Neighbor Appreciation Day February 12 – Fire Station Tours

Remember to tell your neighbors how much you appreciate them on February 12th.  Also, check this website for events around the city:

One event of note – the Seattle Fire Stations are open for public tours from 11 am to 2 pm.  Ours is in Lake City, at 2806 NE 127th Street.

Less Secret Election This Year?

What: King Conservation District Election (King CD)
When: February 15, 2011 and ends at 9 pm March 15
Where: Online this year!

I wrote about what I called a secret election last year where you had to make it downtown or to one of 6 other libraries in the middle of the day on a Tuesday in order to vote.  Looking back, I was just caught by surprise because I had never heard of the position and only got to vote because I was downtown for jury duty.  This special election was for a Board of Supervisors position in the King Conservation District (King CD). For various reasons the turnout was very low (4200 people) but it was also climbing quickly from previous years (2,757 in 2009, 198 in 2008) and I wondered where the tipping point was in the cost of an election like that vs. getting it on a normal ballot.

It’s still going to be difficult to get to word out and create interest but it should be easier for a lot of people this time around. They’re moving the voting online and voting period will last for 30 days.

The King Conservation District (King CD) will be holding a public election for the Board of Supervisor position #2. This election will feature new, convenient and secure on-line voting. Voting begins February 15, 2011 and ends at 9 pm March 15, 2011. Click here for more information.

To be eligible to vote, you must be registered to vote in King County (excluding residents of cities that are not members of the King Conservation District: Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish).

In addition to the 30-day online voting period, the district will also provide a one-day, in-person voting option at the King CD’s Renton office on March 15 between 9 am and 9 pm. The King CD is located at 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130, in Renton.

You can get more details on what the King Conservation District is here:

There’s also a King Conversation District Election FAQ here:

Free Community Acupuncture Treatment

Sorry for the late notice as I just got the email this morning.  But there’s a free acupuncture treatment being offered in Pinehurst (along Pinehurst Way) on Friday of this week.

What’s better than a free acupuncture treatment?
A free treatment for both you and your friend!

Introduce someone new to the North Sea this Friday (Feb 4th) and both of you will receive free treatments.

Sure, you could go out for coffee or take each other to the movies, but healing with someone you care about, in comfortable recliners, surrounded by soothing music? Now that’s a worthwhile experience!

How can you make this happen?

Jump to our appointment’s page and sign up for a visit.

See you Friday. You’ll be thankful you skipped the movie!

Hands On! A Community Skills Fair, February 12th


What happened to the practical know-how our grandparents had? In our modern industrial age, cheap energy, factory automation and transnational economics have allowed us to out-source almost every aspect of our lives, including how we feed, clothe, and entertain ourselves.
But a new wave is sweeping the country. People are recognizing the joy, satisfaction and security of being able to provide for our own needs, shifting from dependence on giant corporations to a healthy interdependence with our local community. 
 In partnership with Ravenna Eckstein and Meadowbrook Community Centers, Sustainable NE Seattle is organizing a community skills fair called “Hands On.” Forty folks from our neighborhoods have stepped up to share skills such as food preservation, grafting, tool repair, and making clothes. 
Let’s re-learn the skills our grandparents knew.
The event takes place February 12, 2011. The skills workshops are being held in two community centers simultaneously. Vanpools will be available.

Upcoming Jane Addams K-8 Open Houses

From a Pinehurst Blog Reader:

Jane Addams K-8 School invites you to join us to learn more about this NE Seattle Option School.

Jane Addams K-8 is an exciting new school with an emphasis on environmental science. Along with rigorous academics, the school offers an integrated Spectrum program for advanced learners, bilingual services for English Language Learners (ELL), special education services, and rich arts offerings. An exceptional faculty and staff, diverse student body and engaged parents have created this thriving school community in record time. Come see what all the excitement is about!

Evening Open Houses: February 8 and March 9, 6:30-8:00pm
Morning Tours: February 10, February 16, March 1, March 15 and March 23, 8:30-10:00am

Principal Debbie Nelsen will provide a school overview and Science Specialist Christine Benita will share details about the school’s environmental science program. Tour the building, talk with teachers and observe classes.

Please visit the Jane Addams PTSA website: to learn more about our school. Jane Addams opened in 2009 and has space at all grade levels. We focus on learning – We respect ourselves and others We take care of our school – We solve problems We PERSEVERE!

Jane Addams K-8 is a Seattle Public School located at 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125

The Drowsy Chaperone at Seattle Musical Theatre

We’ve got another show with at least a couple Pinehurst connections coming up at Seattle Musical Theatre.  The Stage Manager, Bradley Stieger and the Sound Engineer, Caleb Dietzel both live in Pinehurst. I’ve been excited about this one since I heard it was coming to Seattle Musical Theatre since I missed it on my trip to New York.

