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Help Kickstart a New Beginning for Scarecrow Video as a Non-Profit!

August 13th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Scarecrow Video Is Evolving Their Business Model for the Future by Creating a Non-Profit Organization to Preserve the Past.

Calling all cinephiles! Help Scarecrow Video reach it’s goal of $100,000 on Kickstarter.

As you know, Scarecrow Video has been a valuable resource for all-things-film since 1983. As the invention of streaming has cut into the movie rental business, Scarecrow Video has been fighting to stay afloat!

Scarecrow isn’t and has never been just your average video rental place. It has been an indispensable business that prides itself on its support of the community, independent film and rare out of print titles. The staff not only has a passion for the history of film, but a powerful devotion to keeping what Scarecrow Video has become alive and thriving! With the help of their fiscal sponsor, the Grand Illusion Cinema, devoted staff have come together to create this Kickstarter campaign.

For the love of all-things-film, and our very own treasury of history, I know you will want to help support their effort!

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MugShot Monday #2-Fat Ducks Bakery and Deli

August 12th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Welcome to MugShot Monday(on Tuesday this week!): a caffeine inspired journey to uncover University Ave’s Cafe’s

This Fancy Duck is enjoying her Double Tall Americano

Okay, Okay, I know…only two weeks into the weekly series and I’m already behind schedule. I can explain!!! But first, let me introduce you to Fat Ducks Deli and Bakery located on the north end of University Ave.

You will more-often-than-not be greeted by owner Jaclyn Roth who not only makes a good Americano, but will also offer you a pillow if you’ve by chance just recently thrown your back out and are noticeably gimping around the cafe.

I stopped in on Monday, but I failed to note the closure dates(hence my posts’ tardiness) Roth was on a trip in New York to, among some other things, purchase the amazing pastrami that she imports regularly from Brooklyn.

Roth comes from an east coast family that ran a deli bakery, and that is where she honed in her amazing baking skills. From rugelach to her creatively named cookies and sweets, Roth is baking away what must be all the hours in a day!

But since you need to eat a meal before dessert, her menu includes a vast assortment of sandwiches, soups, bagels (from Blazing Bagels) and more. This is the part where you take a bite into the Lucky Duck ($8.95), where you will taste that delicious pastrami, or if you’re a traditionalist like myself, you’ll order the Lox Duck($7.50) which is the classic bagel with lox, capers, etc. Whatever you order, give Jaclyn a little time to make it perfect. Good things come to those who wait! Trust me,  it will hit the spot!

With free wi-fi, a nice seating area in the back, some outdoor seating, Fat Ducks is a great spot to ‘waddle’ to for a coffee and a treat, lunch or an afternoon snack.

For more information, or to find out about her catering options, check out the Fat Ducks website.

Al, Ryan and Kyle (left to right) are regulars at Fat Ducks. They recommend the Corned beef. They were happy to rave about Jaclyn and Fat Ducks Bakery and Deli!

PCP cookies...don't worry, they're safe to eat!

LSD bars, I bought one for my 12 year old daughter; she loved it!

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MugShot Monday #1: a caffeine inspired journey to uncover University Ave’s Cafe’s

August 4th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Welcome to MugShot Monday: Where we journey south down University Ave. and uncover the many faces of our own U-district’s cafe culture.

It’s no secret that this blogger loves Herkimer Cafe located at the north end of University Ave. I’ve been a regular here for over three years and have gotten to know many of the long time employee as well as some long time patrons. So, it’s a perfect location to begin my tour of local University Avenue Cafe’s.

Barista Kyle saying goodbye to their ol’ Synesso

Owner Kara Macdonald, who has been in the Seattle coffee business 18 years, runs a tight ship and hires a crew of loyal barista’s that I can rely on for a smile, a friendly word and a perfectly poured Americano. But Don’t just take my word for it. “Their Coffee is absolutely tops,” says longtime regular Michael who lives nearby and walks over. Furthermore, I was happily surprised to hear that on Thursday, they are unveiling a new espresso machine that will somehow make my Americano taste even better!

Moving from a Synesso machine that has done them years of good, all the Herkimer locations have been receiving brand new La Marzocco Strata EP’s that were designed with the coffee connoisseur in mind. With suggestions from longtime roaster and Co-Owner of Herkimer, Scott Richardson, the new machine offers different pressure profiles so that each shot highlights the coffee to its fullest flavor. For example, for an espresso, the pressure starts off slow to warm the coffee first for a less harsh shot.

