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Maple Leaf 12th Man – noon Sunday at the park

January 31st, 2014 by Mike

12th Man.

Sunday.

At the park.

Noon …er, 12 p.m.

A group of Maple Leaf residents are pulling together a 12th Man photo op on Seahawk Super Bowl Sunday.

The plan: Meet at the viewpoint on the southeast side of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park at 12 p.m. Sunday.

Wear Hawk gear. Make a giant “12.”

From Donna Hartmann-Miller of Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park and the Maple Leaf Community Council, who is looking for a tall ladder:

If it is overcast, we can take the photo from the viewpoint INTO the park and maybe get the water tank in the background. If it is a clear day, we can take the shot TOWARDS the viewpoint and get Mount Rainier.

Which, for the event, has been renamed Mount Seattle Seahawks by the state Legislature. (Don’t tell the Salish.)

Also from Donna:

Something fun for kids under 12 — Maple Leaf Ace Hardware is offering free Seahawks inspired face painting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The store is at 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E. and this is part of our 12th Man Special Weekend. If a grownup (or anyone over 12) wants to match, it will only cost $2 to be the most Seahawk-y fans around.

Finally, help The Seattle Public Library beat Denver! (Hash tags #SEAreads and #ReadingBowl)

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Upcoming neighborhood meetings in Maple Leaf – starting tonight

October 11th, 2011 by Mike

Several important meetings are on the neighborhood calendar, starting tonight with the school election forum from 6:30-8:30 at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

Candidates for four positions on the Seattle School Board are expected. Discussion of the proposed Families and Education Levy is also on the agenda.

“Meet the candidates and learn more about the issues—including pros and cons about the levy. Bring your questions!” states the sponsor, the Olympic View Parent Teacher Association. Free child care is provided.

For more information contact the PTA’s Carolyn Leith (thunderegg@gmail.com) or (206) 375-2441. The election is Nov. 8.

And don’t forget about the candidate forum at the Maple Leaf General Community Meeting next week, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the same location.

Also, this Saturday it’s time to put the Maple Leaf Community Garden to bed for the winter. Work party is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the garden, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street.

A variety of tasks need doing — weeding lower levels, clearing out compost bins, weeding upper native plantings, cleaning up the entries and the street swale, and spreading another pile of mulch from the driveway

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Garden party and missing chicken – scenes from a Maple Leaf morning

September 18th, 2011 by Mike

Saturday morning was the end-of-summer work party at the Maple Leaf Community Garden.

And it didn’t rain!

And a lot of bags full of weeds were collected.

Also on Saturday, we spotted this sign at 8th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 97th Street:

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Willing weed pullers sought at community garden

July 15th, 2011 by master

In the mood to put on your volunteer gloves this weekend? On Saturday, you’re invited to join this month’s work party at the Maple Leaf Community Garden, 529 N.E. 103rd St.

“The public park in the garden needs weeding, ” says Cyndy King, a member of the Maple Leaf’s community garden leadership committee. “It would be wonderful to get more people out there.”

The park includes plots that are part of the city’s P-Patch program, as well as a public park that anybody is invited to walk through.

“I think a lot of people don’t know it’s there or realize it’s a public park,” King said, touting the art that adorns the park and the trees in the public portion whose fruit is free for the taking.

The committee is organizing work parties on the third Saturday of every month this summer: July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. And although the scheduled time is from about 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., King adds that if you can only stay for an hour, that’s fine. At least that way you’ll know what the weeds look like, so “if you’re ever walking through the park and see a weed, you can pull it,” she says.

If you’d like to volunteer, you can just show up this weekend or on any of the other designated days, or call King for more information at 206-522-4299. All you need to bring is yourself: The group will provide work gloves and other tools, as well as refreshments.

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Goodbye to Barbara and Tom

April 2nd, 2011 by Mike


Barbara Maxwell at the Maple Leaf Community Garden last month with current Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

It took 19 years.

At Friday’s going-away fete for Barbara and Tom Maxwell, one of the centerpieces was a copy of Barbara’s nomination in 2008 for a city Denny Award for extraordinary volunteer service in creating the Maple Leaf Community Garden, just one of her many endeavors on behalf of the neighborhood.

“Barbara identified a property in 1988 and asked the owners to sell it for a park. As the years went by, the owners finally said, ‘yes.’

Grant writing, fundraising, design and construction culminated 19 years later “in a park that includes 22 P-Patches, northwest natives garden, a labyrinth and a straw bale tool shed,” the nomination states.

“Because of Barbara’s leadership, commitment and ability to inspire we have a wonderful park that maintains nature in a dense, urban neighborhood.”

Farewells were said Friday evening by dozens of friends at the Northgate Community Center. The Maxwells are moving back to Barbara’s native Montana.


Tom Maxwell, left, says goodbye after 35 years in Maple Leaf.

