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Festivals in Seattle (May & June 2018)

Seattle Events May and June 2018

With summer quickly approaching, get in the know of Seattle’s upcoming festivals to make sure you don’t miss out.

May Festivals:

Seattle Maritime Festival
The festival that puts the “sea” in “Seattle” is happening this May 10-12. Each day holds activities different than the next at the Seattle Maritime Festival. Thursday, May 11, at the Highliner Public House from 7-10pm, Stories of the Sea will accompanied by Maritime poetry and music. Friday, May 11, there will be FREE Fishermen’s Terminal Walking tours taking place from 10:30am-noon. RSVP at Saturday, May 12, is Family Fun Day with loads of free events. From building your own wooden boat, learning survival at sea skills, how to use flares, and knot tying, you – and especially young kiddos—will be both educationally stimulated and have a blast.

Seattle International Film Festival
This upcoming May 17-June 10, the 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival will be showing upwards of 400 films from 80 different countries, with 145,000 film junkie attendees. Showings will kick off with The Bookshop during the opening night gala. Tickets go on sale May 2 for members and May 3 for the general public—tickets available online.

University District Street Fair
For a food and music filled weekend, visit the 49th annual U District Street Fair on May 19 and 20. Enjoy the performances and vendors of the Pacific Northwest. Stay up to date on this Street Fair online.

Sasquatch! Music Festival
This year’s lineup is nothing less than extraordinary for the 17th annual Sasquatch! Musical Festival. Taking place at the Gorge Amphitheater by the Columbia River in George, Washington, from May 25th-27th, featured artists include Bon Iver, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, and Modest Mouse. Single day and package deal tickets are available online.

June Festivals:

Paradiso Festival
“Where Digital Meets Nature”, Paradiso festival is this upcoming June 15 and 16 at the Gorge Amphitheater. Lineup headliners include Louis The Child, Deadmaus, and DJ Snake. You can get your tickets for the event online. For more information, visit the festival website here.

Washington Brewers Festival
Enjoy the tastes of Pacific Northwest craft brews June 15-17. Friday is 21+, but the rest of the weekend is family friendly! Join thousands of other in Marymoor Park for over 500 beer samples, food trucks, and music. Buy tickets or get more information about the Washington Brewers Festival here.

Fremont Fair
With over 300 vendors, musicians, craft booths, and more, the Fremont Fair is Seattle’s “annual kickoff to summer”. This family friendly weekend runs June 16 and 17 with market hours of 10am-8pm on Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday. Beer garden hours are Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am-5:30pm. Don’t miss the Solstice Parade on the 16 at 1pm, ending at Gasworks Park.

Pride Festival
Sunday, June 24 at 11am, come be a part of this free all-inclusive celebration, starting at 4th and Union in Downtown Seattle. Dress up, dress down, paint your face, decorate your body, coordinate outfits with friends, and have a good time at this feel-good event. The parade ends at 2nd Avenue and Denny Way, right by Seattle Center. Following the parade, head to PrideFest Seattle Center for vendors, musical performances, dancing, beer gardens, and lots of free goodies. More information about the Pride Festival here.

Shop Locally in Seattle for Mother’s Day

Mothers Day in Seattle

Whether you’re shopping for your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or mother-figure, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show your strong woman figures in your life how much you value them. From boho-chic, old-fashioned, DIY fanatic, style icon, to woman in need of a spa day, local shops will have u covered for all your Mother’s Day gift-needs.

For the Eco-Friendly Woman:

Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique: This high-end designer consignment shop carries everything you’ll need for a night out or weekend getaway, and much more. Chic clothing and accessories—from boots, belts, clutches, purses, and jewelry. For a gal who likes to dress sustainably, get her a “shopping day with me” coupon, or pick up a fun new piece to add to her wardrobe.

One Earth One Design: This Seattle shop retails only sustainable home décor. It is also an interior design design studio and wholesale showroom. Whether the woman you’re celebrating is wanting some décor inspiration, or a full on remodel, a walk through their showroom or trip to the décor section is a great way to treat her.

Alexandra’s: Shopping for a woman who loves choices? This 2400 square foot store has over 600 designers available— and pricing starts at 70% off retail value. For consigned shoes, accessories, clothing, and handbags, make your way over to Alexandra’s.

