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It’s Washington Wine Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than raising a glass with the Seattle skyline as your backdrop. Waterways Cruises is hosting a Wine Tasting Cruise aboard one of its luxury yachts, featuring wines from Canoe Ridge Vineyard, on Friday, March 18th.

Enjoy dinner and wine with a view during this special cruise. The boat will depart from Waterways Home Port (2441 N. Northlake Way) at 7:00 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington while taking in the view from your own private table with the captain’s narrations of the scenery. Guests will have a guided tasting of wines with tasting notes and a history of the vineyard—four limited edition Canoe Ridge blends will accompany dinner and an open bar will be available for extra glasses and other beverages.

Tickets are $79 per person for boat admission, dinner and wine pairings—click here to book.

Cheers to Washington wines and Lake Union views!

 

Featured photo via waterwayscruises.com.

The Irish are coming, the Irish are coming!

On Friday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m., Saint Patrick will arrive to the Emerald City via Lake Union. He will land in South Lake Union at the waterfront near the MOHAI aboard shop with the Pirates of the Emerald Isle. Around 400 A.D., St. Patrick was brought to Ireland by Irish Pirates and will now arrive to Seattle aboard a local pirate ship.

This event is free and open to the public, kids and families are encouraged to attend! Passengers can climb aboard a Ride the Ducks boat at 5:00 p.m. at FX McRory’s for the ride to South Lake Union. The boat will then return to McRory’s by 6:30 p.m. for the Green Stripe Laying on 4th Avenue. This mini-parade marks the way for the Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Parade the following day.

Don’t forget to wear green!

 

Featured photo via irishclub.org.

Check out these FREE lectures coming up at the School of Visual Concepts in March! Admission is open to the public with RSVP.

March 24, 7-8:30pm: The Posters, Prints & Process of Brad Vetter
Instructor: Brad Vetter, letterpress printer
Poster designer extraordinaire Brad Vetter will discuss his creative process, what it’s like to create for some of music’s biggest names, and his time at Hatch Show Print. He’ll have posters for sale.

March 28, 7-8:30pm: How To Be An Email Feminist
Instructor: Shirley Hendrickson, Senior Copywriter, Hornall Anderson
With so much of our business communication conducted through email, it’s easy to make habits that are difficult to break. This class will review some of the most common bad habits that women make when writing emails, and how a few quick changes to your language can completely change the tone of a message. Women will get more of what they want out of an email exchange when they break these common faux pas.

March 29, 7-8:30pm: How to be a Great Client/ How to be a Great Agency
Instructor: Alan Brown, DNA co-founder and CEO
A good business relationship is a two-way street. In this talk, the client-agency relationship will be analyzed and both sides will discuss how it works from their perspective.

March 30, 7-8:30pm: Brand New: Prototyping the Airline of the Future
Instructor: Devin Liddell, Principal Brand Strategist, Teague
This lecture will cover Teague’s prototype of the airline of the future, with innovations meant to make flights more enjoyable and efficient.

March 31, 7-8:30pm: Radical Marketing: The Story Behind #OptOutside
Instructor: Ben Steele, Chief Creative Officer of Recreational Equipment, Inc
REI’s #OptOutside campaign took on Black Friday in the opposite way a retailer usually does—by closing its doors. REI promoted getting outside rather than shopping for its employees and customers. This lecture will talk about how this campaign came to be and if it was a success.

 

Featured photo via svcseattle.com.

A happy hour hop, Center for Wooden Boats 40th annual fundraising auction, and free community brunch are a few Lake Union events coming up this month.

March 3: First Thursday Progressive Happy Hour

5-7pm | Naanz & Lunchbox Laboratory

South Lake Union will kick off its new First Thursday events with a progressive happy hour starting at 5:00pm at Naanz then continuing to Lunchbox Laboratory. Register here for two appetizers and two drinks for $20.

