Seattle Public School Bell Times Change This School Year

August 29, 2016 6:19am

via Seattle Public Schools

With the first day of school just a few days away (September 7), we thought we would remind Greenlakers that Seattle Public Schools is changing their bell times for the 2016-17 school year. The district says the change in school start times is designed to improve academic outcomes for secondary students. They are providing a list of resources on their district website, from child care and nutrition, to after school activities and safety and security, to help families make the transition.

The new bell times are based off of research that has shown that teenagers benefit from later start times resulting in more sleep, better health, reduced discipline and beyond. For elementary students, research has shown that there are no negative effects of starting those schools earlier. Plus what elementary kid sleeps in? Raise your hand if you have a teenager that does!

What does this do to Green Lake bell times?

Here’s the current list:

Daniel Bagley, West Woodland and Green Lake Elementary now begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

Hamilton International, Eckstein and Whitman Middle School: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Roosevelt High School: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

For more information about bell time changes, go to the Seattle School’s site.


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Seattle Greenlaker Contributor Chelsea Off to a New Adventure

August 26, 2016 6:24am

Back when Seattle Greenlaker was just a glimmer in our eyes, we had one enthusastic cheerleader who was rooting us on from the sidelines and would go on to become a contributor. You probably know her too – Chelsea Asplund.
Chelsea is about to move from Green Lake on to a big new adventure in another state, but before she does we wanted to write a post about her because she is a Greenlaker that has tried to make other Greenlaker’s lives better, happier and more informed.

chelseaChelsea has written for Seattle Greenlaker since the beginning her posts have been with a focus on the fun events, people and unique gems that make Green Lake like no other place. She started the Green Lake Gym Rats Series, reported about the Corgis of Green Lake and the correct way to walk/run/cycle around the lake. But most of all Chelsea reported about the things that make Green Lake tick. Even after working full time and having a super busy life she still found time to write (56!) posts for Seattle Greenlaker. Many of her posts are timeless and you will probably see us reference them from time to time.

So bon voyage to one of our favorite Greenlakers. Thanks Chels for all you have done to help make this place we call home so great!


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Seattle Summer Parkways in Ballard this Saturday

August 25, 2016 6:38am


This Saturday Seattle Summer Parkways returns to Ballard in conjunction with the Sustainable Ballard Festival for one, big ‘ol neighborhood party. And while we are a little hurt that these Seattle Summer Parkways never come to Green Lake (come on guys, why not!?) we are willing to drive the few miles to Ballard for a fun event.

The festivities start at 11am, with a slew of attractions available along a car-free route ranging from Sunset Hill Park down to Ballard Ave. Nearly five miles of roadway will be transformed into parkways with activities:

Fun, fencing, face-painting, lotion and body butter demos, rolling zorba balls.

Food, including fried chicken from Ezell’s Express, free ice cream from CityScoop. and chocolatey delights from Hot Cakes

Fitness, including free bike rentals from Pronto, martial arts demos, Zumba, Pilates and a fitness boot camp.

Follow Seattle Parkways on Facebook and Twitter @SeattleParkways #SeattleSummerParkways.


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Green Lake Gym Rats: Luft Pilates

August 24, 2016 11:11am


Continuing our Gym Rat Series, I was recently invited to try Luft, the new Pilates studio in Northeast Green Lake.

Walking into Luft is like experiencing a page out of Dwell magazine. The studio is white and sleek with clean lines. Everything is spotless (which is GREAT for a gym which sometimes can give me the heebie jeebies.)

As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeted by the owner, Viviane who has a iron trap memory of names, faces and what is going on in everyone’s lives (health wise). “How was your hike?” she asks another Pilates student. (More on her here.)

The gym is made up of several different types of machines that, to my untrained Pilates eyes, looked like a mix between a rowing machine and a yoga mat. Turns out those machines are actually pretty slick – popular in other parts of the country, Luft is the only Pilates studio to carry them in the state. The machines use different tensions that can be controlled by varying colored springs. Don’t worry, Vivane will talk you through the whole thing. And while each class is different, here’s five things you should know before you go.


1. Focus on your core. Just about every exercise you do is meant to help your core, and boy will you feel it the next day! But making sure you are focusing on your core will make a huge difference.

2. Resistance is your friend. The beginning of my class my lower back was not my friend. At the end, I stood up and actually felt taller, longer and more stretched out. And while I took some of the moves a bit too fast, making sure to take each movement in a slower, controlled manner will help you get better results.