All in all, Herkimer on University Ave. is a quiet spot close to Cowen Park that delivers quality coffee and a perfect atmosphere for your study, sketchbook’n and working needs. Their Barista’s usually have great music playing that is conducive to their customers moods as well as comfortable outdoor seating if you need a breath of fresh air.

Regular Michael with his Double Soy Latte and the Monday Paper

If you have a good story about Herkimer on the Ave. We would love to hear about it in the comments!

HERKIMER COFFEE
5611 University Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Phone: 206.525.5070
Hours: 7am-6pm Everyday
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Still Looking to Entertain ‘Bored’ kids this Summer?

July 30th, 2014 by Nico Lund

From Kindergarden to High School, summertime offers kids a lot of unscheduled time. Unfortunately, living in an urban environment might mean kids will spend a lot of time at home, looking at a screen and complaining that they’re bored.

There are some great local places that offer some great outdoorsy, arty and social opportunities for kids of all ages.

The YMCA: Their Summer Camps offer kids the opportunity to grow through exploring the outdoors, building self-confidence and independence, learning core values, developing life skills and being actively engaged.

Seattle Tilth: From digging up bugs, planting flowers to gardening basics and more, Seattle Tilth offers a bounty of fun summer activities to youngsters and teens.

Greenlake Community Center et al.: There are so many classes, camps and fun things to do through the Seattle Parks and Recreation! Check out their catalogue of stuff to choose from for kids who need something to do.

Most camps offer some sort of tuition assistance, so if you are tight in the pocket book, make sure you ask about special offers, or scholarships! Don’t be shy, that’s what they’re for. But if that is not available there are also some DIY options.

To keep summer Fun and Free, you could also get together with some other parents and switch off day’s having kids over and create your own camps. All you need are a few craft projects, hiking destinations, even swimsuits and a hose! There are a kazillion ideas on sites like Pinterest for crafting with kids. With a little surfing, you could find more than you could throw a camper at!

So, the main thing here is, put the screens away, get the kids outside, or at least enjoying the summer as screen free as possible. You might even find it gets you off the couch and into the day too!

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Discover Dinosaurs, a 2000-year-old sandal and the First Coffee Mug in Your Own Backyard!

July 17th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Of course, when I say Backyard, I mean our collective backyard here in the University District!

Photo credit: Richard Brown Photography Object ID: Cat. No 1-2177 Gift of Lucille Christ

Have you ever wondered what actually goes on behind the scenes at a place like our own Burke Museum? Filled with over 15 millions things amassed over the past 129 years, there are some surprising stories to tell about those amazing objects!

Imagine That: Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects reveals a new side to the Burke by uncovering some of the most fascinating, intriguing and rare objects in its collection.

Visitors will be able to view objects from all of the museum’s collections—on display together for the first time. They will learn about how researchers from Washington state and around the world have been using Burke collections to answer pressing questions for the past 129 years—and the exciting possibilities collections can unlock in the future.

So if you have been wondering why museums have all these things –where do they come from — and what are they used for?  Visit the Burke Museum between April 12  and October 26. This Remarkable exhibit will reveal some surprising stories to many complex questions.

Highlights include:

Volcanic ash in a Chianti bottle
A 2,000-year-old sandal that’s still in style
Fossils that can predict the future
Seattle’s first coffee mug

The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

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Romance, Thrill and Suspense at the University District Library Branch Tonight

July 14th, 2014 by Nico Lund

HITCHCOCK BY THE DECADE: ‘NOTORIOUS’ (part two in a six part series)

When: Monday, July 14, 2014, 6 – 7:45 p.m.
Where: Seattle Public Library University Branch Meeting Room
This is an event for Adults

Come down to the University district Branch and enjoy watching Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant star in “Notorious,” This 1946 romantic thriller by Hitchcock is about an American woman recruited to infiltrate a Nazi group in post-war Brazil.

‘Notorious’ was famous at the time as having “the longest kiss in the history of the movies.” Additionally, because of its jarring depictions of weapons of mass destruction, Hitchcock claimed he was shadowed by the government after its release.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1946
Length: 101 minutes
Rating: Approved
(Films released prior to 1968 were rated either “Approved” or “Not Approved.”)

For more Information: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

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University Village Free Summer Concerts Begin Tonight!

July 9th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Need Something to do that’s Fun, Free and For Everyone? Check out the U-Village Sounds Of Summer Concert Series July 9th – 20th.

