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The Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy Forum:Learn How to be Part of the Action!

January 27th, 2015 by Nico Lund

The Alliance For Jobs and Clean Energy is launching their campaign calling for strong action to address global warming.

The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is Washington State’s coalition of community organizations, business, labor, and environmental organizations dedicated to reducing global warming pollution, creating family-wage jobs and securing a better future for families and their future.

You can discuss and learn about this movement, ways you can get involved and why you might want to take action by attending this Legislative Climate Action Forum.

When: Sat Jan 31st 9-11:30 AM

Where: Keystone Congregational Church in Wallingford (5019 Keystone Place N.)

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The New Year Begins: Time to Apply to New Schools

January 16th, 2015 by Nico Lund

If you’re a parent of young children, you might come out of winter break a little frazzled. With the kids back in school you can finally catch your breath–but don’t get comfy yet– it’s Application time for many schools!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get to those school open houses that you missed in fall 2014 on your schedule, and fill out and send in those school applications.

As if tax season wasn’t a pain enough! *sigh*

In our ‘hood, we have quite a few excellent pre-schools and elementary schools as an alternative to the public school system. Whichever style you go for, it’s good to do your research.

Here is a sampling of some of the schools in and around the Wallingford neighborhood. Please note that this is not an all inclusive list. If you have a favorite that I have not mentioned here, please add it in the comment section below. Please make sure to include their website or contact information.

Fremont Community School – Preschool

3530 Interlake Ave. N. (206) 547-4054

Fremont Community School is a program inspired and guided by the Waldorf principle of reverence for life and natural rhythms. Teachers guide children as individuals to learn about the world and their relationship to it. They focus on imagination, creative indoor and outdoor play, repetition, and movement. Their website says that letting children develop their own natural joy, compassion, appreciation for beauty, and love of learning is highly valued.

Open Houses – 2015-16 School Year:

January 25, 2015 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm
February 4, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Space is Limited, so please reserve a spot in advance.

Kapka Cooperative School – K-5

510 N 49th St (206) 522-0350

KapKa believes the role of the teachers is to create an academically stimulating environment where learning happens naturally and in a variety of ways that include both independent study and team projects. Parents have an integral role in running the school and provide support in the classrooms . Their website highlights that the experience, commitment, and creativity of their professional teachers, combined with the talent and dedication of the parents is what makes KapKa a unique, close and caring community.

Open House

Saturday Jan. 31, 2015 - 2 to 4 p.m.

Please contact registrar@kapkaschool.org with any questions or to request an application packet

North Seattle Fives – Preschool

5515 Phinney Avenue North 206-789-1807

This school states on their website that they provide a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for kindergarten. They want parents to consider their school to be a great place for five-year-olds to spend the year learning and playing with their peers!

Open House

Saturday January 24th from 1-2pm

Cometa Playschool – Preschool

4106 Stone Way North 206.353.6781

Cometa Playschools is a Spanish language school with a philosophy based in believing that children are competent human beings on a journey to discover themselves and the world. According to their website, their curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge and necessary skills in all developmental areas and establish a foundation for lifelong learning. Using the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education they consider themselves a Reggio inspired program.

Open House

Saturday, January 24th and 31st 10am – noon

John Stanford International School

4057 5th Ave. NE. (206) 252-6080

John Stanford International School is an award-winning Seattle public elementary school (K-5) in the Wallingford neighborhood. It offers a dual-language immersion program to all students.

You can register students for all grades, including Kindergarten, for the 2015-16 school year anytime between now and September 2015.
For more information on registering, including the forms needed, please click on the grade level of your student.

