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Entries from July 2010

La Bera Cafe is open for business

July 31st, 2010 by master

La Bera Cafe plans to officially open its doors on Monday, but you can stop by until 5 p.m. today for a sneak peek if you haven’t already done so since it quietly opened earlier this week.

And what Maple Leaf resident wouldn’t be at least a little intrigued by the cafe’s Maple Leaf Club, a “waffle-wich” that has smoked turkey breast, pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with spicy maple dressing served open face on a freshly made waffle? The item is part of the cafe’s lunch menu, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While still in the planning stage earlier this month, Lita Berpan, whose father, Chetta Berpan, owns the family-run business, told Maple Leaf Life that they were hoping to turn La Bera into a sit-down Italian restaurant for dinner. But Lita now says that plan is on hold and the cafe will instead stick with counter service all day every day, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Although the cafe is officially opening Monday (and it’ll be closed tomorrow, by the way), the grand opening isn’t until Aug. 13-15, when Lita says the restaurant will have live music and prizes, including gift certificates.

The cafe, located at 1000 N.E. Northgate Way, takes over the space left vacant after the Seattle Crab Co. abruptly closed in June. Lita says she’s still working on the website, but in the meantime you can follow La Bera Cafe on both Facebook and Twitter.

And for those of you who were wondering what kind of coffee La Bera would end up choosing, it’s local favorite Zoka, “ground to order.”

UPDATE: A couple of comments here concerning Pinehurst’s BARK! espresso, 11335 Roosevelt Way N.E., have just been deleted while we look into details, but we will post more on the matter when we have the facts.

UPDATE Aug. 4: Contrary to the removed comments, the health department reports it has heard no complaints at all  about Bark.

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The giant tree is safe (the old house is going)

July 31st, 2010 by Mike

The giant Sequoia tree that reader Patrick LoCicero wants to save (see the Maple Leaf Life Facebook page) will apparently be preserved.

Cheryl Eastberg with Seattle Parks and Recreation reports: “No plans  to remove or harm the tree.  We may need to put some wire fence around it as a preventative measure to deter beaver chewing.” That’s because the tree is in Thornton Creek Park No. 6, the park where the Maple Leaf beavers live. “Beavers don’t typically choose evergreen trees, but they also are not entirely predictable.”

We’ve most recently written about trouble at an abandoned house, which can be seen behind the tree, that the parks department plans to tear down. Eastberg says the demolition is tentatively scheduled for next week.

Then the land will be preserved as a natural area, she said.

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The Seattle Times bids Divine a fond farewell

July 30th, 2010 by master

Tonight is the last time the smells of Greek cuisine will waft out of the building at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., and your last chance – for now – to taste that divine cooking.

Even though Divine closes up shop after dinner tonight, owner Vivian Peterson hopes it’s not going away for good, with plans to reopen elsewhere in Seattle in 2011. She told Maple Leaf Life last week:

“It’s been a great four years here, but I feel like I’m very limited to what we can do and we’re pretty isolated. I really want to be around other restaurants and I want to be open for lunch. This location does not really allow me to do that.”

The Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson also bids a fond farewell to Divine today, and includes the recipe for Vivian’s Divine Pastichio, which Peterson showcased recently at the Bite of Seattle.

Maple Leaf will miss Divine, but is looking forward to the neighborhood pub that is slated to replace it soon. Thanks for four yours of being our neighbor!

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More outdoor cinema, anniversaries this weekend

July 30th, 2010 by master


“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is the feature film at the eighth annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday. Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios. ©2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

If you enjoyed the outdoor movie after the Maple Leaf Summer Social on Wednesday, hop on over to the eighth annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, which you can read more about on our sister site Wedgwood View.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Thornton Creek School, 7711 43rd Ave. N.E., with the featured family-friendly film, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” scheduled to begin at dusk. The suggested donation is $5 for a family, and guests also are asked to bring nonperishable food items for local food banks.

Also Saturday, MKG Martial Arts International, 10722 Fifth Ave. N.E., is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring intro classes, martial arts demonstrations, prizes/raffles, personal safety presentations, games for the kids and refreshments. Raffles will include movie tickets, restaurant cards, free private lessons, Wii/Playstation/Xbox for kids, and a grand prize of a full year of tuition.

Meanwhile, The Seattle Public Library’s 100th anniversary celebrations of its Carnegie branches continue this weekend, with events planned from 1-3 p.m. at the Green Lake branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Drive N. There will be children’s craft activities, refreshments and commemorative giveaways at the free event, which also will feature clothing styles and music from the 1910s. Representatives from Goodwill will provide an exhibit with vintage clothing and an interactive hat show with hats to view and try on.

