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Thursday, April 24, 2014 -- 11:56 am
Neighborhood Spring Egg Hunt Draws Big Crowd
Laurelhurst Blog - Last Sunday's Spring Egg Hunt was a big success with over 4000 eggs scattered through out the park along with loose candy and treats for kids up to age twelve and over 450 people that showed up. Cara, Recreation Coordinator, told us that they were able to stuff 1,000 more eggs than last year due to the numerous volunteers and staff as well as the neighborhood residents who donated candy and eggs.   Maxwell Meals donated all the baked goods which resulted in a successful bake sale fundraiser.  Cara told us that the funds will be used to help off-set the cost of the egg hunt and to support other community center programs. Jennifer, with Food Driving Box, was also pleased with the hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food that was donated and later delivered to the University District Food bank to feed hungry neighbors in our community."Thank you to everyone and we look forward to next year's egg hunt!" Cara told us.     Read more...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 -- 11:55 am
Local Neighborhood Birdist, Connie Sidles, Teaching Avian Class Saturday At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - Two Killdeers displaying.    Connie Sidles, author of Fill of Joy and local birding authority, is having a lecture and slide show called "Avian Love" on Saturday from 10-11:30am to learn all about bird mating - when and how they court, partner, and breed. The cost for the class is $25 and will be held at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street). Register Online or call 206-685-8033. The information says:Friends of Yesler Swamp and UW Botanic Gardens invite you to learn about how the birds of Yesler Swamp court, partner, breed, and raise their young. This is a fun class taught by master birder Connie Sidles -- for all ages.  In this class Connie will illustrate the various specializations that birds use to attract a mate, build a nest, and take care of their babies to give them the best possible start in life.  You will come away understanding the challenges that birds face to perpetuate their species and the delightful solutions they have come up with to meet those challenges.   Read more...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 -- 3:03 pm
Possible Squatters Set Up Camp Next To The Beach Club
Laurelhurst Blog -  A neighbor out for a walk last Monday, discovered campers, or perhaps squatters, who had set up tents and a bonfire with a fire pit and pans on the public access shoreline right next to the Beach Club.The neighbor wrote:I was out taking a walk and the waterfront area next to the beach club, at the end of the parking lot,  had two tents pitched and people there.  I didn't get too close as both of my daughters were with me, but I could see one man putting a shirt on.   There was a red, older model Dodge pickup truck parked there as well, which may or may not belong to the people spending the night in that area.When I went back a few hours later, the tents were gone, but the people were still there, as well as the red truck.   Another neighbor reported that the following day around 3:15pm the red pickup was still there and there were at least two people that he could see.  One was African American and young-upper teens or 20's and a young white male. The neighbor also said that lots of cardboard and trash had been left, and that "it would probably take a good hour to clean up the mess," Vivian, Aquatics Land Manger, with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) told us that WAC 332-52-310 prohibits camping at day-use facilities.  "Day-use areas and facilities" means any department-managed lands, trailhead, picnic area, viewpoint, and designated parking areas for vehicles, boat launch or other facility that is designated for day-use only.  And the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) said that the paved part, where the parking lot is, is shoreline street end.   The area on the other side of the fence, dividing the parking lot and the shoreline access, is State waterway, which doesn't allow camping.  Read more...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 -- 3:02 pm
Story Time Saturday At Center For Urban Horticulture's Miller Library
Laurelhurst Blog - Saturday at 10:30am Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street)  is holding another storytime with the theme of "Springtime." Storytime is geared towards children ages 3 to 8. All ages and their families are welcome. The information says:Take a deep reath. It's springtime! These three stories of springtime adventures in the garden and the henhouse are sure to bring a smile. After the stories, you're welcome to make a cherry blossom picture in the program room.  Books to be read are:OUT OF THE EGG by Tina MatthewsGEMMA AND THE BABY CHICK by Antonia BarberAND THEN IT'S SPRING by Julie FoglianoThe next storytime will be May 17th and the theme will be "Counting on You." Read more...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 -- 5:19 pm
Aging with Care | Know your family's history
Magnolia News - ... from all parts of the United States. The Seattle Genealogical Society (www.seattlegenealogicalsociety.org) is on Sand Point Way Northeast in Northeast Seattle and offers classes and workshops. Across the street is the Pacific Alaska Region of the ... Read more...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 -- 11:05 am
Vote Today On Transit Funding Meausre
