Donate Blood on May 1 at Century Ballroom!

Century Ballroom is organizing a blood drive with Bloodworks Northwest. Join us and support others in the community on May 1.

Schedule your appointment here:
https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/GroupLanding.aspx?s=468A

You can donate every 56 days. The donation part of your appointment only takes about 10-15 minutes. I donated in February and will donate at Century Ballroom again on May 1. I was surprised how easy it was to do and the impact is huge. 

Be sure to hydrate and eat food before you donate.
Please sign up to donate: here: https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/GroupLanding.aspx?s=468A.

After signing up, RSVP to the Facebook event page and invite friends to help spread the word! FB event page: http://bit.ly/cbbdmay.


Reasons to donate blood:

Each donation can save up to 3 lives.
You or someone you know will need blood. Pay it forward.
To give one pint of blood takes only 10 minutes (you’ll be scheduled for approximately one hour, to do the paperwork, etc.).
You’ll have your own reasons – mine was knowing I could be of use.

What to Expect:
Donating blood is safe and easy
Takes 45-60 minutes (ONLY 10-15 of that is giving a pint of blood)
Most healthy people can donate: https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility#conditions

How to prepare:
Eat a good meal
Drink plenty of fluids
Make sure you are feeling healthy
Bring photo ID

To make sure you can donate, visit:
https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility#conditions. 

Questions about eligibility? Contact the clinical specialists at Bloodworks Northwest: ClinicalP@BloodWorksNW.org or call (206) 292-2543.

More info on Century Ballroom’s website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/home/events/blood-drive

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Bloodworks Northwest is the chosen and sole provider of the blood used in 90+ local hospitals in the Pacific Northwest including the following Western Washington hospitals and clinics: UW Medical Centers, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Swedish Medical Centers, Kaiser Permanente, and more!

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The free Crisis Text Line is partnering with Washington State!

As many of you know, I’m a volunteer Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line, a free service where anyone can text in to get support when they are experiencing a crisis. I’m happy to share that Crisis Text Line is partnering with the Governor’s office and other Washington state organizations to help spread the word about this life-saving, free service.

Did you know: Washington State is above the national average suicide rate with one person dying by suicide every 8 hours in Washington State and suicide is the first leading cause of death for ages 10-14. (Source: AFSP) Crisis Text Line offer people the opportunity to text in for confidential, free support, 24 hours a day.  If you are in the state of Washington and are experiencing a crisis, you can text HEAL to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.

“We are excited to work with the Governor’s office and organizations across the State of Washington to empower and support those in crisis and provide the comfort of knowing we are right in your back pocket,” said Nancy Lublin CEO and Founder of Crisis Text Line.

LAUNCH PARTNERS ● The City of Tacoma + Tacoma bridges  ● Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction ● Now Matters Now  ● Washington State Dept. of Health coming soon!

GET INVOLVED ● If you’re in crisis, text HEAL to 741741 for crisis support in WA State ● Become a volunteer Crisis Counselor at crisistextline.org/volunteer. ● Learn how your organization, company, or school can get involved, reach out to sarah@crisistextline.org.

When you are a volunteer Crisis Counselor, you get amazing free training, are supported by other crisis counselors and a shift supervisor when on your shift in the chat rooms, and communicate with texters via your computer (your thumbs won’t get so tired that way). If you are at all interested in this, feel free to message me directly (fb.com/keridwyn) if you have any questions that the website doesn’t answer. This service NEEDS more volunteer crisis counselors and it will likely be one of the most fulfilling things you do with your time. After all, studies show that a certain amount of volunteer time per week adds an incredible amount of satisfaction and contentment to your life!

WHAT WASHINGTON LEADERS ARE SAYING:

“Crisis Text Line is a critical support program that could save lives and will be a crucial lifeline to those who need help and support,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said. “This innovative program, through free, 24/7 support, utilizes existing technology and resources efficiently. With Crisis Text Line, Washington state will have an additional tool to help those in crisis.”

“Crisis Text Line is a go-to resource I share in my work in construction safety. Crisis Text Line is an indispensable aid in helping people in times of crisis. We use Crisis Text Line at the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Thank you for your life-saving service,” said Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management, Lakeside Industries (Issaquah, WA) – Executive Committee; National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

“NowMattersNow.org visitors have initiated conversation with Crisis Text Line over 10 thousand times. We feel confident that our users are getting support right away. We couldn’t do it without you Crisis Text Line,” said Ursula Whiteside, CEO of NowMattersNow.org.

ABOUT CRISIS TEXT LINE. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7, confidential crisis support via text. Learn more at crisistextline.org.

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Support the Girl Scouts with their “Cookies and Cocktails” event on March 1

Join the Girl Scouts of Western Washington “Around the Campfire” this year, as they serve another round of delicious cookie-inspired bites and cocktails in celebration of Girl Scout Cookie season and 90 years of Girl Scout Camp!

Gather around a larger-than-life campfire made entirely out of cookie boxes as you mix, mingle, and enjoy sweet and savory bites made with Girl Scout Cookies created by local chefs.

Dance your heart out, get your photo taken in an airstream trailer, and sip on cookie-inspired cocktails from local bartenders. This is one awesome cookie party! 21+

March 1 from 6-10pm at the Seattle Design Center. Tickets on sale here.

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Giveaway: Black Cat Bash costume dance party fundraiser on October 21

The Black Cat Bash returns October 21st for its fourth year! This incredibly fun event is a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society. NOW is your chance to get tickets (and early-bird priced tickets are available through Friday!) You can also enter to win a pair of tickets below. I suggest buying a pair of tickets, then if you win a pair you can gift or sell your tickets to friends! After all, it’s a great cause.

