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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

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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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April 23rd, 2014 by hillaryu


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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 wanted her studios to be a place where the community could gather, practice together and have a deeper connection with ourselves.

When asked about the benefits of yoga, Palmer said, “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 [insert hyperlink to website].  They currently have a 2 month trial for new members for only $108!

Palmer’s mission is to provide yoga in a way that

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