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.


  • 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.


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:


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!

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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.


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.


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

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

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.


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:

Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle: June 22-23

Not much on the docket this weekend, but, hey, there’s always the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade.



  • Head to a park with the family on wheels.
    • Family Ride at Magnuson Park: Easy, under five mile ride, 10 AM-12:30 PM. For more information, please contact Robin Randels at 390-3945 (cell) or rkrandels@gmail​.com or ride leader, Mark Davison at 784-4428 or davison_m@msn.c​om


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“Karination” fundraiser for the Schultes today from 2-8 PM

Today, Sunday, April 21, from 2-8 PM, Club Sur (2901 1st Avenue S) is holding a fundraiser party for Karina and Elias Schulte. Club Sur specializes in Latin music and food, and Karina Ulriksen-Schulte is from Chile.

Scheduled are performances by Cumbieros, the music of Violetta Parra, and Sin Fronterras. There will also be a tango performance.


Cover is $10 for adults and children over 10 years old. Kids under 10 are free. Chilean hot dogs (completos), sodas, water, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

There will be no alcohol served at this event.

In other Karina and Elias news, their CaringBridge page was updated by Dan Schulte (husband and father) last night. Among other news:

It was another long week but mostly a good one. Elias and Karina are both now out of the ICU and continue to show many signs of improvement. They are both adjusting very well to their new surroundings.

Although Elias had another surgery this week, he is holding very strong and he’s acting and looking like himself again. He’s even eating from a bottle occasionally as part of a feeding trial. I’m hopeful he’ll go home sometime in the coming weeks as he continues to make big improvements. Daddy needs lots of training on the special care he deserves, which will be a big part of that transition when the time comes. He’s such an amazingly strong little guy, takes after his mama!