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Bicycle Diaries: Gearing Up For Urban Commuting

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Roddy Scheer

Check out REI bike guru Julia Trippel's urban=commute-ready rig and why she loves it...


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Bake Sale Averted: Coca-Cola's Big Donation Funds the Seattle Fireworks

Seattle fireworks
We'll see this again this year

A $25,000 donation by Coca-Cola has just closed the gap on funding Seattle's annual 4th of July fireworks display ("Family 4th at Lake Union"), proving for the second year in a row that the show can go on without a major title sponsor (so, no, it won't be called the "Coke Family 4th").

Organizers at One Reel say the party starts at noon at Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way) on Monday, July 4 and features games and entertainment (details TBA). For more info, click here.

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Dream Big: Seattle Mag Wants to Hear Your Big Idea For Improving Seattle

Seattle skyline
You love her; now fix her!

What if you were in charge of Seattle—and had unlimited funds? What one single thing would you do to improve our city?

Your answer can describe a project or idea that corrects a problem, rectifies a missed opportunity or creates an exciting new vision for our city. It can be as realistic (or as unrealistic!) as you’d like. Anything goes here. Your idea may become part of an upcoming story in print or online.

Share your big idea here.

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LISTEN: Seattle Mag's 2011 Summer Mixtape

Seattle magazine arts editor Brangien Davis scoured the local soundscape for a baker's dozen of the best warm-weather songs recently released by Seattle bands of note. Stream the videos here (via YouTube), then support local music by buying the songs from iTunes. Happy Summer!  Read more »

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Free Scoop Alert! Molly Moon's Celebrates Madrona Shop Opening with Free Kids Scoops Today

We all scream for ice cream!

After putting a call out via social media for votes on where the third Molly Moon’s Ice Cream shop should open (and drumming up an impressive amount of neighborhood enthusiasm in the process), Molly Moon Neitzel has decided to open not one but two new shops, one in each of the top vote-getting ‘hoods. Read more »

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Seattle Magazine Snags Five Honors at SPJ's NW Excellence in Journalism Contest

This weekend Seattle mag’s edit team walked away with a major pat on the back from the Society of Professional Journalists. Congrats to Rachel Hart, Brangien Davis, Karen Johnson, Kate Calamusa, John Levesque, Sue Boylan, Allison Austin Scheff, Kristen Russel, Knute Berger, Maria Dolan, Dana Standish and all of the editors and contributors who helped us win the following honors in the magazine category:

General Excellence, 1st Place, Seattle magazine staff

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Grace Kitchen Bringing Comfort Food via a Local Celeb Chef to University Village

Even though he's in real estate now, Billy Poll says he feels like he grew up in the restaurant industry. The longtime Schwartz Bros employee is now one of the owners of the soon-to-open Grace Kitchen at the University Village. Poll told me the opening is slated for August; the restaurant is moving into the old Zao's locale. Read more »

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A Guide to Seattle Pick-up Games, For When You Feel Like Playing

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Kelly Singer
Spontaneous fitness fun!

In this entrepreneurial town, we like to do things on our own time and that includes being active. Whether there’s one last work project that can't wait or The Bachelorette conflicts with your Monday night tennis league, having a weekly team sport commitment just doesn’t always jive with our free-spirit attitude. Perhaps that’s why Seattle has such a lively pick-up sports scene.  From badminton to basketball, here’s your guide to getting sporty on the fly. Read more »

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Fashion Friday: Two new clothing shops, Forbidden Fashion Show + spring cleaning sale at Nube Green

Scout out new Capitol Hill's newest shop

Happy Friday! Since most of us are itching to get up from our desks and out into the sun, here are four shopping and style stops to make while out and about this weekend:

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If You Build It, We Will Come: City Rolls Out Concepts for a Reimagined Seattle Waterfront

Waiting for a ferry--on the lawn!

Imagine a Seattle waterfront composed of terraced parks that change with the tides...ringed by a two-lane bike path...with a stormwater collection system and solar panels and other sustainable energy sources. Walkability is key, and the waterfront is connected to downtown via public spaces, stairways, ramps and promenades. Read more »

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