Friday, November 15, 2013

Pocket Park Work Party - Saturday, November 16th

When: Saturday, November 16th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: NE 133rd between 27th and 28th Ave NE
What: A work party to clear bramble from a future neighborhood park!

 From Janine ( the undaunted leader )
Friends, we are ready to make further progress on our future park --at NE 133rd between 27th and 28th Avenues NE --from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, November 16.

Drop by when, and for as long as, you wish. We will have the benefit again of the SDOT Trail Full O' Tools.
We do not have funding for refreshments, so I'd suggest people bring their own lunch/snacks/water, and that those who feel like it bring some potluck munchies.

Invite your neighbors! Talk it up as you walk the neighborhood in the next couple of days.

Thank you for your enthusiasm to continue this work!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pocket Park Request for Volunteers

Help create a new green space in Lake City

We are proposing a “pocket park” in Olympic Hills at the street end of NE 133rd, between 27th and 28th avenues. This work party is the beginning of a longer-term plan to restore and beautify the site.

Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come for an hour or the whole day—drop in when you like.

This will be a fun and productive community event!

  • The City will provide tools, and experts will provide guidance
  • Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes
  • We will pull weeds and spread mulch on cleared areas
  • There will be goats onsite, working on the toughest blackberry patches
  •  Consider walking, biking, or taking the bus (Metro Route 65 stops nearby)
  • Refreshments will be provided

You need not register to participate, but if you do it will help us with planning:
For more information, contact or call Janine at 206-498-6695
      Organized by Lake City Greenways, sponsored by Seattle Parks Foundation, funded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and with major assist from SDOT.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Annual neighborhood block party coming up on Tuesday, August 6th

The block party flyer crew at work.
Hopefully you received a flyer from your friendly Douglas Park Cooperative block party flyer crew on Thursday. If not, here is your digital version:

On Tuesday, August 6th, our neighborhood will have our annual neighborhood block party. It kicks off at 6 p.m. on 25th Avenue NE, between 127th and 130th.

We will have a fire pit, lots of toys for the kiddos, grills and some good ol' fashioned community fun.

Bring some food to grill or to share and meet your neighbors.

This will be our neighborhood's 5th annual block party and we plan to feature a music performance again this year. In previous years we have featured a bagpipe band and a performance by vocalist Ray Dalton and Camila Recchio. Dalton went on to fame with international star and Nathan Hale alum Macklemore.

We will see you there!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Learn how to cook amazing salmon, Volunteer for Pioneer Days

Its that time of year again when The smell of cooking salmon fills the air, vendors fill the streets, hot rods show their sparkling steel, and hundreds of people parade along Lake City Way. Yes, our much-loved Pioneer Days is just around the corner.

This year the our neighborhood event needs a little extra help from community members. Below you can find a list of volunteer opportunities. So if you have ever wanted to learn how the Lake City Lions Club makes that amazing salmon each year, this might just be your opportunity to learn from the masters.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Community Tea Time with Fire Department

Update: The event date is Friday, July 19th from 2pm to 3:15pm. Thank you to the reader who caught this and apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you intend to go, today ( July 17th ) is the last day to RSVP.

When: Wednesday, July 17th from 2pm to 3:15pm
Where: Lake City Fire Station 39 ( 2806 NE 127th Street )

- Tour the historic and recently renovated station.

- Learn about the Seattle Fire Department services.

- Meet with local firefighters.

- Learn about community programs such as the free smoke alarm program and community fire safety programs.

Seattle Police Picnic

When: Saturday, July 13th from 1pm to 4pm
Where: At the North Precinct across the street from North Seattle Community College ( 10049 College Way North )

All North Precinct residents are invited! Come enjoy food, music, and an opportunity to learn about and interact with many of SPD's specialty units like: K-9, Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, and SWAT.

They will be serving FREE hotdogs and ice cream!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Lifetime Learning Center - summer course registration

The Lifetime Learning Center in Lake City is offering 9 classes for the summer schedule. 

The cost is $50 for registration and you can attend as many classes as you like. You can register online here.

WHEN: Every Tuesday and Wednesday during the four weeks of July, beginning July 9, 2013.

WHERE: 3841 NE 123rd in the Education Wing on the lower floor. 

To learn more about the classes call 206-949-8882 or visit

Class Descriptions - Tuesdays

Presidential Trivia: Providential Contexts9:30-10:45
Les McKimTBD
In this class, we will exchange knowledge of topics related to our presidents and their spouses. Topics will come as they do in real life-randomly, not chronologically or by topic. Participants will serve as the main resource. Bring a 3 x 5 card to the first class with a sample question relative to any American president. Example: who saved a portrait of George Washington that was hanging in the White House? Each question will lead to a discussion of about five minutes. The discussion should be lively, challenging and fun.

Richard Hugo11:00-12:15
Bruce BigleyTBD
Who was Richard Hugo? Most of you have heard of Richard Hugo House, but you may not know much about this nationally known poet with deep roots in Seattle and Western Washington, as well as in Montana, where I taught with him at the University. We will read two or three poems in each class period, and discuss them, with a focus on the poems set in our area. Copies of poems will be provided, but if you want a book, either the Selected Poems or Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo, both published by Norton, are widely available, both new and used.

