Seattle Game Day Veteran Explorer

gamedayIf you plan on playing in the Magic: the Gathering Aether Revolt Game Day (or any in-person event for that matter) it’s not always as easy to find out when to play at your local game store (LGS).  You could rely on knowing two other players to help you out.

1) Know a Regular

This player spends their Fridays, Saturdays, and sometime Tuesday at the same store, they know everything going on there.  Their tournament organizer is their Facebook friend and is a snapchat away.  They’ll know when their game day starts.  If you have a couple of places to play you’ll have to more than one regular.


2) Know an Explorer

This player navigates every local game store’s web site,  Facebook page,  Twitter feed,  Wizards locator, or dry-erase white board.  Knowing this player is great, assuming you like the same style of magic they do – pptq grinder, frontier, legacy, EDH highlander frontier, or the similar.   Unfortunately there are not many Game Day explorer’s so this one may be harder to find, except, of course, if you know about MTG Events.

ArcZap MTG Events is like a Veteran Explorer – both an explorer and a regular – that you can trust to find you events that meet your schedule and location.


We have two features to walk you through today.

Hot Search

In our article Tap This! Searchable MTG Events we walk you through the basics of using MTG Events search engine. One additional new feature we’ve added to MTG Events is the hot search button, which searches automagically to whatever is the current set of events of interest- as of today, the Aether Revolt game day events.  This will change week to week.  You can find it in the menu on the left.


To use it, just go to  and click the button and all the Seattle area game day events will be shown to you.

Store Front

The main MTG Events page shows all the stores and all the events – which you can further narrow down with our handy filters by store, tags, radius, or key words.  But our second new feature we are announcing is a dedicated page for each store that we have events.  You can bookmark these pages and have at a glance every Magic: the Gathering event for that store without filtering or searching or knowing a regular.  For example, here is Shane’s store front page.


It shows the store, it’s address, phone number, map, and calendar.  One really nice feature is the ‘open map directions’ button which uses google maps to give you an immediate directions and traffic from your current location to see if you can make it on time.


There are three ways to access the store front page for the store you are looking for.

1) On the main MTG Events page, in the ‘Filter by store’ area click the store name.


2) In event details click the store name


3) Go directly – bookmark it.

Each store has a unique url on ArcZap, they all exist under the /store area.  For example, Shane’s direct link is:

Here are direct links for all the Seattle area store front pages holding Aether Revolt game day events.

A World Of Collections Comics and Cards

Barnes and Noble – Downtown Seattle

Blue Highway Games

Calico Cat Toy Shoppe

Card Exchange

Card Kingdom

Crazy Timmy Games

DreamStrands Comics

Emerald City Games and Comics

Fantasium Comics and Games

Game On! – Puyallup

Games and Gizmos

GameStar – Lakewood

Gamma Ray Games

Geek Fortress

Geek Girls Collectibles

Green Lake Games

Heroic Knight Games

Hills of Comics

Let’s Play! Cafe

Luke’s Gaming Shop

Meeples Games

Mill Geek Comics

MOB Man Overboard Games

Moon Dragon Games

Mox Boarding House

MuGu Games

Northwest Sportscards

PFC Games

Phoenix Comics and Games

PLAYlive Nation – Redmond

Roadside Hobbies

Round The Table

Shane’s Big League

Tacoma Games

TerraCrux Games

The Dreaming Comics and Games

Uncle’s Games – Bellevue

Uncle’s Games – Redmond

Uncle’s Games – Tacoma

Uptown Espresso and Gameporium

West Coast Sports Cards and Games


Zulu’s Board Game Cafe





Tap This! Searchable MTG Events

I am proud to announce our newest event platform ArcZap MtG Events


We are Seattle’s first and only searchable Magic: the Gathering event calendar.  Magic: the Gathering is a hugely popular collectible card game (over 20 Million players play it worldwide) with players wanting to play and/or compete in tournament events hosted near them. Until now, finding the location, date, time and format of events has been difficult.

Last year, for example, when I was looking for an Eldritch Moon pre-release event, I found out that one of my local game store was having 3 events on that Saturday.  Checking their web site I found the pre-registration times for their events at 11am, 12am, and 5pm.  The 11am pre-registration was sold out so I booked the 12am one, thinking that was noon, and only realized I had booked the Midnight session the day before. (Luckily, my friend pointed it out BEFORE I showed up at noon after asking which one I had booked.)



