Green Lake Happenings: March 28-29

March 27, 2015 7:59am


Friday, March 27
Enjoy the opening weekend of Slow Girl
By Greg Pierce
Directed by Kelly Kitchens

A sassy, troubled young woman is sent to visit her reclusive uncle in the jungles of Costa Rica. As each of them confront a history of scandal and poor judgment, a path is revealed, connecting human frailty to personal accountability.

Featuring: Kevin McKeon, Hannah Mootz.

Production Team: Kelly Kitchens (Director), Michael Hanley (Stage Manager), Andrea Bush (Scenic Designer), Tristan Roberson (Lighting Designer), Evan Mosher (Sound Designer), Chelsea Cook (Costume Designer), Krissy Grant (Props Designer).

Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

Contains mature themes, language and references to underage drinking.

When: March 27 through April 12, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (7:30pm), Sundays (2pm)

Where: Seattle Public Theatre: 7312 West Green Lake Dr. N

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Saturday, March 28,
Green Lake Star Party
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Near the Bathhouse Theatre, click here for the location
Join us at Green Lake for an evening of public observing and learning about the universe.
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Sunday, March 29

Green Lake Litter Patrol Work Party
Help keep Green Lake clean! Walk the lake and pick up litter. Tools and disposal is provided. Come on out, meet some people and have some fun.
When: 9am – 11am
Where: Green Lake Park, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N


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Green Lake’s Very Own Pioneer Midwife

March 26, 2015 8:32am


Alice and her daughters, Courtesy of the author

Alice and her daughters, Courtesy of the Susan Fleming

Green Lake’s history is full of inspiring men and women who, at the turn-of-the-century, sought a fresh start and better life in our neighborhood. One such fascinating woman is Alice Ada Wood Ellis (1868-1936), the subject of the book: Seattle Pioneer Midwife: Alice Ada Wood Ellis Midwife Nurse & Mother to All.

HER great-granddaughter, Susan Fleming, a registered nurse who for more than 30 years has worked with moms and babies, tells Alice’s story.

I read this captivating book in record time and was thrilled to chat with the author:

SG: Congratulations Susan, can you tell me a little about your book? 

Susan: In 1900 my great-grandmother, Alice Ada Wood Ellis, had one year of nurses’ training, no license and called herself a nurse. She was a single mother with two small children Myrtle 2 ½ years of age and Marie a 6-month-old baby.  She traveled to Seattle on a locomotive steam train. She placed two beds in her front parlor and ran a birthing service, for a fee, in her own home in Green Lake. She fulfilled her calling as a pioneer midwife and this is her story.

SG: Her story is full of Seattle’s rich history – including the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, women’s suffrage , bubonic plague- as well as many compelling characters, including doctors and the women/children Alice cared for.  How much of your book was fact and how much was fiction?

Susan: Nearly every story was based on true stories mostly from Alice’s time or my time as a labor and delivery nurse. However, the names (outside the family) were made up. Definitely more fact than fiction, however, the intricate details of the stories I created.

SG: How and when did you first learn about the story of your great-grandmother?  Was it always part of your family’s history?

Susan: Ever since I can remember. My father and his mother (my grandmother Marie, Alice’s youngest daughter), told me most of these exhilarating stories. In 1967 I was 10 years old and I traveled to Seattle with my grandmother. I spent the whole summer with her and my dad’s cousin Iris Ramey. They loved to talk about Alice. In the early 1980’s I was in nursing school and my grandmother lived very close to my school and I would drive over there and I asked my grandmother to tell me those stories again! She was happy to do this.  In addition, my cousins and Aunts gave me confirmation to many of the stories, which was extremely valuable to writing this piece.

SG: When did you first formulate the idea of writing her story?

Susan: Ever since I was 10 years old. At least it feels that way. I was so impressed I kept writing them in my mind. However, most of the writing started in 2008, when I started my PhD program, all the way up to 2014.

