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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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UW I-LABS Registry

July 20th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Ursala
At the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), we study social and cognitive development. Our researchers explore why infants enjoy social interactions, how toddlers learn about the emotions and goals of other people, and when children develop empathy for others.

We are looking for infants and children in the age range of 0 to 8 years old to join our registry.We will keep your information in a confidential list and contact you when your child is near the age for a study. More information about individual studies will be provided once your child has been selected.

To learn about volunteering for child development studies at the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) click here.

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Cook It, Freeze It, Can It: Using Up Your Summer Produce

July 11th, 2015 by hillaryu

City Fruit wants you to waste less, eat more, and learn all the ways to use up your leftover food.

Whether you struggle with using everything in your CSA or you have an overabundance of fresh fruit from your backyard, City Fruit is here to help!

Learn the tips and tricks to using up the summer harvest and get some handy guides for food storage for your next weeknight meal.

Turn those chard stems into a shareable dish your friends will envy.

Throw that frozen fruit into a pie shell for a quick desert.

Get some canning tips and recipe guide for a quick pickle and different ways to preserve the flavors of the season.

This class is FREE!

August 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Whole Foods Roosevelt
1026 Northeast 64th Street, Seattle, WA 98115

Learn more about City Fruit on their website.

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Silver Kite Saturday Art Workshops

July 11th, 2015 by hillaryu

Community members of all ages will contribute to a chalk mural on Saturday, July 18, as Silver Kite Community Arts kicks of its latest series of inter-generational art experiences. In collaboration with artist, Nancy Silvesan-Valdes, participants will turn the George: Center for Community parking lot (located in Lake City) into a work of art.

Sidewalk Chalk Muraling is the first in a series of monthly Family Art Workshops offered by Silver Kite to encourage creativity, innovation and connection for the whole family as they experience something new together. Each workshop is facilitated by a local professional artist and focuses on offering a new art medium to experience. Families can contribute to murals, bring recycled characters to life, learn new games and dances, and make crafts, time capsules and more!

Workshops will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at George: Center for Community on select Saturdays.

All ages welcome and children six and under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

To learn more, visit the Silver Kite website.

To register for the event, click here.

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SeaHawkers Booster Club and the Ronald McDonald House

June 26th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Michelle

The SeaHawkers Booster Club has been coming to the Seattle Ronald McDonald House for over ten years to give residents a taste of the Seahawks “game-day experience.” Last Saturday, the group came to the House to prepare and serve brunch, along with the Sea Gals and Blitz the Seahawk mascot. Everyone got into the spirit of the day, so the House was awash with blue and green shirts. The kids loved chatting with the Sea Gals over cupcakes, and one of the Sea Gals even used her iPhone to Facetime a quick greeting to a former resident, who has now recovered.

Parents and kids alike said the day was one to remember. One kid was so excited that he got up at 5 AM in preparation for the day, even though the event started at 10 AM! A mom remarked that the visit “made the day super special” for her and her kids. As a way to remember the special day, the SeaHawkers also provided an on-site photographer who took free keepsake photos for families, which were printed on site.

Around 11 AM, the SeaHawkers brought another surprise for our families – a performance by the Seahawk’s Blue Thunder Drumline. The Drumline performed several numbers and then let the kids try out the drums and cymbals for themselves. The “Weehawk,” a good luck Seahawks themed doll invented by SeaHawker Chris Johnson, even got into the action, dancing along to the beat.

To make the day even more special, the SeaHawkers brought the Beast Bus to the House for the first time ever. The Beast Bus is a double decker bus, imported from London, painted with Seahawks colors and decorated with memorabilia. It even has a replica of the Lombardi trophy and original seats from the Kingdome inside. Kids and their families had a great time exploring both levels of the bus and honking the horn which was loud and proud like the Seahawks fans themselves.

