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2014 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities Around Seattle & King County Area

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Easter 2014 is Sunday, April 20th and we have the inside tips on tons of local activities and celebrations, like egg hunts around the Seattle and King County Area!

Find 2014 Easter egg hunt and other springtime activities for the following cities:

Bothell
Brier
Burien
Des Moines
Federal Way
Issaquah
Kent
Mercer Island
Normandy Park
Redmond
Renton
SeaTac
Seattle
Tukwila


Bothell
Evergreen Church & Northshore YMCA’s Community Egg Hunt
Where: Doug Allen Sportsfields
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, April 19th 8:30-11 am
Details: http://ourevergreen.org/reach-out/easter-egg-hunt

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Emmanual Presbyterian Church
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Sunday, April 20th 11-11:30 after service
Details: http://www.epcbothell.org/calendar/tabid/4534/vw/3/itemid/6043/d/20140420/easter-egg-hunt-after-worship.aspx


Brier
Traditional Egg Hunt
Where: Brier Park
Cost: Free
Ages: 3 – 10
When: Saturday, April 19th 10 am
Details: Bring a can of food to help our local food bank. http://ci.brier.wa.us/community/pdf/egghunt0414.pdf


Burien
Spring SpEGGtacular
Where: Burien Community Center
Cost: $5-10/person
Ages: Families
When: Saturday, April 19th 9-11 am
Details: Must Pre-Register! http://www.burienwa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=1353&month=4&year=2014&day=19&calType=0


Des Moines
Des Moines Eggstravaganza
Where: Des Moines Beach Park
Cost: $5/person
Ages: Families
When: Saturday, April 19th 9-10 am
Details: http://www.desmoineswa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=198&month=4&year=2014&day=27&calType=0


Federal Way
Church of the Nazarene Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt
Where: 1525 SW Dash Point Rd Federal Way, WA
Cost: Free
Ages: Up to 12 years old
When: Saturday, April 19th 10 am – 12 pm
Details: http://www.federalwaynazarene.org/eggstravaganza-2014/index.html


Issaquah
Fox Hollow Farm Easter 2014
Where: Fox Hollow Farm
Cost: $10
Ages: Families, under 2 is free, $10-12 otherwise
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 19th & 20th, three egg hunts each day
Details: http://www.foxhollowfamilyfarm.com/#!easter/cn5h

Gilman Village Easter Eggstravaganza
Where: Gilman Village shops
Cost: Free
Ages: Families
When: Saturday, April 19th 11 am – 2 pm
Details: http://www.gilmanvillage.com/downloads/downloadfile.php?fileId=81


Kent
Riverview Community Egg Hunt
Where: Riverview Community Church
Cost: Free
Ages: Families
When: Saturday, April 19th 10:30 am SHARP
Details: http://www.rcckent.org/event-details/322933/1397921400

Kent Station’s Easter Egg Hunt and Scavenger Hunt
Where: Kent Station
Cost: Free
Ages: 0 – 12
When: Saturday, April 19th 10 am – 12 pm
Details: http://www.kentstation.com/Event/Event.asp?Id=5QHH479P


Mercer Island
Lil Ones Egg Hunt
Where: Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
Cost: $5 donation/family
Ages: 1 to 6
When: Saturday, April 19th 5 pm SHARP
Details: http://www.mercergov.org/Calendar.asp?View=EVENT&EventID=1694&Date=04/19/2014&SectionID=-1

Flashlight Egg Hunt
Where: Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
Cost: $5 donation/family
Ages: 7 to 10
When: Saturday, April 19th 8:30 pm SHARP
Details: http://www.mercergov.org/Calendar.asp?View=EVENT&EventID=1694&Date=04/19/2014&SectionID=-1


Normandy Park
Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Normandy Park Cove
Cost: Free
Ages: Preschool through 3rd grade
When: Saturday, April 19th 11 am SHARP
Details: Bring your own bag/basket. Bring your own camera for Easter Bunny photos. http://www.npcove.org/calendar/?month=apr&yr=2014#


Redmond
Scrambled Egg 5k-Run and Easter Egg Hunt Combined
Where: Redmond City Hall
Cost: $30+
Ages: Runners of all ages
When: Saturday, April 19th 10 am
Details: https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Redmond/ScrambledEgg5krunwalk


Renton
King’s Chapel Seattle Egg Hunt
Where: Renton Memorial Stadium
Cost: FREE
Ages: Kids
When: Saturday, April 19th 2 pm SHARP
Details: http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/eve/4312270070.html


SeaTac
Easter Eggstravaganza
Where: Angle Lake Neighborhood Church
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, April 19th 10 am – 2 pm
Details: http://www.anglelake.org/2014/03/easter-eggstravaganza-2014/

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Angle Lake Park
Cost: FREE
Ages: Kids under 10
When: 9 am SHARP
Details: Bring your own bag/basket. href=http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8700>


Seattle
Various Seattle Parks and Recreation Egg Hunts
Where: 10 Seattle Community Centers
Cost: FREE
Ages: Kids under 10
When: Saturday, April 19th 10 am SHARP
Details: Find the locations and more details at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20140419

Children’s Museum Spring Egg Hunts
Where: Seattle Children’s Museum
Cost: $3 to $4 plus museum admission fee for non-members
Ages: 1 to 10
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 19th and 20th 8:30-10 am
Details: http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org/spring-egg-hunts

Woodland Park Zoo’s Bunny Bounce
Where: Woodland Park Zoo
Cost: Free with admission
Ages: All (egg hunts reserved for kids ages 1-8)
When: Saturday, April 19th 9:30 am – 3 pm
Details: http://www.zoo.org/page.aspx?pid=2012&cgid=1&ceid=595&cerid=0&cdt=4%2f19%2f2014#.UzW3ZfldXUUF


Tukwila
Southcenter Mall-April 4-19th. Photos with the Easter Bunny at Westfield Southcenter Mall. $21 and up for photo packages. You will find the Easter Bunny located in the children’s wing between The Children’s Place and Crazy 8.

Sunday, April 20th. Easter Sunday

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Upcoming Events October 2013

pumpkins

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September Upcoming Events

Back to School

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Upcoming Events July 2013

music
July 9th-15th Kent Cornucopia Days http://www.kcdays.com/

Music in the Park-Wednesday (North SeaTac Community Center) and Thursday (Lake Burien School Park) night concerts July through August starting July 11th. FREE http://burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=792

July 11th Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon 11:30-1:30 pm at Glen Acres Golf & Country Club. Contact barnesen@swkcc.org http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=108768

SeaTac’s Music in the Park Concert Series July 12th and 19th 6:30-8 pm at Angle Lake Park/ FREE http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7353

July 17th Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast 7:30-9:00 at Great American Casino. Contact barnesen@swkcc.org http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=55730

July 20th Waterland Parade 5:45-8 pm at Downtown Des Moines http://www.desmoineswa.gov/Calendar.aspx?
EID=115&month=7&year=2013&day=29&calType=0

July 26th SeaTac’s Theater in the Park 7-9 pm at Angle Lake Park – The Tempest. FREE http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7456

July 26th-28th “SpecQuackUlar” Ikea Renton River Days Festival at Liberty Park http://www.rentonriverdays.org/

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Seattle Area Upcoming Events June 2013

June 1st – October 26th Des Moines Farmers Market at the north end of the Des Moines Marina http://www.dmfm.org

June 2nd Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm Burien Bites Food festival benefiting local charities http://www.burienbites.com

June 6th Thursday, 5 pm – 9 pm Free Museum of Flight Admission http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2013/jul/04/wells-fargo-free-first-thursday

June 6th Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm Free Museum of History and Industry Admission http://www.mohai.org/visit-us

Child at Museum

June 8th Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Highline Garden Tour, Plant Sale Enjoy 5 gardens, entertainment and plant sales http://www.highlinehistory.org/Programs.html#garden

