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Goats, tigers, pangolins and more at Burke Museum’s Meet the Mammals

October 7th, 2016 by sarawilly

From tigers to bats, pangolins to wolverines, discover the remarkable diversity of mammals at Meet the Mammals!

Meet the Mammals is the only day of the year to see hundreds of specimens from the Burke’s mammal collection on display.

Visitors can see hundreds of mammals from the Burke’s collection at the Burke’s annual Meet the Mammals event on Saturday, November 5, 10 am – 4 pm. Photo © Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic.

There will be hands-on activities for all ages; many of the specimens can be held or touched, with mammal experts on-hand to answer questions.

Meet adorable goats from the Puget Sound Goat Rescue at the Burke Museum’s Meet the Mammals event on Saturday, November 5, 10 am – 4 pm. Photo courtesy Puget Sound Goat Rescue.


SPECIAL THIS YEAR: Meet bouncy, cuddly goats from the Puget Sound Goat Rescue
SPECIAL THIS YEAR: Find out about lynx, wolverines and fishers from the North Cascades in conjunction with the Burke’s Wild Nearby exhibit
Learn about arctic mammals and how they evolved for the cold
Find out how bats use echolocation to navigate and find prey
Put together a whale skeleton puzzle with the Seattle Aquarium
Discover new research about Washington sea otters and other mammals
Make your own mammal puppet to take home

Meet the Mammals is included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members, children under four, and UW staff, students & Faculty w/UW ID. Tickets will be available online at burkemuseum.org/mammals by October 14.
Family Days Series Sponsor: The Snoqualmie Tribe
Family Days Media Sponsors: KUOW, Seattle’s Child

Get up close to pangolins and other remarkable mammals at the Burke’s annual Meet the Mammals event on Saturday, November 5, 10 am – 4 pm. Photo by Lora Shinn.

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Learn more about the future University of Washington Seattle Campus

October 7th, 2016 by sarawilly

The 2018 Draft Seattle Campus Master Plan provides the framework for the University of Washington’s future campus development. Progressive and sustainable, it balances the preservation of the core campus with the need to accommodate increasing density. The plan integrates the University’s academic, research, and service missions with its capital plan objectives.

The Draft CMP and EIS has been issued today, October 5, 2016. This begins a 45-day comment period that ends November 21, 2016. To view or download the draft documents, visit the project website.

Learn more about the draft plan and share your input with project staff at our public events:

Campus Master Plan (CMP) Online Open House
Wednesday, October 12
Noon – 1 p.m.
Sign up at: tinyurl.com/UWSeattleCampus-2018MasterPlan

Open House
Tuesday, October 18
Noon – 2 p.m.
Haggett Hall Cascade Room
University of Washington Campus

Open House
Thursday, October 20
7 – 9 p.m.
UW Tower 22nd Floor Auditorium
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Online Open House
Tuesday, October 25
Noon – 1 p.m.
Sign up at: tinyurl.com/UWSeattleCampus-2018MasterPlanEIS

SEPA Public Hearing
Wednesday, October 26
6:30 – 9 p.m.
UW Tower 22nd Floor Auditorium
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE

Drop-in Office Hours

Suzzallo Library Café
Wednesday, October 19
1 – 3 p.m.
University of Washington Campus

Café Allegro
Monday, October 24
3– 5 p.m.
4214 University Way NE
(Enter from the alley behind Magus Books)

Post Alley Café
Wednesday, November 2
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
In the Hotel Deca

Can’t attend our open houses or office hours?

You may also review the draft plan and EIS online at pm.uw.edu/campus-master-plan and send comments to cmpinfo@uw.edu.

The University of Washington will take public comments on the Draft CMP and EIS for 45 days after its publication date.

The CMP and EIS schedule as well as all public open house information is posted on our website: pm.uw.edu/campus-master-plan

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Are you an Alpha Phi alumna?

September 28th, 2016 by sarawilly

The Seattle Alpha Phi Alumnae Chapter recently got a makeover and they have a new board made up of Alpha Phis from around the country. They are a group of women who are excited to rekindle your love of Alpha Phi.

Vice President of Membership, Cassie E. Andrews writes: “As collegians we learned that joining Alpha Phi isn’t only for four years, but for life. As alumnae we are the stewards of the vision our original ten founders had as a women’s leadership organization.  As a chapter, we are going to provide social, networking, and philanthropic events to the alumnae in the Seattle area. Whether you joined at a local chapter or one across the country, we welcome you to reinvest yourself in Alpha Phi. I am from New York and am very rarely able to attend events sponsored by my initiating chapter, but have found that same sisterhood among Alpha Phi alumnae I have met in Seattle.”

