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Entries from October 2017

Looking for Hamilton Tickets?

October 27th, 2017 by hillaryu

Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Seattle Theatre Group (STG) announces today that tickets for HAMILTON will be available online through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®  only, on November 6 at 9AM.  Verified Fan is a new fan-facing technology from Ticketmaster that allows pre-registered fans to unlock access to tickets without competing against scalpers and bots.

Jeffrey Seller states, “Verified Fan is the newest program to make tickets available to theatre-goers at regular prices. I am confident that it will be a valuable service to our fans.  We know how challenging it is to buy tickets and this new Ticketmaster program will make the process a whole lot easier.”

Ticketmaster Verified Fan® registration begins today and will close November 2 at 10AM.  Click here to register.

Those who registered will be notified by Ticketmaster via email on Sunday, November 5 if they have been selected for the Verified Fan on sale.  The Ticketmaster Verified Fan® on sale will be available for purchases online only.

“We are thrilled to be present HAMILTON at the Paramount Theatre,” states STG Executive Director Josh LaBelle. “We are also excited to be using Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, which is congruent with STG’s ongoing efforts to keep tickets out of the virtual hands of bots and in the hands of our patrons.”

A limited number of tickets will be available at The Paramount Theatre Box Office, 911 Pine St., starting November 6 at 10AM.

Tickets will be available for performances February 6 through March 18, 2018.

There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per household for the engagement.  Tickets range from $69-$179, with a select number of $569 premium seats available.  There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 Orchestra seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical In the Heights.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

For information on HAMILTON visit their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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Wedgwood Trick-or-Treat 10/31

October 24th, 2017 by hillaryu

Save the date!

Wedgwood’s annual business district trick-or-treat will happen between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st.


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9th Annual MONSTER BASH – Fabulous Halloween Fun for the Whole Family!

October 17th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by Three Feet of Sunshine

RAIN or SHINE …Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly by for a spook-tacular celebration presented by Susannah White’s THREE FEET of SUNSHINE. Come in costume for a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides and pumpkin decorating.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy Dracula’s dance-off, ghoulish games and prizes, creepy crafts, the Phantom Photo Booth, and a crazy costume contest and parade. Plus, don’t miss the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, and of course, delicious Halloween Trophy Cupcakes! In celebration of our 9th annual Monster Bash, this year will feature two LIVE performances by Recess Monkey (4pm & 5pm)!  All proceeds from this fun event benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team. Great fun for a great cause!  Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat!

Date: Saturday, October 21st, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

Location: On the grounds of St. Stephen’s – 4805 NE 45th Street – Seattle, WA 98105 – behind Seattle Children’s Hospital (across from Laurelhurst Park)

Cost: Only a $13 “Fright Fee” for all this FUN!

Contact: or or (206) 304-9339

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New restaurants and pop-up stores at University Village

October 15th, 2017 by hillaryu

This fall, University Village will welcome Juice Press, a premier organic grab-and-go health food shop with a selection of organic, plant-based food and beverage products. The U Village location will be the first on the West Coast, and will be located next to Aveda and Microsoft.

Even Stevens Sandwiches, a sandwich shop with a cause, will also open this fall next to Kid’s Club in their first Washington State location. For every sandwich sold, Even Stevens will donate one to a local non-profit partner. Since 2014, the company has donated more than 1.8 million sandwiches.

These new eateries will join recently-opened additions to University Village’s dining scene, which include Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, a delicious Hokkaido-style ramen restaurant known for its signature white broth that is never boiled.

Ba Bar, with its ever-popular Vietnamese street food, is now open daily for cocktails, phở, bánh cuốn, coffee, fresh pastries, and more in University Village’s South building, below Virginia Mason.

Also, Seattle favorite Rachel’s Ginger Beer, featuring Ma’ono fried chicken at the U Village location, is now open across from Pottery Barn.

Just in time for fall temperatures, the Escape Outdoors Pop-Up recently opened next to Anthropologie, and features a large selection of outdoor apparel including Patagonia and Arc’Teryx, as well as local brands such as Casual Industrees and Northwest Riders.

With their first location in Washington State, WILL Leather Goods Pop-Up is now open near the popular kid’s play area, and features a collection of bags, belts and leather accessories that are uniquely American. The family-owned lifestyle brand, based in Eugene, OR, is known for its fine leather craftsmanship and pieces that will last a lifetime.

Learn more here.

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United Way’s Free Tax Prep Campaign

October 13th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by United Way King County

Maria, a single mother of two making $30,000 a year, has to regularly choose between education, car repair, or dental care. But during the last tax season, she received a $3,000 refund, secured by United Way’s Free Tax Prep volunteers at no cost to her.  This meant she didn’t have to choose between some of her basic needs.

Taxes can be a stressful subject for many people. Paid preparers charge upwards of $300 for a tax return, and often don’t tell clients about certain credits and saving opportunities. The Free Tax Preparation Campaign trains volunteers to do the opposite for low- and moderate-income filers. With no prior experience needed except our two-day training, our tax volunteers ensure clients obtain the refunds they’re eligible for. Each volunteer on average, brings $30,000 back to the community. And Intake and Benefit volunteers inform clients of other savings opportunities, such as food and housing assistance.

Last year, we served 22,700 people! And brought back a total of $30.5 million to the community!

This year, we’re aiming for 23,000 tax returns filed. To do this, we’re in the process of recruiting a team of volunteers for our 30 sites located around King County. So join our talented team, receive training that boosts your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No experience needed! We train volunteers to either file taxes or help connect clients to public programs.

