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Get a free (and properly fitting) bike helmet for your kiddo

April 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

The annual Healthy Kids Day event takes place at hundreds of YMCA locations across the nation on Saturday, April 29, an initiative to improve the health and well-being of local kids. Here in the Puget Sound area, Kaiser Permanente will partner with Team Thrive, a professional women’s cycling team, and more than 250 volunteers to fit kids with free bicycle helmets.  The goal is to give away 10,000 helmets at Healthy Kids Day and similar events this spring.
Nearest locations:

University Family YMCA

5003 12th Avenue NE

Seattle, WA 98105

10:00am – 1:00pm

Meredith Mathews/East Madison YMCA

1700 23rd Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

10:00am – 1:00pm

Dale Turner YMCA

19290 Aurora Ave. N.

Shoreline, WA 98133

10:00am – 1:00pm

From Kaiser Permanente:

PROPER FIT: It’s important that children protect their heads by wearing a helmet, AND that it fit properly. Here are some tips on how to fit a bike helmet for children.

· Certified? Choose a bicycle helmet that meets the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission . Look for a sticker on the helmet.
· Size & Fit: The helmet should fit snuggly, not moving up or down, front to back or side to side. Pads can be used inside the helmet to fine-tune the fit, but should not be used in lieu of acquiring a more appropriate-sized helmet.
· Position:
· Eyes: The helmet should sit level on the head, resting one to two finger widths above the eyebrows.
· Ears: The straps of the helmet should form a “Y” around each ear, with the slider resting below the earlobe. The straps should be flat against the head, not twisted.
· Chin: The buckle should be centered below the chin, loose enough to allow breathing and speaking, but not so loose that the helmet moves. A helpful test is if you can fit a finger between the buckle and chin.
· When to replace: Helmets should be replaced every three to five years, regardless if they have been in an accident. If there has been a crash or other impact, replace the helmet.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Director and avid cyclist Matthew Handley, MD, shows how to properly fit a helmet.

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Don’t miss the Ladies Musical Club

April 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

Known for fostering classical music in the community through education, performance, and awards, the musicians of the Ladies Musical Club will close their 2016-17 season with nine FREE May and June concerts. Check out their full concert works here.

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Free First Thursday Art Exhibit near you at the Seattle Japanese Garden

April 5th, 2017 by sarawilly

The Seattle Japanese Garden will host an artist reception on Thursday, April 6 for its current art exhibit ICHI-GO ICHI-E一期一会 by local artist Season Yoshida. The saying Ichi-go Ichi-e 一期一会 means “one place, one time” in Japanese, and it perfectly captures how no two visits to the Garden are ever the same. The Seattle Japanese Garden will have free general entry on April 6 from 3 p.m. until close as part of Free First Thursdays.

The artist reception on April 6 will begin at 5 p.m. in the Garden’s Tateuchi Community Room and will feature musical accompaniment to the artwork on display, orchestrated by Season Yoshida herself. This exhibit will be on display through May 2017, and exhibit entry is included in ticket admission to the Garden.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Regular admission is free for all children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission; with no additional charge.

For more information, click here

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Don’t miss the 16th annual Bunny Bounce!

April 5th, 2017 by sarawilly

Hop, skip, and bounce to Woodland Park Zoo as kiddies scatter for eggs on the North Meadow and animal residents enjoy their own Easter-themed treats at the 16th annual Bunny Bounce.

The spring event offers fun egg hunts for children ages 1 to 8, crafts, animal encounters and eggs-citing zoo programs throughout the day. Space for egg hunts might be limited and is open on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the zoo’s conservation mission, families must bring their own egg hunt basket or reusable bag. For the health and well-being of the zoo’s animals, candy is not placed inside the eggs—egg hunt participants receive their treats as they exit the zoo.

Lions, meerkats, otters, penguins, and other animals nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats. The Easter-themed treats are part of the zookeepers’ ongoing efforts to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors.

Saturday, April 15

9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Egg hunts for ages 3 and under at the Picnic Shelter near the North Meadow: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Egg hunts for ages 3-5 and 6-8 in the North Meadow: every 30 mins. 10:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Easter treats for animals
Jaguar 10:00
Lions 10:00
Asian Small-clawed Otters 10:30
Kunekune Pigs 11:30
River Otters 11:30
Grizzlies noon
Anoa 1:00
Sloth Bears 1:00
Meerkats 1:00
Ring-tailed Lemurs 1:00 (weather dependent)
Red Ruffed Lemurs 1:30 (weather dependent)
Visayan Warty Pigs 1:30
Ambassador Animals 1:30
Penguins 2:00
Wolves 2:15
Wallaroos and Wallabies 2:30

Woodland Park Zoo: Enter through West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.

Bunny Bounce and Easter treats for the animals are free with zoo admission or membership. Avoid lines at the gate and get your tickets for Bunny Bounce here, or become a member for unlimited and quick admission all year long! Members do not need to purchase an additional ticket. Discounts and coupons are not applicable for online tickets.

Zoo admission April 1 through September 30: Adult (13-64) $20.95; Child (3-12) $12.95; Toddler (0-2) Free. Active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount. Zoo members receive free zoo admission year round

Parking: $6. Parking is limited. Consider taking the bus, biking, walking or carpooling.

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Give platelets, get coffee!

April 5th, 2017 by sarawilly

We may have left winter behind, but the blood supply is still low after a challenging few months.
That’s why Bloodworks NW is asking you to spring into saving lives by making an apheresis donation (platelets, plasma, or double red cells).
All donors who register for an apheresis procedure at one of the mobile drives listed below will receive a complimentary 8oz bag of Zoka coffee!

