Free Solar Educational Workshop

Interested in finding out the benefits of powering your home with solar? A free, educational workshop is taking place at Garfield Community Center in the nearby Central District on Thursday, February 8th. It will cover different aspects of implementing and using this affordable form of energy.

Evan Leonard, Vice President of Artisan Electric with 8 years experience in the solar industry, also worked previously as an environmental educator in Japan and has spearheaded environmental causes for the past 10 years. He will be leading the workshop for homeowners from 6-7:30 pm, and will cover many commonsense topics as well as handle any questions from attendees. Topics likely to be covered:

  • how solar energy and panels work
  • how solar actually thrives in gloomy Western Washington
  • financial aspects including federal and state incentives + ROI + a breakdown of cost + different ways to finance
  • how solar works with various types of roofing
  • battery back-up systems and powering your home in an outage or disaster
  • go into depth concerning realistic costs and help the attendees get a realistic view of potential they may have for solar

Artisan Electric is a local solar contractor based in Georgetown. Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, who often partners with them, has a 0% down financing plan that some homeowners may be eligible for. They are providing free pizza and refreshments at the event.

For more information, check out the workshop Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1168710479930043/

Event held at:
Garfield Community Center
2323 East Cherry Street
Seattle, WA  98122

Coffee, Community, & a Cut

Squirrel Chops’ logo

Located near the corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, Squirrel Chops inhabits one of the street-level business spaces in a newer mixed-use building. Follow the overhead woodcut sign with the squirrel drinking coffee inside for a fresh drink or a fresh haircut. The interior is painted in black and interspersed with natural wood slab and steel surfaces, with unshielded warm bulbs throughout. The music inside varies according to who’s working: country, cool Latin grooves, strong female singers, more.

Entry to Squirrel Chops and the building location at 23rd and E. Union Street

Sharon Blyth-Moss and Shirley Henderson, joined in life and in business, run the shop together. They started this to combine their love of coffee and hair with a sense of community. Sharon, who was acknowledged as “Best British Hairstylist” by Seattle Metropolitan magazine in 2009, currently handles all hair styling, although this may change in the future with a salon reorganization to allow for more hair stylists (potentially with barista skills). The hours Squirrel Chops is open may be extending in the future as well, most likely when the new building construction across the street is completed.

Sharon Blyth-Moss at work.

Their cuts & cafe clientele are extremely varied, according to Sharon, including long-term salon clients, “a lot of strong females”, construction workers, LGBTQ peers, and the “wonderful daily regular” who live across the street in the tiny home encampment. People in the surrounding neighborhood, frustrated with worsening traffic in Seattle, seem now to more frequently seek out places nearby, such as this one.

Over the past year, part of their dream has been realized, as Squirrel Chops has become a community hub. On a daily basis, people form new friendships through conversations, pass around the NY Times crossword puzzle to contribute a word, discuss politics, or find a table to work on their novel or studies.  Blyth-Moss and Henderson recently held a poster-making party here for those who planned to participate in January’s Women’s March. They offered $1 drip coffee for those who marched on Martin Luther King Day. In March, they’re hosting a book release party for one of their regulars who wrote part of her book on the premises. Shirley once contributed her own banjo for an impromptu music jam! Stuff happens here.

Squirrel Chops offers pastries, fine coffee or tea, different toasties (British/Australian hot sandwich pockets), tacos, wine, beer, sake, Bloody Marys and Mimosas. And haircuts. And good conversation.

Choices, choices.

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

Luna in the Laundromat

If you’re in the mood for quality, locally-made ice cream, look no further than the Madrona Laundromat. That’s right, Molly Moon’s has a walk-up window tucked inside (which you may already be aware of) for the past 6 years. Whether you want to treat yourself while watching your spin cycle, or prefer to stop in purely for their creamy, homemade sweet, Molly Moon’s is worth the trip.

Recently, we spoke with Emily in Molly Moon’s Marketing and Community Relations department to find out more about their business:

Question:  Besides the awesome & unique fact your business is located inside a laundromat, what other things make your Madrona shop different from the other locations?
Answer:  Madrona is smaller than other locations, so it does not have a kitchen, we get our ice cream from our Capitol Hill shop! Because we’re so small, it really, truly feels like a neighborhood shop!  Fun fact: Our Madrona shop is the only shop in the company that does a praline cookie ice cream sammie, and it is AMAZING!

