News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Books still sought for Olympic View Book Sale

May 23rd, 2013 by master

The upcoming long weekend might be the perfect opportunity for you to do a little spring cleaning not only for your own benefit, but also for Maple Leaf’s Olympic View Elementary School.

The school at 504 N.E. 95th St. is holding its Summer Soar Used Book Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, but first, it needs community members to donate a few of their gently used books, CDs and DVDs for all ages.

Maple Leaf businesses are making it worth your while by offering not only drop-off locations, but also special perks for donors. Drop-off locations include (perks noted in italics):

  • Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.
  • Blue Saucer Coffee, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip or kid hot cocoa for 3+ items
  • Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip for 3+ items
  • Diva Espresso, 8014 Lake City Way N.E.; get a free drip or a kid cocoa for 3+
  • Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.; drop box in front of the school

But it’s really time to get spring cleaning, because items must be dropped off by Wednesday, May 29. If you have questions or are unable to bring your donation to a location, contact Aiko Schaefer at 206-941-4817 or

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Free massage Oct. 12 for those affected by arthritis

October 4th, 2011 by master

People in the community affected by arthritis are invited to enjoy a free, one-hour massage at the Northgate Mall locations of Massage Envy on World Arthritis Day, Oct. 12.

All 19 Puget Sound-area locations are participating in the event, which also is its annual Healing Hands for Arthritis fundraiser. Massage Envy also will donate $10 to the Arthritis Foundation for each appointment, and it’s also taking donations to the organization until Oct. 12. Massage Envy writes in a news release:

Openings are dedicated especially for children affected with arthritis, and a parent or guardian to receive tandem,side-by-side massages. Children must be a minimum of 8 years old, and all minors 17 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.It being the special wish of the Northgate members to help children with arthritis, requests for the parent/child massage will be accepted fromanywhere in the Puget Sound area, until all appointments are filled.

To make an appointment, call the Northgate Massage Envy at (206) 368-3680 to schedule an appointment. Space is limited and is subject to availability.

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JCPenney celebrates new look with freebies Friday

August 10th, 2011 by master

After a $5 million renovation that included the integration of a Sephora store, the JCPenney inside Northgate Mall is celebrating its new look Friday morning with a grand opening, featuring giveaways to the first 450 customers.

Photo of the new JCPenney store courtesy Northgate Mall.

The festivities will begin with JCPenney cutting its ribbon at 9:30 a.m., followed by the ribbon-cutting at the Sephora store at 10 a.m. Giveaways for the first 450 customers to arrive at the grand opening include an exclusive Sephora giveaway bag stuffed with samples.

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500 free buckets this weekend at Maple Leaf Ace!

May 4th, 2011 by master

Is it possible to have too many buckets?

No, we didn’t think so. Especially when the bucket is free for you, and results in a $2 donation to help fight diabetes.

All you have to do is stop by the Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 900 Roosevelt Way N.E., on Saturday or Sunday, May 7-8. If you spend at least $25 filling one of their signature 5-gallon buckets as your shopping basket, you get the bucket free and Ace will donate $2 to the American Diabetes Association.

Ace writes on its Facebook page:

You can add a dollar or two if you like — all the money raised will go to the ADA in support of the Tour de Cure bike ride.

And speaking of the Tour de Cure, co-owner Mike Kelley will be bike riding in ADA’s Tour de Cure in honor of his brother, who has Type 1 Diabetes. This ride is a Century Ride on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Register to ride TeamACE and beat Mike to the finish, then you could win a $25 gift card from our store. To register and for official rules, go to Find “Join a Team;” type “TeamACE.”

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Northgate Mall celebrating National Mom's Nite Out

May 2nd, 2011 by master

If there are any mothers out there who don’t want to wait until Mother’s Day for a little pampering, Northgate Mall is inviting you to partake in its free National Mom’s Nite Out celebration from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

Northgate Mall is participating in National Mom’s Nite Out for the first time on Thursday, May 5, but the above photo is from last year’s celebration at Tacoma Mall. Photo courtesy Simon Properties.

The annual event is organized at the national level by Maria Bailey, a mother of four who tells Simon Properties:

“We created National Mom’s Nite Out because so many of today’s mothers spend Mother’s Day focused on catering to the needs of others. We decided that moms deserve one night off from cooking, cleaning and responsibility and need time to celebrate motherhood with each other.”

Opportunities for moms at Northgate Mall include pizza samples from California Pizza Kitchen, mini chair massages and complimentary bang trims and brow arching from Gene Juarez Salon and Spa. Macy’s will also host an “in-store” fashion show featuring the hottest trends of spring and summer.

The free event is sponsored by WARM 106.9 and is intended as “a guilt-free excuse for moms to take the night off to relax and enjoy a celebration of motherhood,” Northgate Mall tells us:

Moms will join together for a well-deserved break to socialize and relax at this event. …

“Mom’s Nite Out is the perfect event to thank and celebrate mothers for all that they do,” said Sarah Bonds, director of marketing at Northgate Mall and Tacoma Mall. “We absolutely believe that moms deserve some pampering and we are delighted to play a part in facilitating this special evening.”

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