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Thursday, October 30, 2014 -- 11:12 am
September Laurelhurst Real Estate
Laurelhurst Blog - Thanks to Kim Dales for providing us with this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report.  Kim can be reached at 206.235.777 or kodales@Windermere.com.   September although a bit quiet inventory wise, had an amazing increase in sold housing values from September of 2013. Last September the average list price was $1,041,167. This September the average list price was $1,377,312 that is an increase of 25% over last year.Last September the average sales price in Laurelhurst was $945,000.  This September it was $1,453,548 a 35% increase from September of 2013. What does this mean if you own a home in our neighborhood? Well, with interest rates remaining remarkably low and stable this gives potential buyers more buying power and sellers the upper hand when pricing their homes. We continue to be in a strong seller's market due to the lack of inventory in our neighborhood, and the abundance of buyers in the marketplace. NEW LISTINGSPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM  $550,000 - $599,999                   1$600,000 - $649,999                   1$700,000 - $749,999                   1$1,000,000 - $1,249,999             1 $1,250,000 - $1,499,999             2 $1,500,000 - $1,749,999             1$2,000,000+                                1Total                                            8Average Price: $1,377,312PENDING Price                                   Quantity                   DOM  $550,000 - $599,999              1          Read more...
Thursday, October 30, 2014 -- 10:43 am
Laurelhurst Resident Coordinating 21st Annual Neighborhood Food Drive For Northwest Harvest
Laurelhurst Blog -  Betsy Kirby, a Laurelhurst resident, would like to let the community know about the Northwest Harvest Food Drive she is coordinating starting Saturday, November 1, until November 8th. Betsy has been involved with the food drive for twenty one years. She told us that in the last 20 years, the neighborhood has donated 11,720 pounds of food and $106,627.00. Northwest Harvest's website says:Northwest Harvest is Washington's own statewide hunger relief agency. Our mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger.  Our vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.  This year, Betsy is collecting checks on behalf of Northwest Harvest which they will use to purchase food in bulk.Checks should be made out to:Northwest Harvestor c/o Betsy Kirby3155 W. Laurelhurst Dr. N.E.Seattle, WA 98105   Read more...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 -- 10:32 am
Laurelhurst Mom And Artist Opens Holiday Pop Up Art Workshop Offering All-Ages Classes
Laurelhurst Blog - Tiffany Jay, owner of Squirrelly Workshop     A Laurelhurst Blog reader wanted to share with the community that a long time mother of three at Laurelhurst Elementary, Tiffany Jay, has recently opened a holiday pop-up art studio, Squirrelly Workshop (2900 D NE Blakeley Street).  The Blog reader said:Tiffany Jay is an artist and art lover and has been an advocate of art programs at Laurelhurst Elementary for years.  Her pop up will include classes taught by familiar faces at Laurelhurst Elementary, including the beloved art teacher, Kim Newell.   Tiffany gave the Blog Staff some background about herself:Although I went into banking after graduating, I kept up my interest in art as a docent at the Seattle Art Museum, mainly giving tours to school groups.  Once I had my own kids, my love for children's art grew, big thanks to my kids' inventive and artful preschool teacher.  I think children's art is such a gift, in so many ways, and I began having fun fostering that more at home, and even borrowing friends' children to try new projects.   About seven years ago, I got organized and started teaching art and gift making classes to children, both in my home and at the Laurelhurst Community Center - everything from bookmaking to mural painting, to soap making and cake decorating. Kids are amazing artists, and I love having the job of putting a project and supplies in front of them.After several years of having great fun creating with kids in my home, I thought it would be fun to find a space outside of my home - both to spare my family from having artwork drying on the dining room table and paint brushes in the sink, and to just expand the fun to a greater community and more artists.   Because gift making is my biggest focus, I was on the look out for a space available for the holiday season.  I found the space on Blakely, and it feels like a great location!  Conveniently located, and just the right size.  With the support and encouragement and partnership of several other artists, we came up with Squirrelly, and now here it is!   We are offering a huge variety of art and crafting classes during the week, for preschoolers to adults.  Most of the classes I teach are gift making classes (including jewelry making, collage, marbling, and more.)  Some of our other wonderful classes include ceramics (classes for little ones and adults), sewing stuffed animals, painting necklace charms, cupcake decorating, and special oil and acrylic painting workshops for kids and adults.   Please visit our website for a list of all the classes and descriptions, and to register for classes. Her website says:Squirrelly is a Pop-Up creative space on Blakeley Street (behind University Village) where kids and adults learn new artforms and make unique and amazing gifts.  Classes range from ceramics to collage, Read more...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 -- 10:19 am
