Madrona Farmers Market Opens This Friday, May 15th

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This Friday, May 15th, the Madrona Farmers Market kicks off the season, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of MLK and E Union Street (Madrona Grocery Outlet). With more favorites returning like Olsen Farms (provider of fine locally raised meats & sausages), Kirsop Farms (read: FRESH Produce! Their produce is harvested within 24 hours of the market shopping hours), and newcomers, like Sweet Caroline’s, (offering gourmet jams and shrubs), this season’s market will have your needs covered.

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This year’s farmers market will have over 30 vendors offering a mix of seasonal produce, flowers, sustainably caught fish, prepared foods, artisanal sips and savories, sweet treats and locally produced crafts.

Friday is set to be (mostly) sunny with a high of 68 degrees and with the excitement of opening day in the air, there is no excuse for your absence at this seasonal neighborhood event. So, round up the kids, pack your reusable bags, and meet your fellow neighbors while stocking up on prime local produce and products. Remember, our farmer’s rely on the support of their community to continue providing the amazing things they do, make sure they know how appreciative we are to have a Farmers Market in our neighborhood!

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Madrona Farmers Market

Fridays, May 15th, 2015 – Sept. 25th, 2015

3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Madrona Mayfair Happening this Saturday, May 16th

MadronaMayfairPoster2015Just a reminder, The Madrona Mayfair is set for this Saturday, May 16th. This event is sponsored by the Madrona Community Council (MCC) and it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

With tons of great activities such as a bouncy house, pony rides, a parade, face painting and much more – your kids are sure to be pleased.

Schedule of Events:

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

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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

 

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!

Christmas Ship At Madrona Beach This Saturday

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival has been a highlight of the holiday season in the Seattle area since it began in 1949, and the ship, along with its trailing parade of lit up boats, brings its show to Madrona Beach Park this Saturday, December 20. The Dickens Carolers will be singing traditional Christmas tunes from 9:45 – 10:05 p.m. in Madrona, or if that is too late for you and your little ones, head to the earlier show at Madison Park Beach at 4:40 p.m.

This is the perfect opportunity to grab dinner or a drink at one of Madrona’s fabulous neighborhood restaurants before heading down the hill for this quintessential Seattle Christmas event!

Give Your Feedback On The Dorffel Drive Traffic Study

DorffelBy now many neighbors in the Denny-Blaine, Washington Park, Madison Park, and Madrona areas are aware of the six-week traffic study that was conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation on Dorffel Drive, which closed the eastbound lanes at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard East and 37th Avenue East. In response to concerns from Bush School students and parents, who identified the intersection as being a dangerous one for pedestrians and bicycles, and from Dorffel Drive residents who have seen increased traffic on the street, SDOT agreed to implement the temporary lane closure to test whether it would cut down on through traffic.

The study wrapped up on October 6, and so far response from neighbors has not been positive, citing decreased access to other parts of the neighborhood, and a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers who were not expecting the road blockage. Give SDOT your feedback on this issue by filling out this online form, or by commenting directly on SDOT’s Facebook page.

Upgrades Given to East Madison YMCA

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Six YMCA of Greater Seattle locations including the Meredith Mathews East Madison location have been upgraded for energy-efficiency and cost savings thanks to a tax-exempt bond for $2 million financed through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission’s Sustainable Energy Program which allowed the YMCA to access lower-cost financing for the improvements. Some of the upgrades include lighting, new facility controls and new efficient equipment. Energy audits will be used at all six YMCA locations to evaluate energy and cost savings.

Mother’s Day is Right Around the Corner: We’ve got the Perfect Gift Ideas!

You can never repay your mother for your upbringing, but you can definitely shower her with gratitude and gifts to show your appreciation! Sunday May 12th is fast approaching, and if you’re like me and wait until the last minute every year, know that there is still time to get her something really great this year. Here is a list of possible gift ideas she’ll be happy to open.

Julep Nail Parlour – I’ve never met a mother who didn’t appreciate a good pedicure, and  the manicurists over at Julep sure know how to paper a gal.  Along with manis and pedis, they also offer an array of facials, and have gift sets available online and in store.

Frenchy’s Day Spa – This Parisian inspired day spa in Madison Park has all the frills, candor and fun you could ask for! They have all the services under the moon – I’d suggest the hot stone massage, and for the pregnant mom the Mellow Mama massage which includes safe and prenatal techniques to relax those lower back muscles that are carrying that little hump.

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Pike Place Market Flowers– You can’t get a bouquet that will look as beautiful and last as long as a custom bouquet from one of the vendors in Pike Place Market. It might be worth going down to the Market on Saturday to beat the crowd, and get a nice bundle before they’re picked over on Sunday.

Hitchcock Madrona – Does your mother love unique jewelry? How about loud scarves and hats? This Madrona boutique is the place to find uber chic unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else in Seattle. They rotate through artists, so you’ll be sure to come home with a one of a kind piece she’ll love, and if  aren’t sure what to get, the owner Erica is usually around to help you on your quest for the perfect gem.

