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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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Open Mics and Poetry Readings at the Library

May 3rd, 2017 by sarawilly

The Seattle Public Library will offer open mics and poetry readings at several Library locations in May. Event details with times and locations are outlined below.

It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series – 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. A monthly series featuring author readings and open mics. The 331st meeting features readings from Matt Schumacher, Jekeva Phillips and Nisi Shawl. Christianne Balk will give a short lecture on the writer’s craft.

PoetsWest – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547. A monthly open mic that takes place on the second Saturday of each month, featuring readings of poetry and prose. This month’s featured poets are Betsy Bell and Christopher Bridges.

Northeast Poetry Contest: Awards Ceremony and Reading – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539. Everyone is invited to see the Northeast Branch’s poetry contest winners receive prizes and read their poems. One grand prize winner will get the coveted Wedgie Award trophy!

Poetry ‘Potluck’ – 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. An informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems. This is a feast of poetry, not a food event.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Teachers save at Tutta Bella this week

May 3rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Each year in the month of May, one week is set aside to honor teachers who inspire their students and make a difference in our community, each and every day.

For the past four years, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria has found a special way to thank teachers for their incredible hard work and to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

All K-12 teachers will receive 20% off their entire check when they dine at any Tutta Bella location between May 1-5, simply by showing their school ID.

Full details and conditions of the Teacher Appreciation promotion can be found here.

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No dogs allowed (on public saltwater beaches!)

April 28th, 2017 by sarawilly

Spring is blossoming and hatching in Seattle, and now is a particularly important time to ensure that immature wildlife have their best opportunity to flourish in the Northwest. Because of this, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be conducting emphasis patrols on all saltwater beaches in the city.

From the Seattle Animal Shelter:

“Dogs are not allowed on any of Seattle’s public saltwater beaches, whether leashed or unleashed. This law helps to protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines. Marine mammals, such as seal pups who 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 services 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, please submit a service request here. You can also contact the shelter directly by calling 206-386-PETS (7387) or by visiting clicking here.

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King County Master Gardener Plant Sale

April 28th, 2017 by sarawilly

The King County Master Gardeners 2-Day Sale is just around the corner. The weekend starts with the Preview Party, a fundraiser for the MG Foundation of King County, Friday, May 5. Tickets are available now.  There will be tons of tomatoes, veggie starts, fragrant herbs, perennials, natives and specialty vendors with garden art. Master Gardeners will help you choose the right plants, find easy-to-grow plants, and give advice on planting and maintaining your garden throughout the year.
NEW this year. Garden Education Talks on Saturday, May 6th. Open to the Public: Ciscoe Morris, Karen Chapman, Bill Thorness, Elaine Sherbrooke.

Details:

UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle
Friday, May 5, 4-8 PM open to public
For the Friday Preview Party, tickets available online
Saturday, May 6, 9-5 PM
Click here for times and more details.

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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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