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Entries from May 2014

Wedgwood Art Festival

May 31st, 2014 by hillaryu

The 9th annual Wedgwood Art Festival, a N.E. Seattle summer highlight of art, music, food and children’s activities, returns this July!

Event highlights:

  • Turn your face into a cat or pirate by Wild Smiles face painting.
  • Kids are invited to make their own art at a variety of art activity stations including Roaring Mouse Studios.
  • Enjoy a performance by Thistle Theater, daily, at 1:00 p.m.
  • See Seattle Fire Engine #40 up close.
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch or snack by visiting a number of food vendors including Veraci Pizza, Patty Pan Grill, Half Pint Homemade Ice Cream and more.
  • Come to appreciate a variety of live musical performances by local musicians.

July 12th & 13th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Corner of N.E. 35th St and 89th St. N.E.
(Our Lady of the Lake Parish and School)

For more information, visit their website or send them an email. Prefer to call? You can reach them at 206-898-5014.

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Zoning Change Requests for New Thornton Creek Elementary School

May 30th, 2014 by hillaryu

A Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee meeting has been scheduled to discuss the Seattle School District’s request for a waiver from City zoning regulations to construct the new Thornton Creek Elementary School. It will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thornton Creek Elementary School cafeteria (7711 43rd Avenue NE). The public is invited to attend.

The School District is requesting changes to City zoning regulations for the following:

1) Greater than allowed building height.

2) Less than required on-site parking.

3) Continuation of on-street bus loading and unloading.

This meeting will include a presentation before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives, on the requested changes to the development standards (zoning). There will also be an opportunity for the public to make comments concerning the request.

Following public testimony, the committee can recommend a waiver, recommend with conditions, or deny the request; or it can decide to hold additional meetings if the committee feels more information is needed. The final decision is made by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to:

Steve Sheppard
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, call Steve Sheppard at 684-0302, or send him an e-mail.

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Northwest Boychoir & Vocalpoint! Seattle Auditions

May 29th, 2014 by hillaryu

Northwest Boychoir & Vocalpoint! Seattle are holding new member auditions for the Northwest Boychoir and for Vocalpoint! Seattle Girls Prep music and vocal training program at the University Heights Center in Seattle.

Boys entering 1st to 4th grades in the fall (currently in Kindergarten through 3rd grades) are eligible.

Girls entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall (currently in 6th or 7th) with strong music talent are eligible.

Saturday, May 31
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University Heights Center

Auditions are by appointment only. New classes will begin in September.

Audition appointments are scheduled through the Northwest Choirs office by calling 206-524-3234 or emailing. Auditions are low-key and private, designed to make those auditioning feel comfortable and relaxed. Parents are strongly encouraged to be present.

Founded in 1974, the Northwest Boychoir enrolls about 150 young singers annually in five levels of training choirs. Members represent 115 public and private schools in the greater Seattle area. Northwest Boychoir music staff members are trained musicians and music educators. Members enjoy the benefit of small classes and focused instruction.

Girls Prep is a rigorous, two-year program that focuses on sight singing, ear training, rhythm skills and ensemble and lead singing. Successful graduates of Girls Prep move into Vocalpoint! Seattle, an ensemble of high-school-aged students with an emphasis on the performance of rock ’n’ roll music and classical choral repertoire.

For more information: Call 206-524-3234 or visit their website.

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Pappy Van Winkle Trivia Event

May 27th, 2014 by hillaryu

Bobs’ Lake City Liquors, a family owned business, is hosting an event for the right to purchase one (1) bottle of Pappy/Old Rip Van Winkle. The bottles vary in price from $75 to $365. Three (3) bottles will be sold as a result of this event. The first two (2) bottles will be sold to the top two winners of the trivia game. And the third bottle will be sold to the winner of a random drawing of all participants.

For those that don’t know, Pappy Van Winkle is the most sought after bourbon in the country. This special bourbon sits in barrels for 10-23 years – aging to perfection! Many liquor stores auction it to the highest bidder, but Bobs’ Lake City Liquors wanted to come up with a way that was a little more fun, and affordable for everyone.

There will be 20 questions (hint: questions will focus on whiskey with maybe a few questions about Bobs’ or other topics); the participant with the most points will have first selection from four (4) choices (below). The runner up will have second choice. The participant selected by random drawing will have third choice (the first place and runner up winners will not be eligible for the drawing). Winners must purchase the bottle at the event, or else it will be offered to the next eligible winner.

Choices that will be available:

  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year
  • Old Rip Van Winkle Lot B
  • Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 year
  • Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 Year


Pre-registration is highly recommended as there is limited space available for this event.

