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Entries from October 2016

Best cities for trick-or-treating

October 30th, 2016 by Support Staff

According to our friends at Zillow, Seattle is the #9 best city to trick-or-treat in. And guess what?! According to their data, Wedgwood is one of the top five best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in Seattle!

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"Starry Night" Film at the Seattle Shorts Festival

October 28th, 2016 by Support Staff

View Ridge neighbor, Paxton Farrar will be showing his film at the Seattle Shorts Festival (Nov. 11-13 at SIFF Film Center). The film is inspired by his family fly fishing trips to Eastern Washington, and his love of astronomy and cosmology. Paxton says he wants to be the scientific community’s go-to filmmaker!
The story is set against a backdrop of a family drama, one that fans of BILLY  ELLIOT or OCTOBER SKY might enjoy. It follows the arc of a dispirited teenager, resigned to a life of rural isolation and poverty to a young adult impassioned with the possibility of controlling her own destiny.
Learn more here.

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Save the Date: Roosevelt High School Jazz Nutcracker

October 27th, 2016 by Support Staff

Tickets are on sale now for Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker performed by the Roosevelt Jazz Band.  Performances are held in Roosevelt High School’s Performing Arts Theatre (1410 NE 66th Street – Seattle) and are scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00pm.  Tickets are available here:

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Ravenna Springs Community Council: Public Meeting

October 23rd, 2016 by Support Staff

Wednesday, November 2
6:45 p.m.
Blakely Manner

The Ravenna Spring Community Council has identified restoring more routes going east-west as a priority. They have a public meeting scheduled with metro transit reps in November and are inviting the surrounding neighborhoods to learn more and voice their concerns. Click here to see the event poster with location and additional details: 2016-10-14 Bus Mtg Flyer.

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What’s for Lunch?

October 23rd, 2016 by Support Staff

By Kathleen Bradley, Registered Dietitian, PacMed

It’s that time of year again! Seattle-area kids are back at school, and both parents and kids are busy adjusting to new schedules for the school year. Healthy eating habits in children are important for their well-being, growth and mental development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly one in three school-age children and adolescents in the United States is overweight or obese, and only half of all children ages 2 to 17 meet federal diet quality standards. A growing body of evidence suggests that the school food environment plays a key role in influencing childhood dietary behaviors and weight status. Since meals consumed at school often account for half of a child’s daily calorie intake, it is important to ensure that students’ lunch options are healthy, nutritious and delicious.

Schools work hard to provide students with as much learning time as possible. But that often limits the time available for lunch. According to our state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the average time available for students to eat lunch in the public school system is 20 minutes. Even with school schedules restricted by contracts and teachers under increasing demands to boost instruction time, parents can play a powerful role.

So how can parents provide a meal that meets not only nutrition recommendations but also tight time restraints? The key is to keep it simple and practical. Providing lunches that include a good quality protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods that are whole-grain rich will help keep students full, focused and on the go.


Protein rich foods generally take longer for the digestive system to break down and can help students to stay fuller for a longer period of time. Younger kids often prefer fewer ingredients in a meal, so it’s okay to keep things simple. Great sources of simple protein rich foods include hard boiled eggs, deli meats, and dairy products. For sliced meats, focus on lean cuts such as turkey, ham or chicken. Choose low-fat sources for dairy products, such as low-fat string cheese and pre-portioned yogurts. Note that Greek yogurts can contain up to twice the amount of protein compared to regular yogurt. Simple vegetarian protein sources include nuts, seeds, nut butters/spreads, beans, and legumes. So think of including packs of mixed nuts, sunflower seeds, edamame, nut butters, or hummus in the lunch sack.


Whole grains, fruits and vegetables provide a great source of not only vitamins and minerals, but also fiber. Fiber is another food component that takes longer for the digestive system to break down and will help students feel full for longer. Providing a variety of fiber-rich options in your student’s lunchbox gives choosy kids enough options. When looking for whole-grains, make sure each serving has at least 3 grams of fiber. Whole-grain breads, pita pockets, chips, or tortillas wrapped into a sandwich are simple ways to incorporate these nutrients into your student’s meals. To keep fruit and vegetable sources simple, try whole or precut versions like veggie sticks, fruit cups, and sauces like apple sauce.

Pack something frozen

Food safety is an important thing to keep in mind when packing foods from home. It’s worth looking into insulated lunch bags and freezable cooling packs to keep your student’s food fresh and at the proper temperatures. Local stores such as Fred Meyer and Safeway sell a great variety of these products. To avoid adding extra bulk to lunch box, try freezing water bottles, yogurts or juices the night before to act as a cooling pack that will thaw just in time for lunch.

If you’re interested in learning more information and tips like these, make an appointment with a dietitian, nutritionist or your primary care provider.

