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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 -- 6:14 am
Bubble Man Performing Tomorrow At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog -  Garry Golighty, "The Bubble Man" will be performing tomorrow at 11am at the Community Center. The information says:Garry is a bubble performer extraordinaire!  See bubbles as big cars or the millions of bubbles he makes with one of his special contraptions!  He even makes bubbles from ordinary recycled objects!  A little music...a little magic...and a whole lot of bubbles makes the Bubble Man an unforgettable "memorabubble" experience! The cost is $5 per family for up to four people and $2 for each additional person. Events are generally held outside, so bring something to sit on.   Read more...
Monday, August 18, 2014 -- 7:18 am
Robotics, 3-D Building, Circuit Building And Game Design Lab For Teens Today At Northeast Library STEM Event
Laurelhurst Blog - Today from 3-4pm, the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library, is having another kids STEM event called "BiblioTEC lab."The information says:Explore 3-D modeling, circuit building, game design and robotics. Registration is required. For ages 12-18. Try your hand at the latest maker tools in robotics and 3-D objects. This program features demos of Google SketchUp and 3-D printing with the Makerbot Replicator II. Learn how to use an Xbox Kinect to motion capture objects and people in 3-D.Visit Kodu, Scratch, and Minecraft (featuring Rasberry Pi) stations, and use Snap Circuits and Little Bit kits for circuit building.  Through August 31, the Seattle Public Library's free school-age through teens summer of learning  program "Zone In!" will feature a new focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, funded by Google, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bank. All Seattle Public Libraries received "science kits" donated by Google, which contain fun building materials, to help children practice their science and engineering skills.The Library is also helping teens and tweens improve their digital media skills, such as art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history and photography.The Northeast branch summer schedule for children is here and for teens/tweens is here. Read more...
Friday, August 8, 2014 -- 4:54 am
Laurelhurst Blog Staff On Vacation Next Week
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog staff will be on vacation next week and will return to posting on Monday, August 18th.  In the meantime, please keep sending us your informative emails and story ideas and we look forward to responding. Stay tuned for more interesting posts!Happy Summer! Read more...
Friday, August 8, 2014 -- 4:50 am
Register Now For Next Saturday's Tour Of Yesler Swamp
Laurelhurst Blog -  On Saturday, August 16, from 10-2pm, enjoy a Tour of Union Bay Natural Area and Yesler Swamp with Professor Kern Ewing starting at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41Street.)The information says:Professor Kern Ewing will lead you along trails through Yesler Swamp and the rest of the Union Bay Natural Area and we will see the swamp, other wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, shoreline, lakes and shorebird habitat.   We will look at different aged restoration projects, discuss the upcoming WashDOT mitigation activities, talk about plant species, visit different habitats, and cover different strategies for dealing with invasive plants.  The cost is $10 and $15 after tomorrow.  Register online, or call 206-685-8033. For more information go here.(photo courtesy of CUH website) Read more...
Friday, August 8, 2014 -- 4:44 am
Northeast Library Kids Stem Event And Author Reading Next Week
Laurelhurst Blog - On Monday from 3-4pm, the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library, is having another kids STEM event called "Tide Pools and Fishy Tales."The information says:Stomp your way through the sand to a music-filled beach party with children's author and songwriter Eric Ode! We'll explore the seashore and learn about creatures that live in the big blue sea. For ages 3-7. Through August 31, the Seattle Public Library's free school-age through teens summer of learning  program "Zone In!" will feature a new focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, funded by Google, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bank. All Seattle Public Libraries received "science kits" donated by Google, which contain fun building materials, to help children practice their science and engineering skills.The Library is also helping teens and tweens improve their digital media skills, such as art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history and photography.The Northeast branch summer schedule for children is here and for teens/tweens is here. And on August 13th from 6-7:45pm, award-winning writer Janice Steinberg, reads from her novel "The Tin Horse."The information says:Janice will chat about writing, obsession, persistence and luck.  "The Tin Horse" is a multigenerational immigrant family saga, in which an elderly woman following a clue to the disappearance of her twin sister many years ago reminisces about their coming of age in a Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood in the years before World War II.For more information go here. Read more...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 -- 10:04 pm
Balagan Theatre and Seattle Musical Theatre Co-Produce URINETOWN, Now thru 8/24
BroadwayWorld.com - ... to add SMT to their season co-producers. This joint production of Urinetown will take place at SMT's theater at Magnuson Park. Kicking off the season, the Tony Award-winning show will be directed by Balagan Executive Director and Founder, Jake ... Read more...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 -- 6:48 pm
NE Library "Catapult" Stem Event Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - Friday from 2-3pm, the Northeast Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having a teens event, called "Catapults" as part of its summer learning STEM program.The information says:Watch out for flying projectiles! Design and test a catapult with staff from Pacific Science Center, then join a team to work on a distance challenge. For ages 8-12. Registration is required. Through August 31, the Seattle Public Library's free school-age through teens summer of learning  program "Zone In!" will feature a new focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, funded by Google, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bank. All Seattle Public Libraries received "science kits" donated by Google, which contain fun building materials, to help children practice their science and engineering skills.The Library is also helping teens and tweens improve their digital media skills, such as art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history and photography.The Northeast branch summer schedule for children is here and for teens/tweens is here.  (photo courtesy of  SPL website) Read more...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 -- 6:47 pm
Several Laureslhurst Streets To Be Closed Tempoarily Due To Obliteride Bike Ride Fundraiser
Laurelhurst Blog - Obliteride, the bike ride fundraiser for Fred Hutch, will go through Laurelhurst on Sunday with about 1500 riders on  three staggered start times of 7:30 am , 9am and 10:30am, closing off various streets involved in the route.The route will start at Magnuson Park onto Sand Point Way, then 50th Avenue NE, 45th Avenue NE, Mary Gates Memorial Drive and onto NE 45th Street and  Montlake Boulevard. A coordinator for the event told us that "the closed lanes will only be closed wile riders pass through. Once the last rider passes through the traffic lanes open. Each signalized intersection will be controlled by a Seattle Police Officer. Total closure time of each intersection is 5 to 10minutes (or less). On the return route, no roads closed."  Read more...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -- 5:54 pm
'Obliteride' bike riders will pedal through Burien this Sunday, Aug. 10
The Waterland Blog - ... raise at least $1,000 to participate. Three local contestants from NBC's talent show, "The Voice", will perform at Magnuson Park on Sunday, Aug. 10. Stephanie Anne Johnson of Tacoma kicks off the afternoon, followed by Austin Jenckes of Duvall, with ... Read more...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -- 1:55 pm
US: Russia's import ban will hurt its own economy
KING-TV Seattle - ... the U.S. will only deepen Russia's isolation from the international community. White House spokeswoman Laura Lucas Magnuson says retaliating against Western companies or countries over sanctions the U.S. has imposed will cause further damage to ... Read more...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -- 8:28 am
Latest Talaris Re-Development Status And Send Your Comments Now To Laurelhurst Community Club
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Laurelhurst Community Club recently published an in-depth update about the Talaris re-development update in their recent Laurelhurst newsletter. In addition, LCC is also asking for comments regarding the issue and specifically about the fence the Talaris owner, Bruce McCaw, also referenced as Chairman Emeritus of Pistol Creek, put up in September along with a chain link fence, main driveway barricade, fence on northwest side and a surveillance camera.   Comments can ben sent to jeannieh@serv.net. Here are comments the Blog Staff has receivedhttp://thelaurelhurstblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/dont-miss-citys-talaris-public-comment.htmlhttp://thelaurelhurstblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/talaris-new-four-foot-fence-is-up.htmlhttp://thelaurelhurstblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/tonight-king5-reporter-does-story-on.htmlhttp://thelaurelhurstblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/update-from-recent-meeting-with-talaris.htmlhttp://thelaurelhurstblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/neighbor-comments-and-lccs-legal-letter.html And here are several of the many posts published by the Laurelhurst Blog: Talaris Re-Development on KIRO-TVTalaris Submits Retroactive Certificate of Approval After Violation Cutting Down TreeTalaris Violates Landmark OrdinanceBatelle Site Granted Landmark Historic StatusNo Trespassing Signs Could Result In Fine Or Jail Time More Laurelhurst Blog posts can be found here.Here is the Laurelhurst Community Club article:What's the Talaris Redevelopment Status?Introduction The 18-acre Talaris (formerly Battelle) site in the heart of Laurelhurst has been a focus of LCC concern for over three decades. Commencing in the 1980s, neighbors objected to Battelle's increasing impacts on the neighborhood and its advertisement of the site for hotel and catering services open to the general public. In 1991, LCC and Battelle negotiated a Settlement Agreement binding Battelle and its successors to limitations on development, an agreed landscape plan, and legally enforceable "covenants running with the land," keyed to the site's single-family zoning and barring major institution (such as UW or Children's Hospital) use of the site. By 2004, the current owner had acquired the property, renamed Talaris. The owner now wants to redevelop the site. Despite the history of agreements with LCC, the Talaris owner has chosen to try to work around rather than with LCC. This can best be understood by reviewing the milestones in the current Talaris episode, which are listed below. Tell LCC How the Talaris Fence Impacts YouThe owner's representatives have not responded positively to repeated LCC requests to negotiate. They have made it clear that the fence will not be removed and that they may even "padlock" the site. In considering what to do about this, LCC needs to hear from you. How you have used the site over the years? Comments we have heard range from daily dog walking to baseball and soccer games, duck watching, and regular strolls to Read more...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 -- 8:23 am
11 Cars Egged Sunday Evening On 42nd Avenue NE
Laurelhurst Blog - We received this email and pictures:This morning, Monday, August 4, I noticed eleven cars along 42nd Ave NE had been egged. I found an empty 5 dozen egg box on NE 38th Street with another egged car. Some cars were skipped between others that were egged. I have photos of each car that were hit if needed.  Read more...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 -- 8:22 am
Laurelhurst Resident And Dialysis Patient Needs Funds To Live
Laurelhurst Blog - Charda Hastings, a long-time Laurelhurst resident, who we profiled in April detailing her hard life with medical challenges being on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant sent the Laurelhurst Blog another update:Subject: I WANT TO LIVE says Charda, Dialysis Patient My name is Charda Hastings.  I was born and raised in Ballard and graduated from Ballard High School with honors.  I have lived in the Laurelhurst community for 15 years. I suffer from polycystic kidney and liver disease (PKD) and have been on dialysis for 10 years. The disease is hereditary.  My grandmother died with PKD before there was dialysis. My mom got sick with kidney failure in 1971 when I was 5 years old.  My mother went on the first kidney machine, which was inside a Sears toolbox. My mom taught me to sterilize and administer dialysis to her.  I took care of her and supported us with 3 paper routes. I took care of her until she died when I was 22 years old.I had many kidney infections when I was young. So the doctor that was caring for my mom said let's test Charda for PKD.   When I turned 18 years old, I started having high blood pressure problems.  At 38 years old, my kidneys failed and I had to go on dialysis or die.  A Kidney Transplant is my ultimate goal.  I need help to raise at least $8400 for Kidney Transplant After Care.  http://www.gofundme.com/2a7xt0  The rate for a care giver is $25.00 per hour.  The University of Washington Hospital requires that I have a caregiver for 24 hrs per day for 3 weeks post transplant. Just the cost of caregiver is $8,400.00, which I do not have.  So I  have decided to offer instead a flat fee of $5,000 and would negotiate time for caregiver to keep their own lives going by having some time to go home, as long as they can be reached via cell. Why do I need to ask for help?  I have Medicare because I am on dialysis.  We fought for this many years ago for the dialysis patients.  If you have Medicare, you may not apply for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  Medicare will not cover the expense of a caregiver for 3 weeks around the clock.   My caregiver will have to shop for me and make sure they are available to take me at a moment's notice to the  University of Washington Hospital.  I also am including  feeding said caregiver.  I also know that there will be extra expenses, such as meds post transplant that will not be covered, which i will have to pay for out of pocket.  Plan on paying for parking for each visit, which if i go in every morning for blood work will be expensive. Other items i have to purchase, for example are gloves, masks, infection control gowns, and wound care supplies and lots of Purell.  I think this is just the very bare necessities I will need.Unfortunately, I have many other illnesses besides kidney failure, such as Fibromyalgia, which I was Read more...
