Seattle School Board OK’s Madrona Neighborhood Boundary Changes


We wrote about the proposed Madrona neighborhood school boundary changes back in September and as of last week, these boundary changes were accepted by the Seattle School board. According to the Seattle Times, the board also unanimously voted on a plan for reevaluating the school boundaries over the course oft he next 5 years to fill the schools that are currently being renovated, or in construction, including another middle school that is in the North, and one in Capitol Hill. If you’d like further details on the school boundary changes and how they might affect your child, you can find the extensive article in the Seattle Times.

Christmas Ships Are Coming to Madrona

The Argosy Christmas ships festival has been anchoring at harbors around the Puget Sound and Lake Washington since 1949, and every year we look forward to seeing the beautifully lit up ship cruise by singing holiday music in Madrona & Leschi – quite a treat for the eyes and ears! The ship will depart Leschi Marina several nights including Sun Dec 1st, Wed Dec 4th and Thursday Dec 5th if you’d like to catch a glimpse of the ship strung with holiday lights- great opportunity for a family photo opt.

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

If you’re around Madrona, the Christmas ship will be performing at the Madrona Beach Park on Saturday the 21st.The Choir singing aboard this ship will be the Dickens Carolers, and a parade boat will of course follow the Christmas ship en route. This is always a treat for those watching from the shore, but if you’d like to climb aboard the Christmas ship, or the Parade ship that follows, book your seat before they fill up today!

Shop Madrona for Small Business Saturday

Shop Local SeattleSupport our local Madrona businesses this coming weekend on Small Business Saturday (November 30th).  There are a ton of reasons to shop locally: keeping your dollars in the local economy, building entrepreneurship, supporting vibrant neighborhoods, etc.  There is even a local website that helps you find local Seattle stores, although their list is far from exhaustive.  So this Saturday, buy a coffee from Hi-Spot, get a drink at Bottlehouse, buy a meal at Turkuaz, St. Clouds, Madrona Alehouse, Café Soleil, or Pritty Boys Pizza, and get your dessert from Cupcake Royale or Molly Moons.  Purchase a piece of art at Conrow Porcelain, shop for a Christmas gift for dad at Hammer+Awl or for mom at Hitchcock, buy a gift for your hard-to-buy-for co-worker at Nena’s gift shop, and find a bottle of wine at Madrona Wine Merchant to take over to a friend’s house for dinner.  There are a ton of Madrona stores, shops and businesses we are leaving out (check out our likes on our Madrona Facebook for others), but shop locally this Saturday and we know you will find everything you are looking for.

Madrona K-8 to Host Book Fair

book fairMadrona K-8 will be hosting a book fair Monday, Dec. 9th – Saturday, Dec. 14th. All proceeds from the sale will go towards purchasing new books for the library which is where it will be held.

The schedule is as follows:

Mon. 12/9: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-1:00

Tues. 12/10 & Wed. 12/11: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-4:15

Thur. 12/12: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-4:15, 5:00-7:00

Fri. 12/13: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-1:00

Sat. 12/14: 9:00-1:00

This event is perfect for finding gifts for the holidays at a low cost! Volunteers are needed to help set up, take down, and run the fair. For more information please contact the Madrona K-8 PTSA at ptsa@madronapantherpartners or visit their website.


Wreaths for Sale in Madrona

Madrona WreathIt’s that time a year again.  Yes, it is the time for giving thanks, being with family, and making resolutions for the new year, but that is not what I am talking about here.  It is the time to buy stuff!  🙂  For example, you can buy holiday swag to support Montlake Elementary, holiday trees from Stevens Elementary (and eat pancakes while you are at it!),  or you can support the Madrona neighborhood by buying wreaths online.  I am biased since I am on the Madrona Community Council and do not have kids at Montlake or Stevens, but I cannot fault you for supporting any or none of them because there are so many options this time of year.  All I can do is tell you that wreaths bought through Madrona Community Council go to help support: Madrona News newsletter that is mailed free to all homes in Madrona; Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards celebration; Neighborhood Garage Sale; 34th Avenue Flower Baskets; 34th Avenue Winter Green Swags and Lights; Madrona Mayfair; Children’s Halloween Party at Madrona Shelterhouse; and Neighborhood Summer/Fall Clean-up Day.  Here are more details on the Madrona Wreaths as written by Kevin O’Doherty, Madrona resident and MCC member:

This season, Madrona Community Council is teaming up with Growing Washington—a consortium of local farmers who practice sustainable and organic growing–to produce and sell hand-crafted holiday wreaths. The stunning wreaths are created from organically grown, hand-harvested crops and wild foliage collected from the North Cascade foothills. The Douglas fir base is accented with materials that vary in color, texture, and fragrance such as pine cones, variegated holly, pussy willow, red dogwood, yellow cedar, blue cypress, Oregon grape, and juniper with berries. The 22-inch door size wreaths are $30; all proceeds support MCC activities throughout the year including the Halloween party, Mayfair, and this [the Madrona] newsletter.

These wreaths will look and smell incredible at your home. And they will thrill anyone on your gift list, be it out-of-town family and friends or holiday party hosts. You can set yourself apart this year with a gift wreath, and keep the bottle of wine for yourself.

If you buy a wreath sponsored by Madrona, the wreaths will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Amara parking lot on the corner of 34th and Union.  Happy Holidays!

