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Local Events Weekend Planner: Dec. 17-20, 2015

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
DEC. 17-20, 2015

 

REINDEER & SANTA
DEC 15-23 
Visit Santa at the North Pole along with his reindeer & sleigh. The most unique annual holiday celebration in the Northwest. Issaquah, Cougar Mountain Zoo

HOLIDAY CHORUS
SAT-MON  Seattle Men’s Chorus presents beloved carols, soaring holiday classics, and the cheeky antics you expect from SMC. Seattle, Tacoma, Everett.

CRAFT FAIR
SAT-SUN Magnuson Park: Enjoy a weekend of buying handmade items, participating in hands-on workshops, and eating tasty treats from local vendors.

WINE & CHOCOLATE PAIRING
FRI At Sweet Decadence Wind and Chocolate Bar in Renton, enjoy four premium wines paired with four artisan chocolates.

WINTERFEST
Through DEC 31  Enjoy ice skating, carolers, folk dancers, model trains & much more. Seattle Center.

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
Through JAN 3  Local architecture firms collaborate with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to custom design, bake and build awe-inspiring gingerbread displays.

HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT
THURS  Winterlight: Songs of the Season features a jazz quartet and vocalist at SOMA Towers.

MODEL TRAINS & REINDEER
Nov 23-Dec 24  Watch model trains speed through snowy landscapes, visit reindeer, shop for seasonal plants, Christmas trees & much more! Swanson’s Nursery.

TWILIGHT ZONE LIVE!
Through Dec 19  Enjoy 3 episodes of this classic sci-fi TV show. Theater Schmeater.

NUTCRACKER BALLET
FRI Nov 27-Dec 28  48 dancers perform to PNB’s mighty orchestra in this timeless classic play. Seattle Center, McCall Hall.

OLYMPIC BALLET THEATRE’S NUTCRACKER
FRI-MON  Everett & Edmonds: Olympic Ballet Theatre’s exciting full-length production of the The Nutcracker.

BELLEVUE STREET SHOW
FRI Nov 27-Dec 24  Live toy soldier drummers, music, snow characters, glittering lights surrounded by falling snow every night along Bellevue Way. On the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MUSICAL
Through DEC 27  Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a magical flying car that an inventor & his kids take to rescue their grandfather. Discount tickets.

BOAT TOUR
SAT  Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, lunch included.

CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Through FRI DEC 18  Bellevue, Kent, Leavenworth, Mt Vernon, Seattle & Tacoma:  This festive gala of music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs of the season brings warmth and joy into the heart of winter.

LIGHT DISPLAYS
Seattle Zoo:  http://www.zoo.org/wildlights
Tacoma Zoo:  http://www.pdza.org/calendar?cid=363
Bellevue:  http://www.gardendlights.org/
Federal Way:  https://www.wildwaves.com/holiday-with-lights/
Redmond:  http://www.redmondlights.com/

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
• Star Wars
• Alvin & The Chipmunks
• Sisters
• Dilwale
• Extraction
• Mojin: The Lost Legend
• Son of Saul

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle

Local Events Weekend Planner: Dec. 3-6, 2015

Holiday Christmas Gifts with Boxes, Twine, Balls, Pine Cones, Walnuts, Fir Tree Toys on Wooden Background. Drawn Snow

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
DEC. 3-6, 2015

WINTERFEST
Through DEC 31  Enjoy ice skating, carolers, folk dancers, model trains & much more.  Seattle Center.

 

CHARLES DICKENS FESTIVAL
SAT  Tacoma: Craft vendors, parade, Santa, street singers, carriage rides & costume contest.

 

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
Through JAN 3  Local architecture firms collaborate with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to custom design, bake and build awe-inspiring gingerbread displays.

 

BEER FESTIVAL
FRI-SAT   Try winter beers from 50 Washington breweries with food truck cuisine and vote for your favorite. Hanger 30@Magnusom Park.

 

MODEL TRAINS & REINDEER
Nov 23-Dec 24  Watch model trains speed through snowy landscapes, visit reindeer, shop for seasonal plants, Christmas trees & much more! Swanson’s Nursery.

 

TWILIGHT ZONE LIVE!
Through Dec 19   Enjoy 3 episodes of this classic sci-fi TV Show. Theater Schmeater.

 

NUTCRACKER BALLET
FRI Nov 27-Dec 28  48 dancers perform to PNB’s mighty Orchestra in this timeless classic play. Seattle Center, McCall Hall.

 

BELLEVUE STREET SHOW
FRI Nov 27-Dec 24  Live toy soldier drummers, music, snow characters, glittering lights surrounded by falling snow every night along Bellevue Way. On the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. http://snowflakelane.com/

 

5K PET-FRIENDLY RUN/WALK
SUN  Renton Community Center: Runners & walkers travel along the paved beautiful Cedar River Trail. Bring a can/bag of pet food to benefit the Seattle Humane Society for Seattle/King County.

 

BELLEVUE STREET SHOW
Through Dec. 24  Live toy soldier drummers, music, snow characters, glittering lights surrounded by falling snow every night along Bellevue Way. On the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. http://snowflakelane.com/

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MUSICAL
THURS NOV 12-DEC 27  Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a magical flying car that an inventor & his kids take to rescue their grandfather. Discount tickets.

 

BOUT TOUR
SAT  Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, lunch included.

 

ZOMBIE ESCAPE
Through DEC 6  You have 60 minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key and exit the room to escape the zombie.

 

LIGHT DISPLAYS
•  Seattle Zoo:  http://www.zoo.org/wildlights
•  Tacoma Zoo:  http://www.pdza.org/calendar?cid=363
•  Bellevue:  http://www.gardendlights.org/
•  Federal Way:  https://www.wildwaves.com/holiday-with-lights/
•  Redmond:  http://www.redmondlights.com/

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
•  Krampus
•  Macbeth
•  MI-5
•  Christmas Eve
•  Hitchcock: Truffaut
•  The Lady in the Van
•  The Letters
•  Life
•  My Friend Victoria
•  A Royal Night Out
•  The World of Kanako
•  Youth
•  No Peace, No Piece

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle

Local Events Weekend Planner: Nov. 19-22, 2015

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LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
NOVEMBER 19-22, 2015

 

PRE-THANKSGIVING RUN/WALK
SAT  5K & 10K run/walk, free kids dash, mashed potato eating contest & post-race beer. http://www.promotionevents.com/thanksgiving/home.html

 

COMEDY CONTEST
NOV 4-29  The Seattle International Comedy Competition showcases comedians with their best acts. Various locations.

 

JAZZ FESTIVAL
NOV 3-18  Various Seattle Locations. More than 50 concerts by local & worldwide jazz greats. http://www.earshot.org/festival-schedule/

 

NORDIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
SAT-SUN Hand-crafted wares, kids crafts, Santa & traditional Scandinavian Christmas food and drinks. Family-friendly event & 21+ section where alcohol will be served. http://www.nordicmuseum.org/Yulefest.aspx

 

BOAT TOUR
SAT  Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, lunch included. https://www.waterwayscruises.com/lunchcruise/

 

WEIRD HOLIDAY BAZAAR
SAT-SUN  Everett Holiday Inn: Find unusual creations while enjoying musicians, magicians, jugglers and dancers. http://oddmall.co/where/

 

FRENCH WINE FESTIVAL
FRI  Columbia Tower Club. 23rd Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival, celebrate French culture and be an active supporter of the French-American business community of Seattle.

 

BAND COMPETITION
FRI  Hard Rock Cafe:  Enjoy listening to 4 bands as they compete for over $18,000 in prizes, audience participation voting!

 

ZOMBIE ESCAPE
NOV 14-DEC 6  You have 60 minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key and exit the room to escape the zombie. http://roomescapeadventures.com/

 

DINE AROUND SEATTLE
NOV 3-25  Restaurant discounts for three-course meals around the Seattle metro area.

 

CIRRUS CIRCUS
FRI-SAT  School of Acrobats & New Circus Arts: HOTEL will feature all-new original numbers on trapeze, aerial fabric, aerial hoop, and Chinese pole, as well as contortion, club juggling, unicycle, partner acrobatics, clowning, and more.

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MUSICAL
THURS NOV 12-DEC 27  Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a magical flying car that an inventor & his kids take to rescue their grandfather. Discount tickets.

