Your co-op community, August 2014

This article was originally published in August 2014

Kids Obstacle Challenge

  • Saturday, August 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Marymoor Park in Redmond

PCC Healthy Kids encourages you to try this challenge designed for kids! It’s a great way to have fun and get fit at the same time. The Kids Obstacle Challenge was inspired by all the “grown up” mud runs taking storm around the nation but designed for kids ages 5 to 16. They like to play in the mud, too! Parents are encouraged to take part (at no extra cost) in the adventure and make it a family affair. The PCC TasteMobile will be there and PCC is also the official fruit sponsor for this event. For registration and other information visit

Bicycle Sundays

  • Sunday, August 10 and 24, 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. More dates and links to helpful cycling information can be found at

Summer Splash

  • Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Southwest corner of Green Lake Park

Windermere Real Estate in partnership with the George Pocock Rowing Foundation and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation present the Summer Splash at Green Lake. This is a free community event celebrating summer fun and healthy activities for families. PCC will be there handing out samples from our deli.

Rainier Valley Heritage
Parade & Festival

  • Saturday, August 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Rainier Avenue, Columbia City in Seattle

The Heritage Parade is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the Summer Streets festival. Join in the fun with food trucks, live music, games, Art in the Alley, second-annual BBQ contest, pie-eating contest and much more! The TasteMobile will hand out treats along the parade, running along Rainier Avenue South between South Alaska Street and South Brandon Street in Seattle.

The TasteMobile also will be in the Summer Streets festival immediately following the parade. Find more information at

Odessa Brown Children’s
Clinic Wellness Fair

  • Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    2101 E. Yesler Way, Seattle

This is an annual event to promote wellness for families. Learn about healthy snacks, exercise and oral health. There will be face painting, interactive activities and an obstacle course. Free helmets will be given to children. Stop by the TasteMobile to try new foods!

Big Truck Day

  • Friday, August 29, Noon to 3 p.m.
    Farrel-McWhirter Park
    19545 Redmond Rd., Redmond

Kids can learn about dump trucks, backhoes, concrete mixers and other large vehicles found in the community at this event. The TasteMobile will be there with all the other cool trucks! $15 per child, one parent free for up to 2 kids. Register in advance at

Summer food drive

  • August 1 through 31

During the summer months our food banks’ needs often increase due to the higher demand for food from families who usually receive free or reduced school meals during the school year. PCC is collecting contributions for our 11 local food bank partners this summer, which will be used to purchase quality bulk foods at wholesale prices. To make a donation, visit your local PCC and look for our colorful displays near the registers, choose your donation amount and have the cashier ring it up. Notice how much bulk food you can purchase with the amount you donate. What a great way to participate! Everyone deserves good food year-round.

Also in this issue

Letters to the editor, August 2014

Global warming and agriculture, Healthy sunscreen, Sugar in recipes, and more

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The unexpected consequences of antibiotics

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