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LARGEST CRUISE SHIP TO EVER TRANSIT THE BALLARD LOCKS AND SAIL ON LAKE UNION ON JUNE 27

June 16th, 2018 by sarawilly

Based in Alaska for the 2018 season, the 212-passenger Star Legend will visit Seattle, Windstar’s headquarters, for the first time on June 27, 2018 and make a historic sail through the Chittenden Locks in Ballard and on to Lake Union.

Star Legend sails in Misty Fjords, Alaska for the first time.

On June 27, Star Legend will become the largest-known cruise ship ever to transit the Ballard Locks and the century-old Lake Washington Ship Canal through Ballard and Fremont, to sail on to Lake Union as part a celebration of Pacific Northwest cruising. Star Legend is owned by Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, a small ship cruise line with a fleet of six ships, and is sailing her inaugural season in Alaska from May to Sept., offering boutique, expedition cruising in luxurious, all-suite accommodations.

Star Legend carries 212 guests and 153 crew and is 440 feet in length (134 m.) with a beam (widest point) of 63 feet (19 m.), the ship will have about 7.5 feet to spare on each side as it enters the Ballard Locks. Weighing in at 9,975 gross registered tons (grt) with six passenger decks, 106 suites and 153 international crew,

The public are invited to view the event from shore, time line below.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WHERE: Bell Street Pier 66, Ballard Locks, Ballard/Fremont Ship Canal and Lake Union.

PLACES TO VIEW THE SHIP FROM SHORE:

  • Pier 66 / Elliott Bay – 7 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Ballard Locks – 1 PM & 7 PM
  • Ballard Bridge – Approx. 2 PM & 6:30 PM
  • Ballard Bridge, Ship Canal (Ballard/Fremont), Fremont Bridge – Approx. 2-3 PM & 6-7 PM
  • Shilshole Marina/Golden Gardens in Ballard – 8 PM

WHY: Star Legend is calling on Seattle as a special detour from its summer series of inaugural Alaska cruises, running from May through September. The ship’s visit gives the company a chance to connect with its home town and 150 Seattle-based staff. This will be the first time Star Legend will visit Seattle, and the first time a Windstar ship has been in Seattle in 20 years when sister ship, the 148-passenger masted sailing yacht (MSY) Wind Spirit visited. The public is encouraged to view and welcome the ship to Seattle from various points ashore.

Click here for more information on the cruise line and ship.

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New Seasons

June 13th, 2018 by sarawilly

A sponsored post from our friends at New Seasons Market

Looking to patronize businesses that put their values into action: like using sustainable and responsible environmental practices, caring for employees, and building community? There’s a brand-new option in Ballard.

New Seasons Market gives 10 percent of its after-tax profits to local nonprofits, with a focus on three areas: fighting hunger, supporting schools and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the company gives each employee up to eight hours of paid time off each year to participate in local community service projects.

New Seasons Market is committed to supporting the local economy where its stores operate. They offer goods from local makers, farmers, ranchers and fishermen, including community-grown organic produce, sustainable meat produced by the region’s ranchers and wild-caught seafood sourced directly off the Washington coast.

The Local Finds program screens suppliers and assists them in the process of getting their product in front of shoppers.

“While we are thrilled to have so many local products on our shelves, the Local Finds program is about more than that. It’s designed to work with vendors so that they get the right help at the right time so that they can grow sustainably. It’s about helping local entrepreneurs — whether they are growing pears or making cookies — succeed at a pace that’s right for them,” said Chris Tjersland, New Seasons Market’s partner brand development manager.

In an additional effort to minimize its environmental footprint, New Seasons Market announced that the company is eliminating all plastic straws from store locations in Oregon and Washington. The plastic straws will be replaced with paper alternatives to help reduce litter and ocean plastic.

There’s a lot of power in where and how you choose to spend your dollars, and the grocery store is one way conscientious consumers can put their money where their heart is.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks name for new park

May 27th, 2018 by sarawilly

Portage Bay Park is the site of the former UW Police Station and Bryants Marina, on the shore of Portage Bay in the SE corner of the UW campus. The existing buildings will be demolished to make way for the shoreline park development. The park will include historical elements, water access for people and hand-carried boats, shoreline restoration, open lawn space for passive recreation, and opportunities for interpretation and education. The project also includes cleanup of site contamination, building demolition, potential partial re-use of building elements, shoreline enhancement and right-of-way improvements. SPR recently awarded the construction contract to Orion Marine. We anticipate the park will be completed in 2019. More information on the project can be found here.

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When do you go to an urgent care rather than an ER?

May 6th, 2018 by sarawilly

Sponsored post by MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care.

