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Seattle Public Theatre’s Spring Youth Lineup

March 4, 2015 7:23am

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Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program recently announced its spring line up. All performances are free and open to the public. Seattle Public Theater is located at 7312 Greenlake Drive North, Seattle, WA, 98103. Additional details are at www.seattlepublictheater.org.

On the Razzle
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Shana Bestock Features actors grades 8 – 10
From the master who brought us Arcadia comes a farce of epic proportions. In an explosion of verbal dazzle, wit, innuendo, malaprops, grand entrances, hasty exits, mistaken identities, and general hilarity, Stoppard adapts with a very free hand an 1842 Austrian farce (which inspired Thornton Wilder’s Matchmaker, which in turn was the basis for the musical Hello, Dolly!). Two callow shop clerks escape their lives of provincial drudgery for one day in glitzy, sinful old Vienna, where they hope, as one of them puts it, “to acquire a past before it’s too late.”
Performances: Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.

Hamlet
by William Shakespeare Directed by Emily Purington Features actors grades 5 – 8
Prince Hamlet’s father is dead under mysterious circumstances. Who can Hamlet trust in a court filled with secrets and spies? A whirlwind of intrigue drives Shakespeare’s drama, exploring the costs of hesitation, hasty judgment, and ambition. With a ghost, a play-within-a-play, a sword-fight, a murder, a suicide, true love, and epic loss, this performance of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays cannot be missed.
Performances:Friday, March 13, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m.

I’m-Migration
directed by Ana Maria Campoy
Features actors grades 5 – 8
I’m-Migration is a passionate script ripped from the headlines about kids facing the challenges of immigration. Watch as they embark on voyages of great distance and self-discovery, experiencing familial upheaval and powerful political pressures. Walk miles – and miles – in someone else’s shoes. Be sure to attend this amazing opportunity to expand compassion, vision, and hope for a better future. By engaging critically and creatively with the world, we all have more capacity to dream adventurously and achieve greatness.
Performances:Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.

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Green Lake’s Eagles

March 2, 2015 7:43am

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Face it Greenlakers, living where we do evokes a serious amount of “pinch yourself, I can’t believe we live here” moments. The lake changes so often and even in February we can still see an impressive amount of flora and fauna. I had a moment like this recently when I saw the bald eagles that are often visible on Duck Island or ca-cawing above the lake float effortlessly above the walking path. This made me wonder… how many eagles do we have here in Green Lake? Where do they go in the summer? Why are they here? We asked our go-to nature expert Martin Muller about the eagles.

SG: When are the eagles here in Green Lake? Is it year round?

MM: The eagles usually leave during the summer and nest elsewhere. They return in the fall and usually nest in Woodland Park area.

In our area adult eagles that form a breeding pair will spend most of the year in or near their territory (area defended from other eagles). Outside the breeding season this defense may consist of the adults sitting in high conspicuous perches and calling together as other eagles “trespass.” In spring, males may chase trespassing males, while females will chase trespassing females. Birds of the opposite sex often “flirt.” During winter you will often see immature birds visiting territories. The adult territory owners may escort them away or tolerate them somewhat. Tolerance does not necessarily have to mean this youngster is an offspring of the pair.

Around this time of year the adults get more defensive. Other adults in the area know exactly where every other eagle territory is, and especially after a number of overcast/rainy days, the first sunny afternoon many eagles will ride thermals up to hundreds if not thousands of feet high and check out how everybody else is doing. Trespassers will be chased by territory owners. Sometimes fights will ensue, with adults sometimes locking talons and spiraling to the ground in a “game” of chicken. This is also how immature birds find out where the good territories are. Every time they stray into an adult pair’s air space they will get their “behinds whooped.”

SG: I often see eagles by themselves. Is that normal?

