Cascade Bicycle Club and Partner Organizations In Business Bike Summit

Cascade Bicycle Club and Nintendo, in partnership with King County Metro, City of Bellevue, City of Renton, City of Kirkland, City of Redmond, City of Issaquah, Choose Your Way Bellevue, Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association, and REI, will kick off the 4th annual Business Bike Summit on Friday, September 21 at Nintendo of America’s Redmond campus between 1 – 5 p.m.

Cascade Bicycle Club and Partner Organizations In Business Bike Summit

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Richard Smith, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, says “We are thrilled to co-host the Business Bike Summit on the Eastside. It’s clear that businesses see healthier, happier employees when they invest in bicycling. It’s a smart move – from improving productivity and building a fun, inclusive company culture to reducing healthcare costs and building employee retention, we can see that bikes are good for business.”

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Drone of Eastside Rescue’s Inaugural Flight

The Medic One Foundation will present a newly donated tactical drone to Eastside Fire & Rescue to assist first responders in the growing number of backcountry and waterway medical emergencies on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Eastside Fire & Rescue North Bend Station.Funding for the drone was made possible by Foundation donor Barbara Hamer and her family.

Drone of Eastside Rescue’s Inaugural Flight


“We are grateful to Barbara, her family and the Medic One Foundation for this generous donation,” said Rich Burke, Deputy Chief, Eastside Fire & Rescue. “The drone will allow us to better respond to search and rescue operations, natural disasters, structural fires and more.”

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Snowflake Lane to Features More Cast!

Snowflake Lane Producer, Greg Thompson, will be taking advantage of last season’s new expanded parade route on Bellevue Way this holiday season by featuring the Snowflake Lane Drummers, Dancers and Color Guard to a much greater degree than in the previous 13 years of the holiday event.

Snowflake Lane to Features More Cast!Snowflake Lane

The nearly mile long loop from NE 4th St. to NE 8th St. will featuring 16 colorful holiday floats and over 250 performers during the 32 days this season.

Thompson plans to put the 50 drummers in the parade itself, allowing them to perform “up close and personal” with the crowds on the sidewalks and will alternate the 50 dancing Jingle Belles with the 42 Snow Flurries Color Guard down the center of NE 8th St. giving them plenty of room to ring in the holidays.
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Organics Unlimited Celebrating GROW Month

Organics Unlimited, San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, will celebrate its 13th annual GROW Month throughout the month of September.

Organics Unlimited Celebrating GROW Month Organics Unlimited

The GROW Month celebration raises awareness of GROW’s social responsibility programs. These programs promote sustainability, education and health care to underserved communities in banana growing regions of Mexico and Ecuador through the sale of organic bananas.

Since 2005, through retailer and distributor support, GROW organic banana purchases have provided more than $2 million in aid. A percentage derived from the purchase of each box of GROW organic bananas is earmarked for the GROW fund. These funds are used for youth educational programs, health clinics and dental and vision care in Mexico, clean water and early childhood education programs in Ecuador, disaster relief and environmental initiatives.

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Fusion of Traditional Media and Modern Technologies at Maker Faire San Diego

Fusion of Traditional Media and Modern Technologies at Maker Faire San Diego. The San Diego Art Institute brings groundbreaking art to Maker Faire San Diego, October 6-7. Distinctive programming for the weekend event will include artist lectures and interactive art activities inspired by the exhibition Beyond the Age of Reason. This exhibit features artists who use traditional media and modern technologies to contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture.

FusionFusion of Traditional Media and Modern Technologies at Maker Faire San Diego

Beyond the Age of Reason features artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture. Using materials and principles of design that place them firmly in the world of contemporary art, this show incorporates both traditional media and modern technologies.
This exhibition is multicultural and addresses many faiths, as seen through the filter of artists who pose questions, make comparisons, find commonalities, challenge customs and encourage discussion. Some viewers may find parts of these works irreverent, but the presence of religious iconography in contemporary art indicates that questions of faith are still relevant. Throughout history, artists and their images have played an integral part in shaping religion and religious leaders have found power in pictures, often commissioning artists to create works to validate or nullify beliefs. Beyond the Age of Reason acknowledges these historical underpinnings of faith-based iconography as the exhibition’s individual artists put this iconography through its full range of plastic possibilities.


