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Entries from July 2014

Still Looking to Entertain 'Bored' kids this Summer?

July 30th, 2014 by master

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 master

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 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 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 master

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 master

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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