If you’re in the mood for a bicycle ride on Saturday, our partner MyWallingford recommends you head over to Gas Works Park for the Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling bicycle festival that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The brew site has more details on the event. Partner MyBallard adds that you can join the “Kidical Mass” ride that heads out at 9 a.m. from Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., for the 3-mile trek to Gas Works.

Don’t forget the Torchlight Parade on Saturday in downtown Seattle, and our news partner The Seattle Times warns of additional traffic issues this weekend with closures on both Interstate 5 and Interstate 90.

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“Fridamania” comes to Maple Leaf’s Early Masters

July 30th, 2010 by Mike


Frida Kahlo y Diego Rivera

The doors to Maple Leaf’s Early Masters art school opened at 12:30 p.m. sharp Wednesday and more than a dozen parents and friends crammed into a small upstairs gallery to see what the summer camp on “Understanding Frida” had produced.

It’s been 56 years since she died, but Frida Kahlo’s work has inspired millions and reproductions of her work can be found over everything from mouse pads to lunch boxes. And to think she was all but ignored as a serious artist during her lifetime!

Then it was a students vs. parents duel to see who knew the most about Frida, her art and her husband, Diego Rivera.

Art teacher Shelley Thomas, who has studied  art history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and has taught art and art history in Seattle’s private and public schools, threw out a rapid stream of trivia questions. The discussion ranged from Frida and Diego’s marriage to her health to how she made art.

This summer’s camps on Greek artists, Vincent van Gogh and the Impressionists are over, and the remaining camps – American Artists and Pablo Picasso – are sold out.

UPDATE: Shelley sent us photos:

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"Fridamania" comes to Maple Leaf's Early Masters

July 30th, 2010 by Mike


Frida Kahlo y Diego Rivera

The doors to Maple Leaf’s Early Masters art school opened at 12:30 p.m. sharp Wednesday and more than a dozen parents and friends crammed into a small upstairs gallery to see what the summer camp on “Understanding Frida” had produced.

It’s been 56 years since she died, but Frida Kahlo’s work has inspired millions and reproductions of her work can be found over everything from mouse pads to lunch boxes. And to think she was all but ignored as a serious artist during her lifetime!

Then it was a students vs. parents duel to see who knew the most about Frida, her art and her husband, Diego Rivera.

Art teacher Shelley Thomas, who has studied  art history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and has taught art and art history in Seattle’s private and public schools, threw out a rapid stream of trivia questions. The discussion ranged from Frida and Diego’s marriage to her health to how she made art.

This summer’s camps on Greek artists, Vincent van Gogh and the Impressionists are over, and the remaining camps – American Artists and Pablo Picasso – are sold out.

UPDATE: Shelley sent us photos:

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Our hottest day ever – one year ago today

July 29th, 2010 by sarawilly

Do you remember last year at this time? It was one year ago today that Seattlites experienced the hottest day in Seattle’s history.

July 29, 2009, was also the day of the Maple Leaf Summer Social that year. It was HOT!

With the mercury topping out at 103 degrees, many in Maple Leaf retreated to their basements for the better part of a week.

Today things are much different.  This afternoon it’s 30 degrees cooler in the neighborhood than last year. The forecast calls for “cloudy with local drizzle this morning… becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest wind to 10 MPH.”

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Photos from a fabulous Summer Social

July 29th, 2010 by Mike


All photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

Here’s a photo report on Wednesday evening’s Maple Leaf Summer Social by Dane Doerflinger, a Maple Leaf resident, photographer and wilderness guide.

The fire truck is always a kid favorite. “I have to get the photo while the light is right,” Dane said.

Music, by the marimba band Tumbuka, was sponsored by Maple Leaf Life.

The social is often called the Ice Cream Summer Social.

And the line to the ice cream can be long.

The Dog Oasis provided treats for canines, and Math ‘n’ Stuff games for kids.

For more photographs, visit Dane’s Flickr page.

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The movie’s just starting – still time to catch the Maple Leaf Summer Social

July 28th, 2010 by Mike

It’s just after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the night of the Maple Leaf Summer Social, and the outdoor movie is just starting.

Hundreds of neighborhood residents attended this year and dozens of local businesses and organizations, including MKG Martial Arts International, which invited children to try breaking boards with kicks (below).

Look for a full photo report on the social on Thursday.

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The movie's just starting – still time to catch the Maple Leaf Summer Social

July 28th, 2010 by Mike

It’s just after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the night of the Maple Leaf Summer Social, and the outdoor movie is just starting.

Hundreds of neighborhood residents attended this year and dozens of local businesses and organizations, including MKG Martial Arts International, which invited children to try breaking boards with kicks (below).

Look for a full photo report on the social on Thursday.

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