Sunday, June 18, 2017

An Event for Goats and their People

Goatalympics 2017
Goatalympics (New Moon Farm)
New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary present the 2017 Goatalympics at the Evergreen State Fairgounds on July 8. This free family event puts all of its energy into having fun with pet goats including foot races, obstacle courses beauty pageants and more. People’s Choices awards will be given to goats (and their people) who come up with the best trick, the longest beard, the most spots, etc. Lots of great prizes, food trucks will be on site and plenty of adoptable goats can be found here as well.

The Goatalympics is open to all ages and is free to spectators. Those choosing to enter their goat in a contest will pay an entry fee per class. All proceeds that come from the event will go to help the New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of animals in need.

The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds located at 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe, WA 98272. For more information, visit the Goatalympics website.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

REVIEW: The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Inside "The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited" (MoPOP)


Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image, the traveling exhibit, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, has made Seattle MoPOP the first stop on its tour. It’s easy to find. Just look for the furry walls and listen for familiar tunes like "The Rainbow Connection." The exhibit is a “must-see” event for anyone who is a fan of The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth and I mean anyone. When I visited, there wasn’t a child in sight but plenty of adults taking selfies with Kermit and friends. I got a kick watching one gray-haired lady create her own Muppet character while her friend was studying clips from Sesame Street.

The exhibition features a broad range of artifacts related to Henson’s unparalleled career, including more than 20 puppets including well-known favorites like Bert and Ernie, Professor Honeydew and Beaker and Grover. And these are not facsimiles either. These are actual Muppet puppets that were used on the shows and movies. However, as much as you’d to touch them, you can’t because they are being displayed under glass.

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Professor Honeydew and Beaker.
The new exhibit also presents a lot of information and history of Henson’s earliest works with clips from TV commercials that aired long before the Muppets became household names. For instance, did you know that Kermit was not the first Muppet to go mainstream? The character that was is still used often today, but chances are, you’ll be surprised. Another fact that gets overlooked often is that Henson was more than just a puppeteer. He was also a film director with a passion for projects that that didn’t even include Muppets. Three of his earliest films are on display with descriptions on the meanings of the short films.

Henson’s earliest works are celebrated in grand style before taking you down memory lane, past Sesame Street, over to The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock before finishing off with Henson’s last works of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Since this is an exhibit about Henson and his work, Muppet movies and TV shows created after his death are not featured, but you’ll get a good sense on just what kind of man Henson was, how easy it was to work with him and why people still think of him fondly.

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
"Light the Lights" photo opp.
The exhibit also features sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage and iconic costumes that have been used over the years, but for many, it won’t be enough. There is only so many items and props that could be transported from MoMI that there will be some of your favorites left behind. That shouldn’t keep you from coming though.

In addition, the exhibit also features some interactive elements where you can record yourself in front of a camera with a real puppet and a puppet design table to see if you should consider giving up your day job. You can also get your photo taken at the “Light the Lights” display and even put on your own puppet show.

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Design your own Muppet.
The Jim Henson exhibit continues through January 3, 2018. Tickets for the exhibit (which includes admission to all other MoPOP exhbits except for the Star Trek exhibit) are $33 for adults (18-64), $30 for Seniors (65+) and Students (with I.D.), $27 for Military (with I.D.), $24 for youth (5-17) and children age 4 and under get in free. Order online and save yourself two bucks per ticket. MoPop is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and is located at the Seattle Center at 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle 98109. For more information, visit the MoPOP website.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Chocolate Salon? Yes Please

2017 Seattle Chocolate Salon
(Seattle Chocolate Salon)


When life gets you down you can always count on chocolate and if you love chocolate, then do we have an event for you. The Seattle International Chocolate Salon will be held on Friday, July 23, 2017 at the Artic Club Seattle.

A chocolate salon is a place where guests mingle in appreciation of the art of chocolate. Come see demonstrations, listen to lectures by chefs and authors, but most importantly – taste the chocolate! Guests will be able to savor samples from any of the show’s participants (but you must be over the age of 21 to taste any wines or spirits, if available.)


The choc-tastic event will be held from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Northern Lights Dome Room located within the Artic Club Seattle located at 700 3rd Ave. in Seattle 98104. Advanced Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children under the age of 6 (up to two children per adult). Tickets at the door are $25. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ride the Night

Seattle Night Ride
(Cascade Bicycle Club)


The Cascade Bicycle Club is offering the Seattle Night Ride for its third outing on Friday, July 7, 2017 and is being described as a “unique urban event for anyone who enjoys a summer night cruise by bike.”

