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Entries from April 2014

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Magnuson Park

April 29th, 2014 by hillaryu

National Geographic and Cornell Unitversity's Lab of Ornthology

Migrate to Magnuson Park on Saturday, May 10, in honor of International Migratory Bird Day. Bring your family to learn about amazing birds that travel thousands of miles each year to Seattle.

There will be guided walks, habitat bingo and other family-friendly activities beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Magnuson Community Center, 7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Talks will be given by renowned bird experts Idie Ulsh and Dennis Paulson.

International Migratory Bird Day is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Magnuson Community Center Nature Programs and the Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance.

Sign up for free bird walks and activities and learn more about the event online.

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Northwest Chorale Presents Durufle and Rutter Requiems to Benefit Northwest Harvest

April 27th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Northwest Chorale will perform Maurice Durufle’s Requiem together with John Rutter’s Requiem in concert on May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Denny Park Lutheran Church and again on Saturday May 10th 7:30 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Admission is complimentary and a free-will offering will be taken to benefit Northwest Harvest.

The performance will feature organist Ahra Yoo, the voice talents of Kathy Barlow Bysheim, soprano; and Michael Drumheller, bass, with instrumentalists provided by the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra.

Duration is approximately two hours with one intermission.

Please join them and experience two distinct and beautiful musical works.

Denny Park Lutheran Church
766 John Street
Seattle,WA 98109

Northminster Presbyterian Church
7706 25th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98177

For more information, visit their website.

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2014 King County Master Gardener Plant Sale

April 24th, 2014 by hillaryu

The 2014 King County Master Gardener Plant Sale is Sat. May 3 and Sun. May 4 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture (located at 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle).

Find plants from Master Gardeners and specialty growers, get free garden design consultations, hear quick tips and personal shopping advice from experienced Master Gardeners and purchase garden art and more from select vendors.

Shop ahead of the crowds at the Preview Party fundraiser on Fri. May 2. Pick plants as you enjoy fresh creations from local chefs. Join Ciscoe Morris as he bestows the Golden Brussels Sprouts Award. Tickets for this preview event can be purchased online. All proceeds benefit the Master Gardener Foundation of King County.

Rain or shine, they hope to see you and help you start the best garden ever this year.

For more information, to buy tickets, volunteer or donate plants, visit their website.

You can also visit them on Facebook to comment or share your gardening photos.

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Lifelong’s Dining Out For Life

April 23rd, 2014 by hillaryu

Lifelong’s Dining Out For Life, presented by BECU, returns for its 21th year tomorrow, Thursday, April 24th. On this day, nearly 150 restaurants in Seattle will donate over 30% of their proceeds to Lifelong to fight hunger and illness in our community. Funds raised from Dining Out For Life support Lifelong, a Seattle-based community health organization that opens doors to food, housing, and health services to people living HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

Below is the list of neighborhood restaurants that are participating (for a full list, visit their website).

  • Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon
  • Marcello Ristorante
  • Masala of India Cuisine
  • Ristorante Doria
  • Sand Point Grill
  • Vios Café

During the day-long fundraiser, diners have a chance to win a cruise vacation getaway for that includes airline tickets from Alaska Airlines as well as a 3, 4, 5, or 7 day cruise for two. Lifelong is also encouraging patrons to tweet photos of themselves using #forkie for a chance to win a Dining Out For Life prize package.

Dining Out For Life is sponsored by BECU, The Stranger, C89.5, Nyhus Communications, Titan Outdoor, and the GSBA.

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American Lung Association Respiratory Rally

April 22nd, 2014 by hillaryu

Join the American Lung Association for their Respiratory Rally: a free patient education event to learn more about managing chronic lung disease or helping a loved one.

This event, led by local experts, will focus on helping adults with lung disease learn the skills that will allow them to be active and independent, and improve their overall quality of life.

Topics include: pulmonary rehabilitation, COPD research, Alpha 1, nutrition, and staying active. Lung disease patients will be equipped with local health resources, and acquaintances who live with similar lung diseases.

Lunch is included, oxygen is available, and valet parking is free.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th St.
Seattle, WA 98125

Register for the event online, or contact Allison Moroni, Lung Health Manager, at 206-512-3294 or by email.

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Wills and Trusts: Are Your Documents Correct, in Order and Up-to-date?

April 21st, 2014 by hillaryu

Estate tax laws are changing and learning about the best practices in estate planning has never been more important. Understanding the latest developments helps you to protect yourself and your family and ensure that your wishes can be clearly executed. This event will explore best practices in estate planning, document management and changes in estate tax laws.

Presenter, Greg Russell, a founding partner of Peterson Russell Kelly PLLC, has more than 25 years’ experience advising his clients on their estate planning, including wills, trusts and wealth transfer gifting.

“I focus on listening to what clients want, and providing cost-effective advice so that clients can make good decisions,” Russell said. “In most instances clients do not want lengthy, expensive memos about their matter; rather they seek information about risks involved so that they can make informed business decisions.”

This seminar, presented by North East Seattle Together (NEST), hopes  to bring together individuals, families, seniors, students, business owners and community organizations to ensure that as we grow older, we can continue to live safely and confidently in our own homes, in the neighborhoods we love.

Wednesday, April 23rd from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Laurelhurst CommunityCenter
4554 NE 41st St

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information call 206.525.6378 or email NEST.

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35th Avenue N.E., at Thornton Creek, to be Closed for Six Months

April 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

Beginning as early as May 5, part of 35th Ave. N.E. will be closed for approximately six months while the city’s longest creek is reshaped to prevent chronic flooding and restore habitat for threatened salmon and other species.

