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  • Santa Claus is coming to town! Where to get photos taken with Santa

    by Althea Achem | Dec 08, 2016
    Christmas is 18 days away and while his elves are hard at work, Santa is taking a break to visit the children in Downtown Bellevue.

    Take an 'Elfie' with Santa at The Shopes at The Bravern, December 14 – 24. From noon until 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, Santa will be hanging out near the concierge area in Microsoft Tower Two. The week before Christmas he will be extending his visit to all week long!
    You can also bring your furry friends to The Shops at The Bravern on Sunday, December 11th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for Pawsome Pet Photos with SantaOur pets are family too, so it's only fitting they get a chance to take pictures with Santa as well! 
    Every day from now until Christmas, you can visit Santa's Workshop at Bellevue Square. Hours range from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Check ​HERE for hours.
    Visit Santa at Nordstroms' Santa Lane at Bellevue Square. He has taken special considerations to make sure every child can feel special this Christmas. You can call to find out the hours for their Diversity Days (featuring an African-American Santa, Asian-American Santa and a Santa that knows American Sign Language). He can also meet in a separate room for large groups or children with special needs. Call or visit their website for more information.

    After visiting Santa, get a taste of the North Pole by visiting the Magic Season Ice Arena in Ashwood Park, next to Bellevue Library or frolic in the nightly snow fall at 7 p.m. at  Snowflake Lane on Bellevue Way. Enjoy music, characters, and glittering lights while making unforgettable memories. 
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  • Skate your way into alternative modes at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

    by Althea Achem | Dec 06, 2016

    No matter the weather, King County Metro wants to reward you for using an alternative mode for your commute or even personal trips. An alternative mode is anything that isn’t driving alone in your car, not just taking the bus! That means biking, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, and even working from home count as alternative modes.

    To get rewarded, simply join King County Metro’s new program Just One Trip. It’s a free program hosted online; all you need to do to sign up is take the enrollment survey and create a profile in the Community In Motion online network. Use the calendar in your profile to log the alternative trips you take and earn rewards and an emergency ride home credit for taxi, Uber or Lyft.

    If you’d like to learn more about the program and how you can commit to green travel, check out the Just One Trip website or stop by to meet the Just One Trip team and win prizes and get your photo snapped at a photo booth at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Tuesday, December 5 from 4-7pm and Monday, December 19 from 10am-1pm.

    By committing to alternative modes, you could win free tickets to the Magic Season Ice Arena! Skate over to King County Metro Transit’s Facebook page for details on how to win. Tickets available only while supplies last.



  • Winter issue of Bellevue Downtown magazine is out!

    by Althea Achem | Dec 01, 2016
    Click on the Full Screen icon in the lower right hand corner to view the magazine. Enjoy!



  • Bellevue Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 15, 2016

    For a stress free and delicious Thanksgiving let the professionals get your meal ready while you relax with family and friends!

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    Here are a few Downtown Bellevue restaurants that have you covered! They are offering four-course specials to unbeatable buffet spreads, all featuring Thanksgiving favorites with their own flare. And the best part? No dishes to wash. 

    13 Coins
    Menu: Featuring special Thanksgiving dishes along with their regular menu.
    Price: Varies
    Opens at 11 a.m.

    Basil’s Bistro at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel

    Menu: Thanksgiving buffet that will feature traditional turkey to snow king crab.
    Prices: Adults $44.95, Children 6-12 $19.95, free for 5 and under. 
    Open from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

    Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar

    Menu: Serving a special Thanksgiving menu that includes sage rubbed turkey, grilled glazed ham and more. 
    Price: Starting at $28
    Opens at 4:30 p.m.

    Daniel’s Broiler

    Menu: This holiday feast includes your choice of roast turkey, prime rib, pork roast or fresh salmon with all the trimmings. Special steak feature menu available.
    Price: Adults $60, Children $12, free for 5 years old and under.
    Open from 12 - 8 p.m.
    Eques at Hyatt Regency Bellevue
    Menu: Offering brunch featuring 48-hour braised short ribs, Beecher’s cheese cornbread, pumpkin gnocchi with spinach, sage, and parmesan.
    Price: Adults $47.95 , Children 5–12 $23.95 for. Free for 4 years old and under.
    Open from 1– 5 p.m.


    Menu: Offering Italian-American family style dining that includes four courses.
    Price: Adults $44.95 for adults, Children $18.95.
    Open from 11:30 –  8 p.m.

    Mccormick and Schmick's
    Menu: A delectable roasted turkey dinner with plentiful sides.
    Price: Adults $28 for adults, Children $9.99.
    Opens at 11 a.m.


    Menu: Offering a wide of selection of festive features and traditional Thanksgiving favorites.
    Price: Varies
    Open from 1 – 7 p.m.

    Menu: Complete four course meal including traditional favorites
    Price: Adults $45, Children $15.
    Open from 1 – 8 p.m.

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House
    Menu: Serving up a delicious three-course turkey dinner. 
    Price: Adults $39.95, Children $12.95. 
    Opens at 12 p.m.

    Reservations are strongly recommended.




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  • 86-Year-Old Bellevue Veteran Continues to Serve

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 10, 2016

    Bellevue resident and veteran Rocky Ursino, has volunteered weekly for the past 24 years at Hopelink food bank.

    Every Thursday, Ursino makes the commute from his apartment at the Bellettini senior living community in Downtown to Hopelink in Lake Hills. He arrives at 8:30 a.m. and for almost six hours ​stocks and refreshes the produce section so that Hopelink's clients can bring home fresh fruits and vegetables to feed their families.

    His commitment to community service is not the only thing that makes Ursino special. First, he is 86 years old. Second, he is a veteran who served his country for three years in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. And he’s an amputee. 

    Decades ago, Ursino lost a toe due to poor circulation. Soon after that, he lost another toe and then ultimately, he had his lower leg amputated. His military and amputation experience combined with his passion for community service all came together recently leading him to a new volunteer opportunity. 

    Ursino now volunteers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System as a peer visitor. The medical center pairs him with older veterans facing amputation, Ursino can answer the questions that a doctor can’t. Ursino wishes he could ​volunteer in this capacity more often but it’s only for as needed situations. He explains that he tells the vets “you can do whatever you want, only it’ll take you a little longer and you’ll have to do it a little differently.” 

    Thank you to Rocky Ursino for his time and dedication to our community!



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