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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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Hunter Tree Farm is OPEN!

November 28th, 2017 by hillaryu


7744 35th Ave NE
Phone Number – (206) 525-2222

– Hours of Operation –  9 AM to 9 PM

-Open everyday from the day after Thanksgiving to December 23rd
Largest selection of fresh pre-cut tree.

Driving Directions:

Exit from I-5 at 65th Street exit.
Go east to 35th Avenue NE
Turn left onto 35th
Tree Lot is on Right hand side right after the Wedgwood post office. Between 75th and 80th .

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December Sustainable NE Seattle Events

November 27th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by Sustainable NE Seattle

December 9, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, Wa. 98115
Shop local for the holidays and support your local artists and craftspeople!  Over 40 vendors are working hard to bring a variety of handmade objects to this years’ sale. The Ravenna Community Gardeners will be selling homemade soup and baked goods, with local musicians to round out the experience. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit programs at Ravenna Eckstein Community Center.

December 14, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
In celebration of the holidays and the close of another year, we are having a potluck for the SusNE community, plus games and a re-gifting gift exchange. Not a white elephant type of gift but something you own and is in fine condition but you have not used it enough or it is the wrong color, size or fit, and the item needs a new home. Wrap it up and bring it.

We will also have games to play. If you have a good group game, bring it along.
Please rsvp so we have some idea how many will be there in case we need to find a larger location. Questions? contact

Still need volunteers and teachers for the HANDSON SKILLS FAIR.

We need volunteers for:

  • coordinators for workshops and volunteers
  • making a pot of soup for lunch
  • Day-of help: check-in table, setting up lunch, Clothing Exchange area,
  • Fermentation Station area
  • Bike repair area
  • Social media and community outreach.

Contact to volunteer.

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New Competition to Find “Seattle’s Safest Driver”

November 21st, 2017 by hillaryu

The City of Seattle, in partnership with PEMCO Insurance and Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), announces the launch of the “Seattle’s Safest Driver” competition.

The competition is part of Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. The Seattle’s Safest Driver competition is open to residents who travel into Seattle from the four-county area (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap). Participants will compete for $15,000 in prizes by downloading the app and practicing safe driving. The competition starts today and runs through January 14, 2018.

During the Seattle’s Safest Driver competition, participants can challenge friends, see how they rank in their community, and win prizes for a variety of categories on a biweekly basis. For example, people will be rewarded for being the most improved driver and the least distracted driver. The person crowned “Seattle’s Safest Driver” will win a grand prize of $2,000!

While Seattle is one of the safest cities in the country, more than 10,000 crashes each year result in an average of 20 lives lost and more than 150 serious injuries. Speeding and distracted driving are among the top contributing factors of fatal crashes, and Seattle has seen a nearly 200 percent increase in distracted driving over the past few years.

Data shows that attentive drivers can help save lives. But, distractions abound: according to PEMCO Insurance’s NW Poll, nearly half of Washington state drivers admitted to using their cellphones while driving in 2016.

The City is teaming up with PEMCO Insurance to incentivize and reward better driving behavior, and to encourage participation in the competition.

The contest is modeled after a successful effort in Boston, which saw dramatic reductions in phone use and speeding among 1,100 competitors whose phone distraction dropped by 47 percent and their speeding dropped by almost 35 percent. The app, developed by CMT, provides feedback to drivers on five metrics for each trip they take: rapid acceleration, harsh braking, sharp turns, speeding, and phone distraction. Once a trip is completed, the driver receives an alert with their score for that trip, feedback on the different factors, and helpful tips to improve in the future.

Are you Seattle’s Safest Driver? Download the app, enter the competition, or learn more at: To learn more about Vision Zero, visit #VisionZero #SEASafestDriver

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Northwest Girlchoir Seeks New Singers this January!

November 17th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by Northwest Girlchoir.

Join Northwest Girlchoir in January! For girls who love to sing, Northwest Girlchoir has openings for new singers in grades 1-12 to join in the fun in the new year. Learn musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills, all while building lasting friendships in a supportive community.

During the span of four decades, Northwest Girlchoir has empowered and inspired thousands of girls and young women in our region to lift their voices in chorus with others. Choristers perform for thousands of audience members at concerts held across the greater Puget Sound Region and on tours nationally and internationally.

Grades 1-2: Easy online registration is now open for girls entering grades 1-2 to join Prep Choir! Enrollment for Prep Choir is open online until Friday, January 19. Members learn music in a fun and nurturing environment as they prepare for exciting mainstage concerts. Sign up online at

Grades 3-12: Fill out the Audition Request form online by Wednesday, December 20 to join one of Northwest Girlchoir’s five progressive choir levels in January! Auditioned choir members enjoy performing at mainstage concerts, in the community and at special events, and even on tours. Learn more at

Scholarships: Financial aid is available for every choir level and we encourage families to apply.

Contact for more information or call the office at (206) 527-2900.

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