Storytime At Center For Urban Horticulture On Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog - Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street)  is holding storytime tomorrow at 10:30am.  The  theme is "Fall Color." Storytime is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrate gardens, plants and nature. All ages and their families are welcome.The information says:The leaves are falling, and we'll gather them up in these imaginative stories. Come to the program room afterward to make a leaf picture using warm and cool colors.   Books to be read are:RED LEAF, YELLOW LEAF by Lois EhlertA LEAF CAN BE by Laura Purdie SalasLEAVES by David Ezra SteinFor more information go here. Read more...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 -- 8:44 am
Truck at NE41st St and Surber Causing Safety Hazard And Violating City Parking Ordinance
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog has received many messages about a truck parked at the intersection of NE 41st Street and NE Surber Drive on the Talaris side of the street. Nearby residents say it has been there for several months and rarely moves though the tabs are up to date. Drives say it  is causing a safety hazard with its location and is filled with random junk that is getting very wet - a suitcase, wood and other items. Here is what the City of Seattle 72-hour On-Street Parking Ordinance says:Regardless of whether or not there is any sign posted, the City's Traffic Code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours. The Traffic Code also prohibits junk motor vehicles from being left on City streets (see Abandoned Vehicle Hotline) (SMC 11.72.440).  Although some people may not use their vehicles on a regular basis (and therefore leave them parked on the street), the vehicles must still be moved every 72 hours and comply with all posted signs, including the ones announcing temporary parking restrictions that may go into effect after 24 hours. When a car is parked on a public street, drivers are encouraged to check their car at least once a day, even if their car is on a street where they are allowed to park up to the citywide 72-hour maximum.To report any abandoned vehicle in the City go here  or call the Seattle Police Department Abandoned Vehicles Hotline at (206) 684-8763.  And for more information on the 72-hour On-Street Parking Ordinance, call (206) 684 ROAD (684-7623).Here are comments received from residents:Does anyone know the story behind this old truck that has been parked at the corner of NE41st Street and Surber since the summer? It doesn't  move for several weeks at a time and seems to collect a lot of junk while parked there. Occasionally it is removed for about a day, but always returns empty.  We are concerned about this truck because it is parked at a very busy intersection limiting sight lines. Pedestrians and cyclists need to go out into the road there to get around it. A further problem is that the sidewalk heading east on the north side of NE 41st Street ends at that intersection  and people often need to cross NE41st Street there. There is a nice brick crosswalk there for that purpose, but this truck makes using that crosswalk particularly dangerous because you need to go out into the street  before you can see any traffic coming from the east.  If anyone knows the owner, please tell him to park that truck in a more suitable location. We have reported this to SPD parking enforcement but received no response.  Seems this problem has happened several times in the neighborhood and probably throughout the City. People leave their cars in random places that they only drive from time to time. People should report this to SPD as soon as a car doesn't move for 3 days, with license numb Read more...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 -- 8:24 am
Seattle Public Library Launches "E-books Now!"
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Public Library has started a new program called "E-books Now!" in which patrons can see which e-books are available for immediate check out.The information says:E-books Now! is a new way to find and download e-books from the Library's catalog. Patrons can search by e-book format, audiobook format or choose all formats. The website was developed by the Library to help patrons more easily discover popular e-books that are available. The list for E-books Now! currently repopulates once every hour with newly available books.  Go here to  view, browse and download currently available e-books. Visit  the Getting Started with E-books page or call 206-386-4636 to learn more about the program.  Read more...
