March 26, 2017

Kiwanis Bellevue Club Helps Spread the Wealth

bellevue-kiwanis walnutsTalk about a trickledown effect – The Kiwanis club of Bellevue makes an annual trek to Carlton Washington and spends the weekend harvesting walnuts donated by the Brown Bear Lodge and the Brown family. Club president Al Shot “We donate the majority of the finished walnuts to our Key Clubs. They will sell them to family and friends with the proceeds helping with their respective club expenses … mostly attending the annual DCON conference”.

The club supports International, Interlake, Newport and Bellevue high school Key Clubs, which last year’s sales helped with sending 146 students to 2016 DCON.

The nuts are hand packed by the club and will be available in mid-November – just in time for a favorite meal, hostess gift or office party. They are said to be the absolute sweetest tasting walnuts EVER since they grow in the elevation of Carlton WA … just like the delicious apples from there!

Contact Bellevue Kiwanis for nuts or interest in membership.

Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra Announces New Concert Season, Sponsored Again by Kennelly Keys Music

bellevue-youth-symphony-orchestra-bysoBellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2016–17 concert season theme, Creative Collaborations. The exchange of ideas and inspiration between music and other art forms down through the centuries has resulted in many exquisite compositions, and Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra is excited to share some of these with audiences this season.

Along with other delightful works, BYSO’s Masterworks I concert (coming up soon on November 6) will present music from West Side Story, a 20th-century retelling of Romeo and Juliet. [Read more…]

Elder & Adult Day Services (EADS) Merges with Easterseals Washington (ESW) to Provide Services to More Individuals and Families

easterseals-washingtonEasterseals Washington is Expanding – Three New Adult Day Service Centers Are Added to Easterseals Washington’s Program Offerings

Adult day programs allow seniors who are experiencing disabilities due to aging to remain safe and active in their communities. They contribute to the development of skills and relationships for adults with developmental disabilities, and they bring peace of mind and respite time to family caregivers. Adults with disabilities and their families need options, and that is just what this program expansion provides.

Elder and Adult Day Services (EADS) has now joined forces with Easterseals Washington (ESW), whose purpose is to change the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Effective October 17, 2016, EADS has merged completely into ESW, allowing its three adult day health and recreation centers to continue as an official part of the Easterseals Washington organization. The programs in Bellevue, Des Moines and Bremerton provide a state-certified environment that assures regular health care, stimulating activities and a supportive community. [Read more…]

Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River!

Volunteer NaturalistVolunteer As A Naturalist in Cedar River Watershed

Share your community treasure! Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River and learn about one of the world’s amazing wildlife migrations, which runs through the heart of Seattle, Renton and on up into Maple Valley! Naturalists will receive 20 hours of training from fish and watershed experts in September. Then they’ll spend three days along the river in October, talking to the public about the spawning salmon and the natural and human history of the Cedar River Watershed. [Read more…]

Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong to emcee Bellevue College Foundation Luncheon

Bellevue College Foundation Become Exceptional Luncheon 2015: Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong.

Bellevue College Foundation Become Exceptional Luncheon 2015: Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong.

Sports analyst and former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong is set to emcee the Bellevue College Foundation’s 17th Annual “Become Exceptional” Luncheon April 27 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This is the second year Strong will emcee the Foundation’s marquee fundraising event.  

Strong, a sports analyst with Root Sports Northwest, is the NFL’s Pacific West Director of the newly founded Legends Program. Strong and his wife Zoe’s passion for youth motivated them to establish the Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS Foundation, a nonprofit providing mentoring programs that assist urban youth from at-risk communities to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character in order to succeed. The program reaches over 350 students annually throughout the Northwest. [Read more…]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue Win Prestigious Award for Excellence in Marketing and Communications

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue Win Marketing AwardRecently, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue received two of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s prestigious Marketing and Communications (MAC) Awards during the organization’s 109th Annual National Conference in Chicago, IL. Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue was selected among hundreds of local Clubs across the country for implementing the best marketing strategy for Social Media and Special Events. The two campaigns were initially designed by Club partner Lionfish, an international, award-winning branding and marketing firm focused on igniting opportunity for the world’s game changers. In recognition of this outstanding achievement, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Mark M. O’Brien, left, was on hand to present Kathy Haggart, CEO/President and Ryan Scott, COO/Vice President, with the esteemed awards.

Tim Lennon to join The Vera Project as Executive Director

Tim Lennon The Vera ProjectThe Vera Project announced today that Tim Lennon will join the all-ages music and art organization as its new executive director.

“Vera’s staff, members and board are thrilled that Tim will be leading this beloved organization,” said Chris Nelson, chair of Vera’s board of directors. “We were all impressed by Tim’s energy, his ideas for Vera’s future, and his commitment to social justice.”

Lennon has worked in Seattle’s arts community for more than a decade. He comes to Vera from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, where he oversees summer concerts, the Mayor’s Arts Awards, public space arts activations and other events. He was program manager for The Next 50 series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair at Seattle Center, which is also home to Vera. Over the years, he has also worked with One Reel, Elliott Bay Book Company and the University of Washington.

In January, he was a featured panelist at Vera’s “Ferguson Seattle: Mobilizing Our Community” open discussion on racial issues in Seattle.

“The Vera community has fundamentally changed the local arts, music and political landscapes,” Lennon said. “It also fundamentally changes the lives of all who’ve found a home here. I am honored and beyond excited to serve the members, volunteers, staff and board in building on that legacy and helping them take Vera to the next level.”

One of Lennon’s first tasks will be working leading Vera through a strategic planning process with Andy Fife and Michele Scoleri, longtime Seattle arts leaders who have served as co-interim directors of Vera during the past year.

“This is a fantastic time for Vera,” Nelson said. “Along with SIFF and our soon-to-be neighbor, KEXP, Vera is helping to create an electric environment on the Uptown corner of Seattle Center. We’re eager for Vera members and staff, led by Tim, to make it one of the city’s most exciting creative hubs.”

There will be a public reception at The Vera Project to welcome Tim Lennon on Thursday, April 9th at 8pm.

About The Vera Project

VERA—an acronym for the Latin “Veri Et Recti Amici,” or “true and sincere friends”—is an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera fulfills its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people. Vera’s programs are always all ages, with a focus on young people ages 14 to 24.

Attend Attain Housing’s FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS BENEFIT LUNCHEON at Westin Bellevue This Friday

Attain Housing Luncheon 2015Attend Attain Housing’s 6th Annual Fighting Homelessness Benefit Luncheon “Ignite Your Imagination”, with Guest Speaker Thach Nguyen, Author, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.

Marci Nakano Named New Executive Director of Executive Development Institute

Marci Nakano Executive Director of Executive Development Institute

Marci Nakano Executive Director of Executive Development Institute

Bellevue-based Executive Development Institute (EDI) has announced that its Board of Directors appointed Marci Nakano as EDI’s Executive Director. EDI is the only Pacific Northwest non-profit organization that focuses on leadership training for multiethnic professionals. Nakano will transition to Executive Director on March 1, 2015. EDI’s current Executive Director, Alan Sugiyama, is retiring on February 28, 2015 for health reasons and will remain connected to EDI as Executive Director Emeritus. In this new role, he will mentor and transition Nakano to her new role and continue to represent EDI in the community.

Al Sugiyama Retiring Executive Director of Executive Development Institute

Al Sugiyama Retiring Executive Director of Executive Development Institute

“I am appreciative to the Board and Al for their trust, confidence and support as I take on this new role. As an EDI alumna, I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has influenced my own leadership journey and look forward to continuing to strengthen and grow EDI’s programs,” said Nakano.

Nakano is currently the Director of Programs and Events for EDI and has been with the organization for nine years. She is a graduate of EDI’s 2005 Leadership Discovery program. Prior to EDI, Nakano was a Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, responsible for financial statement and internal control audits for manufacturing, construction and utility companies.

“The EDI Board of Directors is pleased that Marci has accepted the Executive Director position. She has the ability, knowledge, experience and most of all the passion to lead EDI. It is special to us that we are able to promote an alumna of our Leadership Discovery Program. We are also pleased that Al has accepted the Executive Director Emeritus position. He has made significant contributions to our organization and we wish him only the best as he continues to focus on his health,” said Mae Numata, co-chair EDI Board of Directors and Class of 1994.

EDI collaborates with over 50 Pacific Northwest corporations to provide business relevant, culturally tailored leadership training for Asian Pacific Islander and Hispanic participants. The leadership institute has built a community of over 800 alumni and is currently recruiting for its 2015 programs. Visit for more information

Summit at Snoqualmie Pass Sales to Benefit Northwest Harvest This Cyber Monday

What: Today, Cyber Monday The Summit at Snoqualmie, located at Snoqualmie Pass, WA., will be donating funds to help fight hunger from season pass sales. In the spirit of the holidays The Summit will be donating $10 to Northwest Harvest for every single Big S Season Pass sold on December 1st, 2014. The Summit is also encouraging people who’ve already purchased a pass prior to Cyber Monday to contribute as well.

Who: The Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Resort for Northwest Harvest.

Why: To raise awareness and funds with The Summit at Snoqualmie’s skiers and snowboarders for Northwest Harvest’s fight against hunger, particularly now that the winter weather is in full effect.

When: Contribution period starts at 12:01am Monday, December 1, 2014 and continues through 11:59pm Monday, December 1, 2014

. The Summit will contribute $10 from every single season pass sold in this time-frame.

Where: The Summit at Snoqualmie’s website: Season pass purchasers can also buy their pass in person at The Summit at Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass at the Summit West Guest Services office from 9am to 5pm on Monday, December 1, 2014.

About Northwest Harvest: The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.