Green Lake Small Craft Center Offers Adventure Camp

July 31, 2015 1:32pm

via Seattle Parks Department

Calling all teen/pre-teen adventurers: Seattle Parks and Recreation and Green Lake Small Craft Center are offering Green Lake Adventure Camp 2015 for ages 11-14. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Aug. 3-14. Participants will learn canoeing, kayaking, sailing and water safety and can participate in tennis, golf, soccer and other activities around the lake.

The small craft center will provide all equipment and snacks. Some field trips may include traveling by van. Campers should bring a sack lunch, swimsuit, towel and change of clothes.

For more information on the camp, call the Green Lake Small Craft Center at 206-684-4074 or visit

Camp registration can be completed over the phone, in person at the Green Lake Small Craft Center or online at

The center is located at 5900 W Green Lake Way N.


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From Hiroshima To Hope August 6

July 30, 2015 7:01am


Just a reminder that From Hiroshima to Hope is next week, August 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. If you haven’t been to this yearly event prepare for a powerful evening where Green Lake is transformed by floating lanterns. The event occurs every year on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The event also has several other events that evening, including music, a family program and more.

To commemorate From Hiroshima to Hope, artist Yoshiko Yamamoto created a limited-edition block print of the lantern-floating ceremony entitled “Peace Lantern,” which is also pictured above. It is available to the first 50 people who donate $100 to event through the Hiroshima to Hope site.


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Development in Green Lake

July 29, 2015 7:18am

One of the emails I find most often in my inbox are from Green Lakers concerned about development. And with the new proposed changes to Seattle single family zoning and “upzoning,” the emails are increasing.

Tom writes:

“The “upzoning” of the single family zoning is especially disturbing.  The Mayor’s proposal will make it possible for an existing house to be razed and up to three skinny structures to replace it.  This, of course, makes great financial sense for developers who possibly realize about 80% more income by placing three structures rather than one oversize one which we see so often in neighborhoods.”

Kevin writes:

“This proposal will absolutely and permanently redefine our neighbourhood, paving the way for demolitions and low rise residential construction projects.”

The primary is around the corner on August 4 and while a development proposal isn’t on the ballot, the people you elect will have direct influence to many of the development decisions that will shape Seattle and Green Lake.

Voting for City Council positions will be different this year. Now voters will vote by district. If you are in Green Lake, district 6 is your district and these are your City Council candidates. Rock the vote Green Lakers!

John Lisbin

Catherine Weatbrook

Mike O’brien 

Stan Shaufler


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Woodland Soccer Club Registration Open for Fall Season

July 28, 2015 7:34am
via Woodland Soccer Club

via Woodland Soccer Club

Attention soccer players! Woodland Soccer Club (WSC) registration is open for the fall soccer season. Games begin in September just after the school year starts and go for about 3 months. Teams may also opt to participate in a City tournament at the end of the season. Teams practice 1-2 times a week with games on the weekend (Saturdays or Sundays depending on age group).

Openings are currently available for the following age divisions:
Boys U-12, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-19
Girls U-11, U-12, U-14

Registration Information available here:

Scholarship assistance is available for anyone who needs help with the registration fee. For more information, contact


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Spoke and Fork Night in Green Lake

July 27, 2015 9:52am


The annual Spoke and Food night is tomorrow night, July 28, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Ride or walk your bicycle to dinner and 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways in support of their work advocating and creating safer neighborhood streets.

Not in Green Lake tomorrow night? Here’s a list of the 20 neighborhoods hosting the event.

Here in Green Lake the event is at Lucia Italian Kitchen & Bar Green Lake, 7102 Woodlawn Ave NE, in Green Lake Village.

Representatives from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways will be there with information enabling you to promote safer streets.


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Green Lake Gym Rat: Northwest Crossfit

July 27, 2015 7:35am

20150723_191847As Green Lake continues to expand with more businesses and residents, so does its fitness footprint! While the park loop remains to be one of Seattle’s most popular trails, one can’t help but notice the plethora of fitness options in our neighborhood. In fact, within a one mile radius, Green Lake and Roosevelt have nine specialty gyms!

So, as it’s in the thick of the summer and we’re feeling motivated, why not try some of these gyms out for size? We are excited to launch the first of our Gym Rat Series, where we try on neighborhood gyms on for size. First up? Let’s get the scary one out of the way: Northwest Crossfit.

And by scary we mean intimidating, awesome, inspiring. I should know, I pass by every now and then with a walk-of-shame-Thai-food-takeout in hand. The loud thrashing of weights, exasperating cries and open garage-style gym gives curious passerbys a glimpse into the world of Crossfit. I took my first class this week and not only did I survive, there was no trashing or crying. And, I’m going back for more.

