Category Archives: Activities

Living the Dream at The Century

One of the great things about The Century is the community that’s formed among the people who live here.  It’s our pleasure to host events that bring everyone together.

We had our friends from Ardor Cellars in for a wine tasting event.  We have a number of residents who are quite knowledgeable about wine, residents who would like to learn more about wine, and residents who just know they enjoy drinking wine! This turned out to be the perfect event for everyone!

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Residents gathered around to taste seven different wines and learn a little bit about the production of each individual wine. Everyone mingled as they sipped their favorite wine, snacked on meat and cheeses, and treated themselves to chocolate covered strawberries!

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Ardor Cellars also graciously gave a discount on bottle purchases so residents could enjoy their favorite wine of the night in their beautiful apartment home later.

For the recent haunting holiday we had a Halloween Pumpkin Carving contest. Residents showed off their pumpkin carving skills and let me tell you, we were quite impressed! While everyone deliberated before casting their vote sweet treats were enjoyed in true Halloween fashion.

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The winners grin was almost as big as his spook-tacular pumpkin.

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The leaves and the temperatures are dropping so it was clearly time to celebrate with a festive Fall Feast…potluck style! Our residents definitely have some mad kitchen skills. Our feast included a little bit of everything; Chicken Tortilla Soup with all the toppings, pulled pork sliders, salads, wraps, kabobs, casseroles…you name it we had it! Of course it isn’t a feast without decadent desserts and a few fun drinks to wash it all down! It was a great afternoon sharing a rather large meal with neighbors!

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Brunch With a Punch

 

Weekends are for indulgences and at The Century we thought we would start the weekend off right by treating our residents to a Boozy Brunch on Saturday morning (leaving ample time for sleeping in of course).

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Century residents woke up to the comforting smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. All they had to do was head out their front door and grab a gooey pastry! Residents also had their choice of orange or grapefruit mimosas to perk them right up. Residents relaxed in The Century Hub and casually mingled as they sipped their mimosas with frosting covered fingers. It was quite the enjoyable weekend morning and that’s how we roll.  Get it?  Because we served rolls.

An Evening on The Rooftop with Chihuly Garden and Glass Collections Café

Summer is still over a couple of weeks away, but we are lucky to be enjoying some  beautiful sunshine-filled days here in Seattle!

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It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to hang out on our rooftop all day long. And so we did! We couldn’t have chosen a better Saturday last month to host our resident event, Evening on the Rooftop, sponsored by our neighbors the Chihuly Garden and Glass Collections Café.100_0614

The Collections Café brought their best chefs on board, fired up our grills and got cooking! As we poured some wine, our residents found their way to the rooftop drawn by the mouthwatering smell and lively music.

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We were thrilled to have the Collections Café prepare a full menu just for us, on our very own grills! The menu included roasted spring vegetables, wild mushroom ravioli, fresh fruit salads and a mini burger bar—as well as some delicious desserts. Again—mouthwatering, right?food

We love our neighbors! We enjoy taking advantage of everything that our neighborhood has to offer and we love it even more when we are able to partner with our neighbors to bring delicious food, great company and a fabulous time for our residents.

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It was a special treat to see what the Collections Café has to offer and we hear some of our residents even went to the Café for brunch the next day!

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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities to Get your Green On

St. Patrick’s Day is always a very festive day around Puget Sound.  Everyone wants to get their green on with parades, bar crawls and of course, beer!

Looking for your best option for celebrating?  We’ve got ya covered!

  • Lucky 2015: The biggest Spring Festival is right next door! Filled with St. Patrick’s décor, visited by magical creatures and celebrated with a little luck of the Irish—it is the luckiest adventure of the year! Full details here.
    • When: Friday March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Over 20 artists including Zed Dead.
    • For tickets click here.

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  • Irish Festival and Parade: Don’t miss the best place to get your green on with non-stop Irish music, dancing, workshops and cultural displays. For more info, click here.
    • When: March 14 and 15; Saturday and Sunday
    • Cost: FREE, all ages.
    • Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    • Location: Starting on 4th Ave and Jefferson.
Photo by Paul Swortz
Photo by Paul Swortz
  • St. Patty’s Day at Seattle Children Museum: Get ready to explore this green-filled day with fun activities for kids. For full details click here.
    • When: Tuesday March 17.
    • Activities:
      • 11:30 a.m. – Exploration: Celtic Harp.
      • 12 p.m. St. – Patrick’s Day Story Time.
      • 1 p.m. – Art: Leprechaun Houses.
      • 2 p.m. – Math: Leprechaun Graphing.
Source: Seattle Children's Museum
Source: Seattle Children’s Museum
  • Leprechaun Pub Crawl: With a ‘Going Green’ theme, and over ten local bars to crawl to, it is sure to be a Saturday night to remember. For full details click here.
    • When: Saturday March 14 at 3 p.m.
    • Cost: $10 per person.
    • Location: Pub crawl begins at Kells Irish Pub.
Source: Water Way Cruises
Source: Water Way Cruises
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Get ready for the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash filled with a wide variety of activities for both kids and adults! For full details, click here.
    • When: Sunday March 15.
    • Time: 8 a.m. Start times vary depending on the activity you chose.
    • Location: Seattle Center
    • Price: $35 individual registration. And $12 for ages 10 and under.
    • To register, click here.

Mayor of Limerick John Gilligan announced that 26 year old bubbly children's TV Presenter Emma O'Driscoll is to lead Limericks Saint Patricks Day. The theme of the Saint Patricks Day parade is Go Green and festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick.  Picture Seán Curtin Press 22.

Know of any other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities in town? Share them with us on the comments below!

 

Valentine’s Day Recap: Sing your Heart out Karaoke Party!

There’s nothing more fun than a Karaoke night on Valentine’s Day!

With the Karaoke ready to go, a table full of tasty appetizers

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And Valentine’s Day themed cocktails hand-crafted by our in-house bartender,

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residents joined in to sing their hearts out at our Valentine’s Day Karaoke Party!

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Even Genevieve, our property manager belted out a few tunes!

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And our friend Millana joined her, too!

We want to thank all our residents who attended, you made Valentine’s Day special for us!

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Update Your Apartment for 2015

New year, new you…new home? The beginning of a new year always centers on changes and improvements, but typically the focus is on ourselves—our health, our relationships, our jobs. When examining areas for improvement, we often forget one of the most important parts of ourselves: our homes.

It’s the place we wake up to each morning to begin our days and where we go to unwind after a long week. The environment we live in is critical to our success, so why not give the apartment a few updates this year? Explore a few “home improvements” to start the year feeling fresh, recharged, and ready to take on your resolutions.

Source: HGTV
Source: HGTV

Move it around
One of the easiest, quickest ways to change your environment is rearranging your furniture. Maybe try a new angle for your bed, move your couches around or try creating feng shui in your living room.

Update the color
It may be time to try a new color on your walls—look into fun removable wallpaper, find a new paint shade or create an accent wall. Pick a color or design that will give you energy.

Add some new pops of color
If you’re not ready for new colors on your wall, add pops of color where you can. Adding a new rug, bringing in some exotic plants, or finding fun throws and pillows are easy color additions.

Change the little details
If you’re looking for even smaller changes, find the little details in your apartment. Replace the knobs on your dressers or kitchen cabinets, find new prints for your wall decor, or swap in new photos for your frames.

Expand the space
Similar to adding new details, you can update your apartment by removing details to create space. End the year by de-cluttering unnecessary items or collecting donations for your local Goodwill. You can also expand the space in your rooms with new mirrors.

Give it an upgrade
If you really want to up the ante this year, add some fun tech and home products to improve your productivity. Easy gadgets include a Broom Groomer to help you clean, a Smart Dashboard to stay up-to-date, a Space Bar Monitor to organize your desk, and an Over-the-Door Drying Rack to maximize space.

Giving Back with a Little Help!

The holidays are all about giving and this year our residents helped us to give in a big way! As a locally-owned private family company, we are committed to doing our part to make our community a better place. So, we partnered with Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help ensure every child has something to unwrap this holiday season.