Find a Free Tax Prep location near you and get involved click here.

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SPL offers college financial aid help for high school students

October 10th, 2017 by hillaryu

Applying for 2018-2019 student financial aid? The Seattle Public Library will offer drop-in support for students and their families as they navigate the college financial aid process at two Library locations in October and November.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Trained volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and offer help with applying for scholarships. Financial aid experts will provide support for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Assistance will be provided at the following times, dates, and locations.

  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., 206-684-7455.

To fill out the FASFA and WASFA, students should bring the following items:

  • Driver’s license or identification card.
  • Social Security number or Green Card.
  • Income information. This includes bank statements, a W-2 or pay stub, and a past tax return.
  • Additional financial information. This might include child support statements, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information.

Students who are age 24 or under must also bring a parent or legal guardian with them, along with the following items:

  • One parent or guardian’s Social Security number or Green Card.
  • Parents’ or guardians’ financial information. This includes a copy of their 2016 tax return.
  • Parents’ or guardians’ additional financial information. This might include child support statements, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information.

This event is presented in partnership with College Goal Washington. Assistance is provided through the Washington Student Achievement Council.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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Magnuson Park Gallery marks its third anniversary with Mexican Artists in the Pacific Northwest

October 5th, 2017 by hillaryu

On Thursday, October 19, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the Magnuson Park Gallery will be open for a Third Thursday event in honor of its third year anniversary and its current exhibit, Mexican Artists in the Pacific Northwest, a show of 14 works by seven prominent artists of Seattle’s Mexican-American community, including Alfredo Arreguin, Fulgencia Lazo, Gabriel Marquez, Jesus Mena, Marilyn Montufar, Kristen Ramirez and Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Curated in partnership with the Consulate Mexico of Seattle, the rich and vibrant exhibit commemorates three years of arts and cultural exchange in Magnuson Park’s only publicly accessible arts venue. The Third Thursday event presents a chance to meet some of the artists while enjoying live music from jazz vocalist Marina Christopher and light refreshments with neighbors and new friends in Northeast Seattle.

The Magnuson Park Gallery is operated by Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE), a non-profit dedicated to building community and facilitating arts and cultural activities for the public within the park and the Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District.

Learn more here.

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Oct/November Events at University Bookstore

October 1st, 2017 by hillaryu

University Book Store author/book events through November

7 pm October 13. Aaron Mahnke. The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures. Now at U District store. Tickets through – one ticket admits two; one book. Writer, host, and producer of hit podcast Lore, Aaron Mahnke, shares with us his beautifully illustrated exploration of mythical creatures.

7:00 pm Oct. 25. Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour – We’re Going to Need More Wine Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True. U District store. (HARPER). Admission requires purchase of her book from University Book Store. Store. Actress and activist Gabrielle Union discusses her new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine. Union shares a powerful and personal collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.

7 pm Nov.9. Jeff Goodell. The Water Will Come. U District store, Free.
Author and Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell discusses his latest title The Water Will Come. Goodell has written that within a lifetime, Miami as we know it today will vanish. From island nations to the world’s major metropolises, our coasts will drown in the rising waters.

7 pm Nov. 8. Pastor Carl Lentz. Own the Moment. University Temple.  Ticketed, one ticket includes one book and admits two. Leader of the Hillsong Church NYC—an 8,000 member community in the heart of Manhattan—Carl Lentz is 30-something, covered in tattoos, and gives sermons in a leather jacket and jeans. His unorthodox style has earned him celebrity followers and thousands of congregants.

7 pm Nov. 12, It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. University Temple. Ticketed ($21.99 includes copy of the book). Joseph Fink created and co-writes the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and touring live show with Jeffrey Cranor. Cranor has written more than 100 short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, co-wrote and co-performed with Fink a two-man show.

7 pm Nov. 15, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!, by Ree Drummond. University Temple. SIGNING ONLY. Ticketed ($29.99 admits one person to the signing line and includes a copy of the book). Ree Drummond is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. Her cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, premiered on Food Network in 2011.

6 pm Nov. 15, Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter. U District Store. SIGNING ONLY. Tickets are $26 each and include a copy of the book and admission to the signing line. From actress, producer, and writer, Krysten Ritter, a psychological suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption. Ritter is well known for her starring roles in Marvel’s Jessica Jones and in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, as well as her pivotal role in AMC’s Breaking Bad.

7 pm Nov. 16, Endurance, by Scott Kelly in conversation with Andrew McIntosh of the Puget Sound Business Journal. University Temple.  Ticketed ($29.95, admits two and includes one copy of the book.) A memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station–a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.

7 pm Nov. 17, Total Cat Mojo, Jackson Galaxy. University Temple. Ticketed ($25.99 admits two and includes a copy of the book)   Jackson Galaxy is a cat behaviorist and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell. He is the coauthor of the New York Timesbestseller Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).

7 pm Dec. 7. What United Us. Dan Rather. Presented by University Book Store at University Temple, 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle

Each ticket is $22.95, admits one person and includes one copy of the book. Tickets available at

1 pm, Dec. 3. Oliver Jeffers. Here We Are. U District store. Ticket is $19.99 through, includes admission for the family and one copy of the book. A painter and picture-book maker, his titles include Lost and Found and How to Catch a Star. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages; a film short of Lost and Found has won more than 60 wards.

For more details, click here.

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