Q:  How often do your featured flavors of ice cream change over? A certain day of the month?
A:  We change our seasonal flavors each month, we usually have one or two rotating vegan flavors, one is usually a sorbet. And then we have two seasonal ice cream flavors. Our chefs try to come up with flavors using seasonal organic, and Washington-grown ingredients!

Q:  Who masterminds and creates your ice cream? Is it done on-location at one of the ice cream shops, or is produced somewhere separately in another building?
A:  Each one of our shops, except Madrona and 19th and Mercer has its own Kitchen Manager, our Kitchen Managers are trained culinary professionals, most of them have culinary degrees. Our culinary manager works with them to assign research and development work for flavors, and they each get to create their own. Molly guides them, and of course, makes the final decisions!

Q:  What do you like about your customers? Who are your customers? (Those doing laundry? People who come in specifically to buy ice cream only? Mostly folks from Madrona or elsewhere?)
A:  Madrona customers it seems are truly people that live around the neighborhood. We love them!

Q:  What encouraged the owner Molly to start an ice cream business?
A:  Molly worked at an ice cream shop in college, she then worked at a non-profit, and later decided to start Molly Moon’s, to use her experience to start a company where she could put all of her progressive values into practice, and also prove she could still be profitable after doing that! She made sure when starting Molly Moon’s that she paid above minimum wage, paid 100% of her employee’s health care premiums, offered paid family leave and only used compostable products! To this day, she still ensures these benefits, but has added many more!

If you have ever wondered why their shops are called “Molly Moon’s”, owner Molly Neitzel’s actual middle name is Moon. Days that the Madrona shop (1408 34th Ave.) are open vary according to the seasons. At this time of year, they are open from 2-10 pm. Their phone # (in case you want to check ahead) is (206) 324-0753.

Enjoy the Luna (Moon) in the laundromat!

For Sale: Madison Valley Home

This fabulous Madison Valley town home offers great location, views, finishes, & value! The slate floor entry is spacious enough to accommodate an entry bench and table for keys, mail, etc. A three-quarter bath, a generous bedroom, and a sunny office are also on this level. Sliding doors unite the office to the 280 sf patio great for entertaining or a little fresh-air quiet time on a summer day.

The 2nd level of this home serves as the primary living space and has freshly refinished cherry floors throughout. Kitchen is equipped with stainless appliances. The windows on this level each provide a beautiful outlook: west facing windows from the kitchen look out to mature Japanese Maple and garden area, a large picture window over the built-in bench in dining room adds a tree-house back drop, and the living area is surrounded by airy views of Cascade Range with the lush, age-old trees of Washington Park in the foreground. A gas fireplace surrounded by built-ins for your library or treasures provides great ambiance & warmth during the winter months. A powder room is conveniently located on this level as well.

Vaulted ceilings and bright white walls along with the views of Lake Washington, Bellevue skyline, Cascades, and green Seattle canopy make for a heavenly master bedroom on the 3rd floor of this home. A connecting full bath with jetted tub, walk-in closet, and separate closet for full size washer/dryer complete this room. The 3rd bedroom, also with vaulted ceilings, has bright, western exposure and a large closet. This room shares the large bathroom on this floor and can access through 2nd door off the hallway.

The amazing central location is walking distance to parks, groceries, multiple coffee shops and fine eateries, quick bus to downtown, close to Lake Washington beaches, and easy access to I-5, 520, and I-90. This low maintenance, ready to move in home will buy you time in your schedule for doing the things you enjoy!

For more information contact Ewing and Clark or Kristine Losh directly.

There will be an open house this Saturday, September 9th, from 1 pm – 4pm. 

Save the Date!

The Annual Madrona Wine Tasting has come early this year, so mark your calendars! This October 7th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, the Madrona Community Counsel will be holding their annual wine tasting fundraiser at St. Therese Social Hall (900 35th Ave). The event is organized by Leschi Market and will be featuring many vintners!

You can find tickets @ http://bpt.me/3065567

More information to come!

