Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 Always be grateful for what you have... as there will always be people with more and always be people with less.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Festival of Trees Celebration event with a singing choir, Christmas Storytellers, Tree Lighting Ceremony and more at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle - Sunday, November 23rd 2014 from 2-5pm - New this year: Children's Boutique!

Festival of Trees Celebration

Celebration guests gather around as Featured patient Tori Cartwright prepares to light the Fairmont Olympic's grand tre
Celebration guests gather around as Featured patient Tori Cartwright prepares to light the Fairmont Olympic's grand tre 
Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. 
" Come and enjoy our free family-oriented Festival of Trees Celebration. Our guests, featured patients, friends and family will enjoy entertainment provided by the St. Jude Parish Sanctuary Choir. Story tellers will read Christmas stories.

One of our our featured patients will start the Celebration by lighting the Fairmont Olympic's grand lobby tree. Another featured patient will open the Teddy Bear Suite for the season. 

Numerous holiday items, including wreaths, small trees, table decorations, and ornaments are designed and crafted by our guild members especially for our guests. Children can pose with Santa for a photo taken by Yuen Lui Photography.

Proceeds from the Festival of Trees Celebration benefit the Seattle Children's Autism Center and uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital. Your support enables the hospital to continue its research toward new treatments and cures for diseases and allows Seattle Children's to provide the highest quality, family-oriented care. 

New this year: Children's Boutique with items of interest to children, priced for our younger guests. "

For more info. go here.

Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel opens for the season in Seattle - Sunday, November 23rd through Tuesday, December 30th 2014 - Various hours - Bring camera for photo opp. and donations are accepted!


Teddy Bear Suite

" Thousands of locals and visitors alike flock to the Teddy Bear Suite at The Olympic Hotel as part of an annual holiday tradition. Brimming with Teddy Bears and professionally decorated by local interior designer Kevin Bradford, one of the hotel’s biggest suites is magically transformed into a teddy bear wonderland for kids and parents to enjoy. The suite is ideal for family photos and a perfect respite from the holiday hustle and bustle. Donations taken at the suite benefit uncompensated care at Children’s Hospital. "

Viewing hours:
November 23 – December 30
Monday to Thursday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – Sunday (and Christmas Eve): 10:00am – 7:00pm

For more info. go here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Piper Piper Family Event Series at Mount Baker Community Clubhouse in Seattle - Various Saturdays - November 22nd 2014 through March 28th 2015 - All shows at 10:30am - $3 each

For more info. go here.

Yulefest with kids crafts, visit with Santa and more at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard - November 22nd and 23rd 2014 from 10am-5pm - $5 for adults and FREE for kids ages 12 and under!

" Yulefest is the annual Nordic Christmas celebration at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Vendors sell hand-crafted wares, and traditional Scandinavian Christmas food and drinks are sold. There is music and dancing, plus a visit from Santa, a raffle with fantastic prizes and a Silent Auction. Yulefest is a 37-year strong tradition in Ballard, and this year’s will be bigger and better than ever! ...

 ...There will be kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, and the whole Nordic Heritage Museum to explore! "

Adult admission is $5.00 per person. Kids twelve and under are admitted for free.
Admission is complimentary for Nordic Heritage Museum Members

For more info. go here.

Green Your Holidays Workshops with ornament making for kids too at Gilman Village in Issaquah - Saturday, November 22nd 2014 from 11am-3pm

Check out this fun event and learn how to reduce waste, upcycle and more during the holidays!

" Get in the holiday spirit! Visit the free Green Your Holidays Workshop and learn how to make the season bright and less wasteful. As you browse around, stop into our five stations set up around Gilman Village. "

Green Your Holidays Idea Center / Event Check-in
Hosted by: Tom Watson and the King County EcoConsumer program
Location: Recology CleanScapes Store

Make holiday cards from repurposed fabric scraps 
Hosted by: Deborah Boone of Our Fabric Stash
Location: Studio Den

Holiday Cooking Demo: learn how to make a yummy side dish and remake it into more meals
Hosted by: Rachel Duboff of Thyme to Nourish
Location: The Writers’ Cottage

Ornament crafting for the kids using recycled materials
Hosted by: Smart with Art teachers
Location: The White Board

Gift wrapping without the waste – take home a bow of your own!
Hosted by: Lindsay Kittleson and her husband Chet of the Tomato Boots blog
Location: Phoenix Art Restoration

For more info. go here.

Festival of Trees Viewing at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle - Saturday, November 22nd through Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 - 24/7!

Image courtesy of M2 Photography

Go and see all kinds of uniquely designed trees during this holiday season tradition!

" We will again have twenty-one designer trees on display in the lobby and grand motor entrance of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel starting at noon on November 22 and continuing through December 3, 2014.  

Come view the trees at any time during the display, and read the inspiring stories of Seattle Children's patients. Pick up an informational card from the Concierge Desk to find out how you can support Festival of Trees and Seattle Children's Hospital. "

For more info. go here.


Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold Puppet Show at Muckleshoot Library in Auburn - Saturday, November 22nd 2014 at 2pm

" Where can you find a hut that walks on chicken legs or a fence of bones and skulls? Where else but in the forest of the famous Russian witch, Baba Yaga. She is up to her old tricks again when she steals the family savings, a bag of gold, from the family of Vasalisa and Ivan. The brave, but foolish, Ivan sets off to recover the family treasure. Can Ivan avoid being captured by Baba Yaga or will his sister Vasalisa need to attempt a daring rescue? "

Recommended for kids ages 3-12.

Educational emphasis : Stranger awareness and the danger of acting on impulse.

For more info. go here.