Theo’s Chocolate –  Sweetest treats in Seattle, this delightful local chocolate shop is the first certified organic fair trade fair for life bean-to-chocolate factory in America. They have some of the most unique flavors like Coconut curry, chai latte, and cherry & chili! My advice if you’re not going for the collection of bars, get her the big daddy pack- a layer of graham cracker, vanilla infused caramel, and marshmallow covered in dark chocolate- YUM!

Register now for the Shore Run/Walk, June 9th

Today is the last day to register for the 2013 Shore Run/Walk race before registration prices increase. The annual race benefits the   Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which will be celebrating its 36th birthday this year. The event is open to all levels of ability. There is a 10k, 5k and kids’ half mile run. There will also be a party in the park to celebrate participants’ accomplishment after crossing the finish line. The party will be held at Madison Park and include music, food, awards and prizes.

The event is on Sunday, June 9, 2013. The 10k begins at Ferdinand Park, 5k at Leschi Park and Kids’ run at Madison Park which is where all races end. Shuttles will be available as transportation. For information regarding start times, locations, registration and fundraising, please visit http://shorerun.com/.

 

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out what is going on around the Sound on this fabulous day of LOVE!

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Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Forget to make reservations at your hunny’s favorite spot? Check out one of these restaurant’s to indulge with your significant other!

Bastille– If you’re in the Ballard neighborhood tonight, Bastille is offer his and her punch for $10 a glass (his:Stockade, hers:Sainte Marie), and various Parisian style entrees that are sure to please the pallet; including a platter of a dozen Hama Hama oysters on the half shell with caviar and Washington Ver Jus Mignonette, yum!

Cafe Flora– This vegetarian Madison Park cafe is celebrating it’s 20th Valentine’s Day, and offering a prix-fixe menu themed dishes such as the “savory embrace” (a bok choy and cheese filled pastry) and “layers of love” (a macadamia nut crusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). Dinner runs $45 a person, from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spinasse– This lovely Capitol Hill restaurant is offering two amazing prix fixe menus at one of the “best 7 restaurants that define Seattle Now” according to Seattle Magazine. Dinner specials are sure to make diners feel as if they’re dining at a cafe right in the heart of Rome at this authentic Italian hot spot. Dinner is $70 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

Restaurant Bea– Cozy Madrona candlelit dinging experience for two, with chef Jim McCarthy serving up a three course meal off of their comfort food menu, and offering three choices for each course. Dinner is $50 per person, with an optional cocktail or wine pairing for $22 per person.

Hunger-Indulge in a 5 course menu including beef tartare, oysters, and a special rose will be delivered for your significant other when you’re bellies are nice and full of love. $150 per couple, with an optional $25 wine pairing.

Bon Appetite!

Trees for Neighborhoods

Photo Courtesy of: reLeaf Seattle

Seattle’s reLeaf Program is giving away:

  • Free trees (up to 4 trees per household)
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • A coupon for GroCo compost
  • Ongoing care reminders and free workshops.

The program is designed to help Seattle residents plant trees around their homes and most importantly keeping Seattle Green! You must be a Seattle resident in order to apply. The trees that you receive can be planted anywhere on residential property, but they must be planted on the at the address on the application. Permits are required if you’re planting street trees. Permits are not guaranteed. Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, so apply early!

For more information and applications, visit their website!

Madison Park to Leshi: The Best Restaurant Patios to Dine Outside for the Summer

Summers is upon us; or at least it is in theory and we’ve compiled a list of all the best places to dine out around Madrona and the surrounding lakefront Seattle neighborhoods. Most of the hot spots in Madrona line 34th Avenue, such as the all time favorite St Clouds establishment, which along with front patio seating, also has a hidden back patio which might be overlooked by the everyday passerby. Everyone also knows about the pint size mimosas served ice cold at the Hi Spot Cafe; perfect spot for brunch and lunch out on their open air patio which doubles the Madrona restaurant’s space in the summer. If you’re in the mood for a fun evening out, the Bottlehouse wine bar has a comforting home-like appeal; probably because it seats guests on the main floor of an old Madrona home. Their deck is a perfect place to enjoy some meats and cheeses while you drink from their wine and beer selection and your kids enjoy a root beer float.  And do not forget Cafe Soleil which offers outside dining along Union Street.  Enjoy brunch on a sunny summer Sunday.

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The Leschi neighborhood also has a few wonderful noteworthy spots along the waterfront, such as the Blue Water Bistro, which sits on the site of the old Leschi Lake Cafe that ran successfully for an eternity. The Bistro has a cozy fireplace setting for dreary days like today, but is also favored for their beautiful waterfront setup. They even serve the ever popular “Lake Cafe Fish and Chips” a tribute to locals who were sad to see the place turn over.

Madison Park also has their share of outside dining whether it be at the Cactus, Bings, the Attic, or McGilvras to name just a few. Watch the people go to and from Madison Park beach while you sit along the sidewalk on the restaurant patios.

The Seattle summer will get here eventually and when it does you do not want to waste any of it.  Madison Park, Madrona, and Leschi all offer outside restaurant patios to enjoy the summer sun.