Bottlehouse Seattle’s 4th Annual Cider Fete!

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Sunday September 13th from 3pm-7pm

Seattle’s Bottlehouse will be holding its 4th annual Cider Fete!

Cider fans, here’s your chance to sample new brews or old standbys poured by
the folks who make them as we salute Northwest Cider and the culmination of
Washington Cider Week in Bottlehouse’s garden and patio.

Participating cideries include: Alpenfire Cider, Dragon’s Head Cider,
Elemental Cider, Finnriver, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Snowdrift Cider
Company, Schilling Cider, Tieton Cider Works and Whitewood Cider Co.

Ticket includes admission, live music and 10 tasting tickets. Enjoy special
menu items and cheesemonger pairings, as well as our full menu.

$25 in advance
$30 at the door

Advance tickets available at sosh.com

See you there!

Featured Home: Views In Leschi

832 31st Main CroppedThis extraordinary shingled home is now available for purchase in Leschi! Set well off the street, this home enjoys panoramic views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. Inside, dramatic beamed cathedral ceilings and an open-concept floor plan allow plentiful natural light. Lovely indoor-outdoor spaces include a sun room with glass doors opening to a large view deck, and garden access. The kitchen features granite counter tops and ample cupboards, and looks out onto spacious living and dining rooms. Upstairs laundry room and lower-level mother-in-law space. A two-car garage is accessed from the main floor – a rarity in this convenient city location. Just blocks from Frink and Leschi parks, and a short distance from the waterfront Leschi business district offering groceries, shopping, and dining. For more information about this wonderful home, contact listing agents Jane Powers and Betsy Terry.

832 31st Avenue South

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 3.25 | Sq Ft.: 3,159

Available for $1,395,000

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Smart Snacks: A Fundraiser Benefiting Students of Madrona & Leschi

image (1)Katie Busby (Leschi Elementary parent) and Stacey Kryman have been have been working on a joint fundraiser between Leschi and Madrona so they can afford to buy into the Seattle Public Schools fresh fruit & vegetable snack program.

They are hosting a fundraiser at Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) on August 27th from 6:30-8:00pm that is open to the Madrona & Leschi Community.

Tickets are available here.

Last year, they piloted a program at both schools, offering a daily fresh fruit or vegetable snack.  They had a team of parents buying, chopping and distributing more than 2,500 fresh produce servings each week.  This snack replaced the lower nutritive value food brought in each day by parents, teachers and outside groups.  It promoted the consumption of fruits and vegetables and we saw an increase in student willingness to try new foods. Teachers also reported their students were more focused in the classroom with fewer behavioral issues.  They’re really created momentum and want to expand this program for the 2015/16 school year.

Their goal is to create a sustainable fresh produce snack program for every student at Leschi and Madrona by tapping into the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program via Seattle Public Schools. This program costs $52 per student and offers a robust menu, featuring in-season produce, for the entire school year. But, since both of the schools have more than 50% of the students qualifying for Free/Reduced Meals, a $52 price tag would be a burden for many of the families. The goal is to raise $35,000 so they can fund both schools.

Also, they created an Indiegogo page to take a shot at crowd-sourcing this initiative, too. Here is the link to the Indiegogo page.

Show up on August 27, 2015 support this fantastic event that truly supports the students of Leschi and Madrona.

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August 27th Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) from 6:30-8:00pm

 

Smart Snacks: A Fundraiser Benefiting Students of Madrona & Leschi

image (1)Katie Busby (Leschi Elementary parent) and Stacey Kryman have been have been working on a joint fundraiser between Leschi and Madrona so they can afford to buy into the Seattle Public Schools fresh fruit & vegetable snack program.

They are hosting a fundraiser at Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) on August 27th from 6:30-8:00pm that is open to the Madrona & Leschi Community.

Tickets are available here.

