VIP CINEMA SEATING EXPANDS MANUFACTURING FACILITIES TO 600,000 SQ FT

The world’s largest manufacturer of premium cinema seating, VIP Cinema Seating, has announced yet another major production expansion, the second within a year, which will vastly expand manufacturing capacity while maintaining VIP’s commitment to American-made quality.

Since VIP’s introduction of luxury reclining seating to the theatre industry in 2008, they have completed over 200 projects, amid a dramatically expanding market as theatre owners recognize the value of luxury seating in the cinema-going experience.
Advanced technology and service, along with outstanding comfort, drive VIP success, notes Stephen Simons, VIP CEO. “VIP’s customized solutions allow theatres to provide the exceptional comfort that today’s movie goers demand, in a process that perfectly suits the theatre owner.”
The new expansion involved the acquisition of a fifth manufacturing plant, a 185,000-sq.-ft. facility in New Albany, Mississippi. All together this year, the company has added more than 330,000 square feet of manufacturing space to create a manufacturing operation that spreads out over 600,000 sq. ft.; the VIP manufacturing team currently numbers over 400 people and is located in the U.S.A.
“Our growth comes down to one important factor,” Simons notes. “Unparalleled service and commitment. We provide solutions that are the perfect fit, both for the movie-goer and for the theatre owner. Our team of design, engineering and service professionals approaches each job from every angle to create a truly custom solution that works. And we do it right here in America. We were the first to supply luxury reclining seating when no one else thought it could be done, and we never subscribed to the idea that out-sourcing was the best route for the highest quality. We’re an American company committed to American-made quality.”

AAA Washington hires Harry A. Thomas as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer to Achieve Aggressive Marketing Goals

AAA Washington, the preeminent provider of emergency roadside assistance to more than 1.1 million members in Washington and northern Idaho, is intensifying its strategy to increase membership, grow its travel and insurance businesses and expand its mobile presence. To help accomplish these goals, AAA Washington has chosen entrepreneurial leader Harry Thomas as its new vice president and chief marketing officer to lead its creative, web, public relations, social media, publication and discount teams.

“Harry’s broad experience as a marketing executive in the wireless industry and track record of driving long-term strategic visions fits with AAA’s desire to be more agile on mobile platforms and deliver products and services in new ways,” said Kirk Nelson, AAA Washington’s president and CEO. “We plan to leverage Harry’s experience leading innovative brand building efforts for large- to small-scale businesses to take AAA Washington to the next level with campaigns that reflect who we are today and who we will be in the future.”
Harry A. Thomas joined Bellevue-based AAA Washington as vice president and chief marketing officer on January 11. Thomas is an accomplished marketing leader who specializes in developing highly effective marketing teams and creating strategic marketing initiatives to support, strengthen and grow key business objectives and drive brand differentiation.
Prior to joining AAA Washington, Thomas worked for T-Mobile as the Director of Product Marketing, where he was responsible for the products and messaging that supported their “Un-carrier” positioning, which resulted in them becoming the fastest growing wireless carrier. He also has impressive experience running key marketing campaigns and brand positioning efforts for Verizon, General Mills and Johnson & Johnson, as well as consulting with many small businesses. A couple of highlights from Thomas’ career include: turning around the Bisquick franchise by developing and executing a new marketing plan based on consumer insight and behavior, which increased product usage by 10%; and winning an Effie award for building T-Mobile’s brand recognition to 80% when he managed their U.S. market launch efforts.
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Seattle with his wife and two children.
AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904.  The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its 1.1 million members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public.

Suncadia Continues to See Increased Home Sales Year After Year

Suncadia, Washington state’s four season mountain resort community located 80 miles east of Seattle, ended 2015 with more than $55 million in closed real estate sales.
“Suncadia saw more than 40% of all 2015 sales result from a referral of a friend, family member or business associate by current owners. It is a strong testament to the commitment of our owners,” said Richard Seay, vice president, director of sales and marketing for Suncadia.

“There is a strong community of homeowners here at Suncadia who enjoy just getting away to relax for the weekend, or spending a few weeks at a time to immerse themselves in our mountain retreat culture.”

