King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market May 5-6

April 25, 2017 6:23am


King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market is having a 2 day sale at UW.

The weekend starts with the Preview Party a fundraiser for the MG Foundation of King County, Friday, May 5.

The sale runs Friday – Saturday and includes just about everything you could stick in your garden, from tomatoes, veggie starts, fragrant herbs, perennials, native plants and specialty vendors with garden art. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help choose the right plants, find easy-to-grow plants, and give advice on planting and maintaining your garden throughout the year.

A new series called Garden Education Talks is open to the public on Saturday and includes celebrity gardeners such as Ciscoe Morris, Karen Chapman, Bill Thorness, Elaine Sherbrooke.

UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle

Friday, May 5, 4-8 PM open to public
For the Friday Preview Party, tickets available online
Saturday, May 6, 9-5 PM

For more information, go to


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Community Self Defense Workshop April 29

April 18, 2017 1:03pm

Green Lake Martial Arts is hosting a community self defense workshop at the Green Lake Community Center April 29.

No prior experience is necessary to attend this workshop. Children are welcome to attend, but those under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent and parents must fill out waivers for students under age 18.

To register, go to their Facebook page.

Saturday April 29 2-4 p.m.

Green Lake Community Center


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Councilmember O’Brien Hosts Office Hours This Wednesday

April 3, 2017 12:02pm

On Wednesday April 5, District 6 Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be hosting office hours at the Ballard Public Library. All District 6 neighbors (that’s us!) are encouraged to attend and bring questions and concerns directly to our councilmember. If you are new to these Office Hours events (there are several throughout the year) you should know that they are a one-on-one format and you will get a chance to speak directly to him.

While any concerns, comments or questions are welcome at this meeting, we’ve heard from several Greenlakers that are planning to discuss the proposed plans to privatize the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool with O’Brien.
So we asked Councilmember O’brien about his role in the Green Lake Community Center and plans for the future, here’s our conversation:

Seattle Greenlaker: Will you be taking the comments you hear from this meeting to future conversations/meetings with the Parks Department?

Councilmember O’Brien: Everything I hear from community influences how I move forward, so yes, next week’s conversations will be part of the body of knowledge I call upon as I continue to engage with parks. To date I have heard unanimous skepticism from community members about a partnership model for the Greenlake Pool. This is the baseline from which I am operating.

Seattle Greenlaker: Do you have a proposal or action plan to help the Community Center in the near term (ie. the leaky roof and broken boilers etc.)

Councilmember O’Brien: I am working with the parks department so they can present a clear plan to maintain current, uninterrupted operations for the pool. I don’t yet have clarity on the scale of investments needed to achieve that level of service, but hope to have clarity within a number of weeks.

Seattle Greenlaker: Is there anything else you would like to add about the Community Center?

Councilmember O’Brien: I’d just reiterate what I said in my blog post: While the Greenlake Community Center itself is showing signs of age, the community it continues to foster is as powerful as ever. I deeply value this community space and want to ensure it remains enjoyable and accessible for all the members of District 6 and the larger community.

To talk to Councilmember O’brien in person, be sure to attend the upcoming meeting:

Ballard Public Library 5614 22nd Ave NW
Wednesday April 5
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Please note this meeting is first come, first served, so no official sign up is needed.


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Easter And Springtime Celebrations In Green Lake

March 31, 2017 11:13am

Photo via Seattle Parks and Recreation

There are several Spring and Easter activities in Green Lake this month.

Spring Time Fun
Bring your kids to either of the Green Lake PCC stores for a morning of crafts geared around spring. Enjoy snacks provided by PCC. Free for children 12 and under.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Greenlake Village PCC, and Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greenlake Aurora PCC
For more information, go to PCC.

Spring Egg Scramble
Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Green Lake Community Center, come rain or shine.
Saturday, April 15: 10 a.m. ages 1-3; 10:30 a.m. ages 4-6; 11 a.m. – ages 7- 10

Easter Services
There are several Green Lake churches offering Easter Sunday services including Bethany CommunitySt. AndrewsGreen Lake United Methodist and Green Lake Presbyterian.


