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Maple Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden, Oct. 3-13


Bring your cameras and capture the breathtaking sight of Japanese maple trees ablaze in fall color at the annual Maple Festival, Oct. 3 – 13, at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

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To celebrate the start of this popular festival, and as part of Free First Thursday on Thursday, Oct. 3, the Seattle Japanese Garden will host the opening reception for a watercolor collection by a group of artists from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Dementia-Friendly Recreation program. The opening reception will run from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Tateuchi Community Room on Oct. 3 and the exhibit will be on display through the end of Oct. On Free First Thursdays, admission to the garden is free after 1 p.m.

The Maple Festival is a family-friendly event features nature-inspired art, maple tree scavenger hunts for the kids, live performances and other cultural activities. Self-guided Maple Tour Brochures will be available on most days. See full event schedule here.

The event is free with garden admission, no advance tickets necessary. Garden admission prices: Adults, $8; City of Seattle residents with ID, $6; Youth 6 -17, students with ID, and seniors 65 and over, $4. Children 5 and under are free. Family and Individual memberships are accepted at this event. On the First Thursdays of the month, admission is free for all visitors from 1 p.m. until closing.

Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E. The hours in October are Monday, noon – 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. For more information, visit


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Oktoberfest at Two Doors Down & The BottleNeck Lounge


The temperature is dropping, the rain is falling, and the beer is flowing — Oktoberfest is upon us! Dust off your dirndl and locate the lederhosen because our celebration features something for everyone: pretzel knots for the kids, German-style biers on draft, the debut of the Munchen Burger (think pretzel bun), and of course, plenty of our house-made beer cheese sauce on anything and everything.

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Two Doors Down opens at 11 am daily and The BottleNeck joins the fray at 4 PM — both bars will be featuring a Bavarian Happy Hour on German-style beers from 4–8 on Saturday. And yes, we'll be showing the Hawks game at Two Doors Sunday at 1 pm!

Saturday 9/28 and Sunday 9/29

The Bottleneck Lounge
2328 E. Madison St

Two Doors Down
2332 E Madison St.

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Pets of Madison Valley


Here are this month’s furry friends visiting All the Best Pet Care on E Madison St.

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Briar waits for a treat.

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Penelope waves hello.

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Zaha checks out the treat options behind the counter.

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Ranger sits pretty for the camera.

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Zero looking very interested in a treat.

Bring your pup in for a treat!

All the Best Pet Care
2713 E Madison, Seattle, WA 98112


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Sign Up for Fall Lessons at The Music Factory


Fall 2019 is here, and The Music Factory’s annual “fall rush” of new students upon us!

We want to make sure that our returning, current, & past students get the time slots that are most convenient for their schedules. And to accomplish that, we have just added more teachers to handle weekend and day times!

To ensure that you (or your child) receive the widest variety of scheduling options, fill out the sign up form on our website, call us at 206-420-3896, or email direct at [email protected] and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you (or your child) are provided with the schedule that best suits your needs.

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The Music Factory in Madison Valley is offering lessons in guitar, piano, bass, voice and most wind and string instruments.

The Music Factory


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Fall Art Show at Baas Framing Studio


We’re thrilled to present the latest work by gallery favorite Ellen Rutledge! Ellen is a talented print artist who creates intricate etchings enhanced with collage and hand-coloring. Her work evokes times gone by, with vintage patterned papers and imagery drawn from childhood and the domestic sphere.

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Promenade, etching with collage

More work by Ellen Rutledge.

Also on view: collage by Heidi Randall
Heidi creates intricate portraits of birds using vintage wallpaper remnants and samples. These charming works reward close examination.

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Peking Ducks, collage on board

The show opens this Thursday, 9/12.

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 12 from 5 to 8 pm. Join the artists for an evening of great art, fun company and yummy snacks!

Baas Framing Studio
2703 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
[email protected]


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