HANDLE Practitioner Celebrates Anniversary
May 2016

Certified HANDLE® practitioner Peg Simon is celebrating the sixth anniversary of the opening of her Montlake Terrace office, after having worked with children and adults with learning, attention, and behavior challenges using the HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency) approach for the last 12 years.  According to Simon, HANDLE combines an understanding of neuroplasticity and the interplay among mind, body and environment to help the brain gently change itself. As well as evaluating brain processing, the approach looks at anxiety, sensory issues, vulnerability, and nutrition, and how all systems work together. The disorders addressed include ASD, ADHD, sensory integration challenges, dyslexia and other learning disorders. “One of the things that I really love about this work is that working together, the family and I can bring the stress levels down for everyone in the family, so that the genuine strengths and qualities of each person can shine,” Simon says. “We are all so much more than just our output: how we do at school or work, for example. Although we need to be able to succeed at these parts of life, we should always remember to value the qualities and feelings and joyous parts of our lives that make up the whole unique individual that we are. HANDLE can help a person to be able to do the tasks they need to do so much easier, with less stress, so that there’s room in their life for everything else they may want to do and be,” Simon finishes. “And I think that’s huge!

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New Adventure Tour Company Launches
May 2016

Together with members of the public, Stephanie Fernandez of Skagit Guided Adventures celebrated the founding of her business with a ribbon cutting and short guided walk to view wildlife and wildflowers on May 25. The company is a small, owner-operated, eco tour company based in Anacortes. Fernandez will offer small group nature tours and guided day hikes around Skagit County, Mt. Baker and the North Cascades. Nature tours include birdwatching as well as viewing wildflowers and tulips. “I’m inviting people to get outdoors to ‘re-wild’ their spirits by connecting with nature,” Fernandez explains. “Along the way, guests will learn about the natural and cultural history, marine and terrestrial habitats, flora and fauna, and ways of life in Northwest Washington.” Keeping tours small allows for a more intimate connection with nature, Fernandez says. “Our small group sizes offer a more personalized service from your adventure guide, plus flexibility to modify the itinerary to accommodate your particular interests, and minimizes your impact on the environment,” she continues. Pick ups can be arranged in advance for a fee from area bed and breakfasts, Amtrak stations and ferry docks, among other locations. Guests are asked to dress appropriately: comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots if hiking, layers and rain gear for hikes, snacks and a water bottle, and to bring their camera and binoculars.

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Second Use Hosts Annual Handmade & Homegrown Market
March 2016

Second Use market

Second Use Building Materials is hosting their second annual Handmade & Homegrown Market on Saturday, April 16 from 10–4 p.m. This free, all ages indoor-outdoor market features the work of over 50 local artists, craftsmen, and plant vendors of all varieties, providing artists an opportunity to sell their work and the public a chance to interact with their community and shop small. There will be a food truck and coffee on site, as well as a storewide sale.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to get your garden growing, snag a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift, or finally make it down to our expansive, treasure-filled store,” says Mary Anne Carter, outreach coordinator for Second Use.  “It has been an incredible experience to watch the markets grow, and our SODO store become a hub for community engagement and cultural exchange,” Carter continues. “This event is ideal for a wide range of people – families looking for a free activity in a unique location, shoppers dedicated to supporting local artists, creatives interested in the work of fellow makers, homeowners who have heard about Second Use but have yet to make it down to the store, and more.”

The event is curated by a team to ensure variety, quality, and opportunity for artists. No two markets are the same, so even if attendees have been to previous events, there will be something new to see every time, Carter explains. Second Use diverts waste from the landfill through salvaging reusable materials from homes and commercial spaces slated for remodel or demolition and selling it to the public at our SODO retail outlet.  Previous markets have included three Handmade Holiday Markets, the Handmade & Homegrown Spring Market, and the Handmade & Reclaimed Fall Market. Each market has been attended by over one thousand guests and continue to grow.

The Handmade & Homegrown Market takes place at Second Use Building Materials, 3223 6th Ave S, Seattle on Saturday, April 16th from 10–4 p.m. Free. For more information: 206-763-6929 or SecondUse.com.

Mighty Energy Solutions Announces Infrared Heating Panel Success
March 2016

Infrared heating panelsThe owners of local green heating company, Mighty Energy Solutions have announced their sales of infrared heating panels tripled last year. Laura and Doug Elfline say they are thrilled that the green, cost-saving heating method is becoming increasingly popular. 

“We created Mighty Energy Solutions as a sister company to our remodeling business, Mighty House Construction, after falling in love with this easy to install, healthy and sustainable heating option,” Laura Elfline says. “It’s exciting to see the demand increase as more homeowners and contractors become aware of infrared radiant ceiling panels.”

The panels are mounted to ceilings and work by emitting infrared rays that heat objects directly, which then release heat back into the room. With no moving parts, they eliminate the circulation of allergens and dust, save space, and heat more effectively and quickly as compared to other heating systems. 

 For more information: MightyEnergy.net or 206-715-0893.

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