What can I say about last Saturday – sun, food & friends meeting friends! Many people say they love the market for its friendly atmosphere amongst the vendors as well as the shoppers. Another big draw is the beautiful setting of the Marina. Remember, we are one of the very few markets to still allow pets. We are seeing more and more dogs at the market, please be respectful of others as you shop. The Market Foundation fundraiser, Poster Artworks continues to sell well. Market vendor Maria’s Famous Tamales purchased a piece that was on canvas. Remember all proceeds go to the support of the market. [caption id="attachment_52372" align="aligncenter" width="490"]EsthellaHerrera+DonSukin Esthella Herrera and Don Sukin. Photo by “Roger the Dodger” Baker.[/caption] Puget Sound Blood Center will be at the market this Saturday. Summer does not mean less need for blood. As a matter of fact, with people being more active, demand for blood goes up in the summer. This means there are fewer donors available at a time of the year when the need increases. Look for the bus parked at the market entrance. Click HERE to schedule an appointment. Food Trucks – look for Ezell’s Express,Stella Fiore Pizza,Fish Basket, Charlie’s Buns N Stuff,Lumpia World Here are the community groups for this week: The City of Des Moines Public Works Department is coming to the market this Saturday, staff and equipment will be there to tell the story of what they do. This public outreach to the community will give citizens a chance to see firsthand some of the projects they are currently working on and what has been done in the past. It will also give folks a chance to get to know them a little better and ask any questions they might have. There will be different displays and a variety of equipment plus plenty staff to answer any and all questions. Please stop by and meet the department that works for you. For over 20 years, King County Master Recycler Composters have provided King County residents outside the City of Seattle with waste prevention and recycling information and tips they can use in their everyday lives. Through a variety of outreach venues, these volunteers donate invaluable time encouraging residents to make informed decisions about preventing waste and using resources wisely. Cub Scouts of America are holding a fundraiser selling baked goods. Don’t forget the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle is available again this Saturday and every other Saturday thru the end of October. The shuttle provides door to door transportation to the market for seniors 55 and older and those with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien from 11am-2pm. To make your reservation, call 206-727-6262. Music this week is James Lindsey from 10-noon and Blues crooner PK Dwyer from noon to 2pm. Look for them at the Boardwalk Bistro. If you think you have the best chili in town, you can sign your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It is on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application. The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. They will be there every Saturday until school starts. Upcoming events: August 23rd is the annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival held in Beach Park from noon to 8pm. This is the Rotary Club of Des Moines fund raiser that benefits Highline Schools Music4Life program.   September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the SeattleFoodTruck.com Truck-In at the market. You can check out this web calendar for all the local events. To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.]]>