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Entries from December 2017

Invitation to Join Emerald City Women’s Chorus

December 31st, 2017 by hillaryu

This is an invitation to all women who want to sing with a non-audition chorus in North Seattle.

The Emerald City Women’s Chorus is looking for more members.  The chorus meets in the Wedgwood neighborhood on Monday nights (7:30-9:30 p.m.) during the “school year.”  Winter quarter 2018 starts Monday, January 15 (yes, the evening of MLK Day) and wraps-up after 10 rehearsals with a community concert on Sunday, March 25.  Cost is $117 for the quarter, including music provided for each singer to keep. The music sung is a mix of genres, from show tunes to classical to folk and rock and roll, with the occasional song in a foreign language.

Emerald City Women’s Chorus was established in Fall 2017, in collaboration with Music Center of the Northwest, by members who had previously sung together in the (now disbanded) Rain City Women’s Chorus and wanted to continue singing in a supportive, fun and non-audition chorus.  The chorus currently has 40 members.  Stacia Cumberland is the chorus artistic director, and Tom Hecker is the accompanist.

The chorus wants to expand its membership and extends an invitation to all women who enjoy singing for the joy of it. For information about the chorus call Sharon Glein at (206) 525-7497 (please leave a message), register through Music Center of the Northwest by calling (206) 526-8443, or come at 7:00 p.m. before the first rehearsal at the Wedgwood Community Church, 8201 30th Ave NE, Seattle on Monday, January 15, 2018.

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Start a business: Workshop series at Seattle Public Library

December 30th, 2017 by hillaryu

Interested in starting a business? Three locations of The Seattle Public Library have a four-week workshop series called “First Step: Does Your Business Idea Make Sense?” It starts with a session on generating business ideas and personal readiness, and then helps you put together a business plan.


  • Week 1: Startup basics — ideas and personal readiness
  • Week 2: Finding a market — product, marketing and market research
  • Week 3: Getting paid — budgeting, sales and estimating costs
  • Week 4: Putting it all together — cash flow, financial projections and breaking even

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended, visit or call 425-243-7366. Plan to attend all four weeks for the best experience.


Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., 206-733-9125.

Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1906.

Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., 206-684-4711.

This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636, visit our Library to Business page, or Ask a Librarian.

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The Book of Mormon Ticket Lottery

December 19th, 2017 by hillaryu

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins January 2, 2018 at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle and plays a limited two-week engagement through January 14. In Seattle, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number tickets available at $25 apiece.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets, cash only. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

For more information, click here.

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Free Parking!

December 18th, 2017 by hillaryu

December is always a bustling time in Seattle, but this year PayByPhone’s parking app is making the season a little easier for drivers and their wallets.

Until December 24th, new PayByPhone users will be able to park for FREE when they use the app for the first time at any one of Seattle’s 12,000 on-street parking spaces. The service allows drivers to pay for parking in seconds using just their mobile phone.

Found in some of Seattle’s most-frequented areas, including Downtown, Capitol Hill, and South Lake Union, PayByPhone’s features are perfect for holiday shoppers wanting a convenient way to pay. This includes a text reminder prior to your parking expiring, and the ability to extend parking on your phone if time allows. Busy drivers can even park immediately and register later for a full account.

For more information about PayByPhone and this offer, please click here. To download the PayByPhone app, visit the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.


PayByPhone is one of the fastest growing mobile payments companies in the world, processing more than $325 million in payments annually. Through the company’s mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and securely pay for parking without the hassles of waiting in line, having to carry change or risking costly fines. Registration is quick and easy and the app reminds the user when their parking is about to expire, allowing them to top up from anywhere, at any time.

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Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is Open for the 2018 Season!

December 17th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by NESLL

Joe Lampitt, president of Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL), is pleased to announce that registration for baseball, softball, and tee ball is open for the 2018 season.  “I want to thank all NESLL volunteers for a fantastic 2017 season which included NESLL’s inaugural summer baseball and softball programs.  It was a fantastic year all around and I’m excited to get the 2018 season started!”

