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community photoPRESSURE ON THE SACK
NFL bag policies are a transparent effort to increase safety.
By Allyson Marrs

Earlier this summer, fans were warned about new bag policies going into effect this football season.

The new rule, which spans the league's 32 clubs, is meant to help ensure the safety of every fan by banning oversized bags. Packs cannot exceed the size of 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, and must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, according to the Seahawks blog.

NFL Chief Security Officer Jeff Miller said, in a statement to the NFL Network's NFL AM, that fans can still bring the same type of items they have in the past, but they must be carried in differently. All of this, he says, is done with safety as the primary concern, especially after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.

Getting fans into the stadium more quickly also factored into the decision, since see-through bags will, with hope, expedite the lines.

The Seahawks Pro Shop now has NFL-approved stadium bags for sale, including a tote, a cinch bag and a smaller zipper bag. Small clutches (4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) will still be permitted.

On the bright side, this new policy gives fans another way to rock their team logos, as Clubs are offering approved merchandise. And, if things go according to plan, fans can get into the stadium and start screaming for their team after a shorter wait in line.

FAQs as Answered by
How many bags can each person bring into the stadium?
One large clear bag—either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or the 12-by-6-by-12 clear bag—plus a small clutch. The larger clear bag must be a standard 12-by-6-by-12 made of clear PVC vinyl that is easily searched. The one-gallon Ziploc bag is readily available, inexpensive and easily searched. The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and also is easily searched.

Are fans allowed to bring blankets in cold weather?
Fans will be able to bring blankets by tossing them over a shoulder or arm as they do in Green Bay. They can be easily screened carrying a blanket into the stadium.

What if I show up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?
Fans carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be turned away from the stadium well before they reach the gates. Stadiums are encouraged to maintain an ample supply of clear plastic tote bags or clear plastic freezer bags to afford guests the opportunity to transfer their belongings to an approved bag before they approach the stadium. As an alternative for guests that have no other option, stadiums are encouraged to consider providing the opportunity to temporarily check noncompliant bags at a facility located well outside the bag-restricted area.

If I have certain items that I need to bring into the stadium for medical reasons and they won't fit in the clear bag, what do I do?
There will be a separate entrance to allow screening of these bags and medically necessary items.

What about diaper bags?
Diapers can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, would be allowed to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse into the stadium. That is a quite a bit of storage capacity.

For more specifics on these new policies, visit

By Katie Vincent

Drink to the bounty of Washington State at 11 boozy festivals this autumn.


Autumn kicks off with the third annual Cider Summit Northwest (Sept. 6-7, 21 and older,, $20-$25), which brings plenty of adult apple brews to the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn. Admission buys guests a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets, with additional tickets available for $2 each.

The same weekend, the south sound celebrates 80 regional microbreweries at Tacoma's Craft Beer Festival (Sept. 7, 21 and older,, $25-$60). From noon to 9 p.m., guests can take their commemorative tasting glasses into Cheney Stadium to taste ales, ciders and wines. VIP tickets buy access to a catered tent, four exclusive beer samples and plenty of brewer meet-and-greets.

Rounding out the month is our very own Fremont Oktoberfest (Sept. 21-23,, $15-$35), an action-packed, three-day fest with everything from a tasting garden and live music to the Brew-HA-HA 5K run and chainsaw pumpkin-carving contest. Underage guests are invited to try their hand at polka dancing and making recycled art.


Unlike the Bavarian tradition, beer bellies in Seattle come out to party in early October, thanks to four beer festivals and one enormous wine bash. The first weekend is packed, beginning with Puyallup's Oktoberfest Northwest (Oct. 4-6,, $5-$10) at the Washington Fair and Events Center. Stop by for a 5K stein dash (yes, you run with and drink from the stein), wiener dog race, Hammerschlagen tournament, kids activities and plenty of booze on tap.

Meanwhile, the prosts can be heard across the Cascades at the truly authentic Leavenworth Oktoberfest (Oct. 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19,, $10-$20). In Washington's mini-Bavaria, be prepared for live entertainment, vendor booths, an enormous biergarten, brats galore, a whole village of fun for kids and plenty of polka.

