Modo Yoga Celebrates 2nd Anniversary, Offers Free Yoga This Weekend

April 29, 2016 6:09am

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On May 1, Modo Yoga Seattle will celebrate its 2nd anniversary. And this weekend they’ll celebrate the milestone in true form – with yoga! This Saturday and Sunday the studio will offer free classes and in studio specials. That’s right, all classes are free, but you must sign up online to reserve a spot before they sell out. To read more about Modo Yoga, check out our Gym Rat Series.

 Saturday
  • 8:30am: Modo with Jen
  • 10am: Modo Flow **Music with Kylie
  • 12pm: Powerflow ** Music with Jamie from Core Power Pheonix
  • 2-3:30pm: Acro workshop with Jeff and Paul SOLD OUT
  • 4pm: Modo with Jeff
  • Frosty Friday – Hangout at Lucia at 7:30pm ~Everyone is welcome~

 Sunday

  • 8:30 am: Modo** Music with Jen
  • 10am: Powerflow**Music with Gabriel
  • 2-3:30: Yang Yin Flow with Kylie and Brandon- Live DJ Drishti **Sign up online
  • 4pm: Modo Flow with Lisa and Live DJ Drishti
  • 5:30pm: Modo** Live Music Didgeridoo and flute with Jen
  • 7pm: Yin with Jane from Moksha Yoga Kelowna MYS sister studio in Canada
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New Ways to Get Around Green Lake

April 28, 2016 6:24am

Recently, two companies have announced new ways to get around Green Lake easier, especially for families.

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The first is ReachNow, the BMW car sharing service that brought an initial fleet of 370 vehicles including BMW i3, the BMW 3 Series and the Mini Cooper to Seattle. Similar to Car2Go, you simply reserve a car (or can have one sent to you!) and are charged a rental rate by the minute or day – depending upon the length of your drive. One of the big differentiating points of ReachNow is that you can (legally!) fit a car seat in some of these cars, which is great for one car families (like ours). And, according to a company press release, ReachNow will also be expanding to Sea Tac Airport next quarter, making this a great option for trips to and from the airport. We test drove one of these cars recently and while they were slightly more expensive than a Car2Go, the space and style was worth it.

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The second is a carpooling app called Pogo for parents in new and existing carpools. The Seattle-based startup estimates 17.5 million rides occur in Seattle each year to get kids to and from after school activities. Pogo will be launching next month and will use existing, trusted carpool groups to help parents get their kids safely to and from activities.

A cool side note: This app was made possible thanks to Verizon Wireless who funded this app last December (to the tune of $1 million) after it won a national startup contest. The beta was done here in Seattle and focused on Seattle parents. We are excited to see this apps full capabilities when it is ready for primetime next month.

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Does the Green Lake Cleanup Change the Way You Feel about the Lake?

April 21, 2016 6:50am

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After years of meetings, proposals and studies the alum treatment has been applied to Green Lake with the hopes of having the lake toxic-algae free for years to come. More background on that here. If you’ve been by the lake this week you will notice that it may even look clearer.

We received a comment from two readers, Carmina and Richard, earlier this week that said they couldn’t believe how clean and clear the lake appeared. “We knew they had been working on the water project last week, but this is the first time we have stopped by for our walk since they finished. The lake looked so good this morning that we walked around it slowly for the first time in the 4 years we have been coming. Best we have ever seen it.” Carmina went on to say that their normally 45 minute walk took four hours because they took their time sitting around the lake, enjoying lunch and just admiring the lake.

Now that Green Lake is cleaned up, do you look at the lake differently? Please share your stories with us.

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Upcoming Events at Mockingbird Books

April 20, 2016 9:43am

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Mockingbird Books is having two upcoming events that caught our eye.

The first is in honor of Ride Transit Month where the bookstore will host a bus driver story time with you guessed it, a real bus driver on April 23 at 11 a.m.

Then on April 30th, Mockingbird Books is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day where they will offer in-store events, prizes and giveaways. Mockingbird Books will be a stop on the Seattle Bookstore Day challenge, a all day passport program where those who get their passport stamped at all 16 local stores in a day receive 25% off at those bookstores for a year.
The all day event is April 30th 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mockingbird Books
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE
206.518.5886

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Summer Camps in and Around Green Lake

April 19, 2016 11:11am

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It’s not too early to start planning summer camps for the kiddos. Here’s a few that are in and around Green Lake.

