Wednesday, August 9, 2017

One Step Closer to a Cure

Information about the 2017 Base 2 Space event at the Space Needle.
(Seattle Needle Foundation/Fred Hutch)


The the third time in 55-year history of the Seattle Space Needle, the public is invited to climb the tower’s 832 stairs. Why would you want to when there is a perfectly good elevator available? To raise money and awareness for cancer.

Base 2 Space is open to runner and walkers at least eight years old who will climb two open-air stairways witness 360 degree views in a way that you’ve never experienced before all the way up to the Observation Deck which sits 520 feet above the ground. Then, you’ll jump! (Okay, I’m kidding about that last part.)

One hundred percent of the money raised during the Base 2 Space event will go toward Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Each participant will pay a registration of $75 and must also raise a minimum of $175 in donations. As an added incentive, the top ten fundraisers, the fastest male and female climbers, and two additional participants chosen at random will have the opportunity walk around the Space Needle’s Halo, next April. Only a handful of people have walked the Halo since the Space Needle was built in 1962. (Participants must be 18 years old or older – and maybe a little crazy - to qualify for the Halo Walk.) The big day is Sunday, October 1, 2017 so dust off the treadmill now.

In just two short years, Base 2 Space has raised nearly $1 million for Fred Hutch! For more information and to register, visit the Base 2 Space website.

Eat Your Weight in Free Guacamole

Information on the Guac Stop at the Seattle Center.
The Guac Stop is in town! (Wholly Guacamole)


I can’t believe it either, but I have just been informed that Wholly Guacamole is touring the Seattle area with a pop-up display called The Guac Stop at the Seattle Center. Here you’ll find a guac bar with different varities of the green stuff including one branded just for Seattleites: Apple Guacamole with consists of green apple, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and salt.

In addition to chowing down, you can spend some time learning how to macrame (seriously!) or hula hooping, get an airbrush tattoos that you don’t have to feel quilty about and get a caricature drawing of yourself – and it’s all free! The Guac Stop will be around all day Wednesday, August 9 through August 13. The Seattle Center is located at 305 Harrison St., 98109. For more details, visit

Friday, July 28, 2017

Village Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Season

Village Theatre's 2017-2018 season
(Village Theatre)


From Disney to Sondheim, Village Theatre promises another great season of musical and dramatic entertainment in two venues! Some shows are classics, some are new classics, some are family-friendly and others are perfect for a date night. Village Theatre plays are presented at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah and the Everett Performing Arts Center in Everett. Here is what is coming to the stage soon:

Into the Woods
Find out what happens to Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack (sans beanstalk), rapunzel and others when they find out that they have been cursed by a witch and all of their happy endings will be in jeopardy in this Stephen Sondheim musical.
Issaquah: September 14 – October 22, 2017
Everett: October 27 – November 19, 2017

Disney’s Newsies the Musical
Based on the Disney orignal musical movie of the same name, Newsises is based on real events that took place during the newsboys’ strike of 1899 in New York.
Issaquah: November 9 – December 31, 2017
Everett: January 5 – 28, 2018

The Gin Game
Described as a “tragic-comedy,” The Gin Game is a two-person play that takes place at an old folks home. Old man Weller teaches Fonsia how to play a game of gin which goes great at first until Fonsia gets a taste of a winning streak.
Issaquah: January 18 – February 25, 2018
Everett: March 2-25, 2018

Village Theatre presents the world premiere of the new musical, String, which features three goddesses known as the Fates sent to live and work among human offices workers. However, falling in love with one of them was not part of the plan.
Issaquah: March 15 – April 22, 2018
Everett: April 27 – May 20, 2018

Based on the original John Waters movie of the same name, this lively musical is a toe-tapping journey back to the 1960s when both TV star-dreaming Tracy Turnblad and her hair were really big. Will she make it on Baltimore’s most popular dance show? You better believe it.
Issaquah: May 10 – July 1, 2018
Everett: July 6 – 29, 2018

For more information, visit the Village Theatre website.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Information about the 2017 Mini Maker Faire in Seattle.


Billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” the Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

Organized by MoPOP, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, garage tinkerers, commercial makers, and inventors of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects. Over the course of a weekend in September, guests are invited to test the latest inventions, participate in activities and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology from more than 130 makers.

This year’s initial lineup includes: The Big-Brained Superheroes, Tiny Houses, Makerologist Interactive Exhibits, R2 Builders Club, Making Muggle Magic, Luminescent Grand, Mario the Maker Magician, The Lumbercade, VRMakerDome, Brainfreeze, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, Elcano Self-Driving Tricycle and many more.

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire will be held September 16-17, 2017 from 10:00 am.-5:00 p.m. at the MoPOP and Seattle Center’s Next 50 Plaza. MoPOP is located at 325 5th Ave N, Seattle 98109. Discount tickets are available now trough September 1, 2017 online.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nothing Like the Look of Fresh Paint

2017 Fresh Paint Arts Festival
(Schack Art Center)


Purchase art fresh off the easel during Everett's waterfront art festival, Fresh Paint, at the Port of Everett Marina, on August 19 and 20, 2017. Presented by the Schack Art Center, the entire length of the marina promenade will be filled with artist booths, turning the marina into a huge outdoor studio and sidewalk gallery. Over 100 artists will be painting, pottery making, glass-blowing, jewelry constructing, wood carving, rock carving and a lot more. Live music and entertainment will be featured on two stages and local restaurants and other food booths will be on hand as well.
This is a really impressive event and with the view of the water and cool breeze, this makes for an excellent afternoon event. That, and the fact that it’s free, is pretty good too.