June 8th and 9th 4pm Saturday – 9 am Sunday Relay for Life at Highline Memorial Stadium in Burien http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=50607&pg=entry

June 8th and 9th Saturday and Sunday Seattle Center Festal: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival at the Seattle Center http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=9

June 13th Thursday – June 16th Sunday Spring Carnival Days at Burien Town Square http://www.discoverburien.com/events/events-burien-summer.php

June 15th Saturday, 10 am – 6pm and June 16th Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm Wild Strawberry Festival at Burien Town Square Park https://burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=773

June 15th and 16th Saturday and Sunday Seattle Center Festal: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest at the Seattle Center http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=2

June 16th Sunday, 10 am – 4pm Father’s Day Car Show in Downtown Burien 
http://events.seattlepi.com/seattle_wa/events/show/228946504-burien-fathers-day-car-show

June 21st Friday 11 am – 2 pm Seafair Festival Kick Off at Westlake Center in Seattle http://www.seafair.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=959

June 22nd Saturday, 7 am Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon at Seattle Center http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/seattle/register

June 28th Friday, 10 am – 1 pm Kid’s Safety Day at Museum of Flight in Tukwila http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2013/jun/28/fire-department-kids-safety-day

June 29th Saturday Seattle Center Festal: Iranian Festival at the Seattle Center http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=8

June 29th and 30th Saturday and Sunday SeaTac’s International Festival at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/index.aspx?page=495

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Seattle Area May Upcoming Events

May 10th, Friday Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s May Membership Luncheon and Business Showcase at Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=55772

May 10th-11th Renton’s Senior Stage Revue at Renton Senior Activity Center $3. http://rentonwa.gov/news/default.aspx?id=32008

May 11th, Saturday 9 am-3 pm Tukwila’s Backyard Wildlife Festival at Tukwila Community Center http://www.tukwilawa.gov/calendar/event.asp?ocID=1557&evID=72

Flowers at Pike Place MarketMay 11th-12th Flower Festival at Pike Place Market, just in time for Mother’s Day http://www.seattlesouthside.com/
events/2086-flower-festival-at-pike-place-market

May 12th Mother’s Day

May 16th-June 9th Seattle International Film Festival all over town http://www.siff.net/

May 24th-27th Northwest Folklife Festival http://www.nwfolklife.org/

May 27th Memorial Day

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April 2013 Upcoming Events

Safeco Field

April 8th, Monday – Mariner’s Opening Day versus Astros
http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=sea#y=2013&m=4&calendar=DEFAULT

April 12th, Friday at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm -  Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s April Membership Luncheon
http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=55684

April 12th-21st – Pacific Northwest Ballet Swan Lake
http://www.pnb.org/Season/12-13/SwanLake/

April 13th, Saturday at 9 am-3 pm – 2013 Spring Recycle Event at Tyee Educational Complex
http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/index.aspx?page=63&recordid=3259

April 18th-21st – Spring Puyallup Fair
http://www.thefair.com/spring-fair/

April 19th, Friday at 7 pm – Arcade Lights: Celebrating Artisan Food, Craft Beer & Wine at Pike Place Market
http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/news_events/arcadelights

April 20th, Saturday at 10 am – 2 pm  – Duwamish Alive! Help care for the Duwamish wetlands.
http://www.tukwilawa.gov/calendar/event.asp?ocID=1654&evID=131

April 21st, Sunday at 9 am – Seahawks 12K Fun Run at The Landing-Renton
http://seahawks12krun.com/

April 26th-28th – Cove to Clover Half Marathon, 5K, 10K, Wee Race, Carbo-Load Dinner, & Pub Crawl! At Burien Town Square
http://www.covetoclover.com/race.aspx

April 27th, Saturday at 8 am – Healthy Earth, Healthy You 5K Run & Walk at Tukwila Community Center
http://www.tukwilawa.gov/recreation/recevent.html

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Seattle Spring Bucket List

Spring has sprung and though the weather hasn’t warmed up quite yet, we hear it’s coming soon! Seattle is especially beautiful and brilliant in clear spring skies, as tulips pop up, and people start to spend time out of doors again. I love this season.

This fresh new season means it’s time for a Spring Bucket List. I may not get around to all of them again this time but it’s still worth shooting for and hopefully gives you great ideas for your friends, families, and visitors. Seattle is a city full of great activities any season but spring highlights some of the best in this gorgeous town!

Seattle Great Wheel view from Pike Place MarketView of Seattle Great Wheel from Pike Place Market

Seattle Great Wheel- It is about time I rode the new Ferris wheel on Pier 57! This is especially true now that it was voted one of the 10 Coolest Ferris Wheels in the World by MSN. At $13 each, with the ability to buy tickets in advance and skip the line this is definitely a great activity for a sunshiny day. http://seattlegreatwheel.com/

Your Local Farmers Market- Whether you hit up Pike Place or the Redmond Saturday Market or Columbia City Farmers Market or your own local market, this is the season to rush out for fresh produce, cheese, baked goods, and more. I am waiting for asparagus, fresh peas, arugula, and cherries especially. Peas are the best since my husband, Robert, hates them – so more for me! http://www.seattle.gov/economicdevelopment/support_markets.htm

Salmon Migration- After watching the salmon climb the ladders and head to freshwater to spawn in the fall (read the story here), I am so excited to see the young salmon migrate out to the sea. The salmon usually start running around late-May to mid-June so head to the Ballard Locks or Issaquah Fish Hatchery to see nature at its best.

Skagit Valley Tulip FeildSkagit Valley Tulip Festival- No springtime Seattle area list would be complete without a visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for a photo opportunity. Also, the chance to buy world famous tulips in an array of colors and plant them in your own yard for next spring can’t be beat! http://www.tulipfestival.org/

Mariner’s Game- The Mariners are looking great with a strong lineup this year. Opening day is April 8th which is coming up quickly. If I had more free time I’d definitely be buying a six game flex pack and would be taking myself out to the ballgame as often as possible in this exciting 2013 season. Even still, I hope to make a game this year!

Spring Cleaning- While it’s obviously not as much fun as the other items on the list it’s certainly productive. Not just good for your house but good for your mind and body too. Spring is the perfect season for cleaning; it’s not freezing cold so you can work in your garage and garden again, the kids are still in school, and the house is definitely dusty (at least my house!). This year I am working to tackle the chores we always forget about like dusting the back of the fridge, draining the water heater, dusting the baseboards. We also have a massive decluttering planned for a summer time garage sale. My other goal is to use as many green cleaning products – which for me translates to vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon – as much as possible. Cheaper than any pre-packaged cleaner, safer, and better smelling once the vinegar scent dissipates!

Now that the rainy skies are slowly clearing as March winds continue to move the clouds away, what do you hope to get to or get done off your Spring Bucket List?

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Winter Bucket List Check In

Folks, this is a first…I didn’t get anything crossed off of my Winter Bucket List except hosting a Super Bowl party. We never got out to Kerry Park, didn’t knock over a few pins bowling, never went on the Theo’s Chocolate or Redhook Ale Brewery Tours, never laughed raucously to Jet City Improv, or visited the Volunteer Park Conservatory. We almost made the Seattle Art Museum Free Thursday this month as in we planned on going but six pm rolled around and we realized that none of us (baby included) had eaten dinner yet and we’d never make it across 520 or I-90 traffic in time.

Instead of marking item after item off our Winter Bucket List, we had a baby boy and kept him not only alive but happy, content, and growing these past few months. Some friends were joking on Facebook recently about preparing for babies by playing with Tamagotchis again – remember those little handheld digital pets you could attach to a key chain and cared for all the time? I was never skilled at Tamagotchi but as a mom for my own son, I seem to be doing okay if his now chubby legs and smiles count.

Football babyAnd we did have a Super Bowl party at least…note taken cute baby photo from the party (this outfit was a hand me down we found in baby’s dresser). None of his Seahawks gear fits yet but no matter who plays in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 (Go Seahawks!) baby will wear a Seahawks outfit to watch it.

I had hoped to stick with the Bucket List in new motherhood but alas, it just didn’t happen. It’s not to say we didn’t get out and about – we’ve even had dates without baby a few times. It just means we didn’t get to all of these fun activities this winter. But here’s to hoping that you did! Good thing most can be done next winter or any season for that matter. I am hoping to get more crossed off my Spring Bucket List now that baby is older and we have more energy to get out and about again.

Tell us what fun things you saw and did this winter around Seattle. We can enjoy your best moments vicariously through the comments section.

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Seattle Area Easter Egg Hunts 2013

Find 2013 Easter egg hunt activities for the following cities:

Auburn
Bothell
Brier
Burien
Des Moines
Federal Way
Kent
Kirkland
Mercer Island
Normandy Park
Redmond
Renton
SeaTac
Seattle
Tacoma
West Seattle

Egg hunt

Auburn:

Kid’s Day at Green River Community College
Where: Green River Community College in Auburn
Cost: Free
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 12 pm
Details: http://www.auburntourism.org/index.php?c_ref=504


Bothell:

Northshore YMCA’s Community Egg Hunt
Where: Doug Allen Sportsfields
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am SHARP
Details: http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/default.ashx?1668_evntdt=430&1668_evnt=278

Children Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Emmanual Presbyterian Church
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Sunday, March 31, 11:30 am – 12 pm
Details: http://www.epcbothell.org/calendar/tabid/4534/vw/3/itemid/5306/d/20130331/children-easter-egg-hunt.aspx


Brier:

Traditional Egg Hunt
Where: Brier Park
Cost: Free
Ages: 1 – 10
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am
Details: http://ci.brier.wa.us/cityhall/events.htm


Burien:

Spring SpEGGtacular
Where: Burien Community Center
Cost: $6 and up. Must pre-register.
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 9 – 11 am
Details: http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=943


Des Moines:

Spring Eggstravaganza
Where: Des Moines Beach Park
Cost: $5
Ages: up to 6th grade
When: Saturday, March 30, 9 – 10 am
Details: http://www.desmoineswa.gov/archives/40/Park and Rec Spring 2013.pdf (last page)


Federal Way:

Easter Social at The Commons
Where: Macy’s Courtyard at The Commons Mall in Federal Way
Cost: Free
Ages: Kids Club Members
When: Saturday, March 23, 1 pm – 3 pm
Details: http://www.tcafw.com/event/easter-social/2145410743

Easter Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt
Where: 1525 SW Dash Point Rd Federal Way, WA
Cost: Free
Ages: up to 6th grade
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 1 pm
Details: http://www.federalwaymirror.com/calendar/#/?i=2

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Federal Way Church of the Nazerene
Cost: Free
Ages: up to 6th grade
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am
Details: http://www.federalwaynazarene.org/ministries/community-outreach/easter-egg-hunt.html

Barnes and Noble Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Barnes and Noble Pavilions Centre
Cost: Free
Ages: 0 – 10
When: Saturday, March 30, 9 am
Details: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4263213

Easter Egg in Grass


Kent:

Riverview Community Egg Hunt
Where: Riverview Community Church
Cost: Free
Ages: birth – 5th grade
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 1 pm
Details: http://rcckent.org/index.php?nid=155665&s=ev&event_id=378884&event_start_date=2013-03-30&viewmode=week&viewdetails=true

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Kent Station
Cost: Free
Ages: 0 – 12
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 12 pm
Details: http://www.kentstation.com/Event/Event.asp?Id=5QHH479P


Kirkland:

Woodmark Hotel Easter Egg Scramble
Where: Kirkland Woodmark Hotel
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Details: http://www.thewoodmark.com/events/third-annual-easter-egg-scramble


Mercer Island:

Lil Ones Egg Hunt
Where: Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
Cost: Free
Ages: 1 to 6
When: Saturday, March 30, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Details: http://www.mercergov.org/Calendar.asp?View=EVENT&EventID=1528

Flashlight Egg Hunt
Where: Mercerdale Park, Mercer Island
Cost: Free
Ages: 7 to 10
When: Saturday, March 30, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Details: http://www.mercergov.org/Calendar.asp?View=EVENT&EventID=1529


Normandy Park:

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Normandy Park Community Center
Cost: Free
Ages: Preschool through 3rd grade
When: Saturday, March 30, 11 am sharp
Details: http://www.npcove.org/newsletters/news0313.pdf


Redmond:

Scrambled Egg 5k
Where: Redmond City Hall
Cost: $30 pre registered or $40 day of
Ages: 2 and older
When: Saturday, March 30, 8:30 am – 11 am
Details: http://www.redmond.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=81098

Eggstravaganza
Where: Redmond City Hall
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 9 am – 11 am
Details: http://www.redmond.gov/ParksRecreation/Events/


Renton:

Flashlight Egg Hunt
Where: Liberty Park in Renton
Cost: Free
Ages: 7 to 14
When: Thursday, March 28, 8 pm
Details: http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=6150


SeaTac:

Easter Eggstravaganza
Where: Angle Lake Neighborhood Church
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 2 pm
Details: http://www.anglelake.org/2013/02/easter-eggstravaganza-2013/

SeaTac Egg Hunt
Where: McMicken Heights Park
Cost: Free
Ages: 10 and under
When: Saturday, March 30, 9:30 am sharp
Details: http://cityofseatac.com/index.aspx?page=16&recordid=3261

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Seattle:

Children’s Museum Spring Egg Hunts
Where: Seattle Children’s Museum
Cost: $3 to $4 plus museum admission fee for non-members
Ages: 1 to 10
When: Thursday – Sunday, March 28 – 31, 8:30 am – 10 am
Details: http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org/spring-egg-hunts

Woodland Park Zoo’s Bunny Bounce
Where: Woodland Park Zoo
Cost: $8.75 to $12.75 (2 and under free)
Ages: All (egg hunts reserved for kids ages 1-8)
When: Saturday, March 30, 9:30 am – 2 pm
Details: http://www.zoo.org/page.aspx?pid=2012&cgid=1&ceid=419&cerid=0&cdt=3%2f30%2f2013#.UTZJfTDigfV

Argosy Cruises Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt on Blake Island
Where: Departs Pier 55 in Seattle
Cost: $30 to $79.95 (3 and under free)
Ages: All
When: Sunday, March 31, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Details: http://www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/default.cfm#EasterRA

Little Tykes Egg Hunt
Where: Seward Park Environmental and Audobon Center in Seattle
Cost: $4
Ages: 1-5
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am
Details: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/323569

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Webster Park (32nd Ave NW & NW 68th St., Seattle, WA 98117)
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 12 pm
Details: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=date%3D20130330#/?i=1

2nd Annual Cal Anderson Spring Egg Hunt
Where: Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 10:45 am
Details: http://sunsethillcommunity.org/ai1ec_event/easter-egg-hunt/

Green Lake Spring Egg Scramble
Where: Green Lake Community Center
Cost: Free
Ages: 3 – 12
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 11:30 am
Details: http://www.parentmap.com/calendar/30373

High Point Toddler “Egg”stravaganza
Where: High Point Community Center
Cost: Free
Ages: 2 – 5
When: Thursday, March 28, 10 am – 12 pm
Details: http://parkways.seattle.gov/2013/03/19/eggy-eggstravaganzas-seattle-parks-and-recreation-offers-free-and-low-cost-egg-hunts-all-over-town/

