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Parade of Costumes returns! (plus a carnival at Olympic View)

October 22nd, 2015 by Mike

Update 9 a.m. There’s a Facebook page, too.

This came overnight from Donna Hartmann-Miller:

Big kids, little kids, furry ones too – show off your costume while parading the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Rain or Shine — so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.

The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, at the north end of the parking lot at Rick’s Chevron, winding thru and trick-or-treating and ending at Maple Leaf Park. Join in the whole route or part of the route (entire route is about 1.25 miles and will hopefully take about an hour to walk, including the trick-or-treating), whatever works with your schedule, walking endurance, and the length of your legs.

If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask you bring any goodies to the sidewalk so trick-or-treating can keep moving along the route. If you don’t live along the route and would like to hand out treats, meet us at the end of the parade at the park. How many participants? Plan on 150, although the weather will no doubt affect that number.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 25th, 3 p.m.

Start Point: Rick’s Chevron, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street

End Point: Maple Leaf Park [

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Remember: Olympic View book sale and Lakeview celebration

May 28th, 2015 by Mike

Two things happening this weekend:

Beginning Friday afternoon, Olympic View Elementary School is holding its annual used book sale.

We have collected over 5,000 items, and we are now trying to get the word out about our sale this weekend. Would you be able to post about the event? Here are the details:

The sale is this Friday, May 29th, (3:45-6 p.m.) and Saturday, May 30th, (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). It will be a great chance to stock up on some summer reading.

We will have over 5,000 used books, CDs, and DVDs, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2 for most items. The sale will be held in the auditorium at Olympic View (504 N.E. 95th St.).

On Saturday, we will have a raffle, with prizes including restaurant gift certificates, a Kindle, a one hour massage from Seattle Athletic Club, and Funko toys. Of course, all proceeds benefit the students at OV.

Also on Saturday, the Lakeview Free Methodist Church is holding a free Community Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E.

We will have food, bouncy house, games, raffle and more. Fun for the whole family.

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Olympic View Elementary seeks donated books

April 29th, 2015 by Mike

Sue emails:

I am a PTA member at Olympic View and Maple Leaf resident on Northeast 84th Street, and I’m organizing the annual used book sale, to be held at OV on May 29th and 30th.

We are currently seeking used book, CD, and DVD donations from the community. Would you be able to put the call out on your blog for donations?

This year, these are our donation drop-off locations:


* SEATTLE ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHGATE – one free guest pass per donation (limit 10 per day; while supplies last)

* CLOUD CITY COFFEE – one free drip coffee for 5+ items or a free 12 oz drink of any kind for 10+ items

* OLYMPIC VIEW ELEMENTARY – yellow drop box in front of the school (504 NE 95th St)

The sale itself will be Friday, May 29th from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E, 95th St.

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Olympic View plant sale today and Saturday

April 24th, 2015 by Mike

Remember: Olympic View Elementary’s plant sale runs until 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The school is at 504 N.E. 95th St.

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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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Stop by the Summer Soar Used Book Sale

May 31st, 2013 by master

Books for all ages will abound tomorrow at Olympic View Elementary School, where Day 2 of their Summer Soar Used Book Sale continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 504 N.E. 95th St.

Near closing of the kickoff event Friday, these were the titles that greeted customers at the door.

Photo courtesy Aiko Schaefer.

But there also were plenty or genres beyond popular fiction, including children’s books, books on travel, animals or cooking, DVDs, audiobooks for all ages and more.

Best of all, there’s nothing to feel guilty about since books you buy at this fundraiser will not only benefit your bookshelf, but also the students at Olympic View Elementary.

Don’t worry if you miss the May 31-June 1 book sale. Aiko Schaefer with the Olympic View PTA says the event could very likely become an annual event to kick off summer in Maple Leaf after this year’s generous donation of books. Start saving books to donate now!

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$189 school zone speeding tickets hit the mail later this month

November 13th, 2012 by Mike

We had a slew of comments last month when the city turned on school zone speeding cameras outside Olympic View Elementary School.

So far only warning tickets have been sent.

But today our news partner The Seattle Times is reporting that real tickets will begin Monday, Nov. 26. To the tune of $189 a pop.

Starting Monday, Nov. 26, $189 tickets will be automatically mailed to registered owners of vehicles caught speeding past cameras installed in four Seattle school zones. Those zones are near Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Olympic View Elementary and Gatewood Elementary.

The local cameras are on Fifth Avenue Northeast, just west of the school at 504 N.E. 95th St. The city says they will only photograph speeders’ license plates when warning lights are flashing.

Read the full Times story here.

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Slow down! Speed cameras turned on Fifth Ave. N.E.

October 25th, 2012 by Mike

Speed cameras on Fifth Avenue Northeast alongside Olympic View Elementary School were installed earlier this week and are now operational.

We reported on them this summer. The city says speeding on Fifth by the school, 504 N.E. 95th St., is among the fifth worst in Seattle school zones.

The  units are like the automatic red light cameras, but focused on speeders. Those caught speeding will receive citations in the mail.

They are on Fifth at approximately Northeast 94th and 96th streets.

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More Maple Leaf trick-or-treating news

October 16th, 2012 by master

In addition to return of the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, there are quite a few other happenings taking place to honor Halloween and the abrupt beginning of fall:

  • Olympic View Elementary’s annual Fall Carnival returns from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, offering an afternoon filled with games, prizes, food and fun for the whole family. There are creative and fun game-booths where kids of every age can play for prizes, including a cake walk where anyone can win a Halloween cake. The event also has food, drinks and snacks, and don’t forget to come in costume! Proceeds go to the Olympic View PTA, which provides student enrichment programs, scholarships to help students  participate in school functions, and family engagement activities.
  • This Charming Candy is also bringing back its Grown-Up Trick-or-Treat event from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at The Wandering Cafe at 7533 Lake City Way N.E. Owner Susan Dziadosz tells us,
  • This Charming Candy had so much fun giving out lollipops last year, we’re doing it again! Whether you’re in costume or not, drop by our lollipop kitchen on Monday Oct 29 between 4-7, exclaim “Trick or Treat!” and pick out the sucker of your choice. We call it “Grown-up Trick or Treat” but all ages are welcome of course!

  • Zillow has ranked Seattle No. 4 on the nation’s list of the best places to go trick-or-treating, and within Seattle, our neighbors to the south in Roosevelt were ranked the city’s fifth-best neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. Brace yourself for possible spillover on Halloween!

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Speeders outside Olympic View Elementary bring radar cameras to Fifth Ave. N.E.

August 16th, 2012 by Mike

Saying that speeding drivers during school zone hours outside Olympic View Elementary School are among the fifth worst in the city, the  Maple Leaf Community Council emails that the city intends to install a radar-operated camera to catch speeders along Fifth Avenue Northeast.

These units are like the automatic red light cameras, but focused on speeders. Those caught speeding will receive citations in the mail.

The radar cameras will be placed between the flashing “School Zone” lights. They should be installed, barring construction problems, in August or early September to be operational when the school year begins.

Olympic View is at 504 N.E. 95 St, between Fifth and Eighth avenues northeast. The statistics on speeding in a school zone came from the Seattle Department of Transportation, the community council says.

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