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Lung Force Expo: An Education Event for People Living With Lung Cancer and Lung Disease

March 4th, 2015 by hillaryu


March 27, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Living with lung disease or lung cancer, or know a friend or loved one who is? Join us at the LUNG FORCE Expo, an education event hosted by the American Lung Association in Washington. The event will feature sessions on topics like navigating the clinical trials process, nutrition and exercise tips to enhance lung function, lung anatomy and disease progression, how to become an advocate, and a patient panel for Q&A. Learn from medical experts, meet others facing similar life challenges, and explore community resources in an exhibit area. Lunch and free, ample parking is included. Caregivers and families are encouraged to attend.

Cost to attend is $10, but fee waivers are available by calling 206-512-3294. Registration is required, so call or visit their website today!

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NW Solar Now Workshop

February 28th, 2015 by hillaryu

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
6:00 p.m. — 7:15 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave. NE. Seattle 98125

Attend this free “NW Solar Now” workshop and receive a community discount on a new solar system and free online monitoring worth $800!

This workshop will teach you how to:

  • Make Your Money Back in as Fast as 5 Years
  • Recover 50% of Your Investment in the First Year
  • Reduce or Eliminate Your Electricity Bills
  • Receive a 30% Income Tax Credit
  • Get up to a $5,000 Incentive Per Year Until 2020
  • Increase Your Property Value
  • Protect Against Utility Increases
  • Reduce Your Environmental Impact
  • Own a Renewable Source of Clean Energy

Join your 52 neighbors who invested in 246 kilowatts of solar power during the 2012 Solarize NE campaign.

Register by phone at (866) 376-5272 or online.

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Wedgwood Troop 166 Compost Sale

February 26th, 2015 by hillaryu

The Wedgwood Troop 166 Compost Sale is coming up on March 14th 2015!

This is the tenth year of Wedgwood Troop 166’s  unique and sustainable fundraiser.

Funds go to support community service projects, scout programs and scholarship.

The troop packages and delivers over 90,000 pounds of Cedar Grove organic compost in one day!

Order online here.

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Ladies Musical Club of Seattle

February 25th, 2015 by hillaryu

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) continues its popular public concert series in March with eight FREE performances throughout the Seattle metro-area. Venues include Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Central Library, West Seattle Library, University House/Wallingford, Mirabella, Ballard Oddfellows Hall and the Theater at Crossroads Community Center/Bellevue.

Programs this month include a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday, The Golden Age of Italian Opera and Operas Adapted from Great Literature.

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle public concerts are one hour in length and appropriate for all ages.

Performances are free and general admission — no tickets are required. Artists are available for conversation following the performance.

For more information and program specifics, visit the LMC website.

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2nd Annual View Ridge Triple Drive

February 24th, 2015 by hillaryu

You might know that Seattle is a world leader in the treatment of blood cancers, and is the birthplace of the bone marrow transplant.  You might not know that cancer is the #1 most common cause of death by disease in children, and that many children (and adults!) with cancer, and especially leukemia, depend on donated blood products, bone marrow, and cord blood for a chance to survive.

The “2nd Annual View Ridge Triple Drive” is an opportunity for the community to come donate whole blood, join the national registry and/or contribute gift cards to pediatric cancer families in need at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Here is a story about Zach and Allistaire:

Allistaire, the little girl featured in the graphic, is in Seattle Children’s Hospital right now fighting to get to her 2nd bone marrow transplant for relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Allistaire relies heavily on blood product donations to survive her treatment. Allistaire was lucky enough to find ONE match on the national bone marrow registry for her upcoming bone marrow transplant – a woman in Germany. International red tape delayed her transplant, requiring her to endure an unplanned additional round of chemo to keep her in remission while waiting for transplant. However, this round of chemo again suppressed her immune system leading to a life threatening infection, which landed Allistaire in intensive care and is jeopardizing her potentially lifesaving transplant. Imagine if she had a donor match here in the U.S.? She could be in transplant today. YOU could be someone’s lifesaving match. Last year, a parent from View Ridge was called immediately after they registered to save a life!