Last year, they piloted a program at both schools, offering a daily fresh fruit or vegetable snack.  They had a team of parents buying, chopping and distributing more than 2,500 fresh produce servings each week.  This snack replaced the lower nutritive value food brought in each day by parents, teachers and outside groups.  It promoted the consumption of fruits and vegetables and we saw an increase in student willingness to try new foods. Teachers also reported their students were more focused in the classroom with fewer behavioral issues.  They’re really created momentum and want to expand this program for the 2015/16 school year.

Their goal is to create a sustainable fresh produce snack program for every student at Leschi and Madrona by tapping into the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program via Seattle Public Schools. This program costs $52 per student and offers a robust menu, featuring in-season produce, for the entire school year. But, since both of the schools have more than 50% of the students qualifying for Free/Reduced Meals, a $52 price tag would be a burden for many of the families. The goal is to raise $35,000 so they can fund both schools.

Also, they created an Indiegogo page to take a shot at crowd-sourcing this initiative, too. Here is the link to the Indiegogo page.

Show up on August 27, 2015 support this fantastic event that truly supports the students of Leschi and Madrona.

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August 27th Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) from 6:30-8:00pm

 

Madrona & Leschi Summer Housing Market Update

Featured home - 101 Euclid Ave. - Leschi

Featured home – 101 Euclid Ave. – Leschi

Sales volume for single-family homes in Madrona and Leschi is down from a year ago, with 26 (11 in Leschi and 15 in Madrona) sales in June and July of this year, compared to 35 sales during the same months in 2014. Prices, however, have increased, as the average sales price in June and July 2015 was $1,031,639, compared to an average of $896,045 a year ago. Of the 26 total sales, 21 sold for at or above the listing price, with the highest sales-to-list-price ratio at 112.34 percent for a Craftsman in Leschi. The lowest-priced sale was $523,000, and the highest sales price inched close to $2 million at $1,910,000 for a waterfront home in Leschi. Nine homes sold for $1,000,000 or more.

Four condos sold in the area in June at a wide range of prices, from $325,000 at the low end for a one-bedroom unit at a landmark building in Leschi; to $1,695,000 for a two-bedroom on the Leschi waterfront. Only two condos sold in July, at an average price of $590,500.

Madrona and Leschi typically do not see a high volume of sales, so with their small sample sizes, average prices tend to paint very broad picture of the neighborhoods’ housing markets, as one or two high- or low-priced sales can skew the average. Currently, there are 18 active single-family listings between the two neighborhoods, with prices ranging from $490,000 to $2,795,000; and there is one active condo listing for $209,900.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not complied or published by that organization.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like a complimentary price estimate of your home, or for advice on buying or selling a home in Leschi or Madrona. Click here to see what’s currently available in the area!

Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Click on the photos for more information about these featured homes!

Featured Home - 3609 E Union St. - Madrona

Featured Home – 3609 E Union St. – Madrona

 

Music in Madrona Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday during the month of August, the Madrona Community Council and Ewing & Clark will host a free concert series starting at 6pm in the Madrona Playfield.

This is an great way to soak up these lovely summer evenings and really take advantage of the wonderful weather we are getting. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and come unwind to the tunes of Seattle’s most talented musicians.

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Series Line Up:

August 6thAzanga Marimba, Check out this awesome and lively African marimba one of their performances here

“Our ensemble plays using eight marimbas – three Sopranos, three tenors, a baritone, and a base – and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are handcrafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The keys are fine-tuned to reflect tones playing African societies. Each key sits above a resonator with a vibrating membrane to amplify the sound and add a unique “buzz” to the music.”

August 13th - Lucile Street

A five person band that includes Christopher Magee on trombone, Mark Aaron on bass, Damien Garcia on drums, Peter O’Neil on guitar, and featuring Becky Lewis on vocals.

August 20thAlkali Earth, youth metal band from Washington Middle School

“Formed in 4th grade in 2013, Alkali Earth consists of four pre-teens with a passion for 80′s thrash metal and its predecessors. In addition to covers from Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath and the like, they play a few original songs, loosely focused on what their parents are currently doing to the planet.”

You can hear more of their great tracks here

August 27th – The Professors – SPU Professors (& Betsy Erving’s owner of the Arts Aloft’s, husband) featuring 60′s rock and roll.

