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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 -- 7:25 am
Digital Fabrication Showcase Event At Northeast Library Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - Tomorrow from 3-4:30pm, the Northeast Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event, called "Digital Fabricaiton Showcase" as part of its summer learning STEM program for ages 12 and up.The information says:Excited about 3-D printing and laser printing? Discover fabrication techniques & learn about design modeling with experimental digital artist Meghan Trainor. 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...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 -- 8:06 am
New Traffic Signal Equipment For Busy Five Point Intersection At NE 45th Street and Sandpoint Way
Laurelhurst Blog -  New traffic signal equipment will be installed between 9-2pm for the next two weeks at the busy "five corners" to enhance the safety.SDOT writes:Spiders make the task of stringing line look easy, but replacing the web of wires holding up traffic signals at a complex intersection is anything but. Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are installing new equipment at the busy five-way intersection where NE 45th Street meets Sandpoint Way NE near University Village. The wires supporting the traffic signals and the poles at this location were pulling in toward the center of the intersection, causing them to droop more and more because of their old design. This spring a truck hit one of the wires causing further damage and accelerating the need to rebuild the system.  This location is especially challenging because of the high volume of traffic and because signal lights need to be provided for all five streets meeting at this intersection: Northeast 45th Street, Northeast 45th Place, Sandpoint Way Northeast, Union Bay Place Northeast and Mary Gates Memorial Drive Northeast. There are a total of 15 signal heads compared to the usual 8 to 12 at most intersections.  The work will require only intermittent lane closures during the next two weeks. Crews will be reaching over lanes with bucket trucks, working mostly between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. with some work at night. When the project is finished, estimated by the end of August, the new equipment will improve safety. The wires will be strung in a better configuration and the position of the signal lights will shift from their current locations, but the operation of the intersection will not change.    Read more...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 -- 7:59 am
Pruning Class At Center For Urban Horticulture Tomorrow And Thursday
Laurelhurst Blog -   The Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is having a class called "Pruning Shrubs and Trees: The Summer Advantage" on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm. The Wednesday class is on-site and the Thursday class will be at a residential home for a hands-on pruning demonstration.The information says: Many gardeners are timid or even fearful of pruning in summer. There are good reasons to be cautious. Those same reasons make it an ideal time to solve particular pruning goals. Frustrated by overzealous watersprouts on small trees? Shrubs growing out of bounds? Just not sure what to prune or not?  Learn how to save work and produce better results by doing the right pruning on the right plants at this time of year through classroom and field demonstrations. We will cover a variety of plant types and training forms that are ideally pruned at this time of year.    The cost is $75.  Register online or call 206-685-8033.(photo courtesy of CUH site)   Read more...
Monday, July 28, 2014 -- 8:15 am
Local Birder Describes "Eclipse" Going On Now With Puddle Duck Males
Laurelhurst Blog - Connie Sidles, local birding expert 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, recently wrote a post about the molting happening now amongst the puddle duck males:  DreamsJune 30th, 2014      Most of the puddle duck males have finished breeding by now and are busy working on another big task: getting rid of their conspicuously bright plumage. Earlier in the year, they needed their gaudiest getups in order to attract a female, but now that mating season is over, the males would like to blend into the background a lot more and lower their risk of being eaten by predators. So they are molting as fast as they can into a camouflage plumage called "eclipse." Not everybody molts on the same schedule, though. You can still catch a few males looking spiffy. In particular, one quite lovely Cinnamon Teal male has been hanging out on Southwest Pond lately. He likes to nap on a tussock of grass and mud on the southwest edge of the pond.Here is a poem for you today:I dream.I dream of harmony between me and mine.The song sublime.And all of humanity is mine.And all of nature too.  Read more...
Monday, July 28, 2014 -- 8:13 am
June Laurelhurst Real Estate Update
Laurelhurst Blog - Thanks to Kim Dales for providing us with this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:Not surprisingly June did cool off, at least in the market, with school winding down, and families planning summer vacations. As you can see from the below data we had 8 new listings in June with an average price point of $1,978,000, one being a waterfront listing of $6,198,000. Another property listed at $1,900,000 went pending in 7 days. In the Pending category, the average days on market was only one week, which indicates that our Laurelhurst market remains very strong.In the sold category, the highest number of homes sold were in the $1,500,000-$1,750,000 range, pushing up the average sold price to $1,228,875. Not only have interest rates remained low, they have actually decreased slightly, good news for buyers and positive for those thinking of selling their homes. I would not be surprised if our inventory in Laurelhurst, and all of Seattle for that matter remains low this summer.So if you are thinking about selling your home now is the time to do all those items on your "to do" list and be prepared if and when the time is right for you.NEW LISTINGSPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM  $850,000 - $899,999                        1 $1,000,000 - $1,249,999                  1                           7 $1,250,000 - $1,499,999                  4 $1,900,000+                                     2                           7Total: 8Average Price: $1,978,000PENDING INSPECTIONPrice                                   Quantity                   DOM  $1,000,000 - $1,249,99         & Read more...
