Are you prepared for an earthquake or other disaster?

I attended a Disaster Skills Basic Aid class this month in South Lake Union. This free event was put on by the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management. Thanks to Matt Auflick for his excellent teaching skills. He mentioned the city will be launching some training videos on their website in the coming months. When I hear about them, I’ll be sure to share.
In the meanwhile:
This Disaster Preparedness instructional booklet has a TON of great information. Thanks to the people of Tokyo for producing a version in english.
Register for the free Earthquake Home Retrofit class on December 3.
Register for one of the free Stop the Bleed classes. Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events, like mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and earthquakes. Help save a life while waiting for emergency services to arrive. December and January classes are full but you can still get a seat in the February, March, April, or May class.

GIVEAWAY! The Met Live in HD: The Magic Flute

Enter to win 2 tickets to see The Met Live in HD: “The Magic Flute” at 12:55pm on December 3 at Pacific Place AMC Theatres.

Enter to win on Facebook, retweeting this tweet on twitter, and/or on Instagram.

An encore performance of the first ever Live in HD broadcast, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, will be presented in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, December 3 at 12:55 p.m. in all time zones. Find your nearest movie theatre & purchase tickets here.

The groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series to movie theaters in 2006, The Magic Flute enchanted opera lovers from around the world with the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version. Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast – including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape – brings fresh life to Mozart’s timeless fairy tale.


Facebook event page here.

Giveaway ends 11/27/16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

See “King Charles III” at Seattle Rep (now through December 18)

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

On the heels of England’s recent Brexit upset and turmoil, as well the United States’ current presidential election upheaval, Mike Bartlett’s provocative “King Charles III” takes the audience to yet another grappling, politically charged scenario.

Imagine, if you will, a futuristic projection following the death of Great Britain’s soft spoken Queen Elizabeth II. While Charles III is destined/determined to reign as King of England, his ineptitude in working with Parliament, the British Prime Minister, and other political leaders quickly leads to a national crisis. Not only do public riots ensue outside the castle walls, turmoil quickly encompasses the royal family within.

Daniel Ostling’s mammoth cathedral/castle/courtyard staging takes the audience to royal grounds. Spot on casting in roles as Kate (Allison Jean White), Prince William (Christopher McLinden), and Camilla (Jeanne Paulson). Rafael Jordan, as politically savvy courtyard Kebab Seller, delivers a comedic monologue comparing his kebabs to society at large.

Be sure to catch this timely, thought-provoking Tony Award-nominated play—now at Seattle Repertory Theatre through December 18, 2016. Tickets here



Photos by Michael Doucett.

Read more reviews by City Arts and The Seattle Times.

I will not react to hate with hate. I WILL LOVE.

I will not react to hate with hate.

I will try to understand those I do not understand—not shut them out or call them names.

I will learn effective ways to encourage others to love more, even those who are different in person or opinion.

I will learn effective ways how to help others fear less.

I will step up more to help others—especially those who do not have the privilege I happen to possess.

I will not be silent when I see others show unkindness (including “jokes”) to people of color, immigrants, the poor, women, and others.

I will listen more.

I will allow myself to grieve but I will NOT freeze. I will let this feeling make me stronger and get more involved.

I will not give up hope.


If YOU can help me learn how to effectively get involved, how to help increase love and acceptance in others, how to help decrease fear, and how to speak out when I see hateful acts, I welcome this advice now and in the future. Post your thoughts, ideas, and links in the comments of this blog post or share with me on Facebook or Twitter.


Vintage Love card

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Holiday Wine Fest Nov 12 & 13

I love red wine all year long, but it’s even better when the weather turns cold. Perfect timing for The 2016 Seattle Holiday Wine Fest which comes to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall November 12 & 13.
The organizers of this global celebration of wine know that November is a busy time of year, which is why they are offering THREE tasting sessions
Saturday, Nov. 12:  Noon – 4pm    ($40 admission)
Saturday, Nov. 12:  5pm – 9pm     ($45 admission)
Sunday, Nov. 13:    Noon – 4pm    ($40 admission)
I’ll be going on Sunday! This event will feature a mix of local, regional, national and international wines as well as ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine and other vendors. One thing that sets this event apart from others is that visitors will be able to purchase wines/ciders/spirits at the venue! I’m looking forward to discovering some new favorites and picking up some bottles to bring to holiday events my friends and family hosts (and of course keep a few at home for cozy nights in). Get your tickets here. Already got them? RSVP and invite friends to the Facebook event page.
The event benefits the City Fruit mission, which promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate.
Want to enter to win 2 tickets? 
I’m giving away 3 pairs of tickets – a pair for each session!
To enter via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, visit my giveaway form here. We’ll have a winner for each of the three sessions.
Don’t forget to charge your cell phones (take photos of your favorite labels so you can remember them later), bring a water bottle (hydration is key!), and bring a bag to take your wine purchases and other goodies home in.
Wineries, Ciders & Brew


Aberrant Cellars

AniChe Cellars
Archery Summit – OR
ATLAS Cider Co.
Browne Family Winery
Chandler Reach Vineyards
Coral Wines
Dobbes Family Estate – OR
Double Canyon
Gruet – New Mexico
Hedges Family Estate
Hyland Estates
Kasia Winery
Lodmell Celars
Market Vineyards
Maryhill Winery
Masquerade Wine Company
Mercer Estates
Milbrandt Vineyards
Naches Heights/NHV Winery
Pear UP/Neigel Vintners Cider
Pine Ridge – CA
Newhouse Family Vineyards
pFriem Family Brewers
Renwood Winery – CA
Robert Ramsay
Snow Cider – BC
Sonoris Wines
The Bunnell Family Cellar
Three of Cups
Tranche Cellars
Tieton Cider Works
Treveri Cellars
Upland Estates Winery
Warr-King Wines
Wilridge Winery

