Madrona K-8 Principal Not Returning This School Year

Farah Thaxon has been the Principal at Madrona K-8 for the past three years, and has announced that she will be moving on this school year to focus on elementary education as the Principal of Emerson Elementary, within Seattle Public Schools. This decision for change was not made lightly by Thaxon. “Please know that I am still dedicated to the community and the school,” said Thaxon. “I will continue to be the champion for Madrona K-8 as it is one of the most amazing school and communities that I have been part of.” schoolMary McDaniel will serve as the interim Principal for the 2013-14 school year. In a letter Thaxon wrote to the school community, she said “most of all I am thankful for the relationships that have developed with the students, families, and Madrona community. Madrona is a wonderful place full of joy, passion, and most of all a community that cares for every student.” Even though the school will be continuing on this school year with a new principal, the same values will be instilled. If you did not receive the letter from Thaxon in the mail, and would like to read it, you may find the link below.

Letter From Ms Thaxton

Central District Street Fair is Coming August 10th!

August is just around the corner, and so is the much anticipated Central District Street Fair! Join your neighbors on Saturday August 10th from 11am-5pm for an all day free fair on 24th Ave between E Yesler and E Alder Street. There will be live music, great food, and plenty of vendors, performing arts and exhibits to keep the whole family engaged. There will be a talent competition, farmers market, The annual fair has been around since 2002, originally called the Educational Resource Street Fair, and has really blossomed over the years into what it is today; a place where difference neighborhoods can come together to celebrate culture, education, youth and families. The Central District Street Fair is gearing up to be one of, if not the biggest multicultural fairs in the city of Seattle, and members of the community are strongly encouraged to participate with a booth, to share all of the exciting history, achievements, and projects within the neighborhood. If you’re interested in registering a booth at this year’s street fair, you may call 206.659.8255 or email All booths are $55 for businesses, and free for public/private organizations, and must be preregistered to participate. We hope to see you there!

Central District SF

Leschi Marina in Need of Repairs

According to the City of Seattle’s Park’s Department, 2 marinas owned by the city are in need of about $8 million in repairs, and one of them is in Leschi, and the other is in Lakewood. One idea floating around the department to generate funding has mixed reviews with nearby tenants; a proposal for a restaurant and farmer’s market near the Lakewood marina. Leschi Marina

According to King 5, a community meeting will be held at the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club on Monday. Curious about the future of the Leschi marina? Attend the Lakewood meeting, let us know if any ideas pop up.

Montagne Pop Up in Madrona

Studio Montagne

Photo courtesy of Studio Montagne Facebook

Anne Smith grew up in the Wedgewood neighborhood, and is the woman in charge of over a dozen top shelf production Filson catalogs each year, but you can find her around Madrona in the pint-sized pop up shop Studio Montagne in the old Driftwood storefront. She is a personal stylist, helping to redefine all that is Northwest, and displays a variety of accessories, home decor, and up-cycled furniture at the Madrona shop. Smith has a European flavor about her, and claims her style is influenced from her time in France. Her decor is seasonal, so if you’re looking for something bright to spice up the rest of the summer, head over to Studio Montagne.

Oh no, Madrona’s Restaurant Bea Closes!

Madrona RestaurantSad news, Restaurant Bea has closed their doors just as June and Cremant did before.  Unfortunately, that Madrona restaurant location seems to be cursed.  We will miss Restautant Bea’s open kitchen, their chef’s table, good food, and creative bartenders.  Restaurant Bea’s owner, Kate, has asked anyone who wants to stay in touch to visit their website, where the following note is left:

I am very sad to say that Restaurant Bea is now closed. I will all miss our supportive customers and want to thank you for coming in.

I also want to thank my staff and wish them the best of luck. They kick ___ and I couldn’t have asked for better people to be with during this last year.

I welcome any thoughts or questions at

Thank you. Kate

Thank you Kate.  Madrona will miss your restaurant and you (although we hope to see you around the neighborhood).

