Get out your best walking shoes and prepare to hunt for treasures at the 25 homes participating in the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale tomorrow, June 28. Sellers are offering everything from art supplies and iPads to strollers and antiques, so there is sure to be something for everyone. You can pick up a map of participating homes at Cupcake Royale on 34th and Spring before you start, or download one here and print your own. The map also includes a short description of what each home is selling and what time they’ll be starting. Even if you’re not planning on buying anything, this is a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and get some exercise. See you all tomorrow!
Following the lead of a host of other U.S. cities and even that of the First Lady herself, the Seattle Department of Transportation has announced a new pilot program that will allow communities to close roads to cars and create “play streets”, giving kids (and adults!) freedom to use their street however they want. Giant hopscotch board? Sidewalk chalk canvas? Dinner party in the middle of the street? It’s up to you!
The very first of these play streets is happening right in our own backyard, in partnership with St. Therese Academy’s annual field day, taking place tomorrow, May 30. 35th Avenue between Spring and Marion streets will be blocked off from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. so the school can safely expand their field day to the street.
Neighbors, schools and other community organizations will have the flexibility to hold play streets as often as they want, whether its twice a week or a one-time event. There are play streets programs all over the country, and they have been a part of New York City life, for example, since 1914. The NYC program has recently expanded with the help of the NYC Parks Department, and play streets have entered the national discussion as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, as well. Visit SDOT’s new program website to read more about how you can play on your streets!
Friday, June 6 is Madrona K-8’s “Drop Everything And Read” day, when students will get to carry their favorite book with them all day, and when the bell rings – drop everything and read for 10 minutes! As part of the event, the school is also collecting book donations, and they need your help to gather enough books to send each student home with five books for summer reading.
Check your bookshelves at home for kids’ and young adult books you would like to donate, and drop them off at the school’s main entrance between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from May 27 through June 3. Five books per student means they’ll need to gather 1,500 books, so everyone’s help is needed!
Join your neighbors for May’s Madrona Community Council meeting at the Madrona Park Shelterhouse tomorrow, May 6 at 7:15 p.m. Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:
- Presentation on Central District Timebank
- Info on the planned parklet on 34th Avenue outside the Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Cafe
- Final update on Madrona Mayfair (This Saturday 5/10!)
- General discussion on future events, including the neighborhood yard sale, neighborhood BBQ, movie in the park, and wine tasting fundraiser logistics
- Treasurer’s report
- Other business
The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E. Spring St. Hope to see you there!
While 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.
If $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.
Looking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants? On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.
Have you been looking for volunteer opportunities to work with children? Madrona K8 is looking for volunteers to work weekly with their Kindergarten students for those interested in assisting small group math and reading classes. Volunteers are needed now through June, and this is a great opportunity if you are considering Madrona K8 for your children, or if you have free time to volunteer (parents, students, retirees, etc.). These classrooms are very well organized, and this will be a rewarding experience for those looking to get to know the teachers, students and school. Below you will find a letter from the school Principal debriefing the opportunities in detail.
“As our kindergarten students have settled in and are ready for small group instruction in reading and math, we are writing to ask for your help in making our group instruction meaningful and effective.
Student improvement for all is what we strive for so that our students continue to grow as academic learners and become independent workers and thinkers. Small group instruction is a practice at Madrona so when kindergarten students move to 1st grade, they understand what is expected and know the purpose of working in small group.
Why have students work in small group?
* Students listen and share and have a variety of responses
* Each student contributes in the group, actively involved in learning
* More feedback to each student in the group
* Various learners in the group
* Targeted Instruction
* Students relate to their peers as they work together
* Benefit from a structured interactions with others
* Students are actively involved in learning
* Cooperative learning
We want our students to experience all the benefits of learn.”
Mrs. Paul/Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Innocent
The beautiful home located at 519 Lake Washington Blvd, right across from Lake Washington and Madrona Park, has outstanding views of lake, mountains, sunrises and sailboats! The home features an open floor plan, large windows, an expansive deck, lovely terraces and a balcony. The kitchen has been updated with top of the line appliances, and there are two full master suites with contemporary bathrooms, views, and huge closets. The home also has a two car garage, and is in close proximity to both Madrona and Leschi shops, restaurants, and of course is a quick commute to downtown. If you are interested in this or other homes in the neighborhood, please contact me at anytime, I’d love to assist you in your home search.
At the most recent Madrona Community Council meeting, attendees received a project update on the Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan. We’ve blogged about these issues with the sidewalks in the past, and this Management Plans is working to create safe accessible sidewalks, while also protecting and conserving the urban trees in the neighborhood. Updates to the plan include objectives such as repairing tree-damaged sidewalks with sustainable solutions like building the sidewalk around the tree roots while paving a slightly narrower safe sidewalk for pedestrian use. Other updates include retaining healthy mature sited trees when possible, exploring and implementing innovative sidewalk repair approaches and evaluating sidewalk repair approaches across an array of criteria including life-cycle and community costs and benefits.
They will be looking at case studies and working towards long term solutions for these issues while developing a final operational plan. A final solution is predicted to be reached by July 2014, if you’d like more information about this project visit the SDOT website, or contact Jennifer Wieland at 206-733-9970, or email her at email@example.com.
Where 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!