For the Woman who needs to Treat Herself:

Banya 5: This spa was voted, “Seattle Times- Best Seattle-Area Day Spas: Feel Pampered without Breaking the Bank.” Know a lady who needs a quick escape from day-to-day stresses?—a gift certificate to Banya 5 will treat her well. Services include massage, scrubs & wraps, facials, and package deals.

Elaia Spa: Located in Hyatt at Olive 8, this luxury spa offers organic services from hot stones massages, holistic massages using aromatherapy, couples massages, cuppings, to facials and body services, and even eyelash extensions. Gift certificates are available here, and in store.

Penelope and the Beauty Bar: Located in Downtown Seattle inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Penelope and the Beauty Bar offer some of the most luxurious services. They service the usual spa amenities, such as massages, facial, and body scrubs, but perform services with the highest end products available in the practice. Additionally, sugaring and waxing, lash extensions and microblading, water less manicures, hair care, makeup, and detoxifying solutions are also available. Gift certificates available in store and or online, here.

For Active Ladies:

Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5k: For a fun-filled day with family and friends, this event is the perfect way to prepare for an even larger than anticipated Mother’s day brunch. Sponsored by Virginia Mason of Kirkland, the races are held Sunday, May 13th, at Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland—register here. The earlier you register, the better deal you’ll get. Don’t miss out on this family-fun event!

Mother’s Day at the Seattle Aquarium: Come celebrate with moms!—human moms, otter moms, seal moms, fish moms, and more! Members can enter early at 9am and get a special present for the important women in their life. Even better, free parking when you pick up a free parking voucher! Purchase aquarium tickets here.

Seattle Bouldering Project: Know a mom who likes adventure? Seattle Bouldering Project offers both instructed bouldering classes, and free climbing. Adult day passes are $16 and Student/Youth Day Passes are $12. Get directions here.

For a Mom looking to take the Edge Off:

Letterpress Distilling: This distillery is all about quality. Using locally sources ingredients, these liqueurs are a unique gift to any Seattleite. Specializing in Amaro Amorino, Limoncello, and Arancello Rosso, these spirits make way for enticing cocktails, or just to sip on the rocks. Purchase online here. Cocktail Recipes available here.

OOLA: Wanting a more interactive day with mom? Located in Capitol Hill, OOLA offers not only the retail of their products (gins, vodkas, &, whiskeys), but a tasting room and distillery tour as well. Tours are held every Saturday at 3pm for just $10/person. Find a retail location near you here.

No matter which special lady you’re shopping for this Mother’s Day, Seattle’s ensured to offer a gift to make any woman on your shopping list feel adored.

Mother’s Day Events and Ideas in Seattle

Mothers Day Events and Ideas Seattle

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and many families are in planning mode thinking about how to treat the special lady or mother figure in their life. Don’t get caught a day or two before trying to think of something special to do. Below is a list of events around the Puget Sound where you can take your Mom. Or, if you want a low key at home family day, there are a few ideas for you as well.


The 10th Annual Pike Place Market Flower Festival
Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with a trip to Pike Place Market to buy flowers for your moms, in-laws, sisters, and grandmas. With nearly 40 tents filled with beautiful bouquets, you’re bound to find the perfect arrangement to brighten any mom’s weekend. In addition to flowers, shop for floral-themed handcrafted gifts—from glass art to yard art—made by local artists. The tents will be up on Sat. & Sun. Along the west side of the cobblestone street. The market is a fun place to enjoy Seattle Views, food, and street entertainment.

Woodinville Yoga
Yoga and wine sound like a winning combination. Our Mother’s Day yoga class is open to all! This will be a special class as we will begin our morning with champagne toasts to all the Wonderful Mother’s out there! We will then settle down for our one hour all levels yoga practice! Our yoga practice will be the perfect mix of a little bit of challenge & a lot of relaxation. After all, our Mother’s do deserve it all! After our yoga practice, we will belly up to the tasting bar where you can choose to taste a flight of Gard Vintners Award winning wines, or you can relax with a glass of wine of your choice!

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The always-awesome Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will be celebrating Mother’s Day with half-price admission for all mamas and come to think of it… grandmas, too! In addition to saving money at the gate, you can meet the Zoo’s animals, feed colorful birds in the open-air Budgie Buddies exhibit, touch underwater creatures, enjoy keeper talks, get an up-close encounter with a cool camel, climb and explore in the Kids Zone playground and catch a Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater show. May 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. $7.95 to $17.95 (under 2 Free).

