News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


New in the hood: Ev Stern's Jazz Workshop

August 5th, 2013 by master

The Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social is a good way for us to get to know neighbors old and new, including newcomer Ev Stern’s Jazz Workshop.

For two decades, Ev Stern has been teaching jazz around Seattle and he told us at the social that he’s excited to now be in his biggest location yet, which just happens to be in Maple Leaf at 1060 N.E. 100th St. We plan to check out the space soon, but in the meantime wanted to make sure the community knew about his upcoming Summer Camp from Aug. 12-17, including Stern teaching bass, Eric Verlinde on piano and Jeff Busch on drums.

In addition, Stern’s 20th annual Summer Jazz Workshop is also continuing through Aug. 31. All ages, levels and instruments are invited, and instructors include Karen Moitoza, Darrius Willrich and Jeff Busch. Activities include ensembles, concerts, classes, jazz camp, lessons and jazz sessions.

For more information, email Stern at, call him at 206-661-7807 or go to his website

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Seattle Urban Farm School launches in Maple Leaf

April 24th, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf’s own Seattle Seedling blogger Stacy Brewer is taking her classes to the next level. This month, the organic gardener launched the Seattle Urban Farm School, where she will be “Helping gardeners grow, one lesson at a time.”

Upcoming classes include:

In the future, expect classes such as Lantern Love; Fall and Winter Gardening 101; and Crazy for Canning: Pickling 101. And if you’ve got ideas for future classes, Brewer is taking your suggestions.

For more information, go to Brewer’s Seattle Urban Farm School blog, where you can sign up for classes or for the e-newsletter.

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Maple Leaf host sought for honeybee hive

April 1st, 2013 by master

Kim Thomas, vice president of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and a Maple Leaf resident, reached out to us just as the weather warmed up and people returned to their yards.

It appears she’s in search of a Maple Leaf resident who would like to host a honeybee hive. She tells us:

I’m looking for someone with a sunny yard that is interested in having pollinators in their yard, wants to help honeybees thrive in PNW and would maybe even like to learn a bit about beekeeping?

Not sure your beekeeping skills are up to the task? Thomas also noted that the group is offering a couple of classes on beekeeping in the coming weeks at the Washington Park Arboretum:

  • How to Become a Hobby Beekeeper: April 6 and 13, 1-6 p.m., $50
  • Top Bar Hive Beekeeping: April 20 or May 4, each class is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $15 for an individual or $20 for a household of two

In addition, Thomas adds that she is the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association neighborhood captain for Maple Leaf, and she would be more than happy to chat with anybody interested in learning more about beekeeping. If you’re interested, contact her at

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Notable Northgaters have toasting skills to share

March 14th, 2013 by master

Once a week at Maple Leaf’s Olympic View Community Church, expect to hear words of wisdom, encouragement, hilarity, humility — and quite possibly some very believable BSing — floating around one of the larger meeting rooms as the Notable Northgaters Toastmaster group meets each Wednesday.

From 5:30-7 p.m., the group that was formed in 1988 fulfills its mission to help people improve their leadership and communication skills, one toast at a time.

“People come for all types of reasons,” said longstanding member Fred. “I come because I like to laugh. But I also learn something new every time I come.”

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that has been helping people gain confidence when speaking (and then some) around the globe since it was founded in 1934. In the district the Northgate group falls in, which runs from Kent to Bellingham, there are nearly 200 different groups that meet regularly.

But the club isn’t just about public speaking. Learning how to give and take feedback is also an important tool, as each talk is evaluated by a specific member who must comment on what they liked and offer possible areas of improvement.

“You can’t help but get better,” Fred said. [Read more →]

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Get your hands dirty at Seattle Seedling's Spring Fling

March 2nd, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf resident Stacy Brewer is offering neighbors the chance to learn how her garden grows through Seattle Seedling’s Spring Fling, which will include a class on “Seeds and Seedlings,” followed by a lunch prepared by Brewer.

Photo from Seattle Seedling by Lori Eanes.

She writes on her blog that at the spring quarter class:

You will learn techniques for growing vegetables from seed, an economical and rewarding way to get your garden started. We’ll cover square foot gardening, seed sowing and strategies for thinning and transplanting new seedlings. This class will be hands-on and an awesome confidence booster for beginning gardeners! You’ll get the skills you need to get your own garden growing, whether you have a large garden or just a few containers on the balcony.

In addition to leaving with a full belly, you’ll also get a “garden nerd goody bag” filled with help from Brewer’s friends and Seattle Seed Co.

