Feel Good Friday: A Bodega Pop-Up, an Indie Film Festival, and a Waterfront Salsa Event

Ste. Michelle Announces $1.2 Billion Acquisition

A love for Ste. Michelle wine seems to stretch as far as the East Coast. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates recently announced that a New York-based private equity firm, Sycamore Partners, will acquire the company for an estimated $1.2 billion in cash. The acquisition is an important step in the future of West Coast wine’s prominence. Learn more about the acquisition of the largest wine company in the Pacific Northwest here.  

UW Bothell Ranks Second in Salary Study

Good news for University of Washington Bothell grads: your degree will likely earn you a chunk of change. In a study by Smartasset comparing the highest-paying starting salaries of graduates from 10 Washington universities, UW Bothell ranked second. Just behind UW Seattle, graduates of the Bothell campus averaged a post-grad starting salary of $62,300. The study took into account tuition cost, living expenses, and more when analyzing how each institution stood in comparison with one another. See how the report can be used to prevent student debt here

Boozy Bodega Pop-Up Coming to Seattle

In anticipation of next year’s Seattle Cocktail Week, there’s a pre-function event, this year’s Boozy Bodega Pop-Up, set for Friday, Aug. 6. Read all about it here.

North Bend Film Festival

Festival season isn’t just for music and food. The North Bend Film Festival kicks off this year starting Thursday, July 15, and ending Sunday, July 18. The fourth annual fest at North Bend Theatre will feature films including Donnie Darko, Cryptozoo, Swan Song, The Blazing World, We’re All Going To The World’s Fair, and many more. If you are a film fanatic or simply missed sitting in a theater, you can enjoy the cinematic experience both in person and virtually. Alongside feature and short film screenings, the independent film festival will include filmmaker panels, podcast chats, and more. Learn more about the lineup here

Salsa On The Waterfront

Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to salsa. This Sunday, July 18, marks the seventh annual Outdoor Public Salsa Dance Social. Head to Kirkland Marina Park to learn step-by-step how to perfect the Cuban dance — no partner necessary. After the introduction class is finished, from 6-10 p.m. dancers are free to sway and spin to the beat of salsa, bachata, and cha-cha tunes. Learn more about the event here.

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