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Fremont Bridge closed Friday and Saturday nights

January 8th, 2015 by sarawilly

From Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View

If you’re heading home to Queen Anne from or via Fremont this weekend – or perhaps heading over the Fremont Bridge in the early morning hours for a run or bike ride – plan ahead. As part of the Fremont Bridge Painting Project, SDOT will be closing the bridge completely to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians on both Friday and Saturday nights. The closures will run from 11:59pm each night until 7am the following morning. During the closures, crews will be repainting the portions of the bridge that cannot otherwise be reached with traffic. Cars, trucks, and buses will be detoured between midnight and 7am both nights.

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Let the [local] Holiday Shopping Begin! Bazaar & Social in Fremont

December 4th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Vif wine | coffee and V Smiley Preserves is inviting all their neighbors for a special Pop-Up Holiday Social, Bazaar & Raffle Sat, Dec. 13 10am -2pm!

It’s that time of year again! You know — the time when you realize that you’ve been procrastinating to buy that perfect holiday gift. Well now the days are ticking away — You’d better get busy!

But, hey — don’t rush online or to the mall — check out this ultra-local idea. You might just find something not only perfect, but unique for that special someone in your life.

Vif Wine | Coffee is a cute little spot located just across from Market Time on Fremont Ave.  Their whole parking lot will be filled with handmade goods from 8 small businesses and crafter makers. Participants include Vif Wine|Coffee, V Smiley Preserves, Narwhal, Sea Wolf Bakery, Correspondence Press, Seattle Seltzer, Harbor Herbalist, Never Too Many Treats, and Seattle Tilth’s Youth
Garden Works.

These small ventures and their products are often only found in one or two places around Seattle, so take advantage of this chance to find them all in one place. And for extra inspiration and fun, DJ Christopher LaRose will be on hand to rock the lot with tunes.

The Bazaar Offerings:

  • Coffee, pastries, mulled cider, and natural wines from Vif Wine|Coffee
  • Jams and marmalades of fruit, honey and aromatics from V Smiley Preserves
  • Fried oysters and po’boys from Narwhal
  • Naturally yeasted breads from Sea Wolf Bakery
  • Limited edition letterpress printed cards and gift tags from Correspondence Press
  • Celery soda from Seattle Seltzer
  • Organic herbal teas from Harbor Herbalist
  • Pet treats and accessories from Never Too Many Treats
  • Kid activities throughout the day

At 1pm the day of the Bazaar, they will raffle off a collection of items donated by nearby businesses and the Bazaar vendors.
Raffle** Tickets can be purchased the day of the bazaar or in advance at Vif. Check out their Facebook Events Page for more info.

** 100% of the raffle proceeds will be donated to Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works.

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The Largest Single-Day Shorts Film Fest in the World: On a Couch Near You

December 2nd, 2014 by Nico Lund

This looks like a great event that is happening this weekend in neighborhoods all over Seattle. You might want to check it out!

Posted on www.udistrictdaily.com on December 2nd, 2014

THIS WEEKEND, ON DEC 6, CHECK OUT THE LARGEST SINGLE-DAY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD. NOT ONLY WILL YOU SEE AWESOME INDEPENDENT FILM, YOU MIGHT MEET SOME REALLY COOL FOLKS.

In a world where the movie industry has taken over small independent theaters, Couch Fest has come to save the day with their film festival that ditches the traditional theater venue for a cozy spot on a couch at residential homes all over the city, and the world.

What is it?

Presenting films from such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival and more, Couch Fest is bringing neighborhoods together one couch at a time.

The cost is $10 Film-Pass for all locations for the whole day!
Check their website for purchasing tickets.

Where is it?

In addition to many North Seattle homes, including many near Greenlake and in and around Wallingford/Lake Union, Couch Fest has locations in quite a few other Seattle neighborhoods.

How Does it Work?

Each venue will present a unique program of short films. There is a short intermission in the middle of each program for  viewers to discuss the films and socialize. I think this makes it a very unique experience. The opportunity to interact, share and discover new films and fellow lovers of film.

What Kind of Films will be Shown?

