Under red-and-white striped tents, handwritten signs beckon passersby over to wheeled carts filled with bundles of greens or smooth, symmetrical apples. At Newcastle Fruit & Produce’s open-air market, visitors survey a vast selection of seasonal, locally sourced fruit and vegetables that can include Bartlett pears, red-leaf lettuce, Yakima asparagus, and blueberries. Aside from assembling salad essentials, Newcastle’s team also stocks shrubs, perennials, and potted trees, and cuts pines for Christmas or anti-Arbor Day celebrations.
With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
Watercraft, entertainers, and exquisite edibles abound at the 15th annual Tastin' n Racin' Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park, inviting an array of boat enthusiasts and food aficionados alike. Inboard hydros, vintage inboards, and a number of other racing boats and jet skis zip past spectators on Saturday and Sunday, displaying breathtaking speed and perfect bellyflop form. Between cheering on charging watercraft with whistles and dolphin claps, crowds can shake their ears to the sounds emanating from the main stage, where a rockable lineup includes professional Jimi Hendrix revivalist Randy Hansen. Although not included in this Groupon, guests may bask in the sunshine at one of the festival's two beer gardens and pluck Snoqualmie and Haywire bottles from low-lying branches. Fifteen diverse food vendors present festival-goers with an array of succulent fixings for filling cheering mouths.
For eight exciting weeks this autumn, children will flock to the fields of Marymoor Park to score some new skills and friendships, with all instruction designed and led by Seattle-native and USSF-certified Jacob Haney. In addition to providing a steady stream of professional instruction and individualized attention, i9 Sports works hard to maintain a positive, supportive environment that forbids negative language from both participating children and adult onlookers, and gives each player equal playing time. Over the course of the eight-week league, children will maneuver themselves through a throng of drills and exercises, sharpening both technical and teamwork techniques. Leagues meet for practice once a week on Saturdays, and are organized by age group to keep young ones safe and feeling confident. Call ahead to register your miniature proto-adult for an eight-week league, or enter your Groupon number during online registration.
Practitioner and registered nurse Keesha Ewers and her colleagues use principles of ayurvedic, modern Western, and functional medicine to bring the body back to its happiest and most natural state. Get essential pipes smooth and clear as a water-park flume with the warm infusion of colon hydrotherapy, which uses filtered water and abdominal massage to sweep out the corners of the colon’s untidy house until it’s fit for a Martha Stewart Christmas special. As you relax from the gentle cleansing, Fern Life’s practitioners will balance your chakras and release their pent-up confetti with affirmations, essential oils, and balancing techniques believed to foster an extended blissful sensation and better-behaved inner toddlers.