Registration For Seafair Milk Carton Derby Ends June 23

June 19, 2017 6:58am


For 45 years, children, adults, families and businesses have been building, floating, sinking, and racing milk carton watercraft across the lake during the Seafair Milk Carton Derby. If you want to participate in this year’s competition, register soon, because the deadline is June 23.

The $25 registration fee per team (free for military registration) includes four T-shirts, and additional shirts can be purchased separately. Commercial registration is $250. The event takes place on Saturday, July 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Also, each team that registers can pick up 300 brand new, sealed milk cartons. The pick-up location is in Bothell, WA, at these dates/times:

  • Wednesday, June 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Teams can also pick up their free cartons at the boat-building demonstrations at these locations:

  • June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Safeway (24040 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell)
  • June 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Safeway (3820 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle)

The boat-building demonstrations have interactive displays facilitated by experts who will share tips and tricks to building the fastest racing skulls, rafts, and speed boats.

Visit the website for details, rules, and registration.


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Underdog Sports Red Rubber Showdown Kickball Tournament July 22

June 7, 2017 5:46am

via Underdog Sports Seattle

The Red Rubber Showdown is coming to Green Lake July 22nd at Greenlake and Lower Woodland Playfields. The annual one-day kickball tournament is a chance for 60 kickball teams to compete and have fun in Green Lake.

All games at Lower Woodlands, University and Green Lake fields (additional fields may be added later depending on the number of teams).

For more information, and to sign up go to: Underdog Sports.


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Sign Up Now For Seattle Works Day June 17

May 26, 2017 6:35am

Join the other 1000+ volunteers on June 17 for Seattle Works Day. There are 55 project sites across Seattle and several in North Seattle, including the Magnuson Park P-Patch.

To sign up for a team, register here.
Registration: $30 (donation includes event t-shirt, family friendly bbq + 1 drink ticket at the Pyramid Alehouse afterparty)


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Underdog Sports Green Lake Bocce Ball League Starts June 15

May 24, 2017 12:21pm

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Underdog Sports is hosting a Green Lake Bocce Ball league on Thursday evenings at Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club, starting 6/15.

The league plays at the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club, directly above Green Lake Park and the amphitheater. The teams are co-ed, 21 years of age and older.

For more information, or to sign up go to: Underdog Sports Bocce Ball.


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Picardo Plant and Bake Sale And Lemonade Stand May 20

May 16, 2017 6:59am

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Ever wonder why P-patches are called that? Until recently I thought it was pea-patch. Turns out the P actually stands for Picardo – a farm that is known for its community gardens and rich soil.

You can find more about that here.

The Picardo P-patch is hosting its annual sale featuring plants grown by Rent’s Due Ranch and Ruthy’s Hobby as well as baked goods and a lemonade stand.

Here’s the list of plants available for purchase:

Tomatoes including, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Brandywine, Green Zebra, Prudens Purple, Yellow Brandywine, Black Prince, Paisano, Speckled Roman, Sungold, Super Sweet 100.

Tomatillos, sweet peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, beans, squash, herbs (basil, mint, oregano, thyme), baked goods and lemonade.

All plant sale and bake sale proceeds benefit Picardo P-Patch

All proceeds from the Lemonade Stand benefit the Children’s Garden

If you would like to help with the bake sale, please contact Patty Abrahamsen at .

Saturday, May 20 10am-1pm

Picardo P-patch  26th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 82nd St.


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Nominations Open For Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year Contest

May 11, 2017 7:54am

Calling all students! Do you have a teacher that you absolutely love? If so, you have until May 19 to fill out an online nomination for the Teacher of the Year contest. Two K-8 teachers will be awarded the grand prize of $500 for classroom supplies. The winning teachers’ classes will also receive a party for their entire class. This is the 14th year of the program sponsored by Ivars and Kidd Valley and program coordinators confirm that no Green Lake teachers have won in years past. Let’s change that.

All students have to do is fill out a nomination form by May 19 at a local Ivar’s or Kidd Valley location or online at or


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Local Author Bharti Kirchner At This Week’s ‘Topics For Seniors And Senior Wannabes’

May 9, 2017 5:17am

On Thursday, May 11, award-winning and prolific local author Bharti Kirchner reads and discusses from her book Goddess of Fire at the Green Lake Library. Kirchner is the author of 10 books, and will be discussing Goddess of Fire, her latest historical fiction title.  The book is based on the true story of a young woman, aged 17, rescued from her husband’s funeral pyre who goes on to become a famous Indian heroine. Presentation and discussion afterwards is sponsored by “Hot Topics for Seniors (And Senior Wannabes!)”, but the event is open to ALL ages.

Seating is limited. For more information, go to the Green Lake library website.

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room


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Discussion on Homelessness in Green Lake at Green Lake Community Council Meeting May 10

May 8, 2017 2:26pm

Homelessness in and around Green Lake is escalating. If you are curious about the steps the city is taking to combat homelessness you should attend The Green Lake Community Council meeting on May 10. The meeting will include presentations from several authorities including:

George Scarola – Director of Homelessness from the Mayor’s office
Colleen Hackett – Crew chief for Parks maintenance for the northwest park region
Alison Eisinger – Director of the King County/Seattle Coalition on Homelessness

The council will be accepting questions from the Green Lake community before the meeting in an attempt to make sure all of those questions are answered. Questions can be submitted here before the meeting.

For more information about the meeting go to the Green Lake Community Council’s blog.

The May 10 meeting will be in the Hearthstone Chapel, main floor, 6720 E. Green Lake Way N Seattle at 7 p.m.


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May 4, 2017 3:38pm

Earlier this week the Fishing Kids event was nearly canceled. The yearly program introduces kids ages 5-15 to fishing in Green Lake. But when the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce (who also sponsors the event) received an $11,332 bill for the use permit the program was immediately at risk of being shuttered. Brad Cooper, Green Lake Chamber President and local real estate broker quickly petitioned the fee, getting it reduced to a comparable rate to previous years to $1,133.

So why did this happen?

According to Rachel Schulkin, a Seattle Parks spokesperson, “$11,332 is the fee for a private use event at a park. When we received more info about the event we decided it was best classified as a park use event which qualifies for a much lower fee range.”

She went on to say that “we have long been partners and supporters of the Green Lake fishing derby. In recent years they have changed the event a bit and begun to charge a fee for participants. We got our signals crossed with them a bit this year, but we came to a good agreement on how to charge for this event, and maintain its public benefits for Green Lake park goers.”

Cooper said that he was pleased with how quickly Seattle Parks reacted to solve the dispute but said “the line item that was in dispute on our original invoice (ES 10% gross sales – Private use) with a minimum charge of $5,000 per day still causes some confusion and we worry that the line item will force other similar groups and events out of Seattle Parks. As it stands now with a summertime moratorium against events in Green Lake the Green Lake community already has reduced access to special events, programs, and activities so any additional loss would be unfortunate.”

The Parks Department spokesperson confirmed that “any event that is open to the public is charged a public use fee (approximately $1,000). Any event that is not open to the public and takes up park space is charged a private use fee (approximately $5,000 min/per day).”

With the fee settled the event is scheduled to take place on May 13.


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