Mother’s Day Wreath Making Workshop at Studio Bloom in Seattle.
Join Studio Bloom for a Mother’s Day Wreath Making Workshop! The founder of Studio Bloom will guide you on making the perfect wreath just in time for Mother’s Day with the freshest flora in Pacific Northwest. While you’re making wreaths, sip on delicious drinking chocolate and spend some quality time with the maternal figure in your life.

At Home Celebrations

Breakfast/Photo Album
Can you think about how many lunches, dinners, and breakfasts your mom has made you? This day is your opportunity to return the favor. Treat her to a delicious meal with eggs, toast, bacon, pancakes, waffles, fruit, mimosas, coffee, and whatever else she likes. She will appreciate your effort.

Nothing is more sincere and heartfelt than a homemade gift. While taking your mom out for a fun event is a memorable bonding experience, going through old pictures of family memories is another fun way to take a trip through memory lane. If you can make a scrapbook and give it to your mom, it will make for some fun and nostalgic breakfast conversation. If scrapbooking isn’t your thing, you could create a Mother’s Day slideshow of your favorite things about her and include some pictures, videos, or anything that elevates her on this special day. Or make her a digital photo book, they make lovely gifts.

Pot Some Flowers/Picnic
Bring over some pots, flowers, and soil and spend an afternoon plotting some flower with your mom. If it’s a beautiful day outside, you can enjoy an outdoor picnic and make an afternoon outside enjoying food, flowers, and fun. Make sure you prep some food to eat!

Movie Night/ Dinner
If your mom is a lover of movies or entertainment, you could make some dinner and then watch one of her favorite films. Makes sure it’s a full-on movie night with popcorn, soda, candy, and all the fixings you could want! Make a movie bar with all the goodies she could want!

You can always gift your mom with a spa or massage gift card that she can use later down the road. In most cases, moms are happy to spend time with their families on Mother’s Day. Some quality time, food, and conversation are a great way to show your Mom you love her and appreciate her.

Cinco De Mayo in Seattle

Cinco De Mayo 2018 Seattle

It’s the first week of May, which means Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner. Cinco De Mayo is celebrated to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Whatever your reason for celebrating, there is a lot to do in the area on May 5th for a variety of ages and interests.

8th Annual Taco Truck Challenge
Join us for our 8th annual Taco Truck Challenge at our NEW LOCATION – the International Fountain at Seattle Center! The day kicks off with a team run/walk/scavenger hunt with Seattle Urban X, starting at Safeco Field (if you want to have some fun before you eat the tacos). About 20 local food trucks will be at the finish line and they’ll be serving their most mouthwatering treats and unique taco-themed confections. While all of the trucks will be decidedly delicious, only one will have the honor of being crowned the Taco Truck Champion! FREE admission, all ages except for the Seafair Beer and Margarita Garden which is 21+ and $5 at the gate. Come eat tacos, enjoy live music and hang with us on May 5th!

Little Water Cantina
Join Little Water for Cinco de Mayo and our 7-Year Anniversary party! We’re partnering with Siete (7!) Leguas and Exotico tequilas for drink specials that will run all day! KEXP’s DJ Chilly will be here spinning some awesome Latin sounds! Chilly is the host of “El Sonido,” KEXP’s modern Latin music show that airs every Monday evening from 6pm-9pm.

Seattle Boat Parties
This party will feature 2 dance floors of Latin Music while cruising along Lake Union & Lake Washington! Enjoy a great mix of sounds from Colombia to Central America, Mexico, Vegas & Miami! Floor #1 with DJ Leo playing the best in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaetón, Latin Dance, Latin Trap & more! Floor #2 with DJ Lady Jane playing the best of Top 40, Hip Hop, Old School and more! An amazing night full of Latin Music and much more, a great atmosphere, plenty of drinks & mesmerizing views of Seattle/Bellevue!

Fiesta 5K Ole & Food Truck Festival
Are you looking to get your sweat on before a night on the town? Sign up for the Fiesta 5k Ole and Food Truck Festival. Treat yourself to a variety of yummy foods (over 25 food trucks to explore), live music, and a really fun and festive post-race environment!