Miller Toddler “Egg”stravaganza
Where: Miller Community Center
Cost: Free
Ages: 0 – 5
When: Thursday, March 28, 10 am – 12 pm
Details: http://parkways.seattle.gov/2013/03/19/eggy-eggstravaganzas-seattle-parks-and-recreation-offers-free-and-low-cost-egg-hunts-all-over-town/


Tacoma:

Gateway Church Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Gateway Church in Tacoma
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 1 pm – 4 pm
Details: http://www.zvents.com/tacoma_wa/events/show/312147423-gateway-church-easter-egg-hunt

Egg Hunt at Wright Park
Where: Wright Park in Tacoma
Cost: Free
Ages: 0 through 11
When: Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 11:30 am
Details: http://www.ncctacoma.org/easter/


West Seattle

West Seattle Spring Egg Hunts
Where: Alki Community Center
Cost: Free
Ages: 3 to 11
When: Saturday, March 30 at 10 am
Details: http://redtri.com/seattle-kids/spring-egg-hunt-5/

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: West Seattle Thriftway
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 30, 9 am
Details: https://www.facebook.com/WestSeattleThriftway

Egg Hunt at West Seattle
Where: West Seattle Farmers Market
Cost: Free
Ages: All
When: Sunday, March 31, 10 am – 1 pm
Details: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/events/egg-hunt-west-seattle-march-31

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March 2013 Seattle Area Events

March 1st-March 3rd
Emerald City Comicon 2013
at the Washington State Convention Center
http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

March 23rd-24th
Taste Washington!
Grand Food & Wine Tasting at Century Link Field
http://tastewashington.org/

Thursday, March 28th, 7-8 pm
Renton’s Flashlight Egg Hunt
at Liberty Park
http://rentonwa.gov/calendar.aspx

Easter Egg Hunt at ALNC

Saturday, March 30th, 10 am-2 pm
Angle Lake Neighborhood Church’s Eggstravaganza
Inflatables, carnival games, food, and Egg Hunt
at Angle Lake Neighborhood Church in SeaTac
http://www.anglelake.org/2013/02/easter-eggstravaganza-2013/

Saturday, March 30th, 9-11 am
Burien’s Spring SpEGGtacular
at Burien Community Center
Breakfast and Egg Hunt
http://www.burienwa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=957&month=3&year=2013&day=30&calType=0

Saturday, March 30th, 9:30 am SHARP
SeaTac City Egg Hunt
at McMicken Heights Park
http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/index.aspx?page=63&recordid=3261

Find more Easter Egg Hunts around the Puget Sound here.

Sunday, March 31st
Easter

Friday, March 8th, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s March Membership Luncheon
“What Businesses Should Know About Upcoming Changes in Healthcare”
at Puget Sound Skills Center
http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=55683

Wednesday, March 20th, 7:30-9 am
Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s March Networking Breakfast
at Basil’s Kitchen & Bar
http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=55688

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Upcoming Events for February 2013

Valentine's chocolate

Cirque De Soleil: Amaluna! – January 31st – March 24th http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/
amaluna/default.aspx

PNB’s Romeo and Juliet – February 1st – February 10th http://www.pnb.org/Season/12-13/RomeoetJuliette/

Renton’s History Museum Black Awareness Month: A Visit with Aunt Harriet – February 2nd, Saturday 11 am http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=1332

Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon – February 8th, Friday 11:30 am-1:30 pm at Embassy Suites Hotel Tukwila Contact staff@swkcc.org

Burien’s Daddy and Daughter Valentine’s Ball – February 9th, Saturday 5:30-9 pm http://www.burienwa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=956&month=2&year=2013&day=9&calType=0

Valentine’s Day – February 14th, Thursday

Harlem Globetrotters – February 16th, Saturday 2 pm and 7 pm http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/

President’s Day – February 18th, Monday

Chamber of Commerce February After Hours – February 21st, 5-7 pm at Courtyard by Marriott Southcenter http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=78855

Renton’s History Museum Black Awareness Month: A Series of Fortunate Events: The Charles Mitchell Story – February 27th, Wednesday 5 pm http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=1332

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Seattle Winter Bucket List

So let’s be honest, most of us really enjoy Seattle in the winter because we’re not buried in snow and below freezing temperatures like so many other parts of the country.  But we could all do with a bit more warmth and definitely sunshine on the endlessly wet and grey and chilly days.  This is the perfect season to plan ahead for activities that allow you to stay warm, be merry, and every so often venture out in the non-snowy streets for great views!  Here’s our family list below.

View of Downtown Seattle from Kerry Park
View of downtown Seattle from Kerry Park

Kerry Park – Crisp clear wintry skies are some of the best times to visit this Seattle landmark and take in the beautiful view! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Park_(Seattle)

Super Bowl Party – Sunday, February 2, 2014. I don’t care if we host one or attend one, I just want to be somewhere with loved ones watching the big game and eating the goodies.

Free Museum Thursdays – A large majority of Seattle museums have free admission to anyone on the first Thursdays of the month.  Having a baby doesn’t mean we can’t get out and visit quiet places like museums, in fact many people recommend going to as many as possible before baby is more mobile and tactile.  List of museums with free admission times/dates is here http://www.freemuseumday.org/sea.html

Go Bowling – We’ve got gift cards from my in-laws and bowling is a great way to stay warm in the Seattle winter.

Theo’s Chocolate Tour – Eating chocolate causes your brain to release endorphins making you feel happier.  Touring Theo’s Chocolate Factory in Ballard and learning all about the science behind their process as well as their organic, fair trade, fair for life certified products is a great way to feel happy when the skies are grey around us.  A one hour tour with samples is just $6, a truly sweet deal.  https://www.theochocolate.com/factory-tour

Redhook Ale Brewery Tour – One of the child friendly brewery tours in our area, and what kid isn’t fascinated by factories and how things are made.  Tours are one hour and only $1. This feels like a winter can’t miss activity. http://redhook.com/breweries/woodinville-brewery/

Jet City Improv – Sometimes new parents need to force themselves out of the house and away from baby even just for a few hours to resume their adult life and go on a date.  With Jet City Improv, you don’t need much forcing.  A few hours of uncontrolled laughter, giggles, and chuckles as the team goes through improvised sketches with the audience’s opinion is exactly what the doctor ordered for new parents or anyone.  $12-15 a ticket at http://www.jetcityimprov.com/

Volunteer Park Conservatory – Trying to stay warm in the grey and chill? Volunteer Park Conservatory is always free (with donations going to support the conservatory) and always warm during visitors hours.  Open 10am-4pm any day but Monday; check their calendar for more details at http://www.volunteerparkconservatory.org/calendar/

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Seattle Area Upcoming Events – January 2013

Polar Bear Dip in Lake Washington – January 1st 11 am at Gene Coulon Park http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=6150

SWKCCC’s Annual Recognition and Awards Luncheon – January 11th 11:30 am-1:30 pm Contact barnesen@swkcc.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 21st

Burien’s Empty Bowls Event – January 25th 11 am-2 pm AND  4-8 pm Your donation will let you pick out a lovely Moshier handmade bowl filled with soup along with bread, drink, and dessert donated by area businesses.  Proceeds go to Highline and White Center’s food banks.  $15 minimum donation for adults, $10 for kids. http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=840
Popcorn
Family Movie Night – January 25th 6 pm at Tukwila Community Center http://www.seattlesouthside.com/events/2002-family-movie-night

Cirque de Soleil: Amaluna – January 31st, 2013 8pm – March 24, 2013 5pm at Marymoor Park http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/amaluna/default.aspx

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Fall Bucket List Check In

With the winter equinox just around the corner, it’s time to check in with our fall bucket lists.

