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Entries from September 2011

Before the rains come, the last (giant) sunflowers of summer

September 30th, 2011 by Mike

Update Oct. 2: So, where’s the rain?

Cliff explains, sorta, in “Sometimes a forecast goes wrong.”

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We came across these additional Giant Sunflowers this morning just as that quick rain shower swept through the area. They are just off Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Rain is predicted to start tonight and continue the next day, and the next, and the next, and that brings us to Tuesday.

For Tuesday the National Weather Service just issued a Special Weather Statement:

A STRONG WEATHER SYSTEM IS PREDICTED TO ARRIVE ABOUT TUESDAY BY

NUMERICAL MODELS. IN ADDITION TO BRINGING HEAVY RAIN TO THE COAST AND OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS…THIS SYSTEM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BRING WINDY OR BREEZY CONDITIONS TO THE AREA….

WITH MOST TREES STILL HOLDING ONTO THEIR LEAVES…ANY WIND

EVENT COULD EASILY KNOCK TREES DOWN AND CAUSE LOCAL POWER OUTAGES.

Meanwhile, we have re-posted another Giant Sunflower Photo that was eaten by a server crash early in the month.

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Want cheaper solar panels? Tour of Solar Homes is tomorrow

September 30th, 2011 by master

Although there still are a few months until Maple Leaf residents can start signing up to join the solar power co-op that will make a group bid for cheaper solar panel installation in the new year (see earlier post here), you’ve got a perfect opportunity to learn more about the process this weekend.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 1, you’re invited to join the Tour of Solar Homes, which includes a stop at the Maple Leaf home of Jessica Raker. In addition to having 14 3.4-kilowatt solar panels on the roof of her home at 10530 11th Ave. N.E., Raker also happens to be an employee of Northwest SEED, the organization that has teamed up with Solarize Seattle to help organize residents for this initiative.


Learn more about solar panels at the Raker home, at 10530 11th Ave. N.E. in Maple Leaf, during the Tour of Solar Homes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1.

But don’t stop there. There are 11 Seattle homes taking part in the tour, and they’re all inviting you to take a gander at their solar panels and ask questions if anybody is home.

We’ll let you know when Solarize Seattle: Northeast gets a little closer to starting its initiative in our ZIP codes, or you can contact them for any upcoming alerts.

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Final outdoor market today at Aljoya Thornton Place

September 29th, 2011 by Mike

The last outdoor market of the season is from 4-6 this afternoon at Aljoya Thornton Place.

Last month’s market, pictured above, appeared quite successful, with fresh, inexpensive produce and cooked goods.

Aljoya is catering to both residents of the senior living facility there and commuters from next-door Northgate Transit Center.  It is located at 450 N.E. 100th St., outside the Bistro patio at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

From Aljoya:

“We are hosting the final Outdoor Market of the season for Aljoya Residents & the Northgate and Maple leaf communities. Items available include: Homemade Baked Goods, Fruits & Vegetables. Don’t miss your LAST CHANCE of the year to pick up some of the very finest produce and baked good available. Do your shopping at Aljoya this week. Please bring cash or a credit/debit card to pay for your fresh goods.”

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Mr. Yuk lives in the 'hood!

September 29th, 2011 by master

It may come as no surprise that the Washington Poison Center — which provides free emergency assistance to more than 75,000 callers statewide each year — is located in Seattle. What may be more surprising is that the emergency call center isn’t located downtown, but in our own neck of the woods, just south of Thornton Place on Northeast 100th Street.

And although the Washington Poison Center is an important service (available by calling 1-800-222-1222) that many residents will depend on in some point in their lives, it’s not actually a state agency but a nonprofit that needs your help.

Next week it’s inviting you to “An Evening of Fine Wine and Friends,” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St. The $45-per-person fundraiser features wines from around the world and hors d’oeuvres, not to mention a visit from the nonprofit’s well-known mascot, Mr. Yuk.

“It’s like a great big cocktail party at a movie theater,” said Terri Suzuki, development manager at the Washington Poison Center. “I just took Mr. Yuk to get fitted for his tux. He’s wearing a white tux with tails this year.”

She added that the need to raise funds is great this year, after the state cut $11o,000 from its contract with the Poison Center, followed by an unexpected equivalent cut from the federal government.

He’s more than just a sticker

If you do make it to the event or any of the nonprofit’s others that are attended by Mr. Yuk, don’t take his appearance there for granted. The Washington Poison Center is actually the only poison center in the nation that is an independent nonprofit (most that are nonprofit are connected to a university or hospital, Suzuki says), which means it’s also the only one that features Mr. Yuk as more than just a sticker, but as a mascot.

