Shaping Seattle Neighborhoods

neighborhoodWhat goes into making a neighborhood great and keeping it that way?  How should policy makers balance issues such as economic development, open space, density, long-term growth and neighborhood desires while keeping Seattle Seattle?

The next episode of Seattle Speaks – a live, interactive town hall program – will focus on Shaping Seattle Neighborhoods and bring together policy makers, developers, and neighborhood activists to debate and discuss the issue in the round. It will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. The program will also be broadcast live on Seattle Channel 21 and online at  Join the conversation either at Town Hall or online, where you can take part in polls and voice your opinion via social media and e-mail.

Admission is free but studio-audience seating is limited and advance registration is required. Register at or call (206) 682-7395. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. 

City Hall Open House April 6th

seattlelogoCity Hall Open House this Saturday
Join Mayor McGinn, the City Council, and City Attorney Pete Holmes

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
601 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
(Enter via Fifth Avenue doors)

Acrobatic performance by SANCA @ 11 a.m.
Massive Monkees Dance Crew @ 12 p.m.
Food Trucks
Adoptable Dogs and Critters
Utility Assistance for Low Income Residents 
For more information, including a full schedule of events, see

Kids Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


Eleanor drew this pretty flower last summer at Pinehurstfest.  Her picture is on display right now in the Pinehurst Pocket Park kiosk. The park is at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

April is the perfect month to celebrate our wealth of green vegetation and our beautiful flowering trees, bushes and, well, flowers!  Thanks, Eleanor, for leading the celebration and brightening our park.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.

Pinehurst Pets – Molly


Molly is a rescue dog. Her former owner didn’t feed her, and she was starving.  Now, a sturdy 4-5 year old, she’s all better, and she’s full of beans. But that early food scarcity experience shaped her behavior. She’s a dedicated kitchen counter surfer, an avid garbage can diver, and a sharp-eyed hunter of worms (which she eats, yum).

If you would like to see your pet featured in the Pinehurst Pets column, please send a photo and a story about your pet to

Pinehurst Pocket Park Work Party April 21

PPPSpringtime has arrived! It’s time to clean up and weed the pocket park. Come meet your neighbors and join the work party on Sunday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. 

The park is on the corner of NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE.

Bring garden gloves, favorite weeding tools, and buckets. Wheelbarrows, rakes and pitchforks are also very helpful.

Join the fun and get in the spirit for Earth Day, which is the following day.

Pinehurst Pets – Seattle Animal Shelter

petsThe Seattle Animal Shelter is responsible for enforcing the laws and codes involving animals within the City of Seattle. Humane Animal Law Enforcement Officers work seven days a week to ensure human and animal safety within Seattle.  Call (206) 386-7387 to ask a question or file a complaint. (If you have a life-threatening situation involving both humans and animals, call 911.)

All complaints are prioritized depending on the nature of the call. As you will see in future posts, filing a complaint is not necessarily the first step; often it is wise to first communicate with the pet owner to try to work out a mutually satisfactory solution to the problem.

Continue reading Pinehurst Pets – Seattle Animal Shelter

Pinehurst Crime Meeting Minutes

burglarSPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston met with about 15 of us March 13th at Meadowbrook Community Center to update us on the current rash of burglaries.

Whereas last year in January and February SPD’s Lincoln 2 Sector, in which Pinehurst resides, had 19 burglaries. This year in that two months we’ve had 43. That is a huge increase. To see what (who) is causing this, what is being done about it and how we can help, read the meeting minutes.

Hunger Intervention Program

HIPLooking for a volunteer activity? The Hunger Intervention Program in Lake City provides meals on the weekends to school children in the North End. The program has recently expanded from serving John Rogers Elementary to include Olympic Hills Elementary and Viewlands Elementary.

The group hosts weekly packing parties at its headquarters at Lake City Presbyterian Church, where volunteers assemble meals for students. The “Healthy Hip Packs” provide six meals and two snacks per child. They are discreetly given to students who need the nutrition on weekends when they are not getting meals from the schools.

Go to the website at, and click on Volunteering to learn more and to fill out an application.

Pinehurst Pets – Rocky


Heeeeere’s Rocky! He’s 11 years old and slowing down a bit as far as taking long walks, but he’s still an avid ball chaser. He can chase balls for hours. And he’s never seen a ball he didn’t want to bring home. So if your dog’s favorite ball has gone missing, chances are Rocky has it in his huge collection in his back yard!

If you would like to see your pet featured in the Pinehurst Pets column, please send a photo and a story about your pet to

North Seattle Vet Clinic Open House April 7

VetLogoSquareIn December, North Seattle Veterinary Clinic moved from the small converted house it outgrew to a new location near Northgate. It is hosting an Open House  to welcome existing clients and members of the local community to the newly constructed modern facility, and to meet the owner and staff veterinarians. Do come to this family friendly event:

April 7, 2013 – 1 pm – 4 pm
11032 – 8th Avenue NE (upper level of the Northgate Village Shopping Center)

– Meet the vets, tour the facility and enjoy light refreshments

– Take home treats and goodie bags for pets (please leave pets at home)

– Behavior & obedience training topics will be presented by Pinehurst’s own Great Dog throughout the event

There will be drawings for wellness exams; wellness blood screens; Advantage & Trifexis flea product gift baskets; and training & boarding at Great Dog. You can also learn about the available methods and health benefits of integrating Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbal therapies into a pet’s wellness and medical care.

Welcome to the neighborhood, North Seattle Veterinary Clinic!