Madrona’s Halloween Festivities

Madrona HalloweenI have written several blogs on Madrona’s Halloween Festivities this weekend, but since this is the big weekend, I thought I would do one more update.  The Madrona Community Council and B.O.O.M. (Business Owners of Madrona) are sponsoring a fun event for Halloween on Sunday, October 30th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  They invite all young ghosts and goblins to come out for some trick or treating fun!  Meet in the Madrona Shelterhouse at 4pm for some tasty treats then journey along 34th to participating businesses for special Halloween tricks and treats and a special scavenger hunt with participating merchants: Bottlehouse, Cameos & Crowns, Conscious Body Pilates, Edward Jones Investments, Guesthouse, Hi Spot Café, Juniper, Kismet Salon, Madrona Alehouse, Nena Gifts, and St. Clouds (they will also have a “shot” bar for the grown ups). This year, each business will have a secret letter to a secret word. Kids can collect the letters, solve the word puzzle, and pick up a prize from the shelter house!

In addition to the Madrona trick or treats and scavenger hunt, there will also be the First Annual Halloween Costume Contest!   Click the link to my other blog for costume contest categories and prizes.

In addition, there are other Halloween events in the greater Madrona area.  St. Therese is having their Halloween Carnival on Saturday and Madison Park Business District is having their trick or treats on Halloween.

Nextdoor Madrona

Nextdoor MadronaA new network of neighborhood websites is popping up and Madrona has their own local version of it: Nextdoor Madrona.  I recently joined and have not had a lot of time to spend on it, but basically the website reminds me of Madrona Moms.  The Seattle Times described Nextdoor Madrona as:

Called Nextdoor, it’s a new platform for creating neighborhood Web sites that function as bulletin boards, newsletters and notification systems. Neighborhoods can use Nextdoor sites – which it calls “private social networks” – to do things like post items for sale, look for a babysitter and organize events.

With such a strong presence of Madrona Moms and other Madrona websites, I do not know how well Nextdoor Madrona will take off, but I am willing to give it a try and I am sure others will too.

Madrona Wine Merchants’ Grand Opening

Madrona Wine MerchantsMadrona Wine Merchants had their grand opening today.  Madrona has been waiting for the wine shop’s pending arrival for some time now, but today they had their first ever sale at 12:15 PM.  The Madrona Wine Merchants are a specialty wine shop that sell exceptional wines at a reasonable prices.  As stated on their website:

We like to drink wine everyday and think you do too, so we mostly focus on wines that are affordable (although we’ll also stock a good selection of wines for special occasions).  We look for selections that are good deals but possess the quality that separates Bargain Wines from true bargains.

The store not only sells wine but also has wine tastings.  Their first wine tasting coordinates almost perfectly with the Madrona Community Council’s Wine Tasting Fundraiser which will be at the Glassybaby studios.  The Madrona Wine Merchants’ first tasting will be November 5th from 2 to 4 PM, while the fundraiser starts later that day at 6:30 PM.  (You could always stop by Bottlehouse from 4 to 6:30).

The Madrona Wine Merchants are located between St. Clouds and the barber shop along 34th Avenue.  The shop is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 PM, Saturdays 11 AM to 7 PM, and Sundays 11 AM to 5 PM.  For pictures of the store and for more information, check out the Madrona Wine Merchant Website (very informative) or if you are looking for a good bottle of wine for yourself or as a gift just stop by and see the store.

What a Joke! Audit Rubber Stamps Seattle School Sale

Seattle Public SchoolsThis is old news and something I have not really commented on in the past, but now that a state audit has just rubber stamped the sale of Martin Luther King Elementary School to the lowest bidder, First African Methodist Episcopal Church (First AME),  this complete and utter bad joke has come up once again.  The audit finds that the Seattle Public Schools followed state law and district policy, but unfortunately the state did not audit for common sense.  At a time when government has no money, they took the lowest bid from a religious group that got their money for the purchase of the school from the state.  So Seattle Public Schools took money from the taxpayers of Washington State and in the process basically gave the former school to a  religious organization.   No complaints about separation of church and state?

What about key players working for the Seattle School District either being fired, charged with felony theft, and/or coming under heavy scrutiny for work related scandals.   Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson was fired early this year over a financial scandal, former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter Jr. has just been charged with felony theft for alleging taking $250,000 from the schools, and Potter’s direct supervisor and a member of First AME (who won the bid for the school), Fred Stephens, has come under heavy scrutiny for his management that contributed to the scandal.

