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Oktoberfest is coming- volunteer now!

July 12th, 2018 by Sara

From Fremont Chamber of Commerce

Almost two hundred years after the start of the event in Germany, Fremont puts its own twist on tradition as Fremont Oktoberfest is Seattle’s biggest fall beer festival with 100 beer taps of craft beer, German beer, ciders and more offered in mini-mugs for sampling and full 1-liter steins and boots! The event spans a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in late September. It features more 50 breweries, non-stop music with favorite local bands, traditional German food, and a variety of acts and zany contests in keeping with the offbeat Fremont tradition.

Due to lack of refrigeration, in old Germany, the brewing season began with the fall harvest of barley and hops and continued through the cold months of the year. The last brewing happened in March. Any beer left at harvest time had to be consumed before the new beer arrived. At least that was the official line. The last Saturday of September through the first Sunday of October was designated as the time to drink-up all of last season’s beer. It officially became Oktoberfest in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig declared a 10-day celebration in honor of his betrothal to Princess Theresa of Bavaria. Since most of us have to work on Monday and cannot party for 16 days, we invite you to experience how the Fremont Oktoberfest squeezes 16 days into one unbelievable weekend. Click here for more information.

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LARGEST CRUISE SHIP TO EVER TRANSIT THE BALLARD LOCKS AND SAIL ON LAKE UNION ON JUNE 27

June 16th, 2018 by Sara

Based in Alaska for the 2018 season, the 212-passenger Star Legend will visit Seattle, Windstar’s headquarters, for the first time on June 27, 2018 and make a historic sail through the Chittenden Locks in Ballard and on to Lake Union.

Star Legend sails in Misty Fjords, Alaska for the first time.

On June 27, Star Legend will become the largest-known cruise ship ever to transit the Ballard Locks and the century-old Lake Washington Ship Canal through Ballard and Fremont, to sail on to Lake Union as part a celebration of Pacific Northwest cruising. Star Legend is owned by Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, a small ship cruise line with a fleet of six ships, and is sailing her inaugural season in Alaska from May to Sept., offering boutique, expedition cruising in luxurious, all-suite accommodations.

Star Legend carries 212 guests and 153 crew and is 440 feet in length (134 m.) with a beam (widest point) of 63 feet (19 m.), the ship will have about 7.5 feet to spare on each side as it enters the Ballard Locks. Weighing in at 9,975 gross registered tons (grt) with six passenger decks, 106 suites and 153 international crew,

The public are invited to view the event from shore, time line below.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WHERE: Bell Street Pier 66, Ballard Locks, Ballard/Fremont Ship Canal and Lake Union.

PLACES TO VIEW THE SHIP FROM SHORE:

  • Pier 66 / Elliott Bay – 7 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Ballard Locks – 1 PM & 7 PM
  • Ballard Bridge – Approx. 2 PM & 6:30 PM
  • Ballard Bridge, Ship Canal (Ballard/Fremont), Fremont Bridge – Approx. 2-3 PM & 6-7 PM
  • Shilshole Marina/Golden Gardens in Ballard – 8 PM

WHY: Star Legend is calling on Seattle as a special detour from its summer series of inaugural Alaska cruises, running from May through September. The ship’s visit gives the company a chance to connect with its home town and 150 Seattle-based staff. This will be the first time Star Legend will visit Seattle, and the first time a Windstar ship has been in Seattle in 20 years when sister ship, the 148-passenger masted sailing yacht (MSY) Wind Spirit visited. The public is encouraged to view and welcome the ship to Seattle from various points ashore.

Click here for more information on the cruise line and ship.

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Welcome, New Seasons

June 13th, 2018 by Sara

A sponsored post from our friends at New Seasons Market

Looking to patronize businesses that put their values into action: like using sustainable and responsible environmental practices, caring for employees, and building community? There’s a brand-new option in Ballard.

New Seasons Market gives 10 percent of its after-tax profits to local nonprofits, with a focus on three areas: fighting hunger, supporting schools and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the company gives each employee up to eight hours of paid time off each year to participate in local community service projects.

