Mark Your Calendars: TWIF Events This November

How’s everybody doing after Halloween? A bit pumpkin and candy-ed out? Aren’t we all? Why not look ahead to November and mark your calendars with some of the awesome events TWIF has planned? There’s art, brunch, beer, big ideas, gingerbread building and more. Join us for the fun!

SAM Remix: Friday, 11/07, 8:00pm – 11:59pm

Celebrate the bold and captivating works of Pop Art at the latest SAM remix, brought to you by the Seattle Art Museum and co-hosted by TWIF. Immerse yourself in an evening of performances, art activities, dancing and more, inspired by SAM’s newest collection, “Pop Departures.” If you’ve ever admired that iconic banana print by Andy Warhol or swooned over “Kiss” by Roy Lichtenstein, you should check out this event.

Tickets may be purchased online, at the Ticketing Desk at the Seattle Art Museum or the Asian Art Museum, or over the phone with a credit card by calling the Box Office at 206.654.3121. Print-at-home tickets are strongly recommended.

TWIF Members are eligible for special discounts on this event. Not a TWIF member? Learn more here.


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Brunch Club: Sunday, 11/09, Noon


Craving some friendly TWIF-panionship with your eggs and bacon (or vegan scramble) this Sunday? Join other TWIF members and staff for mouth-watering vittels at Ballard Bridge Café, located at 4609 14th Ave NW. This place has some nice breakfast and lunch variety, including peanut butter French toast with Devonshire cream, a full English breakfast, biscuits and gravy, a tuna melt and (according to one East-coast Yelper), an amazing Reuben. That alone would get me in the door.

Brunch Club brings together TWIF Staff and TWIF Members over good food for a good time. Brunch Club is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month and moves from one delicious restaurant to another. Members and Staff are invited to bring along a friend or two but we ask that you register in advance so we know an appropriate head count for our reservation. Our reservation will be made for 12 noon. Please arrive a few minutes early in case the establishment requires all members of our party to be present to be seated.

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Hello, My Name is TWIF: Tuesday, 11/11, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Want to Get More Out of Seattle? Do you believe in doing good and having a blast while at it? Do you want to meet new people or get involved with great organizations? Then, do we have good news for YOU! Come learn how to do all of the above! 

Who: This is perfect if you want to learn how to be even more than a one time volunteer. We never require any sort of orientation before our volunteer events (just sign up!) but if you are looking for more information on how to be an Event Coordinator, join our volunteer staff, or become a Board Member, this night is for you! 

 What: You will meet other TWIF volunteers, learn about what different teams contribute, and hear firsthand experiences - all while enjoying a tasty beverage with us! We will have members of each team on-hand.

Why: You want to do more with your volunteering and would like to take on an ongoing role with TWIF.

Where and When: 6-7pm at TWIF HQ.
Our office is located at 7551 B 15th Avenue NW in Ballard. The office is tucked on the side of 7551 A (a hair salon). It is not super visible from the street but you will see our logo on the door and a large letter "B". There is usually plenty of street parking right in front and a bus stop for the Rapid Ride D line in the same block 

Are you in? Challenge yourself, get active in your community, come have a Ninkasi beer with us! See you there!

We ask that you please register for this event if you plan to attend. Feel free to bring friends!

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Treehouse Wearhouse: Saturday, 11/15, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Join us in the Wearhouse, a unique store where foster children shop for free for new and used clothing and other essentials. Volunteers sort, tag and restock merchandise, and work on readying the store for shopping days. The Wearhouse is run by 2.5 paid staff so volunteer power is essential for the success of the program. Volunteers contribute an average of 450 hours per month to the Wearhouse; and thanks to them more than 2,000 foster children shop at Treehouse each year for the things they need and want.

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Pint$ with a Purpo$e at Ballard Beer Company: Wednesday, 11/19, 4:00 – 11:00pm


Here at TWIF, great local beer is one of our mainstays. The Ballard Beer Company shares our passion, and is teaming up with us on Wednesday, November 19th to bring you awesome beer AND help support our programs at the same time. One dollar from every beer you buy between 4 and 11pm will go to help support TWIF’s programs. TWIF will have representatives onsite between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, and if you join us between those hours, flash your member keychain and get your first tasty beverage on us! Not a member yet? Learn more about the sweet perks you’ll get here. Or, come and meet us in person at BBC (Ballard Beer Company) on the 19th and learn about it straight from us!

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Food Bank Volunteers: Saturday, 11/22, 9:00am – 1:30pm

Join us at the Food Bank as we work together to inspect and organize food donations, distribute the food to customers and perform other tasks as needed. Volunteers must be able to stand for at least an hour at a time. Ability to lift at least 30 pounds is desired, but is not required. Volunteers must be able to work with a diverse population and should be comfortable in a loud, fast-paced and sometimes crowded environment. 

In addition to meeting other volunteers you'll be doing some very important work. Did you know that over 10% of the homes in Seattle are food insecure? The Food Bank provides anyone over 18 living within Seattle City Limits with a variety of meat, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, frozen items, canned goods and more.

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Tedx Rainier: Saturday, 11/22, 10:00am – 7:00pm

You’ve probably seen a few TED talks on YouTube by now. Want to see inspiring and thought-provoking speakers like those at a live event? On November 22nd, TWIF needs your help in making this Tedx Rainier event a success by helping with attendee registration, ushering, shepherding the speakers and feeding the masses. In return, volunteers will be rewarded with free entrance to the event after your shift and lunch. There are 3 shifts to choose from: 7:00am – 12:00pm, 11:30am – 6:00pm and 4:00pm – 9:00 pm (this shift is for after-party volunteers).

More about TEDxRainier: 
TEDxRainier started in 2010 with 500 attendees.  Since then it has grown to over 1,400 enthusiastic attendees.  Talks have been given by world-renowned scientists, successful entrepreneurs, filmmakers, local philanthropists, dancers, poets and other amazing and accomplished people. This is a collaborative project staffed by many volunteers, including advisors, interns, partner organizations, and local TEDsters.

More about TED:
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Gingerbread House Volunteers: Saturday, 11/29, 9:00am – 12:30pm

Pretzels, red-hot’s and gumdrops, oh my! Gingerbread House building at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue is one of TWIF’s most fun activities of the holiday season. Team up with us and The Children’s Museum to help little tykes craft architectural masterpieces out of gingerbread, frosting and myriad cheery candies.

As volunteers, we will be helping with all aspects of the museum’s Family Gingerbread House Workshops – this includes everything from making sure guests have the correct numbers of houses and seats; taking family photos; encouraging designs; “working the room” and being a friendly face.

This is a super fun way to show your holiday cheer, help families make holiday memories and raise money to support the programs at the KidsQuest Children’s Museum.

Maggie Tarnawa is a blogger for The World Is Fun