Friday, July 25, 2014 -- 10:37 am
Dignity Seattle donates $700 to Official Pride ASIA
Seattle Gay News - ... of that ownership.' Dignity Seattle meets second Sundays at 6 p.m. for liturgies and prayer services at Ravenna United Methodist Church (5751 33rd NE). More information is available at www.dignityseattle.org or by emailing Dignity Seattle at ... Read more...
Friday, July 25, 2014 -- 8:11 am
Learn All About Birds' Feathers Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - Connie Sidles is having a class tomorrow from 10-11:30am about birds' feathers through  UW Botanic Gardens for $25. Connie Sidles is a local birding expert 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 and has written several books on the area. The information says:The class focuses on birds' feathers: how they evolved, how birds use specialized feathers for different tasks, and how beautiful they are.  Connie will bring real bird skins from the Burke Museum's collection which you will be able to see up close and personal. She will explain how birds' feathers evolved and how birds have adapted their feathers to serve many different functions besides flight.  This is a rare chance to learn hands-on about how feathers work. Local birds are molting their feathers right now in preparation for migration south and the coming winter.  Learn how to observe these goings-on in the field to better understand the lives of birds that live right here among us.   Register online or call 206-685-8033. Read more...
Friday, July 25, 2014 -- 8:02 am
Second Annual Sidewalk Sale At Ronald McDonald House Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog -   Ronald Mc Donald's House (5130 40th Avenue NE) 30th Anniversary Sidewalk Sale is happening tomorrow  from 9-2pm featuring high-quality children's items and more with everything $2.There will be items donated by Metropolitan Market, Sole Food, Kids Club, Great Dog, Compendium, Stampin' Up and  Trophy cupcakes.  Inventory will be replenished throughout the sale.The Ronald McDonald House opened in 1983 and "supports seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, the information says "we provide a 'home-away-from-home' to help families through a difficult time. We depend on charitable donations and volunteer support from many individuals, corporations and foundations for our continued existence." Read more...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- 3:26 pm
Upcoming outdoor events: Fish, dinosaurs, bubbles and more
HeraldNet - ... the public. Two meetings are coming up. The first is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 . at the Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. The second is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31 , at the Darrington Community Center, 570 Sauk Ave., ... Read more...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- 8:06 am
Rainbow Last Night At The Beach Club
Laurelhurst Blog - A Blog reader sent us this picture taken last night about 7pm at the Laurelhurst Beach Club.He said it was a very windy night there with only four people at the weekly movie night.The Blog reader also added that  said only two people braved the water for just a few minutes - one person doing laps and a lone child trying to get on the rolling log. Read more...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- 8:02 am
iPod Found
Laurelhurst Blog -  We received this email:I found an iPod in the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot Tuesday evening, July 22nd, after 9pm.  There were 2 teenage girls riding bikes through that area, I expect it is one of theirs. Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com for more information. Read more...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 8:35 am
Large Boulder Blocking Sidewalk For Last Few Months
Laurelhurst Blog -  We have received several emails about a large boulder that has been blocking the sidewalk in the 4100 block of 55th Avenue NE. The boulder rolled down from the nearby property and was never put back in place, a resident told us. Someone put cones around it and it has been left like that for some time, causing a safety hazard for those who are not able to use that portion of the sidewalk and have to walk into the street.One email said:We don't understand why one of the large boulders from the rockery at the residence remains on the sidewalk almost fourth months after rolling there. Why hasn't the rock been removed and put back in place? Another email said:We are concerned about the boulder on the sidewalk and other boulders that could also possibly roll down from the rockery at the residence on 55th Avenue NE.  They don't seem very secure and could injure pedestrians who rock near there.  Also having the sidewalk blocked by the boulder causes a safety hazard as pedestrians have to walk into the street.  When will it be removed? And why is it taking so long? SDOT's website says regarding a property owner's responsibility for streets and sidewalks:Streets and sidewalks are for everyone's use. They add value to private property by providing access to the property and a way to get to other places in the city. Owners are responsible for maintaining part of the public right-of-way next to their property, including the sidewalk and planting strip.  A Laurelhurst Community Club Board member said to use the DPD form and list code violation as the problem and  DPD will forward it onto SDOT as SDOT doesn't have their own form.  The phone number is 206-615-0808.  Read more...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 7:54 am
