Beginning Fly Casting Class at Green Lake Starts April 4

March 22, 2017 6:07am

The Northwest Fly Anglers is sponsoring a beginners fly casting class on Green Lake, staring April 4th. If you are just beginning in the sport or just want a tune up, this is the class for you.
The class runs for six consecutive Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and meets at the Green Lake Casting Pier. (Located on the north side of the lake near Duck Island and the tennis courts.)
Price: $60
18 spaces available
For more information, and to register go to the Northwest Fly Anglers site for more information.


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‘Staying Connected’ Month Long Event For People Living With Alzheimers

March 21, 2017 6:46am

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter is offering a four-week program beginning in April where participants and care partners can learn:

– How to cope and live with early stage memory loss
– Strategies to stay involved in enjoyable activities
– How to talk about memory loss with friends and family

Care partners (can be a partner, friend or relative) attend each session, which meets every Monday afternoon (2:00 pm) at The Hearthstone (6720 E Green Lake Wy N, Seattle, WA 98103) from April 3- April 24, 2017.

Pre-registration is required.

Go here for more information or contact Jackie Aviles at 206-529-3870 or


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Things to Do, Eat, And See In Green Lake This Spring Part 1

March 17, 2017 6:56am

via Dine Around

We’re all familiar with the races and other fun events that pop up as a sign of spring in Green Lake. It seems that Green Lake wakes up as we come out of the gray winter weather. Here is the first part of a two part series featuring several events happening this spring right here in our neighborhood, covering fitness, food, and other fun events.

Practice Your Putt at the Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt

The Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt opened for the season on March 1. Bring your own clubs or rent a set to learn and practice alongside beginners and casual golfers at this laid-back course.

Open March 1 thru Oct 31. Hours vary.

Address: Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt (5701 E Green Lake Way N)



Dine Around Seattle at Mkt.

Mkt., the Ethan Stowell restaurant in Tangletown, is one of many restaurants participating in Dine Around Seattle, a biannual dining promotion giving the chance to try some of the best restaurants for a great deal, while helping support local businesses. Reservations highly recommended, and can be made through the Dine Around Seattle website or by calling the restaurant (for each reservation made through the website, a donation is made to Rainier Valley Food Bank).

March 5 – 23, Sunday – Thursday, Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Address: Mkt. (2108 N 55th St.)



Social Media Class at the Green Lake Library

Social media is here to stay. Learn about the benefits of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and figure out what’s best for you using the library’s iPads. Free, but space is limited, so come early to make sure you get a seat.

Monday, March 20, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Branch Public Library (7364 E Green Lake Dr. N)



Live Jazz at Latona Pub

The no-cover event features The Kareem Kandi Band with the Phil Sparks Trio in this 21+ venue. A Pacific Northwest native, Kareem is a saxophonist with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk.

Friday, March 24, 5:00 p.m.

Address: Latona Pub (6423 Latona Ave. NE)



2017 Dizzy Daze

This 12-hour race (5-hour option available) is described with snarky phrases like “Twelve hours of running in circles around Seattle’s favorite puddle” and “All the pain and suffering of an ultra, without the annoying change in scenery!” The goal is to run as many 3.2-mile loops as you can during the race. For amusingly sarcastic details/FAQs and registration, see the website.

Saturday, March 25, 12-hour race: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (check-in starts at 6:00 a.m.), 5-hour race: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (check-in starts at 1:00 p.m.)

Address: Starting line near the Bathhouse Theater (7358 West Green Lake Dr. N)



ZUMBAthon FUNraiser benefitting Green Lake Community Center

The Green Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts this two-hour dance/fitness party event to raise funds to maintain the Green Lake Community Center. More than 20 Zumba instructors are signed up to lead these fun dance workouts. All participants and spectators must be 12 years or older.

Saturday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Community Center (7201 E Green Lake Dr. N)



Moms Matter: A Discussion on How to Get Involved in Politics

Hosted by the Women’s Business Incubator, this non-partisan discussion features a panel discussion on the topic of how moms can and are making a difference at home, over the phone, on social media, and in Olympia. Childcare for all ages is available, and the event is free for Women’s Business Incubator members, $15 for nonmembers, or $25 for nonmember + child.

Thursday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Address: Women’s Business Incubator (111 NE 80th St.)

