Madrona Community Council Meeting Tuesday At Shelterhouse

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The next Madrona Community Council meeting will take place at 7:15 pm this Tuesday, March 4 at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse. Join councilmembers and neighbors to discuss the following topics:

  • Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks in the Madrona corridor, with guests invited from the Seattle Department of Transportation and SvR Design
  • Update on King County Metro Transit activities
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Review/voting on Kraus Fund applications (by board members)
  • Review/voting on Neighborhood Appreciation Day award and events (by board members)
  • Other business

Support Madrona’s St. Therese Catholic Academy At Auction Saturday, March 8

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Show your support for St. Therese Catholic Academy at the Madrona school’s Mardi Gras-themed 2014 auction on Saturday, March 8, with a night of creole cuisine, music and shopping. The auction is STCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and the school hopes to raise at least $60,000 for its general operating fund, which helps fund scholarships, and various academic and athletic programs.

The adults-only event will be catered by Creole-inspired food truck Where Ya At Matt, with wine underwritten by Chateau St. Michelle and beer by Hale’s Ales. Auction items up for bid include gift cards to local restaurants, hotel packages and gift baskets.

For more information about the event, please contact the school at 206-324-0460 or visit the auction website. The event will be held in the school’s social hall, located at 900 35th Ave.

March 9 Concert To Benefit Central Area Senior Center

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The Central Area Senior Center has operated from its home on the Leschi Bluff for more than 35 years, providing countless services, including hot meals, exercise programs, computer classes, and wellness services, to more than 1,600 seniors each year. To help The Central continue to provide its wide range of services and to relieve some of its debt, the board will host a benefit concert Sunday, March 9 at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center at Rainier Beach High School from 3:00-6:00 pm.

The Rainier Beach High School jazz ensemble will kick off the event, followed by other participating artists Funke Fusion Band, Darrius Willridge, Debbie Cavitt, Sheila Kay, Leo Camo, Butch Harrison, IFE, Rachel Foxx, Celestine, J Charles, Deems Tsutkawa, C T Thompson, and Felicia Loud and the Surround Sound Band. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Tickets are $50 each and are available through Brown Paper Tickets or from The Central.

Rainier Beach High School is located at 8815 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.

 

Win a Tesla and Support Garfield High School

Garfield SeattleGarfield Tesla Raffle Tickets have been on sale and they are nearing the limit of 1,850 tickets. Time is running out for your 1 (or more depending on your budget) in 1,850 chance to win a Tesla Model S Sedan which retails for $90,0000.  The tickets are $100 but we like the odds to win the car. The drawing is March 14th and you need NOT be present to win. If you win and don’t want the car you can take a $50,000 cashier’s check instead.

The raffle has been getting a lot of press, for example, King 5 News did a report on it.  So if you are interested then contact Garfield to buy a ticket.  We will be looking for you driving around Madrona after you win!

Save the Date – Madrona Mayfair!

With the rain coming down hard this week, it feels like the perfect time to start getting excited for spring activities! Mark your calendars, because rain or shine the 2014 Madrona Mayfair is scheduled for Saturday May 10th from 9:30am-1:00pm. Mayfair will include a similar lineup to years past with the favored kiddie parade, pony rides, big bounce houses, clowns and various attractions along with a concert by the Recess Monkeys at the Madrona Playfield.

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This year there will also be the first annual silent auction put on by Madrona K-8 and the Madrona Community Council (MCC), so come on down and check out the list of auction items. Volunteers are certainly still needed, and while several sponsors have already committed (Ewing & ClarkHarvard Avenue School, Molly Moon’s, Cambium, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, and the Madrona Dining and Sipping Society) sponsorships are still much appreciated. If you’d like to get involved or if you’d like more information on supporting this treasured Madrona event, please contact Stacey Kryman via email at staceykryman@gmail.com,

Would Madrona Survive if the Ice Caps Melt?!?

Madrona PointFor the most part Madrona would survive, but the better question is: would you or I make it?  Hopefully, we never will have to find out, but it is kind of fun (or scary) to see what would happen if all the ice caps did melt.  UW Planner Jeffrey Linn created a map of the Greater Seattle area showing what would happen to Seattle if there was a 240-foot rise in the level of the world’s oceans.  The conclusion was that most of the real estate in Madrona does survive (Madison Valley & parts of Leschi are not so lucky) and those residents of Madrona homes that do get flooded can meet up at Madrona Ale House for a beer and to get dry by the fire.

