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Aljoya Thornton Place opens Earl Debnam art show

October 23rd, 2012 by master

Aljoya Thornton Place is inviting the public to an opening reception for a new exhibit Thursday featuring the works of Earl Debnam, a Seattle painter, community activist and three-time stroke survivor.

“Icons of the Soul” by Earl Debnam

The reception is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the retirement community, 450 N.E. 100th St., and the exhibit will remain open to the public through Dec. 10.

A news release from Aljoya explains that Debnam’s art is inspired by struggle, survival and jazz:

  • Political Struggle: Debnam took part in the longest act of civil disobedience in the U.S. history by occupying the Colman School for eight years, with a group of artists. Together, they demanded the city use the abandoned school to house and celebrate African American culture. The space is now the Northwest African American Museum.
  • Stroke Survival: Since the Colman School occupation, Debnam has suffered three strokes. He credits the strokes with giving him a surge of creative energy that allows him to capture his inner most thoughts and his ability to transcribe them via paining.
  • Jazz: Debnam often listens to jazz music when creating art.  He says it moves through his body when he paints, supporting his choices for color and shape.

“We chose to show Earl’s work because it tells amazing stories,” said Aljoya Thornton Place Art Curator June Sekiguchi. “Everything in the show is vibrant, expressive and engaging.  It is a perfect fit for this time of year.”

Although the reception Thursday is open to the public, advance reservations are requested by calling (206) 306-7920.

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Aljoya Thornton Place invites community to anniversary luau tomorrow

August 14th, 2012 by master

You’re invited to help residents at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St., celebrate the 25th anniversary of parent company Era Living from 4-6 p.m. tomorrow with a luau featuring:

  • A menu including island-style, barbecued pork and tropical cocktails
  • Entertainment by professional Hula dancers
  • Traditional leis and outside island decor to set the scene

From a news release:

“In Hawaiian culture, the luau is all about gathering people together to celebrate and share community,” says Aljoya Thornton Place’s Life Enrichment Director, Megan Mummert. “At Aljoya, we want to share the spirit of family, or as the Hawaiians call it, ‘ohana,’ with our residents, neighbors and the broader community.”

Although the free event is open to the community, reservations are requested by calling 206-306-7920.

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80th birthday wish: teddy bear donations for kids

August 7th, 2012 by master

You’re invited to help make the 80th birthday of one of the residents at Aljoya Thornton Place spectacular.

Photo of Sunnie Gordon courtesy Aljoya Thornton Place.

Sunnie Gordon, who turns 80 on Saturday, Aug. 11, has one birthday wish: to do something kind for children. And it’s easy for you to help. Aljoya tells us:

Sunnie knew this year she wanted to ask her friends to donate to an important cause, but thought asking for cash was tacky.  So, she made some calls, talked to some neighborhood firefighters and found out about the Teddy Bear Patrol, a local program that gives children in traumatic situations a small, fuzzy, stuffed animal to sooth their spirits.

Sunnie’s 80th Birthday party happens Saturday, August 11th at Aljoya Thornton Place, at 450 100th St.  She has invited about 150 people and hopes to collect at least 80 teddy bears and stuffed animals to give to the Teddy Bear Patrol.

“I hope to inspire other seniors who have everything they need to use their special day to do something worthwhile for others,” says Sunnie.

Aljoya Thornton Place welcomes any drop by teddy bear donations the weekend of August 10 – 12 at the community’s front desk.  On Monday, August 13, Sunnie will take all of the teddy bears collected to WARM 106.9 FM, home of the Teddy Bear patrol to make her official birthday donation.

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Olympic View Plant Sale plus Ciscoe Morris at Aljoya this weekend!

May 2nd, 2012 by master

Pacific Northwest gardeners will be flocking to Maple Leaf this weekend!

From Friday to Sunday, the annual Olympic View Plant Sale returns to the elementary school at 504 N.E. 95th St., where you can buy beautiful edibles, flowers, shrubs and other plants to benefit the students of Olympic View Elementary School.

The plant sale will be open:

  • Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sounds like Saturday is the day to shop, though, with free kids’ crafts starting at 11 a.m., as well as coffee from Blue Saucer and frozen custard from Peaks.

UPDATE: Another reason to shop Saturday: Maple Leaf gardener Stacy Brewer, author of the Seattle Seedling blog, will be at the plant sale from 10 a.m. to noon to answer any of your gardening questions. She writes:

I’ll share all of my favorite plant picks with you! I hope you’ll come out and chat with me! Tell me how your garden’s growing and what you hope to grow in your garden this summer! I’d love to meet you!

