Fall Festivals at North End Community Centers


  • Friday, October 5

Meadowbrook Community Center Parking Lot | 5-7 p.m. | All Ages | FREE Entry/Pony Rides $5
Celebrate the Fall Harvest with your community and enjoy free freshly pressed apple juice and $5 pony rides!

  • Saturday, October 6

Magnuson Children’s Garden & Demonstration Orchard | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | All Ages | FREE ENTRY | $20 for Scarecrow | 25¢ Game Tickets
Our Scarecrow Mini Fest features live music, a scavenger hunt in the Community Garden Orchard, garden games, kids’ activities, a ride-on kiddie tractor corral, and of course, making scarecrows! You bring the clothes, a pillow case for the head, and we’ll supply the straw and frame materials. Put your scarecrow on display during the Mini Fest and see if you win the grand prize!

  • Friday, October 19

Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Ages 12 and Under | $5/person or Family 4+ $20
Get the whole family together to join us for this annual evening of treats and a few tricks. Come in costume and enjoy carnival-style games, crafts, haunted mini golf, and more! Meet your neighbors, let your kids loose in the gym and have fun. Funky family costumes encouraged.

  • Friday, October 26

Lake City Community Center | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | All Ages | FREE
Trick-or-treat at local Lake City businesses. Pick up a map of participating businesses at either the North Seattle Family Center or Lake City Court Computer Lab. Trick-or-treat at participating businesses between 5:15 -6:15 p.m., then end your loop at the Lake City Community Center for one of Lake City’s best hidden gems! Every year, the Lake City Lions’ Club sponsors an all-ages Halloween party, complete with a haunted house. Event includes food, crafts, games, a costume contest, prizes and fun for all ages (but especially 2-12 year olds). Looking for something for your older teens? Who wouldn’t want to be a head on a platter? Volunteer to help spook the little ones by calling 206-364-7930.

Montlake Community Center | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | All Ages | FREE
Bring the whole family down to our Halloween Carnival for a beWITCHing night of fun. Come play carnival games, get your face painted, do arts and crafts, and collect some candy! Dress your best, because there will be a costume contest! We will also be doing a toiletry drive, so feel free to bring items to donate.

Northgate Community Center | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | All Ages | FREE
Kick off Halloween weekend with family pumpkin carving and decorating! We’ll have pumpkins of all sizes with safe carving tools and paints to create your spooky or funky jacko-lantern. Enjoy cookies, candies, and hot cider while you carve and stick around for the jack-o-lantern contest to win prizes!

  • Friday, November 2

Miller Community Center | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | All Ages | FREE
Come celebrate and learn about a Mexican tradition, Día De Los Muertos! Also known as Day of the Dead. Watch a performance by the Groupo Folklorico Mexican Dancers and get your face painted with traditional sugar skull designs. We will also be playing the Disney film Coco on the big screen! Chips and salsa will be provided for a snack during the movie.



  • Friday, October 19

Loyal Heights Community Center | 6-8:30 p.m. | Ages 2 and Older | Unlimited bracelets $10
Join us for a fright fest of activities, games and challenges. Dress in costume and remember to bring a bag for your goodies. Festivities include bounce houses, carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, and a cake walk. Hot dogs and water will be on sale for $1 each. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, cleanup and run carnival games. Proceeds from tickets supports the Loyal Heights Community Center scholarship fund.

  • Saturday, October 20

Bitter Lake Community Center Annex (13040 Greenwood Ave N) | 6-8 p.m. | All Ages | Carnival Game Tickets $.25 each
Bring the entire family out for a night of ghoulish-good fun! We will have carnival games, face painting, and the always popular cake walk! Please bring a can of food to donate to our local food bank. Don’t forget to wear your costumes! Volunteer hours are available during this event. Please call 206-684-7524 for more details.

  • Thursday, October 25

Queen Anne Community Center | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | All Ages | $3/Tot
Have your tots try on their Halloween costumes and join in some pre-Halloween fun. Our mini carnival will have games, treats, and fun for all. Costumes are optional but encouraged!

  • Friday, October 26

Ballard Community Center | 6-8 p.m. | Ages 2-10 | $5
Time to celebrate fall! Join us for fantastic fall activities. You can try your hand at the apple press, make your own scarecrow (bring old clothes), and of course, play games.

Magnolia Community Center | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Ages 5 and Under | $5
Get the little spooky ones dressed for our morning Halloween event, we will be serving treats, decorating pumpkins, playing games, and bouncing around. Costumes are encouraged.