“The 15-mile flat route begins in Ballard at Peddler Brewing Company along the Burke-Gilman Trail, and winds through Fremont, Lake Union, & Queen Anne. Riders will have the opportunity to trick out their bikes and join a rockin' bike train before heading out for the night. The midpoint will feature entertainment, snacks and more! The route ends at Peddler Brewing Company for the Night Ride after party with a food truck, local craft brews, bean bag toss and much more!”

Registration is $40 for adults ($30 for members) and $20 for kids ages 1-12 ($10 for members). Registration includes one beer ticket and a “sweet giveaway item.” (Registration helps with Cascade’s bicycle education programs.) Register information can be found here.

“Please note that, in addition to your helmet, a head light, red tail light and a red rear reflector are required for this ride. Riders need to be safe!”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free Music on Your Lunch Hour and More

Out to Lunch Concert Series in Seattle
(Out to Lunch Concert Series)


Seattle’s Out to Lunch concert series is celebrating an unbelievable 39th year this summer with special free music performances every day of the week at different locations throughout the city. And while the name suggests lunch-time concerts, a number of performances will be performed in the late afternoon.

This free, outdoor series brings live, lunchtime music to 12 downtown locations from July 5 to September 1, 2017. All concerts take place from 12-1:30 p.m., except on Mondays, when OTL brings late afternoon entertainment to downtown venues from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, click here.

Here is the complete schedule of what you can expect and when:

  • Wednesday, July 5: 12–1:30 p.m. / Clinton Fearon / Harbor Steps
  • Thursday, July 6: 12–1:30 p.m. / Pearl Django / City Hall Plaza
  • Friday, July 7: 12–1:30 p.m. / Brotha’ Groove / Westlake Park
  • Monday, July 10: 4:30–6 p.m. / Champagne Honeybee / 426 Terry Ave. N.
  • Tuesday, July 11: 12–1:30 p.m. / Winterlings / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, July 12: 12–1:30 p.m. / The Chancellors / Harbor Steps
  • Thursday, July 13: 12–1:30 p.m. / Abbey Arts presents: / Katie Kuffel, Paris Alexa and a live painter / City Hall Plaza
  • Friday, July 14: 12–1:30 p.m. / Nolan Garrett / Westlake Park
  • Monday, July 17: 4:30–6 p.m. / The Flavr Blue / 2121 7th Ave.
  • Tuesday, July 18: 12–1:30 p.m. / Lost Dogma / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, July 19: 12–1:30 p.m. / The Dusty 45s / Harbor Steps
  • Thursday, July 20: 12–1:30 p.m. / SWSPP / City Hall Plaza
  • Friday, July 21: / 12–1:30 p.m. / Radio Raheem / Westlake Park
  • Monday, July 24: 4:30–6 p.m. / Limited Edition / 426 Terry Ave. N.
  • Tuesday, July 25: / 12–1:30 p.m. / Northern Shakedown / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, July 26: 12–1:30 p.m. / Lucky Brown Band / Harbor Steps
  • Thursday, July 27: 12–1:30 p.m. / Down North / City Hall Plaza
  • Friday, July 28: 12–1:30 p.m. / Happy Orchestra / Westlake Park
  • Monday, July 31: 4:30–6 p.m. / Bleachbear / 426 Terry Ave. N.
  • Monday, July 31: 4:30-6 p.m. / Scarlet Parke / 2121 7th Ave.
  • Monday, July 31: 4:30-6 p.m. / Planes on Paper / Denny Park
  • Monday, July 31: 4:30-6 p.m. / General Mojo’s / 515 Westlake Ave. N.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1: 12–1:30 p.m. / Tekla Waterfield / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2: 12–1:30 p.m. / Soul Revue / Union Square Research Institute
  • Thursday, Aug. 3: 12–1:30 p.m. / En Canto / City Hall Plaza
  • Friday, Aug. 4 / 12–1:30 p.m. / Kris Orlowski with Budo / Occidental Square
  • Monday, Aug. 7: 4:30–6 p.m. / The Maldives / 426 Terry Ave. N.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8: 12–1:30 p.m. / Two Guys & a Broad Blues Band / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, Aug. 9: 12–1:30 p.m. / Skerik’s Bandalabra / Union Square
  • Thursday, Aug. 10: 12–1:30 p.m. / SWOJO with Gail Pettis / City Hall Plaza
  • Friday, Aug. 11: 12–1:30 p.m. / Vaudeville Etiquette / Occidental Square
  • Monday, Aug. 14: 4:30–6 p.m. / Intisaar / 2121 7th Ave.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15: 12–1:30 p.m. / Deseo Carmin / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16: 12–1:30 p.m. / Headwaves / Union Square
  • Thursday, Aug. 17: 12–1:30 p.m. / Cosmos the Band / City Hall Plaza
  • Friday, Aug. 18: 12–1:30 p.m. / Star Anna / Occidental Square
  • Monday, Aug. 21: 4:30–6 p.m. / Grace Love / 426 Terry Ave. N.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22: / 12–1:30 p.m. / Allison Shirk / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23: 12–1:30 p.m. / Andrew Landers / Freeway Park
  • Friday, Aug. 25: 12–1:30 p.m. / V. Contreras / Occidental Square
  • Monday, Aug. 28: 4:30–6 p.m. / Marina and the Dreamboats / 426 Terry Ave. N.
  • Monday, Aug. 28: 4:30–6 p.m.: Tiffany Wilson / 2121 7th Ave.
  • Monday, Aug. 28: 4:30–6 p.m.: The True Loves / Denny Park
  • Monday, Aug. 28: 4:30–6 p.m.: Ten Miles Wide / 515 Westlake Ave. N.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29: 12–1:30 p.m. / The W Lovers / 5th & University
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30: 12–1:30 p.m. / Kate Voss & the Big Boss Band / Waterfront Hot Spot
  • Friday, Sept. 1: 12–1:30 p.m. / Ayron Jones / Occidental Square

