Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Green Lake

January 27, 2015 7:17am

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Several months ago we posted about where to watch the game in Green Lake and with the big game Sunday, we thought we’d repost.

Where are you watching the Super Bowl on Sunday?

Green Lake Bar and Grill
Features three TVs total, two at the bar and one facing the lobby. Come early and stake your claim, as they cannot reserve spots in the bar. Great place for a boozy brunch, they have a cocktail menu just for breakfast (I recommend the Ultimate Bloody Mary). 
A little bird told us there’s a booth in the back of the restaurant with its own TV, try to grab it if you can. 
7200 E. Green Lake Dr N

St. Andrews Bar and Grill
1,000+ sq. foot space, 130″ HD projection screen, four 50″ screens. Menu includes standard game-day fare including Highlander hot wings, fresh baked nachos and Rod Stewart Onion Rings (we’re not sure). There’s also a wide variety of sandwiches and daily soups made from scratch.
St. Andrews is home to one of Washington’s largest selections of Single Malt Scotches. So there’s that.
7406 Aurora Ave. N

Turnpike Pizza
  Feature two TV’s and plenty of seating. If you’re a pizza-football person this is a pizza-football-place for you. Also rotating, seasonal beers on tap. And if you begin to lose it during halftime and need to throw in the towel, they have great to-go options. Beer and pizza specials during the Superbowl.
Bonus: Turnpike is gluten-free and vegan friendly! Options for everyone is always a bonus.
Address: 6900 E Green Lake Way N
Website: www.turnpikepizza.com

Elysian Tangletown
Notes:  Multiple TVs that are nicely angled so you can get a great view in any seat. It is intimate with about 80 seats, so we advise to come early and hungry for brunch. Everything under the sun from lox bagels and benedicts to hamburgers and dips. Brunch and lunch come together happily here. Specials will be offered during Super Bowl. 
 Obviously, the beer. 
2106 N 55th St 

Kate’s Pub
Notes:  Big screen TV projector for big games and offer happy hour everyday from 4pm-8pm.  Good old fashioned American pub fare, we hear great things about the mac and cheese and burgers. Talented bartenders who can mix up just about anything. Did we mention pudding jello shots?
Bonus: If you need to let out some steam, there’s a pool table, darts and old school board games.
Address: 309 NE 45th St 


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Car-Sharing Companies to Expand in Seattle Following City Council Vote

January 26, 2015 7:24am
Photo courtesy of Car2Go.

Photo courtesy of Car2Go.

You’ve seen the small blue and white smart cars buzzing around Green Lake, and soon there will be hundreds more following a City Council vote this week.

The approved legislation will allow as many as four companies to have up to 750 vehicles each, for a total of 3,000 share cars. This will allow newcomers to join the popular Car2Go Seattle service, including BMW’s DriveNow.

So what’s DriveNow?

A San Francisco-based car-sharing company that uses all-electric vehicles. According to the Seattle Times, the company plans to roll out 300 vehicles in Seattle (Car2Go currently has 500), including MINI Coopers, small BMW sedans and hatchbacks.

Read more from our friends at the Seattle TimesQ13 Fox and Geekwire.

Greenlakers, do you use car-sharing programs? Will you use DriveNow?


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Energy Efficient Open House in Wallingford this Sunday

January 23, 2015 9:59pm

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It’s not easy being green… or is it? Green Canopy Homes and real estate brokers Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski are hosting an open house for the public to find out more about using advanced construction methods to make a home (even a very large one) energy efficient. The open house will be at a 4,200 square foot house (that recently sold) in Wallingford. Situated on a 7,200 square foot lot (a football field by North Seattle real estate standards!) the house is a model for energy efficient living.

At 2.5 times the size of an average Seattle home it takes 43% less energy to live in this home and boasts a 40% lower carbon footprint than the average Seattle house. This 4,200 sf home measured out at 16,000 kWh/yr, almost half of the average Seattle home at 28,000 kWh/yr, and 1,700 sf, or less than half the size. This is well below the 2020 City of Seattle target of 22,400kWh/yr. The previous, smaller, home that was on the property used more than twice the energy with 39,000 kWh/yr!

Later this year another home with similar energy efficient design will be built in Wallingford. Come by the open house to hear more from the builder about these kinds of projects and custom projects.