Laurelhurst Blog - Ballots are due today on the Transit Funding Measure. Ballots can be dropped off at the Magnuson ballot drop box until 8pm.The City's Transportation District Board is proposing to raise revenue that would be directed toward Metro Transit bus service and County and city transportation projects, including roads, as part of the newly created King County Transportation District. The district is "a separate taxing district that has the authority to generate revenue for transit, roads and other transportation projects," the King County Metro website says.  The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) has not formerly weighed in on this proposition to the City.  LCC did tell us that:The biggest concern is that 40% of the funds raised will go into a general fund for transportation improvements in unincorporated areas of the County.   This means that Seattle voters will finance these improvements with no direct benefit.  And, this is at a time when there is a great need to enhance Metro transit services, rather than just maintain current service levels. The measure, if adopted by voters would: ·           Increase the King County sales tax by 0.1 of a percent for ten years·           Establish a $60 vehicle fee·           Distribute 60 percent of the net revenues of the ballot measure to provide funding to maintain Metro transit service hours at current levels. If any funds remain after maintaining transit service hours, evenly split the remaining funds 50/50 between transit and unincorporated road purposes·           40 percent would go to cities for transportation improvements and the county for unincorporated area road purposes allocated based on population·           Specify that the funds must be used for transportation improvement projects contained in the County's, Cities' or Puget Sound Regional Council's approved transportation plans (as updated by the individual jurisdictions)·           Establish a low-income rebate program that rebates $20 of vehicle fee for vehicle owners whose household income is less than 45 percent of the county's median household income.For more information go here.   Read more...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 -- 10:57 am
Free Lecture Tomorrow At Community Center On Estate Wills And Trusts
Laurelhurst Blog - Tomorrow at 2:30pm, NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) is holding a free lecture called "Wills and Trusts: Are Your Documents Correct, in Order and Up-to-date?" at the Laurelhurst Community Club (4554 NE 41st Street).The information says:Estate tax laws are changing and learning about the best practices in estate planning has never been more important. Understanding the latest developments helps you to protect yourself and your family and ensure that your wishes can be clearly executed. Learn about the best practices in estate planning, document management and changes in estate tax laws. Presenter, Greg Russell, a founding partner of Peterson Russell Kelly PLLC, has more than 25 years' experience advising his clients on their estate planning, including wills, trusts and wealth transfer gifting. NEST is holding this seminar for individuals, families, seniors, students, business owners and community organizations to ensure that as we grow older, we can continue to live safely and confidently in our own homes, in the neighborhoods we love. For more information call 206.525.6378 or email info@nestseattle.org.NEST is a non-profit grassroots operation serving NE Seattle seniors by creating a "virtual village" to helping them be able to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods they love. Volunteers provide companionship, care, as well as help seniors with a wide range of services, including gardening, computer help and more. to seniors aging in their homes.  Ongoing classes (fitness, etc) are also offered, as well as access to events, transportation services, and various services (such as estate planners) who provide their services at a discount to members.For more information contact NEST at (206) 525-6378 or email info@nestseattle.org.     Read more...
Monday, April 21, 2014 -- 4:30 pm
"Turn your Smartphone into a Disaster Tool" Lecture Tomorrow Evening At Northeast Library
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Northeast Branch Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is holding a free SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare workshop called "Turn your Smartphone into a Disaster Tool" from 6:30-7:30pm tomorrow.The information says:What are the best apps in case of an emergency? With just a few clicks, we'll share the latest ways to notify loved ones, track power outages, get transit alerts, light your way and more.During this hands-on, 30-minute workshop, bring your device and find out what the best mobile apps are in case of an emergency.  With just a few clicks, we'll share the latest ways to notify loved ones, track power outages, get transit alerts, light your way and more.   Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness.  This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management.For more information go here.  Read more...
Monday, April 21, 2014 -- 4:26 pm
Public Hearing on Seattle's Police Accountability System Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog -  Tomorrow at 5:30pm in City Hall Chambers a public hearing on the effectiveness of the City's police accountability system will be held, starting with public comment at 5pm.City Council and the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB), made up of the Council's Labor Policy Committee and Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, are hosting the in City Hall Chambers on the effectiveness of the City's police accountability system. The information says:As directed by Ordinance 122809, adopted in 2008, the hearing will provide a forum for elected officials to hear directly from the public before the City begins labor negotiations with the Seattle Police Officers' Guild (SPOG). Please participate in this important hearing in advance of the upcoming labor negotiations with the Seattle Police Officer Guild (SPOG).  This hearing is directed by Ordinance 122809, and provides a needed forum for elected officials to hear directly from the public on issues relating to police accountability.  The comments from you, the public, will help inform deliberations with SPOG. The comments from the public hearing will help inform deliberations on the upcoming negotiations.For more information go here.  Read more...