The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today the five artists selected as finalists for this year’s Betty Bowen Award: Natalie Ball, Amy Bernstein, Bruce Burris, Deborah Lawrence, and George Rodriguez. The juried award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The award was founded in 1977 to honor the legacy of Betty Bowen (1918–1977), who was an avid champion of artists in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by Bowen’s friends, the award is administered by SAM.

The Betty Bowen Committee—comprising Northwest curators, collectors, and artists—reviewed 461 applications from visual artists residing in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. One of this year’s finalists will receive an unrestricted cash award in the amount of $15,000 and will have their work displayed at the Seattle Art Museum. At the discretion of the committee, up to two Special Recognition Awards of $2,500 may be granted.

Last year’s winner was Jono Vaughan, whose work memorializes transgender individuals whose lives were cut short by violence. Her solo exhibition (April 21–August 5, 2018) featured her ongoing series Project 42, in which she creates handmade garments that are then worn in collaborative public performances.

The winner of the 40th Annual Betty Bowen Award will be announced in September 2018. The award will be formally presented in a free and open to the public celebration at the Seattle Art Museum on November 8, 2018. The winner’s solo exhibition will be on view at SAM in spring 2019.


Natalie Ball – Chiloquin, OR


Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but has since relocated to her ancestral homelands of Chiloquin. As a multidisciplinary artist, Ball positions her work as a reorientation of conversations that shape Native American identities. Through figurative sculpture and assemblage, Ball makes installations that deconstruct dominant narratives to create new texts, new histories, and new manifestations that add to the discussion of a complex racial narrative.

Amy Bernstein – Portland, OR


Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Amy Bernstein is an artist and writer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Bernstein’s abstract paintings encourage the viewer to reposition themselves in relation to who they are, what they see, and where the body exists in time and space. The works vacillate between the histories of philosophies, art, and design, searching for the space in which we will discover new vision and thus new thinking.

Bruce Burris – Corvallis, OR

Bruce Burris has worked at the intersection of art and cultural equity for marginalized groups for over 35 years. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Burris has served as founder, director, or owner of a number of agencies and programs in Kentucky and Oregon noted for creating innovative supports that enable people to assume roles of significance in their communities. Burris’ current work of collage and found objects stems from observations of class and philosophical divides between those who are proponents of dying industries, including coal and logging, and those who are adamant that these industries must adapt.

Deborah Lawrence – Seattle, WA


Deborah Faye Lawrence uses the medium of collage to analyze, categorize, and make meaning. She boldly reports and comments on social, historical, and current events through the process of cutting, manipulating, and composing found information. Her appropriation and re-contextualization of found images, including maps and flags, points to a tradition of politically engaged collage, while satirically and incisively addressing contemporary concerns.

George Rodriguez – Seattle, WA


George Rodriguez was born in El Paso, Texas and currently lives and works in Seattle. As a sculptor, his large-scale ceramics are a celebration of the individual against the backdrop of community and the modern world against the backdrop of the ancient. Through the creation of guardian figures, tomb sculptures, and shrines, Rodriguez depicts his community current and forthcoming. His most recent works explore themes of protection, inclusion, and sanctity using the Chinese Zodiac as framework.

Gary Glant (Chair), Mark Calderon, Mike Hess, Denzil Hurley, Sonal Khullar, Isaac Layman, Mark Levine, Catharina Manchanda, Llewelyn Pritchard, Greg Robinson, Norie Sato, Bill True, Maggie Walker, Dan Webb, and Merrill Wright.

Primrose 's New School Hosts Grand Opening

Two local entrepreneurs are making a big investment in the community that will impact generations of children and families. With the opening of the new Primrose School West Bellevue, local Franchise Owners Shannon and Erik Peterson are bringing 40 new jobs to Bellevue and investing more than $4.25 million in project costs into the local economy.