Where: 3508 Meridian Ave N

When: Sunday, January 25 from 1-4pm

Disclosure: Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski are Seattle Greenlaker Sponsors and Real Estate Brokers who live and specialize in the Wallingford and Green Lake neighborhoods.


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Weekend Brunchin’ in Green Lake Part. 1

January 23, 2015 7:02am



(L) The Butcher & The Baker's Chicken Fritter; (R)  Lucia's Bottomless Mimosas.

(L) The Butcher & The Baker’s Chicken Fritter; (R) Lucia’s Bottomless Mimosas. Photos courtesy of Facebook.

Winter calls for long, lazy weekends. And long, lazy weekends call for fancy brunch. Lucky for us Green Lakers there’s a plethora of options all around us. So many in fact, we can’t share them all in one post. Whether it’s grab-and-go burritos, chicken battered biscuits or bottomless mimosas, Green Lake has everything. See some of our favorite picks below:

Breakfast Burritos at Boardroom Cafe:
8314 Aurora Ave N. 
Sat-Sun starting at 7:30 am 
Go For The:
Hefty breakfast burritos under $10. Try it Tuscan-style (pesto, artichoke hearts, olives, spinach), corned beef and hash (caramelized onions anyone?) or build your own. Did we mention sweet potatoes, cilantro and bacon? See the full menu here.
Know Before You Go: This place can be hard to spot. Keep your eyes peeled, as it’s tucked just around the corner of Aurora and between 83rd and 84th St.

Scones & House Made Jam at Butcher & The Baker:
6412 Latona Ave. NE 
Sat-Sun 9am-2pm 
Go For The:
Scones and house made jam, for starters. Did we mention they’re complimentary? Next up try one of a handful of dishes, from signature French Toast to a “Winner Winner Chicken Fritter” battered and fried inside a bacon cheddar biscuit.  Yes, bacon cheddar biscuit. See the full menu here.
Know Before You Go: The space is quite intimate and can fit about 20 people. Brunch is not available to go, so come early and keep your party small.

Bottomless Mimosas & Fancy Eggs at Lucia:
7102 Woodlawn Ave. NE 
Sat-Sun 9am-3pm
Go For The:
Bottomless breakfast cocktails, we’re fans of the mimosas ourselves. Explore their menu with fancy twists like the brioche crab cakes benedict or the pancetta and fried egg cobb. See more on their website
Know Before You Go:
Take your time, no need to set an alarm. With brunch until 3pm, nobody will judge what time you get out of bed.

Bloody Mary’s & Scrambles at Green Lake Bar & Grill:
Where: 7200 E. Green Lake Drive N. 
When: Sat-Sun beginning at 9am
Go For The: Classic American breakfast, we really love the Foragers Scramble made with sauteed portabello, oyster mushrooms and topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. They also have a children’s menu and a lot of gluten free options. See their full menu here.
Know Before You Go: Their Ultimate Bloody Mary is to die for, made with peppar vodka and served with a smokin’ chipotle beef straw. Yeah, you’ll want another one.

Where are your favorite Green Lake places to get brunch?


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Guest Chef Cooks For Annual St. Benedict’s Spaghetti Dinner

January 22, 2015 7:12am


We love a good spaghetti feed – especially if it goes to a great cause! This Sunday, January 25, the 6th grade class at St. Benedict’s School will host their annual spaghetti dinner to raise funds for environmental education at Camp Hamilton.

St. Benedict parent Brad Inserra from Fremont’s iconic Swingside Café will be leading the kitchen and cooking up his fabulous spaghetti alla marinara, with beef or vegetarian options. In addition to pasta, dinner includes salad, garlic bread, soda or milk, and ice cream. Gluten-free noodles, wine and beer are also available and sold separately.

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Prices for adults are $12, seniors and children ages 3 to 12 are $8.00, and children younger than 3 years old are free. Dinner will be served at the St. Benedict School Cafeteria at 4811 Wallingford Avenue North.


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Green Lake Elementary Hosts Tours For New Families

January 20, 2015 6:59am

Photo via MyGreenlake

Green Lake Elementary is hosting two guided school tours for new families. These tours are an opportunity to meet the principal and staff and see the facility including the new Cafetorium (lunch room and auditorium opening this Spring).
Registration is required.

Childcare is not provided, but children are welcome to join their parents on the tour.

Upcoming tours:
Tuesday, 1/27/15, from 9am to 10am, starting in Library
Wednesday, 2/25/15, from 6pm to 7:30pm

Facility tours are also available every Tuesday, from 10:00 am to 10:30am, but these tours do not include an opportunity to meet teachers and staff.

For more information or schedule a weekly facility tour or to make a tour reservation, please email Trung Hua at glestour@gmail.com and include the following: name, email, phone, adults/children attending, and reason for the tour (1=relocation; 2=assigned to school; 3=curious).

For more information about Green Lake Elementary and other programs go to www.greenlakedragons.org.


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Northwest Girlchoir Accepting New Singers Until Jan 22

January 15, 2015 6:55am

Photo via Northwest Girlchoir

Have any singing kiddos in the house? Well, specifically girls in 1st or 2nd grade?
Northwest Girlchoir has openings in its Prep Choir. If you know a girl who loves to sing, Northwest Girlchoir is inviting new choristers until Thursday, January 22.

Prep Choir regularly rehearses one hour per week on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from September to June, with opportunities to join mid-year in January. No audition required for Prep Choir. Girls who sign up in January participate in two Northwest Girlchoir performances this spring, and learn music fundamentals and healthy vocal productions through singing games, focused choral experiences, and more.

Registration available at www.northwestgirlchoir.org​


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Meet Painter David McGranaghan

January 14, 2015 7:19am
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By David McGranaghan #4318 oil on canvas 12 x 24″

If you walk the lake regularly you’ve probably noticed David McGranaghan painting lake scenes, his blue coat protecting him from the winter chill. David was recently featured in the Seattle Times and in response, we heard from several Greenlakers saying how much they enjoyed his paintings. So we decided to reach out to David to find out more about his painting and connection to Green Lake.

Seattle Greenlaker: From your website it looks like you have quite a background in art and painting. Why do you paint Green Lake scenes?
David: Since about 1981 when I moved to Seattle (from upstate NY by way of Eugene, OR) I found Green Lake to be an ideal subject for the kind of landscape painting I like to do: the elements of water, trees, a pathway that meanders into the distance and the constant movement of people and animals giving it a relaxing yet vibrant ambience.

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By David McGranaghan #4302 oil on canvas 24 x 18″

How long have you been painting at Green Lake?
David: I’ve painted Green Lake off and on over the past 34 years but only in the last 6 months have I focused on it so persistently, day after day.

SG: How often do you come to the Lake?
David: I try to paint at Green Lake 2 to 4 hours everyday, weather permitting.

SG: We’ve seen you on the north side, is that your usual spot?
David: The north end has certain features that are more conducive to my sensibilities about composition, but I’ve found interesting vistas all around the lake.

SG: When you aren’t at the Park, what other places do you paint?
David: I will paint almost anywhere. I enjoy the challenge of expressing the aesthetic possibilities of the most mundane, prosaic scenes. I’ll paint street corners with stop signs and utility poles. But, like most people, I enjoy the expanses of trees, fields and water that are a respite from the urban bustle: the Arboretum, Discovery Park, Golden Gardens, etc. I also take photos that I may work from later, though I prefer to work directly from life.

SG: How would you describe your painting style?

David: I’m primarily a “plein air” painter, which means that I work in the open air, outdoors. It’s a practice that I began when I was 14 years old. I started oil painting, first indoors, at age 10. Once I discovered the Impressionists and read about their lives, I was hooked. The sensation of light through the use of color has been and continues to be my primary fascination.

I value the formal education I’ve received but the actual techniques I employ in my plein air painting practice were self-taught.

SG: What questions do you get while painting?
David: I’m often asked how long did it takes me to paint this or that painting. I first got that question long ago at an outdoor art show in Livonia, New York when a couple decided to buy a small painting of mine for $10. They casually asked how long it took me to paint it. The wife was quite put off when I proudly said “half an hour.” “Great! Here’s $10 for your half hour of work!” That was 1973 when the minimum wage was $1.85/hr. I mentioned this to my earliest mentor, the acclaimed portrait painter, John Peisley. He told me that his paintings didn’t take hours or days. They took 30 years! I also realized years later that the other dozen or so paintings I had there in Livonia didn’t sell and never would. So, that $10 was also payment for the time put into all the others that failed to sell.

