An Amazing Glimpse Into Space From Green Lake

September 13, 2017 1:43pm

Photo by Dustin Guy

Yesterday morning, our own Dustin Guy was able to capture a pretty cool sight – an occultation (which is the passage of one celestial body in front of another). According to Guy, “occultation is similar to an eclipse but on a smaller scale. The star Aldebaran, at a distance of 65 light years, slipped behind the Moon for an hour. This happens a few times a year in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s not always visible from our location and/or the weather doesn’t cooperate.”

Guy was able to capture this photo from his deck at 445 a.m., just before it disappeared. Aldebaran is the speck to the left of the Moon.


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You Aren’t Imagining It… Green Lake’s Water Level Is Extremely Low

September 12, 2017 6:07am

Photo by Garet Munger

Does Green Lake’s water level seem low? You aren’t imagining it, it really is. We received a tip from Greenlaker Garet Munger who has been monitoring the water level for the past four years. He shared his data and insights with us. 

Green Lake Water Level August 30, 2013 to August 30, 2017

CharlieChester (our mixed cocker and poodle) and I have been making regular, nearly daily visits to Green Lake since moving closer to the lake in 2012.  Most days we make a complete circuit around the lake.  To satisfy my own curiosity, I have been measuring and keeping a record of the water level in Green Lake since August 2013. I measure the level of the water at a fixed point on the dock by the boat rental at the north end of the lake.

As anybody who has visited the lake will have observed, the water level in the lake is currently at a very low level.  By my records, the level today (September 7, 2017) is near the lowest level it has been over the five Septembers for which I have recorded.  The lowest level came on August 28, 2015.  That lowest level was about ½” below today’s level.  In 2015, the water level came up after the 28th with a storm event that produced about 1 ¾” of rain.

This summer has been an unusually almost record setting year for the lack of rain.  It has also been warmer than average.  The last significant storm event for Seattle was June 16.  Precipitation of almost ¾” fell on Green Lake during that storm.  Since then there was 0.03 inches recorded at Green Lake on July 28, and .11 inches of rain on August 31.

Rain fall is recorded at Green Lake by a weather station installed at the Small Craft Center at Green Lake.  Daily results are published and reported here.

The water level in Green Lake has gone down each day over the summer at a rate of about 1/8” per day.  We can expect the water level to continue receding until the first storm event of the fall.  With higher temperatures, the rate of decline has been closer to ¼” per day.

Over the five years for which I have measurements, the lowest level measured at the beginning of September has varied by almost three inches. To a large extent, these annual differences in summer water levels can be accounted for; by the variation in the amounts and pattern of precipitation over the summer, differences in temperatures, and differences in the water level at the beginning of the summer, and by slight differences in outflows from the lake during the summer months.

Thank you Garet for sharing your citizen scientist skills with us! 


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Invest In Youth Seeks Tutor Volunteers

September 11, 2017 5:18am

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Looking for a way to give back to your community?

Invest in Youth is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides free tutoring to local elementary students across the city.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved or give back to your community, this could be your opportunity! Invest in Youth is looking for role model tutors to work one-on-one with elementary students at local schools, including Green Lake’s Daniel Bagley Elementary School.

Tutoring begins the second week of October, runs through May and takes place once every week at each school.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please contact Erika Chen at or visit our website:

Can’t commit to the full school year? Become a substitute tutor or share this with your friends who might be interested.


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Northwest Girlchoir Rehearsals Start This Month

September 7, 2017 6:22am

Photo via Northwest Girchoir

For girls and young women who love to sing, Northwest Girlchoir has openings for new singers entering grades 1-12 to join in the fun this fall. Learn musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills, all while building lasting friendships in a supportive community.

During the span of four decades, Northwest Girlchoir has empowered and inspired thousands of girls and young women in our region to lift their voices in chorus with others. Choristers perform for thousands of audience members at concerts held across the greater Puget Sound Region and on tours nationally and internationally.