It’s the weekend before the main Halloween party weekend, so it gives all of us costume enthusiasts a great reason to get dressed up a few times during the month. Perfect way to add some fun (and good exercise on the dance floor) as the weather turns chilly and we find ourselves inside more. Plus, friends with kids will have a much easier time finding a sitter on October 21!

If you love pop & 80s/90s/00s/today guilty pleasures like I do, the music (by DJ Baby Van Beezly) will get you moving on the dance floor all night long. Kitty Valentine (my friend Kate) started these parties to help raise money for a great cause and to offer a fun dance experience for those of us looking for alternatives outside the electronic music scene. Shindig Events (my favorite Seattle party planner) is also a part of this event to help add special extra touches to the experience. This is Black Cat Bash’s 4th year and the second year at Studio Seven.

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Black Cat Bash Facebook event page.
  2. Post a comment and tag a friend on my Facebook giveaway post.

That’s it!

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Giveaway ends Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified via Facebook.

Pocket Potpourri: Tattoos, Acrobats, Pike Place Market & Crisis Text Line

Another August Pocket Potpourri!
Here are a few things that have come to my attention lately that I wanted to be sure to share with you.
Got ink?
The Seattle Tattoo Expo returns August 18-20! Over 200 invite-only tattoo artists will be at Seattle Center during the expo. Enjoy live music and burlesque (including a performance by one of my favorites, Ruby Mimosa!), a beer garden, “Drawing Heads and Hands” workshop, and more. SeattleTattooExpo.com

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Circus arts in action!
 
Don’t miss SANCA (School of Acrobatic & New Circus Arts)’s Staff Show “Summer on the Cirque Riviera” August 18-20 at Broadway Performance Hall. “Catch some rays poolside with buff babes and saucy sailors, but beware of pool sharks! Or just relax and beat the heat with a glass of wine, or perhaps something stronger at Cirkuski Kafić where you may even catch a glimpse of the Green Fairy.” Tickets here.
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Enjoy the tastes of Pike Place
 
Pike Place Market celebrates their 110th anniversary this week and their popular “Sunset Supper” event is this Friday! Celebrate Pike Place Market’s 110th birthday with the party of the summer, Sunset Supper, featuring Seattle’s top chefs, artisan purveyors, breweries and Washington’s favorite wineries and distilleries. This delicious event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation which supports the Pike Place Senior Center, Food Bank, and so much more. Tickets here.
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Crisis Text Line
 
If you are in crisis or know someone who is, text 741741 for free to talk with a Crisis Counselor 24/7. Save this number in your phone now so you can use it if you find yourself in a time of crisis or want to pass it along to someone else. Learn more.

Red, White & Brew – Wine & Beer event this Thursday at Seattle Center!

Seattle Magazine’s “Red, White & Brew” event returns to Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center this Thursday! The beneficiary for this delicious event is one of my favorite non-profits, Northwest Harvest.

About the event:

Seattle magazine’s tasting event of the summer: Red, White and Brew! Sample from local wineries, breweries and restaurants under the sun at Seattle Center.

Now in its sixth year, the event honors the winning wineries showcased in Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards selected by a panel of the top local sommeliers and wine professionals. NEW this year, Red, White & Brew will also feature the winners from Seattle magazine’s inaugural Beer Awards.

Check out their video from 2016:

Enjoy sips from 60+ wineries and breweries and bites from local restaurants.

Event Partner: Washington State Wine
Presenting Sponsor: AMLI
Sponsors: Tulalip Resort Casino, Celebrity Cruises, Room & Board
Beneficiary: Northwest Harvest

Planning on attending? RSVP and invite friends to their FB event page! Hope to see you there.

P.S. Be sure to swing by the Pike Brewing booth and try their awesome beers! Love those guys!

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Disclosure: Red, White & Brew provided me with two tickets to this event, but my decision to share this preview post is my own, as are my opinions. As always, I only post about events/experiences I think you, dear reader, would be interested in!  – Keridwyn

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29

Brie. Gouda. Havarti. BRING IT ON. I’m giddy with excitement for the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival!
The Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival is in town one day only on April 29 with two times to choose from. This festival will be at McCaw Hall (I was recently there for Pop! Bubbles and Seafood—this is a great venue for tasting events!)
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Food Lifeline, which helps provide 90K meals a day to local food assistance programs and is working to create a sustainable approach to ending hunger in Western Washington.
So YES: delicious bites (and sips! What would a cheese event be without wine?!) for a great cause. Plus you can also purchase some of your favorite bites before you leave the event.
Local purveyors include: Salumi, Fancy Ass Olives, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Odin Brewing, Pastrome, Tamer’s Beef Jerky, Masquerade Wine, Smith Brothers Farms, French Cider, Ferndale, Silver Springs Creamery, Twin Sisters Creamery, Friday Harbor House of Jerky, Mollusk, Darigold (a co-op of local dairy producers), The Farmstead, Honest Biscuits, Blue Mountain Affinage Company, Full Circle Farm, and more!
“The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about new cheeses, meats, and pairings while tasting the product itself. The vast array of food they taste gives attendees sense of that next charcuterie board build,” Festival said Dave Bain, Cheese and Meat Festival Producer. “It also allows mom and pop shops to showcase their homemade recipes.”
This event is 21+. Tickets at cheeseandmeatfestival.com/seattle.
Want to win a pair of tickets? Comment on this blog post then enter the giveaway here.
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Image via Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival Facebook. 
Disclaimer: This event provided me two tickets to attend this event, however all opinions are my own.