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Ten Thousand Villages donates 15% of tonight's sales

December 19th, 2013 by master

If you’re still looking for a few gift ideas for Christmas, nearby Ten Thousand Villages invites you to stop by its store at 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E. tonight to shop around for a cause.

From 6-8 p.m. tonight, December, 19, the store that features handmade fair trade products from around the globe will donate 15 percent of all proceeds to New Dawn Guatemala. In addition, local business Glittersweet will be there selling purses, totes and tablet sleeves, along with Nicaraguan-born artist Victor Fuentes, who will be displaying and selling his works. Glittersweet and Fuentes also will donate a portion of their sales to New Dawn Guatemala.

According to an email from Ten Thousand Villages:

New Dawn Guatemala is working to improve the lives of hundreds of Guatemalans in Nuevo Amanacer and the surrounding area through economically and environmentally sustainable programs. The community of Nuevo Amanacer is made up of ex- refugee families who had to flee from the violence of the 36 year Civil War. NDG will provide scholarships for school and job training, as well as assist in other areas of need for the community.

It notes that if you prefer to purchase online at Glittersweet, they will donate to New Dawn Guatemala if you mention New Dawn in the notes section.

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Stop by the Summer Soar Used Book Sale

May 31st, 2013 by master

Books for all ages will abound tomorrow at Olympic View Elementary School, where Day 2 of their Summer Soar Used Book Sale continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 504 N.E. 95th St.

Near closing of the kickoff event Friday, these were the titles that greeted customers at the door.

Photo courtesy Aiko Schaefer.

But there also were plenty or genres beyond popular fiction, including children’s books, books on travel, animals or cooking, DVDs, audiobooks for all ages and more.

Best of all, there’s nothing to feel guilty about since books you buy at this fundraiser will not only benefit your bookshelf, but also the students at Olympic View Elementary.

Don’t worry if you miss the May 31-June 1 book sale. Aiko Schaefer with the Olympic View PTA says the event could very likely become an annual event to kick off summer in Maple Leaf after this year’s generous donation of books. Start saving books to donate now!

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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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Nathan Hale Plant Sale this week

May 6th, 2013 by master

In case you missed the big rush on the first day of the Olympic View Plant Sale last weekend, you’ve got another opportunity to spruce up your yard while supporting Maple Leaf students at this week’s Nathan Hale High School Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale.

The sale takes place at the school’s greenhouse, which is located just north of Jane Addams K-8 School. From Lake City Way, turn eastbound onto 110th Street. Turn left (northbound) onto 34th Avenue NE. Drive past the school, then turn left into the driveway. The greenhouse is at the top of the hill. Dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, May 7: 2-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8: 2-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 9: 2-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The organically raised vegetable starts, perennials, hanging baskets and bedding plants for sale at the annual event all were grown by Nathan Hale High School’s horticulture students, with all vegetables started from seed. In addition to the more than two-dozen tomato varieties that will be available, veggie starts include: [Read more →]

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Olympic View Plant Sale on until 7 tonight

April 27th, 2013 by master

The 12th annual Olympic View Plant Sale continues today until 7 p.m., but it appears yesterday’s beautiful weather brought out most of the shoppers, leaving much slimmer pickings than most Maple Leafers are likely accostumed to.

But that’s unlikely to keep fans from coming out for the unique selection of plants, as well as the kids’ activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds of the sale benefit the students of Olympic View Elementary School. For more information, go to the Olympic View Plant Sale Facebook page.

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Donate books now for Olympic View summer sale

April 22nd, 2013 by master

Olympic View Elementary School is hoping to keep its kids as well as the community well-stocked on books, DVDs and CDs this summer with its upcoming Summer Soar Used Book Sale, from 3:30-7 p.m. May 31 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 in the school’s auditorium at 504 N.E. 95th St.

If you have gently used books, CDs or DVDs you’d like to donate in the meantime, area businesses are volunteering their space as drop-off locations for the book drive. So far, participants include Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., and Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., which is offering a free drip coffee to customers who drop off three or more books, according to Aiko Schaefer with the Olympic View Elementary School PTA.