Grades 1-2: Easy online registration is now open for girls entering grades 1-2 to join Prep Choir! Enrollment for Prep Choir is open online until Friday, September 22. Members learn music in a fun and nurturing environment as they prepare for exciting mainstage concerts. Sign up online at

Grades 3-12: Fill out the Audition Request form by Monday, September 4 to join one of Northwest Girlchoir’s five progressive-level choirs this season! Auditioned choir members enjoy performing at mainstage concerts, in the community and at special events, and even on tours. Learn more at

Scholarship: Financial aid is available for every choir level and we encourage families to apply.

Contact for more information or call the office at (206) 527-2900.


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Rain or Shine Guide’s Neighborhood Guide To Green Lake

September 5, 2017 6:27am

Editor’s note: We were recently introduced to Kristina and Sarah from Rain or Shine Guides who blog about food, travel and all things Seattle. Earlier this summer they wrote a guide to Green Lake for their neighborhood guides section. While you might think you know everything about this neighborhood, you may be surprised to find a few great finds. If nothing else this guide will make you happy to live or visit Green Lake. So with their permission, here’s the Rain or Shine Guide’s spotlight on Green Lake. 

Sitting about 10 minutes north of downtown Seattle is one of the best (and most popular) urban parks the city has: Greenlake. The lake and its surrounding 2.8 mile track provide a plethora of things to do year round. Now, most of our neighborhood guides tend to focus on places to eat and drink (because let’s be honest, we really like to eat and drink), but we have to admit the dining around Greenlake is a little lack-luster. While we do mention a few choice spots, we go to this neighborhood mostly for all the fun activities the lake has to offer! It does get fairly crowded, but that just means the people (and dog) watching gets even better. You never know when you’ll run into a Corgi meet-up (yes, they really happen), see someone unicycle by your picnic, or run into the family of turtles that live at the lake. In addition, there are always fun events to keep an eye out for, and we have mentioned our favorites below.

Things to Do

Greenlake Boathouse 

Open from around Memorial Day – Labor Day, the Boathouse has you covered for all your water rental needs. They offer everything from paddleboards, pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes (among other things). There is also a cafe that serves coffee and snacks for a picnic or to enjoy while lying in a water hammock (they rent those too). All rentals are first come, first serve.

Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse

The bathhouse is a cute little theater that brings together the community for year-round plays and musicals (check their calendar for events).

Greenlake Pitch ‘N Putt

Let’s say your golf game isn’t strong, but you want something more challenging than mini-golf (oh who are we kidding, mini-golf is hard!), enter Greenlake Pitch ‘N Putt, a perfect 3-par course on the lake for practicing your swing.

Wading Pool

We don’t have kids, but if we did, we would take them to the wading pool at Greenlake because nothing is more fun than a pool when you’re a kid and this one is pretty cool. It also happens to be conveniently located next to the playground equipment. Get that child an ice cream cone, and you’re officially parent of the year. Score!


The lake offers two paths for your running pleasure. The inner loop is 2.8 miles around while the outer loop is 3.2 miles. There are even running clubs you can join if you need inspiration. As you run, you will also come across some exercise equipment with bars and hoops where you can stop over and stretch, hang, flip, twirl and do whatever else it is you do on this stuff (see Kristina’s uncoordinated-adult-ring-swinging in photo).


We cannot recommend eating any of the fish you catch at Green Lake (for real, we are very unclear about this…we are guessing no), however it IS stocked fully with trout, which makes it a great place for recreational fishing. There are lots of spots to fish along the lake, but we like the dock located close to the Aqua Theater. It makes us feel like we aren’t in the city, and it’s a great place to set up a chair, pop a cold beer, and wait for the fish to bite. It’s a popular spot, so you’ll most likely have to share or go early to set-up camp.


This fun, international, hide-and-seek game is HQ’d in Seattle, and Green Lake is definitely a popular spot for hiding these treasures. Download the app and go to town! It’s a great way to walk around the lake with a destination in mind. Check out our post on Geocaching 101 if you don’t know how to play.

Where to Eat


This Cuban/Caribbean restaurant is by far THE BEST place to eat at Green Lake. We love it for its laid-back outdoor seating (complete with sand, a tiki bar, and  fire pits — you’ll forget you’re on Aurora Ave), delicious food, and colorful building. It’s impossible to pick one dish on the menu to recommend as we love them all, but if you are forcing us, start with the The Desi… or Bucco chicken (sorry we can’t pick just one, you’ll understand once you go).