The Fresh Paint Festival will be held from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on both August 19 and 20. The Port of Everett Marina is located at 1700 West Marine View Drive in Everett, 98201. For more information, visit the Schack’s website.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival

2017 WA Beer Collarboration Festival
(Washington Beer Commission)


The Washington Beer Commission has announced that the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival will be held on August 19, 2017 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn. This festival features 27 unique collaboration beers from 50 different Washington breweries.

Tickets are $30 advance or $35 at the door. Admission includes a tasting glass and 8 tasting tokens. Each taste is 4 oz. Additional tokens available to purchase for $2.00 each or three for $5.00. Separate tickets will be required for each day. Designated drivers get in for $5 which includes soda and/or water. As is expected, this event is for those age 21 or older and no dogs (other than registered service dogs) will be allowed. The event will take place at the South Lake Union Discovery Center from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The center is located at 101 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle 98109. For ticket or more information, visit the event website.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Music and Arts and Biking

Gigantic Bicycle Festival 2017


The Gigantic Bicycle Festival is a Pacific Northwest annual music and arts celebration of the bicycle. Held for three days, this mid-August festival “features a diverse, gloriously multifaceted and regionally representative mix of live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, film, comedy, guest speakers, workshops, sculpture, and interactive installation pieces” say the sponsors. The weekend features 100-mile and 50-mile road rides, cyclocross, a 12-mile family ride, and guided Sunday cycling tours of the Snoqualmie Valley." The 50 and 100-mile bike rides require a registration fee, but the clyclocross, family ride and guided tours are free for everyone who wants to participate (along with a festival pass).

Rider registration for adults is $80, and includes a weekend pass to the Gigantic Bicycle Festival. Youth under 12 register to ride for $1. The 2017 Gigantic Bicycle Festival jersey features artwork by Jeff Langevin, and is an optional $60 add-on to rider registration.

The Gigantic Race will be held August 18-20, 2017 at Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie. Music lineup includes: La Luz, Lemolo, Star Anna, Carrie Akre, Maiah Manser, Scarlet Parke, Kara Hesse, Sophia Duccini, Taylar Elizza Beth, The Westsiders, Sean Lane & The Bike, Betsy & The Boys and Red Tape. A film and art festival inspired by the bike will be on hand as well.

Saturday Only and Sunday Only Pass: $38.16 (fees included)
Weekend Pass: $64.71 (fees included)
Weekend Pass with Camping: $75.33 (fees included)

Centennial Fields Park is located at SE Park St., Snoqualmie, WA 98065. For more information, visit the Giant Bicycle Festival website.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bond With Your Kids in the Mud

Information about the 2017 Kids Obstacle Challenge


The Kids Obstacle Challenge is an event that is designed for kids ages 5-16 but there parents get to jump into the fun too for free! Each course is built with 10-15 fun obstacles and lots of mud. According to event organizers, “The mission of Kids Obstacle Challenge is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through adventure and obstacles. We proclaim, ‘Brave Your Adventure!’ to encourage kids to courageously face the obstacles they will encounter on our adventure courses and carry that courageousness over to obstacles they will encounter in life.”

You can expect to help your kids use the rope swing into a large mud pit, army crawl through tough (but not impossible) terrain, climb cargo nets and ball pits and slide into yet another large pool of mud plus a lot more.

The Seattle event will take place at Lake Sammamish State Park on August 19, 2017. Entry fee is $46 if you register online before the event or $56 in person the day of the event. Each admission includes a custom 2017 race medal, free event photos, a goodie bag and finish line snacks. Also, if your kids can’t get enough of the run, they can do it over and over again for just $5 more.

Lake Sammamish State Park is located at 2000 NW Sammamish Rd., Issaquah, WA 98027. For more details, visit the Kids Obstacle Challenge website.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sunset Supper is a Super Fundraiser for Pike Place Market

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market 2017
(Pike Place Market Foundation)


The annual Sunset Supper gives guest a wonderful meal and entertainment while also giving back to the Pike Place Market. This year’s supper will include gourmet food, wine, brews and liquor along with a raffle and dancing under the stars. And space won’t be an issue as it includes the new MarketFront Plaza and Canopy offering spectacular views of Puget Sound to boot.

The 2017 Sunset Supper will be held on Friday, August 18 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. All food and drink is included with your ticket purchase. Ticket options include:

  • General Admission | $175* | 7:30 p.m. admission. Enjoy food, wine, spirits and dancing under the stars on the new waterfront.
  • Patron table (10 seats) | $2,750* | Reserve a table for 10 guests! 7:00 p.m. admission. A place for you and your friends and family to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service.
  • Individual Patron Seating | $275* | Reserve seats at a table for you and your guests! 7:00 p.m. admission. A place for you and your guest(s) to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. You will be assigned a table.

Tickets can be purchased online. The Pike Place Market is located at 85 Pike St. in Seattle, 98101. For more information about Sunset Supper please contact Tiffany Swanson at 206-774-5233 or