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Entries from July 2011

Celebrating Maple Leaf! Photos starting to come in from summer social

July 28th, 2011 by Mike

Photo: Joshua Newman/Maple Leaf Community Council

Photos are starting to come in from last night’s Maple Leaf Summer Social. We’ll have a raft more of them once they are worked up.

Hundreds of neighbors streamed to the Maple Leaf Playground to enjoy music, food, balloons and, above, a cool, yellow, electric sportster from the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association. (Thanks, Joshua.)

Below, members of MKG Martial Arts offer boards to kick. Yes, the boards are recyclable. (Thanks,Kendra.)

Photo: Kendra Wagner

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Setup has begun for this evening’s Maple Leaf Summer Social

July 27th, 2011 by Mike

David Miller, of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board, repositions recycling bins amid table setup for tonight’s Summer Social.

With five hours to go before this evening’s Maple Leaf Summer Social, the tables and tents have been delivered and folks are hard at work setting up.

The weather couldn’t look much better: Partly sunny and 70-ish degrees. (Not like the social three years ago, which was held on the hottest day in Seattle history – 103 degrees.)

Details of tonight’s schedule are here. Hours are earlier this year: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Setup has begun for this evening's Maple Leaf Summer Social

July 27th, 2011 by Mike

David Miller, of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board, repositions recycling bins amid table setup for tonight’s Summer Social.

With five hours to go before this evening’s Maple Leaf Summer Social, the tables and tents have been delivered and folks are hard at work setting up.

The weather couldn’t look much better: Partly sunny and 70-ish degrees. (Not like the social three years ago, which was held on the hottest day in Seattle history – 103 degrees.)

Details of tonight’s schedule are here. Hours are earlier this year: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Northgate Light Rail Station offers opportunity to create a new community

July 26th, 2011 by master

There’s still time to stop by Aljoya Thornton Place tonight to learn more about the proposed community that will be sprouting up around the upcoming Northgate Light Rail Station.

An open house continues until 9 p.m., offering neighbors and commuters the chance to look at ways to develop the mixed-use community, as well as offering them the chance to make comments and mark the ideas they like.

Marshall Foster, city planning director for the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, said we have a rare opportunity to decide how to create a community around the future light rail station.

Much of the focus is on the types of buildings people would like to see, and what they would like to see. Public art? A pedestrian bridge? Open space? Something you think nobody has even thought of yet?

Although DPD has a Northgate Station Area Development site that explains the project, the ideas the department is seeking comments on are not yet posted on the site. They hope to add those details and provide you the opportunity to comment soon. We’ll let you know if we learn more, too.

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Visit Maple Leaf Life at the Summer Social!

July 26th, 2011 by master

It was great meeting many of you at least year’s Maple Leaf Summer Social, when Maple Leaf Life was still just a few months old and unknown to many neighbors.

We’ll have a table again Wednesday, and hope you’ll stop by and tell us (us being co-editors Mike and Mai Ling) what you love most about living in Maple Leaf. We’re taking a page from our sister blog Queen Anne View, where attendees at a recent event were encouraged to snap a photo with an instant camera, then write on the bottom of the photo what they like best about their neighborhood.

We’ll provide the camera, markers and poster board, but you’re going to provide the creativity and love of Maple Leaf!

In addition to the 50 booths that will be at the Maple Leaf Summer Social, from 6:30-8:30 tomorrow night at the Maple Leaf Playground, 1020 N.E. 82nd St., a few highlights include:

  • Frozen custard courtesy Peak’s Frozen Custard and ice cream sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace
  • Marimba music from Tumbuka
  • Music Center of the Northwest will have a small fiddle group composed of children who will play during Tumbuka’s 7:30 p.m. break
  • There will be one face painter and two balloonists
  • Seattle Electric Vehicle Association will have up to three electric cars to show off
  • There will be greyhound dogs for adoption from Royalhounds.org
  • UW Experimental College will have the class catalog with current offerings

Other tables to stop by include: [Read more →]

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Update on new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park sculpture

July 25th, 2011 by master

We’ve given you a few glimpses of the sculpture that is slated for the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. But attendees at the most recent meeting about the park saw more than just the design.

Since artist Patrick Marold explained a year ago that his sculture would use a stone from each of the reservoir’s water sources, the Tolt River and Cedar River watersheds, he since has found the boulders he’s turning into art.

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Help the North Helpline food bank at this week’s summer social

July 25th, 2011 by Mike

For this Wednesday’s Maple Leaf Summer Social, bring yourselves, kids and dogs – and something else: A donation – food or money – for the North Helpline food bank.

The social runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (note the earlier start time) at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Roosevelt Way Northeast at about Northeast 82nd Street. Among the 40 or so 50 tables will be one with donation barrels for and information about North Helpline.

