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Art Transforms Boarded Windows on Magnuson Park’s Main Street

September 4th, 2015 by hillaryu

With funds from a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant, Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) and teaching artist Angela Larsen worked through a series of summer Saturdays with 11 teens from Solid Ground Housing to transform the boarded up windows of Building 18 into the cheerful and welcoming artworks now greeting park visitors.

The project goals were to beautify the vacant building on the main street of the park, and give the youth a chance to become familiar with different areas of the park and its buildings. “We wanted to make sure that kids living in the Solid Ground Housing of the park know they have the entire park as their community, not just the housing area where they live. We worked in several areas of Building 30 to produce the artworks and the kids enjoyed the chance to experience parts of the park unfamiliar to them, like the Officers Club and Workshop,” says Julianna Ross, Executive Director of the non-profit arts organization.

SPACE had requested the artist and kids work with a nature theme so Larsen and the participants began the project with a walk in the park observing hues, texture and shape. From this, Larsen created a achievable motif inspired by Scandinavian pattern and design. The panels were installed by the Seattle Conservation Corps, with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Lowe’s also offering generous assistance.

Building 18 recently underwent structural stabilization and is eligible to be redeveloped for public/private uses and add to the vitality of the park.

Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange funds, facilitates and promotes arts and cultural uses of Magnuson Park for the public and runs the Magnuson Park Gallery in Building 30 West, 7448 63rd Street NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Learn more online.

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Cat adoption event – Meadowbrook Community Center

September 2nd, 2015 by hillaryu

Meadowbrook Community Center
4030 NE 109th St.
Seattle, WA 98125
September 12th
Noon – 3 pm

The Seattle Animal Shelter will host a cat adopt-a-thon on Saturday, September 12th, at the Meadowbrook Community Center. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous kittens and cats of different breeds. Cats available at this event have been living with foster parents, who are available at the event to share information about the personality and habits of the cats with potential adopters, helping to make a perfect match.

For quicker entrance to the event, you can complete our application before you arrive.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include:

  • Initial vaccinations
  • De-worming
  • Feline Leukemia testing
  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip

To learn more, visit the Seattle Animal Shelter’s website.

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Save the Date: City Fruit Orchard & Harvest Tour

August 29th, 2015 by hillaryu

Seattle remains one of the few urban environments boasting an extensive variety of historic orchards and fruit trees. Today, hundreds of heirloom varieties continue to inspire homeowners, orchardists, community volunteers, and cidermakers.

On Sunday, October 4, visit Seattle’s historic orchards throughout the city, including 7 orchards in North Seattle. Each orchard is planning special activities, including cider pressings, historical tours, and more! Your self-guided tour will take you throughout Seattle’s neighborhoods to a hidden orchard, a former homestead, and other beautiful community sites.

Learn more about maintaining fruit trees in the Pacific Northwest or just enjoy the fall harvest season!

Tickets can be purchased online or at the following locations:

Roosevelt Whole Foods

City Fruit – El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave South, Room 301 (Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm)

City People’s Garden Store – 2939 E Madison Street

Volunteers are also needed to help during the Orchard & Harvest Tour! If interested in helping out, contact Natalie Place.


$10 City Fruit Members/ $12 Non-Members/ $20 Family

Membership Month Special:

Purchase a City Fruit household membership at $50, receive free Orchard & Harvest Tour ticket

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Sustainable NESeattle end of Summer and Fall events

August 26th, 2015 by hillaryu

Upcoming in September:
Sept 19th is the Harvest Skills Fest.
This is the first of these skills events focusing on specific skills that help us make the most of our harvest. Come on out to learn and share these important and seasonally-appropriate skills. Volunteers are needed to instruct classes on things like dehydrating, seed saving, canning (pressure cooker or water bath), pickling, root cellaring, winter gardening, or perhaps you have a special preservation technique that you do and would like to share. If you would like to help, please email Joann with subject: Harvest Fest

Also coming in Sept–

September 15 is the next meeting of the Local Economy/Local Currency and LIONNES group, 7:30 - 9 at a location to be determined. Check out their website for more to find out more about local investing.

September 16 is the seventh annual Barter Fair and Cider Pressing, 1– 4pm, LOCATION: NE Seattle Tool Library parking lot.

Upcoming in October–
Monthly meetings return to the second Thursdays of the month, 7:00–9pm,
Check out their website for details on topics and locations.

