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The Parade of Costumes is on!

October 30th, 2016 by Mike

The Parade of Costumes, 3:45 p.m. at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

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A Maple Leaf Howl-O-Ween (list of events)

October 28th, 2016 by Mike

First, of course, there’s Howl-O-Ween at the Dog Oasis. (Last year: 232 kids. Six dogs.)

Corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street. Y’all come on by Monday eve.

The big Halloween event in the neighborhood is the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes this Sunday.

Follow the link for more details, but it starts at 3 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron on Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Other events:

* Pumpkin Carving this afternoon (Friday 4 p.m.) at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. N.E.

* Pumpkin P-Patch Promenade, 6 p.m., Maple Leaf P-Patch Community Garden, 5th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 103rd St.

Gardeners will give candy and glow bracelets out from 6-7:30p.m.  to neighborhood trick or treaters.

Parking is very limited. Best bet is to park in the lower metro/ngate park and ride lot at 5th Ave. N.E. and  N.E. 103rd, and cross the street to our garden. Do not park in the medical bldg lot next to theP-Patch They tow.

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Neighborhood July 4 parade continues on Northeast 95th St.

July 3rd, 2013 by Mike

Updated July 4, 2013. Thanks to Cheryl for the montage.

And to James for this photo:

An Independence Day tradition continues in the morning.

Julie emails that Northeast 95th Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast will host its annual July 4 parade at 10 a.m.

The street will be closed from 9-noon with our block parade starting at 10 a.m. and games and coffee and treats afterwards.

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Sacajawea Arts Festival – and dragon parade – is this Saturday

May 14th, 2012 by Mike

The parade in 2010.

Sacajawea Elementary School’s annual Spring Arts Festival – which includes a parade and draws several hundred people – is slated for this Saturday afternoon from 2-5 p.m.

“An array of performances include: Music, singing, dancing, storytelling!!! Performed by our talented students, teachers and special guests.

“See our amazing student art shows!!! Join the Dragon Parade.”

Want more details? This from the school: “The parade this year will be a ‘Dragon’ Parade. The kids (and adults too) will have an opportunity to make masks during the festival. The parade is scheduled for the end”

Food and drink are also available, and jewelry and crafts are for sale. The school is at 9501 20th Ave. N.E.

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Parades, parks, crime and local businesses: news from around the neighborhood:

October 16th, 2011 by Mike

Reports from around the Maple Leaf neighborhood:


Several residents and businesses are reportedly discussing a way to save the Third Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, which needs organizers before Halloween. Stay tuned.


Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park is raising money for needed equipment before the park opens in 2013. “While we don’t know everything to be included (or what will be left out) of the construction, we DO know the Family Terrace picnic shelter, completed sidewalks along 14th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 82nd Street, and the skate dot are currently unfunded.”

There’s a donation coupon in last week’s Maple Leaf newsletter, or email reservoirpark (at)


Penny writes: “Burglary and petty theft seem to be on the rise. I personally have had three blankets stolen off my porch and have heard of numerous car issues. This subject should probably be looked into/passed around. Maybe a neighborhood watch group would be useful?”

Jarrett reports, on our Facebook page, another neighborhood exposing incident.

Also on Facebook, Liz reports “everyone should be aware that there seems to be a break-in problem on 15th around 89th.” She adds: “Please, keep your cars clear of anything interesting like bags or wires. Lock your door when you aren’t home. Let’s all keep an eye out for each other to help keep our neighborhood safe.

Andrea passed along a message thread indicating neighbors around Northeast 77th Street and 88th Avenue Northeast are in fact keeping a close watch for strangers and suspicious activity.


We’re getting quite a few kudos, both on our post and our Facebook page, for Patty’s Eggnest opening at the Northgate location where the Seattle Crab Co./La Bera Cafe/The Fine Diner used to be.

Doctors Elizabeth Smoots and Moira Fitzpatrick invite you to their Fall Open House at the North Seattle Professional Building two blocks south of Northgate Mall,  9739 Third Ave. N.E., Suite 202.

Their open house provides the opportunity to talk one-on-one with an integrative medical doctor (Dr. Smoots) and a naturopath (Dr. Fitzpatrick).  Plus they will be providing live Celtic harp music, healthy refreshments, and free samples of supplements.

The date is next Tuesday, Oct. 18th, from 4-7  p.m. Simply drop by, no RSVP is required.

North Seattle Community Acupuncture, 11329 Pinehurst Way N.E., announced it has teamed up with an international cooperative, the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture.

In Community Acupuncture, patients rest in recliners in a shared space. Small, thin needles are placed in a patient’s lower legs, lower arms, and head in order to treat everything in between. A low fee allows more patients, regardless of income or insurance, to receive enough treatments to experience relief from chronic and acute stress and pain, as well as improvement in symptoms and root causes of illness and injury.

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Wanted: Neighbors to rescue the third annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes

October 13th, 2011 by Mike

Last October Maple Leaf enjoyed its Second Annual Parade of Costumes on Halloween. It was great.

“It was a great turnout. I’d say we had 200 people come,” says Mandi, one of the organizers. “And we collected TONS of food for the food banks.”

The parade organizers asked for:

Big Kids, Little Kids, Furry Ones too – show off your costume while parading the ML neighborhood with instruments, noisemakers, and freaky sounds. Bring a non-perishable food item (for local food bank) in exchange for a yummy cupcake!

But this year Mandi has two kids in new schools, one starting kindergarten, a new job, and “I just flat out ran out of time. I won’t be offended in the least if someone wants to organize one! :)”

So there you have it.

Last year the parade started on Halloween afternoon around the traffic circle at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street, and made a loop through the neighborhood including Cloud City Coffee and the Blue Saucer.

Mandi also points out that last year the parade benefited from good weather, and from Halloween falling on a Sunday. This year it falls on Monday.

So there’s no third annual parade planned for this year. Unless neighbors pull one together. Perhaps on Sunday?

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The Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is on!

October 31st, 2010 by Mike

Update: Three to four dozen paraders, led by a trombone, are on their way to Cloud City Coffee and the Blue Saucer. A huge turnout!

People are just starting to gather for the 3-5 p.m. Parade of Costumes – and there are cupcakes! We’ll have a photo in a bit.

The parade is also accepting donations for our local food bank.

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Halloween morning parade – first of the day

October 31st, 2010 by Mike

Still three hours to go before the official Second Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, but a couple dozen children have already marched through the neighborhood.

The party, for friends and schoolmates, made its way along 12th Avenue Northeast and up to Roosevelt Way Northeast before returning home.

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Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes

October 21st, 2010 by Mike

If weather permits the second annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes will be held on Halloween afternoon, sponsored by the Maple Leaf Community Council.

Big Kids, Little Kids, Furry Ones too – show off your costume while parading the ML neighborhood with instruments, noisemakers, and freaky sounds. Bring a non-perishable food item (for local food bank) in exchange for a yummy cupcake!

The parade is set for 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, centered around the traffic circle at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street.

ML Businesses! Interested in being a ‘trick-or-treat’ participant to allow little ghouls and goblins to trick or treat at your business? Or, interested in becoming a ML Parade of Costumes sponsor ? Contact Mandi at or Brooke at today!

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