So what is Crossfit?  
Crossfit is a principal strength and conditioning program designed for universal scalability, with functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity. Workouts focus on ten fitness domains including cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Multiple, diverse and randomized physical challenges. So yes, tires and ropes and poles, oh my!

5 Things to Know Before You Go:

  1. You have to commit.  Your first sign this isn’t your regular gym – you cannot just “drop-in” on a whim. When you sign up for Crossfit (online), you must partake in a two-week beginner’s series.  This is the best part, because it requires commitment and planning. I should know, because I had to decline free tickets to a show at the Fifth Avenue Theatre. I just need that to be documented somewhere.
  2.  You’re not alone. The unknown is scary and uncomfortable. I showed up early and stood outside awkwardly, only to be joined by others within minutes. You take the class as a series and workout with the same 20-30 people every time. Your first class you go around the room and say your name and what brought you here. By the end of the first class people were high-fiving each other. There is a very real sense of community here, which is great support if you’re looking for it. Critics call it a “cult” but I was drinking the Kool-aid.
  3. No workout is the same. Crossfit is all about challenging your body and switching up routines and workouts. If you get stuck in a gym rut, this might be a great option for you. Each class is 40-50 minutes long and includes a warm-up, mobility work, workout explanation, workout, cool-down and surprise skill-work. For our first day we did a series of bur-pees, squats, sit-ups and 200 meter runs. As your class progresses, so do your workouts.
  4. Modifications do exist. A  lot of people warned me about injuries and improper form.  I’ll tell you right now that even in a room of 30 people, both instructors corrected me when I needed it. They provided modifications when people couldn’t complete a push-up or bur-pee correctly. Despite its reputation, your first class of Crossfit you’re not expected to squat with 300 pounds or climb a rope. The instructors are there to work with you. But you are responsible for yourself, so know your body and what feels right. If you have never worked out a day in your life, you might want to wait.
  5. It is pricey. Crossfit is no joke, and neither is its price tag unfortunately. For a beginner’s series, you can sign up for $195, which includes six sessions over two weeks with two additional weeks unlimited. There is a deal on Groupon right now for $59. The regular monthly fees range $185-$220. But you are paying for much more than the workout itself, it really does have a family atmosphere and, depending on how important that is to you, the price might not matter.

To learn more about Northwest Crossfit, visit their website at and follow them on FacebookTwitter and  YouTube.  The next Beginners Series starts on August 3.


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One of Green Lake’s Oldest Homes is For Sale

July 23, 2015 7:26am

"Looking toward Greenlake in 1890" Judge McDonald and his daughter are pictured. Seattle P-I archives

The Frederick A. McDonald house is one of the oldest homes in Green Lake, built in 1890, and its for sale.

According to the listing on Zillow:

“Nestled above Green Lake, this elegant Victorian preserves the sophistication and craftsmanship of that era but with todays comforts. The completely renovated 1890s home retains its original stained glass windows, grand staircase, solid oak doors and millwork. The parklike setting features secluded patios, a Koi pond, fountains and the massive Italianate stone-walled gardens and stairs to Green Lake. A romantic carriage house and private mother-in-law make this property a rare find.”

It would be interesting to know how much it cost to build the house back in the 1890s because today it is selling for $2.4 million.

Notice the trolley on the lower left side of the screen. That’s the same trolley that would circle Green Lake back in the turn of the century. No, not this past century… the previous one!

This house photo may look familiar to you… we posted about the home last year and its relation to the mysterious grave marker on the east side of the lake.

Whoever buys the home is truly buying a piece of Green Lake history.

And a special thanks to reader James for giving us a heads up about this house!


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Another Snail in the Coffin of Your Garden

July 22, 2015 7:58am
Image: Scot Nelson

Image: Scot Nelson

Dahlias can barely get growing. Hosta leaves are riddled with ragged holes. Dreams of magnificence chomped away while you slept. If you’ve gardened in Green Lake for more than a season, you already know the ravenous slimy, culprits: slugs and snails.


Maybe you’re thinking “live and let live,” or “let nature take it’s course.” Meanwhile, chew on these tidbits:

  • An adult slug will eat 40 times its weight each day
  • Being hermaphroditic each slug produces up to 500 eggs in its two-year lifespan.
  • Slugs remember where the goodies are and will return another night to finish off tasty seedlings until they are all gone.

Source: Seattle Times article by Valerie Easton

  • And no, the ones here are not the edible escargot, though apparently they were introduced from France with such a thought.

Brown garden snails, Cornu asperum, are the ones we commonly see in Seattle. Other than the shell, they closely resemble their slug cousins, and behave identically.

So, you really, really don’t want them in your yard. What to do about them?


Feeling squeamish and/or benevolent, I have thrown snails to the curb and in my yard waste bin, but really I was just sidestepping the problem and moving it around. Do NOT put them in your compost bin unless you are trying to breed a slug nation.