Of course, you might be distracted Saturday by another gardening event taking place at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St., where Pacific Northwest gardener Ciscoe Morris will be giving a talk at 1 p.m. about container gardens. From a news release: [Read more →]

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Aljoya Thornton Place opens Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin art show Thursday

February 20th, 2012 by master

Aljoya Thornton Place is opening a new art show on Thursday, Feb. 23, featuring Seattle artists Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin, including Wei’s “Palouse Shadow,” shown, and Arreguin’s “Colibris.”

June Sekiguchi, art curator at the senior living community at 450 N.E. 100th St., says in a news release that last spring’s gray skies and chilly temperatures inspired planning for this show:

“The art of Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin is bright, with visual narratives that draw the viewer into stunning beauty,” says Sekiguchi. “The rich color in this exhibition is something we all long to see this time of year.”

Wei, originally from China, and Arreguin, from Mexico, tell the stories of being first-generation Americans through their 15 vibrant paintings that will be on display through June 26.

Both artists, who teach art and exhibit locally as well as internationally, will be at a free opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Aljoya Thornton Place. Advance reservations are required by calling 206-306-7920.

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A snowy morning trek to Northgate

January 18th, 2012 by master

This Maple Leaf Life co-editor’s car is staying in the garage today, but a trek down to Northgate found that for many of the area’s retail and food establishments, it’s business as usual. If you can get there.

The journey begins on a snowy Roosevelt Way Northeast, with just a Porsche (seriously?) braving the road on my watch.

Although many of Maple Leaf’s side roads are too snowy for cars, they’re perfect for sledders!

Hardly a tire track or a footprint on Northeast 98th Street (heading toward Fifth Avenue Northeast) at 9:15 a.m.

But plenty of cars and buses were braving the hills (with success) on Fifth Avenue.

And amid all of the snowy chaos is beauty. Even the “Bad Buoys” in Thornton Creek are covered in snow!

Fun for dogs (and dog walkers), too! [

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David Horsey, his mom open art exhibit tomorrow

November 16th, 2011 by master

Over the years, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist David Horsey has made a name for himself not only locally, but also worldwide through his commentary and cartooning in the Seattle P-I.

And it turns out the apple did not fall far from the tree. Although you may never have heard of her, David Horsey’s mother, Jeanne Horsey, also is an avid artist, and for the first time their art will be exhibited together at our own Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.

You’re invited to the opening reception from 4-6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 17, although reservations are requested by calling 206-306-7920.

In total, more than 15 David Horsey pieces and 10 Jeanne Horsey works will be on display.

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Make your voice heard on Transit Master Plan

October 26th, 2011 by master

At last night’s Seattle Transit Master Plan Open House at Aljoya Thornton Place, Tony Mazzella with the Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off the meeting by praising the venue, which is located just east of the Northgate Transit Center at 450 N.E. 100th St.

“This is a sterling example of what can be done when we put uses like retail and residential next to good-quality transit,” he said during the presentation portion of the open house.

Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board Members Donna Hartmann-Miller and David Miller, far right, were among attendees at the SDOT event Tuesday evening.

Following the presentation, attendees were encouraged to take a close look at the posters detailing the Transit Master Plan, which takes us decades into the future of the city’s transit, and to ask plenty of questions.

Including new input with the information collected so far, SDOT plans to ask the Seattle City Council to approve the Transit Master Plan in early 2012.

If you missed the meeting, the entire draft Transit Master Plan can be viewed online, where you also can add your imput via the public outreach page.

If you’d rather make your comments in person and talk to a live person, there are three more open houses:

  • Oct. 26 in West Seattle: Eagles Hall, 4426 California Ave. S.W.
  • Nov. 15 in Ballard: Ballard High School, 1418 N.W. 65th St.
  • Nov. 17 in Holly Park: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.

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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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Aljoya Thornton Place food market in full swing this afternoon

August 25th, 2011 by Mike

The Aljoya Outdoor Market at Thornton Place is open for business – and getting a lot of it.

The prices are great: 50 cents for an ear of corn, 70 cents for a head of Romaine lettuce.

Aljoya is catering to both residents of the senior living facility there and commuters from next-door Northgate Transit Center. It runs from 4-6 p.m.

The market, at 450 N.E. 100th St., includes fresh produce and baked goods and is overseen by the chef at Aljoya’s Lilly’s restaurant.

He’s not offering food demonstrations this afternoon, but he is offering this 7-inch pizza for $4.

There’s plenty of other goods. The location is outside the Bistro patio at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

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