School Boundary Meeting TONIGHT

Madrona K-8 Map(Above is proposed map for Madrona K-8.  The biggest difference for Madrona is Meany, not Washington, is the new middle school if the student does not attend Madrona K-8.)

As we wrote on Friday, school boundaries are changing in Seattle and Madrona will be affected.  If you want input, then here are three ways to do so (although we are late on writing on two of them):

1)  Email comments to GrowthBoundaries@SeattleSchools.org and either put our school or topic in the subject line.

2)  “Walk the Boundaries” which ends tomorrow.  Click the link for more information, but in short, you download a map, walk/drive the boundary and then fill out a survey online.  Maps can be found here.

3)  Considering attending a meeting tonight, Monday September 30th, at Meany Building Lunchroom just up the hill at 300 20th Ave E.   The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and is scheduled to end at 8:00 PM.   (I believe for easier access enter Meany from 300 block of 21st.)  If you cannot attend tonight, there is also a meeting Tuesday night at Ballard High School starting at 6:30 PM.

For more information about the boundary change, click here.

Seattle School District Changes: Will They Affect Your Children?

Seattle School officials released a new school assignment map last week in an effort to avoid overcrowding and make room for new schools in the area. The proposed changes would affect Madrona while keeping Leschi at Washington Middle School.  According to the Seattle Times, this is the first large revision since 2010, back when the district began implementing a neighborhood based system that allowed students to be placed in a school close to their home. School Map

The Seattle school district estimates that over the next decade they will need to prepare for 10,000 new incoming students and are building and renovating in preparation. This also includes going back to the drawing board and updating boundaries for the new schools and adjusting current boundaries, but this plan is far from set in stone, and will not affect students this school year. The proposal includes changes that would affect many Madrona neighborhood elementary students, who are currently being placed at Washington Middle School, along with Madison Park and Montlake students. If the proposal is approved many of these students would be sent to the new ( or “old” depending on how you look at it) Meany Middle School, while Washington Middle would receive students from Leschi, John Muir, and Thurgood Marshall elementary. Generally public comment on school district issues isn’t heard until closer to the final vote from the school board. For more information on Seattle District changes, visit the Seattle Times article linked above.

Epiphany School to Hold Annual Carnival Friday

bake saleThe Parents Council of the Epiphany School will be holding its annual carnival this Friday, September 27th from 3:00-6:00pm at 3611 East Denny Way. There will be many activities such as a raffle and bake sale. All proceeds from the sales will benefit a local non-profit organization. All are welcome. You may contact Jim Miller at 206-720-7667 or jmiller@epiphanyschool.org for more information.

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Madrona Wine Tasting Benefit in November

Madrona Wine TastingLeschi Market and the Madrona Community Council have again collaborated for the Third Annual Fall Wine Tasting Event.  Come join your Madrona neighbors at glassybaby headquarters (map) on Saturday November 2nd from 6:00-8:30pm and stock your wine cabinet just in time for holiday entertaining.

 

Tickets are available online for $32.50 and include wine tasting and special pricing on a variety of wines, including deep case discounts.  In addition, you can chose to buy tickets that include either a glassybaby or a glassybaby drinker to use during the tasting.

If you haven’t already, you can purchase tickets by visiting:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/445533

Ticket sales benefit the Madrona Community Council and fund neighborhood activities like the monthly newsletter, Mayfair, Halloween and other neighborhood community-building events.

Madrona Community Council and your neighbors hopes to see you there!

Jackson Stairs Cleaning Project This Weekend

Looking to help beautify the neighborhood this weekend? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! The next stair cleanup project led by the Leschi Community Council falls this Saturday September 21st. The Community Council and volunteers will be cleaning the Jackson stairs from 35th Ave S to Lakeside, and will be meeting at the top of the stairs on 35th Ave S at 10:00am sharp. gardening

This is a great opportunity to help keep the sidewalks clear and the bushes pruned, so bring your rake and broom and head on over to help beautify the neighborhood. Garbage bags, gloves, grabbers and snacks will be provided.