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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day April 4

March 30, 2017 6:29am

via The Balance

It’s coming… free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s Green Lake is next week! That means single scoops and sugar cones are free from 12 – 8 p.m. April 4.

For the event the Green Lake store is partnering with local non profit organization Sound Experience to spread the word about their historic schooner sailing vessel Adventuress, which they use to educate, inspire, and empower an inclusive community that works to improve our marine environment and celebrates our maritime heritage.

Ben & Jerry’s Green Lake
7900 East Green Lake Dr N #104
Free cones will be served from 12 – 8 p.m. Tuesday April 4


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Things to Do, Eat, And See In Green Lake This Spring Part 2

March 28, 2017 6:44am

Continuing our spring events post (there’s a lot to see and do this spring in Green Lake!) Here’s whats coming up in April.

Run As One ’17 – Seattle

In its 6th year, the Run As One event takes place in various locations around the nation, in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt, an original member of Team Rubicon, Mission Continues Fellow, and avid sportsman, who took his own life after battling PTSD and depression. Meant to raise awareness and build strong communities around veterans, the short race (one loop around the lake) is free to join, or $20 to get the participant shirt. There will be a picnic in the park following the race.

Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Address: Starts at Greenlake Park, in the area under the trees across from Super Jock n Jill and Starbucks (E Green Lake Dr. N and NE 72nd St.)


Spring Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day at the Woodland Park Zoo

Educational keeper talks and special enrichment sessions bring light to issues like illegal poaching and habitat loss. Find out how you can help save giraffe, lions, ostrich, and other savanna animals.

Saturday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free with zoo admission or membership.

Address: Woodland Park Zoo (West Entrance – 5500 Phinney Ave. N; or South Entrance – 750 N 50th St.)


“The Magic Flute” Seattle Opera Preview Lecture at the Green Lake Library

Opera lecturer and tour guide Norm Hollingshead gives an entertaining preview lecture of Mozart’s fantasy opera celebrating the power of love and music. A handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and are tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter from a mysterious group of priests, but not everything is as it seems. Free, but space is limited, so come early to make sure you get a seat.

Sunday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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


Afternoon Book Group at the Green Lake Library

A recurring monthly event (second Wednesday of every month), the group meets for discussion around that month’s chosen book. In April, the book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. In it, Oscar, an overweight ghetto nerd in New Jersey, dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and finding love, but an ancient curse haunting Oscar’s family may stop him.

Spring dates: April 12 and May 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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


Bunny Bounce at the Woodland Park Zoo

The event is still going strong in its 16th year, featuring egg hunts for children ages 1-8, crafts, bunny encounters, and various programs throughout the day. Even the animals get specially made Easter baskets, lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats as part of the zoo’s animal care and enrichment program.

Saturday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free with zoo admission or membership. Egg hunts are first-come, first-served.

Address: Woodland Park Zoo (West Entrance – 5500 Phinney Ave. N; or South Entrance – 750 N 50th St.)


Green Lake Food Walk

It’s like an art walk, but edible! Created by the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce to introduce local businesses that make the community unique, food walkers will enjoy several hours of samples of new and favorite menu items, followed by a beer garden. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For tickets and more information, visit the website or email

Saturday, April 29, 12:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Village (427 NE 72nd St)


Top Pot Doughnut Dash!

The annual 5K Run/Walk supporting Childhaven returns, for its eighth year. Participants get free doughnuts and coffee after the race. Kids can also participate in the fun with an untimed half-mile (1K) kids dash. Early registration ends March 31, but last-minute participants can continue to register online or in-person on race day.

Sunday April 30, Registration, bib and chip pick up starts at 7:00 a.m., 5K starts at 8:30 a.m., Kids Dash starts at 9:30 a.m.

Address: Starting line near the Green Lake Community Center and basketball courts (7201 E Green Lake Dr. N)



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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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