Seattle Parks and Rec Summer Camps
Green Lake Community Center has several Preschool summer camps: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 1. Different themes each week.
There are also several offered for school-aged kids
School aged camps at Ballard Community Center.

And various Summer sports camps around the city. For more camps throughout Seattle, check out the Parks brochure.

Camp WITS
(Writers in the Summer) is offering two weeks of half day creative writing workshops for students entering 2nd through 12 grades. Camp WITS is comprised of six sessions divided by age. Each session meets once per day, Monday – Friday, from July 25th through August 5th. For a full list of classes go to their website.

Summer camps at the Zoo
From ages 3 – 14, the zoo offers a number of programs for kids starting in June.

Kinder Camp
Half-day ages 3-4 years
Full-day ages 4-5 years

Zooper Day Camp
Half-day ages 4-6 years
Full-day ages 5-9 years

Discoveries Day Camp
(cooperative program with Seattle Children’s Theatre)
Full-day ages 5-7 years

Zoo U
Full-day ages 10-12 years
Full-day ages 12-14 years

To see the full schedule.

Taproot Theatre

Taproot Theatre offers acting camps from pre-k through 12 grade. Check the website for specifics.

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More Bus Changes in Green Lake

April 14, 2016 6:05am
via King County Metro Facebook page

via King County Metro Facebook page

There has certainly been a lot of changes to bus routes in Seattle and right here in Green Lake. I’ve heard from many Greenlakers who are concerned about longer travel and multiple bus routes with the recent change in bus routes. We were just informed by Metro that more changes are coming, but we are happy to report that the changes may be refreshing.
While several routes are getting additional buses throughout the city, one will directly affect Green Lake:

Route 62, will be adding two morning trips. According to Metro, they “received a large amount of feedback from weekday riders on the new Route 62, which travels in Northeast Seattle and replaces part of the deleted Route 16, traveling between Green Lake and Downtown Seattle via Wallingford, Fremont and South Lake Union. Though scheduled every 10 minutes until about 8 a.m. and every 15 minutes thereafter, crowding is apparent – especially on the southern half of the route. To address this, Metro will add two weekday morning peak trips serving the part of the route west of I-5 during the 7-8 a.m. window to help ease crowding.”

Metro claims this is the first of many changes and that they are monitoring performance in the field with other routes and are receiving reports from riders from various routes.

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Sign the Petition to Improve Aurora Median Corridor

April 13, 2016 8:51pm

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One Greenlaker is trying to make the busy Aurora corridor well, I guess you could say a bit more Green Lake-esque. Specifically the area between Winona Avenue and 85th by planting trees, vegetation and art along the median and sidewalks.

Greenlaker Steve Lamb recently started a petition via change.org with the hope of drumming up support for a proposal he is submitting through the Neighborhood Street Fund to help fund the Aurora median improvements.

According to Steve’s petition “Aurora Avenue N between Winona Ave N and N 85th is increasingly a hub of pedestrian activity, connecting Phinney, Greenwood and Greenlake neighborhoods to the most visited park in Washington. In addition, approximately 33,500 cars pass through Aurora Ave N and Winona Ave N on a daily basis, making it one of Seattle’s busiest intersections. Despite the area’s draw, a decrease in crime activity historically associated with this area, and the recent influx of prominent new businesses, this section of Aurora lacks the features we expect from a thriving urban neighborhood thoroughfare.”

To sign the petition go to: https://www.change.org/p/support-bringing-trees-and-art-to-aurora-ave-n.

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Free Wifi is Coming to Green Lake Community Center

April 13, 2016 6:02am

Thanks to a Google grant announced last week, free wifi is coming to Green Lake Community Center. The $344,000 grant allows all of Seattle’s community centers and several affordable housing projects across the city to get connected with wifi.

According to a press release on the project, “at least 15 percent of Seattle residents have no Internet service at home. Among Seattle’s lowest income residents and immigrant communities the numbers are even higher, according to the City of Seattle’s Technology Access & Adoption study.”

The grant is part of Mayor Murray’s Digital Equity Initiative, which aims to make Seattle a city where “technology’s opportunities equitably empower all residents and communities.”

Timing on when the wifi will be available is TBD.

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