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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 -- 9:48 am
Neighbor Reports "Shifty Character" In The Neighborhood
Laurelhurst Blog - We received this email:I wanted to alert you to a shifty character in the neighborhood. I live on 42nd Avenue near NE 41st Street. On Sunday my husband and daughter left the house around 10am.  Shortly thereafter, I left the house for a run.   As  I started to run up the NE 41st Street hill, I saw a younger man on a bike waiting at the bottom of the street.  As I ran up the hill he started riding down the sidewalk.    I had an uneasy feeling about him, and walked back down the hill and watched him.  He stopped in front of my house.  He looked back and saw me watching him and immediately started pedaling down the sidewalk.  He looked back at me over his shoulder 3 or 4 times as he road south on 42nd Avenue NE.  I went in to the alley to see if he would ride up the alley, but he had disappeared. I warned my neighbors about him. He was around  late 20's.  Dressed in dark clothes, wearing a large bright red backpack. No helmet. Read more...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 -- 9:46 am
Invasive Plants Conference Currently At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - UW Botanic Gardens is holding a two day conference today and tomorrow called "Meeting the Challenge: Preventing, Detecting, and Controlling Invasive Plants" from 8am-7pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture.The information says:   Invasive plants are a significant threat to biodiversity and ecosystem function. New introductions continue to emerge through a variety of pathways and vectors, while existing invaders continue to persist and expand their range. Changes in climate, land use, and biotic interactions present new challenges in controlling the spread of these invaders.  Land managers and scientists will hear the latest information on how to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to these persistent and emerging threats. Conference presentations, both invited and contributed, will stimulate dialogue, raise new questions and offer innovative solutions. Participants from throughout northwestern North America will contribute ideas and meet colleagues for collaboration. For more information go here.   Read more...
Monday, September 15, 2014 -- 7:55 am
June, July And August Neighborhood Crime Reports
Laurelhurst Blog - Here are reports of crime provided by Spotcrime which links back to the Seattle Police website:6/11 3pm assault - threats4300 block of NE 55th Street 6/13 8pm theft - vehicle4200 block of Mary Gates Memorial Drive 7/11   10:48pm assault - threats, kill5200 block of NE 43rd Street 7/15 10:26am other - disturbance3000 block of E Laurelhurst Drive7/17 2:20pm assault - threats, other3000 block of E Laurelhurst Drive7/19 noon assault - threats3000 block of E Laurelhurst Drive7/21 1pm theft - fraud, credit card3800 block of Webster Point Road 7/23 3:30pm vandalism - property damage, graffiti and assault - malicious harassment4500 block of E Laurel Drive NE 7/28 11pm forced burglary3600 block of 47th Avenue NE 8/1 12:09pm theft - financial fraud3800 block of 49th Avenue NE8/6 5:21am theft - car prowl4100 block of NE Surber Drive8/15 5:00pm burglary - no force4000 block of NE Surber Drive8/19 7:00am other4100 block of 42nd Avenue NE      Read more...
Monday, September 15, 2014 -- 7:45 am
Northwest Lanscape Paintings On Display At Miller Library
Laurelhurst Blog -  Oil paintings of Northwest landscapes by Kathleen Wolfe will be on exhibit in the Miller Library through today.Wolfe's website says:Landscape oil painting expresses the love I have for nature. Magical colors, textures, and shapes, amongst the changing light, inspires me to paint.While growing up in Washington, I explored the forest and beach daily. Hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, sea kayaking, and travel were adventures that awakened my senses and curiosity. Photography and sketching taught me to see and capture the moment. Years later, I discovered my passion; painting in oils. Painting allows me to express how I feel, while drawing me closer to nature where you too may gather strength, balance and peace. For more information go here.   Read more...
