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Fremont Nonprofit Helps Wedgwood Businesses Save the Planet through Computer Donations

May 12th, 2015 by hillaryu

Submitted by Jayme Busser

81% of a computers energy use is in MAKING it, not using it. Learn how a Seattle nonprofit turns old computers into new opportunities while helping local businesses save the planet.

Most people would be astounded to know that 81% of a computer’s energy use is in making it, not actually using it. When you add up the energy used during the whole life cycle of an average computer with a 17” monitor, the majority of the energy is consumed during the manufacturing process. The amount of wasted energy manufacturing a new computer is alarming. It takes 530 pounds of fossil fuels and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture just one computer and monitor. This is why reuse is key.

With 74% of computers being sold for business use and IT upgrades happening every few years, America acquires and disposes of millions of computers each year. According to the EPA, e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in America, making it a serious environmental concern. Local Fremont nonprofit, InterConnection tackles this growing problem every day.

InterConnection helps businesses in Seattle neighborhoods reduce their carbon footprint, breathing new life into computers which might have otherwise ended up in the landfill. A large amount of what society considers “e-waste” is actually not waste at all, but rather computers or parts that can easily be refurbished for reuse or be recycled for materials recovery. InterConnection has worked with businesses in Wedgwood to provide electronics recycling at no cost. Windermere Real Estate: Wedgwood has donated their used IT equipment, helping support InterConnection’s mission.

Every computer or laptop received from both businesses like Windermere Real Estate: Wedgwood as well as individual donors is thoroughly examined to determine if it can be effectively refurbished. The equipment that can be reused is refurbished and back into the world in no time providing a lifeline to people in need. With a mission focused on helping underserved communities gain access to vital technology, InterConnection refurbishes the IT equipment, making it available at a deep discount to low-income families and other nonprofits. If it cannot be refurbished it is recycled, where the valuable materials will be used to make new products someday.

Want to be a part of the solution? This is your chance to declutter your house, while protecting our environment and giving back to the community. For more information or for a list of InterConnection’s drop-off locations visit InterConnection’s website.

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Nathan Hale Does “Young Frankenstein”

May 3rd, 2015 by hillaryu

It’s alive! Mel Brook’s comedy classic film, Young Frankenstein, comes to life as a knee-slapping, toe-tapping musical. Frederick Frankenstein inherits his grandfather’s Transylvania estate, though he is reluctant to take on the family business of creating monsters. But with the help of a collection of eccentric characters, he will bring the dead back to life and find his true destiny.

This monstrously funny musical runs May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 performing at 7:30pm at Nathan Hale High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Reserved tickets are available online for $15/adult $10/students plus a minimal service charge at

Buy tickets here or buy general admission tickets at the door on show night for $10 students/$15 adults.

Don’t miss this romping good fun!

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Bryant Blastival – May 9th

April 30th, 2015 by hillaryu

Bryant Elementary will host its annual carnival Saturday, May 9 from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. on the school playground and in the gym.
This year’s Blastival will feature games and entertainment for kids of all ages, including:
  • Live magic shows
  • Balloon artists
  • Pony rides
  • Outdoor games
  • Cake Walk
  • Craft station
  • Carnival games with prizes
A $2 wristband gets you in the gates and access to the magic shows.
Bring your cash for games, snacks and hot dogs and your shot to win one of a dozen fabulous raffle baskets.
Also, starting May 5, check out the online auction.

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Wedgwood Garden Club

April 18th, 2015 by hillaryu

The Wedgwood Garden Club will hold its 2nd Annual Plant Sale on Sat., May 9, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 3177 NE 81st St.

All plants are propagated from members’ own gardens right here in the neighborhood, and 100 percent of sales will benefit the future Wedgwood park on 35th Ave. at 86th St.

Prices on most plants will be 50 percent less than local nurseries.

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Wedgwood Real Change Vendors Now Accept Credit Cards

April 17th, 2015 by hillaryu

Seattleites can now pull out their phones and scan a QR code to pay for an e-version of Real Change, the city’s weekly street newspaper sold by homeless and low-income vendors.

Local Google volunteers developed the app over the past two years as part of a volunteer project– encouraged by the company–to find an effective technological solution to the challenges Real Change faces in a marketplace where more transactions are taking place electronically.

As of today, the app is available for download on Android phones; the iOS app will be available soon.

“Cashlessness is a challenge our vendors face on a daily basis,” said Timothy Harris, founding director of Real Change. “This app will help our paper survive in the digital age, when fewer people have ready access to cash and more people prefer to read news content on their mobile devices.”

