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Entries from April 2017

No dogs on the beach!

April 28th, 2017 by sarawilly

Spring is blossoming and hatching in Seattle, and now is a particularly important time to ensure that immature wildlife have their best opportunity to flourish in the Northwest. Because of this, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be conducting emphasis patrols on all saltwater beaches in the city.

From the Seattle Animal Shelter:

“Dogs are not allowed on any of Seattle’s public saltwater beaches, whether leashed or unleashed. This law helps to protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines. Marine mammals, such as seal pups who 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 services 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, please submit a service request here. You can also contact the shelter directly by calling 206-386-PETS (7387) or by visiting clicking here.

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King County Master Gardener Plant Sale

April 28th, 2017 by sarawilly

The King County Master Gardeners 2-Day Sale is just around the corner. The weekend starts with the Preview Party, a fundraiser for the MG Foundation of King County, Friday, May 5. Tickets are available now.  There will be tons of tomatoes, veggie starts, fragrant herbs, perennials, natives and specialty vendors with garden art. Master Gardeners will help you choose the right plants, find easy-to-grow plants, and give advice on planting and maintaining your garden throughout the year.
NEW this year. Garden Education Talks on Saturday, May 6th. Open to the Public: Ciscoe Morris, Karen Chapman, Bill Thorness, Elaine Sherbrooke.

Details:

UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle
Friday, May 5, 4-8 PM open to public
For the Friday Preview Party, tickets available online
Saturday, May 6, 9-5 PM
Click here for times and more details.

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Kids get free bike helmets at the YMCA

April 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

The annual Healthy Kids Day event takes place at hundreds of YMCA locations across the nation on Saturday, April 29, an initiative to improve the health and well-being of local kids. Here in the Puget Sound area, Kaiser Permanente will partner with Team Thrive, a professional women’s cycling team, and more than 250 volunteers to fit kids with free bicycle helmets.  The goal is to give away 10,000 helmets at Healthy Kids Day and similar events this spring.
Nearest locations:

University Family YMCA

5003 12th Avenue NE

Seattle, WA 98105

10:00am – 1:00pm

Meredith Mathews/East Madison YMCA

1700 23rd Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

10:00am – 1:00pm

Dale Turner YMCA

19290 Aurora Ave. N.

Shoreline, WA 98133

10:00am – 1:00pm

From Kaiser Permanente:

PROPER FIT: It’s important that children protect their heads by wearing a helmet, AND that it fit properly. Here are some tips on how to fit a bike helmet for children.

· Certified? Choose a bicycle helmet that meets the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission . Look for a sticker on the helmet.
· Size & Fit: The helmet should fit snuggly, not moving up or down, front to back or side to side. Pads can be used inside the helmet to fine-tune the fit, but should not be used in lieu of acquiring a more appropriate-sized helmet.
· Position:
· Eyes: The helmet should sit level on the head, resting one to two finger widths above the eyebrows.
· Ears: The straps of the helmet should form a “Y” around each ear, with the slider resting below the earlobe. The straps should be flat against the head, not twisted.
· Chin: The buckle should be centered below the chin, loose enough to allow breathing and speaking, but not so loose that the helmet moves. A helpful test is if you can fit a finger between the buckle and chin.
· When to replace: Helmets should be replaced every three to five years, regardless if they have been in an accident. If there has been a crash or other impact, replace the helmet.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Director and avid cyclist Matthew Handley, MD, shows how to properly fit a helmet.

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See the Ladies Musical Club for free

April 17th, 2017 by sarawilly

Known for fostering classical music in the community through education, performance, and awards, the musicians of the Ladies Musical Club will close their 2016-17 season with nine FREE May and June concerts. Check out their full concert works here.

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