Book Sale at North Seattle College

May 24, 2016 6:25am

North Seattle College is hosting a books sale that includes all genres and thousands of books.

Buyers are encouraged to bring their own bags.

Monday May 23 – Friday May 27 8am to 9pm (til 4pm on Friday)

North Seattle College Library 9600 College Way North


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Free Self Defense Class For Women

May 23, 2016 6:35am

The Jae H. Kim Taekwon-Do Institute (across from Bartell’s and next to Harold’s Lamps in Wallingford) is offering a once-yearly free self-defense class for women Wednesday, May 25th.
Learn strategies and gain the knowledge to arm yourself against a possible attack. The class is appropriate for ages 12 up and will cover the crime process, strategies for self defense and self defense techniques.

When: Wednesday May 25th, 7:00pm
Where: Jae H. Kim Taekwon-Do Institute, 1900 N 45th Street, (206) 632-2535
Attire: Casual comfortable clothes


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Lifejacket Sales in Green Lake

May 17, 2016 6:51am

LifeJacketSales-Poster-Final-2016Just in time for Summer, Evans Pool and the Green Lake Small Craft Center will be hosting the Seattle Children’s Hospital discount lifejacket sales on May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th 10-2pm.

Cost is $20 for infant and youth sizes and $30 for adult sizes.

The lifejackets are fitted for the person picking up the jacket so each member of the family must be present to price listed.


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Books For Bikes is Back at the Green Lake Library

May 16, 2016 6:34am

The Books for Bikes program is back at the Green Lake Library thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149.

The program is open now for 1st through 3rd graders and works like this:

Kids need to read 10 books, write them down on an entry slip (available at the Library’s Reference Desk) and turn it in. No limit to the amount of times a child can enter, but 10 books are required for each entry. Two winners will be drawn June 26 at 2 p.m. at the Library (and participants must be present) to win one of two bikes.

For more information, stop by the Green Lake Branch Library or call 206-684-7547.

Good luck readers!



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Phinney Garage Sale May 21

May 11, 2016 3:42pm

Photo via PNA

The Phinney Garage Sale is a few short weekends away.

This year an anticipated 100+ yard sales throughout the neighborhood will be selling items. A Flea Market and plant swap will also occur on the same day at the Phinney Center beginning at 9 a.m.

If you would like to be a seller for the Phinney Garage sale, you have until May 14 to register your house so it appears in the online map of neighborhood garage sales.

A map of all garage sales will be publicized shortly before the event on this page.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 9 am-2 pm



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Picardo Plant Sale and Bake Sale

May 9, 2016 7:33am

Need greens for your garden or sweets for… well anytime? The Picardo Plant and Bake Sale is scheduled for May 14.

Plants from two local spots: Rent’s Due Ranch and Ruthy’s Hobby including:

Tomatoes: Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Jaune Flamme, Green Zebra, Stupice, Brandywine, Black Prince, Persimmon, Amish Paste, Sungold, Super Sweet 100, Matt’s Wild Cherry

Tomatillos: Toma Verde

Sweet Peppers: Carmen and King of the North

Hot Peppers: El Jefe Jalapeno, Long Red Slim Cayenne

Cucumbers, Lettuce, Peas, Beans, Squash

Herbs: Basil, Mint,Oregano and Thyme

And baked goods

Picardo Plant Sale and Bake Sale

NE 82nd and 25th Ave NE

Saturday, May 14



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Grow up! Vines Weave Magic in the Garden

May 6, 2016 8:48am

Clematis montana var. rubens at full tilt. Image: Erica Browne Grivas

If you seek privacy, depth, a hint of magic and mystery, or just some more growing space in your garden, look to the sky and let vines get to work drawing with leafy spirals.

Grown vertically up walls and on trellises, vines add crucial dimension to a garden that makes a space feel complete. They help frame the garden and encourage the eye to stay within your yard rather than wandering to the neighbors’ second floor deck, for instance.

Vines can:

  • Screen unwanted views
  • Glam up a fence – What wire fence?
  • Create focal points and define a space using arbors and trellises
  • Feed you: beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peas all grow up
  • Make shrubs do double duty – for example, twine a medium-sized clematis through a rhodie to get more flowers in June

Evergreen or deciduous, annual or perennial, there are hundreds of options. Evergreen is your best bet for long-term privacy, though annuals can be great for one-season speed. If you’re in a hurry for screening, plant both and the annual should get a good start while the evergreen is getting settled in.