It’s Saturday. You’ve just returned from your 8-year-old’s soccer game. Her foot, which she landed on awkwardly during today’s game, is swollen and she’s clearly in pain.

Do you go to the ER or urgent care?

We get that question almost daily at MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care in Wallingford. We can help.

Think of urgent care as the place to go for minor illnesses and injuries such as:

Illness and Injuries treated at Indigo Urgent Care in Wallingford
Illnesses                             Injuries
Allergies                              Minor burns
Bronchitis                            Bee sting
Coughs, colds                     Cuts, scrapes
Ear Infection                       Sprains, strains and minor fractures
Flu                                         Stitches
Sinus Infection                   Sports physicals, preparticipation physical (not an injury, but
UTI                                      regularly offered at all Indigo Urgent Cares)

The ER is the place to go for serious illnesses and injuries — a heart attack, stroke, difficulty breathing or a fracture that’s broken through the skin, to name just a few.

It’s also important to know that an urgent care costs less, sometimes as little as a doctor’s office copay — depending, of course, on your insurance plan.

At Wallingford’s Indigo Urgent Care, we’re ready to treat all of the illnesses and injuries listed in the chart above and your soccer player’s sprain or minor fracture. See our website indigourgentcare.com for a complete list of services.

And, because we were designed for busy families and people who value same-day care, we’ve created an urgent care that offers you care focused solely on you — and we get you in and out, quickly, without sacrificing your care or time spent with the doctor.

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Sponsored post: Allergies or a Sinus Infection?

April 3rd, 2018 by sarawilly

Sponsored post written by MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care – Wallingford

The rain is warmer. The days are longer. The weeds are blooming.

And, yes, your nasal passages are swollen.

If you’re like many of us, spring allergies are as predictable as rain in Seattle. But at Indigo Urgent Care in Wallingford, we frequently hear this question: Is it allergies or a sinus infection?

Swollen nasal passages and trouble breathing through your nose is a common allergy symptom. If an over-the-counter allergy medicine such as Zyrtec improves your symptoms, chances are you’re suffering from spring allergies.

In other cases, these symptoms continue — and don’t magically disappear with medications or a saline rinse — but they don’t get worse, either. Spoiler alert: your symptoms are likely spring allergies, too.

But what if your symptoms are worse — aching in your upper jaw or teeth, cough, throbbing facial pain and/or a fever? These could be signs of something worse.

If your symptoms don’t improve after 10-14 days, you may be suffering from a sinus infection or chronic sinusitis.

If you can’t see your regular doctor or these symptoms grow worse over the weekend, we invite you to visit us at MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care in Wallingford.

Here, you’ll find friendly, helpful staff, able to see you from 8 am to 8 pm every day of the week, including holidays. We’ve also designed our bright, modern clinics to focus on what’s important to you — quick, convenient care, without the wait.

Schedule a visit online or walk in any day — we’ll get you in and out in 45 minutes or less.

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No dogs allowed…

March 26th, 2018 by sarawilly

It’s spring in Seattle, which means blossoming and hatching all around us. This is a particularly important time to ensure that immature wildlife have their best opportunity to flourish in the Northwest. To help protect the young wildlife, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be conducting emphasis patrols on all saltwater beaches in the city.

Dogs are not allowed on any of Seattle’s public saltwater beaches, even if they are leashed. This law helps us protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines. Marine mammals, such as seal pups that are typically born in April, use the city’s beaches to rest and warm themselves. Shore birds also frequent our beaches. Wildlife that interact with dogs are less likely to reach adulthood.

Uniformed animal service officers will be patrolling city parks with a focus on saltwater beaches and may issue citations to violators.

If you would like to report Seattle beaches where dogs are frequently seen, submit a service request here. You can also contact the Seattle Animal Shelter by calling 206-386-PETS (7387).

For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter, click here.

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School walkouts this morning

March 14th, 2018 by sarawilly

A walkout is planned this morning in many Seattle schools, to protest Congress’ reaction to gun violence in schools, exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Students from thousands of schools across the country will leave their classes at 10am, and remain out for 17 minutes, one minute to honor each student killed during the shooting.

The walkouts are organized by students.

This map shows which schools are participating in the Seattle area. On March 24, all are invited to participate in March For Our Lives, which begins at Cal Anderson Park at 10 am. and ends at Key Arena.