The SeaHawkers Booster Club started in 1976, and is the longest-tenured ‘official’ booster club of any team in the NFL. All chapters are involved in giving back to their community, and the SeaHawkers regularly visit RMHC twice a year to bring the spirit of the 12s to our families. They have even been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work at Ronald McDonald House in 2013. Over the years, the SeaHawkers have brought everything from firetrucks to Seahawks themed sportscars with them and we are so glad to have them as part of our volunteer groups.

If you are interested in getting involved with the House like the SeaHawkers, we are always looking for groups to come prepare and serve meals for our families. Our entirely volunteer meal program offers family dinners at both of our Houses Sunday through Thursday at 5 p.m. It is just another way that RMHC is a “home-away-from-home” for families and children during difficult times. If you are a group of three or more and would like to cook a meal for our families, look for an available date on our website and get in touch with Eleanor Garrison, Activities Coordinator.

Other opportunities to help the House abound this summer. We are the beneficiary of the FroYo5k race which takes place on July 25th at Kirkland’s Juanita Beach Park. We are looking for 100 volunteers, so grab your friends and neighbors for what promises to be a fun morning of cheering on runners and assisting with the 5k. More details can be found online.

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Are You #GoodandReady for Disaster?

June 19th, 2015 by hillaryu

Wedgwood & View Ridge neighbors are invited to build a free disaster preparedness starter kit, as well as learn other ways to keep themselves and their families safe in a disaster, at the Fremont Fair this Saturday, June 20.

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, and The Allstate Foundation have launched a nationwide, 14-city tour to help Americans get ‘good and ready’ for a disaster. This is the annual tour’s first time in Seattle, where local volunteer organization Seattle Works will be on-hand to help residents get prepared.

In the last 10 years, nearly 255 million people worldwide were affected by disasters and since 1980, weather-related disasters have increased by more than 230 percent.

“Disaster prep is essential, especially for people in the Puget Sound region,” says Jessica Frederick, development and communications manager at Seattle Works. “Experts have long predicted a large-scale Seattle earthquake and unfortunately, the risk of another landslide like the tragedy in Oso makes this issue very real for our community. A preparedness kit is a proactive way to make sure you have supplies on hand if a disaster occurs.”

Seattleites can stop by the ‘Good and Ready’ booth, located on 35th Street between Phinney and 1st Ave, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to make a free starter kit for their family. Each kit includes first aid supplies, a flashlight, a water bottle and other items proven to keep people safe in a disaster.

“Although it’s difficult to think about, a disaster could occur in any community at any time across the globe,” says Cathy Darracott, local Allstate agent and ‘Good and Ready’ representative. “Many people—85 percent in fact—aren’t prepared. Our campaign and tour aims to help communities take charge and be less vulnerable in the event of a sudden disaster. Creating a kit for you and your family is step one.”

Seattle, chosen for its urgent need, is the sixth stop on this year’s ‘Good and Ready’ tour. People interested in supporting the campaign, or following the tour virtually, can use hashtag #GoodandReady on June 20.

Learn more about building your own disaster kit here.

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Executive Chef honored with Red Carpet Award

June 17th, 2015 by hillaryu

Executive Chef, Chad McKenzie, at Ida Culver House in Ravenna was recently honored with the Red Carpet Award from Washington Health Care Association.  This is a fantastic honor and, as you may, or may not know, each summer, Ida Culver House Ravenna opens its doors to  neighbors with a free jazz concert series, an art gala and a neighborhood picnic.

All of the events are free and a wonderful opportunity to sample some of Chef McKenzie’s amazing food, and enjoy wine tasting, live music, art and more.

Events are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Art Gala featuring local artists, live jazz music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting in the garden.

Thursday, August 13 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Live jazz concert in the garden with pastries and coffee.

Saturday, August 22 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Neighborhood Picnic, we provide the food and fun, we invite our neighbors to join in garden games and conversation.

Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Live jazz concert in the garden with pastries and coffee.

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