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Outdoor summer fun is almost here: Time to protect your skin

June 27th, 2017 by sarawilly

Sponsored post by UW Medicine.

Despite our dreary climate, skin cancer in Washington is more common than you think

As Pacific Northwesterners, we know it rains all the time and sun is a rarity reserved for the summer months. But all those storm clouds don’t protect us from the possibility of skin cancer. Did you know Washington has more incidences of skin cancer than sunny states like California and Arizona?

Unfortunately, that increased risk includes melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer and the type likeliest to spread if it isn’t caught early. And melanoma is on the rise—not just in Washington, but throughout the country.

The good news? “We’re diagnosing people earlier,” said Dr. Michi Shinohara, a UW Medicine dermatologist who specializes in dermatologic oncology.

Melanomas can show up anywhere on your skin, even areas that aren’t commonly exposed to sun. They are often larger, asymmetrical, have uneven edges, or aren’t evenly pigmented.

“We call them ugly ducklings because they stand out,” Shinohara said. “If you have a mole or spot on your skin that looks different from the others, visit your doctor.”

People who are older or have a family history of skin cancer are at greater risk. UV therapy to treat skin conditions like psoriasis or skin lymphoma can also increase risk. If you’ve had skin cancer before, you’re more likely to get it again.

Melanoma is rarer, but serious. The most common forms of skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma—are generally slow growing and curable.

Skin cancer is “relatively easy to prevent,” Shinohara said. Her tips:

• Use sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher and broad spectrum, blocking both UVA and UVB rays. Ultimately, though, any sunscreen is better than none. “The best sunscreen is the one you use,” Shinohara said.
• Reapply sunscreen regularly, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.
• It takes about two tablespoons of sunscreen to sufficiently protect your entire body.
• Even better, wear dark-colored clothing that covers your skin and has a tighter weave. Don’t forget sunglasses!
• If you have very pale skin or burn easily, you’ll need to use more sunscreen and reapply more often.
• If your skin is darker, still wear sunscreen. More pigment in your skin does provide some sun protection, but no one is immune to skin cancer.
• Try to avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is most intense.
• Don’t pre-tan (or tan at all). It won’t protect your skin or lower your risk for skin cancer. Any kind of tanning permanently damages your skin.

Ultimately, the best course of action is to wear sunscreen whenever you spend time outside, even if it’s cloudy or cooler. Bring extra sunscreen with you if you’re traveling to a sunny place and store extra bottles in your car and at work.

“I’m not saying be vampires, but do be aware,” Shinohara said. “We can’t undo damage from sun.”

If you notice a new or changing spot on your skin, visit a UW Medicine primary care provider to get it checked out.

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Seattle Youth Commission now accepting applications

June 20th, 2017 by sarawilly

By Hilary U at our sister site Wedgwoodview

The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a commission of 15 Seattleites ages 13-19 that address issues of importance to youth. Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission get a unique opportunity to work with elected officials, City staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Youth serving on the commission will be required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 23, bi-monthly SYC meetings, and additional committee commitments.  The commission meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September 2017 and ending June 2019.

In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy.

To apply, click here or complete this application and submit:

Via email: seattleyouthcommission@seattle.gov
Via postal mail: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, c/o Seattle Youth Commission, PO Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649
In person: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, located in City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th floor

Interviews will be held on August 7 and 9 from 4 – 6 p.m.

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Woodland Park Zoo giraffe gives birth

June 20th, 2017 by sarawilly

By Doree at our sister site phinneywood.com

Early this morning, Woodland Park Zoo’s 8-year-old giraffe, Tufani, gave birth. The calf’s gender has not yet been determined. It will be examined for the first time tomorrow to identify gender, height and weight.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Woodland Park Zoo.

Mom and baby are currently off view in the barn to allow for nursing and bonding. After 72 hours, staff will turn on the giraffe cam. The calf is expected to start following its mom to the outside enclosure within a week or two.

The calf will be named later this summer.

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Zoo to host after-work mixer, ‘Hoot for the Hood’

June 12th, 2017 by sarawilly

By Meghan Walker at our sister site My Ballard

Who said the zoo is just for kids? Woodland Park Zoo is taking advantage of its prime location amongst some of the hippest neighborhoods in town and is hosting an after-work “mix and mingle” for neighbors to meet one another, eat ice cream, and check out the zoo.