That standing also allows the state poison center to invite kids to enter the Poison Prevention Week poster contest, an annual contest that awards an artist between the ages of 6-12 by posting their creation all around the state. Depending on the amount of money raised, that could mean posters throughout schools and other locations, or even billboards statewide if enough money is raised, said Suzuki, pictured at left with posters of previous winners.

The winning student also is awarded $500, with four runners-up each receiving $100. Participants have until Jan. 6 to send in their poster (rules and tips).

‘Our only job is to save lives’

However, one of the most important aspects about the Washington Poison Center being independent is that callers never need to worry that any question or concern they have will be reported to the police or any other government agency. [Read more →]

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Magazine sale, open houses at St. Catherine School

September 28th, 2011 by master

The magazine sale is on at St. Catherine School! The annual fundraiser for the Maple Leaf school, located at 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., benefits equipment, materials, books, and educational and cultural activities for students.

Through Oct. 14, supporters are asked to order magazines online by going to www.aphearst.com, clicking on “Shop Now” and entering the St. Catherine School code, WC5337.  For more information, email mcdevittpeterson@comcast.net.

The fully accredited Catholic School, which teaches pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, also is inviting parents to schedule a tour or to attend two upcoming open houses: The kindergarten open house is from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, and the all-school open house is from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.  

Have you ever considered sending your children to St. Catherine School? Do you want to learn more about a wonderful neighborhood school, but don’t know where to begin? … In addition to an excellent academic program in the core subjects we offer a wide array of specialist classes including Spanish, Art, PE, Music and Technology.

The school is accepting applications for all grades. For more information, contact Kathleen Sanders at kasanders@nwlink.com, or call the school at 206-525-0581 to schedule a tour and to find out more about the admissions process. 

In addition, the school’s parent club is sponsoring a talk at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in its gymnasium, called “Creating Healthy Families: Putting Yourself and Your Relationship First” by Melissa Benaroya, a Certified Gottman Educator.

Based on the research of Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Melissa will share simple steps that are scientifically proven to strengthen relationships, enriching your life through your connection to your partner and child(ren). Learn why getting your needs met and meeting the needs of your partner allows you to be the best possible parent and makes a significant difference in the lives of your children.

For more information, email mcdevittpeterson@mac.com.

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Car crimes in Maple Leaf approaching one a day (so don’t leave your funeral urn inside)

September 27th, 2011 by Mike

Twice in the last dozen years we had our cars broken into while parked outside our house. (Another time we had the entire car stolen.)

This week makes the third time we’ve had a car prowled. The first two times they just jimmied the locks. This time the car had an alarm – so they busted both rear windows. We found it just as Monday’s rainstorm started.

Getting this fixed took the rest of the day – plus $373.76.

We had neighbors report several different types of incidents over the weekend.

Dawn wrote:

We wanted to alert the neighborhood that there are some adolescent pranksters making doorbell ditch attempts and if that fails, they will pound aggressively on the door. We experienced this last night (Saturday). Three adolescent girls and one adolescent boy rang the doorbell and when we didn’t respond they pounded aggressively on our front door ( next to our sleeping baby’s room) then ran down to the next house and hid behind parked cars and in driveways to watch.

That same evening Elizabeth emailed: “There were two cars speeding down 97th to Roosevelt, turned on Roosevelt and sped back down 98th heading down toward Lake City. I saw one of the license plates since they just about hit me as I was walking. Any idea how to report this type of thing? The cars were full of young people….”

(The answer to that, according to Terrie Johnson at the Seattle Police Department, is “call 911 immediately.”)

But the most common crimes appear to be against cars. Either prowling them or stealing them.

The map shows prowled and stolen cars in Maple Leaf for the first four weeks  of September. It shows more than 20 reports, including three on my street (not yet including mine).

That’s approaching a car a day, right here in our neighborhood. For some of July, it was more than a car a day. (Some of the icons, especially up around Northgate, stand for three or even five reports.)

They are so common that unless you have more than $1,500 in damage and loss, the police department wants you to report them online, but says it likely won’t do more than keep statistics on hot spots. From the Community Online Reporting Program website:

Filing a CORP report online is the easiest way to get a free report to submit to your insurance agency. When you file a report with CORP, it will be reviewed. Unfortunately these types of crimes usually have limited solvability so most cases will not be investigated.

I will say the online form has its moments. The menu of items that might have been taken from the car includes : “Cape? Casket or funeral urn? Handcuffs? Bullet-proof vest? House-arrest bracelet?”

