Month: November 2011

Don Quixote – JLS Behind the Scenes Peek

Don Quixote courtsey of the Dutch National Ballet

The Pacific Northwest Ballet is proud to present the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s full-length Don Quixote this February, and they are offering Junior League members a peek behind the scenes! Who wouldn’t want to watch a rehearsal of  “the best version of this classical ballet…a display of exciting and hot-blooded dance?”

Junior League members in all membership categories, please mark your calendars for January 25th and come to the Pacific Northwest Ballet studios for an excerpt of the ballet and see the dancers polish the performance. In addition to watching the rehearsal, you can rotate and take a tour of the costume shop where the excellent tailors are working on costumes for Apollo and Carmina Burana. Please allow 30 minutes for the rehearsal preview and another 30 minutes for the tour of the costumes.

Following the Pacific Northwest Ballet activities, join fellow members for a no-host Happy Hour at Toulouse Petit.

Last year this combo rehearsal and costume shop tour was a big hit and space is filling up fast, so click the link above to visit our website to find the event details and RSVP. We hope you’ll join us in taking advantage of the hospitality and generosity of Pacific Northwest Ballet. See you in January!


Jingle Bell-evue Bldv – Come Join Us

Jingle Bell-evue Blvd

This December, Junior League of Seattle is hosting a craft and art project for children at Bellevue Art Museum. Stop by on your way to Snowflake Lane and experience this unique event full of family fun with f estive art ‘n craft project.

Jingle Bell-evue Bldv will be open every Sunday in December until Christmas, so come by on the 4, 11 or 18 from 4 – 7 pm to make arts ‘n crafts projects and enjoy all the following:

  • Private performances from the toy soldier drum line and local youth musicians
  • Hot cocoa, cider and coffee bar
  • Photo booth
  • Craft Stations
  • Face painting
  • Special Celebrity Guests
  • Raffle
  • Gift wrapping station

For more information, contact

Thanks to our corporate sponsor for help us bring this project to the public!

Shops at the Bravern

Bachelor Auction Preview – Check Out These Great Guys!

We have a great group of eligible bachelors lined up for your bidding pleasure on November 30th.  The following three gentlemen are a sneak preview for what the Inaugural Junior League of Seattle Winter Wonderland Bachelor Auction will offer:

Marcus, 33  – If you buy wine based only on its label design, this 33-year-old Seattle native will help you make more educated purchasing decisions.  Marcus is a winemaker in Woodinville who also loves to cook.  When not creating delicious grape libations, he enjoys taking advantage of the outdoors by hiking, skiing and boating.  His ideal date would include dinner at a new area restaurant.


Roger, 30 -You might recognize this bachelor from his slick moves at Century Link.  When he’s not battling defenders on the soccer field, you can find this Seattle Sounder at local coffee shops, coaching youth soccer and practicing yoga.  At thirty, flirty and thriving, Roger is always up for a good time and his ideal date would be a stroll on Capitol Hill including stops at Elliott Bay Books and Victrola.

Ryan, 25 – An architectural designer/woodworker who recently learned to sail, this bachelor could literally build you a bridge and then sail under it with you.  A recent transplant to Seattle from California, Ryan enjoys playing softball, surfing and snowboarding in his spare time.  His ideal date would be wine tasting on Bainbridge Island.


Event Details:
Wednesday, November 30th
Capitol Hill’s Sole Repair Shop
1001 East Pike Street
6:30pm – 10:30pm

The event will provide single attendees the opportunity to bid on dates with a bevy of eligible bachelors and will also feature silent auction/raffle items for those already attached.

Tickets: Tickets are sold out.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email No tickets will be sold at the door.

JLS Volunteers – Help Out Treehouse

The King 5 Wonderland Holiday Carousel in Westlake Plaza will benefit Treehouse again this year!  Join us for a volunteer shift at the carousel and greet riders, collect donations and sell tickets. We are in great need of volunteers this Sunday November 27th through December 1st.  If you are available, sign up online at With questions or to sign up a group of 6 or more, email Amy at

Although this opportunity would not count for a Junior League of Seattle service shift, we hope that our dedicated members with some free time will step up to help out one of our Community Partners.

Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award nominations


The Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Community Service Award honors an Active or Sustaining Junior League of Seattle member who has enriched the lives of individuals and the community through extraordinary volunteer service. Winners of this award exhibit exemplary ability to lead organizations and projects, lead others, and lead the self. Nominations for this award are now being accepted. Please click on the following link to access the nomination form and to learn more about the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Community Service Award. (A link to the nomination form is located halfway down the webpage.)