 

EMPTY BOWLS FESTIVAL
SAT  Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma: Choose from more than 1,200 bowls to purchase for the home and for holiday gifts. After purchasing bowls, guests are served a bowl of soup (in a separate bowl) donated by local chefs.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
SAT NOV 21-DEC 2  Designer trees decorate the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during this annual charity event. Gala, tree raffle, teddy bear suite and more!

 

THE LAST WALTZ TRIBUTE
SAT  Neptune Theatre. Seattle musicians play songs from the best rock and roll movie ever made.

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
• The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 2
• The Night Before
• Secret in their Eyes
• #Horror
• Carol
• Criminal Activities
• Legend
• Kingdom of Shadows
• The Summer of Sangaile

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle

Weekend Planner for October 8-11, 2015

Kick-off meeting, we proudly donated $11,645 to the Sunshine Kids. The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit foundation that provides a variety of fun events for children fighting cancer. In Photo from Left: Shannon Malone of Sunshine Kids, Jason Waugh, President of BHHS Northwest Real Estate, and Natalie Lewis of Sunshine Kids.

Kick-off meeting, we proudly donated $11,645 to the Sunshine Kids. The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit foundation that provides a variety of fun events for children fighting cancer. In Photo from Left: Shannon Malone of Sunshine Kids, Jason Waugh, President of BHHS Northwest Real Estate, and Natalie Lewis of Sunshine Kids.

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
OCTOBER 8-11, 2015

 

 

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

THU-SUN This annual Auto Show showcases all that’s new in cars, trucks, exotics, super cars, electrics and all the latest models from the world’s auto makers at Century Link Event Center.

 

TACOMA FALL RV SHOW

THU-SUN This four-day event at the Tacoma Dome showcases new and uses RV’s plus products from Sporting Goods, Toys and Games, all under one roof.

 

FEDERAL WAY OKTOBERFEST

FRI This is a fundraiser dinner hosted by MC and local comedian, John Keister from Almost Live. Enjoy polka dancing, beer and wine, costumes, bratwursts, silent auction and guest speakers.

 

MONTLAKE ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN Welcome to the St. Demetrios Greek Festival, a Seattle tradition since 1960! Located in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood and enjoy traditional Greek food, music, dancing and culture.

 

PUYALLUP OKTOBERFEST NORTHWEST

FRI-SUN Oktoberfest Northwest serves up beer, brats and authentic entertainment with wiener dog races, Hammerschlagen, games, live music, a Chicken Dance and a late night dance floor.

 

PORT ANGELES SUNGENESS CRAB AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN Join the fun at CrabFest celebrating aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions plus art, music Native American activities, cooking demos, Chowder cook-off and kids’ events.

 

LEAVENWORTH OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Oktoberfest in Leavenworth<http://leavenworthoktoberfest.com/> is the next best thing to being in Munich with four venues of live entertainment, the tapping of the keg, German food, arts and crafts and fun for the whole family.

 

SEATTLE ROBOTHON

SAT Seattle Robothon 2015 is an annual robotics contest and show put on by the Seattle Robotics Society with events including combat robots, Robo-Magellan, Line Following and Maze.

 

SEATTLE SAMBA-THON

SAT Get your fitness on by dancing the samba around the loop trail at Seward Park to the beat of live drums plus dance and percussion lessons, activities for all agents, souvenirs and more.

 

SNOHOMISH BREWFEST

SAT Beer and brats are a match made in Heaven and Snohomish Brewfest has you covered! This event is a major fundraiser for the Snohomish Senior Center!

 

ORTING PUMPKIN FEST

SAT The Orting Pumpkin Fest is primarily a food festival featuring items on the menu with pumpkin as the main ingredient!

 

AUBURN MILITARY FAMILY DAY

SAT Come see the Service Ink exhibit and enjoy kids’ activities, demonstrations, and a special historic fashion show at the White River Valley Mseum.

 

SEATTLE GEEK GIRL CON

SAT-SUN GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology, comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by women.

 

SEATTLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

SAT-SUN  This is an international book fair featuring thousands of rare books, prints, maps, photographs and ephemera for sale.

