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Fall library sale is this weekend at Magnuson

September 20th, 2011 by Mike

More than a quarter-million books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audio books and art prints will be up for grabs – cheaply! – this Saturday and Sunday at the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s Fall Book Sale.

Most hardbacks are $2. Paperbacks $1.

The book sale is at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building #30. Hours are Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

There is a preview Friday evening for members of the Friends nonprofit group that supports The Seattle Public Library.

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Friends of Seattle Public Library holiday book sale is this weekend

November 18th, 2010 by master

Magnuson Park’s Building 30, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., will once again be the site of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s holiday book sale.  It take place this Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll find books, CDs, DVDs and gift items.

The sale comes just a few days after word that Friends may not be able to use Building 30 for the event beyond 2011.  The building doesn’t meet city standards and budget woes may prevent further improvements.  You can read more on the Friends website and a more detailed story from our news partners in The Seattle Times.

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Two Maple Leaf residents star in 'Chicago'

November 11th, 2010 by master

“Chicago” plays Nov. 12-Dec. 4 at Seattle Musical Theatre starring Roxie (Danielle Barnum), Billy (Troy Johnson) and Velma (Lindsey Larson).

When Seattle Musical Theatre’s performance of “Chicago” opens Friday, Nov. 12, you can put a little hometown pride in your ticket purchase while receiving a discount just for reading Maple Leaf Life.

The show – which continues through Dec. 4 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and on Dec. 2, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sundays – stars two residents of Maple Leaf: Bradetta Vines, who plays Mama Morton, and Krista Gibbon, a member of the ensemble.

Maple Leaf Life spoke with both Vines and Gibbon about their experience with the performance and their love of Maple Leaf.

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Treat Mom to Parfait and more this weekend

May 7th, 2010 by master

Whether for Mother’s Day or just your own guilty indulgence, Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream will be making a stop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.

If you missed your chance to try the eco-friendly ice cream when it was at the Washington Dental Building on Monday, you’ll get plenty of chances beyond this Sunday. Parfait owner Adria Shimada says the mobile vendor will be returning to Blue Saucer every Sunday this month.

Need more ideas for Mom this weekend? Our partner The Seattle Times has a host of ideas, but here are a few more Northeast Seattle-centric ideas:

  • If you have yet to find the perfect present for Mom, MyWallingford writes that Seattle Tilth is holding its Second Chance Plant Sale tonight from 4-7 featuring unsold items from last weekend’s Edible Plant Sale. The veggies and herbs will be available for $2 a plant at the south side of Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
  • Theatergoing Moms can choose between performances of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave. N.E, at 7:30 tonight and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and “110 in the Shade” at Seattle Musical Theatre, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • For music lovers, singer, pianist and composer Lydia McCauley will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave. N. [Read more →]

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You don't need a boat to enjoy this weekend

April 30th, 2010 by master

Even though landlocked Maple Leaf won’t be able to participate in Opening Day on Sunday, there are plenty of other activities to keep you in the neighborhood:

  • Tonight you’re invited to the latest installment of the Family Fun for $5 at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., which will feature “Free Willy” projected on the multipurpose room wall. The community center will provide mats and popcorn; you bring blankets, pillows and you even can wear your PJs.
  • Pulcinella Vendicato” wraps up this weekend at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., with performances at 8 tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $28 for adults, and $25 for seniors and children, although the center notes that the show is not intended for young children.
  • Also this weekend, Nathan Hale High School is presenting the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” based on the 1988 movie of the same name about two con men. Performances are at the school’s Performing Arts Center at 10750 30th Ave. N.E. at  7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; tickets cost $12; $6 for students/seniors.
  • Northeast Seattle also is sticking with the green theme this weekend, with the Eco-Chic Expo at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, more than 15 local, eco-friendly companies will be selling their wares as exhibitors entertain and educate guests about how to live more sustainably.
  • Also Saturday, Seattle songwriter, performer and early childhood music educator Brian Vogan will be performing “A is for Animal” from 11 a.m. to noon at Northgate Community Center. Vogan’s music encourages creative movement; embraces, enriches and extends early learning through songs that are age and developmentally appropriate and relevant to themes in a child’s world and skills and concepts through music and movement. [Read more →]

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Film chronicles recovery at Mount St. Helens

April 13th, 2010 by master

Mount St. Helens’ natural beauty is captured in this U.S. Forest Service photo.

The 30th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens is about a month away and statewide events marking the anniversary kickoff at Magnuson Park with a documentary film.

“Mount St. Helens: Life from Zero” will screen at 7 Seattle Musical Theater at the Magnuson Park Community Center Building, at 7120 62nd Ave. N.E. Shot over a four-year period, the film chronicles the ecological recovery of the area. It’s directed by Austrian filmmaker Jorge Daniel Hissen. Suggested donation is $10.

If you want to get a more up-close look at the area, visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which has added new exhibits, updated interpretive signs and hikes, extra Forest Service staffing and a renovated observatory to prep for the 30th anniversary. Or you can get involved and learn more at the Mount St. Helens Institute. [Read more →]

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Politicians, storytellers and more this weekend

April 9th, 2010 by master

There’s a little bit for everybody this weekend in North Seattle, from learning some stories about the stars overhead to even rubbing shoulders with the mayor.

  • Award-winning journalist Ingrid Nixon starts off the weekend with her all-ages “Stories in the Stars,” from 8-9 tonight at Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave. N. Stories range from the trials and travails of Antarctic explorers to the Greek myths behind the constellations. Tickets cost $8 to $10 and are available at the door.
  • Greenwood-Phinney’s Art Up Artwalk also is tonight, as highlighted in our partner blog PhinneyWood. The monthly event takes place from 6-9.
  • On Saturday, Mayor Mike McGinn will take a tour of nearby Lake City from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Lake City Live blog has a detailed list of where he’ll be stopping during his visit if you’d like to pop by and discuss your thoughts and concerns. [Read more →]

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Easter weekend's events offer more than egg hunts

April 2nd, 2010 by master

There are plenty of Easter-themed activities in around Maple Leaf this weekend, including the annual Bunny Sock Hop at Northgate Community Center tonight at 6:30 and the Carnival of Eggs from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Lakeview Free Methodist Church.

But it’s not just about Easter this weekend. Check out some other area events:

  • Put on your dancing shoes get ready to do the fox trot, waltz, jitterbug and more at the first-Friday Ballroom Dancing session at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., from 1-2 p.m. today. The Bonnie Birch Band performs. For more information, call 386-4283.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Appreciation Week comes to a close from 7-10 tonight with an Open Mic at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E. Ages 11 to 18 are invited to share your poetry, singing and karaoke skills at the event.
  • You just might have time after the area egg hunts to squeeze in a visit to the Northgate Community Center to see storyteller Eve Abram’s “Fun-tastic Folktales: African & African-American Folktales” from 11 a.m. to noon. The native of New Orleans and graduate of the University of Washington uses stories such as “The King of the Birds,” “Katchie Katchie Blue Jay” and “How Animals got their Coats” to explore where stories come from, why we tell them, and how tone of voice, gestures and body language heighten storytelling impact. Children learn how they can teach kindness, respect, fairness, sharing and other lessons, and are encouraged to try it for themselves. [Read more →]

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