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North Seattle Community College Honored for Green Efforts

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

McKinstry is paying special tribute to local Champions of Sustainability this 2014 football season. The Champions of Sustainability program recognizes McKinstry clients who are taking a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 15 percent of carbon emissions. By proactively addressing environmental concerns such as these, the Champions of Sustainability are breaking new ground in green design, construction and facility management.

On Sunday, November 23, representatives from four Washington State community colleges, including North Seattle Community College (NSCC), were honored at the Seahawks home game with an award. NSCC was chosen for its Climate & Sustainability Commitment and the multiple sustainability and carbon reduction projects that have been completed to date on campus.

As stated in their Climate & Sustainability Commitment: “the main carbon reduction policy that NSCC follows is the State Agency Climate Leadership policy that sets strategic goals for GHG reduction for 2020, 2035, and 2050. NSCC has also signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008. By participating in this program, the College has confirmed its commitment to initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality. NSCC has been a charter member of STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) since 2010.”

McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Seahawks’ Defend Your Turf campaign. The campaign is a four-pronged approach to sustainable water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center as well as in terms of its impact on the city. For further information on the Defend Your Turf campaign, please visit them online.

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45th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-and-Play Along

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

University Unitarian Church (UUC) presents the 45th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-and-Play-Along on Friday, December 26, at 7:00 p.m.

The entire oratorio will be performed under the direction of conductor Karen P. Thomas, Director of Music at UUC and Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle Pro Musica.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for seating. and advance ticket purchase/early arrival is advised as this popular event draws a sold-out crowd every year!

All singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate. Please bring a vocal score if you have one (preferred edition is Watkins Shaw published by Novello).

Vocal scores and orchestra parts will also be available for loan at the event. Instrumentalists should bring their own music stands.

Regular Admission – $18 Students – $13 Seniors(65+) – $15 Tickets can be ordered online.

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Ravenna String Orchestras Concert

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

Wednesday, December 10, 2014|
8:00 p.m.
Eckstein Middle School Auditorium
3003 NE 75th St.
Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Ravenna Second String Orchestra

  • Two Folk Dances arranged by Bernofsky
  • Grave and Allegro by Telemann
  • Drifen by Shirl Jae Attwell

The Ravenna String Orchestra

  • Allegro Moderato from Symphony #29 by Mozart
  • Vivace from Concerto in D Minor by Leclair
  • Nocturne from String Quartet #2 by Borodin
  • Dance of the Trolls by Mike Forbes

Andrew Wickell – Solo Violin

Judy Drake – Conductor

Lorraine Hughes – Co-director

For more information about the Ravenna String Orchestras, please visit their website.

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Affordable Care Act

December 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Story by Chris Blanton, BridgeSpan Health President

For the hundreds of thousands of Washington residents who have not had health insurance for many years, or are signing up for the first time, the task can seem daunting due to the numerous options available to choose from. BridgeSpan Health is committed to informing and educating consumers so they know exactly what they’re purchasing. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Open enrollment starts Nov. 15, 2014 and ends on Feb. 15, 2014.
    • In order to have coverage by Jan.1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014.
  • Evaluate your annual healthcare needs and budget to determine the right mix of monthly premium and out-of-pocket costs.
  • Monthly premium is only one component of the cost of health insurance and picking a plan just on a premium cost may not be the best decision.
    • If the plan selected has lower monthly premiums, the out-of-pocket costs may be higher.
    • A higher monthly premium may lower your out-of-pocket cost
  • Visit the websites of the plans you are interested in for additional details and specifics about coverage and benefits
    • Call the plan’s customer support line for any unanswered questions.
  • If you have established doctors and want to keep seeing them, you should confirm that they are in the network of the plan you are considering.
  • If you’re taking a certain prescription medication, is that drug covered, and how much of the cost will you be responsible for?
  • If you are eligible for a subsidy, make sure you evaluate the cost of the plan after the subsidy has been applied.
    • Even if you think you can’t afford health insurance, visit the Exchange to see how federal subsidies may reduce your monthly premium
  • If you had a plan through the exchange in 2014, visit the marketplace again to evaluate the new plan designs, new network options and new carriers on the market for 2015. You could find a plan that better meets your needs.

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Met Market accepting donations for Ronald McDonald House through Nov. 30

November 27th, 2014 by hillaryu

Metropolitan Market Sand Point is currently accepting monetary donations of any amount at their registers to benefit families with seriously ill children living at the Ronald McDonald House.

Two other holiday-time fundraisers for the House include:

1. Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Wa. — dine in one of the life-size gingerbread houses between Nov. 29 and Jan. 4 for a $10 fee. 100% of that fee will be donated to the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.

2. Lease or buy a new Subaru from Eastside Subaru in Kirkland between Nov. 20 and Jan. 2 and they will donate $250 to one of six charities. The Seattle Ronald McDonald House is one of them!

