OM NOM: Art of Pancakes Fundraiser this Saturday

Every weekend is a good one for rolling out of bed late and cooking up some pancakes* for breakfast. But not every weekend can you cook them up at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center in an art competition!

On Saturday, November 19, the RECC is holding its annual Art of Pancakes Fundraiser for the Ravenna Community Garden.

Details from the event page:

Please join us during a wacky pancake art competition benefitting the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Garden! Enjoy a pancake breakfast that includes toppings, bacon, and beverages. Decorate a pancake for the “Wall o’ Art”.

The cost is three dollars per person. Pretty good deal for breakfast in the neighborhood.

Now, should you want to practice your Pancake Art skills before Saturday, we recommend you check out the Jim’s Pancakes website.

Here’s a time lapse video of a Millennium Falcon pancake in production:


*See also: Hash browns, bacon, eggs, toast, coffee, etc. Am I missing anything?

Bryant Elementary holding Japan Relief Benefit Concert this Saturday

The PTSA at Bryant Elementary School (3311 NE 60th St) is holding a benefit concert for relief efforts in Japan on Saturday, April 30, from 4-6PM.


Click to see the full event flyer (PDF)

From this week’s Bryant Weekly:

The concert will be featuring Bryant’s taiko drumming group and Bryant’s very own choir and hand bell group. There will also be a traditional dance troupe at the event. We would love for you all to come!

Admission is free, however we will gladly accept any donations for the relief effort in Japan. All proceeds will go to the non-profit Peace Winds organization, which is providing emergency relief to the disaster victims in northern Japan. We hope to see you there as we join our hearts and minds in helping the people of Japan recover their beautiful country — mourning the country’s losses, but also celebrating its recovery.

ArtRise Dance will be one of the groups performing as well.

Peace Winds America is an organization which seeks to “reduce the high human, economic and political costs of natural disasters in the Asia Pacific.” Their offices are located in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Thank you to Matthew and the weekly Bryant Elementary School e-newsletter for the information.

Play trivia, drink beer, and send textbooks to Uganda

On Monday, October 18, the Pied Piper Alehouse (2404 NE 65th St) and The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (University of Washington Chapter) are holding their Second Annual Around the World Trivia Night.

The $5-per-person buy-in goes directly towards donating textbooks to the Makerere School of Pharmacy in Uganda.

The action starts at 8pm, but we’d recommend arriving earlier to enjoy such amenities as International Beer Specials, and Chairs.

Last year’s event had over 70 participants, and raised over $1,100 for the Jimma School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia (trivia proceeds were added to a matching grant from the School of Pharmacy’s Bridges to Health fund).

Participants of Around the World Trivia Night may enter a raffle to win themselves PRIZES donated by local businesses and pharmacy student organizations.

To read more about last year’s textbook fundraiser, visit the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy’s e-news from February 2010 (scroll down to Helping pharmacy students abroad).


Thank you to Stephen at the Pied Piper Alehouse for the information.

Picardo P-Patch’s First Fundraiser Dinner – You’re Invited

You’ve heard about it, you’ve walked through it, perhaps you’ve even gardened in it. But until now, you’ve never had the chance to DINE in it.

The Picardo P-Patch (NE 80th St and 25th Ave NE) is holding their first fundraiser dinner this Saturday, September 17. The meal starts at 6pm and ends at dusk.

The menu includes appetizers, wine tastings (supplied by a Picardo gardener and Roosevelt’s own Eight Bells Winery), followed by a grand Paella dinner (also provided by a Picardo gardener), and finished with a dessert buffet (ALSO provided by Picardo gardeners).

Why a fundraiser dinner for the garden? Well, mostly because of this beauty:

interior, wide

Have a seat!

It’s the Picaloo, Seattle’s first composting toilet (read about its grand opening back on Saturday, April 3rd here). This fundraiser dinner is designed to help retire the last of the composting toilet debt, as well as provide funds for other Picardo projects (among them: new hose holders and more blueberry plants).

Tickets for the dinner are $30/individual or $50/couple, and there aren’t many left.  Contact Sandra Schaffer (sandras [at], or 524-1320) to reserve your tickets and/or get additional information.

If tickets for the event are sold out or cost more than you like to contribute, I’m sure Sandra could give you information about other ways to help the garden out.