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Entries from April 2011

COA invites Maple Leaf to Cinco de Mayo pairing

April 26th, 2011 by master

Edgar Carreon, owner of COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria, with his fiancee, Juanita Bond, in front of the tequila bar on the first floor.

When COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria officially opens May 20 at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., owner Edgar Carreon plans to offer more than just his favorite dishes and tequilas. What he really hopes to share with the community is an experience.

“One of the ways that we are different from most Southwest-style restaurants is that we are part of the Mexican culture,” Carreon said. “We didn’t come up with the idea; we didn’t come up with the recipes. These are things that we grew up with; these are the things that we still eat at home.

“We have a really personal relationship with the culture that we think is a really different experience.”

And because Maple Leaf has welcomed COA with such open arms, Carreon in turn is opening the doors to the restaurant a little early for a Cinco de Mayo dinner-tequila pairing specifically for the neighborhood. (UPDATE: Reservations now are being taken. Click to the bottom of this post for details.)

Carreon explains that his first restaurant, La Casita in Mount Vernon, is important to him because of the way the restaurant was so warmly welcomed into the community when it opened nine years ago.

“(Maple Leaf) has been the location that makes us feel just like we did in Mount Vernon,” he said.

The three-course meal offered May 5 will feature a tequila specifically chosen for each course from Casa Noble, Corrido and Ahatoro. Patrons that night also will get the chance to try some of the restaurant’s original tequila cocktails, as well as samples of dishes not being served with the meal.

So what style of food might you expect at COA? Carreo admits that much of the menu might not seem new to patrons who frequent Mexican restaurants, but he thinks the execution of the dishes is what will make the food unique. [Read more →]

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Meet Maple Leaf board member Tyler Letey

April 25th, 2011 by master

Don’t forget to attend Wednesday’s Maple Leaf General Community meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St. Although parks updates will likely take up much of the meeting, a few members of Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board also are up for election, including President Joshua Newman, Matt Stockbridge (profile to come), and our featured board member of the day, Tyler Letey: 

Full name: Tyler Letey

Current occupation: Attorney with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

When did you move to Maple Leaf and why? 2001. Maple Leaf had all the things my wife and I were looking for; close to downtown, walkable to shops, and still have a big yard. Besides, it was the nicest neighborhood in our budget.

What current Maple Leaf issue are you most excited about? Certainly having a new park space that is so large is going to have a tremendous positive impact on our neighborhood, but I am also excited about how Maple Leaf continues to grow with our own identity, not just “the place with Snappy Dragon.”

What is one thing you hope to accomplish while on the executive board?  Phase one of complete and total world domination. (Insert sinister laugh.)

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Puppet Center features marionette opera by Haydn

April 25th, 2011 by master

“The Burning House” is playing from April 29 to May 8 at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E. Photos courtesy Northwest Puppet Center.

Maple Leaf might not be the first neighborhood you think of when it comes to opera, but for the next two weekends, we’ve got opera PLUS marionettes.

From April 29 to May 8, Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., is featuring the marionette opera “The Burning House,” which was created by baroque composer Fanz Josef Haydn especially for The Royal Marionette Theater at Esterhaza Palace in Austria.

The two-week run in Seattle comes after the Carter Family Marionettes showcased the opera to sold-out crowds at Germany’s Sanssouci Palace Theatre of Frederick the Great, pictured at right.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. This opera is not intended for young children, and it is not part of Northwest Puppet Center’s season subscription package.

Prices are $32 for general admission, $28 for seniors and $28 for youth. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

There also is a preview performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, with tickets priced at $10 also through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Flying Squirrel Pizza opening pushed back to July

April 25th, 2011 by master

Flying Squirrel Pizza Co.’s original location is in Seward Park. Photo courtesy its website.

By Katie Melton

In a previous post, we dropped the news that the Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. will be arriving in Maple Leaf sometime soon. Bill Coury, the owner of the restaurant that is taking the place of A New York Pizza Place at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E., says it may be a little later.

“This is the million-dollar question, isn’t it? I am hoping that we are open at the beginning of July,” Coury said.

