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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Seattle Brunch Run is April 7 – benefits Northwest Harvest!

Tickets are available now for Seattle magazine’s Brunch Run on April 7! This event is for ages 21+ and benefits the awesome non-profit Northwest Harvest.

In their own words:

“We take brunch seriously here in Seattle… so grab your friends and run, walk, or stroll your way to brunch heaven on Saturday, April 7 at Seattle magazine’s BRUNCH RUN! Start with a run on a beautiful 5k course through Magnuson Park along Lake Washington. At the finish line awaits more than 15 local restaurants serving up brunch bites plus a boozy brunch garden complete with Bloody Marys, Mimosa bar, cold beer and more!

Tickets to Seattle magazine’s Brunch Run include…

>> All inclusive brunch bites from more than 15 local brunch restaurants

>> Beautiful 5k race course through Magnuson Park along Lake Washington

>> Two tickets to the Boozy Brunch Garden featuring Bloody Marys, Mimosa bar, cold beer and more! Additional tickets for sale – proceeds go to event beneficiary Northwest Harvest.

>> Awesome Brunch Run t-shirt

>> A super fun day with friends, food, and your four legged friends!

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Hamilton Exceeds Expectations! Now through March 18.

I was prepared to be a little let down by Hamilton. I knew it would be a great show, with such incredible rave reviews and tickets flying out of the box office so fast. But with all the praise and excitement around the show, would it meet my high expectations? I’m happy to share that “Hamilton” not only met but exceeded expectations and had me glowing for days. I don’t remember any show sparking as much post-performance conversation as Hamilton did. My husband Brandon and I compared our favorite moments, gushed about the choreography choices, debated which actors stood out the most for us, and were both in awe of the entire production.
Easily one of the top three musicals of all time, the stage stays alive with continuous song and dancing. The company carries the energy of the show along, with movements on the side of the main action, painting a visual picture of the emotion of the characters on stage, showing through dance both what is being said and what is left unsaid. This cast’s ensemble is incredibly strong as they work together to perfectly tell the tale and keep the audience transfixed from start to end.
I went into this show without listening to the soundtrack, only knowing the style of the music and the catchy “My Shot” number. I worried that the sound quality or fast-paced nature of the music would make it hard for me to follow along. I kept my reviewer tickets a secret from Brandon until we walked to the Paramount that night and part of me wondered if that was a mistake. Should I have told him in advance so we could have spent time listening to the soundtrack? I thought of the times I’d seen shows where it was hard to understand and I’d wished I’d listened to the soundtrack in advance so I could follow along better. Luckily, and surprisingly, the actors were crystal clear and we were able to follow along incredibly well during the entire show, a true feat at the speed that they sing for many numbers.
This particular cast is incredible. There was no weak link, something you rarely find in any performance. At times, I noticed my jaw dropping in amazement. “Hamilton” is truly a remarkable show and I hope inspires a new generation of musical theatre writers to toss aside the tendencies to turn another movie into a musical and create something so new, so unique, and so enchanting.
There are select tickets available for some of the remaining performances and you can sign up for ticket alerts (The Paramount emailed today that more tickets were released for 2/21). If “Hamilton” tickets aren’t in your budget right now, you can also play the Hamilton lottery on the Hamilton app on your phone for your chance to purchase $10 tickets.
Some musicals get overhyped, but “Hamilton” simply isn’t one of them. I’m so grateful that we were able to see this glorious production and recommend it to everyone. “Hamilton” plays The Paramount in downtown Seattle now through March 18, 2018. Tickets here.
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Giveaway: Seattle Restaurant After Hours

Do you need to network more but have found it hard to force yourself to go to networking events? What if the event was in a fun, playful setting and filled with delicious bites throughout the night? More interesting, right?
Mark your calendar for February 21, when one of the most popular and fun Seattle networking events, Restaurant After Hours at Seattle Aquarium. Check out the beautiful creatures in the venue and taste delicious treats from some of the area’s best restaurants, as you meet others and exchange business cards. It’s easy to use “What’s been your favorite bite so far?” as an opening line when meeting strangers when you network!
Want to enter to win two tickets to the event?
To enter, first
RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the Facebook Event Page
then
Tag a friend and post a comment on my giveaway Facebook post.
That’s it! This popular event tends to sell out, so I recommend you buy your tickets now.
I look forward to seeing you there! Mention Seattle After Hours networking event when you contact me about Hypnotherapy for a special rate.
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Seattle Experiences that make great gifts!