Since January 2015, Suncadia had 133 real estate transactions for homes, homesites and condominiums ranging in price from $80,000 to $3 million. Sixty-nine homesites, 46 custom homes and 18 condominiums were sold with the average price increasing by nearly 30% from 2014. Suncadia’s median home price is $810,000, compared to the King County’s median price of approximately $448,600 for a single-family home.
“Suncadia has found that their second home market is a direct reflection of the strength of the primary home market in the Puget Sound area,” said Seay. “With the region’s significant growth in the real estate market over the past few years, Suncadia’s housing market is thriving.”
Suncadia will be hosting a monthly Tour of Homes on Sunday, February 14 and March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The public is invited to tour a variety of available properties in Suncadia at this time.
Since properties became available in 2003, 715 homes and condominiums have been completed. Nine distinct Suncadia neighborhoods offer a variety of styles – Suncadia for a resort village experience offering  The Lodge,Rope Rider, Prospector, Black Nugget, Trailhead, Prospector’s Reach, and the exclusive Osprey Ridgecommunities; Nelson Preserve for dramatic views and easy access to the river; and Tumble Creek for a private retreat within a gated enclave of homes.
Suncadia offers homeowners a variety of amenities including: award winning resort golf courses; Prospector, designed by Arnold Palmer and Rope Rider, designed by Jacobsen Hardy; Portals Restaurant; the Suncadia Club Swim & Fitness Center; and Glade Spring Spa. Suncadia is the only resort of its kind to feature a winery within its boundaries, Swiftwater Cellars, which crushes grapes on-site and makes premium Swiftwater Cellars’ wines. In addition, for those that reside in the private Tumble Creek neighborhood, Tumble Creek Club members have access to the private Tom Doak designed golf course, glamorous camping of Sasse Mountain outpost, and their own private Hill House Swim & Fitness Center.
Seasonal activities and events at the property include the Suncadia Summer Nights Outdoor Concerts Series, annual Multi-Sport Festival, and annual Swiftwater Classic golf tournament, Harvest Festival and Winterfest, outdoor concerts at Swiftwater Cellars, miles of hiking and biking trails, winter ice skating and tubing hill, guided fly fishing tours, paddle board rentals and much more.
About Suncadia          
Suncadia has quickly become a recreational playground for Seattleites and travelers across the Pacific Northwest.  Located 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, Suncadia is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a unique combination of activities and amenities that make it an ideal Northwest getaway and resort residential community.

Bellevue College Turns 50 in 2016

Celebrations planned to mark half century of academic excellence
Bellevue, Wash – It all started with fewer than 500 students taking classes in temporary space in 1966. The foundation was strong, though, growing into Bellevue College, a school about 10 miles east of downtown Seattle that is about to celebrate a major milestone.
Bellevue turns 50 years old in 2016.  To mark the half century of education excellence, Bellevue College is planning a year-long celebration that ranges from an informal birthday party on campus Jan. 13 to a birthday festival during Homecoming week and a visit by the Washington State Supreme Court in November.

Other Bellevue College events will be announced throughout the year and will include a Bellevue College Foundation luncheon and 50th Anniversary Gala

“We are excited about celebrating 50 years of excellence on the Eastside and beyond,” said Bellevue College President, Dr. David L. Rule. “We look forward to sharing our story while also celebrating all that our future holds.”
Bellevue College is the third-largest institution of higher education in the state of Washington with an annual enrollment of nearly 33,000.  Students can take advantage of nearly100 professional and technical programs that help them prepare for the jobs of today and opportunities of tomorrow.  This includes careers in business, health care, public safety and technology. Bellevue also offers 10 bachelor’s degrees.
From its humble beginnings, Bellevue has grown into a respected and honored academic institution with global reach. In 2009, the name of the school was changed to Bellevue College to more accurately reflect its evolving identity as a leading academic institution for the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, Bellevue College is calling on local residents, alumni and others who may have photos, stories or other assets that would help document the history of the school.  Materials can be sent to:50th@bellevuecollege.edu
Alumni and friends can keep up-to-date with the 50th anniversary by liking the Bellevue College Facebook page or following Bellevue College on Twitter and Instagram.