3. Take it slow and breathe! As a newbie I didn’t know that the pilates “tables” are actually sliding chairs that do just that – slide horizontally. Luft actually means air in German. So moving through each of the motions with your breathe in mind (much like yoga) is the name of the game here.

4. Don’t be intimidated. These classes are geared towards all ages. The class I took (Tone + Stretch) was designed for all levels, but is great for beginners and is designed to improve flexibility and balance. But there are several other classes like Power that is designed to increase overall strength and endurance, Cardio + Core, that elevates the heart rate and challenges endurance and a HIIT class designed to sculpt and strengthens the entire body.

5. Bring/wear non-slip socks. Or buy the fancy ones there. Luft is a socks-required studio, which means socks are warn during all exercises. A quick note about that. After doing yoga for several years and being in multiple other types of foot-friendly gyms/environments I can tell you that having those tootsies hidden in socks makes a huge difference to the olfactory environs. No smell – except for the light fragrance spray that Viviane sprayed right before class. It makes a huge difference in the way you enjoy your workout. The non-slip socks make it a bit easier when you are working on the equipment so your feet don’t slide all over the place.

Luft was a great workout that was new and challenging for me. Highly recommended, especially for people looking to rehab injuries. Plus the other Pilates students help to make this studio a great environment to learn and grow your techniques.

Price ranges between classes and whether the class is private or in a group. Luft offers several buy two, get three deals on classes (group and private).

412 NE 70th St.
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Found Dog on 83rd and Dayton

August 22, 2016 10:21am


UPDATE: Happy to report that Persimmon was reunited with her owner this morning.

Judith wrote to tell us she found a dog on Sunday afternoon. No collar and appears to be a mix of King Charles Spaniel and a Pug. The dog is small, brown and white and was found wandering around 83rd and Dayton.

If you this dog or its owners please call Judith 206.618.1386.


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Green Lake Happenings: August 18 -21

August 17, 2016 8:55pm


Thursday August 18
Green Lake Outdoor Movie Night
The Green Lake Chamber of Commerce and Seattle Parks and Recreation are hosting a Green Lake movie night featuring Zootopia.
Time: Dusk
Location: The Green Lake Community Center by the arch/tree lined promenade.
Price: Free, no registration necessary.
Look for more information soon on the Green Lake Chamber’s site.

Friday August 19
Much Ado About Nothing at Seattle Public Theatre
Watch actors grade 9 -12 in Shakespeare’s comedy about two very convoluted courtships. War-weary heroes return home, but now sparks fly as a different battle commences. Will love triumph? Much Ado is a joyous, wise-cracking comedy of love, honor, and second chances.

Time(s):Friday, August 19th, 7pm
Saturday, August 20th, 7pm
Sunday, August 21st, 2pm
Friday, August 26th, 7pm
Saturday, August 27th, 7pm

Location: 7312 West Green Lake Dr. N
For more information, go to SPT’s website.

Saturday August 20th
Summer Splash
The family-friendly event includes a mini rowing regatta, an opportunity to try watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, rowing and paddle boarding.
Location: Green Lake Small Craft Center
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Storytime at Mockingbird Books
Catch one of the last story times at Mockingbird Books before the store closes the end of August.
Sharonne Park and Angela Blemker present their book It’s a Fact!: Fun Animal Facts for Kids.
Location: 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle
Time: 11:00am


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Team Works Registration for Volunteer Groups Begins August 17

August 11, 2016 6:58am

Teamworks, a social volunteering league, is looking for new teams to help by volunteering in the community. Teamworks, which describes it self as a kickball league but for social good, is opening up registration on August 17 at which time you can join an existing team or start a new team of your own. Seattle Works pairs the teams with volunteer sites around the city.

There is a $35 fee that includes all volunteer supplies and a t-shirt for each team member.

Registration closes September 2nd, so head over to the site soon.


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Pure Barre in the Park This Saturday

August 10, 2016 3:13pm


Pure Barre Green Lake will be holding an outdoor class at Green Lake Park this Saturday with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The class will be near the Green Lake Community Center’s basketball court and is open to all ages.

Bring: Water, a mat and a donation (suggested $10). Light refreshments will also be provided.

When: Saturday August 13 2-3 p.m.

For more information, go to Pure Barre Green Lake’s Facebook page.


