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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...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 -- 5:55 pm
Seattle teacher killed in Lake Washington boat collision
Seattle Times - ... is such a tragedy, anything you say is small potatoes." Melissa Protz taught at Assumption-St. Bridget School in Ravenna, her father said. According to the school website, she taught middle-school science at the private school. The eldest of the two ... Read more...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 -- 1:09 pm
Movie bargains / outdoor screenings
Seattle Times - ... in the "Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park" series on Thursday. Movie at dusk, Magnuson Park, athletic fields, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5. It plays this week in the "Moonlight Cinema" series on Thursday. Movie at dusk, Redhook Ale Brewery, ... Read more...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 -- 8:49 am
Laurelhurst Resident Starts Free Plant Sharing Business
Laurelhurst Blog - Foxgloves currently available through Plant-Share.comDina, a long-time Laurelhurst resident, recently started a free neighborhood plant sharing exchange business called Plant-Share.com, serving Laurelhurst and other nearby neighborhoods.Dina told us her new business, which she says is her third career, is "a way for neighbors to give their extra plants to neighbors who want them...and it's free.  "Plant-Share.com is a hub designed to connect neighbors who have extra plants to give to neighbors who want them. My website is designed to serve any neighborhood anywhere in the world.  So far, we have members throughout the city as well as nationally and internationally," she added.Recently about 100 beautiful, blue bearded iris from a member in Windermere (valued at $1,500) went to a happy home in Laurelhurst", Dina said. She writes:I've gardened all my life: in childhood first as a chore and then as a source of fresh food; in adulthood for pleasure, exercise and home upkeep. My second career as a plant biologist began with plant anatomy, segued to physiology, development and morphogenesis, and culminated with studies in genomics.As a gardener and biologist, I've always shared plants with friends and neighbors.  It just seems natural to give them away rather than throw them away. My own garden is full of stories about the people with whom I've shared these marvelous living creatures. Last year, I was in our neighborhood City People's Mercantile and a woman was buying a Bergenia. We struck up a conversation and rather than buying one $14.99 plant, she came to my house and I gave her 50 of them for free! She was happy and so was I as I had way too many.  A short while later, I needed some bamboo poles. I couldn't buy the black bamboo poles I wanted, but got connected to Syd in Wallingford who wanted to get rid of some.  Driving home with 50 bamboo poles, I added up the material shared and the disposal costs avoided and figured that these two exchanges were worth over $1,550. I began to think - why not make connections I had had, possible for everyone?  Could I figure out a comfortable, safe way that neighbors would enjoy sharing plants with each other while honoring everyone's need for privacy?  I began to dream about a website that would list plants, not the people, just the plants, so that the plants, and the stories they tell, could connect neighbors who have them to neighbors who want them. I founded Plant-Share LLC in April 2014 and began designing and building Plant-Share.com in May 2014. To participate, you join by giving contact information and telling your preferences for how and where you want to share. We list your plants and when a neighbor wants your plants, we connect you using your contact preferences.   If  you're interested in a plant Read more...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 -- 8:13 am
Audubon Society Annual Open House Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - Tomorrow night from 4-7pm is the second Annual Seattle Audubon Society Open House (8050 35th Avenue NE) with  demos, food, and more. The schedule posted says:4-6pm:            Check out more than 50 binoculars and 15 spotting scopes to choose from in the Nature ShopLearn more about volunteering and the benefits of being a memberExplore what our programs have to offer the community and you 6-7pm: Want to learn more about butterfly gardening in Seattle? Summer is a great time to start thinking about what to plant this fall.  Join us as we welcome David Droppers and his presentation "Gardening for Butterflies in the Puget Sound Region" and stick around to ask your questions! For more information go here. Read more...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 -- 8:02 am
