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Entries from April 2016

Nature Camp Junior Naturalist Positions Available for Teens Entering Grades 10-12

April 25th, 2016 by Support Staff

Know a high school student who enjoys kids and the outdoors, and is interested in earning service hours? Have them sign up to be a Junior Naturalist at Seattle Audubon’s summer Nature Camp!

The time commitment is a minimum of two weeks, for approximately 30 hours per week. Spaces are currently available for all ten weeks of camp (between June 27 and early September); apply soon to ensure position availability.

Applications are being accepted now.

Visit the Junior Naturalist website to learn more or email

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Save the date: Master Gardner Plant Sale & Garden Market

April 23rd, 2016 by Support Staff

2016 King County Master Gardener Plant Sale & Garden Market
Sat. May 7, and Sun. May 8
UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle.

Find plants from Master Gardeners and specialty growers, get free garden design consultations and quick tips, mini-seminars about growing veggies and herbs, personal shopping advice from experienced Master Gardeners, information booths about pruning, natives, rain gardens, and composting by local organizations. Find Mother’s Day gifts from plants, garden art and more from Master Gardeners and select area vendors. Lists of some of the veggies, herbs and tomato varieties can be found here.

Shop ahead of the crowds at the Preview Party fundraiser on Fri. May 6. Pick plants as you enjoy fresh creations from local chefs. Join Ciscoe Morris and Celebrity Chef Roy Breiman.

All proceeds benefit the Master Gardener Foundation of King County and the local Master Gardeners.

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

For tickets, click here.

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Summer positions with the End Summer Hunger Campaign

April 19th, 2016 by Support Staff

The End Summer Hunger Campaign Corps is seeking 80 exceptional members to join a team of dynamic change agents working to end childhood hunger in King County!

Corps members are assigned to one or more Summer Meals sites, and their job is to make a fun, safe and engaging environment for kids. Members will plan and lead activities for kids and families and ensure that all rules for the Summer Meals program are being followed. This is the ideal opportunity to work with a cohort of 80 other End Summer Hunger Campaign Corps, engage with parents, kids, nonprofit leaders and community members on a daily basis, and do something meaningful this summer.

The requirements for this position include:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Must be available 40 hours a week for five days a week from June 20th, 2016 to August 26th, 2016
  • Cannot miss more than two days of the entire term of service. No exceptions can be made.
  • Must go through a Washington State Patrol background check

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged. To apply, complete this application form. For more information, send them an email.

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Got Poem?

April 15th, 2016 by Support Staff

It’s National Poetry Month once again, and as usual, Seattle and its library are awash in poetry events.

The Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch, is hosting its annual all-ages poetry contest, in which everyone is invited to submit a poem at any time in April, and potentially win prizes (including the Wedgie grand prize trophy) and read their poems aloud at the awards ceremony and poetry reading on May 18th. Several other library branches are also hosting poetry events in April, which you can find by searching the library’s online calendar of events for “poetry.”

Check out these online calendars of poetry open mics all over town – the PoetsWest Poetry Readings Calendar, and the Seattle Poet Calendar. And sometime this month, all you poetry lovers might also want to schedule a visit to the Open Books poetry bookstore in Wallingford, arguably the heart of the poetry community in Seattle.

Another not to miss event is the Seattle Poetry Slam’s annual Grand Slam at Town Hall, this year on May 2nd, in which the competitive performance poetry team is chosen to represent the city at the National Poetry Slam. And if you need a final poetry fix, the library will be hosting the 2016 Seattle’s Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna– at various branches from April 26th – May 8th.

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Mail & Package Thefts in the Neighborhood

April 10th, 2016 by Support Staff

We’ve received reports from several neighbors about stolen mail and packages. If you find yourself with missing mail or packages, always check with the carrier and, if it’s USPS, file a claim with them here.

