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Maple Leaf neighborhood caroling night?

December 14th, 2016 by Mike

Over at our Facebook page, Kam has posted:

Hey Maple Leafers- I was wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in a neighborhood caroling night? I would love to help organize. Maybe we could meet at the park, pick a route (similar to the Halloween trick or treating route) and sing our Christmas hearts out?

Anyone interested? I grew up in a very small town, and caroling is absolutely one thing I miss this time of year…such a pick me up! Let me know what you think!

You can leave comments on her post.

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A Christmas duck for Maple Leaf

December 25th, 2015 by Mike

On Christmas Day one of the ponds in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park hosted a Mallard.

(We saw one on Easter this year, too. It’s on the park bird list.)

Earlier this fall, just at dusk, we saw a shorebird in this same pond, which we’ve listed as a Dunlin.

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A second decorated tree appears at the park

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Updates 3:30 p.m.

A second decorated tree has appeared at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It was there last year, too.

Also, all the Maple Leaf ornaments have been taken from the Dog Oasis, but there may be more about town. Jesse Card writes: “There’s three other locations where I left them! Take a Christmas walk and keep your eyes open!”

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Neighborhood gifts for the holidays? Crowdsource, anyone?

December 15th, 2015 by Mike

‘Tis the Week Before Christmas, and it occurs to us that local merchants could be a good source for holiday gifts.

For starters, there’s Maya Radocz’s hot shop just off 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 89th Street.

She’s been blowing glass right here in Maple Leaf for years. Here’s our piece from 2014.

Dmitri Carter at the Northwest Puppet Center emails:

This Friday (Dec. 18th) at 8 p.m. is a special evening of slapstick comedy!

PUNCH & JUDY, by Professor Peter Allen of Parasol Puppets

Mr. Punch is a classic figure in British puppet theatre and has been waving his slapstick around for centuries. Now is your chance to enjoy a true Punch & Judy show!

See Mr. Punch, his wife Judy, the little dog Toby, Joey the Clown, the Hangman and all the other favorite characters. Professor Peter Allen was born in London and began performing at the age of 8.

One night only for this special performance!

Admission: $5 or $10 (whichever works for you).

Tim Sherman, instructor at Metropolitan Music, located at 8414 5th Ave. N.E., emailed to let us know that holiday gift cards are available for guitar or ukulele classes.

Tim has been teaching students in our community since 1987–almost 30 years of helping children, teens and adults have fun with music. Please contact Tim directly for information about gift cards or to schedule lessons in Maple Leaf. 206-547-1772 or

The Maple Leaf Boy Scout tree lot is open, a little off the beaten path at Northeast 85 Street behind the Rez Tavern. Hours through Dec. 22nd: Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who else knows of holiday treats right here in the neighborhood? Please leave them in comments, below.

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Help a family this holiday season

November 22nd, 2015 by Mike

A Subaru full of bears on their way to Holiday Helpers.

Looking for a way to help others in your own community this holiday season?

Children’s Home Society, the oldest nonprofit serving children in the state of Washington, is looking for donors to become “Holiday Helpers” for local low-income families served by its North Seattle Family Resource Center in Lake City.

“Holiday Helpers” can adopt a family and buy gifts from a child’s wish list, buy a grocery gift card or make a cash donation.

This is the center’s 20th year of helping local families with the holidays, and it hopes to find sponsors for 250 children who live in North Seattle and Shoreline, including in the 98115 and 98125 zip codes.

This year the center is partnering with Meadowbrook Community CARE and its Lake City Holiday Project, which works with nonprofits to provide gifts to low-income children.

For more details email, or call 206-364-7930.

For other information:

North Seattle Family Resource Center:

Children’s Home Society

Disclaimer: The editor’s wife volunteers for Children’s Home Society and is handling Holiday Helper donor sign-ups for the North Seattle Family Resource Center.

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No trash pickup Christmas Day – PLUS the Garbage Police cometh

December 24th, 2014 by Mike

Welcome to Christmas Eve! And a gray one, at that. (1.22 inches of rain in last 24 hours.)

Two things:

From Seattle Public Utilities: “No garbage, yard waste or recycling collections are scheduled in Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 25.

“Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers available by 7 a.m., to ensure collection.”

Also, beginning a week from Thursday the city gets tough on trash.

From our news partner The Seattle Times:

Starting Jan. 1, food scraps, pizza boxes and paper napkins won’t be allowed in garbage cans. For the first six months, violators will get notices from the city; after that period, violators will be fined $1.

