New schedule, location for future Ravenna Bryant Community Association meetings

GOOD NEWS: No more skipping dinner to make it to those 6 PM Ravenna Bryant Community Association meetings at the Northeast Branch (before it closes at 8 PM).

Starting next Tuesday, February 1, the RBCA will start holding its regular monthly meetings on first Tuesdays of the month at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Avenue NE). Start time of 7 PM.

The lovely Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center - Open weekdays until 9 PM!

On the agenda for this Tuesday’s meeting are reaffirming some replacement board members, continuing to discuss a new-and-improved (and updated) RBCA website, planning the community-wide meeting (set for Tuesday, April 5), and a neighborhood Major League outing proposal by yours truly*.

If you can’t make this month’s meeting but have something to get off your chest, leave a comment below and I will pass it on. And maybe we’ll see you at the next regular monthly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at 7 PM.

Pensive Trevor Gregg (RECC's coordinator) thanks you for your time.


*Full details available here on Neighbor Appreciation Day, Friday, February 12! STAY TUNED.

Two Ravenna craft fairs this Saturday (plus shopping childcare)

‘Tis the season for local craft fairs! And Ravenna is lucky enough to have two of them happening in the neighborhood this weekend.

LaVassar Florists and Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7530 20th Ave NE and and 7526 20th Ave NE, respectively) are co-hosting a
Holiday Open House and Craft Fair this Saturday from 9 am-4 pm.

Activities during those hours includes (via Karen at Roaring Mouse):

  • Craft Fair by local vendors all day
  • Children’s activities with “The Yoga Nanny” from 9 am- noon
  • Visit with Mrs. Santa from noon to 2 pm
  • Roaring Mouse Parents’ Bake Sale to benefit the Special Dietary Needs Pantry at Hopelink Food Bank in Shoreline from 9 am-3 pm

For more information, contact


The other craft fair in the neighborhood this Saturday is the 3rd Annual Ravenna Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE) from 10 am-4 pm.

Via an email from the RECC’s coordinator, Trevor Gregg:

Come and shop for unique hand-crafted holiday gifts in the neighborhood, while your kids enjoy the kids play area and crafts table. Your purchase of gifts from local arts and craftspeople will support programs at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center.

Now in our third year, we have an expanded roster of artistic offerings: ceramics, hand-stitched and hand-woven goods, wooden cutting boards, beautiful upcycled home goods, candles, jewelry, whimsical clocks, fine art photographs, note cards, handmade original prints, hand blown glass ornaments and vases, and more!

We’ll have a kids art activity area and play space! We’ll also have a bake sale benefiting the community center’s teen program. To warm you up, soup will be offered by volunteers from the Ravenna Community Garden.

Bring your family and complete your holiday shopping close to home!


Another activity at the RECC that day worth mentioning is the Drop ‘n Shop. From 9 am-noon you can leave your 2-10-year-old child(ren) in capable hands while you get some holiday shopping done.

That’s THREE HOURS, people.

Drop ‘n Shop includes “activities to keep ‘em busy, breakfast or lunch, snacks, and lots of fun!” (sayeth the Fall 2010 Parks and Recreation Department catalog)

There is a cost ($10, 1st child $8, 2nd child $5), which I don’t completely understand but will check into.  But, however you do the math, it’s a great deal for three hours of childcare.

There will be one more Drop ‘n Shop this month (on December 22nd from 6-9 pm). But you’ll be all done with your shopping by then, won’t you? Of course you will.

Local things to see or do this weekend

If you haven’t caught my cold by this weekend, here are some local events worth leaving the house for.


  • Pancake Art Contest (Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, 9-11 am; breakfast admission $3, Pancake Artist entry fee $5) – Enjoy a pancake breakfast (including toppings, bacon and beverages) and/or show off your pancake decorating skills in competition. Prizes awarded to each age group. Money benefits the Ravenna Community Garden (Project Ravenna Phase 2).
  • Will Bake For Food (University Congregational Church’s Ostrander Hall, 4515 16th Ave NE, 10 am-2 pm; food donations or money) – Over 60 local food bloggers hold a bake sale for Northwest Harvest, their baked goods exchanged for your donations. Read the Ravenna Blog post about this event, or head to the Will Bake For Food website for more information.
  • Free Wine Tastings (McCarthy & Schiering, 6500 Ravenna Ave NE, 11 am-5 pm) – Two try this Saturday are two 2005 Corliss Estates Reds. Read more about them here.


  • Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale (Ida Culver House Ravenna, 2315 NE 65th St, 11 am-5 pm) = Selection of homemade jewelry, quilts, paintings, organic dog treats, greeting cards, baked goods and more will be for sale. Proceeds benefit the retirement community’s garden club.

Various and sundry updates, and other news Ravenna can use

SEO be darned. Sometimes, you just gotta cram a lot of different stuff in one post.

Crime update:

Meeting updates:

Miscellaneous tidbits:

On November 20th, Eckstein will launch Saturday School, a new intervention program for students who have four or more missing assignments and a grade of D or E in a class. Teachers will refer students to Saturday School and counselors will call the student’s home to let families know that the student is expected to attend from 8:30 – 11:30 am.  Students who successfully turn in all missing work by Thursday afternoon after being referred to Saturday School will be excused from attending. The purpose of this intervention is to encourage students to take responsibility for their work and to give them additional time and support if they are stuggling to complete it.