Rosen Movement11:00-12:00
Cameron JustamTBD
Created by Marion Rosen to foster, support, and maintain flexibility during the aging years. This goal is aided by music, which provides fun and inspiration to move all the joints with ease in an hour. Come move with us-be more open to the day and to life!

Summer Mystery Tour1:00-2:00
David MartinTBD
You are invited to an exploration of the International Fine Art of Mystery Writing. Come exchange books, learn about new authors you haven't read. Talk about ideas and your favorite sleuths. Police, Private Detectives, Medical Examiners, Forensic Pathologists, Forensic Anthropologists-even detectives set in the Middle Ages.

Film: There's a Ford in Your Past: John Ford Paints History1:00-3:00
Jim MohundroTBD
The Iron Horse (1924), silent, George O'Brien and Madge Bellamy, 149 minutes. (Note: Because of the film's length, its showing may be divided between the first and second weeks, unless the entire class wishes to see the film in one showing). The Informer (1935), Victor McLaglen, Preston Foster, Una O'Connor, Joseph Sawyer, Heather Angel, Margot Grahame, Donald Meek, Wallace Ford, J.M. Kerrigan, Joseph Sauers (Joe Sawyer) and Donald Meek, 92 minutes. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan, Eddie Collins, Pauline Moore, Richard Cromwell, Ward Bond, Donald Meek and Milburn Stone, 100 minutes. My Darling Clementine (1946), Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Linda Darnell, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Jane Darwell and Grant Withers, 97 minutes.

Class Descriptions - Wednesdays

Shakespeare's The Tempest9:30-10:45
Bobbie SimoneTBD
Seattle Shakespeare Company's Wooden O Theater presents The Tempest in its summer season of free performances in the parks of Seattle and environs. In a time of European exploration and schemes of Utopias, Shakespeare set this play on an island in the "Bermudas," where several shipwrecked groups experience the original "sea change," finding love and forgiveness rather than rancor and revenge for wrongs endured. This is the last of Shakespeare's comedies and his farewell to the theater. We will read and discuss the play, see a film, and attend an outdoor performance. The Folger library edition will be available from the instructor at the first meeting.

The Poetry of Robert Frost11:00-12:15
Michael ShurgotTBD
This course will study a number of Robert Frost's better known poems, both for their literary value and their technical skill. The class will include poems from Frost's early and later books, including A Boy's Will, North of Boston, Mountain Interval, New Hampshire, A Witness Tree, West Running Brook, and A Further Range. A packet of poems will be provided for $2.50.

Tai Chi11:00-12:00
Ann RossTBD
Tai Chi is a slow moving meditation to improve health, balance and spirit. From the gentle practice of the postures, you will learn about your physical and spiritual center.

How Birds Work1:00-2:15
Connie SidlesTBD
People use tools and civilization to survive in the natural world. Birds have only themselves. Come along with master birder and author Connie Sidles as she takes you on a tour of bird's anatomy, showing how birds use their physical attributes to survive and thrive. With the help of bird skins from the Burke Museum, you'll learn about feathers, bills, feet, tails, eyes, ears, and other bird parts that allow birds to be perfectly adapted to their environment. After this series of hands-on classes, you'll never look at birds the same way again.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

PHOTOS: DPC 2013 garage sales

Recently Douglas Park Cooperative organized neighborhood garage sales. We had more participation than last year but still would like more households to participate next year. Its a fun way to meet neighbors and get rid of some stuff.

Here are photos from the 2013 DPC neighborhood garage sales.

Flagging down potential customers

Music on 25th Avenue NE provided ambiance as people searched for the perfect item

Chuck Dickey with some of his items

Walking home with a new dinosaur purchased from a neighbor
Lemonade stand

Signs advertising the sales

Friday, June 21, 2013

Coffee Talk Lecture #4 - Demographic Trends and Diversity

When: Tuesday, June 28th / 6:30 -8:30pm
Where: Lake City Community Center / 12531 28th Ave NE

The last APA-LCNA sponsored Lake City Coffee Talk is focusing on demographic trends and diversity in the Lake City community. Come learn more about how Lake City is evolving, who makes up our community, and getting ideas on making Lake City welcoming to all of its residents.

This Roundtable will begin with a description of Lake City age, race, ethnicity, income, gender, and household characteristics, followed by invited guests sharing briefly their experiences reaching out and engaging many diverse groups in their work. Using a Roundtable format, all of us will participate in discussing what we see as opportunities and challenges as Lake City grows and changes.

Speakers include:

Rachel Miller 
APA member and planner with Makers Architecture and Urban Design

Amber Trout 
North Seattle Family Center and UW PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Planning

Lisa Uemoto 
SHA Community Builder for Lake City Court

Come for coffee and talk with these experienced professionals and your neighbors about strengthening the Lake City’s design and identity for the future.