Tonight The Nowhere Men will be performing the greatest hits of The Beatles.

All performances are just outside the RAM Restaurant & Brewery with doors opening at 5:45pm. Concerts are 6:30-8:30Pm

  • Free Live Music
  • Gourmet Bites from U-Village Restaurants
  • Beer Garden from RAM*
  • Balloon artists
  • Face Painting
  • and a kid’s play area
*Beer Garden is 21 and over with valid ID

Make sure you mark your calendar for the rest of the Concert Series featuring:

July 16 – LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends
July 23 – The Dudley Manlove Quartet
July 30 – Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme
August 6 – The Paperboys
August 13 – Vicci Martinez
August 20 – Hit Explosion

for more info, check out the U-Village Sounds of Summer Concert Series Website

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Things You Should Know About Your Cat: Cat Behavior 101

June 24th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Cat Behavior 101: What Your Cat Wants You to Know

If you have a new cat, thinking of getting a cat, or perhaps a cat with behaviors you just don’t understand, this is a class not to miss

PAWS Cat City is offering this brand new, free training event designed to help explain some of the mysteries behind cat behavior.

Tue, Jun. 24, 2014 7:00pm — 8:30pm

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Led by Steph Renaud, Supervisor at PAWS Cat City, it’s the perfect introduction for any cat owner wanting to understand why their cat behaves as he or she does, and get tips for building a better relationship.

Topics will include body language, the ideal home environment, sources of stress, the importance of play and litter box problems. This event is perfect for any cat owner or cat lover that wants to learn how to better communicate with their feline friends.

Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

REGISTER NOW

Feel free to do some advance reading on cat behavior in their Resource Library.

Class Information can be found at PAWS Cat City
5200 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite B, Seattle, WA 98105

Remember:

June is Adopt-a-Cat month, a national campaign by the American Humane Association. PAWS is celebrating too and, every Thursday in June, cats over three years old have their adoption fees waived! Meet cats at PAWS looking for forever homes.

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U-District Increased Height & Density Report Proposes Changes You Might Have Something To Say About

June 20th, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Comment Period For the U-District Urban Design Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) Will End June 23

You are invited to comment on the Draft EIS which evaluates impacts of several possible Comp Plan and Land Use Code amendments, including changes that could alter height and density for the U-district.

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has the documents up on their website for the public to view.

Click Here for Draft EIS Documents

The DPD website lists the objectives of the proposal to include:

  • Better integration of land uses with the neighborhood’s future light rail station
  • Development standards to accommodate a greater variety of building types
  • Support for equitable communities with a diversity of housing choices

The public comment period for this Draft EIS is April 24 through June 23, 2014. For questions, or to submit comments, contact project manager Dave LaClergue at (206) 733-9668,dave.laclergue@seattle.gov, or

City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development
Attn: Dave LaClergue
700 5th Ave., Suite 2000
Seattle WA98124-4019

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Advice on Navigating the Hillary Clinton Book Signing Tonight!!

June 18th, 2014 by Nico Lund

From Seattle Refined, a blog in partnership with Komo News…here is a great post on how to navigate the Hillary Clinton Book Signing happening tonight:
Navigating the Hillary Clinton event at UW on Wednesday

Clinton will be signing copies of her new book at the University Bookstore at 5 p.m. this Wednesday. (Image: AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Navigating The Hillary Clinton Event At UW On Wednesday

By  Published: Jun 16, 2014
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be signing copies of her new book Hard Choices this Wednesday, June 18th, at the University Bookstore. We anticipate hundreds of people showing up – here’s what you need to know to get in, get signed, and get out!

1. She is only signing copies of Hard Choices that have been bought that day, June 18th, from the University Bookstore (in person, no online orders). No other memorabilia will be allowed in for signing, and no one without a book gets through.

2. Copies of Hard Choices bought at the Bookstore will come with an event entry wristband, which is your ticket into the signing at 5 p.m. There are limited copies available, aka a limited amount of wristbands available. The Bookstore opens at 9 a.m. – get there early to ensure you can buy a copy ($38.33 with tax) and get yourself a wristband.

3. No matter how much your Mom wants you to pick up a copy and get it signed for her, you can’t! One book per person, one signature per book. In fact, you can’t bring anything else in with you – all bags will be checked.

4. Parking is going to be even more awful than usual, so we highly suggest either getting dropped off or taking a bus. If you’re going to park in their lot, there’s a flat fee of $25 for three hours or more. They’re provided a map of all possible parking locations.

Good luck!

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