News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


New restaurants and pop-up stores at University Village

October 15th, 2017 by hillaryu

This fall, University Village will welcome Juice Press, a premier organic grab-and-go health food shop with a selection of organic, plant-based food and beverage products. The U Village location will be the first on the West Coast, and will be located next to Aveda and Microsoft.

Even Stevens Sandwiches, a sandwich shop with a cause, will also open this fall next to Kid’s Club in their first Washington State location. For every sandwich sold, Even Stevens will donate one to a local non-profit partner. Since 2014, the company has donated more than 1.8 million sandwiches.

These new eateries will join recently-opened additions to University Village’s dining scene, which include Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, a delicious Hokkaido-style ramen restaurant known for its signature white broth that is never boiled.

Ba Bar, with its ever-popular Vietnamese street food, is now open daily for cocktails, phở, bánh cuốn, coffee, fresh pastries, and more in University Village’s South building, below Virginia Mason.

Also, Seattle favorite Rachel’s Ginger Beer, featuring Ma’ono fried chicken at the U Village location, is now open across from Pottery Barn.

Just in time for fall temperatures, the Escape Outdoors Pop-Up recently opened next to Anthropologie, and features a large selection of outdoor apparel including Patagonia and Arc’Teryx, as well as local brands such as Casual Industrees and Northwest Riders.

With their first location in Washington State, WILL Leather Goods Pop-Up is now open near the popular kid’s play area, and features a collection of bags, belts and leather accessories that are uniquely American. The family-owned lifestyle brand, based in Eugene, OR, is known for its fine leather craftsmanship and pieces that will last a lifetime.

Learn more here.

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United Way’s Free Tax Prep Campaign

October 13th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by United Way King County

Maria, a single mother of two making $30,000 a year, has to regularly choose between education, car repair, or dental care. But during the last tax season, she received a $3,000 refund, secured by United Way’s Free Tax Prep volunteers at no cost to her.  This meant she didn’t have to choose between some of her basic needs.

Taxes can be a stressful subject for many people. Paid preparers charge upwards of $300 for a tax return, and often don’t tell clients about certain credits and saving opportunities. The Free Tax Preparation Campaign trains volunteers to do the opposite for low- and moderate-income filers. With no prior experience needed except our two-day training, our tax volunteers ensure clients obtain the refunds they’re eligible for. Each volunteer on average, brings $30,000 back to the community. And Intake and Benefit volunteers inform clients of other savings opportunities, such as food and housing assistance.

Last year, we served 22,700 people! And brought back a total of $30.5 million to the community!

This year, we’re aiming for 23,000 tax returns filed. To do this, we’re in the process of recruiting a team of volunteers for our 30 sites located around King County. So join our talented team, receive training that boosts your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No experience needed! We train volunteers to either file taxes or help connect clients to public programs.

Find a Free Tax Prep location near you and get involved click here.

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SPL offers college financial aid help for high school students

October 10th, 2017 by hillaryu

Applying for 2018-2019 student financial aid? The Seattle Public Library will offer drop-in support for students and their families as they navigate the college financial aid process at two Library locations in October and November.

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

Trained volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and offer help with applying for scholarships. Financial aid experts will provide support for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Assistance will be provided at the following times, dates, and locations.

  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., 206-684-7455.

To fill out the FASFA and WASFA, students should bring the following items:

  • Driver’s license or identification card.
  • Social Security number or Green Card.
  • Income information. This includes bank statements, a W-2 or pay stub, and a past tax return.
  • Additional financial information. This might include child support statements, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information.

Students who are age 24 or under must also bring a parent or legal guardian with them, along with the following items:

  • One parent or guardian’s Social Security number or Green Card.
  • Parents’ or guardians’ financial information. This includes a copy of their 2016 tax return.
  • Parents’ or guardians’ additional financial information. This might include child support statements, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information.

This event is presented in partnership with College Goal Washington. Assistance is provided through the Washington Student Achievement Council.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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Magnuson Park Gallery marks its third anniversary with Mexican Artists in the Pacific Northwest

October 5th, 2017 by hillaryu

On Thursday, October 19, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the Magnuson Park Gallery will be open for a Third Thursday event in honor of its third year anniversary and its current exhibit, Mexican Artists in the Pacific Northwest, a show of 14 works by seven prominent artists of Seattle’s Mexican-American community, including Alfredo Arreguin, Fulgencia Lazo, Gabriel Marquez, Jesus Mena, Marilyn Montufar, Kristen Ramirez and Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Curated in partnership with the Consulate Mexico of Seattle, the rich and vibrant exhibit commemorates three years of arts and cultural exchange in Magnuson Park’s only publicly accessible arts venue. The Third Thursday event presents a chance to meet some of the artists while enjoying live music from jazz vocalist Marina Christopher and light refreshments with neighbors and new friends in Northeast Seattle.

The Magnuson Park Gallery is operated by Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE), a non-profit dedicated to building community and facilitating arts and cultural activities for the public within the park and the Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District.

Learn more here.

