Madrona Community Council Meeting Next Tuesday October 7

MCCThis month’s Madrona Community Council meeting is taking place next Tuesday, October 7, at 7:15 p.m. at the Shelterhouse. It will be a short meeting, addressing the traffic study in progress on Dorffel Drive in Denny Blaine (read more about that here), and a planned apartment development project at MLK & Union. The discussion will be followed by a meet and greet with community council members and an opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Photographer for Mutt Match Up for the Madrona News
  • Leaders for Madrona Blossoms
  • Chair/co-chair for the spring Madrona Mayfair event
  • Help with the 25th Madrona Neighborhood Awards Ceremony on February 7
  • Garden Tour possibilities
  • Summer Concert series at the playfield

Come have a drink and snack and learn about how you can help out in the community! The Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E Spring St.

Madrona Blossoms – Needs You!

madrona blossomsMadrona Blossoms needs your help.  Madrona Blossoms has helped beautified the business district of Madrona over the years, but the time has come to pass the baton to organize the baskets. Many people have help keep the Madrona Blossoms going over the years including, but limited to, Suzanne Sheppard, Mike Walker of Hi Spot, John Platt from St. Clouds, but probably the heaviest load has been carried by Marie Doyle and Andrea Matus-Magee.  Marie and Andrea have done the marketing/communication to raise the money, tracked the donations and thanked the donors.  After ten years, Marie and Andrea are ready to step down and are asking for volunteers that can keep the tradition moving forward.  If interested, please feel free to attend the next Madrona Community Council meeting at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse (corner of Spring and 34th next to tennis courts) on Tuesday night, October 7th, at 7:15 PM or if you prefer comment on this blog and we will pass your name along.

Help Madrona K-8′s Music Program Get A New Sound System

Madrona SchoolMadrona K-8′s new full-time music teacher, Stephan Childers, is working hard to bring the pieces together to build the foundation of Madrona’s music program. He has the most important element – enthusiastic students – but he needs your help to get the technology that will make their voices heard. Mr. Childers has started a fundraising campaign through DonorsChoose.org for a new speaker system that will bring a professional sound to their two upcoming holiday concerts and will last the school for many years.

An anonymous donor has already pledged half of the nearly $2,500 needed for the system, but that donation will only be fulfilled if the remainder is pledged in the next seven days. A similar fundraising effort for a wireless microphone for the school was completed in just 24 hours, so let’s keep the momentum going to get Madrona’s music students a great sound system! Submit your pledge here and enter the word “INSPIRE” when you check out.

Madrona Library Closed, To Reopen Tuesday 9/16

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Update: Library will reopen tomorrow 9/18!

If you tried to visit Madrona’s Sally Goldmark library this weekend you may have been disappointed to find the branch closed. The temporary closure that began Saturday is due to assessment and repair of the main sewer line running through the area, and the library is scheduled to be open normal hours starting tomorrow, 9/16. Click here for the Madrona branch’s hours.

Tickets Now Available For The Madrona Fall Wine Event

wine-glassesWith temperatures still hovering in the 80′s it’s hard to believe that fall’s rain is just around the corner, but with the new season comes the Madrona fall wine-tasting event! Tickets are now available for the November 15 event that will feature tastings from a selection of wines put together by the Leschi Market, as well as wine available by the bottle and by the case with special pricing.

Originally slated to be held at the Madrona glassybaby studio, the event has been moved to the Aegis Living facility on 22nd Avenue East and East Madison Street. Tickets are $32.50, and proceeds benefit the Madrona Community Council and its community events such as Mayfair and Halloween in Madrona. Whether you are looking to stock your wine cabinet before the holidays (just in time for Thanksgiving!) or just enjoy some delicious vino with your neighbors, this is sure to be a fun event.

Click here for tickets!

