DISCOVER SEATTLE: November Rain

The month of November is the start of the Holidays beginning with Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and ending with New Year’s Eve. It is a time for reflection as the year draws to a close; a time where we scramble to get things done, perhaps in preparation for upcoming family gatherings and shopping sprees for holiday gifts; or final attempts to meet those New Year’s resolutions we set for ourselves at the start of the year, and never accomplished, or even started!

As for us residents of Washington state, it is also a time when the incessant rain beats on our heads, roofs, and car tops, and thick gray clouds descend even closer to the horizon, it feels like you can almost touch them. Since my move to this fine ever-green state, I noticed that many people don’t carry umbrellas with them; they drive super slow in rain just like L.A. drivers which surprised me since we (Los Angelenos) get so much flack for that; and lastly, no one wears bright colors at all! I didn’t understand this coming from sunny California, until I noticed that my wardrobe has evolved considerably into an array of gray and black hues. Who knew that weather could actually affect your choice in colors! Even the yellow jacket I just bought has a dull-grayish tint to it.

Despite the rain, people still like to go out and have fun, and you should. Because it’s going to be at least 5-6 months before the rain lightens up, and we start to see sunny and warmer days again.  So what’s in store for you this November? Plenty. There are film festivals, wine-tasting (Brrr! I hope it’s not outside), free national park day, parades, shopping, Thanksgiving and Christmas events, and so much more. Here’s the lowdown on what is coming up in and around Seattle, although I made an exception for the Veterans Day Parade in Auburn to honor our veterans, especially those in our graduate student body. If you are interested in other events in Seattle and other cities, I have included some links at the bottom of this blog.

I realize this is a long and exhaustive list so I’ll do my best to remember to post them on our GSC social media sites a day or two before the event.

Jazz festival, November 1 – 11, 2014 (begins Oct. 10). The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Restaurant discounts, November 2 – 30, 2014 (except Fri. & Sat.)  Local restaurants offer special deals on three-course meals during Dine Around Seattle. Repeats in March.

Comedy competition, November 5 – 30, 2014, multiple locations.  Comedians do their best acts for prizes at the Seattle International Comedy Competition in many Western Washington cities. Final night to determine the champion is at Comedy Underground in Seattle.

Thanksgiving sampler, November 6, 2014 (5 to 8 p.m.), multiple locations. Try a plateful of holiday foods for a $5 donation to charity during Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Markets, including Roosevelt Square, South Lake Union, Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Redmond.

Swing dance convention, November 6 – 10, 2014. Take professional workshops and enjoy DJ dancing at Sea to Sky at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac.

Ghost stories, November 6 – 20, 2014 (begins Oct. 16). Your suggestions become spooky & funny improv at Campfire Improvised Ghost Stories by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market. Discount tickets.

Snow gear swap, November 7 – 8, 2014

Flamenco performance, November 7 – 8, 2014 (8 p.m.) See flamenco dance live at Flamenco de Raiz at the Kirkland Performance Center. Discount tickets.

Phinney beer tasting, November 8, 2014. Enjoy local brews, pub snacks, and a silent auction of beer items at PNA Winter Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Wine tasting, November 8, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.) A Toast To The Arc is a wine tasting and silent auction of fine wine for charity at South Seattle College.

Wine and hydroplanes, November 8, 2014 (7 to 10 p.m.)  Sample wine and food while hearing live music and seeing hydroplanes at the evening Wine Tasting Party at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent.

Veterans Day parade, November 8, 2014 (11 a.m.), 26 miles south. The Veterans Day Parade & Observance in Auburn is one of America’s biggest, with veterans units, military vehicles, drill teams, 25 marching bands, floats, antique cars, and a military fly-over. Free.

Orchid festival, November 8 – 9, 2014. See blooming orchids, hear talks on the hour, and visit vendors at the Fall Orchid Show at Swanson’s Nursery. Free.

Hawaiian music festival, November 9, 2014. Hear Hawaiian master musicians, admire tropical flowers, and shop for food and crafts at the annual Seattle Slack Key Festival at Town Hall Seattle.

Free park day, November 11, 2014, All national parks. Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Taste of South Lake Union, November 12, 2014 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) Get tastes from local restaurants plus wine from Woodinville wineries at Savor SLU at South Lake Union Discovery Center to support charity.

Italian film festival, November 13 – 20, 2014. Cinema Italian Style screens 20 new films in Italian with English subtitles at SIFF Cinema Uptown. The first and last films have optional after-parties.

Christmas gifts and foods, November 14 – 16, 2014. Get an early start on the holidays at the 16th annual Christmas in Seattle Gift & Gourmet Food Show. Gifts, specialty foods, artists, and Santa are at the Seattle convention center.

