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Holiday Happenings in December 2017

Need some activities to get into the mood? Here is a sampling of the many Holiday Happenings in December 2017

11/21/17 – 01/01/17 – Sheraton Hotel Gingerbread Village, 1400 6th Ave at the Sheraton:

11/24/17 – 12/23/17 – Christmas Ships Festival:

12/01/17 – 01/01/18 – Seattle Wildlights at the Woodland Park Zoo:

12/01/17 Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition – Downtown Seattle at Westlake Center:

12/02/17 – 12/03/17 – Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle Center 301 Mercer St:

12/2/17 – 12/28/17 – The Pacific Northwest Ballet presents The Nutcracker:

12/09/17 – Greenlake Pathway of Lights, come stroll the pathways:

12/10/17 – Annual Jingle Bell Run, a 5K:

12/15/17 – 12/17/17 – Seattle Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah :

12/17/17 – Fremont Food Truck 4th annual Winter Fest Festival at the Fremont Sunday Market:

12/30/17 – The Seattle Reparatory Jazz Orchestra presents Jazz with Duke Ellington:

Around the Sound in September

Here are some happenings in the Seattle area for the month of September…

Puyallup Fair:  9/1 – 9/24

Bumbershoot:  9/1 – 9/3

Seattle Art Museum:  9/7 is Free First Thursday

Bellevue Art Museum:  9/8 Free First Friday

Fremont Oktoberfest:  9/22-9/24

Seattle City Light to Replace Electric Meters

Seattle City light began their program to upgrading existing electricity meters on July 31st, 2017 with advanced meters that will enhance services for customers and help the publicly owned utility operate more efficiently.

This is a big step toward modernizing the service Seattle City Light provides its customers,” City Light Customer Care Director Kelly Enright said. “Upgrading our metering technology will put more power into our customers’ hands so they can better manage their energy use and it will empower our employees to provide even better service.”

City Light will replace more than 420,000 meters across its service territory by the end of 2018.

The new meters will provide more accurate billing by eliminating the estimated reads currently used to generate a bill when a meter reader is unable to access a customer’s meter or complete a route. Once the Advanced Metering data is connected to other utility computer systems, power outages will be reported automatically and customers will be able to access their energy use information online. The new meters also create opportunities for additional enhancements in the future, such as account balance alerts, monthly billing and optional time-of-use rates to support electric vehicle charging.

There is no charge for a customer to receive an advanced meter. City Light will provide three notifications before exchanging an existing meter with an advanced meter. A letter will be sent about six weeks ahead of the exchange. A post card will be sent about two weeks before the exchange. And an automated phone call will be made one to three days before the installation.

Customers who do not wish to participate in Advanced Metering can opt out of the program. Fees will apply.

For more information, please visit:


Around the Sound in July 2017

Around the Sound in July 2017

July is a busy month for festivals and fun in Seattle area, here are 10….

July 1-4th:  Wooden Boat Festival

July 3-29th:  Chamber Music Festival

July 4th:  Seafair Summer 4th at Gas Works Park & Lake Union Park

July 7th-9th:  Seattle Beerfest

July 9th & 15th-16th:  Olympic Music Festival

July 14th:  Seafair Milk Carton Derby:

July 15th-16th:  Chinatown Dragonfest

July 15th-16th:  Seattle Street Food Festival

July 21st-23rd:  Bite of Seattle

July 29th:  Seafair Torchlight Parade


University District Upzoning News

The Seattle City Council is debating the Mayor’s proposed upzone for the University District. The rezone will direct growth to the blocks near the Sound Transit (opening in 2021) and the UW campus. Heights for some residential projects may exceed 320’ at the core and transition down to 30’ in residential zones. Five thousand (5,000) new market rate units are anticipated in addition to approximately 600-900 subsidized units.

Some are encouraging the council to adopt the upzone package as a critical measure to address the housing supply crisis and prudent complement to the region’s tremendous investment in light rail. The University District has suffered for many years with struggling retail, crime and declining housing quality throughout much of the district. Additional features of the upzone include new planned open spaces, preservation of historic buildings, and building design standards to promote an attractive and welcoming streetscape.

The upzone proposal is controversial. Many residents of the University District and nearby neighborhoods oppose increase heights and densities over concern that there will be a loss of existing affordable units and related displacement. Some are calling for a significant increase in the percentage of subsidized units required if a project is to take advantage of increased height allowances.  Excessive subsidy requirements will chill or kill needed projects, or make the market-rate units unaffordable to middle-income earners now struggling to find housing within the city.

The upzone is a part of the HALA Grand Bargain which through upzones throughout Seattle will bring 50,000 homes, including preservation and production of 20,000 net new affordable homes, over the next 10 years. HALA implementation is important and going on now. Visit this site for more information please visit:

From the Seattle King County Realtors Association

Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold this classic Mid-Century Modern home in Olympic Manor…

Just sold McCants BLOG

Northwest Flower And Garden Show!

The much anticipated Northwest Flower and Garden Show is coming up! This year it will be from February 22nd through the 26th. The event, held in Seattle every February is sure to dazzle. Click on the link to learn more:

8th Annual Nordic Lights Film Festival

Don’t miss this year’s Nordic Lights Film Festival…

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard is thrilled to present the eighth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival, hosted at SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus. Each year the festival focuses on contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. This year, included are films from the Faroe Islands.

The Festival runs from January 12th-16th, 2017. Tickets and more information can he found at here:

Get your Lutefisk On!


This Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Ballard Seafood Fest  ( will take place off of Market Street, Ballard Ave, Leary and 22nd.


SeafoodFest originally began in 1974 as a community celebration of Ballard’s historic connection to the fishing industry and the neighborhood’s Nordic roots.

Today, this free two-day festival attracts over 65,000 people who come to enjoy the traditional salmon barbecue and much more: the lutefisk eating contest, local music, arts and crafts, family entertainment, a beer garden, a skate event, and yes – more seafood!

Extensive information on music, vendors and food/drink offerings for this year’s festival can be found at the festival website ( and organizers encourage attendees to use Seafood Fest’s interactive map.

Spring Cleaning – Hazardous Waste Edition





Spring Cleaning – Hazardous Chemicals Edition

Now that we are warming up, many of us are itching to do some Spring Cleaning.  If you are like me, I have an assortment of things like old clumped fertilizer, small cans of hardened oil paint, and an ancient can of oven cleaner that really cannot go into the garbage. What to do?  Luckily, King County has 3 Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites and 1 Mobile Unit.  Follow the links for regulations, hours, and directions:

North Seattle – 12550 Stone Way N.

South Seattle – 8105 Fifth Ave S.

Factoria Area – 13800 SE 32nd in Bellevue

Auburn Wastemobile – at the Outlet Collection Mall (Supermall)