NW Boychoir features Madrona students

The NW Boychoir.  Photo: Ben VanHouten

The Northwest Boychoir proudly presents its 39th annual A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series, featuring eight regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.

Three members of the Northwest Boychoir live in or near Madrona:
Gabriel Sharp, 14 (8th grader at The Northwest School)
Xander Uyttendaele, 16 (11th grader at Lakeside School)
Leo Winkler, 12 (6th grader at The Northwest School)

Photo: Ben VanHouten

Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols concerts are open to the public, and will run December 9-22, 2017 at various venues throughout the Puget Sound Region. Concerts have reserved seating.

For Advanced Tickets and More Information: http://www.nwboychoir.org or (206) 524-3234. These concerts often draw sold-out audiences. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged.

Maria Johnson, Executive Director
Joseph Crnko, Music Director

Sat. Dec. 9, 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 10, 7:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island
Reserved seating

Sat. Dec. 16, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 17, 7:00 pm
Holy Rosary Church
4210 SW Genesee Street, Seattle
Reserved seating

Tues. Dec. 19, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Wed. Dec. 20, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Thurs. Dec. 21, 7:30 pm
St. Alphonsus Church
5816 15th Avenue NW, Seattle
Reserved seating

Special Event
Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 pm
Benaroya Hall
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Presented by the Seattle Symphony with Northwest Sinfonia
200 University Street, Seattle
Reserved seating
Tickets through Seattle Symphony:
206.215.4747 or http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Madrona Mayfair Block Party 2017 Is On The Way!


Talk about blinked and you missed it!

March is already gone and April is in full swing.Before you know it, it will be May, and better yet, time again for Madrona’s annual Mayfair Block Party!

This year, Mayfair will be on Saturday, May 13th, and it’s shaping up to be a fabulous time for the whole family.

As all Madronaites know, Mayfair is our beautiful community’s yearly celebration of Spring with plenty of fun and games with our neighbors.

In 2017, Mayfair is celebrating 41 years of bringing the community together with festive fun, and it looks to be the best Mayfair yet!

The fun starts with the parade line up, starting at Al Larkins Park bright and early at 9:15 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Led by Seattle Firefighters and beloved Charles the Clown, the parade will head to the Playfield, and Charles will put on a great, goofy show everyone is sure to love, at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelterhouse. Don’t slither off after the clownery, because the Reptile Man will be there will plenty of scaly friends at 10:30 a.m.

The whole morning will be packed with activities for the kiddos to have a ball, such as face-painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and much more. Get a balloon animal made, arrange Pots for Tots at Cambium’s booth, or just mix and mingle with other families from right here in Madrona! Learn about goings on in the community such as the Madrona School Playground Revitalization project, visit the Seattle Public Library booth explore all the things the people and businesses in Madrona have to offer.

Of course, all that fun builds up an appetite, so there will be plenty of tasty food to satisfy almost any craving. Indulge in some yummy, fresh spun cotton candy from Madrona Grace or light and airy freshly-popped popcorn from Epiphany Parish. Be sure to peruse the selection of baked goodies, grab a hot dog, and don’t miss the perineal favorite, Imperial Mixup from St. Clouds Restaurant. 

The morning’s events will conclude with a delightful concert from Recess Monkey in the park, the whole family is sure to love.

Mayfair is a Madrona tradition and a community favorite for so many reasons and is brought to us by Madrona Community Council which funds the events through sponsorship, donations, and lots of hard work. The array of enjoyable activities, booths and treats are made possible by generous and fantastic local sponsors including Ewing & Clark, Rock Paper Scissors, Molly Moon’s, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, Cambium, Riolo Orthodontics, SRG Partnership, St. Clouds Restaurant, Girlie Press and Becky Gelder Designs.

Mayfair is the best way to welcome Spring in Madrona, and It takes plenty of volunteers to make this beloved event happen. If you would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Rob Ward at mmayfairvolunteer@gmail.com.

Be sure to join the fun on May 13th and make Madrona’s Mayfair a tradition in your family…if it isn’t already!

Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day Is Coming!

madrona-school-sign-tpIt’s almost time again to celebrate and honor our friends and neighbors here in the Madrona community!

Join your neighbors to celebrate Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30-11am.  The gathering will take place at Madrona PK-8 School library with ceremonies begining promptly at 10:00am.

Awards include:

  1. The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  2. The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity.
  3. The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.
  4. The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.

This event provides the opportunity for all members of the community to not only enjoy the accomplishments of our adult residents, but to meet the award winners from Madrona K-8 School as well. In addition to all the excitement, the Mayor is confirmed to attend this years event!

It’s time to meet and celebrate the accomplishments of your neighbors, big and small and remember why Madrona is such a strong, wonderful community you’re proud to be a part of!

Save The Date: Epiphany School Open House In Madrona 12/3

Epiphany School LogoMadrona’s Epiphany School will be holding its annual open house on Thursday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the school, meet staff, hear from students and alumni, and take a tour of the campus. Epiphany School actively cultivates an awareness and respect for diversity in all forms, and strives to be an inclusive community by embracing the values of ‘respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.’ For more information about the school, contact Greg Jones at gjones@epiphanyschool.org, or visit their website.

Family Biking Workshop June 28th

green-bikeFamily Bikers (and aspiring bikers) –

Are you interested in biking more with your family, but not sure how to get started? Or have you been doing it awhile, and want an infusion of excitement and information? Are you tired of waiting in the line of cars during preschool/school drop-off/pick-up? Do you have questions about safety, equipment, practicality, or whether you can “do it”? If so, then this highly participatory 3 hour workshop is for you!

Bring your questions, concerns and curiosity for a lively session of information and discussion. Learn: What are the biggest hazards, and how to avoid them. What equipment is out there and what are the pluses and minuses of each. What to do about hills and rain. What resources are available to support you on your journey, and more!

Taught by veteran family-biker Morgan Scherer in an in-home setting, this session is relaxed and supportive of all questions, levels of fitness, and goals. Get the information and support you need to make the best transportation decisions for your family. For the last half hour we will be outside looking at different family biking setups, and trying them out. Bring your helmet if you have one (there will also be helmets available to borrow).

bike-and-guySunday, 6/28/15, 1pm-4pm
Fee: Sliding scale, $5-35
Mount Baker Ridge, Seattle home location (check FB Event page for info)
Pre-register by emailing Morgan Scherer, morgan@familybike.org

For more information you can view and join the Facebook Event here!

Madrona Mayfair Festival

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The Madrona Mayfair is set for Saturday, May 16th. This event is sponsored by the Madrona Community Council (MCC) and offers tons of family fun. Outfitted with bouncy houses, pony rides, a parade, face painting and much more – this event is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The Madrona Community Council is powered by 100% volunteer action. In order to produce great community based events, the MCC could some volunteers to assist with the following activities:

Selling bake good, selling hot dogs/water, monitoring a bouncy house, and helping with pony rides.

There are 2 shifts available for each of these positions, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon (maybe a little after). Please comment below if you’d like to help out and we’ll connect you with the right person.

Schedule of Events:

9:15AM Parade line up @ Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike) led by Charles the Clown

9:30AM Parade begins!

Yo-Yo Contest

Pony Rides

Face Painting

Open Air Library

Balloon Artist

Carnival Games

10:00AM Charles the Clown Show @ the Shelter House

10:30AM The Reptile Man Show @ the Shelter House

12:00PM Recess Monkey Concert @ the Madrona Playfield

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ALSO, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Madrona PreK-8 Silent Auction! 10am-12pm.

Last year the auction was such a success, the PTSA was able to fund a K-2 art teacher this year. Make sure to participate this and so we can blow last year out of the water and go the extra mile!

 

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Dine Out Madrona Is Next Tuesday April 7

St CloudsThe participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Out Madrona fundraiser make it possible to support the Madrona K-8 PTSA at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Get your morning coffee at Cortona Café or Cupcake Royale/Verite; grab a midday salad or sandwich at the Hi Spot Café; head to happy hour at Bottlehouse; sit down to dinner at St. Clouds, the Madrona Eatery & Alehouse, or Assimba; all topped off with dessert at neighboring Molly Moon’s ice cream. These participating restaurants have generously agreed to donate a portion of the day’s sales to the Madrona K-8 PTSA., so make sure to visit at least one of them on the 7th!

The 20th Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day Recap

Madrona SchoolOn February 7, 2015, the 20th Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day took place and was a true success. The honored guest was former Seattle Mayor, Norm Rice. Norm Rice attended the 1st annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day back in 1995 and was joined by many other founding participants. What a phenomenal representation of our devoted our community members.

In honor of the Madrona activist, Nora Wood, the 2015 Nora Award went to Madrona resident Barbara Parker. The Local Hero Award, an award given for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity, went to Holly Boone. The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award, went to Risa Blythe. This award is named after youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who devoted much of his life to the youth of the Madrona community. The Madrona Resident for Life Award went to Jon Hughes. John Platt and Paul Butler, received the Madrona Good Neighbor Award.

Shedding light on the amazing children of the Madrona community, the Madrona K-8 Student awards celebrates student achievements.

Receiving recognition in the K-2 category: Miles Edward

Receiving recognition in grades 3-5: Keymani Washington

Receiving recognition in middle school grades 6-8: Chardonnay Beaver

Madrona K-8 Doris Baptist Hickman Staff Award went to Rachel Madding who has made a significant impact on the school.

Going above and beyond to link the community and the school, The Kaaren Andrews and Mary Bass Award went to Stacey Kryman.

Making an extraordinary effort for the education and growth of Madrona’s K-8 students, the Go Partners Award, went to Megan Wittenberg.

It’s never too late to starting thinking about nominations for your Madrona neighbors for next year’s awards. Usually Neighborhood Appreciation Day takes place the Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

Madrona Author Series Event This Monday, Feb. 2

Madrona SchoolHopefully you will have recovered enough from celebrating the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win on Sunday to attend the first in a series of author events at Madrona K-8 on Monday, February 2. Children’s author Ben Mikaelson will speak with students during the school day, and an event open to the public will run from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Mikaelson will discuss his experiences and his approach to writing, with an emphasis on the “soul of a story.” The Madrona Community Council will be providing free childcare during the event for children ages 3 to 12. This is a free event and registration is not required, so bring the whole family!

Author Ben Mikaelson To Visit MK8 In February

Madrona SchoolOn February 2, Madrona K-8 will be hosting the first of its author series events at the school, featuring local award-winning children’s author Ben Mikaelson. During the school day, he will speak to 6th and 8th graders on “Becoming the Author of Your Life”, and lead a writing workshop for 3rd and 5th graders, followed by a public event that evening titled “Finding the Heart of the Story.” Stay tuned for more details about this event in the February issue of the Madrona News, and read more about Ben here!