Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle, March 27-April 2

The forecast calls for rain this weekend with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s. The sun might peek through Sunday afternoon.

FRIDAY, March 27

  • Play board and card games with coffee and treats.
    • Games will be available or bring your own to Game Night with GeekGirlCon at Wayward Coffee House, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE. Second and Fourth Friday, 7-11 PM. No cover.

SATURDAY, March 28

  • View and shop the work of talented northwest artists and craftspeople. 
    • Best of the Northwest 2015 Spring Show, Magnuson Park, Hangar 30. More than 100 local artists, local food vendors, live music, and free arts table for the kids. Parking is free. Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM. Tickets are $6 at the door or $5 in advance online. Children 12 and under are free.
  • Shop spring plants at your local Audubon Society. 
  • Attend a workshop with a local zine artist. 
    • Drawing workshop with Owen Curtsinger. Owen will share his new self-published graphic novel, Myths of the Tusk, about the mysteries of the Narwhal.

SUNDAY, March 29

  • View and shop the work of talented northwest artists and craftspeople. 

MONDAY, March 30

  • Listen to a science talk with adult beverages. 
    • Science on Tap at Third Place Pub, 6504 20th Ave NE. “Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance: The Myths, The Reality and Hope for a Treatment,” with Ingrid Swanson Putlz, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Protein Design, University of Washington. 7 PM. FREE.

THURSDAY, April 2

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Your Busy Weekend in Norteast Seattle, March 6-12

This weekend should be sunny with temperatures reaching 60 degrees. Let’s get outside! Or maybe grab a sunny seat in front of Ravenna’s new coffee shop, Ventoux Coffee Roasters on NE 55th St. It was a great spot to type up this post, for sure!

FRIDAY, March 6

  • Learn about and discuss the Burke Museum transformation. 
    • Information Sessions at the museum on the UW campus, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St. Fridays in March, April, and May, 8:30-9:30 AM. Light refreshments served. Register online. FREE.
  • Skate to music and games with the whole family!
    • Family Skate Nite at Bitter Lake Community Center Annex at 13040 Greenwood Ave N. 6:30-8:45 PM.  Every Friday. $4 per skater.

SATURDAY, March 7

  • Meet paleontologists and check out new fossils like the South Lake Union mammoth tusk! 
    • Dino Day at the Burke Museum, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St. 10 AM-4 PM. It’s the museum’s most popular annual event with tons of fun activities for the kids! Included with museum admission ($7.50-10). Free for members.
  • Exchange or buy science fiction and fantasy books, DVDs, or magazines. 
  • Listen to local live jazz with friends and great coffee. 

Anything else to add? Garage sale? Fundraiser? Lemonade stand? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll add it to the post!

Want to promote an upcoming NE Seattle weekend happeningEmail us ahead of time, or use our online comment form to tell us about it.

We publish these Busy Weekend posts at noon on Thursdays.

Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle: February 26-March 5

This weekend should be mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid-50s before the rain returns next week.

THURSDAY, February 26

  • Bring your teen to learn about a career in engineering at the Library. 
    • Meet an Engineer at Seattle Public Library Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave NE. 6:30-7:30 PM. No Registration required. FREE.  Teens (12 and older) can meet a computer engineer from the UW Center for Game Science as well as a Civil and an Electrical engineer. Organized by the Seattle Public Library and the Pacific Science Center in honor of National Engineers Week.

FRIDAY, February 27

  •  Take your tot to storytime with Music, Rhythm, and Movement. 
    • Musical Storytime at Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE. Every Friday, 11-11:30 AM. FREE. Presented in partnership with Jewish Junction and PJ Library.
  • Play board and card games among friends.
    • Games will be available or bring your own to Game Night with GeekGirlCon at Wayward Coffee House, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE. Second and Fourth Friday, 7-11 PM. No Cover.

SATURDAY, February 28

  • Sample wines from The Eyrie Vineyards at your local wine merchant.
    • Wine tasting at McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants, 6500 Ravenna Ave NE. Every Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM. FREE.
  • Entertain the kids with storytime.

TUESDAY, March 3

  • Get some help fixing a broken household item. 
    • Fixer’s Night at the NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 NE 80th St. First Tuesdays, 6-9 PM. FREE.

THURSDAY, March 5

  • Meet award-winning illustrator and children’s book author Carson Ellis.
    • Author Event at Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE. 7-8 PM. FREE.

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Anything else to add? Garage sale? Fundraiser? Lemonade stand? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll add it to the post!

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We publish these Busy Weekend posts at noon on Thursdays.

When the wind blows, the power goes

Just after 9 PM on Thursday night, residents in the area started reporting power outages.

Also at that time, folks reported hearing booms and seeing flashes in the direction of the Northeast Branch of the library. A look at the Real-Time 911 page showed Engine 38 checking out a “transformer fire” at 3536 NE 70th Street at 9:03 PM.

Here’s a screen grab of the Seattle City Light outage map in our area, image taken at 9:19 PM:

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UPDATE: Power started coming back on in homes about an hour later (here at HQ, 10:09 PM).

Another day, another bank robbery (UPDATES)

At 9:30 AM, UW Police Chief mentioned a bank robbery had occurred near University Village.

The Seattle Police Department’s later described the incident and the suspect:

Officers searching for bank robber after holdup in 4700 blk 25th NE. Susp: w/m, 30s, 6’2, heavy set, clean shaven, blu/green beanie&scarf

Suspect in 4700 blk 25th NE bank robbery displayed a handgun before fleeing bank. Police now searching area for suspect.

If you see anyone matching this description, call 911.

UPDATE (10:06 AM): Two local elementary schools are sheltering-in-place: Bryant and Laurelhurst.

By our count, this is the third shelter-in-place in three weeks for Bryant Elementary, all due to local bank robberies.

UPDATE (10:27 AM): The shelter-in-place has been lifted both schools as of 10:25 AM.

Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle: September 6-7

Summer returns for the weekend! The forecast calls for low 80s with sun, sun, and more sun.

SATURDAY, September 6

  •  Pick up some goodies at a neighborhood block sale. 
  • Add more loot to your Saturday thrifting at another multi-family yard sale. 
    • Five-family yard sale at 5712 30th Ave NE, 9 AM-5 PM. Items include antiques, collectibles, artwork, home décor, and children’s items. 
  • Shop some native and wildlife-friendly plants at the Seattle Audubon Fall Plant Sale.
    • Seattle Audubon Nature Center (8050 35th Ave NE), 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Plants from local growers and nurseries such as Botanica, Discovery Gardens, Fairmeadow Nursery, Madrona Gardens, and Tadpole Haven Native Plants. FREE. 
  • Enjoy a show of Dahlias at Seattle Dahlia Society‘s 57th Annual Show. 
    • Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE), 12:30-5 PM. FREE.

SUNDAY, September 7

  • Adopt-a-pet at the University Village. 
    • MaxMobile, Seattle Humane Society’s mobile adoption and education center, parked outside Ravenna Gardens. Cats, dogs, and critters available for on-the-spot adoption. 11 AM-3 PM.
  • Dahlia Show continues at Seattle Dahlia Society‘s 57th Annual Show.
    • Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE), 11 AM-4 PM. FREE.

Anything else to add? Garage sale? Fundraiser? Lemonade stand? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll add it to the post!

Want to promote an upcoming NE Seattle weekend happeningEmail us ahead of time, or use our online comment form to tell us about it.

We publish these Busy Weekend posts at noon on Thursdays.

Registration for fall Parks & Rec classes begins August 5

The end of summer approaches! Time to think about buying school supplies (Seattle Public Schools’ first day is September 5), and registering for fall classes with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Fall 2014 Northeast Community Centers brochure (click to download the 4.8 MB PDF).

Fall 2014 Northeast Community Centers Brochure (click to download the 4.8 MB PDF).