Friday, April 18, 2014 -- 11:00 am
SeattleInsider: 25 Seattle adventures for less than $25
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Friday, April 18, 2014 -- 10:14 am
Local Laurelhurst Birder's New Poem About Red-Winged Blackbirds
Laurelhurst Blog - Connie Sidles, a Master Birder and Seattle Audubon Society Board Member, is back to publishing her interesting posts with updates about the bird and plant life at the Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill:Introducing "Twitter" Poems   With this new post (in far too long, my apologies), I want to introduce a brand-new art form, one that I am calling "Twitter Poems," for lack of a better name. Twitter, as you all probably know, is the online micro-blogging app invented in 2006 that allows users to post very short messages. Each message can be only 140 characters long, including word spaces. My kids have been urging me for years to join social media networks and enter the 21st century. They decided that Twitter would be a good way to let me take baby steps into this brave new world. "Stop being a dinosaur," was their succinct, almost tweet-like way of putting it. So I gave in and joined Twitter.Much to my dismay, when I began to read other people's posts, I found most of them loaded with abbreviations, symbols, and references to who knows what. It was like trying to decode some secret language that I wasn't sure even was a language. As I am already trying to learn one new language (Portuguese), which at my age is not easy to do, I decided that anything I posted would have to be written in plain English.So I began. I soon discovered that writing anything sensible, lyrical, and meaningful in only 140 characters is quite a trick. Wonderful discipline for a writer, though. The spareness of my tweets began to resemble poetry, which I thought I might share with you. Below is my first blog-posted Twitter poem, in honor of one of my favorite Montlake Fill birds, the Red-winged Blackbird:In spring the Red-winged Blackbird sings his cranky song in the marsh, rough disharmony among the reeds. I guess even grumps can be in love. Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 7:56 am
Boardwalk Construction Has Begun To Yesler Swamp
Laurelhurst Blog - Friends of Yesler Swamp has recently posted about the first phase of construction, which has been in the works for 14 years, on the boardwalk out to the swamp. Yesler Swamp is located at the corner of NE 41st and Surber Drive.  A rough trail begins at the East parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, winds through the edge of the swamp and returns to the parking lot."The Swamp hides the outlet of historic Yesler Creek, skirts a lagoon that connects with Union Bay, and contains an active beaver hut," the website says. A rough trail begins at the East parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, winds through the edge of the swamp and returns to the parking lot.Here is the latest news from Friends of Yesler Swamp:The first phase of construction began on the boardwalk in Yesler Swamp. The attached photo shows the crew from Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) setting "diamond pier footings" and inserting metal pins to hold the footings in place, in preparation to actually installing the cedar boardwalk.  The crew is working on the west side of the swamp, so if you want to stop by, you can see how they are doing. They are setting the pin piles in the deepest portion of the west trail before the April 15th cut off date set by the Army Corp of Engineers. The WCC is diverted to help recover the victims of the mudslide and will return in June to install more footings and then lay down the cedar boardwalk itself.In response to the disturbance caused by this construction in the wetland we are mitigating by removing invasive plants and planting native plants within the swamp. Last year we had one senior UW group. This year we have 2 senior and one junior groups doing this work for us.  So you'll notice lots of pink ribbons and signs saying "restoration in progress" -- the work of many talented and energetic UW students to whom we are most grateful. Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have worked with us since 2009 to make the boardwalk a reality and restore this wonderful 6.4 acre site.(photo courtesy of Yesler Swamp) Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 7:50 am
Youth Sailing Open House Saturday At Sail Sand Point
Laurelhurst Blog -  On Saturday Sail Sand Point is having a free "Youth Sailing Open House" from 11-3pm.The information says:More than a dozen organizations have teamed up and Saturday so that parents and kids can come learn about the variety of options available. Programs are available for children as young as five years old all the way through high school. Land activities include knot tying, rigging, burgee making, and relay races.  Sailing instructors will be on the water doing tacks and gybes to show kids what sailing in boats these sizes looks like. Free sailboat rides will also be available. (Weather dependent) Participating programs include:  Center for Wooden Boats: http://cwb.orgCorinthian Yacht Club:  http://www.cycseattle.orgGreen Lake Small Craft Center: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/grnlake.htm Mt Baker Rowing and Sailing: http://mbrsc.comQueen City Yacht Club:  http://www.queencity.orgSail Sand Point: www.sailsandpoint.org Schooner Zodiac: http://www.schoonerzodiac.com/ Sea Scouts - Puget  SoundSouth Whidbey Yacht Club: http://swyachtclub.org/ Sound Experience/Adventuress: http://soundexp.org/ SSS Yankee Clipper : http://yankeeclipperseascouts.wordpress.com/  Tacoma Yacht Club: http://www.tacomayachtclub.org/ YMCA Camp Orkila: http://www.seattleymca.org/Locations/Orkila/Pages/Home.aspx Sail Sand Point is located about five miles north of the University of Washington on the western shore of Lake Washington. The entrance to SSP is off of Sand Point Way NE at NE 74th Street.  For event information and questions contact Calla@48north.com or (206) 789-7350. Read more...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- 11:36 am