  • Volunteer in the community – We worked with our church on several activities and sat down and decided where to give some end of year charitable giving.
  • Start and finish my baby boy’s nursery – Today, I am putting up the finishing touches on the nursery with the baby’s name painted and ready to be hung on an open wall. Granted, we’re having troubles with our one year old new roof and are currently sleeping on the floor of the nursery while our bedroom and master bathroom is being repaired due to leaking and mold. But the nursery is cute and ready for baby whenever he arrives (hopefully after we can move back to our own bedroom)!
  • Go to a pumpkin patchWe went and had six friends join us. So much fun, they all agreed they would add this to their yearly bucket lists too.
  • Go apple pickingGot our apples after picking our pumpkins and we all enjoyed a fall dinner afterwards with fresh apple crisp and cider.

Halloween partyHalloween partyHalloween party
Photos by Elizabeth Baurle

  • Host a great Halloween party – I was 30 weeks pregnant and still pulled this off. It was a blast, not sure it can be as big or fancy with a 9-10 month old baby boy next year but I still have ideas just in case.
  • Go see the salmon spawnI went once with Robert and enjoyed it so much I brought my best friend back a week later. I’d love to be a volunteer here in future years and teach others some of the exciting things I learned myself.
  • Go clamming for the first time (if free time lines up with the season’s open weekends that is) – Sadly, this one never worked out. Every time we found an open beach, it would be mid-week and three hours away. Next year, maybe?
  • Make as many homemade Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers as possible this year – Homemade vanilla has been our go to gift this year at parties and dinners. If it tastes as good as we hope once it finishes developing Christmas day, this might become a yearly tradition. And now armed with several Michaels bags I can finish my last few sentimental homemade gifts for others today.
  • For the other Christmas gifts, go shopping on Black Friday – With some advance planning and budgeting, we didn’t have to buy anything on Black Friday this year and were able to sleep in and then go cut down our own Christmas tree instead.
  • Fall cleaning, decluttering, and donating! – Great progress was made, despite the roof debacle. Still have one more trip planned to Goodwill for this week!

What was on your Fall Bucket List? How much did you get through? What would you do again? What do you still want to get done?

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Upcoming Events December 2012

Argosy Christmas Ships Festival 2012
December 1st-December 23rd
http://www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/xmasSchedule.cfm

Christmas Ship

Celebrate the Holidays at Westlake Center
Now until December 31st
Watch as the Westlake Center Tree comes to life nightly with a dazzling new musical light show. Six shows on the hour from 4-10pm.
http://www.holidaysinseattle.com/

Gingerbread Village
Now until December 31st
Talented Sheraton chefs are paired with local architects and together they spend more than 400 volunteer hours designing, baking and building the colossal gingerbread village.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
http://gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com/

Wildlights Winter Light Festival
Now until January 1st, 2013
Woodland Park Zoo
http://www.zoo.org/wildlights

Zoolights
Now until January 1st, 2013 5 – 9 pm
Point Defiance Zoo
http://www.pdza.org/zoolights-2012/

King Tut Exhibit
Now until January 6th, 2013
Seattle Center
http://kingtut.org/

Seattle Center Winterfest
Now until January 6th, 2013
Festive, free, fun filled entertainment including Winterfest Ice Rink, ice sculpting, student showcases and live weekend performances.
http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/

Santa Express: Mt. Rainer Scenic Railroad
Saturdays and Sundays December 1st – December 15th
http://www.mrsr.com/calendar.html

Northwest Railway Museum-Santa Train
Saturdays and Sundays December 1st-December 15th
www.trainmuseum.org

Christmas candles

Renton Piazza- Renton Caroling, Tree Lighting, and Santa
December 1st, 3 -7 pm
http://rentonwa.gov/uploadedFiles/Living/CS/REC/Winter%20Blast.pdf

Kent Winterfest Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1st, 3:30 – 9 pm
Kent Town Square Plaza
http://downtownkentwa.com/ai1ec_event/

Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale
December 1st, 10 am – 3 pm
Moshier Community Art Center
http://www.burienwa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=954&month=12&year=2012&day=1&calType=0

Argosy Christmas Ship, Bon Fire, & Community Concert
December 5th, 8:55 – 9:15 pm
Redondo Beach
Annual bon fire with complimentary cookies, coffee and cocoa. The Argosy Christmas Ship will anchor offshore to perform traditional holiday songs.
http://www.desmoineswa.gov/dept/parks_rec/events/argosy.html

Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration
December 6th – 23rd, 7:30 pm
The Moore Theatre
http://stgpresents.org/moore/calendar/eventdetail/263/-/black-nativity

Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Holiday Business Mixer
December 6th, 5 – 7 pm
Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium
Contact barnesen@swkcc.org

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
December 7th, 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Downtown Seattle and Westlake Center
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Figgy-Pudding-Street-Corner-Caroling-Competition/143799112324392

Ballet

PNB’s Nutcracker
December 7th – December 29th
McCaw Hall
http://www.pnb.org/Season/12-13/Nutcracker/

Santa Claus is Coming to SeaTac
December 8th, 9 am – 3:30 pm
See Santa’s schedule here:
http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6156

Jingle Bell Run/Walk – 5k & 1k
December 9th, 8 am – 12 pm
Westlake Center
http://seattlejinglebellrun.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1022939

December Membership Luncheon and Holiday Celebration
December 14th, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Rainier Golf and Country Club
Contact barnesen@swkcc.org

Des Moines Holiday Celebrations
December 19th, 7:10 – 7:30 pm
Des Moines Beach Park
Annual bon fire with complimentary cookies, coffee and cocoa. The Argosy Christmas Ship will anchor offshore to perform traditional holiday songs.
http://www.desmoineswa.gov/dept/parks_rec/events/argosy.html

Slammin’ Jammin’ NYE Celebration
December 31st
Doubletree Suites Hotel – Southcenter
http://ajente.com/nye/

Jammin’ Jazzin’ Eve
December 31st
Billy Baroo’s
http://www.seattlesouthside.com/events/1990-jammin-jazzin-eve-at-billy-baroos-and-foster-golf-links

New Year’s Eve at the Needle
December 31st
Seattle Space Needle
http://www.spaceneedle.com/visit/calendar.html

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What’s on Your Holiday Bucket List?

Kids Ice SkatingWith all the fun events going on around town, plus the shopping, wrapping, decorating, and baking we want to hear what’s keeping you busy these days! Plus, come see what we’re doing this season.

Let us know at @nwgoldcoast on Twitter or Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/nwgoldcoast/. Send your photos on Twitter with #holidaysinseattle.

Let’s share the joy together!

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Upcoming Events November 2012

Pumpkin face artSeaTac Holiday Bazaar
SeaTac Community Center
November 3rd, Saturday 9am-3pm
www.ci.seatac.wa.us

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream
Showare Center Kent
November 7th-11th
www.showarecenter.com

Affordable Art Fair
Seattle Center
November 8th-11th
www.affordableartfair.com/seattle

Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce November Membership Luncheon
Puget Sound Skills Center
November 9th, Friday 11:30am-1:30pm
Contact barnesen@swkcc.org

Space Shuttle Trainer Exhibit Grand Opening
Museum of Flight
November 10th , Saturday 11am-5pm
www.museumofflight.org

Veteran’s Day
November 12th, Monday

Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce November Networking Breakfast
Red Lion Hotel
November 14th, Wednesday 7:30-9am
Contact barnesen@swkcc.org

Renton’s Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar
Renton Community Center
November 16th-17th
www.rentonwa.gov

Burien’s 1st Annual Kid 2 Kid Sale
Burien Community Center
November 17th, Saturday 9am-12pm
Buy clothes, toys, games, books and accessories/equipment for babies and toddlers.
www.burienwa.gov

35th Annual Festival of Trees
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
November 17th-28th
www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com

Thanksgiving
November 22nd , Thursday

Santa Train
Northwest Railway Museum
Saturdays and Sundays November 24th-December 15th
www.trainmuseum.org