Voices Latinas (Latin American Voices)
You’re in for a night of beautiful music with a collaboration between Bellevue Chamber Chorus and City Cantabile Choir! Fredrick Lokken and Frederick N. West co-conduct the stirring Mass for Peace and Justice (Misa por la Paz y la Justicia) by legendary Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, featuring the traditional 6-piece Andean ensemble Surllajta and tenor soloist Justin Ferris. Each chorus will also present individual sets of dynamic music from the region in the first half of the concert. Don’t miss this excursion into the music and spirit of Latino América! The concert will we held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Tickets are $18 pre-sale; $22 at the door. Free admission for children under 12.

The New Hollywood History Guide

New Hollywood Film History Guide

New Hollywood, often referred to as the “American New Wave,” is used to describe a movement in American film history from the 1960-1980s. It was known for the rise of a new generation of young, film-school-educated, countercultural filmmakers, directors, actors and writers. This creative group spoke to audiences in ways that Golden Age era directors were struggling to achieve. The result was a decade or so of bold experimentation turning out some of the most creative and memorable classics in mainstream American cinema. Some of the most notable directors from this time include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Woody Allen. A new brand of cinematic artistry was taking place during this era, and this group of talented and bold directors led the way.

The 1950s and early 1960s saw a Hollywood dominated by musicals and historical epics like Gone with the Wind. Hollywood experienced a shift into New Hollywood as early as 1957. But before the era was in full swing, audience share continued to decline and had reached disturbingly low levels by the mid-1960s. Studios were struggling to captivate audiences successfully, and costly production flops were revealing this. Movies like Tora Tora Tora and Hello Dolly failed to replicate the success of The Sound of Music. The studios were feeling the strain of the lack of return and unpopularity of these productions. So, what was going on that lead to the shift in entertainment taste and participation? Well, part of this loss of revenue was due to the demographic change that was emerging in the 1960’s. Baby boomers were coming of age. A shift was occurring where a majority of viewers were going from a middle-aged high school educated audience to a younger, more affluent and college educated audience. The younger audience was drawn to European films, and Japanese films, a different flavor or entertainment than the older audience was used to experiencing.

If an industry is struggling, it normally means it’s time to get innovative, and Hollywood needed a change to stay afloat. The desperation felt by studios during this period of economic downturn led to innovation and risk-taking, allowing some of the classic movies we know and love today to take shape. In an attempt to capture that audience which found a connection to the “art films” of Europe, the studios hired a mix bagged of young filmmakers and allowed them to make their films with relatively little studio control. This was the first time the fil-makers had this amount of autonomy. This, together with the breakdown of the Production Code in 1966 and the new rating system in 1968, set the scene for New Hollywood. Films went against the standard “Hollywood ending” theme. Happy endings and riding off into the sunset were a thinking of the past. By the mid 50’s films had a new major competitor, the television. With the rise of TV, studios needed some novelty to help fill those seats in theaters and show why movies were still better than TV. As TV started getting better and better, fewer people were going to the movies. It was cheaper and more convenient to stay at home. Something new and innovative was going to have to draw consumers back out to the cinema. And this is where the new era took Hollywood by storm. New Era movies were bloody, violent, sexual, and they pushed the limit on language and taboos. They were the counter-culture answer to decades-long conservative Hollywood.

Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider, released in 1967 and 1969 are often cited as the first New Hollywood films. They were made by big studios and featured several of their hot young stars, and yet they had violence, sexuality, and a dark tone that owed more to European cinema than anything the Golden era would have produced. This was a new flavor of cinema that sent a positive shock through the industry. Bonnie and Clyde was a massive hit. The film swept up young audiences, proving there was indeed a market for movies about young people, for young people. The film grossed over 50 million dollars against its 2.5 million budget. Easy Rider was as successful as Bonnie and Clyde. Grossing 60 million dollars against its $400,000 budget, they did well on their return. Some of the most well-known movies produced included, The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Easy Rider, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Annie Hall, just to name a few.

