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Doing Good in 2017

by NW Storages on 01/18/17



Do Good in the new year, and beyond.


Did you resolve that 2017 would be the year you give back more to your community?  Did you promise yourself that the next twelve months would be all about making the world a better place?  Are you looking for opportunities to help people while making your community, your city, or just one life, easier and more secure?  Are you committed to Doing Good? Then we’ve got the list you need! Below, you’ll find multiple opportunities to express your charitable self and make a difference in someone’s life. Maybe even lots of someones.


Do Good by volunteering.


If you’re looking to make the world a better place, there is no better opportunity than volunteering.  There are so many programs and charities that need your help, you’d be hard put not to find something you can do to help. Consider one of these for carrying out your resolutions.


YouthCare, in Seattle, was the first homeless youth shelter on the west side of the country. You can donate money and food or clothes, but they also need folks to cook, tutor, do yard work, and much, much more.


In Tacoma, the Rescue Mission is there for the homeless and needy in Pierce County.You can be there, too, by volunteering or donating to help.


In Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Shoreline and Carnation, consider helping Hopelink, a group that serves the disabled, children, seniors, and low-income families.



The Salvation Army is just about everywhere, and they do good all year long. You can help.


Seattle’s homeless women, children, and families can find help at Mary’s Place, a wonderful volunteer opportunity. One of their greatest outreaches is the No Child Sleeps Outside project.


Treehouse is an organization providing services and resources for foster children, helping them to have both a childhood and a future.


Youth Eastside Services – YES – provides help and services to children, teens, and families affected by poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and more. YES offers opportunities to volunteer or donate, and make someone’s life a little easier.  


Do Good for your neighbors!


Do you know a single parent who deserves a night out, an unaccompanied trip to the grocery store, or even just a nap?  Every neighborhood has at least one mom or dad who raises their family alone and who could use a helping hand. You can help by giving of your time. Offer to babysit while that parent shops for groceries or goes to the doctor. Invite the family, or even just the kids, to dinner one evening. Anonymously pay the family’s electric bank or mail an unsigned gift card (food, gas, movies, whatever) or make a needed repair to their home or car. Single parenting is hard, but you can make it a little easier for someone. If your resolution was to “give back,” helping one family is a good way to do it.


Do you have older neighbors? You can rake leaves, shovel snow, sort recycling, haul off yard debris, and so much more. You can drive a senior citizen to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store, or even provide a professional service (heater repair, auto maintenance, lawn work) for free. Again, if you’re looking to make the world a better place, you can start with just one person in your sphere.


A Little Free Library is a good way to improve your neighborhood, too. Or maybe you’d like to get your friends together to pick up trash in your streets, or to collect bikes, exercise equipment, household appliances, or other bigger items and deliver them all to a thrift store. You could organize a neighborhood food drive for your local food bank, donate your children’s outgrown clothing and coats, or choose one home that needs some TLC and organize a work crew.


You Can Help End Hunger!


For volunteer opportunities, consider Operation Sack Lunch, where you can help prepare and distrinute lunches for the homeless. http://www.oslserves.org/


Food banks always need volunteers, cash, and food donations. And what could be better for the world and for the  human spirit than to help feed families and children? Here’s a list of some food banks in the greater Seattle area where your time, money, and donations will be welome.


University District Food Bank in Seattle

West Seattle Food Bank in Seattle

Salt of the Earth in Everett

Rainier Valley Food Bank in Seattle

Issaquah Food Bank in Issaquah

Ballard Food Bank in Seattle

Thurston County Food Bank in Olympia

Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe

St. Leo Food Connection in Tacoma

Renewal Food Bank in Bellevue

Lynnwood Food Bank in Lynnwood

St. Mary’s Food Bank, Seattle

Greenwood Food Bank, Seattle

Food Lifeline, Shoreline

Emergency Feeding Program, Seattle


Do Good anywhere, any time.


The idea of volunteering and donating and working for those less fortunate is all about giving back to the world we live in, and about sharing our blessings with others. We do it to help, and because the warmth of heart and joy of spirit that results from making the world a better place are their own reward.


Whether you give your time, your expertise, your money, or donate needed items, charitable works are always the right thing to do. You can keep the spirit of the recent holidays, and the hope of the new year, alive for the next 12 months by helping out in your own corner of the world.


There are more opportunities than we’ve listed here, of course. Find a cause that interests you and make it your New Year’s resolution to work to make the world  better place, even if it’s just for one person.  


Six Seattle Secrets for a Sensational Season

by NW Storages on 12/12/16



So, here you are, in or near one of the best cities in America.  It’s the holiday season and, what with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, and all other manner of celebrations, there seems to be an abundance of things to do. Unfortunately, you’ve already done them, and so has everyone else! Are there any new, fun, different, family-friendly holiday events in the great Northwest?


The answer to that question is: Yep. There are a number of lesser-known events and goings-on in the area that you may never have tried. You might consider checking out some of these in the next few weeks, for some fantastic and festive family fun! 

