Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving

As the holidays approach we look forward to spending time with our families and thinking of ways that we can support our local communities. There are many wonderful organizations to give to this time of year, here are a few of our favorites:

Compass Housing Alliance:
Compass Housing Alliance provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. For their holiday giving program, you can purchase a gift card, give directly to the Holiday Gift Fund or purchase a gift from the Amazon Holiday Wishlist. There also are many volunteer opportunities for families including decorating and baking.

Mary’s Place:
Mary’s Place serves families experiencing homelessness across Seattle. Mary’s Place operates a holiday giving program and is requesting gift cards for teens and parents or a specific gift for a child from their kids’ holiday gift list. If you miss their 12/9 deadline for gifts, you can also purchase items from their Amazon Wish List or donate gently used items to their donation centers.

Phinney Neighborhood Association:
Phinney Neighborhood Association has partnered with organizations in NW Seattle for a virtual gift tag program. Sign up on their website to purchase a specific gift or gift card for a NW Seattle neighbor.

Treehouse in Rainier Valley:
Treehouse in Rainier Valley supports youth experiencing foster care. A meaningful holiday gift or warm, trendy clothes can make all the difference to a youth’s confidence and well-being. You can donate gently used or new clothing and goods to their Treehouse Store, or shop from their holiday wish list.

Urban Rest Stops in Ballard & Downtown:
At Urban Rest Stops unsheltered individuals and families can access running water and utilize restroom, shower and laundry services. You can donate new hygiene products, and there is a high need for new socks. See the website for details about how to donate.

WestSide Baby in White Center:
WestSide Baby is accepting donations of new & gently used infant & children’s essentials, including: hygiene items and diapers, toys and books, and apparel and shoes. You can also purchase items on the organization’s Amazon Wish List.

YouthCare In NE Seattle:
YouthCare in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood supports youth experiencing homelessness. This holiday season they is asking community members to spread the holiday joy with gift cards or donations of new and gently used items, Visit their website to see the most asked for and needed gifts.

John’s Summer Concert Picks

John’s Summer Concert Picks

Snoop Dog, Wiz Khalifa & Too Short
When: Sunday, July 9, 2023 | 6pm
Where: White River Amphitheatre

Bite of Seattle (Free)
Who to see: Polyrhythmics, The Paperboys, Grace Love, and DJ Baby Van Beesly
When: July 21-23, 2023
Where: Seattle Center
Event Info 

Trombone Shorty with Ziggy Marley
When: Sunday, July 30, 2023 | 5:45pm
Where: Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

Day In Day Out Fest (Saturday Lineup)
Who to see: Leon Bridges and Yaeji
When: August 12, 2023
Where: Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center

Thing Festival
Who to see: Fleet Foxes, Digable Plants, Lil Yachty, The Budos Band, Kassa Overall
When: August 25-27, 2023
Where: Fort Worden, Port Townsend

Bumbershoot (Sunday Lineup)
Who to see: Bomba Estereo, Phantogram, Rebirth Brass Band, True Loves
When: September 3, 2023
Where: Seattle Center




Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Accepting: Gently used clothing, bedding, textiles, and small household items. 
How to donate: Visit their website to find a nearby donation bin or drop-off with their partner – Value Village. 

Elizabeth Gregory Home

Accepting: Gently used clothes, toiletries, art supplies, suitcases & blankets.
How to donate:
Bring donations to 1604 NE 50th St, Seattle.
Hours: Sunday – Friday 9AM – 4PM

Facing Homelessness

Accepting: Gently used tents, tarps, sleeping bags, men’s clothing, & backpacks.
How to donate:
Bring donations to 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle.
Email [email protected] to schedule a drop-off

Humble Designs

Accepting: Gently used furniture and household items.
How to donate:
 Taking a brief pause to hire additional staff. Visit their website for updates on when they will reopen. 

Mary’s Place

Accepting: Gently used clothing (all genders & ages), bedding, maternity clothes, baby items, and small appliances.
How to donate:
 Belltown: 720 Blanchard St, Seattle, Mon – Fri 9AM – 5PM | Sat – Sun 9AM – 1PM
South Seattle: 4521 6th Ave S, Mon – Sat 8:30AM – 4PM

Threadcycle (King County Solid Waste)

Accepting: Damaged & dirty items. Recycle your clothes, shoes, textiles and even stuffed animals that are too damaged to donate.
How to donate:
Bring donations to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Value Village

Wellspring Family Services

Accepting: Gently used baby and kids clothing gear, diapers, formula, car-seats, furniture, books, & school supplies.
How to donate:
Bring donations to 1900 Rainier Ave S. Seattle.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM – 4:30PM

Westside Baby

Accepting: Gently used baby and kids gear, toys, books, and working car seats.
How to donate:
Bring donations to 10002 14th Ave SW, 98146
Hours: Wednesdays 10am – 12PM

Emergency Preparedness: Tips for building your emergency supplies kit

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.

Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. An emergency supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

We’ve compiled a list of the most important items to help you get started on building your own kit!