The Graduate is another classic from the new age era. This risqué film starred Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) as a young man with no idea where his life would take him. A recent college graduate, he had no ambition and no certainty. His parents push for him to attend graduate school and advance into a suitable career. He soon comes under the seduction of older woman Mrs. Robinson but is also pressured to pursue her daughter Elaine who was more age appropriate. You know what they say, idle hands are the devil’s playground. Directed by Mike Nichols and aided by an iconic soundtrack by folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, highlighting their hit song “The Sound of Silence,” The Graduate represented a trying time for young people. With post-graduate life, there was pressure to get a job, start, a family, get more education, and figure out your path in life. Those who were struggling with next steps or were feeling overwhelmed could quickly identify with Benjamin.

Woody Allen is one of the most successful Hollywood legends of all time. His success began during the new era, and it has been said that his hit movie Annie Hall pretty much defines much of success and career projection. What made “Annie Hall” stand out was its impact on the romantic-comedy genre, although, it wasn’t the typical rom-com people were used to. While some critics called the movie awkward, it truly depicted many of idiosyncrasies of relationships and the different stages that a couple goes through. Neurotic comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) connect at first, but their relationship dissolves over time. They are attracted to each other but later learn they are not meant to be. Annie and Alvy are opposites, and that’s what makes this film go against the typical Hollywood love story. Plus, there isn’t really a happy ending, but one that many people who had been through or were going through difficult relationships could relate to. Since his directing debut in 1966, Allen has written and directed over 40 films. He has been one of the most creative American filmmakers of the last 50 years directing on many topics, mostly involving love, philosophy, death and comedy. At the 40th Academy Awards, both “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Graduate” were up for several awards, competing against each other for Best Picture of the Year. Both lost to “In the Heat of the Night.” Both films had multiple actor nominations with Estelle Parsons winning Best Supporting Actress for “Bonnie and Clyde.” Mike Nichols won Best Director for “The Graduate.”

According to Wikipedia, Woody Allen’s children include: Children: Ronan Farrow, Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow, Moses Farrow, Bechet Allen, Manzie Tio Allen

The American horror genre was pushed to new limits during the New Age. Films like Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, The Exorcist, and Carrie all worked hard to restore the original nature of the genre. Meanwhile, on the other side, blood-drenched flicks like Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre shocked viewers with their brutality. These later films showed that the new age was stretching boundaries and what kind of cruelty and violence would be allowed in the cinema. We see much of this brutality in horror movies today, keeping viewers tense and on the edge of their seats.

A major shift in the New Hollywood filmmakers brought to the art form was a that much of the films were focusing on real life and some relatable. During the Golden age where studios and large sets were the mainstream, stars were remote, lofty figures and unrelatable, yet entertaining for the time. The Motion Picture Production code put restrictions on racy or inappropriate content, and while film makers in the golden age found ways around these rules, explicit content was strictly frowned upon and did not make its way to the screen until the new age directors had fewer rules, more freedom, and more ability to take risks.

Realism in films was made possible when film rating systems were changed in the Motion Picture Association of America, and movies were shot outside of grand studios and sets. Being able to shoot on location was made possible with advancements in film technology. With technology like the Panavision Panaflex Camera, filmmakers could shoot 35mm camera film in various places without being held back. Location shooting was cheaper and faster than the Golden Age of film, and directors had to learn fast what realistic shooting locations would resonate most with audiences. There was a stark contrast between the realism in the New Age compared to the studio shooting from the Golden era. Films took on a new feeling of relatability and connection.

When we look back at history, it is clear the 1960’s was a cultural revolution in many parts of society. Music, literature, politics, sex, and race made their marks in various ways during this era. There were riots, protest, and people were looking at America in a critical way, and things were being questioned and evaluated in a way that had not been experienced since the end of the Second World War. And these conversations took a short amount of time to transition to the movies. There are a lot of things which led to the arrival of New Hollywood in the 70’s. In a time of cultural change, many people use the movies or entertainment to funnel their experiences or see a representation of what is happening around them. Many of the films left a true mark on the decades on the new age of Hollywood and the years to follow.

Many of the directors and young actors from the New Age are now considered Hollywood legends. Young American filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were a part of the transition Hollywood experienced. We still watch many of their movies today, and they are referred to or referenced in new movies often is subtle ways. If you get excited at the statement “In a Galaxy Far Far Away…,” you can thank the New Age of Hollywood and the explosion of creative risk-taking that took place. Star Wars was a movie that broke the box office when it was released and continued to be a box office record-setter for years to follow. The film grossed over $700 million worldwide and produced countless lines of action figures, comics, t-shirts, books and cereal. Star Wars would forever change the connection between merchandising and films. The New Age of Hollywood and the explosion of creative risk-taking that occurred changed the face of Hollywood forever.

