New Date for Wine Tasting Event to Support the Madrona Neighborhood

Madrona Wine TastingI will be writing more about this exciting event in the future, but I wanted to get the word out as soon as possible.  The date and venue have been set for the Madrona Wine Tasting Event which is being put on by the Madrona Community Council.  The event, which will be Saturday, November 5th (NOT October 22nd as previously reported) from 6:30 to 9 PM at Glassybaby studios (map), will help support all the things that are sometimes get taken for granted in the neighborhood such as Madrona Mayfair, Madrona Blossoms, Madrona Newsletter, Halloween Party, etc.

Tickets are $25 per person and will include appetizers and wine tasting.  Click the link to buy your tickets to the Madrona Wine Tasting.

UPDATE: Comments Requested on Madrona Sidewalk Project

SDOTI previously blogged about the proposed sidewalk project in Madrona.  The City of Seattle is giving Madrona residents an opportunity to give them feedback before starting on the sidewalk.  Following is the information they asked me to pass along:

SDOT [Seattle Department of Transportation] seeks input on our planned sidewalk repair project on the 900 block of 34th Ave. (Thanks for your earlier post on this.)

There are 2 public events to learn more:
1. Public presentation and Q&A Tues., Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m.
Madrona Community Council Meeting, Madrona Playground Shelter House (just south of E Spring St)

2. Drop-in hours with project manager Thurs. Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Cupcake Royale (E Spring St and 34th )

Today nearby residents and businesses are receiving flyers on the project and we are placing posters in neighborhood shops.

The poster which will be place in Madrona businesses’ windows and the flyers which will be handed out to Madrona residents and businesses have more information about the project, but the things that stuck out to me are:

  1. The plan includes the removal of nine trees from the sidewalk since the sidewalk has been deemed to narrow for trees to grow, but SDOT plans to plant two trees in the Madrona neighborhood for each tree they remove.
  2. SDOT is considering similar future sidewalk repairs within two blocks north and south of this project in the future.
  3. If work moves forward as planned  it will begin mid-October 2011, so within a couple weeks.

UPDATE: Madrona Shop Burglaries Featured on Komo News

Komo News has an in depth feature on the rash of burglaries that have hit the Madrona Business District.  Check out the video – there is a lot of shots of the Madrona neighborhood as well as interviews of several shop owners including Heather and Lisa from Kismet and Juniper.  Komo also mentions the break in I blogged about yesterday.

Garfield Homecoming Football Game This Friday

Garfield High SchoolGarfield’s Homecoming Football Game is this Friday, September 30th starting at 5 PM with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night.  The game was originally scheduled to start Friday at 7 PM, but the time has been changed.  The Bulldogs will be taking on Roosevelt Roughriders.  If you have not been to a high school football recently, this is a great chance to root on Madrona’s closest public high school at Memorial Stadium.

Another Madrona Business Burglarized

Seattle CopI have been meaning to write an update about another break in of a local Madrona business.  This is the information as I have heard through the neighborhood, so some of my information may be slightly inaccurate.  But the news on the street is someone (more likely multiple people) broke into the garage where Glassybaby’s offices are (on 34th Avenue, not on Union) and made their way to the third floor.  I guess there are individual offices (not related to Glassybaby) that share the floor with each offices divided by glass walls.  Thus the burglars shattered several glass walls to get into each office and stole computers and whatever else they could find of value.

This seems to be a disturbing trend.  Just recently two retail locations were also robbed and reportedly lost up to $45,000 of inventory.  I am crossing my fingers that the Seattle Police are following up on any leads that they may have.

Madrona Presbyterian Church Chat Regarding Proposed Women’s Shelter

Madrona Presbyterian ChurchThe following information was submitted to our Madrona blog.  Please attend if you are interested to learn more.

Madrona Presbyterian Church’s Community Coffee Chat Thursday, October 6th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Coffee Chat on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM there is a community forum regarding the Madrona Presbyterian Church’s goal to open a women’s shelter. All Madrona neighborhood residents as well as Madrona businesses and other entities are invited to attend. Madrona Presbyterian pastor as well as members will make a presentation with time for questions and feedback. The plan is to open the shelter for women and their children by this winter 2011.
Madrona Presbyterian Church
832 – 32nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
http://www.madronachurch.org/

Madrona Resident Recognized for Seattle Projects Like Art Stable

Art Stable SeattleChris Rogers, a resident of Madrona, was recognized on the front page of the business section in the Seattle Times today.  The article centered on Chris’s work including his major role in creating the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park in Belltown, developing the boutique work-live condo building: the Art Stable (pictured) in South Lake Union, and his current project which is thought to be the greenest office building in the world: the Bullitt Center office building on Capitol Hill.

Read the entire article to learn more about your fellow Madrona resident: Chris Rogers.

Central Area Assault Leads to Death

Seattle PolicemanI hate to do two negative blogs in a row, especially when neither incident took place in Madrona, but there was an assault in the Central District that lead to a man’s death on Thursday morning.  The previous link has more details, but the assault happened a block east of Garfield High School.  The Seattle Police believe the victim knew his attacker and that there was no connection to the school.

UPDATE:  The man who was found dead has been identified as Shaun Harris.  According to the Seattle Times article, Harris is a Level III sex offender (high risk to re-offend) and has an “extensive” criminal history.

“Tuba Man Killer” Pleads Guilty for Incident at 23rd and Jackson

Seattle PolicemanI previously blogged back in June about Billy Chambers trying to run his accuser off the road on 23rd and Jackson in Seattle’s Central District.  It looks like Billy Chambers will spend 16 months to 22 months in prison for his decision.  Billy Chambers was one of the juveniles who killed the Tuba Man.  Billy Chambers has also been convicted of robbery and possession of stolen property as a teen as well as theft as an adult.

Weekend at Bernie’s in Denver

This has nothing to do with Madrona, but I read this and could not believe it.  There was a real Weekend at Bernie’s in Denver where two men found their friend dead.  Instead of calling the authorities, the two men put the body in the car and drove to various restaurants, bars, and other establishments all while using their dead friend’s ATM card.  Click the link to read more about the men’s spree through Denver.