Friday, September 12, 2014 -- 7:42 am
Beware Of Teenage "Fit For Life" Door To Door Solicitor And How To Protect Yourself
Laurelhurst Blog - We received the below email yesterday from a neighbor regarding a teenager selling magazines under the name Fit for Life. whose website says: :Fit for Life Network, Inc. is a Personal Development Sales Organization. We sell magazines. All Agents are background checked and must be at least 18 years of age. Our purpose is to assist young people wishing to enter the productive work force. We provide a fun life style while teaching practical work skills and sales experience. Rewards are based on a points system and might translate into tuition payments or the exotic vacation you always wanted.  The neighbor's email said:I live in the area of 45th Avenue NE and NE 38th Street and wanted to warn others of a potential scam in our neighborhood.  A high school age boy came to our door to help fund his trip to play in a baseball tournament and possibly end up on ESPN.  He introduced himself as the grandson of a neighbor. When showing us the "brochure", he flashed a lot of money (showing all the  money other neighbors have given). He said that the way the donations worked is that 75% went to buy books for kids at children's hospital and they got 25% (or something like that).   The brochure did not look like it matched a fundraising effort.  He had hand written notes with suggested  donation packages on the order of hundreds of dollars, but suggested I just make a smaller cash donation that would be combined with other neighborhood donations. He had nothing to prove that this was an official fundraiser.  The website he gave was fitforlife.  He also gave me a cell number, which no one answered when I called later. He was very clean cut, well spoken.  He was in a white Mariners shirt and plaid shorts.  My initial instinct was to give money without even hearing all the details so I could get back to dinner.   He also interacted with my kids, asking them if they play baseball. I hope I am wrong, but if it is a scam, I think he will do quite well in our neighborhood.   I know some neighbors have already given him money. The Laurelhurst Blog staff did some research on "Fit For Life" and found it has numerous complaints nationwide from those who gave money and didn't receive anything in return.Here are just a few of the websites documenting incidents of scamming by this company:Scambook: Fit for LifeBetter Business Bureau in Denver, CO - documents about 50 complaintsComplaints BoardDoor to door Fundraising Scam Doesn't Benefit UC Davis Children's HospitalFit For Life Magazine Sales For the Troops Are A FraudWoman Victim To Group Soliciting For Fake FundraiserThe Seattle Police Department says:Most of these solicitors are not legitimate. These solicitors are scammers and give very little, if any, of the money they collect to the charity or organization they claim to represent.If a solicitor comes to Read more...
Friday, September 12, 2014 -- 7:36 am
Report City Service Requests Via Easy Mobile Phone App
Laurelhurst Blog - The City has updated their " Find It, Fix It -- Service Request" mobile application which offers users an additional way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle by taking a picture, adding detailed information and submitting the report, along with the map's "drag and drop" feature  to pinpoint the location.   Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.   The app offers these service request categories:·           Abandoned Vehicles: report vehicles parked in a public right-of-way more than three days.·           Graffiti: report graffiti, including what it is on -- parking meter, utility pole or building -- so it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.·           Illegal Dumping: report illegal dumping -- junk, garbage or debris -- on public property, including roadsides, open streets and paved alleys.·           Pothole: report a pothole.·           Parking Enforcement: make an inquiry regarding a parking concern.·           Streetlight Report: report a streetlight outage or damaged streetlight.·           Other Inquiry: this miscellaneous category is for making an inquiry or request not listed above, which will be processed by the City's Customer Service Bureau. Mobile users should choose this category to provide feedback. Read more...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 -- 11:06 am
The Herbalist sprouts up on the Hill
