Madrona Community Council Meeting Next Tuesday October 7

MCCThis month’s Madrona Community Council meeting is taking place next Tuesday, October 7, at 7:15 p.m. at the Shelterhouse. It will be a short meeting, addressing the traffic study in progress on Dorffel Drive in Denny Blaine (read more about that here), and a planned apartment development project at MLK & Union. The discussion will be followed by a meet and greet with community council members and an opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Photographer for Mutt Match Up for the Madrona News
  • Leaders for Madrona Blossoms
  • Chair/co-chair for the spring Madrona Mayfair event
  • Help with the 25th Madrona Neighborhood Awards Ceremony on February 7
  • Garden Tour possibilities
  • Summer Concert series at the playfield

Come have a drink and snack and learn about how you can help out in the community! The Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E Spring St.

Central Area Block Party Coming To 23rd & Cherry 9/27

Central Dist. Block PartyAs the main north-south thoroughfare that runs through the Central District, 23rd Avenue truly is the spine of the neighborhood, connecting the commercial hubs at Union, Cherry, and Jackson streets and serving as a link to Capitol Hill and the Rainier Valley. The adjacent blocks are home to the rich mix of organizations that give the neighborhood its character, such as Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Wood Technology Center, Coyote Central, Garfield High School, and Central Cinema. On September 27, come and gather with your neighbors at the central hub of 23rd and Cherry for the Central Area Block Party to celebrate our diverse community with live music, food trucks, an art walk, kids activities, and more!

This will also be a great opportunity to learn all about the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which aims to make the Central District a healthier, more livable place for its residents through new urban design and rezoning. Many organizations throughout central Seattle gave input on the plan, including the Madrona and Leschi community councils, so its impact is not limited to the area directly adjoining 23rd.

The block party is free and will run from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to stop by throughout the day. Read up on the 23rd Avenue Action plan and come ready to give your input and have some fun with your neighbors!

 

 

 

A New Place To Rest Your Feet In Nora’s Woods

If you’ve never heard of Nora’s Woods, Madrona’s pocket-sized park on 29th Avenue between Cherry and Columbia streets, you’re probably not the only one. Taking up just half a block, this tiny greenspace was named after former Madrona resident and community leader Nora Wood, who bought the land in 1987 with the intention of creating a haven for both native plants and residents of the neighborhood.

Nora's Bench 1A new bench installed earlier this month provides visitors to the park a spot to sit and enjoy this little slice of nature in the midst of an urban environment. You’ll find a variety of habitats in the park, including a  fern gully, a meadow, and a lowland forest. Next time you are in the area, take a detour through Nora’s Woods, sit on the new stone bench and thank Nora for preserving this patch of green for all to enjoy.

 

Leschi Community Council Meeting Tomorrow, June 4

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For those of you who may live closer to Leschi, join the Leschi Community Council at its monthly meeting tomorrow, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Area Senior Center to discuss neighborhood issues. Here’s the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

  • Susan Chang, a geotechnical engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation will discuss the Seattle Landslide Study and what is known about the Leschi hillside in relation to landslides.
  • Seattle Public Utilities will give an update on the sewage overflow project happening at the south marina in August.
  • Leschi Star Awards

In addition, there is a neighborhood work party at the Leschi Natural Area this Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet at 36th and Terrace rain or shine. Gloves and lunch will be provided for all participants!

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tomorrow June 3

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Join your neighbors tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3 for the Madrona Community Council’s monthly meeting at the Shelterhouse. On the agenda for tomorrow:

  • Quanlin Hu of the Department of Planning and Development will be present to give an update on the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which concerns the areas between Cherry and Jackson streets.
  • Update on the proposed parklet outside the Bottlehouse and Hi Spot on 34th Avenue
  • Mayfair recap
  • Discussion of future events, including the neighborhood yard sale, neighborhood BBQ, movie in the park, wine tasting fundraiser logistics, etc.
  • Planning for summer board meeting
  • Other business
  • Treasurer’s report

The meeting begins at 7:15 and everyone is welcome! The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E Spring St.

More Details On Madrona Mayfair

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The colorful and springy Madrona Mayfair poster is getting us extra excited for everyone’s favorite spring event, coming Saturday, May 10! This 38-year-old Madrona tradition attracts as many as 500 families from the Madrona/Central District area, and provides a great opportunity to celebrate our beautiful neighborhood.

Here is the agenda for the day:

  • 9:15 a.m. : Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
  • 9:30 a.m. : Parade begins!
  • 10:00 a.m. : Charles the Clown Show @ The Shelterhouse
  • 10:30 a.m. : Reptile Man show @ The Shelterhouse
  • 12:00 p.m. : Recess Monkey Concert

Other activities for the day include, break dancing instruction, a yo-yo contest, pony rides, face painting, and a photo booth. Mayfair screen printing is also being offered, so bring a t-shirt or tote bag!

While Mayfair is free to attend, it costs the Madrona Community Council about $4,000 to produce, and it couldn’t be done without its neighborhood sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Ewing & Clark real estate, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Seattle Orthodontics, Molly Moon, Lakeview Kids’ Dentistry, Madrona Dining and Sipping Society, and Cambium Landscape.

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.

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

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.

 

Big Changes Coming to 23rd and Union

Central District BuildingBig changes to coming to 23rd and Union according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.  According to the brief article a six-story apartment complex with retail on the ground floor is planned for the corner where the vacant lot is located.  As many of us remember there was a brick building on the lot before it was torn down due to heavy settlement issues that caused the building to look as if it would fall over.  The lot was just sold for $3.8 million and the new owners hope to begin building this spring.