Madrona Farmers Market Coming Soon!

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Spring is finally here, and with that brings the arrival of fresh produce, meats and specialty foods at Seattle’s seasonal farmers markets, including Madrona’s, which is slated to begin Friday, May 16 and will take place every Friday afternoon through September 26.

Get your baskets ready to fill up with all the market has to offer – a small sampling of last year’s bounty included fresh meat and potatoes from Olsen Farms in the Colville area, juicy peaches from Martin Family Orchards in Cashmere, hazelnuts from Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards in Lynden, and fresh Washington salmon from Wilson Fish. Make a whole night of it by getting your grocery shopping done, watching a live cooking demonstration, and enjoying a meal prepared by market vendors (last year included Los Chilangos traditional Mexican food and their specialty Al Pastor). The market also encourages attendees to support the local, family-owned businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods of Madrona, Madison Valley, the Central Area and Capitol Hill.

The Madrona Farmers Market is open every Friday, May 16 through September 26 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., and takes place in the parking lot of the Madrona Grocery Outlet at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way E & E Union St. For more information, visit their website, and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance.

Opinions on Prop. 1 to Prevent Deep Metro Bus Cuts

**This post was written by  Madrona, Seattle reader Hester Serebrin who is not affiliated with the Madrona, Seattle blog. We love hearing the opinions of our readers, and would welcome an opposing stance on the proposition.

Why I’m Voting YES on Prop 1 on April 22nd to Save Metro Bus Service

Without action soon, King County Metro will cut 17% of service, with the first cuts taking place as early as June of this year. As many as 74 routes, including routes 4 and 27, are slated to be completely eliminated. Another 107 routes, including routes 2 and 3, will be restructured or reduced. Route 8 will no longer run South or East of E John Street & 16th Avenue E. You can learn more about the cuts that Madrona and surrounding neighborhoods are facing here.

Having grown up in Madrona, and a frequent rider of the often infrequent #2, I can say from experience that Madrona can’t afford to lose its already limited bus service. And neither can the rest of King County. As any bus rider who has been passed up by an overcrowded bus or forced to stand for an entire commute can tell you, these cuts couldn’t be coming at a worse time. Metro should be growing by 15% just to reduce crowding and keep up with demand.

Thanks to the Great Recession, Metro has lost more than $1 billion in projected revenue from the sales tax. Through efficiencies, cutting less productive routes, nearly doubling fares, and spending down reserves, King County has been able to avoid major cuts to our bus service. Meanwhile our state leaders in Olympia have failed to authorize a more stable long-term funding source for transit.

But we can save our buses by voting YES on Prop 1. King County Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council have moved forward with a proposal to fund Metro with the only funding source the county has available. The measure— a $60 vehicle fee and .01% sales tax increase—would cost the average household about $11/month, and will include measures to make sure that low income bus riders and car owners can still afford to get around. Those making less than $23,000/year can get a reduced bus fare that will save bus riders between $35-54/month. Low-income car owners will pay a reduced license fee.

Fail to pass this ballot measure, and we fail our friends, family, and neighbors in King County: Metro’s proposed service cuts would affect up to 80% of all bus riders, who will have to wait longer or walk farther to get on the bus. Some will be left without a way to get around at all. And it’s not just bus riders who will be affected: service cuts are anticipated to put 30,000 cars back on the street, clogging our already congested arterials and highways and making commutes worse for everyone on the road.

That’s why I’m voting YES on Prop 1 on April 22nd, and I urge you to do the same. You can learn more at www.movekingcountynow.org.

Project Ninho Summer Camp Provides Artistic Nest For Kids

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Ninho means “nest” in Portuguese, and the Madrona summer camp bearing that title aims to provide a nurturing space for kids to experiment and create art through its classes and workshops. The camp also teaches kids the importance of sustainability by using locally sourced recycled materials.

This summer’s camp is titled “Creatively Reinvent, Recycle, Renew,” and comprises four 4-day sessions running from mid-June through the first week of July. At the first session (June 16-19) kids will learn how to re-purpose old magazines by making collages and art objects; the second session (June 23-26) focuses on egg-carton art; the third (June 30-July 3) explores papier-mache techniques using newspaper; and the fourth (July 7-10) will teach kids step-by-step to create their own teepees from used burlap coffee sacks.

The half-day camp sessions take place at Project Ninho’s studio space at 1801 33rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, and are open to kids ages 5-11. Enrollment is open now. Visit Project Ninho’s website for more information.