£18,000 SPENT AT AUCTION TO HAVE LUNCH WITH CANDY CRUSH FOUNDER

A lunch with business and technology guru Riccardo Zacconi has raised just over £18,000 through an online auction organised by CharityStars.

Zacconi, who founded King Digital Entertainment, the name behind popular mobile games Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch, is supporting Hospital Fatebenefratelli in Milan.


An unnamed Italian came out on top following a closely fought bidding process, which started at €500, and paid €25,500 (51 times the starting bid) for lunch with Zacconi. The lunch is due to take place in the coming months and the auction winner will learn how Zacconi made his fortune and hopefully glean some useful knowledge. Zacconi’s company, King Digital Entertainment, is set to sell for $5 billion, so he certainly knows how to run a successful business.

The money raised from this auction is a phenomenal amount for a small-scale charity in Italy. And this isn’t CharityStars’ only recent success story. In the final two months of 2015, CharityStars raised £1 million for good causes, bringing the total the company has raised since its inception in 2013 to £2.2 million, a figure rising daily.

A big contributor to this figure was Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Galas that took place in the UK and Dubai at the end of 2015. A Picasso original titled ‘Seven studies for a head of a Harlequin’ sold for an incredible £120,000, while a Dali piece sold for £50,000 via CharityStars.

CharityStars is leading the way in high-end fundraising with a variety of celebrities and key figures in the business and tech industries donating their time or personal items to support worthy causes all over the world.

In 2016 CharityStars is hoping to build its total raised to £5 million and is always exploring new ways to help charities needing money, celebrities who want to support charities, and companies who have a desire to give back to society.

The World’s Coolest Startup Event Polar Bear Pitching is Back

Startups compete for €10 000 cash prize and international fame by pitching from a hole in the ice
Oulu, Finland – 
Polar Bear Pitching, the world’s coolest startup event, will be held for the third time from February 10 – 11th, 2016 in the capital of Northern Scandinavia, Oulu, Finland. This year the event has grown from a pitching competition to a two-day Arctic Adventure for startups, investors and media. The goal of the event is to help startups to secure investment and find the right tools to succeed in the global market as well as for investors to grow their portfolios.

Startups around the world are encouraged to apply by sending a short video greeting together with their application. 20 finalists are selected to meet with global investors and media on Wednesday February 10 at the Arctic Race and Media Mingle, and to pitch from the ice hole on Thursday February 11. Application deadline is January 22, 2016.
In addition to the €10 000 cash prize, the winner will receive valuable services and become part of Catapult’s portfolio company and their international Guru Network. Over 60 percent of the startups that have participated in previous Polar Bear Pitching events, have secured the funding they need to run their businesses.
”This year we wanted to bring new tools for the startups to succeed in the global market by organizing the Ice Breaker Day with workshops, matchmaking and training by international mentors such as HB Siegel from Amazon and Jennifer Hicks from Forbes,” comments Christian Sundell, chairman of the Midnight Pitch Fest. ”We will also give the world stage for the startups by live streaming the ice hole pitching competition. To make the event even bigger, we hope to have live stream studios in various startup hubs around the world,” Sundell continues.
Polar Bear Pitching is organized by Midnight Pitch Fest in collaboration with local professionals and organizations. The event has grown into a global phenomenon with worldwide live stream studios around global startup hubs.

Mammoth Resorts Opens Mammoth SKYBOX for Businesses Seeking Growth, Innovation and Inspiration

The Premier Private California Club that Everyone Wants to Join is Now Here

Today’s business leaders prioritize authentic experiences and an active outdoor lifestyle, and Mammoth Resorts has launched a new private premier club created especially to meet those needs: Mammoth SKYBOX. Building on a reputation of excellence within the resort and pro sports industries, Mammoth SKYBOX is ideal for California companies that want to supercharge and grow their business, inspire their teams through extraordinary team building experiences, and engage with other like-minded executives at one of the most luxurious mountain resorts.

