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Prime Now: Amazon Offers One-Hour Delivery from PCC Natural Market and Uwajimaya

April 3rd, 2016 by hillaryu

New Prime Now offerings for our neighborhood!


Amazon announced that Prime Now in Seattle, the company’s one-hour delivery service, is now offering superfast delivery from local grocery stores PCC Natural Markets and Uwajimaya.

“We’ve been serving Seattle for more than 60 years, and we regularly get requests from shoppers hungry for a PCC in their neighborhood,” said Cate Hardy, PCC Natural Markets CEO. “By partnering with Prime Now, we not only reach new neighborhoods, we also put the local, delicious goodness of PCC Natural Markets right into shoppers’ hands. Access to fresh, organic, sustainably-sourced food has never been easier or faster.”

Uwajimaya is excited to offer one and two-hour grocery delivery to our customers through Amazon Prime Now,” said Denise Moriguchi, president of Uwajimaya. “We know our customers love the quality and freshness of our produce, seafood, and meat and also our wide selection of Asian grocery items, but don’t always have the time to make it to our stores. Amazon Prime Now is a real win for our customers making it easier for them to get the products they love from Uwajimaya when they want them.”

In Seattle, Prime Now offers tens of thousands of items from Amazon in addition to local restaurant and grocery delivery.

Download the app on your mobile device.

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Wedgwood Rxtra Care Pharmacy closes and joins the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group

April 2nd, 2016 by hillaryu

Submitted by Ken G.

As of March 30, 2016, Rxtra Care Pharmacy is closing its business in Wedgwood and joining the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group.

After many years of faithfully serving the Wedgwood Community, Rxtra Care owners, Holly & Mike have decided to take advantage of a well-earned retirement. They chose Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group to continue their legacy because of their many years of friendship.

“Over the years, we have built many similarities between our companies. We are like-minded in our commitment to community, and liked-hearted when it comes to our high level of customer care for patients and partners alike,” said Kelley-Ross CEO, Ryan Oftebro.

“In spite of how difficult it is to say good-bye,” noted Holly Henry, co-owner of Extra Care in a letter to patients, “it is tempered by knowing that the people at Kelley-Ross will take excellent care of [our patients'] needs.”

Patients who would like to learn more about pharmacy locations or services are encouraged to visit or contact them directly at or 206.417.8066

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Spring Break Safety

April 1st, 2016 by hillaryu

By Dr. Stephen Weinberger

Starting April 11th (for Seattle Public Schools) Seattleites will take to the skies and the highways with the hopes of escaping the daily work or school routine with a spring break getaway. Whether your idea of spring break is a relaxing holiday on the beach, a road trip with the family, or a week with your closest friends, spring break poses its own set of health concerns.   Spring break stressors – which can include heatstroke, safety concerns and more – can all be minimized by planning ahead and taking a few simple precautions. Here are some tips to make this year’s spring vacation fun, safe and healthy for yourself, your friends and your family.

Pack a medical kit. Rather than trying to find a pharmacy, especially if battling a language barrier, make a point to pack a small medical kit for urgent needs. Tylenol for pain and fever; antihistamines such as Benadryl for allergies; Neosporin for cuts and plenty of BandAids are good to have on hand. If traveling out of the county, it would be wise to carry antibiotics in case of “traveler’s tummy.”

Ensure you are up-to-date with vaccines. Influenza vaccine is recommended as this can be found in some countries even during summer months.  Tetanus vaccine should be updated every 10 years for any cuts or wounds that get dirty.  For travel outside of the U.S. certain vaccines like Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines may be recommended.  Consulting the Center for Disease Control website ( is a good starting point.

Hydrate Often. One of the more common ailments when traveling is dehydration especially with destinations that have hotter climates.  Strive to drink water frequently throughout the day to prevent illness.