Website: See details and get tickets on Eventbrite



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Dream Gardens At The Northwest Flower And Garden Show

February 23, 2017 11:31am

It may be gray outside, but it’s a supernova of color inside at the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 26) at the Convention Center. The show packs ideas, inspiration, and information into a dazzling display of theater.


Pop art color infuses multiple award winner “Mid-Mad-Mod” by Father Nature Landscapes

The definitive stars are the 20 display gardens, each bursting with flower power. Cherry blossoms and witch hazel, primroses and orchids bloom together as they never would in the real universe. But this is not the real universe.

These stage sets – built in as little as three days – offer pop-up dreamscapes as varied as a Tuscan villa, a Japanese farmhouse, a mid-century inspired patio, and a mountain cabin. Whether your garden dream includes grilling for 50 or napping in your glamped-up shed, you’ll find something here.

Nature Perfect Landscape Design’s uber-grill keeps herbs at your fingertips

This year’s theme is food-flavored: “Taste of Spring.” Some designs embraced it, as in a fish-fueled recycled greenhouse and an English victory garden, while several others, realizing alcohol is edible, took it more loosely, featuring grow-your-own-cocktails and wine-barrel furniture.

A bar shed and a hammock complement designer Susan Calhoun’s “Garden on Tap” Photo: Erica Grivas

Some super-cool details to look for: a fantastic gabion structure, two kinds of child-safe faux fire features, and an extremely rare tree – the biggest in the state.Beyond the eye candy, you can seriously boost your garden skills. A day’s ticket includes all the expert seminars you can fit in. Over 100 seminars are offered throughout the show, hosted by well-known authors, designers and horticulturists. They span Gardening 101, design tips, technical skills, and hot new plant choices.

But wait, there’s more! In a reality-show twist, garden experts battle each other and the clock to make the coolest arrangement in “Container Wars.” A new feature this year is a tasting station featuring samples served up by area restaurants and food vendors.

There is the expansive marketplace: a host of local vendors and organizations offering everything that could be considered garden. Hot tubs, art and antiques, tools, and of course, plants. Bare-root and potted, you’ll find everything from air plants and succulents to dahlias and rare conifers. Should you run out of hands, you can check your purchases at a holding station. Just saying.

Gardens themselves are not realistic – they are a construct of the gardener’s vision. The show, while even less real than your garden, is wonderful because of and despite that. If you want to expand your garden horizons, gain some new skills, shop for a hot tub to enjoy with a homegrown martini, or just need to see some color right now, this an opportunity not to miss.

Thanks to Grace Hensley of E-Tilth for her photos.



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Tenant Rights Bootcamp Coming to Greenwood

February 22, 2017 5:57am


Recently a friend and I walked Green Lake and chatted about some changes to her rental agreement her landlord was demanding and to me didn’t seem quite right.  I recommended calling the City’s ombudsmen. This is the part of the story where the record stops and you think, wait… what year is it? There’s got to be something a bit easier than calling the city to find someone to help. Right?


Ironically I just got an email from a group that seemed like just the fix that 2017 needs. Tenant Rights Bootcamps are a free series empowering renters to learn their rights, find solutions to various issues, and make change in their community. The series provide an opportunity for renters to learn from people who know landlord/tenant law, civic engagement, and community organizing.

“Our goal is to break down barriers to finding help or information and bring that straight to folks right in their own neighborhoods,” said Devin Silvernail, the Executive Director of Be:Seattle Organizing that runs the bootcamps.

The group is relatively new but is getting requests from Bremerton to the Eastside.

“People are feeling the pressure – rising rents, more complicated rental situations, worries about no-fault evictions, troubles getting repairs, etc. To top it off, the city passed a bunch of laws last year aimed at helping renters, but unless you are up on that sort of thing, chances are you haven’t heard about those laws,” said Silvernail.


The next Tenant Rights Bootcamp is March 8 in Greenwood at Makeda & Mingus (153 N 78th St) at 6 p.m. A counselor from the Tenants Union as well as 3 other group leaders who specialize in tenant law will also be on hand to answer questions. For more info on this program, go to:


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Seattle Animal Shelter Offers Free Spay/Neuters For World Spay Day

February 21, 2017 5:56am

Here’s a holiday that might have slipped your mind (but don’t worry, you probably won’t need to send any “festive” cards) – World Spay Day is February 28. To kick things off the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter surgeries plus microchipping to area pets scheduled for surgery that entire week – Feb. 27-March 3, 2017. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260. This promotion is possible in part because of a generous grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

These surgeries usually cost between $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.