The first class March 30 is already full, but she’s got a few spots left in the April 7 class, which is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $50 and you can RSVP by emailing Brewer at

UPDATE: The April 7 class is also now full, so Brewer has added two more classes May 4 and 11, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. She notes that participants will be working on her Giving Garden during the hands-on portion of each class, and that children 10 and older may participate.

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Wandering Cafe offers "Chicken and the Egg" class

February 26th, 2013 by master

Bring your thinking cap and your appetite for the next class at The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E., which is offering “The Chicken and the Egg” cooking class and dinner from 3-7 p.m. March 3.

In the first half, you’ll learn how to to quickly and easily break down a whole chicken and put it all to use, i.e. skin, stock, roasting and pâté. You’ll also about the egg, including proper storage, uses for fresh vs. older eggs, and how to poach a perfect egg.

And you’ll see how it’s all used at the following three-course dinner, which will include:

  • For starters: Brandied chicken liver mousse on toast, crispy chicken skin chips
  • Main dish: Roast chicken, spring vegetable cianfotta, semolina dumplings, poached egg
  • Dessert: Vanilla bean frozen custard, boozy seasonal fruit compote

Wine and sparkling water will be served with dinner, but you’re also welcome to bring your own wine or beer.

Cost is $85, and you can reserve a spot by emailing owner Kristine Pottle at

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Chocolate-making classes at The Wandering Cafe

January 28th, 2013 by master

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E., is offering chocolate-making classes from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10. But you’d better decide if you want to do it quick because reservations and payment are required by Wednesday, Jan. 30.

At the first class, you’ll first learn a brief history of chocolate (while sipping something sparkly!) before making two flavors of ganache and a batch of caramel in preparation for the second class. You’ll also learn how to temper chocolate and why it’s important.

At the second class, you’ll:

  • Temper chocolate, line your molds, fill molds and closes for the molded chocolates.
  • Scoop ganache and dip for the dipped chocolates.
  • Caramels and dip. Top with assorted salts, flavors, etc.

Cost for both classes is $95 per person, which includes all supplies, chocolate and flavors, and you get to take home 24 pieces in gift boxes.

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Wandering Cafe owner Kristine Pottle at 206-650-7714 or Reservations must be made by credit card by Wednesday to order the supplies.

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Taproot Theatre brings us 'Drama with your Mama'

April 6th, 2011 by master

Photo courtesy Taproot Theatre/MyBallard.

Have you got an aspiring 1- to 3-year-old actor/actress in the house who’s ready for some springtime fun?

Taproot Theatre is bringing its “Drama with your Mama” classes to our neck of the woods this spring at One Life Community Church, 3524 N.E. 95th St., in Meadowbrook.

Classes are from 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays from April 25 to May 23. Cost is $65 for all five weeks, or $15 to drop-in each week. Here’s a little more from Taproot Theatre about what you can expect: [Read more →]

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Early Masters now enrolling kids for summer camp

April 30th, 2010 by master

Got a budding artist in your home who has a little free time this summer?

Early Masters, which teaches art and art history to children ages 7-12 through hands-on classes, is now enrolling students for its summer camps.

You can get the details and register here, but here’s the rundown: [Read more →]

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Kids can learn secrets of the kitchen

March 25th, 2010 by master

Although spring has just only officially arrived, it’s already time to start planning some summer activities for the kids.

Luckily for Maple Leaf residents, they have a gem right down the street at the Kitchen Coach Cooking School, 850 N.E. 88th St.

If you want to help build some kitchen confidence in your young foodie, the Kitchen Coach has four weeklong classes planned throughout summer:

  • Cake and Company, for ages 10-14, is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 5-9. Students will learn the meaning of key baking terms during the introduction to pastry and cake making, buttercreams, petit-fours, sweet and savory pies, puff pastry, quiche, flatbreads and quick breads.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their favorite home-cooked concoction, as well as any fresh-picked fruit, to the Home Cooking class that focuses on regional American fare. The class, for ages 10-15, is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 26-29, then from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 30, with a graduation dinner that same night from 7:30-10.
  • Basics for Budding Chefs is geared toward beginner chefs, ages 7-10, who want to learn more about the fundamentals of cooking. Class is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19-22, with a class from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 23 that includes a graduation lunch for parents at 12:30 p.m.
  • Students ages 12-15 explore cuisines from around the world at Melting Pot/Improvisational Cooking, from 10 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2-5 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6, with a graduation dinner that evening from 7-10.

If you’d like to learn some of these tricks yourself, the Kitchen Coach Cooking School, which is part of Mangia Bene Catering, also offers adult cooking classes. Check out the calendar here.

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