Holiday Ornament Workshop for Kids 5 to 7!

OrnamentsHoliday Ornament Workshop is on December 10th in the Pinehurst studio of Victoria Raymond!
Students will make a variety of fabulous ornaments for the upcoming holiday season.

Ages: 5 to 7
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $25

Spaces are filling up fast.
More workshops are coming for older ages. Email Victoria if interested.

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Pinehurst Picks

Is this still there, or did I hear that the murals are going away?


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

North Seattle Baseball Open House December 5th


Come learn about the north end’s premier youth baseball league at North Seattle Baseball’s Open House, happening this weekend at its *NEW* North Seattle Batting Cages indoor facility.

– Meet NSB board members and coaches
– Grab a complementary hotdog and drink (while supplies last)
– Explore the new-and-improved North Seattle Batting Cages facility
– Find out what it has planned for ballplayers this spring at NSB, and register on-site

This event is open to all – new and returning families – or just those who wish to check out the area’s only indoor batting cage facility!

Date: Saturday, Dec. 5
Time: 12:30-4pm
Location: North Seattle Batting Cages (home of NSB) – 12550 27th Ave NE, (next to Slate Crossfit)

More information can be found on …


December 2 Holiday Event at Lake City Community Center

Thanksgiving is over and now it’s on to the next holiday, right? Start it off Wednesday at Lake City Community Center’s 8th annual Holidays at the Center. Santa will be there, and an elf magician will entertain the kids while they wait in line for their turn with Santa. The Dickens Carolers will greet guests at the door, Ingraham High School band will play carols, and employees from Union Bank will host a kids’ coloring table. Also, enjoy cookies, cider and coffee. Doors open at 6:45 pm and the tree lighting is at 7:30 pm. See poster below!


Lifetime Learning Center

LLCWinter class signup is happening now at Lifetime Learning Center. This is a wonderful organization right next door in Lake City that provides daytime classes for older adults. All the teachers are volunteers, and there are no tests or grades.

There are all kinds of classes, including yoga, current events, creative writing, philosophy and much more.

The eight week classes are only $30 each, plus a $15 quarterly registration fee.

Check out LLC’s website, where you can see the winter course catalog by clicking on the ‘classes’ tab.

Pinehurst Picks

A Pinehurst chicken flock enjoying a short vacation away from home while its coop was being cleaned. Fresh grass and delicious bugs!

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


Help Prevent Clogged Storm Drains

drainThis time of year, storm drains can easily become overwhelmed with leaves and the summer’s accumulated street debris, resulting in backed up gutters and drains, and localized flooding. In Seattle, for example, there are about 80,000 storm drains — far more than city crews can clear quickly.

The Take Winter by Storm campaign is urging us to adopt local street drains and drainage ditches, to make sure they are free of leaves and debris.

Safely (that means staying out of the road when raking) adopting a local storm drain or drainage ditch  by keeping it clear of leaves, snow and other debris is the single most important thing that we can do to protect our property.

In addition to adopting a neighborhood storm drain, we can take two other important steps to get ready for the storm season:

·       – Maintain gutters, downspouts, rain barrels, private culverts by keeping them clean, flowing and directed away from properties and hillsides.

·       – Know the emergency hotline number for your local drainage utility, to report sewer backups, major flooding and landslide issues. Take Winter by Storm is a one-stop emergency preparedness center that includes safety tips and regional resources for information about the weather, power outages, flooding, shelters and assistance agencies. In Seattle, that number for reporting flooding issues is 386-1800.

For more information on preparing for bad weather, visit Take Winter by Storm.

School Traffic Safety Committee Seeks Members

schoolpedestrainsThe Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is accepting applications for new members to help make walking and biking to school in Seattle safer and easier. The volunteer board was created by the Seattle City Council in 1975 to improve traffic safety for all of Seattle’s school children. It advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety, including adult crossing guard locations, school traffic signs and signals, school safety patrols, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and student traffic safety education.

Board members serve a three-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be City employees. The board meets the fourth Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. typically at Seattle Public Schools headquarters, with occasional field meetings at school sites or school crossings. Ideal committee members may include parents of school children, frequent walkers and bikers, people interested in pedestrian or bicycle encouragement and those with expertise in public health or child injury prevention.

If you’re interested, submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest via email by 5 p.m. on November 30, 2015, to Ashley Rhead at For more information or questions, call Ashley Rhead at (206) 684-7577 or send her an e-mail.

Win a Little Free Library!

BobGordonsLittle LibraryLast year our Thursday-North area reduced waste more than any other neighborhood, so  CleanScapes (our garbage company) is giving us an award! Working with a small committee of neighborhood council members, it has purchased fifty Little Free Libraries to give to us. In addition, it is initially stocking them with books for kids and adults about recycling and waste reduction. Of course you can add any other kinds books you want, and then just watch neighbors start to use it and contribute books.

Little Free Libraries help reduce the number of books being thrown away, they build community, and make reading more accessible and less expensive. And it’s really fun being a Little Free Librarian!

Read about how to get books and attract users at the Little Free Library website.

To enter the contest to win one of the libraries, email Erika Melroy ( before December 4, 2015. Your email must include your name, mailing address, and why you’d like to receive a Little Free Library. CleanScapes staff will install it for you. It will not necessarily look like the library on this page; this is one that is in Victory Heights. You may decorate yours anyway you like.

Learn more about the neighborhood waste reduction rewards program at

Nov 2015 Minutes for North Precinct Advisory Council

SPDbadgeThis month the guest speaker was Sgt. Sean Whitcomb from the SPD Public Affairs Office. SPD is trying to be transparent and communicative for both citizens and journalists. It uses numerous ‘channels’ to communicate on-line these days, including the SPD Blotter, a Twitter feed, the SPD official website, Tweets by Beat, Tumblr blog, Nextdoor, Facebook and YouTube. The minutes, below, has descriptions of each channel and their web addresses.

We are very near to getting our new Crime Prevention Coordinator. The candidate’s background check was taking a very long time for some unknown reason, but it’s nearly done.

Please take Seattle U’s public safety survey at to let SPD know what public safety issues are most important to you.

SPD and NPAC are collecting new socks, hats, scarves and gloves, as they do each year. Please take donations to the North Precinct at 10049 College Way N, near North Seattle College. Thanks!

Read all the minutes here.