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Bee-Thankful this Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017 by Sara

For More Information: Bruce Speight, (206) 533-7143,

We don’t see many bees flying around Washington at the end of November, but we do see the fruits of their labor. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans and more of the foods that make Thanksgiving dinner so special are possible through the work of bees. But bees are at risk. So this holiday season, chefs, restaurant owners and environmental advocates are speaking out to protect bees and help stop them from dying off at alarming rates.

“We’re thankful for bees this Thanksgiving,” said Bruce Speight, Environment Washington Executive Director.  “Without bees, Thanksgiving dinners in Washington would look and taste different. No bees means no pumpkin pie.”

Honeybees, bumblebees, and other bees are critical both to the environment and our food supply. Bees pollinate many of the world’s most common crops, including Thanksgiving favorites such as cranberries, green beans, carrots, brussel sprouts and pie fillings from pumpkin to apple. Bees pollinate coffee, chocolate and the alfalfa eaten by dairy cows.  Even honey and fruit-sweetened beverages, like Fremont Brewing’s Pink Boots Pale Ale with honey, need bees.

“Fremont Brewing is a member of the Bee Alliance because bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem and protecting the environment is one of our core values,” said Sara Nelson, Co-Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing. “Bees pollinate many of the plants we use as ingredients in our specialty beers and infusions such as berries and lavender and, of course, they produced the 120 lbs of honey we used to make our Pink Boots Pale Ale last March. We are thankful for bees *Because Bees Matter* – not just for our beers but
for the planet!”

Unfortunately, millions of bees are dying across the U.S. every year. Beekeepers report they are losing an average of 30% of all honeybee colonies annually. Not only are honeybees in danger; native bees, including bumblebees, are also at risk. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the first bee in the continental U.S., the rusty patched bumblebee, to the endangered species list earlier this year.

Scientists point to several reasons why bees are dying off, including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing
pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics. Sharing some of the same chemical properties as nicotine, neonics are
neurotoxins that can kill bees immediately and also can disorient bees, making it harder for them to pollinate plants and get back to their hives.Despite the fact that the science is clear on the dangers, neonic use has dramatically increased over the past decade. A recent study found that 86% of North American honey sampled contained neonics.

In February, Environment Washington joined with Environment America to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance, a national network of over 240 chefs, restaurant owners and other leaders in the food industry working to protect the bees. In Washington, 18
restaurants, chefs and local food industry leaders, are part of the Alliance, including Sara Nelson from Fremont Brewing Co.

Together, chefs and restaurant owners are educating their customers and the public about the problems facing bees and the food supply and making their voices heard to protect bees. Working with Environment Washington, chefs and restaurant owners are calling on the U.S. EPA to stop the use of bee killing pesticides.

“I’m looking forward to making my grandmother’s fresh cranberry sauce,” said Speight. “We need to take action now to protect the bees and ensure we can enjoy our favorite foods with friends and family for many Thanksgivings to come.”

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Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army team up for 15th annual “Toy ‘n’ Joy” Drive

November 13th, 2017 by Sara

Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive.

The toy drive will run November 12 through December 9 at 65 of Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donation options include: 

  • Donate at the cash register at any Bartell Drugs location.
  • Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years of age.

“This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” says Bartell Drugs CFO Rob Jensen. “The generous response by our customers over the past 15 years has been extremely gratifying.”

The month-long drive in 2016 generated over 5,800 toys provided by Bartell customers—the equivalent of $88,710 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

Vafa Mostaghim, Assistant Manager at our Jefferson Square (West Seattle) store, poses with samples of toys that can be given to needy kids during our Toy ‘N’ Joy toy donation drive, November 12 through December 9.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes vets/current service military with free car washes

November 10th, 2017 by Sara

Saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash offers free washes to current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. The free “Beary Clean” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 24 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Upon arrival, drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant. Click here for a list of Brown Bear’s 24 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past three years, Brown Bear has donated more than $30,000 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of saluting those who currently serve our country and have made past sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran.

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, click here.

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BHS Dance team workshops

November 6th, 2017 by Sara

Ballard Dance team is offering a dance workshop for kids k-8 in December. Check out the dance team in action here!

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Creeptacular Critter event at Seattle Animal Shelter

October 24th, 2017 by Sara

Critters will take over the Seattle Animal Shelter Oct. 28! Visitors to this kid- and adult-friendly experience can meet and greet furry, scaly and feathered critters. Pet and feed rabbits and guinea pigs, come face to face with spotted geckos and an iguana, and delight in the antics of turtles and mice. Learn about critter care from the shelter’s experienced team of staff and volunteers as well as representatives from the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society. Plus: photo booth, costumes and more. Critters, cats and dogs will be available for adoption all day. Click here for more information.

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October 24th, 2017 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to attend a forum with Seattle’s mayoral candidates, Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.
Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Please note that the event may be televised.
The discussion will be moderated by Q13 FOX News’ C. R. Douglas. It will feature questions about current issues and challenges facing our city, including those related to the Library. Attendees may bring written questions to submit for the discussion.
This event is sponsored by The Friends of The Seattle Public Library and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.


Meet candidates, check out Google

October 12th, 2017 by Sara

Meet the final candidates and other city officials inside Google for a neighborhood safety discussion. There will be time for questions to the candidates on specific issues that concern safety in our neighborhoods. Plus, you will get into the locked doors at Google!

The event takes place Thursday, October 19 from 8-9:30am at Google (601 N 34th St). The following City of Seattle candidates, current Council members and the North Precinct Community Police Team have been invited.
Jenny Durkan
Cary Moon
City Council Postition 8:
Jon Grant
Terese Mosqueda
City Council Postion 9:
Lorena González
Pat Murakami
City Attorney:
Pete Holmes
Scott Lindsay
Current City Council Members:
Rob Johnson
Mike O’Brien
Check out the Facebook Event Page for more information.

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Cubes Baking Co.

October 11th, 2017 by Sara

Danny from Cubes Baking Co. writes:

Dia de los Muertos is a time when families come together to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed, and Cubes Baking is inviting you to celebrate this time with us!

On Saturday, October 28th, The Tamale Guy returns to Cubes Baking Co. to serve up delicious handmade tamales, each served with fresh salsas and escabeche. Smoked chicken, pork belly, and seasonal vegetable tamales will be on the menu. All are dairy-free, and gluten-free options will be available. You’ll want to line up early.

Day of the Dead calavera/sugar skull face painting will be available on-site as well! Cubes Baking Co. will also have special seasonal treats available, including Pan de Muerto, Pumpkin Spice Conchas, decorated cupCubes, Chai Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake, and much more.

This event is all ages. Questions? Call -206.257.4299. Cubes is at 2315 N. 45th St., Seattle.

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Don’t miss HENRY’s newest solo show!

October 11th, 2017 by Sara

All are invited to join Henry’s fifth annual solo show themed “HUG,” as well as a book release and signing of his long awaited, ‘Mystic Hug Thug’. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Henry and stock up on gifts and original artwork.

Saturday, December 9, from  6-9pm at RenFitness Gym (1404 NW 49th St., Seattle)

Want first pick of Henry’s new collection? EARLY ENTRY @ 5:30pm for patrons who donate $10 or more per month, plus lots of extra goodies. BECOME A PATRON HERE!

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Check out the 2nd Annual Seattle Fresh Hops Festival this weekend

October 5th, 2017 by Sara

Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Hale’s Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW
1-4 pm & 6-9 pm
Tickets $25 Advance/ $30 Door
CLICK HERE for tickets

If you love hops, you can’t miss the 2nd Annual Seattle Fresh Hops Festival! TWO sessions to choose from! 20+ breweries will sample just released fresh hops brews. Food and sliders will be available from Hale’s.

The Yakima Valley of Washington State is one of the most important hop growing regions in the world. Because of the boom in the beer industry, especially craft brewing in the U.S., demand for hops is at an all-time high. And our own Yakima Valley contains approximately 75% of the total U.S. hop acreage! Approximately 2/3’s of the hops produced in the Yakima Valley are exported to countries all over the globe. Depending on the variety of hops, growers begin to harvest late August thru September.

Once a year brewmasters descend on Yakima’s Hop Country to hand pick their favorite varieties of hops, all with varying degrees of bitterness and aromatics. And they can’t wait to brew a batch or too with what they’ve chosen! Join in the fun and experience the wide range of fresh hop style beers and see what the excitement is all about! The 2017 Festival is a collaboration between City Fruit and Seattle Uncorked!

2017 Festival Featuring:

20 Corners Brewing
Counterbalance Brewing Co
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
Elysian Brewing Company
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewing
Fremont Brewing
Hales Ales
Illuminati Brewing
Lazy Boy Brewing
Lowercase Brewing
Lucky Envelope Brewing
Pike Brewing Company
pFriem Family Brewers
Rogue Ales
7 Seas Brewing
Tieton Cider Works
Triplehorn Brewing Co
Woodinville CiderWorks
Yakima Craft Brewing


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