Inaugural “Philanthropy Through Song Concert” on Saturday afternoon

Thirty young singers from the internationally recognized Indianapolis Children’s Choir are performing in the inaugural Philanthropy Through Song Concert at the Sand Point Community United Methodist Church (4710 NE 70th St.) this Saturday, June 27, at 4:30 PM.

The choir is under the direction of Ruth E. Dwyer, who is also the founder and artistic director. Dwyer is the sister of Judy Dwyer Schulte, and aunt of Ravenna neighborhood friends Dan, Karina and Elias Schulte.

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From the event’s press release:

In honor of our First Responders and the Schulte Family

Please join members of the Sand Point UMC Choir, Les Martin (Director), and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir in a joyful concert of hope, joy, endurance and the celebration of those who help one another. A free will donation will be taken with proceeds going to anti-drunk driving education and traumatic brain injury research and therapy.

Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle, April 3-9

The forecast calls for a partly sunny weekend with temperatures nearing 60 degrees.

FRIDAY, April 3

  • Donate your spring cleaning purge to the Annual Eckstein Middle School Band Rummage Sale. 
    • Drop off items in the school cafeteria at 3003 NE 75th Street between 1:30-4 PM. (The cafeteria’s exterior entrance faces the garden area in the back parking lot.) Items accepted include clothing in wearable condition, household items, books, music, furniture, toys, games, puzzles, and sporting equipment (no unassembled furniture, carseats or strollers).
  • Listen to local live jazz with friends and great coffee. 

SATURDAY, April 4

  • Score some bargains and support young musicians.
    • Annual Eckstein Band Rummage Sale, in the lunchroom and parking lot of the school at 3003 NE 75th St. Baked goods and music from the school’s jazz combos will also be on-hand. Money raised is used to offset some of the cost of off-camput music performances, repair damaged instruments, and provide scholarships to children who need assistance. 9 AM-3 PM. FREE.
  • Add to your collections of gardening books or botanical illustrations.
    • 10th Annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. The used book sale benefits the Elizabeth C. Miller Library’s purchase of new books and magazine subscriptions. 9 AM-3PM. FREE.
  • Hop on over for your annual neighborhood Spring Egg Hunt.
    • Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE. 10-10:15 AM. FREE.
  • Take the kids for pajama story time and drawing demo followed by free gelato. 

SUNDAY, April 5 – EASTER! 

  •  Add to your collections of gardening books or botanical illustrations. 

WEDNESDAY, April 8

  • Play a bookworm’s dream board game. 
    • Bring Your Own Book Game Night at Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 NE 20th Ave NE. Bring a book and then search for text to satisfy a selected prompt. 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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Northeast Seattle Link Connections open house (LIVE COVERAGE)

The University of Washington and Capitol Hill Light Rail Stations are now just one year a way from opening to trains and passengers. How is transit going to get you to those stations?

Ahead of the University Link light rail extension opening in the spring of next year, King County Metro is proposing a slew of changes to Northeast Seattle Metro routes to better integrate service with the next link in the light rail chain: the University Link.

Tonight, Thursday, March 26, from 6-8PM at University Heights Center, Room 209 (5031 University Way NE), King County Metro holds their last open house meeting about these proposed changes (previous open houses were held on Capitol Hill on March 19 and the Eastside on March 25).
 
You can see the changes proposed (and the two alternative route change plans) here on King County Metro Online. Additionally, the Seattle Transit Blog has an overlapping, interactive map illustrating the differences (more on this below).
 
We will be at the open house, and plan to provide live coverage below this post.
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The question for Northeast Seattle transit users regarding proposed route changes appears to be (generalizing here): Are we willing to trade in under-performing routes and stops for increased frequency?

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We asked around, and this Metro stop sign, with the daisy logo in the lower left corner, dates to at least the mid-1990s. (Stop #38000, west-bound on NE 65 Street and Ravenna Ave NE).

 

For example: Could you imagine life without the good ol’ 71 Express? It’s tough, especially for residents in Wedgwood and View Ridge where service would be reduced. But what if it were replaced by a heavily revamped Route 16 that arrived every 15 minutes (instead of the 71’s 30 minutes) and created an enhanced east-west transit corridor from Green Lake all the way to Sand Point Way? Are residents willing to walk a little further for changes like these?

More on the map I mentioned above: For a visual, flipbook-style look at present service and proposed changes, we recommend checking out the map found in this Seattle Transit Blog post. Hover your cursor over the map image found there, then click and hold the vertical white line. Move the line left and right to see the changes.

