Google Comes to Seattle!

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Even though school is out for the summer, Leschi Elementary stayed very busy this month! From getting the garden prepared for summer planting, to giving the walls a new coat of paint, and cataloging the fiction books in the library. With the help from some Googlers and Seattle Works, the school was able to make all their projects a reality.

GoogleServe volunteers assisted the summer school participants with weeding, churning compost into garden soil, building trellises, and making a sustainable water bottle irrigation system! The library is also in order after their visit. They have recorded the fiction books into to the school catalogue, making access to the library resources easier for teachers. The school is organized, cleaned, and repainted. What a perfect way to start the 2016 school year!

Googlers volunteer all year, but in June they celebrate collectively during GoogleServe to help their favorite organization. The volunteer campaign has done over 800 projects nation-wide just this year! They will make their way back to Seattle next year, serving the community with helping hands once again.

This Weekend in Madrona

 

All around Seattle neighborhoods will be celebrating the end of spring and start of summer! The Madrona Community Council will be hosting the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale and Bike and Ball Drive this Saturday! The garage sale descriptions and map are available on Craigslist, Madrona Moms, and Nextdoor. You can also get a paper addition at Verite on June 17th and 18th.

The Bike and Ball drive is the perfect way to finish off spring cleaning! Rid your garage of all bikes, bike parts, and soccer or basketballs that aren’t being used. The event will take place at the Madrona Playfield from 10am-1pm. Bike Works is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in need of bikes in good condition, including 20” wheel BMX style bikes, 24” and 26” wheel mountain bikes, and road bikes of any size. Didi Burpee will be collecting soccer and basketballs to donate to Seattle’s World School.

Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day Is Coming!

madrona-school-sign-tpIt’s almost time again to celebrate and honor our friends and neighbors here in the Madrona community!

Join your neighbors to celebrate Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30-11am.  The gathering will take place at Madrona PK-8 School library with ceremonies begining promptly at 10:00am.

Awards include:

  1. The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  2. The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity.
  3. The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.
  4. The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.

This event provides the opportunity for all members of the community to not only enjoy the accomplishments of our adult residents, but to meet the award winners from Madrona K-8 School as well. In addition to all the excitement, the Mayor is confirmed to attend this years event!

It’s time to meet and celebrate the accomplishments of your neighbors, big and small and remember why Madrona is such a strong, wonderful community you’re proud to be a part of!

You can run Pritty Boys Pizza in Madrona!

pizzaDo you want to run a pizza restaurant in Madrona?  As many of you know, Pritty Boys Pizza closed, but the business is available for purchase.  We should have known this was coming: the owner’s Madrona home recently went on the market and the rumor is they moved across the lake.

We hope someone buys the restaurant….we already miss the fun family atmosphere, the pizza, and our personal favorite: the broccoli.  First the Madrona Ale House gets rid of their toys, now this!  Madrona families with young children are panicking.

We wish the Pritty Boy’s owners well.  They quietly supported Madrona activities such as Mayfair, Madrona Dine Out for Madrona K-8, and recently paid for a large portion of the holiday decorations for the Madrona business district.

Would Madrona Survive if the Ice Caps Melt?!?

Madrona PointFor the most part Madrona would survive, but the better question is: would you or I make it?  Hopefully, we never will have to find out, but it is kind of fun (or scary) to see what would happen if all the ice caps did melt.  UW Planner Jeffrey Linn created a map of the Greater Seattle area showing what would happen to Seattle if there was a 240-foot rise in the level of the world’s oceans.  The conclusion was that most of the real estate in Madrona does survive (Madison Valley & parts of Leschi are not so lucky) and those residents of Madrona homes that do get flooded can meet up at Madrona Ale House for a beer and to get dry by the fire.

$300 Per Person at New Madrona Restaurant?

Noyer SeattleWhile the headline is an attention grabber and may make many shake their heads with dismay, we do not want it to damper the excitement for Ethan Stowell’s two new restaurants coming soon to Madrona.  Yes, it is true there are reports that Stowell’s new Madrona restaurant will be $300 per person, but that will be for his ultra-high end, small restaurant Noyer.  Noyer, pronounced “Noi-YAY” and means “walnut” in French, will occupy a space off the courtyard behind the former Restaurant Bea that many Madrona residents did not even know existed unless they inquired/attended/booked it for a private party.  In addition, $300 per person will include champagne, fixed wine pairings with a tasting menu with all the best possible local ingredients.  It will definitely take Seattle restaurants to a new level.

