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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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    New Secure Medicine Return Program

    February 16th, 2017 by hillaryu

    King County residents can safely dispose of the medicines they no longer need by taking them to a drop-box located throughout King County.

    Participating pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and law enforcement offices will accept most prescription and over-the-counter medicines for disposal.

    Mail-back envelopes are also available for residents that are homebound or have limited mobility.

    There are several locations close to the Wedgwood/View Ridge neighborhoods.

    For more information, click here.

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    Tickets now available: Little Women at SMT

    February 11th, 2017 by hillaryu

    Seattle Musical Theatre, Seattle’s longest-running musical theatre company, proudly presents the third show of its 39th season, Little Women: The Musical. The show runs from February 17th through March 12th; Fridays and Saturdays  at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm, with a special Thursday performance on March 9th at 7:30pm.

    Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested; her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudginly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experiences growing up in Civil War America.

    Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. The original production starred the unparallel Sutton Foster, who received Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk nominations for her performance.

    SMT’s production is directed and choreographed by Andrew R. Coopman, with musical direction by Alyssa Taubin. The cast features Danielle Barnum, Alyssa Hope Maas, Sarah Fairchild, Carly Hutchinson, Shoshaunna Schepps Mohlman, Dawn Brazel, Lawrence Albert, Shane Patrick Hoffman, David M. Connolly, Nick Hyatt, with Alana Peters-Whiting and Taylor Davis rounding out the Ensemble.

    Tickets are currently on sale for Little Women: The Musical, as well as for the final show of our 39th season, the Cole Porter classic, Kiss Me Kate! Check out website below for more details!!

    Buy 4 tickets for the price of 3! Purchase your tickets here.

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    Amazon Prime Now adds New Seasons Market

    February 7th, 2017 by hillaryu

    Amazon recently announced that Prime Now customers in Seattle can now shop thousands of fresh, organic and local products from New Seasons Market. Prime members will find organic produce and meats from the region’s best producers, delicious made-from-scratch foods, freshly baked organic, non-GMO breads and much more from New Seasons Market on Prime Now and have those items arrive at your doorstep with free 2-hour delivery. Prime members can also order from a wide array of beer and wine for delivery from Prime Now in neighborhoods far beyond New Seasons Markets’ Mercer Island store including Bellevue, Issaquah, Laurelhurst, Renton and West Seattle.

    In Seattle, Prime Now offers tens of thousands of items from Amazon, PCC Natural Markets, Uwajimaya, New Seasons Market, All the Best Pet Care, Bartell Drugs and popular local restaurants. Prime members can order everything on their grocery list from PCC’s made-daily, prepared foods and organic, local produce to Uwajimaya’s huge selection of Eastern-inspired products from cuts of meats to Asian snacks. Similarly, All the Best Pet Care affords customers the convenience of heavy pet food delivery, toys, pet beds and more. Customers can also shop thousands of health, beauty, grocery, snacks, local products and much more from Bartell Drugs. Prime Now has more than doubled its service reach for Bartell Drugs to include neighborhoods such as Everett, Greenwood and downtown Seattle as well as expanded delivery from All The Best Pet Care.

    Prime Now is available in the Wedgwood/View Ridge neighborhoods. With Prime Now, one-hour delivery is $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. New Seasons Market is available through Prime Now from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week.

    Learn more about Amazon Prime Now at www.amazon.com/primenow.

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    Free Child Dental Care

    February 3rd, 2017 by hillaryu

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and this year, emphasizing the importance of oral health to a child’s overall health, the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry has partnered with Bartell Drugs to provide 115 children in need dental care checkups.  Bartell’s charitable contribution was matched by Healthy Smiles Healthy Children:  the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to provide the funding for this initiative. Crest/Oral B and Sensodyne Toothpaste/GSK are also providing free toothbrushes and toothpaste for nearly 500 children as part of the project.

    Families are invited to contact the Center at 543-5800 to request a voucher that will be good for a dental exam, xrays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application during the month of February.

    Dean Joel Berg of the UW School of Dentistry noted that “As a pediatric dentist, I’m excited to have the support of Bartell Drugs and the Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation for our Children’s Dental Health Month activities at the UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry. Their help, plus a valuable contribution from Crest/Oral B, will make it possible for us to provide preventive care for more than 100 children in need at the Center during the month.”

    Dean Berg noted that proclamations supporting Children’s Dental Health Month have been issued by the state of Washington, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and 20 Washington cities, and added: “It’s truly heartening to see this level of commitment from our community as we encourage all parents or caregivers to bring their children to the dentist this month and help them learn good oral health habits.”

    “Bartell Drugs is pleased to be part of helping put children’s dental care in the spotlight,” said Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager for Bartell Drugs. “Effective and early dental care and hygiene is the foundation to long-term health and wellness.”

    “Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children believes that every child, regardless of life’s circumstances, deserves a Dental Home – a place to receive consistent, compassionate dental care. That’s why we are so pleased to support The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, an organization that continually creates unique solutions and partnerships to increase access to care and provide Dental Homes for Seattle’s most vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Neophytos L. Savide, president, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. “Community Children’s Smiles will provide treatment for children along with education for parents, so good dental health can become part of the family routine. Not just for a day, but for a lifetime.”
    As part of the effort to promote dental hygiene throughout the community, Bartells is offering a $1.00 in-store coupon for any of its Premier Value toothbrushes. With each toothbrush purchased through this offer, a free toothbrush will be provided to a child in need through Crest/Oral B. Look for the brochure coupon in the dental care aisle at all Bartell Drugs locations through February.

