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Seattle Home Show 2
October 7, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under Local Events, News, Real Estate

Seattle Home Show 2“Get your green on!” The slogan for the Seattle Home Show 2 focuses on living green and natural, and green design.

Beginning Friday, October 8th through Sunday, October 10th, 2010, the 12th annual housing extravaganza, the Seattle Home Show 2, will open at Qwest Field Event Center. The Home Show will have on display hundreds of home and garden products; daily “Meet the Experts” seminars; cooking demos conducted by local chefs and more. The Seattle Home Show 2 will show you ways you can save money in this tough economy. From cutting your painting costs, to saving energy on electricity, there’s so much here you’ll want to see and learn about.

Some Highlights of the Show

  • Remodeling tips and information from experts in the industry.
  • Home designs focusing on classic and simpler lines.
  • How to save on lighting and energy bills through home automation.
  • Tips for cleaning the home from the guru of household hints, Joey Green.
  • Cost effective tips for green design and green living.
  • Things you can do now to be ready for the housing rebound.
  • Chef cooking demonstrations.
  • Seminars conducted by experts in home improvement, decorating, and landscaping.

 Where To Park

 Parking for the Seattle Home Show 2 is available in the Quest field Event Center parking garage, Quest Field North Lot, Safeco Field parking garage as well as other lots in the area. If you have four or more occupants in your vehicle, you should take advantage of the “Four or More Park Free” designated parking areas (Quest Field Event Center lots, and Safeco Field).

 Show Hours and Information

When: October 8 – 10, 2010

Times: Friday and Saturday, 10AM to 8PM. Sunday, 10AM to 6PM.

Paid attendees can return a second day for free through “Too much to see, come back for free!” by registering with valid ID, parking not included.

Admission: $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors (60+) and $3.00 for juniors (ages 7 -15), under 7 are free. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.


E-Tickets can be purchased online at E-Tickets include free parking for the show at Quest Field Event Center and Safeco Field.

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Lake Union Park Grand Opening Celebration – September 25th
September 22, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under General, Local Events, News

Join the Seattle Parks Foundation on September 25th in a celebration and dedication of Lake Union Park! The free public celebration is certain to draw families and neighbors from all around Seattle to come take part in the festivities. There will be a Family Fun Run, Sunrise Yoga on the Fitness Field, and many more activities throughout the day both on land and in the water.

Lake Union Park Logo

Along with the general merriment, there will be other activities including:

  • Musical performances

  • Model boat races on the model boat pond

  • Native American Canoe displays

  • Amazing Seattle Food vendors including the Farmer’s Market

  • Environmental education and history trail tours

  • A parade of Seattle mascots along with children’s activities

  • And much much more!

For more information, please visit the Seattle Parks Foundation website for all the details. See you there on the new 12 acres of awesome park space!

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Job Openings in Washington Increase For The First Time In 3 Years
August 12, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under General, News

The 2010 spring Washington Job Vacancy Survey Report recorded the first increase in the number of job vacancies offered since fall 2006. The survey indicated that companies were attempting to fill an estimated 38,732 open positions during the April 2010 survey period. While theses job opening indicate that the economy is improving, it is still unclear whether Washington state and the nation are indeed entering a recovery period.

This is good news for job seekers in Washington. According to the survey for this spring, it shows a 21 percent increase in openings since last fall. Most of the jobs are made up by the private sector, however, some public health care and education jobs are included.

Health Care was the leading industry in job growth. Registered nurses were the job that was most in demand with over 2,300 openings.

Software engineers were the next in terms of most needed, with almost 2,000 job openings.

For more information, please see the full survey.

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Smarter Highways For Seattle
July 22, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under General, News

In case anyone else has been wondering what the black boxes above SR 520, I-90 and I-5 were…

First, no, they don’t take your picture, have lasers, or mail you tickets. The black boxes hovering precipitously above the highways are there to help with traffic. They are Active Traffic Management tools. They are essentially a series of electronic speed-limit and lane status signs that will adjust automatically to help highway-goers navigate with a higher degree of safety and efficiency.

Using Technology Improves Traffic

Active traffic management tools have been proven to be effective at reducing collisions and improving traffic flow in Europe. The use of the technology has reduced collisions by around 30% and increased the total traffic capacity on the roadway.

The goal is to utilize the traffic management signs to reduce congestion and help make travel safer and efficient.

For more information, please see the WSDOT web page for SR 520 and I-90 active traffic management.

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The Bite of Seattle 2010
July 13, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under Local Events, News, Shopping and Restaurants

Held at the Seattle Center each year, the Bite of Seattle is one of the most popular and anticipated events each year. While the name suggests that food is the attraction, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, and family oriented entertainment.

When: July 16th – 18th, 2010
Hours: Friday 11am – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free! (may be costs associated with food and drinks)
Where: Seattle Center
More Information: 425-283-5050

Bite of Seattle at the Seattle Center

There’s Food!

Visitors will be treated to all kinds of tasty foods including entrees, desserts, fruit drinks, microbrews, and wine. Many varieties of ethnic foods will be available as well including Thai, German, Greek, Filipino, French, Russian, and Hawaiian. A majority of the food booths will have samples that you can indulge in for free!

There’s Drinks!

Adults can savor the Bite of Seattle’s beer and wine gardens. Beers of the world, Northwest wines, and brand name cocktails can be enjoyed at specifically designated areas throughout the Seattle Center.

There will be music!

In between chowing down or enjoying delicious cocktails or fruit drinks, live music will be performed all throughout the Bite of Seattle event from noon to closing. Rock-n-roll, jazz, swing, and several classical styles will be performed.

There’s more!

Visitors to the bite of Seattle will also have the opportunity to attend contests, comedy shows, commercial exhibits, and a comedy club.

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Tax Credit Closing Deadline Extended
July 2, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under News, Real Estate

Congress recently passed a bill that will extend the closing deadline on the Homebuyer Tax Credit. The extension lengthens the closing date to September 30, 2010. This deadline is for home purchases that had a signed contract by April 30th of this year. There will be no gap between June 30th and the date the President signs the bill into law.

Additionally, Congress has extended the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30th as well. This bill is retroactive and will cover the lapse period from June 1, 2010, to the date the law is enacted.

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Andre Rieu celebrates his 30th Anniversary Tour at Seattle Key Arena
July 1, 2010 · Written by Becki French · Filed under News

Andre RieuAndre Rieu is a Dutch conductor and violinist, known worldwide as the king of “crossover” classical music. Each year, he performs a series of concerts and remains one of the most dominating classical music virtuosos around the globe.

On the 6th of December, Andre Rieu will be performing his 30th Anniversary Tour at the Key Arena in Seattle. The concert is anticipated to be very special. It will be “The Celebration of Music” show where Rieu along with his 55-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra will perform waltzes, polkas, romantic ballads and many other beautiful melodies.

The show starts at 7:30 and should be approximately two hours. The tickets are available at the Key Arena Box Office or can be purchased online at as well as by phone toll free at (800) 745-3000. For more information, please visit the Key Arena website:

We hope that you enjoy Andre Rieu and his orchestra and have a wonderful time.

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Electronic Tolling is Coming to the SR 520 Bridge – Are You Ready?
June 14, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under General, Helpful Tips, News

In the spring of 2011, all-electronic tolling will begin on the SR 520 Bridge to help pay for the construction of a new, safer bridge. 

Good To Go! electronic tolling uses technology to keep traffic moving with no toll booths, no stopping, and no slowing down.  

Customers can set up prepaid accounts linked to a Good To Go! pass that is installed in your vehicle or linked to your license plate. Automatic replenishment allows you to never have to worry about running low in your account. Simply link a bank account or credit card to the account and your Good To Go! account is automatically replenished when you run low. 

As you drive under electronic sensors on the east high rise of the 520 bridge, the toll will be automatically deducted from your prepaid account.  If the driver does not have a prepaid account, a photo will be taken of the vehicle’s license plate, and a bill will be sent in the mail to the vehicle’s registered owner.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has launched an extensive outreach campaign to educate drivers about electronic tolling on the SR 520 Bridge.  To reach as many bridge users as possible, WSDOT  is on the radio, in newspapers, online and out in the community.  WSDOT is currently meeting with community and business groups throughout the region to answer questions about the SR 520 Bridge electronic tolling program. 

The message is simple: Get ready for all-electronic tolling on the SR 520 Bridge by signing  up for the interest list at, and stay up-to-date on tolling developments.  Subscribers will receive regular updates about rates, account options, special offers and customer service resources.  Interest list users will be among the first to be able to sign  up for a Good To Go! account beginning January 2011.

Thanks to the WSDOT team for helping with this article. For up to date traffic information and projects, please see the WSDOT website.

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Seattle Symphony to perform free concert at City Hall, May 21
May 17, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under Local Events, News

On May 21st, Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz will lead the Orchestra and local teen soloists in a free community concert 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 21, in the Seattle City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave. This special performance is part of Seattle Symphony’s ACCESS Project (Artistic and Cultural Community Engagement with Seattle Symphony). ACCESS is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout the region, especially those areas that don’t often have the opportunity to participate.

After the the concert, audience members can mingle with Symphony members at a post-performance reception in City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room.

The Symphony will perform works by our own Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence Samuel Jones, Ernest Bloch, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart. Featured soloists include University of Washington freshman and violinist Jocelyn Chang, Roosevelt High School senior and flutist Lauren Glass, and Issaquah Pacific Cascade freshman and cellist Karissa Zadinsky.

This will be the fourth year in a tradition started in 2006 where the symphony will play to standing-room-only crowds of more than 300. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to some of the greatest works of classical music and support the young soloists and the rest of the symphony.

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Transportation Commission to Hold Meeting Concerning SR 520 Tolls
May 12, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under General, News

520 Bridge Courtesy of Seattle TimesDuring the regularly monthly meeting in Olympia, the Washington State Transportation Commission will continue to discuss the SR 520 toll setting.

Tolls for the SR 520 Bridge have not been set but will be discussed during the meeting. There won’t be any toll booths on the bridge; tolling will be done electronically. Motorists will prepay into a “Good to Go” account. When cars approach the bridge, an overhead device reads a transponder sticker on the windshield and automatically deducts the toll from the account. For those who don’t have an account, cameras will record license plates and send out a corresponding bill.

During the meeting, the Commission will work with the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop the toll rate structure. The discussions will cover the setting of the timeline, potential rate levels, and the rate structure.

The meeting is open to the public if you’re interested in attending.

The two-day meeting will be held at the Transportation Building in Olympia at 310 Maple Park Ave. SE. Meeting times are 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19.

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