February 11-March 5
Friday-Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm

Thursday, March 3 at 7:30pm

$40/$35 general admission
$35/$30 students
Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 206-363-2809

The roaring 20’s are back and funnier than ever! Seattle Musical Theatre presents the first Seattle based production of The Drowsy Chaperone February 11-March 5 at their theatre in Sandpoint Magnuson, directed by Gregory Award winner Brandon Ivie. The Drowsy Chaperone defied the odds and became a Tony Award winning smash on Broadway in 2006.

The Drowsy Chaperone is the tale of a modern day musical theater maven, known simply as “Man in Chair.” To chase his blues away, he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 madcap musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As his hi-fi crackles, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage. We learn the tale of the pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up showbiz to get hitched, and her producer’s attempts to sabotage her impending nuptials. Hilarious antics ensue with her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorus girl, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters masquerading as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.

The Drowsy Chaperone got its start as an odd thing: a wedding present at a stag party. Bob Martin (who would later become the bookwriter and star as Man in Chair) received The Drowsy Chaperone as a wedding present for he and his wife, Janet Van De Graaf (both of whom are now characters in the musical). Their friends knew of Mr. Martin’s obsession with musicals and wrote him and his wife one. It was such a hit that they remounted it at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. After transferring to a larger theatre in Canada, it was picked up by producer Roy Miller, went through rewrites, opened in Los Angeles and then transferred to Broadway. The original production won nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won five, including Best Book and Best Score, and played 674 performances.

Seattle Musical Theatre (formerly Civic Light Opera) is conveniently located in Magnuson Park, at 7120 62nd Ave NE. Parking is plentiful and free. Performances are Friday through Sunday, with one Thursday night offering. Tickets are $30-$40 with special rates for seniors, students and group sales. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 206-363-2809.

Continue reading The Drowsy Chaperone at Seattle Musical Theatre

This Week’s Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


This week our thanks goes to Sacajawea first grader Euan for loaning us his beautiful drawing.  It’s on display in the Pinehurst Pocket Park kiosk at NE 117th and 19th Ave NE.  Take a stroll over there to see it up close and personal!

Volunteer Event: North Acres Park

I got passed the following local volunteer opportunity which looked like lots of fun:

Date & Time

Saturday, March 26, 2011
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sign up for this event

Event Description

Join EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership for a day of urban forest restoration at Noth Acres Park. Volunteers will remove invasive plant species that are threatening the health of the forest, perform restoration site maintenance (weeding & mulching) and possibly plant native trees & shrubs.

This 20.7 acre park is surrounded by a forest of fir and contains a small forest behind the picnic area. Facilities include 2 ballfields, a play area for children, a dog off-leash area, and a wading pool.

For more information, contact:

Chris LaPointe, Volunteer Program Manager
(206) 322-9296, ext. 217

Day-of-event contact:

Elizabeth White
(206) 255-4160

latest from the Pinehurst Playfield Shelter

Remodel is nearing completion and it is looking great. It will be like having a brand new up to date building! Here is a photo looking up at the new lights and windows and a construction shot out front. We should be able to have a grand opening party this spring. The building will be rentable for private parties or community events.

ceiling and lights

ceiling and lights

construction out front

construction out front

Name the parks along Thornton Creek

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for four separate areas of park land in the Thornton Creek watershed. Here’s the press release. Suggestions are due by 3/3/2011.

The parks to be named are:

  • Park #1: This park site is adjacent to the Jackson Park Golf course to the west. It is bordered by NE 130th St. to the south and 10th Ave. NE to the west. It follows the creek northeasterly toward NE Brockman Pl. It is predominantly a wooded ravine providing rich wildlife habitat on the North Branch of Thornton Creek.
  • Park #2: This large assemblage of properties follows the South Branch of Thornton Creek southeasterly from approximately 15th Ave. NE and NE 105th St. to NE 98th St. west of 20th Ave. NE. There are formal access points at NE 102nd St. and 17th Ave. NE and at NE 104th and 17th Sts. NE, as well as two areas along NE 100th St. The park features viewpoints, wetlands, and an abundant wildlife habitat.
  • Park #6: This park consists of several contiguous parcels located near the Northgate Community Center and continues northeasterly into the Maple Leaf neighborhood. It is bordered by NE 103rd St. and NE 107th St. to the south and north and by 5th Ave. NE to the west and Roosevelt Way NE to the east. The park includes the South Branch of Thornton Creek, wooded areas, wetlands, and several trails. Visitors will see a wide variety of wildlife including an active beaver pond. There are several major access points located at the southerly end of the park, on NE 105th St. and at the corner of NE 106th St. and 9th Ave. NE.
  • Thornton Creek Natural Area: Ravenna Ave: This park is just east of Lake City Way between Fischer Pl. NE and Ravenna Ave. NE, north of NE 100th St. to approximately NE 103rd St. Access to the park is from Fischer Pl. NE, at the north side of the Shutter Shop parking lot, along the fence. This site was once a diary operated by the Blindheim family and is now a natural area that includes the confluence of Willow Creek and the South Branch of Thornton Creek. There has been a focus on restoration and stewardship of the creek and the native vegetation in this area.