterns and helps sensory skills and motivation for disabled patients.

Rainier Therapeutic Riding: At Rainier Therapeutic Riding, horses are used to provide physical and emotional healing for the nation’s veterans and their families. The services provided at this facility are centralized around riding for therapy and healing. This center is an hour drive from Wedgwood.

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Roosevelt Jazz Big Band Dance and Auction

March 2nd, 2017 by hillaryu

The Roosevelt Jazz Big Band Dance and Auction will be he held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 5:00pm at Temple de Hirsch Sinai on Capitol Hill.

Enjoy the live jazz music of four instrumental ensembles and vocal group, along with silent and live auctions, and a catered dinner and dancing while helping provide a high quality jazz education to Roosevelt High School musicians.

The distinguished alumni this year is Seattle saxophonist and educator, Mark Taylor.

The Seattle Public Schools does not fund music education in full, and this event helps the Roosevelt Jazz Boosters meet their mission of providing financial, logistical and creative support to ensure that musically-qualified students have access to the best possible learning environments and activities regardless of their financial circumstances. They all want their children and grand children to be self disciplined, work well in a group, think creatively, achieve, have well founded self-confidence and feel engaged at school.  Music does all of this and so much more.

For ticketing information click here.

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Finding Urban Nature (FUN) – Seeking Volunteers

February 26th, 2017 by hillaryu

Finding Urban Nature (FUN) is Seattle Audubon’s free environmental education program in Seattle Public Elementary Schools.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the nature in their own schoolyard habitat, and examines how each organism depends on others to survive. Volunteers lead small groups of four to six students through a series of outdoor investigations, which teach kids to use their senses and scientific practices to discover the importance of urban biodiversity firsthand.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks to lead 4-6 students through each lesson, with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is necessary; volunteers will attend a training session before going into a school.

The program needs volunteers at Wedgwood and John Rogers Elementary Schools for lessons in April and May.

To volunteer, click here.

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Burke-Gilman Trail’s “Missing Link”

February 19th, 2017 by hillaryu

The Burke-Gilman trail is an important part of our community. Last week, the City Council met to discuss the “missing link” of the trail.

Read the full recap of the meeting here.

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