Pinehurst Pocket Park workparty

930 am 8 May 2011. Park is at corner of 19th Ave NE and NE 117th St. Bring pitchfork or other weeding tools, bucket, gloves. Should just be an hour or 2.

Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


This week Celeste, a 5th grader at Sacajawea Elementary, has garciously allowed us to display her very cool drawings at our Pinehurst Pocket Park. Thanks, Celeste!

Come to the park at 19th Ave NE and NE 117th St, take a stroll, check out the art, and enjoy a little bit of Northwest native habitat in the city!

2012 Parks Budget

Seattle City Council Community Conversations: 2012 Parks Budget

In anticipation of state and federal budget cuts, we’re starting the budgeting process early and will be in your community soon to discuss one of our main priorities: parks. Please join us to provide your input on Parks’ priorities:

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98125

For more information on the budget process, visit

Visitors are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible. More information is available at Please call 206-615-0061 to request interpretation or translation assistance.

SDOT Studying 15th Ave NE and NE 120th St

A neighbor asked us to post information about her request to SDOT that they study the intersection of 15th Ave NE and NE 120th St.

I asked Seattle Department of Transportation to do a traffic study on the corner of NE 120th St. and 15th Av NE. The traffic light is for the north and south bound traffic only. NE 120th St has stop signs on both the east and west side of the street. The problem is during morning and evening rush hour you cannot get out onto 15th Av NE from NE 120th St. It can be so bad that some people get out of their cars and push the pedestrian button to make the light change. The other safety issue is that when the cars are stopped at that light, you cannot see when the light turns from red to green from NE 120th St. I called last week and they are on it already.

Report on Hubbard Homestead Park Opening Festivities

The new park at NE 112th Street & 5th Ave NE opened Saturday with an egg hunt, music and a ribbon cutting ceremony. To see photos, check out Katie Melton’s writeup on the Maple Leaf Life blog at

The article gives an interesting explanation of the symbolism of one of the art features , a source stone, that emits water that crosses the park through a channel.

Into The Woods @ Seattle Musical Theatre

An ambivalent Cinderella? A bloodthirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch…who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of “The Princess Bride” becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

April 29 – May 31, 2011

Friday-Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
Thursday, May 19th at 7:30pm

Magnuson Park
7120 62nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

$40/S35 general admission
$35/$30 students
Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 206-363-2809

Seattle City Council 2011 Priorities

I heard City Councilman Richard Conlin speak last night. He outlined the highest priorities for City Council in 2011:

- Schools and education: Renew the Families and Education levy in partnership with Seattle Schools.

- Economic recovery: Advance strategies to foster economic development and promote new jobs.

- Budget: Adopt a sustainable 2012 budget that invests in public safety and human services.

You can see the entire priority list here.

On a local note, he mentioned that the city is looking seriously at using Fire Station 39 in Lake City as a long-term shelter for the homeless.

North Link Light Rail Open House – Northgate Station

Spring Open House dates

Want to learn more about the future light rail station in your neighborhood? Sound Transit will be hosting several open houses to show the current design plans, and to hear your thoughts and ideas about the stations.

Northgate Station*: May 17
Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria
504 NE 95th Street, Seattle

Roosevelt Station*: May 26
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center Gymnasium
6535 Ravenna Avenue NE, Seattle

Brooklyn Station*: June 9
Hotel Deca Grand Ballroom
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle

The open houses run between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM, with a presentation starting at 6:30 PM.

* These are temporary, working titles for the North Link stations. The Sound Transit Board will select official station names at a later date.

Fundraising for North Helpline

North Helpline asked us to share the following events in the next month.

  • 4/21: Dine Out at the Wedgwood Alehouse and Support the North Helpline. Come in, enjoy a delicious meal and help your neighbors. 30% of the day’s proceeds will go directly to North Helpline Food Bank! The Wedgwood Alehouse is located at 8515 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
  • 4/28: Spring Into Greens with special guest & Two Dog regular Cynthia Lair. Thursday, 4/28 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Transport the good vibrations of leafy greens into your body via tantalizing food. We’ll compose small plates with big flavor utilizing shades of green. Your teacher and host Cynthia Lair is a local nutritionist, Bastyr University faculty member, comedienne and Cookus Interruptus celebrity who will warm your palate and spark great cooking ideas. Bring a chef knife, apron and your friends. $20 | space is limited | preregistration required. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to support North Helpline! Register at
  • 5/1: North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank will be hosting our 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser at the Northgate Community Center from noon to 3:00 PM. Artists will donate hand crafted bowls, local restaurants will serve delicious soup, salad, and bread, and local musicians will provide delightful entertainment to be enjoyed by all. Last year, we raised over $15,000 which helped keep our neighbors in need fed and housed. Our goal this year is to double our fundraising efforts to meet the growing need in our community. In order to accomplish our goal, we are respectfully seeking your support. Please join us for a fantastic community celebration. Advance tickets and more information are available at our website.

For more information, contact Amy Besunder, Executive Director North Helpline, 206-367-3477,

Some Benefits at Two Dog Coming Up April 26th-28th

Yoga Meets Japanese Sotai

Tuesday, April 26
with Two Dog instructor Mudra Baugh

Learn gentle sotai exercises & meridian stretches to discover more ease and opening in your yoga poses. Release areas of tension and imbalance, increase flexibility, & relieve pain. The rule of sotai is “pain…no gain!” Exercises are done slowly, in the direction of ease, in harmony with the breath. Dr Hashimoto described the essence of sotai as “The pleasant sensation elicited by moving in harmony with the slow exhalation of the breath.” Participants will receive a handout of the exercises.

$15+ donation | all proceeds go to Mudra’s Japanese Toyohari teachers (many of whom are blind) who lost everything in the earthquake and tsunami.

Spring Into Greens

Thursday, April 28
6:00pm – 8:00pm
with special guest & Two Dog regular Cynthia Lair

-a benefit for North Helpline foodbank-

Transport the good vibrations of leafy greens into your body via tantalizing food. We’ll compose small plates with big flavor utilizing shades of green. Your teacher and host Cynthia Lair is a local nutritionist, Bastyr University faculty member, comedienne and Cookus Interuptus celebrity who will warm your palate and spark great cooking ideas. Bring a chef knife, apron and your friends.

$20 | aid available | space is limited | preregistration required

More Details (And More Events) Here: