Rainy Day Bucket List at Green Lake

October 24, 2014 6:30am
Photo courtesy of Modo Yoga Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Modo Yoga Facebook page.

Alright, it’s (just about) time to face the music. November is almost here and we must accept the fact that soon enough the days will get shorter and colder. I promise you now, that at some point, rain will ruin an epic Green Lake run or activity you had planned. But never fear, the neighborhood has great indoor alternatives.

Here’s five ideas to plan for the rainy days ahead:

  1. Treat Yourself to a Fancy Coffee. True Seattle form, Green Lake has more than 10 coffee shops in  a two mile radius. But if you’re like me (and perhaps I’m a rare breed), you haven’t spent much time in the coffee shops themselves. On a rainy day try Revolutions Coffee. They’re tucked away next to Road Runner Sports and have plenty of seating and board games that tempt you to stay.  If you’re on the other side of the lake, pop-into Bauhaus Coffee for a coffee and a treat. We hear good things about the ham and cheese croissant and their quinoa salads.
  2. Go on a Recipe Hunt at PCC. A good rainy day just beckons for cooking. Take a trip to the PCC (two Green Lake locations – Aurora and Green Lake Village) and steer towards their pamphlet display. Usually near the entrance, the display has free recipes and guides to cooking with seasonal ingredients.  How to cook an acorn squash? Probably there. Find a recipe that speaks to you and go fetch your ingredients.
  3. Have a Boot and Bavarian Brezel at Prost. Prost in Phinney Ridge is a German style pub, with the name German equivalent to the English toast “cheers.” Bring your friends, grab a stool and order a 2 liter glass boot for $18 (+ $50 breakage deposit). The custom is that once you buy the boot, it has to be passed within your group and cannot touch the table. Satisfy your hunger with a Bavarian Brezel, a fresh morning star Bavarian pretzel served with salt and German mustard.
  4. Try Hot Yoga.  You know you’ve thought about it. Green Lake currently has two yoga studios that offer hot yoga. I Love Hot Yoga offers hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga classes, heated between 95-110 degrees. I Love Hot Yoga does not require instructors to teach set sequences, so every class is different.  New student package includes 10 classes for $30. Modo Yoga, is a green, clean hot yoga series that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind.  The studio offers an intro special your first month, $49 for unlimited classes.
  5. Curl up with a Good Book (First, Get a Library Card). Libraries are still alive and well, and Seattle’s Green Lake branch has an active pulse with monthly calendars of events, children  readings and more worth looking into. To sign-up for a free card, bring your photo I.D. as well as a recent piece of mail to prove your address. In less than 10 minutes you’ll walk out the door with a card and access with thousands of books. If you’re not satisfied with the Green Lake’s collection, reserve books online and have them delivered to the branch. They have a great mobile app that makes it even easier.

What are some of your favorite Green Lake rainy day activities? Add them below!

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Green Lake Happenings October 25-27th

October 23, 2014 7:00am

A Very Corgi Howloween at Green Lake
Where:
 Green Lake Park – starting at Green Lake Small Craft Center
When: 11 a.m. , Saturday Oct. 25
Price: Free
About: The annual corgi costume walk, hosted by our friends at Corgi’s R Us. Prepare yourself for the silliest and cutest walk around Green Lake of the year. Dozens of corgi’s will trot around the lake, sporting costumes of all shapes and sizes –  from a sushi roll to a piece of bacon. You don’t want to miss. Take a look at last year’s photo gallery and you’ll understand, courtesy of KOMO 4. For more information, click here.

Boogie Nights 5K & Dance Party
Where:
 Green Lake Park and Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Drive N
When: 5pm-10pm, Saturday, Oct. 25
Price: $45-$60
About: Run or walk  the Green Lake Loop in costume, for the Boogie Nights 5K. Following the run, party the night away at a dance party inside Green Lake Community Center. Live DJ spinning tunes, beer from Fremont Brewery and free food. Registration fee gets you entry to the 5K,  an event t-shirt, free food, entry to the dance party and one free drink. This event is for those 21 and up, only.For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Decorating Party at Green Lake Village PCC
Where: Green Lake Village PCC, 450 NE 71st St.
When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday Oct. 25
Price: Free
About: Kids 12 and younger can decorate their very own pumpkin to take home! PCC will supply free pumpkins, decorating supplies and healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. For more information, click here.

Ways to Wellness Series: Mental Wellness 
Where: Green Lake Library meeting room (7364 E. Green lake Dr. N)
When: Sunday, October 26th  from 2 – 3 pm
Price: Free
About: A presentation on “Mental Wellness”, the last in Seattle Public Library’s “Ways to Wellness” series.  Speakers from National Alliance for
Mental Illness (NAMI) will talk about a variety of brain disorders, answer your questions, and hopefully, take the mystery and misinformation out of mental illness. Healthy snacks provided and free library parking.

Climb for Clean Air Info Meeting.  Climb a Mountain, Make a Difference.
Where:  Green Lake Public Library, 7364 E. Green lake Dr. N
When:   Monday, October 27, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Price:  Free and open to the community
About:  Climb Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood or Mt. Adams with the Climb for Clean Air.  Previous experience not required.  Life changing adventure guaranteed.  Training and guide services are covered by your fundraising.  Climb for Good.  Climb for Free.  To learn more, join our  info meeting in your community or visit www.climbforcleanair.com

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Green Lake Wines Closing

October 23, 2014 6:00am

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Green Lake Wines + Wine Bar will serve its last wine tasting next week. After six years at the Green Lake location, owner Richard Kinssies said he decided to consolidate his wine businesses – closing Green Lake Wines and operating solely out of Wine Outlet, his store on Elliott Avenue.

In a note to his customers Richard said the decision was not an easy one:

“I live just a few blocks from the Green Lake location and I’ve made connections with so many of my neighbors through the store. I met some folks when they were expecting a child and now I see that child go by the store on his way to school at Daniel Bagley Elementary. I’ve gotten to know many neighborhood kids over the years as they stopped by the store to raid my candy jar on their way home from school. And I’ve gotten to know their parents when they stop by for a bottle of wine for dinner or to chat over a glass.

Two of my customers who met at the wine bar got along so well that they got married. After their wedding ceremony they had photos taken in their wedding attire at the place where they met. No, this was not an easy decision.”

Kinssies has planned a few events before he closes his doors.

Last Wine Tasting at Greenlake Wines – Thursday, Oct. 30 5-9pm
Last Open Day at Greenlake Wines – Saturday, Nov. 1 3-9pm
BIG SALE at Wine Outlet – Sunday, Nov. 2 12-5pm

Cheers to you Richard! Best of luck on your consolidation! 

 

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Outdoor Tennis Courts Near Green Lake

October 22, 2014 6:29am

As the temperatures start to cool, Seattle Parks Department is planning on shutting off the lights for many of the outdoor tennis courts. Tennis courts are not utilized as much in the winter and Seattle Parks say turning off the lights helps with energy savings.

Luckily nearby Lower Woodland Park’s 10 courts (1000 N 50th St.) will stay illuminated throughout the winter for the hardy outdoor tennis players. If winter tennis is not your idea of a good time, there are several indoor parks such as the Amy Yee Tennis Center’s indoor courts or  Sandpoint Tennis Center at Magnuson Park.

And, if you are looking for a different kind of sport to do in the winter months, don’t forget about Green Lake Table Tennis that plays several times on the weekends year round and meets in the Green Lake Community Center.

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Green Lake to Receive More than 70,000 Fish

October 21, 2014 5:29am

IMG_3442Thousands of fish (mostly trout from what we understand) are heading into Green Lake this Fall. If you are an angler take note! The Department of Fish and Wildlife has begun stocking the lake and will continue well into November with more than 70,000 fish. The DFW is adding more than 340,000 fish to local lakes throughout the state this Fall.

We’ve reached out to DFW to see if there’s a date or time we can see some of these fish heading into the dip. If/when we hear more, we will let you know. If you see them stocking the lake, please take a photo and send it our way.

Happy fishing Greenlakers!

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Election Forum at Taproot Theatre Tuesday

October 20, 2014 9:40am
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Photo courtesy of Taproot Theatre

Chances are you’ve received your ballot or you will soon and there’s a hefty list of issues. Need some help deciding how to vote? Wish you could hear it straight from the horses’ (or elephant/donkey’s mouth)?

The Taproot Theatre is hosting an Election Forum this Tuesday from 7 – 9 p.m. Sponsored by Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge Community Councils the evening is designed to help voters weed through all the issues and hear from local campaigners.

Here’s the Program:
7:00: Welcome and settle in
7:10: Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education Initiatives
7:45: Reducing Class Sizes State Initiative
8:10: Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
8:20: 36th District Candidates will introduce themselves and chat about the issues. (Note: Not all candidates can attend.)
8:45: Adjourn and the cafe will stay open for an opportunity for folks to chat with campaigners.

The event is free, but donations are encouraged to help cover the Taproot costs. Rock the vote people!

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6 Halloween Events Around Green Lake

October 17, 2014 5:50am

photo5945Halloween is in two short weeks, and Green Lake is hosting a variety of festive events and parties to celebrate. When we say there’s something for everyone, we truly mean it. From family-friendly pumpkin parties to corgi’s in costume, Green Lake has it all. Here’s the full lineup:

Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash
Where:
 Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave N.
When: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sat. & Sun Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26 & 31
Price: Free with zoo admission or membership (kids in costume get in free)
About: Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash. See how pumpkins bring out the animals’ wild instincts as hippos chomp, elephants smash, meerkats dig and bears crunch their way through the festive treats. Activities free with zoo admission or membership. Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor nature play space, will be transformed into a Halloween-themed Boomazium presented by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where not-so-scary storytelling, costumed puppet shows, face painting (additional fee), games and more are sure to delight the kids. For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Decorating Party at Green Lake Village PCC
Where: Green Lake Village PCC, 450 NE 71st St.
When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday Oct. 25
Price: Free
About: Kids 12 and younger can decorate their very own pumpkin to take home! PCC will supply free pumpkins, decorating supplies and healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. For more information, click here.

