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Maple Leaf Reservior Park = “peak park experience”

July 30th, 2014 by Mike

5:30 p.m. Setting up for the Maple Leaf Summer Social

As the neighborhood is heading to tonight’s Summer Social, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, it’s nice to hear it’s one of the best places in the city for kids.

That’s the word from ParentMap, in a post this week entitled Summer in the Cities: 6 Cool Communities to Explore Around Seattle.

Have you heard the loving raves about Maple Leaf Reservoir Park (1020 N.E. 82nd St.), the renovated two-story park in this northeast Seattle neighborhood? The upper section, located at one of the highest points in the city, covers the old reservoir and boasts a .5 mile circular bike path, pickleball and basketball courts, and a vast field that bustles with action.

The photo they took is exactly where tonight’s social takes place.

They also suggest visiting Cloud City Coffee, the Snappy Dragon and Math ‘n’ Stuff.

ParentMap’s other recommendations include Issaquah, Renton (the Wave Pool), Greenwood, Richmond Beach and Beacon Hill.

ParentMap’s picture of our park. Photo: Emily Johnson

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Maple Leaf Reservior Park = "peak park experience"

July 30th, 2014 by Mike

5:30 p.m. Setting up for the Maple Leaf Summer Social

As the neighborhood is heading to tonight’s Summer Social, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, it’s nice to hear it’s one of the best places in the city for kids.

That’s the word from ParentMap, in a post this week entitled Summer in the Cities: 6 Cool Communities to Explore Around Seattle.

Have you heard the loving raves about Maple Leaf Reservoir Park (1020 N.E. 82nd St.), the renovated two-story park in this northeast Seattle neighborhood? The upper section, located at one of the highest points in the city, covers the old reservoir and boasts a .5 mile circular bike path, pickleball and basketball courts, and a vast field that bustles with action.

The photo they took is exactly where tonight’s social takes place.

They also suggest visiting Cloud City Coffee, the Snappy Dragon and Math ‘n’ Stuff.

ParentMap’s other recommendations include Issaquah, Renton (the Wave Pool), Greenwood, Richmond Beach and Beacon Hill.

ParentMap’s picture of our park. Photo: Emily Johnson

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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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School boundary letter making neighborhood rounds

October 25th, 2013 by master

There are clearly Maple Leaf families both in favor and opposed to the proposed changes to the Seattle School District boundaries, according to the comments in our recent post.

Those opposed are making their voices heard not only by responding to the district’s survey, which is due today at 6 p.m., but also by asking neighbors to sign a “Maple Leaf Letter to the School Board” by 4 p.m. today that supporters have been distributing around the neighborhood and via the Facebook page Maple Leaf Parents.


From the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook page.

The text reads: [Read more →]

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Comment by tomorrow on new school boundaries

October 20th, 2013 by master

UPDATE: The School Board has extended its school boundary survey deadline until 6 p.m. Oct. 25.


Shown above is the proposed new Olympic View school boundary on top of the current one.

We’ve received a few emails from parents about the new boundaries proposed for Seattle Public Schools, which Olympic View Elementary parent Aiko Schaefer says would “splinter Maple Leaf kids to an even greater number of different schools.” She continues:

Schools are anchors to communities, the latest SPS proposal has Maple Leaf kids going every which way to school. The kids in the neighborhood play and grow up together, it will be a shame if they are not able to also learn together. I’m hoping Maple Leaf residents are able to weigh in on this proposal and help ensure we keep our neighborhood kids together.

In a nutshell, here is the current boundary for Olympic View, which was implemented when the school district moved to neighborhood schools in fall 2010. And here is a link to the school’s proposed new boundaries, which another parent pointed out would have children between Roosevelt and 15th Avenue Northeast who previously attended Olympic View crossing busy, unsidewalked 15th Avenue Northeast to reach Sacajawea Elementary.

But the splintering continues after elementary school, Schaefer says, which is shown by the new boundary proposal for middle schools and high schools: [Read more →]

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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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Welcome to the Maple Leaf Family Terrace!

May 18th, 2013 by master

After looking through the fence at the playground that has been under construction all winter, the Maple Leaf Family Terrace welcomed possibly hundreds of neighborhood children and their families at a grand opening celebration this morning.

The presentation included plenty of thank-yous for the countless hours put in by volunteers Donna Hartmann-Miller and Scott and Jessica Bishop.

Hartmann-Miller, who heads the volunteer Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, also thanked the many volunteers who helped build parts of the playground at a work party in early April that ended in a torrential downpour, in addition to the many local businesses that donated food that day, including Cloud City Coffee, Blue Saucer, Maple Leaf Grill and COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria.

“I wish I was a kid again because I would be playing in this park endlessly,” added Hartmann-Miller, who also is a member of the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board.

Of course, the zipline was a huge hit.

The playground at 1020 N.E. 82nd St. is now open to the public, although there still are areas that are fenced off as new grass continues to grow in. There will be more fun for all ages when the remainder of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park opens in late summer or early fall, adding 16 acres of green space to the neighborhood that previously were closed off to the public.

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"Secret Life of Bugs" on at NW Puppet Center

May 5th, 2013 by master

Secret Life of BugsNorthwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., presents “The Secret Life of Bugs” weekends through May 12.

Step through a magnifying glass into the miniature world of insects. With mesmerizing blacklight puppetry, witness the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Along the way, spiders, dung beetles and dragonflies engage in daily activities such as orb weaving, nesting, and hunting. An exotic soundtrack provides the thread connecting different species in the web of life. This entertaining and educational performance has been developed with assistance from expert entomologist Erin Sullivan of Woodland Park Zoo.

Curtain is at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $10.50/$8.50 child (up to 16)/$9 Senior (65+) and are available at the box office 30 minutes before curtain, by calling 1-800-838-3006 or at Brown Paper Tickets.

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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 aikoschaefer@gmail.com 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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