The Seattle Transit Blog posted their take on the changes proposed for Northeast Seattle routes earlier this month. If one is looking for more detail about the proposed changes (and what the differences between Alternate 1 and 2 mean), their post is a good read. Included in the post is a list of route-by-route changes for riders wondering what their new alternatives would be.

UPDATE (6:39 PM): Alternative 1 Montlake Triangle Vicinity Routes map:



Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle, March 20-26

We’ll likely see some rain on Saturday with temperatures in the mid-50s but Sunday has some potential for sun and slightly warmer temperatures.

FRIDAY, March 20

  • Watch and discuss a social justice documentary film. 
    • Meaningful Movies at Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N in Wallingford. Showing Uranium Drive In in which a rural community in Colorado debates a proposed uranium mill. Every Friday, 7 PM. By Donation.

SATURDAY, March 21

  • Shop gently-used kids’ gear.  
    • Phinney Neighborhood Center Preschool Co-op’s Kids Sale in the Community Hall of the brick building at 6532 Phinney Ave N. Items include clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear, and maternity wear. Many items discounted 50% starting at noon. Get a peek at some goodies up for sale here. 9 AM-1 PM. FREE.
  • Sample wines from Elk Cove 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.

SUNDAY, March 22

  • Attend an all ages variety show.
    • Evan’s Family Variety Show in the brick building at 6532 Phinney Ave N. Magicians, jugglers, dancers, circus artists, etc. FREE but tickets required. Register HERE.

TUESDAY, March 24

  • Listen to original poetry by Lincoln Elementary 5th Grade Students. 

WEDNESDAY, March 25

  • Cozy up in your pajamas for stories and puppets.

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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District 4 candidates forum (LIVE COVERAGE)

On Wednesday, March 18, the District 4 Seattle City Council candidates will once again meet before a live and local audience.

A forum is being held at Sand Point Community Church’s Perry Hall (4710 NE 70th Street) from 7:30-8:30 PM. Candidates have previously met before District 4 residents on two occasions (before the Eastlake Community Council and the Roosevelt Neighbors’ Alliance). 

Candidates participating include: Rob Johnson, Taso Lagos, Michael Maddux, Tony Provine, and incumbent Jean Godden.  

Nancy Bolin (with the View Ridge Community Council) will moderate the event, sponsored by Hawthorne Hills Community Council, View Ridge Community Council, Laurelhurst Community Club and Ravenna-Bryant Community Association.

Wednesday night’s event is the last scheduled one for the current candidates before the Northeast District Council forum on Wednesday, June 17. 

We will be attending this event and will provide live coverage below (as reception at the venue allows).

Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle, March 13-18

The rain returns this weekend with highs in the mid 50s. But that’s good news for the allergy sufferers among us, right?!

THURSDAY, March 12

  • Celebrate St. Patty’s day early with some magic.
  • Learn how to knit with your arms!
    • Arm knitting demonstration at Acorn Street Shop, 2818 NE 55th Street. Bring or purchase enough yard to make a cowl, blanket, or other project of your choosing. 6-8 PM. FREE.

FRIDAY, March 13

  • Attend a press conference update on the Sisleys. 
    • The mayor, council members, and representatives from city departments will gather for a press conference update on $3 million+ legal judgement owed by the Sisleys. Meet at the northwest corner of NE 65th ST and 14th Ave NE. 10 AM.
  • Watch a movie with your friends under ten. 
    • Movie Night at Ravenna Eckstein Community Center at 6535 Ravenna Ave NE. Popcorn and a coloring sheet included. Donations accepted. 6:30-8 PM. FREE.
  • 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.

MONDAY, March 16

  • Take back story time with a grown-ups only version. 

TUESDAY, March 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

WEDNESDAY, March 18

  • Meet your Seattle Council District 4 Candidates.
    • Meet your District Candidates Event at Sand Point Community Church’s Perry Hall, 4710 NE 70th Street. Members of District 4 (included Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods) will be registered to vote only for their preferred D4 candidate and the two at-large positions instead of voting for 9 Councilmembers as in the past. Incumbent Jean Godden has four official challengers. 7:30-8:30 PM.

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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Public School First Day of Class Eve power outages (UPDATES)

If your VCR is blinking “12:00″ when you get home tonight, this is why:

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Around 3:30 this afternoon, Seattle City Light customers along NE 75th Street from Roosevelt to View Ridge lost power. About 3700 customers were affected, with the cause listed as “Tree” on the city’s power outage page.

Then, about an hour later (after partial restoration to the earlier affected area), a large wedge-shaped swath north of about NE 80th Street between Lake City Way NE and Lake Washington also lost power. About 8,600 customers are affected in this area, with many traffic signals on Lake City Way and other arterials out.

Seattle City Light has crews dispatched and estimates the time of restoration to be 7:20 PM. Cause for this second, larger outage is also listed as “Tree.”

An online weather station in the Bryant neighborhood registered four gusts of wind above 20 mph after 2 PM. The barometer continues to fall as well, so we may be in for more blustery weather.

UPDATE (5:43 PM): Seattle City Light saying on twitter that many customers should start seeing power back in the next 45 minutes.

UPDATE (10:08 PM): A brief yet heavy rain around 6: 20 PM knocked out power to another small group of homes. SCL saying at this time that approximately 482 customers are still without power. Estimated restoration time for this group — 34th to 46th Avenues NE on the west and east, and NE 110th to 97th Streets north and south — is after midnight, possibly 2 AM.

Wade into water fun at local parks

Summer is here! And so is the Seattle Parks and Recreation wading pool/outdoor swim/spraypark season.

Here’s the schedule for Northeast Seattle (and nearby) locations:

Wading Pools:

    • Dahl Playfield (7700 25th Ave. NE): June 24-August 18, Tuesday through Thursday, noon-7 PM
    • Green Lake Park (N 73rd St. & W Green Lake Dr. N): June 21-September 1, daily, 11 AM-8 PM
    • Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE): June 21-August 24, daily, noon-6:30 PM

Summer Beaches (swimming allowed when lifeguards are present on weekdays noon-7 PM and weekends 11 AM-7 PM):

Sprayparks:

    • Northacres Park (12800 1st Ave. NE): May 24-September 1, daily, 11 AM-8 PM

Wading pools are filled when the day’s temperature has been forecast to be 70°F (21°C) or higher. If you want to double-check with Parks & Rec before loading up the picnic basket, there’s a Wading Pool Hotline you can call (updated daily by 9:30 AM): 206-684-7796.

The city-wide Wading Pool and Spraypark Schedule can be found here (small PDF; lots of Comic Sans).

Schedule for 2014’s Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

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Outdoor movies at Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE) are back for a fourth season starting Thursday, July 10!

Each Thursday evening, from July 10 through August 28, you and yours can head down to Magnuson for “big screen flicks, cirque performances by The Cabiri, movie trivia and Seattle’s best food trucks.”

Here’s the movie schedule (all on Thursday nights with seating opening at 7 PM and movies starting at dusk):

July 10: Grease (1978, PG-13, 110 minutes)

July 17: The Lego Movie (2014, PG, 100 minutes)

July 24: Gravity (2013, PG-13, 91 minutes)

July 31: Sixteen Candles (1984, R, 93 minutes)

August 7: Jurassic Park (1993, PG-13, 127 minutes)

August 14: Pitch Perfect (2012, PG-13, 112 minutes)

August 21: The Little Mermaid (1989, G, 83 minutes)

August 28: Ghostbusters (1984, PG, 105 minutes)

For the weekly food truck schedule, details on seating, parking, and more, visit the PEMCO Movies at Magnuson Park homepage.

Women of NE Seattle Schools Kickball Tournament this Sunday (UPDATE)

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For about eight years now, women with kids in various north end schools have gathered to challenge each other in the ultimate contest of playfield supremacy: KICKBALL.

At 4 PM on Sunday, June 8, some of these glorious ladies of wisdom will face each other once again at the lower View Ridge Playfield (4408 NE 70th St).

At this time, we know that Bryant, Eckstein, Roosevelt, Thornton Creek, Laurelhurst, Assumption, and Wedgwood schools have teams (UPDATE: View Ridge Elementary also has a team). The team from Laurelhurst Elementary is returning as the previous tournament’s champions. CAN THEY KEEP THE GOLDEN KICKBALL TROPHY IN THEIR POSSESSION???

"I think the trophy reflects the level of sophistication of this event," says Terrie McCoy. (Photo provided by Terrie McCoy)

“I think the trophy reflects the level of sophistication of this event,” says Terrie McCoy. (Photo provided by Terrie McCoy, trophy by the Barker Sherman family.)

 

More information about the tournament from Terrie McCoy, who has kids at Roosevelt and Eckstein (via email):

The general idea is that teams consist of women from each school, mothers, guardians, staff, etc. Each school has one team but rosters have varied from the minimum of 9 to as many as ~25. Kids cheer and often provide coaching tips but do not play. A group of Bryant/Eckstein/RHS dads have barbequed in the past and families from all schools have brought money to pitch in for the refreshments. Several of those dads are not available this year but I think we have at least one Wedgwood dad ready to bbq. With 8 or more teams we have two round robin tournaments with the winners of each playing in a championship game. Games typically consist of 3 innings. The quality of trash talk tends to be better than the quality of kickball so I encourage people to bring their thick skins.

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

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