You could put them in your yard waste, I suppose, which is like giving them a vacation before the end. (Seattle’s yard waste goes to Cedar Grove Composting, which cooks it at 150 degrees for three days, the web site says.)


Make your place less welcoming. Clear up debris, boards, mulch, empty pots, which are favorite hiding spots.  (For me, this is not going to happen. I prefer a naturalistic garden style – which admits kids will be leaving bats, balls and more outside, and I will leave garden flats around for days.)  Plant unfriendly plants – scented herbs, plants with thick foliage. Here’s a list of slug-resistant plants. If you must have hostas, dahlias and peas, plant them up high in pots and consider surrounding by Maginot lines of crushed egg shells or copper stripping at least three inches wide (six is better).

Contract a hit:

Beneficial nematodes, several beetles, many birds including ducks and chickens, garter snakes and even one of their own species – the decollate snail – are natural predators often suggested to winnow mollusk populations.

Nematodes work for about six weeks, but unfortunately, also kill beetles, which then lays the groundwork for an onslaught for the next breeding cycle. Ducks and chickens, after eating mollusks, will likely also eat your peas and lettuce as a garnish. Decollate snails are labelled as invasive and cannot be imported here, and snakes? Nuff said.

Go Rambo:

Sources agree the most efficient time to nab slugs and snails is in early spring to get as many adults as possible, since they do the most damage. They are most active in the evenings and in cool, wet weather.

In dry weather you can call them out by watering in the late afternoon and hunting under pots, piles of debris, under decks, etc., with a flashlight, gloves and/or chopsticks.

Then you can either: drop into a jar of soapy water, smash with your shoe, or cut in half with pruners or a knife. Skip the salt-sprinkling and beer traps you may see recommended. The first is inhumane, and hurts your soil, and the second is messy and difficult to do effectively. For more see King County’s take on snails.

Chemical Controls:

Slug bait. Everyone agrees the newer, “organic-labelled” iron phosphate baits are a huge step above metaldehyde ones. However, whether Sluggo and Escar-go are really OK for children, pets and wildlife is still in question. That’s because iron phosphate is non-toxic, but another ingredient, a chelate named EDTA, not listed on the label, is potentially dangerous in combination with iron phosphate if ingested. Here’s a blog post by Jeff Gilman for Washington State Extension, which includes links to a study of dog poisonings from this combination in Australia.

If you use these baits, they need to be applied after a rain or on wet ground, and every two weeks.


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Bookmaking Event at Mockingbird Books August 8

July 21, 2015 7:32am


Former staff artist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer turned children’s book author/illustrator Wendy Wahman is creating ‘Insight books” at Mockingbird Books on August 8, and you can join in.
What’s an Insight Book? Wendy describes it as “art and writing, collage and doodling. It’s improvisation with yourself. You start with nothing in mind, then a line or color triggers an, ah ha! and you put that down. One line (written or drawn) leads to another. Anyone can make one. Non-artists surprise themselves by making art. When you’re done, you a hold a book in your hands. Your book. Your insights.”
When:  Saturday, August 8th
Time: 1-3:00 pm
Cost:  $5.00
Ages:  7 & up
Limit 20 participants, please RSVP to Mockingbird Books.
Mockingbird Books: 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE


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Casting Call: Local Production Company Looking For a Few Good Green Lake Moms

July 20, 2015 7:53am

Calling all Greenlake Moms! Local production company PSG Films is developing a pilot for a documentary series based around the eponymous email list, and they’re looking for stories to potentially feature on the show.

Do you have a special Greenlake Moms story to share? After being part of the GLMs for the last 18 months, I’ve seen GLMs reunite toddler shoes dropped on the running path with their rightful owners, share recommendations for swimming lessons, find lost dogs, cats and (yes) parrots, and exchange countless balance bikes and baby swings.

Maybe a GLM helped you connect with your best friend, or came through when you were in a pinch, or helped you get through a tough time. If so, PSG wants to hear about it.

Here’s a bit more from the producer working on the project:

‘We’re looking to highlight fascinating, exciting, and/or uplifting stories associated with the group and its members, so if you’ve got a particular story to tell, or if you’re really passionate about being a Green Lake Mom, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about something incredible, or unexpected, or amazing that you’ve gotten out of being a Green Lake Mom – whether we’re talking about physical objects, new-found friends, or something else entirely!’

Although the concept is still being formed, and the show doesn’t have a network yet, PSG has worked with TLC, Travel Channel and Lifetime in the past on such shows as “Alaska State Troopers” and “Blood & Oil.” So expect something more heartwarming and documentary-style and less “The Real Housewives of Green Lake.”

Share your story with PSG Films by calling producer Jake Shapley at 907-252-9078 or sending a note to


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