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  • Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Announces Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season

    by Althea Achem | Sep 13, 2016

    Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card and Mileage Plan celebrates 20th season

    The Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA), in partnership with the City of Bellevue, today announced Downtown’s Ashwood Park as the temporary home for the 2016-2017 Magic Season Ice Arena. 

    Bellevue Downtown Park has served as the home of the ice arena for the past 19 years. Due to construction of the “Complete the Circle” project and Inspiration Playground, the south and south west quadrants of Downtown Park will not be accessible until summer 2017. 

    “We see Ashwood Park as a perfect temporary home and thank the city for providing the venue to us,” said Patrick Bannon, BDA President. “The open green space next to the Bellevue Library is easily accessed by foot or transit and has several public parking options nearby. The temporary location insures that ice arena patrons remain close to all of the wonderful Magic Season events taking place in Downtown Bellevue.” 

    The Bellevue Library will provide ice arena patrons complimentary access to their parking structure during public hours of the rink. 

    The BDA and the city received feedback from Ashwood Park area residents at a community meeting in August and received unanimous support regarding the region’s largest covered, open-air ice rink visited by more than 30,000 skaters over the holidays.

    “We are proud to be celebrating our 20th season and are honored to have holiday ice skaters come back year-after-year,” Bannon said. “We look forward to continuing to make memories and plan to return to Bellevue Downtown Park next year.” 

    Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card and Mileage Plan 
    Nov. 25, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017 

    The Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena celebrates its 20th year presenting the region’s largest open-air holiday ice skating experience. The festive venue offers shelter for all-weather skating and concessions. For more information ​click HERE.

    • Temporary Home for 2016-2017 Season - Ashwood park, 10820 NE 10th Street, Downtown Bellevue
    • Celebrating 20th Season
    • $12 admission (includes skate rental), 8-year-olds and under $9 (includes skate rental)
    • Special events including free lessons, discount days, stroller skating and family skate days
    The Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card and Mileage Plan is a special event of the Bellevue Magic Season and is produced by the Bellevue Downtown Association. The BDA is a non-profit membership organization charged with leading the evolution of Downtown Bellevue as the economic and cultural heart of the Eastside. 

    Bellevue Magic Season is the Eastside’s leading collection of holiday events featuring seven festive weeks of brilliant lights, glistening ice and spectacular performances in Downtown Bellevue. The community celebration is a partnership between the Bellevue Downtown Association, City of Bellevue, The Bellevue Collection and The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, along with many other supporting community organizations and downtown businesses.

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  • Whole Foods Opens 365 Bellevue in Bellevue Square Mall

    by Althea Achem | Sep 12, 2016

    Doors open September 14, 2016 at 9 a.m.

    The first 100 people in line can receive a gift card anywhere between $5 - 365!

    The first 365 people in line receive a free reusable Better Bags! 

    The smaller format offers Whole Foods’ brands at a lower cost and is focused to provide more convenience for shoppers. It has all the essentials for a typical grocery trip. From local organic produce to wine and spirits from all across the world, 365 is the new one-stop shop of the Downtown Bellevue.


    Some new features to look forward to:

    Awesome Deli Section - This section has ready to eat food to choose from and includes a quick order station where you can personalize your own burrito, pizzas and hot dogs. 


    Wild Ginger -The Asian Fusion Restaurant will be partnering with 365 as a featured local kitchen where you can take out or eat inside their casual dining area. 


    Membership Rewards Program -The rewards program is free to sign up and will offer perks such as weekly coupons, everyday discounts off of selected products and punch cards where you can buy 10 of a particular product and get 1 one free.


    Location: South end of Bellevue Square Mall (where JCPenney used to be)

    Hours: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., seven days a week  

    Parking: Available in the South lot on NE 4th and 102nd

    By foot, bike or hoverboard: Walking distance from the transit center

    For more information get connected to ​365 Bellevue!


    The Bellevue location is the third 365 to open nationwide. Whole Foods plans to open 11 more stores throughout the states in the next year. 


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  • Meet Urbanite, Jesse Canedo

    by Althea Achem | Sep 12, 2016

    Fall-Urbanite-Home-Page-215x215 By Geri Massengale

    Ask Jesse Canedo what he does for a living and he’ll tell you he is a “business advocate supporting everyone from first time business owners to global companies.” Canedo moved from Texas a little over a year ago after landing his job at the City of Bellevue. He had never been to the Pacific Northwest, but the region seemed to fit his love for the outdoors, and he says Downtown is the perfect urban setting for his lifestyle. Canedo spoke to us about what he loves about Downtown and his hopes for the city.

