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Entries from October 2012

UPDATE: the forum is on. Don't forget tonight's Maple Leaf council election forum

October 17th, 2012 by Mike

A reminder that the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Candidates and Issues election forum is tonight.

The forum runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Past forums have drawn from 30-150 neighbors. Free child care is provided on site by Camp Fire.

According to an email from the council, attendees include:

Gerry Pollet – 46th House Seat 1

Sylvester Cann – 46th House Seat 1

Sarajane Siegfriedt – 46th House Seat 2

Jessyn Farrell – 46th House Seat 2

Seattle Seawall Levy – YES

Seattle Seawall Levy – NO

R-74 – Marriage Equality – YES

R-74 – Marriage Equality – NO

I-502 (Marijuana) – YES

I-502 (Marijuana) – NO

I-1240 Charter Schools – YES

I-1240 Charter Schools – NO

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More Maple Leaf trick-or-treating news

October 16th, 2012 by master

In addition to return of the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, there are quite a few other happenings taking place to honor Halloween and the abrupt beginning of fall:

  • Olympic View Elementary’s annual Fall Carnival returns from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, offering an afternoon filled with games, prizes, food and fun for the whole family. There are creative and fun game-booths where kids of every age can play for prizes, including a cake walk where anyone can win a Halloween cake. The event also has food, drinks and snacks, and don’t forget to come in costume! Proceeds go to the Olympic View PTA, which provides student enrichment programs, scholarships to help students  participate in school functions, and family engagement activities.
  • This Charming Candy is also bringing back its Grown-Up Trick-or-Treat event from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at The Wandering Cafe at 7533 Lake City Way N.E. Owner Susan Dziadosz tells us,
  • This Charming Candy had so much fun giving out lollipops last year, we’re doing it again! Whether you’re in costume or not, drop by our lollipop kitchen on Monday Oct 29 between 4-7, exclaim “Trick or Treat!” and pick out the sucker of your choice. We call it “Grown-up Trick or Treat” but all ages are welcome of course!

  • Zillow has ranked Seattle No. 4 on the nation’s list of the best places to go trick-or-treating, and within Seattle, our neighbors to the south in Roosevelt were ranked the city’s fifth-best neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. Brace yourself for possible spillover on Halloween!

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Library workshop on creating emergency preparedness in Maple Leaf

October 15th, 2012 by Mike

Earlier this month we wrote about the Great Shake Out preparedness drill for earthquake safety.

Now we want to let you know about a neighborhood workshop to plan everything from communications – when the phone lines go out and cell phones go dead – to being able to survive a week without help from outside.

The workshop is this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at the Northgate Branch Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Follow this link for more information.

One of the organizers is John Parnell, a Maple Leaf resident who was also involved in this spring’s Maple Leaf Emergency Drill.

John writes:

What is NOW needed is a coordinated community effort to organize other aspects of our emergency response that go beyond just communications.

The City of Seattle’s Disaster Plan openly states that individual neighborhoods will probably be on their own for a period of 3-14 days following a catastrophic event (such as an 7.0 earthquake or major volcanic eruption).

We will need to be prepared to take care of ourselves and our neighbors by sharing resources and helping those most vulnerable to a loss of basic infrastructure.

The Maple Leaf Community Council has prioritized emergency preparation efforts. What we need now is folks to join us. Please come and check out the October 20 workshop; if you can’t make it, contact me afterwards. We would like to have a kick-off meeting for the Emergency Preparation Committee in the near future and would encourage you to participate in any way that you can.

John can be reached through comments on this post, or at k7hv (at)

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Seattle Seedling author offers another mosaic class

October 12th, 2012 by master

This summer, a group of Maple Leaf neighbors and others gathered to create mosaic flowers at the home of Stacy Brewer, author of the Seattle Seedling blog and a Maple Leaf gardener extraordinaire.

Flower mosaics
Flower mosaics created at summer class. Photo courtesy Stacy Brewer’s Seattle Seedling.

If you like the above mosaics, which are the creation of the group, we’re not trying to taunt you. Brewer is actually offering another mosaic class next month, and she writes about it on a recent Seattle Seedling post:

This summer, a series of serendipitous events led to me hosting the most delightful mosaic class in my dining room (see the post about it here). I didn’t expect it, but I loved every minute of it. It was so much fun and I got so much feedback after hosting the class from people wanting more, I vowed to host another class. Well, I think it’s time to get one on the books. Whether you want to take it to make a gift for someone for the upcoming holidays or you just want to learn something new, I think we’ll have a blast! My experience hosting the last class taught me that this is super fun to do with good friends, so rally your bffs to join you! We’ll get our hands dirty with some creativity and will nosh on yummy snacks and drink good wine while we do it. So who’s in?

The class is from 6:45-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and costs $50. You’ll learn the basics to making mosaics, plus Brewer will provide everything you need to create the above flower mosaics.