Monday, October 27, 2014 -- 10:34 am
Waterway 1 Landscaping Funds Approved
Laurelhurst Blog -  Waterway Number 1 in LaurelhurstThe third phase of  the Enhancement Project through the City's Neighborhood Park and Street Fund for Waterway 1, located at 43rd Avenue NE and NE 34th Street, was recently approved.The Laurelhurst Community Club posted this information in their most recent newsletter:In a highly competitive process, the Northeast District Council approved $20,000 to fund the third phase of LCC's Waterway No. 1 Enhancement Project through the City's Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. The Bicycle Master Plan will contribute an additional $5,000 for the project.   This phase will replace weeds and bare space with attractive, low-maintenance, native and appropriate non-native landscaping. The project also includes design of an ADA pathway. Labor largely will be volunteered by neighbors. Michael C. Lee, landscape architect and owner of Colvos Creek Nursery, prepared the approved landscape plan. He will assist in implementation of the plan that addresses the safety and access needs of visitors, soil erosion concerns, and incorporates vegetation that both helps wildlife and beautifies the site. The first phase of the Enhancement Project was installation of several large, granite slip-resistant rocks on the water's edge to improve safety in launching non-motorized boats. The second phase was replacement of the 80-year-old basketball court. Noxious weed removal is ongoing. Waterway No. 1 is owned by the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which has entered into a management agreement with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. This arrangement follows a seven-year "Right of Entry Agreement" between DNR and LCC in which LCC assumed restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of the site. The Parks Department fully supports Phase 3 of the Waterway No. 1 Enhancement Project.In May of this year, LCC recently was pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Seattle Parks and Recreation to maintain the site, similar to the agreement with DNR, in which the City will work with the neighborhood on continuing to maintain the Waterway, including plant maintenance, shoreline clean-up activities, and rebuilding the existing basketball court. Read more...
Monday, October 27, 2014 -- 10:25 am
Series For Elders Starts Today At Northeast Seattle's NEST
Laurelhurst Blog - NEST (Northeast Seattle Together)  which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is starting a new series of four lectures with Elsa Bowman called A New Kind of Elder, beginning today and running through November 17th from 1-3pm at the NEST office (5751 33rd Avenue NE). The information says:Elsa Bowman is completing her new book, A New Kind of Elder. In it she considers how we might use our additional years as pioneers in exploring the emerging phenomenon of longer life.  Four big questions form the nucleus of this book: 1. What is the purpose of longer life? Are we to continue, at a slightly slower pace, what we have been doing most of our lives, or is there a different drummer we might hear? 2. What are our responsibilities to future generations? How might we develop a renewed commitment to political and social activism on behalf of our children and grandchildren? 3. How can we nurture the gifts of the inner life? Why does our attention to our inner life grow more important as we age? Is there a new role for elders as wise men and women so valued in former times? 4. How do decisions in choosing how to complete our lives create a legacy for others? How might an exploration of death enable us to live more fully in the present?  The cost is $40 for Non-NEST members and $20 for members. Contact the NEST office to register at (206) 525-6378 or 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. Read more...
Monday, October 27, 2014 -- 2:39 am
Developers look to transform historic Magnuson Park barracks into apartments
Crosscut.com - Nonprofit housing developers are vying for a chance to turn a dilapidated former Navy barracks on the western edge of Magnuson Park into dozens of moderately-priced apartments. Vacant since 1999, the historic barracks, known as Building 9, has been repeatedly vandalized and was largely unmaintained during the last two decades. Read more...
Friday, October 24, 2014 -- 11:21 am
Early Halloween celebrations | Community Corner
Seattle Times - ... in the U.S., display of more than 200 varieties of wild mushrooms, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5-$10 (206-522-6031 or psms.org/show.php ). Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle ... Read more...
Friday, October 24, 2014 -- 10:23 am
Keep Sidewalks Clear and Safe for Neighbors
Laurelhurst Blog - This information was in the most recent Laurelhurst Community Club newsletter:Is Your Sidewalk Clear and Safe for Neighbors?LCC occasionally hears from neighbors who are concerned about overgrowth. Neighbors appreciate property owners who keep their trees, bushes, hedges, and ground covers trimmed back from walkways. Take a close look at your sidewalk and make sure your property is safe.Walkers, joggers, dogs, and children biking and scootering frequently need to dodge overgrowth that encroaches on sidewalks. Do you have shrubs or hedges sprawling across the walk or overhanging the sidewalk's edge? Do tree branches droop causing passersby to duck? Have plantings grown so tall that drivers can't see past them? If so - with autumn quickly approaching - it's time to get out the pruners.  City Code requires property owners keep adjacent sidewalks, roads, and alleys clear of all obstructions. This means shoveling snow in the winter, raking leaves in the fall, and repairing damaged sidewalks. Encroaching shrubs and hedges must be cut back, and a minimum eight-foot clearance must be maintained above sidewalks (14 feet above roads and alleys). Vegetation that obscures an intersection at a distance of 30 feet should be trimmed.  Failure to observe these laws may result in fines. But fines aside, keeping your sidewalks clear is a neighborly thing to do.  Read more...
Friday, October 24, 2014 -- 10:21 am
Audubon Society Leading Bird Walk On Sunday At Union Bay Natural Area
Laurelhurst Blog -   The Seattle Audubon Society is leading a bird walk on Sunday of the Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill) starting at 8:30am till about noon. Participants should meet in parking lot east at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street. )The information says:We hope to find 40+ avian species in this morning outing. Our list at this time of year should include a variety of water birds, native sparrows, winter migrants, and an unexpected highlight or two.   Expect to spend about three hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the wetlands and small woodlands the Fill provides.   Bring binoculars and dress to stay warm while exposed to the elements. Boots are recommended. Scopes are welcome.  For more information go here. Read more...
Thursday, October 23, 2014 -- 8:27 am
Halloween Family Workshop Saturday At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog - Don't miss the Halloween Family Workshop on Saturday at the Laurelhurst Community Center..The information says:Bring your family in for a ghoulish good time! Families will rotate through stations, carving and decorating pumpkins, decorating cookies and cupcakes, and making holiday themed crafts to decorate your home. We promise a bewitchingly good time! Costumes are encouraged but not required!Instructor: Audrey Myrosh#121320 10/25 Sat 9-11 am $25#121321 10/25 Sat 11:15 am-1:15 pm $252nd Family Member $20, 3rd Family Member $15,4th+ Family Member FreeRegister online, in-person at the Community Center Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529.The Fall 2014 Parks and Recreation Brochure lists all classes and programs at Laurelhurst, Magnuson and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers. Read more...
Thursday, October 23, 2014 -- 8:24 am
New Public Gallery Opens At Magnuson Sunday With Loaned Art From City Of Seattle's Collection
Laurelhurst Blog -  On Sunday from 4-6pm, Sand Point Arts and Cultural (SPACE) invites the public to a grand opening at Magnuson Park's new public gallery featuring a special exhibit of artworks on loan from the City of Seattle's Portable Works collection. The information says:Normally only on view in downtown buildings, this exhibit presents the public with the chance enjoy significant works in a park environment and celebrate Seattle's  new public arts facility.Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, will give a short presentation of the works included in the exhibit and refreshments will be served. Artworks included in the exhibit include sculpture and paintings from artists Robert Maki, Mary Henry, Ronald Bladen, Issac Layman, Gaylen Hansen, Ross Palmer Beecher and John Feodorov. Also from 1-5pm Building 30 artist studios will be open with over 24 studios open throughout all three floors of the west wing. Best of the Northwest's craft show is also taking place in Hangar 30 this week-end. . SPACE is the non-profit organization formed to fund, facilitate and promote arts and cultural uses of Warren G. Magnuson Park for the public.  For more information go here.   Read more...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -- 2:57 pm
Fine arts and crafts, and free comic books | Weekend Preview
Seattle Times - ... demonstrations. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-525-5926 or nwartalliance.com/bnwfall.html ). Halloween ComicFest: Free special comics for all ... Read more...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -- 1:41 pm
Local Well-Known Birdist Giving Lecture Saturday On Birds' Feet
