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The 2017 Summer Social is on!

July 26th, 2017 by Mike

There must be 100 people in line for ice cream right now (7 p.m.) at the Maple Leaf Summer Social.

Streams of people are headed to the playground at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Live music,  activities for kids, ICE CREAM (sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware).

The Social will run until 8:30 p.m.

For more, see our previous post.

Here are photos from a previous social.

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Summer Social this Wednesday, plus a new BBQ restaurant

July 22nd, 2017 by Mike


The revived Maple Leaf Community Council emails:

The 22nd annual Maple Leaf Summer Social is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th, at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Family Terrace (Playground) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will be live music, fun activities for kids, information booths for the neighborhood, and free ice cream bars sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

Please feel free to stop by the tables hosted by members of the Maple Leaf Community Council (MLCC) to say hello! The MLCC will have informational posters and would appreciate feedback from our neighbors on issues that people would like to engage in and learn more about.

Come meet your neighbors, enjoy some free ice cream and activities for your community!

Maple Leaf Community Council Board Members
Jason, Kile, Eric, Sarah, Evan, and Bryan

Also, news about the former Coa Mexican Eatery & Tequileria at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street.

Crews are hard at work on it now, siting an outside place to put the barbecue smoker – 20-feet of it, we’re told.

Also that it will be Texas-style BBQ. (We’re from Texas….)

Opening date set for late August.



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20th Annual Maple Leaf Ice Cream Summer Social!

July 10th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf Hardware’s Mike Kelley + ice cream.

It’s referred to as the  Maple Leaf Ice Cream Summer Social, and for good reasons.

One thousand, seven hundred and fifty reasons.

That’s the number of ice cream bars (sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware) consumed at the social last July, according to the Maple Leaf Community Council.

This 20th year the social is Wednesday, July 29th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ice cream by Ace.

Clown balloonist sponsored by Maple Leaf resident Dawn Porter.

Face painter by two guys and a dog (Charlie, Ed and Gus).

The social, always on the last Wednesday in July, is next to the playground area at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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Results of the non-comprehensive Maple Leaf Life survey at the Summer Social (plus more pictures!)

July 31st, 2014 by Mike


We got ’em. We like ’em.

(Actually, raccoons seem to have gotten a few of them. Nonetheless, we like keeping them. Alive. A lot.)

That was a standout result of our completely unscientific survey at the Summer Social on what interests our  Maple Leaf neighbors.

The Maple Leaf Life high-tech, interactive, hands-on survey tool.

The blog’s WordPress software provides a list of the most popular “tags” we use on posts. It looks like this:

But those are the tags WE put on the posts.

We wanted to find out what YOU thought. More or less.

It appears, besides chickens, a lot of you want to know about crime. (Except for those who don’t. But nobody checked that box – possibly because we forgot to create it. But you could have written it in….)

We also forgot to make a box specifically for prowled or stolen cars – the most common crime in Maple Leaf and Seattle as a whole.

Here’s what we got, though:

We were a little surprised at the interest in transit – which might have been a write-in. But we enjoy generally good bus service – remembering that the Northgate transit area and mall rank highest in juvenile petty crime in the city.

We also like dogs (and the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis!)

Cats, too. We’re big on finding lost pets and getting them home.

We post frequently on weather – in part because we’re like that and in part because there’s a Davis Vantage Pro2 on the roof of Maple Leaf Life South, so, why not?

More people were interested in snow, though.

With that report out of the way, here’s some more photos from Wednesday’s night’s Summer Social. (Click on “more” to go there.)

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Hundreds attend 19th annual Summer Social

July 30th, 2014 by Mike

Face painting at the social by Moonpaper Tent.

On a warm, sunny evening, with a sliver of moon overhead, hundreds of Maple Leaf residents (and their dogs!) attended the 19th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social.

Congratulations to the Maple Leaf Community Council for their success.

More photos coming on Thursday. Plus a report on the entirely unscientific poll we conducted on what neighbors want to hear about.

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Announcing Best Maple Leaf Garden contest winner

August 14th, 2013 by master

At the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social, we attracted plenty of attention with our Best Maple Leaf Garden contest, although we started out with just one entry from Gayle Holm at 8241 15th Ave. N.E., which won hands-down by you, our voters:

However, the Fairy Garden on Northeast 97th Street came in at a close second after it was submitted at the start of the Summer Social, which took place July 31 at Olympic View Elementary:

We also received a number of even later entries in the form of addresses posted to our contest board:

We’ve since taken photos of those late entries and included them below: [Read more →]

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Maple Leaf Summer Social is tomorrow

July 30th, 2013 by master

Update: 9 p.m.Wednesday, July 31

The transplanted Summer Social was a smash success, despite the temporary location at Olympic View Elementary School, the thunder and raindrops right up to opening hour, and the automatic sprinkler system that came on just after opening. See photo of sprinkler head(s) covered with chairs, and, later, pickle buckets from Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

More photos tomorrow from Dane Doerflinger Photography.

Update Wednesday July 31: Summer Social in 4 1/2 hours!

