Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


This month’s art in the park is by Anna. She is an art student at Victoria Raymond’s art studio in Pinehurst. Anna’s uncle has a Scotty dog named Scruffy. They recently moved to New York, so Anna made this collage as a housewarming gift. See this photo of the Scruffy artwork in the kiosk at Pinehurst Pocket Park, NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE. It really brightens up the park!

Victoria Raymond teaches kids, teens and adults, including youth with autism and learning differences.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.

Adopt-A-Street Litter Pickup Event October 4th


Pinehurst Community Council participates in the City’s Adopt-A-Street program.  We’ve adopted these streets for occasional litter pickup:

  • Pinehurst Way NE – from Roosevelt Way NE to NE 125th St
  • NE 115th St – from 20th Ave NE to Pinehurst Way NE

Our next work party will be Sunday, October 4, at 10:00 am.  It takes about two hours, but you aren’t committed to the whole time if that’s too long. We have grabbers, safety vests, brooms and a sharps container.  You bring work gloves. If you are interested in helping, please email

We’ll meet at the northeast corner of Pinehurst Way and NE 115th St, rain or shine.

This is a fun event – we work in pairs and have good laughs over some of the stuff we put in our garbage bags. And it’s always nice when a neighbor honks or gives us a thumbs-up for our efforts!

Our commitment is for four cleanup events a year, but volunteering for this event does NOT commit you to future work parties.

If you participate, you’ll sign a volunteer sign-in sheet that gives you insurance coverage during the event.  I’ll go over safety precautions with everyone before we start.

Information about the City’s program is at:

If you haven’t contacted Nancy and want to show up spur of the moment, that’s fine.

Come on and join the party, meet your neighbors and make a difference!

Meetings about Proposed School Start Times


Seattle Public Schools will hold five regional community meetings beginning this week about proposed changes to school start times.

In July, an advisory committee recommended that Seattle high schools and middle schools should start at least an hour later and most elementary schools should start 90 minutes sooner.

The committee spent seven months figuring out a schedule better suited to teen-sleep needs. Its recommendations, if approved, would cost an estimated $3 million for busing and probably wouldn’t take effect until fall 2016 at the earliest.

The regional meetings give the public the chance to weigh in on the proposal before Superintendent Larry Nyland makes his final recommendation to the School Board. The board is scheduled to vote on the matter later this fall.

Staff will be available at all five meetings, which will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meetings near Pinehurst are:

  • Wednesday, Sept 30, Ingraham High School lunchroom, 1819 N. 135th St.
  • Monday, Oct. 5, Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.

Pinehurst Pets


Does anyone know if this turtle was found and placed in the pool as requested?

Please feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood to

Pinehurst Metro Changes Meeting This Thursday

Thursday, September 24th at 6:30pm
Pinehurst Playfield
12029 14th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125

There are a lot of changes coming this Saturday as Metro expands service. But thanks to some discussions in the community recently we’re having Metro come talk about some changes planned further in the future.

We’ll be looking at the proposed bus changes for the neighborhood as Light Rail opens next year. There have been a couple proposals so far that have gotten a lot of feedback from the community, especially around the 73 and the proposed weekend cuts. We’ll have Metro there to explain their plan and take questions and feedback.


Pinehurst Picks

Mural15th&120thSo, who knows where this is?

Please feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood to

Emergency Preparedness Presentation

EmergencyAre you prepared for the next big earthquake and other disasters Seattle could face? Attend a presentation at Lake City Library to hear from local emergency management experts about what you can do to get prepared.

Learn about the City’s new emergency alert and notification system – AlertSeattle – and bring questions to ask the City’s hazard specialist during an open Q&A session.

This class is on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lake City Lbrary is at 12501 28th Ave NE.

Register for the class by emailing your name and that it’s the Lake City presentation you plan to attend to

August 2015 Pinehurst Crime Report

Here is a partial picture of Pinehurst property crime for the month. Click on the map to enlarge it.

You can see ALL the types of crime at Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.


Back to School Driving Tips

schoolpedestrainsSchool is starting up this month. Here are some safety tips from AAA:

Slow down – Obey Washington’s 20 mph speed limit in school zones. Research shows that a pedestrian is nearly 2/3 less likely to be killed when struck by a vehicle traveling at 20 mph than at 30 mph.

Keep your eyes on the road – Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just 2 seconds doubles the chance of being involved in a crash.

Come to a complete stop – More than 1/3 of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop before proceeding.

Reverse responsibly – Check for children on the sidewalk, in driveways and around your vehicle before slowly backing up.

Respect crossing zones – More and 22,000 students in Washington State volunteer as AAA school safety patrollers to protect their fellow classmates during school travel. Be mindful near crossing zones and make eye contact with the patrollers to ensure maximum safety.

Watch for bicycles – Slow down and allow at least 3 feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist.

Eliminate distractions – Avoid dangerous distractions that can increase your risk of being involved in a crash. For example, store cell phones out of reach to eliminate the temptation to text, call or email others while driving.

Talk to your teen – Find resources to help you teach your teens to become safe, responsible drivers at

Plan for extra time – Drive slowly and choose alternate routes to avoid school zones if possible, or plan ahead and allow for extra ravel time if needed.

Pinehurst Picks


WhirligigPlease feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood to