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  • Free First Friday at BAM

    by Events Intern | May 05, 2017

    BAM's Free First Friday program offers free admission to the Museum the first Friday of each month. The Museum has extended hours from 11am – 8pm, and offers special lectures, tours, presentations, and programming throughout the day. 

    Current Exhibitions:

    Divine Ammunition
    The Sculptures of Al Farrow
    Electric Coffin
    Future Machine
    The Contact
    Quilts of the Sierra Nevada
     by Ann Johnston

    About BAM:
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    Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest's center for the exploration of art, craft, and design. The Museum's mission is guided by the belief that craft and design are essential to the conversation on art and are equally transformative. From objects made for everyday use to cutting-edge sculpture, furniture, and jewelry, BAM celebrates the creative process, skill, and vision of today's most talented makers. International exhibitions are placed side-by-side some of the region's most promising artists, fostering global exchange and providing a platform for thought-provoking ideas.

    Bellevue Arts Museum
    510 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    (425) 519-0770


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  • Stephen A. Smith appointed Interim Director of KCLS

    by Events Intern | May 04, 2017

    The following statement was issued by the King County Library System Board of Trustees on April 27, 2017:

    The King County Library System (KCLS) Board of Trustees has appointed a KCLS Foundation board member as interim director of the library system, effective immediately, following the March 29 resignation of former Director Gary Wasdin.

    Stephen A. Smith has served on the KCLS Foundation board since 2011, the year he retired from full-time practice as a partner at K&L Gates. Mr. Smith has focused on matters related to free speech, and he has a particular passion for the role that public libraries play in enabling educated participants in democratic society.

    “We are fortunate to have such an accomplished, passionate and dedicated scholar at the helm as we begin a nationwide search for a new director,” said Jim Wigfall, KCLS Board President. “Steve Smith brings tremendous integrity to the role, along with deep knowledge of our library system. He has been a tireless supporter of both KCLS and the values that define it.”

    Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1972. He was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at the Columbia University School of Law, and he received his law degree there in 1975. He lives on Mercer Island with his family.

    “It’s an honor to help lead this outstanding organization,” Mr. Smith said. “I love libraries and support strongly the essential services they provide to our community.  My career involved the protection of freedom of speech, press and information access and I look forward to assisting our public libraries in supporting those liberties for everyone.”

    KCLS is one of the busiest libraries in the United States, providing open, non-judgmental and free access to ideas and information to all members of the community. The System strives each day to create the best environment for its patrons.

    The Board of Trustees is finalizing its process for filling the director position, and expects the effort to take several months.


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  • South Bellevue Park & Ride to close May 30

    by Events Intern | Apr 21, 2017

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    The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride lot will close on Tuesday, May 30 as part of construction of the East Link Light Rail extension from Seattle to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond. Drivers who park at the facility will need to identify other parking or commute options while it is closed for construction.

    A temporary southbound bus stop will be located across from the current South Bellevue Park-and-Ride, which will become an active construction zone. The northbound bus stop will remain in place with slight modifications during construction.  The future South Bellevue Station will include a new 1500-stall parking garage, and bus and paratransit transfer facilities. The new South Bellevue light rail station will open in 2023, but Sound Transit and the contractor will explore opportunities to open the park-and-ride sooner if possible.


    Sound Transit has added new trips and additional service on Eastside bus routes to increase mobility. Sound Transit asks affected riders for their patience and understanding as crews work to significantly improve transit service in East King County. Drivers are encouraged to begin using alternate parking or commute options as early as possible. If you need help planning your custom commute, please visit chooseyourwaybellevue.org/commute-inquiry.

    As part of the East Link construction, the Overlake Transit Center Park-and-Ride also will close May 1. Bus and shuttle service will remain open at the Overlake Transit Center through construction. East Link will extend light rail 14 miles from Seattle International District to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond. When the extension is complete, people will be able to travel from the South Bellevue Station to the International District/Chinatown station in downtown Seattle in 14 minutes; and to the University of Washington in 24 minutes.

    Find more information about park & ride options during East Link construction on the East Link Park & Ride Closure page or subscribe for email alerts at soundtransit.org/subscribe-to-alerts.


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  • Puttin’ On the Ritz

    by Events Intern | Apr 13, 2017

    Puttin’ On the Ritz

    To Benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Bellevue

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    KeyBank Presents The 51st Annual Dinner - Auction Party
    Saturday, May 6th, 2017
    Hilton Bellevue Hotel
    300 112th Avenue SE. 

    The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue is preparing for their annual auction fundraiser to be held May 6th, 2017. For over 50 years the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue has been putting on one of the most prestigious event in Bellevue and this year's "Puttin' On the Ritz" themed event will be no different! This event will unite over 500 of the community's leading citizens for an evening of fun and entertainment including dinner, dancing and bidding on many unique items at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel with the goal of raising over $500,000. All donations will go toward the "Fund-A-Need" program that helps provide over $800,000 annually in scholarships.

    Hosted bars & silent auction open at 5:30 pm
     Dinner & live auction will ​begin at 7:30 pm
    Dancing ​floor opens around 10 pm

    Cost - $250 per per or $2,500 for a table of ten
    Complimentary valet parking
    Attire - Gatsby Black Tie Formal
    To RSVP or questions about the event, contact​ mbrzusek@bgcbellevue.org


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  • Overlake Medical Center’s Bandage Ball Gala

    by Events Intern | Mar 21, 2017

    Join us on Saturday, April 22nd for Overlake Medical Center’s much-anticipated fundraising gala – Bandage Ball! Have fun for a good cause by taking part in our 3rd annual wine toss, raffles, silent and live auctions. Enjoy local wines, late night dancing to DJ Aanshul and the famous tater tot bar!

    Proceeds from the Ball will benefit Overlake’s expanding Neuroscience Institute. Funds will be used to support and expand a comprehensive spectrum of programs and services for conditions of the brain and spine.

    The Bandage Ball Gala will take place at Hyatt Regency Bellevue at 5:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit bandageball.org.

    Individual Tickets - $300
    Table of 10 - $3,000
    Sponsorships available

    Contact Jennifer Fischer at events@overlakehospital.org for more information. 

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