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Metro Transit to eliminate peak and zone fares, will switch to single fare for adults

November 16th, 2017 by sarawilly

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com

The King County Council unanimously approved Metro Transit’s plan to switch adult fares to a single fare, regardless of peak or non-peak hours or travel through multiple zones.

Adults will now pay a standard fare of $2.75, even if they travel through two zones and no matter what time of day. The old fare structure charged an adult between $2.50 and $3.25, depending on zone and time.

The plan does not affect Metro riders who use Metro’s low-income fare program called ORCA Lift, or youth, senior and disabled fares.

“The Council also voted for additional funding to assist low income riders who are not covered by ORCA Lift and directed Metro to increase efforts to enroll eligible adults into ORCA Lift before new fares take effect,” according to a press release.

The new fare structure takes effect next July.

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Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army team up for 15th annual “Toy ‘n’ Joy” Drive

November 13th, 2017 by sarawilly

Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive.

The toy drive will run November 12 through December 9 at 65 of Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donation options include: 

  • Donate at the cash register at any Bartell Drugs location.
  • Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years of age.

“This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” says Bartell Drugs CFO Rob Jensen. “The generous response by our customers over the past 15 years has been extremely gratifying.”

The month-long drive in 2016 generated over 5,800 toys provided by Bartell customers—the equivalent of $88,710 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes vets/current service military with free car washes

November 10th, 2017 by sarawilly

Saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash offers free washes to current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. The free “Beary Clean” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 24 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Upon arrival, drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant. Click here for a list of Brown Bear’s 24 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past three years, Brown Bear has donated more than $30,000 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of saluting those who currently serve our country and have made past sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran.

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, click here.

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MAYORAL FORUM AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY OCT. 31

October 24th, 2017 by sarawilly

The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to attend a forum with Seattle’s mayoral candidates, Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.
Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Please note that the event may be televised.
The discussion will be moderated by Q13 FOX News’ C. R. Douglas. It will feature questions about current issues and challenges facing our city, including those related to the Library. Attendees may bring written questions to submit for the discussion.
This event is sponsored by The Friends of The Seattle Public Library and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Meet the candidates and check out Google!

October 12th, 2017 by sarawilly

Meet the final candidates and other city officials inside Google for a neighborhood safety discussion. There will be time for questions to the candidates on specific issues that concern safety in our neighborhoods. Plus, you will get into the locked doors at Google!

The event takes place Thursday, October 19 from 8-9:30am at Google (601 N 34th St). The following City of Seattle candidates, current Council members and the North Precinct Community Police Team have been invited.
Mayor:
Jenny Durkan
Cary Moon
City Council Postition 8:
Jon Grant
Terese Mosqueda
City Council Postion 9:
Lorena González
Pat Murakami
City Attorney:
Pete Holmes
Scott Lindsay
Current City Council Members:
Rob Johnson
Mike O’Brien
Check out the Facebook Event Page for more information.

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Check out Henry’s latest!

October 11th, 2017 by sarawilly

All are invited to join Henry’s fifth annual solo show themed “HUG,” as well as a book release and signing of his long awaited, ‘Mystic Hug Thug’. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Henry and stock up on gifts and original artwork.

Saturday, December 9, from  6-9pm at RenFitness Gym (1404 NW 49th St., Seattle)

Want first pick of Henry’s new collection? EARLY ENTRY @ 5:30pm for patrons who donate $10 or more per month, plus lots of extra goodies. BECOME A PATRON HERE!

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Read, drink and think at the library’s Booktoberfest

September 26th, 2017 by sarawilly

This October, The Seattle Public Library will visit Seattle’s bars and pubs for Booktoberfest— a celebration of books, beer and good cheer. Readers are invited to join the Library for bookish happy hours, librarian-hosted trivia nights, spooky stories in bars and libraries, karaoke, literary fortune telling and more. There are plenty nearby The U District!

Library events are free, although the drinks are not. Registration is not required. Most events are for people ages 21 and over, except as noted.

Librarians’ Revenge Trivia Rounds – Match wits with librarians on bookish and library-themed trivia. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams!

·         7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Floating Bridge Brewing, 722 N.E. 45th St., 206-466-4784.

·         8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-838-6299.

Bookish Happy Hour – Bookworms night out! Grab a drink and mingle with fellow book lovers as you discuss what you’re reading and share your favorite books and authors.

·         5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Trace, 1112 4th Ave., 206-264-6060.

·         5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Sam’s Tavern, 400 Ninth Ave. N., 206-453-5493

Literary Fortune Telling – What good books await you? With the aid of the tarot, librarians David and Andrea peer into your reading future. Pick a card: reveal your literary fate!

·         6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St., 206-397-3564.

Late Night at the Library: Scary Stories in the Stacks – Enjoy spooky stories for teens and adults after hours at the Capitol Hill Branch, in conjunction with LitCrawl Seattle.

·         8:05 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715.