Outdoor Movie Night at Madrona Playfield

Madrona MovieLooking for a fun, summer event to enjoy with your family?  How about an outdoor movie Thursday, August 8th at the Madrona Playfield?  The event, sponsored by St. Clouds and Girlie Press and produced by Lunar Flicks, is featuring The Avengers.  The movie will begin at dusk , but you should get there early to reserve your spot.  Attendees are encouraged to sit on blankets or on the grass so everyone, big and small, can see the screen.  If you come by, suggested donation is $5 to benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation.  Bring some snacks and join your fellow Madrona neighbors for a fun, family event.  See you there!

Central Cinema has Raised Enough Money for a New Digital DCP System!

cinemaCentral Cinema had been trying to raise $60,000 through their Kickstarter campaign for a new digital DCP (Digital Cinema Package). By 2014 all major movie studios will only be distributing films in DCP. Many small theaters are being forced to upgrade to digital DCP’s to keep up with the larger theaters. The much loved Egyptian Theater on Capitol Hill recently closed its doors due to lack of funds and not being able to afford to upgrade. Central Cinema needed help raising funds to convert their theater to DCP and as of yesterday, supporters of the theater have helped them meet their goal of $60,000! Central Cinema is excited and grateful for all contributions and will be having a party Thursday at 8:00 to celebrate.

There is still a few days left to raise a bit more money so that they can purchase an audio system to go with the new projector that will help enhance the movie watching experience. They are offering packages at discount prices such as $77 for 11 movies, $110 for Date Night Package which includes 2 11 movie punch cards ($5/movie) and $121 gets you a years worth of popcorn. Other packages include t-shirts and food. If you would like to contribute please visit

Leschi & Madrona Park Bathrooms Destroyed by Fireworks

MadronaSeattle Police are asking for help to find the vandals that caused thousands of dollars of damages to public bathrooms in Madrona Park and Leschi Park.  On the 4th of July, vandals used fireworks to blow up toilets at both park locations.  (See video of news story).  Other damage was also done.  For example at Madrona Park, the dumpster had fire damage including having the plastic lid completely melted away.

Seattle Parks normally lock all bathrooms during the Independence Day, but decided to leave them open this year since parks have heavy use during the holiday.  Hopefully, a few vandals will not change this new policy for the future.  Click the link to Komo News to read more about the destruction at Madrona Park and Leschi Park.

Possible Madrona Post Office Relocations

We’ve written about the Post Office on 23rd & Union’s relocation in the past, and now we’ve caught wind of where a possible relocation may occur. The East Union station has identified two possible sites for the relocation, and has already moved it’s distribution to 4th Ave S & S Lander Street, and the PO boxes are in transition to Broadway. The E Union Post Office is scheduled to be gone by January. A letter was posted at the Post Office indicating that the two sites under consideration for a possible relocation are 2209 E Madison Street, and 3308 E Spring Street. If one of these properties meets the needs of the community, as well as the Postal Service, it could be chosen location for the new Post Office. Madrona community members are invited and encouraged to comment on the proposal by July 19th, and you may do so by writing a letter to: post office

Vice President, Facilities
c/o Angela S. Kuhl
USPS Facilities Office
7500 E. 53rd Place, Room 1108
Denver, Colorado 80266-9918

Reserve Space at Madrona Park Beach for Your Next Event

madronaMadrona Park Beach is the perfect place to hold company and family events. There is room for playing, water for swimming and picnic areas for eating. If you are looking for a place to have a birthday party or family reunion, reserving tables are an excellent idea. There is a shelter available for $90/day with capacity of up to 80 and 7 reservable tables for $20/day. The park features restrooms, parking and 5 grills. Park hours are 8:00am – 10:00pm.

Enjoy the Summer heat at the beach! Madrona Park Beach hours are  11:00am – 7:00pm weekdays and noon – 7:00pm weekends. The beach features a play area for kids, a diving board, swimming raft and on duty lifeguards.