News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


The Green Skunk moves to Maple Leaf

October 10th, 2013 by master

The Green Skunk, a marijuana dispensary formerly located in Pinehurst at 11231 Roosevelt Way N.E., has moved south into the space vacated by Maple Leaf Massage (now joined by Thrive Physical Therapy) at 9414 Roosevelt Way N.E.

We’ve received a few emails from neighbors wondering if its location just blocks from Olympic View Elementary and The Perkins School violates any laws. Indeed, according to the pot shops map we linked to last month, the Maple Leaf stretch of Roosevelt is not included in the proposed areas where dispensaries will be allowed.

However, under the new proposal to judge distance by “common path” rather than as the crow flies, which is how the rule is enforced federally, The Green Skunk appears to be legit. They might get hassled by the federal government because they’re a few feet shy of 1,000 feet from Olympic View as the crow flies, but perhaps that’s a risk they’re willing to take. (Or maybe they have a more accurate way of calculating distance than Google Maps!)

While we’re on the subject of marijuana dispensaries, we should point out that Delta 9 and MMJ Coop on Lake City Way both have relocated. According to its website, Delta 9 now is located in Sodo at 1950 First Ave. S., while a sign on MMJ says the co-op has moved a half-mile north to 10728 Lake City Way N.E.

Meanwhile, Lake City Conscious Care Cooperative has moved in across the street from MMJ at 8288 Lake City Way N.E.

→ 25 CommentsTags: , , ,

Olympic Hills Elementary joins Hunger Intervention Program

February 24th, 2013 by master

This weekend, schoolchildren from Lake City’s Olympic Hills Elementary at risk of hunger were able to bring home a little extra food thanks to the nonprofit Hunger Intervention Program, which added the school to its “Healthy HIP Packs Program” on Friday.

Through the program, 40 North Seattle elementary schoolchildren go home each weekend with a backpack full of nutritious and kid-friendly foods. The program started with John Rogers Elementary in Lake City, which has been involved for the past year and a half, with the addition of Olympic Hills Elementary and Viewlands Elementary in Greenwood on Friday.

According to a news release from the Hunger Intervention Program, the newly added schools have some of the district’s highest numbers of children relying on free or reduced-price school meals.

“We’re excited to be able to begin expanding our Healthy HIP Packs Program to better address hunger in our local communities,” Kate Murphy, HIP program manager, said in the news release. “This program is such an important resource for children when school meals are not available. I credit this expansion to our collaborative work with north Seattle elementary schools, community supporters and businesses, and our volunteers.” [Read more →]

→ 3 CommentsTags: , , ,

Seattle Jewish Community School open house next week

December 6th, 2012 by master

If you’re curious about the education available at the Seattle Jewish Community School, our neighbors to the north at 12351 Eighth Ave. N.E., you’re invited to learn more at an open house starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The event will include presentations from teachers, details about how to apply and time for your questions. The open house is intended for adults, but complimentary child care is available if you make a reservation by calling (206) 522-5212 of emailing A group tour of the school also will be available.

“SJCS provides a K-5 General and Judaic education that promotes Jewish identity and practice, respect for diversity, responsibility for our world, and lifelong learning,” said Jessica Graybill, director of the school’s admissions and marketing.

→ 2 CommentsTags: ,

Seattle Creative Kids plans open house June 13

June 6th, 2011 by master

Maple Leaf boasts plenty of opportunities for children to release their inner artist. In addition to Early Masters, which is geared toward children ages 7-12, the younger set also gets its chance to experiment with art at Seattle Creative Kids Preschool, for children ages 3-5.

If you’re interested in learning more, owner and teacher Sheila Cloney invites you to the next open house, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 13. She writes:

Seattle Creative Kids Preschool strives to instill a lifelong love of learning into all its students. We focus on the Physical, Intellectual and Social/Emotional growth of children between the ages of 3-PreK. Children are presented with experiences that allow them to discover and explore art, science, language, music, dramatic play and the natural environment. Seattle Creative Kids Preschool uses Emergent Curriculum and Reggio Emilia as a basis for Learning Through Play. We offer a gentle, enriching and nurturing setting for your child. 

Attendees will get the chance to view the space, meet preschool staff, and learn more about both Seattle Creative Kids’ school-year program and its upcoming summer camp program, which runs from July 6 to Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The school is located at 9221 12th Ave. N.E.

→ No CommentsTags: , ,

More on fundraiser for school in Northgate Mall

May 9th, 2011 by master

Simon Youth Foundation has posted a story about the fundraiser in March for Northgate Middle College High School, an alternative school in Seattle Public Schools that’s located inside Northgate Mall. It writes:

Beth Brunton, a coordinator and educator at the Simon Youth Academy at Northgate Mall in Seattle, Wash., is like a lot of nationwide teachers, facing reduced budgets and program cuts.

What’s different is that Brunton and her students are taking action to offset the cuts.

“Our students took all the initiative and came up with the idea for what turned out to be a delightful event that raised funds and the profile of our school,” Brunton says.

Read more here (and don’t neglect the shoutout to Maple Leaf Life!).

→ No CommentsTags: , ,

Mayor answers questions from Northgate town hall

May 3rd, 2011 by master

Although Mayor Mike McGinn earlier released the questions and answers posed at his town hall-style visit to Northgate and Maple Leaf in March, some of the questions he was unable to answer.

Mayor Mike McGinn visted Thornton Creek Park No. 6 in March.

