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Maple Leaf author has "virtual book launch" tonight

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

The Book of Changes,” a new work by veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick, is having a “virtual book launch” tonight at 6 p.m. Seattle time.

The Book of Changes, the third book of The California Quartet, will be the subject of a Virtual Book Launch on December 10th. Using Michigan Avenue Media, I’ll be on The World of Ink hosted by Marsha Cook and Virginia Grenier.

This is a first-time event for me as a writer. First came the blog tours and how the virtual launch. The world is changing for us as writers, so hop on over and tune in. I’ll entertain you with a short reading from the book and share notes about the process of publishing in the new e-world.

From the web description:

“Beast”, the lead character in The Book of Changes, comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political chaos, hallucinogenic drugs, group sex, and electric, acid, psychedelic, mind-bending rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a raven-haired Gothic artists’ model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history dating back to before Joan of Arc.

The website is here

Use this number to call in to speak with Remick:  (714) 242-5259.

Or find him on Twitter chat:  #WOIjack

We’ve arranged for callers and listeners who care to sign in and/or leave a comment to get a free copy (now called a give-away) of The Book of Changes in any of three formats: MOBI, ePUB, or PDF.

For our post on Book Two of the California Quartet, go here.

From Remick: “An added note: My novel Gabriela and The Widow won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame Virtual Book Expo. We’ll be talking about that event.

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Maple Leaf author has “virtual book launch” tonight

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

The Book of Changes,” a new work by veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick, is having a “virtual book launch” tonight at 6 p.m. Seattle time.

The Book of Changes, the third book of The California Quartet, will be the subject of a Virtual Book Launch on December 10th. Using Michigan Avenue Media, I’ll be on The World of Ink hosted by Marsha Cook and Virginia Grenier.

This is a first-time event for me as a writer. First came the blog tours and how the virtual launch. The world is changing for us as writers, so hop on over and tune in. I’ll entertain you with a short reading from the book and share notes about the process of publishing in the new e-world.

From the web description:

“Beast”, the lead character in The Book of Changes, comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political chaos, hallucinogenic drugs, group sex, and electric, acid, psychedelic, mind-bending rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a raven-haired Gothic artists’ model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history dating back to before Joan of Arc.

The website is here

Use this number to call in to speak with Remick:  (714) 242-5259.

Or find him on Twitter chat:  #WOIjack

We’ve arranged for callers and listeners who care to sign in and/or leave a comment to get a free copy (now called a give-away) of The Book of Changes in any of three formats: MOBI, ePUB, or PDF.

For our post on Book Two of the California Quartet, go here.

From Remick: “An added note: My novel Gabriela and The Widow won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame Virtual Book Expo. We’ll be talking about that event.

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Did Wild Root make the cut in "Safety Not Guaranteed"?

June 12th, 2012 by master

Has anybody seen “Safety Not Guaranteed,” a scene of which was shot at Maple Leaf’s own Wild Root Salon a year ago?

So, do tell! Did Wild Root or any other part of Maple Leaf make the cut?

If you want to find out for yourself, the indie film starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson is showing at the new Sundance Cinemas (formerly Metro Cinemas in the U-District) and downtown at Regal Meridian 16.

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More outdoor cinema, anniversaries this weekend

July 30th, 2010 by master


“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is the feature film at the eighth annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday. Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios. ©2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

If you enjoyed the outdoor movie after the Maple Leaf Summer Social on Wednesday, hop on over to the eighth annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, which you can read more about on our sister site Wedgwood View.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Thornton Creek School, 7711 43rd Ave. N.E., with the featured family-friendly film, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” scheduled to begin at dusk. The suggested donation is $5 for a family, and guests also are asked to bring nonperishable food items for local food banks.

Also Saturday, MKG Martial Arts International, 10722 Fifth Ave. N.E., is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring intro classes, martial arts demonstrations, prizes/raffles, personal safety presentations, games for the kids and refreshments. Raffles will include movie tickets, restaurant cards, free private lessons, Wii/Playstation/Xbox for kids, and a grand prize of a full year of tuition.

Meanwhile, The Seattle Public Library’s 100th anniversary celebrations of its Carnegie branches continue this weekend, with events planned from 1-3 p.m. at the Green Lake branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Drive N. There will be children’s craft activities, refreshments and commemorative giveaways at the free event, which also will feature clothing styles and music from the 1910s. Representatives from Goodwill will provide an exhibit with vintage clothing and an interactive hat show with hats to view and try on.

If you’re in the mood for a bicycle ride on Saturday, our partner MyWallingford recommends you head over to Gas Works Park for the Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling bicycle festival that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The brew site has more details on the event. Partner MyBallard adds that you can join the “Kidical Mass” ride that heads out at 9 a.m. from Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., for the 3-mile trek to Gas Works.

Don’t forget the Torchlight Parade on Saturday in downtown Seattle, and our news partner The Seattle Times warns of additional traffic issues this weekend with closures on both Interstate 5 and Interstate 90.

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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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Martial arts open house later this month

July 17th, 2010 by Mike

“Learn. Play. Sweat.”

That’s the motto of MKG Martial Arts International, a fitness and fighting  school located in Maple Leaf/Northgate at 10722 Fifth Ave. N.E.

The school, headed by Andy Wilson, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by inviting staff, students, their families and the entire community to attend an open house on Saturday, July 31, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The Open House is a family activity, featuring intro classes, martial arts demonstrations, prizes/raffles, personal safety presentations, games for the kids, fun for all and refreshments.  Raffles will include movie tickets, restaurant cards, free private lessons, Wii/Playstation/XBox for kids, and a grand prize of a full year of tuition will be raffled.

MKG highlights five separate styles of martial arts, including Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. Wilson and his Seattle school, which includes a  branch in Edmonds, are affiliated with the Minnosata Kali Group.

The school’s lineage includes teacher Dan Inosanto, originally certified by Bruce Lee. Inosanto more recently trained actor Denzel Washington in Kali for his role as a fighter in The Book of Eli.

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It's not just about Valentine's Day this weekend

February 12th, 2010 by master

Just because Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year doesn’t mean all you romantics out there have planned the perfect weekend yet. But we’re here to help, whether you’re a lover or a hater of the holiday. It just so happens that this weekend, there’s plenty to do around the city – for those seeking a romantic celebration as well as for the anti-Valentine’s Day crowd.

This year, Feb. 14 also happens to be Chinese New Year, but since the festivities aren’t limited to the big day, the International District is holding its annual Lunar New Year festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Hing Hay Park, 411 Maynard St. The free event features the traditional Lion Dance, as well as a children’s costume parade from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you’d prefer to stay a little closer to home with the kiddies, “The Green Bird” is playing at 1 and 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E. The Mexican folktale follows Luisa on her quest to save her boyfriend, Miguel, who has been transformed into a green bird by a magician.

Our partners at PhinneyWood have reminded us that there also will be plenty to do in the Green Lake area, with the Woodland Park Zoo celebrating Valentine’s weekend by giving the animals heart-shaped treats from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash 5K around Green Lake from 9:30 to 11 a.m., also on Saturday. Which actually means that you might want to avoid the lake if you’re not one of the estimated 2,800 participants. And the avoiding starts early because West Green Lake Way North, between East Green Lake Way North and North 63rd Street near the Aqua Theater, will be closed from 8:30 to 11 a.m. [Read more →]

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