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Whether you deep fry the bird or stuff the turkey, cooking together for Thanksgiving is a family tradition. But that very tradition (cooking) is the #1 cause of accidents over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

That’s why urgent care centers like Doctors Express, the first ever national franchise of urgent care, expects a huge hike in patients over this holiday week.

Doctors offices are typically closed over weekends and you can wait for hours at the ER. Urgent Care centers like Doctors Express are open 7-days-a-week . 

Here are the
Top 5 Thanksgiving Injuries (and Tips To Prevent Them):

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 Avoid wearing lose clothes. A dangling sleeve can easily catch fire.
 Make ovens a “Kid Free Zone” 
 Keep pot handles toward the back burners to reduce risk of knocking pots over.

Food Poisoning


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The Environmental Science Center (ESC) would like to invite the public to join us for this free ONCE A YEAR event at the Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park. An After-Hours Beach Walk will take place Friday, December 14th, 2012 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

An especially low tide combined with the protective darkness of night will give you the opportunity to see marine animals in a new light- your FLASHLIGHT! Naturalists will be taking groups from the Environmental Science Center down to the beach to guide the experience and identify discoveries. Inside the center, you can learn more about marine life at the microscope station or join a game of marine bingo. Warm up with cider and cookies while socializing with fellow Puget Sound enthusiasts.

A few friendly pointers and reminders:
- Dress warmly
- Wear rubber boots
- Bring a flashlight
- Do No Harm
-Touch animals gently with a wet finger
- Watch where you step
- Leave rocks bigger than your fist where they are (don’t flip over)
- Save the Children
- Leave ALL animals and shells where you find them (don’t take them home)
- Pass It On


The Burien / Normandy Park Fire Department will be hosting their annual open-house event on Saturday, Sept. 8th at the downtown Burien fire station, 15100 8th Ave. S.W.

During the event from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., there will be a wide range of activities. The firefighters will demonstrate their skills in emergency automobile extrication and high-angle rope rescue.

Kids can practice escaping from a burning house, squirt a fire hose, learn about safety in many areas, and answer questions for prizes.

Balloons, fire hats, and safety information will also be handed out. Bully prevention and low cost helmets for anyone over the age of 1 provided.


The Tukwila Pool is among 22 pools in King County that will hold free events where children and families can learn important water safety skills, while enjoying free swim time and games on April Pools Day, Saturday, April 21.

The Tukwila Pool, located at 4414 S. 144th St., will hold its free event from 1-3 p.m. Call 206-267-2350 for more information.

"Water sports are a great way to have fun and be physically active," said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Heath – Seattle & King County. "But please stay safe. That means closely supervising children, wearing a life jacket and avoiding the deadly mix of alcohol, drugs, and water activities."

“Research has shown that learning to swim is an important skill to help prevent drowning and that it’s great exercise, as well,” adds Elizabeth Bennett, Advocacy Director for Seattle Children’s Hospital. "April Pools Day is a perfect time to visit your local pool and have fun as a family. You can also find out about water recreation programs and swim lessons, including scholarships that may be available so that all children can learn to swim.”

Local food bank receives $5,000 from Food Lifeline for Excellence in Collaboration

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The Des Moines Area Food Bank received $5,000 and one of the 2012 Agency Excellence Awards for the organization’s exemplary approaches to ending hunger through its mobile summer meals program for children in low-income households.
Food Lifeline presented the food bank with the Excellence in Collaboration award and $5,000 to continue expanding its mission, and to increase and better its capabilities to serve the hungry people in the Des Moines community.
The White Center Food Bank also received Honorable Mention in the Excellence in Client Service category.

While the Des Moines Area Food Bank has long prioritized the issue of child hunger, they recently discovered that the rate of food insecurity for children in their part of the county is nearly twice the rate found in Seattle or other King County communities. Through a series of innovative local collaborations the Des Moines Area Food Bank implemented a mobile summer meals program that resulted in over 14,000 nutritious summer lunches and snacks for children in the heart of low-income neighborhoods.


Crown Hill's Small Faces Child Development Center celebrated its 35th year as a nonprofit organization Sept. 11. And, for the first time in 35 years, the older children of Small Faces had a playground of their own to celebrate on.

In addition to the anniversary, Sept. 11 was the official debut of Small Faces' new playground for older children. Before that, Small Faces only had a preschool-centric playground.

