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Seattle Musical Theatre 2014-2015 Season

September 12th, 2014 by hillaryu

Seattle Musical Theatre kicks off its 2014-2015 season with Tony Award winning classic MAN OF LA MANCHA, book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA follows the eccentric Don Quixote, his faithful manservant Sancho, and the tough, but beautiful Aldonza in a mythic and spiritual quest for the impossible dream. With Director Rick Wright at the helm, MAN OF LA MANCHA runs September 12-28, 2014 at Magnuson Park.

Tickets ($20-$35) are available through or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Seattle favorite Jeff Church (Village, SecondStory Rep) takes on the titular role as “Cervantes/Don Quixote”; with Dustyn Moir (“Paul” in A Chorus Line at SMT) as “Sancho”; and Cherisse Martinelli (Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Leavenworth Summer Theatre, Central Theatre) as “Aldonza.” The cast also includes David Caldwell, Benjamin Cournoyer, Marty Durham, Spencer Fairbanks, James Fesalbon, Melissa Fleming, Tod Harrick, Rebecca Maiten, David Otten, Dima Pogrebniak, Brian Pucheu, Kelly Tallariti, Joshua Valencia, and Ava Yaghmaie.

The mission of Seattle Musical Theatre is to engage and entertain the community by producing new and traditional musicals. The theater nurtures local talent by providing training and artistic development opportunities for children, youth, and adults from all walks of life. SMT’s vision is to enrich the entertainment and educational value of live theater in the Northwest region; provide a premiere environment for nurturing artistic and technical talent; and develop the Magnuson Park theater facility as a key cultural resource for civic, arts, and other community organizations. SMT at all times will strive to demonstrate and inspire these values among the Board of Directors, staff, artists, volunteers, patrons, and donors.

For more information, visit their website.

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Thornton Creek Alliance 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 6th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Thornton Creek Alliance is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a concert in the park!

Be sure to bring a blanket, and a picnic, and join your neighbors for a fun afternoon!

Learn about the restoration efforts, participate in children’s activities and meet community partners! There will be music by the ThorNton Creek Band with ice cream and cake provided!

Sunday, September 14th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, rain or shine
Cromwell Park
18030 Meridian Ave N.

For more information, visit their website.

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Album from Wedgwood resident Glenna Burmer wins Independent Music Award

September 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Submitted by Rita C.

A locally produced album by Burmer Music — Celebrate World Music! — is a winner in the Contemporary Classical category of the 13th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop poll. This is the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international music award program for independent artists. More than 100,000 fans voted worldwide for their favorites in some 80 categories.

Wedgwood resident, Glenna Burmer, is the executive director of Burmer Music as well as a musician and composer.

Celebrate World Music was presented live at a world premiere concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Wash., in 2013.

More information can be found online.

Congratulations Glenna!

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Health Fair at Harbor Church

September 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Harbor Church (9204 11th Ave NW) is hosting a health fair on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This fantastic event is sponsored by Bayer and QFC, and will have flu, pneumonia, and whooping cough vaccinations available on-site. Additionally, there will be free nutritional help and information, blood pressure checks, blood glucose (sugar) monitoring, and prizes.

Open and available to all, regardless of income and insurance.

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Laurelhurst Salmon Bake

August 30th, 2014 by hillaryu

Join family and friends for the annual Salmon Bake at Laurelhurst Park (4544 NE 41st St) from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11.

Local businesses, Laurelhurst Community Center, Lifelong Recreation and Specialized Programs have partnered to make this another fun event.

The menu includes grilled wild salmon, corn on the cob, watermelon, tangy coleslaw, fresh rolls and chocolate brownies. Adult salmon dinner tickets are $15. Children (12 and younger) salmon dinner tickets are $10. Hot dog or garden burger dinner tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the event with cash, check or credit card, and the sales benefit Seattle Parks programming.

Co-sponsors include MaxWell Meals, Metropolitan Market, Era Living, Kwanchai, Le Cordon Bleu, the Laurelhurst Advisory Council, the Lifelong Recreation and Special Populations Advisory Councils and the Associated Recreation Council.

In addition to delicious food, the Larry Jones Trio will be there, as well as a kids’ carnival.

For more information on Lifelong Recreation and Special Populations programming, please visit their website.

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Brown Bear Car Wash 57th anniversary

August 20th, 2014 by hillaryu

Brown Bear Car Wash will add sparkle and shine to thousands of cars and trucks this Thursday (August 21) with free car washes at its 21 tunnel wash locations as it celebrates its 57th anniversary. Hours for the special one-day event are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (hours vary by tunnel wash location). The closest location to our neighborhood is at 14312 Lake City Way N.E.