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Alice and others. Courtesy of the Susan Fleming

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King County Metro’s “In Motion” Comes to Green Lake This Spring

March 25, 2015 7:25am
Photos courtesy of King Country Metro

Photos courtesy of King Country Metro

In an effort to strength the community and provide residents with incentives to walk, bike, bus or carpool to work, King County Metro has launched a new campaign: In Motion. As part of the program, “Travel Advisors” are visiting 5,000 homes across the region to talk with residents about trying new ways to get around the neighborhood.

Beginning today thru June 6, look for the team of “travel advisors” as they make their way around the Green Lake neighborhood.  The team, dressed in blue jackets, will conduct personalized, door-to-door outreach (they will never ask to enter a resident’s household).

Advisors will offer residents the option to choose from information and incentives including transit schedules, a neighborhood map, a pedometer and an ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel. If residents are not available to talk, they will receive a leaflet inviting them to contact the In Motion team.

So, there’s a couple of ways to get involved. Including:

  • Make a Change Pledge to shift 2+ round trips per week from drive alone to another option and receive a $25 reward of your choice.
  • Log your trips online and enter to win monthly drawings for $25 REI gift cards (50 total each month)
For more information, visit In Motion or download the interactive campaign map here. Questions? Call the In Motion hotline at (206) 477-2005 or email

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Only 8 More Days of Dine Around Seattle at Lucia Green Lake

March 23, 2015 7:32am


Green Lakers, as excited as we are for spring, there’s only 8 more days left of Dine Around Seattle!

Dine Around is Seattle’s premier biannual dining promotion, with more than 50 restaurants offering three course prix-fixe menus. Three course dinners are $33 and three course lunches are $18. Yeah, had us at hello. 

We were recently invited to Lucia, our only Green Lake participating restaurant. If you haven’t yet experienced Lucia, this is a great opportunity to do so. Situated inside Green Lake Village, Lucia has been turning heads with its rich Italian aromas, dreamy candlelight glow and sweet, black and white movie screenings since it opened last August.

With lunch and dinner options galore, the prix-fixe menus offer all the trimmings of a Lucia dining experience. For lunch, choose an appetizer of soups and salads, entree of truffle spaghetti and meatballs, caprese panini or chicken canelloni. For dinner start with a caprese or roasted red an golden beet salad, or sliced pear and gorgonzola crostini, topped with fresh herbs, red vinegar and garlic onion. For your entree, choose from almond crusted wild sockeye salmon, lamb and mint ragu or porcini mushroom sacchetti. Then finally dessert, tiramisu dusted with cocoa, chocolate decadence served with salted caramel gelato or raspberry gelato.

Come hungry, the portions are perfect and fair. For dinner I went for the vegetarian route: sliced pear and gorgonzola crostini, porcini mushroom sacchetti with saffron sauce, arugula and parmesan cheese. My meal ended in heaven with raspberry gelato from Sirena Gelato.

For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, visit Lucia is open for lunch Sunday-Thursday, 11am-3pm and dinner Sunday-Thursday, 3pm-9pm.

Disclaimer: We were invited to experience Dine Around Seattle and received a comp’d meal, which is highlighted in this post.


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Rules of the Road: 5 Do’s and Don’ts at Green Lake’s Trail

March 20, 2015 7:57am


For anyone who has visited it, Green Lake Park is one of many treasured gems of Seattle. The 323 acre park of lush greenery, peaceful waters and abundant wildlife is why we choose to live, play and spend our time here all year round. But as anyone who has visited on a sunny day knows, the park can get crowded.

Today marks the first day of Spring. And as we mark that occasion, it seems as good as time as any to revisit some park trail do’s and don’ts. The Seattle Parks and Recreation maintains its formal courtesy code, but here are five quick ones from us:

1. Feet in the inner lane, wheels in the outer lane. This is by far, in my humble opinion, the  most lost etiquette on the trail. Throughout the pathway look for helpful markers to remind you. Feet in the inner lane, wheels in the outer.  “Feet” can be defined as runners, walkers, furry friends, even strollers. “Wheels” can be defined as bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and so on. But did you also know that the Parks Department has recommended directions? That’s right. Wheels should go counter clockwise while walkers and runners are recommended to go in the clockwise direction.

