2015 Green Lake Holiday Gift Guide

November 27, 2015 7:00am

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Our neighborhood inspires us, so it should come as no surprise that the artisans that live and create things about Green Lake do too! Today we hope you celebrate the creativity that is around us and buy from artists that are local. With that in mind …. (tiny drum roll) here’s our picks for the 2015 Green Lake Gift Guide.

Woman Diving Poster
$7.99, Nightingale ArtworkInspired by Green Lake in what looks to be the early 20s/30s this print shows the Green Lake Bathhouse when it was young. We love the swimming scene and classic suits.
Thin Lamp
$450, Peter Bristol Green Lake resident Peter Bristol is a designer “working to create ideas that should exist and bring them to life in the right way.” His Thin Lamp, sold by Juniper Design, is an award-winning way to light up your workspace.
green lake gamesGift Card for Green Lake Games

Sure you could find any game in any language, color or format online, but buying local is SO much more fun. Green Lake Games  offers  a huge selection of games for all ages. Plus they have a pretty impressive return policy – if you don’t like the game (even if you opened it) you can return it for a full refund.

Gift cards for any denomination available in store: 7509 Aurora Ave. (206) 922-3146


Green Lake Mug
$38, Downing Pottery

Georgetown’s Downing Pottery creates this adorable made-to-order mug with hand painted scenes of Green Lake. The mugs take 3-4 weeks to create, so if you need an order for the holidays be sure to stop by her booth at the Phinney Winter Festival December 5 or 6 or stop by the shop Venue in Ballard (5408 22nd Ave NW). Limited quantities available.

posterBlock Print Notecard
$4.75, Paul KidderSeattle artist Paul Kidder shows the brilliance of Fall with this block print notecard. We think its the perfect invite to send a friend for a walk around Green Lake. Paul’s  website also has scenes of Green Lake in the Spring and Winter.

Green Lake Painting
Price varies, Dave McGranaghan

We featured Dave McGranaghan’s work earlier this year and see him frequently by the lake. His art showcases the beauty of what we live at Green Lake. We like his unique size paintings too.


Green Lake Throw Blanket
$49 – $129, Seattle Greenlaker

And in the shameless self promotion camp, we’ve included a new item to the Green Lake store – a Green Lake throw blanket. Perfect for watching the sun as it sets behind Phinney Ridge, don’t you think?!



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First Public Menorah Lighting in Ballard Dec 6

November 27, 2015 6:31am


Dreidel, dreidel dreidel! The first public Menorah lighting in Ballard is taking place Tuesday night December 6.

December 8, at 6 p.m.

Bergen Place Park: 5420 22nd Ave NW

The night will also feature balloon Twisting, music, dancing, latkes, dreidels and a special presentation from the SHA Children’s Choir.


For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page.

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A Genius Kind of Free Library

November 25, 2015 6:36am

Little Free Libraries are very cool – they offer a way to de-clutter your bookshelves while sharing the gift of reading and connecting with your neighbors. As we reported, all around Green Lake they are sprouting like mung beans in leaf litter, of every style.

But this simply modern one really caught our eye – for more than it’s stylish good looks. The concept is touched with a spark of genius – it goes beyond books to offer puzzles and coffee mugs. There’s only one rule, according to the sign: no give-backs!


So if you’re looking for a rainy day activity that doesn’t involve Netflix, swing by 1631 N. 55th Street, grab a puzzle, and a mug if you need one, then head home and make some cocoa.

In the meantime, we’re making plans for our “Soccer Cleats, Random Lego Pieces, and Pokemon Cards” Free Library.


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Pathway of Lights December 12

November 24, 2015 6:22am

One of my favorite Green Lake events is right around the corner! Pathway of Lights, the night when Green Lake becomes aglow with luminaries and carolers.

And don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the local food bank. Donation bins will be distributed around the lake.

Saturday Dec 12
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Carolers and lights will be at various locations around the Green Lake path. A refreshment station with cider and other goodies will be available by the Bathhouse Theatre.


