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Ballard High School “Soap for Hope” drive

January 25th, 2016 by Sara

Do you have an extra bar of soap at home, or maybe a spare toothbrush? The Soap For Hope drive at Ballard High School is collecting various hygiene items which will be distributed to people facing hardships in Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia communities. They need:
-bars of soap
-bottles of shampoo and conditioner
-lip balm
-rolls of toilet paper
*all items must be unopened
Wednesday Jan. 20th – Friday Jan. 29th
Drop items off at BHS Main Office and Library (1418 NW 65th St)
Questions? Email

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Good music – good beer – good cause

January 25th, 2016 by Sara

What: The Ninkasi HellesYes! Tour – a FREE funk show + Ninkasi beer specials, with a portion of of every Ninkasi pint sold benefiting School of Rock

Who: Performances by Vokab Kompany, The Quick & Easy Boys and DBST

When: Thursday, February 11 | Doors at 8 p.m.

Where: Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St

Why: Good music, good beer and no cover all night. Get in free, then order a pint of one of their Ninkasi beers on tap because you’ll get $1 off every pint (while supplies last) AND $1 from every Ninkasi pint will be donated to School of Rock!

Read more about the event, Ninkasi and the bands here.


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Neighbor Appreciation Day Saturday, February 13

January 19th, 2016 by Sara

Celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Residents, community groups, and businesses across Seattle will join together on Saturday, February 13 (and the week of) to celebrate.

A few ways to celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. If the event is open to the public, you can post it to our events calendar.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, community centers, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
  • Take your neighbor to a FREE Seattle University Redhawks basketball game. Visit this link and use Promo Code “NEIGHBORDAY” to receive tickets. For questions call 206-398-4678.
  • Share a “great neighbor” story or tell us how you are celebrating using #neighborday. Post it to our Facebook page.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Click here for more information or contact Wendy Watson at


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The Taco Cleanse…at Book Larder

January 13th, 2016 by Sara

January 17: 11am-Noon

Stephanie Bogdanich & Jessica Morris: Author Talk: The Taco Cleanse

Tired of the same old cleanse? Instead of feeling rejuvenated are you feeling depleted, anxious, and cranky? (Not to mention . . . hungry?) A group of vegan taco scientists in Austin, Texas, know just how you feel, and now reveal their one-of-a-kind cleansing journey that anybody can follow and stick to—the Taco Cleanse. While the typical cleanse works by depriving you of your favorite foods, the plant-based Taco Cleanse rewards your body with what it naturally craves: tortillas, refried beans, guacamole!  Begin with a breakfast taco, the most important taco of the day. Even if you do nothing else, your mood will brighten in just 24 hours. Keep eating tacos and within a week your outlook will be noticeably improved. After 30 days, cleansers report lasting benefits—and you will, too!

Book Larder is thrilled to welcome Austin-based authors Stephanie Bogdanich & Jessica Morris to their kitchen, where they’ll share a favorite recipe, and the secrets to a new year cleanse we can all get behind! They’ll answer your questions about creating delicious vegan tacos (and pretty tasty margaritas too), and of course they’ll sign copies of The Taco Cleanse, sure to change your life in 2016.

Can’t attend but still want a signed copy of the book? Order it here for shipping or instore pickup.


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Don’t miss Gay Bingo

January 4th, 2016 by Sara

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Lifelong’s Academy Awards Gay Bingo is on Saturday, February 6. With all of the glitz of the star-studded Academy Awards, this event is bound to bring out Seattle’s A-listers in all of their fabulous glory. We’re rolling out the red carpet for an evening of fashion (boas, diamonds and heels, oh my!), cocktails and games galore. Hosted by the dazzling Aleksa Manila, this Oscar-inspired Gay Bingo is certain to bring home the statuette. Buy tickets now here.


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Music and Movement at the Good Shepherd Center

January 4th, 2016 by Sara

Tempus Continuum’s Anne H. Goldberg presents a solo concert of piano and movement-based pieces as her debut solo concert in Seattle, an adaptation of a concert she recently performed at Spectrum New Music in New York City.  Featuring the music of Globokar, Aperghis, and Furrer, Anne will also perform the Seattle premiere of music by Kevin Baldwin and a world premiere of her own.

