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Ten Easy Steps to Get Your Halloween On

Have you noticed the cold tinge in the air? 

That’s not just the temperature dropping, that’s Death slowly taking center stage.  Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, marks the passage of the season–harvest is over, plants are withering, and the leaves, despite their colorful defiance, are dying.  Many cultures have believed in this night when the dead walk the earth, and different practices evolved into the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and trick-or-treating of today.  We can’t keep winter away, but don’t let this day of spooky revelry pass you by.  Start Halloweening!

Here are some ideas:

1)   Take this Zombie Bite quiz.  Then make your friends take it.  This is good for figuring out which friends you really want on your team in case of a zombie apocalypse – which is even more likely to occur on or near Halloween.

2)   Read a ghost story.  “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M.R. James is perfect to read at night, in bed, right before you go to sleep. Check out this list for more recommended ghost stories.

3)   Carve a pumpkin! If you didn’t get a real one, find a pumpkin carving simulator online like this one.  Check your smart phones for similar apps.  Continue reading

Fall Bucket List!

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North Cascades in Autumn…Mt. Baker!

Leaf art:  Check out this book from the library for fun ideas.

Go hiking before it gets cold: Some ideas from Washington Trails Association.

Visit the Arboretum.

Host a pumpkin carving party.

corn maze

Star Wars Corn Maze!

Go to a corn maze.

Listen to some ghost stories.

Have a picnic at a park.

Halloween at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Bonfire with marshmallows.

Chocolate Festival

Go to a school sporting event.

Zombie Run

Drink or make apple cider.

Volunteer/donate to a food bank.autumn

Rollerblade around Greenlake.

Take a picture of a colorful tree & send it to a friend.

Decorate your locker for fall.

Bake something yummy.

Send something to a sibling or friend at college.

Run the Green Lake Gobble.

For a comprehensive list of events, festivals, etc. check out:

–RuthMabel, Greenwood, Teen Blogger

GWD

I Can Fly. You can, too.

Young EaglesRecently I got to do the most amazing thing, fly. The best part is that you can, too! The program is called Young Eagles. For people who are between the ages of eight to seventeen. The first thing I had to do is find a person who was certified to take students of the Young Eagles Program flying. After I found a pilot we scheduled a time to do it.

When I first got there it was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine. The first thing we had to do was a full check – walking around the plane. The plane wasn’t too big, it only fit two people in it.  While we were doing our walk-around we noticed that we were low on gas and would have to fill up before take-off.  Once we finished our walk-around we pulled the plane out of the hanger and got in.  The pilot called ground control to tell them we were taxiing over to the gas station and they told us which runways to use to get there.  When the tank was full, we could finally go flying!

What I was most scared about were the takeoff and landing.  Once we were on the runway at full power I was getting really nervous.  When we got into the air I was so nervous and excited that I could barely speak.  When we were high enough he pulled back on the yolk (the steering wheel) and the nose of the plane went up and then he pushed it forward and we went down.  It felt like we were on a roller coaster.  He then had me do the same thing.  It was really fun!  After that he started to teach me how to do a turn, which was hard.  Next he had me making turns while keeping the wings of the plane level, which was also hard to do because a little wind could change it a lot.  But I had a lot of fun keeping the wings level.

After we had flown for about an hour we headed back to land.  He had to call the tower so we could find out when we could land. Which we got to be first.  After doing the takeoff I was now really nervous for the landing.  We were flying so low… just above buildings!  But the landing went great.  We landed and bumped once but then we were back on the ground and we were slowing down, and getting off the runway. After we were off the runway we taxied back to his hanger and put his plan away.

Now I am working on getting my pilot’s license. Which I can do for free with the Young Eagles Program. I am working on all of the ground school stuff and can’t wait to go flying again.

Check out these stories about pilots and piloting from the library!

–Ella, Northeast Teen Adviser

NET

The World of Chocolate

chocolateI recently attended the Northwest Chocolate Festival and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I was already a chocolate lover, as many people are. However, the majority of the chocolate I consume is far from gourmet. My tastes buds were quite surprised at the festival when I ate red velvet fudge and lemon and pepper white chocolate. The latter was quite surprising because I expected it to be not to my liking but it was one of the best chocolates I have ever had!

There were many other unique chocolates such as lavender, s’mores and the highest number of different percentages of dark chocolate I have ever seen. There were chocolates from all over the world, places such as France, Ecuador, Mexico, all over South America and the US (obviously). It was almost unbelievable. While there were a few samples that didn’t suit my taste buds, many of the ones that I thought I wouldn’t like, I actually did.

Something I also found quite interesting was how the chocolates are made. One booth had a small set up of how the chocolates were prepared. Several other sellers were giving explanations of how they developed their chocolates. They all had similar but surprisingly slightly different methods. Several of the sellers had cocoa beans to sample and one booth had an especially interesting display; they had samples of chocolate in the various stages of production. It was fascinating to learn more about all types of chocolates. To me, they seem so simple but in actuality they are quite complicated to make. If you are interested in learning more about chocolate or getting to try some great samples, I recommend attending the 2014 Northwest Chocolate Festival.

You can also visit your local library to find the many materials available about chocolate.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some delicious chocolates! I would recommend trying something that seems out of the ordinary, you never know, it may be one of the best chocolates you’ve ever had!

Maddie

Ten Easy Steps to Get Your Halloween On

Have you noticed the cold tinge in the air?  That’s not just the temperature dropping, that’s Death slowly taking center stage.  Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, marks the passage of the season–harvest is over, plants are withering, and the leaves, despite their colorful defiance, are dying.  Many cultures have believed in this night when the dead walk the earth, and different practices evolved into the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and trick-or-treating of today.  We can’t keep winter away, but don’t let this day of spooky revelry pass you by.  Start Halloweening!  Here are some ideas:

1)   Take this Zombie Bite quiz.  Then make your friends take it.  This is good for figuring out which friends you really want on your team in case of a zombie apocalypse – which is even more likely to occur on or near Halloween. 

2)   Read a ghost story.  “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M.R. James is perfect to read at night, in bed, right before you go to sleep. Check out this list for more recommended ghost stories. 

3)   Carve a pumpkin! If you didn’t get a real one, find a pumpkin carving simulator online like this one.  Check your smart phones for similar apps.  Continue reading

Seattle: Something fun to do!

How many of you have at least one day of your weekend totally free?  How many of you would like to do something fun and adventurous to fill that day with some memories?  Well, that is exactly how my best friend and I felt as of a few weeks ago.  We decided to hop on a bus and go, even if we didn’t know where we were going.  I’d always wanted to ride a bus to the end of its route and we did nearly that.  However, in the midst of our bus hopping fun we got off near the Seattle Center.

After moseying around for a few hours and sitting by the large fountain we went into the large food court type place that just so happened to be across from a man who was playing the saxophone quite well!  We decided to try a bit of everything.  From store to store we went buying little bits here and little bits there.  Before we knew it we’d consumed a piece of pizza, candy, hot chocolate and much more.  Our fun adventure likewise gave us a chance to catch up. Continue reading

Sports for Everyone!

School’s back for another year, and now so are those fall sports: football, cross country, soccer, and volleyball.  And for those of us who spent summer with TV and ice cream (guilty) more than sports training, joining  a sport seems like a less than fun idea and even intimidating.  Still, joining a school sport has a ton of pros that make it completely worth it your while.  I’ll admit I’m biased: I play a fall sport, and I’m used to slipping into my role of recruiter, encouraging classmates to join cross country.  But this aside – just teen to teen – it’s not a conspiracy: people who do sports usually like it and would like to have you on their team. Continue reading