Click here to learn about the chapter and events they are hosting in the upcoming months.

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Join the Down Syndrome community’s 20th annual Buddy Walk

September 13th, 2016 by sarawilly


The Down Syndrome Community (DSC) is hosting its 20th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk on October 2, from 1–4 p.m. at the Seattle Center. From individuals with Down syndrome and their family members, to those who know someone with Down syndrome, to community members who simply want to show their support, the Buddy Walk is a day of celebration to promote acceptance, inclusion, and respect of individuals with Down syndrome. This year’s celebration will include special 20th anniversary commemorations, keynote speakers, activities for the family, live music, food trucks, photos, and of course a walk around the Seattle Center.

Funds raised by the Puget Sound Buddy Walk support the DSC’s ongoing mission to serve and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and their families through:

  • The First Call Outreach Program, which provides up-to-date information, mentorship and support to parents who have received a Down syndrome diagnosis.
  • Community groups including DSC Friends and D.A.D.S. of Puget Sound.
  • Community events like the annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk, Sweetheart Dance & Pizza Party and the Big Time Talent Show.
  • Education, including the Learning Program, bi-annual conferences and special guest speakers.
  • Advocacy, providing information and opportunity related to policies and issues affecting our community.

“When my daughter, Kate, was born, the doctors pulled my husband aside and told him ‘we think your daughter has Down syndrome’,” said Alison Winfield, DSC President.  “From that moment on, our world changed and we were scared of the future. Luckily, I was quickly put in touch with the Down Syndrome Community, which has changed our lives. The funds raised at the Buddy Walk enable the DSC to provide and expand their amazing offerings.”

For additional information and to register for the event, click here.

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Welcome Beauty Bar!

September 5th, 2016 by sarawilly

The Beauty Bar is destined to be the premier boutique beauty salon for Northeast Seattle and beyond. Located in the Ravenna neighborhood near University Village, The Beauty Bar offers a wide range of services for nails, hair, lashes, waxing, tinting and skincare. As an added guest perk, The Beauty Bar offers a complimentary glass of wine,  champagne or beer  along with any service for guests ages 21 and older for the ultimate salon  experience.

Ali Elder Bruce, owner of The Beauty Bar, brings her 20 years of beauty industry experience to  create a gorgeous and peaceful retreat for her guests to feel pampered in. Her highly-trained team of  beauty  professionals help bring her vision to life and share her passion for helping guests feel beautiful  and confident. The Beauty Bar has quickly ramped up business since its soft opening in April. The thoughtfully designed salon ­ with its

signature crushed gold wall, high gloss black flooring and plush seating  is an open and modern space that encourages small groups to enjoy beauty treatments  together. “From a very young age, I knew this is exactly what I wanted to do,” says Ali.

“I am so excited to be able to share The Beauty Bar with my friends, family and the neighborhood.”

The Beauty Bar is open Tuesday­Friday from 10am­-7pm and Saturday 10am-­5pm. To book an  appointment, click here, or call (206) 420 8416. For more beauty inspiration, salon news and promotions, follow The Beauty Bar @thebeautybarseattle on  Facebook and Instagram.

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Pay for your next big adventure by welcoming travelers to Seattle

September 5th, 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 Udistrictdaily.com 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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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. For a consumer, donating to charity should be as streamlined and convenient. As a business, we consider it a regular expense no different than rent or utilities. 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.
Check out their charity: water at charitywater.org to hear some of the stories behind their work, Or click here for more information.

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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 events@wallingfordchamber.org.

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UW staff and students get Market Bucks!

June 3rd, 2016 by sarawilly

Every 1st Saturday of the month, UW students and staff get a $2 Market Buck to spend at the University District Farmers Market. Just show your Husky ID at the market info booth: UW Husky Days at U-District Farmers Market.

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City Councilmember O’Brien releases proposal to make it easier to build backyard cottages

May 19th, 2016 by sarawilly

By Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, NW Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages.

Councilmember O’Brien’s bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

  • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
  • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
  • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
  • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
  • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
  • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
  • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
  • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.

The city’s Office of Planning & Community Development released its SEPA determination of non-significance today. The public can comment on the proposal through June 2 by emailing Nick Welch at nicolas.welch@seattle.gov, or by mail at City of Seattle, OPCD, Attn: Nick Welch, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.

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