Save The Date For The Ephiphany School Annual Carnival

carnivalClass has already begun for students at Epiphany School, but the upcoming parents council annual carnival will give parents, staff, and neighbors a chance to ring in the 2014-2015 school year, as well. This year’s event will take place on Friday, September 26 from 3:00-6:00 p.m., and in true carnival fashion will include game booths and a bouncy house. There will also be a bake sale, raffle, and a toy and book sale, with proceeds benefiting a local non-profit organization. Tickets for activities and the food booth will be available for 25 cents at the carnival.

Whether you have a student currently attending Epiphany or not, all are welcome to attend and spend the afternoon playing games and socializing with friends and neighbors. Epiphany School is located at 3611 E Denny Way.

 

 

 

Kismet Salon Saying Goodbye To Madrona, Hello To Capitol Hill

kismetAfter 10 years in its space on Spring Street, Kismet Salon is packing up and heading west to Capitol Hill. In a letter to the Madrona Community Council, salon owner Heather Caldwell expressed her gratitude to the Madrona neighborhood and its residents for their support, and says the salon’s new location on Broadway will allow them to expand in order to offer more services and Aveda products.

You have a few more weeks to visit Kismet at its current location – they’ll be there until September 27 and will open at 512 Broadway Ave. E at the beginning of October. As a thank you to current clients who decide to make the short 2.3-mile trek to the new salon, they’ll be offering 5 percent off services for life and validated parking at one of the neighboring parking lots.

While it’s always disappointing to see long-time businesses leave the neighborhood, we wish Heather and her team the best of luck with their new adventure!

Madrona Community Council Meeting Next Tuesday 9/9

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September’s Madrona Community Council Meeting is next Tuesday the 9th, and here’s what’s on the agenda for the night:

  • Status and next steps concerning the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) at 34th & Union
  • Updates on neighborhood issues: the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, the parklet on 34th Avenue, the SDOT sidewalks and trees study, and cuts to Metro Route #2
  • Updates on recent and upcoming events: Madrona Concert Series, Madrona K-8 events, Halloween on 34th, fall wine-tasting event at glassybaby on Nov. 15, co-host/candidate issue forum with the Mount Baker and Leschi community councils
  • Report from bylaws committee
  • Call for volunteers for a possible neighborhood garden tour
  • Other business
  • Treasurer’s report

This looks to be a very informative meeting, so head to the Shelterhouse (3211 E Spring St.) at 7:15 on the 9th for all the updates on what’s happening in Madrona!

 

Still Time To Enroll Your Preschooler At The Harvard Avenue School

schoolAre you or someone you know looking for a preschool for your child this fall? The Harvard Avenue School still has space available for preschoolers at its Capitol Hill location for the school term starting next Monday, September 8. The school provides students a well-balanced education with introductions to science, math, reading, writing, art, music, and French language. Visit the school’s website to learn more about its curriculum and for enrollment information, or call them at 206.329.5187.

Madrona’s Hidden Gem: Prographica Gallery

PrographicaMany of you have probably driven north on 34th Avenue and curved down the hill to Madrona Drive without ever realizing there is a hidden gem of an art gallery just to the west of Epiphany School. Prographica Gallery occupies a small, ivy-covered brick building on E Denny Way and 36th, quietly promoting contemporary art. This Saturday, September 6, the gallery is holding an event for its opening exhibit of the fall season, featuring the prints of Washington resident Dianne Kornberg.

Past exhibitions at the gallery this year have included Elizabeth Ockwell’s drawings, watercolors and multi-process works depicting the architecture of Paris, landscapes of the Skagit Valley, and animal subjects; and “Colors of Gray” featuring the works of Hilary Brace, Kimberly Clark, Ann Gale, Michael Howard, Amy Huddleston, and Jordan Wolfson. In addition to a rotating cast of contemporary art shows, Prographica hosts lectures, panel discussions, and literary readings.

So, if you’ve always been curious about what’s behind the door of that brick building, or if you’ve never noticed it at all, stop by the opening this Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to get a glimpse inside your neighborhood art gallery. Prographica is located at 3419 E Denny Way.