Capitol Hill Times - ... at 542 19th Avenue East to share her botanical knowledge with customers. The business has another location in Ravenna which opened in 1984, as well as local facilities to make the herbal products. "We have a lab here in Seattle," Salter said. "Most ... Read more...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 -- 8:19 am
Register Now For Toddler Classes At Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog - Registration is underway for a wide variety of Fall toddler classes and programs offered at the Laurelhurst Community Center.Register 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. Here are the upcoming toddler classes and programs at Laurelhurst Community Center:INDOOR PLAYLAND - weekly starting 10/1Ages 4 and youngerMiniinflatables, balls and lots of toys to keep your little ones busy. Parent supervision required. Wednesdays, $3FUN FACTORYAges 2-6Join us for a factory of fun as you and your child rotate through a collection of arts and activities designed to inspire imagination and creativity. Activities include: Play Dough, painting, building with clay, Legos, story time, games, and more! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to stay but not required. No class 11/28.  Instructor: Audrey Myrosh#121310 9/15-10/27 Mon 9-10 am $77#121311 11/3-12/15 Mon 9-10 am $77#121312 9/15-10/27 Mon 10-11 am $77#121313 11/3-12/15 Mon 10-11 am $77#121314 9/15-10/27 Mon 11 am-Noon $77#121315 11/3-12/15 Mon 11 am-Noon $77#121316 9/19-10/24 Fri 9-10 am $66#121317 11/7-12/19 Fri 9-10 am $66#121318 9/19-10/24 Fri 10-11 am $66#121319 11/7-12/19 Fri 10-11 am $66SPORTBALL JUNIORAges 18 Months-2 YearsThis 45-minute program is a perfect introduction to Sportball. Children and parents participate in our eight core sports including: hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and football along with creative games, songs, rhymes, stories, bubble time and much more.  Although these programs focus more on exploration, children will be introduced to a different sport each week. Parents are encouraged to participate with their child and challenge them according to their skill level.  Instructors: Sportball Staff#121363 9/22-10/27 Mon 9-9:45 am $90#121364 11/3-12/15 Mon 9-9:45 am $105SPORTBALL PARENT AND CHILDAges 2-3Parents and caregivers can have a direct hand in a preschooler's development through our Multi-Sport program. Sportball Junior, Parent & Child, and Me and My Dad programs teach children important introductory physical skills associated with our eight core sports (hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and football) and help them to develop confidence in their abilities. The programs also help adults understand proven teaching techniques that can be applied outside of Sportball classes. Classes focus on refining, rehearsing and repeating skills and playing games in a fun, creative, non-competitive environment. Instructors: Sportball Staff#121366 9/22-10/27 Mon 9:45-10:30 am $90#121367 11/3-12/15 Mon 9:45-10:30 am $105SPORTBALL MULTI-SPORTAges 3-5Sportball Multi-Sport skills development programs introduce preschool and primary school children to the concepts and skills involved in the eight core sports of the S Read more...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 -- 8:07 am
Hear About Updated SR520 West Side Design Concepts Tonight
Laurelhurst Blog - WSDOT is holding an open house today from 4:30-7pm at Montlake Community Center  (1618 E. Calhoun Street) to talk about the latest design features of the west side portion of SR520.The information says:Please join us at our public meeting today to learn more about updated design concepts for SR 520 improvements in the Seattle area. In 2012, the Seattle Community Design Process resulted in a series of well-supported refinements to west side elements.  This summer, design professionals have been working hard to address key topics that remained. Staff with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the city of Seattle will be on hand to share the latest design renderings, answer your questions, and hear your feedback.You can also chat with staff about construction progress across the SR 520 corridor, including Eastside and floating bridge construction, upcoming West Approach Bridge North construction, and various mitigation projects.At the meeting, you can learn about the overall corridor vision and refined design features of the: o New Portage Bay Bridge (such as bridge type and options for a bicycle/pedestrian path) o New Montlake lid (such as functionality and multimodal connectivity) o Nonmotorized connections on and around the corridor in Seattle  Read more...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 -- 2:41 pm
The Toronado: Is this the best new beer bar in Seattle?
