Another Pritty Boys Pizza Daily Deal!

Looking for an after the holidays gift? Our delicious Madrona Pizza hub Pritty Boys has another daily deal out! This one is with Living Social, and the deal is $20 to spend on pizza, pasta, and other food and drink for just $10 bucks. pizza

If you’re looking for a fun gift for a family member or friend, this one would certainly be appreciated. Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year!

Waste Pick-Up May be Delayed For the Holidays

Attention Madrona neighbors:

If your garbage, food, or yard waste is scheduled to be picked up on Mondays, you are in the clear next week for a regular pick up schedule over the Christmas holiday, but all other days of the week will be delayed, as no pick ups are scheduled on Christmas day. garbage-can

All other pick-up dates will be scheduled one day later than usual, and Seattle Public Utilities has advised everyone to put their containers out by 7am to ensure collection. Happy holidays!

Farewell Party for Birth & Beyond Today!

Today everyone in the community is invited to a farewell and thank you party for Birth and Beyond  and owner, Ms. Lyndsey Starkey. Birth and Beyond has had a retail storefront to go with their classroom, which offers pregnancy & new family education and support, but will be closing their doors tomorrow and moving forward solely as an educational business. baby

Birth and Beyond has been supporting families for the past 18 years, and Lyndsey would love to invite all past clients, and anyone interested in the community to come down to celebrate this new chapter in her life. Tomorrow is the last day the storefront will be open, and several of the classes will be moving right next door to be held at Genius: A Baby Academy. The farewell event will be held at 4pm this afternoon at Birth and Beyond in Madison Valley, come on down and join the party!

Post Office to Stay at 23rd & Union – UPDATE: May be leaving in February

UPDATE:  We are hearing rumblings that the post office may be moving this February after all! The Madrona Community Council has looked into it and spoken with a Post Office affiliate, who clarified that the Post Office is in fact shutting it’s doors February 18th. Both the Retail and sorting facilities will close, and they are actively looking for a retail location now, but do not have anything set in stone. After it closes in February, the closest Post Office will be the one located at 101 Broadway East. The Postal affiliate has also mentioned that residents in the area will be receiving a notice of the closure in the mail, which will also include any updates on the new retail location. Stay tuned for further inside updates!

According to the Central District News, the Post Office is going to stick around on the corner of 23rd & Union for now, but there has been talk of financing for redevelopment for the space for years; what exactly does the future have in store? The Post Office was reportedly going to move to the corner of 4th and Lander, but has since changed gears and renewed a lease that will give them the flexibility to leave within a year’s notice. post office

The Post Office is not only a major tenant in the building (currently acting as both a retail and distribution center) but is also a major employer for the area. The owner of the building, who also owns many other parcels in the area, has since stated that having a post office is a big part of the community, and that he visualizes the corner housing a new state of the art Post Office, with an adjoining business such  as a cafe, or other fit that adds to the experience of the visit. The owner is currently looking for a developer, and eventually looking to sell the space to the right buyer. With the project across the street still on the market with no leads, and the city looking into repaving 23rd in years to come, we can look forward to a new look and feel for this bustling neighborhood block.

Leschi Community Council News: 2013 Calendars & Wine Tasting!

The Leschi Community Council has announced the availability of their 2013 calendars, where local Leschi artists have contributed their works of art in watercolors and photography for twelve months of lovely Leschi scenery. You can look for them in participating local retail stores, for $15, (would make a great Christmas gift this year!) or you can place an order by e-mail at leschinews@comcast.net.

Attention all winos: The Leschi Community Council is holding a wine tasting event on January 19th from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Blu Water Bistro. For $30 you get to sample a selection of wines provided by Leschi Market, and appetizers from Blu Water. Proceeds will benefit the Community Council, and tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

Grinch Has Stole Christmas; Madrona Can You Help?

Seattle PoliceBah, Humbug!  Seriously, this is stupid.  Stealing is never right, but stealing donations to YWCA for needy families is low.  You can read the details on Central District News, Madrona Moms, and even hear about it on the radio.  But someone or somebodies stole about $6,200 of toys from the local YWCA and now YWCA is scrambling to replace the toys by Thursday.  Any donations from local Madrona residents is appreciate.

Here are the details from Central District News:

A grinch made off with thousands of dollars worth of toys, set to be donated to needy children, in a Central District burglary earlier this month.

Staff at the Central District YWCA put approximately $6200 worth of radio controlled cars, basketballs, and other toys in to storage at a building on 28th and E. Cherry Street on December 3rd.

This morning, they discovered all the toys had gone missing, and called police.

It’s not clear when the toys were taken, as a staff member noticed the storage door was open on December 7th, but didn’t think anything of it at the time.

The case will be turned over to the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct burglary unit for investigation.

If you want to help:

We are looking to replace 300 toys in the next three days: all interests and ages, for boys and girls, up to age 18. Gifts of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the East Cherry branch of our YWCA, at 2820 E. Cherry St. Questions should be directed to Nichelle Hilton at 206.412.1605.

Madrona YWCA Adopt A Family for the Holidays

It has been brought to our attention that the local YWCA is in great need of support for residents to adopt a family in need this Holiday season. The winter season can be a struggle for those living in poverty, as many parents feel the pressure to give their children gifts, while having a hard time meeting everyday basic needs.

Nichelle Hilton has said that there are currently around 80 families or so on the waiting list that are still waiting for a family or generous citizen to adopt their family this holiday season. If you or someone you know might be interested in adopting one of these families you can contact Nichelle directly by e-mail at nhilton@ywcaworks.org.

Umoja PEACE Annual Tree Fundraiser; the Tree that Keeps on Giving

If  searching for the perfect Christmas tree is on your list of things to do this weekend, why not check out a tree that keeps on giving? The Umoja PEACE Center‘s annual Holiday Trees for Peace fundraiser is on now throughout the Holidays, and supports the Center’s educational programs in the performing arts, which provide experimental learning alternatives for youth.

All trees are priced to fit your budget, and you can call and order ahead of time, and schedule a pick up at the Center daily from 9am-9pm. If you’ve already gotten your tree but wish to make a contribution, you can still support the Center online, or mail in a check. For more information, contact the Center directly. Tis the Season!

Rusty’s New York Cheesecake at St. Clouds

St CloudsYou may have never tried Rusty’s New York Cheesecake at St. Clouds (personally it is hard for me to pass up Hot Fudge Sunday), but if you have tried the cheesecake then you should.  Almost hidden at the bottom of the St. Clouds’ menu you can find the dessert that was voted the best in Western Washington by Evening Magazine‘s viewers, beating out the likes of Molly Moon’s (3rd) and Full Tilt Ice Cream (14th).  Check out the Puget Sound Business Journal to learn more about Rusty’s New York Cheesecake.

Bottlehouse Now Open Sundays

Photo Courtesy of Bottlehouse

It used to be the norm for quite some time, and then they pulled the shades on Sundays; now the young owners of Madrona’s favored wine bar Bottlehouse have graciously opened their doors 6 days a week, (closed Mondays).

They’re now uncorking the bottles from noon-9pm Sundays, and offering an all-day happy hour with specials including $4 drafts, $4 Imbue vermouth-on-tap, and $6 sake Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well a rotating cheese board, and small bites menu. If you’re looking for a fun date night, or something to do with the girls this Sunday, you can now add Bottlehouse back to the list of eateries open in the neighborhood.