UPDATE: Also on board: Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E., which Schaefer notes also is donating bins for participants; Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., who will add bins and an as-yet-unnamed incentive next week; and Pacific Medical Centers — Northgate, 10416 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Schaefer is hoping more area businesses will participate. For more information, contact her at or (206) 941-4817.

Be sure to add the Summer Soar Book Sale to your calendar, too! In addition to books for all ages, there also will be guest readers, workshops and more.

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Sacajawea Elementary invites you to the Love Boat

March 5th, 2013 by master

This weekend, Maple Leaf’s Sacajawea Elementary School, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Love Boat Spring Auction, and you’re invited.

The annual event from 5-11 p.m. March 9 at The Great Hall at Green Lake, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., features both a silent and a live auction, with all proceeds benefiting students at the school. According to the Sacajawea PTA, it collects 60 percent of its funding at the auction, and that the money will go toward support the school’s reading tutors, afterschool programs in theater and music, curriculum enrichment funds and more.

Although tickets to the dinner are sold out, standing room tickets can be purchased at the door for $25.

Last year’s auction. Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography.

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Karaoke fundraiser tonight at Kona Kitchen

December 6th, 2012 by master

Prepare yourself for some serious karaoke tunes tonight at Kona Kitchen, 8501 Fifth Ave. N.E.

From 7-11 p.m., the Maple Leaf restaurant and bar will be the site of a fundraiser for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. In addition to offering space for the event, Kona Kitchen also is donating 10 percent of the bar’s proceeds to the January festival.

To learn more about the film festival, which takes place Jan. 25-27, check out the program.

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4 yard sales for a cause this weekend

September 12th, 2012 by master

It’s going to be a good weekend to go yard sale hopping, with weather predicted in the mid-60s to low 70s Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

And a few of your neighbors are hoping you will do just that. Betty emailed us to let us know about four individual sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, on the 500 block of Northeast 92nd Street (between Fifth and Eighth avenues northeast, but you cannot enter off of Fifth). Best part besides the weather is: They’re for a good cause.

Here are the addresses and a few details about what’s for sale:

  • 538 NE 92nd: ’70, ’80s rock memorabilia, including NIRVANA, Princess Diana magazines, clothes, some electronics, a big old Tapestry rug and a few children’s items. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Teen Feed, which works with homeless youth and is based in the University District.
  • 536 NE 92nd St: earrings, greeting cards, several vintage clothing, French postcards bought by a U.S. soldier during WWII, misc. Proceeds go to University Methodist Temple to buy purchase backpacks, new underwear and socks for homeless people using their services and to the ROOTS program that is headquartered there.
  • 532 NE 92nd: Moving sale – piano, sofa, wood stove, and misc. household items. A percentage of the proceeds also will benefit Teen Feed.
  • 9126 – 5th NE (but enter from NE 92nd):  misc. from 5-6 families to benefit Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership, a youth leadership development organization that provides youth with leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

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Fun for kids with Magician Jack Turk, Caspar Babypants

May 31st, 2012 by master

Stay close to home while entertaining the whole family today and tomorrow with two performances your kids won’t want to miss.

Tonight, Magician Jack Turk is performing at 6:30 p.m. at nearby Jane Addams K-8, 11051 34th Ave. N.E., in a fundraiser for the school. The family-friendly show includes magic tricks, juggling, puppets and more. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 and older, and children 3 and younger are free. Group discount prices  are available at a cost of $25 for up to four people, or $30 for groups of more than four.

The fun continues tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with Caspar Babypants and Kate Endle, who are adding a little music to the monthly free story time at Northgate Mall. Caspar and Kate will be reading and sharing songs from their books “Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight,” “My Woodland Wish” and “Who Hoo Are You?”, plus their newest book, “Augie to Zebra: An Alphabet Book.”

All ages are welcome; the first 25 Kidgits members receive a free Caspar and Kate book. Additional books as well as the new Caspar Babypants CD, “Hot Dog!”, also will be available for purchase after the event, when Caspar and Kate will be signing books. For more information on becoming a Kidgits member, go to Simon Guest Services at the mall. Annual cost is $5.

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