Books à la Carte – Bring your friends and an appetite to a lively literary smorgasbord, as our team of librarians and booksellers rove from table to table with tasty reading suggestions. Dinner, snacks and drinks available for purchase starting at 6:30 p.m. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. Feel free to bring books to swap and share, as there will also be a book exchange.

·          6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at Vios Café, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-525-5701.

‘Ales from the Crypt – Love scary stories? Love beer? Join us for a night of shivers and suds. Your humble haunted reader will be David Wright, emcee of the Library’s popular program “Thrilling Tales: Story Time for Grown Ups.”

·         7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Floating Bridge Brewing, 722 N.E. 45th St., 206-466-4784.

For more information, visit the Booktoberfest page, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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12th Annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival schedule announced

September 18th, 2017 by sarawilly

With great excitement, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) proudly announces its programming lineup for the 12th annual Festival being held at venues throughout greater Seattle.
The Festival will take place October 6-15, 2017 and includes 18 feature films and 38 shorts from 11 countries, plus a filmmaking workshop and a symposium examining the homogenization of film and art as well as sexual politics in South Asia.

For  the first time ever, TSAFF will also offer a Virtual Reality Experience Booth at every programmed event, featuring “Blood Speaks: A Ritual Of Exile,” a photography exhibit from Indian artist, Poulomi Basu, amongst others.

The Opening Night Gala celebration will be held at Seattle Art Museum and kicks off the ten-day Festival on Friday, October 6, featuring the Nepali feature film  Bijuli Machine, the story of two scientists on a quest for an alternative energy source, set to be honored after the screening with a reception at SAM. The film’s director Navin Awal is expected to attend. On Tuesday, October 10, in partnership with the South Asia Center at the University of Washington, faculty, students, TSAFF filmmakers, and the public will come together for a one-day symposium titled “Boundaries and Belongings,” an opportunity to gather and dialogue on timely and relevant cultural and political, national and intra-national issues that plague the eight nation-states of South Asia. “The annual Symposium
we host at the University of Washington during the Festival is a critical opportunity for us to fulfill our mission in a unique way. We provide an opportunity for filmmakers to visit one of the best institutions in the country and engage in a discussion  with the academia and inspire a positive change or awareness for the students, staff, and the general public,” Rita Meher, Tasveer Executive Director said.

On October 9 and 10, Tasveer will also host a Master Class filmmaking workshop led by highly acclaimed Nepali filmmaker Subarna Thapa, director of Soongava, the 2014 official entry for the Oscars from Nepal. The is the first-time Tasveer has brought a South Asian director from overseas to this Festival and in the hope of offering attendees a truly unique South Asian perspective and style in filmmaking.
This year’s Centerpiece Gala on Friday, October 13 at Redmond’s Regal Bella Bottega Stadium theater will present the contemporary film, Sonata, a film featuring renowned actress and director Aparna Sen who is also expected to be in attendance.

Tickets are on sale now to the public and can be purchased at tsaff.tasveer.org or by calling (206) 349-4478. Click here for more information.

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ENJOY A LUNCHTIME THRILLING TALE AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SEPTEMBER

September 12th, 2017 by sarawilly

“Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups” is comprised of gripping short stories for a grown-up audience that are expertly read aloud from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. on select Mondays of the month at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.
Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m.
This month’s stories will include:

·         12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 • “The Mountain Top” by Georgia Ruth. Jeff and Sally left their big city cares behind to retire out in the country, where folks are neighborly. Perhaps a might too neighborly.

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

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Check out bugs and mammals at the Burke

September 8th, 2017 by sarawilly

The Burke Museum is combining two of their most popular annual events—Bug Blast and Meet the Mammals—into an amazing day of fuzzy, slimy, spiny, cuddly and crawly fun! See hundreds of specimens from the Burke’s entomology and mammal collections, and hear from experts about all sorts of amazing animals that roam the Earth!

Featuring: The Bug Chef

Photo courtesy of David George Gordon

Click here for updates on the cooking show time

David George Gordon, AKA The Bug Chef, returns to the Burke with buggy recipes. Attend a cooking demonstration where The Bug Chef will recruit volunteer chef’s helpers and taste testers from the audience. Find out how bugs pack a powerful, nutritious punch, and for the brave, try a sampling of The Bug Chef’s creations—with ingredients like black ants and tarantula—for yourself!

Additional activities include:

  • Touch live bugs like tarantulas and cockroaches—if you dare!
  • Solve mysteries in an animal-themed scavenger hunt
  • Check out mammal headgear, such as massive antlers and horns
  • See beautifully-preserved butterflies displayed only at Amazing Animals!
  • Examine the variety of ways mammals move—from bats that soar in the sky, to the mammals that swim in our oceans
  • Animal-inspired crafts, face painting, and more!

Photo courtesy of Rachel Crick Photography

Amazing Animals is included with museum admission and is FREE for Burke members or UW students, staff and faculty with UW ID. Not a member? Join today!

In honor of Veterans Day, admission to Amazing Animals and the Burke Museum is free to veterans and service members with ID.

Pre-sale tickets and updates on Amazing Animals at burkemuseum.org/amazinganimals.

 

 

 

 

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