Basic Needs

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Manual can opener
  • Mess kit
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Flashlight (one per person is best)
  • Hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Toilet paper and tissues
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above)
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning supplies and disinfectants
  • First aid kit
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
  • Extra cash
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Garbage bags
  • Extra clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup battery
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Copies of personal documents (i.e. ID/passport)
  • Map(s) of the area

Items Based on Your Needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Two-way radios
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, or other activities

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days should my kit last?
Three days is a good starting point. Once you have a three days’ supply, try to build up to a full week.

How should I store my kit?
Store items in airtight plastic bags and place in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins. Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.

Where should I store my kit?
Since you don’t know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars. Kits designed for sudden events, like earthquakes, should be placed in the area you’d go in case of such an emergency. If your home is at risk of flooding, store your kit on a high shelf. For other emergencies, just keep it in an easily accessible spot. If possible, store your kit in a climate-controlled environment.



2023 Moon Phases Calendar

2023 Moon Phases Calendar

Happy New Year!

Our annual lunar calendar has become a favorite Anchor tradition, and a nice reminder to look up into the night sky every once in a while. We hope that 2023 brings you many beautiful moments gazing up at the moon.

Halloween & Fall Festivals Happening This Season

Halloween & Fall Festivals Happening This Season

Welcome to fall in the PNW! Here are some fun Halloween/fall festivals to get you out and about this season. Enjoy!


Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
Where: Leavenworth
Dates: October 14th | 4:00pm – 12:00am, October 15th | 12:00pm – 12:00am
Need To Know: Enjoy tasty beers, fun activities, lively music and mountain views for days!


Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat & Food Drive
Where: Phinney-Greenwood Neighborhood
Date: October 29th | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Need To Know: The PNA Group is collaborating with FamilyWorks to collect healthy, non-perishable items while your kiddos trick or treat at local businesses.


Harvest Festival
Where: Pike Place Market
Date: October 29th | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Need To Know: Meet the producers, enjoy live music and giant pumpkin carving, watch demos, see what’s in season, and more!


MoPOP Halloween Party & Costume Contest
Where: Museum of Pop Culture
Date: October 29th | 8:00pm – 12:00am
Need To Know: Dancing, an escape room, a horror exhibition, and a costume contest!
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John’s Camping Picks | No Reservations Required!

John’s Camping Picks | No Reservations Required!

Glacier View Campground
Where: Lake Wenatchee
Dates: April – October
Need To Know: Located on the south shore of Lake Wenatchee. This campground offers 23 standard non-electric sites, 16 of which are a short walk from the parking area and all of which are first-come, first-served.


Owhi Campground
Where: Cooper Lake, Cle Elum
Dates: June – October
Need To Know: This walk-in campground on Cooper Lake offers 22 tent-only sites and is only a short walk from the parking lot.


Obstruction Pass
Where: Orcas Island
Dates: Open Year Round
Need To Know: Follow the half-mile trail through a low forest to the bluff and down to the beach. Don’t forget to snag one of nine first-come, first-served campsites near the south end of the park.


Second Beach
Where: Olympic Peninsula
Dates: Open Year Round
Need To Know: A short hike of 0.7 miles one way to the beach. A few forested sites are available but mostly beach camping. Camping space can be scarce in summer!
Local Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets

Ballard Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Sundays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 5345 Ballard Ave NW | Seattle

Bellevue Farmers Market
When: May – October | Thursdays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 1717 Bellevue Way NE | Bellevue

Burien Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Thursdays
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Where: 427 SW 152nd St | Burien

Capitol Hill Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Sundays
Hours: 11am – 3pm
Where: E Barbara Bailey Way | Seattle

Columbia City Farmers Market
When: May – October | Wednesdays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 37th Ave S & S Edmunds St | Seattle

Issaquah Farmers Market
When: May – September | Saturdays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 1730 10th Ave NW | Issaquah

Kirkland Wednesday Market
When: June – September | Wednesdays
Hours: 2pm – 7pm
Where: 25 Lakeshore Plaza | Kirkland

Magnolia Farmers Market
When: June – October | Saturdays
Hours: 10am – 2pm
Where: W McGraw St, 33rd Ave W | Seattle

Mercer Island Farmers Market
When: June – September | Sundays
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Where: 7700 SE 32nd St | Mercer Island

Phinney Farmers Market
When: June – September | Fridays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 6761 Phinney Ave N | Seattle

Queen Anne Farmers Market
When: June – October | Thursdays
Hours: 3pm – 7:30pm
Where: Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St | Seattle

Redmond Saturday Market
When: May – October | Saturdays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 9900 Willows Rd NE | Redmond

Sammamish Farmers Market
When: May – September | Wednesdays
Hours: 4pm – 8pm
Where: 801 228th Ave SE | Sammamish

South Lake Union Saturday Market
When: May – September | Saturdays
Hours: 11am – 4pm
Where: 139 9th Ave N | Seattle

Tukwila Village Farmers Market
When: June – October | Wednesdays
Hours: 4pm – 7pm
Where: 14350 Tukwila International Blvd | Tukwila

University District Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Saturdays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 5031 University Way NE | Seattle

Wallingford Farmers Market
When: May – September | Wednesdays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 4800 Meridian Ave N | Seattle

West Seattle Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Sundays
Hours: 10am – 2pm
Where: Cnr SW Alaska St & California Ave SW | Seattle










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