Be careful of what you eat and drink. Depending on your location, food can be prepared quite differently and cleanliness of water can be questionable.  For food, know what you’re eating and how it’s prepared to prevent food borne illness. Additionally, ensure that you have medication with you for an upset stomach. For water, if you’re unsure if it’s safe to drink, buy bottled water and avoid ice cubes that might be frozen from a contaminated water source.  Also, fruits and vegetables may have been washed in contaminated water resulting in gastrointestinal illness.  As a tip, boiling water at a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes can kill most pathogens.

Protect yourself against the sun. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF for the whole family. The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10a.m. and 4p.m., and can bounce back from sand, snow or concrete. Cover all of the exposed skin often with copious amounts of sunscreen.  Use before and after watersports and exercise, just remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective. Sunscreen is generally not recommended for infants under 6 months of age – use long sleeves and hat to keep a baby’s skin protected from the sun.

Get traveler’s insurance. If leaving the country, it is advisable to have traveler’s insurance.  Emergency evacuations and international medical care are likely not covered by your health insurance carrier.

Stay alert! The biggest reason for injuries and deaths in the U.S. and abroad when traveling is car accidents.  Make sure to take frequent breaks and rest stops on long car rides.  Traffic patterns in foreign countries may be more chaotic.  As a pedestrian, use extra caution in these situations.  Additionally, while there’s nothing wrong with indulging a little on vacation, be careful about how much, and where you drink alcohol as it can make you vulnerable to unsolicited danger.

Most importantly – have fun! Spring break should be a time to relax and unwind from the day-to-day stress of school, home life and work. But in many cases, it’s not always that simple. Make sure to follow these tips to ensure that your vacation is memorable for all the right reasons.

Dr. Stephen Weinberger practices pediatrics and internal medicine at the Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park clinic. Pacific Medical Centers is a private, not-for-profit, multi-specialty health care network of nine locations with 150 primary and specialty care providers.  Its nine locations are in the Puget Sound neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Canyon Park, Federal Way, First Hill, Lynnwood, Northgate, Puyallup, Renton and Totem Lake. To better serve our patients, in 2016 we plan to open clinics in Lakewood and Lacey. Pacific Medical Centers serves patients with commercial insurance, retired military and their families, family members of active-duty personnel, as well as the underserved in our community.

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Greenlake Crew Clothing & Textile Drive

March 27th, 2016 by hillaryu

Greenlake Crew is hosting a Clothing and Textile Drive
Real Property Associates, 7500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, April 23rd
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Everyone has unwanted textiles* that are out of fashion, not needed, or no longer fit. Instead of discarding surplus clothing and household linens, give them a second life through Clothes for the Cause. Money raised will benefit the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Green Lake Junior Crew program.

*Textiles include: CLOTHING new and gently used. SHOES paired only; TOWELS;


BELTS synthetic/leather… All items must be dry and clean.

Glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, carpeting, uniforms, mattresses or hotel linens will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact Jaquie.

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The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines: A Dietitian’s Take

March 25th, 2016 by hillaryu

Written by Katy Figel, RDN, CD

As you may have heard by now, the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) have been officially released. While the majority of Seattleites may not be able to recite specific recommendations or changes that were made, the Guidelines still play a large role in our day to day diets. The Seattle School District’s school lunches, our supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and the My Plate education programs are all heavily influenced by these Guidelines. So what’s new this time around?

Eating Patterns vs. Nutrient Values

I applaud the DGAs for attempting to focus on foods and dietary patterns instead of on confusing nutrient values. For example, the Guidelines recommend that Americans, “shift to healthier food and beverage choices.” They also encourage Americans to eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Seattleites can easily reach this goal by visiting local farmers markets or joining a local Community Supported Agriculture program to get more fruits and vegetables on their dinner tables.

