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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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  • October Events at the Bellevue Farmers Market

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 11, 2016

    Bellevue Farmers Market last day is October 27th

    Another market season has breezed by, but there is still time to stock up on seasonal spices and colorful veggies! Here are fall events that we definitely recommend taking part in before they close for the season:

    Pie Baking Contest - October 13
    Have a pie recipe that you would like to show off in the "Tried and True Apple" or "Anything goes Apple" category? Bellevue Farmers Market is having their First Annual Pie Baking Contest on October 13th! There is still time to register. Sign up online by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12th and then bring your pie to the market by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Three winners will each receive $30 in gift certificates and pie bragging rights until next year.


    Halloween Harvest Celebration - October 27 

    For the last market on October 27th, Bellevue Farmers Market will be hosting a Halloween Harvest Celebration. There will be raffle drawings, trick or treating throughout the market, scavenger hunts, face painting, live music from the Haggis Brothers, and pie pumpkin painting. It will be a great event for kids and families!

    Bellevue Farmers Market will transition to fall hours beginning this week:
    October 13: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
    October 20: 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.
    October 27: 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.


    For more information, go to BellevueFarmersMarket.org.


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