Ski and snowboard sale, November 14 – 16, 2014. Shop for snow merchandise at the Ski Dazzle ski and snowboard show at CenturyLink Field.

Arts and crafts show, November 14 – 16, 2014.  Fall Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show has 100 artists displaying jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures plus food trucks at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in March and Oct.

Reindeer & model trains, November 14 (afternoon) – Dec. 24, 2014. Visit live reindeer and watch model trains wind their way through a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swanson’s Nursery. Free.

Short film festival, November 15, 2014. Seattle Shorts Film Festival includes 17 short films and an awards ceremony at Seattle Center.

How to build green, November 15, 2014 (5 to 9 p.m.) Green Building Slam is 10 interesting lectures by innovative architects and builders of 10 minutes each, followed by a networking reception in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

Veterans Day race, November 16, 2014. Seattle National Veterans Day Run is a timed 5K, 11K, and 1 miler at Magnuson Park. Discount 5K tickets.

Films from Turkey, November 20 – 23, 2014. See nine unusual films and attend opening and closing parties at the Seattle Turkish Film Festival.

Magnolia wine walk, November 21, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.) Visit 14 local businesses to taste wine from 14 wineries at Vino in the Village in Magnolia.

Motorcycle show, November 21 – 23, 2014. Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show in the Seattle Convention Center.

Twilight Zone theater, November 21 – Dec. 20, 2014 (8 p.m.) Watch three episodes of Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV show live onstage when Theater Schmeater presents The Twilight Zone: Live in Belltown.

Band competition, November 22, 2014. Hear four bands compete for your vote and $15,000 in prizes at Jammin’ Challenge at Hard Rock Cafe.

Ideas conference, November 22, 2014. TEDxRainier has exciting 18-minute speeches about technology, entertainment, and design followed by an evening reception at McCaw Hall.

Nordic holiday, November 22 – 23, 2014. Yulefest brings Christmas to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, with Scandinavian foods, craft booths, fiddlers, and folk dancers.

Christmas tree festival, November 22 – Dec. 3, 2014. View 21 designer trees in the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during the annual Festival of Trees charity event. See schedule for gala, family celebration, and teddy bear suite. Free to view.

Pre-Thanksgiving run/walk, November 23, 2014. Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is a 5K and 10K run/walk and free kids dash, with post-race beer garden and mashed-potato-eating contest.

Thanksgiving run/walk, November 27, 2014, multiple cities.

Thanksgiving dinner, November 27, 2014, Greater Seattle area. Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable.

Parade & star lighting, November 28, 2014. Macy’s Holiday Parade & Star Lighting begins with a 9 a.m. parade of marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa. It ends with a 5 p.m. lighting of the 161-foot star, followed by fireworks. Free.

Christmas ships parade, November 28 – Dec. 23, 2014. Lake Washington & Puget Sound. Ride onboard with the choir or listen from shore at a bonfire during Christmas Ship Festival. See schedule.

Christmas play, November 28 – Dec. 28, 2014. A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at ACT Theatre. Discount tickets.

Nutcracker ballet, Nov. 28 – Dec. 28, 2014. This is the last year for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, a holiday tradition for Seattle families and ballet lovers, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast of professional dancers and students in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

Seattle zoo lights, Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015. WildLights has 500,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night creatures, a carousel, indoor play, and carolers at Woodland Park Zoo. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Pike Place holiday, November 29, 2014 (1 to 5 p.m.) Magic in the Market includes carolers, Santa, and a 5 p.m. Christmas tree lighting at Pike Place Market.

Seattle Marathon, November 30, 2014. Join 14,000 people burning off Thanksgiving calories at the morning Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon that begin and end near Seattle Center.

For more information please check out the following links:

Events12 http://www.events12.com/seattle/

Events Washington State http://www.experiencewa.com/wa/events

Seattle.gov http://www.seattle.gov/calendar/

Visit Seattle http://visitseattle.org/Visitors/Events

Happy Fall Everyone!  And Stay Dry!

Mariquita de Mira / MFA in Arts Leadership 2015 / Artist. Arts Leader. Global Adventurer & Explorer.

[I moved to Washington from California a little over a year ago and slowly but surely discovering Seattle.  Through my DISCOVER SEATTLE Blog, I will be sharing my adventures of places to eat, the nightlife, and other events that I have attended or feel will be a cool event to attend to that I will share on GSC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and World Press.  I look forward to meeting you all at our GSC events.  Cheers!]

Ghosts, Ghouls & Howls!

Did you know…

Halloween is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve,or All Saints’ Eve, a yearly celebration observed on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween)

Halloween is officially upon us (or at least Halloween Eve) so get ready for a nightmare filled with scary revelry and debauchery!!