These professions are going to teach you a thing or two about good old rock ‘n roll. You’re homework assignment for the evening…. boogie!

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Shooting on the 4th of July

There has some major discussion on Madrona Moms and postings on Madrona NextDoor.  It was a dangerous situation, that we feel the Madrona neighborhood should be aware of.

A woman was driving with 3 children after the fireworks show on the 4th of July. She was traveling towards I-90 when she stopped briefly on Massachusetts near Colman Park to call a friend who was following her and missed the turn. Someone from a group of people celebrating the 4th across the street started shooting at her car. This was completely unprovoked. She immediately drove away, but five bullets hit her car. Three of the bullets penetrated the driver’s side door, shattering the window and created an outline around the driver. There is another bullet hole near the headrest in the rear seat. If any one of the bullets would have been six inches closer it would have hit her or one of the children. Police are investigating.

Stay safe Madrona.

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Madrona Garage Sale Saturday 6-20-2015

The Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale is this Saturday (6-20-2015).  Attached is the map as well as sheet that shows the corresponding number on the map, the address, brief description, and the time.  (Note it looks like there is a mistake and #3 should be by Cherry not Union).  Have fun shopping Madrona!

Madrona Garage Sale

# ADDRESS DESCRIPTION HOURS
1 714 – 33rd Avenue Baby gear and furniture, children’s books and toys, furniture, CDs, and household items 9AM – 1PM
2 926 Randolph Avenue furniture, art, vintage stuff, ethnic textiles, Asian and American baskets and artifacts, clothing & jewelry, household and garden items. 9AM – 3PM
3 624 – 37th Avenue women’s clothing, including some designer items, women’s costume jewelry, china, glassware, small appliances, table lamps, floor lamp, pair of mahogany end tables, occasional bedroom or library chairs, small white wrought iron patio set of table and four chairs, stereo speakers,  other miscellaneous household items. 10AM – 3PM
4 1116 Newport Way Household décor, household items, small electronics, large and small furniture, clothing, art 8AM
5 3516 East Union Street Baby toys and gear, household furniture, books, women’s and men’s clothes, sports equipment, electric heaters that have never been used. 10AM – 4PM
6 736 32nd Avenue a couple bikes, a lot of household items, toys, books 9AM
7 719 33rd Avenue Household items, furniture, books, clothes 8AM – Noon
8 3314 E. Spring Street never worn and gently worn clothes & home items  11AM – 6PM
9 1110 – 31st Avenue books, an HP printer, Miscellaneous household items, Miscellaneous sports equipment (including a bike, a bike trainer, back pack), etc. 10AM – 4PM
10 3403 East Spring Street children’s gear, toys, books, household items, video games, etc. 9AM – 1PM
11 706 33rd Avenue household items, children’s shoes and sandals (some NIB, Keen, Merrill, Umi, Toms), boy’s brand name (Hanna Andersson, Tea, Gap, Gymboree) and play clothes, women’s brand name clothes (Anthropologie, Banana Republic, etc.), women’s shoes and sandals, DVDs, electronics, toys. 9AM – 4PM
12 3601 East Columbia Street Children’s gear, games, toys, sporting equipment, household items, books.  830AM – 12PM
13 3017 East Yesler Street Designer clothes and shoes (mostly wms size 6.5 & 10), Designer Sunglasses, Jewelry/Watches, Contemporary furniture, Housewares, Camera (Nikon SLR), Teak furniture 9AM – 3PM
14 425 – 31st Avenue baby clothes, baby gear, toddler and kids clothes (for boys and girls!), preschool toys, board games, puzzles, TONS of kids books, plus women’s coats, purses, electronics, housewares, sporting goods, and more! 9AM – NOON
15 759 – 31st Avenue women’s and men’s clothing, kids toys, sand box, playhouse, bookshelves, books, small tools, small furniture, quality bike parts (frame, wheels, etc.). 10AM – 1PM
16 758 – 31st Avenue Records, Games, Books, Children’s clothes and household items 9AM – 1PM
17 925 – 31st Avenue baby items & toys, some toddler toys/books and toddler clothing, some household decor items 10AM – NOON
18 1630 – 32nd Avenue Tons of women’s clothing/shoes/boots by J. Crew, Frye, Dansko, Lululemon, Crafting supplies, books, household items and appliances, bike, toddler/preschool toys and clothes. 9AM – 3PM
19 626 -36th Avenue Whirlpool refrigerator, Bosch washer & dryer, Magic Chef microwave (all are white). Samsonite luggage, traditional light fixtures, Restoration Hardware glass lamp,shades, Cranberry Xmas garlands, Potty Barn red magnolias, push lawn mower 10AM – 1PM