2. Pass with courtesy. Especially on crowded days, this can be tough. But really, just take notice of your surroundings and be courteous of those trying to get by. If you want to pass, stick to the left and try to make your next move known. Speed up and slow down as necessary. If you see someone who wants to pass, be courteous and make room for them.

3. Groups? Be mindful of your space. Along that same note, if you’re in a twosome, threesome, foursome or more, be wary of how much space you’re taking up. Nobody likes that group of six who string themselves across the entire trail. The park is big and there’s room for everybody, just be mindful and break up the group as needed. Travel no more than two abreast.

4. Dog owners – leash up and pick up. One thing to love about Green Lake is that the park is entirely dog friendly and, for the most part, the people are as well. Let’s each try to do our part to keep it this way. Dog owners, this is good to keep in mind if your dog has an extendable leash and gets in someone’s path. The Parks Department has a standard length requirement of 5 ft. Make sure you do your part and pick up after your pups. If you stop so your dog can sniff another, step aside so you don’t interfere with anyone behind you.

5. Bicyclists, slow down. The Parks Department has a “Bicycle Use Policy” that dictates bicycles will be operated a “safe speed,” especially when passing other users. The department has a strict 10 mph maximum. Yield to pedestrians and use the outside lane only.

Happy trails, Greenlakers!


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Green Lake Park Confessions

March 19, 2015 8:14am


The past few weekends you may have seen a large park confessions board at Green Lake.

While the board is part of a bit of a marketing stunt by this company, it did create some interesting conversations. Some are light-hearted and others a bit more serious, or even profound.

To see more confessions, go to:, where all of the above images are from.

Thanks to Nikita for sending in this tip.



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New Development on Ravenna: Crosby Green Lake

March 16, 2015 7:25am

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A new apartment complex just broke ground in Green Lake that is anticipated to have 62 apartment units and 10 parking spaces. But before we get our neighborhood nostrils flaring or utter the development curse word that begins with an A (hint: apodment) you should hear more about this development.

The project, currently called Crosby Green Lake at 414 Ravenna Blvd., encourages and seeks out tenants who use mass transit or bike instead of owning a car. In a Green Lake Community Council meeting last fall, project developer Jeff Tretheway explained how tenants would be rewarded for not having a car. For example, of the 10 parking spaces available, five are slated to be electric smart cars that are available for the tenants to use. (Sounds like a mini-Car2go plan, no?). Additionally tenants will receive a discount on their rent if they agree not to own a car while living at Crosby Green Lake. In some cases, tenants could save up to $600 a year on their rent, he said.

Tretheway said this kind of development is a new concept and a bit of “a test,” but specifically designed to be in an area that is right along the bus route and near the light rail when that opens in 2021.

The four-story development will include a mix of three upper levels of apartments with ground floor for retail and a few additional apartments. The parking will be below-grade.

The construction phase is anticipated to take 12- 14 months, which puts completion in the spring 2016.

So Greenlakers… what do you think about this new development?


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Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Opens April 21

March 13, 2015 7:36am
via Roosters Men's Grooming Center Facebook page

via Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Facebook page

We recently posted about a new men’s barber shop opening in Green Lake Village. As promised we found out a bit more info… the owner, Elton Sotello, is a Phinney Ridge resident who frequents Green Lake and decided to open the men’s barber shop.

Roosters is slated to open April 21. Construction is currently underway to create the 1,350 square foot space with six styling stations. Each station is slated to be equipped with a leather barber chair, its own sink for shampooing.

Expect traditional barber shop services such as haircutting, facial shaving and head massages. The men’s salon will feature Aveda grooming products.

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12 Bowls of Ramen: A Culinary Quest

March 12, 2015 7:36am


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


In 2013, my husband and I went to Japan and had one of my favorite meals of all time… a hot bowl of ramen.

Many Americans think of ramen as the dry-bag variety, often consumed by college students, and coming in at under a buck. For the rest of the world though, it’s quite different. We were introduced to ramen after a 10 hour flight to Kyoto. The comforting bowl of soup greeted us with open arms and will forever be my favorite comfort food. Upon our return I started a mission to find ramen closer to home and launched a little side project I called 12 bowls of ramen. This became my quest to find the best bowls of ramen in the city.

