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Entries from August 2011

Stop by Eagles Aerie No. 1 grand opening Saturday

August 25th, 2011 by master

After its big move into a former quilt store in Maple Leaf, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Mother Aerie One is ready to show off its new location at 8201 Lake City Way N.E. to the public with an official grand opening and open house starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. 

The event is free and open to the public, and features a performance from 7-11 p.m. from country favorites Big Ed & Steel Country. You can read more about the private social club in our posts:

And below is more from Aerie No. 1: [Read more →]

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Neighborhood wildlife alert – this time for bald-faced hornets

August 25th, 2011 by Mike

Phil and his daughter Jenna found this nest in the traffic circle at Northeast 91st Street and 8th Avenue Northeast.

“It is the size of a basketball and very active. Amazing how fast they grow,” he writes.

He – and we – believe it is a nest of bald-faced hornets, and Dennis Paulson, director emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History,confirms.

Photos courtesy Phil Borgnes

We’re wondering if it’s still there, though. A drive-by early this a.m., before the hornets were active, didn’t immediately produce a basketball in that tree.

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Free yoga next week at Lake City's Two Dog Yoga

August 24th, 2011 by master

Two Dog Yoga is celebrating 20 years in Lake City from Aug. 29-Sept. 4 with a full week of free classes at its location just north of the Lake City Library at 12549 28th N.E. From its website:

In gratitude to our regular Two Doggers, and with the intention of growing the pack, Two Dog offers a week of free classes twice a year. Come to as many classes as you want; bring your friends, neighbors and relatives along to share the doggie bounty. Classes are open to all levels unless otherwise noted; no limit to how many you take.

Classes are as follows:

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Dog Oasis gets donation of raccoon-thwarting jar

August 23rd, 2011 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Dog Oasis is happy to thank Elly for the donation of a new treat jar  to the popular canine attraction at the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

And not just any jar.

THIS jar has a sturdy handle molded right into the body of the jar. Try and get through that, masked bandits!

Last Friday morning dogs being walked along 12th were left bereft after the Dog Oasis suffered an overnight raccoon attack.

The previous jar could only be tethered to the oasis by a flimsy handle that didn’t stand up long to raccoon teeth and paws. It was MIA by first light (and later recovered in a neighbor’s back yard).

The Dog.Oasis has been getting by on a temporary jar since, but THIS jar is now in place, thanks to Elly.

While we’re on the subject, the Dog Oasis maintainers (that would be me and Caroline) would like to remind folks to screw the lid back on fully after treating their dog. Otherwise squirrels, which aren’t strong enough to steal the jar but ARE able to pry off an ill-secured lid, clean us out about once a month.

Incidentally, there have been quite a few raccoon comments on the original post. You can read them here.

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This Thursday brings back the Aljoya Outdoor Market at Thornton Place

August 23rd, 2011 by Mike

The outdoor market at Aljoya Thornton Place returns this Thursday as planned, on the last Thursday of the month.

The market, at 450 N.E. 100th St., includes fresh produce and food tasting from the chef at Aljoya’s Lilly’s restaurant.

Bring cash or credit card to pay for your fresh goods. The market will be held from 4-6 p.m. outside the Bistro patio at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

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Barriga Llena truck near Thornton Place today

August 23rd, 2011 by master

And speaking of food trucks, we just got word that the Barriga Llena mobile food vendor will be in the neighborhood for lunch today.

Their specialty is the Mexican torta. It can be described as a sandwich or sub in a special Mexican bread with unique and rich ingredients that make the torta a delightful traditional dish from Mexico. 

The Barriga Llena truck will be parked at the Washington Delta Dental Building, 9706 Fourth Ave., from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out its menu along with some mouth-watering photos (flash).

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Tequila taco truck serving free COA food citywide

August 23rd, 2011 by master

For the next couple of weeks, the flavors that come from the kitchen of COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria are traveling beyond the borders of its Maple Leaf home at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E.

The Camarena Tequila taco truck, shown earlier this year in Chicago, will be giving away free gourmet Mexican food throughout Seattle made by Maple Leaf’s COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria.

Keep your eye out for the Camarena Tequila taco truck through early September, which is embracing COA’s Tacos for Life theme by handing out free gourmet Mexican food straight from the COA kitchen, infused with Camarena Reposado and Silver tequilas.

The taco truck is wrapping up the tail end of its nationwide spring and summer tour giving away food infused with Camarena spirits and made by local chefs.

COA owner Edgar Carreon is hoping to bring the truck to Maple Leaf for its food giveaways, but hasn’t decided on a place and time yet. We’ll be sure to let you know when he does!

