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Helping Hands School Supply Drive – Few More Days Left

August 27th, 2016 by hillaryu

Submitted by: Anjelica A.

To disadvantaged children, school supplies are more than just tools: they represent either moments or normalcy, or awkward and embarrassing conversations. Every child should have the chance to walk into their classroom with confidence.  That’s the idea behind Helping Hands, a school supplies drive that was the brainchild of chiropractor and nutrition coach Dr. Mimi Jackson.

“I spent a couple years teaching,” says Dr. Mimi.  “I remember what it was like as a teacher to see, just, inequality between kids.  And the number that that did on their confidence.  Now that I’m a doctor and a business owner, it’s really important to me to be involved in the community.”

All August long, Dr. Mimi’s wellness clinic, She Wellness, is collecting new school supplies to be donated to a local school.  For a list of school supplies or for updates, visit the Helping Hands Facebook event page.  For every $10 or $10 worth of supplies donated, She Wellness will offer a voucher for a free consultation and exam.  Questions can also be directed to the office by phone (206.259.8882) or email.

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Pyramid’s Beer-infused Cupcake Competition

August 14th, 2016 by hillaryu

Submitted by Deanna

IT’S BEER FOR DESSERT! Craft beer is a perfect ingredient for sweets, so Pyramid Alehouse is teaming up with NAMI Seattle, a non-profit mental health organization, to host a fabulous beer-infused cupcake competition!


Cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, Brown Sugar Baking Company, Bakeirlly Help us crown the Best Seattle Cupcake ! Taste Test the three cupcakes for $10.00 or for $15.00 receive the pairings of beers used in each recipe, proceeds to benefit Nami Seattle. Supplies Limited, So get here early!

All bakeries will also have non-beer infused baked goods available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to NAMI Seattle.

For more information, click here.

Pyramid Alehouse (1201 1st Avenue South, Seattle WA 98134)

Saturday August 13th 12-4 pm

Free entry. Baked goods are for sale. $0-$15

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Wedgwood Businesses and Residents Encouraged to Buy, Register AEDs

August 13th, 2016 by hillaryu

Submitted by Natalie B.

We all know the importance of CPR, but an even better, more effective solution to restarting a heart is an automated external defibrillator – or AED.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the #3 killer in Americans, with a survival rate of about 10 percent, killing more than 300,000 Americans a year. Fortunately, AEDs can increase one’s survival rate by 70-80 percent.

Having an AED around ensures your ability to help someone in an emergency until first responders arrive. However, AEDs only work if you can find them. By registering an AED, 911 dispatchers can match a victim’s location to the nearest AED. For every minute without treatment, survival of sudden cardiac arrest decreases up to 10%. Knowing where the nearest AED is can save time – and most importantly, a life.

Wedgwood business owners and residents are encouraged to purchase and register their AEDs through King County’s website,

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new Lake City park

July 27th, 2016 by hillaryu

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the Lake City community to an Open House on Thursday, July 28 for the design development of a new park in Lake City. Join SPR planner and ELM Environment’s designers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12501 28th Ave NE, just north of the Lake City branch library, or from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lake City Farmer’s Market, NE 125th St. & 28th Ave. NE, to learn about the new park and provide design input.

SPR purchased the property located at 12510 33rd Ave NE 98125 in 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, to provide additional open space for the Lake City community. The events on July 28 are an opportunity for the community to participate in the design and are the first public events for the new park. To provide additional feedback the community is encouraged to participate in this survey.

Funding for this park project is provided by Seattle Park District to preserve open space in urban areas throughout Seattle. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translation please visit their website.

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Magnuson Park Wading Pool will remain closed for the 2016 summer season

July 27th, 2016 by hillaryu

Because of damage to the Magnuson Park Wading Pool caused by an illegal fire last spring, the wading pool will remain closed for the 2016 summer season.

There is damage to the concrete and the sump/drain cover. While Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has identified replacement products, the process of getting the necessary work permits will take about six weeks, which is when this summer offering would normally end (August 28). Parks will complete the necessary work in the off-season.

SPR regrets the closure, and thanks the public for their patience. The nearest operating wading pools are:

  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. through August 18
  • Green Lake Park, N 73rd St. and W Green Lake Dr. N, open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September

There are also operating sprayparks at:

  • Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. NW, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5

The lifeguarded beach at Magnuson Park is open daily (weather permitting) from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through August 28. The beach offers life jackets for smaller children and people who do not have basic swimming skills.

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The Ronald McDonald House Needs Your Help

July 25th, 2016 by hillaryu

RMHC is looking to the local community to help! Since many neighborhoods will soon be taking advantage of the beautiful weather with a block party (such as the Seattle Police Department’s Night Out on August 2nd), please consider adding a donation box at your party to collect items for the Ronald McDonald House. The House pantry is in need of items such as:
  • Pudding/Jello cups
  • Granola bars
  • Individually packaged cookies/crackers/pretzels (such as snack-size bags of Goldfish crackers)
  • Mac and cheese cups, boxed mac and cheese
  • Applesauce cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Shelf stable chocolate or regular milk
  • Fruit snacks, fruit leathers
  • Nut or trail mix snack packs
Collected donations can be dropped off at our main House, located at 5130 40th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. More details, as well as a printable poster for your block party are available on the RMHC Seattle website.
Questions, comments? Please email for more information.

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University of Washington Child Development Studies

July 23rd, 2016 by hillaryu

At the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), they study social and cognitive development. Infants and children (0 to 9 years old) play social games during studies.

Learn about opportunities to participate in exciting child development research. For more information, visit their website.

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Heather & Angie from Epic Barbershop Have Moved!

July 21st, 2016 by hillaryu

Looking for Heather and Angie from the Epic Barbershop on 45th? They had to move abruptly from the location and can now be found at the The Roosevelt Barbershop located at 801 NE 65th ST suite A Seattle 98115.

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Have a safe Fourth of July

July 4th, 2016 by hillaryu

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Digital Photo

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Digital Photo

The Seattle Fire Department, Harborview Medical Center and the Seattle Police Department are reminding the community to stay safe this Fourth of July.

Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year, the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries. These incidents could have been prevented by leaving the fireworks to the professionals.

There were 481 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal by fire departments and hospital emergency rooms in 2015, an 11 percent increase over 2014. Of the 481 incidents, there were 241 injuries and 240 fires resulting in more than $600,000 in property loss.

On the Fourth of July, 911 centers can become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. Do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics.

Last year, Harborview Medical Center, an entity of UW Medicine, treated 54 patients who had been injured as a result of fireworks. Injuries ranged from finger amputations to fractures and burns to faces and hands. This year, Harborview has already seen 11 patients with fireworks-related injuries.

Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.

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Wondering where the Fruit Lady went?

July 4th, 2016 by hillaryu

The Fruit Lady has moved to Roosevelt Way NE and NE Northgate Way (NW corner).

Many of our readers had emailed us, asking “where did the Fruit Lady go?” Luckily, she reached out to us and said, “we are very sad that we had to relocate and miss the community very much. We hope you will come visit us in our new location and enjoy this year’s bountiful harvest. Local cherries and apricots are already here and local peaches are on their way.”

Well, there you have it. Visit the Fruit Lady in her new location at Roosevelt Way NE and NE Northgate Way.

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