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Wedgwood Community Council TREE SHIRT Contest

August 21st, 2015 by hillaryu

By Valerie (originally appeared on the Wedgwood Community Council website)

Become a local celebrity by designing the Wedgwood Community Council’s next “tree-shirt,” one of our most popular membership benefits! The design itself does not have to contain trees if you don’t want it to, BUT the design should represent a connection to our community in some way.

Submissions will be accepted from July 25 to September 15, with the winner announced on October 1.

All entries that meet the following criteria will be posted here on this WCC page, where all current WCC members will be able to see and vote on the designs. The winning designer will not only see his or her design on all of our tree-shirts for the coming year, but will also receive a FREE tree-shirt for three family members.

You do not have to be a member of the WCC to enter the contest, but you must live within the Wedgwood neighborhood boundaries of NE 75th to 95th Streets (see map).

Tree-shirt specifics:

* Designs will be printed on unisex 100% cotton T-shirts; white or green backgrounds available – you decide!

* Designs should consist of two ink colors maximum; ink colors are of your choice, but please note limited colors are available which will work on the dark green background – white, gold and other pale colors.

* Maximum size of art: 12” wide by 11” high OR 11” wide by 14” high.

* Please submit high-resolution scans or Photoshop files only with at least 300 DPI or Vector art.

* Physical art accepted as well (we can scan your design.)

Please include the following information with all submissions:

* Name, phone number and email address

* Preferred shirt color: white or dark green background for your design.

* Preferred ink colors (general colors or PMS colors accepted)

Email your submission or any questions to:

OR mail your submission to: PO Box 15770, Seattle, WA 98115

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Wedgwood/Chad Shanks Memorial Car Show

August 21st, 2015 by hillaryu

Wedgwood/Chad Shanks Memorial Car Show

It’s time again!

King Street Bar & Oven and The Wedgwood Broiler present the 8th Annual Wedgwood/Chad Shanks Memorial Car Show!

August 22nd, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parking Lot of the Wedgwood Broiler
8230 35th Ave NE Seattle, WA. 98115

Lot opens at 9 am for vehicle staging.

$15 entry fee for all vehicles (includes 2 raffle tickets). Free admission for spectators.

All net proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

All makes and models are welcome! Motorcycles too! This true neighborhood car show encourages people with all stages of vehicles to be a part of it from works in progress to beautiful classics to bonafide trailer queens. You will see it all here!

TROPHIES for various classes awarded, dash plaques for the first 30 vehicles and raffle prizes! 50/50 raffle also.

T-shirts available for purchase the day of show.

Come and spend a day in the sun with people who love their cars.

The Wedgwood Broiler’s full menu will be available starting at 8 am.

Drink and beer specials will run all day.

Sponsored by King Street Bar and Oven, the Wedgwood Broiler, Fireball Whiskey, Bird Dog Whiskeys and Budweiser.

If you are interested in bringing a car, truck or motorcycle, please contact Troy at 206-852-8769

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Bartell Drugs’ School Tools for Kids in Need Donation Drive

August 14th, 2015 by hillaryu

Bartell Drugs welcomes donations of school supplies and hygiene products for its 12th annual “School Tools for Kids in Need,” August 2 through August 29 at all 64 Bartell Drugs locations.

The drive supports students in 160 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donated items help re-stock the center, where teachers “shop” free of charge for supplies to assist qualifying students.

Donations of basic school supplies and hygiene products can be made at Bartell Drug locations.

Monetary donations, dedicated to the drive, can be made online.

As many as 58,000 local students could begin the school year without the basic school supplies, according to Federal Way-based World Vision, a globally-known charitable organization.

“With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there’s never been a more important time to support this endeavor. Over the past eleven years we’ve appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations,” said Bartell Drugs Chairman George D. Bartell.

Suggested donation items found at Bartell Drugs locations include:

Pens and #2 pencils

Markers and crayons


Notebook paper

Spiral notebooks



Hand soap


Feminine hygiene

Our closest Bartell Drugs are University Village, Roosevelt Square and Lake City.

For more information on Bartell Drugs and its locations, visit their website.

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Free Dental Services for Kids!

August 11th, 2015 by hillaryu

Do you know a child who needs a new dental home? The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry, supported by Johnson & Johnson, will hold a special “Anniversary Day of Service” as they celebrate their 5th Anniversary.

The first 50 new patients who make appointments for Thursday, Oct. 8, asking for the “Anniversary Day of Service” will receive a full exam, xrays, teeth cleaning, fluoride application and sealants….FREE. This is a great way for a child to experience going to the dentist for the first time.

