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!
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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Welcome to Christmas Eve! And a gray one, at that. (1.22 inches of rain in last 24 hours.)
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.
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
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).
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.