January Story Time schedule for the Northeast Branch

Here are the Story Times for the month of January at the Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE), via an email from Erica, the Children’s Services Librarian:

Toddler Story Time

(Geared for ages 1-3)

Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 at 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.


Preschool Story Time

(Geared for ages 3-5)

Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 10:30 a.m.


Pajamas & Puppets

(All Ages)

Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m.


Ravenna Blog highly recommends the Pajamas and Puppets Story Time — especially if you can get Junior to go with your Significant Other and leave you at home (pro-tip).

“A Day of Remembrance” at Meadowbrook Pond, all day today

Today marks the ten-year anniversary of an event that none of us can ever forget.


For a couple of weeks now, television, radio, the Internet, media of all shades and stripes have been running pieces looking back at that day, what has happened since, and where things are now.

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it too overwhelming. However, thanks to the Meadowbrook Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation, for those of us who may want to commemorate this day in a more quiet and personal way, we have another option.

“A Day of Remembrance and Service to Others” is happening today, Sunday, September 11, 2011, at Meadowbrook Pond (NE 107th St and 35th Ave NE).


From the press release:

The public is invited to Meadowbrook Pond any time on Sunday, from dawn to dusk, to walk the paths, find a place for quiet contemplation or meet neighbors. There will be several interactive displays and thoughtful prompts to help people reflect and also look to the future. It has been said that the best way to remember those who died on 911 is to “Live, love and laugh in their honor.”

Meadowbrook Pond offers a beautiful setting that will allow people to remember the tragedy and how we can live our lives in the best way possible from here on.

Another way to honor people is to use this day as a day to do something for others–something for the community or the environment on this day that is also known as Patriot Day.


Seattle Schools “Welcome Back” meeting for NE Seattle families next Monday

As a part of Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson’s engagement plan for the school year (Listening, Learning, and Responding), Seattle Public School families are invited to “Welcome Back” Regional Meetings being held throughout the city this month.

The meeting for Northeast Seattle families is being held on Monday, September 20 from 6:30-8pm at Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St).

In addition to Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Enfield will be in attendance.  The Executive Director for Schools in our region (Phil Brockman, former principal of Ballard High School, for the Northeast) and representatives of schools in the region fill out the roll sheet.

This regional structure is new to the school district this year and will be the subject of a brief presentation by the leadership team at the meeting. “The majority of the meeting will be devoted to informal interactions between families and district and school leaders,” says the news release from Monday, September 13.

Light refreshments will be served, and there will be books and drawing supplies (but no childcare) for the kiddies. Interpretive services at the Northeast meeting include Somali and Spanish.

You can see the full release from Seattle Public Schools about these regional meetings here.

Chat with Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson on October 12

On Tuesday of this week, Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson announced that she’ll be hosting a series of Community Coffee Chats in October and November for all parents, grandparents and caregivers of Seattle Public Schools students.

The chat for NE Seattle is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12 from 8:10-9:10am 9-10am at Jane Addams K-8 (11051 34th Ave NE).

Yeah, you read that right: 8AM.

You may need some coffee before you head out for that coffee.

Here’s the pdf of the announcement, which includes the dates and locations of the other four Community Coffee Chats as well.


UPDATE: I have since learned that the meeting at Jane Addams K-8 is from 9-10am, NOT 8:10-9:10am as the pdf previously stated (it has since been fixed).

Thank you to Dorothy at enforcetopdownreform.blogspot.com for the notice about the time correction.

Planet:Home – A Sustainable Living Festival, this Saturday

Did you know that we have one of the best sustainable living resources in the city right here in Northeast Seattle?  Well, now you do! And they’re having a festival this Saturday, chock-full of green learning opportunities.

Sustainable NE Seattle is hosting Planet : Home – A Sustainable Living Festival this Saturday, August 21st, from 10am-5pm at the Hunter Tree Farm (7744 35th Ave NE).

Event description, from the Sustainable NE Seattle website:

Free workshops, speakers, food, live music, demonstrations, hands-on science and art activities for kids! Come learn how you can reduce your environmental footprint and share your experiences in trying to live more sustainably! Learn about solar cooking, bicycle repair (bring your bike!), cheese-making, weatherizing your home, growing your own tea (bring a cup!), sod replacement, worm bins, bee-keeping, tool repair (bring your tools!), edible landscaping, knowledge-sharing with community elders, rain gardens, and much much more. Take home ideas for environmentally-friendly living and maybe win some eco products to help you on your way.

Morning schedule includes:

Afternoon schedule includes:

Cheese making? Fixing your own bike? Live music? FOOD? PRIZES?!

Eh, they had me at “cheese.”