DATE: Sunday, June 1, 2014

TIME: 2:00PM (All participants must be checked in by 2:00PM, check-in begins at 1:00PM)

LOCATION: Bobs’ Lake City Liquors, 9824 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115



  • Registration opens on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 10:00AM, and will close when the event limit is reached.
  • Registration is in-person ONLY. You will be required to present a valid ID and complete the registration form.
  • All participants must be 21 years or older.
  • You may register as an Individual participant or as a Team.
    • Teams can have a maximum of 3 participants.
    • All team members must register in person.
    • Teams will be issued one participation sheet, if a team wins they will only be entitled to purchase one (1) bottle.
  • Day of registration will be available ONLY if space is available, and/or pre-registered participants are a no show.


  • All pre-registered participants must check-in prior to the event start time of 2:00PM. Any participants that have not checked in by 2:00PM will lose their space, and it will be offered to day of/open registration.
  • ALL participants MUST present valid ID on the day of the event. (Even if you are pre-registered, you will still be required to present ID at check-in).
  • Participants will be immediately DISQUALIFIED if:
    • You are caught sharing answers (unless you are registered as a team).
    • You use any sort of electronic device (cell phones, computers, tablets, etc) during the event. As this includes cell phones – please keep them in your pocket or purse (better yet, don’t bring it along).
    • You are caught cheating in any way.
  • In the event of a tie:
    • If two people are tied for first, and their choices are different, there will be no tie breaker.
    • If there is a two way tie and choice selection is the same, or there is a three (or more) way tie, there will be a tie breaker.
    • If a tie breaker is required, it will be a five question round, consisting of ONLY the tied participants. If there is still a tie, we will enter a single question sudden death tie breaker lasting until someone wins. In the unlikely event a tie is unresolved, the final winner will be randomly drawn.
  • Bob and Brent will have final ruling. There will be no debating answers/rulings.
  • This event is meant to be fun. Please act accordingly.

For more information, please visit their website.

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University Village Announces Sounds of Summer Concert Series Line-up

May 24th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Sounds of Summer Concert Series at University Village is a series of free concerts on Wednesday evenings starting July 9 through August 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Every year, fans come out to shop, eat and enjoy the long summer evenings and live music from a mix of local favorites and well-known artists playing familiar hits and new selections.

This year, the Sounds of Summer Concert Series will feature Seattle’s own LeRoy Bell and local favorite Vicci Martinez, both of whom found success on the popular reality series The Voice.

The 2014 Sounds of Summer Concert Series line-up features:

July 9 – The Nowhere Men

July 16 – LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

July 23 – The Dudley Manlove Quartet

July 30 – Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme

August 6 – The Paperboys

August 13 – Vicci Martinez

August 20 – Hit Explosion

In addition to their favorite bands, concert-goers look forward to gourmet bites from University Village restaurants, the lively Ram beer garden and fun activities in the kid’s play area.

The University Village Sounds of Summer Concert Series is presented by UW Medicine, with major sponsorship from Bob Byers Volvo, the Ram Restaurant and Brewery and STAR 101.5.

Learn more online.

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Seattle Vikings Win Washington State High School Rugby Championship

May 22nd, 2014 by hillaryu

Story by Dave Miller

The Seattle Vikings, ranked #12 nationally by Rugby Magazine, battled perennial Washington high school powerhouse and 13th-ranked Liberty Patriots to win a tough 17-9 victory Sunday for the Rugby Washington Division I HS Boys Championship Sunday in Ferndale, Wash.

The victory was the first-ever 15s state championship for the Vikings and marked only the second time Seattle has beaten Liberty in U19 league play – both this season.

Seattle was led by USA High School All-American 7s player Matt Brennan, who scored a crucial go-ahead try midway through the second half on a crash from center off of a five-meter Seattle scrum. Brennan was also awarded man of the match.

The game was a very evenly-matched struggle for much of the first half, with both teams trading phases of possession but unable to cross the tryline. Liberty managed to use a combination of kiwi flyhalf Michael Thompson’s foot and line breaks to camp inside Seattle’s 22-meter line, resulting in two Thompson penalties in the first quarter to make the score 6-0. Near the end of the half, sustained pressure by Seattle’s forwards and flyhalf Will Brennan’s tactical kicking resulted in hooker Philip Hartsell slipping across the goal line after a lineout drive from five meters out, 6-5.

Liberty opened up the scoring in the second half, with Thompson hitting his third penalty kick, making the score 9-5. Seattle’s forwards, however, began to take control and although Liberty was able to garner some serious chances at scoring, it was all Seattle in the final 20 minutes.

Matt Brennan knifed across the line after a long period inside Liberty’s 22, including a try by Will Brennan that was called back as referee Tony Maphosa gave a Liberty yellow card. That gave Seattle the lead, 10-9.

With 10 minutes remaining, Seattle fullback Michael Doquilo finished the scoring with a well worked 50-meter try from wide ball movement that gave him space down the sideline. Will Brennan kicked a crucial conversion to extend the margin to eight points, 17-9.

Liberty furiously attempted to close the gap, but was repelled from the tryline multiple times.

“This was really an amazing game and a very special season for this team,” said coach Steve Brennan. “ The core of this team went to school together and have played rugby together for more than four years and to finish their senior year with a state championship is the best script one could write. And to win over Liberty, with such tremendous talent and outstanding coaching, is really impressive. Liberty played very hard and very well; this game could have gone either way.”

