Cheer On Cyclists In The Obliteride Fundraiser On August 10

ObliterideLogo_rgbCyclists taking part in the 2nd annual Obliteride fundraiser benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will pedal down Lake Washington Boulevard through Madrona and Leschi as part of the 25-, 50-, 100-mile race routes on Sunday, August 10. Organizers are encouraging the community to come out and cheer on the riders as they make their way through the neighborhood, and are also suggesting that spectators make signs to display along the route honoring anyone they know who has been affected by cancer.

Participants in the ride commit to fundraising a set amount of money for each distance – $1,000 is the minimum – and 100 percent of funds raised will go to Fred Hutch and its efforts toward ending cancer. Last year’s event raised more than $2 million. Riders will start at Magnuson Park and head south on Lake Washington Boulevard, passing through Denny Blaine, Madrona, Leschi, Mount Baker, and on to Seward Park, so there is plenty of room for spectators to line the whole route along the lake. There is also a 150-mile ride that will take riders to Bainbridge Island and down the Kitsap Peninsula to Tacoma and back.

If you would prefer to ride instead of spectate, there is still time to register! Visit the Obliteride site to get all the details for registering, fundraising, and ride-day details. At the very least, head down to Lake Washington Boulevard on the 10th to give the riders some extra encouragement!

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!

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!

Seattle Times Blasts Madrona Rep. Santos, Praises Rep. Pettigrew

Sharon SantosA Seattle Times editorial blasts Madrona’s Washington State House Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (Democrat) while praising  Madrona’s State House Representative Eric Pettigrew (Democrat) for their stances on how to fix the state’s school system.  The Seattle Times editorial said Santos along with her counterpart in the State Senate blocked even a vote on educational reform involving both teacher evaluations and charter schools.

The Seattle Times praised Pettigrew who recently spoke about his struggles at school while growing up in South Central Los Angeles.  Pettigrew wrote a bill to add limited charter schools to the state, but his counterpart Santos would not allow a vote on his bill.

If you have an opinion on this matter, you can click on the links above to either Santos’ or Pettigrew’s bios.  Once on either of their bios you can click “email” and after adding your address you can contact your Madrona Representative.  If you check the box on your email then it will go to all three of your State Representatives.

Santos and Pettigrew not only represent the Seattle neighborhood of Madrona, but Denny Blaine, the Central District, Leschi, Mount Baker, Seward Park, and most of southeast Seattle.

Christmas Ships at Madrona Beach

Seattle Christmas ShipsThe grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this weekend is the stroll down to Madrona Park to watch the Christmas Ships.  The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd).  Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach.

To get there you can either head straight there or join the candle light walk which leaves from the middle of the Madrona business district (34th and Union) at 8:45 PM.  The candle light route will wind down the hill taking Union to 38th to Grand Avenue to Spring and through Madrona Woods down to Madrona Beach.  (See previous link for the route).  Spectrum Dance will provide hot chocolate and cider and lead a dance circle on the beach.

Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended.  The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.

If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family.  You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM.  Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM.  You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.

Tour De France Cyclist has Connection to Madrona

Tyler FarrarTyler Farrar was the first American to win a stage on the 4th of July.  Farrar who is from Wenatchee spent a lot of time in Madrona growing up since his family bought a second home in the Seattle neighborhood because of his father’s work.  He become a legend when he would beat experienced adult riders in bicycle races in Seward Park as a young teenager.  Now Farrar is making history in France.  Congratulations to Tyler Farrar.