Sep 302011

University Book Store regularly holds author readings and book signings at area stores, including Mill Creek, Seattle and Bellevue. For a list of this month’s events, see the list of events on their website. Most readings and signings are free of charge. You may sign up by email to receive notice of upcoming events.

Although it is one of more than 4,000 college bookstores in the U.S., the University Book Store can be likened to very few. It is among the top three in total sales volume and leads all college stores in the sale of books and supplies. It is one of few that are organized as independent, tax paying corporations with direct student involvement in management oversight. And it is one of the few that annually returns rebates or patronage refunds to its campus customers.

Sep 242011

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Sep 122011

On Slacker Radio, you can listen to customized music, news, sports, and comedy stations for free (and with a subscription, you have on-demand access to specific songs, albums and playlists).Slacker Radio is available in more places than any other radio service. You can download the Slacker mobile application for free and listen everywhere on a long list of popular devices.

Sep 122011

Treeswing is one of the leading voices on the issue of childhood obesity. Currently a quarter of the youth in Washington State are overweight, putting them at high risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and asthma. Treeswing’s goal is to increase the number of opportunities for youth to be physically active and to increase access to healthy foods in schools. Long term, the aim is to change current “norms” so that health is so embedded into the school culture that the healthy choice is the natural choice.

Volunteer with Treeswing

Treeswing values its dedicated volunteers and is committed to finding ways for individuals to be involvedand contribute your time and talent. Find out about volunteer opportunities with TreeSwing.

How TreeSwing Fights Obesity

Treeswing is bringing Playworks Recess 360 to low income elementary schools in the Puget Sound area in the fall of 2011. Playworks Recess 360 is a year-long school-based program designed to energize the recess yard in a structured and inclusive way that will engage all students. Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day.

Sep 122011

Theatre Puget Sound is a trade and service organization founded in 1997 to promote the spiritual and economic necessity of theatre to the public, and to unify and strengthen the theatre community in the region through programs, resources and services.

When you become an invidividual member of TSP, you will be connected to a network of over 140 theaters and other organizations in the Puget Sound performing arts community. Membership is not limited to theater practictioners. Any individual with a passion for the performing arts is welcome to join whether you are an artist, volunteer, donor, or audience member.

Individual membership begins at just $28 ($18/student).

Benefits of membership include special discounts for TPS members on theatre tickets to member organizations. Discounts vary from one performance location to the next. Participating theaters include many theaters throughout the region, both large and small, such as 5th Avenue, ACT, The Bathhouse Theater, Bellevue Civic Theater, Burien Little theater, Renton Civic Theater, Seattle Theater Group, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, to name just a few.

Sep 072011

Seattle Chinese garden gateThe 4.6-acre Seattle Chinese Garden is one of the largest Chinese gardens outside of China, showcasing not only plants, but also stone, architecture and water elements that are customary to Chinese gardens. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the gravel paths. No pets are allowed. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. Contributions help support garden maintenance and educational and cultural programs.

Seattle Chinese Garden hours:

  • Spring, Summer, Fall: April 1 through October 31, Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Winter: November 1 through March 31, Saturdays only, 11:30 am to 3:30

The Seattle Chinese Garden site is located adjacent to South Seattle Community College at 6000 16th Avenue SW, with access from the north parking lot entrance (Google map).

Directions to the Seattle Chinese garden: Drive into the north entrance to South Seattle Community College. The college parking fee is $2 for all day. There is small yellow parking kiosk immediately after the gatehouse. The college arboretum is on your left and then the gravel walkway to the Garden Entry Courtyard is before the first building on the left. Look for the green directional signs. When you walk into the entry court, stop in the Visitor Center to pick up a self-guided tour brochure and plant guide. The Visitor Center also offers information about Chinese gardens, photos and a video of courtyard construction, displays, and a small gift shop.

Sep 062011

Emerald City Contra Dance with the Seattle Folklore Society present Contra dancing every Friday at the
Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney N, Seattle (map) in the “Community Hall” (brick building off lower parking lot).

  • Dance from 7:30pm to 10:00pm, beginner’s workshop at 7:00.
  • Regular admission is $8; $7 for SFS and PNA members and seniors; $5 for students; under 16 free.
  • First time contra dancers get a coupon for free admission to their next dance. Coupon redemption limited to first five coupons on any single night.

For more information: 206-440-9839 or

All dances taught. No partner necessary! Light, comfortable clothing recommended. Please do not wear cologne, perfume or other strongly scented products. Thanks! Our hall has strict capacity limits. We occasionally need to limit entry due to high attendance.

Sep 062011

Lake City Contra/Old Time Country Dance present Contra dancing in Lake City every Friday at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 – 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (Google map). Admission $8, students & seniors $5, kids and first-time contradancers free! For more information call 206-525-0932.

  • Dance from 8:00pm-11:00pm with a free introductory “dance skills” workshop at 7:30pm.
  • Regular admission is $8; students & seniors $5, kids and first-time contradancers free!

Please respect the health needs of many dancers and come fragrance-free.