Your co-op community, July 2014

This article was originally published in July 2014

Puget Sound Blood Center drives

Puget Sound Blood Center logo

Help save lives by donating blood! We are hosting the Puget Sound Blood Center Mobile at various PCC locations to help stock the blood supply. Learn more about donating at

PCC Cooks


As we swing full-tilt into summer, get ready to impress your friends and family with a new repertoire of mouthwatering recipes for the grill.

The lineup this July includes Mediterranean Grill, where you’ll learn valuable grilling techniques while working hands-on to prepare a full Mediterranean meal, and BBQ Rubs, Sauces and Marinades, where you’ll receive recipes for 10 diverse and delicious marinades, 10 regional and international sauces, and eight rubs (count ’em — that’s 28 scrumptious possibilities).

For some crowd-pleasing vegetarian dishes, join us to celebrate the abundance of fresh summer produce with In Season: Summer Bounty. For dessert, try your hand at gluten-free ice cream sandwiches and more in Gluten-free Test Kitchen: Summer Favorites, or sign up your teen to work with an expert pastry chef to learn the nitty-gritty of cookie making in Baking Workshop: Cookie Master, where we’ll practice techniques and discuss the steps to making truly perfect cookies.

Visit or give us a call at 206-545-7112 to learn more or sign up.

Bicycle Sunday

  • Sunday, July 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Enjoy the freedom to bike or walk with the whole family along Lake Washington Boulevard. The street will be closed to motorized traffic south of Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park’s entrance.

Find PCC along the route for a quick, healthy energy boost. Find more dates and links to helpful cycling information at

Seafair Milk Carton Derby

people riding a milk carton on Green Lake
  • Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Green Lake Park

PCC is delighted to sponsor this year’s Milk Carton Derby, one of the most exciting events at Green Lake! Cheer on our dueling Greenlake PCC locations or build your own boat.

We’ve created a special prize for the boat with the best “PCC Fruit Cup” theme. Design your entry to showcase your favorite fruits or vegetables and we’ll choose three winners for $25, $50 or $100 PCC gift cards (up to four cards per winning team). Not sure whether it should be a rhubarb canoe or a fruit salad sloop? Choose whatever floats your boat!

For complete information on how register to build your own boat or to find racing schedules, visit

Northgate birthday celebration

  • Thursday, July 17, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    Northgate Community Center
    10510 5th Ave. NE

Come celebrate the community center’s 8th birthday! The PCC Taste Mobile will be there sampling healthy snacks.

West Seattle grand parade

  • Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m.

Look for the PCC Taste Mobile in this parade beginning at Southwest Lander and California Avenue Southwest, running south along California to Southwest Edmunds St. We’ll be handing out treats along the way!

Battle at the Lake

  • Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Green Lake Community Center
    7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

Come have fun at Green Lake watching Seattle’s best basketball players compete in a 5-on-5 basketball tournament. The event will also have music, a dunk contest, a three-point shooting contest, and women’s and kids’ exhibition games. PCC will be there handing out samples on Sunday.

Oxbow Farm’s “Share the Peas” camp

  • July 21 to 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd. NE, Carnation

Oxbow Farm, an educational vegetable farm in Carnation, is launching a new camp, “Share the Peas.” Campers aged 7 to 12 will crunch in boots among the roots and munch for lunch on fruits and shoots.

Campers will work together in the spirit of “philanthro-pea” by sharing produce with our friends in need in the community. Kids will learn about gleaning, harvest for a local food bank, and help spread the bounty to those in need. To sign up, email

Edmonds Night Out

  • Tuesday, July 29, 5 to 8 p.m.
    Frances Anderson Playfield

Learn how to combat crime while meeting your neighbors, local businesses and emergency responders who care and make a difference. Meet Edmonds police and fire officials, the K-9 Unit, SWAT Unit, public safety agencies from South Snohomish County, local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Look up close at emergency vehicles, the SWAT Unit’s bus, the K-9 Unit police car, and the always-popular fire truck. The PCC Taste Mobile will be sampling healthy snacks.

Chamber Music in the Park and KING-FM Instrument Petting Zoo

  • Wednesday, July 30
    Family activities at 5 p.m., Concert at 7 p.m.
    Volunteer Park, Free

Come enjoy a beautiful Seattle summer evening with music and fun activities for the whole family. This popular event is perfect for music lovers of all ages and includes a number of fun musical activities for the whole family before the concert.

The concert during the 2014 Summer Festival features works by two of classical music’s greatest composers: Mozart and Beethoven. We’ll hear Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, featuring clarinetist Ricardo Morales, and Beethoven’s String Quintet in C Major.

Also attending the concert will be Classical KING-FM 98.1, presenting an Instrument Petting Zoo — a fun, hands-on activity where visitors are invited to try their hand at various instruments from the orchestra! For more information visit

The PCC TasteMobile will be there to pass out samples of delicious salads.

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