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

You can run Pritty Boys Pizza in Madrona!

pizzaDo you want to run a pizza restaurant in Madrona?  As many of you know, Pritty Boys Pizza closed, but the business is available for purchase.  We should have known this was coming: the owner’s Madrona home recently went on the market and the rumor is they moved across the lake.

We hope someone buys the restaurant….we already miss the fun family atmosphere, the pizza, and our personal favorite: the broccoli.  First the Madrona Ale House gets rid of their toys, now this!  Madrona families with young children are panicking.

We wish the Pritty Boy’s owners well.  They quietly supported Madrona activities such as Mayfair, Madrona Dine Out for Madrona K-8, and recently paid for a large portion of the holiday decorations for the Madrona business district.

A New Place To Rest Your Feet In Nora’s Woods

If you’ve never heard of Nora’s Woods, Madrona’s pocket-sized park on 29th Avenue between Cherry and Columbia streets, you’re probably not the only one. Taking up just half a block, this tiny greenspace was named after former Madrona resident and community leader Nora Wood, who bought the land in 1987 with the intention of creating a haven for both native plants and residents of the neighborhood.

Nora's Bench 1A new bench installed earlier this month provides visitors to the park a spot to sit and enjoy this little slice of nature in the midst of an urban environment. You’ll find a variety of habitats in the park, including a  fern gully, a meadow, and a lowland forest. Next time you are in the area, take a detour through Nora’s Woods, sit on the new stone bench and thank Nora for preserving this patch of green for all to enjoy.

 

Leschi and Madrona Real Estate: Prices Skyrocketing

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Madrona real estate sales have doubled from last July (16 vs 8 sales).  While the days on market have slightly increased by 2 days (21 vs 23 days) the Madrona homes are selling for much more than last year.  The average sales price this July was $890,337 vs $703,125 last July.  Both this July and last July homes on average sold for more than asking price.  The above pictured Madrona Home sold in 6 days for over asking price.

The number of Leschi real estate sales is fairly even with last year (7 vs 6 sales), but again the average sale price dwarfs last year’s average sales price.  Leschi homes this July sold on average for $953,000 versus $681,214 the previous July.  Unlike Madrona, houses are selling at a scorching pace.  The average days on market for Leschi is 7 days which is down significantly from 26 days last July.

Both Madrona real estate market and Leschi real estate market have small sample size so the statistics have to be tempered because a few sales can make a huge difference.  Looking at the Central Seattle residential real estate market (east of I-5 to the lake; south of the Montlake Cut to I-90) the number of sales only increased by one compared to last July (91 vs 92 sales) and the average sales price increased minimally from $855,163 to $867,652.  Even with this additional information, it is hard to ignore the recent Leschi home sales and the Madrona home sales.

While numbers were gathered from the Northwest Multiple listing Service; Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate or check out the link to see what’s currently available in the Madrona / Leschi area.

 

Save The Date For The Madrona Fall Wine Event

wine-glassesIf you’ve ever been to the Leschi Market, you are well aware of their excellent wine selection and knowledgeable staff, so we are excited to learn that once again the market will be providing wine for the fourth annual Fall Wine Event, scheduled for November 15 at the glassybaby studio in Madrona.

This will be a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors, drink some delicious wine, and maybe stock up on some glassybabys for holiday gifts. More details are to come regarding where to purchase tickets, prices, and event times, so check back here or visit our Facebook page in the coming weeks for additional info.

More Details On The Madrona Summer Concert Series

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Pack your picnic baskets and blanket and join your neighbors at Madrona Playfield next Thursday, August 14, for music from acclaimed Pacific Northwest folk musicians Vivian and Phil Williams. The show is part of the free Madrona Concert Series, and a second August event featuring Dysfunction Junction will take place on the 28th.

The Williamses play a style of music akin to that of the pioneers who settled the Northwest, using fiddles, mandolins, banjos, and guitars, and have been immersed in the pioneer/bluegrass music and dance world for more than 50 years, having started playing in their teens. Vivian is a prize-winning fiddler and the duo was included in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s 2008 list of the top 50 most influential Seattle musicians of the last 100 years, so you will not want to miss this!