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) is co-hosting a series of “Coffee Talks" for the Lake City community with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.

The Coffee Talks are a series of community learning opportunities to help educate our community on planning elements that will impact the success of planning for our neighborhood’s growth and development.

The intent of the Coffee Talks is to learn about key concepts that could help guide our work on the Pierre Property redevelopment and with City agencies on meeting our broader neighborhood plan goals.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father's Day Celebration this Saturday

You are invited! 

Dear Lake City neighbors and community leaders,

Seattle Housing Authority is in partnership with the North Seattle Family Center, and the Lions Club in organizing a 2013 celebration honoring all Fathers, Parents and Caregivers.  Last year, we had over 150 people attended.  We hope you could join us this year!  At this event, we will have free BBQ, family photo booth (thanks to Kapchur.US Photography), lots of children’s activities, bubble man, and valuable community resource tables available.   For more information, please see attached flyer.

Please come join us and bring your friends and families.

We also in needs of volunteers!  To make this event a successful one, we really depend on our wonderful volunteers.  If you + your friend/family are available to help even for couple hours, please contact Lisa Uemoto at 206-295-8942, or

We hope to see you this Saturday, 6/15/2013 from 12pm to 3pm at Lake City Court – 12536 33rd Ave NE

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hollywood comes to Olympic Hills neighborhood

Director Lynn Shelton looks through the viewfinder during filming Monday on 19th Avenue NE in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. (Joshua Trujillo,, used with permission)

 The Olympic Hills neighborhood got to play a starring role in a Seattle-based movie on Monday.

A crew shooting scenes for the film "Laggies" took over 19th Avenue NE near NE 137th Street, just blocks from Olympic Hills Elementary School. The crew worked for most of the day in an area secured by Seattle Police officers during the filming.

The film, "Laggies," is a dark comedy about a woman, stuck in permanent adolescence, who lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat. She spends the time instead hanging out with friends.

Keira Knightley
The film stars actress Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice, Star Wars, Bend it Like Beckham, Love Actually). The movie also features actress Chloe Grace Moretz and actor Sam Rockwell.

In recent days the crew has been spotted filming at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, and at Ballard's Olympic Manor. It was also reported that they were recently filming on the decommissioned ferry Skansonia on Lake Union.

The filming on Monday included an action scene where a car crashed into a row of mailboxes on the street. A camera was seen mounted inside an older model Ford station wagon used in the scene.

Neighbors came out to see the filming but were politely asked to keep their distance as the crew buzzed around the set. Many others wandered over, wondering what was happening in the usually quiet neighborhood.

The movie is directed by accomplished actress, director and writer Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister's Sister).

A car is prepped for a shot where it crashes into a row of mailboxes. (Joshua Trujillo,, used with permission)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Graffiti Paint out Wednesday, June 5th

Resident Chuck Dickey will be leading a crew of community court "volunteers" to paint out graffiti in Lake City on Wednesday, June 5th. But you don't need a court order to help out. If you are available please stop by and lend a hand.

They will be meeting up at the Lake City Community Center ( 12531 28th Ave NE ) at 9:30 a.m. Water, doughnuts, and cookies will be available to fuel you through to 3:30 pm if you choose to stick it out that long.

Help make Lake City a little nicer by removing tags and enjoying some good company.

Lake City Live previously wrote about Dickey and his neighborhood cleanup crew. You can read that story by clicking here.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Organizers planning to move Eva's rocks Saturday morning (June 1st)

Recently we wrote about Eva Sismaet, a resident that lives on NE 130th Street and 27th Avenue NE. Because of a sidewalk that will soon be installed in front of her home, the retiree will have to move the garden that she has spent years perfecting along her property.

Read the full story here.

Eva moves the rocks in her garden.
Eva created the garden to deal with runoff that was draining onto her parking area and to beautify the drainage ditch alongside her property on 130th. She also worked to beautify the area for her, and our enjoyment.

She was told by city officials that anything left in her garden once construction of the sidewalk starts would be swallowed up by heavy equipment.

The outpouring of support and offers to help to move the large amount of river rock that serves as drainage along her property were inspiring. Dozens of neighbors offered to help. So many people offered help that people organizing the effort consulted with Eva and decided they did not want to overwhelm her yard with too many helpers. About 10 of the first people that volunteered were organized to help with the rock relocation.

The volunteers plan to start moving Eva's rocks Saturday morning (June 1st) at 9 a.m.

Neighbors are still encouraged to stop by and say hi, and to help carry a few buckets of rocks if you feel like getting some exercise. Rock movers probably also wouldn't mind some refreshments or snacks as they form a bucket brigade to help move her rocks.

Mrs. Sismaet has also offered her elephant ear plants to neighbors that are willing to give them a good home.

YMCA for a Day in Lake City

The YMCA is looking to provide programming in Lake City. They are currently working with Olympic Hills Elementary to provide after school programs and are looking to provide additional programming at our community center. 

Tomorrow, the Y will be providing a sampling of what they have to offer at the Lake City Community Center. The schedule is as follows:

SATURDAY, JUNE 1st, 12-3 p.m. 
Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE 

12-12:40 Zumba 
A high energy Latin dance workout. 
12:45-1:25 Barre 
A new workout style inspired by ballet exercises. 
1:30-2:10 Salsa 
Have fun and learn the basics of salsa! 
2:15-3:00pm Yoga 
Breathing exercises and poses to promote flexibility, strength, relaxation. 
Classes are appropriate for all ages and abilities. 
From 12:00-3:00, kids and teens are invited to learn to make beats and produce hip hop records in a fun, interactive workshop with a local hip hop artist and producer. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Reminder: Douglas Park Cooperative garage sales this Saturday

We posted the following on May 1st and handed out leaflets. This post is to remind you that this coming Saturday, June 1st, we plan to host the second annual Douglas Park Cooperative neighborhood garage sales. Information is below:

One of the sales from 2012 on 25th Avenue NE.
Douglas Park Cooperative neighbors are again planning a coordinated neighborhood garage sale.

Last year we had a handful of homes participate in the sales, which were advertised on message boards and with signs along NE 125th Street. At one point we had so many people stopping to look at items for sale on 25th Avenue NE that it wasn't possible to drive down the street.

On Saturday, June 1st 2013 we again plan to sponsor a community-wide garage sale. And you are invited to participate.

You can:

  • Set up your own garage/yard/carport sale
  • Partner with a neighbor for a bigger sale
  • Set out free items in front of your home
  • Have your kids set up a refreshment stand
  • Visit your neighbors' sales
We will advertise the neighborhood sales on Craigslist, social media and other website. We will also set up signs on Lake City Way, NE 125th ST, 15th Ave NE, and other areas to point people in our direction.

You can email us the address of your sale, or just the nearest cross streets, and we can add it to a map we plan to create for the neighborhood sales.

Check back here on the Douglas Park Cooperative website for details as we get closer to the date.

Tell your neighbors! And pass along this information to anyone we missed.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Eva's beloved garden needs to be moved for new sidewalk, neighborhood plans parade of wheelbarrows

Eva moves a rock in her garden on NE 130th Street.

Eva Sismaet is proud of her hard work. And she should be.

Like so many streets in Lake City, the road on both sides of her corner lot lacked basic infrastructure. There is no curb. Runoff from the street on the west side of her property would pool on her blacktop driveway, turning the area into a dangerous ice rink during the winter.

On the north side, along NE 130th Street, the ditch cut into the shoulder of the road would become a mucky, overgrown and litter-filled mess when it rained.

The retiree on a fixed income decided to act and beautify her little slice of our community.

Eva, who has lived in her home with her husband Romeo for 33 years, turned the mucky ditch into a rock-lined garden. She planted elephant ear plants, kept down the overgrowth with tree bark and added colorful plants into the visually appealing mix that lines her property.

Most days she can be seen out there, with a wide brimmed hat, meticulously keeping her garden manicured for her —and our— enjoyment. (If you ever stop to chat she will engage you in friendly conversation)

Eva gardens to keep her mind from the troubles she has faced in recent years. Her husband, a veteran of the Vietnam War that served in Saigon, battled lung cancer and now suffers from coronary obstructive pulmonary disease. Things got worse when her home was recently burglarized, robbing her of a sense of security that we should all be able to enjoy in our homes, our havens.

Change comes to Eva's garden

The stakes with pink surveyors flags were the first indication of what was going to happen to Eva's garden.

You see, members of our community have been advocating for needed sidewalks for decades. Recently, funding for a new sidewalk on NE 130th, right in front of Eva's home, was secured.

The new sidewalk is part of efforts to have a safe path for students to walk from Olympic Hills Elementary to the Lake City Library. The sidewalk and curb will bring drainage and a safe path to an area that Eva created drainage and beauty in her own makeshift way.

The City of Seattle has told Eva that she needs to remove the years of work she put into her garden before sidewalk construction begins this summer. Once construction starts, anything left behind from her beloved garden would be swallowed up by tractors and dump trucks.

Eva then started to move her massive garden and drainage. Rock by single rock.

Offers of help

Recently a neighbor approached Eva as she was in front of her home lifting rocks. The neighbor suggested she ask the community for help.

At first she was unsure and said she didn't know what community the neighbor was talking about. When approached later by another neighbor, offering the same help, she became emotional.

You see, neighbors are for so much more than politely waving to occasionally or visiting with once a year at a block party —or telling that their dog barks too loudly. (This is where you enter this story)

"I am really fortunate to find out that the community we're living in has people with helping hands. I am proud of you guys," Eva said of the neighbors that have offered help. She also offered her elephant ear plants to anyone that wants to give them a good home.

Parade of wheelbarrows

So here is what WE can do.

Grease up the wheel of your wheelbarrows, get your shovels and work gloves ready. Douglas Park Cooperative is planning a parade of wheelbarrows to move the massive amount of river rock in Eva's street-side garden into her yard.

