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


Anything else to add? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll add it to the post!

Want to promote an upcoming NE Seattle weekend happeningEmail us, or use our online comment form to tell us about it. We publish these Busy Weekend posts at noon on Thursdays.

“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!

Got garage? Area man still looking to rent one in N. Ravenna

Kevin Colbert needs our help.

He is looking for a garage to store, and occasionally work on, a Jeep and a motorcycle. Access is important, as he uses the vehicles to commute.

Kevin used to rent from a couple of graduate students, who have since moved away.

He’s in an apartment at about 21st Avenue NE and NE 70th Street, and is hoping to find something within short walking distance.

Kevin can be reached at 718-5260 or He’s happy to provide a reference.

Rollover accident in parking lot at University Village traps driver in car

Over a dozen Seattle Fire Department units responded to a two car injury accident at the southern entrance to University Village (2746 NE 45th St) this afternoon.

Here are the details, from the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line:

Seattle Fire Department Paramedics transported a female driver in her 50’s to Harborview Medical Center after being rescued out of her car.

The female patient was pulling out of the QFC parking lot when she lost control of her Honda minivan and drove over a barricade and slammed into the back of a parked car causing her minivan to roll on its side.

Firefighters from Ladder Company 7 used saws and other tools to cut the woman out of her minivan. The female patient was breathing, conscious and alert. Medics transported her to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.

Seattle Police Department Officers are investigating the cause of the accident.

Jonah Spangenthal-Lee at Publicola happened to get a picture of the accident from “[o]ur fave tipster Silver,” and shared it via his old Seattle Crime twitter feed:

The west-bound curb lane of NE 45th St was blocked for around 45 minutes.

Ravenna Blog Social Media Round-Up, November 13-19

Wherin we get a bridge occupied, a strip club reopened, and continue to wrestle over the name of that light rail station on Brookyn and 45th.