With no other corporate club like Mammoth SKYBOX on the market, only 100 businesses are invited to become members.  
Mammoth SKYBOX members will receive lift tickets for unlimited mountain access, luxury transportation, slope-side lodging, and transformational experiences at the mid-mountain SKYBOX clubhouse and restaurant, reachable only by gondola. CEOs and company executives will also be privy to VIP travel and recreational events that can be tailored for each member.
“Companies in Southern and Northern California have a unique way of conducting business and play, and the experiences Mammoth SKYBOX offers align perfectly with business leaders looking to transform the way they operate,” said Rudy DeFelice, head of Mammoth Mountain’s B2B division. ”All of the member benefits are for a new generation of business leaders and workforce that are interested in challenging their minds, bodies, and spirits in everything they do. Mammoth SKYBOX presents the perfect setting and experiences for these professionals seeking the ultimate work-life balance while creating innovation and growth.”
Custom recreation packages aimed at supporting team building, collaboration, and innovation, can include a range of activities including private skiing with world-class athletes, heli-skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, wine tasting, fly-fishing, snowmobiling, or snowcat trekking.
Private residences, luxury suites, non-stop flights, black car service, après parties, and VIP-only access to the mid-mountain clubhouse or restaurants are just a few of the perks that come with the membership. A concierge is also available to members to access for private travel.
“SKYBOX is a once in a lifetime club,” DeFelice added. “Companies looking for extraordinary experiences should apply today.”
ABOUT
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, a Mammoth Resorts property, is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. With 1.3-1.5 million annual skier visits, Mammoth Mountain is the third most frequented ski resort in the United States. With longstanding commitment to athletic excellence and innovative alpine, freestyle and nordic terrain, Mammoth is proud to be an official USSA training facility. The company owns and operates a variety of resort businesses including recreation, hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage and retail. Specific businesses owned and operated by Mammoth Mountain include Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Mammoth Mountain also operates Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge and Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.   

Top 11 Security Threats of 2016

By Alex Cherones, Director of Threat Security Solutions, AT&T
No one can know for sure what the next big cyberattack will be, but experts have some predictions about the biggest potential cyberthreats of 2016.
One of the great challenges of cybersecurity is that there always seems to be a new or growing threat on the horizon. Of course, our job is to offer protection against these cyberattacks.

Through constant, vigilant monitoring of our networks, and those of our customers, we monitor about 100 petabytes of traffic every day. That allows us a certain amount of visibility into where the attacks are coming from and, to a certain extent, where they’re heading. No one can know for sure what the next breaches will entail, but we can make some logical predictions. In watching cybersecurity trends year over year, some of the biggest cyberthreats for 2016 could include:

