July 24, 2012

News Digest: Campus dining changes, venues on display Sunday, volunteer for Azalea Way gardening

Options, changes for campus dining
Summertime always brings some new twists to eating on campus, and this year is no different, as Housing & Food Services brings some changes and additions in mid-August, while some established things remain.

The $6.50 “all you care to eat” option has returned for UW faculty and staff at 8 at McMahon Hall, and come Aug. 17 that deal will be offered at the reopening Eleven 01 Café in Terry Hall as well.

Mobile dining on campus will change a bit with the two food trucks at More Hall, Curbside 8 and Siganos, closing. The three trucks in Red Square will remain open and operate normally. The change is in anticipation of the reopening of the Husky Den at the HUB in September.

For more UW Dining updates, “like”  Housing & Food Services on Facebook or visit the department website.

Burke Museaum lobby

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Burke Museum lobby set for dinner.

Learn about UW venues for weddings, receptions during two events Sunday
Two events Sunday afternoon – one at the University of Washington Club and the other at the Burke Museum – offer free previews of UW venues that are available for weddings, receptions and anniversary and retirement parties.

One event, a wedding fair, will be 1 to 3 p.m., July 29, at the UW Club will include representatives of the club and the UW Botanic Gardens. There will be complimentary appetizers and beverages from the UW Club and Bay Laurel Catering and other vendors on hand will include Cakes by Crème de la Crème and Ravenna Bloom.

Register for the event or walk in Sunday afternoon. The event is open toUW faculty, staff, students and the public.

The other event, a wedding open house, will be at the  Burke Museum, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday Visitors can explore the different rental spaces and options for receptions, ranging from settings with glittering gemstones to fossils. Tastings will be offered by three of the Burke’s preferred caterers and open house goers can get ideas from a florist and photographer, and book a DJ.

Featured vendors include Adam’s DJ Service, Jenny GG Photography and Portage Bay Catering. No pre-registration is needed and the event is open to everyone.

All revenue from Burke facility rentals supports ongoing programming, exhibits and work of the Burke.

Volunteers sought to help care for historic Azalea Way
The UW Botanic Gardens, Arboretum Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation are launching a new volunteer initiative to help maintain Azalea Way, an historic component of Washington Park Arboretum’s original Olmsted design. Flanked by azaleas, rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs and trees, Azalea Way runs for about two-thirds of a mile from the Graham Visitors Center to the Japanese Garden.

The new Azalea Way Garden Stewards program is modeled on the Pacific Connections Garden Stewards program, which has close to 30 volunteer. Both provide volunteer support to salaried arboretum staff.

The work will consist primarily of weeding, mulching and edging with hand tools, as well as planting native groundcovers. Stewards will receive special training from Arboretum staff and opportunities to attend lectures and instructional tours hosted by plant experts.

Volunteers should have some previous gardening experience and commit to working 24 hours during the period of March to November.

To launch the new initiative, there will be a work party on Azalea Way, 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, August 7. For more information or to sign up, contact stewards coordinator Rhonda Bush at rhondabush@comcast.net or 206-941-2550.