Seattle Entrepreneur Conference April 27, Hosted by “Accidental” Networking Group

March 14, 2018 6:04am

Sometimes the best things start on accident.

A few years ago, I noticed I had a lot of friends working on entrepreneurial or “business-ish” projects. Since I wanted to go that direction myself, I invited them to hang out and meet other like-minded people.

It was a hit, so I repeated it the next month, this time inviting a few strangers I found via an online entrepreneurship group. One of them suggested I list the group publicly, on Facebook and Meetup, which I hesitated to do at first, since it was basically “just friends hanging out.”

But eventually, I listed it, and the group (now with an official title!), grew rapidly from there.

Today, the community has more than 400 members, although I keep each monthly event small, remaining true to the original vision of the small group discussion. We meet interesting, like-minded people across multiple industries, participate in great conversation, and actually get to know each other.

It definitely helps that many other local networking groups are industry-specific or host mostly large events. I’ve heard from many members that they’ve enjoyed the more personal setting and the chance to get multiple perspectives from the various industries represented.

For monthly networking events, I also love the smaller group, but that doesn’t stop me from also wanting and organizing the occasional larger event. At these events, we learn from experts, meet larger numbers of people, and get motivated by the energy that comes from a bigger group.

One of those events is the Seattle Entrepreneur Conference, which takes place at the Ballard Public Library on Friday, April 27. This full-day event will help Seattle-area business owners build their confidence, connections, customers and cash. I’m very excited to put on this event, and I want to personally invite you to come!

You’ll meet other Seattle entrepreneurs and learn from experts about topics like…
• Increasing your confidence
• Using storytelling in business
• Finding high-level mentors
• Online marketing that brings in leads
• Social media for business (Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube)
• PR, accounting, and legal for small business

We have a packed schedule, but after the conference, there will be plenty of time at the no-host social hour to mingle and discuss what you learned.

Tickets are free, and available from Eventbrite or Facebook. RSVP early – space is limited due to the fire code. Hope to see you there!

(This event is not sponsored by The Seattle Public Library.)


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March 2018 Happenings In And Around Green Lake

February 28, 2018 6:33am

Practice Your Putt at the Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt
The Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt opens for the season on March 1. Bring your own clubs or rent a set to learn and practice alongside beginners and casual golfers at this laid-back course.
Open March 1 thru Oct 31. Hours vary.
Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt (5701 E Green Lake Way N)

Shop & Dine to Make a Difference
March 9-11
University Village
A $25 donation to RMHC will get you a shopping card that entitles you to 25% off your purchase at many retailers in University Village, including Anthropologie, Aritzia, Athleta, Madewell, Hanna Andersson, Pottery Barn Kids, and many more. You can see a full list of retailers here. Your shopping card also includes free valet parking at the lot near Amazon Books.

RMHC of Western Washington & Alaska supports families whose children are being treated for serious illnesses. At the houses in Anchorage and Seattle, RMHC provide housing, volunteer-led dinners and activities, and a welcoming community to hundreds of families every year.

March on 5K
March 10 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
This fun run/walk raises money for Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest.
8:30am- Check In
9am- Round 1 of yoga begins
9:20am- Round 1 racers to start line
9:30am- Round 1 of racers begin
10:30am- Round 2 of yoga begins
10:50am- Round 2 racers to start line
11am- Round 2 of racers begin
For more information, go to the registration page.

Light Up The Night Gala
March 11 doors open at 5:30 p.m.
415 Westlake Ave N
Green Lake’s own Seattle Public Theatre is hosting their annual gala, which helps raise funds for their ongoing operations.
The night will include live entertainment, whiskey tastings, a live auction featuring sunset yacht cruise, private concert and sporting events, culinary adventures and more.
For more information and to buy tickets go to their website.



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Green Lake Art & Music Walk February 23

February 19, 2018 6:58am

The Green Lake Art and Music Walk is Friday, February 23. The event brings live music and art to dozens of Green Lake businesses – mostly located along the east side of Green Lake – from Lucia and Gregg’s Green Lake Cycle to Om Culture and more. Grab dinner, check out some art and listen to live music. Family friendly and best of all, free.


Friday February 23 5-8 p.m.

Event is free, but registration is encouraged. For more information, a full list of sponsors and participating businesses, go to the events’ Facebook page.


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Green Lake Food Walk Is April 28

February 18, 2018 9:50pm

Photo via GLFW

This just in… The Green Lake Food Walk is scheduled for Saturday April 28 and tickets are now available online.

The Green Lake Food Walk is an edible tour of Green Lake. A wristband (purchased via the link above) grants entry to participating businesses that will be handing out samples of food and drinks. Participating businesses include: Rosita’s, Duke’s, The Woodlands Wood Fired Pizza, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, PCC and more.

Tickets are $10 for kids 10 and under and $15 for adults – note a small service fee applies.

In recent years the event has sold out, so get your tickets soon.


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Need Garden Inspiration? The NW Flower and Garden Show Starts Today

February 7, 2018 7:00am

Always an over-the-top inspiration for seasoned gardeners and plantaholics, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show  opens today for its 30th year with a twist – a special focus on delivering doable ideas for beginning gardeners, city dwellers, and edible gardeners.

The five-day festival runs WednesdaySunday at the Washington State Convention Center, offering 20 plant-packed display gardens, more than 100 free expert seminars, and world-class home and garden shopping. Oh, there will be plants, but also art, and hot tubs….