Laurelhurst Blog -   Connie Sidles, local neighborhood bird watcher , who maintains a blog documenting the many types of birds, including beautiful pictures, at the nearby Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill as well as author of Fill of Joy and Tales from the Montlake Fill is having a lecture on Saturday from 10-11:30am at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) called "Birds' Feet." The information says:This class will show you how birds use their feet to survive. Fall is the season in which we have the greatest bird species diversity in Seattle, and is a great time to see a wide variety of foot adaptations. Bird feet? When you think about it, all feet are adapted for each species's lifestyles - including ours. I could not hang upside-down by my toes, for example, to gather my morning breakfast as chickadees and bushtits do. How would I drink my coffee? One way to observe birds in the field is to pay attention to what they are doing, rather than trying to identify their species. It's true that if you can name the species of a bird you see in the wild, and if you have studied your field guides, the name alone will be a shorthand way to call to mind the natural history of that species. But you can also understand at least a part of each bird's natural history by simply observing it as it performs its tasks of daily living.  Feet are a big factor that allows birds to survive but also limits how they do so. In some ways, studying one aspect of a bird's anatomical adaptations  - like feet - brings us closer to that bird's life. And feet are just plain fun, or funny, as anyone who has studied how cormorants try to maneuver their big feet around the too-small branch of a cottonwood tree can attest. Tickets are $25 and you can register at UWBotanic Gardens.For more information, contact Connie at  constancesidles@gmail.com. Read more...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -- 1:31 pm
Public Invited To UW Farm To Table Dinner Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - The UW Farm is partnering with Chaco Canyon Cafe in hosting a public Farm-to-Table Dinner at the Center for Urban Horticulture tomorrow at 6:30pm.  Along with dinner there will also be games, pumpkin carving and a food  demo.The information says:You'll be treated to a knockout meal, incorporating UW Farm produce, from the chefs at Chaco Canyon Café. Local microbrews will also be available for purchase.Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door for students, and $20 in advance or $25 at the door for non-students. All proceeds go to the UW Farm, the campus hub for urban farming, agricultural education and research.If you would like to see more about us, check out website: http://food.washington.edu/farm/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UWFarm. Read more...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 -- 8:56 am
Neighbor Sees Suspicious People With Flashlights And Big Bags Looking For Items To Steal
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:I wanted to pass along some information that other neighbors might want to know.Early Saturday morning, October 18, around 3:45am I returned home from work and happened to stay in my parked car with the ignition and lights off near the corner of NE 40th Street and 48th Avenue NE to finish listening to the news. I was very surprised to see two African American women dressed in all black in their late twenties carrying several large duffle bags walking up west on NE 40th Street toward 48th Avenue NE.    The women were walking on either side of parked cars, one walking in the street, the other on the sidewalk.   As they passed cars one used a small flashlight systematically inspecting each car.  As the other passed houses she shined lights down driveways, at garages and between alleys. They were very surprised when they shined a light in my car to see me!   They quickly moved west on NE 40th Street, turned the corner onto 48th Avenue NE and got into a car and sped away. It was very disturbing as they seemed very organized, systematic and had clearly made off with quite a lot of our neighbors personal items judging by the size of the filled bags. Read more...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 -- 8:51 am
Family History Workshop Tomorrow At Northeast Library
Laurelhurst Blog - The Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library is having an event tomorrow from 6-7:45pm called "Family History Storytelling."The information says:Every family has interesting stories. Learn how to tell them in this innovative workshop presented by genealogy librarian Mahina Oshie.   Come to learn about techniques and resources in the library, in the community, and on the Internet for uncovering, recording, writing and publishing your own family history stories.For more information go here.   Read more...
Monday, October 20, 2014 -- 10:17 pm
Residents, politicians worry about radiation at local park
KOMO News - ... will hold an informational meeting for the public at 6 p.m. at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center 7700 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle on Tuesday October 21st. This was a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a brilliant sunrise on the water of Poulsbo. When ... Read more...



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