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Ste. Michelle Announces $1.2 Billion Acquisition

A love for Ste. Michelle’s wine seems to stretch all the way to 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 awareness. 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 graduates: your degree will likely earn you a lot. In a Smartasset study comparing the highest-paying starting salaries of graduates from 10 Washington universities, UW Bothell ranked second. Second only to UW Seattle, graduates from the Bothell campus earned an average post-graduation starting salary of $62,300. The study took into account tuition fees, living expenses, etc. when analyzing the position of each establishment in relation to the other. See how the report can be used to prevent student debt here.

Boozy Bodega Pop-Up is coming to Seattle

In anticipation of next year’s Seattle Cocktail Week, there’s a pre-function event, this year Boozy Bodega Pop-Up, scheduled for Friday, August 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 from Thursday July 15 and ends Sunday July 18. The fourth annual festival at the North Bend Theater will feature films including Donnie Darko, Cryptozoo, swan song, The Blazing World, We’re all going to the world’s fair, and much more. If you’re a movie fanatic or just missed sitting in a theater, you can enjoy the cinematic experience in person and virtually. Along with screenings of features and shorts, the independent film festival will include filmmaker panels, podcast discussions, and more. Learn more about the range here.

Salsa by the water

Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to salsa. This Sunday, July 18 marks the seventh annual outdoor public salsa dance. Head to Kirkland Marina Park to learn step-by-step how to perfect Cuban dancing—no partner needed. Once the introductory class is over, from 6 to 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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