For the 2018 season, NESLL has upgraded to a new registration system and website powered by Dick’s Sporting Goods.  NESLL families will need to create a new account, login, and password.  It will only take a few minutes and the feedback from families about the new system has been very positive.  Please go to to start the registration process.  Please contact NESLL’s registrar at for registration questions.

For kids 5-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program is a great way to introduce the game.  For parents looking to introduce their young children to athletics or baseball, NESLL’s tee ball program is the best in the area.

NESLL’s softball program is a great way to get young girls involved in athletics and be a part of championship teams.  In 2017, NESLL fielded championship teams at the district and state levels.  Well done!

NESLL’s baseball program has opportunities for boys and girls ages 6-16 to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game.

For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an email to

For baseball and tee ball questions contact .

For softball questions contact Eric Knutson at

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Volunteer with United Way’s Free Tax Campaign

December 13th, 2017 by hillaryu

Clara works two part-time jobs and makes $30,000 a year to support herself and her two children. Every week she makes decisions on how to budget their money. This week Clara is forced to choose whether to bring her car into the shop or pay for dental care on her youngest son’s cavity.

This tax season Clara plans on visiting a United Way Free Tax Prep site, where volunteers will file her taxes and connect her to public benefits, all at no cost. Her coworker went last year, and told her she received a windfall $3,000 refund. This meant she didn’t have to choose between some of her basic needs that month. And, with her newfound connection to public benefits, her friend had even longer- lasting support.

Taxes can be stressful. Paid preparers charge upwards of $300 for a tax return, and often don’t inform clients of certain credits and saving opportunities. United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign trains volunteers specifically to help low- and moderate-income filers. With no prior experience neededexcept our two-day training, our Volunteer Tax Preparers ensure clients obtain the refunds they’re eligible for.

Our Volunteer Intake & Benefit Specialists come in for our one-day training, and can screen and connect families to public benefits, such as food and utilities assistance.

Each volunteer on average, brings $30,000 back to the community. 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 need more volunteers helping at one of our 30 sites 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!

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

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Uplift Writing Learning Center Now Open!

December 5th, 2017 by hillaryu

Uplift Writing offers tutoring and enrichment for elementary, middle, and high-school students.  Our mission is to inspire confident writers.  Uplift coaches are passionate educators and expert writers.  They work side-by-side with students on literary studies, creative writing, academic writing, critical thinking, and public speaking.  
What makes Uplift Writing unique?  
  • Highly individualized – emergent curriculum tailored to the child
  • Focus on thinking – students practice critical thinking before, during, and after writing
  • Messy and collaborative – students’ ideas are validated; they are encouraged to guess, to make mistakes, and to visually map ideas
  • Intrinsic motivation – students are inspired to be lifelong writers with publication as a goal
  • Session reports – detailed list of learning objectives covered and suggestions for home practice
  • Unique programing – designed to instill a lifelong love of reading and writing
  • The long view – Uplift Writing supports students at every stage of their development as writers and readers — from early literacy, to emerging academic writing, to advanced textual analysis
Please visit to learn more.
If you would like to receive Uplift’s newsletters including writing tips and resources as well as class offerings, talks, and camps, please email

Storytelling and the Holidays Kids Camp at Uplift Writing * Dec. 18th, 19th, and 20th

Does your child  love writing, storytelling, and DIY (do-it-yourself) crafts? Uplift Writing in Bryant is now enrolling for our December break camp. Your child will read and listen to talented storytellers describing a funny or poignant holiday memory and then learn techniques for writing and/or recoding their own in addition to writing their own holiday story. We’ll make DIY gifts including handmade ornaments, greeting cards, quilling pictures, and stuffed sock llamas!

Please visit to register. – $ 75 per day, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

5758 35th Ave. NE | Seattle, WA 98105 | | (206) 929-1311

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