Seattle Christmas Ships Kick Off Voyage Leaves Leschi Tonight

Christmas ShipsIt is still November, but the Argosy Christmas Ships kick off voyage leaves the Leschi Marina tonight at 7 PM.  While the kick off voyage is tonight, the Christmas Ships will not be visiting Madrona until December 22nd at 9:45 PM.  Mark your calendar for the event which will take place at Madrona Beach near Spectrum Theater.

If you have young children and the Madrona Beach Christmas Ship visit is too late, consider going to Madison Park Beach on the same night.  The Argosy Christmas Ships will visit Madison Park at 4:55 PM on December 22nd.

Check out Argosy’s website for the entire Seattle Christmas Ship schedule.

Reminder: Merry in Madrona Tomorrow

Merry in MadronaHappy Holidays!  Support your local Madrona businesses this holiday season, and to kick it off this Saturday is Merry in Madrona.  This Saturday, Madrona shops will be open until 6 PM and many will be offering special gifts and treats.  For example, Kismet Salon and Spa (map) will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM this Saturday and will have holiday bazaar with local crafts and artisists, Aveda Pure Priviledge double points, great gifts, service specials, and a raffle.

Also, on Saturday do not forget about:

Hedge Comes Down and Reveals Genesis House

Genesis House has long been apart of our Madrona and Leschi neighborhoods, but mainly goes unnoticed because of the large laurel hedge it sits behind.  Well, the hedge has come down revealing the Genesis House campus sitting on the west side of 34th Avenue from Cherry to James Street.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the facility, Genesis is a community based residential drug rehabilitation program providing long term treatment for people with multidimensional problems. To learn more about Genesis and the care they provide, visit their website today.

Update on School Zone Speed Cameras

Earlier this week we blogged about the new School-Zone Speed Cameras. According to the Seattle Times, there were over 6,000 speeders since November 1st when the cameras went live. Mayor Mike McGinn was surprised by these numbers. Because there were so many speeders, the warning-citation period that was supposed to end THIS WEEK, has now been extended to Monday, December 10. From that day forward any vehicle caught driving faster than 20 MPH in those school zones when lights are flashing, they will expect to receive a $189 ticket in the mail!According to the Seattle Times and McGinn, if drivers continue to exceed the speed limit in the numbers they did in November, the city could expect to collect between $2-4 million in ticket revenue each year! Although McGinn said, “Our goal is not to write tickets, it’s to reduce speed.”

So drivers, SLOW DOWN! Any day after Monday December 10th, if caught speeding in those school zones, you WILL be ticketed!

For more information and to read the full article from the Seattle Times, visit their website!

Top 10 Places For a Cold Brew Around the Sound

Do you find yourself getting bored of hanging out at the same neighborhood bar, just around the corner form your apartment? Try something different next time your in the mood for a change of scenery, and check out one of the local favorites around the city of Seattle. Seattle Weekly has compiled an extensive list of fun and funky places to order a brew and watch a Sounders game, or play a round of shuffleboard or pool with your friends. Check out the list below, and please offer your suggestions: any additional watering holes that MUST be on this list?

Canterbury Ale & Eats – This Capitol Hill dive is a place where you can truly eat, drink and be merry. The exterior resembles a medieval castle with a full suit of armor to greet you at the door. Once inside diners have endless options of pub grub and a full bar, with shuffleboard, pool tables, a number of large flat screen TVs playing whatever games are on that night of the week, and a jukebox full of all the classics.

Al’s Tavern– This Wallingford favorite is easy to miss on NE 45th Street, but those who have been in a time or two since it’s opening 7 decades ago will tell you they come back for the old school charm, and cheap good eats. Al’s is a cash only dive, with cheap burgers pints and stiffs, and prices haven’t changed much since it’s opening long ago. Al’s has a jukebox and pool tables for entertaining.