Chuck’s Hop Shop to Open in Central District

chuck'sThe Central District will soon be welcoming the new Chuck’s Hop Shop in October! It will be located in the empty Copymaster building on the corner of 20th and Union. The owner, Chuck Shin, currently operates the Chuck’s 85th Street Market in Greenwood where you can find 30 beers on tap and close to 1,000 bottles for sale – most of which are local beers. Chuck’s Hop Shop is planned to have 50 taps and possibly more beer selection than Chuck’s 85th Street Market has. They plan to host food trucks everyday, offer outdoor seating as well as serve ice cream. Chuck’s will be open to all ages in order to be family-friendly. Those of you excited to try out many of the beers at the new location, stay tuned for more information regarding its opening date.

 

Book Next Year’s Madrona Outdoor Movie on Your Calendar!

Although its only mid September, the sidewalks are damp and the sky is gloomy and we can’t help looking forward to next summer! Remember how fun this year’s Outdoor screening of the Avengers movie was for you and your family? We had a good turn out this year, and we can count on this to be an annual neighborhood event thanks to Lunar Productions, St Clouds, and Girlie Press. Two Movie Tickets In Front Of A Take Clapperboard And A Reel Of Movie Film

It’s never too early to plan ahead and mark next year’s outdoor movie screening on your calendar, which falls on the Thursday following the annual Neighborhood Night Out, which is always scheduled for the first Tuesday of August. If you didn’t get the chance to check out the outdoor movie experience this summer, we hope you pack a cooler, grab a blanket and join us next summer for a neighborhood night at the movies.

Time is Running Out: Honey Biscuits at Madrona Farmers Market

Time is running out to shop at Madrona Farmers Market this year.  The farmers market runs every Friday afternoon from Spring through the Summer; the last one this year will be Friday, September 27th.  Thus you still have time to buy your favorite produce, but do not forget about the honey biscuits.  Art Stone, who first started making biscuits with his grandmother in North Carolina when he was 4 years old, founded Honey Biscuits and has sold his biscuits throughout the city including previously at Beecher’s in Pike Place and Verite Coffee.  Now you can find his biscuits at many of the local farmers market including Madrona Farmers Market.  Craving biscuits?  Walk down to the Madrona Farmers Market this afternoon and look for the honey biscuits.

Art Stone making “The MacGregor”  an oversized biscuits include chunks of Bavarian Meats bacon, Beecher’s Flagship cheese, and organic caramelized onions:

 

Little Free Libraries Popping Up in Madrona

Have you seen little mailbox-like tiny houses appearing on your street? Well they’re not mailboxes, birdhouses, or newspaper dispensers- they’re little free libraries in Madrona! These fun structures are filled with books that you may borrow for free, and when you take a book you are encouraged to leave another in its place. Little Libraries are found all over the world and have recently been popping up in neighborhoods all over Seattle, and now you can find 15 libraries in Madrona. book

Each library is unique and fulled with an array of books ranging from children’s picture books, to Historical Non Fiction. The little library located at 525 31st Ave is made from a 1970’s Barbie doll house, and inside you’ll find barbies reading novels of their own. At the library on 29th and Columbia you’ll find hand painted artwork on the library’s little door. There is even a red newspaper box located at 1605 36th Ave that has been turned into a little house of books! Many residents who have contributed to the neighborhood’s little libraries have seen positive results, and find that it is a great way to break the ice and engage with neighbors. For more information, or a map locator of all the little libraries in town, visit the little library website, and remember to bring a book to share with the next neighborhood visitor!

Stabbing on 23rd & Cherry Yesterday Evening

Seattle Police Department has reported that a man was stabbed yesterday evening on the 2300 block of Cherry Street in the Central District. Around 10:20pm last night the victim was approached by two men, and reported being punched in the chest to a witness. Soon after the incident, the victim realized that he had in fact been stabbed not punched, and officers that arrived on location immediately requested backup from Seattle Fire medics. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center and officers have not located the two suspects, and there are no direct witnesses to the altercation.  Officers estimate that based on the size and depth of the wound, that the attacked may have stabbed the victim with an icepick. If you have any information on this incident, your asked to contact the Seattle Police Department. policeman-cartoon