Run Scared 5k & much more!

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This October 30th, spend your day at Seattle’s Seward Park for the 8th Annual Run Scared 5k run, 4k walk, and Kids Dash! All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Click the link below to enter to win a free registration for the Run Scared 5k!

http://lehmlaw.com/enter-win-free-registration-run-scared-5k/

Registration includes your choice of fuzzy blanket or oversized mug. Receive free event photos, post-race treats including pumpkin bread and a candy corn tasting bar. Dress up with your pet for the costume contest and participate in the free pre-race treasure hunt!

For more info on the event click the link below:

http://www.runscared5k.com

Annual Events!

 

Fall is here along with Leschi & Madrona annual events!

On Saturday September 10th, from 11am-4pm head down along Lake Washington Blvd and Leschi Park for the 5th Annual Leschi Street Fair & Art Walk! Live music, parade, kid activities, & much more! leschiartwalk.comleschi

On Saturday November 5th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm the Madrona Community Council will be holding their annual fundraiser at St.Therese Social Hall on 35th ! The MCC and Leschi Market will together hold a Wine Tasting, get tickets here -> http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2595083

Happy Fall, y’all! 

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The Madrona Real Estate market has remained steady this summer as compared to last year. The number of total sales are about equal: 19 sales in 2015 versus 20 sales for the same time period in 2016 (June through mid-August (when this was written)).  What has changed in a year is the rise in sale prices. For example, the highest sales price in summer of 2015 was $1,650,000.  This summer there are two sales over that amount, one home down on Lake Washington Boulevard sold for $3,500,000 and another on 36th Ave sold for $2,598,888.  The median sales price was at $1,077,500, a $248,500 rise from July of 2015. In both 2015 and 2016, homes tend to sell for their list price or above.

Central Seattle real estate, which includes Madrona but also includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5, is showing signs of strengths. The median year-to-date sales price is up from $829,000 (July 2015) to $1,077,500 (2016), and the average year-to-date is up from $924,950 (July 2015) to $1,310,000 (2016).  Thus, the strong real estate market is not only in Madrona but the surrounding areas as well.

Concerts in the Park

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Every Thursday in August head to the Madrona Playfield for the 2nd Annual MCC Concerts in the Park! On August 4th at 6pm look forward to Mud Junket. The six-piece band brings funky rhythms and tight harmonies to every set. Think of them as a trip to a friendly juke joint located musically someplace between New Orleans, Macon, Austin and Chicago. Kitten Patrol will be performing on August 11th at 6pm. A band of 5 young girls, ages 10-15, playing blues and soul. August 18th the local jazz vocalist, Katy Bourne will be bringing her fun loving personality to the park at 6pm. Katy and her band perform at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest. On August 25th at 6pm The Professors will close out the MCC Concerts for the summer. The electric blend of roots rock, alternative country, psychedelia, and rockabilly. The Professors have been molding minds since 2009 with their dance-worthy tunes from the 1960s to today. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner while enjoying these local musicians!

Google Comes to Seattle!

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Even though school is out for the summer, Leschi Elementary stayed very busy this month! From getting the garden prepared for summer planting, to giving the walls a new coat of paint, and cataloging the fiction books in the library. With the help from some Googlers and Seattle Works, the school was able to make all their projects a reality.

GoogleServe volunteers assisted the summer school participants with weeding, churning compost into garden soil, building trellises, and making a sustainable water bottle irrigation system! The library is also in order after their visit. They have recorded the fiction books into to the school catalogue, making access to the library resources easier for teachers. The school is organized, cleaned, and repainted. What a perfect way to start the 2016 school year!

Googlers volunteer all year, but in June they celebrate collectively during GoogleServe to help their favorite organization. The volunteer campaign has done over 800 projects nation-wide just this year! They will make their way back to Seattle next year, serving the community with helping hands once again.

This Weekend in Madrona

 

All around Seattle neighborhoods will be celebrating the end of spring and start of summer! The Madrona Community Council will be hosting the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale and Bike and Ball Drive this Saturday! The garage sale descriptions and map are available on Craigslist, Madrona Moms, and Nextdoor. You can also get a paper addition at Verite on June 17th and 18th.