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By David McGranaghan #4316 oil on canvas 12 x 24″

Ever since then, I’ve been a little defensive when asked this ubiquitous question, especially when it’s preceded by “How much do you get for a painting like that?”. I realize, of course, that it is usually an innocent question, that the questioner isn’t trying to assign an hourly rate to my work, but may be impressed by how quickly the image forms. Nevertheless, I want to add that for every hour of actual painting, there’s at least 3 or 4 more hours of business related activity, besides the aforementioned years of training and experience. Is there a message here? I guess; PLEASE, stop asking how long it took. Seriously, I hear that about a dozen times a day! I mean, you wouldn’t ask a musician how long it took to play the tune you just heard! It takes as long as it takes, but with a painting, you get to look at it for a lifetime.

I’m much more interested in questions about aesthetics. And, “How do you know when it’s done?” makes me smile. When I’ve ruined it, I suppose! But, seriously, to paraphrase a quote from Voltaire, ‘in the pursuit of perfection, the good may be destroyed.’

SG: Where can people buy your art?
David: I’m currently in a show with two notable artists, Doug Keith and Katarina Reka at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s gallery through Jan. 23rd. My work can also be viewed on my web site at www.naturalistart.com.

Thanks for your time David! 


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In the Garden: Pruning, Planning and Planting

January 13, 2015 7:07am

Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Arboretum, seattletimes.com

Most people think of the period from November – March as their well-earned garden vacation –  time to curl up by the fireplace with slippers and smores, right?  Well, ask someone to save your seat; there are a few tasks that need doing in late winter to ensure a beautiful, bountiful garden later.

First, a little housekeeping:

  • Keep the bird feeders fresh and full.
  • This is the time to prune out the oldest or weakest canes on roses and berry plants
  • Heaths and heathers will benefit from a shearing after bloom to keep them lush.
  • Red- or yellow-twigged dogwoods (like the ones in the above photo), purple smoke bush (Cotinus) and shrubby willows (Salix) can be pruned hard to keep to a smaller size if desired. You will sacrifice the cloudlike plumes on the smokebush, however. If you prefer the blooms, cut 1/3 of the oldest branches at the base, and let it grow as it wishes, which is Sasquatch-sized.
  • Most grasses and perennials can be trimmed to the base (some people do this in the fall, but I keep mine intact as long as possible for the winter interest). Important exceptions are plants that are borderline hardy,  like most hyssop (Agastache) cultivars and some salvias,  or woody herbs like lavender and Russian sage (Perovskia)  are better left standing until new growth appears to help them get through the winter.
  • Potted bulbs like tulips or daffodils can be planted in the garden if the ground allows – add some bone meal or bulb food and cross your fingers for an encore next year.
  • Sky Nursery recommends finding a clear day in January to prune fruit trees and pre-treat for disease, and to hoe any unmulched garden beds to kill overwintering weeds like shot grass.

Now the fun stuff! (These you can do by the fire.)

Dreaming a better garden – Now is the time to plot out structural changes in the garden. If your winter view leaves you flat, that means you are lacking what garden geeks call “bones”. Bones are things that act like a skeleton keeping the garden framed year-round (especially when the veggies and flowers are gone). They can be hedges, evergreens, or garden structures like paths, ponds, and arbors.  Build or order planters, pond/fountain equipment, window-boxes, and raised beds.  You can find an app for that, or you can just doodle! For inspiration, visit the Witt Garden at the Arboretum, the Seattle Japanese Garden or hit the Northwest Flower and Garden Show coming up in February.


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Order your seeds – Seed catalogs are flying into mailboxes faster than fish at the market, and it behooves you to order early for the best selection. When shopping for edibles, look for the “days to maturity” number – in Seattle 60-70 days is best; over 80 days you’re flirting with disappointment. “Short-season” is a good term to look for, especially for tomatoes.  Also, be aware that local seed companies/nurseries will be focused on varieties proven to grow well despite our wet winter-dry summer conundrum. Here’s a list of Washington and Oregon seed companies to check out. A new company, Seattle Seed Co., says it sources non-GMO seed from organic farms and coops. Best local selections for seeds include nurseries, like Sky, Swansons’s and City People’s Garden Store, but hardware stores and supermarkets also carry some local seeds like Ed Hume.

