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Happy Easter!

April 16th, 2017 by Mike

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A second decorated tree appears at the park

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Updates 3:30 p.m.

A second decorated tree has appeared at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It was there last year, too.

Also, all the Maple Leaf ornaments have been taken from the Dog Oasis, but there may be more about town. Jesse Card writes: “There’s three other locations where I left them! Take a Christmas walk and keep your eyes open!”

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Custom Maple Leaf holiday ornaments – free!

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Jesse Card posts on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

“I made some neighborhood ornaments and have left them around in a few popular spots in the neighborhood. Take one!”

One of those spots is the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis, corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

As of 10 a.m., there are a couple dozen ornaments at the Oasis. Come and get ’em!

And, thanks, Jesse.

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Happy Solstice, Maple Leaf! (the park tree returns)

December 21st, 2015 by Mike

The Winter Solstice is this evening, and for the second year a Solstice Tree has returned to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It has lights, decorations, and an invitation to neighbors to bring ornaments to fully trim the tree.

Celebrate the return of light!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from Maple Leaf Life!

December 24th, 2013 by Mike

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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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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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Happy Easter! (and if you see a bunny, let us know)

March 30th, 2013 by Mike

Happy Easter from Maple Leaf Life!

And speaking of bunnies … we’ve been looking for one for weeks.

Back in mid-February (i.e., when it was cold and waiting to snow) Dan emailed us:

“We were on a walk through Mike’s block last night, and saw a rabbit hopping around.

“We first saw it on Northeast 88th Street, and it went in front of us around the corner onto 12th Avenue Northeast, going north.

“As we walked north, it crossed the street and went up a driveway between two homes on the east side.

“The lighting was not great, but it looked like a wild bunny and not anything exotic, although I’m not a bunny connoisseur and so can’t say for sure.

“It is the first rabbit we’ve seen on our nightly walks in the last 28 years. We have seen coyotes, raccoons, possums, but never a bunny.

“Is this the first sign of an invasion? The hard-shelled snails are steadily moving north, maybe the bunnies will be next.”

We’ve been watching for that dratted rabbit ever since, and haven’t spotted it. Has anyone else?

(Thanks, Dan.)

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Maple Leaf Life

December 25th, 2012 by Mike

(And from the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis – artist unknown.)

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It's time again for the Polar Bear Plunge!

December 21st, 2012 by master

There’s no need to fret about all of those extra pounds you might be consuming over the holidays — at least not if you’re one of the brave souls who dares to participate in the 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge at nearby Matthews Beach!

Rain or shine, you’re invited to join your fellow polar bears for a plunge into chilly Lake Washington at noon on New Year’s Day. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and costumes are encouraged.

Refreshments will be provided, and swimmers who make it neck-deep will receive a 2013 Official Patch of Courage. The city’s Parks Department offers these tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus.
  • You can plan your trip at
  • If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend you consult your health care professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you don’t go in the water, come and watch!
  • Don’t drink alcohol — it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
  • Don’t stay in the water for longer than 15 minutes — you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
  • Don’t take off your outer clothing until you’re ready to get in the water, and remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Participants are encouraged to sign the online blog:

Matthews Beach is located at 49th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 93rd Street.

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