Central Affordable Housing & Business Development

A year ago, Vulcan Real Estate bought six acres at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street for $30.9 million in the Central District of Seattle. Five years earlier, another realty company, which sold to Vulcan, paid $12.5 million less. Currently, a Red Apple grocery store sits on this site, which will be replaced with two 7-story buildings separated by a public walkway and an additional one-level retail space. The first floor on the two, larger buildings will be for retail, with 530 apartments above and a multi-tiered 500+ parking garage below.

Renderings of Future Vulcan Building. Image: Vulcan Real Estate and Studio 216

Increased gentrification of our city has some concerned, and the Central District area is no exception. In the 1960s, this neighborhood was 70% African-American, according to a Seattle Times article; a year ago, it was down to 20%. In part due to sharply rising housing costs, there has been a call for more affordable housing in the Central District, and keeping or attracting African-American-owned businesses to the neighborhood. Concerning affordable housing, one-fifth of Vulcan’s new site will include rental units offered at a reduced amount (65-85% median income), which in turn provides Vulcan with a tax credit.

Other Central District plans are underway to increase affordable housing and business opportunities farther north along 23rd Avenue South as well. The Midtown Center at 23rd and East Union Street was purchased by a partnership for a combination of profit, retaining some of the center’s current character, and to build 125 affordable living units within the 500-unit complex. This developer might also receive a tax credit, not unlike Vulcan, and be able to build more floors on the building. And the former Liberty Bank location at nearby 24th and Union will be the site for a new 6-story, mixed-use building with up to 115 affordable housing units and commercial spaces that focus on attracting local business, especially African-American.

The Market’s Open!

The seasonal Madrona Farmers Market opened recently on May 19th! Because of our unusually long rainy season this year in WA State (the longest on record in modern history), some of the farm vendors understandably had a delay with their crops. But our warm season is firmly underway now, as are abundant produce, herbs, and artisanal goods!  Look at this chart to see what’s approximately available. (Keep in mind there might be a lag, due to previous rain).

Recently, Seattle was rated 4th in the nation for being the most fit city. One of the reasons cited for this improvement was the increase in the number of farmers markets in our area: a positive indication that unprocessed, natural food can make a difference in one’s health.

If you would like to visit other farmers markets in other neighborhoods as well, here is a complete list of places and hours from The Seattle Times. The Madrona Farmers Market is on Fridays, from 3-7 pm through the end of September. Bon appetit!

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!

Film Comes To Life In “Film Is Dead” Exhibit

In the midst of the digital age, many are astounded that film still even exists. Everyone has digital film and video capabilities, and film Is very expensive, so, why bother right?

While that may have been what you thought once upon a time, your mind will be forever changed once you see the brilliant art made on and with film by artist Jennifer West at her Seattle Art Museum installation “Film Is Dead”.

In this revolutionarily inventive show, West uses 70mm, 35mm and 16mm analog film strips to create beautiful and visually compelling works of art. She treats the film with common household items including food coloring, nail polish, coffee, vinegar, bleach and more to create patterns and unplanned but stunning effects by eroding the films emulsion, staining it and letting the film take one whatever characters it might.

West’s SAM exhibit features film strips and remnants that have been treated and manipulated by the artist in this way, hung from the ceiling, and spanning almost the entire length of the gallery.

In addition to the physical installation at SAM, West has taken many of these works and digitized them to create a film that explores the differences and relationship between the analog and digital qualities of the film medium, creating another layer to this thought provoking artistic experiment.

Jennifer West is a Los Angeles based artist with some history in the Seattle. West received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia before returning to her home state of California to earn her Masters in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

West’s works have been displayed in various solo and group exhibitions across the country and the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR and many more.

Her love affair with film dates back more than ten years and she boasts a very interesting and varied portfolio of works including photographic and video works using different and rare types of film and film techniques, light play, performance and her unique film quilts and magic lantern works. West’s style and aesthetic are likely different from any you’ve seen before, exploring and challenging the differences between modern digital photographic art and classic analog film techniques. Her style simultaneously evokes nostalgic feelings and encapsulates a modern and almost futuristic aesthetic, and over all seems to challenge films obsoleteness and the digital waves supremacy.

If you share a love of visual arts, interesting techniques, the fusion of arts and science or simply subscribe to the thought that everything old is new again, “Film Is Dead” is a show worth seeing, if for no other reason than to see something beautiful before it’s gone.

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER WEST: FILM IS DEAD . . .

Exhibit on display through SUN MAY 7 2017

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES