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July 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

U-pickin blueberries

Posted by Colin Diltz

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kaitlyn Hackmann, 2, of Redmond and her friend Naia Graydon, 2, of Kenmore admire a few of the blueberries that actually made it into their bag at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm on July 28, 2014. The farm sits between Bellevue Way, Interstate 405 and Interstate 90, has been supplying blueberries to U-Pickers and local residents for decades. John Sem, an employee at Bill Pace Fruit and Produce, who operates the farm said, "this summers crop is way better than last year."

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Berries picked by Sara Doctorow will be turned into jam and pies.

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sara Doctorow, 7, with her brother Joshua, 2, of Seattle, pick berries to make jam and pies.

July 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

A paddling tour

Posted by Colin Diltz

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A line of paddle boarders tour past downtown and the Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay in the afternoon on July 28, 2014.

July 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Pista sa Nayon

Posted by Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Moa Arquiza, left, and Jeanne Magbag get dressed to perform with the University of Washington's Filipino American Student Association Sayaw Dance Troupe at Pista sa Nayon, Seafair's Filipino-American festival on July 27, 2014 at Seward Park. The performing-arts group showcases dances that share different regions, stories and ways of life in the Philippines. Arquiza said she left the Philippines at age 7 and that the dance troupe allows her to connect with her community and heritage.

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Tita Mejino, from left, Cher Templora, Richard Roxas and Orlando Morales practice before hitting the main stage at Pista sa Nayon.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The IDIC Young Once Choir performs at Pista sa Nayon, Seafair's Filipino-American festival Sunday at Seward Park.

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July 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Galloping through the Seafair Torchlight Parade

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Performers from the Latin American Dancing Horses of Washington get their horses to whip their heads forward and backward during the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle Saturday, July 26, 2014. The 65th annual parade features giant balloons, parade floats, precision drill teams, swashbuckling Seafair pirates, marching bands, and its featured co-grand marshals -- Seattle Sounders FC players Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin.

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July 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Postcards from the past, Alki Beach 1985

Posted by Colin Diltz

PAUL MILLER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dave Black, of Seattle, left, and Dan Hotes, of Hermosa Beach, Calif called their friends to tell them how nice it was at Alki Beach in West Seattle. Hotes said he called a friend in Hermosa Beach to tell him how nice the weather was up here, how much fun he is having." Hotes said he was just here on vacation but would stay a little longer.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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July 23, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Eternal Spring in Chinatown International District

Posted by Colin Diltz

JOHN LOK / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Artist Jonathan Wakuda Fischer touches up a giant mural entitled "Eternal Spring" in Seattle's Chinatown International District on July 22, 2014. Along with about 50 volunteers, Fischer painted the mural, which depicts Sakura Cherry Blossoms, on the exterior of a warehouse on the corner of 10th Avenue and S. King Street. They used a mixture of spray paint, regular paint and stencils. The project is a collaboration between Seattle Works and Urban Artworks. Fischer designed the mural.

July 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Keyed in on music

Posted by Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Yolanda Kilgore, 24, sings and plays a piano in Cal Anderson Park on July 21, 2014. Kilgore, a self-taught piano player, learned to play piano by watching musicians at church. After aging out of foster care, Kilgore said she's experienced homelessness and living in transitional housing. The public pianos allow her access to play and share her gift with others, she said. Her tattoo, "loyalty is everything," is a lyric often used in her songwriting. "I love being able to allow my emotions to flow from the soul, out through the hands and into the piano and then this gorgeous, gorgeous sound comes out," she said. From July 17 to August 17 around 20 decorated pianos will be placed around Seattle-area parks. The Pianos in the Parks partnership, underwritten by Laird Norton Wealth Management, is a collaboration between King County Parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Symphony, Gage Academy of Art, City of Music, KEXP and Classic Pianos.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Yolanda Kilgore, 24, sings and plays a piano in Cal Anderson Park.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Angelina Guo, 4, of Beijing, plays a variety of songs-including 'Mary Has a Little Lamb' and 'Old McDonald,' at Westlake Park.

July 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

New view on your commute

Posted by Colin Diltz

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle resident Jim Sykes paints an elephant as fellow volunteer Emma Mitchell, 14, goes for more supplies while they work Sunday on artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes," which covers about a 200-foot span of an underpass on North 63rd Street at Aurora Avenue North. Previously, a mural painted in the 1990s decorated both sides of the underpass, but it was covered with so much graffiti that in 2012 it was removed. Soon after, Kerry Fowler, an area resident who wanted to bring a mural back, began organizing a community effort to paint a new one. Fowler said several community businesses have helped donate toward the $5,000 needed to match money from Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund, while dozens of residents came to help paint over the weekend. "The community really stepped up," he said. The committee in charge of the mural has agreed to maintain it for five years, and a graffiti-resistant coating will be applied.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Karen Yoshitomi, who found out about the project from flyers posted near her home, makes brushstrokes along the silhouette of a person pushing a stroller.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Wendy Jones, left, paints in a runner as Jan Gray and organizer Kerry Fowler swap out a tray of paint as they work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design, "Animal Silhouettes."

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Susan Stewart paints in the edge of an elk's mouth.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

People work on painting artist Michiko Tanaka's mural design.

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