Your co-op community, February 2012

This article was originally published in February 2012



Join us for this fun series running through April. PCC will be in attendance to help kids put together cool, take-home treats. Kindiependent is “Seattle’s independent kids and family music scene” and features some of the best local children’s entertainment groups. Learn more about this organization and check out all concert dates at

  • Johnny Bregar

    Saturday, February 11, 10:30 a.m.
    Mount Baker Community Club
    2811 Mount Rainier Dr., Seattle

    Johnny Bregar and his amazingly talented Country Dawgs take you through a rootsy, jazzy joyride of family-driven songs. Proceeds support Parent Trust (

  • Harmonica Pocket

    Saturday, February 25, 10:30 a.m.
    Mount Baker Community Club
    2811 Mount Rainier Dr., Seattle

    Keeth and Nala bring harmonies and dance for a gentle, kid-focused morning of songs with lots of flair. Proceeds support Clean Greens, a nonprofit in Seattle’s Central District that’s “committed to growing and delivering clean and healthy produce” (

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive


January 9 to February 12

Carry on Fred Rogers’ giving spirit and help those in need by donating new or gently used clean sweaters, coats and cold weather gear. Collection bins will be located at all PCC store locations and KCTS 9. Donations will be distributed to Wellspring Family Services and Northwest Center, serving Seattle and King County.

Burke Museum presents “Hungry Planet”

Burke Museum
  • University of Washington campus
    17th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 45th Street, Seattle

PCC is partnering with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to present “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.” Hungry Planet examines how people from different countries and cultures feed their families, through photographs of 10 families from around the world at home, at the market, and surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries.

The exhibit also features “Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound,” which explores 5,000 years of traditional tribal diets, as well as the revitalization of native food traditions.

PCC members (kids 5 and older and adults) will receive 50 percent off the regular $10 entrance to the exhibit; it’s free for kids 4 and under.

PCC Cooks instructors will be there throughout the exhibit for cooking demonstrations. All cooking demonstrations are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last about 40 minutes.

  • Saturday, February 4, Pranee Halvorsen, Thai cooking demo
  • Saturday, February 18, Iole Aguero, Italian cooking demo
  • Sunday, February 26, Uma Bangalore, East Indian cooking demo

Visit for more info about weekend tastings provided by PCC Cooks, nutrition lectures and programs on food production and distribution, and more. The Hungry Planet exhibit runs through June 10.

Valentine’s Day Dash

  • Saturday, February 11, 8 a.m.
    Green Lake Park
    7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle

    PCC is the official fruit sponsor of this Valentine’s Day fun run at Green Lake. Visit our booth to pick up an organic apple or banana for some nourishment prior to, or for replenishment after, the race. Registration includes a long-sleeve t-shirt and costs $30 by February 10 or $40 on the day of the run. The Kid’s Dash is free but youth t-shirts are $10. For more information, visit

Be Mine, Valentine

Saturday, February 11

  • Greenlake PCC, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Redmond PCC, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Issaquah PCC, 9 a.m. to noon
  • West Seattle PCC, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Edmonds PCC, 9 a.m. to noon

    Kids are invited to join us for some fun activities just in time for Valentine’s Day. PCC will provide materials for making Valentines and a tasty treat. Find more information about each store’s event at

Family nutrition dinner

  • Thursday, January 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    Northgate Community Center
    10510 5th Ave. N.E., Seattle

Take a night off and have dinner with PCC. We’ll learn about and enjoy the wonders of fresh food as we cook a simple, easy meal with a PCC nutrition educator.

Participants will share a family-style meal together and leave with new ideas, recipes and confidence to feed their family at home. Free for families; kids 5 to 12 years old welcome.

PCC Cooks


Spice up your life this winter by learning new recipes, refreshing old standbys, or cooking a cuisine you’ve never tried before. “Lebanese Cuisine,” “Successful Sauces” or “Italian Merenda: Afternoon Treats” would do that for you.

If you’re living gluten-free, you have more class choices than ever. Learn how to make gluten-free pasta, Moroccan classics or Japanese dumplings. Vegans will enjoy a wide variety of topics, too, such as “Vegan Patisserie,” “The Accidental Vegan,” “Family Vegan Cooking” and more.

Kids will have fun making Mexican food, wraps from around the world, homemade fresh pasta and much more in hands-on classes geared toward their age group.

Do you teach? PCC Cooks is now planning classes for fall 2012. Go to to download an application and proposal form to teach classes, or call 206-545-7112. Application deadline is March 1.

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