Madrona Real Estate Market at an All-Time High

Madrona Real EstateThe Madrona real estate market (picture above: Madrona home for sale) like most of Seattle has improved greatly over the last two years.  While the Seattle real estate market has improved, Seattle area homes are still only up to what the real estate prices were in 2006 (with mid-2007 being the peak).  According to the most recent Case-Schiller index, Seattle area prices are just over 160 for the home price index while in the summer of 2007 the home price index was over 192.  Since the index puts prices at the beginning of 2000 at 100, that means the Seattle home values nearly doubled from 2000 to 2007 before the real estate market bubble burst.  Prices in February 2012, saw the post-bubble low with a home price index of 129 before the local real estate values started to recover.

I wrote a blog back in March 2012 about the Madrona real estate market and the flaws of Case-Shiller.  One of the bigger flaws is Case-Shiller defines “Seattle” as King, Snohomish and Pierce counties which does not tell the story about Madrona real estate.  In fact, in a recent Seattle Times article it discussed the strength of Central Seattle’s real estate market and noted that we can say something that no other area in “Seattle” can say:

Central Seattle, which includes Capitol Hill, Washington Park and Madrona, is the only area where the 2013 median price — $619,000 — surpassed the level set during the 2007 housing bubble and saw a new high.

So while Case-Shiller index still shows Seattle prices as below 2007 prices, it does not show that Madrona homes are really selling for more than they ever have.

If you want to know what your house is worth, I am happy to prepare a market analysis for you.  Please feel to reach out to me through my company website: Kristine Losh.

Leschi Real EstatePictured Above: Leschi Home for Sale across from Madrona Park

 

$300 Per Person at New Madrona Restaurant?

Noyer SeattleWhile the headline is an attention grabber and may make many shake their heads with dismay, we do not want it to damper the excitement for Ethan Stowell’s two new restaurants coming soon to Madrona.  Yes, it is true there are reports that Stowell’s new Madrona restaurant will be $300 per person, but that will be for his ultra-high end, small restaurant Noyer.  Noyer, pronounced “Noi-YAY” and means “walnut” in French, will occupy a space off the courtyard behind the former Restaurant Bea that many Madrona residents did not even know existed unless they inquired/attended/booked it for a private party.  In addition, $300 per person will include champagne, fixed wine pairings with a tasting menu with all the best possible local ingredients.  It will definitely take Seattle restaurants to a new level.

Red CowIf $300 per person is not in your budget, the larger Red Cow, which will occupy the former Restaurant Bea’s main restaurant space, will be a welcomed addition to Madrona.  Red Cow, a french-inspired steak and frites restaurant is expected to open this month (as compared to Noyer expected opening in April).   The menu is already available online, and while subject to change, offers steaks starting at $21 (Hanger) and up to $38 (Filet Mignon) for a single serving (steaks options available for two+).

Keep your eyes open when taking a left onto 34th from Union, Red Cow will soon be a buzz with activity when they become the newest restaurant in Madrona …. the newest at least until Noyer opens.

Dine at Madrona’s St. Clouds Restaurant to Support CAN

St CloudsLooking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants?  On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.

Looking For Volunteer Opportunities? Madrona K8 Needs You!

Have you been looking for volunteer opportunities to work with children? Madrona K8 is looking for volunteers to work weekly with their Kindergarten students for those interested in assisting small group math and reading classes. Volunteers are needed now through June, and this is a great opportunity if you are considering Madrona K8 for your children, or if you have free time to volunteer (parents, students, retirees, etc.).  These classrooms are very well organized, and this will be a rewarding experience for those looking to get to know the teachers, students and school. Below you will find a letter from the school Principal debriefing the opportunities in detail. school

“As our kindergarten students have settled in and are ready for small group instruction in reading and math, we are writing to ask for your help in making our group instruction meaningful and effective.

Student improvement for all is what we strive for so that our students continue to grow as academic learners and become independent workers and thinkers.  Small group instruction is a practice at Madrona so when kindergarten students move to 1st grade, they understand what is expected and know the purpose of working in small group.

Why have students work in small group?
* Students listen and share and have a variety of responses
* Each student contributes in the group, actively involved in learning
* More feedback to each student in the group
* Various learners in the group
* Targeted Instruction
* Students relate to their peers as they work together
* Benefit from a structured interactions with others
* Students are actively involved in learning
* Cooperative learning

We want our students to experience all the benefits of learn.”

Best Regards,

Mrs. Paul/Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Innocent