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Where the Weather Comes From: a Visit to Seattle’s NOAA National Weather Service

August 9, 2016 6:29am

NOAA’s National Weather Service Operations Center at their Sand Point offices.

The nondescript signs at Magnuson Park. The security gate you accidentally head towards—and have to make a U-turn. The mysterious government buildings in the distance looking like a scene from Stranger Things. Until now these furtive glances had been my impression of NOAA’s National Weather Service Seattle offices at Sand Point. Recently Seattle Greenlaker was invited for a tour of their facility to pull back the curtain on this service that is so often taken for granted: weather forecasting.

Josh Smith is one of the facility’s 19 meteorologists and led the tour. “I decided to become a meteorologist after the storms of 2006 and 2008,” referring to the winter storms of those years. He graduated from the University of Washington—one of only a handful of universities offering a true meteorology degree.


BOOM. Welcome to NOAA.

Inside the building, past NOAA’s bold logo, and down a long corridor, is the National Weather Service Operations Center. It looks, actually, pretty awesome. Lots of screens. Computers. Big maps. Books and binders of “Really Scientific Information That Could Save Lives By Predicting Storms.” And that massive view of Lake Washington. You know, to look at the weather.

The operations center is divided up into a number of desks, each stationed with a meteorologist with their own responsibility depending on the season and speciality. These desks include the Public Forecaster Desk (staffed 24 hours a day), the Aviation & Marine Desk, the Fire Weather Desk (summer months only), and the Hydrology Desk (during fall & winter for flood prediction).

How the forecast is created

The '69' here is as fresh as you can get it for Green Lake's forecast: straight off the supercomputer model.

As fresh as you can get it for Green Lake’s forecast: straight off the supercomputer model.

Much of how we experience NOAA is in the forecast of course. It all starts with readings on the ground, from satellites, ships and buoys at sea. These observations go into weather models—programs running on supercomputers in Washington D.C., Colorado, and our own UW. The meteorologists have access to a wide range or weather models, and the final forecast is hand-tuned for our local geography.

“We know that one model might be more accurate in some conditions, or another model in different conditions,” says Smith. “A tough day is when these models don’t agree, where one is predicting a major storm in 5 days, and the other is predicting sun.” Check out the National Weather Service’s Seattle Area Forecast Discussion, a behind-the-scenes look at the forecast where you might learn more about a meteorologist’s angst.


Making the forecast: All of the models and data can be examined at the same time.

And for all these predictions there is quality control: automated weather verifications email the meteorologists who’s forecasts were particularly good (or bad) with the hope of making predictions better. “We do still beat the computer models,” says Smith. “The models are getting better, but they are still not great at predicting the catastrophic events.”

In addition to meteorologists, NOAA’s staff in Seattle also includes electronics technicians who service the dozens of monitoring stations throughout the area. Their space is also shared with the seasonal Northwest Avalanche Center, whose members work during winter to keep the mountains safe.

How you can get involved

The National Weather Service has a Citizen Weather Observing program, where on-the-ground measurements from all over the country contribute to more accurate forecasting models. (There is only one near Green Lake on 85th today). You can also follow NOAA Seattle on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

See the rest of the visit at the gallery below.


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Apply For Free Trees By August 10

August 6, 2016 6:40am

No kidding. Free. To reach its goal of increasing Seattle’s tree canopy cover to 30% by 2037, Seattle gives away trees each fall to residents in the ReLeaf lottery.  ReLeaf doesn’t care if you own or rent. Aside from the online application, the program makes it impossibly easy. Each household can apply for up to four trees for yard or street planting. Need a permit for street planting? The program will help you apply. Not sure how to plant or care for your tree? There’s a free class for that.

Redbud, Cercis canadensis, from

According to ReLeaf’s sources, in addition to beautifying the city, trees clean our air and water, make the streets more walkable, and help us live longer and healthier.  That’s a pretty amazing return for a free tree. You should consider which trees will fit best in your chosen area, and notice where your power lines are, but then apply!

Since starting in 2009, the program has gifted over 6,300 trees. The tree choices change every year. This year, the 12 varieties offered include a showboat Magnolia, the rare Fringetree, a native Vine Maple, and a fig ready to drizzle with honey and wrap in prosciutto.

Magnolia grandiflora, from

Chinese fringe tree, Chionanthus retusus, from

‘Desert King’ Fig, from



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