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Entries from January 2016

Heads Up: Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 132nd St. closed due to slide clean up and repair

January 29th, 2016 by Support Staff

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to clean up debris and temporarily stabilize the adjacent hillside at the site of a landslide, which occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, on a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail at 13200 Riviera Pl. NE.

The trail is closed from NE 127th to NE 142nd streets and bicyclists are being detoured on to Riviera Pl. NE, east of the trail. It is not currently known when the section of the trail will reopen.

The hillside in question is on private property and Seattle Parks and Recreation has notified the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, which will work to notify the homeowner.

Seattle Parks and Recreation dispatched civil and soil engineers, two heavy equipment crews, a tree crew, and a traffic control crew to the location of the slide this morning to assess the slide, stabilize the hillside, and begin cleanup efforts. Crews removed three trees and approximately 20 yards of material, filling up three dump trucks before a second slide occurred at approximately 1 p.m.

Crews are currently onsite working hard to stabilize the hillside. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Civil Engineer is directing cleanup efforts and monitoring the area to determine how much of the hillside is loose. Traffic control crews are set up on each side of the trail section with signage alerting bicyclists of the closure.

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Pediatricians Know Children’s Medical History Well and Provide Comprehensive Care

January 29th, 2016 by Support Staff

By Liana McCabe, MD

As the mother of two young children and a pediatrician, I understand and appreciate how challenging it can be to coordinate health care for a child, especially for parents who also work outside the home or have other responsibilities. To make caring for children and their families easier, we strive to provide comprehensive pediatric services and have our Wedgwood-area clinic at University Village be your child’s ‘medical home.

Your pediatrician can do it for you

Aided by an electronic medical record, which includes your child’s allergies, medical history and immunization records, a pediatrician is able to provide the most informed, safe and effective treatment options, unlike a clinic that may not be able to easily obtain your child’s personal health information.

Consistency is also key to proper health care

The importance of a long-term relationship with a pediatrician from the newborn years until adulthood – both for the patient and for the parent who is looking for guidance in navigating the sometimes challenging world of parenting – cannot be understated.

With every visit, phone call or secure email, the pediatrician is learning about your child’s health care needs, enabling the physician to make decisions with complete knowledge and information. This is why children’s health care is ideally delivered or coordinated through the child’s ‘medical home,’ the office of the primary-care pediatrician.

Pediatricians provide comprehensive care

It is important for parents to know that pediatricians provide far more than primary care for children and teenagers. For instance, most pediatric practices – like the one just south of Wedgwood at Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center – provide services for:

  • Well-child checks
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel health
  • Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Screening for anxiety and depression
  • Acne
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sibling issues
  • Down syndrome care
  • Nutrition therapy and education

Many pediatric programs also help provide parents and children access to a variety of free and low-cost community health education classes. One such offering through Virginia Mason is the Nutrition and Fitness for Life (N.F.L.) program.

Nutrition and Fitness for Life

Virginia Mason’s N.F.L. program teaches children and their families healthier lifestyle habits, such as how to choose foods wisely and get and stay active. The program is free to qualifying patients ages 5 through 18 and is funded as the sole beneficiary of the Seattle Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge Golf Tournament, part of the Boeing Classic Champions Tour.

Families who join N.F.L. learn to work together as a team, find fun ways to exercise, prepare meals at home and reduce time spent watching TV and playing video games. Within the program, parents share ideas with each other, and kids who struggle with weight issues learn they are not alone. Once families have graduated from the program, they are offered additional support from Virginia Mason providers.

For more information about pediatric care

For more information about pediatric services offered through Virginia Mason, visit

In addition, I will begin periodically appearing on KCPQ Television’s (Channel 13, FOX) weekday morning newscast later this year to provide in-studio perspectives on various pediatric health topics.

Liana McCabe, MD, is a board certified pediatrician. She practices at Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center (2671 NE 46th St., Seattle, WA 98105; 206-525-8000;, which is located just south of Wedgwood. The clinic is planning to add Urgent Care services in late spring of 2016.

Additional online resources:

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HandsOn Skill Fair Needs Volunteers

January 28th, 2016 by Support Staff

Sustainable NE Seattle is seeking volunteers for their HandsOn Skills Fair.

They need help with the following:

  • getting business donations and financial contributions
  • making soup the Friday night before at Meadowbrook Community Center
  • welcome table –  day of Fair
  • set up and take down lunch at Fair
  • helping in the clothing exchange area day of Fair
  • if you are handy as a fix-it-DIYer, helping in the Repair Café

They also need the following items:

  • bring household items and bikes to repair,
  • tools to sharpen
  • clothes to exchange or repair
  • seeds to exchange
  • fermentation cultures to give away

If you are available to help or have any of the above items, please email Sustainable NE Seattle.

