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Remember: Olympic View book sale and Lakeview celebration

May 28th, 2015 by Mike

Two things happening this weekend:

Beginning Friday afternoon, Olympic View Elementary School is holding its annual used book sale.

We have collected over 5,000 items, and we are now trying to get the word out about our sale this weekend. Would you be able to post about the event? Here are the details:

The sale is this Friday, May 29th, (3:45-6 p.m.) and Saturday, May 30th, (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). It will be a great chance to stock up on some summer reading.

We will have over 5,000 used books, CDs, and DVDs, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2 for most items. The sale will be held in the auditorium at Olympic View (504 N.E. 95th St.).

On Saturday, we will have a raffle, with prizes including restaurant gift certificates, a Kindle, a one hour massage from Seattle Athletic Club, and Funko toys. Of course, all proceeds benefit the students at OV.

Also on Saturday, the Lakeview Free Methodist Church is holding a free Community Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E.

We will have food, bouncy house, games, raffle and more. Fun for the whole family.

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Celebrate North Seattle returns June 23

June 16th, 2013 by master

Celebrate North Seattle is returning for the fourth consecutive year from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Oak Tree Village parking lot.

You’re invited to bring the whole family to the free event that includes live music, carnival games, bounce houses, local businesses with interactive booths, local artists, food trucks and giveaways, including a gift bag for the first 300 guests.

For more information, go to the Celebrate North Seattle Facebook page.

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Visit our neighbor to the north for Pinehurstfest

August 2nd, 2012 by master

If you enjoyed last week’s Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social, you might want to consider visiting the summer social of our neighbors to the north for the annual Pinehurstfest from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Pinehurst Playfield, 12029 14th Ave. N.E.

The free family festival features refreshments, kids activities including a bouncy house and gymnastics, local community organizations and the following live music:

  • 2 p.m. – Blue Madness
  • 3 p.m. – Sidewinder
  • 4 p.m. – Flight 420

The Pinehurst Community Council organizes the event in partnership with the Meadowbrook Community Center. The event is sponsored in part by Seattle Parks and Recreation. For more information, go to to the Pinehurst Community Council blog.

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Halloween festivities begin this weekend

October 20th, 2011 by master

Although Halloween is still more than a week away, you can spread out the festivities starting with myriad events taking place this weekend:

  • The fun begins Saturday at Northgate Mall, where little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses are invited to the annual Simon Kidgits Halloween Bash. The event, from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ben Bridge Court, is free for Simon Kidgits Club members; annual membership cost is $5 and is payable at the event or at Simon Guest Services near JCPenney. Activities include making spooky hand-print spiders, lollipop ghosts and a parade around the mall with the Radio Disney Road Crew.

  • If the little ones aren’t tired after that, head over to Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., for the sixth annual Olympic View Fall Carnival, from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the school’s gymnasium and parking lot. There will be food, games, prizes and crafts, plus pie-eating contests and a cakewalk. Family ticket packs are available in advance from the PTA or at the door.
  • On Sunday, Oct. 23, The Little Gym of Seattle, 7777 15th Ave. N.E., is opening its doors up to nonmembers from 5-6 p.m. for its annual Halloween party. Nonmembers are asked to donate at least $5 per child to Costumes are requested, as is preregistration by calling (206) 524-2623.
  • The festivities continue Halloween weekend at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., which has a Twins & Triplets Costume & Play Party from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, followed by a Toddler Halloween Play Time from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Both play times are for kids ages 6 months to 5 years, and will include trikes, scooters, bounce houses, balls and more along with a special Halloween treat. Twins & Triplets Costume & Play Party is specifically geared toward twins and triplets. Cost for each event is $3 per child.
  • If you’re willing to stray just outside Maple Leaf’s borders, Mystery Machine clued us in to the annual Licton Springs Halloween Party, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, at Licton Springs Park, 9536 Ashworth Ave. N. Just as the sky begins to darken, children follow the paths around the wetland, which is full of adult “Friends of the Forest” holding jack-o-lanterns and giving candy treats to the trick-or-treaters. For more information, contact the Licton Springs Community Council.
  • Also on Halloween day, Maple Leaf community members are hoping to continue what would be the third annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes. Stay tuned and we’ll get you the details as soon as we have them. If you’d like to pencil it in, the event previously took place from 3-5 p.m. and was centered around the traffic circle at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street. But Halloween is on Monday this year so the time could change.
  • And not to leave out the adults who still like to celebrate Halloween, This Charming Candy is hoping you’ll to stop by The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E., for “Grown-up Trick-or-Treating” from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Co-owner Susan Dziadosz writes: “How long has it been since you’ve personally knocked on someone’s door and exclaimed, ‘Trick or Treat!’ This Charming Candy knows you deserve a 10-minute treat, so we’re inviting kids of all ages to visit us in our lollipop kitchen. Everyone who stops by gets a free lollipop!” 

