Entries from November 2015
November 18th, 2015 by Sara
Celebrate International Games Day by dropping in to play board games or video games at six locations of The Seattle Public Library. Most locations will host an event on Saturday, Nov. 21 – the official date for International Games Day:
Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.
- Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play an array of classic and new board games. Games will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrabble and more.
Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084.
- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens and adults are invited to drop in and play Netrunner, a collectible card game that combines bluffing and strategy with a cyberpunk theme. Players can use the Library’s core Netrunner decks, or bring their own. Board games will also be available for children.
Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W., 206-386-4225.
- Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic board games. Games will include Scrabble, Battleship, Jenga, Clue and more.
Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.
- 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens are invited to drop in and play board and video games. Board games will include Exploding Kittens, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Fluxx, Munchkin, Pictionary, Twister and Zombie Dice. Video games for the Wii and Xbox 360 will include Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Dance Central and Kinect Sports.
Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227.
- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic and new board and card games. Games will include Munchkin Treasure Hunt, Chinese checkers, chess, Sorry, Clue, Uno and more.
Library events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available at the branches.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.
November 17th, 2015 by Sara
In the Pacific Northwest, winter storms are common and they often cause power outages. Seattle City Light crews often work around the the clock in difficult conditions to restore power quickly and safely, and have the following recommendations for how to help in an outage:
- Have an emergency kit on hand that includes a flashlight with batteries, glow-in-the-dark stick lights, wind-up clock, portable radio, manual can opener and mylar blanket.
- Also stock drinking water (one gallon per person per day), dry and canned food, first aid materials, prescribed medications and additional blankets.
- Know how to manually override your electric garage door.
- If you live in a secured building, know which exit door to use during an outage.
- Keep trees around wires trimmed. Wind, snow and ice can depress branches and endanger power lines. During storms, expect “bumps” (momentary outages caused by branches brushing against power lines) and outages. For more information, call 206.386.1902 or visit City Light’s Vegetation Management Web page.
- Unplug sensitive electronic equipment because power surges or outages may be a danger during storms.
During a Power Outage
- Dress in layers to conserve body heat.
- Do not use candles as a light source nor any open flame as a heat source.
- Do not use charcoal briquettes indoors.
- Close doors, windows, curtains and unused fireplace dampers to keep heat from escaping.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to keep food fresh. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to six hours; a full freezer for up to two days. Discard at-risk refrigerated foods that are warmer than 45 degrees F. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Check your home alarm system. Some home alarm systems are triggered by power outages.
- If used incorrectly, generators pose a significant hazard to both the user and crews attempting to restore power. Never plug them in to feed power to your home circuitry. Instead, plug appliances and fixtures directly into the outlets of the generator. Be sure to use generators in a well-ventilated area.
- Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
- Switch electrical appliances off when the power goes out to prevent fires and equipment damage during prolonged outages. Leave one or two lights on to let you know when service is restored.
- When power is restored, turn on electrical appliances gradually. Sudden heavy consumption can damage the electrical system and extend the outage.
November 12th, 2015 by Sara
Doing some holiday shopping and want to avoid the mall? Check out the Alternative Gift Market, December 5th from 9am to 4pm at Elim Baptist Church (2410 N 46th st).
Here are just a few of the items you can expect:
Starfish Fund Raising – Ethiopian coffee
NPH International – Guatemalan Nativities
Life and Hope – Guatemalan coffee and scarves
Questions? Linda Galle 206-491-7850
November 3rd, 2015 by Sara
From Mike at our sister site Maple Leaf Life
You’ve had that ballot for weeks.
It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.
As we wrote in October:
Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.
But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.
Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.
For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.
If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.
Specifically on the transportation levy:
If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.