Jump Rope Show Tomorrow At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Community Center (4554 NE 41st Street) is continuing its Kids Summer showtime series tomorrow, with a Ropeworks Jump Rope Show at 11am.The information says: Rene Bibaud, a Five-Time World Jumping Champion, Artist and Coach of Cirque Du Soleil, will do an interactive jump rope show.   Her company and jump roping school, Ropeworks in Seattle, has a special focus on youth motivation and fitness. Rene tours annually, performing to over 100,000 youth.  The Community Center will have two more Kids Summer shows as part of it series, this and next month and each event is $5 per family, for up to 4 people, and $2 per additional person.  The entertainment is intended for families with tots/elementary age. The shows may be outdoors weather permitting, so bringing a blanket is encouraged.For more information call (206) 684-7529. Read more...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- 7:40 am
Pelagic Birding Class At Audubon Society Tonight
Laurelhurst Blog - The Seattle Audubon Society is holding a class tonight and next Tuesday from 7-9pm, called "Pelagic Birding" with Mike Donahue, Gull Expert and Pelagic Guide.Cost: $50 members, $65 nonmembers  (Pelagic boat trip is paid separately through Westport Seabirds) The information says:The west coast of North America offers some of the best opportunities to see seabirds anywhere in the world. The rich waters 20-40 miles offshore support a diversity of species-albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and jaegers-that spend much of the year in the waters far offshore at the edge of the continental shelf.  If you've heard about pelagic birding but wasn't sure what was involved, this is the class for you!  The class lectures will cover the diversity of seabirds that are found offshore, focusing on natural history and identification, as well as how to prepare for a pelagic trip.  Then practice what you have learned with the optional one-day pelagic boat trip that departs from Westport, WA. REGISTER FOR LECTURE HERE There will be an optional field trip with the instructor with Westport Seabirds, which can fill up quickly. They have set aside 10 spaces for registered class members on their August 16 trip.  If you cannot make the August 16 trip, other dates are available independently through Westport Seabirds at the website listed below. Contact Mike Donahue directly at 206-290-8294 or bfalbatross@gmail.com to hold one of these spaces on the August 16 trip after you register for the lecture. For more information on the field trip go here.For more information go here. Read more...
Monday, July 21, 2014 -- 7:01 am
Single Key Found On Chain
Laurelhurst Blog - We received this email:On Friday, July 18, I found what appears to be a house key, probably carried by a child around his/her wrist.   It was found on the NE corner of 47th Avenue NE and NE 54th Street.  Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com for more information.  20140718_174111 Read more...
Friday, July 18, 2014 -- 7:16 pm
Police look into possible murder-suicide at Ravenna assisted living home
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Seattle homicide detectives are looking into the deaths of a man and elderly woman found Friday in a Ravenna nursing home. Read more...
Friday, July 18, 2014 -- 7:36 am
Neighborhood Birdist, Connie Sidles, Offering Informal Bird Walks
Laurelhurst Blog - Connie Sidles, latest book,  Second Nature: Tales from the Montlake Fill We recently received an email from a Blog reader asking about Connie Sidles and her bird walks. Connie Sidles is a local birding expert 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.The Blog reader email said:Does Connie ever do bird walks or may people join her even the early morning walks?  I look forward to her notes on the blog that you regularly publish. Connie responded saying:Dear Laurlehurst Blogger, Please feel free to let people know that they can email me to arrange for times when we can walk around the Fill together. If I get overwhelmed by demand, I will probaby set up a neighborhood walk schedule. But if it's just a few people now and then, I'm glad to lead personalized walks. Connie can be reached at constancesidles@gmail.com. Read more...
Friday, July 18, 2014 -- 7:31 am
SAT Preparation Class At Talaris Starting Sunday
Laurelhurst Blog - We received this email about an ongoing SAT course starting Sunday being taught at Talaris from 3-7pm through September 28th:My name is Anna Sczaniecka and I am teaching a 10-week SAT course at the Talaris Center.  The class will meet on Sundays from 3pm-7pm July 20th-September 28th, which means students will be ready in time for the October SAT.   The first two hours will provide students focused instruction on the Math, Reading, and Writing sections of the SAT.  At 5pm, the students will receive a 20 minute break (to use the restroom, go outside, or eat a light snack).  The remainder of the time will be spent playing games intended to help students learn vocabulary words and memorize key concepts. The students I have worked with over the years have seen their scores increase 50-150 points per section, but it has been a real challenge making people aware of this opportunity. For over the last twelve years, I've been helping students prepare for the SAT, ACT, and AP exams and editing their college application essays. The students I've assisted have gained acceptance into Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Columbia, Notre Dame and other top notch schools of their choosing.  I've worked with students of all levels, including students with disabilities such as dyslexia and ADD as well as students aiming for a perfect score.For more information go here.           Read more...




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