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35th Avenue N.E., at Thornton Creek, to be Closed for Six Months

April 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

Beginning as early as May 5, part of 35th Ave. N.E. will be closed for approximately six months while the city’s longest creek is reshaped to prevent chronic flooding and restore habitat for threatened salmon and other species.

For years, the confluence of the North and South branches of Thornton Creek, just east of 35th Ave. N.E., has been prone to flooding. High waters have frequently inundated nearby homes, Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool and closed the road to traffic.

To fix the problem, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will remove an undersized culvert under 35th Ave. N.E. and realign the existing creek channel through a new two-acre flood plain. The wider channel and flood plain connection will help native fish habitat by spreading out and slowing the peak flows of Thornton Creek.

Additionally, the project will construct a new bridge under 35th Ave. N.E. slightly north of where the creek currently runs.

To perform the work, it will be necessary to close a section of 35th Ave. N.E., between N.E. 110th St. and N.E. 105th St., for about six months. During the closure, 35th Ave. N.E. will be open only to local access traffic.

Meadowbrook Community Center and Meadowbrook Pool will have to be accessed from the south and will remain open and offer regular programming.

Traffic will be detoured from 35th Ave. N.E. to Lake City Way N.E. via N.E. 110th St. and N.E. 95th St. Detour signs will be in place prior to the closure.

Southbound Metro buses (Route 64 and 65) will be detoured to Lake City Way N.E. via N.E. 110th St. and N.E. 95th St.

Northbound Metro buses will be diverted to Sandpoint Way N.E. via N.E. 95th St. and N.E. 110th St.

To learn more about Seattle Public Utilities’ Thornton Creek Confluence Project, check it out online.

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Sustainable NE Seattle Meeting – This Thurs. (4/17)

April 16th, 2014 by hillaryu

The next monthly Sustainable NE Seattle meeting is this Thursday, 4/17, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The meeting has moved to the Meadowbrook Community Center, located at 10517 35th Ave NE.

Join them as they work to rebuild a Sustainable NE Seattle. They are seeking input from the neighborhood on developing the “How We Work: guide to our operations.” Come and share your ideas and suggestions on how they can move forward with their plans.

This meeting will also mark the beginning of their Open Nominations period for their first Board of Directors election, to be held next month!

About Sustainable NE Seattle:

The mission of Sustainable NE Seattle is to support the transition of our community toward resilience and sustainability. We are a multi-neighborhood organization, working together on various action projects in such areas as food security and growing local food, alternative transportation systems and neighborhood mapping, tree and habitat preservation, green building and energy efficiency…trying to effect positive change for our locality, creating a world that works for all.

Learn more on their website.

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The Future of 35th Ave N.E.

April 14th, 2014 by hillaryu

The 35th Ave Committee has been working for several years to proactively plan for change along 35th Ave N.E. and help create the conditions that the community desires of its neighborhood business district.  Recently, they have received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to develop streetscape guidelines and zoning recommendations to help shape the future of 35th Ave N.E.

Over the next couple months, they are hosting 3 public workshops to gather more input for these planning outcomes.

Public Workshop 1: Tuesday, April 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Public Workshop 2: Wednesday, June 11th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Public Workshop 3: Thursday, July 31st, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

All public workshops will be held at the Messiah Lutheran Church at 7050 35th Ave N.E.

For more information, visit the 35th Ave Committee website.

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Business Profile: 8 Limbs Yoga

April 9th, 2014 by hillaryu

8 Limbs Yoga, located at 7345 35th Ave NE, Seattle, has been providing yoga to our neighborhood since 1999 when Anne Phyfe Palmer decided to open her second studio in Wedgwood. Palmer, a Seattle-resident since 1993, discovered yoga at the young age of 7, when her parents gave her a yoga book. Although she didn’t know it at the time, yoga would become her way of contributing to the community-at-large and finding balance in her personal and professional life.

Palmer’s mission is to provide yoga in a way that’s inclusive to all styles of the practice and is very welcoming. She also wants her studios to be a place where the community can gather, practice together and have a deeper connection with ourselves.

When asked about the benefits of yoga, Palmer says, “in today’s world, we all have intense workloads, commitments to our family and can sometimes find a lot of stress in our lives. The practice of yoga helps to reset everything and creates nourishment in our body so that we can continue to do all of the things we love. It can also help us become more efficient at what we do and have more energy.”

I decided to observe a Friday morning class taught by Brent. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with warmth and a friendly smile by the Wedgwood Studio Manager, Theresa Spencer. Spencer has been with the company for 11 years and got started with yoga after being bored with other cardiovascular activities. She says, “Yoga turned out to be so much more that what I ‘thought’ it was going to be.  My practice has assisted me through thick and thin.  This was now 15 years ago.” In her role as studio manager, Spencer assists students in finding the classes that fit their schedules and interests. She also oversees the studio’s daily operations. When asked about her favorite part of the job, she insists that it’s ”the community and the opportunities for continual growth and expansion.”

For the next few minutes, I watched the students pour into the studio. Each student was very friendly, smiling and excited for their practice. As everyone got settled, Brent introduced me to the class and I thanked them for having me. After that, it was complete silence, with a focus on breathing. I spent the next hour observing Brent’s class, where he taught mindfulness focus.