The Bike and Ball drive is the perfect way to finish off spring cleaning! Rid your garage of all bikes, bike parts, and soccer or basketballs that aren’t being used. The event will take place at the Madrona Playfield from 10am-1pm. Bike Works is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in need of bikes in good condition, including 20” wheel BMX style bikes, 24” and 26” wheel mountain bikes, and road bikes of any size. Didi Burpee will be collecting soccer and basketballs to donate to Seattle’s World School.

Update on School Zone Speed Cameras

Earlier this week we blogged about the new School-Zone Speed Cameras. According to the Seattle Times, there were over 6,000 speeders since November 1st when the cameras went live. Mayor Mike McGinn was surprised by these numbers. Because there were so many speeders, the warning-citation period that was supposed to end THIS WEEK, has now been extended to Monday, December 10. From that day forward any vehicle caught driving faster than 20 MPH in those school zones when lights are flashing, they will expect to receive a $189 ticket in the mail!According to the Seattle Times and McGinn, if drivers continue to exceed the speed limit in the numbers they did in November, the city could expect to collect between $2-4 million in ticket revenue each year! Although McGinn said, “Our goal is not to write tickets, it’s to reduce speed.”

So drivers, SLOW DOWN! Any day after Monday December 10th, if caught speeding in those school zones, you WILL be ticketed!

For more information and to read the full article from the Seattle Times, visit their website!

Halloween Party in Mt. Baker, Sunday October 28th!

Looking for Halloween fun this weekend.  No matter if you live Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, or what have you, there is fun to have this weekend just down the road.  Tomorrow, Sunday October 28th, from 2-4 p.m. there will be a FREE Halloween Party at Bradner Gardens in the Mount Baker Neighborhood!

This is a family-friendly Halloween party! There will be trinkets for the young ones, fresh-pressed apple juice (they have an old-fashioned manual apple press, where they will have fresh pressed apple juice on the spot! So bring an apple or two to contribute and a container to drink from if you remember!), fun Halloween activities for kids, and of course kids in costumes!
The Halloween Party is a collaboration between Bradner Gardens Park and Mount Baker Preschool. For more information about Mount Baker Pre-School visit their website!

So come out to enjoy all the Halloween festivities! Feel free to invite family and friends, all are welcome!

Body Found in Lake Washington, Near Mt.Baker Beach

 

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Today the Seattle Police pulled a body from Lake Washington. Officers were called to the 2300 block of Lake Washington near Mt.Baker Beach, at about 6:40 this morning. Someone reported seeing what appeared to be a body about 100 yards off shore, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.

Harbor Patrol officers retrieved the remains of the body and brought them to shore, where the body was turned over to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The medical examiner will identify the body and determine how they died. “It appears to have been in the lake for quite some time. It appears to be an adult female.”, Jamieson said.

There may be more details to come after the medical examination is done. To read this article visit the Seattle Times Blotter.

Rebuilding Together Seattle, Working In Leschi

Rebuilding Together Seattle brings volunteers and communities together to help low income homeowners live in warmth, safety, and independence. They serve low income homeowners who are elderly, disabled, families with children, and/or veterans in need, as well as non-profit facilities. The Young Professionals Society is sponsored and staffed by Rebuilding Together Seattle, and is a service organization of young professionals who support RTS and its mission through community outreach, fundraising, networking, and volunteering on an annual basis to ensure the growth and strength of RTS.

This weekend on September 15 Rebuilding Together Seattle and the Young Professionals Society are going to repair a home in Leschi for a 70 year old woman, Ardis. Ardis lives alone and has some troubles walking, so they will be making her house as safe as possible for her. This project is sponsored by The Swinerton Foundation, and they will be: building a handrail for her front steps, replacing the glass in the back door, a couple of small security and plumbing fixes, clearing out some clutter, completing yard work, and some miscellaneous painting and cleaning.

It’s great to see this kind of work being done here in our community! Thanks go out to Rebuiliding Together Seattle and the Young Professionals! For more information on seeking help, donations, or volunteer work visit their website.