The most important thing is – do your research!

I once bought a 4-inch pot of a “Lady Banks” Rose at the UW Arboretum plant sale on a whim. I’d read about how lovely it was, but it wasn’t until I got home that Google told me it was the Guinness record-holder for the largest rose – planted in Tombstone, AZ in 1885 and still going. Erp. Here it is now,  buying time beautifully.


Some vines grow 20 – 30 feet – not a planting decision to be made lightly. How vigorous is it? When and how often does it need pruning? Wisterias are beguiling, but require relentless pruning at least twice a year to be kept in bounds. Here’s why.


Now showing on 56th Street N. at 1st Ave. N. Image: Erica Browne Grivas


How does it grow – does it twine, lean (requiring tying in, like a climbing rose or squash), or does it stick on its support with holdfasts (aerial rootlets) that could do damage if removed? English Ivy is one example – it might be ok for cement or chain-link, but not for a tree, wood fence or brick. This sweet pea grows by tendrils which cast about like fishing lines (only when you’re not looking) until they can lasso a thin branch, stake, or rope.


Sweet pea. Image: Erica Browne Grivas

Evergreen ideas:

Clematis armandii– early spring, vanilla-scented white or pink single flowers, leathery pointed leaves. Sun or light shade.

Holbellia coriacea – the unbelievably named “Cathedral Gem Sausage Vine” has small purple flowers  with an “intoxicating fragrance”.

“Star Jasmine” aka Trachelospermum jasminoides – deliciously fragrant pure white flowers spring into summer, glossy leaves. Sun to partial shade.

Deciduous ideas:

Climbing Hydrangea – lacy white flowers on a strong, holdfast-climbing vine with beautiful peeling bark in winter.

Clematis montana rubens (shown at top) – fragrant pink, anemone-like flowers with leaves that mature from green to bronzy-purple. Fast growing.

Dicentra scandens – a climbing yellow bleeding heart that blooms all summer. Yup.

Annuals are your go-to for quick coverage –  they range from the veggies mentioned above, as well as sweet peas, nasturtiums (edible – pop em in a salad), to time-telling moonflowers and morning glories (not the invasive perennial) and the flashy flowers of cup-and-saucer vine (Cobea scandens) and thunbergia.

Lastly, in case you were wondering, sources say it’s correctly pronounced CLEM-ah-tis.


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CAUGHT Opens at SPT May 20

May 5, 2016 6:20am


Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse is opening it’s final show of the 2015-2015 seas with Caught, by International, award-winning playwright Christopher Chen.

According to SPT, they “partnered with Xiong Gallery to present the retrospective work of legendary Chinese dissident artist, Lin Bo, who was imprisoned in a Chinese detention center for a single work of art. Bo shares with patrons the details of an ordeal that defies belief in this immersive, labyrinthine exploration of truth, art, and cultural appropriation where nothing is as it first appears.

CAUGHT is an art/theatre hybrid piece that director Jon Kretzu describes as “an intricate, intellectual puzzle farce; a fascinating and disturbing study of deception; a theatrical card trick composed of smoke and mirrors, and containing neither.” Chen’s script won the Barrymore Award for Best New Play in 2015.”

 May 20 – June 12

Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse (7312 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103)

$34 General Admission

For showtimes and more information, go to:


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Literary Events in Green Lake in May

May 4, 2016 6:13am


Acting Out Literacy

This Saturday is the first of a series of Spring Story Drama class at Mockingbird Books. Acting Out Literacy will be working with students to use their voices, bodies and imaginations to visit imaginary worlds. The class runs through May and will include reading, drawing, writing and learning how to solve fictional problems in the stories read together. For more information go to their website.

When: Every Saturday in May

Cost: For the full month series: $120,  drop in class: $20

Location: Mockingbird Books
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE

Bow Wow and Books 

The story time with dogs helps encourage young readers, giving them the confidence to read out loud.

When: May 15 and 29 (and reoccurring every other Sunday through the summer) from 3-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Green Lake Branch Library, 7364 East Green Lake Drive North


Potty Story Time 

For once it’s okay to have a little potty talk. Preschoolers and toddlers enjoy stories, rhymes and songs about using the potty with the children’s librarian.

When: May 18 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Green Lake Branch Library, 7364 East Green Lake Drive North

There are several other events at both the library and Mockingbird Books. Be sure to check out both their websites for more for all ages.


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