Montlake Fall Yard Sale This Saturday

October 1, 2015 7:32am
There are two reasons I carry cash with me. Food trucks and garage sales. Looks like I will have to head to the bank for some cash, because this weekend, Montlake Neighborhood is holding its annual neighborhood wide Fall Yard Sale. So far, 75 homes have registered to participate this year. Saturday, October 3rd 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Check their site for the full list of houses and a sneak peek of some of the items that will be for sale. 

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Three Meetings Tonight You Should Know About

September 30, 2015 7:38am

This just in… tonight will be a busy night for politics and conversations about potential development that could affect Green Lake. Three meetings are slated within a few hours of each other and involve the upcoming City Council race and HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability).

At 5:30 p.m. there is a special public hearing on HALA at City Council Chambers at City Hall, chaired by Mike O’Brien. You may remember several weeks ago Mayor Murray decided not to proceed with proposed changes to single family zoning. Mike O’Brien has recently decided to put that proposal back on the table.

Then at 7:00 p.m. proponents of the HALA are hosting a meeting to hear community members’ input at Green Lake United Methodist Church at 6415 1st Ave North.

Get those running shoes on because half an hour later Mike O’Brien and Catherine Weatbrook will have a candidate forum/debate at Phinney Neighborhood Association starting at 7:30 p.m. Please note that you have to have advanced registration and that doors open for this event at 6:30 p.m. This forum will be televised.


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Green Lake Gym Rat: Modo Yoga

September 29, 2015 6:26am
Photo courtesy of Modo Yoga Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of Modo Yoga Facebook Page.

Fall is inevitably here, and whether or not you want to embrace the pumpkin spice lattes, cold temperatures and grey days lie before us. In part two of our Gym Rat Series, where we try neighborhood gyms on for size, we dabble into hot yoga. Specifically, Modo Yoga.

The first time I tried hot yoga was in college, Bikram, on assignment ironically then for a journalism class. I remember the bright orange walls, loud clapping of instructions from the teacher and seismic inhalations and exhalations of nearly 50 people around me. All of us, somehow squeezed into a mirrored room like sardines wearing nothing but loincloth shorts and breathing extreme, dry and suffocating air. Why on earth would anyone want to do this for fun? Well, my impression of hot yoga was a bit tainted until recently, when I tried Green Lake’s Modo Yoga.

So what is Modo Yoga?
Any hesitations you have about hot yoga should go out the door. Modo Yoga is different.  According to its website, Modo (also known as Moksha in Canada) Yoga was “built on the dream of having independently owned and community-driven studios that share their ideas, their love of conservation, a unique hot yoga series rooted in the traditional teachings of yoga and yoga therapy concepts, and a passion for seven philosophical pillars.” It’s therapy in the form of exercise. Sweaty, glorious exercise that transports you away from outside stressors in your life.

5 Things to Know Before You Go: 

1. The room is hot, but bearable. The heat allows for deep, safe stretching and detoxification of skin, blood and muscles. I’m not a yogi by any means, but I can definitely say I’ve been in hotter yoga studios. Unbearably hot. But Modo Yoga doesn’t overdo it. The room is state-of-the-art with excellent ventilation. Even with temperatures up to 98 degrees, the room is bearable.

2. There are many classes to choose from. Modo Yoga offers nearly 10 different types of classes to try.  There’s Modo With Music, a sequence specifically linked with breath set to music. Or Flow, a challenging, healthy style of flow where postures are linked with breathing and consistent, quick sequences. I personally like Yin, a class where you hold long, deep breathes to relax and restore joints and muscles. The best part is you can find a class that works for you and stick with it, or switch up your routine as often as you like. Hot yoga doesn’t have to be boring.

3. No speaking allowed in class. This was one of my favorite parts about the Modo Yoga experience. Once you open the door to the studio, you are silent. During class if the instructor comes by to correct your form, he or she will whisper softly. Modo’s classes are extremely therapeutic and the silence maintains that environment. If you take a class with a friend, consider splitting up so you’re not distracted or tempted to talk.

4. Modo Yoga is open to everyone, regardless of their level.  The studio’s goal is to help individuals on their journey to health, both physically and emotionally. Modo strives to create a space where everyone feels welcome, accepted and encouraged. Instructors will pay special attention to you and help you find modifications to any postures you’re unable to do.