The food bank, which serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, is struggling to meet vastly increased needs with decreased donations.

A plea last month brought in enough food to meet demand, but only temporarily.

“Today, my food bank manager conducted an inventory review and while we will get through the next few weeks, things look dire thereafter,” Amy Besunder, director of North Helpline, emailed today.

“In just 24 months we have seen a 63% increase in our client base and in August, a new (Seattle Housing Authority) building for 100 low-income families will open on our block. We are looking forward to having more affordable housing for struggling families, but I am definitely losing sleep in terms of thinking about my food stock and increased demand.”

She listed her needs for the next few months, and what it would cost if the food bank had to buy the food instead of getting it through donations.

  • 140 cases of Apple Juice $1,277
  • ½ Tomato Sauce and ½ Diced Tomatos @ 70 cases each $1,747
  • 140 Cases of Pork and Beans $2,218
  • 70 Cases of Tuna $1,277
  • 1/3 Chicken Noodle Soup, 1/3 Tomato Soup, 1/3 Vegetable Soup 140 Cases in total at $2,100
  • 140 Cases of Ramen Noodles at $840
  • 140 Cases of Spaghetti $2,436
  • 140 Cases of Mac & Cheese $1,344
  • 100 Bags of 50# Rice $2,150

Total: Over $17,000. “Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of money to spend so if you can get the word out that those are our needs, it would be great,” Besunder said.

Don’t want to lug food to the park?

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Help the North Helpline food bank at this week's summer social

July 25th, 2011 by Mike

For this Wednesday’s Maple Leaf Summer Social, bring yourselves, kids and dogs – and something else: A donation – food or money – for the North Helpline food bank.

The social runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (note the earlier start time) at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Roosevelt Way Northeast at about Northeast 82nd Street. Among the 40 or so 50 tables will be one with donation barrels for and information about North Helpline.

The food bank, which serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, is struggling to meet vastly increased needs with decreased donations.

A plea last month brought in enough food to meet demand, but only temporarily.

“Today, my food bank manager conducted an inventory review and while we will get through the next few weeks, things look dire thereafter,” Amy Besunder, director of North Helpline, emailed today.

“In just 24 months we have seen a 63% increase in our client base and in August, a new (Seattle Housing Authority) building for 100 low-income families will open on our block. We are looking forward to having more affordable housing for struggling families, but I am definitely losing sleep in terms of thinking about my food stock and increased demand.”

She listed her needs for the next few months, and what it would cost if the food bank had to buy the food instead of getting it through donations.

  • 140 cases of Apple Juice $1,277
  • ½ Tomato Sauce and ½ Diced Tomatos @ 70 cases each $1,747
  • 140 Cases of Pork and Beans $2,218
  • 70 Cases of Tuna $1,277
  • 1/3 Chicken Noodle Soup, 1/3 Tomato Soup, 1/3 Vegetable Soup 140 Cases in total at $2,100
  • 140 Cases of Ramen Noodles at $840
  • 140 Cases of Spaghetti $2,436
  • 140 Cases of Mac & Cheese $1,344
  • 100 Bags of 50# Rice $2,150

Total: Over $17,000. “Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of money to spend so if you can get the word out that those are our needs, it would be great,” Besunder said.

Don’t want to lug food to the park?

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Learn more about new playground at area cafes

July 22nd, 2011 by master

Want to learn more about the proposed design for the new Maple Leaf Play Area that will replace the current Maple Leaf Playground at 1020 N.E. 82nd St.?

Just like last weekend (except this time with sun!), Donna Hartmann-Miller, an executive member of the Maple Leaf Community Council, is making the rounds at Maple Leaf cafes Saturday to answer questions and help community members make their opinion heard on the proposed designs. Tomorrow, July 23, she’ll be at:

  • Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Cloud City, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.
  • Cafe Javisti, 8410 Fifth Ave. N.E., from 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Hartmann-Miller and other members of Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park also will be available to answer questions at next week’s Maple Leaf Summer Social, from 6:30-8:30 Wednesday, July 27, at the Maple Leaf Playground, where you’ll still be able to fill out and turn in a comment form on the proposal.

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Something new (Pandora’s sign) and something stolen (roses!)

July 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Couple of updates to neighborhood news today.

  • The new sign at Pandora’s Adult Cabaret, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., is slowly going up. Yes, it does say “Work Hard, Play Hard.”
  • One reader Tweeted: “Any reports of yard flower theft in the hood? Someone snagged some roses out of my front yard 🙁      And then a few moments later: “And now I feel like a crotchety mean neighbor for tweeting that. BUT SERIOUSLY PEOPLE.”

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