There’s also a request for volunteer tutors during those same dates and times (November 20, and December 4 and 18). To volunteer or ask questions about Saturday School, contact Eckstein Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young at

You’re Invited: Crime Prevention Meeting on November 16

In light of recent burglaries and car prowls in the Ravenna and Roosevelt Neighborhoods, and are co-hosting an evening with North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Diane Horswill.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16th, at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Avenue NE). Start time is 7:30 pm.

Come learn how you can start a block watch program on your own street, help prevent future crimes, and make our neighborhoods safer.

Anyone is welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP so that we know how many people are coming.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Ravenna Brown

Yes, if you tune in to ABC tonight at 8pm, you can watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on your own TV.

But wouldn’t you rather see it on the BIG SCREEN, with NO COMMERCIALS?

As a part of tonight’s Halloween activity down at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE) this evening, they’ll be showing this seasonal Schultz masterpiece.

The pumpkin painting portion of the event starts at 6pm, but we’ve been told that the movie will start around 7pm, and that the neighborhood is welcome to come on by to watch.

A ‘State of the RECC’ from Coordinator Trevor Gregg

UPDATE (3:29pm): My Green Lake has some additional information about a few of the classes that will be either shifting from Green Lake Community Center to the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center or will be canceled altogether (from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams):

  • Creative Dance at Green Lake will MOVE to Ravenna-Eckstein
  • Private music lessons and Hula at Green Lake will be CANCELED


So far *knocks on wood*, the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Avenue NE) has fared much better in the city’s budget than its two community center neighbors in Green Lake and Laurelhurst: No cuts seem to be in the works for our neighborhood’s facility. In fact, things just might be getting a LOT busier.

Trevor Gregg, Coordinator of the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center

I talked to Ravenna-Eckstein’s Coordinator, Trevor Gregg, on Friday about the budget and what changes may be coming to his center:

The final budget will be announced on November 22.  I know folks in the community are very anxious to know the final budget’s impacts, as are we.

In the meantime, Ravenna staff are making every attempt to help our neighboring community centers during this tough budget year: We are working Laurelhurst and Green Lake staff to find a home at Ravenna for those programs that may be displaced.

Classes from nearby community centers that Trevor says Ravenna-Eckstein could potentially absorb include:

  • From Green Lake Community Center: Qigong, Piano Lessons, Hawaiian Hula Dance and Tai Chi
  • From Laurelhurst Community Center: Body Conditioning, Saxophone Instruction, and Flute and Recorder Lessons

Keep your browser tuned to the Ravenna Blog for updates as more information about the final 2010 city budget becomes available.

Trevor and Larry thank you for your time

Get your Halloween on at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center

The Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE) has two upcoming Halloween events for you and your little boys and ghouls to enjoy:

Information from the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Fall 2010 Northeast Seattle print brochure:

TONIGHT, Friday, October 22, 6-8pm – Freaky Fall Festival (10 and under; $3)

It’s that spooky time of year again! Join us for this annual evening of treats and a few tricks. Come in costume and enjoy carnival style games, crafts, a jumpy toy, and more! Meet your neighbors, let your kids loose in the gym and have fun!

UPDATE (12:53pm): I’ve got some pictures of a few of the decorations and games you can play at tonight’s Freaky Fall Festival:





Friday, October 29, 6-8pm – Pumpkin Party Pizzazz! (all ages, $3)

Decorate a mini pumpkin and make Halloween crafts. We’ll watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on the big screen and snack on yummy treats. To reserve your pumpkin, please register by 10/22.

I think the latter event is worth attending for “Great Pumpkin” on the big screen ALONE. But if you want to paint a pumpkin, too, the RECC asks that you register by TODAY.

Calling all crafters and artists! The RECC Holiday Craft Sale is coming!

The Third Annual Ravenna Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale will be held at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE) on Saturday, December 4th, from 10am-4pm.

DATE: Check. VENUE: Check. But what about the CRAFTS?

Striped Baby Hat, from; picture ©2009-2010 Ann Scranton

That’s where YOU come in.

Via email (from one of the organizers of the event):

The sale prides itself on high‐quality, unique, crafts made by local artisans. We are currently accepting applications from artists. Items must be handmade (not mass-produced).

Interested in selling your hand-wrought wares to at this local event, or know someone else who might? Email ravholiday [at] to receive an application form.

Applications are due by October 29th.

Thanks to Deb for the info.

Say GOODBYE to Summer at Final Fling TOMORROW

Time to say GOODBYE to summer; not just because Cliff Mass says so, but because it’s Ravenna tradition!

Ravenna-Eckstein Playground on dedication day, September 5, 2008

The Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE) is hosting its annual Final Fling party TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 25th, from 6-8pm. It does cost a whole dollar to partake, but there’s a barbecue dinner and CAKE in it for you. Balloon Buffoon will also be on hand to create his impressive balloon creations.

The balloon line on dedication day.

This event has also become the Ravenna-Eckstein Playground’s annual birthday party. Technically, the current version of the playground was dedicated on September 5, 2008 (read our post “You may now commence the fun” for a look back at the ceremony), but why take a chance on September weather?