Two weeks later another popular Seattle-based band, Dysfunction Junction, will bring their Pacific Northwest-tinged bluegrass to the playfield. Formed in 2005 after meeting at Ballard’s Conor Byrne pub, the group’s members are all accomplished musicians who are staples in Seattle’s music scene.

These should both be excellent shows, so make room on your calendars from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the 14th and the 28th to listen to some great local music!

Cheer On Cyclists In The Obliteride Fundraiser On August 10

ObliterideLogo_rgbCyclists taking part in the 2nd annual Obliteride fundraiser benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will pedal down Lake Washington Boulevard through Madrona and Leschi as part of the 25-, 50-, 100-mile race routes on Sunday, August 10. Organizers are encouraging the community to come out and cheer on the riders as they make their way through the neighborhood, and are also suggesting that spectators make signs to display along the route honoring anyone they know who has been affected by cancer.

Participants in the ride commit to fundraising a set amount of money for each distance – $1,000 is the minimum – and 100 percent of funds raised will go to Fred Hutch and its efforts toward ending cancer. Last year’s event raised more than $2 million. Riders will start at Magnuson Park and head south on Lake Washington Boulevard, passing through Denny Blaine, Madrona, Leschi, Mount Baker, and on to Seward Park, so there is plenty of room for spectators to line the whole route along the lake. There is also a 150-mile ride that will take riders to Bainbridge Island and down the Kitsap Peninsula to Tacoma and back.

If you would prefer to ride instead of spectate, there is still time to register! Visit the Obliteride site to get all the details for registering, fundraising, and ride-day details. At the very least, head down to Lake Washington Boulevard on the 10th to give the riders some extra encouragement!

Free Music Tutoring Coming This Fall At Madrona K-8

Molly SwensonResearch continues to show that kids who play instruments and know how to read music do better academically, but for many kids, buying an instrument and paying for expensive private music lessons simply aren’t options. But this fall Madrona K-8 and Seattle Music Partners are teaming up to offer free after school music tutoring to 4th and 5th graders. Seattle Music Partners pairs kids from Central Area elementary schools with tutors who range from high school students to professional musicians, and also provide free loaner instruments when needed. Students from Madrona K-8 often go on to attend Garfield High School, which has a nationally renowned music program, so music education at Madrona is geared toward preparing students for a potential continuation of their music studies there.

But the school and its new full-time music teacher Stephan Childers need your help to ensure they have enough instruments and supplies to extend the program’s benefits to all students who want to participate. They have set up a fundraising page on SwopBoard, which accepts cash donations as well as allowing people to list items for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the fundraising effort. Funds raised will be used to buy recorders, sheet music, headphones, mp3 downloads, and instruments. Also, if you have an instrument that is collecting dust and you’d like to donate it, you may drop it off at the school anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. They are accepting flutes, alto saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass clarinets, tubas, euphoniums, and French horns. So, visit the fundraising site, help Madrona fill up its instrument closet and get ready for a music-filled fall!

 

 

“The Comedy Of Errors” At Madrona Playfield This Saturday

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The GreenStage theater company is bringing its Backyard Bard series to Madrona Playfield this Saturday with its rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors.’ While GreenStage produces full-length plays through its Shakespeare in the Park series, the Backyard Bard productions are Shakespeare classics pared down to 45 minutes and feature just four actors.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Shakespeare, or with theater in general, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and enjoy the theater in your own neighborhood. Pack your blanket, your picnic basket, and your imagination, and let the actors transport you to the ancient Grecian city of Ephesus, where ‘The Comedy’ is set.

GreenStage, now in its 26th season of performing Shakespeare, aims to bring high-quality theater to the public for free, using public parks as their backdrops. After this season, they will have earned the rare distinction of having performed every play in Shakespeare’s catalog. This Saturday’s show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the playfield (34th and Spring) and is free, though GreenStage is grateful for any donations.

If you are interested in other Shakespeare in the Park productions, visit GreenStage’s website for a full schedule!