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Friday's the goodbye open house for Barbara and Tom Maxwell

March 30th, 2011 by Mike

Barbara and Tom Maxwell, two longtime Maple Leaf residents and ultra-volunteers, will be feted at an open house Friday, April 1.

Barbara resigned earlier this month from long service on the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The couple are leaving our neighborhood, where they’ve lived for 35 years, to move back to to Montana.

We’re gathering stories about them – if you have one, let us know, either by commenting below or sending email to tips at mapleleaflife.com. Would there even be a Maple Leaf Community Garden without them?

The open house is from 5-8 p.m. in the Northgate Community Center Activities Room, at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 106th Street.

Additional parking is available across the street at Northgate Mall.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Friday’s the goodbye open house for Barbara and Tom Maxwell

March 30th, 2011 by Mike

Barbara and Tom Maxwell, two longtime Maple Leaf residents and ultra-volunteers, will be feted at an open house Friday, April 1.

Barbara resigned earlier this month from long service on the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The couple are leaving our neighborhood, where they’ve lived for 35 years, to move back to to Montana.

We’re gathering stories about them – if you have one, let us know, either by commenting below or sending email to tips at mapleleaflife.com. Would there even be a Maple Leaf Community Garden without them?

The open house is from 5-8 p.m. in the Northgate Community Center Activities Room, at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 106th Street.

Additional parking is available across the street at Northgate Mall.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Mayor McGinn takes a Maple Leaf walk – and fields questions

March 20th, 2011 by Mike


Mayor Mike McGinn at the beaver pond in Thornton Creek Park No. 6.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined around a dozen neighborhood residents – and a dozen or so government staffers – this weekend for a tour of parks, gardens and Thornton Creek.

“I just got to see some of the assets of this neighborhood,” McGinn told a group of about 50 afterward at  a town hall Q-and-A at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.


Barbara Maxwell, a Maple Leaf Community Council veteran, presents Mike McGinn with a Maple Leaf Community Garden T-shirt as Jenn Zanella looks on.

The tour started at the Northgate Community Center, wound through Thornton Creek Park No. 6 to the Maple Leaf Community Garden, skipped a planned visit to the Northgate Transit Center (for lack of time) and landed at Aljoya after a stop at the Thornton Place commons area.

During the Q-and-A, McGinn stressed that many of the city’s present budget woes are the result of years of deferred maintainance of streets, parks, water systems – all vital infrastructure.

“It’s been a difficult budget-balancing exercise,” he said. “The streets are in really bad condition right now.”

Many of those attending were interested in pedestrian safety and the lack of sidewalks in much of Maple Leaf and Northgate. There were complaints about lack of walkability along Northeast Northgate Way and Roosevelt Avenue Northeast, and at the intersection of Northgate and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“We’re seeing a desire by many people to live in a more walkable area,” McGinn acknowledged. “We should be prioritizing pedestrian projects. “

The mayor often asked city staffers to follow up on individual questions, including complaints about prostitution on Aurora Avenue North and the proposed “road diet” for Northeast 125th Street. “N.E. 125th has a very steep hill,” McGinn was warned. (Actually, it’s not as steep as one of Maple Leaf’s prime bike commuting routes.)

Asked about proposals to preserve Seattle’s tree canopy, McGinn noted the sensitivity of the issue. A former Sierra Club leader, McGinn wants to save trees. “But how restrictive will we be for people who want to cut down trees on their own property?” he asked.

“This is going to be a hot-button issue.”

(Earlier we posted about McGinn’s comment on the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel.)

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A work day at Maple Leaf's Community Garden

February 12th, 2011 by Mike


Tom Maxwell comes up the hill.

First work party of the season at the Maple Leaf Community Garden, and boy, did we get lucky.

The three-hour session ended at 12:30 p.m. The rain and wind arrived within the half-hour. Before, that, though, just a few raindrops and some actual sun were on order.

The dozen or so participants mulched, weeded, raked and cut back vegetation to get ready for spring gardening season.

From our post on the garden last February:

The garden features 22 P-Patch garden plots and open space for the community, including a meditative labyrinth at its peak and “Native Land,” which is planted with native shrubs that are a haven for birds as well as bird watchers.


Mojo supervises while Shannon Collins works.

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A work day at Maple Leaf’s Community Garden

February 12th, 2011 by Mike


Tom Maxwell comes up the hill.

First work party of the season at the Maple Leaf Community Garden, and boy, did we get lucky.

The three-hour session ended at 12:30 p.m. The rain and wind arrived within the half-hour. Before, that, though, just a few raindrops and some actual sun were on order.

The dozen or so participants mulched, weeded, raked and cut back vegetation to get ready for spring gardening season.

From our post on the garden last February:

The garden features 22 P-Patch garden plots and open space for the community, including a meditative labyrinth at its peak and “Native Land,” which is planted with native shrubs that are a haven for birds as well as bird watchers.


Mojo supervises while Shannon Collins works.

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