1. The Cloud
The Cloud is wonderful as a business tool, and personal tools, for that matter. Cloud computing, also referred to as on-demand computing, offers storage solutions, internet-based computing, shared resources and information and a variety of web-based tools and applications. Many businesses are moving their transactions online and to the cloud, along with their critical applications and services. Making the move to the cloud may be good for customers and employees, but it’s also usually good for hackers – clouds can also mean no physical security to overcome. All the new business and data moving to the cloud makes it very attractive to attackers.
But not all clouds are created equal. Debates continue over whether clouds in general are more or less secure than traditional networks; in fact Google and other companies have done away with conventional perimeter defenses in lieu of application-level container security. The fact remains, though, that clouds are growing in use and should be closely watched and monitored.
2. Mobile Devices
A national survey by Consumer Reports found that 34 percent of all smartphone owners don’t lock their phones with passcodes or passwords. That’s a lot of sensitive information – bank account information, contacts, PINS, credit card numbers – that’s up for grabs if a cell phone gets lost or stolen. Malware is also a very real possibility, especially for Android users.  Stolen phones also act as good spear phishing devices for friends and family members.
3. Car Hacking
The Internet of Things (IoT) concept of network devices no longer just includes phones and tablets, but homes, appliances, televisions and automobiles. Connected cars are full of impressive gadgets, such as cameras, built-in GPS, entertainment and informative dashboards that connect to the driver’s phone apps. These vehicles are already on the road, and cybersecurity is already raising concerns – Chrysler recalled 1.4 million cars in July of 2015 for being “hackable.”
4. EMV Chip Cards
The computer chip embedded into MasterCard and Visa credit cards is an added security measure that guards against fraud. It also offers a new target for hackers. The U.S. is a bit late to the game on the EMV credit card chip – implementation here went into effect in October of 2015. Nearly 80 countries around the world who had previously upgraded to the chip have seen the desired reduction in theft and counterfeit cards. Unfortunately, those countries that have internet traffic comparable to the U.S. have seen a sharp uptick in Card Not Present (CNP) fraud that is widely seen in online shopping. In Canada alone, online fraud has nearly doubled since the implementation of EMV cards. There is good reason to suspect the same type of EMV credit card cyberattacks could happen here.
5. Spear Phishing
Phishing is not new. In fact, it’s one of the longest-running and most prevalent online scams. But the attacks are getting more sophisticated and more personalized. One of the latest incarnati
ons is called “spear phishing.” It uses online data to extract personal information to create very personal phishing emails that prove almost irresistible to the victim. The victim opens the phishing email, and then if a link is clicked or personal information is inadvertently revealed, the hacker can do whatever malicious deed he or she wants – unleash malware, create a botnet, steal identities… just a whole host of online badness. Phishing and spear phishing have also become a big problem for businesses, where unsolicited emails can be much more common.
6. Malware/Ransomware
These are also not new threats, but they seem to be increasing in number and sophistication. Malware is a mashup of “malicious software.” It’s transmitted when someone mistakenly downloads malicious code through a phishing email, a malevolent link, a fraudulent download, opens an infected file, disk or flash drive or visits a harmful website. Sometimes the attackers design the malware to operate undetected, fleecing the victim’s private data for weeks or even months before it is noticed.
Ransomware is a type of malware that has reportedly extracted millions from businesses and individuals. The virus locks the screen and encrypts all files, demanding a fee before providing an unlock code allowing the files to be decrypted. “CryptoWall” is a notorious type of ransomware that’s been making news in 2015.
7. Wearable Tech
Wearable technology is already spreading from the Apple watches and FitBits on our wrists to our whole bodies – athletic apparel that records biometrics, baby onesies that report vitals to mom and dad. The applications are moving beyond fitness and parenting as well. Google has announced electricity-conducting yarn that will convert garments into touch screens. UnderArmor has indicated their next wave of smart clothing will offer temperature control. Unfortunately, the more popular that wearable tech becomes, the more vulnerable we are to cyberattacks. The accompanying apps offer vulnerabilities for spear phishing or some other unforeseen threat, as seen previously with the connected cars.
8. Stolen Data for Sale
As we saw after the hacks of Ashley Madison, Sony, Anthem and TalkTalk, it wasn’t just about the security breach. It was also about the marketplace for the stolen data. There is always a craving for information, and we have seen some of it go to the highest bidder. Other pilfered material has been sold off by the page, by the credit report, by the email or by other category. At any rate, it’s likely there will be an even more robust market for hijacked merchandise in 2016.
9. Medical Tech
In August of 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that medical facilities cease use of a certain computerized medicine pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The pump had the potential for an authorized user to control the device remotely and alter the dosage of the medication delivered to the patient. While there were no reports of any hacks into the pumps, the threat sent shockwaves into the medical community whose previous concerns had been limited to health information privacy. Now with devices that actually deliver medicine and other healthcare delivery technology going online – some healthcare facilities already use tablet-controlled robotic physicians to round on patients and interface with medical records – pervasive threats for medical devices could include ransomware or even Stuxnet-type attacks where hackers tap into administrative privilege capabilities and wreak havoc by altering their functions or codes.
 10. Hacktivism
Just days after ISIS attacked civilians in Paris, the hacktivist group Anonymous released a video threatening cyber-retaliation. The best-known hacktivist group, Anonymous has targeted businesses, governments, social organizations  – anyone whose ideology or tactics they oppose. Depending on skill level and resources, any organized group with an ax to grind can attack with distributed denial of service (DDoS) offensives, breach corporate or government networks or find other ways to harm systems. Hacktivists often publicize their attacks or offer warnings (as seen with Anonymous). Cybersecurity firms have begun identifying and tracking known hacktivists more closely, so the frequency of their attacks may decline. But that doesn’t mean their attacks will stop – they may actually become larger, more focused, more strategic and grander in scale.
 11. Government-Sponsored Hacking
In the summer of 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was breached. The personal information of 22 million Americans was hacked. Many victims had security clearance, so the data theft wasn’t just a privacy violation; it was a national security breach. Nation-state criminal espionage is a serious threat to the U.S. government and American businesses with access to sensitive government contracts or related data.