Seattle Times - Toronado co-owner Matt Bonney pours a glass of Sierra Nevada's Yvan The Great from the 40-tap lineup. Located in Ravenna, the craft-beer bar is a cousin to the famed Toronado in San Francisco. Read more...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 -- 2:39 pm
Books and Latin American culture | Weekend Preview
Seattle Times - ... half price on Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle ( www.friendsofspl.org ). Seattle Fiestas Patrias: Celebration of Latin American independence highlighting the ... Read more...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 -- 10:40 am
Chloe Bistro For Sale
Laurelhurst Blog -  Chloe, a French Parisian Bistrot, (3515 NE 45th Street), owned by Laurent Gabrel, who also owns the sister restaurant, Voila! French Bistrot in Madison Valley, is up for sale according to several websites.Chloe opened in May of 2010 and serves French fare, including the very popular mussels many neighbors rave about. The website says other "favorite dishes include buttery sole meunière, the rich, savory broth of the bouillabaisse de rascasses and the moules provençale. Finish your meal with Chloé's assiette de fromages, the delicate mousse au chocolat or ice cream filled profiteroles." BizBuySell, Business Week and LoopNet list the restaurant for sale and the ad says:Cozy French Restaurant Located At Laurelhurst / U-Village AreasAsking price: $129,000Reason for sale: retiringDescription: 2,400 SF, 50+ (INDISDE) 16 (OUTSIDE) LOW, LOW, LOW RENT INCLUDING (NNN) GAS, ELEC, W/G/S, PROPERTY TAX, INSURANCE & COMMON AREAS. WITH MOTIVATED MANAGEMENT, DINE-IN TAKE-OUT & CATERING, GREAT POTENTIAL FOR GROWING MUCH MUCH MORE $$$, OPEN KITCHEN, SERVICE BAR WITH FULLY EQUIPPED FACILITIES, IN EXCELLENT CONDITIONS. COZY SETTING. 23 PARKING SPOTS AFTER 5PM. EASY PARKING ON THE STREET.(photo courtesy of LoopNet) Read more...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 -- 10:15 am
Attempted Car Break-in
Laurelhurst Blog - A neighbor reported this incident:On September 5th, at 5am I awoke to a loud thump on the 4500 block of 45th Ave NE.  Someone attempted to throw a rock through my truck passenger window.  The window did not break but it dented the window trim. It appears that the loud thump and unsuccessful breaking of the window caused them to move on.  Read more...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 -- 7:59 am
Don't Miss Annual Salmon Bake On Thursday
Laurelhurst Blog - The popular annual Salmon Bake is happening on Thursday from 5:30-8pm at the Park. The information says:The tradition continues! Join your community and neighbors for the annual Salmon Bake and family fun in the park! Come celebrate summer while enjoying a delicious dinner, dancing, live band and carnival games for the kids at this fun tradition in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.  The menu includes grilled wild salmon, corn on the cobb, watermelon, tangy coleslaw, fresh rolls and delicious chocolate brownies. Adult salmon dinner: $15. Child salmon dinner (12 and younger): $10. Hot dog or garden burger: $5.  This event is brought to you by Laurelhurst Community Center, Lifelong Recreation, Specialized Programs staff and volunteers and in partnership with special community business such as Metropolitan Market, Le Cordon Bleu, Era Living, Chef Melissa Maxwell owner of MaxWell Meals and more.  Read more...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 -- 7:55 am
Trough Gardens Class Tonight At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog -    Tonight from 6:30-8pm, the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street)  is having a class called "Tantalizing Trough Gardens - Creating a Hypertufa Planter."  The information says:Roll up your sleeves and connect with your inner creativity! In this class, we will explore trough garden design and planting, and we will provide all the necessary materials and instruction for you to create your own custom-made hypertufa container for planting using sustainable coir husk.  This is a hands-on class, and we will get messy! Wear durable clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or stained. You will also need to bring and wear rubber gloves. Materials will be provided, but we do ask that you bring a 2' x 2' piece of plywood to transport your trough. The cost is $60.  Register Online or call 206-685-8033.   Read more...
Monday, September 8, 2014 -- 8:52 am
Free UW Farm Walk And Tour Tonight At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - UW FarmTonight from 6:30-7:30, the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street), is having a free UW Farm Walk and Tour.The information says:The UW Farm is a cam­pus cen­ter for the prac­tice and study of urban agri­cul­ture and sus­tain­abil­ity. It is an edu­ca­tional, community-oriented resource for peo­ple who want to learn about build­ing pro­duc­tive and sus­tain­able urban landscapes.  Take this free class and learn about the farm and its history, who works there, and what they produce, followed by a brief tour of the farm site at the Center for Urban Horticulture. RSVP Online, or by calling 206-685-8033 or email urbhort@uw.edu.You can also get involved with the UW Farm.Their website says:UW Farm is bursting at the seams with gorgeous organic produce and community-supported agriculture. They would be thrilled to have your help. They need extra hands for harvesting and preparing boxes for CSA* customers. Volunteer to meet young farmers and get expereince growing food. Volunteer Hours UW Farm on Facebook  photo courtesy of the UW Farms Read more...
