Madrona Summer Camps Are Back!

Madrona ShelterhouseMadrona Shelter House, Madrona Playfield, and Madrona Woods Camps are back this summer! To sign up call Garfield Community Center: 684-4788 or go to the summer camps website for forms and more information.

MADRONA SUMMER CAMPS Include:

CIRCUS CAMP – Ages 8-12 – In this fun, four-day camp, kids will learn circus arts including acrobatics, tumbling, slack lining, juggling, clowning, and more.
On the last day of camp the participants will perform a circus for friends and family.
Check website for additional requirements.

MADRONA WOODS JR. NATURE EXPLORERS CAMP – Ages 6-7Ages 8-9 – Explore the Madrona Woods with a naturalist. Bring a sack lunch. Includes Nature Camp shirt.

SPANISH SUMMER CAMP FOR PRESCHOOLERS – Ages 3-6 – Around the world in one week! Children will learn Spanish by singing songs, playing games, and making crafts from around the world! It is going to be fun!

MADRONA SUMMER LEGO CAMP – Ages 5-8 – Let your imagination build! You will have an excitingly creative time during this week long camp. Use Legos to construct one of
a kind buildings, objects, vehicles, and more! Space is limited so hurry and sign up today.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE CAMP – Ages 7-11 – What sport combines the best of basketball,
football, and soccer with a Frisbee? Yes, you guessed it, Ultimate Frisbee! Ultimate Frisbee is a fantastic sport, and easy to learn. This instructional camp will teach you the basic rules of the game, how to throw and catch the Frisbee, and have you running and playing in the sun! So come join in the fun! Bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, and a water bottle. All participants get a shirt.

YOGA CAMP – Ages 7-12 – Yoga Camp mixes games, story-telling, and fun with the
physical postures of yoga in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. No yoga experience is necessary. Campers need to bring their own lunch and water bottle and wear comfortable, upside-down friendly attire.

SUMMER GREEN TEEN CAMP – Ages 12-13/14 -Join EarthCorps in a weeklong camp that focuses on urban forest restoration projects in your neighborhood.
Campers will gain a deeper understanding of why forests are important in urban areas, complete a hands-on experience that helps to revitalize a local greenspace, learn about “Green Careers” in Seattle and receive 30 service learning hours upon completion of the camp. We will also have fun and participant in team building activities. Gloves, tools, and other equipment will be provided be EarthCorps.

Garfield Community Toy Drive Now Through Dec 7th

The Garfield Community Center on 23rd & East Cherry has kicked off it’s annual Holiday toy drive which will run now through December 7th. The drive will collect toys for children of families in the community in need, and every year the Community Center hosts a nice holiday party for up to 200 children; they make sure no child goes home empty handed. The community center had teamed up with Associated Recreational Council to host this year’s drive and encourages local businesses, community organizations, and individuals to drop off any unwrapped or wrapped toys at the Garfield Community Center.

The toys are for Children ages 0-12, and they ask that you please label toys that are wrapped for gender/age. You may also make cash donations, as they will be purchasing new toys for those in need as well. For more information, call Garfield Community Center at 206-684-4788 or stop by during regular operating hours (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.). Tis the season to be giving!

EastPAC Hosting Community Forum to Discuss Recent Violence

The East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) recently sent out and email and it has been confirmed that they are hosting a community forum regarding the recent neighborhood violence tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Garfield Community Center.  The entire community is invited to attend.

The recent tragic shooting of an innocent man, increased gang activity and shots fired around the 23rd and Cherry/MLK area, and unsolved past murders have us experiencing a wide range of emotions: Anger, fear, frustration, sorrow…   In response to these and other incidents, EastPAC will be holding a Community Forum, currently planned for the evening of Wednesday, May 30th.   We will host representatives from law enforcement (we are planning for Lt. John Hayes), youth prevention programs, and city leadership. The event will mainly focus on answering your questions and hearing your concerns and ideas.

Summer Camps in Madrona

Madrona Shelterhouse

Madrona Shelterhouse (above)

Garfield Community Center is hosting a bunch of camps this summer in Madrona.  I do not see the information on the Garfield Community Center Website (link above) at this time but below is a sneak peak at the Seattle Summer Specialty Camps to be offered in Madrona for Summer 2012.  Most of them will be hosted at the Madrona Shelterhouse at the Madrona Playground but some will take place at the Madrona Woods.  Registration will start April 3rd!

