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Entries from August 2010

Maple Leaf artist paints intersection this weekend

August 27th, 2010 by master

This turtle designed by Maple Leaf resident Rachel Marcotte is about to make its much-bigger-than-life debut as it slowly appears at the Wallingford intersection of Interlake Avenue North and North 41st Street over the weekend.

The artist and decades-long resident of Maple Leaf has been working with neighbors surrounding the intersection to create both the city’s and Wallingford’s second painted intersection, closing it to traffic from Saturday morning through Sunday evening.

Our news partners MyWallingford wrote about the other painted intersection, a ladybug at North 50th Street and Burke Avenue North dubbed the “Wallybug,” when it got its annual coat of paint in July, which brought to our attention Marcotte’s participation in the new project.

Although she designed the turtle and will be drawing its outline on the street with the help of a few artist frients, at least 50 volunteers of all ages will be helping with the painting, filling in the design following a “paint-by-numbers” idea.

Stop by and check it out if you get a chance, and think about where you’d like to see a painted intersection in Maple Leaf.

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Get ready for an expanded Northgate Festival

August 27th, 2010 by Mike

The annual Northgate Festival features a new location this year, closing a portion of 103rd Avenue Northeast between Northgate Mall and the new Thornton Place for a street fair.

The fair, which will continue up into the plaza at Thornton Place, is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, after all the summer festivals have finished, but while the weather is still great (maybe), says the Northgate Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy live main stage entertainment (we actually encourage some impromptu dancing on the plaza). Jazz, rock ‘n’roll, country and more will be featured throughout the day.

The fair also boasts artists, commercial and non-profit booths, a classic Ford Mustang car show,  a children’s plaza with bouncy toys and cotton candy and a  family entertainment stage featuring  local dance schools, karate demonstrations and children’s acts.

Another special feature this year will be the Northwest Hospital and Medical Center Health Fair. The center is celebrating 50 years in the community.

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We get to keep the maple leaves, too

August 27th, 2010 by Mike

Not only do we get to keep our landmark water tower and tank, the city’s going to preserve the art as well.

Next year, when Seattle Public Utilities re-coats the outside of the tank, they will try not to disturb the leaves. “They’re not trained as artists, so they’ll do their best,” said Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for the utility.

“If needed, after they’re done, we may have to hire a local artist to do a little minor touch-up at the edges of the leafs. So the short answer is ‘yes, we will keep the maple leaves.’”

The tower and tank have been Maple Leaf’s symbol for 50 years. They were taken out of service last year by the utility, and won’t be used again to supply water, so there was fear they might be torn down.

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Math ‘n’ Stuff sale continues through Sunday

August 26th, 2010 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s Math ‘n’ Stuff‘s clearance sale of at least 25 percent off of its fun educational items continues through Sunday, Aug. 29. It includes games, puzzles, building toys, books and science kits.

It’s a good thing to go do on a rainy day.

The sale isn’t taking place at the store’s location at 8926 Roosevelt Way N.E., but rather at its annex, the former Napa Sherry Auto Supply store at 9212 Roosevelt Way N.E. More details here.

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Math 'n' Stuff sale continues through Sunday

August 26th, 2010 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s Math ‘n’ Stuff‘s clearance sale of at least 25 percent off of its fun educational items continues through Sunday, Aug. 29. It includes games, puzzles, building toys, books and science kits.

It’s a good thing to go do on a rainy day.

The sale isn’t taking place at the store’s location at 8926 Roosevelt Way N.E., but rather at its annex, the former Napa Sherry Auto Supply store at 9212 Roosevelt Way N.E. More details here.

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Friday’s mobile food trucks

August 26th, 2010 by Mike

Photo from Buns on Wheels’s Facebook page.

On Friday, there will once again be not one, but two mobile food vendors helping us celebrate the remains of summer right outside the Washington Dental Building, which is located south of Thornton Place at 9706 Fourth Ave. N.E.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, the new Buns on Wheels truck is selling its gourmet natural burgers. Then finish lunch with some sugar from Street Treats, featuring homemade baked daily cookies, brownies, bars, cookie sandwiches and ice cream. Street Treats will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m.

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Friday's mobile food trucks

August 26th, 2010 by Mike

Photo from Buns on Wheels’s Facebook page.

On Friday, there will once again be not one, but two mobile food vendors helping us celebrate the remains of summer right outside the Washington Dental Building, which is located south of Thornton Place at 9706 Fourth Ave. N.E.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, the new Buns on Wheels truck is selling its gourmet natural burgers. Then finish lunch with some sugar from Street Treats, featuring homemade baked daily cookies, brownies, bars, cookie sandwiches and ice cream. Street Treats will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m.

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Should Maple Leaf Lutheran host Tent City No. 3?

August 26th, 2010 by master

Tent City 3 may be coming to the border between Maple Leaf and Meadowbrook later this year — and that is spurring quite the debate, including dueling Web sites.

On the pro-Tent City 3 side is Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, at 10005 32nd Ave. N.E., which will vote next month on whether to host the tent city, which would house 100 homeless people for three months.

The church recently added a whole new section to its Web site, including background, news updates and frequently asked questions.

On the anti-Tent City 3 side is a well-organized neighborhood group called Meadowbrook Neighbors. Their next meeting is tonight (Thursday, Aug. 26) at 7 p.m. at a home at 3218 N.E. 100th St. (you are asked to bring a chair).

Both sites offer conflicting reports and studies about whether tent cities have increased crime in other areas they have come to.

What’s your opinion — should Maple Leaf Lutheran Church host Tent City 3? Our sister site, WedgwoodView, has several comments posted already.

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Urban Farm Bill gives new meaning to eating locally

August 26th, 2010 by master

The Seattle City Council has approved a bill that could soon have a lot more chicken coops and urban farms popping up in Ballard and across the city. The ordinance updates the land use code on urban agriculture uses, including allowing “urban farms” and “community gardens” in all zones. Residents will now be able to sell food grown on their property. The legislation also changes the number of chickens allowed per lot from 3 to 8. You can read more about raising chickens in the city here.

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It’s free car wash day – but you’ll have to drive a bit

August 26th, 2010 by Mike

The scene last year in Ballard on Free Car Wash Day.

Today is Free Car Wash Day at many of the Brown Bear locations around Puget Sound, an event the family owned business hosts to show appreciation for its customers on its 53rd anniversary.

Unfortunately, the closest Brown Bear to Maple Leaf, just to the north at 12506 15th Ave. N.E., isn’t included. It’s a self-service facility, and the free washes are at Brown Bear’s “tunnel” car washes.

The closest ones are in Shoreline at 16032 Aurora Ave. N., and Ballard at 5111 15th Ave. N.W. The event is on from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more participating locations click here.

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