The state audit found that there was a valid market-value appraisal of the Martin Luther King School and First AME paid within 90% of that value, that Fred Stephens and his affiliate with First AME had no influence on the decision to pick their bid over the other bids that were up to 4 times as much, and that they had open, public process when making the decision.   My questions are these: If you got an appraisal of your home for $250,000 and someone offers you a $1,000,000 the next day, would you think that appraisal was worth the paper it was printed on?  Do you believe that Fred Stephens affiliation with First AME had ZERO influence on the decision to take a quarter of the money offered by another party?  Are public forums worth anything if the decision has previously been made no matter what the public says?

Yes the state audit is probably right, nothing illegal was done in this transaction that can be documented.  The Seattle Public Schools legally stole money from the taxpayers and there is nothing you can do about it.

St. Therese Halloween Carnival

Halloween MadronaSeattle’s St. Therese Catholic School in Madrona is having their third annual Halloween Carnival Saturday, October 29th from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  The carnival is held in the St. Therese gym which is on the corner of 35th and Spring.  The Halloween Carnival is free to public to enter and most activities are only $1.  Activities including everything from bouncy house to throwing a fishing hook over a curtain and pulling out a surprise.  It is a great event for young kids, if you are in the Madrona neighborhood come on by St. Therese – everyone is welcome.

And do not forget Madrona’s Halloween trick or treat event that Sunday.  Click the link for details.

Madrona Wine Tasting Event in Just Over Two Weeks

Madrona Wine TastingThe Madrona Wine Tasting Event is just a little more than two weeks away: Saturday, Nov 5th, from 6:30 PM to 9 PM at the Madrona Glassybaby studio.  The event, which is $25 per person, includes free wine tasting and light food.  This fun event will raise money for the nonprofit Madrona Community Council and Madrona K-8 School.

Since my previous blog about the wine tasting event,  several local Madrona restaurants have agreed to help with the hors d’oeuvres.  So far, St. Cloud’s, Naam, Bistro Turkuaz and Hi Spot have all agreed to participate.  Others may also get involved, but even if they do not, the food at the event should be fantastic.

Click the link to buy tickets for the Madrona Wine Tasting Event.  (Space is limited to 150 people and the event is expected to sell out).

Gas Leak In Madrona Today

Madrona Gas LeakA little scare in Madrona today.  The City of Seattle was working on the sidewalk project on 34th Avenue and they hit a gas line.  Neighbors could hear the hissing of the gas line and smell it in the air.  The Seattle Fire Department was on the scene.  Kids at nearby St. Therese School were taken in from recess and the windows to the school were closed while they dealt with the gas leak.  The leak was repaired with no injuries reported.

Sunrise Water View Washington Park Home – Open this Sunday

North of Madrona, this beautiful home in the heart of Washington Park will be open this Sunday from 1pm-3pm. This home features panoramic views, including stellar views of the Cascades and Lake Washington.  Interior features include high ceilings, large rooms, and plenty of natural light. The dining room and kitchen lead out to a private terrace and manicured lawn area, perfect for summer parties or weekend bocce ball games. For full details and pictures, please visit the listing here. Drive on over to the heart of Washington Park this Sunday and view this superb home

Status: For Sale or Lease
Bed/Bath: 4/3.25
Listing Price: $1,875,000


Dine Out in Madrona in October

Madrona RestaurantsIt is a good time to dine out in Seattle. The Seattle Restaurant Cooperative is running a city wide promotion including restaurants in the Madrona area. From October 16th to October 27th (excluding Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday brunches) more than 150 Greater Seattle restaurants are serving three-course dinners for $28 and some are also offering three-course lunches for $15. Please click for the list of participating Seattle restaurants, but the local restaurants are June in the heart of the Madrona business district as well as Cactus in Madison Park, Cafe Flora, Crush, Harvest Vine, LUC And Voila Bistrot in Madison Valley.

Madrona’s Trash Collection Company to Be Acquired

CleanScapeMadrona’s trash collection company, CleanScapes, is set to be acquired by Recology, the 8th largest solid-waste collector in the country.  Please click on the link for more details on the CleanScapes merger, but CleanScape has more than just one connection to Madrona.  Not only do they collect the neighborhood’s trash, the CEO, Chris Martin, has been a home owner for many years in Madrona, and the company has awarded the Madrona business district with street art that is currently going through permitting with the City of Seattle.