Help Support Madrona K-8 School

Madrona K-8 PTSA sent out the following information to ask for the neighborhood’s support for the expanded school boundaries.  Madrona K-8 is under-enrolled while many surrounding schools are overflowing.  No matter whether you will ever have a child at Madrona School, a strong local school is important for the area.  There is not a lot of time, so if you want to help please read on:

Madrona K-8 Families: On November 20, the Seattle School Board will be voting on a revised set of school boundary changes and it has significant impact to future enrollment at Madrona K-8.

The latest proposed changes are dated November 6, 2013 and are published at: In the November 06 version of proposed boundary changes, Madrona K-8′s boundary increased slightly in one area, but it also takes away a portion of the existing boundary.

On November 13, the school board held a work-session where many amendments were brought forward. These amendments are also available at On November 13, Kay Smith-Blum of the Seattle School board proposed an amendment to change the boundary of Madrona K8 to include all of the green area below.

Please write to the School Board to voice your support of this increased MK8 attendance area boundary.

Madrona K-8

You can send email to the full school board at: and to the growth boundary committee at:

Make your Subject line:  “There are a few hundred seats going unused at Madrona K-8 and I support a larger boundary for Madrona K-8”

A simple message you can share:

Dear School Board Members:, On November 20, please support the expanded attendance area boundary for Madrona K-8 as proposed by Director Kay Smith Blum. There are a few hundred seats going unused at Madrona K-8 – and the amendment to the proposed boundary changes by Director Kay Smith Blum can help to fill them. MK8 is a building that received previous BEX funds, it is a wonderful learning community housed in a facility of excellent physical condition that is left underutilized year after year. I encourage you to see Madrona K-8 as a solution for central area Middle School overcrowding immediately next year as well as part of long term solution for the future growth of the Elementary grades in the district. Seats are open and ready for an increase in Elementary grades K-5 and Middle School grades 6-8. The Madrona K-8 boundary needs to grow to fill the school to capacity. 1- Filling all the available seats at Madrona K-8 is a responsible use of public facilities. Madrona K-8 received dollars in a public levy for a major renovation in 2001 and underutilizing one of the best school facilities in the district is a waste of public money. Adjacent area schools (Steven’s Elementary, McGilvra Elementary, Montlake Elementary) go on each year with portables, while nearby Madrona K-8 has many seats to fill. Do not perpetuate the continued use of portable facilities. 2- More importantly – enrollment counts are directly tied to the annual school budget. For many years Madrona K-8 has not achieved full enrollment – leading to an unstable budget year after year. An enrollment boundary that captures enough families to maintain a stable population of students is the best way to maintain a stable annual budget. Madrona K-8 has gone through years of conversation and lobbying with SPS to increase the enrollment boundary, and now that boundaries are changing all over Seattle, this is an opportunity for SPS to easily take action and support future success at Madrona K-8.

Dulce’s Opens in Lawrence Lofts

Dulces had a long thriving life in Madrona for a number of years before Pritty Boys Pizzeria moved in on 34th Ave. They relocated to a downtown location under Pike Place Market, which boarded up in the summer of 2012, fairly quickly after it opened. Now the husband and wife team behind the Latin cuisine have moved closer to their old stomping ground in the Lawrence Lofts project on 19th & Madison. Dulces Bistro

Dulces has a newish name – Dulces Bistro & Wine, and a new look and feel. They have spiced up their menu, creating new spins on old favorites, and have expanded their wine collection extensively. They have a full bar, and happy hour daily from 5-7pm. We’re excited to check out the new menu items, and new location. If you’ve stopped in recently, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new space!

Madrona Wine Merchants Celebrate Two Years in Madrona!

A big (and overdue) congrats to Madrona Wine Merchants, celebrating two years in business in Madrona! Beginning Tuesday Nov 19th, they will be open on Tuesdays! Hours will be Tues-Fri 12-7, Saturday 11-7, and Sunday 11-5. Madrona Wine Merchants has the best selection of wines in town, and a fruitful wine club for neighbors and friends, and hosts tastings regularly at their storefront. The next tasting is scheduled this upcoming Saturday November 16th, featuring Rieninger Winery of Walla Walla. If you need wine for the holidays, buy 6 bottles receive 5% off your total, or if you need 12 bottles, receive a 10% discount. Congrats and thank you to our local wine experts, and here is to another prosperous year!

2013-11 Madrone Wine Merchants



Contemporary Leschi Rental Home: $4,500


This contemporary 4 bed 3 bath home is nestled against a beautiful forested hillside in Leschi. Amenities include a spectacular rooftop terrace perfect for entertaining, with panoramic lake and mountain views. This home is just steps away from the waterfront, parks, shopping, and minutes from downtown. There are hardwood floors throughout the home, radiant heat, and a commercial grade elevator for convenience, as well as a security system. The home has DMX landmark system with touch panels to control lighting, music, etc. from each room. Gourmet kitchen includes slab granite counters and top-notch appliances. Five piece master suite in marble, a perfect rental home in the Leschi neighborhood. If you’re interested in this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4//3
Price: $4,500

Police Arrest Armed Man with Crack Cocaine in Central District

policePolice officers from the East Precinct’s Anti-Crime Team arranged a meeting Saturday morning in the Central District to purchase crack cocaine from a suspect. The suspect arrived near 25th Ave. and E. Fir St. around 1:15am. As the officers moved in for the arrest the suspect ran. They caught up with the 33 year old suspect and tackled him to the ground. While being tackled the suspect pulled out a loaded 9mm handgun from his waistband which officers were able to take from him before any shots were fired. Almost 8 grams of crack cocaine was found in the suspect’s possession. He was found to be a convicted felon and booked into the King County Jail on gun and drug charges.