To reserve your spot for this intimate class (limited to eight students), email Brewer at

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Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes returns on Sunday, Oct. 28 – note the date!

October 12th, 2012 by Mike

The annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes needs to announce a date and time change.

Although in this month’s community newsletter the parade was to be on Oct. 27, it’s actually going to be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, says Mandi, one of the organizers.

Starting spot will be at Blue Saucer (9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.) at 3 p.m. Finishing spot is TBD. Peaks Frozen Custard is joining us again at the end to serve free custard! Yippee!! I need to get in touch with businesses on 91st and 5th to see who is interested in participating/serving candy.

Here’s last year’s route:

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"Sigi the Antelope" kicks off 2012-13 season at Northwest Puppet Center

October 11th, 2012 by master

The turning leaves signals a new season for Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., which is launching its 2012-13 series with “Sigi the Antelope: Stories of West Africa.”

Carter Family Puppets is working together with Ocheami Drum & Dance Ensemble Music to bring you the dance, puppetry and storytelling that is woven together in many of the West African cultures. The production will include stories from Mali and Ghana that feature live drumming, stilt-walking, puppets and masks.

“Sigi the Antelope” plays from Oct. 13-28, with showtimes at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $10.50/$8.50 child (up to 16)/$9 Senior (65+) and are available at the box office 30 minutes before curtain, by calling 1-800-838-3006 or at Brown Paper Tickets.

Season tickets for $42 also are available at Brown Paper Tickets for the 2012-13 season, which continues with: [Read more →]

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Update: A found cat reported overnight. Look around the neighborhood for Maud the missing gray cat

October 10th, 2012 by Mike

Update Oct. 10: Maud has come home (see comment)  but now Shawna emails:

“Hi. We have had this cat come and go from our house for the last couple of weeks. Hoping to find its home! Please let us know if this is your kitty. Thanks!!”

She lives near Northeast 92nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.


Jessica emails this morning:

“My cat Maud is missing. She is a big female domestic short-haired gray tabby/orange calico mixed cat around seven years old. From afar she looks light gray.”

Maud has been missing since Monday. She lives on Northeast 95th Street between

12th and 15th avenues northeast.

“She’s micro-chipped, but not showing up in any system. She doesn’t have a collar (she knows how to take them off!). She is also very vocal. She is a sweet cat but a bit wary of strangers.

“If you see her or if you find her would you give me a call at 206-234-2788 or 206-517-2962.

“I’m a regular reader and have seen other pets found because of you guys and so I’m really hopeful that this will find her!”

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Girls' Night Out NOT at Northgate Mall

October 8th, 2012 by master

UPDATE: Previously this post was titled “Girls’ Night Out at Northgate Mall on Thursday.” However, we regret to inform you that there was a PR mixup that confused Northgate and Tacoma malls, and this event is actually happening at Tacoma Mall.

Lisa with Simon Properties, who is not responsible for the mixup, says although this event has happened before at Northgate Mall, this year they’re doing something different and are planning “It’s Your Day!” from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. We apologize for the confusion!

Are you looking for a good excuse to gather with your girlfriends and shop?

Stop by Northgate Mall from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, for Girls’ Night Out, a free event with makeovers, samples, discounts, fashion tips and advice, and of course, plenty of shopping! In addition, a light meal from Panera Bread will be available at the event for a $2 donation to the Simon Youth Foundation.

Don’t be late! The first 150 participants to check in will receive a reusable bag filled with goodies.

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QFC purse snatcher tracked down, arrested

October 8th, 2012 by Mike

Here’s a crime story featuring diligent police work.

Two weeks ago a woman was walking through the parking lot at the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way when, police say, a man grabbed her purse.

“A brief struggle ensued as the woman tried to hang onto the purse, but the suspect was able to pull it away and run off. Witnesses observed the suspect get into a black SUV. They also provided a license plate of the vehicle,” according to a police press release this morning.

The suspect in the Sept. 23 incident was identified, but could not be found. Robbery detectives distributed a wanted bulletin, and the 25-year-old man was arrested about 2:30 this morning by Lake Stevens police.

His SUV was impounded and he was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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Are you prepared for the Great ShakeOut?

October 5th, 2012 by master

Any day the “big one” could hit. After the Maple Leaf emergency drill in May, it appears neighborhood leaders will be prepared if we’re hit with an earthquake of epic proportions, but what about you?

The Great Washington ShakeOut is hoping you will be prepared, and it’s helping you get ready with a statewide drill on Oct. 18:

You are invited to join thousands of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on October 18th in the 2012 Great Washington ShakeOut!

More than 12.5 million people were registered to participate in ShakeOut drills worldwide in 2011. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to become better prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the state is hit with more than 1,000 earthquakes each year. And although predicting when and if the big one will ever hit is difficult, history indicates the state remains at risk.

Go to the Great Washington ShakeOut website to learn more or to register yourself, your family, your workplace or any other organization.

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