If you don’t already have plans and want to know what is going on around Seattle, below is a list of Halloween events for you to sink your teeth into!

Halloween Open House (Seattle University Campus) on October 31, 2014 @ 1:30pm in Administration Building Foyer.  Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to drop by the foyer of the Administration Building from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Halloween to trick or treat, and enjoy some hot apple cider and goodies. Costumes are strongly encouraged but not required.

Halloween on Capitol Hill on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Giant Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

Halloween show & party on October 30 – 31, 2014.  Carnevolar V: The Funhouse has nightmarish aerial acts to live music both days, plus a DJ dance party on Friday at Emerald City Trapeze Arts. Discount tickets for Thursday.

Bollywood Halloween on October 31, 2014 (10 p.m.)  Bollywood Scream is a DJ dance party with sounds of India and a costume contest at Acquabar for age 21+.

Stylish Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)  Risqué features beautiful people in sexy costumes dancing to top-40 hits played by DJs in the Showbox at the Market. Requires age 21 ID.

Giant Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)  Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

Halloween costume party on October 31, 2014 (8:30 p.m.)  Bonza Bash Halloween is a masquerade costume ball with a top DJ and costume prizes at Fremont Studios.

Halloween on Capitol Hill on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)  Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Cabaret Macabre on October 31, 2014.  Cabaret Macabre will entertain you with music and dance at Columbia City Theater if you are age 21+.

Freaky Halloween concert on October 31 – Nov. 1, 2014.  FreakNight is a high-energy music and dance concert with freaky entertainment in WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field for age 18+. All people searched.

For graduate students who are parents, here are some fun Halloween events for your children.

Halloween at the Zoo from October 18 – 31, 2014 (some days). Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins at Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child 12 years and under in costume is free per paid adult.

Kids’ costume party on October 31, 2014 (4 to 8 p.m.)  Kids 10 and younger will enjoy a haunted mountain, scavenger hunt, games, and trick or treat at the free Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum.

Trick-or-treating for kids on October 31, 2014The City’s Sweetest Spots for Trick-or-Treating include Seattle, the Eastside, Northgate, and Tacoma Mall.

Some Halloween events go through November 2nd so I have included them as well. Why not perpetuate Halloween?

Tukwila haunted house, November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)  Shadows Haunted Attraction has both a traditional dark maze and a group theatrical experience in Tukwila.

Haunted golf course, November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 10)  Haunted Nightmare is an outdoor walk that includes indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center. November 1 is flashlight night.

Halloween at Wild Waves, November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)  Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, a haunted house, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves.

Seattle haunted house, Nov. 1 – 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)  KUBE 93FM Haunted House [sound] is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area.

And finally, below is a list of cab companies and phone numbers for your safe ride home:

Yellow Cab 206-622-6500

Orange Cab 206-522-8800, 206-444-0409

Seattle Cab Company 206-234-2342

Farwest Taxi 206-622-1717

Taxi Fare Finder estimates your taxicab fare, cost and rates. http://www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php?city=Seattle

Uber is a ride sharing service recommended by friends but always PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Note that drivers can rate you and if you come up as a lowly rated passenger (i.e. puking Pumpkin Cider beer in their car), you may not get picked up by other drivers in the future. https://www.uber.com/en-US/cities/seattle

HAVE FUN!  BE SAFE!  DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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DISCOVER SEATTLE: Beers (Oktoberfest), Chills (Halloween) and other Fun October Activities

Fall is officially upon us with the onset of drizzle rain, chilly weather, and the ever-changing colors of nature around us. As much as I dislike the cold and the gray skies that are starting to fill my days, I do look forward to fall with TV’s new seasons and new series. My favorites being “The Black List” and now “How To Get Away with Murder.” But I digress because I am actually here to share with you many fun fall activities for October, in and around Seattle.

First thing I looked up was Oktoberfest. Now I know the real Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany begins in late September thru early October but I hoped Oktoberfest in Seattle began in well, October. Nicht! Unfortunately, Oktoberfest was last month from September 19 – 21 in the Fremont neighborhood. There were other Oktoberfest events happening in other close-by cities such as Renton (September 26 – 27), Kirkland (September 26 – 28), and Puyallup (October 3 – 5) but have already passed. There is still an ongoing Oktoberfest event I have listed below that is still happening till October 18th but it is about 120 miles from Seattle.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest from October 3 – 18, 2014 (Fridays & Saturdays) is 119 miles east of Seattle.  Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles in town, live music, German food, family activities, arts and crafts, and beer!

