Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Auburn Family Dental and Bella Dental Care offer free sports mouth guard for new patients!


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Keep Back-to-School Students Smiling: Custom-Made Sports Mouthguards Help Prevent Injury

Dr. Marie Durflinger Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Bellevue’s Bella Dental Care with Free Sports Mouthguards for New Patients and Party, September 30

BELLEVUE, Wash. (September 21, 2010) — Back-to-school also means back-to-sports. With rates of injury, particularly those to the jaw and teeth, trending upwards, send a student safely back out on the field with a custom fit sports guard courtesy of Bella Dental Care in Bellevue (

Recognized as the region’s top general dentist by Seattle Metropolitan magazine the last two years in a row, Dr. Marie Durflinger is committed to her patients. And that is why she is offering free custom-made sports mouthguards, a $300 value, to all new patients who schedule a comprehensive examination, including x-rays and an initial cleaning.

Student athletics are becoming more aggressive and competitive. The American Dental Association published a recent study that found student athletes not wearing a Sports Guard were 1.6 to 1.9 times more likely to suffer injury. Bella Dental Care is committed to protecting student-athletes and preventing painful and expensive injuries.

“If your child plays any sport where there is physical contact, a custom-made sports mouthguard is vital for protecting their smile, and the same goes for parents, too.  Sports mouthguards prevent an estimated 200,000 facial injuries every season in high school and college football alone with the most common injuries being broken teeth and cut lips. They also aid in the prevention of tooth fracture and tooth loss from high impact,” explains Dr. Marie Durflinger.

Football is obviously a full-contact sport, but the ADA also reports that collegiate basketball players wearing custom-made mouthguards suffer significantly fewer dental injuries than those who don’t. A custom-fitted mouthguard is far more superior to the boil-and-bite models bought at a drug store.

Dr. Durflinger strongly recommends mouthguards to athletes participating in all sports, even those not commonly considered a “contact” sport. “This hits really close to home for me because my best friend was in a severe skiing accident, and if she’d had a mouth guard, it would have prevented the loss of her front tooth,” comments Dr. Durflinger.

The promotion comes at a perfect time. In celebration of Bella Dental Care’s one-year anniversary, Dr. Durflinger is also hosting an open house that everyone is invited to attend:

Bella Dental Care Open House

Thursday, September 30, 4 - 8 p.m.

· Celebrate the practice’s one-year anniversary

· Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and pours of Barons V and Hedges Estate wines.

· Enter the raffle for a chance to win an Amazon Kindle and other prizes.

· Address: 1550 140th Ave NW #110 Bellevue, WA 98005

· RSVP to

Bella Dental Care’s anniversary party is a great opportunity to meet Dr. Durflinger and her team, and equip young athletes with an incredibly important, and often overlooked, piece of safety equipment.

Bella Dental Care. Voted Top Dentist in 2009 and 2010, Dr. Marie Durflinger, RDH, DDS specializes in family dentistry with emphasis on aesthetic dentistry using the latest technology from cosmetically oriented procedures and full mouth reconstructive procedures to basic exams. For more information, visit To schedule an appointment, call (425) 208-0032 and ask to be scheduled with Dr. Durflinger.

This offer is also available at Dr. Durflinger’s second location, Auburn Family Dental ( To schedule an appointment, call (253) 833-2200.

Dr. Durflinger is a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Seattle Dental Study Club and King County Dental Society.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Bachelor’s new love – Queenstown and its tasty burgers

See what Jason Mesnick of Down Under Answers has been up to in Queenstown as he talks about his new upcoming show and how the local eats have captured his heart.

Olive Crest Hosts 9th Annual “Grape Expectations” at LOT No. 3


Annual Wine Procurement Party Benefits Local Foster Children

BELLEVUE, Wash.—(September 22, 2010) Reserve a glass—or two— at Olive Crest’s “Grape Expectations” Wine Procurement Party on October 13. Olive Crest ( offers attendees the opportunity to help the local foundation collect bottles for their upcoming auction while enjoying an evening filled with Northwest wines and delicious appetizers.

Held at LOT No. 3 in Bellevue, Olive Crest’s annual Wine Procurement Party, “Grape Expectations,” benefits local foster children. Each guest is asked to bring a donation of fine wine to be auctioned off at the Olive Crest “One Life at a Time” Gala Auction, to be held March 5, 2011 at the Westin Bellevue.

