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Entries from June 2015

SeaHawkers Booster Club and the Ronald McDonald House

June 26th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Michelle

The SeaHawkers Booster Club has been coming to the Seattle Ronald McDonald House for over ten years to give residents a taste of the Seahawks “game-day experience.” Last Saturday, the group came to the House to prepare and serve brunch, along with the Sea Gals and Blitz the Seahawk mascot. Everyone got into the spirit of the day, so the House was awash with blue and green shirts. The kids loved chatting with the Sea Gals over cupcakes, and one of the Sea Gals even used her iPhone to Facetime a quick greeting to a former resident, who has now recovered.

Parents and kids alike said the day was one to remember. One kid was so excited that he got up at 5 AM in preparation for the day, even though the event started at 10 AM! A mom remarked that the visit “made the day super special” for her and her kids. As a way to remember the special day, the SeaHawkers also provided an on-site photographer who took free keepsake photos for families, which were printed on site.

Around 11 AM, the SeaHawkers brought another surprise for our families – a performance by the Seahawk’s Blue Thunder Drumline. The Drumline performed several numbers and then let the kids try out the drums and cymbals for themselves. The “Weehawk,” a good luck Seahawks themed doll invented by SeaHawker Chris Johnson, even got into the action, dancing along to the beat.

To make the day even more special, the SeaHawkers brought the Beast Bus to the House for the first time ever. The Beast Bus is a double decker bus, imported from London, painted with Seahawks colors and decorated with memorabilia. It even has a replica of the Lombardi trophy and original seats from the Kingdome inside. Kids and their families had a great time exploring both levels of the bus and honking the horn which was loud and proud like the Seahawks fans themselves.

The SeaHawkers Booster Club started in 1976, and is the longest-tenured ‘official’ booster club of any team in the NFL. All chapters are involved in giving back to their community, and the SeaHawkers regularly visit RMHC twice a year to bring the spirit of the 12s to our families. They have even been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work at Ronald McDonald House in 2013. Over the years, the SeaHawkers have brought everything from firetrucks to Seahawks themed sportscars with them and we are so glad to have them as part of our volunteer groups.

If you are interested in getting involved with the House like the SeaHawkers, we are always looking for groups to come prepare and serve meals for our families. Our entirely volunteer meal program offers family dinners at both of our Houses Sunday through Thursday at 5 p.m. It is just another way that RMHC is a “home-away-from-home” for families and children during difficult times. If you are a group of three or more and would like to cook a meal for our families, look for an available date on our website and get in touch with Eleanor Garrison, Activities Coordinator.

Other opportunities to help the House abound this summer. We are the beneficiary of the FroYo5k race which takes place on July 25th at Kirkland’s Juanita Beach Park. We are looking for 100 volunteers, so grab your friends and neighbors for what promises to be a fun morning of cheering on runners and assisting with the 5k. More details can be found online.

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Are You #GoodandReady for Disaster?

June 19th, 2015 by hillaryu

Wedgwood & View Ridge neighbors are invited to build a free disaster preparedness starter kit, as well as learn other ways to keep themselves and their families safe in a disaster, at the Fremont Fair this Saturday, June 20.

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, and The Allstate Foundation have launched a nationwide, 14-city tour to help Americans get ‘good and ready’ for a disaster. This is the annual tour’s first time in Seattle, where local volunteer organization Seattle Works will be on-hand to help residents get prepared.

In the last 10 years, nearly 255 million people worldwide were affected by disasters and since 1980, weather-related disasters have increased by more than 230 percent.

“Disaster prep is essential, especially for people in the Puget Sound region,” says Jessica Frederick, development and communications manager at Seattle Works. “Experts have long predicted a large-scale Seattle earthquake and unfortunately, the risk of another landslide like the tragedy in Oso makes this issue very real for our community. A preparedness kit is a proactive way to make sure you have supplies on hand if a disaster occurs.”

Seattleites can stop by the ‘Good and Ready’ booth, located on 35th Street between Phinney and 1st Ave, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to make a free starter kit for their family. Each kit includes first aid supplies, a flashlight, a water bottle and other items proven to keep people safe in a disaster.

“Although it’s difficult to think about, a disaster could occur in any community at any time across the globe,” says Cathy Darracott, local Allstate agent and ‘Good and Ready’ representative. “Many people—85 percent in fact—aren’t prepared. Our campaign and tour aims to help communities take charge and be less vulnerable in the event of a sudden disaster. Creating a kit for you and your family is step one.”

Seattle, chosen for its urgent need, is the sixth stop on this year’s ‘Good and Ready’ tour. People interested in supporting the campaign, or following the tour virtually, can use hashtag #GoodandReady on June 20.

Learn more about building your own disaster kit here.