  1. The Icon Grill, located on  Seattle’s 5th Avenue, hosts a Santa Brunch every weekend in December, through the 24th. Santa arrives at 11:00 a.m. and leaves at 1:00 p.m. so he can be back at the North Pole in time for dinner. The brunch menu at the Icon offers a great variety, and includes some cheery grown-up beverages for Mom and Dad.  This event is so much fun, you might want to call for reservations.
  2. Head on over to Poulsbo for the Gingerbread House Party at the Farm Kitchen. Wait.  Don’t.  All sessions of this fun family activity have been filled!  Don’t despair, though; you can host your own Gingerbread House Party by ordering kits and gathering the family around the table.  There’s even an instructional video for creating your holiday masterpiece!
  3. Hot chocolate is a seasonal staple, and there’s no better place to get a great mug of this sweet, delicious libation than at Chocolopolis. Home to a large variety of drinking chocolate, as well as all kinds of edible treats, Chocolopolis also offers holiday gift baskets that can be customized and ordered online. After you’ve taken in some of the other activities on this list, a trip to the Chocolopolis shop on Queen Anne Avenue North is a great way to cap off the day.
  4. Bright, colorful light displays are an integral aspect of the holiday season. You can enjoy over a million lights blazing in the night at the Lights of Christmas show in Stanwood, along with a holiday themed dinner or Sunday dessert theater. Admission to this grand spectacle isn’t free (unless you’re under four years old) but they do have Pay What You Can Night, which is exactly what it sounds like. Pay What You Can Nights for this year are December 1, 8, 27,  and 28. Get more information on the Lights of Christmas website.
  5. Would your family enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Seattle? Well, who wouldn’t! Sealth Horse Carriages offers just such a ride in downtown Seattle, from their location on Pine Street.
  6. Children love making gifts for the ones they love. You can always find a great craft online at places like Parenting.com and HGTV.com.  Of course, you’ll have to clean up the mess when they’re done, which sort of sucks all the fun out of it for you! You can always check out one of many kid-friendly craft centers in the Seattle area, though. Imagine, they make the crafts and you don’t have to clean up!  Find a place near you on this ParentMap list.  

For a wonderful, festive, enjoyable winter, Seattle and the surrounding area can’t be beat. Check out some of these great events and activities with your family, and make this holiday season the best one yet.

Kick Off the Holidays with These Seattle Area Events

by NW Storages on 11/16/16


Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to great food and the first celebrations of the holiday season, most communities offer many great, fun events to take part in. Seattle is no exception.

In the greater Seattle area, you’re likely to find something for everyone, including the out of town guests so many of us will be hosting for the Thanksgiving holiday. After you get done storing extra household items to make room for family and friends, you might want to take them out to see the holiday sights of Seattle and the surrounding area.  Here is a list of some events you might like to check out; some of these are even free!

1.       Like a parade? Admission to the Macy’s Parade is free. The event will be held on Friday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. The parade route will start from Pine Street and 7th, and run along 5th, University, and 4th, then finish up at Pine again.  For additional information, check out Macy’s website. 

2.       Magic in the Market, on Pike Street, offers all kinds of fun activities for you and your family. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25. There will be live musical performances under the Market clock, free pictures with Santa and cookie decorating for the kids, plenty of food and drink items to purchase and, at 5:00 p.m., Santa and the crowd will count down the lighting of the Market holiday tree, and the lights of the Market.  

3.       Admittance is free to the Bizarre Bazaar. Located at the Sole Repair shop, 1001 E. Pike Street, the Bizarre Bazaar is an art market filled with a diverse selection of gift items to fill your holiday shopping list. Offerings range from clothes to food to art, and more.  If giving interesting, one-of-a-kind gifts is your holiday goal, this is the place to go!  

4.       Sing-Along-a-Sound of Music is being held on Saturday, November 26 in Tacoma’s Theater District. The sing-along gets underway at Broadway Center at 2:30 p.m. with a showing of the classic movie which includes audience participation with interactive musical numbers. Dress like a Von Trapp, and enter the costume contest!  Admission ranges from $12 to $29.  Find out more and get tickets:  This event precedes the annual tree lighting event, below.

5.       The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event has been a Tacoma tradition since World War II.  This free community event gets underway at 5:00 p.m. in the Pantages Theater lobby.  A celebration kicks off the festivities, along with the singing of carols. There will also be photos with Santa along with the lighting of the tree.  You can get more information here:

6.       Tickets for the Santa Train are $24 and can be bought online.  This even includes a 2-hour trip from North Bend to the festively decorated Snoqualmie station, refreshments, a visit with Santa and a small gift for each child.  

7.       Viewing the Seattle Festival of Trees is free for the family.  Gorgeous designer Christmas trees will be on display in the lobby and motor entrance of the Fairmont Hotel at 411 University Street in Seattle. The event runs from November 19 through 30.  There are various related events that will take place during this time, as well, including a gala dinner and the raffle of one of the designer trees; these events benefit local organizations. 