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UW Night Market 2018: Taiwan Yes!

UW Night Market 2018

Event Details University of Washington

With over 7,000 attendees last year, one of the biggest food festivals is coming to Seattle May 12th 2018. Located at the University of Washington Red Square, you’ll experience some of the best Taiwanese and other exotic Asian foods from well over 20 vendors. We’ve gathered some of the most unique and delicious bites in the greater Seattle area all in one place for you!

Mark MAY 12th on your calendars for a night of food, music, festival games, and unforgettable memories at the 2018 UW Night Market.

Official Facebook: UW Night Market 2018

Visiting University Village

University Village Seattle Washington

The University Shopping center is a Seattle favorite. Whether you are looking to do some shopping, meet up with a friend for a meal or cup of coffee, getting the kids out of the house, or getting your Mac fixed, the University village offers a host of activity and entertainments for locals and students. The U-Village has made a name for being a posh shopping center in the desirable University District. Located just 10 minutes from downtown, University Village is Seattle’s only outdoor lifestyle shopping center, offering a unique mix of locally-owned boutiques, retailers, and a distinct collection of restaurants and eateries. The Village is busy year-round, but as we enter spring and people look forward to ushering in the warmer weather. Whether that is sprucing up your yard with flower pots and new soil, outdoor furniture, brightening up a wardrobe, or going out for a meal where you can sit on the patio, Seattleites look forward to Spring and can embrace it entirely with the help of University Village. With more than 120 stores and restaurants, University Village is the exclusives stop in the Pacific Northwest because it offers selective and hard to find products. From notable brands such as The Land of Nod and Brandy Melville, as well as featuring the only Room & Board, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn Kids, and Scotch & Soda locations in Washington.

Along with being a desirable shopping destination, the village also draws in people with local events and activities for all ages. From May 31-Jun 3rd the U Village will host its annual sidewalk sale, and this will be the 61st year. The Sounds of Summer Concert Series will be hosted from Wednesdays, July 11 – August 22. When the weather warms up, and you want to head to get a cool drink of ice cream, it’s always nice to have some nice tunes to welcome you into the village.

University Village also partners with local hospitals to support ongoing work and research. University Village is proud to support Obliteride, a fundraising bike ride, where every participant-raised dollar goes toward lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. University Village also has had valued partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska through annual community events.
The U Village has opportunities to get your fitness on. You can run with Oiselle during Thursday Night Flight Club! All paces welcome. Departs from the Oiselle Flagship store weekly at 6:30 pm. Feel like going for a run, come on out and join the crew who find pleasure in a good run. If you are at all into Yoga, Join Lululemon at University Village every Sunday at 9:30 am for free yoga class! Yoga offers a host of health benefits that you don’t want to miss out.

The University village offers 10-11am Tuesday playdays with free story time, crafts and fun activities for kids each week. Attend a Village Playdays event and receive a Playdays Pass featuring special offers to select U Village shops and restaurants. You can also join Pottery Barn Kids every Tuesday at 11:00 am. Students and teachers can get discounts at select University Village stores and restaurants with valid ID. So, if you are looking for something fun to do in Seattle, the University Village offers a wide range of entertainment.

Quick History of The Boeing Company

The Boeing Company

Washingtonians know that Boeing has a strong presence in the state. Whether you work there, went on a school tour, or hear about them in the news, the company has a large impact on the Puget Sound. The Boeing Company is an established entity in Seattle and has roots that go back over 100 years. In March 1910, William E. Boeing bought Heath’s shipyard in Seattle on the Duwamish River, which later became his first airplane factory. Boeing was incorporated in Seattle by William Boeing, on July 15, 1916, as “Pacific Aero Products Co.” Today, Boeing is the largest private employer in Washington. Currently, nearly half of Boeing’s global workforce is located here in the state. In this are the company is committed to building the single-aisle 737 MAX, with orders for more than 4,000 airplanes.