       Hailed by the Boston Globe as “ethereal and ruminative”, Anne H. Goldberg blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, and performer.  Co-founder the new music ensemble, Tempus Continuum Ensemble, Anne makes a career of premiering and performing both her own music and that of other 20th and 21st Century composers.  She is a recent recipient of the Jerome Foundation for her work that finds the cross sections of music, breath, and movement.  As part of her dissertation, Anne has been exploring the relationships that exist within the composer-performer, and how her work as a movement artist impact and intersect with her life as a musician.  Her artistry has been featured in venues such as Symphony Space, the National Opera Center, the Kitchen, the Cell, the Flea Theater, in Darmstadt, and others nationally and internationally.

More information here and here.

January 22, 2016 at 8:00PM at the Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Suggested Donation: $5-15

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Fun at Fremont Abbey

December 30th, 2015 by Sara

Abbey Arts presents a fresh lineup of concerts & events for the new year. In addition to hit monthly shows, The Round and The Moth, national touring acts Owen, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Birds of Chicago will be swinging through to grace their intimate stage.  They’ve also got some great local acts like Daniel Blue (motopony), Lana McMullen, and young up & coming artists Katie Kuffell and Sophia Duccini playing at The Round with slam poets and live painters.


{ ALL AGES, MOSTLY SEATED  |  8pm @ Fremont Abbey unless noted  | *Bar w/ ID }

1/7* The Moth StorySLAM event @ Fremont Abbey

“A live amateur storytelling competition, in which audience members who put their names in a hat are randomly chosen to tell stories on a theme.”

1/10 Open Space Edition 3 @ Fremont Abbey

8:30-9:00pm. FREE. Contemplative music by candlelight. Bring cushions/pillows/blankets.  Edition 3 features music by Zadok, Lacey Brown, Matt Chism.   Doors open at 8:00.   FREE EVENT, all are welcome. Please silence all devices and no talking please.

1/12 The Round (128) – Musicians sharing the stage: Daniel Blue (motopony), Gabriel Wolfchild (as seen on The Voice), Katie Kuffel (Young Artist Program); Live painters: Matthew Brennan, Victoriana Dan (Young Artist Program); Slam poet: Sara Brickman

1/15*  The Maldives (acoustic), The Winterlings (album release), plus Harm (Alaska)

1/15*  The Moth StorySLAM @ St Mark’s

1/19     Open Arts Mic (FREE) – 7:30 signups, 8:00 performances.

1/29* Jessica Lea Mayfield, with Matt Batey (Ruler/Cataldo) – $15/18

ONGOING:  The Round on 2nd Tuesdays /  Open Arts Mic on 3rd Tuesdays – FREE /  Open Space on 2nd Sundays at 8:30pm – FREE /  *The Moth StorySLAM – 1st Thursdays @ Fremont Abbey, 3rd Fridays @ St Mark’s Bloedel Hall


Abbey Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 curating welcoming arts & cultural experiences for people of all ages & incomes since 2005.  Kids 10 and under are free to most events.

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VISIT: Home venue | Fremont Abbey 4272 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103

                                Ballard Homestead** 6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle  |  206-414-8325



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Winter Solstice Feast 2015

December 21st, 2015 by Sara

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Don’t miss Winter Solstice Feast, Dec 21, at 6:00pm. This is a fantastic evening of creativity, artworks, dining, dancing and good times, sharing the richness of our community as we bid goodbye to last year and welcome the new! Join in the fun and celebrate Earth’s longest night in an incredible experience, connecting with friends and loved ones, our ancient past, and our hopes and dreams for the future.

The entertainment this year is beyond great – live music, acoustic Tea House stage, late night DJ’s & dancing into the night:
The Bucharest Drinking Team
Correo Aereo
The Harper Conspiracy

The Solstice Moment itself occurs at 8:49 pm, in the middle of the event. We’ll stop the action just for a moment to observe!

The richness of the Feast comes from all our contributions. The tables are loaded with food that we all bring to share! Everyone brings a dish to the Feast tables, you, me, all the volunteers – You must bring a dish to share and enter Feast. Bring us your best! The food at the Feast is beyond compare, dishes go on for miles and there are more things to try than you could possibly ever get to. This is what makes the event so great.
Remember that we break bread, together, at 7pm. Please refrain from diving in until you hear ‘LET THE FEAST BEGIN!”

ALCOHOL – We have outgrown our BYOB policy and sadly the Feast can no longer be this kind of event. We will have a full no host bar available with cocktails, wine and beer, inexpensively from our awesome bartenders. Please bring cash!

FEAST DRESS – is splendid, extravagant, sexy, dance floor royalty, high animal spirits and incantations, stunning mermaids and sky faeries laughing amongst us, Titania and Oberon, tuxes and body paint. Frank Sinatra will greet Beowulf with a giant bear hug.

