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  • Your Guide to Halloween Events in Downtown Bellevue

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 26, 2016

    Halloween is right around the corner! It's time to start thinking about what and where you're going to be for this year's Halloween.


    We can't help you decide on your costume, but we can definitely give some ideas on what to do and where to go this year. Here is a roundup of the ghoulish events going on this Halloween weekend in Downtown Bellevue. 

    Fun for the entire family:

    October 29th, Noon - 4 p.m.
    Bellevue Arts Museum

    Join BAM for one of their favorite Free Family Days of the year! Celebrate Halloween early with fun activities and art projects for the whole family to enjoy. Costumes encouraged! Best for kids age 4–10; all are welcome. 

    Free admission.

    The Dracula Show
    October 29th at 7 p.m.
    October 30th at 2 p.m.
    Meydenbauer Center

    Come experience the story of tragic love in the International Ballet Theatre’s original production of Dracula!

    Halloween Family Fun Fest
    October 31st, 5 - 7 p.m.
    Bellevue Collection

    Enjoy trick-or-tricking and other spooktacular activities at the Bellevue Collection! Select stores will be ready for little ghosts and goblins with candy.

    Free admission.

    For those monsters that come out at night and are over 21:

    The 6th Annual Fireball Halloween Bash
    October 28th, starts at 8 p.m.
    Suite Restaurant/ Lounge

    Have a frightfully fun time at the 6th Annual Fireball Halloween Bash! There will be a costume contest with cash prizes! Music by DJ's Kourosh & Joey Roxville and Fireball drink and bottle specials. 

    Untameable Halloween Costume Party
    October 29th, starts at 8 p.m.
    Suite Restaurant / Lounge 

    Show off your costumes at the Untameable Halloween Costume Party! There will be Bacardi drink and bottle specials and lots of dancing!

    Parlor Halloween Bash

    October 29th, starts at 9 p.m.
    The Parlor 

    Experience the Northwest’s #1 night club! DJ Polo and DJ Sketch will be spinning on both dance floors the entire night. 

    Free cover.

    11th Annual Halloween Party

    October 29th, starts at 9 p.m. 
    520 Bar and Grill

    Celebrate with 520 Bar and Grill at their 11th Annual Halloween Party. Don your best costume and come join the fun!

    Free cover.

    alloween Weekend Apocalypse 
    October 28 and 29th, starts at 10 p.m.
    Lucky Strike

    Join Lucky Strike Bellevue for the Apocalypse Halloween Weekend Party all weekend long! Costume contest begins midnight both nights- Over $2000 in prizes!

    Free cover.

    19th Annual Black Cat Ball
    October 29th, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
    Meydenbauer Center

    The Black Cat Ball will feature over 500 items for sale in a silent and live auction, a champagne reception and a delicious gourmet three-course vegetarian or vegan dinner including wine. Be a part of this fun and festive benefit event where all proceeds will support the life-saving work that Purrfect Pals is doing for cats and kittens in our community.




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  • Mario Batali to Headline Hopelink's 21st Annual Luncheon, October 24th

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 19, 2016

    Acclaimed restaurateur, chef, author and TV personality, Mario Batali will deliver the keynote address at Hopelink’s Reaching Out Benefit Luncheon.

    Monday, October 24th

    Meydenbauer Center
    11100 NE 6th St

    There is no charge to attend, but a minimum donation of $150 is suggested.

    Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 20th.

    Join Hopelink as they host their 21st Annual Reaching Out Luncheon, the social services agency’s largest annual fundraiser. The luncheon raised more than $1 million last year. The funds provided food, shelter, family development, transportation and job readiness skills for homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people living with disabilities in the North and East King County.

    This year’s keynoter, Mario Batali is a Seattle native and perhaps best known for his fleece vest, baggy Bermuda shorts and orange Crocs. He is a philanthropist and social activist whose passion for food is matched only by his commitment to feeding people in need. 

    He created the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008 to ensure that children are “well read, well fed and well cared for,” and is a staunch supporter of nutrition education programs and ensuring emergency food resources for low-income families. Batali also supports the New York Food Bank and The Lunchbox Fund, which provides food for vulnerable children in rural South Africa.

    Currently appearing as a host of ABC’s “The Chew,” Batali is the author of 10 cookbooks. Release of his next book: “Mario Batali – Big American Cookbook,” will coincide with his Hopelink appearance.


    For more information, contact Tanya Quaife at 425-897-3705 or go to Hopelink.org.


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  • Get Connected Faster and Easier to Bellevue with the MyBellevue App

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 19, 2016

    The City of Bellevue has a mobile app, MyBellevue that allows users to report issues, request services and stay connected to the city using their smart phone. 


    With this app, you can report anything that may relate to other peoples’ concerns such as property zoning, public records, code violations, graffiti clean-up, potholes and burned out street lights. It lets you quickly submit inquiries, receive status updates and support other requests. In addition, MyBellevue gives you updates on fixes, responds to questions and provides feedback. 

     More features include:

    • Easily report issues in the moment;
    • Attach a photo and use GPS to locate issues;
    • Track reported issues;
    • Quickly access city news, events and jobs; and
    • Easily connect with the city’s social media.


    The App does not replace current methods, but it makes access to city services more convenient. You are still able to report issues on website, by phone and use previous procedures. MyBellevue is also available on the city website as a customer assistant portal.

    MyBellevue is available in the App Store, Google Play, Blackberry World and the Windows Store.

    For more information, go to BellevueWA.gov or call 425-452-4090.


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  • Robbins Brothers' New Location in Old Bellevue Opens Today

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 13, 2016

    Robbins Brothers, the Engagement Ring store is now open in the brand new, beautiful Venn building in Old Bellevue.

    Their VIP grand opening celebration will be on Thursday, October 20th.

    The new 4,357 square-foot-store is home to an array of well-known bridal jewelry brands including Tacori, Simon G., Verragio, Henri Daussi, Michael M., Lashbrook and more. The bigger location now offers more inspiration and convenient shopping with new collections such as Little Bird which features colored gemstones; Equalli, a selection of unique and symbolic wedding bands; and Expressions, a collection for shoppers who desire a creative custom piece that will be available within two to three weeks.
    Following the grand opening, festivities will continue over the weekend October 21-23 for the “Love is Sweet" event featuring a special 30-month financing promotion, sweet treats from Trophy Cupcakes, swag bags, raffle prizes and more.


    33 Bellevue Way NE


    Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
    Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    For more information, go to RobbinsBrothers.com.


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  • Volunteer opportunities with Bellevue Parks Department designed for businesses

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 12, 2016

    Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department now have group volunteer opportunities that are designed for businesses.

    On one Friday each month, Bellevue Parks & Community Services hosts volunteer events throughout the city as part of their Eco Fridays program. Eco Fridays take place 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and are held at various parks throughout the City of Bellevue. A wide variety of businesses, civic organizations, non-profits and schools have taken up the challenge to donate their time. The groups plant native trees and shrubs, restore hiking trails, remove noxious weeds and complete other park improvement projects. These events​ are a great bonding experience for the group, and the volunteers really enjoy seeing the immediate fruits of their labor.

    Volunteer Program Flyer

    The program tailors the volunteer project to the group’s needs and interests, encouraging the best possible fit and overall volunteer experience. They have a wide variety of volunteer projects available year-round. Individuals may also participate and will be assigned to a group.

    For more information, go to the City of Bellevue's website.

    To schedule your group’s volunteer event, email Parks_Stewardship@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-4195.


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