Monday, September 8, 2014 -- 8:51 am
Richard Flanagan Reads from 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North' At Northeast Library Tonight
Laurelhurst Blog - Award-winning Australian author Richard Flanagan will read from his Booker Prize-nominated novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" tonight at 6:30pm at the Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library.The information says:The novel is about a flawed war hero and survivor of the infamous Death Railway POW camp in World War II Burma. It tells a story of love, death and family, exploring the many forms of good and evil, guilt and transcendence. For more information go here. Read more...
Friday, September 5, 2014 -- 11:14 am
Beware Of Same Erratic Man Turning On Resident's Water And Walking Away
Laurelhurst Blog - We recently posted about an erratic man seen in Laurelhurst and other nearby neighborhoods scaring adults and children alike with his unusual behavior including yelling at people rudely, screaming obscenities, banging on car windows while people are stopped at lights, making inappropriate comments in front of children and much more.A resident took a photo of this person yesterday near Metropolitan Market after he harassed and scared the person while she was getting in her car.Recently it appears the same person has been turning on water faucets in front of homes full force and walking away, leaving some houses with the potential of flooding if the residents are gone all day.Here are some comments recently posted on NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group:Thank goodness I was home this morning - someone (I'm guessing this man) unscrewed all our soaker hoses and turned the water on full blast at around 7:45. If I hadn't been home and heard the water turn on, it would have flooded our front yard. I live on NE 57th St. and 40th Ave. I really wish this guy would get out of our neighborhoods.On Wednesday, September 3, my husband just saw a man fitting this description in Laurelhurst walking down 42nd Ave NE towards Surber Drive (perhaps to the Belvoir Place public beach park) at 12:10pm today.  He started walking towards my husband and daughter as they were getting out of the car but my husband (who was aware of the issues/description thanks to this Yahoo Group) quickly took our daughter up to the house and the guy continued walking without following/confronting them. There is someone matching a similar description who has been turning on water faucets at people's houses in Bryant/Ravenna/View Ridge so be on the lookout for that and report the activity. My neighbors also found their outside water faucets running recently and they are now suspicious it was the same person in Bryant. On our walk home yesterday we passed a house on NE 53rd and 27th Ave NE with their outside faucet running, nobody was home and my wife turned it off. We also passed another house on 28th Ave NE and NE 60th with the hose spraying water. We talked to the owner who said they hadn't turned on that water for a long time.  Lastly, watch your faucets and do call the police if you see anything odd, or especially if you encounter the person who fits the description above. It's not known who is turning on water spigots but I'm a bit suspicious it's the same person who is yelling at people. If I see this person, I'm going to call the officer in charge of our area, or if it's harassment or trespass/vandalism, I'm call 911- he needs and evaluation. Last week, a neighbor on the next block in Bryant, has had their water faucet by their front door turned on and left on 3 times - first in early in the morning (perhaps left on overnight), again in the early evening, and today the neighbor heard someone come up to the house around 2:30pm and turn the fauce Read more...
Friday, September 5, 2014 -- 7:41 am
All Books Disappear From Little Outdoor Library On NE 41st Street
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email;On Monday, September 1, I discovered that all of the books in my little outdoor "library," in the 4800 block of NE 41st Street, had somehow disappeared.  I do hope that whoever took them loves the Winnie the Pooh ones as much as I do, and the Ian McEwen is a goodie too.  Oh, and "The Joy Luck Club" - you'll really enjoy that one.   All 12 books (or however many there were) make a varied reading experience, and I am glad you are expanding your interest in reading! Now you owe me 12 favorites - thanks in advance. I am presuming it was kids on a lark, meaning no harm.   I think this might be a talking issue for families, about respect, etc.     Read more...
Friday, September 5, 2014 -- 7:13 am
Burke-Gilman Trail links two Seattle iconic neighborhoos: Woodinville, Fremont
OregonLive.com - ... the Burke-Gilman. The Burke-Gilman continues south, first along the shore of Lake Washington, then through the Sand Point neighborhood and the University of Washington to its traditional end at Gas Works Park on Lake Union, with the beautiful view ... Read more...




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