This is not an easy task as there is quite a bit of large river rock in her garden. But with enough man-woman-kid power we should be able to knock this out in a few hours.

We are still working on a date to accomplish this in the next couple of weeks, before construction of the sidewalk starts. It will likely be a weekend day in the middle of June. So check back here and we will post all the info when we have a date firmed up with Mrs. Sismaet. We will post the info on our Facebook Page, on our email list-serve and here, on our blog.

So who is ready to rock Eva's rocks and move them into her yard?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Results of Port a Pot Survey

Below are the results of the Port a Pot survey. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

The results will be sent to the Department of Neighborhoods and we will follow up with them to work out an action plan from the city. Stay tuned.

click to enlarge

Monday, May 13, 2013

Survey - What should we do with the Mini Park Port a Pot?

Current location of Port a Pot at the Lake City Mini Park.

New property acquired by Seattle Parks and Rec on 33rd. 

The Lake City Mini Park sits in the heart of Lake City’s business district at the corner of 125th and Lake City Way. Visually, the park consists of a paved area, an archway and a Port a Pot.

Lake City businesses and property owners would like the Port a Pot to be removed. They cite ongoing health and safety issues associated with it, including public urination and defecation —despite the availability of the Port a Pot in the center of the Lake City business district.

Homeless advocates have said in the past that the Port-aPot is the only place some have to use during the night.

A survey is being conducted to find out what the Lake City public would like to see happen with the Port a Pot. Both the park and the Port a Pot have a storied history. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Port a Pot’s background before completing the survey. More info is below the survey.


Prior to 2003, the Lake City Mini Park included a water feature, plantings, and structural features. These provided quiet spaces at a busy intersection. However, they also provided limited visibility. Criminal and nuisance behaviors (drug use and dealing, public inebriation, urination and defecation) were a regular daily occurrence.

In 2003, the city spent $340,000 to redesign the park. During the redesign phase, the primary concern was how to reclaim the park from negative behaviors. The city’s solution was to remove all features that blocked visibility - hence the wide concrete open area that exists today. 

When the park’s redesign was completed, the negative behaviors returned to the park. Lake City businesses documented a significant increase of human feces and urine found on their business doorsteps daily. The business community requested a Port a Pot be installed at the Lake City Mini Park to help end this public defecation/urination.

Around the same time, the Mennonite Church (located one block away on 125th) welcomed homeless individuals to use their church property. The Mennonites installed a Port a Pot on their property, but later removed it. The Mennonite Church continued to expand their work with homeless, many with addiction issues. They opened a drop-in facility for homeless individuals near the corner of 125th and 33rd Ave and are currently working with Community Psychiatric Clinic to provide a new and enlarged homeless drop-in facility.

Today, the issue of public defecation and urination in Lake City’s business district continues, even as the Port a Pot sits available. Businesses adjacent to the park report routinely cleaning urine and feces from their properties. Eye witness accounts document open urination and defecation within yards of the Port a Pot, as well as drug dealing associated with the Port a Pot.

There are only three other permanent Port a Pots in Seattle, one of which is in a business district - Pioneer Square. The service contract on the Port a Pot costs the City of Seattle $7,800 per year.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

'Harp to Heart' concert coming to Two Dog Yoga on Saturday, May 11th

20130508-111741.jpgTwo Dog Yoga is rolling up the yoga mats and bringing in the harps this Saturday night (May 11th) for a concert at the Lake City yoga studio on Mother’s Day Eve!

Folk musician Martha Gallagher will collaborate with local harp players Seumas Gagne and Leslie McMichael during the Saturday evening concert at Two Dog Yoga Studio (12549 28th Ave NE).

Gallagher’s career includes solo national tours sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, performing with six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains, and teaching as a visiting artist at prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Describing the ebullient Gallagher’s personality and music, North Country Public Radio host Todd Moe summed her up by saying, “Martha Gallagher is Janis Joplin-Joan Baez-Jean Redpath all rolled into one. She's a treasure; her music lifts up the spirit and reminds us why we're here."

Seumas Gagne is a Scottish Gaelic teacher, singer and harp player with strong ties in both Seattle and Vancouver, B.C He is a frequent guest musician for local choirs such as Puget Sound Revels, City Cantabile Choir, the Vancouver Gaelic Choir, and others. Gagne’s debut album “Baile Ard” was released to acclaim in 2012, and when he is not playing his harp, he blogs about gay rights, polytheism, cooking and sewing.

Vashon Island harpist Leslie McMichael is well-known as a Suzuki teacher at Music Center of the Northwest and as a performer of original scores with vintage silent movie screenings. For the Mother’s Day weekend concert, she plans to share a sampling of her film scores, as well showcase her witty original songs on Celtic harp.  

What: Harp to Heart Concert 

When: Saturday, May 11th, 7 p.m. 

