Giving Back to Your Community

Volunteering is a big part of the culture in the Puget Sound region. Whether your interests or experience are in the arts, senior care, child care, environment, health care, human services, parks, education, homelessness, food banks, animal welfare, etc., there are opportunities to donate your time, knowledge and experience. The work of volunteers often goes unseen but is never unappreciated by the organizations and individuals that benefit from the valuable volunteer time and skills donated.

If you have a background or simply a passion for the arts, craft and design, look no further than our own  BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM and become a museum docent. As a volunteer museum guide you’re an essential link between the public and the museum engaging visitors of all ages, conducting tours, performing gallery duty and assisting in education programs. Its a great opportunity to connect with others who share your passion and you’ll benefit from continuing education about art, craft and design and have the opportunity to attend art tours to local artists’studios and collector’s homes, visit exhibitions with curators and participate in book and movie clubs.

Interested or want to know more? Contact the Bellevue Arts Museum Education Curator    at eileenh@bellevuearts.org or call 425-519-0793. Information sessions are scheduled for May 6th and June 3rd. Visit http://www.bellevuearts.org/get_involved/docent.html.

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New Townhomes in Downtown Bellevue

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Its been over seven years since new construction townhomes have been available in downtown Bellevue. Scheduled for completion early this summer, the Metric Townhomes, located just south of Main Street on 107th Avenue SE, will offer 23 townhome residences with easy walk-ability to the city’s workplaces, shopping, dining, amenities and services.

Homes are generous in size ranging from approximately 1,500 to 2,100 square feet with two and three bedroom floor plans, two car garages and rooftop decks. With so little inventory available downtown, new construction or resale, these homes should be a welcome addition for condo or single family buyers.

Contact me if you’d like to know more about this community or other available condos and townhomes. I’ve specialized in condos for over two decades and live downtown – it always helps to know what’s happening, and what’s about to happen, in your neighborhood.

Senior Property Tax Exemptions

house on moneyDid you know . . . if you’re 61 or older, you (or someone you know) may be eligible for reduced property taxes. To be eligible for the senior exemption, income alone is taken into account, not assets such as home equity. Qualifications include:

  • 61 years or older, or retired due to a disability or a veteran with a service-connected disability
  • own a primary residence in Washington
  • total household income of $40,000 or less

There are likely thousands of seniors in King County who might be eligible and really need this exemption but are not taking advantage of it. Census data shows close to 40,000 homeowners in the county may meet the requirement for the senior exemption but less than 15,000 are enrolled in the program.

For more information contact the King County Assessor’s Office at 206-296-3920 or www.kingcounty.gov

 

 

Food Truck “gone to the dogs”

chow-down-bellevueLast year’s food truck round-up in Bellevue was a big success. Hopefully this event is on the calendar of summer events again this year. Would love to have the Seattle Barkery food truck “Buster” make a visit to the eastside this summer. Seattle Barkery is a dog food truck selling mostly organic canine treats made fresh daily using human grade food. The truck regularly visits local Seattle dog parks, dog friendly breweries, events and farmers markets. Favorite menu items include the “Bacon Pupcake”, “Mini Cheezy Donuts”and “Doggie Ice-cream Sundae”. Coffee and a limited selection of treats are also on the menu for the humans at the other end of the leash.
Visit http://www.theseattlebarkery.com for Seattle Barkery’s calendar of events