If the grapevine is your poison of choice, head north of Leavenworth to peruse the vintages offered at the Lake Chelan Crush (Oct. 5-6, 12-13, Hop from winery to winery to sample the latest labels, crush grapes, watch the pressing process, taste fresh-pressed juice, dine on restaurant specials and toast another successful year alongside local winemakers.

For those who'd rather stay close to the sound, the first week of October also offers two unique opportunities for merrymaking: the Brew at the Zoo tasting event on Phinney Ridge (Oct. 3, 21 and older,, $25-$65) and the annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Georgetown (Oct. 4-6, 21 and older,, $25). While the former offers live animal encounters, giveaways and a free photo booth, the latter promises giant beer-filled squash and more than 60 pumpkin ales for your drinking pleasure.


Rounding out the harvest celebration lineup are two massive wine celebrations on the east side of the mountains. For a fun weekend escape, consider renting a hotel room and reveling in Washington's bounty of vino.

Ring in November in the state's far southeastern stretches for the Walla Walla Fall Release Weekend (Nov. 1-3, Tour the region's most prestigious wineries (Cayuse or Leonetti, anyone?) to sample this season's newly released labels while enjoying winemaker dinners, art festivals and live music.

The following Saturday, make your way up the Columbia for this autumn's last major drinking fete: the 35th annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival (Nov. 9,, $55). Hosted by the Tri-Cities Wine Society, this classy gala involves a silent auction, wine tasting, a culinary showcase and the announcement of this year's vintage winners. And the best part? All wine, beer and food are included in the ticket price!

-Katie Vincent is a Seattle-based freelance writer specializing in outdoor living, wellness, travel and sustainable gardening.

community photoFASHION FORWARD
By Allyson Marrs

Heading into a new season is always a great time to re-evaluate what you've kept for too long, and what you've kept hidden for even longer. "I always say to people, 'if you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it,' " says image consultant Bruce Pflaumer, who spent 17 years with Nordstrom and 20 years in the apparel industry in brand building, merchandising and apparel design. He's now an image consultant for business professionals, professional athletes and TV personalities.

"The majority of people wear less than 10 percent of the clothing in their closet."

Bruce compares the (sometimes dreaded) morning ritual of picking out an outfit to shopping in a store, saying that the nicer the clothes are presented, and the better they're grouped, the easier it is to create an ensemble.

So when you're overhauling the closet and tossing useless items, use the opportunity to organize those you are keeping. You can group by style—short sleeve, long sleeve, sweaters, blouses, tank tops, dress pants, casual pants, etc.—or by color. For those who are completely dedicated to the process, first do one and then the other.

Much like the seasons, you're continually changing. Part of the process of tossing is deciding what just simply doesn't fit anymore. Sure, you may still love it, but if it's tired, falling apart or doesn't fit your body type anymore, it needs to go, Bruce says. "Define your personal style. Get a full-length mirror, and take a good hard look at yourself."

From there, Bruce recommends you really think about your lifestyle. Your daily activities will absolutely determine what you feel comfortable wearing, but you can still look professional and pulled together, no matter your pursuits.

Thinking about all of these factors will make it easier to part with the skirt that's made it through the past 20 years' worth of closet cleanouts.

Inevitably, though, even with a closet in tiptop shape, most people will eventually get bored with everything on the hangers. But even the simplest additions can make an outfit you feel you've outworn feel new again.

"Change your mindset," Bruce says. If you're addicted to black or color-blocking (colored blouse with black pants) then move to color saturation—don similar shades, such as lavender and plum or navy and new blues, Bruce recommends.

Accessories can also do a lot of work with a little. Whether it's a brightly colored handbag, a new pair of shoes, a statement necklace or a bold tie, the ability to constantly interchange these items with the same outfit will give each a new feel.

Fashion is a constantly evolving industry, which means you have the opportunity to build on your basics and push your comfort level in a fun way. The most basic rule has always been, "Look good, feel good," and that's something you need to define for yourself.

community photoPieces to Fall in Love
Image consultant Bruce Pflaumer breaks down this fall's must-haves for women and men.