March 5: Fundraising Auction and Dinner Celebration

6-9pm | The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats’ 40th annual fundraising auction and dinner celebration raises money for its operations, including sailing education, access to boating, and the preservation of Seattle’s maritime history. This special event includes dinner, an open bar, games and a live auction. Purchase tickets here.

March 13: Arte & Vino

1-4pm | Caffe Torino

Caffe Torino presents Arte & Vino as part of the Cascade Second Sunday Stroll.

This month will feature work by photographers Deborah Kirsner and Kayako Sareen. Enjoy happy hour drinks and free snacks.

March 27: Community Brunch

10:45am-2pm | Kakao Café

Kakao Café is hosting a FREE community brunch to bring South Lake Union neighbors together! There will be food trucks, espresso drinks, a waffle bar, games and live music. All ages are welcome.

March 29: How To Be A Great Client/Agency

7-8:30pm | School of Visual Concepts

Learn how to be a great client and/or how to be a great agency in this discussion by Rod Brooks, vice president and chief marketing officer at PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company. This SVC event is free— RSVP here.

Featured photo via kakaoseattle.com.

A happy hour hop, Center for Wooden Boats 40th annual fundraising auction, and free community brunch are a few Lake Union events coming up this month.

March 3: First Thursday Progressive Happy Hour

5-7pm | Naanz & Lunchbox Laboratory

South Lake Union will kick off its new First Thursday events with a progressive happy hour starting at 5:00pm at Naanz then continuing to Lunchbox Laboratory. Register here for two appetizers and two drinks for $20.

March 5: Fundraising Auction and Dinner Celebration

6-9pm | The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats’ 40th annual fundraising auction and dinner celebration raises money for its operations, including sailing education, access to boating, and the preservation of Seattle’s maritime history. This special event includes dinner, an open bar, games and a live auction. Purchase tickets here.

March 13: Arte & Vino

1-4pm | Caffe Torino

Caffe Torino presents Arte & Vino as part of the Cascade Second Sunday Stroll.

This month will feature work by photographers Deborah Kirsner and Kayako Sareen. Enjoy happy hour drinks and free snacks.

March 27: Community Brunch

10:45am-2pm | Kakao Café

Kakao Café is hosting a FREE community brunch to bring South Lake Union neighbors together! There will be food trucks, espresso drinks, a waffle bar, games and live music. All ages are welcome.

March 29: How To Be A Great Client/Agency

7-8:30pm | School of Visual Concepts

Learn how to be a great client and/or how to be a great agency in this discussion by Rod Brooks, vice president and chief marketing officer at PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company. This SVC event is free— RSVP here.

Featured photo via kakaoseattle.com

If you were among the many disappointed creatives who didn’t RSVP in time for the upcoming Experimental Jetset Design Lecture Series, you can wipe your tears thanks to the School of Visual Concepts (SVC). The school will be showing a live stream of the lecture on Friday, February 19th from 7-9pm.

The Design Lecture Series has brought some of the world’s leading graphic designers to the Seattle Public Library’s downtown branch to speak. These lectures are free and open to the public through RSVP, but space is limited and fills up nearly instantly, leaving plenty of people disappointed. That’s why SVC has decided to live stream the event in its own classroom for an overflow audience. This event is also free—you can sign up here.

Experimental Jetset is an Amsterdam graphic design studio founded in 1997 by Marieke Stolk, Danny van den Dungen and Erwin Brinkers, who are best known for their use of Helvetica and appearance in the documentary. Their work is self-described as “turning language into objects,” which will be an integral topic of conversation in their lecture.

SVC will be projecting the lecture live on a big screen, serving wine, and giving out some Design Lecture Series swag. There will be a discussion—and more wine—to follow. SVC is located at 2300 7th Avenue in South Lake Union.

Featured photo via designlectur.es

Enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner at one of the following Lake Union restaurants for a special date night out!