In light of the issues surrounding this, we created the MTG Events calendar for players.  All the Magic events of all types at all the local stores, searchable, so you can find out where and when to get a great game of magic.  Let’s walk through the key features, first our calendar.


In the calendar view you are shown a simple calendar with Magic events within 10 miles of you (default assuming you are in the Seattle area). To see more events on a day, click the number of the day to switch to list view (on phones the list view is default).


You can narrow you search by selecting tags.


Or pick stores.


NOTE: on phones, these options are in the menu dropdown.



You can even change the search radius or center of search with the map.  In the following example I reduced the search radius to 5 miles and searched from the middle of Tacoma.


After you’ve found the event want to attend you can save the event and we’ll even remind you!

Here’s how you do this.   First choose the event to open the event details page.


This will display the event details page.


Choose the save, yes, or no button.


If you haven’t registered with ArcZap before you’ll need to sign up in order to save the event. Fortunately, sign up is easy using your  Facebook account or an email address.


After you are signed up and logged in, when you choose save you will get the reminder options.


Pick your time frame and whether you would like an email or SMS text message reminder and choose ‘Remind Me’.  Of course, we are only helping you find the event, you’ll still need to register, pre-register, or whatever is necessary with the tournament organizer who is hosting the event.

We hope you will find our searchable MTG Events calendar useful!  We also want to know of any ways to make it more useful!  If you have any feedback, you can use our feedback bar on the bottom of our site or leave messages in the comments below.  Happing tapping and may your opening hands need no mulligans.


P.S.  As of today, the Aether Revolt pre-releases are this weekend.   You’ll be glad to know we set all midnight releases to Friday at 11:55PM.  just to be clear… 😉


Here are some handy links we’ve set up for you.

Aether Revolt Pre-releases within 15 miles of me

All midnight Aether Revolt pre-releases (set to Friday at 11:55pm)

All Two-headed Giant pre-releases


Libraries have so many events!

We love events. We love the idea of getting together with your friends and bonding over an interest that you share.

In honor of National Library Week, we wanted to showcase a place that has events all the time. These events can be fun, informative, or even lifechanging. Here are 10 types of events that happen at libraries.

All Free!

1) Video Gaming (Or Card Games)

We all have a little geek in us. It’s what makes us interesting and fun! Libraries host video game events for teens. Want an adult one? Send your local library a comment and see if they can sponsor it!


2) Survival

Did you know some libraries have events on how to survive in the wilderness? Or how to survive through college. They try to find ways to help people through bringing in professionals who have advice or authors who have lived through it all.

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Flickr: Quinn Dombroski

3) Authors

That’s right. Libraries bring in famous and local authors to connect to the public. What a better reason to read a book? Or write a book?

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Flickr: Joanna Penn


4) Business classes

Libraries want to develop communities by helping people turn their passions in to dreams, and then even to reality. Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Look no further than at your local library.


5) ESL classes

Or even citizenship classses. These free classes are always attended well because there is a need. Libraries want to fill this need of building skills to find a job or go to school.


6) Children’s Storytimes

Many of us have or will have children in the near future. Going to storytimes help jumpstart your child’s literacy skills by singing, playing, talking, reading, and writing! Even babies that are newborns benefit from these programs. The libraries give you tips on how to engage your child. It is also a great place to meet the same parents every week and form a communities of parents trying to pull it all together. Usually, they succeed.


7) Science Programs

Since we are talking about children, libraries provide many STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for free! For example, have you ever wanted to build a rollercoaster? Or a robot that you can command? Many libraries have these resources for elementary age children and teens to explore!


8) Technology Classes

For all ages, libraries provide free technology classes on everything from how to use a mouse to Adobe photoshop. Some libraries even have tech centers with a greenscreen and a camera for you to use. You won’t know until you check it out!


9) Shakespeare, Opera, and More!

If the community wants programs about the arts, the libraries provide. Sometimes it’s a movie, sometimes it’s a real play.


10) Book Groups, Language Circle, and More!

Have we gotten the point across that libraries have all sorts of events? It’s true. For example, check out the the Seattle Public Library Calender. There’s language learning groups, book groups, and even Shakespeare’s First Folio!!!



We’re still at that point where we can’t believe these events are free to the public, whether you have a library card or not. Librarians are the best even planners.