Red CowIf $300 per person is not in your budget, the larger Red Cow, which will occupy the former Restaurant Bea’s main restaurant space, will be a welcomed addition to Madrona.  Red Cow, a french-inspired steak and frites restaurant is expected to open this month (as compared to Noyer expected opening in April).   The menu is already available online, and while subject to change, offers steaks starting at $21 (Hanger) and up to $38 (Filet Mignon) for a single serving (steaks options available for two+).

Keep your eyes open when taking a left onto 34th from Union, Red Cow will soon be a buzz with activity when they become the newest restaurant in Madrona …. the newest at least until Noyer opens.

Genesis House Planning To Move

The Genesis House, which has been successfully running in the Madrona neighborhood for over 40 years is going to sell their property. After months of deliberation, the Genesis House Board and management team agreed it was the right move for the long term success of the program, and their clientele. The goal with the sale of the property is still to continue supporting chemical dependency treatment to no/low income individuals and to help families with small children affected by addiction. genesis

If you’re interested to learn more about their program or plans for the future you can call Monica Ramsey at 206-860-26232, she will be available to answer any questions or concerns from the community about their upcoming move, and future plans. Ramsey will also continue to keep the public informed on the sale of the property  through the MCC newsletter and at community meetings.

Madrona Community Council Meeting – Tonight (12/3)

Madrona Community CouncilHere is the invitation to the Madrona Community Council Meeting, which is tonight, December 3rd, at 7:15 PM in the Madrona Shelterhouse.

Hello neighbors!

Please join us tomorrow evening for the December Madrona Community Council meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Shelterhouse. Below is the draft agenda. Come and talk with neighbors about the goings-on in Madrona.

Hope to see you-

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Draft agenda:

  • Terrie Johnston, East Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, will meet with Madrona neighbors
  • Update on Safe Sidewalks and SDOT plans
  • Metro discussion; Anne Knight and Jerry Arbes from Bus2Riders will attend to brief members and the public on current Metro proposals to eliminate No. 2 bus service to Madrona
  • Merry in Madrona and Art Walk Madrona event on Dec. 14
  • MCC and Madrona K-8 collaboration discussion
  • Treasurer’s report

Cupcake Royale Celebrates 10 Years

Cupcake RoyaleWhere has the time gone?  Ten years ago Cupcake Royale open it first store here in our Madrona neighborhood.  In honor of this huge milestone, Cupcake Royale would like to celebrate with its customers on December 9th by giving a free Dance Party Babycake and fabulous deals on merchandise at all seven Cupcake Royale locations.  The real celebration (in our opinion) will be that night at the Madrona location from 6:00pm to 9:00pm where you can join the owner and founder, Jody Hall, for a dance party that will include dancing, light appetizers, bubbly and fun!  Come join the party, share your stories of Cupcake Royale in your life, hang out with friends and neighbors as well as Jody and the team, enjoy a glass of bubbly and dance to your heart’s content.  We hope to see you there!

Shop Madrona for Small Business Saturday

Shop Local SeattleSupport our local Madrona businesses this coming weekend on Small Business Saturday (November 30th).  There are a ton of reasons to shop locally: keeping your dollars in the local economy, building entrepreneurship, supporting vibrant neighborhoods, etc.  There is even a local website that helps you find local Seattle stores, although their list is far from exhaustive.  So this Saturday, buy a coffee from Hi-Spot, get a drink at Bottlehouse, buy a meal at Turkuaz, St. Clouds, Madrona Alehouse, Café Soleil, or Pritty Boys Pizza, and get your dessert from Cupcake Royale or Molly Moons.  Purchase a piece of art at Conrow Porcelain, shop for a Christmas gift for dad at Hammer+Awl or for mom at Hitchcock, buy a gift for your hard-to-buy-for co-worker at Nena’s gift shop, and find a bottle of wine at Madrona Wine Merchant to take over to a friend’s house for dinner.  There are a ton of Madrona stores, shops and businesses we are leaving out (check out our likes on our Madrona Facebook for others), but shop locally this Saturday and we know you will find everything you are looking for.