To obtain more information about Spay Day Seattle, to donate to the Pet Population Control Fund or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call 206-386-PETS (7387), or visit


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Green Lake Food Walk Date Announced

February 8, 2017 5:22am

The date for the 2017 Green Lake Food Walk has just been announced. So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29 at 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The event is similar to an art walk but instead of art, you walk through Green Lake’s restaurants and businesses for samples of their menu items.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (plus online processing fees). All proceeds go to the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce. Last year the event sold out, so get your tickets soon.


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Your Weekend In And Around Green Lake

February 2, 2017 9:10pm

Cosmic Triangle: Mars is at the top with Venus at right. Photo by Dustin Guy

It’s nearly the weekend Greenlakers! You made it.

Did you catch the cosmic triangle earlier this week? (That’s when Mars, a crescent moon, and Venus were aligned in a triangle.) Luckily Dustin Guy captured a shot (seen above).

Also, some good news. That Southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North closure that was supposed to happen this weekend has now been canceled and will be rescheduled soon. So you are clear to use 99 in both directions to and from your Super Bowl festivities.

Speaking of which, in case you need a few places to check out the Super Bowl this weekend, here’s some spots right here on the north side of 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).
Bonus: 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.
Address: 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.
Bonus: St. Andrews is home to one of Washington’s largest selections of Single Malt Scotches. So there’s that.
Address: 7406 Aurora Ave. N

Duck Island Ale House
Love Beth’s Cafe food but wish you could enjoy it with a beer? Well then this is your place.
Bonus: We hear the duck balls are a must. This is one of those things that you are just going to have to take a leap of faith and believe us, trust fall style.
Address: 7317 Aurora Ave N


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Valentine’s Date Ideas In and Near Green Lake

February 2, 2017 6:44am

via Woodland Park Zoo

By Shelly Najjar

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating with your sweetie, enjoying company with friends, or treating yourself to one of the many options in the Green Lake area. Ideas for Valentine’s Day and the prior weekend are included below.

“The Liar” at the Seattle Public Theater
This classic 17th century romantic comedy about the pathological liar Dorante gets an update for today’s audience.
Show runs January 27 through February 19, 2017.
SPT Bathhouse Theatre (7312 W Green Lake Dr. N)

Valentine’s Day Enrichment at the Woodland Park Zoo
Even the animals enjoy special treats for Valentine’s Day! Zookeepers will give them heart-shaped ice pops (made of fruit juice, honey, and strawberries), herbal bouquets, heart-shaped steaks, and more as part of the program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals and promote natural animal behavior.
February 11, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free with zoo admission or membership.
Woodland Park Zoo (West Entrance – 5500 Phinney Ave. N; or South Entrance – 750 N 50th St.)

12th Annual Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash
Register for the Valentine’s themed event to run/walk as an individual or a two person team, and get your custom bib number where you can indicate your relationship status (choice of “single,” “taken,” or “it’s complicated”). The race is followed by a costume contest, awards ceremony, and celebration including exhibitor booths (free food, drink and more), and an onsite beer, wine and mimosa garden.
Race takes place on February 12, 2017. Registration is open now.
Address: Green Lake Park (5900 W Green Lake Way N)

Open Mic Night at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church
A recurring monthly event (second Friday of every month), this child-friendly open mic night welcomes a variety of performers and styles (in the past they’ve included spoken word, folks songs, experimental piano pieces, and more). To protect the acoustic experience, the event does not include food or drink so plan to check out one of the many restaurants, bars, or cafes before or after.
Friday, February 10, 2017. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for performer sign-in; performances begin at 7 p.m.
Address: Woodland Park Presbyterian Church (225 N. 70th St.)


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PCC Sweater Drive Now Through February 12

January 24, 2017 6:47am

PCC is hosting the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive from now through Sunday February 12. The Drive is actually part of KCTS 9’s annual drive and began in the late 90s by Fred Rogers himself. Donations can include new or gently worn sweaters, coats and cold weather accessories.
Last year 7,500 pounds of cold weather clothing was donated to local families in need.
Drop off donations at all PCC locations (including Green Lake’s 2 PCC stores) until February 12.
For more information, go to PCC.


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