Make Your Nominations For Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards

MCCThis will be the 20th year running for Madrona’s Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards, and the Madrona Community Council would like to remind you to send in your nominations for who you think makes a big impact in our community. Here are the five award categories, as published in the Madrona News:

  • 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.
  • The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity.
  • 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.
  • The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.
  • The Madrona Good Neighbor Award: This award goes to an organization whose activities particularly benefit Madrona.

You have until January 3 to get your nominations in, and Neighborhood Appreciation Day will take place on February 7, 2015. To submit a nomination, e-mail madronanews@gmail.com with the name of your nominees and a few sentences about why you think they embody the spirit of each award.

Make A Donation To Support Art Classes at Madrona K-8

Madrona SchoolArt programs are often the last to get funded at many schools, but art remains an important facet of students’ educations. Madrona K-8’s art teacher, Tamia Sheldon, has started a fundraising campaign through donorschoose.org to raise money to buy art supplies for this year’s planned projects such as sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, and painting with acrylics. She would like to raise enough money to buy canvases, supplies to make custom book bags, clay materials, and paints, and needs about $2,300 to fulfill her orders. So, if you have a student at Madrona, or you would simply like to support Mrs. Sheldon and her art class, visit donorschoose.org to make a donation!

Kismet Salon Saying Goodbye To Madrona, Hello To Capitol Hill

kismetAfter 10 years in its space on Spring Street, Kismet Salon is packing up and heading west to Capitol Hill. In a letter to the Madrona Community Council, salon owner Heather Caldwell expressed her gratitude to the Madrona neighborhood and its residents for their support, and says the salon’s new location on Broadway will allow them to expand in order to offer more services and Aveda products.

You have a few more weeks to visit Kismet at its current location – they’ll be there until September 27 and will open at 512 Broadway Ave. E at the beginning of October. As a thank you to current clients who decide to make the short 2.3-mile trek to the new salon, they’ll be offering 5 percent off services for life and validated parking at one of the neighboring parking lots.

While it’s always disappointing to see long-time businesses leave the neighborhood, we wish Heather and her team the best of luck with their new adventure!

Madrona’s Hidden Gem: Prographica Gallery

PrographicaMany of you have probably driven north on 34th Avenue and curved down the hill to Madrona Drive without ever realizing there is a hidden gem of an art gallery just to the west of Epiphany School. Prographica Gallery occupies a small, ivy-covered brick building on E Denny Way and 36th, quietly promoting contemporary art. This Saturday, September 6, the gallery is holding an event for its opening exhibit of the fall season, featuring the prints of Washington resident Dianne Kornberg.

Past exhibitions at the gallery this year have included Elizabeth Ockwell’s drawings, watercolors and multi-process works depicting the architecture of Paris, landscapes of the Skagit Valley, and animal subjects; and “Colors of Gray” featuring the works of Hilary Brace, Kimberly Clark, Ann Gale, Michael Howard, Amy Huddleston, and Jordan Wolfson. In addition to a rotating cast of contemporary art shows, Prographica hosts lectures, panel discussions, and literary readings.

So, if you’ve always been curious about what’s behind the door of that brick building, or if you’ve never noticed it at all, stop by the opening this Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to get a glimpse inside your neighborhood art gallery. Prographica is located at 3419 E Denny Way.

Volunteer Tutors Needed At Madrona K-8 This School Year

Madrona SchoolSeattle tutoring organization Invest in Youth is putting the call out for volunteers to serve as tutors in six Seattle elementary schools, including Madrona K-8, for the upcoming school year. See below for a description of the program sent to us by Invest in Youth:

Your investment of one hour a week can lead to a lifetime of dividends for a child… Volunteer tutors needed for the upcoming school year. Invest in Youth is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides free tutoring to local elementary students across the city, including Madrona K-8. Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week. Will you join us this fall? The program is pretty straight forward. Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session. Tutoring begins the first week of October, runs through May, and takes place once every week across six conveniently located elementary schools in Seattle:

Mondays: Roxhill Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

Tuesdays: Madrona K-8 (Madrona) from 4:10-5:10 p.m.

Wednesdays: Daniel Bagley Elementary (Green Lake) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

Thursdays: Fairmount Park Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursdays: Thurgood Marshall Elementary (Judkins Park) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

· 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.

· Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.

· Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today! For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!

Save The Date For The Madrona Fall Wine Event

wine-glassesIf you’ve ever been to the Leschi Market, you are well aware of their excellent wine selection and knowledgeable staff, so we are excited to learn that once again the market will be providing wine for the fourth annual Fall Wine Event, scheduled for November 15 at the glassybaby studio in Madrona.

This will be a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors, drink some delicious wine, and maybe stock up on some glassybabys for holiday gifts. More details are to come regarding where to purchase tickets, prices, and event times, so check back here or visit our Facebook page in the coming weeks for additional info.

“The Comedy Of Errors” At Madrona Playfield This Saturday

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The GreenStage theater company is bringing its Backyard Bard series to Madrona Playfield this Saturday with its rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors.’ While GreenStage produces full-length plays through its Shakespeare in the Park series, the Backyard Bard productions are Shakespeare classics pared down to 45 minutes and feature just four actors.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Shakespeare, or with theater in general, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and enjoy the theater in your own neighborhood. Pack your blanket, your picnic basket, and your imagination, and let the actors transport you to the ancient Grecian city of Ephesus, where ‘The Comedy’ is set.

GreenStage, now in its 26th season of performing Shakespeare, aims to bring high-quality theater to the public for free, using public parks as their backdrops. After this season, they will have earned the rare distinction of having performed every play in Shakespeare’s catalog. This Saturday’s show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the playfield (34th and Spring) and is free, though GreenStage is grateful for any donations.

If you are interested in other Shakespeare in the Park productions, visit GreenStage’s website for a full schedule!

 

A Bottlehouse Birthday and Farewell To Wilridge’s Barrel

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Madrona’s Bottlehouse, which recently earned the distinction of being voted one of Seattle’s best patios, is holding a series of pop-up events this summer, starting with a celebration of its fourth birthday this Saturday, June 7. Whether you’re a beer or wine fan, Bottlehouse has something for every drinker’s palate, with a good selection of both northwest and European wines and a rotating cast of beers on tap and by the bottle. And what would wine be without its accompanying cheese? Dedicated cheesemongers are on hand to help you pick the perfect fromage, along with greens, toasts and sandwiches, to pair with your drink. For its birthday bash from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. this Saturday, they’ll be offering food and drink specials and DJ Deegan will provide the musical soundtrack to the night.

Wilridge Madrona

When you visit the Bottlehouse, take a last look at the signature wine barrel that has long sat in the front yard of neighboring Wilridge Winery, as the barrel will be officially retired after the winery’s “Bye to the Barrel” party on Sunday, June 22.

The European-made 1,000-gallon barrel, rescued from winery owner Paul Beveridge’s friends’ property near Palo Alto, Calif., has been empty throughout its residence in Madrona, which has played a part in its deterioration over the years. Hot summers caused the staves (the wooden strips that make up the body of the barrel) to dry out and shrink, in turn loosening the metal hoops that keep them in place. Moss and fungus growing inside are contributing to its collapse, and the time has finally come for it to be removed for good. Beveridge said in an e-mail to members of the community council that he is hoping to preserve the portion of the barrel that includes the hand-painted Wilridge logo and display it somewhere in the winery.

Come say your fond farewells and get one last photo with the barrel while enjoying special barrel wine tastings beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the 22nd. 34th Avenue just won’t be the same!