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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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FUN Volunteer Opportunity

March 14th, 2018 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. Training is provided and a background check is required.

FUN trainings are held at the end of March and in early April. Contact Wendy at FUNvolunteer@seattleaudubon.org or call 206-523-8243 ext. 110 if interested.

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Shop & Dine to Make a Difference

February 25th, 2018 by hillaryu

When: March 9-11
Where: University Village

A $25 donation to RMHC will get you a shopping card that entitles you to 25% off your purchase at many retailers in University Village, including Anthropologie, Aritzia, Mrs. Cook’s, Madewell, Pottery Barn Kids, and many more. You can see a full list of retailers at uvillage.com. Your shopping card also includes free valet parking at the lot near Amazon Books.

RMHC of Western Washington & Alaska supports families whose children are being treated for serious illnesses. At our houses in Anchorage and Seattle, we provide housing, volunteer-led dinners and activities, and a welcoming community to hundreds of families every year.

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Today is Give Kids a Smile; FREE Preventive Dental Care for Children

February 20th, 2018 by hillaryu

1-5pm
UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry (at Magnuson Park)
6222 NE 74th St., Seattle

All children welcome, ages 6 mos.-18 years old

Includes:  exam, xrays, teeth cleaning, fluoride application

Call for appointment:  206-543-5800, ask for Give Kids a Smile

Walk-isn welcome on a space-available basis

Interpretation available; no immigration questions

Generously supported by Bartell Drugs is recognition of Children’s Dental Health Month

Learn more here.

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Where to get great coffee in Wedgwood

February 13th, 2018 by hillaryu

Photo by Nathan Dumlao

Submitted and written by Jenny H.

Coffee and Seattle go hand in hand, and the culture keeps this rainy city awake. There are so many places to go and get a good cup of coffee in the Wedgwood area, with great atmosphere and some interesting food. There are new shops and pop-up stores opening up all the time which adds to the thriving community. The rise of coffee shops and cafes in Wedgwood has been happening since the 1940s-50s, in the post-war period.

VAN GOGH COFFEEHOUSE

As the name suggests, this coffeehouse is wonderfully artistic and has a great atmosphere. If you try adding salt to your cup of coffee, this place is always accommodating. Salt helps to tame the bitterness in coffee and makes it taste delicious. There is parking, if you are just popping in to pick up breakfast in the morning, or staying for a longer lunch. The coffee house is a favorite with dog walkers, as even your furry friends are offered a treat here.

CAFE JAVASTI

Located on 87th and 35th Avenue, Cafe Javasti is extremely popular with locals, not just for the delicious Java, but also the creperie. You can go for a breakfast option of ham, swiss and spinach, or cooked apple, sugar and cinnamon for dessert. They also offer gluten free options. Their coffee is supplied by Batdorf and Bronson the coffee roasters, based only in Olympia Washington. There are often open mic nights at the cafe and the menu changes regularly.

CAFE KOPI

Cafe Kopi offers some great sandwich and soup options, as well as some delicious coffee and tea. They were previously the Sugar Shack Baking Co., and are offering many of those delicious muffins. You can also get some excellent smoothies and juices, including the popular Green Monster Juice.

GRATEFUL BREAD

What goes better with delicious coffee than a cinnamon bun (or two). They use local ingredients, organically produced in all of the goods that they sell. Located on 35th Avenue, the shop is conveniently placed, with plenty of parking nearby. They offer many different types of coffee including espresso, mocha and Caffe Vita drip coffee. There are also Numi teas available. The Grateful Bread are really supportive of local artists and often have exhibitions.

CLOUD CITY COFFEE

It is also very much worth mentioning Cloud City Coffee, just up the road in Maple Leaf. You can easily lose a happy afternoon on the comfy couches, reading books from their lending library. There is also free Wifi, if you’ve got to catch up on your emails while you’re there. The Mexican Mocha is a particular treat.

Wedgwood has an amazing array of places to get coffee. These shops not only provide great things to eat and drink, but also provide the community with great social meeting places.

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BARTELL DRUGS CELEBRATES LOCAL COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE GREAT THINGS

February 9th, 2018 by sarawilly

Sponsored post written by Bartell Drugs

Can you feel the energy around the Puget Sound these days? There’s a spirit of innovation in the air, enthusiasm for the great outdoors, and an excitement for local companies and local pride.

Being a company born, raised and operating in Seattle, Bartells believes in showcasing countless local favorites from small businesses all around the Northwest – something it’s celebrating all February long with its annual Loving Local event.

You can expect great deals on local goods through Feb. 10 at all 65 Bartell locations. As an extra bonus and a way to join in on the local celebration, visit your neighborhood store on Friday the 9th for coffee and cookies from 2-5 p.m., plus enter to win a gift basket filled with local homegrown must-haves.