Not sure which seeds to start when? Check out this seed planting guide from the A Way to Garden blog – using these calculations I get April 10 as a keep-to-the-safe-side last frost date for Seattle. However, Seattle Seed Co. uses March 15, so take your pick, based on your best bets for the weather.  I know, LOL.


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Bring the beauty inside – this one is more for the humans than the plants. You can “force” many spring flowering shrubs into early bloom inside in a vase just by cutting when you see the buds begin to swell. Place in warm water, keeping fresh and wait for the dramatic reveal. You can do this with cherries, apples, dogwood, crabapple, redbud, witch hazel, quince and magnolia. Cut branches diagonally and them smash the stem base. I know forcing, smashing, all sounds so violent, but it’s not. Here’s a Forcing Branches Into Bloom Indoors article that tells you how and when.


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Green Lake Librarians Share Their Picks for Highly Anticipated Books for 2015

January 12, 2015 7:51am

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So maybe running isn’t on your New Year’s resolution list. But is reading? We asked Green Lake Branch Teen Services Librarian Marty Hendley and Children’s Librarian Joanna Trefethen what books they were anticipating to be good reads in 2015.

Here’s their list:

Adult Titles

Purity – by Jonathan Franzen
Franzen has been very hush-hush about this new novel. The only information that has really been released is the title but it promises to be yet another epic story of family relationships.

Our Souls at Night – by Kent Haruf
Haruf died last year at age 71. His wonderful gentle read, Plainsong, explored the relationships among disparate characters in the small town of Holt, Colorado. This book (also set in Holt) promises many touching moments as the relationship of Addy and Louis, two elderly inhabitants, takes shape.

Water Knife – by Paolo Bacigalupi
This is an adult novel by the author of the excellent Teen novel, Ship Breaker. Dystopian adventure set in a world where water is more precious than gold. Bacigalupi is pretty much guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Teen Titles

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – by Patrick Ness
The author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy is back. Ness says of this book, “I wanted to write a novel for anyone trying to live a normal life in a world gone mad… for anyone who needs to find out that there are many different kinds of extraordinary.”

All the Bright Places – by Jennifer Niven
A debut novel that is garnering comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park, this book is described as a “ compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.


Children’s Titles: Picture books

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life -  by James Dean, Kimberly Dean
Fans of Pete the Cat will delight in this amusing look at quotes from people like Abraham Lincoln and Einstein that are accompanied by Pete’s witty responses .

This Is a Ball by Beck Stanton -  by Matt Stanton
If you loved Press Here this new offering will continue to amaze and delight. Everything you read in this book is going to be wrong, but don’t worry because the kids are going to love setting you right!

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise - by Sean Taylor
Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! Dressed as a carrot he waits to no avail for an unsuspecting rabbit. Delightful tongue-in-cheek narration and comic illustrations will amuse adult and child alike. And, of course, Elephant and Piggie, the best friends from the popular Readers series by the fabulous Mo Willems will have a new book out in 6/15–I Will Take a Nap!


Children’s Titles: Chapter books

Shadow Scale by – Rachel Hartman is a sequel to the multiple star reviews, outstanding, NYT Bestselling Teen Fantasy book, Seraphina. This is a fantasy adventure with a strong female heroine features humans, dragons and a half dragon that can steal into people’s minds and take them over.

The Terrible Two by – Jory John and Mac Barnett (published 1-13-15)
Fans of the Wimpy Kid books will like this laugh out loud story full of fun and mischief.

Listen, Slowly by – Thanhha Lai
The second novel by the National Book Award winning and Newbery honor author of Inside Out & Back Again. A humorous yet poignant story set in the present day of a girl who takes the most frustrating, enlightening, and profound trip of her life.

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence – by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore
Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel Comics has ventured into the world of prose and come up with a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure.

All The Answers – by Kate Messner
Ava finds an old pencil that gives her factual answers but can’t predict the future. It is great for acing a test among other uses but not all answers are ones she wants to know and the more it is used the shorter it gets. What happens when it’s gone?

While some of the titles are coming later this year, be sure to check online or in the Green Lake Branch so you can put a hold on these books as they become available.


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