The list is expansive, and you can definitely find a full list on their website, but to give you an idea of what is happening around our hood, here are some of the flavors you can experience:

Around Greenlake

Comedy
Documentary
Mixed1
Mixed2
Inappropriately Awesome

Around Lake Union
Comedy
Documentary
Animation

How Can I be Involved?

As always, these kind of grassroots festivals run on volunteers! You can check out their website to find out more about being apart of the magic.

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Stolen Truck: A Bummer for this Recent Graduate

November 19th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Hello Everyone please get the word out and keep an eye out for Logan's truck (Ford F250, grey license plate B65535Y) that was STOLEN late Friday Nov 14 early Sat Nov 15 from the Freemont area of Seattle Washington on Aurora Street. If you see the vehicle call 911 and report it to the police or you can also tweet them as well  Seattle Police   @getyourcarback COLOR/GRAY. YEAR/2003. MAKE/FORD. MODEL/F250. BODY/PICK-UP. LIC/B65535Y. ST/WA. ***DO NOT MAKE CONTACT, CALL 9-1-1**  12:00 AM - 16 Nov 2014

Reader Sabrina wrote in to report that her son’s truck was stolen late Friday in front of his girlfriends apartment complex on Aurora in the Fremont neighborhood. She is hoping that with help of the community, he and his truck can be reunited.

Details:

  • Ford F250, Gray, License plate # B65535Y
  • Last seen in the Fremont area near Aurora
  • If you see the vehicle call 911 and report it to the police
  • Seattle Police lost car twitter line @getyourcarback

Sabrina wants you to know that the her son just graduated from college and on his way to become a service man. She really hopes Seattle can help him get his truck back.

Okay citizens, let’s be on the outlook and hopefully help this guy and his mom out!

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NalandaWest is Having an Open House Sat.15: Learn About Tibetan Buddhism

November 14th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Did you Know that Nestled in Between Fremont & Wallingford is a world Renowned Buddhist Center?

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NalandaWest is opening its doors for a free-to-the public Open House this Saturday, Nov. 15 and continuing on Sunday Nov. 16. Including Meditation, Panel Discussions and activities, this is a two day celebration of the Buddhist Tradition.

There will be representatives of three Buddhist traditions: Theravadin (Ven. Pannavati), Mahayana (John Tarrant Roshi), and Vajrayana (Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche). The panel will be co-moderated by Angela Russell of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, together with Nalandabodhi senior teacher Tyler Dewar.

You can also take an experiential tour through the Five Fields of Knowledge (Creativity & the Arts, Health & Well-Being, Communication, Knowledge & Reasoning, and Inner Science of Mind). Get a taste of bringing a contemplative perspective to any aspect of your life. Learn about the offerings of Nalandabodhi.


NalandaWest Asks, “What Does It Mean to be Awake in the 21st Century?”

On Suday, there will be a lively panel discussion with Nalandabodhi’s Mitras* – Tyler Dewar, Karl Brunnhölzl, Lee Worley, and Mark Power – will discuss the nature of awakening, the timeless qualities of the path to awakening, and the dance that we as 21st century practitioners engage in when negotiating the busyness and distractions of modern life.

For a full schedule of events, visit their Website
Any questions? Write info@nalandawest.org

*The “Mitra” title: In 2005, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche empowered a group of his long-time students to be senior teachers of Nalandabodhi. He gave each of them the title Mitra, which is drawn from the Sanskrit term Kalyanamitra, “spiritual friend.”

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Help Our Neighborhood Win Big and Fight Hunger!

November 14th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Neighborhood Competition  to Provide Meals Will Help Decrease Hunger


With the goal not just to serve more meals but to decrease the number of hungry people in King County, Union Gospel Mission has a great way to get neighborhoods involved in decreasing hunger in our city.

With over 270,000 people struggling with hunger in King County, the Mission’s is challenging neighborhoods to compete to provide the most meals between Oct 15th and Nov 24th. The winning neighborhood receives a community celebration on Saturday, December 7th.