Boots, both riding and dress styles.
"Yes, there's a difference. You need both," Bruce says.
Colored blazer for a little pop to pump up the wardrobe.
Embrace your inner animal with something in an animal print.

A new sports coat to wear with denim, cords and other seasonal trousers.
Colored knitwear in multiple styles, such as a cardigan or a sweater.
Embrace your inner militant with a bomber jacket, trimmed-down peacoat and tough boots.

Rules for Tailoring
Bruce says that ready-to-wear clothing doesn't really exist, but finding a great tailor is the best way to ensure the perfect look.

• Check the hem. If a blouse, or a men's dress shirt, is too long, it can make you look frumpy.

• If a blazer/suit jacket hits on your shoulders, but doesn't "anchor" to your neck, it's not the right fit.  Choose a cut that first "anchors" to the neck, then conforms to the shoulders without it being too tight.  

• If a trouser fits in the bottom and thigh, but the waist is too big, it can be taken in up to 1.5 inches in the waist to accommodate your shape and prevent "waist gap."

• Most people have one hip that's higher than the other, so have the tailor measure both lengths when altering the bottoms of trousers.

• If you're a tall person, you can get away with more break (the fold or bend above the cuff) on your trouser. If you're on the shorter side, you want less break because when too long, you'll look shorter, instead of longer and leaner.

community photoOF NOTE
Bellevue Club's Karate Club had a very special visitor in June: the Grand Master! The Grand Master came to teach seminars and techniques learned during his 70 years of training. His last visit was 10 years ago, so it was a special treat for many of the younger karate students.

The Grand Master is widely respected for his work with police departments, the DEA, the CIA and with students all around the world.

employee spotlight photoEMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Employee: Melynda Marshall
Position: Executive Assistant

Worked at the BC for: nine years
Favorite part about my job: My coworkers. I've met some of the most incredible friends here who will always be a part of my life.
Favorite hobbies: Crafting (think Pinterest), reading and spending time with friends.
Three words to describe me: Outgoing, loyal, thoughtful.
Siblings: Three—older sister, twin sister and younger brother.
Favorite food: Homemade fettuccine Alfredo and eggs Benedict.
Favorite movie: "Love Actually" and "The Count of Monte Cristo."
I would never: Root for the Lakers or get a tattoo.
I just can't live without: Diet Coke and good music.
An item on my bucket list: I just completed my second item (seeing Celine Dion live in concert). Next up: be a part of a flash mob!
Favorite place in the world: I still have some traveling to do to find my absolute favorite, but right now the Kirkland waterfront during the summer is pretty fantastic.
Best memory made at the Club: Not long after I started working at the club, I developed a small crush on the bartender. Beth, our previous General Manager, would have me get our afternoon Diet Cokes from the bar so I could talk to him. A few months into my afternoon excursions, I tripped up the stairs going into Cosmos and almost fell on my face. I was completely mortified. After that, I started getting our Diet Cokes from the employee lounge.

In the Cards
Membership Card Reminder
In order to protect the Bellevue Club’s private membership status, every member who enters the Club must have his or her membership card swiped by a staff member.

Although most members become familiar faces around the Club, the card scanning policy helps stop unauthorized use by nonmembers and members who have been suspended or left the Club. Also, the use of membership cards creates a more efficient entrance environment, in contrast to manually entering each member into the computer.

For those with lost or missing cards, be sure to tell the Athletic Entrance representative so they can order you a new card. We completely understand that you may occasionally forget or misplace your membership card. However, any member who refuses to comply with our card-scanning policy will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Be Our Guest:
Guest check-in procedures
Guests are always welcome at the Bellevue Club. We encourage members to bring a guest for the day to enjoy use of the facility. All guests that are brought to the Club shall abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Bellevue Club. This includes checking in. To ensure that guests are eligible to use the facility, we ask that all members abide by the following rules:

• The same guest may visit the Bellevue Club once per month, but not to exceed two visits within a six-month period. The Bellevue Club does offer multi-day and weekly passes through Membership Services.
• The sponsoring member must be present with the guest upon check-in. The only exception is with special passes or arrangements made in advance through Membership Services.
• All guests must fill out a Guest Registration Form, which is to be signed by both the member and guest.
• All guests are subject to pay a guest fee upon check-in. The fee is $16 for an adult and $8 for a junior.

