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My Adventures at the Crest Cinema Theater

Crest Theater SHR

If you live in the Seattle area, you may have heard of the Crest Cinema Theater. Maybe you are a film fan and have been there many times, or maybe you’ve only heard people rave about how cool this particular theater is but have never been yourself.  Either way, the Crest has something to offer for everyone, and several unique features that make it one of the best places to see a film around Seattle.

I recently made my first trip to the Crest to see the movie Big Eyes.  Now you may be thinking, “you saw Big Eyes there? It isn’t in theaters anymore and it’s not on DVD yet!”  Well, that is one of the features of the Crest that makes it so unique: it shows films that have been out for some time and aren’t in the major theaters anymore.  The Crest is also currently showing Gone Girl, which is already out on DVD, and The Penguins of Madagascar in 3D, among others.  So if you missed seeing in a theater that really great movie that all your friends have been talking about, try the Crest, it might be playing there.

One incredible benefit of showing movies that have been out for some time is that tickets are SUPER cheap. We’re talking $4 here compared to the $11.50 that you would pay at any other theater. This means that even students can afford to go out to the movies! Continue reading

5 Books for the Teenage Runner

As summer comes along, it signifies to most teens the end of school’s agonizing workload and heralds a new, brief era of laziness and freedom. To others, it is not the end of their struggles, but the beginnings of a new one: summer running. How one could drag themselves through the blistering heat for miles on end is beyond some people. These books, however, may help you delve into the runner’s mind and learn about what compels them. Perhaps they’ll even encourage you to start going out for brisk, summer jaunts! For runners, these can and hopefully will give you some much-needed motivation to help you push past any laziness or despair you feel in the face of your daily run or workout. Those who’re already gifted with the drive to hit the trails everyday will also benefit from these books’ inspirations.

borntorunBorn to Run by Christopher McDougall
In Mexico’s Copper Canyons, there lives a tribe of Native Americans known as the Tarahumara. These people are renowned for their almost god-like endurance abilities that allow them to effortlessly run hundreds of miles without needing rest and free of injury. McDougall tracks them down in search of their secrets and in doing so, explores running’s history spanning back centuries across the globe. As McDougall discusses today’s ultra-running legends, what modern running shoes are really doing to us, and some of the most astounding feats of athleticism this world has seen, Born to Run is an engaging and intriguing read.


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Yoga for Teens: Beyond Flexibility

yoga for teensYoga for Teens:
Beyond Flexibility

Everyone has heard about yoga and what it does for your flexibility.  But this
ancient Indian art can do much more than simply make your muscles stretchier.

Here are just a few ways yoga can improve life for a teenager:

1. Posture
It’s common for teenagers to have problems with bad posture, probably resulting from the unfortunate combination of growth spurts and late nights slumped in front of the computer.  Yoga is a great way to counteract those slouching tendencies.  Many yoga poses target tension the chest, shoulders, and neck, which are problem areas for people with bad posture.  Yoga also focuses on aligning and balancing the spine with other parts of the body, which naturally helps you sit up a little straighter at the dinner table.

2. Creativity
When you’re busy keeping up with schoolwork and studying for SATs, it’s hard to keep in touch with your creative side.  Practicing yoga enhances focus and helps to clear the mind of the loud distractions in the world that can prevent us from paying attention to the things we are passionate about.  Yoga creates space in the brain for creative juices to flow.

3. Strength
This one goes out to all of you fellow athletes out there.  If you’re training on a sports team or just looking to enhance your physical strength for personal reasons, yoga is one way to go about doing so.  When practiced regularly, yoga stretches can increase your muscular endurance and make you stronger over longer periods of time.

4. Sleep
Between getting up early for school in the morning and staying up late doing homework, the average teen spends their school days either religiously patronizing the neighborhood Starbucks or lumbering through the halls in a zombie-like fashion.  Practicing yoga might just help fix your sleep schedule.   Studies have shown that yoga can improve the quality and quantity of sleep you get every night.

5. Stress
Yoga is a huge stress reliever and a booster for spirituality.  I attended a yoga class during finals week last semester and walked away feeling happier and more relaxed than I thought was possible.

While yoga may not magically erase all the bad and scary things about your life, it is much easier for you to peacefully accept their existence once you step off the mat.  This is a mindset that you will benefit from in all aspects of your busy and stressful teenage life.

–Hannah, 16, Greenwood


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


Fire In The Sky

Every year at the end of May, people gather in a desolate field in The Middle of Nowhere, Eastern Washington. (Actually, it’s called Mansfield, but the towns motto is the “the town at the end of the tracks.” Local residents are known to call it the Middle of Bum-F*** Nowhere.).  Every one of these people have something in common: they are crazy pyromaniacs!
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