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!
We’re crossing our fingers that the sun makes an appearance for Mayfair tomorrow, but if not, we’ll be there with our rain boots and umbrellas to celebrate anyway! Here’s a reminder of the schedule of events:
Today, Friday 5/9
- Bring your kids’ bike or trike to the Shelterhouse today from 4:00-5:00 to decorate for the bike parade tomorrow. Streamers, ribbon, tape and scissors will be provided!
- 7:00-9:00 a.m. – If you couldn’t make it to bike decorating on Friday, meet at Cupcake Royale Saturday morning for more decorating and chatting with your neighbors before the event begins. Buy a coffee and get a free slice of pumpkin bread as a breakfast treat!
- 9:15 – Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (E. Union & 34th Ave.)
- 9:30 – Bike parade begins! The parade will be led by Charles the Clown, Seattle Fire Department and Meter Music drummers
- 9:35 – Mayfair is officially open!
- 10:00 – Charles the Clown show on the Shelterhouse lawn
- 10:30 – 12:00 – Madrona K-8 Silent Auction and Raffle at the tennis courts
- 10:30 – Reptile Man show on the Shelterhouse lawn
- 11:00 – Yo-yo contest on the playfield lawn
- 11:30 – Recess Monkey concert on the playfield lawn
Along with the scheduled events, there are many other great activities happening throughout the morning, including pony rides, two bouncy houses, face painting, a photobooth, screenprinting (bring a t-shirt or tote to get printed with the Mayfair logo!), Seattle Gymnastics Academy obstacle course, breakdancing lessons, miniature clay pot garden-making, food from Pritty Boys and St. Cloud’s, and the Madrona Community Council will be selling water, hot dogs and bake sale goodies. Don’t forget to stop by the tennis courts for the Madrona K-8 auction to bid on an amazing list of auction items and enter the raffle to win a trip to Palm Springs!
We can’t wait to see you all there tomorrow!
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!
Even if you’re not able to volunteer your time on the day of Mayfair (Saturday, May 10), there are other ways to help out – all you need is an oven! Organizers are asking for volunteer bakers to contribute items for the Mayfair bake sale – cookies, brownies, Rice Krispy treats, or any other sweet treat that can be sold individually on the day of the event. Items would need to be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. on the 10th. Please contact Shannon Huffman Polson through her Facebook page if you would like to volunteer to bring baked goods.
Looking for a great way to get involved in the Madrona community? Volunteer at Mayfair! The success of the May 10 event is dependent on community members helping out, and there are numerous opportunities to help, from manning booths, to helping with the bike parade to cleaning up afterward. Shifts that still need to be filled are:
- Mayfair setup: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (10 volunteers needed)
- Traffic control for the parade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. (7 volunteers)
- Pony rides: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (3 volunteers)
- Pony rides: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (3 volunteers)
- St. Cloud’s table: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (1 volunteer)
- St. Cloud’s table: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (1 volunteer)
- Hot dog stand: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (5 volunteers)
- Hot dog stand: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (5 volunteers)
- Bouncy house: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (2 volunteers)
- Bouncy house: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (2 volunteers)
- Bake sale table: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (4 volunteers)
- Bake sale table 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (4 volunteers)
For more info or if you would like to volunteer for any of these shifts, please contact Nikki Lundin through her Facebook page.
The colorful and springy Madrona Mayfair poster is getting us extra excited for everyone’s favorite spring event, coming Saturday, May 10! This 38-year-old Madrona tradition attracts as many as 500 families from the Madrona/Central District area, and provides a great opportunity to celebrate our beautiful neighborhood.
Here is the agenda for the day:
- 9:15 a.m. : Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
- 9:30 a.m. : Parade begins!
- 10:00 a.m. : Charles the Clown Show @ The Shelterhouse
- 10:30 a.m. : Reptile Man show @ The Shelterhouse
- 12:00 p.m. : Recess Monkey Concert
Other activities for the day include, break dancing instruction, a yo-yo contest, pony rides, face painting, and a photo booth. Mayfair screen printing is also being offered, so bring a t-shirt or tote bag!
While Mayfair is free to attend, it costs the Madrona Community Council about $4,000 to produce, and it couldn’t be done without its neighborhood sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Ewing & Clark real estate, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Seattle Orthodontics, Molly Moon, Lakeview Kids’ Dentistry, Madrona Dining and Sipping Society, and Cambium Landscape.
A week from today, we will celebrate the work of Dr. King on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and what better way to honor his legacy than giving back to our community? Join United Way of King County and thousands of others across America on January 20th to honor Dr. King’s legacy, as the MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, which is the President’s national call to service initiative.
The initiative calls for Americans to work together to create solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing issues. You can choose from of a number of projects to give back individually, or with a group, and it’s really a wonderful and rewarding way to help the community, and meet like-minded people in the neighborhood. Different ways to help include registering as a project leader, and choosing a project that fits the bill for your group’s interests. If this is something you’re interested in, (or if you’d like more information on volunteering individually) email United Way’s online volunteer specialist Erica Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you miss signing up, you can still show up for an event on the day it is scheduled, no per-registration is required. For a list of opportunities in your neighborhood visit ‘s United Way of King County’s volunteer page today.
Have you seen little mailbox-like tiny houses appearing on your street? Well they’re not mailboxes, birdhouses, or newspaper dispensers- they’re little free libraries in Madrona! These fun structures are filled with books that you may borrow for free, and when you take a book you are encouraged to leave another in its place. Little Libraries are found all over the world and have recently been popping up in neighborhoods all over Seattle, and now you can find 15 libraries in Madrona.
Each library is unique and fulled with an array of books ranging from children’s picture books, to Historical Non Fiction. The little library located at 525 31st Ave is made from a 1970’s Barbie doll house, and inside you’ll find barbies reading novels of their own. At the library on 29th and Columbia you’ll find hand painted artwork on the library’s little door. There is even a red newspaper box located at 1605 36th Ave that has been turned into a little house of books! Many residents who have contributed to the neighborhood’s little libraries have seen positive results, and find that it is a great way to break the ice and engage with neighbors. For more information, or a map locator of all the little libraries in town, visit the little library website, and remember to bring a book to share with the next neighborhood visitor!
Seattle Police Department has reported that a man was stabbed yesterday evening on the 2300 block of Cherry Street in the Central District. Around 10:20pm last night the victim was approached by two men, and reported being punched in the chest to a witness. Soon after the incident, the victim realized that he had in fact been stabbed not punched, and officers that arrived on location immediately requested backup from Seattle Fire medics. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center and officers have not located the two suspects, and there are no direct witnesses to the altercation. Officers estimate that based on the size and depth of the wound, that the attacked may have stabbed the victim with an icepick. If you have any information on this incident, your asked to contact the Seattle Police Department.
We’ve written about the Post Office on 23rd & Union’s relocation in the past, and now we’ve caught wind of where a possible relocation may occur. The East Union station has identified two possible sites for the relocation, and has already moved it’s distribution to 4th Ave S & S Lander Street, and the PO boxes are in transition to Broadway. The E Union Post Office is scheduled to be gone by January. A letter was posted at the Post Office indicating that the two sites under consideration for a possible relocation are 2209 E Madison Street, and 3308 E Spring Street. If one of these properties meets the needs of the community, as well as the Postal Service, it could be chosen location for the new Post Office. Madrona community members are invited and encouraged to comment on the proposal by July 19th, and you may do so by writing a letter to:
Vice President, Facilities
c/o Angela S. Kuhl
USPS Facilities Office
7500 E. 53rd Place, Room 1108
Denver, Colorado 80266-9918