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Shop small today!

November 25th, 2017 by sarawilly

Saturday, November 25, 2016, is Small Business Saturday– a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the The U District Partnership, the U.S. Small Business Administration and organizations across the country in supporting our local small business by shopping at a small business!

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Metro Transit to eliminate peak and zone fares, will switch to single fare for adults

November 16th, 2017 by sarawilly

From Doree at our sister site

The King County Council unanimously approved Metro Transit’s plan to switch adult fares to a single fare, regardless of peak or non-peak hours or travel through multiple zones.

Adults will now pay a standard fare of $2.75, even if they travel through two zones and no matter what time of day. The old fare structure charged an adult between $2.50 and $3.25, depending on zone and time.

The plan does not affect Metro riders who use Metro’s low-income fare program called ORCA Lift, or youth, senior and disabled fares.

“The Council also voted for additional funding to assist low income riders who are not covered by ORCA Lift and directed Metro to increase efforts to enroll eligible adults into ORCA Lift before new fares take effect,” according to a press release.

The new fare structure takes effect next July.

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

November 13th, 2017 by sarawilly

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.

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

November 10th, 2017 by sarawilly

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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Bust a move with the BHS Dance Team

November 6th, 2017 by sarawilly

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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October 26th, 2017 by sarawilly

On November 1, One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing a free, warm coat to any person in need, is kicking-off a movement to help launch the official One Warm Coat Day. This new observance day will bring much-needed awareness to the importance of donating coats to those in need.

Staggering Statistics:

Source:  The National Coalition for the Homeless

  • Each year, approximately 700 homeless people die from hypothermia
  • 1 in 5 children in America are affected by poverty
  • For the nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra”

One Warm Coat is encouraging people to support One Warm Coat Day by signing up to host a drive or donating coats to local drives. In celebration of their 25th anniversary of giving, One Warm Coat hopes to collect 1 million coats this winter season. To donate a coat on One Warm Coat Day, visit your local Brooks Brothers, Cabela’s or J. Crew store, or any of our other active coat drives. There are many locations near you. to find one, search the One Warm Coat drive locator.

How It Works:  One Warm Coat provides the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive in 6 easy steps! The organization’s website helps organizers (individuals, schools, community groups, church groups and businesses) plan, promote and implement a coat drive. Once a drive is registered, One Warm Coat will send Ambassadors all of the materials they need to host a coat drive, including a banner, box labels, stickers and more. Once coats are collected, they will be distributed within their community to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation through the organization’s network of non-profit partners.

Coat drives are easy to host and an ideal activity for:

  • Parents, teachers and students looking to make a positive impact on their community through a service project
  • People seeking to add a philanthropic component to an upcoming family gathering or party
  • Community members finding ways to give back during the winter months
  • Professionals who would like to engage their colleagues in a good cause
  • People who may be moving or looking for ways to recycle
  • Corporations and Brands who want to make a difference in the communities where their employees and customers work and live.

“We’re incredibly proud of our accomplishments – what started with one coat drive in San Francisco 25 years ago has spread warmth across the country with more than 27,000 coat drives,” said Jennifer Stockard, president and CEO, One Warm Coat. “However, there is still a great need and with One Warm Coat Day, we want to encourage individuals and businesses alike to help people who lack enough warm clothing to stay protected this winter.”

What One Warm Coat Does Annually:  

  • Creates opportunities for nearly 600,000 individuals to receive a warm coat.
  • Touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Supports more than 3,500 coat drive organizers by providing free instructions, materials, tools and resources.
  • Hosts and maintains a searchable database of coat drive events across North America.
  • Assists 1,000+ community agencies in receiving the coats they need.
  • Works with more than 1,000 companies and brands to engage employees and customers to give the gift of warmth.



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October 24th, 2017 by sarawilly

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.

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Personal Safety Nets at the Wallingford Community Senior Center

October 18th, 2017 by sarawilly

Personal Safety Nets – 4 Week Workshop

“If you’ve ever thought about ‘getting your affairs in order’ this is the workshop for you. Your family will praise you for your consideration!”—winter 2016 Personal Safety Nets participant.
Join a supportive group to take steps toward putting together YOUR Personal Safety Net. This 4-week workshop with Denise Malm, Social Worker, and Sam Poyta, Social Work Intern, will help you prepare for that inevitable time in the future when you need support. Don’t wait until after you need it! The workshop is limited to 8 participants; we will collect a waiting list for a future workshop. Contact Denise at with questions.
(If the cost is a hardship for you, please contact Denise. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.)

Date: Thursdays, 10/19 – 11/9
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Cost: $8 Members/Friends of the Center, $10 Public

Advance registration required. Space is limited.

Register Here! To register, email and include your name, your phone number, and the name of the program(s) you’d like to register for in the body of your email, call (206) 461-7825, or just stop by.

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Neighborhood Safety Meeting

October 18th, 2017 by sarawilly

Meet the final candidates and other city officials for a neighborhood safety discussion. There will be time for questions to the candidates on specific issues that concern public safety in our neighborhoods.

Thursday October 19 @ 8a-9:30a
The Red Door
(3401 Evanston Ave N)
They have confirmed the following City of Seattle candidates and current Council members.
Jenny Durkan
City Council Postition 8:
Terese Mosqueda
Jon Grant
City Council Postion 9:
Pat Murakami
City Attorney:
Scott Lindsay
Please check the Facebook Event Page for the latest confirmation of guest speakers.


Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
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The Red Door (3401 Evanston Ave N)

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Meet the candidates AND get a look inside Google!

October 12th, 2017 by sarawilly

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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