Your co-op community, January 2017

This article was originally published in January 2017

Edible City installation

Now through September
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

PCC is sponsoring this installation. Here are some fun things happening there in January. Visit to register.

Eat Well Kids Workshop

Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. to noon

Be a food detective with MOHAI and Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation. In this fun and interactive workshop, families investigate what is in the foods they eat and how they are marketed, while building excitement around healthy eating choices. Make a delicious dish from scratch using fresh and nutritious ingredients, too! Free with advanced registration (does not include admission to museum galleries). Open to kids in grades 4-8 and their families; youth 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Taste of the Market Culinary Series: Cooking Fresh from the P-Patch

Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market
$30 MOHAI Members/$35 General Public

Pike Place Market’s regional bounty has inspired food lovers, home cooks and professional chefs for more than a century. MOHAI and Pike Place Market present Cooking Fresh from the P-Patch, hosted by Chef Michela Tartaglia. Explore the history of P-Patches alongside quality, market-sourced food.

Food bank packaging parties

Start the new year out with charitable spirit by packaging bulk foods into family-sized portions at our partnering food banks. Join us:

Wednesday, January 4, 7 p.m. – FamilyWorks Food Bank

Thursday, January 5, 7 p.m. – Rainier Valley Food Bank

Monday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. – Kirkland Hopelink Food Bank

Wednesday, January 11, 7 p.m. – North Helpline Food Bank

Monday, January 16, 7 p.m. – Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

Monday, January 23, 7 p.m. – Westgate Chapel Food Bank

Wednesday, January 25, 7 p.m. – University District Food Bank

For more information, including addresses and future dates, visit

Resolution Run 5K and Polar Bear Dive

Sunday, January 1, 10:30 a.m.
Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Celebrating the beginning of the new year, this event consists of a 5K run/walk that has an optional Polar Bear Dive into Lake Washington just prior to the event finish line area. The post-race celebration includes a free kids dash for children 10 and younger and a beer garden for those 21 and older. Free chili, coffee, hot chocolate and more will be provided. Register online at

Stop by the PCC tent where folks from our View Ridge store will be handing out fruit to the weather-brave participants!

Blood drives

Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? Bloodworks Northwest will be visiting four store locations in January.

Monday, January 2:

  • Fremont PCC, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • View Ridge PCC, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Redmond PCC, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Issaquah PCC, 2 to 5 p.m.

Your donation can save up to three lives! Walk-ins welcome, and remember to bring your ID. Learn more about donating at

Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive

Friday, January 13 through Sunday, February 12

Help neighbors in need feel warm and cozy this winter by donating new or gently worn sweaters, coats and cold-weather accessories during KCTS 9’s annual drive. Fred Rogers began the sweater drive and inspired its spirit of generosity and neighborliness for six years before he passed away in 2003. “All of us, at some time or other, need help,” said Rogers. “Whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors — in our way, everyone is a giver and receiver.”

Last year’s drive collected 7,500 pounds of coats and sweaters for local families in need. Collection bins will be located at all PCC store locations or you can drop off your items at KCTS 9’s Seattle Center Studio. Donations will be distributed to Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center.

PCC Cooks

The new year provides an opportunity to reset, renegotiate goals and plan for success. If your goals involve your kitchen, PCC Cooks can help you set out on the right path. Whether you’re hoping to spend more time with kindred souls, bring more creativity into your food routine or just reduce your takeout dependency with more home-cooked meals, we have the tools you need.

Our winter 2017 classes begin this January, and we’re thrilled to offer topics sure to inspire a year’s worth of food enjoyment. Catch classes ranging from French Classics, Jiao-zi Dumplings and Flatbreads of the World to Easy 5-a-Day vegetable recipes, Cast Iron Cooking and Winter Detox. Visit to view the full January through March schedule.

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