Regardless of the vacant space, why open a location in Maple Leaf?

“We’ve had such success being the neighborhood restaurant here in Seward Park. Maple Leaf just reminded me a lot of our Seward Park location. Lots of families, and it’s cozy. After a year, we will all know each other. It’s just more fun that way. It seemed like the perfect spot,” Coury said.

We will keep you posted on the status of the restaurant’s opening. By the looks of it, Maple Leaf neighbors should expect to be seeing the Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. in their backyard by summer.

“It’s a cool spot, don’t you think? We’re very excited,” Coury said.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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It's a Happy Easter at Hubbard Homestead Park

April 24th, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton

The grand opening of Hubbard Homestead Park on Saturday boasted a bustling crowd and beautiful weather.

At 10 a.m. there was an all-ages egg hunt, followed by a performance from local musician Rodey Dean, pictured below, playing the acoustic guitar and singing a mix of old favorites and his music.

The new park features a half-court for basketball, which was broken in by players from the Seattle Storm and the former Seattle SuperSonics, alongside other park visitors.

One of the park’s artistic features is the source stone that mimics the spring that once ran through the Hubbard family’s property.

Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, shown below, the artists behind the stone, attended the opening to talk to visitors about the symbolism and purpose of the piece.

“The water is reclaimed irrigation water,” Haddad said.

The water flows out of the stone and down a channel to the other end of the park to irrigate the park’s abundant plant life.

There is also some mythical symbolism behind the piece.

“The texture of the stone is supposed to be like beaver fur and the disk inside is mimicking beaver tail texture,” Haddad said. “The red light that glows at night commemorates the rest of the myth of the ‘Beaver Woman,’ who is believed to reside in springs.”

The artists also sprinkled gold flakes amongst the gravel near the stone to represent the fool’s gold that the Hubbard children used to find in the spring.

The water feature was a huge hit for adults and children alike.

So, what were the visitors’ thoughts on the new park? [Read more →]

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The Fine Diner opening appears to be nearing

April 23rd, 2011 by master

Progress appears to be moving forward for the transition from La Bera Cafe to The Fine Diner International Cuisine, 1000 N.E. Northgate Way.

No word yet on the opening date, but between The Fine Diner, The Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. (8310 Fifth Ave. N.E.), and COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria (7919 Roosevelt Way N.E.), we’ll soon have many more options to choose from.

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More Easter weekend happenings

April 23rd, 2011 by Mike

All around the neighborhood eggs are being hidden and hunted.

There’s a garden work party at Olympic View Elementary School.

The tag sale for Earth Day is on at Wild Root Salon, 8814 Roosevelt Way N.E. And there’s a plant sale across the street at Maxine’s, 8811 Roosevelt Way Northeast.

And besides, it just might be the warmest day of the year!

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Maple Leaf Commuity Council seeks immediate feedback on park

April 23rd, 2011 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Community Council sent an urgent email this morning about the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Dear Neighbor —

We have been communicating with the Parks Department about the design process for portions of the Family Terrace – that section of the new Maple Leaf Park intended for kids. We need feedback from you and, unfortunately, we need it this weekend. Please feel free to forward this email to other parents you know who are interested in the park.

When the overall design for the new park at the Maple Leaf reservoir was created, there were multiple public meetings. The meetings held by the Parks Department were in the evenings, starting at 6 p.m. or later. There were two meetings to collect input prior to the first draft designs and two meetings for comments on the designs.

For the Family Terrace, Parks is planning a single pre-design meeting to happen between 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. Parks came up with this time of day to coincide with the hours of operation of the Kid’s Club after-school program at Olympic View Elementary. According to the Parks Department, parents of children in the Kid’s Club arrive around 5 p.m. to pick them up. Parks has stated they are excited about being able to get input from kids on the Family Terrace play area since it is intended for kid use. Anyone can attend the meeting from 4-6p.m..

This is the only meeting Parks is intending to hold prior to draft designs being generated.

We wholeheartedly agree with the idea of getting input from kids, but we are worried the planned time (4-6 p.m.) will make it difficult for some community members to attend. More importantly, we can’t be certain ideas for the Family Terrace proposed at prior meetings will be carried forward by the Parks Department.

