Monday, July 30, 2007

Emergency Preparedness

In our ongoing efforts to be prepared for anything, staff participated in our annual CPR training last week. You never know when you might need it.

Breathing life into dummies, restarting hearts, it's all just a part of what we do at CISC!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Fun and Games

It's not always all fun and games at CISC, but last Friday afternoon it was, anyway. We closed up shop at noon for the annual agency picnic, and headed out to Newcastle Beach Park on Lake Washington.

Staff got a much deserved break, enjoyed good food, fresh air and perfect weather! Games included trust building and team building activities, and disaster preparedness awareness. OK, so we just can't help it...

We're now all charged up, and ready go back to work!

Cathay Bank

Congratulations to our corporate sponsor, Cathay Bank, who opened their third and newest branch in Bellevue on Friday!

CISC board member Martin Liang is manager of the new office and welcomed Bellevue Deputy Mayor John Chelminiak, Councilmembers Conrad Lee and Phil Noble, Cathay Bank board of directors who flew up from LA, and CISC Executive Director, Alaric Bien who all participated in the official ribbon cutting.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Seattle Aquarium Comes to CISC

Outreach staff from the Seattle Aquarium came out to our summer youth program today to talk about what they can see on the beach. This is in preparation for next week's trip to the South Alki Beach conservation area.

The kids learned about different marine animals (Do you know what a Tidepool Sculpin is??), how to handle them in the wild, and why the ocean is so important to our environment.

This is just one of many fun (but educational) activities the kids enjoy in our summer program. If you can't get to the beach this summer, at least go check out the newly renovated Seattle Aquarium!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Surprise Fundraising Event

Many thanks to Mike and Debbie Che for including us in their grand opening celebration!

On Saturday, August 4, the new HT Oaktree Market on Aurora Ave (the old Larry's) will hold a barbeque to benefit CISC programs. In addition, buy $30 or more in groceries and receive a free gift!

The Che family's newest addition was covered in the Northwest Asian Weekly a few months ago. Click here for details.

For more information, please contact the store directly at 206-527-5333.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sunshine Garden Seniors at ID Summer Festival

Once again, members of Sunshine Garden Senior Day Center provided the official kick off for the ID Summer Festival on the main stage in Hing Hay Park.

Seniors demonstrated 9-movement tai chi for fall prevention, magic tricks they learned at the center, and an 18-movement series of tai chi.

Sunshine Garden provides educational, health, social, and physical activities to help keep our seniors healthy, active, and connected to their community in their later years.

For more information, contact Andes Kong at 206-624-5633 x 4121 or

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Vietnamese Children's Day

Our Vietnamese Children's Day celebration was held on Saturday and we had over 50 families attend! Activities included singing, dancing, story telling, and of course, lots of food!

We also used this opportunity to kick off a new Play and Learn group every Saturday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 in the CISC reception area. This group will be done in Vietnamese and English. For more information on our Play and Learn activities, please contact Hueiling Chan at 206-624-5633 x 4139 or

For hours and locations of all our play and learn groups, please click here.

We Beat the Heat!

Don't know if you remember, but last year about this time (June 26, to be exact), we endured scorching temperatures in our old offices, with fans blowing hot air directly into our faces in a vain attempt to keep cool, and agency issued popsicles.

What a difference a year makes! Not only do we have air conditioning, but our staff, clients, and volunteers are all enjoying being at CISC today. So if you're feeling hot and cranky today, come on by and hang out with us as we watch the mercury rise!