A Holiday Tale of Poetry and Magic Show at the Bellevue Library - Saturday, November 22nd 2014 at 4pm - First come, first seated.

Check out this Thanksgiving themed event!

" Enjoy a holiday tale that combines original poetry with magic to tell a story about harvest-time, family, and the sharing of food. This show celebrates the hidden wonders of daily life and the astonishing power of gratitude. "

Recommended for kids ages 3 and up!

For more info. go here.

OddMall - Emporium of the Weird with an arts and crafts fair, entertainment and a kids area at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Everett - Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd 2014 from 11am-7pm (until 6pm on Sunday!) - Accepting new pj donations for Treehouse!

Head to Oddmall this weekend to check out all things unusual! They will have entertainment and a kids area, as well. Free admission but accepting new pjs to benefit Treehouse kids!

For more info. go here.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Caspar Babypants performance at the Mill Creek-Bothell Top Pot Doughnuts in Bothell - Sunday, November 16th 2014 at 10:30am - Arrive Early!

Another free performance at Top Pot Doughnuts...this time in Bothell!

For more info. go here.

Bunka no Hi 2014 - a Japanese Culture Festival at JCCCW in Seattle - Sunday, November 16th 2014 from 11am-5pm

Head to Seattle and enjoy Bunka no Hi!

" Bunka no Hi is the JCCCW’s premier annual cultural event and is a celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. Bunka no Hi is filled with performances, cultural demonstrations, games, and other activities as a true community wide event, with booths and informational displays from a variety of local vendors and nonprofit organizations. No matter where your interests lie, Bunka no Hi will have something for everyone! "

Event Exhibitors & Activities:

Exhibitor / Activity All Day / Demonstration
Bean Fish Food
Budokan Judo Dojo Demonstration
Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle – Furoshiki Workshop All Day
Haiku NW & Rainier Ginsha Haiku Workshop (ENG/JPN) All Day
Hosekibako All Day – 20% Off Sale
Kabuki Academy Demonstration
Kamishibai – Paper Theater (ENG/JPN) Demonstration
Kaze Daiko Demonstration
Kirigami & Origami All Day
Koto – Miyagikai Demonstration
Math Abacus School of Seattle – Soroban All Day
Minyo Folk Dancing Demonstration – Audience Interaction!
Nikkei Bunko All Day
Regional Taiko Group Demonstration
Sakura Con All Day
Seattle Seido Karate Demonstration
Setsuko Pastry All Day – Food Vendor
Tea Ceremony Demonstration
Tokyo Dog All Day – Food Vendor
Wotagei Demonstration – Audience Interaction!

For more info. go  here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Town Hall Seattle presents "Play Date" - a free musical performance for kids ages 12 and under and $5 for adults - Saturday, November 15th 2014 at 11am (doors open at 10:30am)


" Husband/wife duo Greg Attonito (The Bouncing Souls) and Shanti Wintergate are the heart of the kindie music group Play Date. The goal of their music is to inspire children to use their imaginations — and their dance moves — to explore the world around them. Play Date’s aptly-named album Imaginationwon Creative Child’s 2014 Seal of Excellence Award. Called a “breath of fresh air” (, they’ll be bringing their guitars and infectious energy with popular songs “Dance Like a Monster,” “Anyone Can Sing,” and more! "

For more info. go here.

"Fall Wellness Day" with free services at Bartell Drugs and Care Clinic at the Crossroads store in Bellevue - Saturday, November 15th 2014 from 11am-3pm

Visit Crossroads Bartell Drugs for their Fall Wellness Day. Free services include A1C tests, blood pressure checks, a vitamin clinic and a medicine cabinet review!

Presented by CareClinic, Bartell Drugs hosts “Fall Wellness Day” at Bellevue Crossroads store with free wellness services and discount savings.

" SEATTLE--Bartell Drugs and CareClinic will host "Fall Wellness Day" at Bartell Drugs’ Crossroads store, located at 653 156th Ave NE Bellevue, with health services provided by Bartell pharmacists free of charge.

 “Fall Wellness Day” is presented by CareClinic, a convenient in-store walk-in clinic launched by Group Health Cooperative and Bartell Drugs. CareClinic is open to everyone – all adults and children two years and up and accepts most insurance plans. In addition to the Crossroads location, CareClinics are located in Bartell Drugs’ stores at University Village and Ballard (1500 NW Market).

Complimentary services during the event include blood pressure checks; A1C tests to monitor for glucose levels; and learning more about vitamins that are right for you and your family at the Vitamin Clinic. Pharmacists will also be available to assist with a free “Medicine Cabinet Review” to evaluate a list of medicines and vitamins currently being taken to identify any potential issues.

Those attending “Fall Wellness Day” will also receive coupons offering 50% discounts on selected vitamins, cough/cold products, first aid products, or pain relief items. These offers will only be valid during “Fall Wellness Day”: at the Crossroads store.

Seasonal flu shots will also be available on “Fall Wellness Day” for guests to proactively prepare for this year’s flu season.

CareClinics are open every day and provide immediate health care for minor medical needs for adults and children two years and up. For more information visit "

For more info. go here.

Salmon Watching at Piper's Creek in Carkeek Park - Daily but with Educational Stewards on Weekends - Now through December 7th 2014 from 11am- 2pm with special activities on Friday, November 28th 2014 from 11am - 1pm!

Piper's Creek annual salmon watching

" See hundreds of returning chum and coho make their way into Piper’s Creek at Carkeek Park throughout November and December. On weekends during the return, Salmon Stewards greet guests by the creek to explain the salmon's life cycle, habitat, and human influence on both. "

For more info. go here.