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PJ's Paws and Claws
celebrates eight years
PJ's Paws and Claws, a grooming salon for dog and cats in Magnolia Village, is celebrating eight years of business this April.
The month-long celebration features the return of PJ's famous prize wheel. With any $30 retail purchase, customers can spin the wheel and win prizes, including dog and cat toys, gourmet chocolate and other fun gifts.
Visitors can also spin the wheel if they donate $5 or more to the Seattle Animal Shelter's Help the Animals Fund.
Last year the wheel promotion raised almost $400 for HAF, a fund designated to cover medical expenses for shelter pets, according to PJ's founder Patti Howell. The company donates 5 percent of its profits to animal rescue and adoption agencies in King County. For more information visit

CYSO adds two to advisory board
The Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestras ( ) has added Bob Ferguson and Spencer Lehmann to its Advisory Board.
Ferguson is Chair of the King County Council representing North King County and Lehmann is a retired long-term care insurance executive.
"Bob and Spencer both demonstrate a real commitment to kids and music, as well as to the concept that music is the common language of people around the world," said CYSO Executive Director David Endicott. "In a multi-cultural arts community like ours, few other things are more important."
Ferguson and Lehmann join the CYSO Advisory Board chaired by Prof. Gerry Jon Marsh, music director and principal conductor of the Cascade Youth Symphony; Colleen Armstrong, former chief of staff of the Seattle Opera; music educator Scott Barnes; Steve Fissel, bass trombonist of the Seattle Symphony; Dave Hutchinson, Mayor of Lake Forest Park; Ken Noreen, retired music educator; Gerard Schwarz, music director of the Seattle Symphony; and attorney Ken Schubert of the prominent law firm of Garvey Schubert & Barer.

Parks and Recreation announce furloughs, closures in April
Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed on Friday, April 9, and Monday, April 12, for a furlough day. Youth Violence Prevention Initiative sites will furlough on Wednesday, April 7.
City of Seattle employees are taking 10 days off without pay in 2010 to help fill the budget gap. Seattle Parks and Recreation has had to schedule furlough days in a way that it said will least affect customers.

The following facilities and services are closed on Friday, April 9:
Grounds maintenance
Community centers (except child care and late night programs, which will still operate).
Swimming pools
Environmental Learning Centers
Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs, which will still operate)
Business Service Center

The following facilities and services are closed on Monday, April 12:
Administrative offices (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, web management, public outreach, human resources, finance and administration)
Planning and Development Division
Magnuson Park office

The following facilities will operate normally:
Golf courses will operate as usual.
The Seattle Aquarium will assign furloughs individually to ensure that its 24-hour animal care responsibilities are met and that it stays open to the public.

Cute baby contest coming to Swedish
Were you or your baby born at Swedish Medical Center? If so, dust off your photo albums and scan and send in your best baby shots - whether your photographs are from 1910, 1939, 1999 or 2009, Swedish wants to see them.
In honor of its 100th year of nonprofit service, Swedish wants to recognize some of its patients through a search for photos of babies born at any birthing center now part of Swedish Health Services, including Swedish Hospital (Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Cherry Hill), Doctors Hospital, Seattle General Hospital, Ballard General Hospital, Ballard Community Hospital and Providence Seattle Medical Center.
Since opening its doors in 1910, more than 200,000 babies have been born at Swedish Medical Center - in fact more babies are born at Swedish each year than at any other hospital in Washington.
Last year alone, there were more than 7,400 babies born at Swedish's First Hill and Ballard campuses.
Entries for the cutest Swedish baby photo contest will be accepted online from through June 1.
Visit and complete the registration form, then follow the links and instructions to upload up to six photos of you or your baby into one of the six categories:
Craziest hair
Biggest sports fan
My first birthday
Most adorable
I love my pet

Photos must be in .jpeg image format. Only online entries will be accepted. Terms and conditions for participation in this contest apply.
Each contest category will have a grand prize, second prize and third prize winner. Grand prize winners will receive a two-night stay for four people to Great Wolf Lodge and a $300 gift card to spend at the lodge during their stay (approximate retail value of prize is $1,000).
Second place prize winners will receive a $500 Nordstrom gift card and third place winners will receive a $250 gift card.
Winners will be notified on or about June 21.
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