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Neighborhood gifts for the holidays? Crowdsource, anyone?

December 15th, 2015 by Mike

‘Tis the Week Before Christmas, and it occurs to us that local merchants could be a good source for holiday gifts.

For starters, there’s Maya Radocz’s hot shop just off 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 89th Street.

She’s been blowing glass right here in Maple Leaf for years. Here’s our piece from 2014.

Dmitri Carter at the Northwest Puppet Center emails:

This Friday (Dec. 18th) at 8 p.m. is a special evening of slapstick comedy!

PUNCH & JUDY, by Professor Peter Allen of Parasol Puppets

Mr. Punch is a classic figure in British puppet theatre and has been waving his slapstick around for centuries. Now is your chance to enjoy a true Punch & Judy show!

See Mr. Punch, his wife Judy, the little dog Toby, Joey the Clown, the Hangman and all the other favorite characters. Professor Peter Allen was born in London and began performing at the age of 8.

One night only for this special performance!

Admission: $5 or $10 (whichever works for you).

Tim Sherman, instructor at Metropolitan Music, located at 8414 5th Ave. N.E., emailed to let us know that holiday gift cards are available for guitar or ukulele classes.

Tim has been teaching students in our community since 1987–almost 30 years of helping children, teens and adults have fun with music. Please contact Tim directly for information about gift cards or to schedule lessons in Maple Leaf. 206-547-1772 or

The Maple Leaf Boy Scout tree lot is open, a little off the beaten path at Northeast 85 Street behind the Rez Tavern. Hours through Dec. 22nd: Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who else knows of holiday treats right here in the neighborhood? Please leave them in comments, below.

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What if Northgate Mall was really Downtown North?

November 13th, 2014 by Mike

Earlier this month The Urbanist, noting the Northgate light rail station will likely transform the Northgate neighborhood, suggested this:

Northgate Mall (owned by Simons Property Group) has a particular opportunity to redevelop as a regional employment center and neighborhood core for the greater Northgate community.

The blog posted 10 Ways Northgate Mall Could Become ‘Downtown Northgate.’
Here are two we particularly like:

5. Build a public square.

Creating a civic space space like a large neighborhood park or square goes a long way to anchoring Northgate Mall as the neighborhood’s center.

7. Don’t forget the groceries.

Unlike some of the hotter real-estate markets in Seattle, the greater Northgate area has very few grocery shopping options within walking distance.

Read the whole thing here.

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Today is GiveBIG day – support your local charities

May 6th, 2014 by Mike

Today is GiveBIG day, the day to donate to your favorite nonprofit charities, and have your dollars “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

Each donation up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, made to the 1,600 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight Pacific Time today, May 6, 2014, will receive a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. As long as you have access to the web and a credit card, you can participate!

To donate, go here. Or act on any of the many emails you’ve probably received this week from nonprofits.

Local non-profits we’ve heard from this week include:

The Maple Leaf Community Council, which has declared May its Membership Month. Their link is here.

North East Seattle Together (NEST) which supports seniors and building community. That link is here. Disclosure: the editor is a member of the NEST board.

Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets, here.

The Northwest Puppet Center, here.

Seattle Audubon Society, here.

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Northwest Puppet Center introduces free movie series

October 24th, 2013 by master

We’re a little late with this announcement, but wanted to let you know nonetheless that Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., has started a new free film series featuring puppets that it is inviting the public to free of charge.

Over the weekend, folks were invited to view “Paranorman,” but the series continues this weekend with “Muppets Take Manhattan” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Puppet Center says the free film series will continue, adding:

In addition to popular hits like these, there will be some documentaries, cult favorites and some bizarre artsy films. Stay tuned!

When you visit, make sure to take time to look at the new exhibit of Chinese puppet traditions. Looking forward to sharing all the 2013-2014 programs with you and the rest of our community. Thanks for your continued interest in the art of puppetry and thanks for your support of this unique non-profit organization.

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"Secret Life of Bugs" on at NW Puppet Center

May 5th, 2013 by master

Secret Life of BugsNorthwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., presents “The Secret Life of Bugs” weekends through May 12.

Step through a magnifying glass into the miniature world of insects. With mesmerizing blacklight puppetry, witness the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Along the way, spiders, dung beetles and dragonflies engage in daily activities such as orb weaving, nesting, and hunting. An exotic soundtrack provides the thread connecting different species in the web of life. This entertaining and educational performance has been developed with assistance from expert entomologist Erin Sullivan of Woodland Park Zoo.

Curtain is at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $10.50/$8.50 child (up to 16)/$9 Senior (65+) and are available at the box office 30 minutes before curtain, by calling 1-800-838-3006 or at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Upcoming events in and around Maple Leaf

April 18th, 2013 by master

We’ve received a slew of emails about area events that we thought we’d share beyond just posting them on our events page:

  • Tomorrow, April 19, there’s a performance of The Wizard of Oz at 6 p.m. at St. Catherine Parish School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E. Admission is free with a canned food item or $5 per ticket.
  • Also tomorrow, there’s an “Evening in Italy” fundraiser for North Helpline from 5:30-9 p.m. at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E. There will be live music, a wine toss, raffles and a full spaghetti dinner for $10/adults, $5/children.
  • For the next two weekends, you’re invited to Northwest Puppet Center’s latest show: “Chickens and Pigs and Bears … Oh My!” at 9123 15th Ave. N.E.:

    “Chickens and Pigs and Bears . . . Oh My!” is a celebration of some favorite stories presented in new and creative ways. Audiences will delight in the different styles of puppetry, live music, poetry and audience participation. Puppeteer Peter Allen performs “The Three Little Pigs” with marionettes, “The Little Red Hen” with shadow puppetry, and “The Three Bears” with rod-puppetry. A wonderful performance for audiences 3 years old and up.