 

SAMMAMISH ARTS FAIR

SAT-SUN Come and visit with the artists, see their work, learn about the creative process with paintings, jewelry, mixed media, encaustic art, glass arts, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, photography and textile art at the Sammamish Arts Fair.

 

GRAYLAND CRANBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN Enjoy a Cranberry Cook-Off competition, bog tours, firelight parade, live music, a marketplace with outside vendors, presentations and more.

 

ILWACO CRANBERRIAN FAIR

SAT-SUN A celebration of local harvest including all things Cranberry kicks off the Fall season on the Long Beach Peninsula with foods, crafters, bog tours, a showcase of heritage.

 

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

SUN Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival is a one-day, multi-cultural festival held on Seattle Center grounds, “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.”

 

SEATTLE AN INCREDIBLE FEAST

SUN Widely regarded as Seattle’s BEST food event! Hobnob with two dozen of Seattle’s best chefs—plus over two dozen fabulous local farmers—and enjoy an incredible cornucopia of local and seasonal flavors.

 

SEATTLE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

EASTSIDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

SOUTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

NORTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Pan
  • The Walk
  • Big Stone Gap
  • The Final Girls
  • Victoria

 

 

 

 

New homes for sale

 

WEEKEND PLANNER FOR SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015

Autumnal Equinox is Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumnal Equinox is Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015

 

PUYALLUP FAIR

NOW-SEP 27 The Washington State Fair is finally here, but only for 17 days! This is the largest single attraction in the state and ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the entire United States!

 

SEATTLE SOUNDERS VS VANCOUVER

WED Sounders kickoff at 7:00 PM vs. Vancouver at Century Link Field. Tickets are still available with discounted group options too. Karen (206) 512-1219.

 

SEATTLE DECIBEL FESTIVAL

WED-SUN Annual four-day event with audio clinics, panel discussions, film, art and dozens of electronic music performances. Decibel is dedicated to live e music performance!

 

BELLEVUE FASHION WEEK

WED-SUN The 5-day Bellevue Collection at Bellevue Square will introduce shoppers to the hottest looks for fall in fashion, beauty, apparel, footwear and accessories.

 

SEATTLE MADE PARTY

FRI Come sample tasty goodness from 40 different Seattle-based food and beverage makers, then stick around for a rockin’ DJ dance party, food trucks and bar at Seattle Made.

 

AUBURN FABULOUS FRIDAY

FRI Emerald Downs celebrates the last Fabulous Friday of the season with special drink prices, live music, food and of course, horse racing!

 

RENTON OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Renton Oktoberfest is your fall kick-off celebration with a beer garden, music stages, and a full lineup of fun German games.

 

SEATTLE STEAMPOSIUM

FRI-SUN One of the largest, most amazing Steampunk events around with luminaires and sky pirates from across the Steampunk world.

 

KIRKLAND OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SUN Seattle’s largest authentic Oktoberfest tradition with a Northwest twist at Marina Park with Bavarian food, live music, friendly competition and special events.

 

GEORGETOWN HAUNTED HOUSE

FRI-NOV 1 The KUBE 93FM Haunted House, Nightmare on 9 formerly the House of Terror, is located at Georgetown Morgue and opens this weekend. Be prepared to scream!

 

SEATTLE TACOMA MUSEUM DAY LIVE

SAT The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. This is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine and offers free access at participating museums.

 

SEATTLE URBAN ADVENTURE QUEST

SAT It’s an urban Scavenger Hunt. It’s a 3-hour Amazing Race. It’s an interactive Adventure Tour, guided from any Smart Phone starting at the famous Seattle Center.

 

SEATTLE ARTISAN CHEESEMAKER FESTIVAL

SAT The Washington Artisan Cheesemaker Festival features a wide variety of delectable cheeses made in Washington and celebrating our vibrant artisanal cheese industry.

 

DUVALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL

SAT Celebrate the good old days by bringing the whole family to Duvall for a day of fun, learning and reminiscing. Learn how the pioneers lived and worked.

 

ORTING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR

SAT Here’s your opportunity to plan for an emergency at Orting’s Building Department for the Emergency Preparedness Fair.