MM: In a healthy population there are numerous non-breeding adults. As soon as a “vacancy” becomes available (a member of a breeding pair disappears/dies) the remaining member of the pair may recruit a new mate. Since adults eagles may spend well over half the year on activities related to raising young (from refurbishing the nest through incubation, rearing of nestlings and fledglings), they can’t afford to go through protracted mourning periods and maybe lose a chance of breeding that year. Back in the early 90s the breeding female in Discovery Park collided with a helicopter over Elliott Bay. The injured bird was fished out of the bay and eventually was used in educational programs, since she had lost the capability to fly (outer third of one wing sheared off). Observers of the Discovery Park eagles (myself included) were concerned that the eagle we saw on the evening news on TV might be the Discovery Park eagle, so we went and checked in the park (in November). We found two adult eagles there (the day after the incident), and assumed it must have been an other adult bird that was injured. Later the next spring when we observed longer and more closely we discovered (by some subtle plumage differences and especially behavior) that there was a new female in Discovery Park after all. Apparently the male had replaced his lost partner within a day.

SG: How can you tell the eagles apart?

MM: Unless the bird has a very distinct feature by which you can identify the individual (and this may be something like a brown spot over one eye on the white head, or a particularly high-pitched voice; or a band or other marker put on the bird by researchers), one should not assume that birds seen in a territory have to be the same birds from one year to another. Or that immatures hanging out with adults have to be their offspring (the exception is when the young raised by a pair leave the nest and stay around for at least a month before striking out on their own in July/August). It takes immature birds between 4 and 6 years to attain adulthood (and the white head and tail and brown body). During those years they can range far and wide but it also is not impossible that they periodically drop in on their parents. But again, if they show up in the spring they will be told to leave in no uncertain terms.

In some areas eagles migrate (because water freezes over and food is less available). That results in congregations of eagles in areas with lots of food during winter. So after early-winter salmon runs along rivers like the Skagit are done, eagles tend to wander down to the river deltas. That’s why you can see several hundred Bald Eagles on the Sagkit and Samish Flats during January-March.

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Gigabit Internet is Coming to Green Lake

February 27, 2015 11:57am
Image courtesy Geekwire

Image courtesy Geekwire

Who isn’t a fan of Comcast? Unfortunately, Comcast is known as one of America’s most hated companies, and if you live in Green Lake chances are you are stuck with them. Well Greenlakers might finally have a viable alternative to Comcast for super-fast internet service in the neighborhood. According to a recent post by Geekwire, CenturyLink is planning on expanding its gigabit internet service to five new neighborhoods in Seattle–and Green Lake is among them!

The service has already been available to customers in Ballard, Beacon Hill and West Seattle and has seen more than 45,000 customers sign up. The internet speeds are 20 times faster than your typical Comcast broadband, and will cost $79 per month (when bundled with other eligible services). According to the Geekwire article, the new service may be available in the neighborhood as soon as this fall.

This announcement should be a boon to tech workers working at home, and anyone else who wants the most reliable streaming available for their Netflix binge.

Have experience with CenturyLink’s gigabit internet service in other parts of the city? Let us know how it’s going so far in the comments below.

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Roosters Men’s Grooming Center is Coming to Green Lake

February 27, 2015 7:21am

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Green Lake is getting a men’s barbershop. Roosters Men’s Grooming Center is opening in Green Lake Village on the corner of NE 72nd St and Woodlawn Ave and sounds to be a bit old timey with modern elements – a men’s only shave and a hair cut type of place.

The barbershop is part of a national chain that was ranked #241 in Entrepreneuer Magazine’s Franchise 500. It is currently the only one of its kind in the Seattle area, but joins 70+ locations throughout the country.

We’ve reached out to the Roosters Men’s Barbershop to find out when they plan to open and will report back.

 

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Meet Green Lake Artist Steve Reddy

February 26, 2015 7:25am
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Playful, whimsical, perspective bending and jam-packed with detail… this is, in a nutshell, the art of Steve Reddy. They do indeed require some careful looking. But, be patient and you will be rewarded!

Steve is also a Green Lake resident and I reached out to him to learn more about his great sketches.

SG: What are some of your favorite places/subjects to sketch in Green Lake?