The best part is, with all of your help, we were quite successful at it, too!

Thank you to all of our residents, we were able to collect ten bins full of toys to donate to Toys for Tots local chapter to distribute to children in the Puget Sound area.

We are so grateful for the wonderful people who call The Century home and we wish you all the happiest of holidays

Transitioning Into Your Fall Social Calendar

Man, did summer fly by or what? All those 80 degree days seemed to make the time go faster.

But here we are, in the first days of fall, ready for the leaves – and weather – to change. One thing that won’t change – all the localicious things to do around The Century. Here are some upcoming events where you can shift your social calendar indoors.

9/26 through 1/31/15: Beaumount & Caswell in Hacienda Holiday at Teatro Zinzanni
Teatro Zinzanni is a special dinner theatre treat featuring a lavish production under a unique tent while enjoying a four-star dinner. Their newest show features favorites Beaumount and Caswell for an experience return for an adventure that will take them south of the border. The cast also features an ‘on point’ fortune teller with a sultry concoction to share, a pair of highflying poets hoping love will take them to new heights, a bad boy bartender who juggles bottles while breaking hearts, and a tango dancing couple that burn the floor (and so much more) with their sultry moves.

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9/27: Elton John at Key Arena
There are only a few tickets left via Ticketmaster and StubHub, so hustle if you want the chance to walk over to Key Arena and see Elton John play this Saturday night.

9/27 6:00pm – 7:30pm: TedX Rainier Salon at Pacific Science Center Laser Dome
Turn on your brain and join other people who love science for a viewing of TED talks facilitated by TEDxRainier curator Phil Klein and technologist Ramez Naam. These talks explore a wide range of science topics and will be followed by informal comments and conversation discussing the topics presented.

Opening 10/4: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! at Pacific Science Center
We’ve all seen the TV show showcasing Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats. This exhibit explains the science that underlies them.

11/18: Phish at Key Arena
If Elton John isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you prefer the jams of Phish. There are plenty of tickets available, so come in out of the rain and and enjoy a Saturday night with a classic American band.

Do you know of some other interesting events coming this fall? Let us know.

Make Yourself One of the Best Specialty Cocktails in the Neighborhood

Last week we brought you some recipes to elevate your BBQ to the next level. This week, we have some suggestions for tasty libations. Lower Queen Anne is home to some fantastic bartenders. So here are some drinks based on each of our favorite spirits, from some of our favorite localicious neighborhood bars.

Note: Most of these recipes don’t list measurements for each ingredient. In general, start with 1.5oz of the alcohol involved, and distribute the rest to taste. You’ll probably just need a dash of things like bitters, peppers and lime juice, and a little more soda or other fillers. Most of these are meant to be served in a cocktail or martini glass, which only hold 5 – 6 oz total.

Vodka:

  • Tini Bigs: Chill-Hooly – Tangerine Vodka, Orange Curacao, Sour mix
  • New York Pizza & Bar: Liberty Lush – Smirnoff Passion Fruit vodka, Captain Morgans Passion Fruit rum, Mango, Lemon Juice, Sour, White Cran

Tequila:

  • Triumph Bar: El Cartel – Tequila, Dry Vermouth, Cucumber, Lime, Black Pepper
  • The 5 Point Cafe: The Breakfast Paloma – Milagro Tequila with fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice and a splash of soda

Whiskey:

  • Tini Bigs: Big Kahuna Bourbon – Bourbon, Fresh Basil, Pineapple & Lime Juice, Ginger Beer
  • The 5 Point Cafe: The Pancake Breakfast – Jameson with a flow of Butterscotch Liqeur served with a side of Orange Juice.
  • El Gaucho: Barrel Aged Gaucho Manhattan – Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey, Bourbon, Cherry Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters

Gin:

  • Triumph Bar: Burning Bush – Gin, Pastis, Raspberry Shrub, cava, Lemon
  • El Gaucho: French – House infused cucumber gin, lemon, simple syrup, champagne, served up

Share your favorite homemade cocktail recipes with us in the comments below.