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  • 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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  • Fall Issue of Bellevue Downtown Magazine is out!

    by Althea Achem | Sep 07, 2016
    As summer wanes, leaves fall and air turns crispy and cool, you have a bounty of ways to warm up your days and nights in the DTB. This issue highlights many extraordinary fall events, from the fundraisers in support of great local causes to The Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Week to spooktacular Halloween festivities. 

    Click the below image to read the full Fall 2016 Issue of Bellevue Downtown Magazine

    Fall 2016 Cover

    Do you want a copy of the magazine that you can hold in your hand? Here's where you can find them:

    • Check your office building - we distribute the magazine to over 20 major office buildings in Downtown Bellevue

    • The Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, Bellevue Place)

    • Downtown restaurants and retailers

    • Bellevue City Hall, community centers, Bellevue libraries and Meydenbauer Center

    • Check in your apartment/condo building!

    • Residential and commercial real estate brokers

    • Downtown Bellevue hotels

    • Bellevue Downtown Association office, located at 400 108th Ave. NE Suite 110


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  • Bellevue Youth Theatre - Fall 2016 Auditions Set for Sept. 6-8

    by Althea Achem | Aug 30, 2016

    Merry Fairy Tales
    Tuesday, September 6
    5 - 6:30 p.m. 
    South Bellevue Community Center

    Bye Bye Birdie, How the Penguins Saved Santa Claus, and A Christmas Carol
    Wednesday, September 7 & Thursday, September 8
    5 - 6:30 p.m.

    The Bellevue Youth Theatre is dedicated to providing opportunities for all young people in the theater, ages 8 to 19, or children under 8 with a parent or guardian present at all times. Persons with disabilities, families and older adults are encouraged to participate. The focus of the BYT is to build self-esteem, teamwork and confidence while performing in a supportive environment. Children under 12 and first-time participants can expect smaller roles and limited lines.

    For audition details and more information about BYT, please click HERE or call 425-452-7155.


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  • Downtown Bellevue's most long-lived citizens honored by Mayor

    by Althea Achem | Aug 25, 2016

    To mark National Senior Citizens Day this past Sunday, August 21, Mayor John Stokes and Councilmember Lynne Robinson honored the remarkable residents of Bellevue’s The Bellettini, an independent and assisted living community located right here in DTB.

    The elected officials presented a proclamation and recognized the leadership and community spirit of Bellevue’s most long-lived citizens.

    The Bellettini’s residents range in age from 62 to 97 and continue to inspire and make valued contributions to the community. Three exceptional examples are Rocky Ursino, Mike Flynn and Joan Snelson.

    Ursino, 86, a retired optician and himself an amputee, has been visiting with elderly amputees at the VA Puget Sound hospital in Seattle for over three years.

    Flynn, 76, was the publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal for 24 years and hasn’t slowed down much since he retired. Last year, he took second place in the 100-meter dash at the World Senior Games in Huntsman, Utah.

    Snelson, 85, is an active volunteer for Congregations for the Homeless where she makes a positive impact, helping homeless Eastside men make the transition from life on the street to stable, independent living.

    These are but a few examples of The Bellettini’s residents who continue to lead important, active lives. Through partnerships with cultural centers, schools and senior advocacy groups, The Bellettini makes it easy for residents to contribute to and be part of the greater community.

    “We have a philosophy of inspired aging which means our residents are every bit as engaged socially, physically and mentally today as they have been throughout their lives,” said The Bellettini’s General Manager Kate Harrison. “We so appreciate that Mayor Stokes and Councilmember Robinson are shining the spotlight on the accomplishments of this generation.”

    National Senior Citizens Day was established in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan as a day to support, honor and show appreciation to the country’s seniors and recognize their many contributions to the community.

    For more information on The Bellettini, please visit thebellettini.com.

    Senior Citizens Day
    Councilmember Lynne Robinson; The Bellettini Reisdent Council Chair, Zoe Thompson; Mayor John Stokes; The Bellettini Resident, Joan Snelson. Photo courtesy of The Bellettini


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