9th Annual Wine Procurement Party

Wednesday, October 13, 5 - 8 p.m.

· Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from LOT No. 3 and wine tastings from local wineries.

· Entry fee: one bottle of fine wine per guest, valued at $50 - $100, as a donation for the March auction.

· Space is limited. RSVP by October 6, 2010 online or contact Toni Young, at or (425) 462-9268.

“Grape Expectations” was established 10 years ago to encourage wine donations for the annual dinner and auction, held annually in March. All proceeds from the “One Life at a Time” Gala Auction directly benefit Olive Crest’s mission of preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family.

Last year, the 100 bottles received at the party were auctioned off for $10,200, contributing to the total amount raised, $426,000. This year Olive Crest hopes to gather even more donations at “Grape Expectations.”

“The Wine Procurement Party is a great way for our supporters and wine enthusiasts alike to gear up for the annual dinner and auction in March,” says Toni Young, Special Event Manager for Olive Crest. “Last year, we were blown away by the amount of bottles we received. With the help of our wonderful volunteers and guests this year, we hope to raise even more bottles to be auctioned off for local foster kids.”

For those who cannot attend the event but would like to make a contribution, cash donations can be made online.

Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 50,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. We work tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. Our many innovative programs reflect our conviction that strengthening the family is one of the most powerful ways to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and families we serve even after they have graduated from our programs. Olive Crest serves nearly 1,000 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. For information call 1-800-550-CHILD (2445) or visit

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Media Contact: Angela McConnell

Randall PR / (206) 624-5757

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jazz Vocalist Stephanie Porter Performs Saturdays in the Pampas Room

Stephanie Porter

Sept. 25 s Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 s Nov. 6, 13, 27

SEATTLE, Wash.—(September 22, 2010)— Looking for a swanky Saturday night with ‘all that jazz’? Head to El Gaucho Seattle where Stephanie Porter will grace Pampas Room guests with her spirited jazz music this fall.

WHO:             El Gaucho Seattle

WHAT:          Stephanie Porter Performs

· Listen to sultry jazz vocalist Stephanie Porter

· Full bar and dinner menu available

· Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Music from 9 p.m. to midnight

· No admission fee    

WHERE:        Pampas Room

2505 First Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 728-1337

WHEN:          Saturdays, 9 p.m. to midnight

September 25; October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 27

El Gaucho® is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant, old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives. The menu highlights 28-Day Dry-Aged Certified Angus Beef® Prime steaks, cutting-edge fresh seafood selections from sustainable sources and extensive wine and single malt Scotch lists. Offering intimate private dining and nightly live music, El Gaucho’s bar was recently named one of the “Best Places to Network” by Seattle Business, “Readers’ Choice for Best Steak” by Seattle Magazine, and has earned five Wine Spectator “Awards of Excellence” and three “Best of Awards of Excellence.” Located at 2505 First Ave., El Gaucho is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call (206) 728-1337 or visit

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Stephanie Porter, a Seattle native and outstanding jazz vocalist with a clear, sultry tone and a bright and appealing stage presence, has had a passion for music her whole life. From 1996 to 2000, Porter opened for a multitude of national acts as a member of the popular disco group, “Hit Explosion.” During this time, she also recorded “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” which ascended to the top 100 of the Gavin Jazz Chart. National Public Radio station, KPLU (88.5 FM), still features a number of songs from her critically-acclaimed album, Mood Swings, which has been sold in over 25 countries. A longtime figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Porter has worked with over 50 groups as a freelance vocalist and is often spotlighted as a featured or special guest artist in some of the region’s top venues. In addition to the Northwest, she has performed in venues across the country, as well as Canada, France and England. Her latest album, How Deep is the Ocean, is a brilliant showcase of her amazing talent as a vocalist. For more on Ms. Porter, visit

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“Why don’t we paint the town and all that jazz?”

Media Contact: Andrea Courtney

Randall PR / (206) 624-5757

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jason Mesnick Now With Down Under Answers!

