Little Free Libraries Popping Up in Madrona

Have you seen little mailbox-like tiny houses appearing on your street? Well they’re not mailboxes, birdhouses, or newspaper dispensers- they’re little free libraries in Madrona! These fun structures are filled with books that you may borrow for free, and when you take a book you are encouraged to leave another in its place. Little Libraries are found all over the world and have recently been popping up in neighborhoods all over Seattle, and now you can find 15 libraries in Madrona. book

Each library is unique and fulled with an array of books ranging from children’s picture books, to Historical Non Fiction. The little library located at 525 31st Ave is made from a 1970’s Barbie doll house, and inside you’ll find barbies reading novels of their own. At the library on 29th and Columbia you’ll find hand painted artwork on the library’s little door. There is even a red newspaper box located at 1605 36th Ave that has been turned into a little house of books! Many residents who have contributed to the neighborhood’s little libraries have seen positive results, and find that it is a great way to break the ice and engage with neighbors. For more information, or a map locator of all the little libraries in town, visit the little library website, and remember to bring a book to share with the next neighborhood visitor!

Sad Farewell for Green Plate Location

gpsEveryone is invited to attend Green Plate Special’s Going Away Party on Sunday, September 22nd from 3:00-6:00pm to join in saying farewell to a much loved location. Food and beverages will be offer to celebrate the three years it has prospered and grown at MLK Jr. Way and Union. The new garden will be located at 2115 25th Ave S. and will grow food and foster further middle school education in 2014. They will also begin raising chickens and bees. If you would like to volunteer in assisting GPS in their move to the new location sometime between October and December or would like to see items that GPS will not need and will be donating, please visit

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


Updates on the Madrona Corridor Plan and 34th Ave Sidewalk Repair

At the Madrona Community Council meeting last week, the SDOT presented an overview draft of scope work to address various conflicts with trees and sidewalks in the community. The ultimate goal for the SDOT will be to develop a “toolkit” of options to address these issues, using case studies such as the 34th Avenue  East corridor in Madrona as an example to illustrate what applications can be installed. The goal is to create a safe, inviting walkway environment, while growing and maintaining a healthy urban forest and preserving the existing areas. tree

Work will be completed in 2013, with repairs to sidewalks damaged by street trees, and implementing tree removal where necessary. They will be planting new trees where needed, and researching and implementing long terms solutions to the issues at hand. If you’d like to review the Draft Scope of Work for the project, any comments for suggested changes will be accepted now through February 7th and can be viewed here.

Prime Madrona Real Estate For Sale

Madrona HomeA gorgeous 1920’s Dutch Colonial on prime Madrona real estate with fantastic views of Lake Washington, Bellevue skyline, Mt Rainier & Cascades recently came on the market.  The completely remodeled Madrona home presents a modern, open floor plan, with pretty entry gardens and front porch open to the oak floors and crisp lines of the interior. Fir windows and doors, with two sets of French doors opening to spacious deck. Kitchen with impressive limestone island and high end appliances. Huge master bedroom suite fills the entire 2nd floor with two additional bedrooms in lower level.

Click the link to see more pictures, details and location of this fabulous Madrona home.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/2.25
List Price: $1,365,000

Mudslide Damage in Madrona being Repaired

Madrona MudslideLast December, Madrona and the rest of Seattle had a huge down pour and a Madrona home had their entire backyard wiped out by a mudslide.  (Click link for previous pictures).  I was walking by the other day and wondering if they could head into the winter without repairing it, and just days later they had diggers in repairing the yard.  It looks like it will be shored up in no time, complete with vertical pins to make sure it does not happen again.

Not About Madrona, But Do You Believe this is D.B. Cooper?

D.B. CooperI know this has nothing to do with Madrona but have you been following the news about this woman claiming her Uncle was D.B. Cooper?  If you do not know the story of D.B. Cooper he hijacked a plane in 1971 a man who bought a ticket under the name Dan Cooper for a flight from Portland to Seattle.  During the flight he demanded a parachute and $200,000 in cash.  When they got to Seattle they exchanged the other passengers for the two items (parachute & money) and the plane took off for Mexico.  30 minutes later the back hatch of the plane was opened and when the plane landed in Reno, Nevada to refuel, Dan Cooper was gone.  To this day, it is America’s only unsolved hijacking.  Now a woman with the last name of Cooper is claiming D.B. Cooper was her uncle.  My only question is: why would a man who planned to hijacked a plane that has baffled the FBI for four decades use his real last name in a time when no one checked for identification before you boarded a plane?  Of course, the Barefoot Bandit was a handful for the authorities to catch too so maybe it does make sense…or maybe they are related…

Get Your Madrona Mayfair T-Shirt Hot Off the (Cafe) Press

Madrona Mayfair T-ShirtAnd the winner is…..Sydney Mansavage.  Sydney won the Madrona Mayfair t-shirt design contest and the winning design is now available on everything from t-shirts, to sweatshirts, to onsies, to tote bags, and stainless water bottles on the Cafe Press website.  The winning design was selected at the last Madrona Community Council meeting and the voting was very close.  Several designs were vying to be the official design for the upcoming Madrona Mayfair but Sydney’s design won.  Please go to the above Cafe Press website link and order your t-shirt in time for Mayfair which takes place this May 14th.  The money goes to help pay for Mayfair with about $1,200 needed to reach this year’s goal to fund the event.

FYI: Comments on

Blog CommentI appreciate and encourage all comments on this Madrona blog.  But I want to apologize in advance when your comments do not get posted right away.  So far most of the comments are spam, so the comments are not posted unless I approve them.  My plan is to approve all legitimate comments, whether positive or negative (unless totally inappropriate).   Sometimes it is hard to determine if the comments are legitimate so I apologize if I do not approve your comment.  For example, this comment:

Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

That sounds legitimate, but there was no previous long comment from that person and based on other spam emails I have received that person does not seem to be genuine.

If I am mistaken on this or any other comment and you want take the additional time, please write another comment and I will try to make sure it gets posted on the Madrona blog.  In the future, I will look to streamline the blog by automating the comment verification.