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Share your stories Thursday at Northgate Library

October 8th, 2014 by master

You’re invited to join the Seattle Storytellers Guild from 6-7:45 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 9, at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Cynthia Westby and Patty Zeitlin from the guild will kick-off the open-mic night with a brief introduction to the art of storytelling at 6:30 p.m., then let the storytelling commence.

Refreshments starting at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Listeners and tellers alike are encouraged to attend!

Westby, the Seattle Storytellers Guild’s president, is a storyteller, writer, teacher and coach with a diverse background ideal for creating personal stories. Zeitlin, vice president of the guild, is a songwriter, storyteller, author of two books, a poet and playwright, with many albums of original songs for children, and one for adults.

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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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Celebrate Paris at Thornton Place on Saturday

July 27th, 2013 by master

Summerfest, the new free celebration at Thornton Place, returns this afternoon, July 27, with “Paris on the Plaza,” from 3-6 p.m.

Thornton Place kicked off the summer festival in June with the Latin-inspired “Side of Salsa,” and is following it up this week with a jazz trio complemented by dance lessons from Century Ballroom, which will be offering an East Coast swing lesson.

In addition to your dancing shoes, be sure to bring your appetite as there will food available from 314 PIE and Crisp Creperie.

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Fairview Car Show coming up July 14

July 2nd, 2013 by master

Every year, we seem to miss the car show that cruises into Fairview Christian School, 844 N.E. 78th St., each summer. But neighbor Kevin, who lives across the street from the Maple Leaf private school, has noticed that it usually takes place the weekend after the Greenwood Car Show, which was last weekend.

According to Seattle Mini Owners Association, Kevin is just a week off. The post from Don states that the Fairview Car Show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14. The event is free for spectators, but potential participants must pay $15 in advance or $20 day of, with proceeds benefitting Northwest Harvest.

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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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Thornton Place introduces free Summerfest fun

June 8th, 2013 by master

Thornton Place is inviting the community to its upcoming free Summerfest activities, which kick off June 22 with the Latin-inspired “Side of Salsa” from 3-6 p.m.

The festivities begin with a salsa lesson by instructors from the Century Ballroom, followed by live music from Miho & Diego. There will also be food available from the food truck Taco Gol.

Summerfest continues July 27 with “Paris on the Plaza.” From a description distributed by Thornton Place:

Mais oui! We’ve enjoyed our Nation’s birthday this month and so did another country we know, France! Let’s celebrate with a little bit of Parisian culture on the plaza. Stop on in for a quick lesson in swing dancing, grab a crepe from Crisp Seattle, and sit with your amour as our jazz trio livens up the plaza with music. Have a taste of the classic Parisian time all and before you know it you won’t want to say Au Revoir to the night.

And we’ll say goodbye to Summerfest with a “Hawaiian Hello” on Aug. 14th:

Think summer is over? Well then say hello to some Hawaiian beach fun. Come enjoy our beach-themed night on our own private oasis. We might not have a pig roast but Raney Brothers BBQ will be on site to feed your beach appetite. Miho & Diego make their second appearance at the plaza with a completely different set of musical stylings, bringing you the sounds of the luau. Don’t say goodbye to summer, give a big Hawaiian Hello to our last Summerfest event hosted by Thornton Place! The party starts at 3:00pm!

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Upcoming events in and around Maple Leaf

April 18th, 2013 by master

We’ve received a slew of emails about area events that we thought we’d share beyond just posting them on our events page:

  • Tomorrow, April 19, there’s a performance of The Wizard of Oz at 6 p.m. at St. Catherine Parish School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E. Admission is free with a canned food item or $5 per ticket.
  • Also tomorrow, there’s an “Evening in Italy” fundraiser for North Helpline from 5:30-9 p.m. at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E. There will be live music, a wine toss, raffles and a full spaghetti dinner for $10/adults, $5/children.
  • For the next two weekends, you’re invited to Northwest Puppet Center’s latest show: “Chickens and Pigs and Bears … Oh My!” at 9123 15th Ave. N.E.:

    “Chickens and Pigs and Bears . . . Oh My!” is a celebration of some favorite stories presented in new and creative ways. Audiences will delight in the different styles of puppetry, live music, poetry and audience participation. Puppeteer Peter Allen performs “The Three Little Pigs” with marionettes, “The Little Red Hen” with shadow puppetry, and “The Three Bears” with rod-puppetry. A wonderful performance for audiences 3 years old and up.