Your Chance On Friday To Weigh In To City Council On Tall, Skinny Houses On Back/Side Yard Houses Built On Undersized Lots, Two Already In Laurelhurst
Laurelhurst Blog -  House at 4812 NE 40th Street built on small side yard originally part of home next door Friday at 2pm, City Council is holding a public hearing on side yard/backyard houses on undersized lots in SF zone and proposed building code changes.  Over the last several years, several skinny houses on small lots have been built in Laurelhurst, all the work of developer, Dan Duffus, who is well-known around the city for building the houses which are modern in style, towering over the established homes beneath them and don't fit in with the character of the neighborhood.. One is located at 4812 NE 40th Street in Laurelhurst,in Laurelhurst, which sits on a piece of property 30 feet wide, and was segmented out of a side yard which was a total of only 80 feet wide. The house covers all the land, except for 10 feet of the house's previous yard. John Taylor, who lives directly behind the new home, commented in a Seattle Times article, that looming presence over his back yard is like "a guard tower." He said the neighbors had no notice from the city or the developer that a new house was being crammed in between two existing houses, on what had been the old house's yard. Nick Jenkins, another Laurelhurst resident, who lives next door to another tall, skinny house, has posted his experience titled "There goes the neighborhood and yours may be next" on his blog about going through the construction process and now living with one of these houses right next door to him.   The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to establish new standards for development of single-family houses on undersized lots in single-family zones.  The new standards would replace interim standards first established by Ordinance 123978.   Among other things, the proposed new standards would:·           Establish a minimum site size of 2,500 square feet in area; ·           Eliminate use of tax records and historic mortgages as a basis for establishing lot size exceptions; ·           Require consolidation for redevelopment of adjacent lots with areas less than 3,200 square feet; ·           Clarify the "75/80 Rule" for establishing lot size exceptions; ·           Establish a new "100 Percent Rule" exception for establishing lot size exceptions that are equal to the mean area of lots on the same block front; ·           Establish a Type II discretionary review process with notice and the opportunity for appeal for development on sites less than 3,200 square feet in area; ·           Esta Read more...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 -- 11:24 am
Calling All Laurelhurst Bicyclists For Neighborhood Bike Master Plan Meeting Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - We received this information on a special bicycle meeting tomorrow from 7-8pm at 3638 49th Avenue NE (Catherine Henning's home):An interested group of neighbors is starting to work on improving the bicycling environment in Laurelhurst and would like your input and ideas. We are hosting a "Bike Party" where you can learn more about our neighborhood bike routes included in the new Bicycle Master Plan.  The bike meeting  is to involve interested neighbors in sharing their concerns and ideas with completing the BMP and cycling in and around Laurelhurst. The New Bicycle Master Plan outlines routes through Laurelhurst neighborhood and the park that connect to Laurelhurst Elementary School, the new ramp at the intersection of 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way with a separated bike line in front of Children's' Hospital (a great connection), as well as the new signal crossing at Sand Point Way and NE 52nd Avenue NE. The routes include shared use routes, off road paths, through Laurelhurst Park, and possible greenway connections.    Some of the routes were suggested in the Livable Streets Initiative, a collaborative study  completed in 2009-2010 involving Children's Hospital, Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) and other NE Seattle neighborhoods. Come and share your biggest concerns about biking in Laurelhurst. Refreshments will be served!  Read more...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 -- 11:13 am
Free Vegetable Gardening Class Saturday At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - The Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 41st Avenue NE) is having a free class called Intensive Vegetable Gardening on Saturday from 10-11am. The information says:  Vegetable gardening may be a good fit with your healthy lifestyle. It provides moderate exercise and delicious, wholesome vegetables. In this class you will learn intensive gardening techniques to help you maximize your harvests, while minimizing your garden's size and the time it requires in your busy schedule.  RSVP online or call 206.685.8033.  Read more...