Take a look at how Jason Mesnick, star of ABC’s The Bachelor, has started a new career with Down Under Answers. Jason talks travel, Australia, and the DUA team as their new business development manager. Be sure to check it out at

Friday, September 17, 2010

As the weather gets cooler, heat things up with El Gaucho’s Burlesque Show!

Tonight and for Fridays to follow, visit El Gaucho Seattle for a four course meal and a fantastic burlesque show in their Pampas Room. For reservations contact El Gaucho’s front desk at (206) 728-1337. Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

El Gaucho deal on Tippr!

Make sure to check out Tippr for the awesome deal on El Gaucho’s September 17th performance of of the Dark Side of the Moon Cabaret show AND a four course meal, a $130 value marked down to $85!


Friday, September 3, 2010

"I Love Aussie" Deals Boomerang Back with Australia Vacations

Down Under Answers’ Second Time Around Promo Offers 10 Vacations to the Furthest Corners of Australia

BELLEVUE, Wash.—(September 2, 2010)—Back by popular demand, the award-winning travel experts at Down Under Answers ( are offering several “I Love Aussie” travel deals that break down any barriers between a much-needed vacation and the Great Barrier Reef.

These 10 new Australian vacation deals start at the incredible low price of just $1,399 per person (including airfare and accommodation, based on double-occupancy). Interested travelers should hurry, as the sale ends September 30, 2010. These limited-time offers are good for travel between October 11, 2010 to November 23, 2010 and from January 30, 2011 to March 22, 2011, with the option to travel until March 31, 2011. Contact DUA experts to book directly at (866) 792-5458 or visit

“Those who traveled last year during the “I Love Aussie” campaign couldn’t stop raving about their vacations. After the response, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to send more travelers to our favorite Australian destinations, and our partners, V Australia and Tourism Australia, couldn’t agree more,” says Kirk Demeter, President of Down Under Answers.

During the “I Love Aussie” campaign, customers can expect huge savings on customizable itineraries such as:

· For a taste of Australia, look no further than Luv Sydney & Cairns (8-night air and land inclusive, from $1,399 per person/double occupancy). Spend the days exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, and famous Bondi Beach.

· Enjoy the city and the islands with Luv Sydney, Hamilton Island & Cairns (10-night air and land inclusive, from $1,699 per person/double occupancy.) Enjoy two cities bursting with Australian culture—Sydney and Cairns—plus the luxury of a Great Barrier Reef island stay.

· Experience a little of everything from Luv Sydney, Cairns, Tangalooma & Brisbane (12-night air and land inclusive, from $1,899 per person/double occupancy). Discover iconic favorites such as Sydney and Cairns, plus two nights’ stay at Tangalooma Island Resort and a wild dolphin feeding.

· For the ultimate Australian vacation enjoy Luv Sydney, Rainforest, Noosa, Fraser Island & Brisbane (10-night air and land inclusive, from $3,389 per person/double occupancy). Bounce along with kangaroos in the wild, explore Sydney and Queensland’s best-kept secrets, relish the resort life, and explore Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest and the world’s largest sand island.

For a complete list of all 10 packages, click here.

Each package can be purchased as-is, or the travel gurus at Down Under Answers can help customize a vacation. Even with add-ons, deals abound. “Guest can upgrade to 4 and 5 star hotels in the Luv Sydney & Cairns package for just $130 more. That’s a savings of $1,300,” Demeter says.

Thanks to the opposite seasons of the Southern Hemisphere, springtime in Australia means returning to the beach. Each of the ten options allow travelers as much—or as little—time as they want to soak up the sun, while still having time to delight in the best Australia has to offer. Those ready to trade the dreary cold of fall and winter in the States for spring and summer in Australia can book their vacation with Down Under Answers by calling toll-free at (866) 792-5458 or visiting (

Founded in 1992, Seattle-based Down Under Answers is the industry leader in travel to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Dubai. Repeatedly voted Best Travel Wholesaler by Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Australia specialists, the company employs seasoned destination specialists to customize tours—ranging from unique, experiential holidays tailored to suite style, taste and budget, to pre- and post-cruise itineraries, shore excursions, escorted tours, destination weddings and honeymoons, private tours to groups of any size and much more. New for 2010 is the launch of Africa Answers. For further information email, or call (800) 889-1464.

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