 

GIG HARBOR CIDER SWIG

SAT The second annual Cider Swig Event will feature amazing regional hard ciders, live music, great food and more at Sehmel Homestead Park.

 

SEATTLE FESTA ITALIANA

SAT-SUN The annual presentation of a community festival inaugurated in 1988 to celebrate the joy of “All Things Italian” with a series of arts, food, drink, and entertainment events.

 

CARNATION MICHELMASSE FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN The lord of Camlann invites you to attend his Michelmasse Festival with cider pressing, puppetry, music, crafts, archery and minstrels.

 

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • The Intern
  • The Green Inferno

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, PLEASE VISIT http://www.events12.com/seattle/september/ 

 

 

 

A Word From Mike Gain

RECAP AND OUTLOOK: Q2 2014

By Mike Gain, President and CEO Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Prices Rising

Seattle is the fastest growing big city in the U.S.  We’ve come a long way from the, Will the last person leaving Seattle—Turn out the lights, of the early 70’s. Last year Seattle grew faster than any other major American city according to estimates just released by the Census Bureau. Seattle grew by 2.8%—the highest rate among the 50 most populous U.S. Cities. Seattle added nearly 18,000 residents in a one year period, bringing our population to 652,000. So what’s the reason for Seattle’s population boom? The Census Bureau offers no explanation, but surely the city’s healthy economy is responsible for attracting new residents. According to Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, the city added nearly 15,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2013.  The new census data also shows the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area added 57,000 people and remains the nation’s 15th largest metro area, with 3.61 million residents. The State of Washington’s population grew by 76,000 and is now estimated at 6.97 million.

 

A growing economy, pent up demand, competitive mortgage rates and affordable home prices will keep housing on an upward trajectory. Consumer confidence is back to pre-recession levels and they are becoming increasingly positive over their perception of the real estate market. RISMedia’s recent survey shows 77% of respondents had a favorable view of the housing market, a 12 point increase compared to a year earlier. Millennials were the most optimistic group, with 85% feeling confident about buying real estate. This is a particularly good sign as it shows first-time buyers and younger buyers and sellers are thinking about moving this summer. Results of the survey also showed a 6% increase of people becoming more committed towards buying or selling property now. The real estate market is improving every day. It’s time for buyers and sellers to get off the sidelines.

 

Locally, our home prices continue their upward climb and the trend is expected to persist. The only actual problem we are experiencing in real estate in the greater Seattle marketplace is lack of inventory. We just don’t have enough supply of homes for sale in the desirable neighborhoods to satisfy the demand. We desperately need good quality inventory. Although our number of active listings increased in May, it is just not the right inventory, at the right prices and locations, to satisfy our purchasers’ wants and needs. We have a less than a two-month supply of housing. A normal or healthy supply locally is a five to six month supply. We are experiencing more multiple offer situations than I have experienced in all of my 37 years of practicing real estate in this marketplace. For every purchaser that gets a home, we have many that lose out. This is a very difficult market for purchasers, our agents, and our brokers, to work in. If we had enough inventory to handle the demand, our pending and sold numbers would be greatly increased. We can only sell what is available and it must satisfy our purchasers’ desires.

 

There are many reasons potential sellers should consider selling now. Locally the summer selling season can be the busiest time of the year. This year, with the lack of inventory, it is probably the best market sellers will ever experience. There is less competition now so sellers should not wait to put their homes on the market. Interest rates are still very low and will continue to rise. Now is a great time for move-up sellers/buyers who can sell their home quickly today and secure another home at today’s prices and at today’s low interest rates.

 

The majority of homeowners have experienced significant gains in their equity over the past two years. They should now consider putting them on the market. Sellers who took their homes off the market in the down-turn can now get the prices they were wanting when they made their decisions to rent out rather than sell. The prices are back.

 

Renters should buy now. Locally, homeownership remains cheaper than renting in most situations. Typically the mortgage payment will be less than the rent payment on similar properties. Homeownership is a self-imposed savings plan, which through time, leads to greater wealth accumulation as compared to similar renters. It creates extra wealth mainly through its ability to force owners to save and the appreciation that is usually experienced. In short, buying a home just makes sense. Looking at the financial advantages of homeownership from every angle reveals that it is a much better investment than renting.