John Otto, executive director of Small Faces, said he found a letter from the 1980s signed by students and a teacher asking for a playground for older children.

The new playground was built by volunteers in two days, but it took a week before children were allowed to use it, Otto said.

"The kids could just not wait," he said. "They were on the other side of the fence like, 'Please just let us in.'"

Otto said he is looking forward to another 35 years of Small Faces. And, now that Small Faces owns its facilities at the Crown Hill Center, there is a chance to make some real improvements, he said.

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Michael Harthorne

Children from Crown Hill's Child Development Center, which celebrated its 35th anniversary Sept. 11, do their own celebrating of the center's brand new playground.

By Bethany Overland

It’s mid-August, and the new school year is less than a month away. New clothes, shoes and school supplies can be hard on the budget of any family—that is, if you’re lucky enough to have a budget.

For homeless parents, back-to-school can mean back-to-wondering how they’ll meet their children’s needs for the new academic year. But thanks to Project Cool, more than 1,800 homeless students across King County will enter the year with a brand-new backpack, binder and other basic supplies necessary for success in school—and eventually in life.

More than 30 volunteers met Aug. 11 at a former Baptist church in Crown Hill to stuff backpacks with school supplies. Thousands of packages of crayons and markers and stacks of notebooks littered the hall, and brand-new backpacks waited reverently in the pews.

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Bethany Overland

Co-Chairwoman Cecelia Linsley (right) with another volunteer stuffs backpacks Aug. 11 in Crown Hill for Project Cool, a nonprofit that provides school supplies to homeless children.

Signups for Ballard Boys & Girls Club winter basketball camps and leagues start Sept. 8.

The kindergarten through first-grade boys camp runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from Oct. 19 to Dec. 17 and features 8-foot basketball hoops.

The second-grade boys camp runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct 18 to Dec. 15 and features 9-foot hoops.

The second and third-grade girls camps runs on Thursdays and Saturdays from Oct. 21 to Dec. 18 and features 9-foot hoops.

Winter basketball in-house leagues for third-grade boys, fourth and fifth-grade boys, and fourth and fifth-grade girls start practice Jan. 3. Games begin in late January, and the leagues end March 4.

The cost for all leagues is $75 and includes a Boys & Girls Club membership.

In addition to basketball, the Ballard Boys & Girls Club is offering first through fourth-grade coed flag football. Signups are Aug. 13, and flag football runs Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 13.

For registration information, visit or call 206.783.5775.

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The final piece of the new Crown Hill Park is ready to be completed after a handful of parents, activists and skateboarders met with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Pillar Design Studios Aug. 2 to discuss the park's skateboarding area.

Kim Baldwin, project manager for Parks, said the public's reaction to a skatedot, a 1,500-square-foot skateboarding area, was overwhelmingly positive at previous meetings.

Out of a total budget of $1.2 million for Crown Hill Park, located on the north side of Holman Road Northwest between 13th Avenue Northwest and 14th Avenue Northwest, $55,000 has been designated for the skatedot, which will be located in the southeast section of the park.

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Michael Harthorne

Brad Siedlecki of Pillar Design Studios gets input on the new Crown Hill Park skatedot from 8-year-old skateboarder Charlie after an Aug. 2 meeting. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE PLANS FOR THE PARK.

By Sara Reardon

On July 30, the Ballard Library looked more like the battle deck of a sci-fi spaceship than a library. Little barrel-shaped robots blooped and bleeped and whizzed their way about on the carpet as teams of children and their parents programmed instructions. The Robot Challenge was underway. 

This summer, the Pacific Science Center’s Science on Wheels program has partnered with Seattle Public Library’s Summer Reading Program to put on a number of free Robot Challenge events at different library branches.

“This is the first year we’ve focused on summer programming,” said Emily Wojcik, an instructor with Science on Wheels who directed the event.  

During the school year, the Science on Wheels program drives a brightly painted van to classrooms around the state, presenting workshops and hands-on science classes on a variety of topics from rock n’ roll to the human body.

Usually they take the summer off, but a recent grant from JP Morgan Chase has allowed them to provide free science programs at community centers like libraries and Boys & Girls Clubs.  

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Sara Reardon

Benjamin Caffee tells teacher Emily Wojcik about the kind of robot he wants July 29 at the Ballard Library. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

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