Please bring your own plate, cup and utensils.

Click here for tickets and more information. All tickets include a 30 day Trial Membership to the Fremont Arts council.

Join us and be part of creating a legendary memory!

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Man killed in shootout with police following carjacking, chase

December 7th, 2015 by Sara

Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on December 6, 2015 4:24 pm

One man was killed in a shootout with police Sunday after he stole two vehicles at gunpoint in separate incidents in Belltown and Montlake and fired at officers while leading them on a chase through northeast Seattle.

Today’s incident began around 12:30 PM when the suspect entered a downtown coffee shop armed with a handgun, leading employees to call police.

The man then fled to a tattoo parlor at 2nd Avenue and Lenora Street leading to another 911 call. After leaving the shop, the suspect reportedly stole a red Volkswagen at gunpoint and drove to the Montlake area.  There, the armed suspect reportedly stole a second vehicle.

Officers began pursuing the suspect in Montlake, where they reported coming under fire from the fleeing suspect.

The man then drove onto westbound 520 and northbound onto Interstate 5 before exiting in the Ravenna neighborhood.

The suspect fired at officers at Northeast 68th Street and 35th Avenue NE. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. He is believed to be a white male in his 30s.

The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team is reviewing the entirety of the incident. As many as 11 officers are currently believed to have exchanged gunfire with the suspect at two separate locations during today’s pursuit. All officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

Several officers and uninvolved motorists were treated for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in collisions during the incident.

At this time, police are not looking for any additional suspects in the case.

The incident remains under investigation and information contained in this post is subject to change

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Stay safe during the holidays

December 1st, 2015 by Sara


SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston has some tips for how to protect yourself this season. She writes:

Travel light:  take only what you need when you are out.  Leave the heavy purse behind and clean out your wallet of unneeded credit cards, medical cards, etc.

Dress the part:  It feels darker now without our sunny Seattle skies, so make sure you can be seen by motorists.  Are your shoes comfortable enough to allow you to move, kick, run if you had to.  Long billowing scarves, umbrellas, certain kinds of hats can reduce the ability to see around you, or might give a mugger something by which to grab you.  Leave the bling behind or under layers of clothing if you’ll be out walking around much.

Cell phones:  “apple picking” is what some are calling the grabbing of iphones and other electronic devices.  You may be asked by a stranger for the time, or if they can borrow your phone. Then boom, in a blink of an eye, they’re off and away with your device.  While cell phones are a helpful safety device, street robbers love them so don’t flash them around.  Be mindful when using them in public places.

“What’s your location?” means being able to relay your location such as house number, business or street names, hundred block; intersections, landmarks, or mile markers.  Make it a habit to know your location!  This is key when making calls to 9-1-1.  Seconds matter in emergencies, help us get to you or the incident quicker.  Stay on the line with the call taker until instructed to hang up.

If you will be out of town, please let your trusted neighbors know.  Encourage them to keep an extra watch out for your home and let them know you want them to call 9-1-1 if something is suspicious.  Enlist their help with picking up newspapers, checking for oversized mail, packages and those pesky flyers left on doorknobs.  On our block, we pick up each others’ parcels that have been left on a porch for safekeeping. You want to make your home look occupied (lights and radio on timers; have someone park in your driveway, bring in your garbage can/recycling bins, etc.)  Getting a house sitter can be helpful.  Watchful neighbors truly are your best alarm!

Car prowls:  Thieves target all makes and models of vehicles looking for GPS devices; cellular phones; cameras; purses; garbage remotes; jackets.  I know some parents who keep their kids’ holiday gifts in the trunk.  Not good!  Also, I’ve read a few police reports where people pack up their car the night before heading out on a trip, only to find the car was prowled over night.  Leave your car empty; disable internal trunk releases and be consistent with any theft-deterrent device like the “club” or audible alarm.

Warming up the car:  Vehicles left running and unattended while the heater and defroster kick in may be just the opportunity the auto thief needed.

…Trust your intuitions and watch out for each other. Stay safe and warm!

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Celebrate International Games day at the Seattle Public Library

November 18th, 2015 by Sara

Celebrate International Games Day by dropping in to play board games or video games at six locations of The Seattle Public Library. Most locations will host an event on Saturday, Nov. 21 – the official date for International Games Day:

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.

  • Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play an array of classic and new board games. Games will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrabble and more.

Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084.

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens and adults are invited to drop in and play Netrunner, a collectible card game that combines bluffing and strategy with a cyberpunk theme. Players can use the Library’s core Netrunner decks, or bring their own. Board games will also be available for children.

Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W., 206-386-4225.

  • Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic board games. Games will include Scrabble, Battleship, Jenga, Clue and more.

Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.

  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens are invited to drop in and play board and video games. Board games will include Exploding Kittens, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Fluxx, Munchkin, Pictionary, Twister and Zombie Dice. Video games for the Wii and Xbox 360 will include Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Dance Central and Kinect Sports.

Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227.

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic and new board and card games. Games will include Munchkin Treasure Hunt, Chinese checkers, chess, Sorry, Clue, Uno and more.

Library events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available at the branches.

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

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’tis the season for power outages…are you ready?

November 17th, 2015 by Sara

In the Pacific Northwest, winter storms are common and they often cause power outages.  Seattle City Light crews often work around the the clock in difficult conditions to restore power quickly and safely, and have the following recommendations for how to help in an outage:

To Prepare

  • Have an emergency kit on hand that includes a flashlight with batteries, glow-in-the-dark stick lights, wind-up clock, portable radio, manual can opener and mylar blanket.
  • Also stock drinking water (one gallon per person per day), dry and canned food, first aid materials, prescribed medications and additional blankets.
  • Know how to manually override your electric garage door.
  • If you live in a secured building, know which exit door to use during an outage.


  • Keep trees around wires trimmed. Wind, snow and ice can depress branches and endanger power lines. During storms, expect “bumps” (momentary outages caused by branches brushing against power lines) and outages. For more information, call 206.386.1902 or visit City Light’s Vegetation Management Web page.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment because power surges or outages may be a danger during storms.

During a Power Outage

  • Dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Do not use candles as a light source nor any open flame as a heat source.
  • Do not use charcoal briquettes indoors.
  • Close doors, windows, curtains and unused fireplace dampers to keep heat from escaping.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to keep food fresh. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to six hours; a full freezer for up to two days. Discard at-risk refrigerated foods that are warmer than 45 degrees F. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Check your home alarm system. Some home alarm systems are triggered by power outages.
  • If used incorrectly, generators pose a significant hazard to both the user and crews attempting to restore power. Never plug them in to feed power to your home circuitry. Instead, plug appliances and fixtures directly into the outlets of the generator. Be sure to use generators in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Switch electrical appliances off when the power goes out to prevent fires and equipment damage during prolonged outages. Leave one or two lights on to let you know when service is restored.
  • When power is restored, turn on electrical appliances gradually. Sudden heavy consumption can damage the electrical system and extend the outage.

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Alternative Gift Market

November 12th, 2015 by Sara

Doing some holiday shopping and want to avoid the mall? Check out the Alternative Gift Market, December 5th from  9am to 4pm at  Elim Baptist Church (2410 N 46th st).

Here are just a few of the items you can expect:

Starfish Fund Raising – Ethiopian coffee

NPH International – Guatemalan Nativities

Life and Hope – Guatemalan coffee and scarves

Questions? Linda Galle 206-491-7850


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It’s Election Day – Vote!

November 3rd, 2015 by Sara

From Mike at our sister site Maple Leaf Life


You’ve had that ballot for weeks.

It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.

As we wrote in October:

Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.

But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.

Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.

For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.

If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.

Specifically on the transportation levy:

If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.


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Get ready for Trolloween

October 28th, 2015 by Sara

From The Fremont Arts Council :

Trolloween is the birthday party for the Fremont Troll. The celebration party starts at 7 PM sharp on HALLOWEEN OCTOBER 31st, and after the performance, marches away through the community en mass.

Trolloween’s performances have included variety/comedy shows, dramas of trolls, musicals about trolls, Greek myths, Dr. Faust, Dante’s Inferno, Scottish folktales, and Don Juan. With comedy, drama, dance, songs, and special effects, a fractured version is emerge again to entertain the many masked and costumed attendees. A costume walk over the stage will occur before the annual Haunt of Fremont, a march around Fremont with a band and all in outrageous costumes.

Come before 7pm and march away by 8pm, or be left in the settling dust and lingering sounds of their rebellious laughter. And join them after the procession for TROLL-A-GOGO, a Fun-raiser for the Fremont Arts Council. Join them at Fremont Doric Hall at 619 N 36th St for a costume contest and dance party! Music by Legendary Tiny Giants and a bar featuring OUTLANDER BREWING! It’s free for FAC members and Troll-o-ween volunteers and $5 for public. Become a member HERE.

Email to get involved!

Come to a Troll-o-ween Workshop!

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