Report Of Possible Homeless Person Near Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog - Following our post about an unusual person several residents encountered near the UW Botanic Gardens' Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street)  on June 17, we received several similar emails.One said:I've ridden my bike through there to and from work at the UW daily for the past two years. Only once, about a month ago, have I seen someone alarming on the trail.  The fellow last month, who was hiking out around 8am, had the appearance, wet pants and disheveled appearance, of of being homeless and having slept somewhere in the swamp.  I hope no one is settling in there.  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, said: You might consider writing a post for your blog suggesting that people call 911 right away. The police (both city and UW) usually respond quickly to any on-campus threats And Fred Hoyt, Associate Director, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences College of the Environment, said:Thank you for forwarding this bit of information along to us at the UW Botanic Gardens.  At this time, we have not received any reports of people acting in a strange or threatening manner.  You could check with the Campus Police to see if they have had any reports that we are unaware about.  It is good that the person(s) who contacted you did so in order that others are aware.  The advice we give to our faculty, staff, students, and visitors is if you are in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, call 911.   The Laurelhurst Blog Staff sent email to UW campus police several weeks and never received a response.    Read more...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 -- 8:04 am
Ice-Cream STEM Event At Northeast Library This Week
Laurelhurst Blog - Thursday from 3-5pm, the Northeast Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having a teens event, called "Teen Re-creation drop-in," as part of its summer learning STEM program.The information says:Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks! For ages 12 and up. And on Saturday a special event for kids called "We all scream for ice-cream" will be happening from 11-12 for ages 3 and up.The information says:Join us for an ice cream story time! Cool off with a quick ice cream or sorbet that you make yourself.  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 15, 2014 -- 7:54 am
Epic Barber Hosting Diaper Drive This Week
Laurelhurst Blog - Epic Barber Shop (3517 NE 45th Street) is hosting it's 4th annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive for Westside Baby through Friday.WestSide Baby is a  nonprofit organization that collects diapers and gently used items for children and babies and distributes them free of charge to families in the Seattle area. Annually they serve more than 24,000 children in King County. They have distributed nearly $12 million in essential items to local children since being founded in 2001. Epic Barber told us that the most needed items are newborn diapers, size 4 and 5 diapers, pull ups, wipes and hygiene items (baby shampoo, lotion, diaper cream).  Read more...
Monday, July 14, 2014 -- 4:29 pm
One more note for tonight: Memorial for Karen Sykes
West Seattle Blog - ... thousands of people to experience the beauty found in wilderness. The Seattle Program Center is located at 7700 Sand Point Way NE. The Mountaineers (also) invite those who knew Sykes to share their memories on the Mountaineers website . Ms. Sykes ... Read more...
Monday, July 14, 2014 -- 9:02 am
Popular Parent/Child Nature Class Starting This Week At Center For Urban Horticulture
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Center For Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is holding its popular preschool "Fiddleheads Parent/Child Nature Classes starting tomorrow running Tuesdays-Fridays through August 15 from 10-noon. The information says:Join us for a Fiddleheads Parent & Child Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime.   Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses.  Each week of class is based on a different learning theme and features hands-on activities, hiking, games, stories and crafts.   Above all, we will explore and let the natural curiosity of the young ones direct our adventures. Themes include "Fun in the Sun", "Wind and Air", "Reptiles", "Seeds, Fruits, and Nuts", and the surprisingly popular "Bugs and Slugs". Classes are $18 for 1 child and 1 adult. Additional children are $9, and additional adults are free.(photo courtesy of CUH) Read more...
Monday, July 14, 2014 -- 8:57 am
NEST Holding Talk Tomorrow On Navigating Healthcare
Laurelhurst Blog - NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) is having a talk tomorrow evening called "Myths and Facts: What it Takes To Navigate Your Health in 2014" at Virginia Mason in the University Village.The information says:This event includes a focus on Health Care System and Your Own Health Practices. It is a fantastic way to get your questions answered up close and personal.Contact NEST at (206) 525-6378 or info@nestseattle.org for more information. 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) whoprovide their services at a discount to members.     Read more...
Friday, July 11, 2014 -- 7:52 am
Popular City-Wide Chicken Coop And Urban Farm Tour Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog -  Seattle Tilth is hosting its annual popular "Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour " tomorrow from 10-4pm at twenty-five locations throughout Seattle. The information says:This is your  chance to visit folks who are keeping chickens and creating "urban farms" in the Seattle area. Glean great ideas from creative neighbors who are incorporating animals and unique gardens into their home landscapes. Visit the event page for the full scoop. In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in one afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. Take a look at how people live together with these animals in an urban environment. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure! Seattle Tilth has been hosting this event, or a version of it, since the 90s. This year, a panel of local experts has selected Seattle's best 25 urban farms -- prizes will be awarded and tourists will be able to choose the winner of the  "People's Choice" award.Go here for more information and to buy tickets.(photo courtesy of Tilth website) Read more...