Where: Two Dog Yoga Studio (12549 28th Ave NE)

Tickets to the Harp to Heart concert are $15 general admission, or just $40 for a Friends & Family Four Pack. Brown Paper Tickets has advance tickets, and the link for the 7 pm Saturday event is

Any questions, call Leslie Mouton at 206-661-5182 or Leslie McMichael at 206-898-4972.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Douglas Park Cooperative neighborhood garage sales scheduled for June 1st

One of the sales from 2012 on 25th Avenue NE.
Douglas Park Cooperative neighbors are again planning a coordinated neighborhood garage sale.

Last year we had a handful of homes participate in the sales, which were advertised on message boards and with signs along NE 125th Street. At one point we had so many people stopping to look at items for sale on 25th Avenue NE that it wasn't possible to drive down the street.

On Saturday, June 1st 2013 we again plan to sponsor a community-wide garage sale. And you are invited to participate.

You can:

  • Set up your own garage/yard/carport sale
  • Partner with a neighbor for a bigger sale
  • Set out free items in front of your home
  • Have your kids set up a refreshment stand
  • Visit your neighbors' sales
We will advertise the neighborhood sales on Craigslist, social media and other website. We will also set up signs on Lake City Way, NE 125th ST, 15th Ave NE, and other areas to point people in our direction.

You can email us the address of your sale, or just the nearest cross streets, and we can add it to a map we plan to create for the neighborhood sales.

Check back here on the Douglas Park Cooperative website for details as we get closer to the date.

Tell your neighbors! And pass along this information to anyone we missed.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mayor McGinn looks to spend part of Spokane Street Viaduct savings in Lake City

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn meets with Lake City residents after a tour of the neighborhood on March 30th.
Mayor McGinn after a recent bus tour of LC.
The City of Seattle's recently-completed Spokane Street Viaduct, a $163 million project in Sodo, came in under budget. In March Mayor Mike McGinn announced that part of the $11.75 million saved would be invested in other Seattle transportation, infrastructure and pedestrian-related projects.

McGinn, who in recent weeks participated in a bus tour of Lake City, has announced that he hopes to invest $1 million of that money in Lake City.

"This funding will allow the City to begin design work on pedestrian projects currently being identified through the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor Project and other community processes, and additional pedestrian mobility improvements along the length of the corridor and intersecting streets," McGinn said to community members in a recent email.

The $1 million would be written into McGinn's proposed 1st Quarter Supplemental Budget. The City Council will likely be considering this proposed supplemental budget in May.

Community court offenders, volunteers work to clean up LCW

People sentenced by a judge to community service work to clean up Lake City's urban core.
People sentenced by a judge to community service work to clean up Lake City's urban core.

The sidewalks in the business core of Lake City are often disgusting. Newspapers and trash left by commuters blow around near bus stops, gum and other foul-looking things are ground into the concrete, car parts ejected from vehicles passing by on 522, and beer cans left by our neighborhoods' chronic inebriates often litter the area.

The unsightly scene can leave a quick and lasting bad impression of the Lake City business core, an area supposedly looking for an identity.

Sidewalks guaranteed to always be unsightly include the stretch in front of Romios, the Lake City Hair Salon, Dollar Plus, and Pho An. On the west side of the street, the area in front of Public Health's Lake City Dental Clinic and near the Lake City Mini Park is often a mess. The litter problem around the bus stops, and in front of those businesses, has been discussed at many neighborhood meetings. Unfortunately, nothing seems to have changed.

But one group of people are working to change that —on orders from a judge.

The Seattle Municipal Community Court offenders program worked recently on the Lake City Way business core. They cleaned up trash and worked to beautify the neighborhood. They picked up bottles, cans, and gathered a number of used hypodermic needles from flower pots in the business core on Lake City Way. Future plans call for adding bark to trees and gardens.

Led by service workers from Americorps, who supervise the offenders, and longtime Lake City resident Chuck Dickey, the crew heads out every two weeks. They have gathered large bags of garbage, trimmed overgrown vegetation on public rights of way, picked up the dangerous mess left by drug users, and worked to clean up after people that may have missed the lesson in kindergarten about not littering.

Dickey, a member of the Lake City Lions Club, said that the courts are sending fewer offenders to participate in the program recently, but that they can almost always be guaranteed to be working around Lake City on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

Judges can sentence the offenders to complete the program for minor offenses like stealing and drug possession. The program works to keep these low-level offenders out of jail and also helps beautify an area that often struggles with an apparently messy population and apparent lack of stewardship from some business owners and property managers.

Dickey admitted that sometimes Lake City can look run down and neglected. And an increase in empty storefronts makes the problem worse.

The offenders, staff and volunteers from Community Court have painted out graffiti and have also painted murals around the Lake City Community Center.

Tracy Lamont of Americorp, who helps supervise people sentenced to community service, and longtime Lake City resident Chuck Dickey clean up alongside community court offenders.
Tracy Lamont of Americorp, who helps supervise people sentenced to community service, and longtime Lake City resident Chuck Dickey clean up alongside community court offenders in front of the shuttered Rimrock on LCW.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Lake City Christian Church to host 'Safe Parking' program for homeless living in cars

Lake City Christian Church is planning to host Seattle's "Safe Parking" program, a pilot program that allows homeless people living in their cars a place to park for the night. The plan would allow for homeless campers to park and sleep in the church's parking lot at night.