In the Fall 2014 Northeast Community Centers Brochure, you will find event information for the following facilities:

Here are a few hand-picked highlights:

  • The Laurelhurst Salmon Bake at Laurelhurst Park will be held on Thursday, September 11, from 5:30-8 PM. Delicious dinner, dancing, and carnival games. Price to be determined (but we’ll add it in here when it is determined).
  • The Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool tag team the Halloween holiday with a Haunted Bounce and Spook the Pool on Friday, October 24. The Bounce portion at MCC is from 6:30-7:30 PM, and the Spook portion at the MP is from 7:30-8:30 PM. $2 for the Bounce, $3.75 for the pool for youth (accompanying adults are free). There’s a 100 lb. floating pumpkin involved.
  • The Ravenna Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale is back on Saturday, December 6, from 10 AM-3 PM. Those crafty people who wish to participate should contact the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center for more details (206-684-7534).
  • Two Seattle Parks Christmas Ship dates this year:
    • Saturday, December 6, at Matthews Beach. Park at Meadowbrook Community Center and hop a shuttle to Matthews Beach for luminaries, a weather-permitting bonfire, and the flotilla of festive ships off-shore (Christmas Ship performance time is 9:45-10:05 PM).
    • Friday, December 19, at Magnuson Park Beach. Pre-activities at the Magnuson Community Center start at 8 PM and include live music, refreshments, and luminaries. Christmas Ship performance off-shore from 8:50-9:10 PM.

 

 

 

Spoke & Food is back! Ride and dine, and support Outdoors For All

For the second year in a row, thanks to Ravenna Blog’s sponsors and supporters, we are able to sponsor the Ravenna neighborhood during the Spoke & Food evening of dining and bikes* on Tuesday, July 29th.

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Vios Cafe at Third Place and the Ravenna Blog, together again for Spoke & Food 2014.

Starting at 5 PM on Tuesday, various restaurants around the city and beyond (Bothell! Lake Forest Park!) will be donating 20% of their dinner bills to a local non-profit. And you get a great excuse to dust off your Schwinn and enjoy a summer ride to dinner with friends and/or family.

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Full list Spoke & Food 2014 host restaurants, sponsors, and supporters. Click to enlarge.

This year’s fundraising recipient is the Outdoors For All Foundation (headquarters located at Magnuson Park, so you’ll even be supporting a Northeast Seattle non-profit). From their About page:

Sit Skiing. (Photo by Outdoors For All, used with permission.)

Sit Skiing. (Photo by Outdoors For All, used with permission.)

The Outdoors for All Foundation is a national leader and one of the largest nonprofit organizations providing year round instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities since 1979. Outdoors for All’s year round programming includes snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, hiking, river rafting, canoeing and kayaking, day camps, water skiing, rock-climbing, camping and Custom Events.We are a customer driven organization where each year more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities exercise their abilities thanks to the training and support of more than 700 volunteers. Outdoors for All offers opportunities for individuals, families and custom programming to meet your needs. Please take a look at our programs and contact us at anytime so we can find a recreation option to fit your needs.

The Northeast-ish Seattle restaurants who are participating this year are:

Green Lake: Duke’s Chowderhouse
Maple Leaf: Flying Squirrel Pizza
Montlake: Traveler Montlake
Ravenna (WOO!): Vios Cafe at Third Place Books
U-Village/U-District: Eureka

*Bikes not actually required! If your party would like to donate 20% of your bill to the Outdoors For All Foundation during the event, but you arrived at the restaurant by other means, no sweat!

First day of Spring 2014

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The pea seedings at the Ravenna Community Garden seem pretty excited about the increasingly longer days.

If you’d like to help take care of these plants (and, later, help eat them!), check out the garden’s work party schedule at ravennacommunitygarden.org.

Espresso Express closing — party on Saturday, last day Monday

Espresso Express, the coffee shop that has occupied the northeast corner of the 15th Ave NE and NE 65th St intersection for around 30 years, is closing.

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We’ve just learned that a goodbye party is happening today, Saturday, July 13, from 4-7 PM. The shop’s last day of business is Monday, July 15.

Tweets from the owner’s son, Ray Barnhart: