World of Tastes in Lake City 2017

World of Tastes in Lake City returns; pick up your passport soon!

This program to support local establishments will run now until September 22, 2017. Passports with enough stamps to qualify for a prize should be returned to the Kaffeeklatsch by close of business on September 22.

Simply make a purchase at any of the participating establishments, present your passport and receive a stamp. Don’t forget to thank the business for taking part.

Passports will be available at the Kaffeeklatsch as well as other of the participating businesses. You can always pick one up at the Lake City Farmers Market, and they will be made available at various public events throughout the program.

Take part in this program to support some of the most treasured Lake City businesses. You can partner with friends, family and neighbors to qualify for the drawing on whatever level is comfortable. It is hoped that this  program helps to  demonstrate our community’s ability to support local small businesses.

Maybe you will find a new favorite spot and have fun visiting the ones you already have come to love. These businesses provide Lake City with its “flavor” and it is up to us as a community to help keep them here.

There are three levels of prizes indicated on the passport so that more people can take part in the fun. Winners will be chosen at random and one winner from each of the three tiers of prizes will be awarded. Winners will be contacted via the contact information on the passport within 30 days of the closing of the program.

The First 20 participants to turn in a passport with 7 or more stamps will automatically receive a $10 Gift Card to the Farmers Market

A big thank you goes out to all the businesses taking part as well as the sponsoring businesses – Two Dog Yoga, Kaffeeklatsch, Manila Manila, Elliott Bay Brewery and the Lake City Farmers Market.

Pinehurst Pets – Chance

Chance is a 5-month old puppy, who is new to Pinehurst. He is very sweet and loves making new friends. His favorite hangout is by the Hazel Wolf K-8 school, where kids give him a lot of attention.

If you’d like your pet featured, please send a photo and its name and a short description or story to

Volunteer for Pinehurstfest 2017

We’re looking for volunteers for our summer festival, Pinehurstfest!

It’s Saturday, July 15th from 2-5 pm.

We’ve got a signup page with different options here:

Feel free to sign up for multiple slots as we can use all the help we can get. This event doesn’t happen without dedicated neighbors!

Beyond what’s listed on the page above we can also use help putting up posters (and removing them afterwards) or going door-to-door to your neighbors to make sure they know about the event. This can be any time from now until the event as your schedule permits though obviously early notice is better for people. We’ve got posters and smaller handouts we can print if you’re interested in helping there. You can email me

We are also always looking for other activities at the event if you’re interested in organizing anything else. We’ve had a cake walk, raffle, and party/lawn games in the past. But we would need somebody to step up and organize it as we just don’t have the resources this year. But if you’ve got any ideas we’re certainly willing to support you.
Please feel free to share this! As I said, we can use all the help we can get!

2017 SPD North Precinct Picnic

Come out for music, free food, raffle prizes, and to meet SPD officers and special units, such as K9 and bomb squad. This year the picnic is back at the precinct building. It’s July 8 from 1 – 4 pm at 10049 College Way N, near North Seattle College.

World Dance Party at Lake City Community Center

There will be dance performances, and dance instructors will be on site to teach dances from around the world. It’a a potluck, too. Last year it was at Meadowbrook Community Center, and by all accounts it was a great success.

Pinehurst Picks

Mystery garden. Anyone have a clue what these are for? And do you know what street they’re on?

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



Crime & Safety Focus Groups

Share your public safety concerns and suggestions at one of these focus groups. Seattle U is hosting them, and SPD won’t be there, so you can say whatever you want! The two meetings we would go to are Lake City (if you live east of 15th) on June 14 and Northgate (if you live west of 15th) on June 28. More details below:

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting – Witness Tree

We live in the Thornton Creek watershed. The watershed covers roughly 11.6 square miles in northeast Seattle and Shoreline. Over 90% of the creek’s main channel, more than 15 miles, flows above ground through more than 700 backyards and through 15 parks and natural areas.

Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) is an all-volunteer grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring an ecological balance throughout the Thornton Creek watershed. Its goal is to benefit the watershed by encouraging individuals, groups, schools, businesses, and government to work together in addressing the environmental restoration of the creek system including:  water quality, stabilization of water flow, flood prevention, and habitat improvement through education, collaboration, and community involvement.

New members are always welcome. The larger the group, the greater the voice for a healthier watershed! But you don’t have to be a member to go to the meetings to hear the speakers. Here is the next meeting agenda:

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes – June 2017

This month we learned about the plans for re-funding SPD’s Community Service Officer program. The program ran from 1971 to 2004, then was de-funded due to city budget cuts. CSOs are civilian, unarmed, uniformed SPD staff trained to respond to low-level calls, such as minor property crimes, landlord-tenant disputes, runaway kids, emergency services and nuisance crimes like public intoxication.

There will be about 15 CSOs; so far it hasn’t been decided whether they will be centralized, or assigned to specific precincts. The idea is that this program will result in regular police officers having more time to respond to emergency 911 calls and to do their patrols.

If you have ideas for what CSO duties should be, or what skills and knowledge you think they should have, please contact Angela Socci at Community comments are being sought. Planning is due to be finished by December.

Residential burglary in the north precinct is down 19% YTD. Auto theft is down 27%! But sexual assault and domestic violence are up, 12% and 25% respectively.

For all the north precinct news, read the minutes here.

Volunteer – Weeding at Hazel Wolf K8

Great volunteer opportunity! Hazel Wolf K-8 at Pinehurst School is having a weeding party Tuesday, June 13, from 3:30-4:30 pm. Bring your gloves and favorite gardening tools, but there will also be weeding tools available to use. And there will be refreshments! The school is in the triangle made by NE 117th St, 12th Ave NE & Pinehurst Way. For questions, contact Libby at