News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Celebrate Louisianathon! at the Eagles Club

October 29th, 2012 by master

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Eagles Club on Nov. 4 for Louisianathon! The ninth annual Northwest Cajun-Zydeco Music & Dance Festival is coming to Maple Leaf for the first time, and the whole community is invited to the event featuring seven bands for $10.

The event is from 2-8 p.m. at Eagles Mother Aerie No. 1, 8201 Lake City Way N.E., and the live bands include Swamp Soul, Troupe Acadian, Folichon, Bayou Beat, Richard Allen & the Louisiana Experience, Les Chattes Creloes and Sassafras. Don’t know how to dance to Cajun or Zydeco music? There will be free lessons for the willing!

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Maple Leaf bassist adds 'Experi-Metal' to repertoire

December 7th, 2010 by master

Don’t let the appearance of the above pictured “Experi-Metal” band Uncle Pooch fool you.

Behind the masks of its four members are decades of talent that cross too many genres to name, which might be one of the biggest reasons behind their idea to start the instrumental/experimental metal band that is performing Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard.

Bassist Shane Smith, pictured at right but known only as Mr. Nasty and never seen without a ski mask when he takes the stage with Uncle Pooch, said he and former Everstone bandmates started this new band largely because it was so different from the funk they had previously been playing.

“We really wanted to take a completely left turn and do something different,” said Smith, who has lived in Maple Leaf since 2004.

“I hadn’t played heavy music in years,” he said about their first practice session in 2007. “We were just laughing the whole time.”

But they kept writing through the laughter, and ended up recording an album that’s available online called “Conduct Unbecoming,” with a second album now in the works.

“We’re Slayer meets Pharoah Sanders’ evil twin,” Smith says of Uncle Pooch, referring (respectively, of course) to the ’80s thrash metal band and the Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist who played with John Coltrane.

That might sound like an outrageous combination, but it actually works, considering that instead of a singer, Uncle Pooch features an electric wind instrument that looks kind of like a plugged-in clarinet but has a sound you’ve undoubtedly never heard paired with metal. (Give them a listen on their MySpace page). [Read more →]

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Live ukelele music every week at Kona Kitchen

November 8th, 2010 by master

Check out Rod Higuchi’s performance Sunday afternoon at the Kona Kitchen, 8501 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Like what you hear? You can listen to him live every Sunday at the Maple Leaf restaurant, usually between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If you’re not familiar with Kona Kitchen and its famous owner, you can read more about actor and restaurateur Yuji Okumoto on the Maple Leaf page on Facebook.

What are some of your other favorite places in Maple Leaf to hear live music?

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Maple Leaf Summer Social is next week!

July 22nd, 2010 by master

Face painting at the Maple Leaf Summer Social. Photo from Dane Doerflinger

There will be a heckuva lot more than ice cream at next week’s annual Maple Leaf Summer Social from 7-11 p.m. July 28.

For the first time, the neighborhood’s biggest event is topping off the evening of festivities with an outdoor movie after the sun goes down.

But it all begins at 7 p.m. at Maple Leaf Playground, 1020 N.E. 82nd St., with at least 40 tables featuring local businesses, government agencies, local artists and plenty more, including a visit from a Seattle Fire truck.

Kids’ activities include a face painter and a clown who also is a balloon artist, and we’ll have live music by the marimba band Tumbuka, which plays African music drawn from traditional and contemporary styles.

Maple Leaf Life is sponsoring the band this year. The ice cream bars are sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, the clown by neighborhood resident Dawn Porter and the balloons by residents Cathy and Richard Boyce. Face painting is sponsored by the Maple Leaf Community Council.

When the sky turns dark around 9 p.m., we’ll light up the park with the movie “Outsourced,” a romantic comedy created locally that won best film at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival.

Please stop by the Maple Leaf Life booth and introduce yourself. You can tell us now what you’re most excited about at the summer social, or just tell us there! See you next week!

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Happy Birthday Northgate Community Center

July 16th, 2010 by master

The community came out in full force last night to celebrate the fourth birthday of Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Soultronic performed hits from yesterday and today as couples danced, children limboed and everyone simply enjoyed the good tunes and good weather.

A balloon artist entertained both children and their parents alike as she made favorite and feared animals with a little help from the families.

And families also built their own surprises with wooden kits donated by Lowe’s.

There also was plenty of food, with teens selling hot dogs, chips and lemonade as a fundraiser for the center’s teen program.

Although the birthday bash was a special treat this Thursday, Soultronic’s performance kicked off the Summer Concerts on the Lawn series that will take place every Thursday through August from 6:30-8:30 p.m. [Read more →]

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Northgate Community Center fetes 4th birthday

July 15th, 2010 by master

Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., is celebrating its fourth birthday tonight with a party that the entire community is invited to.

Soultronic will perform at Northgate Community Center’s birthday bash.

There’ll be fun for all ages starting at 6 p.m., including bouncy toys, a balloon artist and craft tables for the kids, plus music from 6:30-8:30 p.m. by Soultronic to kick off the Summer Concerts on the Lawn series. There also will be breakdancing performances and demonstrations.

Patty Maxwell, coordinator of the community center, said teens will be selling hot dogs, chips and lemonade as a fundraiser for the teen program, and there also will be birthday cake to top off the night.

The Summer Concerts on the Lawn series will continue through August, with performances every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The lineup is as follows:

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Plenty of shamrocks and shows this weekend

March 19th, 2010 by master

If you’re still feeling the luck o’ the Irish, you might want to gather the family for tonight’s Pot o’ Gold event from 7-8:30 at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. Kids will make a leprechaun catcher, then search for gold at the arts and crafts program, which costs $5 per family. Don’t forget to wear green!

Earlier today, the Seattle Athletic Club, 333 N.E. 97th St., is offering a Kid’s Paint ‘N’ Play event since Seattle Public Schools are out for the day. The club’s Kid’s Court has planned an afternoon of fun-filled activities that include art projects, games, snacks and swim time with the staff from 1-5 p.m. Cost is $38 plus tax for members (sibling discount is $25 plus tax), or $55 plus tax for nonmembers. For more information, contact Roni Olson at

The weekend is also packed with area performances, from the student-performed “Peter Pan The Musical” at Shoreline Community College to the opening weekend of “Dying City” at Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse at Green Lake. Middle school students of Christ the King Catholic School in Broadview are staging the “Peter Pan” production, which also features a live band and characters that really “fly,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $12. [Read more →]

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