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.