The church is hosting a meeting to discuss the plans with community members on Tuesday (April 23rd) at 7 p.m., and you are invited to attend.

A sign warns car campers on NE 127th Street.Safe Parking's goal is to get people living in their cars off the street and give them a safe and dependable place to park. Many times people living in their cars play a cat and mouse game with parking enforcement officers as they move their vehicles around to avoid citations. Many streets where groups of homeless car campers would gather have been signed to prevent them from gathering there.

The program is a pilot between the churches, social service agencies and the City of Seattle.

Lake City Christian Pastor Mary Olney-Loyd said details of the plan still need to be ironed out, such as the hours campers would be allowed on the property and what date the program would start. She said that campers would likely not be allowed in the building during hours that the preschool was open there.

Rev. Olney-Olyd also said the plan is for participants to be screened and to work with social service agencies to find housing while living in their cars.

You can read more about the program in this December 2012 story in the Seattle Times.

What: Safe Parking community meeting

When: Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Where: Lake City Christian Church, 1933 NE 125th Street, Seattle WA, 98125

Who: Community members to discuss "Safe Parking" program coming to Lake City For more information about the meeting call 206-363-1438 or e-mail:  

Friday, April 19, 2013

Tonight (Friday), enjoy an Italian dinner and raise money for North Helpline

italy_map_art_with_italia_post_card-r5727a5d0581a420b8dcdc0aa5a1e0dd3_vgbaq_8byvr_512 Don't have dinner plans and want to help the community?

The Lake City Lions are sponsoring an Italian dinner fundraiser for North Helpline tonight (Friday, April 19th) at the Lake City Community Center.

There will be live entertainment, a wine toss, desserts and, of course, a spaghetti dinner provided by the Lake City Lions.

The Night in Italy dinner starts at 5:30 and goes until 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

There are still plenty of tickets available for the fun family event.

You can order tickets for an Evening in Italy here or just show up tonight.

North Helpline is a service center that provides human services to over 1000 clients each week in an effort to reduce the impact of hunger and poverty in Greater North Seattle. You can learn more about them here.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Lost and found: A pirate and a wallet with $100

Over the last few days people in our community have been losing things. The owners of two items found on the streets in recent days might want their items back and we are here to reunite owner and item.

First, a helpful neighbor found 'tis passed out scurvy pirate on NE 125th Street 'n 25th Avenue NE. We assume thar be a young jim laddie that be missin' his bucko. Message in a bottle (email) us 'n we gunna attempt to reuinte.

'tis wee sailor was found on th' street
'Tis wee sailor was found
Wallet and money found on the street.
Wallet and money found on the street.

Second, someone on NE 137th and 30th Ave NE seems to have lost some money.

A wallet with a $100 bill was found on the street and fortunately turned over to police by another helpful neighbor.

The wallet included enough information inside that police were able to leave a note on the owner's home.

If you lose something, or find something, such as a pet, pirate or $100 bill, email us and we may post to help you find your item.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Group offers guidance on future of Lake City. One suggestion: Find our identity

Kay Knapton, retired from the West Seattle Junction Association, talks about neighborhood identity, something arguably lacking in Lake City.

Lake City neighbors gathered at the Community Center Tuesday night during a "Coffee Talk" to hear from community planners in an event sponsored by the American Planning Association's Community Planning Team and the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.

Featured speakers Kan Knapton and Greg Easton spoke to residents about planning the future of Lake City, considering the potential redevelopment of properties owned by the Pierre Family.

For those that don't keep up with neighborhood news, the Pierre family has approached members of the Lake City community to share ideas as they consider redeveloping some of their property in the neighborhood. The project is a long-term project, which is offering a significant and unique planning opportunity for Lake City. The opportunity seems to be attracting urban planners and others that recognize the potential of redeveloping a large swath of an urban community.

One particularly interesting item that was discussed by Kay Knapton, retired from the West Seattle Junction Association, was creating a neighborhood identity. We all know the identity that most pin on a map of Lake City. That unfortunate caricature of our neighborhood usually involves used car lots and strip clubs —instead of recognizing our parks, walkable neighborhood*, green belts, urban stream, diverse community or exploding population of young people.

"A unique image helps local residents identify with their neighborhood and attracts outside visitors. Identifying what is unique about community can create an identity around existing assets," said Knapton.

As examples she used Fremont, its funky art and the "Center of the Universe" theme, West Seattle and its murals, Ballard with its Scandinavian flags, shops and art, the U. District with its connection to the University of Washington.

An essay she wrote cited the Othello district and its work with ethnic businesses to develop a retail district with an international focus.

The examples of identity Knapton shared were all arts-oriented or population-oriented.

One idea mentioned was to highlight Lake City's cultural diversity and work to create an immigrant arts hub in Lake City. Lake City Greenways members have also proposed creating community street murals in Lake City to add a unique, identifying element to our neighborhood. Another suggestion was to embrace Lake City's ties to the automobile with art made from cars.