Please call: 1-800-398-7888 to schedule an appointment at one of the drives below or click on one of the links.

Saturday, April 08, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14, 2017


Monday, April 17, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
  •  Platelets: (all blood types) Allows you to donate up to twelve times as many of these precious blood cells for patients. Please allow up to 2 hours for this donation.
  • Plasma: (AB+ & AB- only) If you are type AB, you are the universal plasma donor! Donating plasma is easy and only takes about 20 extra minutes.
  • Double Red Cells: (O+, O-, A-, B-) You can double your impact in just 30 extra minutes with a double red cell donation. There are certain height and weight restrictions, so please speak to our staff at the blood drive.
Thank you for rolling up your sleeve to save lives!

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Wallingford seniors are getting “chopped” for lunch

March 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

The staff at the Wallingford Community Center has turned a potential crisis into an opportunity for local seniors to enjoy gourmet meals during March.

Three local caterers have agreed to compete in a competition based on the television show Chopped to provide meals for an estimated 100 local residents who depend on the lunchtime meals served at the center.

The local chefs answered the plea from center officials to turn weekly donations of from QFC and other markets into nutritious meals for the seniors while the kitchen manager was on a well-deserved vacation. David Boyd of Down to Earth Cuisine, with Rachel Duboff of Thyme to Nourish  made lunch March 17; Rebecca Wolfe of Rebecca’s in the Kitchen cooked March 22, and Wallingford businessman Richard Gawronski of Richard’s Artistic Framing, aided by Amy Singer of the Wallingford Center, will be providing lunch on Friday, March 24.

Executive Director Claire Petersky said their regular kitchen manger—Bob Robbins—serves more than 4,200 meals every year on a budget of less than $3,900 thanks in part to generous donations from businesses in the community. Bob generates his weekly menu after organizing the fresh donations from local grocers and bakers every Monday morning.

“The professionals will be challenged to turn a mystery basket into three separate lunch menus,” said Petersky with a smile. “We’ll have our diners evaluate each lunch, and the highest score will win – not just fame, but a bottle of a fine Oregon Pinot Noir from our sponsor, Lazy River Vinyards.”

Everyone in the community, not just seniors, is welcome to come to the Wallingford Community Senior Center to enjoy these lunches and vote for their favorite chef. The Center requests a $4 donation for seniors, $6 for the general public. Lunch is served between noon and 1:00pm.

More information on the services provided by the Wallingford Senior Center is available by calling 206-461-7825 or online at



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Spring in real time at UW

March 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Every year around the beginning of spring, the iconic University of Washington Yoshino Cherry trees blossom along another iconic University of Washington landmark, the UW Quad. This year, just in time to capture the fleeting beauty of the pale pink flowers, UWTV has installed a webcam overlooking the spectacle.

UW arborist Sara Shores expects the trees to be in full bloom the week of March 26, just in time for the start of the University of Washington’s spring quarter.

The webcam is in operation 24/7 and can be viewed online here and here YouTube.

The cherry blossom webcam is located on Miller Hall, home of the University of Washington’s College of Education.

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First section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail opens to visitors

March 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation are excited to announce the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors.

The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Dr. is open to pedestrians, connecting access up to the Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; landscape and other work elements will continue into the spring.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes as construction progresses to the north. SPR and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work on this project. We anticipate completion of the trail by early 2018.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Dr., creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden.

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum Loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is a key component of mitigation work being done as part of the SR 520 Bridge replacement. The Loop Trail fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands. To receive construction updates please visit



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Your “pile” of Zoo Doo is ready

March 15th, 2017 by sarawilly

Spring is in the air and so is the sweet-smelling aroma of Zoo Doo, Woodland Park Zoo’s exotic, highly coveted compost. The annual spring Fecal Fest kicked off the first week of March.

Zoo Doo is composed of species feces contributed by a variety of the zoo’s non-primate herbivores, such as hippos, giraffes, mountain goats, tapirs and more, and is perfect to grow veggies and annuals.

The Fecal Fest, held each spring and fall, attract local gardeners to enter a bid to purchase the exotic, highly-coveted Zoo Doo and Bedspread that Dr. Doo, aka the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been piling all winter.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is available by the truck load. Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Dr. Doo’s private reserve of Worm Doo will be sold again. Worm Doo is worm castings made from Zoo Doo and zoo coffee grounds. An exceptional rich soil and microbial diverse soil amendment recommended for seedlings, potted plants or in the garden, Worm Doo has been pooped once by exotic herbivores and pooped again by compost loving worms.

Due to the high demand for Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter online to win the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. To enter, fill out the online form here, now through March 27. One entry per person is eligible for each drawing.

Entries will be randomly selected according to supply and demand and Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Pick-up dates are  April 8–29.

Zoo Doo: 5 gallons $5; 10 gallons $10; 20 gallons $20; 50 gallons $30. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. Pick-up truck: 6×3 bed $50; 6×4 bed $70; 8×4 bed $80. Winners may get one full truckload per person. Pint-sized buckets are available at the ZooStore for $4.95.

Bedspread pick-up truck: 6×3 bed $40; 6×4 bed $50; 8×4 bed $60. Winners may get up to two full truckloads per person.

Worm Doo: pint-sized buckets $10. Available at the ZooStores while supplies last.

Cash or checks only-no debit or credit cards, please.

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All branches of SPL closed March 29 for Staff In-Service Day

March 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

All Seattle Public Library branches will be closed Wednesday, March 29, for a staff in-service day. Book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open.

Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 30.

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