Seattle made it to the final by defeating the Eastside Lions, 29-17, in one semi-final, while Liberty easily defeated Chuckanut in the other semfinal, 48-10.

Photo credit: Locke Bradley, for distribution to media by permission.

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The Junior League of Seattle’s 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck

May 21st, 2014 by hillaryu

The Junior League of Seattle’s 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck is coming to Magnuson Park on June 1st!

Touch-A-Truck is an event offering children a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery, iconic vehicles and to meet the people who build, protect and serve the Greater Seattle community. Vehicles on display may include construction trucks, emergency vehicles, and more! Children of all ages are invited to explore the trucks, meet their operators. The event also includes child-friendly activities like food trucks, face painting, coloring, and giveaways.

Magnuson Park (7400 Sandpoint Way N.E.), enter on the N.E. 74th St entrance.
Parking is limited, so please consider using other forms of transportation and carpooling.
The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Free and donations to the Junior League of Seattle are encouraged. Please bring cash for food vendors and donations!

If you are interested in being a part of Touch-A-Truck or interested in being a sponsor, please contact Amber Quintal. For more information, visit their website.

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Free Concert!

May 20th, 2014 by hillaryu

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Seattle Parks and Recreation are sponsoring a free concert, featuring the Ravenna String Orchestras (conducted by Judy Drake; co-directed by Lorraine Hughes). The event will take place at the Eckstein Middle School Auditorium (3003 N.E. 75th St. Seattle) on Tuesday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to hear beautiful music and learn more about the Ravenna String Orchestras. Pieces will include:

Ravenna Second String Orchestra

  • Overture to The Magic Flute by Mozart
  • Sicilienne from Pelleas and Melisande by Faure
  • Zigeunerweien by Sarasate featuring Eleanor Legault, violin

The Ravenna String Orchestra

  • Overture by Johann Roman
  • Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten

Please join them after the concert for refreshments. For more information, please visit their website.

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BECU Announces the Annual People Helping People Awards

May 20th, 2014 by hillaryu

BECU is now accepting nominations for its annual “People Helping People Awards”. The Awards recognize and honor BECU members and local non-profits supported by the membership in the Puget Sound area.

From now until the end of May, BECU members can nominate their favorite local non-profits to receive one of sixteen $5,000 Community Benefit Awards. All semi-finalists will have a chance to receive an additional $5,000 People’s Choice Award. This award will go to the non-profit organization that receives the most popular votes during an open vote period from 7/1/-7/18 on BECU’s Facebook page. In addition, one BECU member will also receive a $15,000 Member Volunteer of the Year Award (payable to the nominated charity) in recognition of their work and support with the non-profit they nominated.

“As a not-for-profit credit union founded on the principle of people helping people, we are encouraged by the work done by our members and non-profit organizations in communities around the Puget Sound region,” said Sara Moorehead, VP of Community Affairs. “Last year was our inaugural year for the awards and we were delighted by the overwhelming response and the amazing difference that our members are making in our communities.”

For more information on BECU People Helping People Awards, visit their website.

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PEMCO Movies at Magnuson Park

May 16th, 2014 by hillaryu

Big screen movies, cirque performers, movie trivia and tasty food trucks are scheduled for this summer’s PEMCO Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park presented by Seattle Children’s.

Now in its fourth season of Thursday night events, the outdoor series kicks off July 10 with “Grease,” followed July 17 by the animated hit “The Lego Movie.”

The weekly showings continue with “Gravity” on July 24, the 1984 coming of age comedy ”Sixteen Candles” on July 31, “Jurassic Park” on Aug. 7, the 2012 cultish comedy “Pitch Perfect” on Aug. 14, family favorite “The Little Mermaid” on Aug. 21 and “Ghostbusters” on Aug. 28 for the season finale.

More than movies, all PEMCO Movies at Magnuson Park events feature attractions that are sure to please. Local nouveau cirque performers The Cabiri will entertain with aerial acrobatics, stilt walking, fire eating, and more.

Trivia for prizes will be included in every event as will some of the area’s best food trucks including Raney Brothers BBQ, Contigo Modern Mexican, kettle corn and Caramia’s Sweetie Treaties.

Movies are shown on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen. Bring blankets and warm clothes for a comfortable evening. All events are dog friendly. Pre-movie seating is $5 starting at 7 p.m. Movies show at dusk.

More information about movies, entertainment and food trucks can be found on the PEMCO Outdoor Movies website or on Facebook. The series is produced by Epic Events, the Pacific Northwest leader in outdoor movie entertainment.

2014 PEMCO Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

July 10: Grease

July 17: The Lego Movie

July 24: Gravity

July 31: Sixteen Candles

Aug. 7: Jurassic Park

Aug. 14: Pitch Perfect

Aug. 21: The Little Mermaid

Aug. 28: Ghostbusters

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