There’s even more to enjoy at select locations around town, including face painting for kids (and adults, too, if the mood strikes), free manicures featuring Oregon-based Pacifica Nail Polish, and sampling of some of the best snacks and sweets our region has to offer. You can visit Bartells’ events page on the website for details.

This celebration is about letting local products shine, and learning about the great businesses behind them. Joe Chocolates, one of the companies sampling during Loving Local, got its start in 2015 when two college students at the UW launched the idea as part of a class project. Now they have a chocolate factory producing delicious high-quality chocolate jam-packed with rich espresso flavor.

Moon Valley Organics is another brand Bartell Drugs brought onto its shelves in early 2017. This high-quality, organic personal care line rests on a philosophy of simple ingredients packed in environmentally friendly containers – all coming out of North Bend, WA.

There’s a lot to celebrate – stop by your Bartell Drugs, and see what your neighbors are up to!

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5 simple ways to boost your energy in the New Year!

February 4th, 2018 by hillaryu

Story written and submitted by Dr. David Ramaley

Do you ever feel like you’re too young to be as tired as you are? Or that even though you are exhausted, sleep – good sleep especially – eludes you? You’re not alone. Especially in Seattle’s grey months. Many of my patients of all ages come to me exhausted, fatigued, and so low on energy they are literally dragging themselves into my practice. They don’t get it, they say. They work out, eat healthily, and get as much sleep as they always have, even if it comes later and not as easily as it once did.

 

My practice is located at the north end of Wedgwood in Northeast Seattle, and I’ve been treating Wedgwood and View Ridge residents and their families for decades. I know how busy you are with your families and careers and other commitments, but I also know how committed many of you are to living a healthy lifestyle. I hope you find these tips helpful.

 

We may be keeping our same healthy habits like exercising, eating well, and sleeping the same number of hours, but in recent years, we’ve also added new habits to our daily routines. How are you reading this? I bet it is on your smartphone or tablet. Maybe your laptop. It’s almost certainly on an electronic device. A lot of us need to be on these devices for our jobs, and even for those who don’t, in recent years, their screen time is rapidly catching up. On average, we spend 10.5 hours in front of screens every day. These screens emit what is called “blue light.” While some of this light is natural, getting over 10 hours of it every day is definitely not.

 

At the same time, we are also indoors most of the time. So not only are we getting too much unnatural blue light, we are getting too little natural light from the sun. In fact, we spend 97% of our time inside. And a little less than half of that time is spent in front of digital screens under artificial lights and lamps – all of which is emitting blue light that disrupts our normal circadian rhythms. Natural light – like from the sun – on the other hand, helps us to regulate our normal circadian rhythms. Couple excess unnatural light with scarce natural light – what do we get? Exhaustion, fatigue, and a myriad of other health problems like migraines and hormone imbalances. No wonder why we’re so tired and feel so crummy much of the time!

 

The good news is we can do things to offset this new light equation of too much blue light and not enough natural light. And no, it doesn’t involve throwing out your iPhone and laptop (as much as we may want to!). Here are 5 simple things I have my patients do. It works for me, them, and I’m hopeful it will work for you.

 

  • Take a break outside! Even in the Seattle winter where it’s way more grey than yellow, the sun is still behind those clouds. The natural light – even with cloud cover – can give you a boost of energy to get you through that next meeting. Hold a walking meeting. Take a walk on the Burke with the kids. Run the dog to Magnuson. Or even just park further than needed to get in some extra natural light and fresh air.
  • Use sunglasses sparingly. A sunny day in January in Seattle? Break out the sunglasses and shorts, right? Well, not so fast. Feel free to wear the shorts – it’s actually good for the light to hit your skin – but skip the shades. When you’re outside, you want as much natural sunlight to hit your eyes as possible.
  • Use blue-blocking glasses. We Seattlites pride ourselves on spending lots of time outdoors. But in the winter months, our screen time can dominate more than our vitamin D time. Thanks to technology, we have glasses that can help us block harmful blue light from entering our eyes during our screen time. Try Gamma Ray glasses – available at Amazon here.
  • Replace LED and fluorescent lights with incandescent lights. You can still keep your energy conserving LED lights in other areas in and outside of your house, but in the bedroom and main living areas, try to use incandescent lights.
  • Set a digital bedtime. Shut off your screens at least 15 minutes before going to bed. Longer is preferable, but at least shoot for 15 minutes of all analog time before wanting to sleep.

For more tips on how to increase your energy and vitality and decrease your fatigue, exhaustion, and insomnia, check out my website: https://www.drramaley.com/ and my book, Perpetual Energy. In it, you’ll find 10 categories of simple things we can do to generate more energy and better health in our busy, screen-filled lives.

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