Green Lake Community Center | 6-8 p.m. | Ages 5-15 | FREE
Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool are cohosting a haunted celebration! The dimly lit gym will be adorned with glow in the dark accessories from 6-8 p.m. and complete with two haunted bouncy houses for kids to enjoy! Then from 7-8 p.m., ‘Rrrrr’ pool staff is throwing a pirate themed pool party where each swashbuckler must dodge the floating pumpkins! Healthy snacks provided. Join us in this kid tested and parent approved fun! (Swimsuits are a must!) Canned food donation will be collected at the door to support our local food banks.

  • Saturday, October 27

Green Lake Community Center/Evans Pool | Potluck for All: Noon-2:30 p.m. | Adult Swim Only Noon-1:30 p.m. | General Swim for All 1:30-2:30 p.m. | FREE
Come and gather with the Green Lake Community and staff! We will set up the swimming pool deck with tables and chairs. Bring a dish to share, and maybe a story or two. Be prepared to make a friend and enjoy some great food. Evans Pool is proud to present “The Sauna Lizards,” our own locally homegrown band of swimmers! Enjoy lively, fun music while you eat and socialize! Only adults can swim from noon-1:30 p.m., adults and children under age 18 are welcome to swim from 1:30-2:30 p.m. for our general swim. Everyone is welcome at the potluck from Noon-2:30 p.m.


Proposed Funding for Homelessness Issues in 2019-20 Seattle City Budget

At the September 26 D5 forum on the 2019-2020 Seattle City budget process, one of the questions submitted was about homelessness response:

What are the planned budgetary increases to deal with D- 5 issues around homelessness, and how are they to be spent on: a. People needing homes, especially families; b. People in danger of losing their homes; c. Addiction and mental illness resulting in homelessness; and d. Chronic camping, trash, damage, and hygiene/health problems in parks and open spaces?

District 5 Council Member Debora Juarez noted the $89 million projected in Mayor Durkan’s budget to deal with homelessness.

Thirty new people will be added to the navigation teams.

The lease for the Aurora-Licton Village Homeless Encampment will not be renewed.

Juarez wanted to strongly affirm that no one ever tells the Seattle Police Dept not to enforce laws.

A pie chart was shown on the screen about how money will be spent on homelessness issues: 48% to emergency shelter, 28% to housing, 8% to prevention, 9% to operations, 7% to service access.

Seattle City Budget Director Ben Noble noted we are seeing more success and there is a 25% increase projected in spending for cleanup.

Seattle City Council Staff Director Kirsten Arestad added that there is much need for money in Human Services, in addition to dealing with homelessness.

New Preschool in Lake City

The Seattle Preschool Program and the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWa) are partnering to bring an early learning center to a historically underserved community in Lake City. The new Lake City Early Learning Center is a four-classroom facility opening at the site of the former Fire Station 39 on October 15.

The preschool offers dual language classrooms in Somali, Oromo, Eritrean and Chinese, and has an outdoor playground that includes a play structure, garden, and water feature. The Lake City Early Learning Center supports refugee and immigrant parents by providing childcare that breaks down language, cultural, and religious barriers.

The Lake City Early Learning Center has immediate openings –

Hubbard Homestead Park Play Area – Join Us! 10.16

Hubbard Homestead Park neighbors and friends,

Please join us to provide input on a play area for Hubbard Homestead Park and learn about the decommissioning of the playground at Victory Creek Park. The decommissioning of Victory Creek play area will create the opportunity to start new play area at Hubbard Homestead Park.

Please participate in quick survey for the project:  

Please post this flyer and distribute to your email list.  Thank you in advance for your help in promoting this meeting.

To stay up to date on the project visit the website

Northeast 130th Street station advances to preliminary engineering!!!

At its Sept. 27 meeting, the Sound Transit Board decided to advance the NE 130th Street Station into preliminary engineering (PE). Originally scheduled to open in 2031 as an infill station along the Lynnwood Link Extension alignment, the Board directed staff to advance to PE to determine if the station can be sufficiently built by 2024 when LLE goes into revenue service.
Building earlier could potentially save construction costs and avoid later service disruptions associated with constructing it as an infill station. Staff and consultants will take the next year to complete the PE work resulting in greater details on the benefits and downsides of project acceleration and understand the impacts to Sound Transit’s financial and staff resources. This information will be brought back to the Board to make a final decision on whether or not to accelerate construction.

2018 Taste of Eritrea Event

2018 Taste of Eritrea Event
October 6, 2018 12 pm – 7 pm
Holy Trinity Eritrean Orthodox Church
12327 15th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125

SPU Sharps (Used Needle) Collection

Seattle Public Utilities’ Sharps Collection Pilot Program provides safe disposal of “sharps” (needles, syringes, and lancets) from public property. Since the program began in August 2016, SPU inspectors have collected more than 10,000 sharps in the public right of way, and more than 100,000 needles have been disposed of in the City’s drop-off boxes since February 2017.

