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:


*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.


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!

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:


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.”


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.

Fabulous Feline Adoption Event at the RECC this Saturday *meow* (update)

UPDATE (Friday, November 11): We’ve been told that this weekend the Seattle Animal Shelter has agreed to waive adoption fees for adult cats, and is offering a special price for those adopting two kittens at once!

Nearly 50 cats and kittens will be available at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center on Saturday. It’s a purr-fect opportunity to adopt one (or more).


You look like you could use more cats.

I can haz you for an owner?

Look no further than this Saturday’s Fabulous Felines Cat Adoption Event at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE).

From 12-3 PM, the Seattle Animal Shelter will have a selection of cats from their foster care program available for adoption at the community center.

From The Scoop (the Seattle Animal Shelter news and events page):

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (see top of post for this weekend’s adoption specials) and include:
• Initial vaccinations
• Deworming
• Feline Leukemia testing
• Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
• Spay or neuter
• Microchip (About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected under the cat’s skin, providing an identification number associated with that animal. Animal shelters can then “scan” a lost animal and retrieve its records from the microchip.)

Last of the NE Seattle community center public meetings this week

The last of the public meetings about community center operations in Northeast Seattle are all happening this week:

Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave NE), Tuesday, November 8 at 7 PM

Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE), Wednesday, November 9 at 7 PM

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE), Wednesday, November 9 at 7 PM

From the press release:

Parks and Recreation is holding public meetings to hear from communities about what activities and hours they would like to see at their nearest community center, consistent with the proposal in the Mayor’s proposed 2012 budget that would set up geographical groups of community centers whose staff would work together to provide services to that geographic area of the city.

The agenda for these meetings, from a letter from Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center’s coordinator, Trevor Gregg, is as follows:

• Talk with Parks and Recreation staff and neighbors about your ideas to build community relationships
• Help Parks and Recreation identify programs and services that are efficient and relevant for those living in the Ravenna-Eckstein community
• Work together with Parks and Recreation to identify potential operating hours for Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center in 2012
• Share your voice and personal vision/ideas with others

All community members, stakeholders and partners are encouraged to attend. Child care and light snacks are provided at each site.

For an idea of how these meetings are run and what gets discussed, visit My Green Lake‘s post about the Green Lake Community Center operations public meeting on October 18.

For more information about the community center operations analysis to date, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website here.

You can find our own summary of one of the original community center operation meetings (June 15) here.

Light Rail, Community Center, Superintendent meetings (and more!)

Ah, autumn: The crisp air, the bright colored foliage, the opportunity to keep warm by huddling together with your neighbors at community meetings (many of which include snacks).

Here is a list of community meetings being held in the first half of November. As always, we recommend attending them all. However, if you can only choose one, we’d steer you toward the Advisory Council/Community Meeting at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center. Your input into the future of center operations — prior to the big budget decisions happening in City Hall in November — is vital.

  • Tuesday, November 1: Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Board Meeting, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE), 7-9 PM. All neighbors are welcome to attend. Agenda to come.
  • Tuesday, November 1: Mayor’s Town Hall, Nathan Hale High School (10750 30th Ave NE), 5:30-8 PM. Mayor Mike McGinn, City Departments & Community Groups will answer your questions and hear what’s on your mind.
    (5:30-6:30 Meet and Greet: City Departments and local community organizations have information tables, answer questions and offer volunteer opportunities; 6:30-6:40 Youth performance- 6:40-8:00 Open question and answer session with the Mayor)
  • Thursday, November 3: North Link Light Rail Roosevelt Station Open House, Roosevelt High School Commons (1410 NE 66th Street), 6-8:30 PM (presentation starts at 6:30 PM). The open house will focus on the nuts and bolts of construction plans (NOT station design plans) at Roosevelt Station.
  • Wednesday, November 9: Advisory Council/Community Meeting, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE), 6:30-8:30 PM. Input sought from community members about future use and operating hours of the RECC in 2012. Staff present from the RECC and the new Northeast Geographic team, as well as members of Parks and Recreation leadership, talking about how well parks is meeting our needs in the Ravenna-Eckstein community. Child care and light refreshments available.
  • Monday, November 14: Community Meeting on the Permanent Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th Street), 7-8:30 PM. National search for a new Superintendent, or hire Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield? Input sought from members of the public. (Survey available in mid-November as well.) Childcare and light snacks will be available starting at 6:30 PM. Hosted by the Seattle Council PTSA.
  • Wednesday, November 16: North Link Light Rail Brooklyn Station Open House, Neptune Theatre (1303 NE 45th St), 6-8:30 PM (presentation starts at 6:30 PM). The November open house will focus on the nuts and bolts of construction plans at Brooklyn Station.


If we’re missing any other community meetings in early November on this list, do let us know. We’re happy to add them.

Freaky Fall Festival this Friday at the RECC

How much fall family fun can be had for just three dollars a person?

Find out Friday, October 21, as the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE) holds its Fourth Annual Freaky Fall Festival.

Halloween's still a couple weeks off, but that doesn't mean you can't try out your costume early.

From the event description:

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!

The event runs from 6-8PM. After that, you’ll have to find somewhere else to haunt.

Those spiders look serious.

RBCA Board Meeting tonight

The Ravenna-Bryant Community Association has its regularly scheduled Board Meeting tonight, at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Avenue NE), from 7-9PM.

Prior to that Board Meeting, however, two committees will be meeting (at 6PM, also at the RECC): The SR 520 Committee and the Communication Committee. Community members are welcome to not only attend these meetings but JOIN these committees, if they feel so moved.

Here is the agenda for tonight’s Board Meeting:

    7:00 pm Welcome and Introductions

      Approval of August Minutes
    7:10 pm Community Meeting

      Set-up (room, laptop, screen, extra maps)
      Help Wanted
      RNA report—format
      Donut hole discussion/vote—format?
      Emergency Prep—format?
    7:35 pm Newsletter/Communications Committee

      Timeline (needs to be delivered before 9/19 RHS meeting w/ Clark)
      Distribution coordinator
      Advertising coordinator
    7:45 pm Committee Reports

      Treasurer’s report
      Transportation Committee
      Community Resilience
      Land Use Committee
    8:15 pm Jorgen’s/NEDC letter
    8:25 pm Old Business
    8:35 pm New Business
    8:45 pm Adjourn

      Clean up room, coordinate with your committee