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Smoke fills the afternoon air from nearby house

January 15th, 2011 by Mike

One firefighter hoses off another after the fire, which closed Ravenna Boulevard in both directions from 17th Avenue Northeast to 20th Avenue Northeast.

Editor’s note: This fire, at 1857 Northeast Ravenna Blvd., was visible from much of north Seattle after it was reported at 12:47 p.m.  Our crew spotted the smoke from Phinney Ridge. Dale Steinke filed the notes below.

Notes from the fire scene – we became aware of it when we saw smoke from Phinney Ridge near Woodland Park Zoo. We  could smell it once we got to the Roosevelt neighborhood.

The fire brought out dozens of neighbors, who lined the sidewalk on the north side of Ravenna Boulevard, across the street from the fire.

The two-story building has a residence on the second floor and a business on the street-level first floor. An Internet search of the address lists Architecture Inside Out as being located at that address.

According to a fire official, no residents or firefighters were injured.

More details and photos are on the Ravenna Blog.

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Holiday arts & crafts sale in Ravenna on Saturday

November 29th, 2010 by master

You’re invited to shop for unique hand-crafted holiday gifts while kids enjoy a play area and crafts table during the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center’s third annual holiday arts and crafts sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

The sale features an expanded roster of artistic offerings including ceramics, hand-stitched and hand-woven goods, wood cutting boards, candles, jewelry, whimsical clocks, fine art photographs, note cards, handmade original prints, hand-blown glass ornaments and vases, and more!

There will be a kids’ art activity area and play space along with a bake sale to benefit the community center’s teen program. To warm you up, volunteers from the Ravenna Community Garden will have hot soup on hand.  Your purchase of gifts from local arts and craftspeople will support programs at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

Also on Saturday is Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

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You don't need a boat to enjoy this weekend

April 30th, 2010 by master

Even though landlocked Maple Leaf won’t be able to participate in Opening Day on Sunday, there are plenty of other activities to keep you in the neighborhood:

  • Tonight you’re invited to the latest installment of the Family Fun for $5 at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., which will feature “Free Willy” projected on the multipurpose room wall. The community center will provide mats and popcorn; you bring blankets, pillows and you even can wear your PJs.
  • Pulcinella Vendicato” wraps up this weekend at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., with performances at 8 tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $28 for adults, and $25 for seniors and children, although the center notes that the show is not intended for young children.
  • Also this weekend, Nathan Hale High School is presenting the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” based on the 1988 movie of the same name about two con men. Performances are at the school’s Performing Arts Center at 10750 30th Ave. N.E. at  7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; tickets cost $12; $6 for students/seniors.
  • Northeast Seattle also is sticking with the green theme this weekend, with the Eco-Chic Expo at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, more than 15 local, eco-friendly companies will be selling their wares as exhibitors entertain and educate guests about how to live more sustainably.
  • Also Saturday, Seattle songwriter, performer and early childhood music educator Brian Vogan will be performing “A is for Animal” from 11 a.m. to noon at Northgate Community Center. Vogan’s music encourages creative movement; embraces, enriches and extends early learning through songs that are age and developmentally appropriate and relevant to themes in a child’s world and skills and concepts through music and movement. [Read more →]

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Eco-Chic Expo sustains spirit of Earth Day

April 28th, 2010 by master

If you didn’t get enough green on Earth Day, your chance to create an even greener lifestyle is this weekend at Ravenna’s Eco-Chic Expo.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

More than 15 local, eco-friendly companies will be selling their wares as exhibitors entertain and educate guests about how to live more sustainably, including how-tos on creating a landscape to feed a family; make organic paper for writing and wrapping; mix up nontoxic, all-natural cleaning products; and design green interior spaces.

In addition, you’re invited to enjoy natural spa treatments and complimentary brow and lip sugaring, and don’t forget to browse the organic clothing and jewelry. To top off the day, also available is an Eco-Chic Expo exclusive: a Dante’s Inferno Eco-Dog.

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sarah Bell, Eco-Chic co-founder and chief executive of, will be moderating family gear swaps of gently used baby and children’s items. Got stuff to swap? Check out the website to register.

For more information about the companies and events at the Eco-Chic Expo, check out its blog.

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Youth Appreciate Week offers citywide activities

March 26th, 2010 by master

There will be plenty for kids to do during Seattle Public Schools’ spring break next week, which the city’s parks and recreation department has declared Youth Appreciation Week.

From today until April 2, there are events planned around the city for kids ages 11-18, including a few here in Northeast Seattle:

  • Put your game face on from 1-4 p.m. Monday, March 29, for the Wii/Xbox Festival and Game Day at Ravenna-Eckstein Community, Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E. Spend the afternoon playing all the Wii and Xbox games you want, followed by an end-of-day tournament. Games include basketball, volleyball, Frisbee golf and ping pong, and there also will be food.
  • On Wednesday, March 31, kids are invited to Northgate After Hours, from 9-11 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. There will be music and a Hot Shot competition, and the Game Room, Teen Room and Fitness Room all will be open. They’ll even provide some snacks; you just need to fill in a E-13 Form.
  • Next Friday, April 2, share your poetry, singing and karaoke skills at an Open Mic at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E.

Here is the full schedule of events.

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