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Entries from June 2011

Seattle Public Library will create a personalized reading list for you

June 30th, 2011 by master

The Seattle Public Library just launched a new service to provide personalized reading lists for patrons, called “Next 5 Books.”

From the press release:

To get your list, go to Fill out a brief form on what you like to read, including favorite genres, preferred format (book on CD, e-book, large print, etc.) and books that you haven’t liked.

In a day or two you will receive a list of five recommended books just for you.

This service is made possible in part by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation with help from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

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Return of the Aljoya Outdoor Market at Thornton Place

June 30th, 2011 by Mike

The Outdoor Market at Aljoya Thornton Place reopens this afternoon with a new name – and food tasting!

Last month it was the Farmers Market. After readers commented that it wasn’t, technically, a Farmers Market  Ajoya, 450 N.E. 100th St., decided to change it.

Dear Readers, the event is primarily an opportunity for the residents and staff of Aljoya to do some convenient shopping and enjoy the local produce we have procured. Although not technically a “Farmers Market,” (a new name is in the works!) we look for opportunities to open our doors to the local community to benefit from events like this.

That first market had 71 customers, Aljoya reports. They plan to open the market on the last Thursday of every month.

Bring cash or credit card to pay for your fresh goods. The market will be held from 4-6 p.m. outside the Bistro patio at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

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More film news for sleepy Maple Leaf!

June 29th, 2011 by master

 Test footage from “Stop Requested,” being filmed throughout Seattle.

You can just go ahead and call our neighborhood Little Hollywood.

In May, an upcoming film starring Kristen Bell called “Safety Not Guaranteed” was partially filmed in Maple Leaf at Wild Root Salon, 8814 Roosevelt Way N.E. Now Maple Leaf resident Alberto Lacao tells us that another film, called “Stop Requested,” is being filmed throughout Seattle this summer:

Abundant Productions’ STOP REQUESTED is a film written by Lorraine Montez, who is also in the lead role, and directed by local actor Ben Andrews (Star Trek Phoenix). It’s a metaphysical thriller about a woman by the name of Jess, who has a supernatural ability that leaves her sensitive to the spiritual realm, and who finds herself caught between a spiritual battle between light and darkness.

So far, filming has taken place at a hangar at the Sand Point Navy Base, and in Fremont at a house and a bus stop. But don’t be surprised if you see the film crew anywhere around the city. Lacao says they don’t have any locations secure, and plan to shoot thoughout Seattle and surrounding areas.

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Pandora's strip club to open next week; neighborhood councils still opposed

June 29th, 2011 by Mike

The owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret told community councils on Tuesday that he intends to open the strip club after the July 4 holidays.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as saying the club, at  8914 Lake City Way N.E., is improperly permitted.

But Joe Walker told the councils he drove through most of the city looking for a site where a strip club would be allowed.

According to a post on the Wedgwood council site:

This meeting followed the request of Mr. Walker, who posted in the comments section of several community blogs that he would like to meet to discuss his 27 years in the adult business. All of Mr. Walker’s former experience was with Talents West, owned by the Colacurcio family, where he was the head DJ at Sugar’s, Honey’s, and finally at Rick’s Strip Club. Mr. Walker explained why he thought the infamous Rick’s Strip Club was so disliked by the neighbors and its immediate surrounding community as well as why he thought Pandora’s Adult Cabaret would be different.

This gesture of Mr. Walker was welcomed by the community councils; however, did nothing to change our contention that the Pandora Adult Cabaret shouldn’t be allowed by the City.

The council post also noted that although strip clubs can’t serve alcohol, the Shanty Tavern next to the club can. “Currently, the Shanty is opened two nights a week, but Mr. Walker recognized that this could change depending upon what the owner of the Shanty Tavern wanted to do. Mr. Walker’s approach though is that he would rather have intoxicated men/women come in and sober up in his club instead of driving elsewhere.”

We are awaiting a response from the City to our June 15th email and June 21st joint letter detailing our opposition to the permit issuance.

The full council post can be read here.

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Home burglaries, in perspective. (Lock your doors and windows!)

June 28th, 2011 by Mike

Update June 29: A reader writes: “I wanted to add to your post from yesterday, our house was burglarized yesterday, June 28th. We are on the 500 block of Northeast 104th Street. A basement window was pryed open as the form of entry.

“Thanks for reporting these, hopefully it encourages neighbors to keep a watchful eye out.”


During the month of June approximately 85 home burglaries were reported in Seattle north of the ship canal, police announced today.

Of those, it appears only four occurred in Maple Leaf.

  • Burglars forced their way into a home in the 10700 block of 14th Avenue Northeast on Friday, June 24.
  • Between June 21 and June 24 burglars smashed in the rear basement door of a home in the 1200 block of Northeast 107th Street. The house was ransacked and, according to the police report, a neighbor saw a known burglar in the area.
  • A home was burglarized on Sunday evening, June 12, in the 800 block of Northeast 106th Street. (We previously reported this one.)
  • Drugs were taken on June 2 from a home in the 800 block of Northeast 82nd Street. It doesn’t look like burglars had to force their way in there.

That’s common, said Terrie Johnston, police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, who made today’s announcement. Of the 85 residential burglaries:

Forty-five of the burglaries were non-forced entry, which means that the thief was able to enter the home either through an open or unlocked door or window, or had a key.  As burglaries tend to increase during warm summer months, I wanted to send out this quick reminder.

Let’s take away some lessons which come from June’s burglaries:  Opened windows on the upper floors may be just the opportunity the would-be thief is seeking.   Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the 2nd floor and came in through open windows.

Pet doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries, so be aware.   Back doors were popular this month, so reconsider how easy it is for your watchful neighbors to see onto your back yards.  The victims’ tools which were left out were used to pry open a rear basement door, and again on the door leading into the upstairs.  Decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows in a few of these crimes

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Two new strong-arm street robberies reported

June 28th, 2011 by Mike

Two recent robberies involving personal electronic devices have popped up on the police crime map. Both occurred south of Northgate Mall.

On Friday, June 24, officers were called the Northgate Transit Center, 10200 First Ave N.E., just before 8:30 p.m. Two men waiting for a bus said a group of six men approached them, grabbed their iTouch devices, and ran off, according to a police report. No suspects were located.

The other report began on Tuesday, June 21, in the 300 block of Northeast 100th Street. Shortly after 11 p.m. officers originally responding to a cell phone and iPod robbery in the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way found two teen suspects at the transit center, according to a police report. One was wearing a T-shirt with blood all over it.

Officers followed the two onto the bus and found the stolen phone and iPod. The suspect covered in blood told officers he fell and tripped because his pants slipped all the way to his knees, according to the report.

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Upcoming tequila tastings at COA

June 28th, 2011 by master

If you missed the Cinco de Mayo tequila-dinner pairing at COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria, 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., there are more chances coming up to taste some of the unique tequilas available at the new Maple Leaf restaurant.

At 6:30 p.m. July 7, Eric Lorenz with Lorenz Agave Spirits will share his knowledge about the history of tequila while you taste his Aha Toro Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Amigo Reposado. Cost is $40, and will include the Lorenz tequila tastings and bocaditos from COA. From the COA website

This will be an awesome experience to learn the history of Tequila & how far it’s gone. This tasting will be like stepping into the past and seeing what Tequila was intended to be.

The month’s second tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. July 30, with “Tequila Evangelist” Clayton J. Szech inviting just 16 people to an intimate tasting of his private collection. Cost is $55, and includes bocaditos from the COA kitchen. From COA:

This tasting will be a VIP experience. … These tequilas you will not find in your local liquor store. You will be able to experience tequila like you never have before as Clayton will explain the history & process the tequila went through before arriving at your lips. The notes, the flavor, the color it will all make sense after this event.

Tickets to both tastings can be purchased through the COA website.

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Neighborhood schools cooperate on native garden

June 27th, 2011 by Mike

Sheila Cloney, the director of Seattle Creative Kids Preschool in Maple Leaf, wrote to ask if she could praise the Perkins School, also in Maple Leaf, for inter-school cooperation.

I keep meaning to ask if it would be appropriate to post a note on the Maple Leaf Blog thanking the 4th and 5th grade students at the Perkins School (with the assistance of their science teacher Colt Deese) for planning, developing and planting a native garden at the preschool. The demonstration project includes nurse logs and a bench made from logs. Our preschoolers have added a wormery and the school cats just love it. The native garden is in the northeast corner of the property. Because the cats love to play in the area I often see people peeking over the fence to check out the garden and the cats.

Last year Deese and the Perkins School built their own native garden behind their school. They provided these fine photos.

Seattle Creative Kids is located at 9221 12th Ave. N.E.

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Expect bicyclists aplenty at Snappy Dragon tomorrow for Spoke & Food

June 27th, 2011 by master

Don’t be surprised if you see a slew of bikes parked outside Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon on Tuesday night.

The Maple Leaf restaurant, located at 8917 Roosevelt Way N.E., is participating in the second annual Spoke & Food fundraiser, which encourages people to ride their bikes to participating local restaurants, which will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from the cyclists to the Children’s Garden program at Seattle Tilth.

The event is the brainchild of Maple Leaf residents Garett and Heather Slettebak.

Other participating restaurants include:

If you decide to hop on your bike to take part in this event, just be sure to tell your server that you cycled in for Spoke & Food. And please let us know where you went!

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Maple Leaf's NW Pain Relief hosting fundraiser for Massage Therapy Foundation

June 24th, 2011 by master

Whether you’re in the mood to “sip and socialize” with health care professionals, or just to donate to a worthy cause, you’re invited to a fundraiser Wednesday, June 29, hosted by Maple Leaf’s NW Pain Relief, which provides acupuncture and massage at 9415 Roosevelt Way N.E.

The owners of the company, Misty Nault and Jodene Hager, are hosting the “Health Care Pros Sip & Socialize” through a networking group they started, Health Care Professionals Referral Network. It’s also doubling as book release party for Hager’s first book, “Building an Amazing Career: Lessons Learned and Marketing Strategies for Health Professionals.”

The event is from 6-8 p.m. at Pink Ultra Lounge on the fourth floor of Pacific Place in downtown Seattle, and Nault notes that everyone is invited, not just health care professionals. She tells us:

“Those that are in health care can network and those that are not can come enjoy a cocktail and our speakers.”

Speakers include Hager, who will be talking about her book, and motivational speaker Patrick Snow, author of “Creating Your Own Destiny.” Tickets cost $10, with proceeds benefiting Massage Therapy Foundation, which works to fund massage research, provide continuing education for massage therapist and community outreach.