I won some tickets to a wine tasting at Woodland Park Zoo last week, from Parent Map, so my husband and I got to enjoy a fun evening together, sampling some Washington state wines and visiting the animals. Parent Map quite frequently has giveaways to Seattle area events on their Facebook page. So if you like free stuff, I'd recommend that you go and "like" their page. Entering the contests is usually as easy as just leaving a comment, and the odds of winning are often very good. The weather was gorgeous; a perfect evening to sit on the grass for a picnic and listen to the band.Viewing the animals while the zoo was closed was definitely a treat. They seemed more active than any other time I had ever seen them. Woodland Park has four new young wolves that completely charmed me. They were very playful, much like my own dog. After we were done at the zoo, we wandered around the Wallingford neighborhood a bit, admiring the gardens, and enjoying some homemade gelato from Veraci pizza. We decided to ride the bus home that night, and ended up waiting for a transfer in downtown Seattle. You never know what you'll see or hear in downtown Seattle at 11 pm. That night, we heard some fantastic drum playing from this little guy. He'll probably end up on You Tube. There were dozens of people, standing around, recording him. My cute date and myself. For those who live on the Eastside, and want to go to the zoo during the day without the hassle of driving/parking, there is a free zoo shuttle this summer. For more information, click here.
I wandered around the quaint little town of Snohomish Washington with some dear friends. Just browsing the numerous antique shops, shopping, eating, chatting, and of course, taking pictures. Here's a few of my favorite images from the day.
The photos above were taken at an adorable store called Joyworks.
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When my own children were younger, one of my favorite things was to take them to storytime. They've grown out of it, but I've still managed to keep going every once in awhile, by taking friend's children with me. Maybe it's just because I like a good reason to go to the Bravern, but Little Bookworms is my favorite. It's free, from 11-12, every Wednesday, on the second level of building two at the Bravern, by the fireplace. There's always something delicious from Trophy Cupcakes, and for the month of June, there are organic snacks from Happy Baby, as well as free valet parking (just let then know you're attending storytime). Wandering around the shops, admiring the the beautiful architecture and landscaping is always a special treat.For more information on Little Bookworms, click here.
The Sophia Way is the only homeless shelter for single women on the eastside. It opened in December of 2008 and has helped hundreds of women during that time. The shelter, which currently houses ten women, has been at capacity, with a waiting list, since day one. Most of the women who come to the shelter have been chronically homeless for more than a year.
I attended a luncheon today at St Luke's Lutheran church, which will soon be the new home of Sophia's Shelter. The entire ground floor of the church, 6,000 sq. ft., will house twenty private cubicles, effectively doubling the size of the current shelter.
Another reason for celebration today, was the completion of Holly House, a housing community for six women. This was a collaborative effort between The Sophia Way and many other generous community volunteers. The Holly House, in addition to Rosco House and several private subsidized apartments around the eastside, are a way that The Sophia Way helps women leave the shelter for permanent housing. That transition is coupled with mentoring and long term financial support to help women gain independence.
We were treated to the music of local musician Sonny Byers. Wow, he's very good.There are many ways to get involved with this needed and worthy program, through both finances and time given. They are currently raising money for their new shelter. One way to grow your gift is to donate on June 23, through The Seattle Foundation's, Give Big event, which gives matching funds to favorite Seattle area charities on that day. Another way to get involved is to volunteer. There ways to do this are listed on the website. I've been involved with the companion program since January and I love it. Even if you don't live on the eastside, or if this particular program isn't for you, I encourage everyone to find some way to give back to their community. I found out about The Sophia Way by searching for it on the internet, then e-mailing the director and asking how I could get involved. If you want to share a similar program, located around the Seattle metro area, please contact me. I would love to compile a list and post it here at Postcards from Seattle.
My daughter and I drove over the bridge and into the city for lunch today. Right in the heart of the city is my favorite place to be. There's a certain charm here, a vibrancy, that isn't replicated in the suburbs. I'm energized when I spend time here. We ended up at a wonderful spot for lunch though, called Beecher's, where we had the "world's best" mac & cheese. Even Oprah says it's the world's best, and I believe she's right on this one. Although, I do think it would be kind of fun to test that opinion. While we ate our lunch, we watched the cheese being made. The skies in Seattle may indeed be gray for much of the year, but there are some colorful people. I love street musicians.And I loved these colorful paintings on the walls of the coffee shop we stopped in.I heart Seattle.