New look for the Ravenna Blog, coming soon

Dear Reader,

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Call it a sneak peek at your Christmas present.

We’re in the midst of redesigning the site.

You see, thanks to those ads you see down the righthand side of this page, we now have the means to invest a bit more back into the business. (Many thanks, ad partners.)

And we’re starting with investing in the website itself.

The overall look will stay much the same — Ravenna banner at the top, text on the left, ad space and a few other things on the right — but gain a more professional-looking, cleaner theme.

And more features! Such as:

  • TABS!
  • In-page CONTACT form, for tips and questions!
  • A FORUM, so you can create your own topics for discussion!
  • TABS!
  • Handy list of neighboring websites in Northeast Seattle!
  • A larger, more readable font!
  • TABS!

(We’re very excited about those tabs.)

Now, when can you expect to see this new and improved Ravenna Blog? We don’t have an exact date planned, but keep look for a change between now and the new year.

Until then, dear reader, if you would really, really like a peek at the look of the new site, simply click on the logo below (SPOILER ALERT):

We hope you like it, and look forward to your feedback once the new site goes live.

Sincerely,

the Ravenna Blog staff

P.S. If you’re curious about how the FORUM will work, we’ll be using the same plugin that runs the West Seattle Blog’s forums. Check it out.

LaVassar Florist and Roaring Mouse Annual Holiday Open House details

Once again, northern Ravenna businesses LaVassar Florists and Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7530 20th Avenue NE) are holding their Annual Holiday Open House.

This year the event takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM-5 PM.

Thirteen artists and vendors will have their wares available for purchase (see the full list on the event flier below).

Raffle prizes include three fresh arrangements from LaVassar, and two $50 gift certificates for Roaring Mouse.

Santa himself will attend the event from noon until 2 PM — he’s a busy guy these days. Complimentary photos are available, or you can use your own camera.

Cookies and cider will be available. But if you’re still hungry, check out the bake sale — the proceeds of which benefit Hopelink Food Bank.

OM NOM: Art of Pancakes Fundraiser this Saturday

Every weekend is a good one for rolling out of bed late and cooking up some pancakes* for breakfast. But not every weekend can you cook them up at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center in an art competition!

On Saturday, November 19, the RECC is holding its annual Art of Pancakes Fundraiser for the Ravenna Community Garden.

Details from the event page:

Please join us during a wacky pancake art competition benefitting the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Garden! Enjoy a pancake breakfast that includes toppings, bacon, and beverages. Decorate a pancake for the “Wall o’ Art”.

The cost is three dollars per person. Pretty good deal for breakfast in the neighborhood.

Now, should you want to practice your Pancake Art skills before Saturday, we recommend you check out the Jim’s Pancakes website.

Here’s a time lapse video of a Millennium Falcon pancake in production:

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*See also: Hash browns, bacon, eggs, toast, coffee, etc. Am I missing anything?

Are you crafty, and local? There’s a Ravenna holiday sale for that.

The Fourth Annual Ravenna Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale is looking for a few more local crafty types to sell their wares during the event on Saturday, December 10.

The deadline for artist applications has been extended to Tuesday, November 22.

The application and all the details about the sale — table sizes, advertising, artist responsibilities and more — can be found in this document (PDF).

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center survey needs your input

CLARIFICATION: This survey was created by a community member (who attended the RECC operations meeting on November 9). While this survey is not an official Seattle Parks and Recreation creation, your answers are still much appreciated and will be shared with the staff.

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On the heels of last week’s Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center operations meeting comes this survey gauging interest in new programming at the community center.

Whether you use the RECC or you don’t, please take a few minutes to answer the seven questions included in the survey. Future operating and programming hours may depend on it!

Ravenna Blog Social Media Round-Up, November 6-12

This week we live tweeted a restaurant opening, occupied University Ave., and heard about some boring vibrations on Capitol Hill.

Come celebrate BlogsGiving, meet us, and help Northwest Harvest

Hey, neighbor and/or reader! We’d love to meet you. And we’d also love to help out those in need this holiday season.

Why not do BOTH?!

BlogsGiving is a benefit for Northwest Harvest AND a multi-blog meet-up. The event was conceived by the good folks at The SunBreak, the online magazine of news and culture for Seattle.

For this fourth annual BlogsGiving, Roosiehood, My Green Lake, and yours truly badgered talked the SunBreak gang into bringing the fun and fundraising north of the Montlake Cut and into Northeast Seattle*. All in the hopes of meeting you! And helping hunger programs in Washington state, too.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: YOU stop by Pies and Pints (1215 NE 65th St) between 4 and 7 PM on Saturday, November 19, to meet your local neighborhood internet newsies and/or bloggers, and bring with five bucks or two cans of food for Northwest Harvest (suggested minimum donations). Here’s a list of what Northwest Harvest needs the most.

In return, WE will thank you kindly for your generosity by buying you a drink (alcohol or otherwise). There will also be art supplies for making hand turkey drawings!

