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2013 Convention News
Seattle, February 12–15

What to Do in Seattle? Lots!

Within Walking Distance of the Headquarters Hotel and Convention Center

Pike Place Market. Only five blocks from the Sheraton Hotel, the 104-yearold purveyor of fish, flowers, crafts, and oddities is the oldest continuously operating market in the United States. It also contains several notable restaurants. If you want really cheap eats, one of life's little pleasures is buying a barbecue pork hum bow on the sidewalk across the street from the main market building at Mee Sum Pastry Company (www.MeeSumSeattle.com), which you easily can eat while shopping. (I am partial to the baked buns, but some like the steamed variety.) Also, on the same side of the street you can find the original Starbucks Store #1 and the original Sur La Table (www.surlatable.com) store (also now a chain). The daily hustle of 200 commercial businesses, 100 craftspeople, approximately 100 farmers, numerous street musicians, and a few actual apartment residences make the Pike Place Market a lively spot. Post Alley. Starting just below the Pike Market and ending 3–4 blocks north of it, this converted alley is very walkable and high on charm and lots of shopping.

The Harbor Steps. South of the Pike Place Market, near the foot of University Street at First Avenue, look for the steps leading down toward the waterfront. Numerous shops and restaurants line the meandering steps, with potted flowers and great vistas of Puget Sound. You can shop all the way (only about four blocks) to the waterfront!

Waterfront Park and the Seattle Aquarium. Below the Harbor Steps and right at the edge of the sound both are great places for kids, with lots of sea life displays, otters (too cute), and a not-tobe- missed undersea room with a 360-degree glass dome. (Seattle Aquarium, 1485 Alaskan Way, (206) 386-4300; ask.com and webcrawler always seem to have coupons if you are taking a family).

Seattle Art Museum. Located several blocks south of the Pike Place Market is Seattle's main art museum at 1300 First Avenue (http://seattleartmuseum.org). There is a permanent collection as well as various travelling exhibits. Seattle also offers an Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park (see below or the main museum website).

Convention Registration Opens October 1

The online convention registration and housing reservation systems are now open (as of October 1). By registering early, you can save up to $70, plus be entered to win one of six fabulous prizes. NASP has a number of resources you can use to plan your best convention experience ever!

  • You should have received your Preliminary Program in the mail. The printed program provides a terrific overview of the convention highlights, documented sessions, and workshops. Browse through it now and keep it for future reference. The printed registration form also allows you to register by mail if you prefer.

  • The convention website expands on the program to provide descriptions of the more than 1,200 sessions (included with your registration), workshops, and special events (some of which will be added in the coming weeks), as well as tips on how to save money and what to do in Seattle. All easily searchable.

  • Use the Create Your Own Schedule tool to plan what sessions will best meet your professional development needs.

  • Review the sessions included in the Session Recording Packages for the NASP Online Learning Center to see if you can free up some time on site when session schedules conflict by accessing desired workshops or documented sessions after the convention.

  • Take the Self-Assessment. Convention educational sessions represent the range of professional practice domains as outlined in the NASP Practice Model, offering a wealth of opportunity to build skills in areas that will strengthen your comprehensive role. We encourage you to review the domains and take a brief self-assessment tool (takes about 15 minutes) online at www.nasponline.org/practicemodel to help you target the topics and sessions that will be most valuable.

  • Reserve your hotel room at the same time you register in one easy process. You do not need to reserve your hotel at the same time. However, you must register for the convention before gaining access to the NASP discounted room rates. These affordable rooms can fill up, so don't wait too long.

  • Back by popular demand: Look for the Convention Mobile Website again this year. Access the entire convention program and receive updates on your mobile devices while on site at the convention. Don't wait; start planning now at http://www.nasponline.org/conventions/2013/.