The Company in interwoven in the Puget Sound community in so many different ways. The Boeing Company made its first charitable contribution in 1917 when a gift from William E. Boeing helped the University of Washington build the state’s first wind tunnel. Since July 1st 2017, the current CEO is Dennis Muilenburg. More than a century later Boeing employees and retirees contribute more than $50 million annually to approximately 200 Washington organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people in this state. In 2016 Boeing, employees and retirees contributed more than $50 million to community organizations and donated more than 250,000 volunteer hours. Additionally, more than 100 Boeing executives serve on non-profit boards throughout the Puget Sound region. Boeing also offers a Washington New Letter so you can keep up with news and events. Boeing is well invested in Washington state and serves the people who live here to enrich and progress communities.

Boeing is committed to Washington state and has invested billions of dollars in their future here. That commitment extends from helping educate the next generation of aerospace workers to implement changes in The Boeing Renton factory to facilitate future production of the 737 MAX. It also includes expansion of delivery centers in Everett and Seattle and construction of massive new buildings to house, cutting-edge technologies being developed for the 777X. Boeing has a clear strategy and commitment to protecting the environment. As a technology and innovation leader, they continually improve the environmental performance of their products and services to further reduce fuel use, carbon, and the industry’s ecological footprint.

If you are a plane lover or want to learn more about the company history, located approximately 25 miles north of Seattle, The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Explore the interactive exhibits and displays in our 28,000-square-foot Aviation Center Gallery; then take a 90-minute tour of the Boeing plant where you can watch 747s, 777s, or 787 Dreamliners being assembled right before your eyes. People come from out of town for this tour, and if you’re a local and have never been, it’s a great way to learn more about a company that drives a lot of the local economy and is invested in the success of local communities. There is a minimum height requirement of 4 feet for children participating in the Boeing Tour. To avoid disappointment, please make sure to check the height before purchasing tickets. This restriction is strictly enforced. ADA accessible tours are offered twice daily. Call in advance to ensure proper accommodations. 1-800-464-1476 or ask any questions.

The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services. Boeing is among the most significant global aircraft manufacturers, and it is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on 2015 revenue.

Notes about The Boeing Company:
Founded: William Boeing
CEO: Dennis Muilenburg (
Stock Symbol: BA (NYSE)
Revenue: 93.39 Billion (2017)
Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Seattle Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3707. Seattle, Washington 98124

How To Get Around The Emerald City

Getting Around Seattle - Transportation

Like any major city, getting from point A to point B comes with hectic street ways, pedestrian filled sidewalks, bumper to bumper traffic, and of course road-raged civilians. Do not be weary, Seattle has a way around this. From mass transportation to private car services, you’ll be where you need to be in a jiffy.

Link Light Rail
For those commuting to Downtown Seattle and wanting to avoid the high levels of morning interstate traffic, the Link is an easy and affordable way to get on your way. Travelling between University of Washington Station and Angle Lake Station, there are 14 stops, running about every 6, 10, or 15 minutes. Plan your trip ahead of time for easy travelling! The Link even voyages through the Sea-Tac area, making a straightforward commute for your airport needs. Fares: $2.25-$3.25

This quick and easy way to get around Seattle is an electric, earth friendly choice of commuting. There are currently two Streetcars, with lines located in South Lake Union and First Hill. Learn how to ride and track these Streetcars here. Taking ORCA cards, credit cards, and cash, paying for your trip is easy.

The Seattle Center Monorail runs along a mile long stretch from the Westlake Center Mall station (located in the Westlake Center Mall’s upper floor) to the Seattle Center Station (located right by the Space Needle). One-way fares cost only $1.25-$2.50 and children under 4 ride free! When riding the monorail, remember to always have cash on you, since they do not accept ORCA cards or other forms of payment besides cash.

The Sounder
The Sounder trains commute between Everett and Seattle, and Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, and Seattle. These trains run Monday through Friday during peak hours and some weekends depending on events happening in Seattle. For an every weekday commuter, the Sounder is probably the best option for you. Large parking lots are available at every station for your convenience. Ticket vending machines are located at every station for easy ticket purchasing. ORCA cards are accepted to ride the Sounder, and may make sense for an everyday passenger (you’ll save money this way). Take your bike on the train with you for a free commute from your destination train station to your office. Planning on going to Saturday or Sunday’s Seattle sporting event? — look no further, ride the train with your fellow sports fans.