We need your input on the meeting time. If you could, can you specifically answer these two questions in your reply:

1. Can you attend the Wednesday, May 18 meeting at 4-6 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary?

2. If you can’t, when would be the best day of the week and time of day for you (and your kids, if you have them) to attend a single meeting to provide input prior to draft designs?

Please send us your reply by 7 p.m. this Sunday (April 24). Email to: MLCC (at)

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Carnival of Eggs back at Lakeview Free Methodist

April 22nd, 2011 by master

In addition to the egg hunt planned tomorrow as the grand opening for the new Hubbard Homestead Park, another nondenominational Easter celebration a little closer to home also is taking place on Saturday.

There was fun for all ages at last year’s Carnival of Eggs.

Once again, Lakeview Free Methodist Church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E., will be holding its popular Carnival of Eggs, a free community festival that offers fun for all ages.

In addition to the games both inside and outside the church, children get the chance to hunt for eggs with their respective age groups.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon., the same time as the egg hunt at Hubbard Homestead Park, which is located just north of Target at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 112th Street.

Are there any other Easter events taking place this weekend our readers should know about?

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Earth Day tips for a more efficient home

April 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Earth Day announcement at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

Thanks to our sister site My Ballard for this post.

Today is Earth Day, a day focused on being a little “greener.” Washington Energy Services is a Magnolia-based family-owned company that sells energy efficient home improvement products and services. They sent us a list of the top five energy projects for your home:

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star Program

1. Seal the leaks around windows and exterior doors. This is easy to do and will help your home keep the heat in. Use caulk, weather stripping or spray foam and it will have an impact on improving your comfort and reducing utility bills. You can also contact a handyman, or a reputable window, insulation or painting company to provide this service.

2. Stop electrical outlets and wall switches from letting cold air in. Outlets and wall switches leak air and create heat loss. Caulking and sealing air leaks isn’t just for windows and doors, you should do it wherever plumbing or electrical wiring penetrates through walls, floors or ceilings, and in recessed light fixtures. Most homes will see 2%-4% air leakage this way, and it’s easy to fix. Caulking is one option or use foam gaskets behind outlets and switch plates on the walls. If you want to see this for yourself, hold incense or a smoke source up to an outlet. If the smoke flows horizontally, you have air leaks.

3. The No. 1 way to improve home energy-efficiency is insulation. Most homes, even newer ones lack good insulation or enough of it. According to the Department of Energy: “Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most American homes. Energy use and bills can be reduced significantly by adding insulation.” While traditional rolls of fiberglass are still around, new types of foam insulation offer higher quality and greater flexibility in tight spaces. Talk to a professional about local code requirements and recommendations for your area.

4. Clean and seal heating ducts. Almost 20 percent of the air that moves through your duct system is lost due to leaks and poorly sealed connections. Over time, ducts can sag or collapse. Vermin and other Seattle animals can chew holes in crawl space ductwork. Ducts can also come apart at the seams. When this happens, air that should be going to the rooms in your home is instead being wasted by ending up in your attic, your walls, or under your house. If duct tape was used on your ductwork originally, it’s best to have it replaced with aluminum or foil tape. Traditional duct tape deteriorates quickly. Metal seams should be cleaned and then sealed with duct mastic, which doesn’t crack and creates a permanent seal.

5. Let your equipment breathe. Your heating and cooling systems depend on a flow of air to maximize their efficiency. Homeowners can easily change the furnace filter, and check for leaves/debris around an outside heat pump or air conditioner. A clogged air intake outside or dirty indoor furnace filter limits air flow to the equipment and causes it to function inefficiently. It can eventually lead to costly breakdowns and repairs. This is similar to changing the air filter in your car. Electronic filters typically need cleaning at least twice per year and paper filters need replacing. Check your product warranty for your manufacturer’s specific instructions.

Washington Energy Services recommends to consider a home energy audit if you’re interested in saving energy. The home energy audit is a three-hour analysis that measures about two-dozen elements in the home. The non-profit association, Home Performance Washington, can help you find a local company that provides energy audit services.

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