Argosy Christmas Ships Festival 2012
November 24th-December 23rd
www.argosycruises.com

SeaTac City Tree Lighting
SeaTac Community Center
November 29th, Thursday 5:30-8pm
www.ci.seatac.wa.us

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October’s Upcoming Events

Corn mazeOctober 1-31 10 am – 6 pm
Night maze 6-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays
The Corn Maze at Bob’s Corn
http://www.bobscorn.com/bobs-corn-corn-maze.htm
or find other corn mazes in the Seattle area here: http://seattle.about.com/od/holidays/a/
Seattle-Corn-Mazes-And-Pumpkin-Patches.htm

October 1 -31 10 am – 6 pm
The Pumpkin Patch Experience
The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish
http://www.thefarm1.com/farm-at-swans-trail-pumpkin-patch.htm
or find other other pumpkin patches in the Seattle area here: http://www.redtri.com/seattle-kids/pumpkin-patches-seattle-area

Wednesday, October 3rd 5-7 pm
SWKCC Young Professionals Networking Event
Bahama Breeze
Contact Brenna Arnesen at barnesen@swkcc.org

Thursday, October 4th 5-9 pm
Astronomy day at the Museum of Flight
FREE
http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2012/oct/04/astronomy-day

Saturday, October 6th 6-8 pm
Smore Than You Imagined
Game Farm Wilderness Park Auburn
FREE
http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/stui_s_p211.htm?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0

Friday, October 12th 11:30-1:30 pm
SWKCC October Member Luncheon
Contact Brenna Arnesen at barnesen@swkcc.org

Friday, October 12th 7-10 pm
Arcade Lights: Celebrating Artisan Food, Craft Beer & Wine
Pike Place Market
http://www.seattlesouthside.com/events/1921-arcade-lights-celebrating-artisan-food-craft-beer-and-wine

October 14-25, Monday thru Thursday ONLY both weeks
Seattle Restaurant Week
3 course lunches for $15 and dinners for $28 around town
This is one of our FAVORITE Seattle area events each year!
http://seattletimes.com/seattlerestaurantweek/

Thursday, October 18th 11 am
Southcenter TCBY Grand Opening
Contact Brenna Arnesen at barnesen@swkcc.org

Friday, October 19th 6:30-9 pm
Night of the Pumpkin
Burien Community Center

https://online.activecommunities.com/BurienParks/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?aid=286

Friday, October 19th 7:30 pm
Kent’s Spotlight Series 2012-2013
Steve Lippia “Simply Sinatra” Night
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts/spotlight/

Friday-Sunday, October 19th-21st Evenings
2012 Skate America: Olympic-style international figure skating competition
http://tickets.showarecenter.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=112

Fall-Winter
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad-Elbe
Schedule now for a scenic railroad tour around Mt. Rainier for their Autumn Leaves, Pumpkin Express, or Santa Express trips.
http://www.mrsr.com/index.html

Saturday, October 27th Several schedules available
Halloween Train at the Northwest Railway Museum
http://www.trainmuseum.org/Halloween.asp

Saturday, October 27th 12-2 pm
6th Annual Chili Cookoff
Des Moines Farmers Market
http://www.dmfm.org/DMFM/

Saturday, October 27th 2-5pm
Halloween Harvest Festival
Washington Elementary School Auburn
FREE
http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/halloween_s_p212.htm?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0

Sunday, October 28th 11 am – 3 pm
Museum of Fright at the Museum of Flight
http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2012/oct/28/museum-fright

Tuesday, October 30th 6-8 pm
Tukwila’s Autumn Harvest Carnival
http://www.seattlesouthside.com/events/1901-autumn-harvest-carnival

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Fall Bucket List

We did the Puyallup Fair this past weekend, the first item on my fall bucket list which coincided well with the first day of fall for us!  Isn’t it crazy that Washington State finally caught up to the greatness that is the Puyallup Fair and made it that starting next fall the Puyallup Fair will be THE Washington State Fair instead of just the Western Washington Fair? It’s about time in my book!

Pumpkin Patch

I still have more planned for this fall, check out my list below:

  • Volunteer in the community
  • Start and finish my baby boy’s nursery
  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Go apple picking
  • Host a great Halloween party
  • Go see the salmon spawn
  • Go clamming for the first time (if free time lines up with the season’s open weekends that is)
  • Make as many homemade Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers as possible this year
  • For the other Christmas gifts, go shopping on Black Friday
  • Fall cleaning, decluttering, and donating!

What’s on your Fall Bucket List?

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Summer Bucket List Check In

Summer has just officially ended, not just because school has started back in session but because we just passed the Equinox on September 21st.  Now is the time to go through my summer bucket list and assess how well we did which is another indicator for how much fun we had!  We definitely didn’t miss out on much this summer.

  • TomatoesGo to local farmer’s markets as much as possible – Done, we went at least once a month and enjoyed it so much!
  • Buy a bushel of tomatoes and can them for fall/winter meals – Done
  • Learn how to can tomatoesMaking homemade tomato sauceDone, homemade sauce is delicious and much healthier for our family.
  • Go camping at least three times – We went twice and I am happy with this since the further I proceed in this pregnancy the more I love my own comfy bed.
  • Take up swimming again – Did, we’ve bought several monthly passes now and my husband comes with me almost every time plus we’ve introduced friends and family to our local pool too!
  • Use our newly bought Discover Pass to roam Washington State as much as possible – Done, and we’re glad it’s still good for another half year of use!
  • Paint interior of my house – My husband, Robert, is on top of this and steadily working to clear and paint rooms.
  • Go to the drive-in theater – Done, we went and saw the Total Recall remake and headed home too tired to watch the double feature!
  • Go to Canada for a getaway – We went to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Phoenix instead which was awesome and much warmer!  If we have time, we might fit in a Victoria BC trip pre-baby.
  • Picnics – We had a lot of BBQs instead, which is equally fun.
  • Take the dogs swimming at Marymoor – Done, so much fun and even our puppy started getting in the water by himself.
  • Harvest the potatoes we planted – Done, we got about 12 potatoes out of it sadly due to cutworms, but the 12 we got were delicious!

How was your summer? Did you cross much off of your bucket list?  What would you do again next year or add to your list?

Check out my fall bucket list for fun ideas and plans for the upcoming season!

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Wizards, Spells, & Community

In the land known as Bellevue, powerful wizards gather in one location at a prearranged time to compete in a tournament of wits, strength, and magical capabilities in randomly assigned duels…to the death! Magical spells fly wildly through the air, smashing into the crowd of spectators. Ferocious creatures and great warriors are summoned from distant worlds to do battle alongside their summoner. Shimmering energies swirl all around as the powerful mages siphon the essence from the land itself in order to fuel their lust for conquest. The end goal of this horrific and bloody event: to be crowned as the best magic duelist in all the land and revel in one’s own triumph and supremacy. These terribly powerful magical beings are known as Planeswalkers and the tournament they willingly, even gladly participate in is known as Magic: The Gathering.

Magic: The Gathering

If this wild event interests you, then by all means come and see! Tournaments are held on a weekly basis at Crossroads Castle (Mall) in the entertainment district (Uncle’s Games). <Get the details here.> This seemingly gruesome contest actually brings people together through a common goal. They have even created their own community around these events to further that shared goal, which is…to have FUN! Every weekend, Magic: The Gathering players come in droves to Uncle’s Games to compete with one another, commune with friends on the latest strategies and spells, and to share in the experience with anyone who is willing. It really is quite a friendly place to be!

Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game where two or more players use constructed decks out of Magic cards they have bought and/or traded for to play against one another. There are many different formats in which to play the game but the rules are largely the same between the formats. New cards are constantly being created by Wizards of the Coast, the developers and owners of Magic: The Gathering; and new releases happen on a regular basis of four times a year.

If you would like to try your hand in wielding powerful spells and summoning mighty creatures and heroic warriors, then stop by Uncle’s Games at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, Washington on Fridays at 6:00pm or Saturdays at 12:30pm! Or visit http://locator.wizards.com to find a tournament near you!

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Upcoming Events September 2012

Saturdays in September, 9am-2pm
Town Square Plaza in Kent
Kent Farmer’s Market

Saturdays in September and October, 10am-2pm
Des Moines Marina
Des Moines Waterfront Farmer’s Market

September 1st-3rd
Seattle Center
Bumbershoot Festival 2012
Annual Seattle music and arts festival.
http://bumbershoot.org/

September 3rd, Labor Day

September 4th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Burien Community Center
Get Your Body Back! Free Class Offered!
Great workout class inspired by the Mama Wants Her Body Back video series.

September 7th-23rd
Puyallup Fairgrounds
Do the Puyallup Fair
http://www.thefair.com/puyallup-fair/

September 8th, 10-12 pm
Foster Golf Links Clubhouse
Tukwila City Council Coffee Chat
Stop by and informally talk with a Tukwila City Council member about anything on your mind regarding Tukwila.

September 8th, 10-3 pm
Kent Commons
Greater Seattle Toy Show
22nd year of antique and collectible toy sale.

September 8th, 5-10 pm
Dottie Harper Park (Burien)
Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival
A magical evening in the woods! Lantern making, lantern procession, face painting, artist installations, food, tea house, music, and more!

September 8th & 9th, 10am-6pm
Saltwater State Park in Des Moines
Arts of India Festival
Dances, singing, and music from all over India. Booths with exotic Indian dishes, apparel, jewelry and more.
http://artsofindiafestival.com/

September 9th, 1-5pm
Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac
TomatoFare Fest
Annual celebration of the Northwest region’s most spectacular tomatoes and all that can be done with them. Tickets $25 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $35 on event day.
http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/nourish_events.php

September 12th, 6:30-9:15pm
Salty’s on Alki
“Cooking with Class”
This fundraiser allows hands on training with three of the top local chefs of your choice in 30 minute sessions.

September 21st-30th
McCaw Hall in Seattle
PNB’s Cinderella
Cinderella returns to McCaw Hall to open Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Season.
http://www.pnb.org/Season/12-13/Cinderella/

September 22nd, 4-8pm
Foster High School
Tukwila Community Heritage & Culture Celebration
Music, dance, storytelling, art displays, hands-on activities and sampling of foods from around the world.

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A New Way to Fight Locally: Lucha Libre Volcanica

Guest post by Michael Leveton

The two combatants, wearing flashy lycra and fantastical masks, begin to assault each other. They grapple and exchange blows, but quickly escalate into a barrage of flips, flying acrobatics, and 20-foot drops onto each other. The audience screams, heckles, boos and cheers, to which the combatants respond by heckling in return.

Lucha Libre Volcanica

This is another day at the office for the luchadors of Lucha Libre Volcanica — a lucha libre troupe based out of Renton. LLV is also home to the first and only school of Lucha Libre Mexicana — a traditional form of Mexican professional wrestling — in the Pacific Northwest. LLV draws large excitable crowds around the Puget Sound: from live shows at the University of Puget Sound and South Park Seattle, to Cinco de Mayo cameos in Teatro Zinzanni’s Spiegeltent. LLV has also made special appearances at local food banks and libraries.

Although recently made popular by troupes such as Lucha VaVoom, and the cartoon Mucha Lucha, lucha libre is a longstanding athletic, cultural tradition in Mexico, second only to soccer in popularity. LLV’s founder and Lead Trainer, José Luis Gómez, wrestled professionally across Mexico for over 25 years before moving to Kent and starting LLV. Jóse did not start LLV just to make money — he started LLV to share his passion for Lucha Libre Mexicana. His love for the sport shows through the dedication and hard work of his 18 students — including one female — whose ages range from 15 to 45.

Lucha Libre Volcanica

To learn more about when you can catch a match or learn how to grapple yourself check out their website at http://www.luchavolcanica.com/, their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LuchaVolcanica, or email them at info@luchavolcanica.com.

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Upcoming Events August 2012

Face painting

Renton’s Coulon Family Concert Series

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Wednesdays, 7 pm

http://www.rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=11328&printfriendly=1

 

Burien’s Music in the Park

North SeaTac Park

Wednesdays, July 18 – August 8, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

206-988-3700

AND

Lake Burien School Park

Thursdays, July 12 – August 16, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

206-988-3700

 

Tukwila’s Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series

Tukwila Community Center

Fridays, 12 pm – 1 pm

http://www.tukwilawa.gov/calendar/event.asp?ocID=1436&evID=103

 

SeaTac’s Music in the Park

Angle Lake Park

Fridays, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

206-973-4680

 

Tukwila’s Summer Outdoors Cinema Series

Tukwila Community Center

Fridays at dusk

http://www.tukwilawa.gov/calendar/event.asp?ocID=1445&evID=104

 

SeaTac Family Friendly “Go Green” Community Event

SeaTac Community Center

Saturday, August 4, 11 am – 3 pm

http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/

 

Tukwila Kids’ Festival

Cascade View Community Center

Saturday, August 11, 12 pm – 4 pm

http://www.tukwilawa.gov/calendar/event.asp?ocID=1449&evID=121

 

August’s Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Event

Sam’s Club Renton

Wednesday, August 22, 5 pm – 7 pm

 

The End’s Summer Camp 2012

Marymoor Park, Redmond

Saturday, August 25

http://www.1077theend.com/pages/13536706.php

 

Highline School District First Day Back to School

Thursday, August 30

 

Penny Arcade Expo

Washington State Convention Center

August 31 – September 2

http://prime.paxsite.com

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Ways To Stay Cool Now That Summer Is Here

Summer is here and it seems like it’s going to stay!  Now the question is how to stay cool?  Granted, the weather isn’t as hot as most of the country but it seems that blood thins here and just like we start wearing shorts and sandals at 55-60 degrees, we also start sweltering at 75.  Obviously there are the simple stay-home solutions of pulling out your fans and the kiddie pool and the traditional get out of the house ideas like going to the mall or the movie theater.   But sometimes, you’re itching to enjoy the great weather while still staying cool!

We’ve got you covered in that scenario:

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Splash & Water Parks

Wild Waves – Federal Way, $32.99 for online tickets http://wildwaves.com/

One of my favorite adult memories was buying a season pass when I worked within a few miles of the park. Let me tell you, riding a roller coaster on your lunch break is an experience that can not be beat! Adults love Wild Waves just as much as kids and with four new attractions it should be a don’t miss place this year!

Henry Moses Aquatic Center – Renton, FREE – $14.00 depending on age/residency http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=190

This park is amazing! A season pass is similar in price to a one time visit to Wild Waves. Though there are less attractions here than a large theme park, it is still hours and hours of cool summer fun for everyone.

Crossroads Park – Bellevue, FREE http://www.bellevuewa.gov/crossroads_par_3_golf.htm

I stumbled across this park recently on a trip to Redbox.  Being expectant parents, my husband and I enjoy watching adults and kids splash and play all over this park with room for sports and lots of play equipment.  I’m excited to take our baby here next summer, even if I play more than they do!

Burien Town Square Park Fountain Plaza – Burien, FREE https://burienwa.gov/facilities.aspx?pagenum=5&RID=20&Page=detail

This beautiful plaza nestled in the heart of downtown Burien has a lot to offer. They have gentle fountains where anyone can splash and play, a view of Mt. Rainier, and plenty of space to rest and relax. There’s also so many great restaurants and cafes around as well as the library, so grab a snack and a book and cool down!