Jake (2nd & 3rd photo below) is a second grader here at View Ridge. One year ago, he lost his older brother, Zach, to leukemia following 3 bone marrow transplants. Jake was his brother’s first bone marrow donor at the age of 3 – he wants you to know if HE can do it, you can do it! Jake’s marrow kept Zach well for a year and a half. When the cancer returned, an anonymous donor from the marrow registry (Matt – 4th photo below) was Zach’s 2nd transplant donor. 2 babies and their mothers provided another chance for a cure by donating their cord blood (last photo) at birth for a 3rd transplant for Zach. Marrow and cord blood donors give real hope to real patients! And blood donations? Blood donations kept Zach alive for over a year when his marrow ceased making new blood. One person can really make a difference – that person could be YOU!

For more information, visit the Blood Works NW website.

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Rain City Water Polo Open House

February 18th, 2015 by hillaryu

Water polo is the perfect sport for all those who love the water but maybe are not in love with the idea of simply swimming back and forth! If you have a child who loves team sports and the water, then water polo should be in their future.

Rain City Water Polo runs programs for boys and girls age 5-14 at Sand Point Country Club and at Helene Madison pool.

Their offerings are highly flexible so that you can fit it in around all the other things your kids are doing. Join them for an open house this coming Sunday, February 22nd, at Helene Madison pool.

The Open House will be broken into three groups:

  • 6:30-7:30 pm Splashball for boys and girls 5-9
  • 6:30-7:30 pm Girls age 8-14
  • 7:00-8:00 pm Boys age 8-14

Splashball is perfect for the younger ones still gaining confidence in the water as it all happens in very shallow water.

For more information, visit their website or contact Thor Tyson at (206) 999-5686.

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This Weekend: North Seattle Baseball Evaluations

February 6th, 2015 by hillaryu

February 7 and 8 at Lower Summit (Jane Addams MS)
Mustang : 10am to 12 noon
Bronco: 12 noon to 2pm

It’s not too late to sign up for North Seattle Baseball 2015 Spring Baseball Season! Spots remain open in the following division:

• Shetland (T-Ball, ages 4-6)

• Pinto (Coach Pitch, ages 7-8)

• Mustang (Kid Pitch, ages 9-10)

• Bronco (ages 11-12)

This is a great opportunity for any new North Seattle Baseball players in the Mustang (9-10YO), and Bronco (11-12YO) divisions to attend a player evaluation.

It is not required, but it is highly recommended that players attend one or both days. Players who are returning to the same Mustang or Bronco team for their second year in that division do not need to attend a player evaluation session.

Feedback collected at player evaluations is used by coaches during the player drafts that occur in mid-February. If your player cannot attend a player evaluation, do not panic: all registered Mustang and Bronco players will be assigned to a team.

More information can be found on their website or Facebook page.

Questions? Email them here.

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Train with the Sound Steps Team!

January 26th, 2015 by hillaryu

Join the Sound Steps team and train with other adults age 50+ to complete a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon Walk!

These free Saturday morning training walks will happen from February through June in north Seattle and will prepare you to accomplish your goal.

These classes are open to all fitness levels.

Find out more by attending an information session on Wednesday, January 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St.)

For more information, and to RSVP, contact Mari Becker with Seattle Parks and Recreation, (206) 684-4664.

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Airbnb Hosting Just Got a Little Bit Easiser

January 20th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Riley Chow

Broadcast Coffee, Bus Stop Espresso and Fix Coffeehouse (all local coffee shops) have taken on Keycafe, a new key exchange service that was recently featured on NBC’s local King 5 News, to help out the local Wedgwood and View Ridge communities. These local businesses are now further helping the people in the neighborhood manage their lives, themselves benefitting through the resulting increased international foot traffic.

Through the Keycafe service, homeowners can store their keys at a nearby participating café and then remotely assign access to whomever they need to let in. Homeowners digitally track their keys and know who has their keys or where they are stored. It is like having a digital lock without the need to install any hardware or download any software. The service has proved to be popular among users of vacation rental websites like Airbnb, as well as for letting in cleaners, contractors and real estate agents.

Keycafe Inc. is a fast-growing, Vancouver, Canada-based company with over 170 locations in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and now, Seattle. Visit their website for a map that shows where Keycafe is offered.

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New Lunch Menu at Mama Melina

January 19th, 2015 by hillaryu

Mama Melina, located near the University Village, has a new lunch menu and it is full of variety!

Choices range from Margherita pizza to Gnocchetti Verdi and all of their ingredients are made in-house, even the bread!

Check out their new lunch menu here, and be sure to stop by, give it a try and let us know what you thought!

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