Santa Paws is coming (back) to town

We know your pet is part of your family, so when it comes time for this year’s holiday photos, bring them in for a photo-op with Santa!

From 1-4 p.m. on the next three Saturdays (Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16), visit Petco Interbay (2001 15th Ave. W., Seattle) and have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws.

This annual fundraiser benefits the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, which supports the Seattle Animal Shelter’s programs and initiatives by engaging our community, increasing awareness and raising funds. The $20 Santa Paws package includes:

  • A photo strip with three festive shots from The SnapBar for you to take home.
  • An online gallery to download your high-resolution digital photos.
  • Fun props and a festive background.

This a great way to capture an adorable holiday memory while supporting the Seattle Animal Shelter’s lifesaving work.

We want to make sure your furry family members are safe and happy. All dogs should be on leashes, and cats and other critters should be in carriers. No appointments are necessary. For more information, email marketing@seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.

Santa Paws is coming (back) to town

We know your pet is part of your family, so when it comes time for this year’s holiday photos, bring them in for a photo-op with Santa!

From 1-4 p.m. on the next three Saturdays (Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16), visit Petco Interbay (2001 15th Ave. W., Seattle) and have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws.

This annual fundraiser benefits the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, which supports the Seattle Animal Shelter’s programs and initiatives by engaging our community, increasing awareness and raising funds. The $20 Santa Paws package includes:

  • A photo strip with three festive shots from The SnapBar for you to take home.
  • An online gallery to download your high-resolution digital photos.
  • Fun props and a festive background.

This a great way to capture an adorable holiday memory while supporting the Seattle Animal Shelter’s lifesaving work.

We want to make sure your furry family members are safe and happy. All dogs should be on leashes, and cats and other critters should be in carriers. No appointments are necessary. For more information, email marketing@seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org.

Lunar New Year celebrations

Lunar New Year celebrations start Jan. 29

It’s the year of the monkey, and we’re ready to celebrate Lunar New Year! Legend has it that in ancient times, there was a monster named Nian who lived deep under the sea. On New Year’s Eve the beast would emerge to feed on people and livestock. Villagers lived in fear of Nian and often fled on the annual holiday.

Then, one year, an old man refused to leave with the others. He claimed he scared Nian away by pasting the color red on the doors of his neighbors’ homes, building a loud crackling fire and dressing in red garments. When the villagers returned, they were happily surprised to see their homes intact.

From then on, every New Year’s Eve, people have held large, loud, vibrant celebrations to keep Nian at bay. This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a few!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Vietnamese Senior Association! Garfield Community Center is hosting cultural demonstrations including the lion dance. There will be a Vietnamese lunch and raffle prizes. This event is part of our Lifelong Recreation programming. Save the date from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

Take part in Hiawatha Community Center’s third annual Lunar New Year kickoff! The center will lead a women’s self-defense clinic, martial arts and lion dance demonstrations, zodiac activities, fortune telling and small eats. Save the date for this free festivity from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

Join the International District Chinatown Community Center and the Chinese Information and Service Center in a colorful, festive celebration to welcome the Lunar New Year. You will be immersed in traditional music, cultural music and live entertainment. There will be appetizers and performers doing the Lion Dance, magic, Kung Fu and more. Save the date for this free festivity from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at the community center.

Celebrate the season with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Holidays in Westlake Park, 2014, photo by TIA International Photography

The holiday season seems to sneak up on us and then it’s over before we know it. There are so many activities and things to be done; it can be hard to keep track of them all. We’ve created a one-stop guide to all of our festive happenings. Find gingerbread decorating for the kids, take advantage of low-cost childcare options, discover where to buy local, unique presents and locate a drop-off spot for gift donations.

The holidays can be stressful when you’re going it alone. Luckily, you have us.

CELEBRATE


NORTHEAST

Gingerbread House Decorating
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Northgate Community Center
When: 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
Cost: $8 per house

Luminaria Walk
What: Luminaria walk and hot chocolate
Where: Meadowbrook Pond
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

Gingerbread House Decorating
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Laurelhurst Community Center
When: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $8 per house

Snowflake Funfest
What: Carnival games, swag making, crafts and hot chocolate
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $3 per individual, Family fee (5+) $12


NORTHWEST


Multi-Cultural Dinner
What:  A community dinner, celebrating food from around the world
Where:  Bitter Lake Community Center
When:  5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
Cost:  $3 per person, $10 per family of four

