Your co-op community, May 2015

This article was originally published in May 2015

Sales & fun events

Saturday, May 9, All PCC locations

Health and body care sale

Everything in our health and body care department will be 25 percent off all day long!

Natural Beauty & Wellness event

Demos: All stores will have demos of skin and body care products and you can enter to win gift baskets.

  • 10 a.m., All PCC locations

Samples: Enjoy free skin care consultations from experts and treat youself to a hand massage with our special scrub. Lotions, creams and other body care products will be available to sample and test.

  • Noon to 4 p.m., Fremont PCC
  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Greenlake Village, Issaquah and Redmond PCCs

Mother’s Day kids craft event

Join us for fun as kids create special gifts for Mother’s Day. PCC will supply materials as well as delicious treats. Free for kids 12 and younger.

  • 9 a.m. to noon, Edmonds, Issaquah, Redmond, West Seattle and Greenlake Village PCCs
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greenlake Aurora PCC

World Fair Trade Day

PCC is celebrating World Fair Trade Day by having a sale all month on Fair Trade products from Guayaki, Alter Eco, Alaffia and Dr. Bronner’s.

Meet the board candidates

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greenlake Village PCC

Stop by to meet PCC’s board of trustees candidates and hear why they’re running. It may help you decide how to vote!

Food bank packaging work parties

Help our partnering food banks by donating your time to pack PCC’s bulk foods into family-sized portions. Join us:

  • Monday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m., Kirkland Hopelink Food Bank
  • Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m., North Helpline Food Bank
  • Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m., Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
  • Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m., Westgate Chapel Food Bank
  • Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m., Rainier Valley Food Bank
  • Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m., Family Works Food Bank
  • Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m., University District Food Bank

For more information, including addresses and future dates, see:

Alaffia eyeglass drive

All PCC stores except West Seattle
Now through June 30

Bring your old eyeglasses to PCC and help people in Togo, West Africa, to see! In Togo, it’s extremely difficult for visually impaired people to obtain eyeglasses. An eye exam costs as much as one month’s wages and a pair of eyeglasses can cost up to four months of wages. Alaffia collects eyeglasses at PCC and other retailers and employs an optometrist in Togo to correctly fit and distribute the glasses. A pair of eyeglasses is life-changing for a child struggling in school, the elderly with failing vision, and adults who have never been able to see clearly. To date, Alaffia has collected and distributed 5,700 pairs of glasses.

Kirkland Mother’s Day Half Marathon and 5k

Sunday, May 10, Juanita Beach Park
9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland

PCC is the title sponsor of the Kids Dash. PCC Taste Mobile will be doing Kid Picks. PCC is also the official “fruit sponsor” and Kirkland PCC staff will hand out fresh fruit to race participants. Registration and packet pickup begin at 6 a.m. For more info, visit

Celebration of Food Festival

Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW

This event brings together people who are passionate about delicious, local, wholesome food. Farmers, ranchers, culinary professionals, youth, students and business owners will offer activities for your delight and inspiration.

There’ll be free samples, demos, displays, items for purchase, gardening demonstrations and activities by farm and garden professionals. Visit PCC’s booth to try some tasty samples, build your own trail mix and spin the color wheel to win some prizes! Learn more at

The Breach film screening

Friday, May 15
6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. film starts
Seattle Art Museum

When fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. A panel discussion and reception with salmon appetizers will follow the screening. See for more info.

PCC Cooks

As we stride forward into full-blown spring weather and all of the wonderful outdoor distractions it brings, it can be easy to forget to take time for a healthy, home-cooked meal. Get back on track with help from PCC Cooks! You’ll find a bevy of topics to choose from this month including Quick Southern Italian Sauces, Moroccan Mezze, Spring Soups and Salads, Gluten-free, Dairy-free Inspiration and more.

Nutritionist Ami Karnosh has a gift for exploring the science of the body through food, making eating for your health not only accessible but enjoyable! Join her this month for Boost Your Thyroid, where she’ll focus in on foods that support a strong thyroid, the gland in charge of regulating metabolism.

If you need some great ideas for your midday meal, we have the answer. In Love with Lunch: Plant-based Solutions offers beyond-the-basics options with five adaptable plant-based, energy-maintaining lunch ideas for a full day of work or play. Find these classes and more at or visit us at

Also in this issue

Exceptional eggs

PCC carries eggs raised a variety of ways — "cage-free," "organic," "omega-3" and "pastured." PCC's high standards are rare: nationwide, only 6 percent of the 350 million egg-laying hens are cage-free. Learn about the brands we carry and the health benefits of pastured eggs.

Staff picks

See what products our staff recommends this month, from the spicy PCC Thai Steak Salad, to organic, grass-fed yogurt, to an intensely moisturizing hand cream great for gardeners. Plus much more!

Letters to the editor, May 2015

PCC quality standards, Organic berries in PCC bakery, Supplement purity, and more