    Curtain is at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through April 28. Tickets cost $10.50 general admission, $8.50 for children up to age 16, and $9 for senior 65 and older, and they’re available at Brown Paper Tickets.

  • One of the neighborhood’s biggest events is coming up on Wednesday, April 24: The quarterly Maple Leaf General Community Meeting from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St. Topics will include transportation issues, how the new Northgate urban center will affect Maple Leaf, and tree regulations.
  • Next Thursday, April 25, you can learn more about area construction at the Northgate Way Improvement Project Open House from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. The Seattle Department of Transportation in planning roadway improvements along North 105th Street and Northgate Way, from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast. Improvements will include complete roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, and drainage improvements from Greenwood Avenue North to Corliss Avenue North. SDOT will also upgrade signals, and street lighting from Greenwood to Lake City Way. This is your chance get in comments before final design by the second quarter of 2013; construction is scheduled to begin this summer, and is anticipated to continue through summer 2014.
  • Also on April 25, “Roads and Runoff” is the topic of the monthly Thornton Creek Alliance meeting from 7:15-9 p.m. at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E. Art Brochet will discuss the Seattle Department of Transportation’s repaving project on Northeast 125th Street, as well as Seattle Public Utilities’ plans for Mayor Mike McGinn’s new stormwater goals. The group also will be talking about the past year’s accomplishments and goals for next year. For more information call, Judy Olson at 206-523-4384.
  • Fun for the whole family is planned from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the “Magical Mac and Cheese” event at Northgate Community Center:

    Turn your macaroni and cheese into a magical evening of dinner and entertainment! We will have basic macaroni ‘n’ cheese and you add your favorite toppings. In addition, Xakary the Magician and his pet rabbit can mesmerize you with his magic. For ages 1 and older. Please register in advance at 206-386-4283. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family.

  • And of course, don’t forget about the 12th annual Olympic View Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26-27. There will be vegetable and fruit starts, herbs, flowering annuals, premium perennials, pottery, garden art and more both days, as well as special children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, as well as treats from Peaks Frozen Custard from noon to 5 p.m.

Spring Fever hits Maple Leaf!

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"Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" opens at Puppet Center

March 2nd, 2013 by master

“Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” begins a three-weekend run today at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E.

Carter Family Puppets is bringing its own original production of this Middle Eastern folk tale from “Arabian Nights” to the stage with “hand-carved puppets, beautiful scenery, special effects and plenty of laughs,” according to the Puppet Center.

Showtimes are at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from March 2-17. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the box office 30 minutes before showtime; cost is $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children up to age 16, and $9 for seniors 65 and older.

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"Images of China" opens at NW Puppet Center

January 18th, 2013 by master

Starting tomorrow, Dragon Arts Studio is bringing a two-weekend run of “Images of China” to Maple Leaf’s Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E.

Turtle and crane puppets
“Crane and Turtle” courtesy Northwest Puppet Center.

“Images of China” is a a collection of vignettes drawing from Chinese culture and literature, including “Crane and Turtle,” shown above, which is a traditional puppet act inspired by a classical poem.

The Donkey's Best Friend
“Donkey’s Best Friend” photo courtesy Northwest Puppet Center. [Read more →]

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'Rapunzel' opens at Northwest Puppet Center

November 2nd, 2012 by master

This weekend, a silly production of the classic fairytale “Rapuzel” opens at Maple Leaf’s Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E.

Photo from “Rapunzel” from Northwest Puppet Center.

The show by Paul Mesner Puppets is described as:

This is a veggie wonderful story of two gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who have a beautiful daughter named Rapunzel. But not all is well, Romaine had promised his first-born child to an evil witch! Rapunzel is locked up in a tower and her future looks bleak until the Prince Arrives. Rapunzel hatches a plan to escape her evil captor and , as with most fairy tales, they all leaf happily ever alfalfa!

Showtimes are at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 3-18. Tickets cost $10.50 general admission, $8.50 for children (up to age 16) and $9 for seniors (65 and older), and are available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime or can be purchased in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.

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"Sigi the Antelope" kicks off 2012-13 season at Northwest Puppet Center

October 11th, 2012 by master

The turning leaves signals a new season for Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., which is launching its 2012-13 series with “Sigi the Antelope: Stories of West Africa.”

Carter Family Puppets is working together with Ocheami Drum & Dance Ensemble Music to bring you the dance, puppetry and storytelling that is woven together in many of the West African cultures. The production will include stories from Mali and Ghana that feature live drumming, stilt-walking, puppets and masks.

“Sigi the Antelope” plays from Oct. 13-28, with showtimes at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $10.50/$8.50 child (up to 16)/$9 Senior (65+) and are available at the box office 30 minutes before curtain, by calling 1-800-838-3006 or at Brown Paper Tickets.

Season tickets for $42 also are available at Brown Paper Tickets for the 2012-13 season, which continues with: [Read more →]

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