Monday, April 14, 2014 -- 11:42 am
Agenda For Tonight's Laurelhurst Community Club Board Meeting
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) is holding its monthly Board meeting tonight at 7pm at the Laurelhurst Community Center in the Fireside Room.Here is the agenda: 7:00 WELCOMEADMINISTRATION · Calls/Concerns from Neighbors· Changes to the Agenda · Announcements7:15 REPORTS/ACTION · Crime Prevention· SR520 Update· Mayor's Neighborhood Summit Update  · Burke-Gilman Multimodal Connector Project · Metropolitan Park District--Should LCC reaffirm its position opposing formation of an MPD?· Traffic/Pedestrian Safety Update8:30· Talaris Update (possible Executive Session)9:00 Adjourn Read more...
Monday, April 14, 2014 -- 11:42 am
Help Design Pictograms For New Sound Transit Stations
Laurelhurst Blog -  Sound Transit is currently developing pictograms for future Link light rail stations, including the nearby UW  Station, closest to LaurelhurstThe information says:A pictogram is an icon that conveys meaning through its pictorial resemblance of a physical object. Pictograms are used on Sound Transit's Link light rail station signage and way-finding materials. Paired with station names, they help identify stations and the surrounding neighborhood.  Share your ideas by completing this questionnaire.  listing up to three adjectives to describe each station area, up to three landmarks that represent the areas and, cutting to the chase, describing what image would make a good pictogram for the stations and why.Sound Transit plans to start service in 2016 to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington, in Seattle, and Angle Lake Station, in Sea-Tac; and in 2021 to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate. (photo courtesy of Sound Transit) Read more...
Friday, April 11, 2014 -- 8:07 am
Submit Your Suggestions Now For Neighborhood Bike Stations Coming In September
Laurelhurst Blog -              Hana, a Laurelhurst resident and staff member of the Puget Sound Regional Council, partnering with Puget Sound Bike Share (PSBS), would like to let the community know that input is being gathered now on proposed bike stations throughout Seattle.  "It would be great if as many people as possible could suggest stations in Laurelhurst and support the stations suggested by voting and commenting by going here to the bikeshare station public input tool.   This is an important opportunity to tell PSBS where you think a bike share station would work best in the neighborhood" she told us.Currently, PSBS's map shows only one bike "viable" bike station in Laurelhurst at Children's.  Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Children's Director of Transportation, told us that the hospital  contributed half a million dollars to Puget Sound Bike Share to host a station and to provide helmets throughout the system. He added that even though the station is their property, the station will be located adjacent to the public right of way and most importantly, it will be accessible by the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week.    "We are looking at putting the station on our side of the sidewalk on Sand Point Way, near the transit stop. We will pour a concrete pad to accommodate the station," he added. We asked Holly, Executive Director for PSBS why there is only "viable" station planned for all of Laurelhurst and she responded:The station at Seattle Children's is indeed an exception to the 1,400 feet rule and it's placement is solely due to the institution's long time commitment to bike share and sponsorship of the program.  While we wish we could include more stations in the neighborhood, we are restricted by our budget, which currently affords 50 stations to be spread across the U-District, Capitol Hill, SLU and downtown.  The good news is that our September launch is only Phase I of a larger system, which will expand as quickly as funding and demand allows.        Some of the proposed bike locations submitted by residents are:Center for Urban HorticultureLaurel Village - UW Student/Family HousingNorth west side of Laurelhurst Park  Here are some comments left on the site about Laurelhurst stations:It is important to have at least one station in Laurelhurst where the 25 bus has been cut down to once her hour or lessThe station could support many people in Laurelhurst where the public transport is already pretty bad. This would be a great resource for this neighborhood because of the lack of public transportationStarting in September 50 bike stations with 500 bikes will be set up around Seattle, coordinated by PSBS, a nonprofit partnership of public and private organizations formed in June 2012 , with equipment Read more...
Friday, April 11, 2014 -- 6:17 am
Celebrate Urban Nature At Magnuson Park On Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog - Urban Nature Event last year   Seattle Parks and Recreation and EarthCorps are having its fifth annual Celebrate Urban Nature event at the Magnuson Park Community Center on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Family admission is $10 or $3 per person. Caspar Babypants performs nature songs and other kid favorites.Ongoing activities: Reptile show by Son of Reptileman, Sarvey Wildlife Raptor presentationAnimal Encounter's "special spring animals" petting farm and exotic bug zooInsect SafariArt and nature activities including a Nature Explorers LabNature themed carnival Interactive booths from numerous organizations like Just Frogs Foundation, Bats Northwest, and NOAA"Don't miss this event...it will be fun, educational, and something for everyone!:"the poster says.For more information call 206-684-7026. . Read more...



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