All the News that's Fit to Blog
Bellevue Club launches blog and Twitter
There’s officially a new blog on the block. The Bellevue Club recently launched a new media outlet with all the latest information and member news on the Eastside at

Created as a place for members to stay connected to the Bellevue Club community, the new blog is focused on posting timely stories and announcements about member and Club happenings. Along with member news, also look for fitness tips, recipes, social events and class updates.

If you or somebody you know is hosting a charity event or you recently won an award, the Bellevue Club Blog wants to hear about it. Send all interesting news items and tidbits to

In addition to a shiny new blog, the Bellevue Club is also on Twitter. Follow the Club at to get last-minute class openings or cancellations, parking alerts, special offers and weather-related announcements, as well as information about community events in Bellevue.

Nominate a Member for a Profile
Do you know any members who have special talents or athletic abilities, unique hobbies, far-flung travels or interesting careers, volunteer or charity work? We are looking for members to feature for profiles in future issues of REFLECTIONS, and we’d love to hear from you. Call 688-3162 or e-mail with your nomination.

Sign Up for E-Mail Alerts
Bellevue Club members can now sign up to receive e-mail alerts about the latest fitness classes, social events, construction updates, restaurant specials and more. Visit and click on “Subscribe to E-mail Alerts.” From this screen you can sign up to receive specific e-mail alerts about various departments at the Club. Tailor individual alerts to exactly what you want to know about at the Club, from last-minute tennis court openings to promotions at the Spa. Receive only the information you requested, and unsubscribe or change alerts at any time. If you have questions about
e-mail alerts, contact the web coordinator at 688-3293 or e-mail

See What’s Happening ‘This Week’
Stay up to date on the latest construction news, classes and happenings at the Bellevue Club with the new “This Week at the Club” page at The link will provide information about special events, current specials, promotions and sales around the club, upcoming events, construction updates, parking alerts, membership information and more.

Use Automatic Deduction to Pay your Club Bill
The Club accepts automatic deductions from your checking or savings account as a convenient, dependable and safe way to make your monthly Club payment.

To sign up for our automatic deduction program, pick up an Authorization Agreement form at Membership Services and return it with a voided check or preprinted savings withdrawal slip.

Once you drop off the completed form, we’ll withdraw your payment directly from your checking or savings account. Automatic deduction payments are made on the 15th of the month and will be reflected on your bank statement. We will continue to send you a monthly Club statement of activity for your review. For more information, please call Membership Services at 688-3221.

Parking Lot Theft Alert
There have been a number of automobile break-ins at the Club due to valuables being left unattended in cars. To reduce the possibility of this happening to you, please never leave valuables—or for that matter, anything—in your car. Do not hide items in your car, either. We have extended security’s presence in the parking lot as well as having the Bellevue Police provide random surveillance throughout the day and evening.

If you observe any unusual activity, please report it to the Athletic Desk immediately.

Locker Room Reminder
Please note that all members under 16 years of age are required to use the Family/Children’s locker rooms. Opposite sex children under 6 years of age are permitted in the boys or girls locker rooms when accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that adults do use these locker rooms. If you are uncomfortable for any reason please contact the Athletic Desk and we will arrange for a staff person to assist your child.

Club Employment Not Available for Members
Please remember that the Bellevue Club does not employ Club members, including Junior and Intermediate classifications. We appreciate your understanding and hope you will continue to enjoy all the activities available at the Club.

Child Care and Kids’ Camp Sick Policy
Please do not bring your sick child to the Child Care Center or Kids’ Camp. This includes a child with a cold, runny nose, cough or fever. We ask that you respect this rule for the protection of other children and our staff.

Reminder for Parents Regarding Junior Members
Summers are a busy time and we have many youngsters in the Club every day taking classes and camps. Please remind your children of the following junior member rules to make time in the Club more pleasant for everyone.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.
• The Junior Activity Lounge is provided for junior members. No rowdiness or foul language is allowed.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.


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