Here’s how you know summer’s just about here: The official kickoff of Seafair!

Okay, so we’re a ways away from fireworks and the Blue Angels . . . but it really does feel like summer’s in the air when Seafair officially gets underway, and today’s the day! The big festivities are at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, with mini-celebrations happening all over town at select Starbucks locations. Here’s the official schedule: Seafair Kickoff …

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Finally, somebody actually designed a bicycle for women

And they didn’t just lower the center tube and paint it pink. That’s the old-school way of “designing” a bike for a woman’s specific anatomy. A new company called Liv Cycling has started from scratch, creating a full line of bikes that are made for women. Kelli Emmett is a professional competitive mountain biker who’s giving Liv input into their …

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Remembering why Memorial Day is important

You’ve got a three-day weekend. The sun is shining. You’re grilling, or hiking, or heading to Northwest Folklife, or Sasquatch, or just hanging out with the family. Not to get all heavy on you here, but what’s Memorial Day really about? It’s a day to remember and honor the people who died serving in America’s armed forces. And if you’d …

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Here’s where to find today’s Cinco de Mayo fun

There’s a ton of stuff to do around here today if you feel like a little south-of-the-border celebration. If you’re after some authentic food and drink, here are some suggestions from the restaurant-reservations app Open Table. (Okay, one of them’s actually Cuban, but . . . close enough, I guess.) And Eater Seattle has 11 tacos to try now, from …

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Viadoom, the sequel, Day One

So it’s started — two weeks of pandemonium on the streets and freeways of the Puget Sound area, because the Alaskan Way Viaduct and a stretch of Highway 99 are closed while Bertha attempts to tunnel under the aging foundation of the Viaduct. From what I can tell so far, it hasn’t been quite as bad as the TV news …

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Spring arrives this weekend! Can you really do the egg balancing trick?

Legend says it’s an ancient Chinese tradition — on the first day of spring, aka the Vernal Equinox, because the sun is equidistant from Earth’s two poles, the balanced gravitational forces will allow you to stand an egg on its end. If you scroll through Facebook this Sunday (the official first day of spring) you’ll see everything from eggs to …

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Where to go for your St. Patrick’s Day corned beef sandwich around here

You may not normally eat a ton of corned beef, but if there was ever a day to go for it, this is the day. So what are the go-to spots around Puget Sound for the authentic sandwich (or corned beef and cabbage platter) that’ll make your St. Paddy’s Day perfect? Here are a couple of great lists: Last fall, …

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Even if you’re not a Mariners fan, you have to check out their new commercials

It’s become a ritual every spring — sure, the beginning of baseball season, but also the big reveal of the season’s new Mariners TV commercials. Today the team unveiled four new spots, plus a great blooper reel. As always, the spots highlight the larger-than-life but lovable personalities of the players, or, in one case, ex-players: One of the commercials features …

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Go ahead, get that tattoo you’ve always wanted — it might boost your immune system!

If you’ve considered a tattoo, but you never quite got up the nerve to actually go under the needle, maybe this will be the incentive you need to go for it: According to a new study in the American Journal of Human Biology (yeah, it’s in our Warm 106.9 magazine rack right between InTouch and US Weekly) tattoos can strengthen …

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Who wants free pie?!

Today is Pi Day — March 14, aka 3/14. You remember Pi, right? From high school math class? That magical number, usually shortened to 3.14, that actually goes on forever: 3.14159265358 . . . blah blah blah. You get the idea. You probably knew at the time you’d never need it again, except for this one day of the year …

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