A Very Corgi Howloween at Green Lake
Where:
 Green Lake Park – starting at Green Lake Small Craft Center
When: 11 a.m. , Saturday Oct. 25
Price: Free
About: The annual corgi costume walk, hosted by our friends at Corgi’s R Us. Prepare yourself for the silliest and cutest walk around Green Lake of the year. Dozens of corgi’s will trot around the lake, sporting costumes of all shapes and sizes –  from a sushi roll to a piece of bacon. You don’t want to miss. Take a look at last year’s photo gallery and you’ll understand, courtesy of KOMO 4. For more information, click here.

Boogie Nights 5K & Dance Party
Where:
 Green Lake Park and Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Drive N
When: 5pm-10pm, Saturday, Oct. 25
Price: $45-$60
About: Run or walk  the Green Lake Loop in costume, for the Boogie Nights 5K. Following the run, party the night away at a dance party inside Green Lake Community Center. Live DJ spinning tunes, beer from Fremont Brewery and free food. Registration fee gets you entry to the 5K,  an event t-shirt, free food, entry to the dance party and one free drink. This event is for those 21 and up, only.For more information, click here.

Tacos Guaymas Annual Halloween Costume Party
Where:
 Tacos Guaymas, 6808 E. Green Lake Way N
When: 9pm on Friday, Oct. 31
Price: $45-$60
About: The Green Lake Tacos Guaymas will host their annual Halloween Costume Party. Celebrate the night with margaritas, live DJ Carlitos and $150 in prizes for best costume of the night. For more information, follow Taco Guaymas on Facebook.

Halloween Costume Party at Little Red Hen
Where:
 Little Red Hen, 7115 Woodlawn Ave. NE
When: 9pm on Friday, Oct. 31
Price: $5 cover
About: Put on your cowboy boots and dance the Halloween night away with the Marlin James Band at Little Red Hen. Enjoy festive drinks and come ready for the costume party. Anticipate a lot of Dolly Parton’s and Johnny Cash’s. For more information, click here.

Are we missing anything? Leave us a comment below and we’ll add to our list.

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Flings, Willows and Weekend Happenings in Green Lake

October 16, 2014 7:53am
A nice sunny morning to learn about Weeping Crabapple trees

Take a Green Lake tree walk this weekend. Photo via Seattle reLeaf.

Friday, October 17 
October 17 – 19 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Wind in the Willows 
Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse 
7312 W Green Lake Dr. N 

Seattle Public Theatre Youth and Woodland Park Zoo present their first collaboration in the Wind in the Willows – the classic story of friendship and adventure adapted by Don Fleming and Kenneth Grahame. Admission to all Youth performances is free to the community. Donations are encouraged to support SPT’s Theater Youth Program and to offer student tuition assistance. For more information, go to: http://www.seattlepublictheater.org.

Penny pointing out the needle structure of the Norway Spruce in Rogers Playground

Penny a Tree Ambassador leads a Green Lake tree walk. Photo via Seattle reLeaf.

Saturday, October 18
Green Lake Tree Walk
9:30 am – noon
Meet at the Green Lake Community Center Beach (7201 East Green Lake Dr N)
RSVP here
Take a walk around one of Seattle’s most popular places, Green Lake. Tree Ambassador Penny Kriese will lead the 2.8 mile walk around the lake. This is a chance to test your tree knowledge and learn about some beautiful trees. Please plan to bring a snack or drink as we will be walking the entire 2.8 miles around the lake. See you there rain or shine! Can’t join us this time? Find a map of this walk as well as many other walks here.

Native Plant Sale 
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Perkins School
9005 Roosevelt Way
Get native plants for your garden. A small portion of the proceeds go towards buying native plants for the Perkins school’s native plant garden.

The Celtic Fling
9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
111 NE 80th St., Seattle
Join the annual community festival to celebrate art, music and the food of the British Isles. Admission is free. For more information, go here.

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Vote for Seattle Greenlaker for King 5’s Best of the NW

October 15, 2014 6:22am

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Do you like us? Like really like us? Got 3 minutes? We’d love your vote for King 5’s The Best of Western Washington.

Here’s what you do: Go to our page on the Best of Site and press the vote now button. You do have to register, but while your are there why not vote for some other great Green Lake businesses, landmarks and services like Zoe Yogurt, Jodee’s DessertsGreen Lake Jogging Path, Turnpike Pizza or Road Runner Sports just to name a few. You have until October 24th to get your votes in.

And, you know what… if you don’t like us, let us know. In fact, we always welcome any comments or feedback. So feel free to email me. I’d love to hear from you.

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Where Should You Go Trick-or-Treating in Green Lake?

October 14, 2014 9:20am

Okay, Green Lakers, ghouls and ghosts. Halloween is only two short weeks away. Our blog is less than a year old, so we hope you can help us. Do you have any favorite streets or suggested blocks for trick-or-treating? Where do you like to take your kids for the big night? We want to publish a neighborhood walking map with recommendations, and we’d like to hear from you!

Please share any recommendations with us in the comment section below, or email us at SeattleGreenlaker@gmail.com. We’d like to publish a map the days leading up to Friday, October 31.

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