It wouldn’t be the flower show without some jaw-dropping ingenuity and theater, but there are practical ideas to find everywhere. In the display gardens, containers accent patios and nestle in the flower beds adding year-round focal points and pops of color. Great Plant Picks’ garden is all containers to showcase their latest survey of best plants for potted color.  Apple trees were espaliered (grown flat) to save space in a container or along a fence line.

Susan Browne’s sunny yellow, white, and black ‘Bee Simple’ garden (photo above) highlights bee-friendly plants and will host live demos about honeybees’ contribution to our food and environment.

West Seattle Nursery created an ethereal day spa at-home getaway– complete with massage table and outdoor shower.  The details are the star in this garden – a houseplant chandelier, an interior wall covered with air plants, an exterior one looks like fungus on bark (but is actually made of peat pots), and the lush plantings that look naturally interwoven – almost like they grew there.

Fancy Fronds Nursery’s garden is a celebration of geometry and nature with expert use of recycled materials in its zig-zag planted retaining walls and steel columns topped with mixing bowls.

 New this year, adding the real-time ‘Flower Wars’ to the popular ‘Container Wars’ event testifies to the success of the ‘slow flower’ movement and floral farms.  Designers will use American-grown flowers to whip up arrangements on the fly.

So, whether you are looking for inspiration, education, or some gorgeous plants, get there.

To go: Tickets are $24 per day, or  $34 for a 3-day pass.  Youth tickets are $7. Children under 12 are free. Available online, (800) 343-6973, or at the door.

Thanks to Bainbridge-based photographer Grace Hensley  for her fantastic photography.



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Giant Menorah Lighting Tonight at Phinney Center

December 12, 2017 6:59am

Chabad NW Seattle is hosting a giant menorah lighting tonight at the Phinney Center. The Giant Menorah will be lit outside followed by the Chanukah celebration at the Community Hall inside the brick building in the Phinney Center.

The event is free and open to the public and features:
Giant Menorah Lighting
Bounce House
Chanukah crafts
Hot Potato Latkas
The dreidel man
Delicious Jelly Doughnuts
Special performance from our Hebrew School Students


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Learn To Program BB8 At The Green Lake Library

November 28, 2017 6:49am

Budding young programmers will want to mark their calendars for a special event where they can learn to program BB-8™ by Sphero, a small app enabled droid inspired by Star Wars The Force Awakens.
The program is through Tinkerlab, a weekly all-ages program hosted by Green Lake Library that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits.

Saturday December 9 from 11-1:30

Price: Free, but come early, space is limited.

For more information go to the library’s website or call 206-684-7547.


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December Events In And Around Green Lake

November 17, 2017 5:30am

via Pathway of Lights Facebook page

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Here’s your chance to see Woodland Park Zoo aglow with thousands of colorful lights after hours. Pack your gloves and rain jacket because most of the displays are outdoors but very much worth it. The zoo has several other events scheduled during the month too – such as Santa visits, a Seahawks night and indoor snowball fight.

Insider tip: You will likely be hungry after your visit- or at least if you are visiting with little humans, they will be for sure! Don’t make the mistake we did and have zero game plan for restaurants to go to after walking around the zoo for an hour. Check out Zagat Seattle’s list of best restaurants near Woodland Park Zoo to guide you.

Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
For more information, go to the Zoo’s Wildlights FAQ.
To purchase tickets (available starting November 9), go here.

PhinneyWood Phestivus

December 8 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
PhinneyWood’s slightly off-kilter holiday celebration returns with glowing monkeys, free trolley rides and some really ugly sweaters. Nearly 200 LED-lit monkeys adorn businesses along Phinney and Greenwood avenues throughout the month of December. From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., the monkeys will be the highlight of PhinneyWood Phestivus, a neighborhood holiday party that will include a variety of “phestivities,” from art, food and ugly sweaters.

Route: Phinney Ave N and Greenwood Ave N, from the Zoo to 87th
For more information go to: Monkey information is available at

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

December 9 4:30 – 7:30

One of my favorite nights in Green Lake is the Green Lake Pathway of Lights. While there is almost always a crowd, the entire 2.8 mile Green Lake loop is illuminated with luminaries, carolers and cider/hot cocoa stations. There is also rumors of several hot air balloons taking part in the festivities near the Community Center this year. Organizers say they are currently working out those details.

Insider Tip: Bring some food for the food bank collections that will be going on around the lake.

For more information, go to the Pathway of Lights Facebook page.


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PackSmarter Class November 18 Hosted By AAA

November 13, 2017 5:54am

Got a trip coming up for the holidays? AAA is hosting a class called Packsmart that may be of help. And best of all, it’s free! The Ballard AAA Travel Store Buyer and Packing Coach Kathleen Collum is offering a free packing workshop. Kathleen will be sharing smart tips on how to make the most of your packing space including gear to make sure you comply with airline regulations. All travel store merchandise (not attraction tickets) will be 15% off on the day of the workshop. Space is limited so reserve your spot by calling  (206) 216-4205.

And you don’t have to be a AAA member to attend the class.

AAA 1523 15th Ave W.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Hosted by: Kathleen Collum, AAA Travel Store Buyer


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RainWise Webinar Monday November 13

November 11, 2017 2:53pm

Interested in a free rain garden and cisterns? RainWise is hosting a free webinar on Monday November 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for homeowners to learn more about their program and some will be eligible for an entirely free rain garden. The webinar will also cover the RainWise process, how to select a contractor and an opportunity to ask RainWise staff questions live via chat.

Register for the webinar at: Registration is mandatory for participation and will give you access to RainWise program materials. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing links to join the webinar.

Questions? Contact Natasha Walker at or 206-386-9746. Learn more about the RainWise program at


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