Meadowbrook Cooperative Preschool Open House

MeadowbrookCoopMeadowbrook Cooperative Preschool is a not-for-profit school providing quality education to children aged two to five years old.

It is a warm and welcoming organization offering three classes: Pre-3s3-5s, and Fives. Its emphasis is on trusting children to learn when presented with age appropriate, interesting and diverse experiences and allowing them to find their place in a safe and stimulating environment.

Meadowbrook Co-op is part of North Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschools (NSCC).

Please join them for their open house events on Monday Feb. 3rd 6:00-8:00 pm or Sunday Feb. 9th 3:00-5:00 pm. Children are welcome, and encouraged. Come meet the teachers, tour the classroom and see the community.

Lake City Christian Church, 1933 NE 125th St. (no affiliation)

For more information:

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting Thursday, January 30th

Here’s a meeting announcement from the Thornton Creek Alliance.

Thornton Creek Renovation Projects

Learn about important renovation projects, planting details, community benefits, and how you and your family can volunteer to get your hands dirty.

Presentations include –

• Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, Thornton Creek Confluence Project
• Rick Nishi, Parks and Green Spaces Levy Manager, brief overview and
update of the Beaver Pond Natural Area
• Forest stewards from several of the Thornton Creek Natural Areas
• And more…

Thursday, January 30th, 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM

Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE, 98125

Meeting is free and open to the public.

For further information: call Judy Olson at 206-523-4384

Chinese New Year Celebration at Lake City

LionDanceLake City Community Center, (LCCC) will hold its first Chinese New Year Celebration and Lion Dance on the first day of the Lunar New Year, January 31, 2014, 7 PM to 9 PM.

The event will include a broad display of demonstrations and education by Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts, which just celebrated its first anniversary in Lake City:

·        Tuina- Therapeutic bodywork, a vigorous style of bodywork that looks a little like sports massage.

·        Chun Kuo Kung Fu- Training is centered on fitness, self-defense, traditional weapons, and empty hand forms.

·        Tai Chi-  “Yang-style” of tai chi, a gentle, slow moving Asian exercise system that teaches breathing and relaxation techniques.

·        Qi Gong- A practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.  Qi Gong will be interactive with guests. Please join in!

Practitioners from Bastyr University will be on site to demonstrate natural healing as it relates to sports injuries.

At 8 PM the Chinese Lion Dance begins! The Lion Dance is one of the most widely spread folk dances in China. Lion is king of the animals. In Chinese tradition, the Lion is regarded as a mascot which can bring good luck.  The Lion Dance has been performed for over 2000 years.

Location: 12531 28th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125, next to the Lake City Library.

The Lake City Chinese New Year Celebration is sponsored by North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Lake City Community Center and Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts. For more information, please call 206.362.4378.


Northgate Community Center Event Feb 8th

PassportToImaginationNorthgate Community Center is introducing its new “Imagination Playground” equipment that will be available this spring for the drop in kids to play with.

There are cool toys like huge Legos made out of foam-like blocks.

At this event there will be several stations for the kids to check out the toys. For instance:

Lowes will be there with their “build and grow” toy kits.

Kids can make fun food creations with skewers, and also there will be Legos and paper crafts.

Its all free!

See poster at left for date and time.

Hands On Skills Fair is on February 1st

HandsOnIn partnership with Meadowbrook Community Center, Sustainable NE Seattle is offering its fourth annual “Hands On Skills Fair.” It is Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Meadowbrook Community Center is at 10517 35th Ave NE.

Folks from our neighborhoods have stepped up to share skills such as food preservation, gluten-free and regular baking, basic plumbing and electrical, tool repair, simple bike maintenance, sewing, and making lotions, just to name a few.

Go to the workshop schedule (at for a list of classes, and check back often, in case new ones are added!

Classes are free, though there is limited enrollment. Sign-in/registration begins at 9:30 am and classes start at 10:00 am. Registration ensures a space for you, but you may also just show up at the class you want and attend if it is not full.

There is a free lunch at 12:30 pm, with Keynote Address by Seattle urban farmer Diana Vergis Vinh. Registration is required for lunch on the morning of the event.

Neighbor Appreciation Day February 8th

NeighborAppreciationDayCelebrate Seattle’s 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhood a great place to live. Community groups, businesses, and residents across Seattle will join together on Saturday, February 8 (and the week of) to celebrate.

Here are ways you can celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

·         Plan an activity such as a block party, potluck, or work party. This website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. Once scheduled, you can post your event to the events calendar.

·         Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations (including Lake City and Northgate) along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.

·         Send Neighbor Appreciation Day e-cards to your neighbors.

·         Share a story or two about your favorite Pinehurst neighbors. You can post stories about great neighbors or neighborhoods on the website, or post it to the Facebook page.

Pedestrian Zones in Pinehurst – Survey

pedestrianzoneThe Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is studying a variety of areas around the city to promote more walkable neighborhood business districts. This would involve adding a pedestrian designation to existing Neighborhood Commercial Zones.

By adding a pedestrian retail area designation to a neighborhood commercial (NC) zone, the aim is to:

  • Preserve areas that offer a mix of street level pedestrian-oriented destinations accessible by foot, bike, and transit
  • Identify and encourage areas that have potential to transition to a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood business district
  • Encourage more walking, biking, and transit use to and within neighborhood business districts by preserving and promoting active destinations

This is a good time to think about our neighborhood and let the city know what we want!

DPD is also considering modifications to the existing regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones. It will prepare final recommendations after receiving community feedback. Please review the preliminary recommendations and take its survey by February 28.

In the preliminary recommendations map, Pinehurst/Lake City has three pedestrian zones:

– 15th Ave NE & NE 125th St

– Roosevelt Way NE & NE 125th St

– Pinehurst Way

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Food Donations for North Helpline


Parks Legacy Plan – Feedback Wanted

SeattleParksThe Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee is developing a package for a future ballot measure to pay
for parks and recreation projects, ongoing maintenance and operations, and recreation programs. It’s also
looking at different ways to fund those investments.

Add your voice to this future ballot measure. Join your fellow community members and tell the Committee what you think. The meeting closest to Pinehurst is at

Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N, on Thursday January 30th, 7:00 pm

The Committee is looking for feedback on their recommendations in three specific areas:

1. PRIORITIES— did the Committee find the right balance between taking care of what we have, programming, and new development?

2. SIZE—learn how different levels of funding affect your taxes, and then tell us what you think the right size is!

3. FUNDING MECHANISM—learn about the differences between short-term, long-term, and permanent levies, and how those compare to the formation of a metropolitan parks district (MPD). Then, tell us which mechanism you think is most appropriate for Seattle, and any thoughts or concerns you have about it.


The Interim Report details the Committee’s process, rationale, and interim recommendations—but they need your input before they finalize those recommendations! Detailed information about each proposed investment and possible funding mechanisms is also available on the Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee website and available in hard copy at community centers and at the meetings.

Bike Business – Car Laws that Pertain to Bikes

BikeIconHere are some more Washington State laws that related to how bikes and motor vehicles share the road:

– 46.04.197 A Highway is defined as the width of every public roadway between property lines. full text of 46.04.197

– 46.04.500 A Roadway is defined as a highway excluding sidewalk & shoulder. full text of 46.04.500

– 46.04.670 A Vehicle is defined as a device capable of being moved upon a public highway. full text of 46.04.670 –

46.04.670 Bicycles are defined as vehicles. full text of 46.04.670

– 46.61.115(b) It is OK to pass cars on the right if safe & there’s space for bicycle traffic. full text of 46.61.115

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