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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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SPLASH Summer Sail and Paddle Fest

July 31st, 2017 by hillaryu

Come celebrate Puget Sound and your commitment to clean water!

Join Puget Soundkeeper at the first-annual Summer Sail and Paddle Fest in Seattle’s Magnuson Park on August 3, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Experience a near-full moon over Lake Washington from the deck of a sailboat, sailing dinghy, paddle board or kayak, followed by a community clean water celebration. Guests will enjoy boat rides, dinner, beer and other beverages, live music and a Puget Soundkeeper membership. All-inclusive tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Adult tickets are $45 at the door. Ticket includes on the water experience, dinner and one complimentary beer. Additional beers can be purchased for $5 each.

Reserve your tickets today!


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2017 Night Out

July 23rd, 2017 by hillaryu

Night Out is a national event promoted in Seattle by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.

There is still time to register an event! For more information, click here.

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Windermere Hosting Free Family Event at Green Lake August 19

July 20th, 2017 by hillaryu

Together with partners Seattle Parks and Recreation and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, Windermere Real Estate is hosting the fourth annual Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake on Saturday, August 19, 2017. This free, daylong event will celebrate summer fun and active lifestyles for young families.

The event will offer live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, food booths, free giveaways, and the opportunity for children and adults to try out canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. There will also be a Corporate Cup Regatta that will see twelve Seattle companies face-off for the chance to take home the Corporate Cup trophy.

Live entertainment on the Penrith Home Loans Stage will include a Hoop Smiles hula hoop exhibition, a children’s iron chef cook-off, and martial arts demonstrations in the morning, and a Battle of the Bands competition for teen bands in the afternoon.

The event will take place on the Southwest corner of Green Lake near the small craft center and aqua theater. For more information about the Windermere Summer Splash event and a schedule of activities and list of participating vendors, please click here.

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Amica Insurance Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

July 16th, 2017 by hillaryu

Amica Insurance Movies at Magnuson Park. Events feature big screen flicks, live entertainment, trivia and Seattle’s best food trucks.  2017 is the seventh season of the outdoor cinema at Magnuson Park.  Events run weekly on Thursdays evenings from July 6 – Aug. 24, 2017.  Presented by Seattle Children’s.

Magnuson Park – 7400 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA

Event entry opens at 6:30 pm.

Thur. July 6: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Thur. July 13: Moana
Thur. July 20: Hidden Figures
Thur. July 27: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Thur. August 3: La La Land
Thur. August, 10: The Lego Batman Movie
Thur. August 17: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Thur. August 24: The Princess Bride
Prizes provided by: Thackeray Cafe & Bar, Pagliacci Pizza, Whole Foods in Roosevelt Square, Strut The Pup, Emerald City Comicon

Cost: Event entry is $5 cash or $6 cc per person, at the event.  We’ll have event entertainment, vendors, activities and prize raffles. Five and under is free.

Parking: Parking is free in the park. There is a lot to the N of the athletic fields and one to the SE.  There is limited parking to the west of the athletic fields.  There is limited parking space so please carpool, bike, walk or bus.

What to Bring: Our outdoor cinema packing list includes low back lawn chairs or blankets, friends, family, dogs and money for fun and food.

Times: Seating opens at 6:30 pm. Event entertainment, trivia and activity times vary. Movies show at dusk after event entertainment.

Food Trucks: We’ll have Seattle’s best food trucks selling hot food,  snacks, kettle corn, sweet treats, ice cream and more.   Come hungry and get your grub on before the movie.  Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Live acts:  See events above

Trivia: Movie trivia gets you thinking before each film and offers the chance to win great prizes

Game Show Events: A variety of entertaining game show style events will take place for prizes.

Dog Friendly: Well behaved dogs and owners are always welcome.

More info: Follow on Facebook.

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2017 Wedgwood Community Picnic

July 12th, 2017 by hillaryu

Hosted by the Wedgwood Community Council

Join your neighbors for a fun night of food and music at the 2017 Wedgwood Community Picnic! This year’s picnic will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 3 PM until 7 PM at Hunter Tree Farm.

Like last year, the picnic will feature food trucks, local bands, and activities for kids. And we are working on lining up the permits and volunteers necessary to have a beer garden!

The WCC  will be hosting picnic planning parties twice a month in July and August. If you would like to get involved with planning or volunteering at September’s event, let them know at

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12th Annual  Wedgwood Art Festival

July 8th, 2017 by hillaryu

12th Annual  Wedgwood Art Festival
Our Lady of the Lake Parish and School
corner of 35th Ave NE & NE 89th St Seattle,WA 98115
July 8-9, 2017
​10 AM – 5 PM

The Wedgwood Art Festival is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the community together to enjoy the arts.  This outdoor show in features juried fine arts & crafts, music, entertainment, food and children’s art activities.

Learn more on their website.

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SPL Northeast Story Times

July 3rd, 2017 by hillaryu

July story times at the Northeast Seattle Public Library:

Baby Story Time
(For infants up to 12 months)
Wednesday, July 12, 19, 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Toddler Story Time
(Geared for ages 1-3)
Thursday, July 13, 20, 27 at 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.

Preschool Story Time
(Geared for ages 3-5)
Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Pajamas & Puppets
(All Ages)
Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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