Another fun event starting next week is Seattle Restaurant Week from October 19 – 23 & 26 – 30. Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 170 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which repeats in April. I love Restaurant Week because I get to try different restaurants and taste various types of food, and get a good deal out of it, perfect for us graduate students on a budget!

Other happenings in October are the following events:

Jazz festival from October 10 – Nov. 11, 2014 at various Seattle locations. The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Literature in Bars on October 23, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.) Lit Crawl Seattle features 65 local authors reading their works in bars, cafes, bookstores, art galleries, and performance spaces on Capitol Hill, followed by a 9 p.m. party at Richard Hugo House. Free.

Halloween party at EMP on October 18, 2014 (9 p.m.) Enjoy costume contests, a ghostly photo booth, drink specials, a dance party, and a horror scavenger hunt at Fashionably Undead Bash: Beware the Woods for age 21+ at Experience Music Project.  I attended this event last year and recommend it.

For all you Michael Jackson fans out there, Seattle has the Thriller dance on October 25, 2014 (3 p.m.) Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Seattle at Pioneer Square. Free.

Halloween dash on October 26, 2014 at Circle Seward Park in costume at Run Scared, which includes a 5K, 4K, kids’ dash, and costume contests for people and dogs.

Halloween on Capitol Hill on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition is a costume party with DJ beats and horrors at three Capitol Hill bars (Neumos, Barboza, and Moe Bar). Free.

Giant Halloween party on October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.) Join 2000 young partiers in costume dancing to live music at Pulse in the Experience Music Project.

For all you parents out there, there are wonderful Halloween events for your children.

Halloween at the Zoo from October 18 – 31, 2014 (some days). Enjoy treats and watch animals play with pumpkins at Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo. One child 12 years and under in costume is free per paid adult.

Kids Halloween show on October 25, 2014. Caspar Babypants sings fun, kid-friendly music that gets kids dancing in their costumes at Spooktacular at Cedar Cross Cooperative Preschool in Mill Creek.

Trick-or-treating for kids on October 31, 2014The City’s Sweetest Spots for Trick-or-Treating include Seattle, the Eastside, Northgate, and Tacoma Mall.

There is so much more going on than what I have listed but I think this is a good start. For more information on events happening every month in Seattle please check out the following links:

Events12 http://www.events12.com/seattle/

Seattle.gov http://www.seattle.gov/calendar/

Visit Seattle http://visitseattle.org/Visitors/Events

I hope you have a chance to check out these events. If you do, please share your experiences by commenting on this blog to let readers know what you enjoyed and recommend, or Like and follows us on Facebook and Twitter and post your comments there, too.

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Happy Fall Everyone!

Mariquita de Mira / MFA in Arts Leadership 2015 / Artist. Arts Leader. Global Adventurer & Explorer.

[I moved to Washington from California a little over a year ago and slowly but surely discovering Seattle.  Through my DISCOVER SEATTLE Blog, I will be sharing my adventures of places to eat, the nightlife, and other events that I have attended or feel will be a cool event to attend to that I will share on GSC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and World Press.  I look forward to meeting you all at our GSC events.  Cheers!]

This scavenger hunt could win you a pair of free plane tickets

Hey SU grad students! It seems like this week might be the last of the sunny warm weather we’ve been enjoying lately, so if you’re looking for an interesting way to start off your weekend consider a cool scavenger hunt with awesome prizes. Alaska Airlines is gearing up to add more Boeing 737 planes to their fleet, and in celebration they are organizing a scavenger hunt in the Puget sound area. The first prize is a chance to take a ride on a flight simulator for the 737 and even more importantly, they are giving away two round-trip tickets to any North American destination where Alaska Airlines flies. This includes Hawaii and Mexico so when the rain starts, you can take a vacation and get in some more sun time. Second place wins you a flight right from the Boeing Field on a delivery flight. Either way, you win great views of the Puget Sound and surrounding areas.

The hunt will take followers to iconic spots around Seattle and the Puget Sound area. Starting at 6 am (for those of you who like to wake up early and jump right in, great!) Alaska Airlines will begin posting to their Twitter and Instagram accounts with clues to the first location on the hunt. You’ll need to figure out the puzzle in order to find the location. When you have done this, post pictures and tweets; don’t forget to use the hashtag #seattlesairline so that you’ll be tracked as first and as the winner! This could be a great way to explore places around the area you might not be aware of if you’re new to the area and lets be honest, who wouldn’t want to win two plane tickets if they can get you to a beach in Mexico or Hawaii? Follow both the Twitter and Instagram accounts for the best chance of getting all the clues to win.

If this sounds like something anyone in the grad community would be interested in, we can form groups to divide and conquer. Message us on our Facebook, or comment here. Friday is going to be sunny and beautiful so lets all get out and enjoy the weather. Good luck!!