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5 simple ways to boost your energy in the New Year!

February 4th, 2018 by hillaryu

Story written and submitted by Dr. David Ramaley

Do you ever feel like you’re too young to be as tired as you are? Or that even though you are exhausted, sleep – good sleep especially – eludes you? You’re not alone. Especially in Seattle’s grey months. Many of my patients of all ages come to me exhausted, fatigued, and so low on energy they are literally dragging themselves into my practice. They don’t get it, they say. They work out, eat healthily, and get as much sleep as they always have, even if it comes later and not as easily as it once did.

 

My practice is located at the north end of Wedgwood in Northeast Seattle, and I’ve been treating Wedgwood and View Ridge residents and their families for decades. I know how busy you are with your families and careers and other commitments, but I also know how committed many of you are to living a healthy lifestyle. I hope you find these tips helpful.

 

We may be keeping our same healthy habits like exercising, eating well, and sleeping the same number of hours, but in recent years, we’ve also added new habits to our daily routines. How are you reading this? I bet it is on your smartphone or tablet. Maybe your laptop. It’s almost certainly on an electronic device. A lot of us need to be on these devices for our jobs, and even for those who don’t, in recent years, their screen time is rapidly catching up. On average, we spend 10.5 hours in front of screens every day. These screens emit what is called “blue light.” While some of this light is natural, getting over 10 hours of it every day is definitely not.

 

At the same time, we are also indoors most of the time. So not only are we getting too much unnatural blue light, we are getting too little natural light from the sun. In fact, we spend 97% of our time inside. And a little less than half of that time is spent in front of digital screens under artificial lights and lamps – all of which is emitting blue light that disrupts our normal circadian rhythms. Natural light – like from the sun – on the other hand, helps us to regulate our normal circadian rhythms. Couple excess unnatural light with scarce natural light – what do we get? Exhaustion, fatigue, and a myriad of other health problems like migraines and hormone imbalances. No wonder why we’re so tired and feel so crummy much of the time!

 

The good news is we can do things to offset this new light equation of too much blue light and not enough natural light. And no, it doesn’t involve throwing out your iPhone and laptop (as much as we may want to!). Here are 5 simple things I have my patients do. It works for me, them, and I’m hopeful it will work for you.

 

  • Take a break outside! Even in the Seattle winter where it’s way more grey than yellow, the sun is still behind those clouds. The natural light – even with cloud cover – can give you a boost of energy to get you through that next meeting. Hold a walking meeting. Take a walk on the Burke with the kids. Run the dog to Magnuson. Or even just park further than needed to get in some extra natural light and fresh air.
  • Use sunglasses sparingly. A sunny day in January in Seattle? Break out the sunglasses and shorts, right? Well, not so fast. Feel free to wear the shorts – it’s actually good for the light to hit your skin – but skip the shades. When you’re outside, you want as much natural sunlight to hit your eyes as possible.
  • Use blue-blocking glasses. We Seattlites pride ourselves on spending lots of time outdoors. But in the winter months, our screen time can dominate more than our vitamin D time. Thanks to technology, we have glasses that can help us block harmful blue light from entering our eyes during our screen time. Try Gamma Ray glasses – available at Amazon here.
  • Replace LED and fluorescent lights with incandescent lights. You can still keep your energy conserving LED lights in other areas in and outside of your house, but in the bedroom and main living areas, try to use incandescent lights.
  • Set a digital bedtime. Shut off your screens at least 15 minutes before going to bed. Longer is preferable, but at least shoot for 15 minutes of all analog time before wanting to sleep.

For more tips on how to increase your energy and vitality and decrease your fatigue, exhaustion, and insomnia, check out my website: https://www.drramaley.com/ and my book, Perpetual Energy. In it, you’ll find 10 categories of simple things we can do to generate more energy and better health in our busy, screen-filled lives.

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Seattle Collaborative Orchestra Performance

February 4th, 2018 by hillaryu

Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018; 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: University Christian Church; 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Information/Description:

Visions of Sound: Music that will perk up your ears!! Seattle Collaborative Orchestra will perform Pacific Northwest Composers Angelique Poteat’s Beyond Much Difference and David Lien’s world premier Aeromancy, in addition to Mussorgorsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; three pieces that give sight to music! Read about this innovative orchestra and buy concert tickets at:

http://seattlecollaborativeorchestra.org/

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Still looking for Hamilton Tickets?

January 29th, 2018 by hillaryu

Producer Jeffrey Seller is pleased to announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (February 6) in Seattle at The Paramount Theatre.  Forty (40) orchestra tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM PT on Sunday, February 4 for tickets to the Tuesday, February 6 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.

HOW TO ENTER

  • Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).
  • You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.
  • The lottery will open at 11:00 AM PT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM PT the day prior to the performance.
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM PT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
  • Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM PT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM PT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.

ADDITIONAL RULES

Limit 1 entry per person, per performance. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.  No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels, Ticketmaster.com and The Paramount Theatre Box Office for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

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 music supervision and orchestrations by Alex LacamoireHAMILTON 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. The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide.  The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonMusical.comwww.Facebook.com/HamiltonMusicalwww.Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical andwww.Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical.

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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 onereel.org/literarycareerday. 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.

CLASS SCHEDULE

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
Ryther
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 www.ryther.org

 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.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  • 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 www.cie-nw.org or call 425-243-7366. Plan to attend all four weeks for the best experience.


LOCATIONS AND DATES

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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