Call 206-543-5800 to make your appointment – and tell your friends. New patients only, ages 1-18. First come – first served.

For more information about the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry, visit their website.

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Tips When Heading Outdoors with Kids

August 3rd, 2015 by hillaryu

By Emmanuel Eusebio, MD

With this gorgeous summer weather beckoning everyone in the family outside, it is a good time to review and prepare for any injuries or illness you may encounter in your adventures.

Here are some of the challenges you might face and some tips to get you through them:

Ankle sprains: With running children and uneven terrain, there is always the possibility that someone will twist their ankle. Prevention is the best strategy, so well-fitting footwear with ankle support and fresh treads can head off a number of slips and spills. Also, ensure your child’s laces are tied or Velcro straps are closed. If your child does twist an ankle, it is important to have them sit down and apply a compression wrap right away in order to minimize swelling. Ice or a cold pack applied quickly can help a lot too. As soon as you can, get them off the field or trail and sit them down for some rest. If they can’t walk at least four steps, it would be prudent to have X-rays taken at a nearby emergency room or urgent care facility.

Sunburns: With more time spent outside, it is really easy to get too much sun. This can happen even more quickly when you are near reflective surfaces like water and sometimes unexpectedly on overcast days. Early signs of redness and skin warmth can be treated by going indoors, taking a cool bath and applying aloe vera to the burns. If the sunburn causes blisters, fever, chills, headache or a general feeling of sickness, consult your pediatrician. If the blisters burst, apply an antibacterial ointment like Neosporin. Once again, prevention is the best option, so apply a good sunscreen (at least SPF 15-30) and wear sun-protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

Insect bites: We share the outdoors with lots of bugs, and sometimes they bite. Usually, a small wheal will form at the site of a mosquito bite; it will heal more quickly if you can prevent your child from scratching. If the itching is really bothersome, try applying hydrocortisone cream twice a day to the lesion, and consider a weight-appropriate dose of oral Benadryl, an antihistamine. Insect repellants and mosquito netting are great ways to avoid getting bit in the first place, so bringing these items along on a campout, hike or other outdoor adventure is a really smart idea.

Bee stings: Bees are great for the environment, but sometimes they sting. If your child is stung, try to quickly scrape the stinger out with a credit card or your fingernail. Be sure not to squeeze, or more venom may be injected. Washing the sting with soap and water, and then applying ice will prevent infection and ease the pain. If your or your child experience any problems with breathing, vomiting or signs of shock, call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.

By knowing the potential challenges of outdoor summer fun, you can prepare before your family to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy on the trip. I hope these tips help you have an awesome time outdoors!

Emmanuel (Manny) Eusebio, MD, is a pediatrician at Pacific Medical Centers, practicing in the Northgate clinic. Pacific Medical Centers ( is a private, not-for-profit, multispecialty health care network of nine clinics in Beacon Hill, Canyon Park, Federal Way, First Hill, Lynnwood, Northgate, Puyallup, Renton and Totem Lake.

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SPACE Presents a Sound Garden Sunday

July 29th, 2015 by hillaryu

On Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 1-4 PM, Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) will welcome the public to enjoy the notable and rarely seen sculptures of the NOAA Art Walk on the Sand Point Peninsula in northeast Seattle. Usually open only on weekdays from 8 AM – 5 PM through the NOAA gatehouse, Sound Garden Sunday allows access through the park for the first time on a weekend since 2001.

Sited on an ecologically restored shoreline, the six artworks feature internationally recognized artists Martin Puryear, Scott Burton, George Trakas, Douglas R. Hollis and Siah Armajani. Famed Seattle grunge band Soundgarden chose its name from Hollis’ iconic sculpture, A Sound Garden. Picnickers are welcome and the day promises to be a quiet and un-crowded alternative to Seafair as well as give Seattle Art Fair goers a chance to see significant works of art in a natural northwest setting.

All visitors to the Art Walk must show picture ID; only U.S. citizens will be admitted.

Also in the park from 1-5 PM, over 20 artists in Building 30 West will open their studios to the public. The Magnuson Park Gallery is showing Walking a Mile: a Race to Humanity featuring the works of Carol Rashawnna Williams and Robert Horton. Williams will be in the gallery throughout the day and guest artists will also have works on view in the hallways of the redeveloped building in the heart of the Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District.

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