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Executive Chef honored with Red Carpet Award

June 17th, 2015 by hillaryu

Executive Chef, Chad McKenzie, at Ida Culver House in Ravenna was recently honored with the Red Carpet Award from Washington Health Care Association.  This is a fantastic honor and, as you may, or may not know, each summer, Ida Culver House Ravenna opens its doors to  neighbors with a free jazz concert series, an art gala and a neighborhood picnic.

All of the events are free and a wonderful opportunity to sample some of Chef McKenzie’s amazing food, and enjoy wine tasting, live music, art and more.

Events are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Art Gala featuring local artists, live jazz music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting in the garden.

Thursday, August 13 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Live jazz concert in the garden with pastries and coffee.

Saturday, August 22 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Neighborhood Picnic, we provide the food and fun, we invite our neighbors to join in garden games and conversation.

Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Live jazz concert in the garden with pastries and coffee.

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Fertility Journey Support Group

June 11th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Laura F.

Fertility Journey Support Group
Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month
6:30 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst.

All are welcome—women, men, individuals, couples—basically, anyone who is on a fertility journey, whether you have been pregnant or not, had losses, have previous children, are on your umpteenth round of IVF, have just started the journey, or are supporting someone who is going through it.

Wherever you are, you are welcome. Our wish is that with the combined wisdom, care, and resources of the group, each one of us will move further toward our dream of being parents in a saner and more hopeful way.

This is a peer-led group and is not a professional therapy group. There is some structure in how the group flows, but mainly it is a safe space to connect with others and know that you are not alone.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact The Rev. Danáe Ashley by email or phone: 425.248.9224.

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Free Shakespeare Plays at Magnuson Park

June 10th, 2015 by hillaryu

GreenStage, Seattle’s Shakespeare in the Park Company, brings free Shakespeare plays to Magnuson Park this summer.

Schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 6, 7 p.m.: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Amelia Meckler Bowers

Friday, August 7, 7 p.m.: The Two Noble Kinsmen, directed by Ryan Higgins

Saturday, August 8: Double feature! 3 p.m.: The Two Noble Kinsmen. 7 p.m.: Much Ado About Nothing.

Performances are in the Magnuson Park Amphitheater, between “The Brig” and the community garden.

For a complete schedule for the summer, visit the GreenStage website.

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Seattle Works Day – June 6th

June 5th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Reama S.

On Saturday, June 6, volunteers and local companies will come together at over 50 nonprofits, schools and parks around the city to get some serious work done at local nonprofit and greenspaces like Yesler Swamp in Laurelhurst and North Helpline in Lake City.

Organized by local nonprofit Seattle Works, this year’s event will be more impactful than ever with more volunteers and a team from Mayor Ed Murray’s office.

From noon to 3:30 p.m., teams will roll up their sleeves at neighborhoods around the city. When the work is done, the celebration begins. Teams will gather at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall for an after party, with lunch provided by Tutta Bella, beer by Stoup Brewing, and cider from Neigel Vintners.


Noon to 3:30p.m.: Volunteer projects around the Puget Sound

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: After party at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

5:30 to 7 p.m.: Sounders match after-after party with Gorilla FC at Buckley’s in Queen Anne

“Seattle Works Day is epic! Research shows that individuals who volunteer are happier and less stressed; and companies who support volunteerism see higher morale, less turnover and better time management from their employees,” said Seattle Works Executive Director Ben Reuler.

“Seattle Works Day is about building a stronger Seattle by rolling up our sleeves and sharing in what makes Seattle a great city: engaged people who truly care about their community. Seattle Works is proud to help drive Seattle’s excellent civic health.”

For details on how to register for Seattle Works Day, visit Seattle Works’ website.

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Seattle Ladies Choir – Season 9 Summer Concerts

June 3rd, 2015 by hillaryu

The Seattle Ladies Choir is made up of 50+ members with varying musical experience, from shower singers to professional musicians. Their diverse tastes and talents shine through in their biannual concerts, during which the women perform songs by artists ranging from Radiohead to Katy Perry. Hear them sing in perfect harmony at their Season 9 concerts featuring choral veresions of songs by Sia, Bon Iver, Ingrid Michaelson, Madonna, Marvin Gaye, Walk the Moon, Justin Timberlake, and more!

The concerts will be at the gorgeous Roosevelt High School Mainstage (1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115), where you’ll enjoy free parking, comfortable theatre seats, air conditioning, excellent acoustics, and perfect views of our shining, singing faces.

They have three exciting shows scheduled:

Friday June 26, 2015 at 7:30pm

Saturday June 27, 2015 at 2:00pm (matinee)

Saturday June 27, 2015 at 7:30pm

Ticket costs vary:

General Admission: $13 online, $16 at the door ($2 less for matinee show)

Students: $11 online, $14 at the door ($2 less for matinee show)

Seniors/Kids: $6 online, $7 at the door

Purchase tickets here.

Please note that tickets are only valid for the date and time specified. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time; tickets available at the door, subject to availability, prices may vary. The show is wheelchair accessible. See you at the concert!

Seattle Ladies Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit powered by Shunpike and 4Culture.

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