    What do you love most about being the City’s Economic Development Manager? The thing I love about my job is the breadth of people I get to interact with. There’s this incredible amount of energy here and it’s great to be a resource to these new businesses and tap into that energy.

    Why did you choose to live in Downtown Bellevue?
    I love urban neighborhoods and I wanted to be in Downtown Bellevue to be a user of the product that I’m marketing and selling. It’s close to work—I’m lucky in my professional career that my commute has always been less than 15 minutes long. Today, I have a leisurely 10 minute walk to the office.
    What  makes  Downtown  Bellevue unique?
    The energy here is constantly changing and growing. There’s still this half-finished canvas and untapped opportunity to create new experiences and traditions in Downtown Bellevue.

    What are your hopes for the city?
    Bellevue’s already on a great trajectory and a lot of the things I’m hoping for are already coming true. But I’d like to see the city truly embrace its place as a video game development hub. Maybe even have a video game museum.

    What would you like to see more of?
    I know the transportation department is working on this, but I’d like to see more bike infrastructure. I’m a casual bike rider and so it would be nice to do that around Downtown Bellevue more.

    Ideal weekend?
    I’m a huge coffee guy so on Saturdays I drink coffee and catch up on reading. I probably caffeinate on a Saturday enough for the whole week ahead. I really like the coffee and the set up at Honor Coffee.

    Favorite Happy Hour?
    Daniel’s Broiler or El Guacho.

    Favorite Event?
    The Bellevue Arts Fair weekend was really awesome. It’s huge! I took my family there when they were visiting. My mom loves art.

    Canedo is looking forward to seeing Downtown grow into its potential and he’s eager to work with new businesses. If you’re an aspiring business owner, he encourages you to get in touch via email at jcanedo@bellevuewa.gov or on LinkedIn.
    The Urbanite is featured in the Bellevue Downtown Magazine. You can read the full magazine HERE!

    Be our next Urbanite! Do you live and work in Downtown Bellevue? Email althea@bellevuedowntown.org and tell us your place of residence, employer and Downtown Bellevue story. The Urbanite is featured online and in our Bellevue Downtown Magazine.



  • The City of Bellevue seeks volunteers to serve on Diversity Advisory Network

    by Althea Achem | Sep 09, 2016
    • Do you live or work in Bellevue? 

    • Do you Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city's diverse population?

    • ​Do you Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community?

    Yes? Then the city is looking for volunteers like you! 

    As part of an effort to provide better service to its increasingly diverse population, the City of Bellevue is seeking volunteers to serve on the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network. The 16-member panel will advise the city on how to better reach, serve, communicate and collaborate with everyone in the community.

    Members of the group will serve as a conduit between the community and city to ensure that Bellevue is a culturally responsive organization guided by the principles of equity, access, inclusion, opportunity and cultural competency.

    Members will be selected in the fall. The deadline for applications is Sept. 21.

    Please visit The City of Bellevue website for more information and to apply! You can also contact Mark Manuel, diversity outreach and engagement administrator at mmanuel@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-7886.



  • Snowflake Lane is accepting audition email submissions until Sept. 14

    by Althea Achem | Sep 08, 2016
    Spend the holiday season with the people you care for most, invite your friends to the event!

    Click ​HERE to get to the audition packets and any other information you will need for the audtions!  

    September 17th, 2016: Characters, Stilts, and Dancing Tech Crew
    September 18th, 2016: Drummers and Dancers
    Video Submissions: Novelty Acts Only

    TIME: By appointment only! 
    You must EMAIL in your forms/photos by 9/14/16 to snowflakelane@yahoo.com

    Once they receive your forms and process them, they will contact you to inform you of your appointment time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Please leave this block of time open and available until you receive your appointment time).

    LOCATION: Downtown Bellevue
    Exact location and directions will be given to you with your appointment time. 

    AGE: 16 years or older (must be 16 by 12/31/16)

    WHO: They require all members to audition! They are looking for energy, smiles, excitement, positive attitude, interaction with others and the public, dependability and the ability to follow written instructions, verbal instructions and direction.

    If you have any questions, please email: snowflakelane@yahoo.com




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