Keep track which neighborhood is on top at www.ugm.org.

UGM’s strategy to fight hunger in King County includes:

1.   Shelters all over King County: Pioneer Square. Belltown. Kent. And winter shelters in Phinney Ridge. Lake City. Bellevue

2.   Afterschool program all King County offering after school snacks, monthly meals and food bags

3.    5,000 Build-a-Box food boxes to be distributed to hungry families and seniors in food desert territories.

4.    Hi-yield urban block farms.

The One City/One Hope campaign’s mission is to transform lives and transforms our city. No one gets left out or forgotten. It sounds like a great way to contribute to families in need this season.

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Why is the City of Seattle Messing with our Farmers Markets?

November 13th, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Seattle Farmers Market Association Needs your Help: There is a proposal to increase farmers market permit fees by 132% for 2015. This could affect many farmers ability to continue to offer their goods at Seattle farmers market locations.

In addition to requesting citizens to make public comments on this proposed fee increase, the SFMA would appreciate community members to join them at one of three public meetings happening over the next few weeks. The one nearest to our ‘hood will be:

Thursday, November 13th
9:00 – 10:30 am
Phinney Center, room 6, blue building*
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/MZLxV
*this room is accessible by elevator

All public comments need to be made by December 10, 2014.

With farmers being required to make separate applications plus pay separate permits for each market at which they sell, the cost for independent and small farmers to participate is expensive. With the cost going up about 300% from 2011 rates, there is a concern that many small farms and food processors will stop participating in King County farmers markets.

The SFMA reports that there has never been a documented food-borne illness out-break from a King County farmers market. Additionally, the Health Department has even reported a decrease in violations found at these markets. So why is this rate increase on the table? In the past, the County has been supportive of farmers markets and this hike in permit fees seems to be contrary to that support.

To get a better understanding of what’s going on, how it will affect your farmers market, voice your concerns or to be apart of the discussion, Join SFMA at one of three public hearings on Nov. 13th & 19th to express your concerns.

For more information and a full list of meeting locations and times, check out the Ballard farmers market Blog.

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Free Whiskey Tasting Event in Wallingford Tonight!

November 5th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Attention lovers of quality libations, locally owned Wine World in Wallingford has tastings every day of the week including Beer Wednesdays, Local Thursdays and Flight Fridays; it’s like a penny-pinching tasters dream!

The Pacific Northwest has not only instilled in me a love of artisan craft beers, I have also developed a taste for fine wine and good bourbon. Taken seriously, and responsibly, these beverages are lovely to sip and savour in the cold and dark winter months.

Tonight, Nov 5, in addition to a Dicks Brewing Company and a Terrazas Wine Tasting, they are having a special Whisky Tasting Event featuring tastings of:

  • Isle of Skye 8yr
  • Tamdhu 10yr
  • Arran 10yr
  • Smokehead
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay
  • Arran Malt Amarone Cask

Chris Uhde, the district manager of Western Region Impex Beverages, will be leading the tasting. Uhde is Whiskey Expert for the United Scottish Society of Southern California, the founder of the Southern California Whiskey Club.

Tastings are Monday – Friday from 6-8pm and on the weekend from 2-5pm unless otherwise noted. Although most events are free and open to the public, the Friday Night Flights events is a $10 guided tasting series featuring wines from around the globe.

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6 Steps to Create Your Will: PEPS Offers Lo-Cost Class Nov 10

October 28th, 2014 by Nico Lund

If You’re Like A Lot Of People, Creating Your Will is Something You’ve Been Putting Off For Years – Even Though You Know The Importance of Having One

Well, put it off no longer! The 2014 PEPS Parent Talk Lecture Series, presented by Verity Credit Union, is Hosting 6 Steps to Create Your Will on Nov 10, 7-9pm.