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Gardens and Parks

Kubota Gardens – South Seattle, FREE http://www.kubota.org/

This Japanese garden is 85 years old and cannot be missed in these summer months.  It is a 20 acre property amidst busy streets but always feels like a hidden oasis. Every few steps gives you a completely new 360 degree view of beauty. You could visit fifteen times and have completely different experiences and pathways each time.  Plus, there’s an Ezell’s Chicken a few miles away, stop before you come and pick up a picnic lunch!

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden – SeaTac, FREE http://highlinegarden.org/

These expanding gardens have several different themes to awaken the senses. It is surprising to think that this hidden gem is less than a mile from the airport. Another exciting point is its proximity to the North SeaTac Community Center, drop in for a game of basketball and then cool off in the gardens!

Des Moines Beach Park – Des Moines, FREE http://www.desmoineswa.gov/dept/parks_rec/parks/beachpark.html

This park was a new amazing find for me on a walk with old school friends. With piers, beach, and trails to walk you get the perfect blend of water, sea air, and shade to stay cool these days. This park is also on its way to becoming a national landmark as it was the birthplace of Des Moines and home to its first businesses, a play area for orphans, and a still standing old church camp. It should not be missed while the weather is still warm!

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Upcoming Events July 2012

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Burien’s 91st Annual Independence Day Parade

When: July 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Where: Downtown Burien

http://swkingcowa.usachamber.com/custom2.asp?pagename=calendar&a=view&eid=55765

 

Fireworks Over Des Moines

What: 20 minute fireworks display over the Des Moines waterfront.

When: July 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Where: Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock Ave S.

http://desmoineswa.gov/dept/parks_rec/events/fireworks.html

 

Renton’s Fabulous Fourth of July

What: Kid’s activities, face painting and stage entertainment culminating in a fireworks display at 10:00 pm.

When: July 4, 2012 starting at 3:00 pm

Where: Gene Coulton Memorial Beach Park in Renton

http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=5920

 

Wednesday Night Concerts

What: Live entertainment in the park.

When: July 18 – August 8, 2012: every Wednesday evening at 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: North SeaTac Park, 128th & Des Moines Memorial Drive

http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=792

 

Thursday Night Concerts

What: Live entertainment in the park.

When: July 12 – August 16, 2012: every Thursday evening at 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: Lake Burien School Park, 14640 18th Ave SW

http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=792

 

SeaTac’s Theater in the Park

What: “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare performed in the park.

When: July 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Where: Angle Lake Park in SeaTac

http://sococulture.org/event/theatre-in-the-park-seatac-twelfth-night

 

Bite of Seattle

What: Annual food festival with lots of restaurants and family activies. Free admission.

When: July 20 – 22, 2012

Where: Seattle Center

http://www.comcastbiteofseattle.com/

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2012 Seattle Summer Bucket List

Believe it or not, summer is approaching! As I write this we have one week to go till the solstice and the weather is a muggy 60-something grey. Nevertheless, the writing of the 2012 Summer List has begun and checking off the items will begin once summer commences, whether the weather cooperates fully or not. I find that I make the most of each summer by drafting a list of rewarding activities to experience and love.

My list so far, in no particular order:

  • Go to local farmer’s markets as much as possible
  • Buy a bushel of tomatoes and can them for fall/winter meals
  • Learn how to can tomatoes
  • Go camping at least three times
  • Take up swimming again
  • Use our newly bought Discover Pass to roam Washington state as much as possible
  • Paint interior of my house
  • Go to the drive-in theater
  • Go to Canada for a getaway
  • Picnics
  • Take the dogs swimming at Marymoor
  • Harvest the potatoes we planted

If you need help getting started on your own list, check out the list of amazing upcoming local events for June and July. Share any ideas in our comments section below so we can all create and improve our lists and make this the best summer yet, regardless of the weather it delivers!

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Upcoming Events June 2012

Burien’s Summer Carnival Days

What: Food, games and rides for all ages

When: June 14-17, 2012

Where: SW 152nd Street in Downtown Burien

http://www.discoverburien.com/events/events-burien-summer.php

 

Burien Wild Strawberry Festival

What: Carnival, vendors, food, music and perfomers

When: June 16 – 17, 2012

Where: Burien Town Square Park

http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=773

 

SeaTac International Festival

What: Come celebrate the wonderful diversity in our community with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, inflatables and more!

When: June 23 – 24, 2012

Where: Angle Lake Park in SeaTac

http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/index.aspx?page=495

 

SeaTac’s Music in the Park

What: Live entertainment by a wide variety of artists

When: every Friday night at 7:00 pm  June 29 – July 27, 2012

Where: Angle Lake Park in SeaTac

http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=5290

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December and January Events

Celebrate the Holidays with Locomotion

What: Winter Train and Village at Seattle Center’s Winterfest. You are invited to take your turn conducting the winter train around the holiday village. A free event, with a suggested donation of $2.

When: Open through the month of December all the way through 4pm on December 24th. 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 2:30pm and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily.

Where: Seattle Center

Go to: http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/#Winter

 

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Zoolights

What: Enjoy the zoo, covered in decorations and holiday lights (standard admission rates apply).

When: December 21st through January first, 5:00pm (December 24th Excluded).

Where: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Go to:http://calendar.thenewstribune.com/tacoma-wa/events/show/220339765-zoolights#storylink=cpy

 

Ice Sculpting

What: Watch expert ice sculpting artists create works of art.

When: December 24th and 31st. Noon to 2:00pm.

Where: Seattle Center, Outside of Fisher Pavilion.

Go to: http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/#Ice

 

Ugly Sweater Night

What: Put on your worst holiday sweater and get a $1 discount on admission to the Tacoma Art Museum.

When: December 23rd, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Where: Tacoma Art Museum

Go to:http://www.voiceplaces.com/ugly-sweater-night-seattle-1663261-e/

 

Seahawks vs. 49ers

What: Watch the Seahawks butt heads with their division rivals the 49ers. A Seahawks victory would keep their playoff hopes alive.

When: Saturday, December 24th at 1:15pm(pt)

Where: Century Link field

Go to:http://www.seahawks.com/schedule/season-schedule.html

 

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Federal Way Tree Recycling

What: Free Christmas Tree pickup for residents of Federal Way. Simply place the tree by the curb (remove all decorations, no trees with coatings or fireproofing are accepted).

When: 7:00am, December 26th – January 6th

Where: Federal Way curbsides (residents only).

Go to:http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=368&month=12&year=2011&day=21&calType=0

 

New Year’s Fireworks

What: Celebrate the beginning of 2012 by enjoying the view of the professional fireworks show launched from Seattle’s iconic space needle.

When: December 31st, Countdown to the new year in the moments approaching midnight and watch the fireworks start at 12 O’clock.

Where: Visible from downtown Seattle, or local news stations.

 

Polar Bear Dip

What: Kick off the New Year with a jump into the chilly waters of Lake Washington.

When: January 1, 11:00am

Where: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Go to:http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=6150

 

Ice Fest

Day Trip to Leavenworth’s IceFest

What: Join other winter enthusiasts on a trip to Leavenworth’s IceFest. Enjoy a full day of winter activities in beautiful and festive Leavenworth. Transportation costs $40 – $50.

When: Saturday January 14th. Bus departs at 8:00am and starts the return trip at 6:00pm.

Where: Bus departs from Hwy 512 Park N Ride, Lakewood, WA

Go to:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/198251

 

Empty Bowls

What: Buy a hand crafted bowl and enjoy a nice meal, all while doing something good for the community. Admission is a minimum $15 donation for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds go to the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

When: Friday January 28th, 11:00am-2:00pm & 4:00-8:00pm

Where: Burien Community Center

Go to:http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=840

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