If you’re like most people, you still have some folks on your list who you still need holiday gifts for! Here’s a list of events that make great gifts. Some can be given before Christmas (or after Hanukkah) if your gift recipient is free to enjoy the outing with you before the 25th!

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol (Pike Place Market)

This fun production plays through December 23. Brandon and I took my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and nieces (ages 11 & 14) to this show earlier this week and shared so many laughs. Now through Dec 23: http://bit.ly/2BFM2fd

Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Issaquah & Everett)

“The newsboys of New York . . . become unlikely heroes and stand up for what’s right in this Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated hit full of classic Disney magic and theatricality.” Seattle Times review here.  Issaquah through 12/31, Everett 1/5-2/4: https://villagetheatre.org/issaquah/newsies.php

Taste WA Wine Event (SODO)

One of the biggest wine and food events is offering a $21 discount on Sunday Grand Tasting tickets when you use the code 21TASTE at checkout during the month of December. http://tastewashington.org/

Two Trains Running (Seattle Center)

The Seattle Rep has been wowing theatre audiences with their artistic direction, show choices, and incredible production quality. “Two Trains Running” is their next show. “There’s a new President in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise. No, it’s not 2017, it’s 1969. At a critical moment in the civil rights movement, Nemphis is forced to consider selling his restaurant to the city of Pittsburgh as urban planning eats away at his beloved neighborhood . . . Two Trains Running is celebrated playwright August Wilson’s portrait of a defining moment in American history. 1/12-2/11: http://bit.ly/2BHWKBR 

Puzzle Break (Capitol Hill & Belltown)

Treat your friends, family, or coworkers to an escape-the-room game by Puzzle Break! I’ve had the pleasure of playing “Escape the Midnight Carnival” and “Escape the Lost Temple” and recommend both! You can book the whole room for your group or join strangers to work together to find hidden clues and puzzles that will help you escape the room and win the game!  “You are trapped in a room.  As you look around you start to notice strange objects and messages – or are they clues? – hidden around the room.  Can you and your team solve the puzzles, find the key, and escape within one hour?” Ongoing. https://www.puzzlebreak.us/

Other events you might want to check out include events some of my clients are hosting, including:

Century Ballroom Dancing (Capitol Hill)

Get a gift certificate for a series of dance lessons or dance nights! Century Ballroom offers lessons in Swing, Salsa, Tap, Bachata, and much more. They’re also hosting a “Swingin’ Prefunk to NYE” on 12/29 with KUOW’s Amanda Wilde (Swing Years & Beyond) and a big New Year’s Eve party with Salsa and Outdancing on 12/31. centuryballroom.com

Homo for the Holidays (Capitol Hill)

This hilarious drag and burlesque show starring some of Seattle’s best is nearly sold out. If you love these genres, you’ll love this show. Now through 12/30. http://homofortheholidays.strangertickets.com/

Regardless of what events you share with your loved ones this holiday season, may your days be merry and bright! Happy holidays to all! – Keridwyn

GIVEAWAY: Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Dance on Friday 10/27

If you love disco, soul, Motown & funk music, mark your calendar for Friday 10/27 for Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Dance! Century’s Hallie & Alison will teach special lesson before the dance–come learn to dance the Hustle! Dress in disco theme or wear whatever Halloween costume your heart desires.
Learn more about the party here and keep reading to find out how you can enter to win two tickets.
About the party, in their own words:
“Join us on Friday, October 27 for a special Halloween Disco Dance! 21+
Costumes encouraged!
8:30pm Hustle Lesson with Hallie & Alison
9:30pm-1am Disco Dance (Disco, Motown, Funk & Soul) with DJ Dana Dub (who DJ’ed the Pride Tea Dance and the Timberline Tea Dances!)

Lesson: $16
Dance: $10 (FREE with Lesson)

Plus join us in The Tin Table for a cocktail and dinner beforehand. Reservations: TheTinTable.com” 

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

1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Halloween Disco Dance Facebook event page.

2. Post a comment and tag a friend on my Facebook giveaway post.

 

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That’s it! Seattle Pockets giveaway ends Monday 10/23/17 at 11:59pm. Winner must be 21+. Full info about the event here. 

Looking for something to do on 10/31 (actual Halloween)? Century Ballroom is hosting a Halloween Tango Carnival. Details here.

 

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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.