Steve: I’m drawn to dense detail. I don’t draw the lake, sunsets, trees, that sort of thing, as I feel they’re already nice to look at. I try to find things that need my help: a tangle of telephone lines, a dilapidated building, mismatched plastic chairs in a school computer lab. Homeowners commission me to draw their houses, place of business, studios, etc. and I love doing that.

SG: How long does it take on average to do a sketch?

Steve: The grayscale is all done on location and takes about an hour. Longer if I’m chatting with friends, reading the paper, eating and drinking coffee. It’s a very relaxing, meditative experience that I don’t rush. I usually apply the color later in my studio while listening to music and multitasking so it’s hard to generalize how long it takes. Maybe two hours of actual work time.

SG: How do you go about making a sketch in Green Lake?  Do you have a location in mind, or are these spontaneous?

Steve: I make mental notes (sometimes literal notes in my journal) about possible locations that I come across. I always have many more plans for drawings than time to make them. I carry my materials in my satchel in case I see something “draw-worthy.” I get commissions to draw private homes and businesses. Sometimes it’s a planned outing with my partner who also sketches, or I’m meeting up with the Seattle Urban Sketchers for a sketch-crawl.

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Sketch by Steve Reddy

SG:  I saw on your website you did a whole series dedicated to Green Lake coffee shops, love it!  What is it about these places that attract you as an artist?

Steve: Coffee shops are perfect winter subjects because the locations are cluttered with a lot of things to draw. Also, there are chairs and hot coffee and snacks if I get hungry. I can sit as long as needed, with or without earbuds, rain or shine. When the weather is nice, I prefer to draw outdoors.

SG: Besides your website, where else can we find your art (plug your book Steve!)?

Steve: The second edition of my book, Now Where Was I? An Illustrated Journal, will be republished this summer along with the sequel, This Is Then, That Was Now. I will be letting everyone know where and when to get it on my website, stevenreddy.com.

Thanks Steve!

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Introducing ‘Beyond Green Lake’

February 25, 2015 7:49am
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We all love the Green Lake neighborhood. It’s got restaurants, pubs, shops and of course the park. What more could you want? Well occasionally, things DO happen outside of Green Lake, and we wanted to be able to tell you about some of those things here.

“Beyond Green Lake” is our occasional column that covers happenings outside the neighborhood that are relevant to people who enjoy the Green Lake lifestyle.

While Green Lake is where our focus is, you might see the occasional interesting restaurant, shop or other event that we just had to tell you about from beyond the neighborhood.

Got suggestions on some things you want your fellow Greenlakers to know about from beyond the neighborhood? Send them our way.

 

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Tax Assistance Available at Local Libraries

February 24, 2015 7:10am

Insert the heavy sigh – it’s time to start thinking about taxes.

Luckily, the Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and AARP are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service now through mid-April at 15 locations of The Seattle Public Library. While Green Lake is not one of the locations, several are close by – including Ballard and Greenwood branches.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. (The service is not available for business tax returns.)

See the list of documents required to receive tax help at spl.org/taxhelp.

Three types of tax help will be offered, one type of help per Library location:

Drop-in assistance – offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appointment-based assistance – tax preparation by pre-arranged appointment.

Drop-off assistance – a new service for 2015. Drop off required tax documents, and then pick up a completed tax return within a week.

For more info, check out the library calendar before visiting a location to see what kind of assistance they offer. Reservations are only necessary for appointment-based assistance; drop-in and drop-off assistance require no reservations.

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Women on Wheels at Gregg’s Cycles Green Lake Thursday

February 23, 2015 7:18am
Photo via Actively NW

Photo via Actively NW

Gregg’s Green Lake Cycles is hosting its annual Women on Wheels event to celebrate women of cycling. According to Gregg’s, it’s the biggest in-store event of the year. Women of all cycling abilities (including newbies) can listen to inspiring speakers, chat with local vendors and have a chance at winning one of several giveaways and a raffle.

Parking is limited but Gregg’s will offer a free valet bike parking.

When: February 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: 7007 Woodlawn Ave NE
Visit http://www.greggscycles.com/goto/wow for free tickets and more information on this year’s event.

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