Okay, I admit it, this has been on my mind for a while! I am that person – I know I need to have a will but feel so overwhelmed when it comes to getting it down on paper. What I need is someone to walk me through it, but hiring an attorney is definitely not in the budget!

This class is an opportunity to learn about how to create clear, simple documents, how to name a guardian for kids, give someone the power to manage finances, name a personal representative and decide who gets what.

This low-cost class can also start the process of creating an estate plan, as well as learn about the various options on how to leave a legacy by including the causes you are passionate about in your plan.

Megan Gebhardt, owner of Gebhardt Law Office,will be teaching this class. She has focuses her practice exclusively on estate planning and elder law. She serves as Western Division Chair of the Washington First Responder Will Clinic and as a volunteer speaker for PEPS groups.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Registration fee is $15 or pay-what-you-can. The $15 entitles you to bring your spouse or partner. PEPS works with various partners in the community to sponsor the lecture series and strives to keep the cost very low.

Tickets are Available at Brown Paper Tickets

PLEASE NOTE: PEPS hopes to deliver informative content free of disruptions at our lectures. Babes in arms (under 6 months) are welcome, but they ask that crawlers and crooners stay home with a caregiver.

The Class will take place at:

Verity Credit Union
11027 Meridian Ave N #102
Seattle, WA 98133

For more information, please visit their event webpage

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Immerse Yourself in Spanish at New School in Wallingford

October 24th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Vámonos Spanish Center, a new language school in Wallingford is having their first open house on November 2, 2-4pm.

Have you wondered if you could learn to speak another language? Do you want your child to be bi-lingual? Did you take a language back in the day but have no one to practice with? Vámonos Spanish Center is now in Walligford and ready to facilitate those ‘r’s’ to roll off your tongue.

VSC is a new language school that offers several different programs and resources for learning Spanish. Owner and teacher Amanda Reichert will instruct classes solely in Spanish utilizing the proven technique of immersion for listening comprehension skills. VSC will offer a variety of programs including:

  • Adult classes
  • After school supplemental program for middle schoolers
  • Daytime program for homeschooled middle schoolers
  • One-one-one tutoring and private lessons
  • Summer camps
  • Guided foreign travel

Señorita Amanda has been teaching since 2007, lived and has taught in Mexico and Spain, and has also traveled extensively to numerous Spanish speaking countries. She feels she has developed a unique program that combines culture and grammar in a way that makes learning Spanish fun and engaging.

Vámonos Spanish Center is located in Wallingford at 4504 Bagley Ave. N (behind the Sea Monster)

If you are interested in learning more? Visit www.vamonosspanish.com for more information.

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Need to Buy Some Holiday Gifts? Go Buy the Book!

October 22nd, 2014 by Nico Lund

On November 15 at the North Seattle College, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a Holiday Book Sale.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at North Seattle College (9600 College Way N., in the cafeteria) You can find gift-quality books for all ages, old or rare books and tons of new DVD’s! Prices start at $3!

The sale will take place in the cafeteria at North Seattle College. You can enter from the west side of the campus into the first floor entrance of the College Center Building, underneath the large concrete staircase visible from College Way between 95th and 97th streets.

Due to the fire code, capacity in the cafeteria will be limited and there may be a line to enter the building.

This sale is free and open to the public with no registration required.

For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library at 206-682-7567, email book.sale@friendsofspl.org or visit www.friendsofspl.org.

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Tent City 3 on Ravenna Ave: Answers to Questions Neighborhood Residents Might Have

October 17th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Our sister site University Distric Daily has written a post addressing the new Tent City 3 Location that has popped up between Ravenna Ave and 8th Ave NE.

YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED THAT A TENT CITY HAS POPPED UP ON RAVENNA AVE AND 8TH AVE NE. BEING A RESIDENT OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD I HAD SOME QUESTIONS. I DECIDED TO STOP BY AND GET SOME ANSWERS.