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Car crimes in Maple Leaf approaching one a day (so don't leave your funeral urn inside)

September 27th, 2011 by Mike

Twice in the last dozen years we had our cars broken into while parked outside our house. (Another time we had the entire car stolen.)

This week makes the third time we’ve had a car prowled. The first two times they just jimmied the locks. This time the car had an alarm – so they busted both rear windows. We found it just as Monday’s rainstorm started.

Getting this fixed took the rest of the day – plus $373.76.

We had neighbors report several different types of incidents over the weekend.

Dawn wrote:

We wanted to alert the neighborhood that there are some adolescent pranksters making doorbell ditch attempts and if that fails, they will pound aggressively on the door. We experienced this last night (Saturday). Three adolescent girls and one adolescent boy rang the doorbell and when we didn’t respond they pounded aggressively on our front door ( next to our sleeping baby’s room) then ran down to the next house and hid behind parked cars and in driveways to watch.

That same evening Elizabeth emailed: “There were two cars speeding down 97th to Roosevelt, turned on Roosevelt and sped back down 98th heading down toward Lake City. I saw one of the license plates since they just about hit me as I was walking. Any idea how to report this type of thing? The cars were full of young people….”

(The answer to that, according to Terrie Johnson at the Seattle Police Department, is “call 911 immediately.”)

But the most common crimes appear to be against cars. Either prowling them or stealing them.

The map shows prowled and stolen cars in Maple Leaf for the first four weeks  of September. It shows more than 20 reports, including three on my street (not yet including mine).

That’s approaching a car a day, right here in our neighborhood. For some of July, it was more than a car a day. (Some of the icons, especially up around Northgate, stand for three or even five reports.)

They are so common that unless you have more than $1,500 in damage and loss, the police department wants you to report them online, but says it likely won’t do more than keep statistics on hot spots. From the Community Online Reporting Program website:

Filing a CORP report online is the easiest way to get a free report to submit to your insurance agency. When you file a report with CORP, it will be reviewed. Unfortunately these types of crimes usually have limited solvability so most cases will not be investigated.

I will say the online form has its moments. The menu of items that might have been taken from the car includes : “Cape? Casket or funeral urn? Handcuffs? Bullet-proof vest? House-arrest bracelet?”

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Flying Squirrel Pizza Co.

September 27th, 2011 by master

Flying Squirrel Pizza Co.
FlyingSquirrelPizza.com
8310 Fifth Ave. N.E (map)
206-524-6345

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Patty's Eggnest

September 27th, 2011 by master


Patty’s Eggnest

1000 N.E. Northgate Way (map)
pattyseggnestrestaurant.com

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Wander over to The Wandering Cafe

September 27th, 2011 by master

While we’re on the subject of  The Wandering Cafe, where you can pick up lollipops from This Charming Candy and empanadas from Pampeana on Monday evenings, we should let you know that the seven-year-old catering company is giving you another reason to stop by its Maple Leaf location at 7533 Lake City Way.

This month, The Wandering Cafe has been staying closer to home by swinging its doors open to the public for its Chef’s Dinners every Wednesday. They’ve been such a hit, this week’s Singapore Crab Feast sold out three weeks ago, which gives owner Kristine Pottle reason to have yet another Chef’s Dinner this Thursday, Sept. 29.

“We always have a great time,” Pottle says. “A lot of the time, the people don’t know each other, so we start the night off with cocktails and hors d’oeurves.”

From the website:

As some may know by now, we have a terrific new gal in our kitchen. chef heather immoor can not only cook and bake up a storm but is also our very own lady butcher. we are hoping to butcher a lamb this month and a pig next month. watch the site for updates on fresh cuts available and dinners featuring these products.

this month will be one of the better harvest seasons our area has had, so we want to kick off our NEW chef’s table dinners by celebrating what we have available right here in the pacific northwest. each dinner will have multiple courses and wine pairings available. as always you are welcome to bring your own or sign up for our selections for the evening. we’re proud to source as many ingredients as possible from local farmers, who will be featured each week as their products become available. for us this is not a trend, it is a way of life we hope to share with our guests. please watch for updates on the menus as they develop with our friends at the markets. feel free to contact kristine pottle or heather immoor with any questions, suggestions or to book your spot.

Pottle expects to have two more Chef’s Dinners next month, so keep an eye on The Wandering Cafe calendar for updates on upcoming events. Or make a reservation for Thursday’s Singapore Crab Feast by calling  (206) 367-3676 or emailing kristine@thewanderingcafe.com or heather@thewanderingcafe.com.

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