Kathleen Bradley is a Registered Dietitian at Pacific Medical Centers in its First Hill and North Sound clinics. Pacific Medical Centers is a private, not-for-profit, multi-specialty health care network with 150 primary and specialty care providers. Its ten locations are in the Puget Sound neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Canyon Park, Federal Way, First Hill, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Northgate, Puyallup, Renton and Totem Lake. To better serve its patients, PacMed plans to open a clinic in Lacey in 2016. 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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Become an ambassador for Seattle Musical Theatre

October 15th, 2016 by Support Staff

Seattle Musical Theatre is looking for volunteers:

With all of the entertainment options out there, combined with experiencing many of them in the comfort of your own home, it becomes more and more of a challenge to engage today’s audiences in the power of a live theatrical experience. However, we at SMT know the secret to our success- You, or Patrons! Without your support, feedback, and desire to come and support the offerings we share with you, we would not be here for our 39th season! It’s your passion for musical theatre that spreads throughout the community and allows for us to have the opportunity to introduce new generations to this truly unique style of theatre!

We want to ask for your support again by inviting YOU to be a part of our new volunteer program, the SMT Ambassadors! Our Ambassadors are willing and desiring to share the message and culture of SMT with their family, friends, co-workers; basically, all those that they encounter in their travels throughout our community. Do you enjoy talking about theatre? About musicals? Do you like to share your opinion on shows? On what we are doing here at SMT? On what we are working to become in the future? Then, the SMT Ambassadors are for you! We will provide you with the tools you need to share our information, spread our culture, and ignite the passion for musical theatre in new audience members!

We are asking interested Ambassadors to contact our Volunteer Program Manager, Gayle Hunsberger. Gayle will give you additional information, as well as feedback on what you can do to help us spread the word about SMT to our community!

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MOD Apartments Open House – 10/26

October 12th, 2016 by Support Staff

The MOD Apartments (located in the heart of Wedgwood) will be hosting a special Community Open House Event from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26th.
Featuring free tasty bites from local food trucks, lively music and self-guided tours of the building’s newly-renovated apartment homes — designed to protect the building’s original character.
Feel free to RSVP to if you’d like to join the celebrations at this community landmark located at 6559 35th Ave NE.

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Are You Ready for Cold and Flu Season?

October 9th, 2016 by Support Staff

By Dr. Akiko Hall, PacMed

The excitement of the start of the school year, football season and fall activities can be quickly dampened by a cold or flu. Every parent dreads their child getting sick; it means missing work and school and, more drastically, requiring a visit to the doctor. Worst of all, it may mean that your whole family winds up getting sick. Luckily, I have some prevention tips to help keep you and your children healthy this cold and flu season.

Cold vs. Flu

First, a little refresher. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria. There are hundreds of different viruses that cause colds; flu is caused by the influenza virus. Antibiotics won’t work to treat colds or flu because antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses.

Viruses are easily spread between people who spend significant time in close contact such as those in schools, daycares and offices. They’re typically spread by contact with an infected surface such as a doorknob or drinking fountain handle or person-to-person by direct contact. Most viruses are not airborne.

It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. Both can cause a range of symptoms, including fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough and fatigue. In general, however, flu tends to hit harder, have higher fever and include body aches and nausea.


While this all may sound like bad news, you can do a lot of things to help prevent you and your family from catching a cold or flu this season.

  • Hand washing: Although you’ve heard it many times before, it bears repeating: good handwashing is the number one way to protect yourself from getting sick. Scrub for at least 20 seconds to stop those nasty germs from spreading.
  • Flu vaccine: The flu vaccine adds a layer of protection. Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. While it won’t keep you from getting a common cold, it will help protect you from the flu. What’s new this year is that nasal sprays are not recommended because they have been determined to not be effective enough to fight this year’s flu strain.
  • Avoid people who are sick: This helps to prevent the spread of germs. If your child is sick, they should stay home from school. Encourage them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of their elbow instead of their bare hands.
  • Sleep: Your body needs good sleep for a healthy immune system. Toddlers/preschoolers should get 11-13 hours a night, young school-age kids need 10-12 hours, “tweens” 9-10 hours and teens 8-9 hours. And don’t neglect yourself! Try to clock in 7-8 hours every night.
  • Eat well: One of the easiest ways to keep you and your children healthy is to maintain a well-balanced diet of healthy protein, some carbs, limited fat and sugar, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. A proper diet will help rebuild cells and give you energy and essential vitamins needed for a strong immune system.

Treating a Cold or Flu

So, you’ve followed this to a T—and someone still gets sick. At this point, all you can do is help manage symptoms and support the immune system in doing its job. Despite our best efforts, we’ll all catch a virus at some point, kids more often than adults: they average a whopping 6-8 colds a year.

Aches and fevers in older infants and children can be treated at home with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Be sure to check the label for the proper dosing. If a fever is greater than 100 degrees and lasts longer than a few days or if other symptoms are severe, you should make an appointment to see your child’s doctor.

Keep your child home from school until the fever has subsided. A mild cough and/or sniffles may persist for several days, but it is okay to go back to school as long as they’re generally feeling better.

To recap, ensure you and your family wash their hands, get their flu shot, avoid others who are sick, eat well and get plenty of rest. If you follow these simple tips, you can prevent or minimize family members from getting sick this cold and flu season.

Dr. Akiko Hall is a pediatrician at the PacMed Canyon Park clinic in Bothell. Learn more at

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