New Seasons Market is committed to supporting the local economy where its stores operate. They offer goods from local makers, farmers, ranchers and fishermen, including community-grown organic produce, sustainable meat produced by the region’s ranchers and wild-caught seafood sourced directly off the Washington coast.

The Local Finds program screens suppliers and assists them in the process of getting their product in front of shoppers.

“While we are thrilled to have so many local products on our shelves, the Local Finds program is about more than that. It’s designed to work with vendors so that they get the right help at the right time so that they can grow sustainably. It’s about helping local entrepreneurs — whether they are growing pears or making cookies — succeed at a pace that’s right for them,” said Chris Tjersland, New Seasons Market’s partner brand development manager.

In an additional effort to minimize its environmental footprint, New Seasons Market announced that the company is eliminating all plastic straws from store locations in Oregon and Washington. The plastic straws will be replaced with paper alternatives to help reduce litter and ocean plastic.

There’s a lot of power in where and how you choose to spend your dollars, and the grocery store is one way conscientious consumers can put their money where their heart is.

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SPU is musical in May

May 2nd, 2018 by Sara

The following events will be held at Seattle Pacific University throughout the month of May. All events are free and wheelchair accessible, and will also be livestreamed on the music department’s website. For more information regarding any of the events, call 206-281-2205.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Danny Helseth, the SPU Wind Ensemble continues their exploration of music by women composers in their final concert of the year. Come help the Wind Ensemble usher in spring as we celebrate the culmination of a year’s study in modern compositions for the band. This concert will be held on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church across the street from campus, located at 3200 3rd Ave W.

All-Choir Concert

The final all-choir concert of the year features the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs as they team up for an evening of choral music. Celebrate our unity within diversity by coming together in song. This concert will held on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church across the street from campus, located at 3200 3rd Ave W.

Jazz Ensemble Concert

The SPU Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert features music from throughout the history of jazz, from swing to cool jazz to fusion. Join Instructor of Jazz History and Jazz Piano Dan Kramlich, the Jazz Lab, and the Jazz Ensemble as they explore some of America’s original music from the 20th century. This concert will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios, located at 340 W. Nickerson Street.

Symphony Orchestra Concert

Under the guidance of Director of Orchestra Julia Tai, with violist Amber Archibald-Sesek and combined SPU choirs, the SPU Symphony Orchestra will present a spring concert. Exploring styles from Mozart to Brahms, this concert will be held Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church across the street from campus, located at 3200 3rd Ave W.

Percussion Concert

The Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert features a variety of chamber ensembles from the percussion studio. The repertoire includes multiple percussion pieces to ethnic drum ensembles. Join Director of Percussion Studies Dan Adams on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. in E. E. Bach Theatre, located in McKinley Hall.

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The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love

April 27th, 2018 by Sara

Here’s what the event hosts say about this often sold-out event:

Are you a nice person

who just wants to meet another nice person?

This event is for you!

Do you ever look around

at all of your fabulous single friends and think,

“You’re all so great!

Why can’t I get you all in a room together?”

Well, here’s your chance!

“What if I’m gay?”

That’s great!

This event is not just for straight people.

“Aw, I do want love, but I’m too old.”

No you’re not!!!

This event draws adults of all ages.

Are you scared?

It’s okay.  Me, too.

Let’s be scared together.

These carefully crafted, structured events, which involve things like writing exercises, opportunities to talk one-on-one, and all-group activities, are fun, sweet, playful, surprisingly moving, and remarkably effective.

Bring a notebook!”

May 17 at 6pm

Fremont Abbey: 4272 Fremont Ave. N.

Tickets: $5-$20

The event on April 27 sold out so quickly that they’ve added another date! Get your tickets here .

 

 

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Free home retrofit class: Saturday April 21, from 11:30-1:30

April 18th, 2018 by Sara

Help reduce damage caused during an earthquake. Learn to become an informed consumer or how to do home retrofit yourself. Retrofit experts will show how to assess your home’s needs and how to use the City of Seattle’s pre-engineered Home Retrofit plans to permit and retrofit your home.

