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Entries from July 2016

Pay for your next big adventure by welcoming travelers to Seattle

July 31st, 2016 by sarawilly

A sponsored post from our friends at Airbnb

What would you do with an extra $12,000 this summer? Vacation in a castle? Head to Paris? Or maybe tuck into a treehouse for a week?

Home-rental site Airbnb is famous for offering these kinds of unique places to stay all over the world. (At last count, it has accommodations in more than 34,000 cities in 191 countries.) That much you probably know. What may surprise you: The San Francisco-based company also provides a way for travel lovers to fund their own trips—by sharing their extra space as a host.

It’s free to create a listing on the site whether you share your couch, spare bedroom, or vacation home. Airbnb helps you get started with 24/7 support, hosting tips, and peace of mind with its $1 Million Host Guarantee. You get to decide when and how often you host by setting your availability on your listing’s calendar. And right now is a great time to get started.

Demand is high since summer is Seattle’s busy travel season. Last year, for instance, from May to August, there were a monumental 200% more trips to Seattle on Airbnb than there were during winter, and hosts in Seattle made 25% more per night. Hosts use that extra money to pay for home improvements, retirement, or that next dream trip! Find out how much you can make as a host here.

Right now, Airbnb is sweetening the deal by offering readers an extra $200 to new hosts. Here’s the deal:

–       Create a listing using this link

–       Host your first guest at a listing that’s within 25 miles of the intersection of 5th Ave and Madison St

–       Want to know more? The full terms and conditions are here

Happy hosting—and enjoy that castle!

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Check out "Fantastic Fishes" at the Burke

July 23rd, 2016 by sarawilly

A shark from the Burke’s ichthyology collection. Photo © Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic.

Dive into the Burke Museum’s ichthyology collections at this brand new, all-ages fish event! Get up close to hundreds of fish specimens and enjoy the summer weather on Portage Bay at the University of Washington’s Marine Sciences Building during a fun-filled day celebrating all things with gills and fins!

Fantastic Fishes
Saturday, August 20, 2016
9 am – 1 pm
UW Marine Sciences Building, 1501 NE BOAT ST

Activities include:

  • Climb aboard the research vessel Clifford A. Barnes
  • Tour the Burke’s ichthyology collection and UW Oceanography’s tide models
  • Uncover the mysteries of the deep with deep-sea fish specimens
  • See Seagliders and discover how these underwater vehicles measure the ocean
  • Check out sharks, rays and skates
  • Discover the kinds of fish that live in the Puget Sound
  • Find out how to take care of fish with home aquarium enthusiasts
  • Come see the finished Angyaaq—a traditional open-boat from Alaska—previously being made during the Burke’s 2015 Maker:Market exhibit
  • Make fishy-inspired crafts
  • And more!
For collection and tide model tour times and more information about the event, go to

Admission to Fantastic Fishes also includes admission to the Burke Museum. Ticket prices: General $10; Senior (65+) $8; Student & Youth (5–18) $7.50; FREE for children 4 & under, Burke members and UW students, faculty + staff w/ UW ID

Visitors can tour the Burke’s ichthyology collection during the Fantastic Fishes event on August, 20, 2016, 9 am – 1 pm. Photo courtesy Burke Museum.

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University of Washington student project brings clean water to those in need

July 23rd, 2016 by sarawilly

UW Junior Charlie Swan is working on a charitable project with a few friends.  Swan writes:
SPERO is a brand focused on making charity more accessible to people and integral to business through high-quality products…With your support, the SPERO Bottle is our first step toward this vision.  The SPERO Bottle which is helping to bring clean and safe water to those in developing nations. We donate 20% of proceeds from each bottle to charity: water, one of the most established and well-renowned charities bringing clean and safe water to people in developing nations. 100% of donations to charity: water go toward clean water projects such as wells, water purification systems, and more. Not only does clean and accessible water promote physical health, but it saves people millions of hours otherwise spent walking to and from safe water sources. Clean and safe water changes lives in a huge way, and with your help, we can all be a part of this positive difference.
Buy a bottle, or check out their charity: water at to hear some of the stories behind their work, Or click here for more information.

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Shakespeare in the Park…free!

