Election Forum at Taproot Theatre Tuesday

October 20, 2014 9:40am

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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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


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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Never Underestimate the Power of a Wiener

October 10, 2014 6:31am


They came, they saw, they waddled.

Last weekend, we tagged along with a horde of plucky dachshunds, which rocks the lake path from 10-11am the first weekend of the month, typically Sunday. Determination was never so darned cute, and they grabbed plenty of attention.

Gretel and Chester hiking credit: Jessica Rhae Williams

Gretel and Chester hiking credit: Jessica Rhae Williams

“Oh, it’s the Wiener Walk,” said one park worker to another, knowingly.

The group is galvanized by Jessica Rhae Williams, Continue reading…


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Gary the Green Lake Grinder

October 8, 2014 5:36am

FullSizeRender-1You’ve probably heard him. He’s been coming to the lake for years and sharing his music from an unusual looking cart.

What is this called?

“It’s a crank organ,” said Gary Harding, aka the Green Lake Grinder. “Just don’t call it a hurdy gurdy machine. Those hurdy gurdy guys get fussy about that.”

Gary can often be found outside the Green Lake Small Craft Center throughout the year. A Greenwood resident, Harding is a former music and ethnomusicology teacher who has taught in several schools including Green Lake Elementary.


While you can tell he enjoys to play his organ for all, he may often break into song, which is exactly what he did when we spotted him. He plays for free, but accepts tips where the proceeds goes to World Vision to help several families – learn more here.

So next time you hear the hand crank organ, stop by to say “hi” to Gary. He may even serenade you with his enchanting voice.

Charming side note: I also stumbled upon this great sketch someone posted of him last year on Flickr. You can tell Green Lakers love the Green Lake Grinder.

And you can hear Gary in action via his recent segment on Evening Magazine.



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5 Places to Watch Football in Green Lake

October 6, 2014 6:00am
Photo courtesy of Green Lake Bar & Grill.

Photo courtesy of Green Lake Bar & Grill.

‘Tis the season for all things football. We apologize in advance if we’re revealing your secret watering hole, but we have to do what we have to do. Here are five great locations to watch football in and around Green Lake.

  • 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.
    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. 
     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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This Weekend in Green Lake: From PCC Fair Trade Event to Qi Gong

October 3, 2014 10:00am
rewards of fair trade

Photo courtesy of PCC

Looking for something to do this weekend that’s a little different? Then Saturday is your day!

Healing Tortoise Acupuncture & Herbs hosts a free Qi Gong class (almost) every Saturday. Unfamiliar with Qi Gong? (We had to wiki it too, don’t feel bad.) Qi Gong is a practice “to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “life energy” according to Wikipedia.

To see the class schedule check out Healing Tortoise’s Facebook page for more information.

Saturday: 8 – 9 a.m.

Green Lake Village PCC will be hosting a Rewards of Fair Trade sampling event that includes samples of Fair Trade coffees, teas, chocolates and more. This event has been done at other PCCs (like the photo above) but this is the first time to get your free Fair Trade samples on at Green Lake Village PCC.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Green Lake Table Tennis 

Drop-in and first come first served, $5.

Green Lake Community Center Gym: 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N

Saturday:  5 – 8:45 p.m.


Disclosure: PCC Natural Markets is a sponsor of Seattle Greenlaker.


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