In this season of increased animosity & intolerance, what can we do to help when we see a hate crime? How can we help tamp down the vitriol? We had hoped to have a guest speaker at our December Pinehurst Community Council meeting speak on how to help make Pinehurst a hate-free community, but demand for speakers was too high and we couldn’t secure one. This Lake City event will be a great alternative:
Have you ever tried to photograph a black cat? It’s really hard. Have you ever tried to DRAW a black cat? It’s nearly impossible (well, a real artist could do it probably). So here’s Julien, a black Pinehurst cat who’s hard to photograph, not just because he’s black, but in this case because he was writhing around on his perch daring me to get a good shot. He does manage to look rather …. fetching, no? Julien moved here from West Seattle last year. He says he likes it here except for when a neighbor cat looks in the window at him and his sister.
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Some of you may be aware that Haller Lake, our neighbor to the north, has an intimate, casual classical music venue at Haller Lake United Methodist Church (13055 1st Ave. NE., Seattle). For about 25 years the church has hosted the Haller Lake Music Series, which offers mostly monthly freewill-donation concerts. The performers tend to be local musicians whom you can meet and chat with after the concert. I’ve enjoyed a number of concerts there over the years. I love having a very local music venue! Here’s its website: https://hallerlakemusic.com/
A special fundraiser concert is planned there on Saturday, January 21, from 7 pm to 9 pm., with all proceeds benefiting the Bach in the Subways international movement. What’s that? Bach in the Subways’s goal is to bring as much Bach, and classical music in general, for free, to as many people as possible, especially to those who otherwise wouldn’t hear live classical music. And where do you find a lot of people in Seattle? In public spaces like Light Rail stations, ferry terminals; malls; libraries – you get the picture. Funds raised at this benefit will support dozens of musicians throughout Greater Seattle as they offer free performances, without pay, of Bach’s music in public places March 18-21 in celebration of Bach’s birthday. Read more about Bach in the Subways at http://bachinthesubways.org/seattle/
Anyway, tickets for the benefit concert in Haller Lake on January 21 are available through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2724778) and will also be sold at the door 30 minutes before the concert. I hope to see you there!
By Monica Sweet
Coming soon to the Cedar Park neighborhood:
New crosswalks, signals, traffic calming, better sidewalks, and easier ways to get around your neighborhood!
We warmly invite you to look at the proposed safety improvements at a meeting 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, January 26 at:
Cedar Park Elementary School
13224 37th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
in the school cafeteria accessed via NE 135th St between 37th and 39th Ave NE
Look forward to seeing you there!
Monica Sweet is a member of Lake City Greenways.
Seattle’s Neighbor Day Celebration invites us to indulge in random acts of kindness. The 23rd annual Neighbor Day is February 11. Time to plan! It’s a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhood a great place to live.
Below is a list of ideas and resources that can help plan a Neighbor Day event or activity:
- Do something nice for a neighbor: take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.
- Organize a neighborhood potluck, open house, or work party. It can be as big or simple as you want.
- Need more ideas? Here is an extensive list to help you.
- Want to know how your local business or community group can participate? Here are some ideas!
- If your event is open to the public, you can post it to the online events calendar.
- Use this flyer to post around the neighborhood or work area to remind people of the day.
- Share a “great neighbor” story or tell how you are celebrating by tagging Department of Neighborhoods on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and using #NeighborDay.
For more information on Neighbor Day, please visit the website at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborday.
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 http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/policereports.aspx. Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.
This month’s guest speaker was the SPD North Precinct’s head of the Community Police Team, Sgt. Dianne Newsom. She explained how these officers handle long-term, often chronic problems specific to neighborhoods. Each officer has an area. Pinehurst is served by Bryan Kennedy, 206-233-3734, Bryan.Kennedy@seattle.gov. CPT officers work on problems called in by residents, so do call him if you have on-going problems. CPT uses creative problem-solving, and when useful, gets other agencies to help, such as SDOT, social service departments, or Parks and Rec.
Crime-wise, the Captain said that north precinct crime in 2016 was up 1% compared to 2015. January and February had big increases, but November and December had significant decreases compared to 2015. The Skywatch elevated tower helped reduce crime at Northgate Mall over the holidays by more than 50%.
Read more about these topic, and more, in the minutes here.
Seven year old Serene is starting off the kids’ art for 2017 with this fine picture she drew at Pinehurstfest. Thanks, Serene, it looks great in the pocket park kiosk! The park is on the corner of NE 117th & 19th Ave NE. Thanks Clara!
If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email email@example.com. We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.