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Entries from March 2017

First section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail opens to visitors

March 26th, 2017 by hillaryu

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation are excited to announce that on Thursday, March 23, 2017, the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors.

The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Dr. is open to pedestrians, connecting access up to the Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; landscape and other work elements will continue into the spring.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a multi-use path open to pedestrians and bicycles. Bicycles in the Arboretum are welcome on asphalt trails only; they must yield to pedestrians and follow the maximum speed limit of 10 mph.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes as construction progresses to the north. SPR and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work on this project. We anticipate completion of the trail by early 2018.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Dr., creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden.

SPR is happy to open this key section of the trail. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff continue to be the priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. To receive construction updates please visit

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum Loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum

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Free First Thursday Art Exhibit at the Seattle Japanese Garden (4/6)

March 23rd, 2017 by hillaryu

The Seattle Japanese Garden will host an artist reception on Thursday, April 6 for its current art exhibit ICHI-GO ICHI-E???? by local artist Season Yoshida.

The saying Ichi-go Ichi-e ???? means “one place, one time” in Japanese, and it perfectly captures how no two visits to the Garden are ever the same. The Seattle Japanese Garden will have free general entry on April 6 from 3 p.m. until close as part of Free First Thursdays.

The artist reception on April 6 will begin at 5 p.m. in the Garden’s Tateuchi Community Room and will feature musical accompaniment to the artwork on display, orchestrated by Season Yoshida herself. This exhibit will be on display through May 2017, and exhibit entry is included in ticket admission to the Garden.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Regular admission is free for all children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission; with no additional charge.

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Save the date: King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market

March 18th, 2017 by hillaryu

UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle
Friday, May 5, 4-8 PM open to public
For the Friday Preview Party, tickets available online
Saturday, May 6, 9-5 PM

This is the King County Master Gardeners 2-Day Sale.

The weekend starts with the Preview Party a fundraiser for the MG Foundation of King County, Friday, May 5. Tickets are available.

Tons of tomatoes, veggie starts, fragrant herbs, perennials, natives and specialty vendors with garden art. Master Gardeners will help to to choose the right plants, find easy-to-grow plants, and give advice on planting and maintaining your garden throughout the year. Get your garden growing this year.

NEW this year. Garden Education Talks on Saturday, May 6th. Open to the Public: Ciscoe Morris, Karen Chapman, Bill Thorness, Elaine Sherbrooke.

Please visit website for times and more details.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation offers series of LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs

March 15th, 2017 by hillaryu

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers resource fair! Learn more here.

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Shop and Dine to Make a Difference

March 10th, 2017 by hillaryu

March 10-12
University Village

Buy a shopping card for $25, and you’ll get 25% off March 10-12 at many retailers within University Village. There’s an amazing list of shops and restaurants participating: check out the

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Garden Lovers’ Book Sale

March 8th, 2017 by hillaryu

Friday, April 7 from 5

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Horses as Man’s Best Healer

March 4th, 2017 by hillaryu

Written and submitted by Jenny H.

Animals have become man’s best friends. They are always there when
we need them the most, and are our ultimate healers. Therefore, many
organizations have turned to animal-assisted therapy as a way for
medical patients to improve their physical and emotional support
during treatment. Most of this therapy is geared towards dog lovers;
however, there is an increasing focus on horses and equine-assisted


Unlike many other domestic animals, horses give patients a feeling
of empowerment. Horses are big and powerful animals that may be
intimidating to some. This creates a natural opportunity to overcome
this fear and develop confidence. When patients can overcome this
fear, it helps them develop confidence in taking on other fearful
situations, such as their medical condition and treatment. When you
care for a horse, you gain a new sense of accomplishment and


Horses are just like us. They like to be in a social environment,
but are sometimes stubborn. This creates an opportunity to learn how
to deal with individuals and situations where people do not get
their own way. Horses also mirror our body language. They will
respond to you based on your behavior. If you are stubborn with a
horse, he will remain defiant. However, if you can change your
behavior and change yourself, the horse will reward you. This
mirroring of behavior also helps patients to emulate motor


Situated in a great location, Wedgwood View and View Ridge
Neighborhoods provide easy access to facilities that provide
equine-assisted therapy treatments. Here are some centers that
are easily accessible to our beautiful neighborhoods.

UNBRIDLED COUNSELING: Located 13 miles east of Wedgwood View across
the Lake Washington, Unbridled Counseling uses equine-assisted
therapy to address assertiveness, trust, emotion regulation, and
mindfulness. Patients will learn how to take care of the horses and
develop their own unique relationship with them. After various
activities, patients are given the opportunity to discuss their
experience and directly correlate it to other areas of their life.

LITTLE BIT: Located 20 minutes outside of Wedgwood View in Redmond,
Little Bit is a therapeutic riding center which is dedicated to
improving the bodies, minds, and spirits of individuals with
disabilities. The adaptive riding program teaches horsemanship and
riding skills tailored to the individual’s needs. The center also
provides hippotherapy, which is a physical or speech-language
therapy that uses horse movements to engage the motor, sensory, and
cognitive system of patients. It mimics normal walking patterns and
helps sensory skills and motivation for disabled patients.

RAINIER THERAPEUTIC RIDING: At Rainier Therapeutic Riding,
horses are used to provide physical and emotional healing for the
nation’s veterans and their families. The services provided at
this facility are centralized around riding for therapy and healing.
This center is an hour drive from Wedgwood View.

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Roosevelt Jazz Big Band Dance and Auction

March 2nd, 2017 by hillaryu

The Roosevelt Jazz Big Band Dance and Auction will be he held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 5:00pm at Temple de Hirsch Sinai on Capitol Hill.

Enjoy the live jazz music of four instrumental ensembles and vocal group, along with silent and live auctions, and a catered dinner and dancing while helping provide a high quality jazz education to Roosevelt High School musicians.

The distinguished alumni this year is Seattle saxophonist and educator, Mark Taylor.

The Seattle Public Schools does not fund music education in full, and this event helps the Roosevelt Jazz Boosters meet their mission of

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