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Rain City Symphony Concert

November 21st, 2014 by hillaryu

Rain City Symphony will perform on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Christian Church (4731 15th Avenue N.E.)

The concert is a benefit for UCEF, United Churches Emergency Fund.

Performances are free for all audiences and donations for the fund raising will be accepted.

To learn more about the Rain City Symphony, visit their website.

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NEAT Holiday Event

November 21st, 2014 by hillaryu

All are welcome to North Seattle’s hyper local artist’s studio tour. Meet and talk with artists, see working studios and buy locally-made gifts locally, direct from the artists themselves.

NEAT (North End Arts Tour) is a free self-guided tour of six home studios with nearly 30 guest artists. Studios are located in the Green Lake, Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and Sandpoint neighborhoods.

This is a great opportunity to learn about different art forms such as glass, metal, clay, stone, photography, wood, fiber, watercolor and jewelry.

December 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

December 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

December 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Studio locations and passports will be found online.

Get your passport stamped at all six locations for a chance to win gifts.

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November Story Times at the NE Library

October 31st, 2014 by hillaryu

Baby Story Time
(For infants up to 12 months)
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Toddler Story Time
(Geared for ages 1-3)
Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20 at 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.
(The Library will be closed on November 27 for Thanksgiving Day.)

Preschool Story Time
(Geared for ages 3-5)
Tuesdays, November 4, 18, 25 at 10:30 a.m.
(The Library will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day.)

Pajamas & Puppets
(All Ages)
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.
(Happening one week earlier this month!)

Also, here is a quick tip from the library for well-loved items:

Kids’ materials get a LOT of love. Sometimes that love results in torn pages, broken cases and scratched discs. If you check out something and get it home to discover that it is damaged, please let the library know when you return it. They will take your word if your family was not responsible for the damage, and it helps them know what they need to repair or replace. If your child did perchance get overly fond of that book, many wounds can be mended, but please let their wonderful mending volunteers do the repair. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about how to treat library materials gently so other families can enjoy them too.

For more information, visit the Northeast Seattle Public Library website.

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6th Annual Monster Bash!

October 11th, 2014 by hillaryu

When:Saturday, October 18th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

Location: On the grounds of St. Stephen’s – 4805 NE 45th Street – Seattle, WA 98105 – behind Seattle Children’s Hospital (across from Laurelhurst Park)

Cost: Only a $13 “Fright Fee” for all this FUN!

Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly by for a spook-tacular celebration presented by Susannah White’s THREE FEET of SUNSHINE.

Come in costume for a hair-raising haunted house and enjoy pony rides, kids tunes, ghoulish games and prizes, creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and parade. Plus, don’t miss the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, and of course, delicious Halloween Trophy Cupcakes!

In celebration of our 6th annual Monster Bash, this year will feature two LIVE performances by Recess Monkey (4pm & 5pm), as well as reusable trick-or-treat bags for every guest!

All proceeds from this fun event benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team. Great fun for a great cause!

Bonus: Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat!

For more information, please visit THREE FEET of SUNSHINE’s website or Facebook Page or Seattle Children’s website.


Susannah White’s THREE FEET of SUNSHINE is a Seattle Children’s Guild, is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families who bear the weight of potentially life-threatening illnesses, by sharing the ever-sunny disposition and steadfast spirit of sweet Susannah – a little girl, despite spending the last year of her life in the hospital, always had a smile to give and a hug to share. We raise awareness and funds aimed at providing opportunities and extending support programs devoted to enhancing quality of life for pediatric patients and their families.

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Keeping the Lights ON in the View Ridge Neighborhood

October 11th, 2014 by hillaryu

Seattle City Light crews will begin work Oct. 13 to upgrade the underground electrical system in a southern section of the View Ridge neighborhood in order to improve the system’s reliability and better serve customers. The boundaries for the project are approximately: NE 65th Street on the north, NE 55th Street on the south, 33rd Avenue NE on the east, and 45th Avenue NE on the west. The project is projected to last through April 2015, and will employ methods that both mitigate cost and minimize disruption to the surrounding neighborhood.

Initial construction will involve the installation of new underground conduit, which crews will pull cable through at a later date. This work marks the next step in a series of efforts taken by Seattle City Light to improve the system’s electric reliability. Previously, City Light crews tested the vitality of cables in the area in order to identify sections that needed replacing.

During the construction period, crews will use a small-diameter boring method called horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a more cost-efficient and less intrusive alternative to open trenching. All work will be kept within city ordinances and standards, however customers should expect some noise, traffic, and dust during construction. While power outages will be required to ensure safety, all affected customers will be notified in advance of the date and time, as well as expected duration of the outages.

For more information about this and other City Light construction projects, visit their website.

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