Wednesday, August 8, 2012

PHOTOS: Douglas Park Cooperative Night Out Block Party

Neighborhood kids get to turn on the lights on Seattle Police Officer Kip Strong's patrol car at the Douglas Park Cooperative Night Out Block Party.
Our annual neighborhood Night Out Block Party was a success. About 100 neighbors came out over the course of the evening and spent time meeting their neighbors, enjoying some food, and appreciating their community. The street was decorated with sidewalk chalk art, people roasted marshmallow in the fire pit, and connections were made among neighbors.

We hope to do at least one more neighborhood gathering at Virgil Flaim Park so if you missed the Block Party you still have more chances to come out and meet neighbors. Just keep an eye out here on the blog, on our Facebook page or on on our email list serve* for details about future gatherings.

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People gather around a fire at the Douglas Park Cooperative Night Out Block Party.

Food is grilled

Neighborhood kids have some fun


Meeting neighbors

Many generations of neighbors came out for the celebration.

Fun on the teeter totter

Kids get to look in the back of Officer Strong's patrol car.

Sidewalk chalk art

Meeting a neighborhood dog

Discussing issues

Relaxing around the campfire

Monday, August 6, 2012

PHOTOS: Lake City Pioneer Days

The Seafair Pirates fire their cannon during Grand Parade.

Lake City and North Seattle came out to celebrate over the weekend. Pioneer Days, the 70 year-old festival honoring pioneers and the pioneering spirit, was a success this year and combined with the warm weather brought significant crowds out to enjoy our community.

The festival included the Fred Meyer Street Festival, the Rotary Kid's Parade, the Lake City Community Center Salmon Bake and Model Train Show, Seattle Gymnastics Academy's Somersault City and of course the Bill Pierre Auto Centers Grand Performance Parade.

Below are photos of this years festivities, courtesy of the Seattle P-I and photographer Joshua Trujillo. You can see more photos of Pioneer Days 2012 in the P-I here:
Raythel Thompson, 12, and Maiking Newton, 1, take in the scene on NE 125th Street.

West Coast Country Heat dancer Jenn Marzolf is raised by Jaime Martinez as they do a dance demo.

Spectators cover their ears as the Seafair Pirates —and their cannon— approach.

Nathan Park, 5, and his brother Jack Park, 3, check out the Train Collectors model trains display.

Members of the Lake City Vigilantes bounce along on their 1949 International "Paddy Wagon."

Members of the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team perform.

Salmon is grilled over an alder fire in front of the Lake City Community Center.

Volunteers, from left, Betty, Kyle, Margaret and Jane serve food during the Lake City Community Center Salmon Bake.

Danny Ruiz, 10, left, and O'Shae Barquet, 10, have a prime spot on Lake City Way for the parade.

The U.S. Army Band marches during the Grand Parade.

Imani Scott 4, left, and Nayana Scott, 5, have fun at Seattle Gymnastics Academy's "Somersault City."

Minh Tran, 16, performs a skateboard trick at a mobile skate park behind Union Bank.

Participants march in the Rotary Kid's Parade.

Lucas Rodriguez, 3, and Kaelen Galvin, 3, ride in the Rotary Kid's Parade.

Shane Pierre and his family ride as Grand Marshal of the Bill Pierre Auto Centers Grand Parade.

Jenn Marzolf and Brian Workman perform with their dance group "West Coast Country Heat."

Elizabeth Bradshaw tries to cool off as she takes in the scene.

Drill team members perform.

Crew from Elliott Bay Brewing Co. ride on their fork lift in the parade.

Skateboarders ride along Lake City Way in the Grand Parade. Skaters and their parents in the community are working to build a skate park in Lake City.

Seafair Clown Dr. Slobber, aka Michael Velling, takes a seat with parade spectators and is sprayed with water.

Alexander Hilman leaps with his scooter as skateboarders and scooter riders perform in the Grand Parade.

(All photos published with permission. ©