Friday, July 11, 2014 -- 7:45 am
Learn All About Bees At Talaris Class
Laurelhurst Blog - On Sunday, HiveBio (4000 NE 41st Street), located at Talaris in Laurelhurst, is hosting a workshop on Scientific Illustration.The information says:In this all day workshop students will collect Bee specimens, learn how to illustrate their specimen and also learn all about the biology of bees.  The workshop runs from 9am to 3pm and the cost is $55.  Proceeds will go to Urban Pollination Project, HiveBio, and UW Beekeeping Club. Here is the schedule:9-10:15: Learn insect collection and trapping10:30-12: Bee tour of the grounds with Marie Clifford12-12:30: Lunch break12:30-1:00: Pinning of specimens 1:00-1:30: Examining pinned specimens.  And Dr. Evan Sugden will discuss the various bee families and answer questions.1:30-3:00: Angela Mele will lead a course on bee drawing drawing and there will bee drawing pin-up presentationsGo here to register.HiveBio is "Seattle's first citizen science laboratory open to scientists and non-scientists to carry out scientific projects and research, as well as offering public workshops and classes with real practical hands-on science classes," Sara, who works there, told us.HiveBio Community Lab was founded  just last year by Bergen McMurray and Katriona Guthrie-Honea. McMurray, a  scientist who "had been involved in DIY culture for many years and was interested in founding a biolab space wherein fellow citizen scientists could share resources, build community, and explore biosciences" Sara said. The mission of HiveBio is showing that science is fun and accessible to everyone, providing access to the equipment and lab space necessary to carry out biosicences research and exploration, and supporting a community of individuals interested in science, with an eye to the idea that greater diversity creates more innovation.Sara said that "the people who seem to enjoy our classes the most are interested in the topic, and want to explore it in a new way, with a new group of people." Read more...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- 1:46 pm
Movie bargains/outdoor screenings
Seattle Times - ... in the "Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park" series on Thursday. Movie at dusk, Magnuson Park, athletic fields, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5. It screens in the "Moonlight Cinema" series on Thursday. Movie at dusk, Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 ... Read more...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- 8:16 am
Free Kitchen Composting Class At Center For Urban Horticulture On Saturday
Laurelhurst Blog -  The Center for Urban Horticulture, located in Laurelhurst, is having a class called "How, Why and Use of Garden and Kitchen Composting" on Saturday from 10-11am.The information says:Take a quick tour into the world of compost! Join Master Gardener and compost enthusiast Fred Wemer for a look into the hows, whys and what you can do with compost made from your kitchen or garden. RSVP online, or call 206-685-8033. Read more...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- 8:13 am
NEST Having Neighborhood Cook-Out Tomorrow
Laurelhurst Blog - NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) is having a neighborhood cook-out tomorrow from 5:30-7:30pm.The information says:NEST is moving outside! This is our summer celebration and we want you to be there.  Enjoy some delicious hotdogs, burgers and bring your own side dishes or dessert to share! This is a fun way to celebrate together, get outside and meet your neighbors!  The cook out will take place on the street in front of the Ravenna United Methodist Church and NEST office (5751 33rd Ave NE). This event is open to all, so please bring your friends! 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) whoprovide their services at a discount to members.For more information go here or call 206-525-6378.       Read more...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 7:40 am
Jamtown Performing For Families Today At The Community Center
Laurelhurst Blog - The Laurelhurst Community Center (4554 NE 41st Street) is starting its Kids Summer showtime series Wednesdays, with Jamtown performing today at 11am.There will be three more shows shows 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.The information says:Play a beat you can repeat!  Jamtown will present a hands-on music and music event featuring ukulele, small percussion instruments and drums from different cultures.  Sing and dance, play with instruments and scarves!  For more information call (206) 684-7529  Read more...




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