Madrona K-8 To Host Silent Auction During Mayfair

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If the pony rides and Recess Monkey concert weren’t enough to persuade you to attend Madrona Mayfair on Saturday, May 10, here’s another reason – you will have the opportunity to support Madrona K-8 through its first annual silent auction! The school hopes to raise $10,000, which will go toward classroom technology and supplies, covering field trip expenses, and supporting arts and music programming.

To make the auction a success, the school needs strong community support, so organizers are asking neighbors to spread the word about the event and most importantly, attend Mayfair on the 10th and place some bids!

 

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Support Madrona Mayfair With Sweet Treats

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Even if you’re not able to volunteer your time on the day of Mayfair (Saturday, May 10), there are other ways to help out – all you need is an oven! Organizers are asking for volunteer bakers to contribute items for the Mayfair bake sale – cookies, brownies, Rice Krispy treats, or any other sweet treat that can be sold individually on the day of the event. Items would need to be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. on the 10th. Please contact Shannon Huffman Polson through her Facebook page if you would like to volunteer to bring baked goods.

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Jackson St. Jazz Walk This Saturday

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The jazz scene in Seattle peaked between 1937 and 1951 and was centered around Jackson Street in what is now the International District. For the past several years the Jackson St. Music History Project, a partnership between the Pratt Fine Arts Center Youth Art Works and the Jackson Place Community Council, has been working with kids to create community art that celebrates Seattle’s place in jazz history. This Saturday, April 5, they’re bringing jazz back to Jackson with the Jackson St. Jazz Walk, featuring performances from 18 bands and musicians.

Best of all, this event is FREE and performances will be spread between six venues on Jackson Street between 16th and 21st Avenue South, giving you a taste of what club-hopping was like in jazz’s heyday. The lineup includes a diverse range of music representing Seattle’s eclectic contemporary jazz scene, from the Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble to the Garlic Gulch Boys to the Bernie Jacobs Quartet and the Central District’s own Garfield High School jazz band. The walk starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends at midnight. See a full schedule and lineup here.

Also included on the schedule is the Pratt Fine Arts Center’s “One Hot Night”, the center’s bi-annual open house that offers live demonstrations, food and drinks from local vendors and food trucks, and class discounts for attendees. The open house is free runs from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Pratt is located at 1902 S. Main St., one block north of Jackson.

This is a great opportunity to discover (or rediscover) Jackson Street, listen to some excellent music and support the Central District!

 

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Volunteers Needed For Madrona Mayfair

Picture Courtesy of Madrona.us

Picture Courtesy of Madrona.us

Looking for a great way to get involved in the Madrona community? Volunteer at Mayfair! The success of the May 10 event is dependent on community members helping out, and there are numerous opportunities to help, from manning booths, to helping with the bike parade to cleaning up afterward. Shifts that still need to be filled are:

  • Mayfair setup: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (10 volunteers needed)
  • Traffic control for the parade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. (7 volunteers)
  • Pony rides: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (3 volunteers)
  • Pony rides: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (3 volunteers)
  • St. Cloud’s table: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (1 volunteer)
  • St. Cloud’s table: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (1 volunteer)
  • Hot dog stand: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (5 volunteers)
  • Hot dog stand: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (5 volunteers)
  • Bouncy house: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (2 volunteers)
  • Bouncy house: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (2 volunteers)
  • Bake sale table: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (4 volunteers)
  • Bake sale table 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (4 volunteers)

For more info or if you would like to volunteer for any of these shifts, please contact Nikki Lundin through her Facebook page.

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More Details On Madrona Mayfair

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The colorful and springy Madrona Mayfair poster is getting us extra excited for everyone’s favorite spring event, coming Saturday, May 10! This 38-year-old Madrona tradition attracts as many as 500 families from the Madrona/Central District area, and provides a great opportunity to celebrate our beautiful neighborhood.

Here is the agenda for the day:

  • 9:15 a.m. : Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
  • 9:30 a.m. : Parade begins!
  • 10:00 a.m. : Charles the Clown Show @ The Shelterhouse
  • 10:30 a.m. : Reptile Man show @ The Shelterhouse
  • 12:00 p.m. : Recess Monkey Concert

Other activities for the day include, break dancing instruction, a yo-yo contest, pony rides, face painting, and a photo booth. Mayfair screen printing is also being offered, so bring a t-shirt or tote bag!

While Mayfair is free to attend, it costs the Madrona Community Council about $4,000 to produce, and it couldn’t be done without its neighborhood sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Ewing & Clark real estate, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Seattle Orthodontics, Molly Moon, Lakeview Kids’ Dentistry, Madrona Dining and Sipping Society, and Cambium Landscape.

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Madrona Farmers Market Coming Soon!

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Spring is finally here, and with that brings the arrival of fresh produce, meats and specialty foods at Seattle’s seasonal farmers markets, including Madrona’s, which is slated to begin Friday, May 16 and will take place every Friday afternoon through September 26.

Get your baskets ready to fill up with all the market has to offer – a small sampling of last year’s bounty included fresh meat and potatoes from Olsen Farms in the Colville area, juicy peaches from Martin Family Orchards in Cashmere, hazelnuts from Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards in Lynden, and fresh Washington salmon from Wilson Fish. Make a whole night of it by getting your grocery shopping done, watching a live cooking demonstration, and enjoying a meal prepared by market vendors (last year included Los Chilangos traditional Mexican food and their specialty Al Pastor). The market also encourages attendees to support the local, family-owned businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods of Madrona, Madison Valley, the Central Area and Capitol Hill.

The Madrona Farmers Market is open every Friday, May 16 through September 26 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., and takes place in the parking lot of the Madrona Grocery Outlet at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way E & E Union St. For more information, visit their website, and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance.

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Opinions on Prop. 1 to Prevent Deep Metro Bus Cuts

**This post was written by  Madrona, Seattle reader Hester Serebrin who is not affiliated with the Madrona, Seattle blog. We love hearing the opinions of our readers, and would welcome an opposing stance on the proposition.

Why I’m Voting YES on Prop 1 on April 22nd to Save Metro Bus Service

Without action soon, King County Metro will cut 17% of service, with the first cuts taking place as early as June of this year. As many as 74 routes, including routes 4 and 27, are slated to be completely eliminated. Another 107 routes, including routes 2 and 3, will be restructured or reduced. Route 8 will no longer run South or East of E John Street & 16th Avenue E. You can learn more about the cuts that Madrona and surrounding neighborhoods are facing here.

Having grown up in Madrona, and a frequent rider of the often infrequent #2, I can say from experience that Madrona can’t afford to lose its already limited bus service. And neither can the rest of King County. As any bus rider who has been passed up by an overcrowded bus or forced to stand for an entire commute can tell you, these cuts couldn’t be coming at a worse time. Metro should be growing by 15% just to reduce crowding and keep up with demand.

Thanks to the Great Recession, Metro has lost more than $1 billion in projected revenue from the sales tax. Through efficiencies, cutting less productive routes, nearly doubling fares, and spending down reserves, King County has been able to avoid major cuts to our bus service. Meanwhile our state leaders in Olympia have failed to authorize a more stable long-term funding source for transit.

But we can save our buses by voting YES on Prop 1. King County Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council have moved forward with a proposal to fund Metro with the only funding source the county has available. The measure— a $60 vehicle fee and .01% sales tax increase—would cost the average household about $11/month, and will include measures to make sure that low income bus riders and car owners can still afford to get around. Those making less than $23,000/year can get a reduced bus fare that will save bus riders between $35-54/month. Low-income car owners will pay a reduced license fee.

Fail to pass this ballot measure, and we fail our friends, family, and neighbors in King County: Metro’s proposed service cuts would affect up to 80% of all bus riders, who will have to wait longer or walk farther to get on the bus. Some will be left without a way to get around at all. And it’s not just bus riders who will be affected: service cuts are anticipated to put 30,000 cars back on the street, clogging our already congested arterials and highways and making commutes worse for everyone on the road.

That’s why I’m voting YES on Prop 1 on April 22nd, and I urge you to do the same. You can learn more at www.movekingcountynow.org.

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Project Ninho Summer Camp Provides Artistic Nest For Kids

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Ninho means “nest” in Portuguese, and the Madrona summer camp bearing that title aims to provide a nurturing space for kids to experiment and create art through its classes and workshops. The camp also teaches kids the importance of sustainability by using locally sourced recycled materials.

This summer’s camp is titled “Creatively Reinvent, Recycle, Renew,” and comprises four 4-day sessions running from mid-June through the first week of July. At the first session (June 16-19) kids will learn how to re-purpose old magazines by making collages and art objects; the second session (June 23-26) focuses on egg-carton art; the third (June 30-July 3) explores papier-mache techniques using newspaper; and the fourth (July 7-10) will teach kids step-by-step to create their own teepees from used burlap coffee sacks.

The half-day camp sessions take place at Project Ninho’s studio space at 1801 33rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, and are open to kids ages 5-11. Enrollment is open now. Visit Project Ninho’s website for more information.

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Leschi & Madrona Real Estate Report

The Madrona real estate market featured two sales this past February.  The number is not that unusual since there have only been six (2013), three (2012), and two (2011) sales in Madrona the previous three years in February.  This year’s sales totaled just $725,000 which was impressively $1,000 more than the combined list price.  One house sold for $450,000 while it was listed for $449,000 and the other property, a 915 square foot home on MLK Way, sold for the list price of $275,000.

The Leschi real estate market had four residential sales this February.  That number is a little better than usual since there have only been five (2013), three (2012), and one (2011) sales in Leschi over the previous three years in February.  This year’s sales totaled $2,018,500 with the highest sale being $920,000 for a home on Lake Washington Blvd across from the Leschi Sailboat Marina.

Leschi Home

Central Seattle real estate, which basically includes the area from the Montlake Cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5, is showing signs of strength.  While the median year-to-date sales price is down from $619,000 to $577,475, the average year-to-date sales price is actually up from $729,042 to $736,659.  In addition, year-to-date sales for the first two months are up with 88 sales in 2014 versus 79 sales in 2013.  Inventory is also tighter than last year down from 128 to 93 active listings in the month of February.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel to reach out to me: Kristine Losh.

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Dine Out To Benefit Madrona K-8 On April 8

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Almost anywhere you eat on 34th Avenue on April 8 will benefit Madrona K-8 School as part of its 6th annual Dine Out fundraiser. Participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to the school, which will be using the proceeds directly to support arts and enrichment programming, including funding two full-time artists in residence from Art Corps, the largest nonprofit arts education program in Seattle.

All you need to do to participate is let the restaurant know you’re there for Dine Out, and enjoy your meal! Participating 34th Avenue restaurants are: Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royale/Verite, Hi Spot, Madrona Eatery and Alehouse, Naam, Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria, and St. Cloud’s. Barrio, on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill will also be participating. Reservations are recommended if you choose a restaurant that takes them.

Dine Out Madrona is sponsored by the Madrona K-8 PTSA.

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