To learn more about the HandsOn Skill Fair, visit their website.

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Save your Stuff and Save the Date: Eckstein Rummage Sale

January 24th, 2016 by Support Staff

The Annual Eckstein Band Rummage Sale is Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.

Your donations will make this event a success. Please save household items, books and music, furniture, toys, games and puzzles, sporting equipment, clothing in wearable condition, and any other re-sellable items for the sale.

On Friday, April 1st bring your donations to the Eckstein cafeteria between 1:30 and 4:00 pm. The cafeteria’s entrance faces the garden in the east parking lot. (Eckstein’s Address is: 3003 NE 75th Street, Seattle)

Mark your calendar and come to the Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be great deals to be had, baked goods, and music from our very own jazz combos.

This sale is a fundraiser. Monies raised from the rummage sale go directly to the Eckstein music program and are used to help offset some of the cost of off-campus music performances, repair damaged instruments and provide scholarship to children who needs assistance. We work to make music accessible to everyone.

Thank you for supporting The Eckstein Bands!

Contacts: Sarah Fulton and Maggie Sweeney.

They are unable to accept unassembled furniture, car seats or strollers.

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Mythbusting the Flu

January 19th, 2016 by Support Staff

By Christian P., Bankers Healthcare Group

When it comes to the winter season, there are several things that are likely on our minds, but two big ones are preparing for the holidays and trying to stay healthy through them. Even though the major winter holidays have come and gone, it’s important for us to defend ourselves and our kids against getting a pesky cold or the flu. Washington is in a very good place this year when it comes to beating the flu, being significantly below the Department of Health’s baseline percent of flu-related hospitalizations. It’s important for us to keep on the pathway to more success against colds and the flu virus and to help along that process, Bankers Healthcare Group has created this infographic aimed at busting common cold and flu myths.

In case you’re wondering who Bankers Healthcare Group is, they are a company whose business is helping doctors and other medical professionals find financing solutions to maintain their practices. Staying healthy is not something that is done individually, but as a community. If we can put ourselves and our families on the right track to stay healthy, we can help the Wedgwood and View Ridge neighborhoods stay on track to beating colds and the flu this season.

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Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is Open!

January 19th, 2016 by Support Staff

Spring is just around the corner so it’s time for kids to gear up for baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL)!

For kids 5-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program is a great way to introduce the game.

NESLL’s softball program is a great way to get young girls involved in athletics and be a part of championship teams.

NESLL’s baseball program is for boys and girls ages 6-13 and a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game.

For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.

Please go to to start the registration process.

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The 15th Annual More Music @ The Moore Auditions

January 15th, 2016 by Support Staff

STG presents More Music @ The Moore Auditions at The Vera Project February 1-3, 2016 4-9pm each day, reservations required.

Seeking exceptional musicians ages 14-21 to audition for More Music @ The Moore. Selected musicians/groups will perform in two shows at The Moore Theatre on May 6, 2016, learn from music industry leaders, and work with world-class drummer, percussionist, and all around notable Music Director, Sheila E.

ALL music styles welcome! Bring your rock, gospel, hip-hop, world, traditional, jazz, folk, metal, and more! Those interested in a music career and that have original works are encouraged to audition!

For more info and to sign up for an audition visit their website.

Sign up no later than January 25, 2016.

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Free Tax Help Beginning in February

January 13th, 2016 by Support Staff

Are you ready for the tax season? Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service will again provide free tax preparation and electronic filing at 12 North Seattle and Shoreline sites starting February 1st. This service is totally free; you do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. There is no age restrictions. If you would like someone to help you prepare and file your 2015 federal income tax return, or maybe simply have a few questions before you tackle your own, Tax-Aide’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers at each site can help. In addition to regular earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $25,000 in annual expenses, and various healthcare (Affordable Care Act), education, child and earned income credits. If you are a foreign student, come to our sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library. We have preparers who can help you with your 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843. If you have a more complicated return, we might not be able to prepare your return, but we can at least point you in the right direction.

ARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. In addition to your tax documents, remember to bring picture ID, together with your social security cards if you want assistance preparing your tax return.

Closest locations to Wedgwood/View Ridge:

Meadowbrook Community Center*

10517 35th Ave. NE, 98125, 206.684.7522

Mondays only 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Monday, Feb. 1st , closed Feb. 15th for Presidents Day.