What events would you like to see happen at your local library?

Don’t miss these weekend events!

This weekend is packed with events in all of our college campus areas!


Near UW

Jane Comfort & Company

Friday April 8, 2016

Meany Hall


Declared “a postmodernist pioneer in the use of verbal material in dance” by The New York Times, Jane Comfort addresses contemporary social and cultural issues with compassion and wit. The company is an extraordinary group of dancers, actors and singers whose multiple talents allow Comfort to create layered works utilizing a wide range of theatrical elements. The program features the critically acclaimed Beauty. This provocative dance theater work explores the American notion of female attractiveness by framing the dialogue of the cultural pressures surrounding women’s physique, attire and appearance around the quintessential image of Barbie. Beauty is “wickedly funny and …isn’t interested in forgiveness” (The New York Times).

Chinese Dumplings 101: Food, Family, and Culture

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Flickr: Andrea Nguyen

Saturday April 9, 2016

Mercer Court A


For UW students and family! Join in a night of learning about dumplings and make some to eat for FREE.

Saturday April 9, 2016

Meany Hall


Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar emits sonic beauty as she explores Indian music, electronica, jazz, flamenco and Western classical music. The daughter and student of the legendary Ravi Shankar, her genre-defying style produces music as intriguing as it is beautiful. A three-time Grammy nominee, Shankar has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including Sting, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Thievery Corporation, Herbie Hancock and her half-sister Norah Jones.


Near BC

FREE Meditation: A Tool To Balance Your Life

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Flickr: Sebastien Wiertz

Saturday April 9, 2016

Bellevue Library Room 1
1111 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The practice of meditation can contribute to a more positive, healthy lifestyle; a tool to reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join Ajili Hodari, Esq., who has been meditating for over 30 years as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives.

On Stage with Classical KING FM: Seattle Rock Orchestra

Saturday April 9, 2016

Resonance at Soma Towers 288 106th Ave NE, Bellevue 98004

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Classical KING FM 98.1 is the Pacific Northwest’s voice for classical music and the arts. “On Stage with KING FM” adds to that dimension by sharing our love of live performance. We hope you enjoy and spread the word. In 2015/2016, Classical KING FM presents 6 concerts featuring some of our region’s top classical music and crossover artists.

Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet (along with the mesmerizing Tamara Power-Drutis) transforms popular song into art song, performing a program that reimagines the work of artists such as Radiohead, Beck, Bjork and others as intimate and emotional chamber works born for the recital hall.

Near CWU

Board Game Nights

Friday April 8, 2016

Nerdcore Toys

6pm – 11pm

Board games all night!

The Inland Poetry Prowl

Saturday April 9, 2016

Downtown Ellensburg

Noon – 10PM

An all-day literary event, NOON – 10:00 pm, taking place at various venues within easy walking distance in historic downtown Ellensburg. Featured poets include Tod Marshall, WA State Poet Laureate; Jake Andrews, WA State Poetry Out Loud 2016 Champion; and many other highly acclaimed NW poets from Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and Yakima. The prowl also includes craft talks, open mics, and a book fair. Immerse yourself in metaphor. Admission is FREE.


Looking for concerts?

Check out our Key Arena Calendar!

Have a great weekend!



Spring Clean your Life: How to say “No”

It seems like in order to succeed in life, we have to pile stuff upon stuff on ourselves. This stuff includes:

  • Being part of organizations
  • Work goals
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Furthering your education

But when is it enough?

With websites like LinkedIn where potential employers could be searching for someone exactly like you, how do you compare to other people? Those other people may be doing more than you and rocking it like you never will.

First of all:

That’s not true. You rock too.


It may be time to assess your life balance and do some spring cleaning on your life.

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Step 1: Always weight your options

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Indi Samarajiva

Just because adding one more line to your resume looks good, doesn’t mean do it. Ask yourself these questions first:

  • Does this thing benefit my professional goals?
  • Does this thing sound like me? Is it a good match?
  • Is the time and work involved worth what I am benefiting?

It is very possible that you will answer “No” to all these questions.


Step 2: Give yourself some time

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pallina60 Loon

Don’t rush into anything too fast or rush into saying “No” too fast either. Want to know why?

Because there can be room for negotiation.