Prior to 1980, building codes did not require builders to secure houses to their foundations. This does not mean that every house built before 1980 is “unsecured”, only that it was not a requirement. If your home is not properly secured, it may be at increased risk of “slipping” off the foundation during a major earthquake. Retrofitting involves bolting your home to its foundation and providing sheer/pony wall strength.

Click here to register-space is limited.

 

Click here for more information, or email:snap@seattle.gov

 

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Seattle City Council passes parking/zoning regulations that will increase residential areas considered near ‘frequent transit’ thus not requiring any new development parking

April 3rd, 2018 by Sara

From Doree at our sister site phinneywood.com

Late (yesterday) afternoon the Seattle City Council passed zoning/parking regulations that will, along other things, increase the residential areas considered to be near “frequent transit” service, which does not require housing developers to provide any parking.

Councilmember Lisa Herbold introduced an amendment to try to mitigate the impacts on neighborhood parking, but that amendment failed. She was the only councilmember to vote against the ordinance (Kshama Sawant was absent).

You can see KING 5’s Chris Daniels’ report on the meeting here.

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Nominate your teacher for Teacher of the Year!

April 3rd, 2018 by Sara

It’s that time of year again! Time to honor Washington state’s best and brightest heroes (educators) in the classroom! Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Restaurants are calling on all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate their favorite, deserving teacher for a chance to take home the 2018 Teacher of the Year honors. Two well-deserving educators will be selected as grand prize recipients to bring home a $500 gift card good for classroom supplies, a commemorative plaque and the official title of either Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. Plus, the nominating students of the grand prize winners will receive either an Ivar’s Kids Meal – including a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam – or a Kidd Valley Kids Meal for every student in their class.

To nominate a teacher, students 14 years old or younger may visit select Puget Sound area Ivar’s or Kidd Valley locations (excluding stadiums and Eastern Washington restaurants) to complete an official entry form, or click here. All entries must be received by May 20, 2018.

The contest will also award four teachers a first-place prize of a $150 gift card for classroom supplies, and 30 teachers will receive a second-place prize of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.

Ivar’s and Kidd Valley encourages students to recognize and praise educators who have positively impacted them, and to share inspirational stories with other students and teachers. The annual Teacher of the Year contest, now in its 15th year, is one of the longest-running teacher appreciation programs in the state and provides students with the opportunity to honor those teachers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to teach, mentor and support them.

The 2017 Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year grand prize winners were Kirsten Jewett of View Ridge Elementary in Seattle and Brittany Hall of Horace Mann Elementary in Redmond. Who will be selected this year’s heroes?

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Seattle Animal Shelter conducting emphasis patrols on saltwater beaches

March 26th, 2018 by Sara

It’s spring in Seattle, which means blossoming and hatching all around us. This is a particularly important time to ensure that immature wildlife have their best opportunity to flourish in the Northwest. To help protect the young wildlife, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be conducting emphasis patrols on all saltwater beaches in the city.

Dogs are not allowed on any of Seattle’s public saltwater beaches, even if they are leashed. This law helps us protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines. Marine mammals, such as seal pups that are typically born in April, use the city’s beaches to rest and warm themselves. Shore birds also frequent our beaches. Wildlife that interact with dogs are less likely to reach adulthood.

Uniformed animal service officers will be patrolling city parks with a focus on saltwater beaches and may issue citations to violators.

If you would like to report Seattle beaches where dogs are frequently seen, submit a service request here. You can also contact the Seattle Animal Shelter by calling 206-386-PETS (7387).

For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter, click here.

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School walkouts this morning

March 14th, 2018 by Sara

A walkout is planned this morning in many Seattle schools, to protest Congress’ reaction to gun violence in schools, exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Students from thousands of schools across the country will leave their classes at 10am, and remain out for 17 minutes, one minute to honor each student killed during the shooting.

The walkouts are organized by students.

This map shows which schools are participating in the Seattle area. On March 24, all are invited to participate in March For Our Lives, which begins at Cal Anderson Park at 10 am. and ends at Key Arena.

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