Located a little off the lake in the Green Lake Village, this is the only place up north we know of where you can get acai bowls. It’s a Brazilian coffee shop that also offers special products from Brazil like chocolates and cheese. You can even get acai in bulk to take home.


The food at Shelter is just okay, but what we can’t get over is the beautiful building with floor-to-ceiling windows and natural light. It’s a beautiful space whether you are there on a sunny day or a rainy day. We recommend going for a cocktail and enjoying the lovely vibe.

Urban Bakery 

Every neighborhood needs a classic sandwich shop, and the Urban Bakery is it for Green Lake. It’s your go-to place for coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and soups, and is a perfect place to stop in for lunch after walking the lake.

Zoe Yogurt 

Hot days at the lake call for a sweet treat! We love all those yogurt places with the toppings bars because customizing your treat is the best. Zoe yogurt has a bunch of different yogurt flavors available (you can sample them all!) with a wide selection of candy and toppings to choose from. If you’re more of a Menchie’s fan, there is one of those too in Green Lake Village. Or, if you think yogurt is the worst, you can go classic Ben and Jerry’s and stop in at their scoop shop.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers 

This burger shop is a Hawaiian based chain, which obviously makes it legit. The burgers are, in fact, bigger and they have a wide range of flavors such as the Volcano Burger (jalapenos, pepper jack, BBQ) or the Kaneohe Burger (garlic burger with bacon, cheddar, avocado). Not a beef-eater? No worries! There is also chicken, fish, pork, and veggie options available.

Greenlake Alehouse or Greenlake Bar & Grill 

Neither of these places are going to win James Beard Awards, but they get the job done when you need an easy, no-fuss spot to grab food at the lake. Both places offer brunch and your standard pub food and both have a small, but well curated, local beer selection.

Festivals & Events

Luminata (September) 

The Fremont Arts Council (who put on our favorite Summer Solstice Parade) also does a festival to celebrate the Autumn Equinox. The celebration includes a parade around Greenlake complete with music and lighted lanterns. Lanterns are available for sale, and it’s a wonderful way to say goodbye to the summer and start embracing the shorter days.

Hiroshima to Hope (August)

This festival also includes lanterns, but this time they are lit and floated on the lake as a way to honor the victims of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and all victims of war. It’s a beautiful, annual tradition with thousands of participants and a whole lot of great music and hope.

Pathway of Lights (December) 

A Christmas tradition! People come to light the pathway around the lake and share in holiday cheer with music, food, and warm drinks. Bring your own light and lantern to add to the ambiance.

Greenlake Gobble and Mashed Potato Much-off (November)

Sure, sure. The 5K around the lake is all fine and dandy. We understand the importance of working off your turkey dinner. BUT we really go for the mashed potato-eating contest. You can buy raffle tickets for the opportunity to participate, and trust us, it’s harder than it looks (we have known people who have participated), but the amusement is priceless!

Donut Dash (April)

An annual 5K that ends with eating donuts? No further details needed. SIGN US UP.

Corgi Meet-up (Every Second Saturday) 

Is there a dog cuter than a Corgi? We think not. We LOVE that there is a meet-up for these pups every month at the lake. If you own a Corgi, you should definitely go and participate, and if you’re like us and don’t, you just go to squeeze them!

What do you love at Green Lake? It’s such a vibrant urban park and there is so much to do!


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Greenlaker Directs Film Debuting This Week

September 4, 2017 6:13am

A new film directed by Greenlaker Michael Cross is set to open next week.

Here’s the synopsis:

When mayoral candidate Amanda (Collette Wolfe – “Interstellar,” “Hot Tub Time Machine”) uses a magic mirror to reverse the gender roles in her small town, she gains the upper hand on her womanizing opponent, Bret (Sam Huntington – “Superman Returns,” “Sully”). As each experiences life in the other’s shoes, they must decide which reality they prefer before they’re stuck in the flipped world forever.

Playing September 8th-14th at Ark Lodge Cinemas
4816 Rainier Avenue South


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Volunteers Needed at Seattle Musical Theatre Starting Sept 5

September 2, 2017 2:06pm

Seattle Musical Theatre is about to open for the start of the season but they need your help.