Step 3: Negotiation

So now you are teeter-toddering on the “no” side of the spectrum. In this case:

  • Is there a way to make this opportunity beneficial in your favor?
  • Is there free food and coffee involved? (This is a partial joke)

Give the opportunity a couple days to sit and absorb into our mind. When you are ready, negotiate.


Step 4: Keep the door open

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Patrik Theander

No matter what your decision is, keep everything friendly and mutual. Sometimes, if you politely decline an opportunity, they will reply with much better terms. These terms can be less hours, less involvement, less money, etc.

If it’s a for sure “No”, still leave the door open for when you may need to stop by when another similar opportunity comes your way. Maybe partially accept the opportunity in order to still be a passive part.


The reason why we wanted to bring this up is because we know college students may be stretching themselves too far. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 34% have felt depressed. Out of those who suffer anxiety, 70% hit their first episode at age 22.

It is time to take a step back and balance your life again.

After taking out some unneeded stress in your life through not taking on too much at one time, wind down by:

  • Hanging out with your friends
  • Go to events that you are interested in (This is a great study break)
  • Watch TV or read a book
  • Take a bath
  • Try out a new exercise

Let’s make life about you again. Why not? Life is too short to experience anxiety all the time.



10 Essential Things to Bring to a Convention

With Sakura Con in just a few days, it’s hard to keep your head straight. You may be super excited and forget some vital luggage items that may save you a lot of money and time.

1. Deodorant

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Flickr: CaptMikey9

It’s easy to forget deodorant when you already have some on when you leave the door. However, this is a whole weekend of walking around and going to events. You don’t want to borrow your hotel-mates deo if you could have had your own.

2. A Change of Clothes… at least

Flickr: Connie Ma

Those jeans may be ok for the next few days (really, it’ll be ok), but don’t forget to bring a new shirt and some underwear for each day you will be at the convention. The worst thing is to have someone notice you haven’t changed your clothes. If you are wearing a costume, make sure to have something underneath that you can change out (a tank top, shirt, etc).

In addition to clothes, you can also bring a pillow just in case you have to sleep on the floor.

3. A Bottle of Water

Flickr: Konstantin Stepanov

Even though Seattle water is awesome, you may not want to walk to the store a buy a bottle (especially if you are on a winning streak in the game center).

4. Snacks and Food

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Eating out can get expensive with the Cheesecake Factory being right across the street. For meals that you are not going out to get with friends, make sure to bring peanut butter, jelly, honey, or any other non-perishable to make a sandwich. Cereal and non-perishable milk or ramen are great too. Mmmhmmmm.. ramen 🙂

5. Camera

Flickr: Amy Aletheia Cahill

If you are as excited about seeing other costumes like most people, you probably won’t forget this vital item (that is probably on your phone too). Just in case, here’s a reminder.

6. Costume First-Aid Kit

Flickr: Ozzy Delaney

Yes, the con has a place where they can help you through a costume emergency. However, if you need it ASAP or you don’t want to wait, bring your own kit. This kit should have a sewing needle, thread, duct tape, buttons, scissors (mini ones!), and safety pins.

7. Extra Room in Your Luggage

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Some people do like to ship large amounts of things back home because they buy so much. But if you are buying a moderate amount, save money by just leaving a bit of room in your luggage. Pack light. It’s only a couple days.

8. Emergency Money

Flickr: 401(K) 2012

Don’t spend all your money! You never know when you have a last minute emergency and you need a couple bucks. Sure, your new Seattle local friends may help if it was urgent but you don’t want to start your relationship on such a bad foot.

9. Comfortable Shoes

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Those wood sandals may look comfortable for the first few hours but they may start making you cranky. Bring another pair of flip flops or comfortable shoes that will last you the whole 72 hours.

10. Your Phone Charger/Contact List

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Don’t let your phone die and miss out on making a long-term friend at the con. That doppelganger may not have a lot of time to chit-chat right there. In that case, you may try an email, or a social media site. However, not everyone is comfortable with using social media that may harm their privacy. If that is the case (or you just want to), log into ArcZap and add them to your group with an email address. This way, they can use an alias that you will remember.


Are we missing any other essential items? Have fun at this convention or some of the other ones coming up!

National Women’s History Month



We didn’t know this month existed until the middle of March. However, this idea needs to be celebrated. The National Women’s History Project ran a successful campaign in 1986 to have the whole month of March as National Women’s History Month. Let’s not let them down.