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Best 4th of July Events in Seattle

Best 4th of July activities in Seattle

While more cities and towns are banning personal fireworks, their Independence Day events are getting bigger and better every year providing safe, fun and (often times) free family celebrations. Here is a list of where to check out this year. All are expected to have a large attendance, so the earlier you arrive the better. Also, don't plan to leave in a hurry either. Be sure to pack up your patience you when pack up your picnic supplies.


The Bellevue Family 4th is presented this year by The Bellevue Collection and PACCAR and runs from 2:00-10:30 p.m. at Bellevue Downtown Park located at 10201 N.E. 4th St. Complimentary parking will be available at The Bellevue Collection beginning at 6:00 p.m. More info>>> 


For 110 year, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has sponsored this all-day party event which begins at 10:00 a.m. Festivities for the day include a 5K Beat Brackett Fun Run, two evening parades, food trucks, live music, dancing and of course fireworks beginning at 10:00 p.m. at Civic Field located at 6th Ave. N. More Info>>>


Begin the day off at the Colors of Freedom Parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. down Colby and Wetmore Avenue in downtown. Lots of marching bands, floats and more. Then, head to Legion Park for the Freedom Festival held from 1:00-11:00 p.m.Free kids’ activities, food fair, beer garden and live music. The Thunder on the Bay fireworks show begins at 10:20 p.m. More Info>>>

Federal Way

Federal Way's Red, White and Blues Festival will be held at Celebration Park located at 1095 S. 324th St. beginning at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, games, arts and craft and more. Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m. or so. More info>>>


On the shores of Lake Meridian Park located at 14800 SE 272nd St., a full day of fun is planned beginning at 12:00 noon with bouncy houses, T-Bird Puck and Shoot, food booths, old-fashioned games, pie-eating contests and live entertainment all day long. Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m. More Info>>>


Celebrating the 4th in Kirkland is an all-day affair. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., children will decorate and prepare for the Children’s parade which begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Old Fashioned Downtown parade at noon. Then, head on over to Marina Park at 1:00 p.m. to picnic or purchase food from local vendors. Live music begins at 5:00 p.m. and the day finishes up with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. More Info>>>


Lakewood’s Freedom Fest will be celebrated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Cowan and Memorial Stadiums from 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. with a carnival, car show, roving entertainers, live music, lots of food vendors and more. More Info >>>


Celebrate the 4th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Lake Boren Park with food, live music and fireworks starting at 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>


Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July kicks things off early at 7:00 a.m. Festivities will be held at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park located at 1201 Lake Washingon Blvd. N. The Sand Blast Volleyball Tournament will go on from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.n. at the YMCA, KidZone activities including inflatables and face-painting will be held at Walmart from Noon-8:00 p.m., live music will be presented from 12:30-9:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>