 

 

Family Biking Workshop June 28th

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Are you interested in biking more with your family, but not sure how to get started? Or have you been doing it awhile, and want an infusion of excitement and information? Are you tired of waiting in the line of cars during preschool/school drop-off/pick-up? Do you have questions about safety, equipment, practicality, or whether you can “do it”? If so, then this highly participatory 3 hour workshop is for you!

Bring your questions, concerns and curiosity for a lively session of information and discussion. Learn: What are the biggest hazards, and how to avoid them. What equipment is out there and what are the pluses and minuses of each. What to do about hills and rain. What resources are available to support you on your journey, and more!

Taught by veteran family-biker Morgan Scherer in an in-home setting, this session is relaxed and supportive of all questions, levels of fitness, and goals. Get the information and support you need to make the best transportation decisions for your family. For the last half hour we will be outside looking at different family biking setups, and trying them out. Bring your helmet if you have one (there will also be helmets available to borrow).

bike-and-guySunday, 6/28/15, 1pm-4pm
Fee: Sliding scale, $5-35
Mount Baker Ridge, Seattle home location (check FB Event page for info)
Pre-register by emailing Morgan Scherer, morgan@familybike.org

For more information you can view and join the Facebook Event here!

An Open Letter to Save the Madrona Pub

We’ve been asked to share this open letter with the community regarding the Madrona Pub.

 

June 15, 2015

Bart Flora
Cornell & Associates
2633 Eastlake Avenue E #307
Seattle, WA 98102

Etsuko and Frank Harris
1717 Ala Wai Boulevard #1706
Honolulu, HI 96815

Dear Mr. Flora, Ms. Harris, and Mr. Harris:
The undersigned are devoted customers of the Madrona Eatery and Pub. We are
very concerned about the looming loss of this crucial neighborhood gathering
place, even though the owner desires to extend his lease with you. We
therefore ask you to go the extra mile to work out a lease extension with
the current owner of the Pub, Burke Shethar.

Thanks in part to the Pub, and really thanks also to your good stewardship
of the property, Madrona still has a lot of individual character. We fear
that this could go away fast, as is happening all over our city with the
loss of affordable, congenial, long-lived, long-loved gathering places.

The Madrona Pub has been anchoring the commercial neighborhood and the wider
residential neighborhood for 20 years. It is that rare place where whole
families can gather, where people can watch sports, get good food and good
ales as in a European pub. We can’t imagine that a new owner would be able
to create all these fine features, given increased rents and the time it
takes for a neighborhood place to develop a loyal clientele.  Madrona’s
two-block commercial district already has 9-10 restaurants, some with very
high turnover. A new place will have a tough go of it.

The Pub fits an important niche in the ecology of these restaurants:
affordable, family-friendly, full of “regulars,” open every night of the
week, and presided over by a staff and owner who know their customers well
and by name. It takes years to create such a feeling, such loyalty.  Such
continuity is also a big benefit to the landlord.

We know how important it is for us and the Madrona neighborhood to have such
a beloved gathering place. We know how much dedication and care Burke and
his crew have put into this enterprise. We worry that it is irreplaceable in
this economy. So please, property managers and owners, work it out with
Burke so the Pub can extend its lease!

Please let us know that you have received this letter and what your plans
are to resolve the issue.  Some of us would be happy to meet with you to
learn more about the issue. Best contact is David Brewster at 329-6785, or
david@folioseattle.org.