After the lesson, I spoke with Palmer and Spencer and asked them what advice they have for new students who are thinking about starting yoga. Palmer says “it’s important for new students to remember that flexibility is not a prerequisite and there is no requirement to have a certain body type. Come as you are and we will help yoga match your life.” Spencer added, “DO IT NOW! (Oh only if I would have started younger!!!).”

If you’re interested in getting into yoga and/or trying the 8 Limbs Wedgwood Studio, check out their class schedule here.  They currently have a 2 month trial for new students for only $108!

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TONIGHT: Public Hearing Regarding funding for Seattle Parks & Recreation

April 7th, 2014 by hillaryu

Monday, April 7, 2014
Council Chambers, City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor
Seattle, 98104
6:00 p.m.

The Seattle City Council is considering joining 17 other Washington cities in creating our own Parks District, and they are looking for voices from the community. Join them for a public hearing regarding a Parks District that will provide stable, predictable funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation.

For more details about the Seattle City Council’s recommendations, visit their website.

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Bartell Drugs accepting donations for Oso, WA mudslide relief effort

April 2nd, 2014 by hillaryu

In conjunction with the Salvation Army, Bartell Drugs is accepting donations to support ongoing relief efforts for those affected by the recent Oso mudslide in Snohomish County. The Seattle-based chain has pledged $10,000 to match customer contributions with a donation to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

Donations of any amount can be made with a cashier at Bartell Drugs locations in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties.

We have two locations near us – University Village & Roosevelt Square.

For locations and more information, visit their website.

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Best of the Northwest Spring Art Show

March 28th, 2014 by hillaryu

Colorful scarves, wonderful wall art, glittering glass, bright garden decor and more at Magnuson Park! Celebrate spring with locally made art and fine craft to enrich your life.

Talk with the artists and peruse their latest work while enjoying live music and great food.

Ciscoe Morris is a special guest speaker at 1pm on Sunday.


Buy them in advance to save time and money: $5 online ($6 at the door); $8 online special admits two.

To buy tickets and learn more visit the NW Art Alliance website.

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Man Wounded, Gunman Arrested Following University District Shooting

March 26th, 2014 by hillaryu

Read the original story on the Seattle Police Department Blotter.

“Just before 5:15 PM police received several reports of gunfire near NE 47th Street and Brooklyn Avenue NE.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man in his 40s with a single gunshot wound lying on the ground near an alleyway.

Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries and officers began searching the area for several vehicles, which had fled the scene moments after the shooting.

Officers performed two high-risk stops—one on an SUV on Interstate 5 near Lake City and another on a vehicle near 85th and Aurora—and detained five people in connection with the shooting.

Officers and detectives are still investigating the incident.

Update: Police arrested the suspected gunman on I-5 and have detained two other people. The other individuals stopped by police have been identified and released, and detectives continue to investigate the incident.

The victim has been identified as a 40-year-old man, who is now in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center/

Seattle police took five people into custody Wednesday evening following a shooting in the University District, which left one man with serious injuries.”

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Preschool for All Community Meeting – March 27

March 26th, 2014 by hillaryu

The City of Seattle’s Office for Education is hosting a series of community meetings to provide information to families about the City’s efforts to provide affordable, quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds in the city, and to learn from Seattle residents what they feel such a program should include.

The next meeting is Thursday, March 27  from 6-8pm at the Northgate Community Center at 10510 5th Avenue NE in Seattle. Interpreters in Spanish and Chinese will be available. In addition, supervised children’s activities (for ages 2-8) and refreshments will be provided. Additional information about Preschool for All can be found on the Office for Education and Seattle City Council websites.

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Youth Sailing Open House – Summer Programs for Kids

March 25th, 2014 by hillaryu

Starting to make summer plans for your kids? Here’s a great opportunity, in Sand Point, to learn how your kids can be on the water this summer.

More than a dozen organizations have teamed up and are holding a Youth Sailing Open House so that parents and kids can come learn about the variety of options available. Programs are for children as young as five years old all the way through high school. The all-day event is free and will include land and on-water activities.

Land activities include knot tying, rigging, burgee making, and relay races. Sailing instructors will be on the water doing tacks and gybes to show kids what sailing in boats these sizes looks like. Free sailboat rides will also be available. (Weather dependent)

Participating programs include:

Center for Wooden Boats

Corinthian Yacht Club

Green Lake Small Craft Center

Mt Baker Rowing and Sailing

Queen City Yacht Club

Sail Sand Point

Schooner Zodiac

Sea Scouts – Puget Sound

South Whidbey Yacht Club

Sound Experience/Adventures:

SSS Yankee Clipper

Tacoma Yacht Club

YMCA Camp Orkila

Saturday, April 19, 2014. Rain or shine.
11am – 3pm
Sail Sand Point –Magnuson Park

Sail Sand Point is located about five miles north of the University of Washington on the western shore of Lake Washington. The entrance to SSP is off of Sand Point Way NE at NE 74th Street. For directions, visit the Sail Sand Point website.

For event information and questions contact or (206) 789-7350 or check them out on Facebook.

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