August Green Lake Happenings

August 15, 2017 11:01am

Windemere Summer Splash at Green Lake photo courtesy of Windermere


Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club’s Duck Island Race Series

This summer series is open to all human-powered paddle craft. After the race stay for a hot dog or veggie dog and share a potluck dish among the other racers. For more information about this series, check out our recent post.

August 18 and 25, races start at 6:15 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Small Craft Center (5900 West Green Lake Way N)

Register on the SCKC website.


Windemere Summer Splash at Green Lake 

The yearly event includes a family fun fair with vendors, mini rowing regatta and a chance to try watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, rowing and paddle boarding. This is free event is family and dog friendly.

Saturday August 19 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Small Craft Center (5900 West Green Lake Way N)



Swim at Green Lake’s East Swimming Beach

Lifeguards will be manning the beach monday – friday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. but only until August 27th. If you want to swim in the lake with lifeguards present you have a few extra days over at the west green lake beach (7312 W Green Lake Dr N)

East Green Lake Beach
7201 E Green Lake Dr. N Seattle, WA



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Brown Bag Lunch Art Discussion This Thursday

August 7, 2017 5:51am

This Thursday Art Historian Rebecca Albiani will be discussing art and aging.

Bring your lunch, your questions, and your knowledge for lively discussions about topics important to you. Join facilitators from PSARA (Puget Sound Activists for Retirement Action) and NWCCA (Northwest Center for Creative Aging), in partnership with the Green Lake branch of the Seattle Public Library, for monthly Brown Bag discussions.

The lunch series is part of the ongoing lunch series Hot Topics for Seniors (and Senior Wannabes!)
Thursday, August 10, Noon to 1:30 PM

The Bridge at Village Cove
6850 Woodlawn Ave NE, Ste. B


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Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club: Duck Island Race Series

August 1, 2017 6:08am

via Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club

A good friend once told me, “make sure you do things on Friday nights even if you are dog tired after work. It will help to make the weekend feel even longer.” And she was right. I highly recommend it. And if you are looking for a fun Friday night activity I have one that is close to home and for those that want to be super active or just watch as others are. The Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club hosts a Duck Island Race (just about) every Friday night in the summertime. According to the club “all human-powered paddle craft are welcome.”

Seattle Canoe and Kayak development participant. Photo courtesy of SCKC

The race starts at Green Lake Small Craft Center (GLSCC) and goes around Duck island before returning to the docks at the GLSCC. All are welcome whether you want to compete against a friend, make new ones or try for a personal record.

The 100m knock-off races start at 6:15pm.  The race around Duck Island (ca 1.75km) starts at 6:45pm.

After the race the SCKC hosts a BBQ where hot dogs and veggie dogs are provided. Racers are invited to bring a potluck item to share.

If you want to participate you can register online for free.

Upcoming race nights include: August 11, 18 and 25.



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Historic Olmsted Green Lake Park Tour July 15

July 11, 2017 6:06am

Once a year the Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks hosts a guided tour of Green Lake Park, so mark your calendars for Saturday July 15. History buffs know that Green Lake was designed by the Olmsteds, the same architects who designed Central Park. To find out more on the Olmsted influence of Green Lake Park you should read our previous post AND sign up for this annual walking tour hosted this Saturday.

The two hour walking tour will include photographs, plans and other images to show landscapes and the changes to the park overtime. The tour will circle the lake, so bring your walking shoes (and maybe a sun hat).

It is free to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Here’s the details: July 15 at 10 a.m. Meet at the NE corner of the Green Lake Community Center

For more information, visit The Friend of Seattle Olmsted Parks website:


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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

via Underdog Sports Seattle

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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