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.

Central Area Block Party Coming To 23rd & Cherry 9/27

Central Dist. Block PartyAs the main north-south thoroughfare that runs through the Central District, 23rd Avenue truly is the spine of the neighborhood, connecting the commercial hubs at Union, Cherry, and Jackson streets and serving as a link to Capitol Hill and the Rainier Valley. The adjacent blocks are home to the rich mix of organizations that give the neighborhood its character, such as Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Wood Technology Center, Coyote Central, Garfield High School, and Central Cinema. On September 27, come and gather with your neighbors at the central hub of 23rd and Cherry for the Central Area Block Party to celebrate our diverse community with live music, food trucks, an art walk, kids activities, and more!

This will also be a great opportunity to learn all about the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which aims to make the Central District a healthier, more livable place for its residents through new urban design and rezoning. Many organizations throughout central Seattle gave input on the plan, including the Madrona and Leschi community councils, so its impact is not limited to the area directly adjoining 23rd.

The block party is free and will run from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to stop by throughout the day. Read up on the 23rd Avenue Action plan and come ready to give your input and have some fun with your neighbors!

 

 

 

Volunteer Tutors Needed At Madrona K-8 This School Year

Madrona SchoolSeattle tutoring organization Invest in Youth is putting the call out for volunteers to serve as tutors in six Seattle elementary schools, including Madrona K-8, for the upcoming school year. See below for a description of the program sent to us by Invest in Youth:

Your investment of one hour a week can lead to a lifetime of dividends for a child… Volunteer tutors needed for the upcoming school year. Invest in Youth is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides free tutoring to local elementary students across the city, including Madrona K-8. Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week. Will you join us this fall? The program is pretty straight forward. Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session. Tutoring begins the first week of October, runs through May, and takes place once every week across six conveniently located elementary schools in Seattle:

Mondays: Roxhill Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

Tuesdays: Madrona K-8 (Madrona) from 4:10-5:10 p.m.

Wednesdays: Daniel Bagley Elementary (Green Lake) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

Thursdays: Fairmount Park Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursdays: Thurgood Marshall Elementary (Judkins Park) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

· 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.

· Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.

· Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today! For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!

Beautiful 1920′s Madrona Craftsman Available

Featured Listing: 1615 31st Avenue

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This 1920s craftsman ideally perched in the heart of Madrona, just hit the market for sale! The convenient location of this neighborhood home is just a short distance from the retail district and Lake Washington.

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Features include oak hardwood floors, coved doorways, crown molding, tall ceilings, sizable windows, and pocket doors. The kitchen includes slab Carrera marble counters, an island with a breakfast bar, viking range, and opens to a large back deck perfect for entertaining.

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The main floor master has ensuite bath, and  other noteworthy rooms include the daylight basement with media room, 2 bedrooms, an office, and a utility room. For more information on this lovely neighborhood home, or other Seattle area homes, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.75
Price: $795,000