News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Free, fresh raspberry starts on 8th Ave. N.E.

April 7th, 2015 by Mike

Karri emails:

Free Raspberry Starts!

From successful plants. Starts are in a bin with water at 9212 8th Ave. N.E., next to the straw bales.

Take what you’d like, but please leave the bin. Enjoy!

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Aljoya Thornton Place invites community to anniversary luau tomorrow

August 14th, 2012 by master

You’re invited to help residents at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St., celebrate the 25th anniversary of parent company Era Living from 4-6 p.m. tomorrow with a luau featuring:

  • A menu including island-style, barbecued pork and tropical cocktails
  • Entertainment by professional Hula dancers
  • Traditional leis and outside island decor to set the scene

From a news release:

“In Hawaiian culture, the luau is all about gathering people together to celebrate and share community,” says Aljoya Thornton Place’s Life Enrichment Director, Megan Mummert. “At Aljoya, we want to share the spirit of family, or as the Hawaiians call it, ‘ohana,’ with our residents, neighbors and the broader community.”

Although the free event is open to the community, reservations are requested by calling 206-306-7920.

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Free yoga next week at Lake City's Two Dog Yoga

August 24th, 2011 by master

Two Dog Yoga is celebrating 20 years in Lake City from Aug. 29-Sept. 4 with a full week of free classes at its location just north of the Lake City Library at 12549 28th N.E. From its website:

In gratitude to our regular Two Doggers, and with the intention of growing the pack, Two Dog offers a week of free classes twice a year. Come to as many classes as you want; bring your friends, neighbors and relatives along to share the doggie bounty. Classes are open to all levels unless otherwise noted; no limit to how many you take.

Classes are as follows:

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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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Free day lilies on a not-so-sunny day

May 21st, 2011 by Mike

OK, so it’s a little hard to soak in the sun today. (But we DID hit 70 degrees Friday, as we predicted.)

Make up for it by picking up some free day lilies, out this morning in front of a home at 9011 Eighth Ave. N.E.

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Free tax assistance offered at Northgate Library

January 12th, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton

Need help with tax preparation? Avoid the high fees with free help at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.  

From Feb. 2 to April 13, The Seattle Public Library, AARP and United Way are collaborating to offer free tax help from 4-7:30 p.m. Mondays and from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays.  

No appointments are necessary, although assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Other nearby libraries also offering free tax help include the Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 7 to April 11; and the Northeast Library, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., from 2-7 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 3 to April 14.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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Free yoga this week in Lake City

December 19th, 2010 by master

If you’re in need of some relaxation this week, Two Dog Yoga in Lake City at 12549 28th Ave. N.E. is holding its semiannual free yoga week starting Monday:

In gratitude to our regular Two Doggers, and with the hope of growing the pack, Two Dog offers a week of free classes twice a year. Come to as many classes as you want; bring your friends, neighbors and relatives along to share the doggie bounty. Free Week is a great way to get to know another teacher or check out a different practice. 

In addition to free classes from Dec. 20-24, Maple Leaf resident Gary Stroutsos will be perfoming at Two Dog Yoga’s Solstice Celebration & Concert at 7 p.m. Monday.

And here are this week’s free yoga classes: [Read more →]

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The city has more free trees to give away Saturday

December 16th, 2010 by master

If you missed out on applying for free trees from the city, you’re in luck, because some people who applied for trees from the city’s Trees for Neighborhoods program never claimed them.

These trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the EarthCorps nursery in Magnuson Park, 6310 N.E. 74th St.

To be eligible, you must be a Seattle resident and plant the trees on your property (to plant them in the sidewalk strip, you need a permit from Seattle Department of Transportaion), and go through a 15-minute planting training. There is a four trees per household limit.

Available species:

  • Little gem magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little gem’)
  • Serviceberry* (Amelanchier arborea)
  • Italian plum* (fruiting)
  • Dogwood* (Cornus x ‘Venus’)
  • Shore pine (Pinus contorta)
  • Katsura* (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
  • Western red cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Excelsa’)
  • Red oak* (Quercus rubra)
  • Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

*These trees are bare root, rather than in pots. They need to be planted the same day you receive them.

You can call 206-793-2454 to check on the availability of trees before driving to the Magnuson Park nursery. That voicemail message listing available trees will be updated at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

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Free face painting tonight at The Hive Social Club

November 10th, 2010 by master

Melissa Plourd, the owner of The Hive Social Club at 9220 Roosevelt Way N.E., is more than just a hostess for princess tea parties. She’s also a professional face painter who has a unique opportunity tonight for the community.

From 6-9 tonight, she and other members of the Western Washington Face Painters are having a “jam night” at The Hive where they will be brainstorming and practicing new ideas together, and they’re looking for a few volunteers who are in need of a little face paint. Both children and adults are invited to drop by The Hive if they’d like to have their face painted for free. Plourd writes:

We just like to practice together in an environment free from stress and also to give back to the community. 

If you’d like to see some examples of Plourd’s work, take a look at her website, Happy Go Lucky Face Painting. And anybody who gets their face painted tonight is urged to send us a photo for us to post in the morning!

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Free recycling Sunday at Olympic View Community Church

October 19th, 2010 by Mike

A free recycling event – including electronics like VCRs, television sets and computers – is being hosted in Maple Leaf on Sunday afternoon.

Sponsored by the Washington Association of Churches, the event is being hosted by Olympia View Community Church, 425 N.E. 95th St. Trucks in the church parking lot will accept recyclables Sunday, Oct. 24, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

The event includes free recycling of many items that are typically hard or expensive to dispose of, as well as environmentally damaging in landfills. All items will be evaluated by 1 Green Planet for re-use and recycling.

If it has a plug – we’ll take it!

If it contains metal – we’ll take it!

Even car batteries and computer batteries.

Also accepted are medical equipment, ink and toner cartridges and lawn mowers (please first empty gas and oil).

Donations to support the work of the Washington Association of Churches will be accepted but are not required.

For more information, e-mail, or call 206-261-7797.

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