I have blogged about Madrona’s Trick or Treat festivities, but the Madrona business district is not the only local area hosting Halloween. The Leschi business district is also hosting trick or treating on Halloween night this year. This year’s Halloween trick or treating in Leschi is from 4 PM to 6 PM.
Like the Madrona neighborhood, the Leschi neighborhood as a community council that is a part of the Seattle Community Council Federation. The Leschi Community Council has been an integral part of the community for more than half a century. The Leschi Community Council meets on the first Wednesday of the month September-November and February through June. The Leschi Community Council is responsible for neighborhood events such as Flo Ware Days in May, Art Walk in the summer, etc. and carries on activities for Leschi that include:
- Advocates for the Route 27 bus.
- Support for Leschi Elementary School
- Volunteer tutors to assist Leschi School children.
- Support for Central Area Senior Center
- Inform and educate the community by providing informative programs and monthly meetings.
- Community cleanups of public areas and stairways.
- Cultivate relationships between the community and precinct police.
- Partnership with Leschi waterfront businesses
- Preservation of residential character
- Monthly Publication of Leschi News.
To help facilitate their mission, to better get their message out, and keep their neighborhood informed, they have just launched their new Leschi Community Council website. Check it out!
The owner of Leschi’s All Purpose Pizza announced that the restaurant is closing at the end of the day, Monday, October 15th. The kid-friendly restaurant has been serving the area for over seven years and has support the Leschi community during that time. Here is the email that was sent out announcing the closure of All Purpose Pizza:
Subject: All Purpose Pizza
Dear Friends/Family of APP,
Shocking as it will seem, I have decided to close APP after service (9pm) Monday October 15th. After 7 years of business I have decided it is time to move on and unburden myself and the debt that has been amassing since 2008 and the economic crash. I have done everything I can over these past years to stay in business, waiting for brighter days, but the new economic reality doesn’t mesh with my overhead/bottom line which is, unfortunately, not negotiable. The deficit has been incredibly daunting and it is time for me to admit defeat. I know it will leave a huge hole in the community, a place I have called home for so many years. It is extremely painful for me to make this decision and what makes it harder all of you: the people who started off as patrons, became friends, and are now family. Your love and support has meant the world to me over these years and it is because of that that I have made it this far. For that I can’t thank you enough.
I will be around tonight (Friday) and throughout the weekend (looking for sitter now). I hope that you can make it in so I can say goodbye and sling one last pizza hurrah!
Please support All Purpose Pizza in their last few days of business.
No surprise to local residents but traffic in Seattle is bad. According to a recent study, Seattle’s traffic is the fourth worst in North America. A recent King 5 report looks at our traffic problem by focusing on the commute of a Leschi resident, Emily Diehl, that drives to Edmonds every day. While the article points out things could be worse, it also says that we would need 22 lanes in EACH direction on I-5 to have no traffic – and King 5 even has a diagram to see what it would look like (pictured). No one is holding their breathe for that many freeway lanes, so while our state and local agencies look for cheaper options, we can all empathize with our Leschi neighbor and her daily journey
Rebuilding Together Seattle brings volunteers and communities together to help low income homeowners live in warmth, safety, and independence. They serve low income homeowners who are elderly, disabled, families with children, and/or veterans in need, as well as non-profit facilities. The Young Professionals Society is sponsored and staffed by Rebuilding Together Seattle, and is a service organization of young professionals who support RTS and its mission through community outreach, fundraising, networking, and volunteering on an annual basis to ensure the growth and strength of RTS.
This weekend on September 15 Rebuilding Together Seattle and the Young Professionals Society are going to repair a home in Leschi for a 70 year old woman, Ardis. Ardis lives alone and has some troubles walking, so they will be making her house as safe as possible for her. This project is sponsored by The Swinerton Foundation, and they will be: building a handrail for her front steps, replacing the glass in the back door, a couple of small security and plumbing fixes, clearing out some clutter, completing yard work, and some miscellaneous painting and cleaning.
It’s great to see this kind of work being done here in our community! Thanks go out to Rebuiliding Together Seattle and the Young Professionals! For more information on seeking help, donations, or volunteer work visit their website.
Sol Yoga is new yoga studio that opened in the Leschi neighborhood! Sol Yoga specializes in Power Vinyasa and Yoga/Cross Training hybrid class! The studio maintains a 90 degree climate and they provide: towels, water, and free parking!
If you would like to try out Sol Yoga, your first class is FREE!
Sol Yoga is located on the shores of Lake Washington, next to to Leschi marina.
200 Lake Washington Blvd Suite 101Seattle, WA 98122
Daniel’s Broiler is looking to expand beyond their three restaurants. The original Daniel’s Broiler was first opened in Leschi in 1980 by the late Daniel Sandal and later was expanded to both Bellevue and Lake Union. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal article, the new location is not known yet or at least the current owners, Schwartz Brother Restaurants, are not telling but any new Daniel’s Broiler will have their famous “world-class views.”
The other week, I wrote about the proliferation of Madrona real estate development and what it indicated to me: that the Seattle real estate market is improving. Since my blog, two things came to my attention to bolster my thoughts. One, the May local real estate market numbers were released and again there were gains in the local real estate values: especially in certain Seattle neighborhoods such as Leschi/Mt. Baker. Two, I noticed that the Pike Station on 34th and East Pike is reporting that 5 of the 7 Madrona townhomes have already sold. As most Madrona residents know, the Pike Station is still far from completion so having a majority of the homes sold is encouraging.
If you want to know more about the Seattle real estate, please feel free to contact me.
The Leschi Art Walk, sponsored by the Leschi Community Council, is this coming Saturday, June 9th, from 11 AM to 4 PM in front of the businesses along the lake near where Lake Washington Blvd and Lakeside Avenue meet.
At last count there were 47 artists and 3 bands plus face painting, table of children’s art, and the Leschi Community Council information table.
The Leschi Community Council table will have a copy of the out of print Leschi Diary (history of Leschi) for folks to look through plus a rare copy for sale. The LLC will also have copies of the Leschi News, information on Seattle Music Partners (Leschi School after school music tutoring), and photos of the parks Leschi Community Council has renovated or created.
Join our Leschi neighbors for the art walk this weekend.
CORRECTION: The title originally said “this” Saturday, but the event is NEXT Saturday, June 9th. Sorry for any confusion.
There is breaking news on KIRO about Bart Evans, owner of Leschi’s BluWater Bistro, who jumped in Lake Washington today to save a drowning teenage boy. A group of kids were jumping off the Leschi Pier when they started screaming that one of their friends had not come up. Evans, who’s Leschi restaurant is next to the dock, dove to the bottom of the lake and grabbed the boy by his foot and with the help of others got him on the dock. The boy was rushed to Harborview Hospital. While on the scene the Seattle Fire Department was able to feel the boy’s pulse, but there is no more word on how the boy is doing.
Click here to see pictures and read more about the boy’s rescue in Leschi on Kirotv.com.