Monday, August 4, 2014 -- 7:46 am
Apply Now For Free Trees
Laurelhurst Blog -    4500 block of 46th Avenue NE lined with City's free treesThe City of Seattle's annual Trees for Neighborhoods  program begins accepting applications today through a program called Seattle reLeaf, which offers free trees to Seattle residents.  Each year the program gives away thousands of trees to Seattle residents to plant in their yards and parking strips. Many streets in Laurelhurst, including the 4500 block of 46th Avenue NE, have participated in the program and have their street lined with beautiful trees. This year the tree pickup is located very close to Laurelhurst  at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street).   Seattle reLeaf's Trees for Neighborhoods program participants can receive up to four trees, including fruit trees, evergreen trees, street trees, as well as free watering bags for each tree, training on proper tree planting and maintenance, and  informative workshop opportunities on topics like young tree pruning.  Applications are now being accepted for thirteen tree species, including Galaxy Magnolia, Tall Stewartia, Emerald Sunshine Elm, Mountain Hemlock, and June Snow Dogwood.  Here is the complete tree list.Applications for street trees are due September 1st and for yard trees on October 11th.  Residents are urged to apply early as many species are claimed quickly. Trees can be picked up between October 19th or November 3rd.The website information says:Urban trees are important for cleaning our water and air, storing carbon, and building community. Trees also calm traffic, making our streets friendly to walk and bike. Larger trees provide the greatest benefits to neighborhoods and our environment because they absorb more storm water, breathe in more carbon dioxide, and breathe out more oxygen than smaller trees.  Through the City of Seattle's Trees for Neighborhoods program, Seattle residents have planted over 4,000 trees since 2009. That's 4,300 more trees that help clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods safer and healthier. Join the movement this year--plant a tree and help grow Seattle's urban forest!Residents who participate also receive free watering bags, training on proper tree planting and care, and workshop opportunities. This year, the program is offering 12 tree species ranging from large native conifers to small deciduous trees appropriate for planting under power lines and along the street. Check out the complete list and see photos here.Go here for more information, email treesforneighborhoods@seattle.gov or call (206) 615-1668.    Read more...
Monday, August 4, 2014 -- 7:44 am
Seattle Police Department's Night Out Against Crime Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - The 30th Annual Night Out Against Crime,  national Crime Prevention event, sponsored by the Seattle Police Department, is happening tomorrow. "The It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships," the Seattle Police Department website says. The free event "offers a great opportunity to reconnect with your neighbors, share information with one another all while learning more about crime prevention"Register here to have your block participate and have the opportunity to close down your street by receiving a City permit. The Mayor believes Night Out is a great example of the types of opportunities that exist for reconnecting community to Seattle streets.  Night Out, an annual national event hosted locally by the Seattle Police Department, shows that residents and City government can mobilize resources and energy together to move toward a safer and more connected Seattle. We hope you'll join in making this Seattle's best Night Out yet!Go here for more information. Read more...
Friday, August 1, 2014 -- 9:58 pm
Home-price bidding wars flare across many neighborhoods
Seattle Times - ... list price. Half of those neighborhoods are in Seattle, with the biggest gap between sale price and list price in Sand Point in North Seattle and Seaview in West Seattle. The rest are in Bellevue and Redmond, with a few in Edmonds and Woodinville. ... Read more...
Friday, August 1, 2014 -- 8:07 am
Vote By Tuesday On Whether To Allow City To Create A New Metropolitan Parks District Raising Residents Taxes
Laurelhurst Blog - Ballots are due by 8pm on Tuesday and include an important issue, Proposition 1, proposing a new taxing authority, called the Metropolitan Parks District, (MPD) to fund parks and having the same boundaries as the City's, and be governed by the City Council.The district would have a Citizens Oversight Committee to advise the council, with four members of the Park Board plus seven additional community members.   The City would continue to use general fund revenues to pay the lion's share of parks costs, and would continue to allocate money at 2014 levels plus inflation.The Laurelhurst Community Club, which unanimously opposes the measure, said that if the proposal passes, the MPD would no longer allow city residents to vote on parks levies, as the  new taxing jurisdiction board would have the taxing authority.  Currently, Community centers are currently open at 50% of their capacity and Parks faces a $270 million parks maintenance backlog.  The Laurelhurst Community Center became a "limited use" center in 2011 with total hours cut back to just 25, open from 9-2pm on weekdays and running with a staff of four.The Laurelhurst Community Club said:LCC loves its parks and has consistently supported park levies over the years.  LCC is concerned about the lack of accountability with the Metropolitan Park District (MPD) and the hefty tax increase that could reach 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.   The Laurelhurst Blog has received emails from many Laurelhurst residents who said they oppose the "Park District" idea as homeowners in NE Seattle as everyone in the area could see their taxes go up by four times if the Proposition passes or up to 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on the city's property owners. NEDC, Seattle Times, the League of Women Voters, and the Seattle Community Council Federation  also oppose the Parks Districts and  support continued parks levies , as well as the majority of the 46th Legislative District who are also in favor of a parks levy but opposing an MPD for these reasons:A Parks Legacy Committee has been convened and has met for the past eight months to consider funding mechanisms for ongoing support of Seattle parks when the current levy expires, including a short-term levy, a mid-term levy, a permanent levy, and a Metropolitan Parks District; andThe latter two funding options represent permanent taxes which would never again come before the voters for approval, review, or input; andPeriodic public review of taxing authority is an essential part of the democratic process; no other mechanism insures this degree of accountability.We express our support for a short- or longer term parks levy (but not a permanent levy) and express opposition to a Metropolitan Parks District, as currently proposed.  The "Our Parks Forever Group," made up of long-time Seattle reside Read more...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 -- 7:43 am
Sign Up Now For Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee and Golf Camps Next Week At Magnuson
Laurelhurst Blog -   A few sports camps still have openings at Magnuson starting  next week.  Call the Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026 for more information.Here are the camps: TRIATHLON CAMP (USAT JUNIOR)Ages 8-12Come and learn the sport of triathlon. Finish the week with a mini-triathlon. Everyone wins! Must have a bike in good working condition and be able to swim 25 yards. Bring a bike, helmet, swimsuit, towel, goggles, water bottle and running shoes.Camp Director: Sara Graham (USAT certified)Location: Magnuson CC/Gym and Outdoor Space#113829 8/4-8/7 M-Th 1:30-4 pm $105 SUMMER ULTIMATE FRISBEE CAMPAges 8-12One on One introduces Summer Ultimate Frisbee Camp! Join us in the summer sun for an awesomecamp experience. We will learn the rules and fundamentals of this fast-growing sport and have a great timelearning, sweating and competing out on the field. Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen!Camp Director: One on One StaffLocation: Magnuson CC/Outdoor Space#113827 8/11-8/15 M-F 9 am-Noon $11SNAGŪ GOLF CAMPAges 6-10Fore! This camp is designed for kids who are just "starting new at golf". Using specialized Snag equipment and simplified rules, campers will be introduced to the main elements of golf such as full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting, all while having a ton of fun! Last day of camp, kids will get to work on their skills as they play a full round of Magnuson's version of 9 holes. Wear sunscreen; bring a lunch and water bottle.Camp Director: Tim Barr and AssistantsLocation: Magnuson CC/Gym & Outdoor Space#113774 8/4-8/8 M-F 9:30 am-12:30 pm $150The Spring/Summer 2013 Parks and Recreation Brochure lists all classes and programs at Laurelhurst, Magnuson and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers.   Read more...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 -- 7:42 am
Explore Stones On Audubon Society Field Trip On Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Audubon Society is having a fieldtrip on Saturday from 10-noon called "Stories in Stone" with David B. Williams, Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City.  The information says:Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks of Seattle, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story.  All one has to do is look at building stone in downtown Seattle to find a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics.   Furthermore, building stones provide the foundation for constructing stories about cultural as well as natural history. On this 1.5-mile long walk, we will explore stone ranging from 3.5-billion years old to 120,000 years old, limestone chock full of fossils, and rock used by the Romans to build the Coliseum. We will discuss history, geology, and architecture to give you a new way to appreciate the urban wilds of Seattle. REGISTER HEREThe cost is $40 for non-members. Go here for more information. Read more...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 -- 10:59 am
Obliteride to wind through area
Madison Park Times - Obliteride, the bike-ride fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will spin through most of East-Central Seattle on Sunday, Aug. 10. The 25-, 50- and 100-mile rides will each start and end at Magnuson Park. Read more...




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