Original post :

Photo from 2012 Summer Social by Dane Doerflinger, a photographer and Maple Leaf resident.

Maple Leaf’s annual celebration of community and ice cream is coming up tomorrow at a new venue as we await the grand opening of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park later this fall. Join the neighborhood from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, for the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., for free ice cream, live entertainment, fun for kids, and informational booths from neighborhood businesses and city agencies.

Be sure to stop by the Maple Leaf Life booth and say hi! We put out requests for photos from our proud gardeners, but so far have only one submission. We’ll post that and hope to receive more photos for our Best Garden contest that we’re letting you, our readers, stop by and vote for.

We’ll post the winning photos here and on our Facebook page. See you tomorrow night at the Summer Social!

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How does your garden grow? Let your neighbors be the judge at the Summer Social!

July 22nd, 2013 by master

At past Maple Leaf Summer Socials, Maple Leaf Life has asked its neighbors what they love about the community and posted photos of their response.

But this year, we’re hoping to do something different at the annual event on Wednesday, July 31, at Olympic View Elementary School, starting at 6 p.m.

The new theme of the Maple Leaf Life booth is the impeccable gardens that grow throughout the neighborhood. To honor our neighbors and the joy their gardens give all of us, we’re having a Best Garden contest at the Maple Leaf Life booth.

Think you’d top the list, or just want to show off your yard? Send us your photos at by 5 p.m. Friday, July 26, and we’ll post them at the Summer Social and let the community vote. And if you can’t get your photo to us by then, go ahead and bring one at the beginning of the Summer Social and we’ll add it to the selection.

Even if you don’t have a photo to share, be sure to stop by our booth to check out Maple Leaf’s best gardens and vote for your faves!

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Highlights from Maple Leaf Community Meeting

April 25th, 2013 by master

Last night’s Maple Leaf General Community Meeting was packed with information from Maple Leaf and beyond, with presentations by interim King County Councilman Rod Dembowski, Sustainable NE Seattle and the new Licton Springs P-Patch, as well as updates on Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, the city’s new tree policy and transportation changes.

More than 40 people attended the quarterly meeting at Olympic View Elementary School, which included the election of three new executive members to the Maple Leaf Community Council: Jason Beard, Sylvia Traeger and Laurie Phipps. Donna Hartmann-Miller also was re-elected to the board, and President David Miller noted that there’s still an open council position if anybody is interested.

Some highlights from the meeting:

  • This weekend is the Olympic View Plant Sale, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26-27, with proceeds benefiting students at the Maple Leaf school. Miller noted the school also is holding a book sale May 31 and June 1, and it’s now taking book donations at the Northgate Community Center, Cloud City Coffee,  Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, Blue Saucer and Pacific Medical Centers — Northgate.
  • Also this weekend, you’re invited to a work party at the Licton Springs P-Patch, located on the southern border of North Seattle Community College (in a notable first-ever partnership between the city and state), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Although the majority of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park isn’t slated to open until late summer/early fall, the Maple Leaf Family Terrace (aka playground) is nearing completion, with a grand opening planned for May 18. Hartmann-Miller, who leads the volunteer Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, says details are still being worked out, but it likely will start at about 11 a.m. She noted that the volunteers who helped assemble the playground equipment at a work party April 6-7 deserve a huge “Thank you” from all of us for their hard work on one of our windiest, rainiest spring days.
  • Speaking of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Hartmann-Miller also said that because much of the park is now being seeded, it won’t quite be ready for us in time for the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social, which usually takes place the last Wednesday of July. She asked attendees if they would be OK if the annual event was postponed until the last Wednesday in August, when she’s hopeful the park will be ready for hundreds (thousands?) of people to trample the grounds. If you have input on the matter, please post below or email or any other members of the executive board.
  • If you’ve been meaning to make a donation to the Maple Leaf Community Council or to become a member, Miller points out that the best day to do so is May 15, otherwise known as The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG. Any donation you make to the council that day, The Seattle Foundation will match – and the bigger the donation, the bigger the match. Just go to anytime in that 24-hour period.
  • Miller noted that if you’re at all interested in how Northgate transportation issues will affect you, it’s important you attend the Sound Transit’s Northgate Station design and access update from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

We would also like to point out that Councilman Dembowski made a noteworthy announcement at the meeting: That night was the 27th anniversary of David Miller and Donna Hartmann-Miller‘s first date. Congratulations to two of the community’s most tireless leaders, and a big thank you to them for spending the evening with the residents of Maple Leaf. Happy anniversary and thank you for all of the hard work you do for the community!

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A new park for the next Summer Social?

July 30th, 2012 by master

Did you get a chance at Wednesday’s Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social to check out the diorama of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, where hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate the next Summer Social?

Donna Hartmann-Miller, a member of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board and chair of the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park committee, spent the entire social showing off the model of what the park will look like now that the reservoir lid is complete. She writes on our Facebook page:

Wasn’t it great? I love the social, although my throat hurts. Such a good time.

Recently, she also updated the community via the council’s quarterly newsletter. Highlights of the new park include: [Read more →]

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