This celebration needs awareness because not all schools emphasize both genders in history. Children need role models but those role models are often written out or ignored in history books. Only 3 states have mandated teaching women’s history in their K-12 classes: Illinois, Florida, and Louisiana.

That’s it. 3 schools. This doesn’t mean that individual teachers are not including women in history in their curriculum, it means that it is not emphasized. There are so many amazing women that we wished we learned about in history class. We’re sure you all do as well.

Have you heard of these remarkable women?

  • Daisy Bates – leader of the Little Rock School Integration
  • Isabel Gonzales – secured American Citizenship for all Puerto Ricans
  • Ella Grasso – Governor of Connecticut, first woman governor of any US State elected in her own right
  • Suzan Shown Harjo – Native American Public Policy Advocate and Journalist
  • Oveta Culp Hobby – WWII Director of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and
    first Secretary of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Barbara Mikulski – Longest serving woman in the United States Congress
  • Inez Milholland – Woman Suffrage Leader and Martyr
  • Karen Narasaki – Civil and Human Rights Leader on issues of Asian American equality
  • Nancy Grace Roman – Chief of Astronomy of NASA and advocate for women in sciences
  • Nadine Smith – LGBT Civil Rights Activist and Executive Director of Equality Florida

These are just a few of the Honorees of 2016 chosen by the National Women’s History Project. We haven’t heard of any of them, but it’s time to change that.

Their descriptions are found here

How can we celebrate National Women’s History Month?

Read up on women in history! Ask your local librarian for books and articles about women and girls that made history. What are some things that they did? How did they change society? Are their ways that you can make a difference?

  • Have a murder mystery night with a variety of historical women.


  • Host a costume party where the theme is historical women.


  • Create a book group with your friends that focused on nonfiction or fiction about a woman who changed history.


  • Be creative a make a board game about women who revolutionized science, politics, or arts! Who knows, it could be the next big thing.


Do you have any other ideas on how to celebrate? We’d love to hear from you!



5 Spring Break Getaway Ideas

Spring break is just around the corner. No, really, it is!

If you have been busy trying to finish your last quarter as strong as you can:

First: Great job! Winter quarter is the worst and if you have enough stamina to push it to the end, kudos to you!

Second: You probably had zero time to plan Spring Break.

If you planned a Spring Break elaborately already, share these 10 Spring Break Getaway Ideas with your friends!

1) Roadtrip!

Have you always wanted to see the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore? Why not go to those specifically and plan your own roadtrip!

Furkot has planned roadtrips and times specifically designed already or you can create your own.

Have enough time to go around the country? Check out the perfect road trip according to science. It takes you to all 48 states and their landmarks.

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Flickr: abhisawa

3) Go Play in the Snow!

Who said Spring Break has to be about warm weather? Chill by the fireplace at Stevens Pass and enjoy snowboarding, skiing, or tubing. Nothing sounds better than hot cocoa by the fire with a book in hand after a long day shredding the slopes.

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Credit: FCB Excaliber

4) Leavenworth

This place has serious Bavarian charm. If you wait a little bit, the Ale-fest is on April 22nd. Go explore the festivals, have fun outside, or just eat and drink all day.

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Credit: Trec-Lit

5) Go to Idaho!

Unless you are already in Idaho, check out the outdoor fun to be had there! Including the Brownlee Resevoir.

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Alice Lake by Charles Knowles

Need help getting a group together and explore one of these fantastic places? Check out how to create an Arc on our site to privately invite your friends and plan!

Have an awesome Spring Break!

What’s Happening this Weekend?

Need a break from studying on your campus this weekend? Here’s a list of top events for you!



Friday (Today!)

iHeartWashingtonWine Benefit Concert

  • Location:
  • The ShowBox at the Market
    1426 1st Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101

  • Time:
  • 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

  • Admission:$95
  • Auction of Washington Wines and 106.1 KISS-FM proudly present “iHeartWashingtonWine” a food, wine and concert event benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital and Wine Science research at WSU. iHeartWashingtonWine will feature bites from some of the area’s best local chefs, amazing wines from more than 10 Washington wineries, plus a special live performance by KISS-FM superstar Andy Grammer Featuring Gourmet Bites from These Five Popular Restaurants and Chefs: Vestal Stoneburner and Bastille Hollywood Tavern Blackfish Tulalip Bay Ticket price includes tasting and heavy appetizers Ages 21 & Over Only Please


  • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Manwaring Center 372 A Little Theater
  • Enjoy a night of hilarious fun and laughter at this popular comedy show featuring impromptu comedy by our very own skilled BYU-Idaho comedians.