Participating Real Change vendors will have badges with individualized QR codes. Customers who have downloaded the free app can scan the QR code to purchase a digital version of the issue from that particular vendor.

The Google volunteers working on the project developed the app to be easily adapted by other street papers. “Street newspapers around the world are looking for a solution to how they can better adapt to the changing media landscape, while still staying true to the signature street paper model,” said  Darcy Nothnagle, Public Affairs Manager for Google. “We hope that this app will be a model many street papers can use, globally.”

“We designed this with our vendors and customers in mind,” said Harris. “This app will build on the strong relationships our vendors have with many of their customers, while helping customers benefit from an increasingly seamless buying experience. The paper is just a scan away.”

The price for downloading an e-version of the publication is $2.99 (including a fee from digital content providers) while the paper copy will continue to cost $2. Vendors will receive the $1.49 from the sale of the digital version, and $1.40 from the sale of the paper version.

For more information about the new app, visit Real Change’s new, mobile-friendly, website.

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Folk Show featuring Wren, Pepper Proud, and Olivia de la Cruz

April 11th, 2015 by hillaryu

Seattle folk-artist Wren is throwing a show to celebrate the launch of the Kickstarter for her second album. The show will feature Wren in addition to local, female-singer-songwriters Pepper Proud and Olivia de la Cruz.


April 18th, 7 pm (doors), 7:30 pm (show)

7557 40th Ave NE, Seattle

Suggested offering: $5-10

Dessert and espresso will be served

Seating is first-come, first-serve

(There will be limited chairs available, so those comfortable on the floor are encouraged to bring a floor cushion to leave the chairs for those who most need them)

Learn more here.

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RHS Soccer Camp 2015

April 10th, 2015 by hillaryu

Attend Roosevelt High School Soccer Camp and sharpen your skills!

The RHS Boys Soccer program is hosting a soccer camp June 23-25 from 10 to 2 for Ages 7-11.

Cost is $58.  For more information email the program here.

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Magnuson Community Center Summer Activities

April 6th, 2015 by hillaryu

Registration is now in progress for over 40 summer activity camps offered at Magnuson Community Center!  There is a wide selection of camps to choose from such as Nature Camps, Science Camps, Triathlon Camp, Lego Camps,  Chess Camp,  GreenStage Theatre Camps,  Animation Camps, Fishing Camp, Fencing Camp,  just to name a few!  Camps are for all ages, from tots to teens.

If you would like more information, please call 684-7026, or visit the Seattle Parks website.

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Compost Days Discounts and the Big Garden Give

March 25th, 2015 by hillaryu

Compost Days is back! The month-long effort thanks local residents for diverting over 375,000 tons of food, food-soiled paper and yard debris from landfills through curbside composting.

To celebrate this achievement, from March 15th through April 15th, Compost Days is offering the biggest discounts of the year on Cedar Grove compost, and get 25% off kitchen food scrap containers and compostable bags at all Fred Meyer stores.

Your purchase of Cedar Grove compost results in a compost donation to schools and gardens feeding our community!

Additionally, for the second year in a row, Compost Days will contribute free compost to local schools and 120 gardens with the “Big Garden Give” – a community compost drive. You can help! For every bag of Cedar Grove compost purchased during the campaign, one bag of compost will be donated to school-based garden programs and community gardens.

Last year’s Compost Days “Big Garden Give” campaign resulted in a total of 1,119 yards of donated compost to community and school gardens — enough to fill nearly 450 standard pick-up truck beds. Donated compost also helped two new gardens get started – Seattle’s Reunion House, a senior housing community, and the Marysville Arts & Technology High School.

For more information, visit the Compost Days website.

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Volunteer Opportunity at the Seattle Audubon

March 24th, 2015 by hillaryu

Seattle Audubon Society is currently looking for volunteers for the Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat. Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons.

Four lessons in the spring and four more in the fall give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. We serve 12 Seattle Public Schools located throughout Seattle.

-The FUN program relies upon 120 volunteers each school year. 50 volunteers are still needed to meet their needs for the spring 2015 program!

  • Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall.
  • Volunteers lead a group of 4-6 students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers.
  • No previous teaching or science background is required – and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!
  • Apply as soon as possible to be a part of spring FUN starting in April!
  • Training sessions will be held on March 24th, 28th, and 30th. Reply NOW to get more information and to sign up for a training session!

For more information, contact:

David Garcia at (206)523-8243 ext. 11

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