“Woodland Park Zoo is nestled between some of the hippest and most active neighborhoods in Seattle, and the zoo is excited to pay tribute to its supportive neighboring communities,” the organizers write.

The zoo will open up the Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Microsoft Pollinator Patio exhibits for the mixer, to be held on Friday, June 23 from 6:30 to 8pm. To RSVP, register at zoo.org/neighbors. Evening parking for the event is free. For more info call  206-548-2500.

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Summer employment opportunity with United Way’s Summer Meals program

June 1st, 2017 by sarawilly

By Meghan Walker at our sister site My Ballard

United Way of King County’s Summer Meals Program is looking for workers to help children and teens access healthy meals throughout the summer.

Workers will be assigned to one or more Summer Meals sites – parks, libraries and community centers around King County – where teams will lead educational activities and deliver free meals to children. The full-time position will run from June 20 to August 26, and applications are open to those 18 years of age and older.

From the job description:

“You will plan and lead activities, serve meals, and conduct grassroots community outreach to get the word out. As a part of a federal program, you will ensure that the policies and procedures are followed, meals are accurately counted, and meals are prepared correctly. You will gain experience working directly with the community and in support of a respected and influential nonprofit. Training will be provided in site management, marketing, youth engagement and data tracking – hard skills that will make your summer work influential on your resume.”

The position pays a monthly stipend of $1,222, and a $1,194 AmeriCorps Education Award for student loans of future education.

According to United Way, in King County, 100,000 low-income children and teenagers rely on free or discounted meals during the school year, but less than 20% access free meals during the summer. There are 250 Summer Meals sites around the county; if you’re looking for free summer meals for kids in your neighborhood, text “food” to 877-877 (or “comida” for a reply in Spanish).

For more information and to apply, click here.

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Mayor and City Council nominate appointees for Community Involvement Commission

May 24th, 2017 by sarawilly

by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin at our sister site, MyBallard

Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council announced their appointees to the City’s new Community Involvement Commission (CIC). The commission was created by Executive Order 2016-06  issued by Mayor Murray last year, the 16-member commission will advise the City on priorities, policies, and strategies related to equitable civic engagement and publicparticipation in City decision-making processes. It will also provide feedback on the development of City departments’ community involvement plans.

“In order for Seattle to reach its full potential, all residents including those representing underrepresented and underserved communities must have the opportunity to participate in the City’s decision making and planning processes,” says Mayor Murray.

Nearly 300 individuals applied for 13 CIC positions to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council – six selected by the Mayor and seven by City Council (by Council District). One additional Mayoral appointee will be selected through the Get Engaged program, and CIC members will nominate individuals to fill the two remaining positions later this year. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

“We have a creative, diverse, geographically representative group of appointees who will help strengthen the way neighborhood participation occurs in 21st century Seattle,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide).

Below is the list of the newly appointed members of the Community Involvement Commission:

Mayor Ed Murray Appointees:            

Julie Pham

Alex Hudson

Bereket Kiros

Sonja Basha

Emily Kim

Jenna Franklin

City Council Appointees:

District 1: Jennifer Calleja

District 2: Thais Marbles

District 3: Natalie Curtis

District 4: Alison Turner

District 5: Mark Mendez

District 6: Ben Mitchell

District 7: Patricia Akiyama

The City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee will discuss and possibly vote on the CIC appointments at its May 26 and June 7 meetings.

The meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2.

For more information or for questions, contact Sara Belz at (206) 684-8696 or email sara.belz@seattle.gov. You can also learn more about the Community Involvement Commission online.

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Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners of hot car dangers

May 22nd, 2017 by sarawilly

With our weather looking amazing this week, SAS says protect your pets, especially on 70-degree, sunny days.

Spring weather has finally appeared for Seattle, which means open windows and more time outdoors. As people start to enjoy time outside with their pets, the Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners that, even on 70-degree days, it is not safe to leave their furry loved ones in vehicles.

Even if the ambient temperature is cool, studies have shown it’s a sunny day that can cause a car’s interior temperature to rise by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director.