New Primrose School Of West Bellevue Hosts Grand OpeningPrimrose

The school, which officially opened to students on Monday, Aug. 6, will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the event, local parents and children will have the opportunity to tour the 14,400-square-foot school and take part in family-friendly activities, including face painting, a scavenger hunt, a photo booth, children’s arts and crafts and a visit from Primrose Friend Percy® the Rooster. Refreshments will be provided, and raffles will be held throughout the event for gift baskets and Seattle Sounders FC tickets. A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the Bellevue Downtown Association will be held at 10 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the school.
“From the moment we first stepped inside a Primrose school, we wanted to bring the Primrose Experience® to parents and children in the Bellevue area,” said Shannon Peterson, Franchise Owner of Primrose School of West Bellevue. “The environment, the people and the Balanced Learning® approach met every desire we had for our own child’s early education. We knew we could help parents raise their children to meet their full potential in life, and with our new school we’re starting right here with the families of West Bellevue.”
School Features
Primrose School of West Bellevue features 13 classrooms and three secure, age-appropriate playgrounds. Through school programs for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, the school is poised to serve more than 200 local children and their families. The two-story school was converted from a former conference center and is conveniently located in beautiful Bellefield Office Park. Considering its location just seconds from downtown Bellevue, the school building is uniquely set against a backdrop of natural greenery. With the abundance of windows throughout the building, students in every classroom of the school are treated to plentiful amounts of natural light and wonderful views of their surroundings.
Balanced Learning® Approach
The school offers the Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning approach, which blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion in children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Additionally, the new school features the Primrose Schools Safe School Plan, which outlines comprehensive safety measures taken throughout the school in addition to providing instructions for teachers and staff on how to manage potential emergency situations.
Primrose School of West Bellevue is located at 1150 114th Ave. SE, Bellevue, Washington 98004. To inquire about enrollment, please call (425) 315-7305 or visit

Got Travel? GBTA – Global Business Travel Association Convenes in San Diego

GBTA Convention 2018 Exhibitor Profiles

GBTA Convention 2018 San DiegoThe GBTA Global Business Travel Association Convention takes place 11 – 15 August, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center in America’s Finest City.  Bellevue Business Journal Publisher Joe Kennedy will be onsite for much of the event, so check back here to find out about all the big new announcements made at GBTA in San Diego.
Here are some of the fantastic exhibitors attending the GBTA convention:

Green Flash Brewing Co. 8th Annual Treasure Chest Program

Green Flash Brewing Co. announced plans for its 8th Annual “Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest,” a rare-beer and food pairing festival taking place on Sunday, Sept. 30 at its brewery and tasting room in San Diego. Treasure Chest is an annual event to raise money for breast cancer charities. This year, Green Flash will donate proceeds from the Treasure Chest program to Susan G. Komen San Diego to help fight breast cancer. Treasure Chest event tickets are available at

Green Flash BrewingGreen Flash Brewing Co. 8th Annual Treasure Chest Program

“We are thrilled to see the Treasure Chest program grow every year,” exclaims Dave Adams, vice president of hospitality. “Thanks to the support of our consumers, we are proud to have raised over a quarter of a million dollars to date through our partnerships with Komen and other breast cancer charities. I am hopeful our efforts will continue to build momentum as we strive toward making a difference in the lives of individuals affected by breast cancer.”

This popular event has drawn upwards of 1,000 attendees in past years and will feature some of the rarest Green Flash and Alpine beer available, specialty one-off beers, food pairings from local chefs, live culinary demos, music, activities and more. Full festival tickets include unlimited beer tastings, limited food tastings, a commemorative glass and a fun festival experience. Green Flash is also offering a food-only and designated driver ticket, and welcomes children under the age of 12 accompanied by parents.

Evox Images Promoted Gina Callari as New COO

EVOX Images, known for 25 years of innovation in automotive imagery with the most comprehensive offering of automotive content, and its sister-company RelayCars, on August 7,2018 announced the promotion of key team member Gina Callari to Chief Operating Officer.


Callari joined the EVOX team in 2014 and has been with RelayCars since its inception. She brings more than 20 years of automotive operations experience to her role and was previously Vice President of Operations of both companies.

“As COO, Callari will be at the helm as the company evolves its RelayCars® business as a sister company of EVOX Images.” Stated David Falstrup, Chief Executive Officer, EVOX Images. RelayCars offers a suite of automotive augmented and virtual reality applications addressing both consumer and business needs.

The brand’s consumer app is the non-gaming, automotive virtual reality experience that puts buyers right in the driver’s seat of vehicles through the most expansive and high-quality VR automotive library on the market. The company also has a B2B suite of applications, known as RelayCars Pro™, which includes a host of features to aid in dealers and OEM product managers with the selling process, product design, training and more. Sister-company, EVOX Images, provides state-of-the-art imagery, giving users the opportunity to explore the interior and exterior of thousands of different vehicles via smart phone, tablet or VR headset.

“We are very excited about Gina’s recent appointment as Chief Operating Officer,” said David Falstrup. “We have a strong belief she will accomplish the mission of moving both EVOX Images and RelayCars forward by getting closer to our customer base and understanding their needs. We have confidence that Gina will successfully bring to the market the range of new and exciting products we have spent years developing.”