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Ronald McDonald House Charities Needs Your Help

October 13th, 2015 by hillaryu

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Western Washington and Alaska needs your help!

RMHC provides housing for 80 families a night, who have children receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital for serious illnesses. They look to the local community to help them provide many comforts for their “home-away-from-home,” such as hot meals, supplies in their free pantry, and much more.

This fall, they’re asking for your help to provide food to families. Here’s a couple ways you can help:

  • Donate Canned or Dry Goods: They’re always in need of canned and dry goods at the House. They welcome donations of newly purchased shelf-stable items, which have expiration dates of at least two months out. You can visit their Amazon wishlist and purchase online, or donate goods directly to our front desk at 5130 40th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. If you plan to make a very large donation or are interested in holding a food drive in your community, please contact our Operations Manager, Kaarin Stowell.
  • Donate to their Food Fund: This year, they’re starting a “Food Fund” specifically to help tide them over later in the year when supplies tend to get low. We work with Food Services of America to purchase dry and canned goods, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, and dairy products with this money. Since they reassess what they need in the pantry on a weekly basis, you can be sure your donation will be going towards goods that are most needed.  You can make a donation to the Food Fund on their website – just select “Pantry Food” on the Program Area drop down menu to make sure it goes into the Food Fund.
  • Snack Lunches:  The “Snack Lunch” program at the House is an opportunity for all ages to get involved in charitable work. They’re asking for donations of brown bag lunches, filled with non-perishable, shelf-stable items like granola bars, fruit cups, crackers, and a juice box. Items must be newly purchased with an expiration date of at least two months out. They leave these in the pantry for families to grab as they’re on the run back and forth to Children’s Hospital. All a family has to do is add a sandwich and a piece of fruit from the free pantry, and they are all ready to go. The amount of snack lunches you make is up to you, but every single one is appreciated by the parents and kids who stay here. This is a great activity for scout troops and they are happy to give an “I Love RMHC” pin to donors.
  • Make a Meal: They are always looking for groups of 3-15 adults to make a hot meal for our families. They provide a huge kitchen and all the utensils you will need to make a meal – all you have to do is bring ingredients, have fun cooking with your group onsite, and enjoy serving a delicious homemade meal to families. For more information on the meal program, please see their website!

For more information on RMHC visit their website.

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How Noisy is our Neighborhood?

October 10th, 2015 by hillaryu

Whether you’re buying or renting a home, it’s important to get a sense of what it’s like to live in the neighborhood before you move in. The typical amenities, such as restaurants, shops, schools, and grocery stores are relatively easy to look up. What’s not as obvious is how noisy it gets.

Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, and renters, pulled police data on noise complaints from the City of Seattle as far back as feasible. This resulted in about 5 years worth of data.

Wedgewood and View Ridge neighborhoods had little noise activity as opposed to Capitol Hill and the University District which were quite dense in noise complaints.

Click here to see the full animated map for Seattle.

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Ask a Scientist Event @ the Northeast Library

October 1st, 2015 by hillaryu

This intimate, cafe style event features  mandolin playing UW climate scientist Dargan Frierson, who will be on hand to answer questions about the science of global warming.
Northeast Library on Oct 27th from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

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Good, Simple Care Can Keep Your Skin Healthy for Years to Come

September 23rd, 2015 by hillaryu

By Catherine Pham, MD

As a dermatologist, I often hear from patients that they don’t have time for intensive skin care. However, people should still take care of their skin by doing the basics over their lifetimes.

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems.

Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to care for your skin is to protect it from the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other problems, like skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection

  • Use sunscreen – Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it generously and reapply every two hours or more often if swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade – Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing – Cover your skin with tightly woven, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of UV protection for a certain number of washings.

Don’t smoke

Smoking makes skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. It narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions people make when smoking can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop.

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll

To keep it gentle:

  • Limit shower or bath time – Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from skin. Limit shower or bath time and use warm, not hot, water.
  • Avoid strong soaps – Strong soaps can strip oil from skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully – To protect and lubricate skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. Use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry – After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin with a towel so some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin – If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer with SPF. Ointments and creams are better for dry skin since they are more effective at sealing in moisture. Lotions, which are often in pump bottles, have a high water content that tends to evaporate off of skin.

Anti-wrinkle creams

The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams depends, in part, on the active ingredient or ingredients. Common ingredients that may result in slight to modest improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, include:

  • Retinol – Retinol is a vitamin A compound, the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals – unstable oxygen molecules – that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles.
  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C may help protect skin from sun damage. Before and between uses, wrinkle creams containing vitamin C must be stored to protect them from air and sunlight.
  • Hydroxy acids or exfoliants – These substances remove the upper layer of old, dead skin and stimulate growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin.
  • Coenzyme Q10 – This ingredient may help reduce fine wrinkles around eyes and protect skin from sun damage.
  • Tea extracts – Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Grape seed extract – In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, grape seed extract also promotes wound healing.
  • Niacinamide – This substance is related to Vitamin B-3 (niacin). It helps reduce water loss in the skin and may improve skin elasticity.

Healthy diet

A healthy diet can help people look and feel their best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Although the association between diet and acne isn’t clear, some research suggests a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates, might promote younger-looking skin.

Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger skin problems. To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time for things you enjoy.

Medical expertise

A dermatologist can help people create a personalized skin care plan by assessing your skin type, evaluating your skin’s condition and recommending products likely to be effective. If you’re looking for more dramatic results, a dermatologist can also recommend medical treatments for wrinkles, including prescription creams, Botox injections or skin-resurfacing techniques.

Catherine Pham, MD, is a board certified dermatologist who practices at Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center. For more information, visit the Virginia Mason website.

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ANNIE at the Paramount Theatre Through September 26

September 23rd, 2015 by hillaryu

KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount is proud to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play Seattle’s Paramount Theatre from September 20–26, 2015.

Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. Tickets for the engagement are available on-line, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at select Ticketmaster locations and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).

This brand new production features a 25 member company: in the title role of Annie is Issie Swickle, a 10-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her tour debut. Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews. Also starring in the tour are Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR. Sunny, a 5-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy.

ANNIE will be at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for three more performances:

Thursday, September 24 7:30pm

Friday, September 25 8:00pm

Saturday, September 26 2:00pm – An ASL / AVIA Interpreted

I had the pleasure of attending last night’s show and it was phenomenal. The sets, costumes and actors were spectacular and I enjoyed laughing with the audience around me. ANNIE is a classic and I left with several of the songs playing through my head for the rest of the evening. This is a great show for families!

See this one before it’s gone!

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Wedgwood Community Volunteers

September 14th, 2015 by hillaryu

(Photo courtesy of the Seattle Audubon)

Help Wedgwood and John Rogers students have FUN!

Finding Urban Nature (FUN) is Seattle Audubon’s free environmental education program in Seattle Public Elementary Schools.

FUN is an environmental education program that introduces students to the natural world in their own schoolyard habitats through observation, discovery, and scientific inquiry.

Volunteers work with small groups of 4-5 students for 4, one-hour lessons, over the course of 4 weeks.

The program needs volunteers at Wedgwood and John Rogers Elementary Schools.

Please respond as soon as possible to be a part of FUN training in October. Contact Christine at 206-523-8243 ext. 19 if interested.

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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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