The King County Metro Transit allows for easy and affordable commuting within the city. The Metros website has a user friendly Trip Planner to help find bus stops and departure times near you. Individual bus stops have signs of the route and fare pertaining to that specific time and run. Peak run times have ticket prices ranging from $1.00-$3.25, while non-peak time prices are $1.00-$2.75. An Access Pass can be purchased, allowing unlimited rides for $63.00/month.

Need a car in a pinch but don’t want the hassle of rental car paperwork?—Zipcar is just around the corner. Joining Zipcar can be easily done on your phone or computer. Driving plans range from occasional, monthly, or extra driving plans. Rates range from $7.75/hr and $73/day to $6.98/hr and $65.70/day. Gas and insurance included with all plans as well.

Perhaps one of the most popular car services in the US, including Seattle, is Uber — with Lyft following close behind. At the tap of a button on your smartphone, a care can be out front of your location in two minutes. Just download the app, plug in your credit card information, and the rest is easy. Uber’s cars can fit all your needs with UberX (the least expensive), UberXL (seats at least 6 passengers), UberSelect (a luxury sedan), or UberBLACK (their most luxurious service). Lyft’s services include Lyft Premier (a high-end, four seater), Lyft Lux (a black car service), and Lyft Lux SUV (a black SUV with up to 6 passengers). For a short ride home from the airport, or a longer ride across town, Uber or Lyft can get you there.

Wherever it is that you’re going in Seattle, getting there swiftly and painlessly, will be no problem for you.
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Best Parks in Seattle

Seattle Parks

Spring is trying really hard to makes its presence known in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, we still see a lot of rain and are dashing from our office to our cars to stay dry, but on the rare Spring day of sunshine and the hope of a distant summer, Seattleites find themselves flooding the best local parks to make the most of the sunbreaks and blue skies.

Green Lake Park
A popular neighbor hood in Seattle, Green Lake Park offers a lovely city setting for a day outside. The lake offers the public trail around the park full of avid runners. On the lake you will see rowing teams practicing early in the morning, and people casting their fishing poles into the lake. You can find dogs and their owners playing catch, baseball leagues enjoying a game, or a few friends shooting some hoops on the basketball court. The lake is surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, and frozen yogurt. With Cherry Blossoms blooming around the lake and people start to come out as the weather warms up, this is a park you will want to visit.

Kerry Park
Kerry Park arguably offers the most encapsulating view of Seattle’s Emerald City has to offer. From the Queen Ann Park, you can see the downtown skyline, the Space Needle, Elliott Bay, the industrial cranes, the Cascades, and on a clear day, even Mount Rainier. A popular place to tourists to snap the most picturesque shot of Seattle, marriage purposes, or a nice view to sit while you finish your Dicks Burger and milkshake. While this isn’t exactly the park to bring your dog to play fetch, you will see people sitting with their pups enjoying the view. Many people come with a cup of coffee in hand to sip and enjoy the view. Kerry Park is popular all year round but gets especially busy as the weather begins to warm up. If you have family coming into town, this is definitely a viewpoint you must take them to.

Discovery Park
Discovery Park is one of Seattle’s most well-known gems. There’s forest and shoreline hiking, sweeping views of Puget Sound from a 250-foot bluff, a historic lighthouse, the city’s birding hot spot with more than 270 documented species, and ample enough habitats in its 534 acres to sustain authentic predator-prey relationships like owls and voles. Most people come to the park with no specific agenda but can wander and walk the trails to their hearts content. The beaches boast beautiful view, especially if the Olympics or Mt. Rainier are visible. On a day when the park is not busy, you can expect to see wildlife on the beach area like seals and cranes. Located in the neighborhood of Magnolia, it is a good escape from the buzz of the city.

Seward Park
Seward Park is a getaway haven in a busy city. The hilly interior trails weave among 250-year-old red cedar and Douglas fir and offer occasional sliver views of the lake far below. The easy perimeter walk provides sweeping perspectives of the lake, the downtown Seattle skyline, and traffic beetling across the distant I-90 bridge. Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles’ nests, old growth forest, a 2.4-mile bike and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, shoreline, beaches and more.

Even thought Seattle is a major city, there are plenty or parks to explore. The great thing about the Pacific Northwest is that we value nature, and always want to have close access to it. If you are looking for a breath of fresh air within the city limits, these parks will offer you just that. Grab your best walking shoes, a phone to snap some scenic shots, and enjoy the benefits of living in such a green and lush corner of the world.

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