5. Come prepared. A yoga mat, yoga towel and a water bottle are a few of the recommended items to bring. Try and arrive well-hydrated and not on a full stomach. The studio also offers mat and towel rentals (Mat $2, mat towel $2). Reserve yourself a spot in class online and be sure to arrive early to ask questions and get a proper introduction.

If you want to try Modo Yoga, now is a great time! Beginning October 1, the studio will host a 30 Day Challenge. To learn more about Modo Yoga, class schedules and pricing, visit their website at and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Keep Green Lake ‘Weir’d

September 25, 2015 7:59am


Okay, so a confession. I hadn’t heard of a “weir” until I received a few emails notifying us that they were going to be repaired. (I’ll save you a trip to Webster’s and tell you the definition: A weir /ˈwɪər/ is a barrier across a river designed to alter its flow characteristics. – Okay, good to know.)

So what about these weirs?

Remember our post a few weeks ago about the low water levels at Green Lake? Well on the opposite side of that coin there is a system that helps prevent Green Lake from flooding. Near Meridian Ave. N and Sunnyside there are outflows that help water leave Green Lake and into the stormwater system. Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities is updating this system, which is called the outfall vault, and will be installing an internal weir (ah, there it is!) gate to help regulate the lake’s level.

Work begins Monday September 28 and is anticipated to be completed by Friday October 28. Expect intermittent trail diversions during the work to allow equipment to access the area.

Friends of Green Lake will also be posting more about this project, so be sure to check on their site for more info.

If you have any questions please call Karen Galt, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-0370.


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Friends of Green Lake Meeting Tonight

September 22, 2015 7:12am

If you’ve never attended a Friends of Green Lake meeting then perhaps tonight’s the night. FOGL is a great community resource and will discuss topics such as the alum treatment for the lake and several other items related to Green Lake.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the Hearthstone, 6720 E. Green Lake Way North.

7:10 Reed Blanchard PE, Engineering & Technical Services, Seattle Public Utilities — Modifications to the Meridian Screened Outlet and to the Densmore Inlet
7:30 Richard Fleming Green Lake’s 2015 Summer; outlook for alum treatment in spring 2016.
8:00 Ellen Hewitt & Richard Fleming – – FOGL Website
8:30 Richard Fleming – – 2015/16 – FOGL Work Parties
8:45 Richard Fleming – – Call for Elections, Odd Year
8:50 Gayle Garman – – Treasurer’s Report
9:00 Adjourn


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Yom Kippur Services Near Green Lake

September 21, 2015 7:00am

Chabad of Ballard will be hosting Yom Kippur services starting at 7 p.m. this Tuesday.

For the holiest day in the Jewish calendar Chabad has three services:
Spetmeber 22, 7:00 p.m.
Kol Nidrei Service

September 23, 10:00 a.m.
Morning service followed by Yizkor

September 23, 6:45 p.m.
Neilah Followed by Grand Break-fast

While the services are free, the organization asks that you reserve a spot for each service here.

Services will held at the Staybridge Suites Seattle (in Fremont)
3926 Aurora Ave N


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Green Lake Ale House Now Serves Brunch

September 18, 2015 7:10am


Green Lake has a new brunch spot and it includes two of my favorite (breakfast) words eggs benedict. Green Lake Ale House opened a few months ago and is perhaps the most under the radar spot in Green Lake to get a nice quiet brunch with just about any kind of hearty “breakfasty” entree you could imagine.

But back to those benedicts. I had the Southwest Benedict which included house baked chipotle cheddar corn bread as the base, a chorizo sausage patty with a poached egg and fresh pico de gallo. Oh yes and there were tots. Breakfast tots. If you are a traditionalist you can also get the classic benedict. This is normally where we’d include a photo, but as soon as the benedict arrived… it was devoured. So you’ll have to try one for yourself.

The menu also includes vegetarian options such as the veggie scramble that was a rainbow of colorful veggies and very filling, Belgian waffles and a yogurt parfait.

And, if you are 21 and over, you can enjoy a brunch happy hour from 9 -10 a.m. (in the bar) which includes $6 breakfast entrees.

Green Lake Alehouse

Saturday and Sunday brunch hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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