What's Ringing Rachel's 'Belle'?
Rachel Belle

A Day of Digging Up Clams and Oysters with a Foraging Expert

Seattle forager Langdon Cook leads daylong shellfish foraging events on a private beach belonging to clam and oyster farmers Amy and John Adams. There's learning, foraging and lots of eating and drinking.

Nibs, the nibberhood cat, has brought nibbers in Fremont together

Seattle's Carl Sander says his five year old orange cat, Nibs, has always been a wanderer. Thanks to a Facebook page, he's learned that Nibs has hung out with hundreds of people in the neighborhood (or as they call it, the nibberhood), often entering homes and businesses to sleep and play. So in honor of National Night Out, Carl created Nibsfest 500, a community party in Nibs honor with a fundraiser to benefit The Retired Seattle Police Canine Fund.

Passing notes: Is texting and Twitter less significant than classic teenage note passing?

Inspired by a folder full of high school notes, found by two local, lifelong 42 year old friends, a story that compares and contrasts the value of hand written notes, and the electronic communication teens engage in today. Is one better than the other? The note passers seem to think so.

'Ghost tenants' live in luxury homes at apartment prices

How can you live in a $3,000 a month, 4,800 square foot home for just $1,200 a month? A company called Showhomes, a real estate staging company, chooses hyper-clean people to live in vacant homes, in the hopes of adding new life and encouraging a quicker sale.

Pianos in the Parks Brings Two Seattle Staples Together: Music & the Outdoors

For a whole month, 20 whimsically painted pianos will live outside at 20 different Seattle and King County parks. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to sit down and play and add an element of creativity to local parks.

What's being served at President Obama's $25,000 Hunt's Point dinner?

President Obama, and 35 guests, are enjoying a $25,000 meal prepared by Redmond's Lisa Dupar Catering. So what's on the menu at Jim and Jan Sinegal's cozy Senate Majority PAC fundraiser?

Who is growing Washington's weed?

Until the state finishes inspecting, and approving, cannabis growers, there will not be enough legal weed to go around. Tahoma Growers are hoping to pass their August inspection, and they share what the process has been like and what it's like to participate in this historic Green Rush.

Winning: Edmonds woman enters 200 sweepstakes a day

After winning a trip to Palm Springs in 2008, Edmonds' April Jacques was hooked. She now enters about 200 sweepstakes a day and has won thousands of items, including 12 trips.

Alzheimer's Cafe serves up pizza and sing-a-longs

Copying a concept popular in Europe, Alzheimer's Cafe aims to give people with dementia and Alzheimer's a comfortable and public place to socialize. The Cafe is held every 2nd Thursday of the month at Tutta Bella, in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood.

Thawing the Seattle Freeze, one neighbor at a time

Sammamish's Becky Henchman is intent on thawing the Seattle Freeze. For the next year, she is committed to having a neighbor over each month, to try and get to know the people who live around her and create community and friendship.

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Ring My Belle on KIRO Radio
Tune in to KIRO Radio on Sundays at 3pm for Ring my Belle with Rachel Belle.

Who is Rachel Belle?
Rachel Belle's "Ring My Belle" segment airs Monday-Friday on The Ron & Don Show at 4:37pm and 6:37pm. You can hear "Ring My Belle Weekends" Saturdays at 5:00pm Sundays at 3:00pm. Rachel is a northern California native who loves anything and everything culinary, playing Scrabble, petting cats and performing improv.

Please send Rachel your story ideas, weekend events and taco truck tips!



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