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Library Closure

February 20th, 2018 by sarawilly

The Central Library and all branches of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, for a staff in-service day. The Central Library book drop will be closed. All branch book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave. will be open. Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 8.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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BARTELL DRUGS CELEBRATES LOCAL COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE GREAT THINGS

February 8th, 2018 by sarawilly

Sponsored post written by Bartell Drugs

Can you feel the energy around the Puget Sound these days? There’s a spirit of innovation in the air, enthusiasm for the great outdoors, and an excitement for local companies and local pride.

Being a company born, raised and operating in Seattle, Bartells believes in showcasing countless local favorites from small businesses all around the Northwest – something it’s celebrating all February long with its annual Loving Local event.

You can expect great deals on local goods through Feb. 10 at all 65 Bartell locations. As an extra bonus and a way to join in on the local celebration, visit your neighborhood store on Friday the 9th for coffee and cookies from 2-5 p.m., plus enter to win a gift basket filled with local homegrown must-haves.

There’s even more to enjoy at select locations around town, including face painting for kids (and adults, too, if the mood strikes), free manicures featuring Oregon-based Pacifica Nail Polish, and sampling of some of the best snacks and sweets our region has to offer. You can visit Bartells’ events page on the website for details.

This celebration is about letting local products shine, and learning about the great businesses behind them. Joe Chocolates, one of the companies sampling during Loving Local, got its start in 2015 when two college students at the UW launched the idea as part of a class project. Now they have a chocolate factory producing delicious high-quality chocolate jam-packed with rich espresso flavor.

Moon Valley Organics is another brand Bartell Drugs brought onto its shelves in early 2017. This high-quality, organic personal care line rests on a philosophy of simple ingredients packed in environmentally friendly containers – all coming out of North Bend, WA.

There’s a lot to celebrate – stop by your Bartell Drugs, and see what your neighbors are up to!

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Lots going on at the Burke

January 6th, 2018 by sarawilly

This winter and spring, escape the cold weather at the Burke Museum! From seeing baskets get carefully packed for the move into the New Burke, to hundreds of dinosaurs and other fossils on display at their annual Dino Days, there’s something for all interests and ages.

Exhibit

T. rex Live

Through June 10, 2018

Burke Museum

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID

Something BIG is happening at the Burke! Last summer, Burke paleontologists discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex—including the 15th T. rex skull discovered in the world.

Watch as Burke paleontologists carefully remove rock from the skull of this incredible, 66-million-year-old beast. More and more of the skull will be exposed each week, so come back often to watch the progress!

Special Exhibit

Testing, Testing, 1-2-3: Work in Progress

Feb 2 – June 10, 2018

Burke Museum

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID

Construction is underway on the New Burke, a flagship museum of natural history and culture for Washington state opening in 2019. Unlike other museums, where the public is on one side of the wall and collections and research are on the other, the New Burke will invite you to see and be part of discoveries as they happen.

In Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress, see the behind-the-scenes work of getting ready for the New Burke and get a sneak peek of objects coming out of storage for display in the new museum.

Special Events

I Dig Dinos

Last Sunday of the month
January 28 / February 25 / March 25 / April 29
11 am – 2 pm

Burke Museum

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID and children 4 & under

Bring your budding paleontologist to the Burke for monthly fossilized fun. Enjoy three prehistoric stations every month, ranging from touching real fossils, making discoveries in the dino dig pit, solving dinosaur mysteries, dino dress-up and more. Activities and themes change monthly so there’s always something new!

I Dig Dinos is open to everyone but is geared toward ages 3-7.

Special Event

Burke NiteLife: Ice Age Chillout
Friday, February 9, 2018

5:30–8:30 pm
Burke Museum

Purchase tickets now!

What’s cooler than being cool? Enjoying an “ice cold” beverage with your friends at Ice Age Chillout, the Burke’s next NiteLife event featuring creatures great and small that roamed the earth during the Ice Age.

Special Events

Fossil Fridays

Every fourth Friday of the month, Feb – May 2018

February 23 / March 23 / April 27/ May 25

12–4 pm

Burke Museum

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID and children 4 & under

Celebrate Fossil Fridays at the Burke Museum and see live fossil preparation at the Burke! The doors will be open to our Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress fossil prep lab so you can get up close to examine the incredible progress our paleontologists are making on the “Tufts-Love” T. rex skull and other fossils.

Special Event

Dino Days

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4, 2018

10 am – 5 pm both days

Burke Museum

Fossils take over the whole museum for this two-day prehistoric party! See hundreds of dinosaurs and fossils, meet Burke paleontologists and dig into hands-on activities.

  • See LIVE T. rex skull fossil preparation
  • Dino dress-up, crafts and face painting
  • And more!

Save your spot! Buy your tickets in advance of this popular event starting January 8 at burkemuseum.org/dinodays!

 

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