Here’s what they need:
We need at least 10 volunteers to clean, sweep, load and move construction materials and other debris from our theatre stage and house so we are neat and tidy for “My Fair Lady” which opens Friday, September 8th. The clean up dates and times are next Tuesday and Wednesday – September 5 and 6 from 10am until 2pm. The address is 7120 62nd Avenue NE at the theatre in Magnuson Park. Please respond to Kathleen Spaulding at Seattle Musical Theatre by phone or email. Phone: 206 363-2809, email is


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September Green Lake Events

August 31, 2017 3:00am

Luminata is September 21 via Fremont Arts Council Facebook Page

Music Together Classes are coming to Exit Space Dance Studio

Sunshine Music Together is taking registrations now for their fall session. Not sure if it is for your kiddo? Register online for your free sample class at Greenlake’s Exit Space Dance Studio Tuesday,​ September 5th and Friday, September 8th at 10:30.
Music Together is a researched-based, internationally recognized early childhood music development program for children aged birth to five and their parents or caregivers. The 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement and instrument play – forty-five minutes of weekly fun.

For more information, register here.

Last day to cool off in the Green Lake Wading Pool is September 4

We always hate announcing this. Its one of the true signs that summer is over. But you have from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. to get the last out of those wading pool vibes. Soak it up!

7201 E Greenlake Dr N

Green Lake Wellness Fair 

The two day event includes free health screens, obstacle course, fitness classes, lectures and activities for the whole family.

September 9 & 10
Sat, 10am – 3pm
Sunday 12 – 4 p.m.

Community Center: 7201 East Green Lake Dr N
For more information go to the Green Lake Chamber’s Facebook event here.

Wallingford Wurst Festival

This two day Octoberfest like festival is the annual fundraiser for St. Benedict School. It kicks of Friday September 15 at St. Benedict Catholic School on Wallingford between 48th and 49th. In addition to lots of bratwurst both days will be filled with games, crafts, music from local artists such as Casper Babypants and more. Admission is free.

Friday: 4-10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Beer Garden open until Midnight on Friday and Saturday.

For more information go to:

Luminata Lantern Parade September 21

Embracing the end of summer, with bright lights and exuberance Luminata celebrates the fall equinox with a lantern procession. The light filled parade goes clockwise around the lake from the Aqua Theatre/bleachers on the SW corner and then heads north to the Bathhouse Theatre. Once at the Bathhouse Theatre enjoy art, live music and hot cider. Participants are encouraged to bring drums, instruments, blinky lighted costumes, lighted umbrellas and comfortable working shoes. Fire and flames are not allowed.

For more information, check out the Fremont Arts Council’s website.


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A Breakdown Of The Costs To Remove and Clean Up Duck Island’s Illegal Skate Bowl

August 25, 2017 3:20pm

Photo via The Seattle Times

Earlier this week the Parks Department took down the illegally constructed skate bowl on Duck Island, a protected nature area. As we reported two weeks ago, that would likely come with some hefty costs. And this week we found out how much. The Parks Department anticipates that it will cost $33,000 to deconstruct the skate bowl and restore the area. We saw a lot of chatter on the Seattle Greenlaker Facebook page with neighbors asking why the cost was so high. One person commented that it certainly didn’t cost the “builders” that much to create it.

Thanks to a tip from local Greenlaker James C who has been emailing with Kelly Brown, a Interim Strategic Communications Advisor for Seattle Parks Department we have more info.

According to Kelly:

“The deconstruction is two-fold. There is a skate park removal component and a restoration component. The removal project itself is estimated to cost between $5,796 and $6,296. This estimate includes but is not limited to labor costs and dump fees. The restoration component is more expensive as it is a bit more involved and will take place overtime. The restoration process is estimated to cost about $26,696.56. The restoration efforts include but are not limited to replanting, replacing soil, and removing damaged trees.”

While I’m grateful that the Parks Department is willing to invest in restoring that area for wildlife I can’t help but wonder how far this money could have gone to make some of the much needed updates to the Green Lake Community Center.

We have reached out to the Seattle Police Department multiple times to find out more on any arrests or leads about this investigation and have not heard back.

As people have voiced several times on Facebook and via email to Seattle Greenlaker recently, the people that did this should pay for the repairs. Our hope is that someday they will.


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