SeaTac’s Family Fourth of July will be held at Angle Lake Park located at 19408 International Blvd. featuring a spray park, bouncy houses, live music and more from 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>


The mother of all Independence Day events, the Seafair Summer 4th will be celebrated at both Gas Works Park from Noon-11:00 p.m. and Lake Union Park from 4:00-11:00 p.m. Both events are free but if you’d like reserved seating for the spectacular fireworks show, that is available as well. Lots of food vendors and a beer garden and live music. The All-American Games in Gas Works Park will feature pie-eating contests, sack races and more. The legendary fireworks show begins at 10:20 p.m. featuring 8,500 pounds of fireworks, so leave your sparklers at home. More Info >>>


Tacoma celebrates its 40th year of the Freedom Fair, Car and Air Show held at the Tacoma Narrows Airport (located at 4109 E-7 Bridgeport Way, University Place, WA 98466) from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. The event features seven stages of live entertainment, an air show, multiple car shows, honoring of military heroes and international food marketplace. Fireworks to begin around 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>


Family 4th at the Fort will be held from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. at Fort Dent Park located at 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila, 98188. Special event activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with inflatables, live music, food vendors, games and more. Fireworks begin at about 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>

Thursday, June 8, 2017

This Race is for the Dogs

Four on the 4th Dog Jog and Walk
(Bellevue Downtown)


The 5th annual “Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk” is a non-competitive 4k event and as the name implies, the event is held on July 4. This special event benefits Seattle Humane in Bellevue and to date, the race has raised $5,700 for the cause.

After the race, enjoy the festivities which includes a dog costume contest, a kids bouncy zone, interactive booths, snacks, photo booth, dog agility demonstration and Seattle Humane in Bellevue’s MaxMobile, a 38-foot bright yellow bus full of adoptable animals.

Registration for the “Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk is now open. Registration fees are $20* for individual racers, $30* for a pair of racers and $60* for a “Four-Pack” of racers. Registration deadline is July 3, 2017. (*=donation)

The big race will be held on July 4, 2017 at Ashwood Park at 9:00 a.m. The park is located at 10820 NE 10th St., Bellevue, WA 98004. For more information, visit the Bellevue Downtown website.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Perhaps the Best Car Show Ever

LeMay Car Museum
(LeMay - America's Car Museum)


The award-winning LeMay – America’s Car Museum is considered an international destination located right in our own backyard. The 165,000-square foot facility holds the Guinness World Record for the most cars under one roof – over 1,900 vehicles to be exact – found in 12 rotating exhibits. You’ll find everything from Model Ts to muscle cars to even the “Flintmobile” featured in a Flintstones movie. It’s a showcase for auto makers to show off their achievements in the past as well as their designs for the future. You’ll want to try the racing simulator (+$8) and the Slot Car Track (+$3).

The LeMay America’s Car Museum is located at 2702 East D. St. in Tacoma, WA 98421. It is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors age 65 and older and military, $14 for students and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Children age five and under get in for free.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Milk Carton Derby is Coming Soon!

Seafair Milk Carton Derby


“Drink your milk – we need more cartons!” is the cry of parents everywhere in the Puget Sound as the annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby (presented by Safeway/Albertsons) is coming soon. Since 1972, people of all ages have been putting their skills to the test to not only build a floating device out of milk cartons, but making it sea-worthy and racing it to boot. Each year, Green Lake sees about 100 of these vessels created by children, adults, families and businesses competing for prizes and of course, bragging rights. And if you have no idea on how to go about building a boat, a special boat-building demonstration will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Even if the last you thing you want to do is building something out of milk cartons, the event is a kick to see in person, which is kind of a big deal with music, food vendors, exhibit booths, Seafair personalities a maybe a free sample or two.

The Lucerne Seafair Milk Carton Derby will held on July 15, 2017 at Green Lake from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. While admission is free, there is a $25 registration fee for those wanting to compete which includes four t-shirts. Those wanting to promote their business with a vessel, the registration fee is $250. Registration is free for military. Additional t-shirts are $23. The registration deadline is June 23, 2017.

Categories for race include Youth (13 and younger), Adult (14 and over), Family (mixed age division), Military, Commercial, Non-Profits and Groups and Team Challenge (which is by invitation only).

Green Lake is located at 225 NE 65th St., Seattle 98115. For more information, including where you can pick up empty milk cartons for the big day, visit the Seafair website.