  • 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Location: HRT 250
  • Don’t miss the biggest concert of the semester featuring BYU-Idaho student bands playing your favorite cover songs in a rock concert setting. The light show adds to the excitement! Dance follows– all for one low price!
  • 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Snow 107 Black Box Theatre
  • Behold the Theatre Department’s improvisational comedy troupe, Comic Frenzy. Witness this team of students tromp the stage and entertain with never-before-seen performances that spring to life based on the suggestions you give! Be part of the most organic creative process this side of childbirth! $1 per show!



Friday (Today!)

First Friday Art Walk

  • March 4, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 AM11:59 PM PST
  • Location: Downtown
  • Come join us and celebrate the exciting, diverse world of the visual arts in Ellensburg. The Ellensburg First Friday Art Walk is a downtown event that showcases art of all forms in galleries and non-traditional spaces in Ellensburg. The First Friday Art Walk is an event to honor the local artist and their work.

Board Game Nights

  • Date: March 4, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM11:00 PM PST
  • Location: Nerdcore Toys
  • Event Description: Nerdcore Toys is hosting Board Game Nights


All You Can Eat Fish & Oyster Feed

  • Date: March 5, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 PM7:00 PM PST
  • Location: Cle Elum Eagles #649
  • Event Description:
    • All you can eat fish & oyster Cle Elum Eagles #649
    • Pick a Pearl / Pearl Dive
    • Fried Oyster, Breaded Cod, Tater Tots, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw & Texas Toast
    • Free Oyster guaranteed to contain a pearl.



  • Date: March 6, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 AM11:00 AM PST
  • Location: Cle Elum Eagles
  • Event Description: Breakfast & Joker Poker



Friday (Tonight!)

  • Campus locationSocial Work / Speech & Hearing Sciences Building (SWS)
  • Campus room: School of Social Work Gallery — First Floor
  • Friday, Mar 4, 2016,
  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • In keeping with its mission to create and improve post-secondary education programs inside prisons, Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education or HOPE developed I Cry Out: Reclaiming Identities Behind Bars—an exhibit on display at the UW School of Social Work Gallery (first floor) from Feb.,16 to June 1, 2016. The poems, letters and visual art created by the prisoners for this exhibit illustrate the humanity and spirit for renewal of each incarcerated participant. The multi-media exhibit allows us to gain insight into what life is like behind bars and how it is altered with access to education.


  • Friday, Mar 4, 2016 & Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
  • 8 – 9:30 p.m. PST
  • Campus location: Meany Hall (MNY)
  • Founded in 2013 under the artistic direction of Osnel Delgado, MalPaso Dance Company expresses the passion and uncertainties that define Cuban life and are embodied in the country’s rich dance tradition.  Touring the U.S. for the first time, the company exhibits its trademark fresh contemporary spirit in a program featuring 24 Hours and a Dog, a new contemporary dance piece by Delgado set to music by Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, who will perform live with members of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Also on the program is a new work yet to be announced.



  • Sunday, Mar 6, 2016
  • 7:30 p.m. PST
  • Campus location: Meany Hall (MNY)
  • Newly appointed faculty artist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (cello), artist-in-residence Cristina Valdés (piano) and associate professor Melia Watras (viola) are joined by Pacific Northwest Ballet Concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim (violin) in an evening of high-voltage chamber music, including works by Haydn, Kodály, and Dvorák.

Don’t see an event for you? Check out our event calendar!



How to relieve stress by decluttering

The worst thing is to come home and see this:

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After a long day at school or work, you just want to relax. But to relax you need a nice, serene place to collect yourself. That place may be at your keyboard.


Credit: Wikimedia

But if there is clutter on the one thing you go to in order to relax, it’s time to de-clutter your living space.

I know, I know. Housework is the last thing on your mind.

You probably have 5 papers to write and 2 presentations to prepare for before next Monday.

However, getting your living space organized helps block the flow of energy that you need to succeed in your day to day tasks.

Here are 5 easy ways to de-clutter your space a little at a time. Perfect for those who just don’t have time for it.

Continue reading How to relieve stress by decluttering