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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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  • Oyster Madness at Pearl Bellevue

    by Events Intern | Mar 09, 2017

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    Pearl Seafood & Oyster Bar, a locally owned restaurant in the heart of Bellevue at Lincoln Square, launching Oyster Madness, the most anticipated oyster-centric event of 2017.

    The four-week celebration that runs through Sunday, April 2, is a showcase of the finest oysters from the Pacific Northwest; perfectly matched beverage pairings; tips and insights provided by an expert oysterman, along with shucking demonstrations and competitions.

    “Oysters are some of the most naturally delicious edibles we have on the planet,” said Bradley Dickinson, chef and co-owner of Pearl. “Our goal with Oyster Madness is to give people a chance to compare and contrast the different flavor profiles that exist from the various growing regions here in the Puget Sound area – salty, briny, sweet, creamy. It’s all on the table and we plan on having some fun with it. We’re fortunate to be able to partner with a true oysterman in Jon Rowley, and the folks at Taylor Shellfish who not only provide us with great product, but will frequently be on location to help educate people and discuss the intricacies of oysters; our growing regions and shucking techniques.” 

    On Friday, March 10th the restaurant will host a kick-off happy hour from 4-7pm. To celebrate, enjoy your first round of Taylor Shellfish oysters compliments of Pearl.

    For more information on PEARL, including menus and upcoming events, visit www.pearlbellevue.com, “like” them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.


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  • Welcome, Kaiser Permanente!

    by Events Intern | Mar 06, 2017


    We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Bellevue Downtown Association member Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, who recently acquired Group Health Cooperative and its subsidiaries. Today marks the public launch of Kaiser Permanente in our community, and we are thrilled to welcome them and continue our partnership moving forward.

    Today’s launch of Kaiser Permanente’s new Washington region means more people and communities in our state have access to the organization’s renowned model of integrated coverage and care. Since its founding in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has demonstrated its commitment to improving the health of the communities it serves. In 2015 alone, the organization provided $2.1 billion in community investments throughout its regions. And as part of its growing presence in our state, Kaiser Permanente will invest $800 million over the next decade to improve the health of communities throughout Washington.

    Beginning today you’ll start seeing the Kaiser Permanente name, brand and logo in medical centers, on employee apparel, on member identification cards, on public websites and more. For more information about Kaiser Permanente’s new Washington region, visit www.kp.org/hellowashington and follow their announcements on social media to learn more about their exciting work.

    Twitter:       @KPWashington
    Facebook:  Kaiser Permanente Washington
    Instagram:  KP_Washington



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