Northeast Library**

6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98115, 206-684-7539

Fridays 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Saturdays 1:00PM – 5:00 PM.

Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Friday, Feb. 5th.

Northgate Library**

10548 5th Ave NE, Seattle 98125, 206-386-1980

Thursdays only 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Thursday, Feb. 4th.

** Sites certified to handle Foreign Student Returns

For more information visit their website.

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Art&Soul Studios Mixed Media Parent-Child Art Class

January 12th, 2016 by Support Staff

Help support a new local business and enjoy making portraits, sculptures, paintings and more! This 45-minute parent-child art class will introduce you and your little artist to new ways of making art. Water tables help make clean up easy and fun and all of our materials are non-toxic and washable. To make clean up even easier, we provide smock’s for both the adults and the children. Our parent-child art class is a place to come and let go of the worries, stresses and lists of everyday life.  We encourage you to get down on your child’s level and enjoy quality time making art, with the one you love most. Our early childhood art classes and programs are developed to support collaborative art making, as well as provide tools to make sure that each child’s emotional and physical needs are met within the art experience. We believe in creating community through a creative outlet!
Dates: 2/4/16-3/10/16 every Thursday
Time: 10:30-11:15
Ages: 2-3-year-olds
Price: $150 for 6-week class

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How well do you know your vitamins?

January 6th, 2016 by Support Staff

Written by: Katherine Figel, RDN, CD

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) currently recommends eating nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.  On average however, we are usually eating closer to two servings per day. Given the reality of our ever growing to-do lists and busy schedules; well-rounded, home-cooked meals aren’t always an option. Additionally, our weather in the Pacific Northwest is filled with gloomy, rain-stricken days making vitamin deficiency a hot topic at any primary care clinic.

So where do you begin? Here are some tips on identifying which foods are rich in these nutrients and how to incorporate these foods into your meal and snack times to reach your daily needs.


A major player in skeletal health, calcium also helps out in the circulatory system and with cell signaling. Calcium is found in dairy products (i.e. milk, yogurts and cheese) fortified juices, canned salmon and some plant sources such as tofu. Try making tuna melts with salmon instead of tuna or enjoy plain-low fat yogurt with fresh fruit for a mid-morning snack.

Vitamin D

This vitamin, like calcium plays a key role in bone health. There is also growing evidence supporting vitamin D’s role in preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. Vitamin D is in milk and some yogurt and can also be found in eggs, mushrooms, and some fortified foods. While Vitamin D can also be synthesized from exposure to sunlight, don’t count on getting much from our cloud-stricken Seattle weather. Starting your day with a hardboiled egg or having a glass of milk instead of your midday soda can help.


Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and is crucial in muscle and cardiac function.  Bananas usually come to mind when we think of potassium but many people don’t realize that lots of other nutritious foods are also rich in potassium. These include beans, potatoes, plain yogurt, and fruits and vegetables.


Fiber is a non-digestible nutrient found mostly in plant sources including whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Fiber can be thought of as a “Renaissance Man” as it has a vast number of health benefits. Fiber can also help support colon health, blood sugar balance, decrease the risk of coronary heart disease, and help to support a healthy weight. Next time you’re at the Wedgwood Ale House, try switching your favorite sandwich bread or wrap from refined bread to whole grain! Quinoa is a particularly high fiber grain which can be used in exchange for rice. Snacking on fruits and vegetables in between meals can also help to bump up the fiber. Bonus? Fiber helps you to feel full longer, so you may be able to resist that mid-afternoon candy bar.


Taking a multivitamin can always help to increase nutrient intake as well. However, most dietitians recommend trying to get these nutrients from your foods versus from a supplement. If you do choose to take a multivitamin be cautious so as to avoid potential vitamin toxicities, particularly from vitamins, A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are fat-soluble meaning that your body can not easily excrete excess amounts thus increasing the risk to potentially overdo it.

At the end of the day following a balanced diet, complete with all the necessary nutrients will help you to feel your best. If you eat a varied diet, you do not need to stress about filling your vitamin quota but each of the above suggestions can be found at the Wedgwood QFC or other local grocers. If you’re interested in learning more about proper nutrients, make an appointment with a dietitian, nutritionist or your primary care provider to see which vitamins are right for you and your lifestyle.

Katherine Figel, RDN, CD, is a dietitian with the Nutrition team at Pacific Medical Centers. She sees patients at the PacMed Canyon Park, Northgate and First Hill clinics. Learn more at

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