Hopefully you will have recovered enough from celebrating the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win on Sunday to attend the first in a series of author events at Madrona K-8 on Monday, February 2. Children’s author Ben Mikaelson will speak with students during the school day, and an event open to the public will run from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Mikaelson will discuss his experiences and his approach to writing, with an emphasis on the “soul of a story.” The Madrona Community Council will be providing free childcare during the event for children ages 3 to 12. This is a free event and registration is not required, so bring the whole family!
Seattle is home to more than 600 public stairways, though many of them are hidden down dead-end streets, in wooded ravines, or tucked between stately homes, making them difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. With the 2012 publication of their book Seattle Stairway Walks, Seattle couple Jake and Cathy Jaramillo put some of those hidden gems on the map, and the book’s popularity led to a similarly named website and the Seattle Stairway Walks Day, hosted by non-profit organization Feet First. The third annual event, taking place on Saturday, February 7, will take curious pedestrians on guided walking tours of staircases all over the city, including in Madrona and Leschi. This is a great chance to get to know your own neighborhood from a different perspective, or to get familiar with other parts of the city through the unique features that often accompany public stairways, such as pocket parks, viewpoints, and public art.
If you’re already well-acquainted with our neighborhood stairways here in Madrona, choose a tour on Queen Anne, North Capitol Hill, Ravenna, or a host of other locales on the schedule for the day. Proceeds from your $10 suggested donation for the tour will benefit Feet First, an organization that promotes walkable communities in Washington. Registration is required, and spots fill up quickly, so if you’re hoping for a specific tour make sure to sign up soon! All walks begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m., and meeting locations will be sent upon registration.
On February 2, Madrona K-8 will be hosting the first of its author series events at the school, featuring local award-winning children’s author Ben Mikaelson. During the school day, he will speak to 6th and 8th graders on “Becoming the Author of Your Life”, and lead a writing workshop for 3rd and 5th graders, followed by a public event that evening titled “Finding the Heart of the Story.” Stay tuned for more details about this event in the February issue of the Madrona News, and read more about Ben here!
Hopefully you got a compost bin under the Christmas tree, because new restrictions on disposing of food waste in the garbage begin January 1. Food (including meat and dairy products), along with other compostable material such as food-soiled cardboard, paper napkins and towels, coffee grounds, and egg cartons will no longer be allowed in your garbage can.
According to Seattle Public Utilities, more than a third of the material that the city sends to a landfill in Oregon is made up of compostable items, and since 2005, 400,000 tons of food have been saved from the landfill by individuals and businesses who already compost their food and yard waste. Much of the material is turned into compost that is used in local parks and gardens.
Garbage collectors will be monitoring cans, and if your garbage contains more than 10 percent compostable material, a $1 fine will be added to your next garbage bill. See here for compost cart pricing, and to learn about which items can be composted. So, challenge yourself in the new year to cut down on your waste and compost as much as possible!
We know many of you in Madrona show appreciation for your neighbors all year long, but it never hurts to have an official day dedicated to recognizing the importance of the people who comprise your neighborhood. Twenty years ago, then-Mayor Norm Rice instituted Neighbor Appreciation Day citywide, and Madrona residents still celebrate it today, along with our Neighbor Appreciation Awards.
This year’s event, taking place February 7 at Madrona K-8, will feature a special appearance from the man who started it all, Mr. Rice himself, who will be discussing the continued success of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Don’t forget to cast your votes for the awards before noon on January 3, and join your neighbors for the event on Saturday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m. Also, keep your eye out for a special insert in the February Madrona News for another way to show your neighbors you appreciate them!
The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival has been a highlight of the holiday season in the Seattle area since it began in 1949, and the ship, along with its trailing parade of lit up boats, brings its show to Madrona Beach Park this Saturday, December 20. The Dickens Carolers will be singing traditional Christmas tunes from 9:45 – 10:05 p.m. in Madrona, or if that is too late for you and your little ones, head to the earlier show at Madison Park Beach at 4:40 p.m.
This is the perfect opportunity to grab dinner or a drink at one of Madrona’s fabulous neighborhood restaurants before heading down the hill for this quintessential Seattle Christmas event!
Several burglaries have taken place at Madrona homes and businesses over the last few weeks, and although one of the suspects was recently apprehended, an overall uptick in crime in the neighborhood means it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is secure. Here are some tips from the Seattle Police Department’s crime prevention coordinator:
- Many burglars gain entry through unlocked windows, so make sure they are locked any time you leave the house (including second-story windows). If your windows slide horizontally, the addition of a wooden rod in the window track adds extra security. Close the blinds when you are away to block views of valuables inside your house.
- Make sure your exterior doors are strong and have at least a 1″ deadbolt.
- Consider adding motion sensory lighting, especially in dark, secluded backyards.
- Always answer the door when you’re at home. This doesn’t mean open it to just anyone, but talk through the door to make any potential burglars aware that the house is occupied. If you’re home alone, make them think there are others in the house by yelling “I’ll get it!” or something similar, to further deter them.
- Consider a security system if you don’t already have one set up.
- Mail theft is especially rampant during the holidays, when many residents are having gifts delivered to their homes. If you’re not at home during the day, have packages delivered to your workplace or to the home of a trusted neighbor who can be present for delivery.
- Most importantly, don’t wait to call 911 until after something happens. Let police know at the first sign of suspicious activity.
Multiple neighbors have also reported that a possibly stolen United States Postal Service truck has been seen several times in the neighborhood over the past few weeks, along with men wearing headlamps lurking around homes and claiming to be mailmen. If you see one of these suspicious men or a mail truck in the neighborhood at an unusual time of day, call 911 right away.
This will be the 20th year running for Madrona’s Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards, and the Madrona Community Council would like to remind you to send in your nominations for who you think makes a big impact in our community. Here are the five award categories, as published in the Madrona News:
- The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.
- The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity.
- The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community. Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love, who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.
- The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.
- The Madrona Good Neighbor Award: This award goes to an organization whose activities particularly benefit Madrona.
You have until January 3 to get your nominations in, and Neighborhood Appreciation Day will take place on February 7, 2015. To submit a nomination, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your nominees and a few sentences about why you think they embody the spirit of each award.
Art programs are often the last to get funded at many schools, but art remains an important facet of students’ educations. Madrona K-8′s art teacher, Tamia Sheldon, has started a fundraising campaign through donorschoose.org to raise money to buy art supplies for this year’s planned projects such as sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, and painting with acrylics. She would like to raise enough money to buy canvases, supplies to make custom book bags, clay materials, and paints, and needs about $2,300 to fulfill her orders. So, if you have a student at Madrona, or you would simply like to support Mrs. Sheldon and her art class, visit donorschoose.org to make a donation!
What could be better than drinking wine for a cause? Proceeds from this Saturday’s 4th annual fall wine event will go right back into your neighborhood, benefiting the Madrona Community Council and its events such as Madrona Mayfair and Halloween in Madrona.
Tickets are still available for the event, which is being held at the Aegis Living facility on 23rd Avenue East and East Madison Street, and features wines chosen by the expert wine staff at the Leschi Market. The $32.50 ticket price includes wine tastings and special pricing on bottles and cases to take home. With Thanksgiving only two weeks away this provides a great opportunity to stock up before the holiday festivities, while contributing to the community events we all love.