Circus Camp
Ages 8 – 12
In this fun, four day camp kids will learn circus arts including acrobatics, tumbling, slack lining juggling, clowning and more. On the last day of camp the participants will perform a circus for friends and family. An additional $5 annual insurance fee will be required prior to registration for all Gymnastics, Tumbling and Cheer Leading classes at Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities. This non-refundable fee covers a child’s participation in all gymnastics, tumbling, or cheer leading classes for one year from the date purchased. SORRY… This fee is not available for online purchase at this time. Please contact your local recreation center to purchase this insurance.
Camp Director: Thomas Heasley
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84498    8/20 – 8/23   Mon – Thu 10 am – 12 pm
Activity Fee $95
Creative Movement Camp
Ages 4 – 6
This summer boys and girls explore dance & movement around a new theme each day through music, games, and creating their own dances. Parents and Friends are welcome to attend our performance at the end of the session. Please wear close fitting clothes with bare feet or ballet slippers.
Camp Director: Mimi (Mary Margaret Moore)
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84499    6/25 – 6/28   Mon –  Thu 9:30 – 11:30 am
Activity Fee $85
GreenStage/Madrona Youth Theatre Camp
Ages 8 – 15
Join GreenStage and Garfield Community Center and enjoy this special opportunity for enrichment and fun this summer. Campers will perform ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Saturday 8/12 at 10 am Costumes will be provided. Bring a sack lunch and drink. (5 days plus 10:30 am performance on 8/12).
Camp Director: GreenStage Staff
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84501    8/6 – 8/11   Mon –  Fri 9 am – 3 pm, Sat 9:30 – 11:30 am
Activity Fee $255
Madrona Woods Jr. Nature Explorers Camp
Ages 6 – 7
Explore the Madrona Woods with a naturalist. Bring a sack lunch. Includes Nature Camp shirt.
Location: Location: Meet at entry to Madrona Woods – 38th and Marion
#84503    7/9 – 7/11   Mon –  Wed 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Activity Fee $85
Madrona Woods Nature Explorers Camp
Ages 8 – 9
#84504    7/9 7/11   Mon – Wed 1 – 4 pm
Activity Fee $85
Spanish Summer Camp for Preschoolers
Ages 3 – 6
Around the world in one week! Children will learn Spanish by singing songs, playing games and making crafts from around the world! It is going to be fun! Space is limited. Registration begins April 3.
Camp Director: Manuela Slye
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84506    8/13 – 8/17   Mon –  Fri 10 am – 1 pm
Activity Fee $145
Tween Camp
Ages 8 – 12
Led by trained high school teens, this three day fun filled camp highlights arts and crafts, cooking, sports, nature, special events and more! The camp is supervised by high school seniors under the supervision the Garfield Recreation Leader. Bring a sack lunch/drink.
Camp Directors: Nikitta Vinson and High School Students
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84508    7/23 – 7/25   Mon – Wed 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Activity Fee $55
Yoga Camp
Ages 7 – 12
Yoga Camp mixes games, story-telling and fun with the physical postures of yoga in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. No yoga experience necessary. Campers need to bring their own lunch and water bottle and wear comfortable, upside-down friendly attire!
Camp Director: Ashley Robles
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84509    7/16 – 7/19   Mon –  Thu 10:30 am – 1 pm
Activity Fee $85
Summer Green Teen Camp
Ages: 12-13/14-16
Join EarthCorps in a weeklong camp that focuses on urban forest restoration projects in your neighborhood. Campers will gain a deeper understanding of why forests are important in urban areas, complete hands-on experience that helps to revitalize a local greenspace, learn about “Green Careers” in Seattle and receive 30 service learning hours upon completion of the camp. All this plus fun, team building and safety.  Gloves, tools and other equipment will be provided be EarthCorps. To register or for more information contact Garfield Community Center at (206)684-4788.
Camp Director: EarthCorps Staff
Location: Meet at entry to Madrona Woods – 38th and Marion
#TBD                      7/16 – 7/20 M – F            9 am – 3 pm
Activity Fee FREE

Madrona May Benefit From Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy Meeting Tonight

Madrona ShelterhouseTonight there will be a meeting open to the public at the Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave South, to discuss the Citizen Oversight Committee’s recommendations to spend $10 million of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy inflation funds for Seattle Parks and Recreation major maintenance projects.  In 2008, the Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Space Levy which had money built into it for inflation, but because of the downturn in the economy the projects were finished under budget leaving money left over.  The Citizen Oversight Committee‘s recommendation is to re-allocate inflation allowance funds for a specific set of projects.  Three of those projects are in the Seattle Central Area, including Madrona.  Those projects are to replace the roof at Garfield Community Center ($465,000), repair the roof at Medgar Evers Pool ($1,600), and to renovate the “Madrona Comfort Station” ($200,000).  The Madrona Comfort Station is better known as the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse.  The meeting is tonight, Monday, June 27th from 7 PM to 9 PM and, again, the public is encourage to participate.