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Entries from January 2017

Ladies Musical Club – Free Public Concerts in February

January 31st, 2017 by Support Staff

The musicians of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) will present eight FREE public concerts during February 2017 at Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Central Public Library, West Seattle Library, Mirabella, University House Wallingford, Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center Theater and Music Center of the Northwest.

Several of these concerts are very close to our neighborhoods!

The FREE programs are performed in an intimate-setting, appropriate for all ages, and approximately one-hour in length. The concert at MCNW is 90-minutes, with an intermission and refreshments following.

For more information about Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, public concert performance schedule and donation options, visit their website. Ladies Musical Club of Seattle may be found on Facebook.

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Seattle Public Library Foundation College Scholarships

January 29th, 2017 by Support Staff

Seattle high school seniors and college undergraduates are invited to enter an essay scholarship competition created by The Seattle Public Library Foundation to honor civic leader Stimson Bullitt.

The fourth annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship seeks essays that explore civic courage. Essays may be submitted online through 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2017. Three scholarships will be awarded: the author of the winning essay will receive $5,000, and the authors of the two second-place essays will each receive $2,500.

The competition is open to high school seniors and college undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.

Winners will be announced in June 2017, and winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library. Blue ribbon scholarship judges include authors Sherman Alexie, Paula Becker, Jon Krakauer and Jonathan Raban.

The Library Foundation created the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who were willing to go against public opinion and take a stand to better the world.

“This civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy,” said Jonna Ward, CEO of the Library Foundation. “Stim’s commitment and generosity helped build and sustain important Seattle institutions like the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Library Foundation. We are happy to honor his contributions to the Seattle community.”

Bullitt, who died in 2009, was a lawyer, decorated soldier, outdoorsman, civil rights activist, developer, philanthropist, broadcaster, environmentalist and community leader in Seattle. He believed that courageous civic leadership could improve the lives of people in our community now and in the future.

Bullitt saw the Library as an institution that embodied his commitment to equality of opportunity for all. Through his significant bequest to the Library Foundation, his commitment lives on in programs, resources and opportunities at the Library.

For full contest rules, visit the scholarship competition website.

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May the Force be with you: How to start the New Year with a healthy mind

January 26th, 2017 by Support Staff

By Bonnie Shultz, clinical mental health therapist, Group Health.

We know starting the New Year off with good, healthy habits is an important goal for many, but most New Year’s resolutions and health advice focuses on physical activity and diets. However, it’s also important to take some time to focus on the health of your mind. We call this practice mindfulness and it can make a good addition to any list of resolutions.

Mindfulness based therapies help treat anxiety, pain, stress and depression by strengthening our knowledge of self with a focus on compassionate self-care, and can be applied during all moments of one’s life.  Research indicates mindfulness practice may enhance psychological well-being, mental health and physical health. If you happened to watch the new Star Wars movie you may discover similarities between the practice of mindfulness and the fundamentals of the “Force”- including the following tenants:

  • Intention: Your vision or motivation from moment to moment.
  • Attention: Paying attention to what is – not interpreting the experience – just attending to your feelings.
  • Attitude: Being aware of the attitude you bring to the experience is essential. Your attitude shows up in your posture and can impact your physical self.

Here’s FIVE ways to engage these building blocks in the New Year:

  • Bring your whole self to each experience- we miss a lot when we are not living in the present moment.
  • Trust in your intention to care for yourself this year and allow yourself 10 minutes each morning to sit in the present moment. There is nothing more important to do, no place better to go, let go of all the “doing” and simply rest in the moment.
  • Practice not judging self or others; instead practice being an attentive, compassionate witness to the world inside of you and around you.
  • When you become frustrated, depressed, stressed take a 10-minute walking break -practice walking slowly – with each step say the word peace until you begin to feel peaceful. If you forget to say peace- start again!
  • Practice “compassionate speech” in your communication with yourself and your loved ones. Before you speak ask yourself the following three questions. “Is what I am about to say necessary?  If it is – go to the next question; is what I am about to say the truth?  If it is then ask yourself the third question; is what I am about to say kind?”

For more mindfulness tips, go to ghc.org.

The New Year also coincides with the flu season. Keep yourself healthy by getting a flu shot today at Group Health’s CareClinic location at Bartell Drugs at the University Village. CareClinic is a walk-in clinic open to anyone regardless of insurance carrier and are staffed by Group Health board certified clinicians. They are a convenient and fast way to be treated for many minor injuries and illnesses. Learn more about Group Health Cooperative at ghc.org.

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Plant-for-the-Planet: Kids as Climate Justice Ambassadors

January 11th, 2017 by hillaryu

January 26, 2017 from 6:45pm to 9pm
Location: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, Social Hall downstairs , 8008 35th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115
Doors open at 6:45 pm, program starts at 7pm.

Plant-for-the-Planet is a global initiative comprised of youth from over 70 countries. Over 18,000 students have been through the academy and have joined forces as leaders of the Official Tree-Planting Campaign of the United Nations. The Seattle event on May 24, 2013 was the first Plant-for-the-Planet Academy in the United States beyond the East Coast.

The foundation is governed by children and supported by adults, and believes everyone can do something to reverse climate change. They believe that together – as a world family – we can solve global problems by actively shaping our future by organizing tree planting parties, giving speeches, and encouraging others to participate. A tree takes 10kg of CO2 out of the air each year and during its lifetime a total of about 3 tons of CO2. Each tree is a symbol of climate justice.

To learn more, click here.

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