Unfortunately Green Lake’s go-to for ramen (Aloha Ramen) moved from Greenwood to Lake City Way in 2014.  Despite Aloha moving, all Greenlakers should experience ramen (really good ramen!) at some point. So here’s my go-to list with a few recommendations starting with the closest locations to Green Lake:

Aloha Ramen Japanese Noodle Try the Tan Tan noodles. I found them to be flavorful and the pork was perfect. We tried both locations (the previous, now closed Greenwood restaurant and the new outpost in Lake City) and found the food was exactly the same – delicious! The new dining room, although slightly bigger than the previous location is still very small. Expect a line.
Location: 3004 Northeast 127th Street, Seattle, WA 98125. Phone: (206) 838-3837

Yoroshiku 4649 open for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu focuses almost entirely on ramen while the dinner menu includes it and several other larger entrees. My favorite here is the Shoyu (with extra ramen noodles).
Location: 1913 North 45th Street. Phone: (206) 547-4649

Ramen Man While this location has quite a few fans, I’m sorry to say I’m not one of them. The ramen was a bit too creamy and salty. The upside: free unlimited hard boiled eggs for all!
Location: 1616 North 45th Street. Phone: (206) 258-2959.

Miyabi 45th Also on 45th, I went there for ramen but found an amazing bowl of soba noodles. They do have ramen pop-up nights, which is still on my list to try (and soon!). Sight sticker shock alert: This is definitely the most pricey of the ramen restaurants in Seattle.
Location: 2208 N 45th Street. Phone: (206)632-4545

Kukai I have tried several bowls of ramen at both locations (Bellevue and Seattle) and have found that I like the Seattle location a bit better. Their spicier ramens tends to be my favorite because it is still flavorful with a nice kick.
Locations: Northgate: 319 NE Thornton Pl, Seattle. Phone (206) 946-6792
Eastside: 15600 NE 8th St. Bellevue. (425) 243-7527
(Capitol Hill is slated to be the 3rd location for this restaurant later this year.)

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Hands down my favorite ramen in the greater Seattle area. Every bowl of ramen I’ve had here has been flavorful and the perfect temperature. Just know that you will be sitting in line with dozens of other ramen fans… but it’s worth it!
Location: 103 Bellevue Way, NE, Suite 3 Bellevue. Phone: (425) 462-0141

Jinya Ramen Bar Want ramen in the summer? Try the dipping noodles. They are served with cold noodles and a small bowl of hot broth. They offer low sodium too, which was a nice departure from some of the saltier broths. Sit at the bar if you have one or two guests and you can watch all of the ramen action in the kitchen.
Location: JINYA Ramen Bar 15600 NE 8th St. Phone: (425) 590-9548

If you have a few ramen favorites, please share! In my opinion, you can never have too much ramen.


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Poop Wars: Zoo Doo Lottery is On!

March 11, 2015 7:42am


Woodland Park Zoo’s Fecal Fest Image: Woodland Park Zoo


It’s time for the semiannual battle over Green Lake’s exotic poop from Woodland Park Zoo. The zoo has been shoveling this super-$!#t for 30 years, and Seattle gardeners can’t wait to get their hands on it. Why?


“Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of species’ feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, Zoo Doo is perfect for growing veggies and annuals.”

Got Guadalupe? Image: Woodland Park Zoo

The lottery opened March 9 and continues through the 29th. The zoo does not shrink from cute puns. “Pick up where the animals left off,” says the press release. Each spring and fall, gardeners enter the zoo’s “Fecal Fest” lottery for a chance to buy the “prized poo” collected by “Dr.Doo.” You opt for a certain amount of either manure or “bedspread” a manure/mulch combo. If you win, you bring your car or truck, and then shovel your allotted amount of poo into said vehicle. Of course it supports the zoo’s conservation efforts, and you get some high quality fertilizer at a good price, but it’s really a great plan for the zoo. Gardeners clear out huge amounts of the zoo’s waste, load it themselves, and compete and pay for the privilege.

And yes, I already entered. Got a nice note from Dr. Doo.

Entry confirmed!

Entry confirmed!

You can learn more at or the POOP Hotline at 206.625.POOP (7667)



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