Life in Seattle is always good, and it gets even better during the holiday season.  We hope you check out one or more of these great events this month. 

If you’re looking for self-storage at this time, we’ve got one more event for you to take note of.  Local self-storage companies are offering Thanksgiving Gift Basket Giveaways when you rent a space.  Go to our home page to find a storage office near you; if you rent before the 22nd of November, you can enter to win a gift basket that includes $50 in free groceries, as well as other gift items.

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Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Haunted Houses – Oh my!

by NW Storages on 10/05/16


Whether you are looking for family fun in the month of October or wanting to go zombie hunting with your friends, we have your complete guide to Halloween activities in the Snohomish and Seattle areas. Fall weather brings yellow leaves and haunted house screams all around the Pacific Northwest! Check out all the things to do this fall season!

 

Wild Waves Fright Fest – Every Weekend in October! Ride on 20 different rides in the dark. They offer an array of costumed performers and a wide variety of attractions to give you a scare. If you have little ones, they also have a scare-free zone for kids 12 and under. Check out www.wildwaves.com for more information and tickets.

 

Nightmare on 9 – Looking for some real thrills? Check out this haunted house in Snohomish. Check out www.thomasfamilyfarm.com

 

FARMS:

Remlinger Farms

32610 NE 32nd St

Carnation, WA 98014

www.RemlingerFarms.com

 

Features: Carnival Rides, Pumpkin Patch, Train, Hay Maze for Tots, Pony Rides, Gift Shop, Restaurant, Country Market, and much more.

 

Craven Farm

13817 Shorts School Rd

Snohomish, WA 98290

www.CravenFarm.com

 

Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, 3D Adventure, Hay Rides, Farm Games, Face Painting, Farm Animals, Gift Shop, Harvest Market, and more!

 

Stocker Farms

8705 Marsh Rd

Snohomish, WA 98296

www.StockerFarms.com

 

Features: Huge Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Kids Games, Zombie Paintball, Country Market and Haunted Attractions which can be found at www.Stalkerfarms.com

 

Thomas Family Farm

9010 Marsh Rd

Snohomish, WA 98296

www.ThomasFamilyFarm.com

 

Features: Beer in the barn, Mechanical Bull, Trunk or Treat, Halloween Costume Party, Zombie Paintball, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, and much more.

 

Fosters Corn Maze

5818 SR 530 NE

Arlington, WA 98223

www.FostersCornMaze.com

 

Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Farm Animal Barn, Farm Games, and Fresh Produce

 

Carleton Farms

630 Sunnyside Blvd SE

Lake Stevens, WA 98258

www.CarletonFarm.com

 

Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Bucket Train, Zip Line, and Haunted Attractions

 

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm

10917 Elliot Rd.

Snohomish, WA 98296

www.BobsCorn.com

 

Features: Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Bonfires, and Country Store

 

The Farm at Swans Trail in Snohomish

7301 Rivershore Rd

Snohomish, WA 98290

www.TheFarm1.com

 

Features: Washington State Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, and Pick your own Apples

 

Carpinito Brothers

1148 Central Ave N.

Kent, WA 98032

www.Carpinito.com

 

Features: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, and Fresh Produce

5 Things to Do this Weekend in Snohomish County

by NW Storages on 07/22/16



 

1. Snohomish Pie High Trail Run

July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 8:30am – 5:00pm

 

Looking for a challenge? Running uphill can be fun when your reward is pie! There is a 5k and 10k as well as a half marathon. New this year is also a pie eating contest!

 

Check it out here: http://nwtrailruns.com/events/pie-high-trail-run/

 

2.  2. Everett Music at the Marina

July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 6:30pm-8:30pm

 

Free admission at Port Gardner landing at 1700 W Marine Drive Everett, WA 98201. Nick Drummond and Friends are jamming out near the sound as the sun goes down. Enjoy food and dancing on the marina this weekend!

 

Check it out here: https://everettwa.gov/810/Saturday-Music-at-the-Marina

 

3.  3. Edmonds Wine Walk

July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 5:00pm-8:00pm

 

Washington wineries have partnered with downtown businesses to offer you tastings while you shop! Head to the waterfront businesses in Edmonds for hand-crafted wines near the beautiful waterfront.

 

Check it out here: http://edmonds.enterprise.localist.com/event/edmonds_wine_walk#.V5LBWTsrKUl

 

4.  4. Marysville Farmers Market

July 23rd, 2016 – Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm

 

Fresh local products and produce available!

 

Check it out here: http://www.Facebook.com/MarysvilleFarmersMarket

 

5.  5. Everett Street Scramble

July 24th, 2016 – Sunday 8:30am-1:30pm

 

Join the city on an urban adventure that’s fun for the entire family! You can participate as solo or work in a team as the city hands you maps where you need to search for checkpoints and race to the finish!

 

Check it out here: http://streetscramble.com/events/street-scramble-everett/

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