July 14th, 2016 by sarawilly

GreenStage celebrates its 28th season with Shakespeare in the Park plays Cymbeline and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Backyard Bard shows Pericles and Twelfth Night. The season runs July 8–August 13, 2016. This summer, they will perform at a park near you. Admission is free, just bring a blanket and a picnic! GreenStage recommends arriving 20 minutes to find the best patch of grass. Follow the yellow signs around the park to the stage. Click here for more information and a full list of GreenStage’s performance spots.

Pictured: Paul Shapiro as Falstaff, Nicole Vernon as Mistress Ford, and Erin Day as Mistress Page. Photo by Ken Holmes

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Recycling competition gives Wallingford a chance to win $20k for local non-profits

July 5th, 2016 by sarawilly

Hey Wallingford, the recycling challenge is on! Win cash for local non-profits!

Are you and your neighbors ready to waste less and recycle more? Would you like to help local non-profits win up to $20,000?
Then it’s time to enlist your neighbors in the Waste Management Think Green Reuse and Recycling Challenge!
If you live in Wallingford and have Waste Management as your service provider for recycling, composting and garbage, you could win big and save the planet at the same time.
What does it take to win?
• Sign Up Now! Homeowner’s associations, civic organizations, community clubs and environmental groups are needed to organize regional sustainability efforts.

• Reduce Waste. The neighborhood region that reduces garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 for the community non-profit(s) of their choice. To determine the winner, WM will compare the pounds of garbage per household from this year to last. The region that reduces their garbage the most wins!
• Educate your community. Regions that reduce waste through creativity and strong community involvement can win even more – up to $15,000 for the non-profit(s) of your choice. Examples: create a Recycling Flash Mob, produce a video for YouTube, set up a recycling education table at your community events, or even go door-to-door to urge neighbors to get involved.

Click here to learn more, and contact Waste Management at WM recycling educators are ready to help you organize your neighborhood.

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Find it Friday! The Seattle Public Library releases collectible cards for branches with new Friday hours

July 5th, 2016 by sarawilly

Thanks to funds from the seven-year, 2012 voter-approved Library levy, The Seattle Public Library will restore Friday operating hours at the High Point, International District/Chinatown, South Park and University branches starting July 1.

These four Library locations will now be open every day of the week. New open hours will be: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

To celebrate, the Library is launching “Find it on Friday!” with four collectible trading cards featuring architectural images from the branches with new Friday open hours. For a limited time, Library patrons can pick up a branch trading card at each of the four locations with newly added Friday hours. When patrons locate where the photo on the card was taken, they will receive a collectible stamp.


  1. Pick up a branch trading card from Library staff.
  2. Find the spot at the branch where the photo on the card was taken.
  3. Tell Library staff the location of the photo spot is and ask for a stamp.
  4. Did you Find it on Friday? In addition to a collectible stamp, you get a gold star!

Cards and stamps can be collected by visiting the High Point, International District/Chinatown, South Park and University branches from July 1 until Aug. 31, 2016. Cards for other Library locations will be available later this year.

To show love for the Library, patrons are encouraged to take a selfie with their trading cards and share it on social media using #finditatspl.

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

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Wallingford Family Parade

July 1st, 2016 by sarawilly

Presented by the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce and the Boys & Girls Club

Parade begins at 11am, Saturday, July 9.

Need some Summer Fun? Come join the Wallingford Kids and make a parade. Dress up in costume, bring your crazy Auntie, bring your mom and dad, too! The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 67th Annual Wallingford Family Parade, the longest running Seafair Community Event. Families come from far and near to watch, participate in and enjoy the parade. Local businesses, drill teams, marching bands and family-oriented organizations celebrate and compete for awards.

The parade will weave it’s way through Wallingford; beginning at the corner of Interlake & N 45th, and run East along N 45th St.  It ends at Bagley Avenue N.

EVERYONE is welcome to participate!
Hey Kids!  Want be in the parade? No need to register in advance. Just show up at the muster site (Lincoln High School parking lot) at 10am ready to go.

The Parade will be followed by Hide & Seek for “The Wallingford Kids” at participating Merchants on 45th. Click here for more information, or email

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