    At the Center for Pediatric dentistry website, parents can learn about when children should have their first dental visit, ways to prevent early childhood caries, when to expect changes from primary to permanent teeth, proper brushing and flossing techniques, thumbsucking, dental sealants, choosing the right mouth protector for active children and adolescents, and teaching their children to say no to tobacco. Parents will also learn about the importance of regular dental examinations.

     

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    SPL NE Library February Story Times

    February 1st, 2017 by Support Staff

    Seattle Public Library Northeast Story Times

    Baby Story Time

    (For infants up to 12 months)

    Wednesday, February 1, 8, 15 at 12:30 p.m.

    Toddler Story Time

    (Geared for ages 1-3)

    Thursday, February 2, 9, 16 at 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Preschool Story Time

    (Geared for ages 3-5)

    Tuesdays, January 31, February 7, 14 at 10:30 a.m.

    Pajamas & Puppets

    (All Ages)

    Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. (A couple weeks earlier than usual!!)

    For more info, check out their website.

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    Ladies Musical Club – Free Public Concerts in February

    January 31st, 2017 by Support Staff

    The musicians of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) will present eight FREE public concerts during February 2017 at Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Central Public Library, West Seattle Library, Mirabella, University House Wallingford, Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center Theater and Music Center of the Northwest.

    Several of these concerts are very close to our neighborhoods!

    The FREE programs are performed in an intimate-setting, appropriate for all ages, and approximately one-hour in length. The concert at MCNW is 90-minutes, with an intermission and refreshments following.

    For more information about Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, public concert performance schedule and donation options, visit their website. Ladies Musical Club of Seattle may be found on Facebook.

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    Seattle Public Library Foundation College Scholarships

    January 29th, 2017 by Support Staff

    Seattle high school seniors and college undergraduates are invited to enter an essay scholarship competition created by The Seattle Public Library Foundation to honor civic leader Stimson Bullitt.

    The fourth annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship seeks essays that explore civic courage. Essays may be submitted online through 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2017. Three scholarships will be awarded: the author of the winning essay will receive $5,000, and the authors of the two second-place essays will each receive $2,500.

    The competition is open to high school seniors and college undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.

    Winners will be announced in June 2017, and winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library. Blue ribbon scholarship judges include authors Sherman Alexie, Paula Becker, Jon Krakauer and Jonathan Raban.

    The Library Foundation created the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who were willing to go against public opinion and take a stand to better the world.

    “This civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy,” said Jonna Ward, CEO of the Library Foundation. “Stim’s commitment and generosity helped build and sustain important Seattle institutions like the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Library Foundation. We are happy to honor his contributions to the Seattle community.”

    Bullitt, who died in 2009, was a lawyer, decorated soldier, outdoorsman, civil rights activist, developer, philanthropist, broadcaster, environmentalist and community leader in Seattle. He believed that courageous civic leadership could improve the lives of people in our community now and in the future.

    Bullitt saw the Library as an institution that embodied his commitment to equality of opportunity for all. Through his significant bequest to the Library Foundation, his commitment lives on in programs, resources and opportunities at the Library.

    For full contest rules, visit the scholarship competition website.

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    May the Force be with you: How to start the New Year with a healthy mind

    January 26th, 2017 by Support Staff

    By Bonnie Shultz, clinical mental health therapist, Group Health.

    We know starting the New Year off with good, healthy habits is an important goal for many, but most New Year’s resolutions and health advice focuses on physical activity and diets. However, it’s also important to take some time to focus on the health of your mind. We call this practice mindfulness and it can make a good addition to any list of resolutions.

    Mindfulness based therapies help treat anxiety, pain, stress and depression by strengthening our knowledge of self with a focus on compassionate self-care, and can be applied during all moments of one’s life.  Research indicates mindfulness practice may enhance psychological well-being, mental health and physical health. If you happened to watch the new Star Wars movie you may discover similarities between the practice of mindfulness and the fundamentals of the “Force”- including the following tenants:

    • Intention: Your vision or motivation from moment to moment.
    • Attention: Paying attention to what is – not interpreting the experience – just attending to your feelings.
    • Attitude: Being aware of the attitude you bring to the experience is essential. Your attitude shows up in your posture and can impact your physical self.

    Here’s FIVE ways to engage these building blocks in the New Year:

    • Bring your whole self to each experience- we miss a lot when we are not living in the present moment.
    • Trust in your intention to care for yourself this year and allow yourself 10 minutes each morning to sit in the present moment. There is nothing more important to do, no place better to go, let go of all the “doing” and simply rest in the moment.
    • Practice not judging self or others; instead practice being an attentive, compassionate witness to the world inside of you and around you.
    • When you become frustrated, depressed, stressed take a 10-minute walking break -practice walking slowly – with each step say the word peace until you begin to feel peaceful. If you forget to say peace- start again!
    • Practice “compassionate speech” in your communication with yourself and your loved ones. Before you speak ask yourself the following three questions. “Is what I am about to say necessary?  If it is – go to the next question; is what I am about to say the truth?  If it is then ask yourself the third question; is what I am about to say kind?”

    For more mindfulness tips, go to ghc.org.

    The New Year also coincides with the flu season. Keep yourself healthy by getting a flu shot today at Group Health’s CareClinic location at Bartell Drugs at the University Village. CareClinic is a walk-in clinic open to anyone regardless of insurance carrier and are staffed by Group Health board certified clinicians. They are a convenient and fast way to be treated for many minor injuries and illnesses. Learn more about Group Health Cooperative at ghc.org.

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