Furthermore, if you yourself are a blogger, or have similar internet-type weight to throw around, we invite you to join us on the planning side of the event — which really just involves donating some money for the drinks and meeting your adoring fans. Contact SunBreak editor, Michael van Baker, for details.

If you like, you can let us know you’re attending by RSVPing on the BlogsGiving Facebook page.

Hope to see you there! *gobble, gobble*

* Wallyhood will also be joining us, from the other side of I-5.

Looks like Stay Inside and Fill Out Surveys weather

You WERE going to rake leaves this weekend, honest. But the weather has you trapped inside, where there are blankets, and hot cocoa. And possibly cats.

Why not dedicate a few moments of your time to giving the city a piece of your mind?

Road Safety Summit Comment Form (and Forum)

Now through November 23: The Mayor and City Council would love to know how you feel about road safety. You can find the Road Safety Summit comments form here.

You will be asked to review traffic safety data and then give your answers to the following three questions:

1. What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?
2. What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?
3. We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that groups and individuals can promote safety?

In case you do feel like leaving the house (and cats) on Tuesday, November 15, a public forum on road safety is being held at the Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave NE), from 6-8 PM. RSVP here.

University District StreetFair Survey

The Greater University Chamber of Commerce has a survey up regarding the Annual University District StreetFair (held on the third weekend of May annually). Responses will be used to help improve future StreetFairs.

Area holiday arts and crafts fairs coming up (continually updated list)

Here’s a list of holiday arts and crafts bazaars that are either local or have local connections.

If you know of any we’re missing, let us know — we’ll be updating this list through the holiday season.

*** = Newest

Holiday Bazaar at Ida Culver House Ravenna (2315 NE 65th Street)
Sunday, November 20, 11AM-4PM

Third Annual EtsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show, Intiman Theatre at Seattle Center (201 Mercer Street)
Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, 11AM-5PM

“Instead of the standard stocking stuffers like Christmas-themed socks, candy canes and dollar store finds (…BORING!), shoppers will be dazzled by a selection of waterproof shower art, mermaid tails, knit wizard beards, fraidy cat earrings, business monkey belt buckles, crocheted golden snitch ornaments, garden bon bons, boodle bags, peacock pendants and so much more.”

Roosevelt neighborhood resident Laura (LASdesigns) will be selling her ceramics at this show. Here’s a preview of her work:

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Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, Derby Salon, 6315 Roosevelt Way NE
Thursday, December 1, 6-9 PM

“Celebrate the holidays Derby style with friends, fun, and of course HAIR+ MAKEUP! We will have local vendors at derby showcasing jewelry, pottery, kid’s toys and apparel, crafts and more. These make great gift ideas, and supports our local community. AND we will be playing with makeup- doing touch ups, and offering 15% off any appointments booked that night for future services!”

Lifetime Learning Center‘s Holiday Faire and Book Sale, John Marshall School Building (520 Northeast Ravenna Blvd)
Saturday, December 3, 10AM-2PM

“The Faire includes one of the biggest and best book sales around–an unusually large selection of good quality, interesting books at bargain prices. It also includes swags, sandwiches, readings and musical entertainment, Granny’s Attic rummage items, a Bake Sale, and an intriguing Silent Auction. It’s a great opportunity to buy stocking stuffers and holiday gifts as well as books for yourself or your friends.”

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Roaring Mouse Holiday Craft Fair with Lavassar Florists (7526 20th Ave NE)
Saturday, December 3, 10AM-4PM

There’s a whole separate post dedicated to the details.

Fourth Annual Ravenna Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE)
Saturday, December 10, 10AM-3PM

“The sale prides itself on high-quality, unique crafts made by local artisans. This year, the size of the sale has been expanded, and includes a children’s art table. A bake sale benefitting community center programming is also held.”

*** Pressworks Annual Holiday Open House, 6312 23rd Ave NE
Sunday, December 11, 1-4PM

“Lots of original prints and handmade cards, trivets, bookmarks, etc.”

From an old post on the Utrecht Art Supplies Store Blog:

Pressworks Co-op, established in 1984, is a group of printmakers who share space, equipment, and camaraderie. We are a diverse group of artists working in various forms of printmaking such as intaglio, relief, monoprint, lithography, collagraph, solarplate, and various other experimental forms of printmaking.

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center Operations Meeting (Live Blog)

Once again (newest Ravenna Blog staff member willing), we will be live blogging a public meeting here — in this case, the community center operations meeting for the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center 6535 Ravenna Ave NE).

The meeting starts at 7 PM. If you cannot make it to the meeting yourself (information on the meeting here), simply load up this post in a web browser around meeting start time. We’ll be sharing with you the highlights in the box below.

And if you ARE following along here at the time of the meeting, feel free to play around with the interface above. There are ways to chat back with us/ask questions when the event is live. And don’t worry — you can’t break it.