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Entries from October 2014

6 Steps to Create Your Will: PEPS Offers Lo-Cost Class Nov 10

October 28th, 2014 by master

If You’re Like A Lot Of People, Creating Your Will is Something You’ve Been Putting Off For Years – Even Though You Know The Importance of Having One

Well, put it off no longer! The 2014 PEPS Parent Talk Lecture Series, presented by Verity Credit Union, is Hosting 6 Steps to Create Your Will on Nov 10, 7-9pm.

Okay, I admit it, this has been on my mind for a while! I am that person – I know I need to have a will but feel so overwhelmed when it comes to getting it down on paper. What I need is someone to walk me through it, but hiring an attorney is definitely not in the budget!

This class is an opportunity to learn about how to create clear, simple documents, how to name a guardian for kids, give someone the power to manage finances, name a personal representative and decide who gets what.

This low-cost class can also start the process of creating an estate plan, as well as learn about the various options on how to leave a legacy by including the causes you are passionate about in your plan.

Megan Gebhardt, owner of Gebhardt Law Office,will be teaching this class. She has focuses her practice exclusively on estate planning and elder law. She serves as Western Division Chair of the Washington First Responder Will Clinic and as a volunteer speaker for PEPS groups.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Registration fee is $15 or pay-what-you-can. The $15 entitles you to bring your spouse or partner. PEPS works with various partners in the community to sponsor the lecture series and strives to keep the cost very low.

Tickets are Available at Brown Paper Tickets

PLEASE NOTE: PEPS hopes to deliver informative content free of disruptions at our lectures. Babes in arms (under 6 months) are welcome, but they ask that crawlers and crooners stay home with a caregiver.

The Class will take place at:

Verity Credit Union
11027 Meridian Ave N #102
Seattle, WA 98133

For more information, please visit their event webpage

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Immerse Yourself in Spanish at New School in Wallingford

October 24th, 2014 by master

Vámonos Spanish Center, a new language school in Wallingford is having their first open house on November 2, 2-4pm.

Have you wondered if you could learn to speak another language? Do you want your child to be bi-lingual? Did you take a language back in the day but have no one to practice with? Vámonos Spanish Center is now in Walligford and ready to facilitate those ‘r’s’ to roll off your tongue.

VSC is a new language school that offers several different programs and resources for learning Spanish. Owner and teacher Amanda Reichert will instruct classes solely in Spanish utilizing the proven technique of immersion for listening comprehension skills. VSC will offer a variety of programs including:

  • Adult classes
  • After school supplemental program for middle schoolers
  • Daytime program for homeschooled middle schoolers
  • One-one-one tutoring and private lessons
  • Summer camps
  • Guided foreign travel

Señorita Amanda has been teaching since 2007, lived and has taught in Mexico and Spain, and has also traveled extensively to numerous Spanish speaking countries. She feels she has developed a unique program that combines culture and grammar in a way that makes learning Spanish fun and engaging.

Vámonos Spanish Center is located in Wallingford at 4504 Bagley Ave. N (behind the Sea Monster)

If you are interested in learning more? Visit for more information.

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Need to Buy Some Holiday Gifts? Go Buy the Book!

October 22nd, 2014 by master

On November 15 at the North Seattle College, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a Holiday Book Sale.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at North Seattle College (9600 College Way N., in the cafeteria) You can find gift-quality books for all ages, old or rare books and tons of new DVD’s! Prices start at $3!

The sale will take place in the cafeteria at North Seattle College. You can enter from the west side of the campus into the first floor entrance of the College Center Building, underneath the large concrete staircase visible from College Way between 95th and 97th streets.

Due to the fire code, capacity in the cafeteria will be limited and there may be a line to enter the building.

This sale is free and open to the public with no registration required.

For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library at 206-682-7567, email or visit

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Tent City 3 on Ravenna Ave: Answers to Questions Neighborhood Residents Might Have

October 17th, 2014 by master

Our sister site University Distric Daily has written a post addressing the new Tent City 3 Location that has popped up between Ravenna Ave and 8th Ave NE.


A blue tarp circles the encampment. I walked until I found the entrance on the Ravenna side. I was immediately greeted with smiles and directed to the front “office.” I met a volunteer organizer who asked to be called ‘Micky Mouse’ to protect his identity. He told me about theSHARE/WHEEL organization that runs Tent City 3 then he introduced me to resident Tom who gave me a little tour.

SHARE stands for Seattle Housing and Resource Effort and WHEEL is for Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League. As mentioned on their website:

“SHARE and WHEEL are a self-organized, democratic, grassroots organizations of homeless and formally homeless individuals. SHARE was founded in 1990 and WHEEL was founded in 1993.  For 22 years we have been working to eradicate homelessness, educate the community, and empower homeless people.”

Mouse told me that Tent City 3 has be running for 13 years and is a model for tent cities across the nation. They are self-managed to help promote the dignity of the individual members.

People might wonder what kind of people are allowed to be part of this Tent City, how long they will stay in a location and why they are here in the first place. Mouse gave me some of their standards:

To be welcomed into the community one needs to have a current ID and must pass a sex-offender check. Tent City 3 does not allow anyone with a sex-offense in their operation. Mouse said that no level of sex-offense is acceptable for their city.

Stays can run from three to six months, but tend to stay in the three-month time frame. They create a contract with their host or neighborhood and they are very strict about sticking to that contract. This tent city is set to relocate to the Seattle University Campus on Jan 11th 2015.

Also of note is that Tent Cities provide their own trash removal and port-a-potties. Bus tickets are provided to each participant each day so they can get to work or appointments. Each Tent City has a food preparation area and volunteers bring hot meals most evenings while other times area residents kindly bring food donations. Some local construction companies have even stopped by to offer work to able-bodied folks.