Now we have the answers. From the Mayor’s Office:

1) How can we respond to business concerns about day laborers looking for work at the corner of 117th and Aurora?
It’s important to understand that the main reason workers are there right now is that employers are stopping to offer them work. That’s unlikely to change in the future, but a lot of issues can be addressed with better communication between local businesses and the workers in question.

Casa Latina, a local non-profit that works to organize and educate Latino day laborers around the city, has generously offered to facilitate a meeting between local businesses and the laborers themselves to help each side better understand the other’s needs. Please contact Sol Villarreal in my office at or 206-427-3062 if you’re interested in participating in such a meeting.

2) Will there be cuts to the school lunch program next year? [Read more →]

→ 1 CommentTags: , ,

School in Northgate Mall raises $8,000 at benefit

March 4th, 2011 by master

Many of the students at Northgate Middle College High School have tried to fit in at other high schools, some of them multiple times, and it just didn’t work out. Until they found the alternative public school nestled in Northgate Mall, which introduced those students to the community Thursday night at its Spring Fling Silent Auction.

Photo courtesy Rachel Nelson with Northgate Mall.

Some of the students, who range in age from 16 to 20, shared stories of their struggles both at school and at home, and how they’ve now found a second home at Northgate Middle College High School. Joe Lee, who comes from a broken family and has dropped out of high school twice, was among those students:

“My name is Joseph Lee, a student here at Middle College, and without this program I would not be graduating. Not only will I be graduating, but I have plans of attending The Evergreen State College to study the environment … . The opportunity I’ve had here at Middle College is very special to me as I am finally earning my diploma and on my way to beginning a new opportunity where the rewards will last a lifetime.”

Those words touched the 50-plus people in attendance at the event, who donated $8,000 at the silent auction that featured gift cards, jewelry, theater tickets and more that were donated from mall stores and others.

“When the students got up and spoke, that was really compelling,” said Sandy, a friend of a student and a self-proclaimed “fan” of the school. “I think it’s really important that people that didn’t fit in at other schools were able to build their skills here.”

One of the goals of the auction was to raise enough money for the school to keep its part-time life coach, but any extra money also will help with day-to-day needs such as school supplies, food and field trips. [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: , ,

Auction benefits school located in Northgate Mall

February 28th, 2011 by master

Although Northgate Middle College High School may still be Northgate Mall’s best-kept secret, mall manager Matt Bourassa and marketing director Sarah Bonds hope the upcoming Spring Fling Silent Auction will help change that.

Beth Brunton, humanities instructor at the public alternative school located inside of the mall, said both have been instrumental in helping her plan the fundraising event scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Ben Bridge Courtyard on the east side of the mall.

Northgate Mall manager Matt Bourassa and marketing director Sarah Bonds at the location of the March 3 Spring Fling Silent Auction, a benefit for Northgate Middle College High School.

In our earlier post, the school was holding a bake sale at Northgate Community Center to raise funds for field trips and other activities, while the goal of the much bigger upcoming event is to keep the school’s life coach on staff part time.

“The Seattle school district is really tightening their belt,” Bourassa said, explaining that the cuts are even more noticable at a school with just 45 students compared with a school of 600 students. “They’re the ones that really feel (the cuts).

“Whatever we can do to help them, we figure the mall would be the best place.”

Which is why mall management proposed having the fundraising event in the middle of the mall, where invited guests as well as regular mall traffic can learn more about the school.

“It’s a chance to get the community involved,” Bonds said. [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: , ,

Northgate Mall's best-kept secret: its public school

January 29th, 2011 by master

Think Northgate Mall is just for shopping and dining? Think again. It’s also about education, at least for the 45 students who attend Northgate Middle College High School, located on the second floor of the mall just south of Macy’s.

Students at Northgate Middle College High School can look down on shoppers from their classrooms on the second floor of Northgate Mall.

Although the space is available to the alternative public school for free through a partnership with the mall’s Simon Youth Foundation, budget cuts throughout the Seattle School District are taking a toll on the school, which has seen its teaching staff reduced from five to two teachers since it opened 10 years ago.

So the students are taking matters into their own hands, holding a bake sale on Saturday (shown at left) at the Northgate Community Center, with plans for an even bigger fundraiser on March 3: the Spring Fling Silent Auction from 5-7 p.m. at the mall’s Ben Bridge Court.

“Seattle has had a really good history of alternative schools, but the budget cuts are really hurting,” said humanities instructor Beth Brunton, who says she teaches three digital classes on different subjects and in different rooms at one time.

Northgate MCHS senior Delaney Grieve, shown above with junior Clayton Byrd, said that earlier this school year the lunch program was almost cut by the district until students put up a fight to keep it intact. Brunton explained that for some of the students, that lunch is the only full meal they eat in a day. [Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: , , ,

“Like driving on mashed potatoes”

January 12th, 2011 by Mike

It was very pretty about 2 a.m. here on Seattle’s third-highest hill, but now it’s a slushy mess.

One radio reporter described conditions at 7 a.m. as “just like driving on mashed potatoes.”

On the official Maple Leaf Life snow measuring car, 3 inches remained at 6:30 a.m.

Metro buses are on snow routes this a.m., and Seattle schools are two hours late.

If today is your garbage day, put those cans out. This in from Seattle Public Utilities:

Residential garbage, recycling, food and yard waste collection is on schedule in the City of Seattle today, Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Due to weather conditions, some routes will be starting and finishing later than usual. Customers could experience pickup times later than usual.

→ No CommentsTags: , , ,