For the past eight years Seattle-based Brown Bear has provided over 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event alone generated 27,223 complementary washes.

“We blend hard work, pride and a lot of fun into an event that benefits our customers and the environment. It’s a fitting way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers who have supported us over the past 57 years,” said Brown Bear founder Vic Odermat.

Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

The family-owned company, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc., owns and operates a total of 41 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores. It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S. and is widely recognized within the industry as being a leader in the environmental movement.

For locations and hours of Brown Bear’s automated tunnel wash sites in the Puget Sound area visit their website.

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University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry

August 18th, 2014 by hillaryu

Story by Wendy Cone Dore, Center for Pediatric Dentistry

One of the most common childhood health issues is their dental care — having cavities affects their health, nutrition, ability to focus and absenteeism. Nearly 50% of school-age children have at least one cavity.

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is right in your neighborhood — right on Sand Point Way at Magnuson Park.

The clinic can serve all children, and also offers a focus on and trained dentists to serve children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down syndrome. Because parents can bring all of their children at one time, it becomes a ‘normal’ family experience, less frightening for the children, and a positive place. As partners with Seattle Children’s, and with a state-of-the-art facility, we are able to offer the full range of care for children’s dental needs – from exams and fluoride to sealants, fillings or dental surgery.

The Center also has staff available to help with transportation, translation (120 languages) and insurance as needed. We welcome children on Apple Health — since our focus is on helping children thrive. We provide care for children from 1-18, and up to age 20 if the child has special needs.

Current recommendations are that children begin seeing the dentist by their first birthday. The Center’s dentists are all specialists in pediatric care.

One of the most important things a parent can do is to bring their child to the dentist and be sure they have a healthy, happy smile to start the school year.

For more information, visit The Center’s website.

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Sing with Northwest Girlchoir!

August 17th, 2014 by hillaryu

Help your daughter, granddaughter, neighbor, or friend experience the joy of singing throughout the year as part of Northwest Girlchoir. Spaces are available in all our choirs for the choir season starting September 8th.

1st and 2nd graders can join our Prep Choir, and girls entering 3rd through 12th grades can audition to be part of Fresca, Amabile, Vivace or Amore.

Choirs rehearse once or twice a week, depending on level, with weekday afternoon rehearsals and multiple performance opportunities throughout the year.

Northwest Girlchoir offers outstanding musical learning opportunities, with professional conductor-teachers in a nurturing environment.  Their performances in Seattle and on tour feature a diverse mix of classical works, contemporary choral pieces, and music from around the world. They are in our 42nd year of providing girls and young women a transformational experience through music education and artistic excellence.

The next audition dates are Wednesday, August 20 and Monday, August 25 from 12:00-6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact check out their website.

Financial Aid is available at all choir levels.

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3rd Annual Maple Leaf Pop-Up Market

August 11th, 2014 by hillaryu

Sunday, August 17th
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9127 Roosevelt Way NE (Blue Saucer Parking lot)

Join 30 vendors selling their wares! Goods range from fine art photography, handmade jewelry, leather goods, metal art and face painting to cannoli’s and gourmet popcorn!

They hope to see you there!

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Windermere Collecting Donations for “Kicks for Kids” Sneaker Drive

August 10th, 2014 by hillaryu

Windermere offices in the greater Seattle area are serving as collection centers for the company’s “Kicks for Kids” sneaker drive for low income youth. Beginning August 1, new or gently used sneakers in kid’s sizes 1-9 can be dropped off at any Seattle area Windermere office. You can also bring them to the Windermere Summer Splash event on Saturday, August 16 at Green Lake, where Gentle Giants Moving Company will collect the sneakers and deliver them to King County Boys and Girls Club, and Mary’s Place, in time for the first day of school.

“Studies show that when kids feel good about their appearance, it improves both their self-esteem and their performance in school,” said OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate. “We think every child deserves to start the school year on the right foot, so with the public’s help, we’re determined to make that happen for as many kids as possible.”

The two-week Kicks for Kids sneaker drive will end on August 16 at the Windermere Summer Splash event at Green Lake. Together, with partners Seattle Parks and Recreation and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, this free, daylong event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families.

Highlights of the Summer Splash event include live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, food booths, free giveaways, and the opportunity to try out rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. There will also be a Junior Rowing Race, as well as a Corporate Cup Regatta that will see some iconic Seattle companies face off.

The local Windermere in Wedgwood is located at 8401 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Their phone number is (206) 522-9600.

For more information about the Windermere Summer Splash event and Kicks for Kids sneaker drive, please visit: their website.

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