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate Report

The Madrona real estate market featured two sales this past February.  The number is not that unusual since there have only been six (2013), three (2012), and two (2011) sales in Madrona the previous three years in February.  This year’s sales totaled just $725,000 which was impressively $1,000 more than the combined list price.  One house sold for $450,000 while it was listed for $449,000 and the other property, a 915 square foot home on MLK Way, sold for the list price of $275,000.

The Leschi real estate market had four residential sales this February.  That number is a little better than usual since there have only been five (2013), three (2012), and one (2011) sales in Leschi over the previous three years in February.  This year’s sales totaled $2,018,500 with the highest sale being $920,000 for a home on Lake Washington Blvd across from the Leschi Sailboat Marina.

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Central Seattle real estate, which basically includes the area from the Montlake Cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5, is showing signs of strength.  While the median year-to-date sales price is down from $619,000 to $577,475, the average year-to-date sales price is actually up from $729,042 to $736,659.  In addition, year-to-date sales for the first two months are up with 88 sales in 2014 versus 79 sales in 2013.  Inventory is also tighter than last year down from 128 to 93 active listings in the month of February.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel to reach out to me: Kristine Losh.

Dine Out To Benefit Madrona K-8 On April 8

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Almost anywhere you eat on 34th Avenue on April 8 will benefit Madrona K-8 School as part of its 6th annual Dine Out fundraiser. Participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to the school, which will be using the proceeds directly to support arts and enrichment programming, including funding two full-time artists in residence from Art Corps, the largest nonprofit arts education program in Seattle.

All you need to do to participate is let the restaurant know you’re there for Dine Out, and enjoy your meal! Participating 34th Avenue restaurants are: Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royale/Verite, Hi Spot, Madrona Eatery and Alehouse, Naam, Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria, and St. Cloud’s. Barrio, on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill will also be participating. Reservations are recommended if you choose a restaurant that takes them.

Dine Out Madrona is sponsored by the Madrona K-8 PTSA.

Seattle Music Partners Benefit Aims To Increase Access to Music and Mentoring

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Seattle Music Partners, an after-school program that provides free music tutoring to kids at Central District elementary schools, invites you to its annual fundraising event on Wednesday, March 26. The event will include performances by both students and tutors from the program, guest speakers and details about the program’s expansion. The program is asking for community support to help provide more kids access to music instruction and mentoring.

The event is free of charge, and will run from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Northwest African American Museum located at 2300 S Massachusetts St. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided at no charge. For more information please contact Sarah Westneat at 206-250-4998.

Mark Your Calendar: PreSchool For All Event April 3rd

Are you curious about Seattle’s Office For Education’s initiative to provide preschool for all 3-4 year olds in the city limits? We are too! Back in September the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “Preschool for All” resolution designed to provide affordable, high quality care for all 3-4 year old children in Seattle, and they’re providing events open to the general public  around the city for those interested in learning more about the initiative. Events happening in the next few weeks are listed in the bulletin below, including the Central Seattle meeting which will be held on April 3rd from 6-8pm at Garfield Community Center.  As an added bonus, dinner will be provided to attendees and childcare will also be available during this time for all children ages 2-8. If you will be needing childcare services, you’re asked to RSVP with the number of children and their respective ages to upk@seattle.gov. Hope to see you there!

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Celebrate Madrona Neighborhood Appreciation Day March 22nd

A reminder not to forget Madrona Appreciation Day next weekend! Join Madrona residents next Saturday March 22nd at the Madrona K-8 Library to celebrate and thank your neighbors for their contributions to the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!

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Is Leschi’s Sabai Thai Gone For Good?

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Neighbors have been wondering about the operating status of Leschi’s resident Thai restaurant, Sabai, reporting that it closed suddenly in mid-February. A little digging did not unearth much new information about the restaurant, as its website has been deactivated and its listed phone number rings through to neighboring BluWater Bistro. Its prime waterfront location and positive diner reviews have us hoping it will reopen. Leave us a comment if you have any information about its closing or possible reopening.

Mary’s Place Wins 2013 Non-Profit Of The Year

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Mary’s Place, sponsor of the Julia’s Place Night Shelter at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, has been named the 2013 Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association. Mary’s Place and its affiliated shelters are the only shelters in King County that accept homeless women with children. They provide basic services such as hot showers and laundry, along with resources to help women lift themselves out of homelessness.

Julia’s Place hosts five families (men, women, and children) overnight while they wait for permanent housing, and is staffed by volunteers who stay the night and serve dinner. The “Madrona Moms” community group has signed up to serve at the shelter one week per quarter.

The shelter is looking for volunteers to staff the remaining 12 weeks. For more information about how you can help at Mary’s Place, please contact Alyson Moon at alyson@marysplaceseattle.org or at (206) 621-8474.