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Oct/November Events at University Bookstore

October 1st, 2017 by hillaryu

University Book Store author/book events through November

7 pm October 13. Aaron Mahnke. The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures. Now at U District store. Tickets through – one ticket admits two; one book. Writer, host, and producer of hit podcast Lore, Aaron Mahnke, shares with us his beautifully illustrated exploration of mythical creatures.

7:00 pm Oct. 25. Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour – We’re Going to Need More Wine Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True. U District store. (HARPER). Admission requires purchase of her book from University Book Store. Store. Actress and activist Gabrielle Union discusses her new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine. Union shares a powerful and personal collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.

7 pm Nov.9. Jeff Goodell. The Water Will Come. U District store, Free.
Author and Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell discusses his latest title The Water Will Come. Goodell has written that within a lifetime, Miami as we know it today will vanish. From island nations to the world’s major metropolises, our coasts will drown in the rising waters.

7 pm Nov. 8. Pastor Carl Lentz. Own the Moment. University Temple.  Ticketed, one ticket includes one book and admits two. Leader of the Hillsong Church NYC—an 8,000 member community in the heart of Manhattan—Carl Lentz is 30-something, covered in tattoos, and gives sermons in a leather jacket and jeans. His unorthodox style has earned him celebrity followers and thousands of congregants.

7 pm Nov. 12, It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. University Temple. Ticketed ($21.99 includes copy of the book). Joseph Fink created and co-writes the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and touring live show with Jeffrey Cranor. Cranor has written more than 100 short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, co-wrote and co-performed with Fink a two-man show.

7 pm Nov. 15, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!, by Ree Drummond. University Temple. SIGNING ONLY. Ticketed ($29.99 admits one person to the signing line and includes a copy of the book). Ree Drummond is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. Her cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, premiered on Food Network in 2011.

6 pm Nov. 15, Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter. U District Store. SIGNING ONLY. Tickets are $26 each and include a copy of the book and admission to the signing line. From actress, producer, and writer, Krysten Ritter, a psychological suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption. Ritter is well known for her starring roles in Marvel’s Jessica Jones and in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, as well as her pivotal role in AMC’s Breaking Bad.

7 pm Nov. 16, Endurance, by Scott Kelly in conversation with Andrew McIntosh of the Puget Sound Business Journal. University Temple.  Ticketed ($29.95, admits two and includes one copy of the book.) A memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station–a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.

7 pm Nov. 17, Total Cat Mojo, Jackson Galaxy. University Temple. Ticketed ($25.99 admits two and includes a copy of the book)   Jackson Galaxy is a cat behaviorist and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell. He is the coauthor of the New York Timesbestseller Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).

7 pm Dec. 7. What United Us. Dan Rather. Presented by University Book Store at University Temple, 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle

Each ticket is $22.95, admits one person and includes one copy of the book. Tickets available at

1 pm, Dec. 3. Oliver Jeffers. Here We Are. U District store. Ticket is $19.99 through, includes admission for the family and one copy of the book. A painter and picture-book maker, his titles include Lost and Found and How to Catch a Star. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages; a film short of Lost and Found has won more than 60 wards.

For more details, click here.

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Seattle Humane Society’s MaxMobile

September 25th, 2017 by hillaryu

Visit the MaxMobile as it stops by University Village and adopt your new best friend!

The MaxMobile is the Seattle Humane Society’s mobile adoption and education unit that has cats, dogs and critters ready for on-the-spot adoptions.

Upcoming MaxMobile visits:

Sunday, October 8 from 11am to 2pm

Sunday, November 12 from 11am to 2pm

Sunday, December 10 from 11am to 2pm

The MaxMobile can be found outside Ravenna Gardens during regular appearances. Learn more here.

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Save the date: Gabrielle Union & Anna Faris at the U Bookstore

September 20th, 2017 by hillaryu

7 pm, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour
We’re Going to Need More Wine
U District store
Free with purchase of the book from University Book Store.

Actress and activist Gabrielle Union joins us for a discussion of her new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine. In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Union shares a powerful and personal collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. She tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents with an emphasis on empathy, self-awareness, support, and confidence.

7 pm, Thursday, October 26

Anna Faris
University Temple United Methodist Church The Sanctuary, 1415 NE 43rd Street
Penguin Random House
Tickets are $28, admit one person and include a copy of the book. Tickets are available through The Pack Rewards™ members also receive VIP seating for the event. Must show UW ID.

Actress and UW alumna Anna Faris joins us for a discussion of her funny and relatable debut book, Unqualified. Her comic memoir and first book shares her candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book reveals her unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love. Hilarious, authentic, and actually useful.

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Event: U Village Remix

September 16th, 2017 by hillaryu

Store collaborations • In-store events • Special guests

Shop, be pampered, taste the flavors of fall, and get expert tips from special guests including dating coach Marina Lavochin and Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies.

Enter to win* $1,000 in gift cards!

Look for the X outside of Ben Bridge Jeweler and Headlines Salon.

Learn more here.

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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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