Serious Pie: February 14
Serious Pie is offering its regular a la carte menu with the addition of special Valentine’s menu items: wood oven penn cove mussels, Alaskan scallop crudo, sunchoke soup, braised beef cheeks pizza and chocolate terrine.
Reservations: walk-ins only.

Cicchetti: February 14 | $85/person
This four-course Mediterranean meal begins with your choice of baby fennel or Dungeness crab salad, followed by spiced root vegetables or lamb carpaccio. Next is a pearl barley risotto with beets or prawns, then the main course of oven-roasted King oyster mushroom or duck breast. Finish off with a saffron panna cotta, citrus sponge cake for two or artisanal cheese.
Reservations: (206) 859-4155 or online.

McCormick & Schmicks: February 14
Enjoy a romantic, waterside Valentine’s Day dinner at McCormick & Schmicks. The regular menu will be served with a famous chocolate bag to take home at the end of your meal.
Reservations: (206) 270-9052 or online.

Mollusk: February 13-14 | $80/person
This four-course meal includes beer pairings and the option of wine pairings for $10 more. Start with baked Cherrystone clams or wild mushroom and paneer strudel, followed by pineapple jerky or Dungeness crab curry stuffed artichokes. For the main course, choose between braised lamb neck or blackmouth salmon. Top it off with your choice of red velvet fondant cake, coriander-chocolate panna cotta, or chocolate mochi ice cream.
Reservations: (206) 403-1228 or online.

Osteria Rigoletto: February 14 | $45/person
Osteria Rigoletto will be serving a three-course Valentine’s menu full of Northern Italian flavor.
Reservations: (206) 494-9225 or online.

Pasta Freska: February 14 |  $69/person
Climb aboard for a Valentine’s cruise! Pasta Freska is hosting a seven-course dinner cruise starting at noon from the restaurant, then around Lake Union. Enjoy this unique date for a Valentine’s Day to remember.
Reservations: (206) 283-1515 or online.

Sushi Kappo Tamura: February 14 | $100/person
Sushi Kappo Tamura is serving a six-course omakase meal in lieu of their regular menu for a fun date night out with your sweetie!
Reservations: (206) 547-0937 or online.

Serafina: February 14 | $95/person
Serafina’s five-course Valentine’s dinner begins with your choice of Shugoku oysters, beef carpaccio or a bruschetta trio. Next, choose between a porcini-chestnut soup, bibb lettuce salad or sweetbreads, followed by white asparagus risotto, wild boar ragu or lobster paccheri. Main course options include Double R Ranch ribeye steak for two, yellowfin tuna, or Bluebird Farms farro. Finish up with a hazelnut cake for two, chocolate tart, or artisanal cheese.
Reservations: (206) 323-0807 or online.

Featured photo via pexels.com

A celebration of Black History Month, five-course beer pairing dinner, and some helpful lectures are a few Lake Union events coming up this month.

February 11: Being a Leader in the Non-Profit World
6pm | Northeastern University Seattle
Learn how nonprofits operate and how you can become a leader in nonprofit organizations at Northeastern University Seattle’s ‘Being a Leader in the Non-Profit World’ lecture. Register here.

February 13: Black History Month Celebration
11am–4:30pm | MOHAI
The MOHAI’s Black History Month celebration will have film screenings, performances, photography, and a community panel discussion about the civil rights movements in hip-hop and Black Lives Matter. Special admission pricing to the museum is $7 all day.

February 17: Chuckanut Brewery Dinner
6pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Have a taste of Mexico at the Chuckanut Brewery Dinner, featuring food from Cantina Lena and Mexican lager from Chuckanut Brewing made exclusively for Tom Douglas restaurants. The five-course dinner will be paired with Chuckanut beers. Click here to purchase tickets.

February 25: Career Changers: How They Did It
6–8pm | Code Fellows
If you’re looking for a change of career and don’t quite know where to begin, get advice and tips from experts at ‘Career Changers: How They Did It’ at the Code Fellows campus. This is event is free with RSVP.

 

Featured photo via tomdouglas.com

Even Seattle’s most beloved radio station isn’t immune to the building boom that is pushing businesses out of their well-established homes to make way for shiny new apartments. This fate has been inevitable to for KEXP 90.3 FM, which lives in the densely packed Denny triangle area. The station’s lease is up this year, forcing a move that was actually much-needed.

KEXP staff moved into their New Home at Seattle Center on Wednesday, December 9th. Staff members marched from their posts at Denny Way and Dexter Ave to their new digs in the northwest corner of Seattle Center, cheering and bumping music along the way. The historic first broadcast from KEXP’s New Home was hosted by DJ John Richards starting at 9:03 am.

From the Moving Day for KEXP press release: “KEXP’s first broadcast is a major milestone for the station,” said John Richards, host of The Morning Show.  “While we are sad to say goodbye to our old studios, we know that the future of the station is at Seattle Center and our New Home. This first broadcast marks our ability to both work and broadcast from the New Home but it in no way means we are done with our capital campaign. Thanks to our amazing community we’ve raised around $13.7 million and now hope to raise the final $1.3 million leading up to a public grand opening in April. It’s one of the most exciting times ever for this station and our music community and I hope everyone who has been a part of the last 40 years celebrates KEXP on our first broadcast at KEXP’s new home!”

KEXP’s New Home is slated to open to the public on April 16, 2016. The space will be visitor-friendly with a gathering space for listeners, a showroom, café, and more accessible viewing spaces to watch live in-studio performances and observe record collections. More funds are needed to make these plans a reality—you can make a tax-deductible donation here.

Featured photo via newhome.kexp.org.

 

Featured photo via GeekWire

Seattle got geeky this past Wednesday, December 2nd at the fourth annual GeekWire Gala. This year-end event takes place at the Museum of History & Industry in the South Lake Union neighborhood, the heart of Seattle’s booming technology industry. It was a night of networking, dancing, exploring the museum and photobooth-ing with Seattle’s techiest.

Each year, GeekWire partners with startup experts to nominate the most innovative local companies founded within the past five years. Ten of these nominees are chosen to make up the Seattle 10, which are unveiled at the Gala with giant cocktail napkins decorated by each company. This year’s Seattle 10 are:

Check out scenes from the GeekWire Gala below! 

 

Coloring for adults, a yoga holiday party, and Christmas ships dinner cruise are a few Lake Union events coming up this month.

December 2: Koloring Night
6-8pm | 415 Westlake Ave N
Kakao Café will host a Koloring Night for adults on December 2nd and 16th, presented by Haven Paperie. The event is meant to provide a place of calm in the midst of a busy holiday season. Supplies will be provided and Haven cards will be available for purchase.

December 5: Yoga Holiday Party
8pm – 11pm | 2210 N Pacific St
Seattle Yoga News and Om Culture present the Seattle Yoga Holiday Party, a celebration with the yoga and arts community in the greater Seattle area. There will be live performances, music, dancing, prizes, food, drinks, and a Seattle yoga awards ceremony. Click here to purchase tickets.

December 8: Denny Substation Open House
5-7pm | 911 Stewart Street
Seattle City Light’s contractor will discuss construction and project updates at the Denny Substation open house at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Learn about the electrical substation and underground distribution network that is being built to improve Seattle’s electrical system.

December 20: Christmas Ships Dinner Cruise
3-6pm | Lake Union
Welcome aboard the Steamship Virginia V for the annual public Christmas Ships Dinner Cruise! Guests can enjoy a buffet dinner, beverages, and vocal performance by the Dickens Carolers while sailing to and from Lake Union Park.

December 23: Christmas Ships Grand Finale Dessert Cruise
8-10:30pm | Lake Union
Enjoy treats and beverages aboard the Steamship Virginia V during the Christmas Ships Grand Finale Dessert Cruise. The Dickens Carolers will perform at Gasworks Park to set the mood for the parade of lighted boats filling Lake Union.

 

Featured photo via virginiav.org