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Super Jock N Jill Celebrates 40 years in Green Lake

November 23, 2015 6:05am


Green Lake’s original running store, Super Jock N Jill, is turning 40 this month. When the store opened women runners were few and far between. Back then Green lake was a quiet neighborhood with VitaMilk, Albertsons and Gregg’s Green Lake Cycle being the major stores in the area. Super Jock N Jill’s store opened a week before the 1975 Seattle Marathon, just a day after Thanksgiving. Founder Laurel James worked in the neighborhood and decided that she wanted to open a running store, so she found a location right across the street from Gregg’s Cycles. While she sold the store to her son in 1997, she is still called the Godmother of Green Lake. Check out her interview on KING 5.


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Seattle Public Theatre’s Holiday Shows Announced

November 22, 2015 6:35am

via SPT

Two Seattle Public Theater holiday productions are back, Christmastown: A Holiday Noir and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The productions run from Dec. 4-24, 2015.

Tickets are $34 for adults, $32 for seniors, $32 for military, and $17 for youth (25 & under).

Tickets are available by calling the SPT Box Office at 206-524-1300 or visiting


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Bikeworks/UW Bike Drive

November 20, 2015 6:52am

Bike Works Poster

The ASUW Bike Shop is collecting old or new bikes and bike parts for Bike Works. Donated bikes are used as teaching tools in the Bike Works youth and adult programs and then donated through a partner organization to someone in need of a bike.
December 5  12pm – 5pm

ASUW Bike Shop
4001 NE Stevens Way
University of Washington
For more information call 206-725-8867 or check out their Facebook page.


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Taproot Theatre’s ‘This Christmas’ Opens November 20

November 19, 2015 6:31am


Tis the season for some festive holiday plays. This year a new full-length original play at Taproot Theatre called ‘This Christmas‘ caught our eye. Written by Anne Kennedy Brady, ‘This Christmas’ is set in present day Seattle and according to the Taproot website is the “story of Leah who plans the perfect Christmas, but her husband is preoccupied, an inept waitress could spoil everything, and Christmas Eve rapidly spins out of control as uninvited guests show up. Will this be the worst Christmas ever, or will Leah open her heart to new ways of celebrating the moments that make life beautiful?”

This play is recommended for ages 12 and above.

Previews: November 20 & 21, 8:00 pm
Pay What You Can: November 25, 7:30 pm
Opening night: November 27, 8 pm
Midweek Matinees: Dec. 8 (with post-play discussion) at 2:00 pm, Dec. 16 at 2:00 pm & Dec. 2 (Intergenerational Matinee) at 10:00 am (with post-play discussion).
Post-play Discussions: Wednesday nights
Added performance on Tuesday Dec. 22 at 7:30 pm
No performances on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26; Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; or Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

This Christmas
Tickets range from $20-40, depending on the performance.
For tickets, go to Taproot Theatre.
The play runs from November 20 – December 26
Taproot Theatre: 204 N 85th St, Seattle


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Green Lake Restaurant Charities Through November

November 18, 2015 6:47am


Photo courtesy of Green Lake Bar & Grill.

Photo courtesy of Green Lake Bar & Grill.

Two Green Lake restaurants are hosting events where a portion of the proceeds go to charity through the month of November.

Green Lake Bar and Grill is donating $1 from every entree ordered on their comforts classic menu, which includes appetizers, classic cocktails and entrees. The donation goes to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Through November 30
Green Lake Bar and Grill: 7200 East Green Lake Dr N

Shelter Lounge is hosting a warm clothing drive through November 30. Donations benefit Mary’s Place, a non-profit that empowers women, children and their families who are in need. New and gently used rain boots, winter coats, sweaters, scarves, gloves, mittens and other winter clothing is accepted at Shelter. And for donating you receive 10% off your visit at Shelter.

Shelter Green Lake: 7110 Green Lake Drive N 98115


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