A blue tarp circles the encampment. I walked until I found the entrance on the Ravenna side. I was immediately greeted with smiles and directed to the front “office.” I met a volunteer organizer who asked to be called ‘Micky Mouse’ to protect his identity. He told me about theSHARE/WHEEL organization that runs Tent City 3 then he introduced me to resident Tom who gave me a little tour.

SHARE stands for Seattle Housing and Resource Effort and WHEEL is for Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League. As mentioned on their website:

“SHARE and WHEEL are a self-organized, democratic, grassroots organizations of homeless and formally homeless individuals. SHARE was founded in 1990 and WHEEL was founded in 1993.  For 22 years we have been working to eradicate homelessness, educate the community, and empower homeless people.”

Mouse told me that Tent City 3 has be running for 13 years and is a model for tent cities across the nation. They are self-managed to help promote the dignity of the individual members.

People might wonder what kind of people are allowed to be part of this Tent City, how long they will stay in a location and why they are here in the first place. Mouse gave me some of their standards:

To be welcomed into the community one needs to have a current ID and must pass a sex-offender check. Tent City 3 does not allow anyone with a sex-offense in their operation. Mouse said that no level of sex-offense is acceptable for their city.

Stays can run from three to six months, but tend to stay in the three-month time frame. They create a contract with their host or neighborhood and they are very strict about sticking to that contract. This tent city is set to relocate to the Seattle University Campus on Jan 11th 2015.

Also of note is that Tent Cities provide their own trash removal and port-a-potties. Bus tickets are provided to each participant each day so they can get to work or appointments. Each Tent City has a food preparation area and volunteers bring hot meals most evenings while other times area residents kindly bring food donations. Some local construction companies have even stopped by to offer work to able-bodied folks.

Tent City 3 also has their own security-safety patrols. Volunteers work up to 30 hours a week to help maintain the site.

Mouse tells me passionately that the people here are not ‘camping,’ they are ’surviving.’ In the words of a resident from their website:

“People are people are people.  What do we want?  We want our lives back.  We lost our lives for the most part when we lost our jobs, housing, and opportunities to the rough times we are living through right now.”
Tom gave me a tour and showed off his awesome long hair!

Mouse said that tent city gives some of these people a safe way to survive that is a step above some other options available to homeless people in this city.

How can you Help?

Most importantly, Donations are gladly welcomed. On the website, there is a detailed list of wants and needs. Items such as hardware, kitchen, office, camping, health supplies and of course clothing is always needed. I spoke to another resident of Tent City 3, Roger, who said that sometimes neighbors order them pizza’s.

Pictured in front of his Tent, Roger said he was a network engineer before the ‘dot bomb’

To some neighbors, it might feel shocking to have a Tent City pop up in their ‘hood. What I found is that taking the time to stop by and meet these people puts a friendly face to an important issue.

As I got in my car and drove away, I felt more at ease knowing that there are great people out there working hard to help people struggling to survive. It was also inspiring, especially knowing there is more I can personally do to help out struggling families in our surrounding areas.

For more information, to volunteer or donate supplies please stop by and talk to the people at Tent City 3, or visit the website.

Online Donations can be made at their PayPals Page.

SHARE is a 501c(3) non-profit registered in the state of Washington and all donations are tax-deductible. WHEEL shares SHARE’s 501c(3).

Tent City 3 is located at:

NE 64th St and 8th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98115

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Popular Annual Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale This Saturday

October 15th, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Phinney Preschool Co-op’s annual Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is this Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 1pm. The Early Bird Gets the Deal!

Buying used clothes is not only great for the environment it’s also great for families who are trying to stay on budget.

This sale features gently-used, name-brand clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy!

There is parking available in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots.

Bring your re-usable bags and get there early — there is a 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm.

PNPC is on Facebook so you can get the latest info on the sale and a sneak peak into items being sold!

When: Sat. October 18 9am-1pm
Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N Seattle 98103)

For more info check out their website

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