Turn In Your Kraus Fund Applications

When Mimi and Martin Kraus fled Nazi territory in 1939, they left their native Austria and settled in Seattle, and were longtime residents of the Madrona neighborhood. They hiked every weekend, or skied in at near by ski lifts. When Mimi died in 2008 after a long life of 98 years, she left a generous gift of $50,000 in her will towards benefiting the Madrona parks and recreation. In 2010 the Madrona Community Council began to accept applications and distribute funds for things like renovations of Madrona Beach, restoration work in Madrona Woods, and improvements to Harrison Ridge and Madrona Shelterhouse.

Madrona Park

Madrona Park

The MCC is now accepting another batch of applications for the remaining $20,000 of the Kraus donation, and all applications must be sent in by February 24, 2014. Presentations for proposals will be made at the March 4th Council meeting, and awards will be announced on April 1, 2014 – no joke. Please find applications at Madrona.us and submit via email to wmahoney@gmail.com, or snail mail them in to Bill Mahoney, Madrona Community Council Board Member, 425 31st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. If you have questions regarding the process, please send inquiries to wmahoney@gmail.com.

 Project requirements are as follows:

  • Must demonstrate public benefit of a park and/or recreation project
  • Must be within boundaries of Madrona neighborhood
  • Can be for any requested amount up to $20,000, and smaller projects will also be considered
  • Must meet approval of the Parks Department or other land-owner agency in concept and design. The concept approval should be obtained and included in application by due date
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of neighborhood involvement and support, or demonstrated need.
  • Successful projects will receive a one-time award, and should not be used for ongoing maintenance.

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.

Madrona Woods Work Party – Double Benefit

Friends of Madrona Woods is having a work party from 10 AM to 1 PM this Saturday, April 28th, as they always do on the 4th Saturday of the month.  Friends of Madrona Woods recently learned that they have been awarded a grant, so that each volunteer work hour is now valued at $20/hour for the restoration of the Madrona Woods.  Thus Madrona Woods will not only get the benefit of your help, but they will also get the double benefit of receiving $20/hour for your work to pay down their debt for expenses over the years for plants, etc.

Over the last 15 years, volunteers have worked with the Seattle Parks Department to restore the 9-acre forest, located above Madrona Beach, to its original state.  If you are interested in helping this Saturday, meet at the Spring/Grand entrance to Madrona Woods.   Work this weekend will focus on the targeted southeast corner.

NOTE:  To be clear, volunteers will not be paid.  $20/hr will go to the Madrona Woods, not to the people that help.

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

Christmas Ships at Madrona Beach

Seattle Christmas ShipsThe grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this weekend is the stroll down to Madrona Park to watch the Christmas Ships.  The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd).  Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach.

To get there you can either head straight there or join the candle light walk which leaves from the middle of the Madrona business district (34th and Union) at 8:45 PM.  The candle light route will wind down the hill taking Union to 38th to Grand Avenue to Spring and through Madrona Woods down to Madrona Beach.  (See previous link for the route).  Spectrum Dance will provide hot chocolate and cider and lead a dance circle on the beach.

Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended.  The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.

If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family.  You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM.  Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM.  You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.

Domestic Dispute? Man Stabbed in Madrona Park

Seattle PolicemanAccording to the Seattle Police, a 21-year-old man was stabbed in the hand and leg Monday night around 6:30 PM during a fight at Madrona Beach / Madrona Park.  Officers responded to a report that two men were fighting in the 800 block of Lake Washington Boulevard.  When they arrived the Seattle Police found a man who had been stabbed.

The victim told police he and the other man, who he knew, were fighting in the nearby parking lot when the other man attempted to spray him with pepper spray. The victim then ran, but his assailant caught up with him and stabbed him in the leg and finger with a steak knife.  The victim was then able to hold the suspect and call for help from people nearby, but the assailant broke free and fled through the Madrona Woods.

Officers were able to later arrest the suspect at a residence in the 600 Block of 22nd Avenue. The 19 year old male suspect was later booked for Investigation of Domestic Violence Assault.

The stabbed man’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Quick Reminder: Friends of Madrona Woods Work Party This Saturday

Madrona ParkI previously blogged about the Work Party at Madrona Woods.  Madrona Woods is the section of Madrona Park that leads down the hill towards Madrona Beach.  Friends of Madrona Woods has been working with the Seattle Parks Department to maintain this area for over 14 years. Generally there is a work party the 4th Saturday of every month.  This being the 4th Saturday, there is a work party tomorrow, March 26th, from 10 AM to 1 PM.  New volunteers are always welcome.  Meet at the toolbox at Spring Street and Grand Avenue – for more information, contact Deirdre at (206) 325-9035 or deirdre_jaymccrary@msn.com or check out the link to website above.