In the meantime, to find out where the taco truck is, follow Camarena Tequila on Facebook or via @camarenatequila on Twitter.

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The Seattle Public Library prepares for week-long closure

August 23rd, 2011 by Mike

This post is from our sister site Fremont Universe.

The Seattle Public Library system will be closed from Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4 because of city budget cuts. All branches also will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

From the press release:

The week-long closure will help the Library achieve its $3.7 million budget reduction target for 2011. The closure will save approximately $650,000. The closure will mean salary reductions for nearly 640 employees who will not be paid during that week and who are taking cuts in their cost of living adjustments. In addition, the book budget has been reduced, positions have been eliminated and 2010 cuts to branch hours have continued this year. Fifteen branches are only open 35 hours a week.

No materials will be due and no fines will be charged during the one-week closure.

Most library services will be unavailable during the closure, including book drops (the Central Library’s book drop will close at 8 p.m. Aug. 28); Wi-Fi; regular programs and events in library meeting rooms; TeleCirc (the library’s telephone circulation service that provides patrons with information on their library account); and no texting, emailing or chatting with a librarian.

Access to the online catalog will be limited to searching and checking library records, but patrons won’t be able to place holds.

Some online services will remain available, including the calendar of events; the SPL Mobile page; online payment of fines and fees; library podcasts; access to premium online databases, including Britannica Online,, Mango Languages, Consumer Reports and Morningstar Investment Research Center; access to downloadable media, such as e-books and audiobooks, songs and movies; and digital collections, such as photos from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Collection, the Northwest Art Collection and The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection; the Seattle City Directory Collection; and the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection.

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Police chase through Maple Leaf yards nets purse snatcher

August 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Seattle Police report they caught a would-be robber Sunday afternoon after a chase that ended in a Maple Leaf back yard.

It started just before 5:30 p.m. when a patrol officer was flagged down in the 8100 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast after a man tried to steal a woman’s purse. A suspect was still in sight on the sidewalk.

According to police:

Upon seeing the officer, the suspect began running, cutting through the yards of houses, dropping his backpack and a shirt. The suspect ran into the backyard of a house in the 400 block of Northeast 82nd Street, where he attempted to climb over a fence. The officer was able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

The victim told police she was walking southbound on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue Northeast while talking on her cell phone.  “She stated that she felt a hand on her hip and another on her purse that she carried over her shoulder.  She turned and was face to face with the suspect.”

The victim was able to identify her attacker, who she said put his hand over her mouth and shoved her to the ground, police report. He was attested for investigation of robbery and for several outstanding warrants.

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Welcoming Dr. Veronica Bello to the neighborhood(s)

August 20th, 2011 by Mike

There’s a new dental office in the neighborhood, Avila Dental, home of Dr. Veronica Bello.

She started moving into the Northgate Park Professional Building, 11050 Fifth Ave. N.E., Suite 202, on July 12. That’s just across Fifth from Hubbard Homestead Park, and a location where a new medical district is growing in proximity to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. (On Thursday we posted about the UW medical clinic opening just south on Fifth in Thornton Place.)

After six weeks of construction (which you can find detailed on her Facebook page, together with instructions for a Tooth Fair app) she is now open for business.

Which, in Dr. Bello’s case is family (including children) and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Bello was born in Seattle. When she was a small child her parents moved back to Venezuela, where she grew up and received her DDS from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2002.

That’s where the name of her practice originated. From Avila Dental’s website:

Avila National Park is a mountain range located at the north part of Venezuela, in the ciy of Caracas, where Dr. Bello is from. On a clear day you can see the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other!

She returned to Seattle and received a master’s degree in oral medicine in 2009. She is an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington and a clinical instructor at the Renton Technical College in the Dental Assisting Program.

Avila Dental’s new office includes an area for children, treatment rooms and quite a bit of excellent art which was still being hung last week. It also includes brand new digital X-ray equipment and state-of-the-art fluorescence technology to detect decay.

A Ballard resident, Dr. Bello picked her new office location because of the growing medical district here, the north end neighborhoods and the easy commute access from Interstate 5 – important because, as a bilingual dentist, she’d like to draw  Hispanic customers from throughout the area.

We understand that a healthy mouth is essential to a healthy body and we focus on early detection and prevention of oral diseases. But we also believe in a collaborative treatment plan that takes you into consideration. Although we will always show you your options, we will never recommend unnecessary treatments.

Insurance coverage includes Washington Dental Services (WDS), Regence Blue Shield, Premera, Assurant,  Metlife and Aetna.

(Photos courtesy Avila Dental.)

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