The latest reports state:

  • “I saw opened letters scattered in our back yard”
  • “I had a package stolen from my front yard”
  • “I saw a package get taken from my porch”
  • “I have filed a report with USPS regarding missing mail for the past few days”

Here are a few tips to keep your packages and mail safe:

  1. Pick it up at your local post office: USPS, FedEx, and UPS all offer a service to hold your package at their facility, letting you decide when to pick it up. USPS’s Package Intercept program will redirect a package that hasn’t been delivered yet to your local post office or to any other domestic address. UPS can hold your package for up to five days free of charge, and FedEx will do the same. When your package is sitting safely in a facility, it’ll be impossible for anyone other than you to take it.
  2. Security cameras can work wonders for your peace of mind: not only do they deter potential thieves, you can also check if there are any packages sitting on your doorstep from anywhere, at any time. If your package is stolen, security camera footage of the thief can go a long way toward helping police catch them. You can also record and keep evidence if your package is mishandled or damaged.
  3. Deliver to your workplace: If you can’t be at home during the delivery, have the package delivered to your workplace instead. UPS, USPS, and FedEx all deliver to business addresses during their business hours, and unless your workplace strictly forbids it, you should be able to receive your packages during the day.

For the complete list, visit the SafeWise blog.

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FriendShop Pop-Up + 75th Anniversary Tote Giveaway

April 9th, 2016 by Support Staff

The FriendShop Pop-Up + 75th Anniversary Tote Giveaway is coming to the Northeast Library Branch, April 30!

Join the Friends of The Seattle Public Library for our Pop-up Shop on Saturday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Northeast Branch Library.

Pop in to purchase:

– Pre-owned paperbacks and children’s books for $1

– Goodies from the FriendShop, including mugs and jewelry

– Gifts for readers

They are also giving away 75 of their 75th Anniversary Tote Bags! First come; first serve!

Learn more on their website.

Your support helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library.

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Prime Now: Amazon Offers One-Hour Delivery from PCC Natural Market and Uwajimaya

April 3rd, 2016 by Support Staff

New Prime Now offerings for our neighborhood!


Amazon announced that Prime Now in Seattle, the company’s one-hour delivery service, is now offering superfast delivery from local grocery stores PCC Natural Markets and Uwajimaya.

“We’ve been serving Seattle for more than 60 years, and we regularly get requests from shoppers hungry for a PCC in their neighborhood,” said Cate Hardy, PCC Natural Markets CEO. “By partnering with Prime Now, we not only reach new neighborhoods, we also put the local, delicious goodness of PCC Natural Markets right into shoppers’ hands. Access to fresh, organic, sustainably-sourced food has never been easier or faster.”

Uwajimaya is excited to offer one and two-hour grocery delivery to our customers through Amazon Prime Now,” said Denise Moriguchi, president of Uwajimaya. “We know our customers love the quality and freshness of our produce, seafood, and meat and also our wide selection of Asian grocery items, but don’t always have the time to make it to our stores. Amazon Prime Now is a real win for our customers making it easier for them to get the products they love from Uwajimaya when they want them.”

In Seattle, Prime Now offers tens of thousands of items from Amazon in addition to local restaurant and grocery delivery.

Download the app on your mobile device.

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Wedgwood Rxtra Care Pharmacy closes and joins the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group

April 2nd, 2016 by Support Staff

Submitted by Ken G.

As of March 30, 2016, Rxtra Care Pharmacy is closing its business in Wedgwood and joining the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group.

After many years of faithfully serving the Wedgwood Community, Rxtra Care owners, Holly & Mike have decided to take advantage of a well-earned retirement. They chose Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group to continue their legacy because of their many years of friendship.

“Over the years, we have built many similarities between our companies. We are like-minded in our commitment to community, and liked-hearted when it comes to our high level of customer care for patients and partners alike,” said Kelley-Ross CEO, Ryan Oftebro.

“In spite of how difficult it is to say good-bye,” noted Holly Henry, co-owner of Extra Care in a letter to patients, “it is tempered by knowing that the people at Kelley-Ross will take excellent care of [our patients’] needs.”

Patients who would like to learn more about pharmacy locations or services are encouraged to visit or contact them directly at or 206.417.8066

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Spring Break Safety

April 1st, 2016 by Support Staff

By Dr. Stephen Weinberger

Starting April 11th (for Seattle Public Schools) Seattleites will take to the skies and the highways with the hopes of escaping the daily work or school routine with a spring break getaway. Whether your idea of spring break is a relaxing holiday on the beach, a road trip with the family, or a week with your closest friends, spring break poses its own set of health concerns.   Spring break stressors – which can include heatstroke, safety concerns and more – can all be minimized by planning ahead and taking a few simple precautions. Here are some tips to make this year’s spring vacation fun, safe and healthy for yourself, your friends and your family.

Pack a medical kit. Rather than trying to find a pharmacy, especially if battling a language barrier, make a point to pack a small medical kit for urgent needs. Tylenol for pain and fever; antihistamines such as Benadryl for allergies; Neosporin for cuts and plenty of BandAids are good to have on hand. If traveling out of the county, it would be wise to carry antibiotics in case of “traveler’s tummy.”

Ensure you are up-to-date with vaccines. Influenza vaccine is recommended as this can be found in some countries even during summer months.  Tetanus vaccine should be updated every 10 years for any cuts or wounds that get dirty.  For travel outside of the U.S. certain vaccines like Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines may be recommended.  Consulting the Center for Disease Control website ( is a good starting point.

Hydrate Often. One of the more common ailments when traveling is dehydration especially with destinations that have hotter climates.  Strive to drink water frequently throughout the day to prevent illness.

Be careful of what you eat and drink. Depending on your location, food can be prepared quite differently and cleanliness of water can be questionable.  For food, know what you’re eating and how it’s prepared to prevent food borne illness. Additionally, ensure that you have medication with you for an upset stomach. For water, if you’re unsure if it’s safe to drink, buy bottled water and avoid ice cubes that might be frozen from a contaminated water source.  Also, fruits and vegetables may have been washed in contaminated water resulting in gastrointestinal illness.  As a tip, boiling water at a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes can kill most pathogens.

Protect yourself against the sun. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF for the whole family. The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10a.m. and 4p.m., and can bounce back from sand, snow or concrete. Cover all of the exposed skin often with copious amounts of sunscreen.  Use before and after watersports and exercise, just remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective. Sunscreen is generally not recommended for infants under 6 months of age – use long sleeves and hat to keep a baby’s skin protected from the sun.

Get traveler’s insurance. If leaving the country, it is advisable to have traveler’s insurance.  Emergency evacuations and international medical care are likely not covered by your health insurance carrier.

Stay alert! The biggest reason for injuries and deaths in the U.S. and abroad when traveling is car accidents.  Make sure to take frequent breaks and rest stops on long car rides.  Traffic patterns in foreign countries may be more chaotic.  As a pedestrian, use extra caution in these situations.  Additionally, while there’s nothing wrong with indulging a little on vacation, be careful about how much, and where you drink alcohol as it can make you vulnerable to unsolicited danger.

Most importantly – have fun! Spring break should be a time to relax and unwind from the day-to-day stress of school, home life and work. But in many cases, it’s not always that simple. Make sure to follow these tips to ensure that your vacation is memorable for all the right reasons.

Dr. Stephen Weinberger practices pediatrics and internal medicine at the Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park clinic. Pacific Medical Centers is a private, not-for-profit, multi-specialty health care network of nine locations with 150 primary and specialty care providers.  Its nine locations are in the Puget Sound neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Canyon Park, Federal Way, First Hill, Lynnwood, Northgate, Puyallup, Renton and Totem Lake. To better serve our patients, in 2016 we plan to open clinics in Lakewood and Lacey. Pacific Medical Centers serves patients with commercial insurance, retired military and their families, family members of active-duty personnel, as well as the underserved in our community.

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