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Entries from April 2017

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.


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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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
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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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