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Literary Career Day for teens and young adults

January 25th, 2018 by hillaryu

Do you want to write for a living? Teens and young adults, ages 16-24, can meet working professionals and learn how to get started in Seattle’s literary industry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required, visit Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7.

Literary Career Day provides young people with direct access to industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging conversations and performances. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of career opportunities, including: writing, editing, publishing, arts administration, retail, library sciences, journalism, teaching and more.

This event will start with keynote speaker and Seattle poet Anastacia Renée Tolbert, followed by lunch—free for all attendees—and a table fair featuring opportunities from local arts organizations. After lunch, attend the breakout session that’s relevant to your interests. We’ll finish off the afternoon with a networking party, featuring a live DJ, to help you get the most out of your Career Day!

Breakout session topics will include:

  • Writer – Find out what it takes to be a professional writer from industry professionals.
  • Money – See how money is raised, spent and earned in the literary industry.
  • D.I.Y. – Learn about various D.I.Y endeavors, including venues, writers/readers, publishers and more.
  • Industry – Discover and explore the professionals who work in the literary world – not primarily as writers, but whose creativity is vital to the writing community.

Literary Career Day is produced in partnership with One Reel, Seattle Office of Film and Music and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

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

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Learn to speak Chinese at SPL free classes

January 18th, 2018 by hillaryu

The Seattle Public Library will offer two levels of Chinese for Beginners as a 10-week course for adult language learners from January through Aprilat the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Boeing Technology Training Center, Room 4, 206-684-0849.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required, call 206-684-0849. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. No class March 7.


Chinese for Beginners, Level 1 – Learn phonetics and daily expressions, develop listening and speaking skills, and gain familiarity with Chinese culture.

Chinese for Beginners, Level 3 – Continue to learn grammar and vocabulary, and develop listening, speaking and reading skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in daily life situations and have a greater understating of Chinese culture. This class is for adults with some basic knowledge of Chinese and a vocabulary of about 100 words or more.

These classes are presented in partnership with the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-0849 or Ask A Librarian.

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Ryther Child Center Art & Decor Benefit Sale

January 12th, 2018 by hillaryu

Saturday January 27 from 10am-4pm
2400 NE 95th Street
Seattle WA 98115

At the Ryther League’s Art & Décor sale, you will find an eclectic assortment of quality items collected from estate sales and donors to the Ryther League’s ReStyle for Ryther store. The store is too small to carry larger items so we are opening this event to the public for a one day only sale at Ryther.

Here are some of the items.

Original paintings and prints,  frames, mirrors, Depression glass and vintage china, silver serving items, rugs, pillows, small furniture items, crystal glassware and vases, bar ware, lamps and more.

All proceeds support Ryther, a local not for profit helping children, teens and young adults overcome trauma, substance use, mental health and autism spectrum disorders. To learn more about Ryther visit

 Cash & Credit Cards accepted. Plus 3% service fee on charges. NO checks.

Please remember to bring your own wrap, bags, boxes for items purchased.

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Seattle Public Library Northeast Seattle Branch Story Times (January)

January 1st, 2018 by hillaryu

Story times at the Northeast Seattle Public Library branch

Baby Story Time

(For infants up to 12 months)

Wednesday, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

12:30 p.m.


Toddler Story Time

(Geared for ages 1-3)

Thursday, January 3, 11, 18, 25

10:15 & 11:15 a.m.


Preschool Story Time

(Geared for ages 3-5)

Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

10:30 a.m.


Pajamas & Puppets

(All Ages)

Wednesday, January 31

7:00 p.m.

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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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