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Announcing Best Maple Leaf Garden contest winner

August 14th, 2013 by master

At the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social, we attracted plenty of attention with our Best Maple Leaf Garden contest, although we started out with just one entry from Gayle Holm at 8241 15th Ave. N.E., which won hands-down by you, our voters:

However, the Fairy Garden on Northeast 97th Street came in at a close second after it was submitted at the start of the Summer Social, which took place July 31 at Olympic View Elementary:

We also received a number of even later entries in the form of addresses posted to our contest board:

We’ve since taken photos of those late entries and included them below: [Read more →]

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What's your favorite Maple Leaf memory?

August 6th, 2013 by master

In case you missed the most recent newsletter from the Maple Leaf Community Council, the executive board is on the hunt for your memories of Maple Leaf.

You have until Aug. 15 to write up to 300 words in short form (essay, poem, flash fiction, etc.) on “Maple Leaf Memories” for the newsletter’s first Maple Leaf Writing Contest. Editor and executive board member Charles Harper wanted to make sure we let you know that the deadline has been extended, and he adds, “If you’ve had trouble with the email we listed, please submit again; the technical problem should be fixed now.”

Only one entry is allowed per writer, and winners will be selected by the editor and the executive board. The essays will appear in the October-December issue of the newsletter in the categories General and Young Writers.

Send your submission by Aug. 15 to or:

c/o Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 75595
Seattle, WA 98175-0595

Good luck, and we look forward to reading the winning Maple Leaf Memories!

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Maple Leaf Summer Social is tomorrow

July 30th, 2013 by master

Update: 9 p.m.Wednesday, July 31

The transplanted Summer Social was a smash success, despite the temporary location at Olympic View Elementary School, the thunder and raindrops right up to opening hour, and the automatic sprinkler system that came on just after opening. See photo of sprinkler head(s) covered with chairs, and, later, pickle buckets from Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

More photos tomorrow from Dane Doerflinger Photography.

Update Wednesday July 31: Summer Social in 4 1/2 hours!

Original post :

Photo from 2012 Summer Social by Dane Doerflinger, a photographer and Maple Leaf resident.

Maple Leaf’s annual celebration of community and ice cream is coming up tomorrow at a new venue as we await the grand opening of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park later this fall. Join the neighborhood from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, for the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., for free ice cream, live entertainment, fun for kids, and informational booths from neighborhood businesses and city agencies.

Be sure to stop by the Maple Leaf Life booth and say hi! We put out requests for photos from our proud gardeners, but so far have only one submission. We’ll post that and hope to receive more photos for our Best Garden contest that we’re letting you, our readers, stop by and vote for.

We’ll post the winning photos here and on our Facebook page. See you tomorrow night at the Summer Social!

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How does your garden grow? Let your neighbors be the judge at the Summer Social!

July 22nd, 2013 by master

At past Maple Leaf Summer Socials, Maple Leaf Life has asked its neighbors what they love about the community and posted photos of their response.

But this year, we’re hoping to do something different at the annual event on Wednesday, July 31, at Olympic View Elementary School, starting at 6 p.m.

The new theme of the Maple Leaf Life booth is the impeccable gardens that grow throughout the neighborhood. To honor our neighbors and the joy their gardens give all of us, we’re having a Best Garden contest at the Maple Leaf Life booth.

Think you’d top the list, or just want to show off your yard? Send us your photos at by 5 p.m. Friday, July 26, and we’ll post them at the Summer Social and let the community vote. And if you can’t get your photo to us by then, go ahead and bring one at the beginning of the Summer Social and we’ll add it to the selection.

Even if you don’t have a photo to share, be sure to stop by our booth to check out Maple Leaf’s best gardens and vote for your faves!

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Memories of Northgate Mall could be worth $250

April 5th, 2011 by master

Photo courtesy Northgate Mall

How well do you remember the old days of Northgate Mall?

To celebrate the mall’s anniversary this month, it’s featuring a contest on its Facebook page through April 18 that asks customers to share their memories of Northgate Mall over the years.

Click on the “Contests” tab or just go directly to the contest website, where you can both submit your memories and vote on other customers’ stories. To make it worth your while, the winner will receive a $250 Simon Mall gift card.

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