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Come to Wednesday's Summer Social in the park (and bring a couple cans of food)

July 29th, 2014 by Mike

The 19th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social kicks off Wednesday, running from 7 -9 p.m.

This year, it’s back in the Maple Leaf Family Terrace (the playground area of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park).

That means sprinklers probably won’t interrupt the fun. This time.

This year, also bring along a can or two for the North Helpline food bank, which will have a table at the social, as will North East Seattle Together.

We’ll be there, too.

For more information on what to bring to the food bank, click here.

For more information about the social, try the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park Facebook page.

The playground is at Northeast 83rd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Today is GiveBIG day – support your local charities

May 6th, 2014 by Mike

Today is GiveBIG day, the day to donate to your favorite nonprofit charities, and have your dollars “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

Each donation up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, made to the 1,600 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight Pacific Time today, May 6, 2014, will receive a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. As long as you have access to the web and a credit card, you can participate!

To donate, go here. Or act on any of the many emails you’ve probably received this week from nonprofits.

Local non-profits we’ve heard from this week include:

The Maple Leaf Community Council, which has declared May its Membership Month. Their link is here.

North East Seattle Together (NEST) which supports seniors and building community. That link is here. Disclosure: the editor is a member of the NEST board.

Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets, here.

The Northwest Puppet Center, here.

Seattle Audubon Society, here.

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NEST hosts community dinner with Nancy Pearl, KUOW's Steve Scher

February 28th, 2014 by Mike

Next month brings the return of a popular northeast Seattle event – NEST’s community dinner with Nancy Pearl and friends.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m.

Pearl – an international literary star – is being joined by a radio host who often interviews her,  Steve Scher of KUOW  public radio. Both live in northeast Seattle.

They will be talking about books – their current favorites and the ones that played a significant role in their lives.

Last year’s event, also featuring Pearl,  filled the hall. More than 130 people, 24 volunteers and 18 businesses contributed, raising over $20,000 to support NEST,  a local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

This year’s community event, titled “NE Seattle Treasures,” is at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75, a portion of which will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the event image in the middle of page. To pay by check, please send a check to NEST, PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115 and include a note with (1) the name of each ticket holder, (2) your address and phone number.

For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also the current NEST board president.

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Few tickets left for NEST event with Nancy Pearl

March 20th, 2013 by Mike

There are still a few tickets left for this Sunday’s dinner with uber-librarian Nancy Pearl.

The event, from 5-8 p.m. March 24, is in part a celebration of North East Seattle Together’s one-year anniversary of launching its non-profit senior services.

Most of the cost of the event is tax-deductible.

For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – celebrates anniversary with Nancy Pearl public event

February 23rd, 2013 by Mike

The year-old senior “village” that supports seniors in their own homes  is celebrating its anniversary next month with an evening with Seattle librarian Nancy  Pearl.

In its first year providing services, 55 people between the ages of 60-98 have become members of North East Seattle Together (NEST).

Esther, a 77-year-old Ravenna resident said, “I feel so relieved since joining NEST. Over the past year, I have gained confidence in asking for help. Now I am developing a list of things that I am not going to do on my own. I feel confident in calling and asking NEST for help.”

Transportation, social connections, technology assistance and household maintenance are members’ top requests. To date, more than 100 volunteers have been trained to support NEST members with errands, household tasks, and rides to medical appointments, the hairdresser, or the grocery store.

Volunteer Sharon Greenberg says, “NEST members do not sit around watching TV all day.”

NEST, a 501(c)3 non-profit, serves seniors in the area roughly from Northgate Way south to the ship canal, and from Interstate 5 east to Lake Washington.

NEST is celebrating its first anniversary with “An Evening with Nancy Pearl” held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 24th.  For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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NEST – the virtual village for seniors – launches today

May 1st, 2012 by Mike

North East Seattle Together  – the new “virtual village for seniors” – has its full public launch today.

Many neighbors have followed NEST’s progress over the past three years, watching as it organized, became a 501(c)3 and raised over $100,000 from the community. It was  featured in the Seattle Times and by KUOW Public Radio.

NEST is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that will be supported primarily by membership dues.  It serves 14 neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood, View Ridge and the University District – with a wide assortment of services, including transportation, simple household tasks, shopping and many, many more activities that are described on its website.

In February, NEST launched for Founding Members, who became the first to benefit from the community and support services that NEST provides to keep seniors safe in their own homes. Channel 13,,  has video here.

For more information email or call 206-525-6378.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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Maple Leaf part of program helping seniors stay in their homes

June 22nd, 2010 by master

A new nonprofit in Seattle is helping the elderly stay in their homes by creating a virtual village.  Our newspaper partners at the Seattle Times just did a profile of NEST (North East Seattle Together).

NEST ensures that seniors continue to live safely in their own homes and neighborhoods instead of moving into nursing homes or senior living facilities.  Members will pay an annual fee of $600 for neighbors to help with everyday tasks like garbage and lawn care.  Volunteers are also stepping up to help in their neighborhoods as well.

Fourteen neighborhoods in North Seattle will be served by NEST. (Disclosure: one of Maple Leaf Life’s co-editors is a NEST board member.) The geographic boundaries are east to Lake Washington, north to 110th, west to I-5 and south to the Montlake Cut.  [Click for map]

You can read the Times story here.

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