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Celebrate International Games day at the Seattle Public Library

November 18th, 2015 by sarawilly

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 sarawilly

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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Handel’s Messiah with UW Chamber Singers and Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra

November 16th, 2015 by sarawilly

An Interview with Teresa Wakim, soprano:

Have you sung with Pacific MusicWorks before?

I have, I really enjoy working in Seattle with my colleagues from PMW. Many of us have worked together elsewhere, so getting to come together again to make music again, and in such a lovely setting as Seattle, is a bonus! I especially enjoyed the program Wayward Sisters, singing duets and trios with my fellow sopranos and combining the music of the Italian baroque with modern dance. It was an unforgettable collaboration.

What was your first Messiah experience?

My first experience with Messiah was in my church choir when I was 7 years old. Every Christmas and Easter our director would have us perform one of the famous choruses, and sometimes a soprano would come and sing Rejoice. I was enthralled with Messiah from my first time hearing it, and I remember bringing the Hallelujah chorus into school for “Show and Tell” in the Fourth grade! I’m sure my teacher must have been pretty surprised at that!

When did you start singing early music?

Also at the age of 7, I began studying the recorder, and I was hooked on the baroque from that time on. I went on to study recorder in college, along with doing a voice major at Oberlin, and was very excited to learn that there was a singing aspect to the early music world, too.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I’ve gotta nerd out here, and say time travel! I’d love to have been present for many first performances- Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th, Monteverdi’s Orfeo…

What are you looking forward to most singing Messiah with PMW?

Our particular performances of Messiah will offer little ripieno sections, in which the soloists will sing part of these fantastic choruses one-per-part. That is a rarity for me as a soloist, and I have always loved choral singing, so I am looking forward to getting to participate in the choruses for a change.


$45 General | $40 Seniors
$20 Student | $10 UW students | Youth (5–17)
free with accompanying ticketed adult

THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 2015, 8pm Edmonds United Methodist Church
Address: 828 Caspers Street, Edmonds WA 98020
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206 708 6003

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11, 2015, 8pm Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island
Address: 4400 86th Ave, Mercer Island, WA 98040
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206 708 6003

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12, 2015, 8pm Meany Theater
Address: 4140 George Washington Lane Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206-543-4880

SUNDAY DECEMBER 13, 2015, 2pm Meany Theater
Address: 4140 George Washington Lane Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
CLICK HERE for tickets or call 206-543-4880

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Meow! Seattle’s first cat cafe coming to Wallingford

November 12th, 2015 by sarawilly

Seattle loves coffee. Seattle loves cats. We’re putting coffee and cats together in one place.”

Floor plan (and all photos) from cafe website

Put your paws together for Seattle’s first cat café! Three students from UW are opening Seattle Meowtropolitan in Wallingford.  Matt, Louisa and Andrew say they wanted to create a café and community hangout for people and kitties:

“We want you to come hang out during lunch, after work, or on a rainy weekend. Seattle Meowtropolitan will be a place for people to feel comfortable and enjoy the company…our space will be comfortable for cats and humans, so come on in and play with our cats. Feel free to adopt one on the way out, too.”

They plan to open later in 2015.

Andrew Co-Founder

Louisa Co-Founder

Matt Co-Founder

They plan to host cats from local shelters and rescues in the café. Click here for more information.

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It’s Election Day – Vote!

November 3rd, 2015 by sarawilly

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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Largest snake in the world at Burke Museum

October 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

photo from UW

The stuff nightmares are made of…from a Colombian coal mine, scientists have discovered 60 million year old remains of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Measuring 48 feet long and weighing up to 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile.

On display now through  November 15, 2015, Titanoboa: Monster Snake includes the full-scale replica of the 48-foot-long snake and two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils: a 17-foot-long modern green anaconda and the vertebra from Titanoboa.

Videos tell the story of this amazing scientific discovery and the Burke is supplementing the exhibit to share the fascinating story of snakes living among us today.

Have a hands-on experience with the biggest snake ever known to exist.
Click here for more information.

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A fifth student has died in Aurora Bridge accident

September 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

North Seattle College has learned that another student has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24. This student now makes five students in all who have lost their lives as a result of the devastating accident.

Out of respect for the family and their wishes to maintain privacy during this difficult time, the college will not be releasing the student’s identity.
“On behalf of our college, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family for this tragic loss. The aftermath of this accident has tested the faith and resolve of the North community like no other in recent memory, and we have tremendous grief and sorrow. But this terrible accident has also shown me and so many others that our community is incredibly strong and resilient, and by pulling together in this way, we will become stronger. We appreciate the support that has been extended to our campus from this city and throughout the world,” said Warren J. Brown, Ed.D., president of North Seattle College.”
President Brown will hold a media briefing on Monday, Sept. 28.

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Horrific crash on Aurora Bridge kills 4

September 24th, 2015 by sarawilly

Photo from Mark Ralstom/AFP

This morning around 11:15, a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a charter bus carrying 45 North Seattle College staff and students on the Aurora Bridge. Lieutenant Sue Stangl from Seattle Fire has confirmed four people were killed and twelve were in critical condition. Many of the most critical were rushed to Harborview.

SDOT says given the nature of the crash, traffic will be impacted on the bridge (and throughout the city) through the evening.

Ride The Ducks announced it was suspending operations for the rest of the day. It’s not clear what caused the accident, although an eyewitness told King 5 news he saw what appeared to be a wheel pop off of the Duck vehicle, right before the horrific crash.

Bloodworks Northwest is asking for additional donations. Click here to help.

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Community invited to review initial designs for development of waterfront park on Portage Bay

September 20th, 2015 by sarawilly

Seattle Parks and Rec invites the community to learn about the new shoreline park in the University District and review initial design concepts at a public meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team of Walker Macy at Sakuma Viewpoint, 1299 NE Boat St. and provide input on the design for this park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014. The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.

After the public outreach process and gathering community feedback a final design concept will be created and presented at a public meeting in early 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and completed in 2018.

For more information about the Portage Bay park project click here, or contact David Graves with Seattle Parks and Recreation at 684-7048 or David.graves@seattle.gov.

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Author of ‘Origami Yoda’ children’s book series reads at SPL

September 20th, 2015 by sarawilly

Best-selling author Tom Angleberger will share his brand new picture book “McToad Mows Tiny Island: A Transportation Tale” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot.

Every Thursday, as a break from mowing Big Island, McToad and his tractor make their way to Tiny Island, using various modes of transportation and types of machinery to get there and back.

Angleberger was a journalist before becoming an author-illustrator of children’s books. His works include the Origami Yoda series, “Fake Mustache,” and “Horton Halfpott or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset.” Angleberger lives in Virginia.

Books will be available for purchase and signing in partnership with Mockingbird Books.

For more information, call the University Branch at 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian.

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