Nominations are due by December 31, 2011. Please submit your completed nomination form to .

Cookbook Extravaganza of Culinary Eye Candy

Celebrate the Rain

Be sure to stop by the Cookbook Committee table at the December General Meeting. Not only will Simply Classic, Seattle Classic and Celebrate the Rain be available for sale, but we will also have cookbooks from Junior Leagues across the country.

Here is a “taste” of the gourmet award winners that you will be able to take home: Knoxville’s Dining in the Smokey Mountains, Collin County, TX takes you from Lone Star to Five Star, Hampton Roads, VA My Mama Made That, Clearwater-Dunedin, FL From Grouper to Grits, Pine Bluff, AR delivers Southern Accent: A Second Helping, Eugene, OR is Cooking from the Coast to the Cascades, Raleigh, NC is happy to say You’re Invited Back, and back by popular demand, Houston brings us together with Peace Meals and Stop and Smell the Rosemary.

For the budding cooks in your family, we have Junior Leagues in the Kitchen with Kids. There’s always a possibility for a surprise addition or two. So ladies, be sure and pick up your books early in the evening. Many sold out last year as soon as the boxes were opened.

Peace Meals is on sale for $30.00; all other books are $20.00. These books make great gifts. Don’t miss this opportunity to add a new book or two to your cookbook collection.

Fundraising Obligation Changes


The online vote to amend the Active Fundraising Obligation passed membership vote.

When does this change take effect?
Immediately and it will be retroactive to encompass the entire 2011-2012 JLS Year

What does this mean to me?
You will have more flexibility to fulfill your financial obligations as a member. Previously, Actives were required to fulfill a $150 Premier Event Donation. Instead, you can now “mix and match” your fundraising efforts by participating in approved fundraising activities of your choice. Each Active must earn six (6) approved $25 fundraising credits per JLS year, totaling $150. Please note, all Actives are still obligated to contribute to the Annual Campaign.

So, what counts now?

  • Annual Campaign contributions (one credit per $25 donated, beyond the $1.00 minimum)
  • Ticket purchases to Pilot Projects events (credits determined and communicated per event)
  • Cookbook or Art of Discovery book sales (one credit per book)
  • Premier Event ticket purchases (six credits for a classic ticket)
  • Premier Event procurement (one credit per $25 in value – online Procurement form must still be completed)
  • Other Fundraising Event ticket purchases (as approved and communicated per event)

That sounds great, but how will this be tracked?
We have set up a tracking system on the JLS website which will be similar to the service shift tracker. This will show up on your member homepage alongside the rest of your Member Obligation Tracker information.

Please contact Courtney Laguio

Junior League of Seattle and Seattle Tilth

JLS Volunteers at Seattle Tilth's Demonstration Garden.

In an effort to heighten awareness towards combating childhood obesity, the Seattle Junior League partnered Seattle Tilth at their Good Shepherd Garden in Wallingford on a blustery fall afternoon.  Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.  They teach adults and kids how to grow food, compost, garden organically, raise urban livestock, and conserve natural resources.   Their vision is to transform the NW region into the organic gardening capital of the world.  Their philosophy is simple – teach the children about healthy eating and lifestyles so they can pass on what they learned to mom and dad at home.

During the service shift, Junior League members were able to compost leaves, scatter mulch, harvest lavender, fortify worm habitats, and help put the gardens “to bed for winter” at Seattle Tilth’s the adult learning center.  Members got to bring their children and were excited to be able to partake in a variety of activities.  Since most that attended were true gardeners at heart, all were thrilled at the educational lecture on composting we received by an industry expert.  As an added bonus, we were all invited to take home bouquets of fresh lavender.

Check out photos of the event on Facebook!

Jingle Bell-evue Blvd

Jingle Bell-evue Blvd

This December, Junior League of Seattle is hosting a craft and art project for children in the Seattle/Bellevue area. Stop by on your way to Snowflake Lane and experience this one of a kind event. The festive projects encourage creativity and artistic development. Visit Bellevue  Arts Museum December 4th, 11th and 18th for these events and more including:

  • Private performances from the toy soldier drum line
  • Hot cocoa, cider and snack bar
  • Photo booth
  • Craft Stations
  • Face painting
  • Special Celebrity Guests

For more information, contact