International WinesArgento – Argentina
Benoit Cocteaux Champagne – France
Berlucchi Franciacorta  – Italy
Bernard Magrez Vignobles – France
Bodegas Yuste – Classical Wines of Spain
Bonaval – Spain
Ca Marcanda Promis  – Italy
Castello di Monsanto – Italy
Carma  – Chile
Castello Banfi – Italy
Castello Monsanto – Italy
Catena – Argentina
Cecchi  – Italy
Chapuy Champagne- France
Chateau Berneuilh – France
Chateau Eugenie  – France
Chateau Les Millaux – France
Classical Wines of Spain
Domaine Christophe Bleger – France
El Enemigo – Argentina
Harewood Estate – Australia
Il Poggione  – Italy
Gaja Sito  – Italy
Bodega Garzón – Argentina
Juniper Estate- Australia
Livio Felluga – Italy
Lou Miranda Estate – Australia
Mitchells Wines – Australia
Monsieur Touton Selections – France
Mionetto – Italy
Nino Franco – Italy
Orlando Abrigo – Italy
Passatempo – Portugal
Singlefile – Australia
Renacer – Argentina
Tratado – Portugal
Tomero – Argentina
VistaAlba – Argentina
Zimmerman Wines – Australia
Cossart Gordon Madeira – Portugal
Dow’s Port /Douro DOC – Portugal
Prats & Symington Douro DOC – Portugal
Pombal do Vesuvio Douro DOC – Portugal
Smith Woodhouse Port – Portugal

DistilleriesArarat – Armenia
Balinoff – France
Bomond Distillery – France
Chambers Bay Distillery
Copperworks Distillery
Ghost Dog
Heritage Distilling Co.
kkAda Caramel Liqueur
Mastrogiannis Distillery
Pasquinet Cognac – France
SeaSpirits Distillery
Sidetrack Distillery
Sons of Vancouver Distillery
Swede Hill Distilling
Temple Distilling Company
Tequila Honor Del Castillo – Mexico
Tsarsky – Lithuania
Valley Shine Distillery

Artisan & Local VendorsAddition
Alabastro Photography
B. Fuller’s Mortar & Pestle
Carolina Smoke
Cascade Fusion Smoked Olive Oil
Corks & Canvas
Dapper Swan Chutney
Dilettante Chocolate
Dry Sparkling
Essential Baking Co.
Ferndale Farmstead Cheese Artisans
Handmade Sam*Made
Island Treats
Krave Jerky
Liberty Bottle Works
LuLaRoe Apparel
Oil & Vinegar
Paper Road Furnishings
Puget Sound Kombucha
Riedel Stemware
Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs
Scarlata Chocolate
Seattle Made
Seattle Pickle Co.
Swift & Savory
Uncle Paulie’s Meatballs
Victrola Coffee Roasters
Washington Artisan Cheese Association
Windy N Ranch
Worldmark By Wyndham

Holiday Wine Fest Vert Red

Halloween Disco Dance (+ GIVEAWAY), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical & Cotton Gin Puppet Improv

Busy week, which means I’m going to have to share a handful of awesome things all in one  quick post.
Halloween Disco Dance this Friday (+ GIVEAWAY!)
Century Ballroom is hosting a Halloween Disco Dance this Friday night! Wear your favorite Disco outfit or dress up in whatever costume you want! The amazing Waxie Moon will be teaching the choreography to Thriller at 8:30, then the dance (disco, motown, and soul music) starts at 9:30pm. Two of my favorite things: costumes and disco! Tickets are just $16 for lesson and dance or $10 for the dance only.
Enter to win a pair of tickets here. Giveaway ends 10/24/16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
BeautifulThe Carole King Musical now through Sunday, October 30
I brought my mom to this show and we loved it! Carole King’s real life story is a simple but sweet tale of an incredibly talented songwriter’s career that started at a young age. So many fun moments in the show and the audience was so uplifted at intermission and after the curtain call. I haven’t enjoyed a new-to-me musical this much in many years! There were so many 60s songs I know and love that I had no idea King wrote (“One Fine Day,” “Locomotion” and so many more). The leads are incredibly talented singers and actors. Still humming songs from the show days later. Learn more about the show here (There are performances now through October 30).
Cotton Gin October 28 through Nov 12
Love puppets? Love improv? For six shows only, the two come together in “Cotton Gin,” directed by my favorite puppet maker, Elizabeth Westermann. Adults only.
Know of a November or December event I should consider covering on the blog? Contact me! 

GIVEAWAY: UNIONShowcase on Oct 27

Brandon and I will be attending UNIONShowcase on October 27 to check out wedding vendors and get more ideas for our Seattle wedding. The theme this year is Woodland Oasis. The event producers write, “Woodland Oasis will be transportative – you will feel like you’ve entered into a secret sanctuary of flora and fauna in tones of brown, green and orange, intermixed with the most amazing sensory displays of lighting, décor, linens, products and services, woven together by the overall collective energy of showcase partners.” More details about the event on their website and Facebook event page.
This is UNIONShowcase’s second year and participation for vendors is consciously curated by invitation only. Brandon and I are still deciding what we’re going to do for food, so we’re especially interested in trying bites from City Catering and Lisa Dupar Catering. We also look forward to meeting the folks at Choice Linens and Cort Party Rental, as we need to rent linens for our venue.
Want to win a pair of tickets to attend UNIONShowcase? To enter, tag a friend in the comments of my Facebook giveaway post or Instagram giveaway post.  Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time 10/22. Winner will be contacted 10/23.