During the meeting other Seattle neighborhoods were used as examples of successful community planning. West Seattle and Columbia City were noted for their redevelopment, successful adoption of an image and results that have become favorable to the community.

The meeting was the first in a series of Coffee Talk meetings taking about the future of Lake City. Future meetings will discuss transportation, urban design and density and a final meeting is tentatively planned to discuss housing and diversity.

We will let you know about future meeting dates so you can attend.

*Even without the benefit of sidewalks our neighborhood consistently scores high as a walkable community.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Two Dog Yoga benefit class to support Hunger Intervention Program project

Volunteers, including Harmony and Evan Coppi, pack food during a Healthy HIP Packs Program packing party. ( photo, used with permission)

Two Dog Yoga and the Hunger Intervention Program will offer an all-levels yoga class taught by Annie Stocker, owner of Two Dog Yoga, to benefit the Healthy HIP Packs Program.

Space is limited to 25 and will be filled on a first come first served basis.

When: Saturday, March 23rd, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Where: Two Dog Yoga, 12549 28th Ave NE

Suggested Donation: $25 (Please donate what you can. It’s for a good cause!)

Advanced Registration and Payment required. Once you complete the registration form, you will be directed to HIP’s Donation Page (through PayPal) to complete payment. To register click here.

Jackson Park Golf Course perimeter trail taking shape

The new Jackson Park Golf Course Trail, near 10th Avenue NE. (LCL photo)

Neighborhood website Families for Lake City has a good post on the new Jackson Park Golf Course perimeter trail. We decided to visit the new trail with our camera on Monday (photos above and below).

The new 2.2 mile trail is a perfect spot for an evening stroll, a place to walk your (leashed) dog or take the kiddos on an urban adventure. In fact, on Monday there were dozens of people, pets and children walking, running and exploring on the new path.

The Families for Lake City post says that area residents have been "so eager to utilize the trail that Dept. of Parks and Recreation (DPR) staff decided to implement a 'soft opening.'"

From FFLC:

Even though the trail is still being tweaked and finalized pedestrians are allowed access to the entire loop. Garrett Farrell, DPR’s manager for the trail project, said that a formal opening will be scheduled for late spring or early summer. The finished trail will also include an art component created by Celeste Cooning which has not been installed yet.

The trail is made of compacted gravel with steps to help get up steeper areas.

You can read more about the trail in the FFLC post, including information on how to become involved in helping maintain the new public asset by clicking here.

More photos of the wonderful new trail below.

The trail just east of the golf course parking lot. (LCL photo)
The trail just east of the golf course parking lot. (LCL photo)
A view of Thornton Creek near the trail on the south end of the golf course. (LCL photo)
The trail shown on the south side of the golf course. (LCL photo)
A golf ball in Thornton Creek. (LCL photo)
The trail passes over Thornton Creek. (LCL photo)
A forested area near 10th Ave. NE. (LCL photo)
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hunger Intervention Program expanding service to feed low-income school kids on weekends

Aidan Cummings, 8, tries to keep cereal packages from toppling over during a “Healthy HIP Packs” packing party at Lake City Presbyterian Church. The food is packed by volunteers coordinated by the Hunger Intervention Program for low-income students that rely on free and reduced school lunches during the week, but on weekends do not have proper nutrition at home. ( photo used with permission)

Lake City's Hunger Intervention Program has expanded its much-needed service that provides food on weekends to low-income students that rely on in-school free and reduced meals.

The program has expanded from serving low-income students at John Rogers Elementary to include students at Olympic Hills Elementary and Viewlands Elementary in Greenwood. The two schools added to the program have some of the highest rates of students in the district on the in-school free and reduced meal program.

The group hosts monthly packing parties at its headquarters at Lake City Presbyterian Church, where volunteers assemble meals for students. The "Healthy Hip Packs" are then discreetly given to students that need the nutrition on weekends when they are not getting meals from the schools.

The group's efforts were profiled in the Seattle P-I on Wednesday.

From the P-I story:
When people think of low-income areas, they typically don't think of this part of Seattle, said Murphy, program manager for HIP, during a packing party at the group's headquarters at the Lake City Presbyterian Church. But Northeast Seattle, particularly Lake City, is home to many struggling and low-income families.

"This program is such an important resource for children when school meals are not available," said Murphy.

The most recent data from Seattle Public Schools lists Olympic Hills Elementary's free and reduced-cost students at 73 percent of the school's population, Viewlands in Greenwood at 60 percent and John Rogers at 35 percent...

...The food in the packs emphasizes whole grains, milk, high-quality proteins, fresh fruits and products with no added sugars. Under current funding, the program hopes to provide weekend meals to up to 20 students at each of the newly added schools. Their goal is to increase that to 40 students per school for the 2013-2014 school year.
You can read more in the P-I story here, which includes photos of one of the group's packing parties.

Update: KIRO/7 also featured the HIP Program in their Thursday newscast. You can see their story on HIP by clicking here.