“When the day starts out overcast and cool, pet owners sometimes have a false sense of safety,” Graves said. “But an overcast day can turn to a sunny day in the blink of an eye, and cars will get hot, very fast – and cracking the windows doesn’t help. It’s not worth the risk to leave your pet in a vehicle, on overcast days and especially sunny ones.”

A 2015 Washington state law makes it a violation just to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle or enclosed space, if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water. Penalties under this law are in addition to potential animal cruelty charges. Graves reminded the public that the shelter’s humane law enforcement officers responding to calls about animals left in hot cars will utilize all means necessary to access vehicles to remove the animals if they believe the animals are in distress.

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips for protecting pets on sunny days and during hot weather:

*         If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.

*         Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Vinyl, leather and even cloth seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.

*         Never leave your animal tethered or kenneled in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide access to cool water.

*         If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.

*         Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.

*         For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-PETS (7387). Click here for more information.

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Come celebrate Seattle’s longest operating public school!

May 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

All are invited to celebrate the 125th year of BF Day Elementary school – the longest operating public school in Seattle! Enjoy a carnival style celebration with performances, an art walk, tours of the building and the historic attic, food vendors, games and more. Alumni, current students and families, history buffs, lover of the arts and everyone in between are welcome. This is a free and public event that will be of epic proportions. Come celebrate this historic building’s rich history.
Fun for the whole family! Find more details here

Sat, May 20, 12pm – 5pm

BF Day Elementary Public School Playfield (map)

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Queeraoke and open mike night May 19

May 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

The Seattle Public Library will host an open mic and karaoke night for LGBTQ teens, young adults and their allies from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063.
Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot.
LGBTQ teens, young adults and their allies are invited to share original songs, poems and stories at this open mic and karaoke night. Snacks and prizes will be available. Karaoke will be provided by Ggnzla Records.
For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian.

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Beat the Bridge is coming up

May 12th, 2017 by sarawilly

Nordstrom and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) are teaming up again to host the 35th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event and fundraiser at Husky Stadium. More than 10,000 participants are expected to participate to help raise $2.2 million for the Northwest Chapter of JDRF to support their work in finding a cure for Type One Diabetes.

Beat the Bridge consists of a competitive 8K run and wheelchair race, a non-competitive 3-mile family walk, a 1-mile fun run, and a Diaper Derby for toddlers. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony, vendors and food trucks located on the stadium field and concourse. Proceeds from the event, including registration fees and donations, benefit the Northwest chapter of JDRF and Type One Diabetes.

REGISTRATION INFO:
Participants are encouraged to register prior to the event. To register online and get more information about Nordstrom Beat the Bridge, click here.
*         Online Registration: $30 Regular Registration from Wednesday, now through close of online registration (11:59PM) on Wednesday, May 17
*         On-site Registration: $40 on-site at Registration Saturday, May 20th & Sunday, May 21
*         Diaper Derby Registration: No Fee (there will be a Diaper Derby sign up tent on the field)

SCHEDULE:     (Please arrive early as Montlake Boulevard closes to vehicle traffic at 7:30 a.m.)
*         8:00 a.m. 3-Mile Family Walk
*         8:15 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run
*         8:30 a.m. Start of 8K Race
*         9:00 a.m. University Bridge goes up (time is approximate). Bridge will go up 20 minutes after the last runner crosses the start line
*         9:30 a.m. Race End and Awards Ceremony (located in Husky Stadium)
*         9:50 a.m. Diaper Derby (on field)
*         Fun on the Husky Stadium Field to follow including local food trucks

ROAD CLOSURE DETAILS:
Montlake Boulevard E north of NE Pacific Street will be closed for the duration of the event. Throughout the event, two-way traffic along NE Pacific Street will be controlled by Seattle Police, with only one lane available in each direction. On Thursday, May 18, ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted along 22nd Avenue E, E Roanoke St, Montlake Place E, 19th Avenue E, E Lynn Street, Boyer Avenue E, Fuhrman Avenue E, and NE Campus Parkway to alert drivers of street closures during the event. Participants are encouraged to carpool, take the bus or the U-Link lightrail.

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