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The Blue Angel will be affecting traffic in and around Seattle this weekend as all lanes of the 1-90 bridge over Lake Washington will be closed Friday-Sunday between 12:45 and 2:40 pm.  If you must get across the water, the 520 bridge will still be open, but I suggest avoiding that traffic at all costs.  The only way to get on 1-90 will be on foot, where many Seattleites gather to watch the Blue Angels perform.  For more information, please visit the WSDOT page

This 8k run will take place this Saturday, July 30th at 6:30 pm and takes place right before the Torchlight Parade. The runners will depart from the Seattle Center and proceed south on Western to the Viaduct and continue to Qwest Field, then north through Pioneer Square and the runners will wrap up the run by heading east to 4th Ave along the parade route. Online registration ends tonight at 5 pm, so if you have signed up make sure you hurry up! My favorite part of the run is seeing those who dress up in pirate costumes to win prizes. To learn more about The Michelob Ultra Seafair Torchlight Run and other events put on by Seafair, please got to seafair.com.

The popular website WalkScore.com recently scored the city of Seattle the 6th most walkable city among 50 of the largest U.S. cities, as reported by King 5 News. The walkability score of any given place is determined by location in relation to people, pedestrian spaces and public places i.e. restaurants, retailers, and other general places like post offices, banks, etc. Seattle scored 73.7 which makes it “very walkable”. It’s no surprise New York was found to be the most walkable, but it’s pretty nice living in a city that is considered at all walkable. In my opinion if something is walkable, it’s convenient. Most would say they didn’t need walkscore to tell them about the convenience of living in Seattle, but I suppose it’s just another good thing for Seattle’s repuation. Please visit WalkScore.com to see the full study.

Lions Parade Do not panic, but Lions are roaming in Downtown Seattle this week. It all starts on Tuesday, July 5th at 10 AM with what is expected to be the largest parade ever in Downtown Seattle. The Lions Club, formed in 1917, is a service club that gets together and helps communities. The parade will start at the Seattle Center and will include over 12,000 Lions members from 118 countries and run mostly along 5th Avenue and end the Convention Center. Click to read more information, including the parade route, about the Lions convention and parade.

A giant carbon-steel flower pot on Seventh Avenue and Union Street, a new piece for the Garden Walk project, is reaching its finals stages of construction. The piece called “Urban Garden” by artist Ginny Ruffner is comprised of a flower pot, holding a variety of flowers including a daisy, bluebells and a tulip. There is also a red watering can. The piece will feature moving parts when it is completed, making the daisy and bluebells move and causing the watering can to tip. The Garden Walk project is an effort from the Sheraton Seattle to make the area more pedestrian friendly which includes other improvements like landscaping and canopies. This is the final step of a 7 year, $2.5 million project and a celebration will be held on July 21st. Please visit the Ginny Ruffner Urban Garden page for more information and details on the project.