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  • Mark Your Calendars for Overlake Medical Center’s Community Partners Luncheon and Wellness Fair

    by Jenny Ngyuen | Oct 03, 2016

    Overlake Medical Center invites you to their annual Community Partners Fundraising Luncheon and Wellness Fair

    Join more than 600 Eastside business and community leaders in supporting the latest technologies, community outreach programs and high-quality compassionate care at Overlake. Hear from Rishi Manchanda , a physician, public health innovator and author of The Upstream Doctors as he addresses how health care providers and the community can work together to improve care and the social determinants of health.

    Arrive early to take part in our 3rd annual Wellness Fair.  See how Overlake, Eastside businesses and other community organizations are working to support health and wellness. 

    When: Monday, November 21st
    Wellness Fair: 11 a.m. - Noon 
    Lunch & Program: Noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Where:  Hyatt Regency Bellevue

    Free Admission. During the luncheon guests will be asked to make a suggested minimum donation of $150.

    Funds raised will directly support medical services, from primary care for your family to lifesaving treatments for heart attacks, cancer, and other diseases and conditions.

    To register, go to OverlakeHospital.org/CPL or call 425-688-5526 for more information. 


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  • Uncork The Night - A celebration of wine and giving, benefiting Bellevue LifeSpring

    by Althea Achem | Sep 30, 2016

    Enjoy a night of wining, dining and making a difference at Uncork the Night

    Saturday, October 8th at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue

    Uncork the night benefits Bellevue LifeSpring programs including the Breaktime-Mealtime™ program, serving Bellevue children living in poverty boxed breakfasts and lunches during school breaks. Over the past year, the Breaktime-Mealtime™ program was able to​ provide 128,000 meals to qualified children.

    Before each school break, groups of volunteers pack boxes of food to be distributed to hungry kids

    The event is a celebration of wine and giving! Toast the night with delicious wines from the Northwest and around the world while you browse and bid on fantastic items in the silent auction. Enjoy exceptional cuisine, sparkling conversations and a fast-paced live auction filled with great finds, rare wines and unique experiences. This is an event that you don’t want to miss out!


    Tickets are on sale 

    Honorary Chair:
    Leslie Jackson Chihuly, President and CEO of Chihuly Studios

    VIP Winemaker: Quilceda Creek Vintners

    For tickets and more information visit BellevueLifeSpring.org  or call 425-451-2275 


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  • BAM Biennial 2016 now through February 5, 2017

    by Althea Achem | Sep 29, 2016

    From now until February 5, 2017, you can broaden your perspective on the theme of metal at the Biennial by Bellevue Arts Museum.

    The BAM Biennial is a juried exhibition that takes place every two years to focus on the work of established and upcoming artist, craftspeople and designers in the Northwest. This year’s edition focus on the medium of metal. The Biennial 2016 titled Metalmorphosis pursues an exploration with transformation and the elements of physical and metaphysical realms. As their most popular year yet, the museum had a record breaking 330 applications where 49 artists have been selected to showcase their work.

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    Madacsi, Susan. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pyrocumulus. 2016.
    Photo © 
    Pete Grady Photography


    Grady, Chelsea. Floating Sconces. 2016.
    Photo © Christopher Eltrich Photography.


    Free for members & children under age 6
    $5 TeenTix*
    $10 Senior/Students/Military (with ID)
    $12 Adult
    $30 Family**

    Museum and Store Hours
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Take advantage on Free Museum Day at BAM on the first Friday of each month:
    11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

    510 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    Call 425-519-0770 for more information or go to www.BellevueArts.org


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  • Kelsey Creek Farm Fair is October 1

    by Althea Achem | Sep 23, 2016

    Celebrate Autumn! 


    Bring your family to the Kelsey Creek Farm Fair to enjoy a variety of old-time activities. Free admission!

    • ​Farm animals
    • Children’s crafts
    • Tractor pulled ​wagon rides
    • Live entertainment
    • ​Search for a pumpkin in the farm pasture 
    • Inflatables
    • ​Heritage demonstrations 

    Saturday, October 1, 2016
    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Kelsey Creek Farm
    410 130 Pl SE, Bellevue, WA

    FREE Admission. Other cost depending on activity.

    Parking: Free parking and shuttle to the event from:
    -Bannerwood Sports Park, 1630 132nd Ave SE, Bellevue, WA
    -Wilburton Park and Ride, 720 114th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA
    Shuttle service begins at 10:45 a.m. and runs throughout the day, approximately 30 minutes. The last shuttle leaves Kelsey Creek Farm Park at 4:30 p.m.


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  • REI Grand Opening Celebration this weekend

    by Althea Achem | Sep 22, 2016

    Now Open: REI in Bellevue!

    REI Grand Opening Celebration

    September 23 - 25
    8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    Festivities will kick off every day at 8 a.m. with music, food and beverages

    Doors open:
    Friday, September 23 – 10 a.m.
    Saturday, September 24 – 9 a.m.
    Sunday, September 25 – 10 a.m. 

    The first 200 people (age 18 and older) through the door will receive a $10, $50 or $100 REI promotional card and a limited edition CamelBak water bottle!

    410 116th Ave NE 
    Bellevue, WA 98004 


    The new 40,000 square foot location is on the second level of the Central Bellevue Shopping Center and includes a bike and snow shop, as well as a bigger community room. This larger space offers a broader selection of classes, programs and outdoor gear products including more local brands.

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    According to Mike Ferris, REI spokesperson, this new Bellevue location will be closer to public transportation, I-405 and a future trail making it accessible through multiple means of transportation. 

    Check out their website for more information rei.com/stores/bellevue.