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Olympic View Fall Carnival is this weekend

October 17th, 2011 by master

As the community rallies together to keep the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes going strong for the third year, another fall tradition will continue this weekend: the sixth annual Olympic View Elementary Fall Carnival.

Stop by the school at 504 N.E. 95th St. between 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, for family fun to help raise money for the PTA. From the website:

Old-Fashioned Carnival Fun for all in the Olympic View gymnasium and parking lot. Come Enjoy Food, Games, Prizes and Crafts. Plus Pie-Eating Contests and a Cakewalk! Family ticket packs available in advance from the PTA or at the door.

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Happy 5th Birthday Northgate Community Center!

July 15th, 2011 by master

Don’t let the weather stop you from heading over to Northgate Community Center tonight for its fifth birthday celebration, from 6-8 p.m. at  10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Last year, Soultronic performed at Northgate Community Center’s fourth birthday.

All-ages entertainment takes place rain or shine, and will include live big band-era music from Route 66, bounce houses in the gym, crafts projects for kids, complimentary cake and hot dogs to purchase. 

For more information, call the community center at 206-386-4283.

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It's time again to Celebrate North Seattle

June 20th, 2011 by master

The North Seattle community will come together again this summer for the second annual Celebrate North Seattle block party from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in Oak Tree Village.

The first annual Celebrate North Seattle in 2010.

The Rotary Club of North Seattle, Epic Life Church and North Seattle Minuteman Press are sponsoring the free event, which will be hosted in the Oak Tree Cinema parking lot off of Aurora.

“The block party idea started because the community needed more positive events to gather at,” Epic Life Church Pastor Keith Carpenter said in a news release. “Last year, we saw how much good exists in North Seattle when people were given a chance to meet and celebrate.”

There will be entertainment from local musician Sid Law, inflatables, children games and food, as well as door prizes and gift bags from local businesses and community groups.

Attendees also are asked to bring a new pair of shoes for the launch of the event’s Shoes for Souls Project, a joint effort of the North Seattle Rotary Club and the Salvation Army North. The goal of this project is to raise 1,000 pairs of new shoes for children and youth in crisis situations in the North Seattle community.

“We’re all in this together,” said Local Seattle Cycle Center owner Bud Myers, who attended last year’s event. “Working towards building a stronger community requires everyone believing it can happen and offering what they have to make it happen.”

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Carnival of Eggs back at Lakeview Free Methodist

April 22nd, 2011 by master

In addition to the egg hunt planned tomorrow as the grand opening for the new Hubbard Homestead Park, another nondenominational Easter celebration a little closer to home also is taking place on Saturday.

There was fun for all ages at last year’s Carnival of Eggs.

Once again, Lakeview Free Methodist Church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E., will be holding its popular Carnival of Eggs, a free community festival that offers fun for all ages.

In addition to the games both inside and outside the church, children get the chance to hunt for eggs with their respective age groups.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon., the same time as the egg hunt at Hubbard Homestead Park, which is located just north of Target at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 112th Street.

Are there any other Easter events taking place this weekend our readers should know about?

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Celebrate community today at Northgate Festival

September 11th, 2010 by master

Check out what’s new in the community at the annual Northgate Festival, which continues until 8 tonight on 103rd Avenue Northgate, between Northgate Mall and Thornton Place.

Dozens of area businesses and community groups are on hand to explain their services, and let’s not forget all of the freebies, from myriad toys and treats to health screenings from Northwest Hospital.

There’s live music all day at Thornton Place. Schedule is here.

Bouncy fun abounds for kids, between the Seattle Gymnastics Academy and the two bouncy houses.

And there’s fun for the whole family, with myriad activities planned all day at the community stage.

Car fanatics are invited to take a peek under the hood at the classic Mustang car show.

And the new Aljoya, on the southeast side of Thornton Place at 450 N.E. 100th St., invites passersby to try some of the treats from its restaurant, Lilly’s.

What was your favorite part of the Northgate Festival?

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Divine taking the stage at Bite of Seattle

July 16th, 2010 by master

Maple Leaf’s own Divine, 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., is taking its place at the table of Seattle’s best restaurants this weekend at The Bite Cooks! and The Alley at this weekend’s Bite of Seattle.

Owner Vivian Peterson is scheduled to take the stage at Fisher Pavilion from 2-2:30 p.m. Saturday, where she’ll show the audience how to make Divine Pastichio (pdf), then take questions and comments from the audience.

Meanwhile, Divine head chef Kesava Morton will be making Tiropita, triangular fillo cheese bites topped with pear relish, for visitors who make their way Saturday into The Alley, where you can sample various “bites” from some of the area’s best restaurants for $10.

“It’s one of the busiest sections at the Bite of Seattle,” Morton warned. He said the line usually starts before The Alley’s 11 a.m. opening time and it never really gets any smaller.

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