It gets more complicated, but, yes: “Drivers will be watching for the materials and will inform the city about violators”

The Times’ story is here. Many, many comments on it are here.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from Maple Leaf Life!

December 24th, 2013 by Mike

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Science, Santa and heart health this weekend

November 15th, 2013 by master

The community is doing its best to make sure the winter rain doesn’t get you down with events for all ages tomorrow:

Santa Arrival Event at Northgate Mall
8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 16
Bring the kids for free treats and activities as Santa arrives at Northgate Mall!

Caspar Babypants Fall Concert
Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16
Caspar Babypants returns to Northgate Community Center for a fall concert for ages 1 and older. Cost is $5/person.

Healthy Heart Fair
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, 1550 N. 115th St.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16
You’re invited for a day of fun and learning as Northwest Hospital celebrates the opening of UW Medicine’s Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital. Participate in free hands-on activities:

  • Health screenings – know your numbers
  • Heart healthy exercises
  • Try CPR and learn how to use a portable defibrillator
  • See your own heart rhythm and amazing images of the human heart
  • Explore the new heart center
  • Meet our physicians and providers

Learn about:

  • Nutrition, healthy eating and heart-healthy recipes
  • Heart disease and women
  • Cardiac risk in children and teens
  • Lowering cardiac risk by reducing stress

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important things you can do to ensure overall long-term health, whether you’re a child, teen, adult or senior. The good news is, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of heart disease, and trying even one will make a lasting difference.

Jane Addams’ Environmental Science Carnival
Jane Addams K-8, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16
Jane Addams’ second annual Environmental Science Carnival is all the fun of a regular school carnival with a science twist! Come explore stream life, make a paper owl, throw a penguin, race a snail and pet a chicken. Concessions will include baked treats and healthy lunch options served on compostable products. The event will be in the school gyms (enter at the SW corner of the building). Tickets, good for all booths and concessions, will be sold at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Jane Addams’ PTSA. Get free tickets by bringing non-perishable food items which will go to the school’s winter break food drive. One can is good for 1 ticket (up to 5 tickets per family).

On top of all this fun, the Lake City Way branch of All the Best Pet Care (8050 Lake City Way N.E.) is celebrating its grand re-opening by offering 10 percent off everything this weekend.

Anybody know of any other area events we should add to this roundup?

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Pets, kids and Santa this weekend at Northgate Mall

November 30th, 2011 by master

It’s all about Santa this weekend at Northgate Mall. On Friday, Dec. 2, he’s even bringing the Mrs. for a story time from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

But kids don’t get all of the fun with Santa this weekend. On Sunday, Dec. 4, your pooch or other friendly pet is invited to sit with Santa to have their picture taken. From 6:30-8 p.m., Santa is “Calling all cats, dogs, other pets (and their owners)!”

Other holiday events this weekend include:

  • Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m: Drop ‘n Shop: Here’s your chance to get some holiday shopping done without the kids! Drop your kids off for a safe and fun play time at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave N.E. We’ll have jump toys, gym toys, a holiday craft project and holiday movie for them to enjoy. We’ll provide pizza and juice for dinner as well! Cost is $30 per child; sibling discount is $25.
  • Dec 4, 2-6 p.m. Home for the Holidays Gingerbread House Decorating Party: At this benefit at North Helpline Food Bank, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., every family will have a station complete with their own gingerbread house, white royal icing and a selection of candy. Complimentary coffee, cookies and cocoa included in cost of event. Live holiday music and a chance to have your photo taken with Santa or you finished gingerbread house! Advanced tickets available for $35/household at Brown Paper Tickets or RSVP via email at Questions? Call 206-367-3477.

Editor’s note: Earlier editions of this post stated the wrong date for the story time with Mrs. Claus, and included information about the Macy’s “Believe” campaign that has been moved to Dec. 10. 

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Hiding in Maple Leaf, a holiday hot shop

December 2nd, 2010 by Mike

It’s one of Maple Leaf’s best secrets.

In the center of the neighborhood, essentially invisible behind an innocuous house on Northeast 89th Street, Maya Radoczy a decade ago built a 1,200-square-foot hot shop to pursue her passion.

It has four electric kilns, an electric annealing furnace that hits 2,000 degrees and a gas-fired glory hole – “I don’t call it that in mixed company” – to work molten glass.

Every weekend in December, including Christmas Eve, she’s throwing the shop open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and selling blown or sculpted glass art at wholesale prices – between $5 and $30 each.

The studio is at 1517 N.E. 89th St. – you might have seen her signs along Roosevelt Way Northeast or 15th Avenue Northeast.

Plus, this weekend she’s showing at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Winter Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4th and 5th, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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