Westlake Center. A mere 2.5 blocks from the Sheraton Hotel (one block North along 6th Avenue to Pine Street, left 1 block) is this collection of shops, theatres, and restaurants. It also houses the Monorail, which can take you to Seattle Center (see below) and a transit station that can get you anywhere, including the airport! Restaurants include: PF Chang's and a food court with more than 20 restaurants. There is also a multiplex theatre. But, there is the Dilettante Mocha Cafe (www.dilettante .com) and soon-to-open Martini Bar (Westlake Center, street level) which, in addition to sandwiches, etc., offers incredible chocolate in nearly every imaginable presentation—also coffee. And there is coffee with chocolate. (Dilettante is found only in Seattle and, if we can possibly stop it from ever being exported, we will. 'Nuff said?)

Tours. There is a tour of the Pike Place Market (www.publicmarkettours.com) as well as the harbor and other waterside tours (www.argosycruises.com). There is also a tour of what is referred to as underground Seattle. This resulted from a fire in the 1800s and a leveling of the streets after it, which left the original first floors below ground level. This became a kind of time capsule. Tours are available through http://undergroundtour.com.

A Bit Further

Seattle Center. Take the Monorail (www.seattlemonorail.com) from Westlake Center (see above) one mile to this park that features a collection of attractions for the whole family. These include the Pacific Science Center (http://pacificsciencecenter.org), with kid friendly science exhibits (where adults also learn a lot), the new Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum (www.chihulygarden andglass.com), with incredible glass art by Dale Chihuly, and the Experience Music Project, or EMP, where you can be entertained with the exhibits and finally find something your teenager will think is cool. EMP includes sound labs, where said teenager can learn a new guitar lick (you can bring your guitar to the EMP and use the sound labs with others), and also a stage experience for either veteran or inexperienced musicians, where you can perform before an electric/ video audience of thousands, guaranteed to go wild no matter how bad you are (http://www.empmuseum.org) For those of a certain age, the Jimi Hendrix (a Seattle-ite) and the early rock and roll collections alone are worth the trip to the EMP.

Space Needle. The Seattle Center also includes the iconic Space Needle (www .spaceneedle.com), the city symbol, which offers excellent area views from the observation deck (see website for tickets or purchase onsite) if the local weather is cooperating. February often offers surprising breaks of sun and clear weather, but grab them when they come. The restaurant on the Needle is moderately pricey but has excellent food. The restaurant rotates during your meal (timed to rotate a full turn twice during an average meal). It offers a great vista, again, if the weather cooperates. Sky City Restaurant reservations can be planned from the same site as trips to the observation deck (www.spaceneedle.com).

Sculpture Park. Approximately 1.3 miles, an under-10-minutes walk from the Sheraton Hotel, is the Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue (http://seattleartmuseum.org). This lovely walkway along Puget Sound has been installed with a number of sculptures, all contemporary, including Alexander Calder's dramatic Eagle. The entire walk of about 1.5 miles offers great views, some nice gardens, beaches along the sound, and lots of views of ships and the Olympic Mountains to the West. There are bathrooms and a small coffee bar in the little museum building, but otherwise, it's all outdoors.

Frye Art Museum. There is also the private Frye Museum a short taxi or bus ride from the Sheraton Hotel to 704 Terry Avenue on Capital Hill. The museum is free (both admission and parking), but closed Mondays (open late on Thursdays).

Seattle Asian Art Museum. Located on Capital Hill, not with the main SAM site, downtown, this specialty museum (1400 East Prospect Street) is always fascinating. It is a short bus or taxi ride from the hotel.

South Lake Union. Getting there involves walking to Westlake Center (see above). From there you can take the South Lake Union Streetcar. You can plan your trip on (www.soundtransit.org). Attractions at the South end of the lake include the Center for Wooden Boats (http://cwb.org) where you can rent a rowboat and go out on the lake (they will take care of you, no experience necessary). Okay, it's February, but this doesn't stop Seattle-ites, so what's your excuse? Or you can just view the collection of vintage craft or watch boats being built. The area at the end of the lake and following the streetcar line is filled with good restaurants, with many others along the streetcar line leading to the lake.

Washington State Ferries. The Seattle terminal of the system (801 Alaska Way, Pier 52) is a little under a one-mile walk from the Sheraton (about 18 minutes) to the southern end of the downtown waterfront. From there you can ride across Puget Sound to Winslow on Bainbridge Island. Eagle Harbor at Winslow is picturesque and there are attractive shops and restaurants in a very walkable small town. The trip to Winslow takes about 45 minutes. A walk-on passenger pays only $7.70. Trip planning information can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.

University of Washington. The campus, north of downtown, about five miles off I5 at 45th street northeast, draws approximately 80,000 students and staff daily. It offers, among other attractions, a small art museum (Henry Art Gallery: http://henryart.org) and the Burke Museum of Natural History, with a fascinating Northwest native art collection, including some incredible totem poles. Children love it (www.burkemuseum.org). It is about a 20-minute bus ride from Westlake Station (see above) or about a 12-minute taxi ride, even in the worst of traffic.

Seattle University. Due east (unfortunately uphill) from the Sheraton, this city campus is small but has attractive grounds (901 12th Avenue East). It is about a 10-minute walk one way, or a local bus from 6th Avenue and Pine Street will get you there. Get off at 12th Avenue East. The campus chapel has won many architecture awards.

Quaint Neighborhoods. Tour neighborhoods for approximately a $1–$15 cab ride or cheap bus ride (plan it on the Metro trip planner: http://metro.kingcounty.gov). Several of Seattle's microbreweries sit between the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods.

Fremont. Often dedicated to making itself as odd as possible, Fremont is home to a troll sculpture underneath the Aurora Bridge at 36th street and a monumental east block Soviet era statue of Lenin (see Walking Guide on: http://fremont.com). Plans to put a cash machine in Lenin's derriere were shelved in a rare outburst of diplomacy by the Fremont neighborhood officials after the Soviet Union fell apart. Near the quaintly inadequate Fremont Bridge, there is a Richard Beyer sculpture of a group of people standing forever waiting for a mass transit that was torn down during the freewaycrazed 1950s, called “Waiting For The Interurban.”

Ballard. This Scandinavian fishing section of Seattle has become gentrified. It still houses the North Pacific fishing fleet for much of the year. Lot's of good shopping, good restaurants, and the quaint early 1900s Ballard Locks (official name: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks & Botanical Gardens), which raise ships from Puget Sound to the level of Lake Union and Lake Washington and provide entertainment (http://www.myballard.com/ballard-locks-seattle). Children, especially, find the locks and the related salmon ladder endlessly fascinating. Sometimes, migratory salmon are thick in the ladder as they move between the ocean and the lakes, although February, when the convention is held, is not known for this. The fishing fleet is also a site not readily available in most cityscapes and can be found at Fisherman's Terminal (http://www.portseattle.org/Commercial-Marine/Fishermens-Terminal) along with several good restaurants (such as, Chinooks: information at: http://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/chi nook-at-salmon-bay). At times, famous ships from reality television shows, such as Deadliest Catch, are moored at the terminal.

Theatre in Seattle. There are many theatrical venues in the city; most notably, within walking distance of the hotel is Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, but used for many other events as well. View their calendar at http://www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroya/browse. Live theatre within a reasonable distance includes: Intiman Theatre (at Seattle Center; see above, and http://intiman.org), The Rep (also at Seattle Center: http://seattlerep.org), Fifth Avenue ( just south on Fifth Avenue from the hotel (www.5thavenue .com) and The Paramount Theatre, right around the corner from our hotel (www.paramount.seattle-theatre.com).

Music venues. Places to hear music include The Showbox, with two locations, one for the blues at Pike Place Market and one south of downtown near the baseball field and football stadium, in the Sodo neighborhood, with bands appealing to the younger set (Arch Enemy, Paul Van Dyk, Arctic Monkeys). One website serves both at: www.showbox online.com. Finally, also within walking distance of the convention hotels, there is Demetrious Jazz Alley (http://www.jazzalley.com/calendar.asp).