Tent City 3 also has their own security-safety patrols. Volunteers work up to 30 hours a week to help maintain the site.

Mouse tells me passionately that the people here are not ‘camping,’ they are ’surviving.’ In the words of a resident from their website:

“People are people are people.  What do we want?  We want our lives back.  We lost our lives for the most part when we lost our jobs, housing, and opportunities to the rough times we are living through right now.”
Tom gave me a tour and showed off his awesome long hair!

Mouse said that tent city gives some of these people a safe way to survive that is a step above some other options available to homeless people in this city.

How can you Help?

Most importantly, Donations are gladly welcomed. On the website, there is a detailed list of wants and needs. Items such as hardware, kitchen, office, camping, health supplies and of course clothing is always needed. I spoke to another resident of Tent City 3, Roger, who said that sometimes neighbors order them pizza’s.

Pictured in front of his Tent, Roger said he was a network engineer before the ‘dot bomb’

To some neighbors, it might feel shocking to have a Tent City pop up in their ‘hood. What I found is that taking the time to stop by and meet these people puts a friendly face to an important issue.

As I got in my car and drove away, I felt more at ease knowing that there are great people out there working hard to help people struggling to survive. It was also inspiring, especially knowing there is more I can personally do to help out struggling families in our surrounding areas.

For more information, to volunteer or donate supplies please stop by and talk to the people at Tent City 3, or visit the website.

Online Donations can be made at their PayPals Page.

SHARE is a 501c(3) non-profit registered in the state of Washington and all donations are tax-deductible. WHEEL shares SHARE’s 501c(3).

Tent City 3 is located at:

NE 64th St and 8th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98115

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Popular Annual Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale This Saturday

October 15th, 2014 by master

The Phinney Preschool Co-op’s annual Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is this Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 1pm. The Early Bird Gets the Deal!

Buying used clothes is not only great for the environment it’s also great for families who are trying to stay on budget.

This sale features gently-used, name-brand clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy!

There is parking available in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots.

Bring your re-usable bags and get there early — there is a 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm.

PNPC is on Facebook so you can get the latest info on the sale and a sneak peak into items being sold!

When: Sat. October 18 9am-1pm
Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N Seattle 98103)

For more info check out their website

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Halloween: There's Spooky Fun For All Ages

October 14th, 2014 by master

With Halloween just around the corner it’s either time start scrambling to get your kid’s and/or your own costume pieces gathered, or if you’re hardcore, you are already diligently sewing together the finishing touches.

But what do you have planned? Where are you going to go show off your awesome disguises? Here are a few local events going on that are mostly family friendly:


Where: Scarecrow Video Screening Room

When: The month of October

Cost: Free (concessions available for purchase at VHSpresso)

Join Scarecrow Video in their Screening Room the month of October for a different scary movie almost every night! These events are 21 and over (sorry kiddo’s).


Where: Woodland Park Zoo

When: Sat. & Sun., Oct. 18 – 19, 25 – 26, & 31 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Cost: Free with Zoo admission

Watch hippos chomp, elephants smash, meerkats dig, and bears crunch their way through pumpkins and festive treats.


Where: Licton Springs Park

When: Friday, October 31st (Halloween), from 4:30-6pm

Cost: Free (donations welcome)

Children follow the paths around the wetland where they meet Friends of the Forest (adults) holding jack-o-lanterns and giving candy treats to the young trick-or-treaters passing by. Donations made by the Community Council ensure there’s plenty of candy and cider for the many who attend. Volunteers welcome, contact Lictonsprings@hotmail for info or to volunteer.

Where: 4805 NE 45th St.(behind Seattle Children’s Hospital, across from Laurelhurst Park
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 3 to 7 p.m.,rain or shine
Cost: $13
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine presents this annual festival with a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides, kids’ tunes, ghoulish games, prizes, creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and a parade. Don’t miss the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, delicious Halloween Trophy Cupcakes and two live performances by Recess Monkey (4 and 5 p.m.).
All proceeds go to benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team.
Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat.
Email for more info or 206-304-9339


Where: North End, under the Aurora know, where the troll is!

When: 7pm sharp

Please note that I could not find a current listing of this, but I am pretty sure it happens every year. Here is a post from a past event on the Fremont Arts Council Website. Please contact them if you want to make sure it’s happening this year.


Where: EMP – Level 3 and Skychurch

When: Friday, October 31, 2014 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $12 (babes in arms admitted free)

Halloween Kids Dance Party hosted by John Richards, feat. The Not-It’s, DJ Riz, DJ Darek Mazzone, DJ El Toro.

Where: Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall
When: Friday, October 31st
Cost: $15 (cash or check at the door)
Students of Carole Terry perform spooky organ classics—including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor—on the UW’s Littlefield Organ.

When: Saturdays Oct. 11,18 & 25th 11am-5pm

Where: Jones Playhouse 4045 University Way NE

All proceeds to benefit the Professional Actor Training Program 2015 MFA Drama Showcase

Did you know Seattle is number 8 on a list of 20 cities rated for trick or treat-a-bility from a poll?
There are a ton of parties and events listed here, mostly for the more mature! Have fun and be safe!

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Nestle Into Winter with a Good Book Group at SPL

October 7th, 2014 by master

Artist Carol Dolci's "St Catherine Reading a B

The Wallingford Branch of the Seattle Public Library hosts a book Group that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 p.m.

The book title for this month is “The Other” by David Guterson. a coming of age story of two Seattle friends in the 1970’s.

Next month’s title will be “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

Registration is not required.Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

For more information, contact the Wallingford Branch at 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian

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