    Curtain is at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through April 28. Tickets cost $10.50 general admission, $8.50 for children up to age 16, and $9 for senior 65 and older, and they’re available at Brown Paper Tickets.

  • One of the neighborhood’s biggest events is coming up on Wednesday, April 24: The quarterly Maple Leaf General Community Meeting from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St. Topics will include transportation issues, how the new Northgate urban center will affect Maple Leaf, and tree regulations.
  • Next Thursday, April 25, you can learn more about area construction at the Northgate Way Improvement Project Open House from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. The Seattle Department of Transportation in planning roadway improvements along North 105th Street and Northgate Way, from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast. Improvements will include complete roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, and drainage improvements from Greenwood Avenue North to Corliss Avenue North. SDOT will also upgrade signals, and street lighting from Greenwood to Lake City Way. This is your chance get in comments before final design by the second quarter of 2013; construction is scheduled to begin this summer, and is anticipated to continue through summer 2014.
  • Also on April 25, “Roads and Runoff” is the topic of the monthly Thornton Creek Alliance meeting from 7:15-9 p.m. at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E. Art Brochet will discuss the Seattle Department of Transportation’s repaving project on Northeast 125th Street, as well as Seattle Public Utilities’ plans for Mayor Mike McGinn’s new stormwater goals. The group also will be talking about the past year’s accomplishments and goals for next year. For more information call, Judy Olson at 206-523-4384.
  • Fun for the whole family is planned from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the “Magical Mac and Cheese” event at Northgate Community Center:

    Turn your macaroni and cheese into a magical evening of dinner and entertainment! We will have basic macaroni ‘n’ cheese and you add your favorite toppings. In addition, Xakary the Magician and his pet rabbit can mesmerize you with his magic. For ages 1 and older. Please register in advance at 206-386-4283. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family.

  • And of course, don’t forget about the 12th annual Olympic View Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26-27. There will be vegetable and fruit starts, herbs, flowering annuals, premium perennials, pottery, garden art and more both days, as well as special children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, as well as treats from Peaks Frozen Custard from noon to 5 p.m.

Spring Fever hits Maple Leaf!

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Olympic View Plant Sale is April 26-27!

April 10th, 2013 by master

Your annual opportunity to upgrade your yard and support one of your local Maple Leaf schools is coming up April 26-27.

For the 12th year in a row, the Olympic View Elementary School PTA is bringing you the Olympic View Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26-27 at the school at 504 N.E. 95th St. Vegetable and fruit starts, herbs, flowering annuals, premium perennials, pottery, garden art and more will be available this year.

Bring the kids on Saturday for kid’s crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and an appearance by Peaks Frozen Custard from noon to 5 p.m.

And remember, you can buy these things for your own garden without feeling any guilt, because all proceeds directly benefit the students of Olympic View Elementary.

By the way, they’re doing a promotion on their Facebook page to help get the word out. If you “like” the page and share the promotion post, you’ll be entered for a $20 gift certificate for the plant sale.

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Free Easter egg hunt Sunday at Thornton Place

March 27th, 2013 by master

Looking for a fun (and free!) activity to do with the kids this weekend to celebrate Easter?

Thornton Place invites you to an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, offering two separate hunts for different ages. As stated to the right, kids ages 3 and younger will kick off the event with a hunt at 12:30 p.m., followed at 12:40 p.m. by kids ages 4-10.

Limit is 10 eggs per child, and please bring your own baskets to collect the eggs in.

Happy hunting!

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Math and Science Fair returns to Sacajawea

February 6th, 2013 by master

Experience feats of brain strength Feb. 13 at Sacajawea Elementary, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., during the Maple Leaf school’s annual Math and Science Fair.

From 6-7:30 p.m., you’re invited to view the more than 150 science and math exhibits created by the students of Sacajawea, as well as exhibits from organizations including UW Neurosciences, The Audubon Society, IslandWood Outdoor Education Center, The Burke Museum and Lice Knowing You.

The event concludes with the catapult egg launch contest from 7:30-8 p.m. on the lower playground (rain or shine), which will pit Sacajawea students against one another to see whose entry (built from a standard kit of materials) can fly the farthest, while still protecting its delicate cargo.

To top it all off, Dante’s Inferno Dogs will be selling gourmet sausages, chips and drinks (cash or credit cards accepted, with a 25 cent service charge for credit cards under $10 ).

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