Ginger Luke rescued her first dog in 2006—a dachshund that was kept locked in its owner’s bathroom and was in danger of being put down. After paying the pet’s owner $50, she retrieved the dog and began networking with her friends to find it a loving home. Today, Ginger's Pet Rescue continues this mission of saving as many dogs as possible from being euthanized. Since its establishment, it has found homes for more than 5,000 dogs. Volunteers from the organization rescue the dogs from shelters across the region, provide medical care and temperament examinations, and place them in loving, permanent homes.
Lilting voices from two violins and a harpsichord etch out the notes of Purcell’s Pavan in B-flat Major, filling a small room with layered textures and slowly unfolding emotions. The three performers lean into their instruments, their private concert as intimate as it would have been if performed in the 17th century. This is what the Salish Sea Players create at each of their concerts: unexpected music in unexpected venues. Linda Melsted and Olga Hauptman on baroque violins and Fred Hauptman on the harpsichord perform in retirement, memory-care, and long-term-care facilities for people who are unable to attend traditional venues due to a lack of mobility or resources.
Before each concert, the trio greets audience members individually and answers questions about the historical instruments they use and the style of music they play. Their instruments reflect what would have been used historically: antique bows, strings made of unwound gut, and copies of original scores. Then they fill the air with the sounds of Handel, Mazas, Sousa, or Bartok, the sweet music combining with the historical approach to create an intriguing atmosphere and educational moment for the audience to share together.
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Each day in western Washington, a fleet of 15 trucks drives a combined 690 miles to pick up donations to deliver to agencies. Their cargo: food?nutritious food that annually totals nearly 36 million pounds, which works out to roughly 30 million meals. These trucks are part of Food Lifeline, a vast network of volunteers, grocery stores, and non-profits that work to ensure everyone in the region has something to eat.
To provide the amount of food it does?more than any non-profit in Washington?Food Lifeline relies on efficiency. The organization redirects food from grocers, farmers, and distributors that would likely have gone to waste. Food banks then distribute this food and prepared meals to whoever needs help getting meals, including children, seniors, and families.
Chess Mates currently runs structured chess clubs in 29 elementary and middle schools in the region, offering free admittance to students in free- and reduced-lunch program. During October–April, chess clubs meet after class once a week with a trained instructor, using the provided chess workbooks and equipment for one hour of play. Students can pair up and outthink their opponents in riveting games that build memory and strategic-thinking skills. With this campaign, Chess Mates can fund chess-club memberships, which include an instructor and chess workbook, for students in primarily underprivileged schools.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliances elevates the sport of mountain biking in the Puget Sound region by contributing to trail preservation, organizing group rides year-round and by educating children and adults biking at all levels on safe and fun trail riding techniques. Mountain biking instruction is available in co-ed classes, while others are restricted to women only and children ages eight to thirteen. Once-weekly group rides provide a sense of camaraderie and group discipline, with most classes meeting in Issaquah or Kenmore and rides and trail projects all taking place within two hours of the city. Inexpensive memberships – $30 and up – help support the alliance’s education and trail repair efforts, offer bikers discounts at area biking stores and keep cycling enthusiasts informed about upcoming volunteer, social and educational opportunities.
Each 90-minute assessment begins with the clutter cleanser journeying into the depths of a disheveled dwelling or office to observe, assess, and alter the clutter and negative energies that have taken up residence. Together, the professional organizer and the client identify the desired goals of a less-cluttered space. The services of The Composed Domain will help label useless items as clutter and facilitate the release of unneeded possessions into the wild, where they will forever roam the dumpsters and recycling bins of the earth. After the appointment, an old and busy space will transform into new and organized spaciousness.