Duncan-Andrade to deliver keynote MLK address at Bellevue College

Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, educator, author and co-founder of the Teaching Excellence Network, will deliver the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote address at Bellevue College on Thursday, Jan. 21.  
Duncan-Andrade’s keynote is part of a weeklong celebration at the college under the theme, “Black Education Matters” and will explore the material conditions that affect urban youth before they even step foot in the

classrooms, what it means to develop educational environments that are relevant and responsive to these conditions and how these educational spaces define success for students and teachers.

Duncan-Andrade is an associate professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and co-founder of the Teaching Excellence Network (www.10teaching.net).  As a classroom teacher in East Oakland for the past 21 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing high levels of social and academic success for students  (www.rosesinconcrete.org). Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world, has written two books, numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools.
The keynote will start at 11:30 a.m., with a Q & A session and reception to follow in the Carlson Theater on the Bellevue College campus, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE. The event is free and open to the public and brought to the community with support from the Bellevue College Office of Equity and Pluralism, Multicultural Services, Disability Resource Center, Student Programs, Events, Carlson Theater Staff, and the Library Media Center. 

Stitches from the Heart: Covenant Shores’ residents donate handmade baby items to those in need

Stitches from the Heart members knit and crochet blankets, baby booties and other items to donate to Neighborhood Care Clinic in Seattle and Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Friend Haynes

Ask any parent and they can tell you: babies require a lot of stuff. In addition to bottles and diapers, there are booties, sweaters and blankets – just to name a few things.  Fortunately for new parents who may struggle in providing basic necessities to their children, there is a group of retirees willing to lend a hand.

Stitches from the Heart, a club comprised of residents at Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, handcrafts one-of-a-kind baby hats, booties, sweaters and blankets for families in need.


Baby items are made throughout the year, and then divided up in September and January and taken to two donation sites: Neighborhood Care Clinic in Seattle and Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah. Last year, club members handmade and donated 706 booties, blankets and other baby items. Since the club began in 2006, more than 2,300 items have been donated to these agencies that care for low-income families.

“The residents at Covenant Shores are very dedicated in their efforts to help individuals in the community who are struggling,” says Bruce Erickson, Executive Director of Covenant Shores. “The Stitches from the Heart club is a long-standing tradition here, and it is a great example of how active our residents are in community outreach.”

Embracing crafters who knit, crochet and quilt, resident Joyce Hedges, 84, started the club when she moved to the senior living community in 2006. It was an activity she has participated in since 2001, and believed like-minded individuals at Covenant Shores would also appreciate.

“It’s a lot of fun and is pleasant to do,” Hedges says. “We don’t all have grandchildren we can knit for anymore, so this is an outlet for what we enjoy doing.”


Hedges says that there are about a dozen dedicated ladies who are extremely qualified in their craft that are active participants in the club, but everyone is willing to help someone new to the knit one, purl two concepts.

“We help each other,” Hedges says. “Most of the work is done at home, and showing up to the meetings isn’t a requirement. When we get together it is to share patterns and ideas and we make a lot of noise and have fun.”

Most of the washable acrylic and nylon yarn used by Stitches from the Heart is donated from family members of knitters who have passed away. It is a generous gift that continues to give, she says.

For more information about Covenant Shores, please visit www.covenantshores.org, or call 877-591-0465.


About Covenant Shores
Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community, is located at 9150 Fortuna Drive, Mercer Island, Wash. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. Covenant Retirement Communities serves 5,000 residents at 12 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information on Covenant Shores, call 877–385-8613 or visit www.covenantshores.org.