We’re working hard to make our city cleaner and safer, and you can help! Community members play a key role in making sure sharps are spotted, collected, and properly disposed of. Found a needle on the ground? Here’s what to do:

First, determine if it’s on public or private property.

(If you are unsure if the item you are reporting is on public property, call the City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau, (206) 684-2489 (CITY), for more information.)

For sharps on public property:

For sharps on private property:

  • If you find a needle or syringe, do not pick it up with your bare hands. Use gloves, tongs, pliers, a shovel, or a broom and dustpan.
  • Place used sharps in a manufactured sharps container or a rigid plastic container, such as a juice bottle. Make sure to secure the lid tightly and tape it shut. If you use a plastic container, label it: “SHARPS, DO NOT RECYCLE.”
  • After you are finished, make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Wash the utensil you used to pick up the sharp with a cleaning solution like diluted bleach.
  • Sharps are not allowed in the garbage because they can injure collection workers, residents, and other employees who handle garbage.
  • Dispose of sharps at Seattle Public Utilities’ North or South Transfer Stations, or in any of the nine secure sharps disposal boxes located throughout the city. the one closest to Pinehurst is at Mineral Springs Park, 1500 N 105th St.

Be SMART – Gun Safety to Reduce Child Gun Deaths

As Pinehurst representative on the SPD North Precinct Advisory Council, I bring citizen concerns to the police, and pass information from SPD back to neighbors. This month the guest speaker brought a particularly important topic. I want to call it out, more than just hoping you read the NPAC minutes (I often wonder if anyone reads them!)

Be SMART is a campaign by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to reduce child gun deaths. See its website: It advocates responsible gun ownership. It puts politics aside, and laws aside – in other words it does NOT weigh in on the pros and cons of gun control. It just wants to teach safe storage of firearms. The premise is that everyone agrees that:

– We all want kids to grow up safe
– We each have the right to decide whether to keep guns in our homes
– It is our responsibility to prevent kid gun deaths

Every year almost 300 kids 17 and under in the U.S. gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. U.S. kids are 11 times more likely to die by shooting than in the other developed countries. An average of 1300 lives a year of those 17 or under die by gun violence. Almost 500 kids a year die by suicide via guns.

SMART is an acronym for steps you can take to make kids safe from guns –

S = Secure all guns in your home and vehicles. They should be locked, unloaded and stored separately from ammunition. Hiding a gun is not secure; curious kids can find them – 70% of kids under 10 know where their parents store their guns. The majority of school shootings use guns from the home. 4.6 million kids live in homes with guns loaded & unlocked.

M = Model responsible behavior around guns. Be sure all adults in the home are trained in gun use. Model safe handling, such as pointing guns in a safe direction, always treat them as loaded, don’t rely on the gun’s safety lock.

A = Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes your kids go to. Talk to family and caregivers. Volunteer information about guns in your home.

R = Recognize the risks of teen suicide. Suicide is an impulsive act & unlikely to be tried again. Gun suicide attempts result in death 85% of the time.Unsecured guns in the home are a risk factor for suicide. Signs of risk are changes in mood or behavior, talking about wanting to kill oneself, and feeling helpless. The national suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.

T = Tell your peers to be SMART. Talk to family, friends, and neighbors about gun safety. Volunteer to be a BeSMART presenter. Since May 2005 over 2000 volunteers have trained to present the program.

King County has a Lok-It-Up website about safe gun storage here.

Seattle’s responsible storage legislation will go into effect February 13, 2019. See announcement.

2018 Taste of Eritrea

On October 6, meet your Eritrean neighbors and enjoy great Eritrean food at Taste of Eritrea, hosted by Hope Eritrean Social Services and the Holy Trinity Eritrean Orthodox Church, from Noon to 7 p.m. at 12327 15th Ave NE.  Lunch ticket is $20.

D5 Forum on 2019-20 City Budget

On September 26, the D5 Community Network is hosting a forum on the 2019-20 City of Seattle budget with District 5 Councilmember Debora Juarez, City Budget Director Ben Noble, and City Council Staff Director Kirstan Arestad.  See the flyer below.  The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

This meeting will be a kind of training session for community advocates.  You will hear highlights of what is in the Mayor’s proposed budget for key issues of interest to District 5, how citizens can most effectively advocate for the issues of most interest to them, and Councilmember Juarez’s priorities for this two-year budget cycle.  There will be a 50-minute question and answer period for budget-related issues.  By agreement with Councilmember Juarez, approximately half of this time will be set aside for written questions submitted that night, with additional questions submitted by community organizations in the district.