Holly Day Decorations
What: Create beautiful wreaths, garlands and sprays using invasive plants that need to be removed from the park like English ivy and holly
Where: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
When: 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: $9 per person, pre-registration required

Gingerbread Jubilee
What: Gingerbread house making
Where: Ballard Community Center
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10
Cost: $5

Gingerbread Houses
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Magnolia Community Center
When: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $3 per person, $10 per family of four

 

CENTRAL

 

Belltown Holiday Artwalk
What: Check out the Beaconettes performing at the artwalk
Where: Belltown Community Center
When: 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9
Cost: Free

Garfield Campus Holiday Party
What: Family dinner and celebration, gifts for children*
Where: Garfield Community Center
When: 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $2 per person
*Pre-registration is required for child to receive a toy at the event. Toys are for children under 12. Call 206-684-4788 for details.


SOUTHEAST

Winter Wonderland Party
What: Crafts, photos, visit from North Pole
Where: International District Chinatown Community Center
When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $1 per child


SOUTHWEST

Gingerbread House Making
What: Enjoy hot cocoa and decorate a gingerbread house
Where: Delridge Community Center
When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9
Cost: Free

Winterfest
What: Games, refreshments, Santa visit
Where: South Park Community Center
When: Noon-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12
Cost: $2 per person, free for ages 2 and under

Winter Festival
What: Celebrate the holiday season with games and refreshments
Where: High Point Community Center
When: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: Free

Christmas Ships in Lake Union Park, 2014, photo by TIA International Photography


REALLY BIG EVENTS

Twinkle, Twinkle
Join us from 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, for the fourth annual “Twinkle, Twinkle Freeway Park Winter Warmup” event! The Jim Ellis Freeway Park Association in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Exeter House will be leading s’more making, holiday crafts and singing with the Dickens Carolers. Participants can warm up with free hot chocolate by a bonfire.

This year the Dickens Carolers will lead a parade to Westlake Park beginning at 6 p.m. to join the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition downtown.


Pathway of Lights
Join thousands of people for “Pathway of Lights” around Green Lake from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. Experience the warm glow of luminaries and sounds of the season performed by schools and local artists.


Christmas Ships

Since 1949, glistening lights on grand ships have glided across the Puget Sound to celebrate the holiday season. The Argosy Christmas Ships sail to more than 45 waterfront communities every year. Choirs onboard the ships greet those onshore with 20-minute performances of popular carols, while those on land keep warm near cackling bonfires waiting for their arrival.

This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting special bonfire events in many of its waterfront parks. For a complete Christmas Ships schedule, go here.

 

Gingerbread house decorating


SHOP (and childcare!)


NORTHEAST

Ravenna Holiday Art and Crafts Sale
What: Locally crafted gifts from artists, activities for kids, warm soup
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

Parents Night Out – Drop and Shop
What: Childcare during shopping season
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $15, sibling discount $5

Parents Night Out – Drop and Shop
What: Childcare during shopping season
Where: Northgate Community Center
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $15, sibling discount $5


SOUTHEAST

Holiday Bazaar
What: Marketplace Gift Bazaar, proceeds go towards recreation scholarships
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center
When: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

 

 

Give thanks with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Thanksgiving is coming. Leave the cooking to us.

November is upon us, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re reflecting on all of the things we’re thankful for this year.

  1. We work in diverse city with lush forests, sandy beaches, endless hiking trails, swimming holes, recreational opportunities and vibrant communities.
  2. We were able to fund new programs for special populations this year. Using 2015 ramp-up funding for the Seattle Park District, we were able to expand dementia-friendly recreation programming and add an extra week of Specialized Programs summer camp to our offerings. We hope to continue expanding programs for underserved communities.
  3. The National Wildlife Federation named Seattle the sixth friendliest city for wildlife in the country.
  4. Volunteers donated nearly 13,000 hours of their time to Seattle parks in April during Earth Month work parties. These volunteers and the community members they inspire represent the current and future generation of environmental leaders, and we’re so thankful for all they do.
  5. We welcomed Jesús Aguirre as our new superintendent.

What are you thankful for this year? If free food is on the list, we’ll hope you’ll join us at an upcoming Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Yesler Community Center
6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13
Bring family and friends and dine on a Thanksgiving meal with traditional and non-traditional dishes!

Thanksgiving Feast Party at Garfield Community Center
6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast with your community.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Southwest Teen Life Center
6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19
Join Southwest Teen Life Center for an evening of delicious food and friendly company.