For years, the confluence of the North and South branches of Thornton Creek, just east of 35th Ave. N.E., has been prone to flooding. High waters have frequently inundated nearby homes, Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool and closed the road to traffic.

To fix the problem, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will remove an undersized culvert under 35th Ave. N.E. and realign the existing creek channel through a new two-acre flood plain. The wider channel and flood plain connection will help native fish habitat by spreading out and slowing the peak flows of Thornton Creek.

Additionally, the project will construct a new bridge under 35th Ave. N.E. slightly north of where the creek currently runs.

To perform the work, it will be necessary to close a section of 35th Ave. N.E., between N.E. 110th St. and N.E. 105th St., for about six months. During the closure, 35th Ave. N.E. will be open only to local access traffic.

Meadowbrook Community Center and Meadowbrook Pool will have to be accessed from the south and will remain open and offer regular programming.

Traffic will be detoured from 35th Ave. N.E. to Lake City Way N.E. via N.E. 110th St. and N.E. 95th St. Detour signs will be in place prior to the closure.

Southbound Metro buses (Route 64 and 65) will be detoured to Lake City Way N.E. via N.E. 110th St. and N.E. 95th St.

Northbound Metro buses will be diverted to Sandpoint Way N.E. via N.E. 95th St. and N.E. 110th St.

To learn more about Seattle Public Utilities’ Thornton Creek Confluence Project, check it out online.

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Sustainable NE Seattle Meeting – This Thurs. (4/17)

April 16th, 2014 by hillaryu

The next monthly Sustainable NE Seattle meeting is this Thursday, 4/17, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The meeting has moved to the Meadowbrook Community Center, located at 10517 35th Ave NE.

Join them as they work to rebuild a Sustainable NE Seattle. They are seeking input from the neighborhood on developing the “How We Work: guide to our operations.” Come and share your ideas and suggestions on how they can move forward with their plans.

This meeting will also mark the beginning of their Open Nominations period for their first Board of Directors election, to be held next month!

About Sustainable NE Seattle:

The mission of Sustainable NE Seattle is to support the transition of our community toward resilience and sustainability. We are a multi-neighborhood organization, working together on various action projects in such areas as food security and growing local food, alternative transportation systems and neighborhood mapping, tree and habitat preservation, green building and energy efficiency…trying to effect positive change for our locality, creating a world that works for all.

Learn more on their website.

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The Future of 35th Ave N.E.

April 14th, 2014 by hillaryu

The 35th Ave Committee has been working for several years to proactively plan for change along 35th Ave N.E. and help create the conditions that the community desires of its neighborhood business district.  Recently, they have received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to develop streetscape guidelines and zoning recommendations to help shape the future of 35th Ave N.E.

Over the next couple months, they are hosting 3 public workshops to gather more input for these planning outcomes.

Public Workshop 1: Tuesday, April 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Public Workshop 2: Wednesday, June 11th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Public Workshop 3: Thursday, July 31st, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

All public workshops will be held at the Messiah Lutheran Church at 7050 35th Ave N.E.

For more information, visit the 35th Ave Committee website.

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Business Profile: 8 Limbs Yoga

April 9th, 2014 by hillaryu

8 Limbs Yoga, located at 7345 35th Ave NE, Seattle, has been providing yoga to our neighborhood since 1999 when Anne Phyfe Palmer decided to open her second studio in Wedgwood. Palmer, a Seattle-resident since 1993, discovered yoga at the young age of 7, when her parents gave her a yoga book. Although she didn’t know it at the time, yoga would become her way of contributing to the community-at-large and finding balance in her personal and professional life.

Palmer’s mission is to provide yoga in a way that’s inclusive to all styles of the practice and is very welcoming. She also wants her studios to be a place where the community can gather, practice together and have a deeper connection with ourselves.

When asked about the benefits of yoga, Palmer says, “in today’s world, we all have intense workloads, commitments to our family and can sometimes find a lot of stress in our lives. The practice of yoga helps to reset everything and creates nourishment in our body so that we can continue to do all of the things we love. It can also help us become more efficient at what we do and have more energy.”

I decided to observe a Friday morning class taught by Brent. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with warmth and a friendly smile by the Wedgwood Studio Manager, Theresa Spencer. Spencer has been with the company for 11 years and got started with yoga after being bored with other cardiovascular activities. She says, “Yoga turned out to be so much more that what I ‘thought’ it was going to be.  My practice has assisted me through thick and thin.  This was now 15 years ago.” In her role as studio manager, Spencer assists students in finding the classes that fit their schedules and interests. She also oversees the studio’s daily operations. When asked about her favorite part of the job, she insists that it’s “the community and the opportunities for continual growth and expansion.”

For the next few minutes, I watched the students pour into the studio. Each student was very friendly, smiling and excited for their practice. As everyone got settled, Brent introduced me to the class and I thanked them for having me. After that, it was complete silence, with a focus on breathing. I spent the next hour observing Brent’s class, where he taught mindfulness focus.

After the lesson, I spoke with Palmer and Spencer and asked them what advice they have for new students who are thinking about starting yoga. Palmer says “it’s important for new students to remember that flexibility is not a prerequisite and there is no requirement to have a certain body type. Come as you are and we will help yoga match your life.” Spencer added, “DO IT NOW! (Oh only if I would have started younger!!!).”

If you’re interested in getting into yoga and/or trying the 8 Limbs Wedgwood Studio, check out their class schedule here.  They currently have a 2 month trial for new students for only $108!

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