Targy’s Tavern– Who knows if the rumors ring true, but Targy’s is said to be one of the first bars in town to have opened after Prohibition went out the window. Located on Queen Anne Hill, Targy’s is away from the busy ave, but neighborhood locals will flock here for a relaxing brew or a stiff drink, and hit the dart boards or catch a game with the guys. They have a very happy happy hour from 4-7 Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday, $2.50 bottles, and $3.50 drafts.

Twilight Exit– Can you really say anything bad about a great Central District bar that cures it’s own bacon? Twilight has a great beer selection, and happy hour with $1.50 PBRS til 8pm, and you’ll find an array of games in the back area from Ms. Pac Man to Buck Hunter, and shuffleboard. When the weather pick up again, there is ping pong out back

Hattie’s Hat– While wandering down the main strip of Ballard Ave, you’ve likely passed Hattie’s, and it’s pretty much stayed the same since they served the first brew back in 1904. They no longer open at 6am to cater to the graveyard dockworkers, but they do have two nice happy hours from 3-7 and 10-midnight, and brunch on the weekends.

 

Pritty Boys Family Pizza Now Delivers

Zaw PizzaIt was just this month that Pagliacci’s started delivering pizza to Madrona and Leschi, but now Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria also delivers to local residences.  It was announced on Madrona Moms and signs along Madison Street that Pritty Boys will now deliver.  Just call them at 206-257-1319 to order food to your home.  Turkey, mashed potatoes and now this…I better start running to get burn all these calories off.

UPDATE: From Pritty Boys’ Facebook Page:

Delivery! Delivery! Delivery! Here are are more detail about our new Delivery Service Available during all operating Hours! Free Delivery for order over 20 dollars Our Current Service Area Boundaries  are North – Montlake Cut/520 Freeway South – Yesler/Jackson Ave East – Lake Washington West – 15th Avenue

Garfield Community Toy Drive Now Through Dec 7th

The Garfield Community Center on 23rd & East Cherry has kicked off it’s annual Holiday toy drive which will run now through December 7th. The drive will collect toys for children of families in the community in need, and every year the Community Center hosts a nice holiday party for up to 200 children; they make sure no child goes home empty handed. The community center had teamed up with Associated Recreational Council to host this year’s drive and encourages local businesses, community organizations, and individuals to drop off any unwrapped or wrapped toys at the Garfield Community Center.

The toys are for Children ages 0-12, and they ask that you please label toys that are wrapped for gender/age. You may also make cash donations, as they will be purchasing new toys for those in need as well. For more information, call Garfield Community Center at 206-684-4788 or stop by during regular operating hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.). Tis the season to be giving!

Central District Arrest Causing Controversy

Seattle PoliceI was driving in the car today and heard of a controversial arrest made by the Seattle Police on October 6th. Little did I know it happened on 23rd and Union near the liquor store parking lot in the Seattle Central District. Check out the video on Central District News and see for yourself what you think of the arrest. The video is long but if you start at the 4 minute mark you see the suspect refusing to answer the polices’ questions.  The police then tell him to put his hands behind his back and then the incident happens.

Merry in Madrona this Weekend

Merry in MadronaMerry in Madrona is this weekend, Saturday, December 1st.  Holiday decorations are up along 34th Avenue and Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM) will have their stores open for extended hours to celebrate the season.  Madrona K-8 will have a book fair starting on Saturday as well.  Finally, the Christmas Wreaths which are on sale until tonight at 5 PM will be available for pickup this Saturday in the Amara parking lot from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Come celebrate the holidays and be so very merry in Madrona this weekend.

Madrona K-8 Book Fair

Madrona K-8Madrona K-8 will be having a book fair starting next week with a special opening this Saturday, December 1st, to coordinate with Merry in Madrona (read tomorrow’s blog).  The book fair will be open on Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM.  The book fair will go to support Madrona Elementary.  If you are looking for Christmas gifts for kids, stop by the Madrona School library this weekend/coming week.