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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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  • Donate food and toys to local fire departments and receive free skate rental tickets

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 10, 2016

    The Bellevue Fire Department is hosting its annual food and toy drive now through December 23rd.

    Donate and receive free skate rental tickets to the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena courtesy of the Bellevue Downtown Association.


    Fire stations are collecting food and toys for Bellevue families in need. New, unwrapped toys for infants, youth and teens will be distributed at the Crossroads Youth Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13th. Donations will be accepted through December 23rd. Non-perishable food collected will be donated to Hopelink in Bellevue to support low-income families during the holidays. 

    Requested toy donations include:
     cars and trucks, games, sports equipment, arts and crafts kits, books and dolls. Ideas for infants include age appropriate plush animals, toys and gift cards for parents to purchase needed items. Ideas for teens include gift certificates for clothing, restaurants, malls and music stores.   

    Requested nonperishable food include:
    canned meals, canned meat, cereal, dry beans, fruit (canned or fresh), pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, tomato products and vegetables (canned or fresh).

    Donation sites:
    Fire Station One - 766 Bellevue Way SE (Downtown/West Bellevue)
    Fire Station Two - 2802 148th Ave. SE (Eastgate/Lake Hills/W. Lake Sammamish)
    Fire Station Three - 16100 NE Eighth St. (Crossroads/Northeast Bellevue)
    Fire Station Four - 4216 Factoria Blvd. SE (Factoria/Somerset)
    Fire Station Five - 9621 NE 24th St. (Northwest Bellevue)
    Fire Station Six - 1850 132nd Ave NE (Bridle Trails/Spring District)
    Fire Station Seven - 11900 SE Eigth St. (Wilburton/Woodridge)
    Fire Station Eight - 5701 Lakemont Blvd. SE (Eastgate/Cougar Mountain)
    Fire Station Nine - 12412 SE 69th Way (Newport)

    For more information, go to BellevueWA.gov or call 425-452-6892.


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  • City and Sound Transit host Business Resource Forum on November 14

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 07, 2016

    The Bellevue Office of Economic Development and Sound Transit ​invite Bellevue businesses to learn more about East Link light rail construction.

    The forum will provide information that can help local businesses and their employees better prepare for the construction that will begin in Bellevue next year. The program will include:

    •Details on current and future East Link construction within Bellevue
    •Resource information on how businesses can best cope with construction impacts
    •Ways businesses can mitigate local construction impacts
    •Transit options for employees
    •Project managers for capital improvements, the Bel-Red Area Plan, and the Grand Connection to answer questions about these city initiatives and projects

    During this event, participants will be able to consult with business resource partners and talk with city staff about key initiatives and projects.

    When: Monday, November 14
    7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

    Where: Bellevue City Hall, Room 108
    450 110th Ave NE

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    Register for the forum online or contact Marie Jensen, East Link Outreach, City of Bellevue at 425-452-2064 or mjensen@bellevuewa.gov. Registration closes on Friday, November 11th.



  • Shop at the Bellevue Club’s Holiday Bazaar on November 5th

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Nov 01, 2016

    The Bellevue Club is hosting their Annual Holiday Bazaar that will feature some of the region’s best artists and craftspeople. 

    From accessories, art, clothing and toys to delicious, local confections, you’re sure to find something for everyone at more than 100 vendor booths! The event will take place in the Bellevue Club’s full size basketball gymnasium and Olympic Ballroom. The annual Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public.


    11200 SE 6th Street,
    Bellevue 98004

    Saturday, November 5th
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


    Donate new and unopened toys for Toys for Tots for a chance to win a prize from one of the vendors! 

    For more information, call 425-688-3382 or visit BellevueClub.com.


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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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