Sugar Recommendation

Another new recommendation (although consistent with the World Health Organization’s previous report) is to limit our intake of added sugars to no more than 10% of our total calorie intake. This means limiting sugar-sweetened foods such as candies and cookies and beverages such as energy drinks and soda in your diet. Instead work on finding snacks with low sugar such as granola and drinking more water. But water needs to be more easily accessible and available in our city. Try finding a drinking fountain in CenturyLink, it’s hard work!

Room for Improvement

Disappointing however is how the Guidelines resort back to their old ways when making recommendations around what they want us to limit.  Suddenly, instead of talking about specific foods, they instead switch back to referring to certain nutrients. For example, they tell us to “limit saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars, and sodium”. However when we eat out, we don’t order “saturated fat” off the menu. Nor do we go grocery shopping and put “sodium” into our shopping cart. The truth is that many Americans don’t know that meats tend to be high in saturated fats or that added sugars are most widely consumed in sodas and sweetened beverages. The recommendations, would better serve our population if they clearly stated specific foods that we should limit. If you’re curious about foods and beverages you should limit for a healthy, balanced diet, talk with your primary care provider or a local dietitian.

Katherine Figel, RDN, CD, is a dietitian with the Nutrition team at Pacific Medical Centers. She sees patients at the Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park, Northgate and First Hill clinics. Pacific Medical Centers is a private, not-for-profit, multi-specialty health care network of nine locations with 150 primary and specialty care providers.  Its nine locations are in the Puget Sound neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Canyon Park, Federal Way, First Hill, Lynnwood, Northgate, Puyallup, Renton and Totem Lake. To better serve our patients, in 2016 we plan to open clinics in Lakewood and Lacey. Pacific Medical Centers serves patients with commercial insurance, retired military and their families, family members of active-duty personnel, as well as the underserved in our community.

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UW I-LABS Seeks Volunteers

March 19th, 2016 by hillaryu

The University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) studies social and cognitive development. Their 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.

They are looking for infants and children in the age range of 0 to 8 years old to join their registry. They 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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Help Wedgwood and John Rogers students have FUN!

March 13th, 2016 by hillaryu

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 April. Contact Cassandra at 206-523-8243 ext. 12 if interested. A background check is required.

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Laurelhurst Tennis Court Drainage Improvement Project

March 12th, 2016 by hillaryu

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the Laurelhurst Community Club meeting on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 NE 41st St.

Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager, is on the agenda at 7:30 p.m.

This project replaces the Laurelhurst drainage system installed in the early 1900s. The existing lines are in poor condition. The goal of the project is to improve drainage of the tennis court and bang board courts, to reduce flooding, and to reduce ongoing maintenance needs.

The southern tennis courts will be closed this spring for construction. The courts are scheduled to be open in time for Summer Tennis Camp in late June. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the contractor to minimize impacts to the neighborhood and park.

For more information about the project please click here. If you have additional questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Katie Bang at or 206-684-9286.

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Boy Scout Troop 166 Local Compost Fundraiser

March 1st, 2016 by hillaryu

Boy Scout Troop 166 is having their annual compost sale!

This is a great time to get high quality compost for your spring planting preparation, as well as support a good cause. All proceeds go to support Troop 166 activities, including scholarships for scouts needing financial assistance.

Purchase includes free delivery (2 bags min) to select N. Seattle zip codes. Click here for more details and to place your order.

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NE Seattle Little League Seeks Umpires for 2016 Season

February 27th, 2016 by hillaryu

Submitted by Barry E.

Northeast Seattle Little League is seeking male and female high school, college age and adult umpires for our 2016 season (youth baseball and softball). Middle schoolers may be considered based on strict experience screening.

Per game compensation and/or School service project hours will be issued to all high school, college umpires and qualified middle schoolers pay rates are based on age and experience.

Rule/mechanics training and administrative support will be provided throughout then season, including certified pre-season training (paid).

The season will run from April through June at NE Seattle are park fields in Laurelhurst, View Ridge, Dahl and Magnuson parks.

If interested, please contact Barry Erickson or text to 206-910-2436.

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