Shelter Lounge Now Hosts Trivia on Sundays

December 14, 2017 6:33am

Shelter Lounge Green Lake is now offering trivia every Sunday night. Open to all ages, the $5 fee covers entrance and the winner takes the pot.
Drink specials rotate monthly. And for the losers of each trivia night, a consolation prize – the opportunity to pick the theme for a round the following week.

Shelter’s Facebook page will show the weekly themes and more info about the ongoing trivia night.

Sundays 7 p.m.
Green Lake Shelter Lounge
7110 E Green Lake Drive N.


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Shop Local in Green Lake

December 11, 2017 6:39am

Slip Ceramica featured at Ship Song

Looking to buy local this holiday? There’s several opportunities right here in Green Lake.

Ship Song

A few weeks ago we posted about the collaborative boutique that opened for the holidays at Ship Song. We got to check it out recently and the sun-filled space is full of great gifts from pottery to jewelry, clothing, plants and other vintage finds. Fingers crossed these artists stay at this boutique long after the holidays.

Ship Song
310 NE 65th St. (206) 229-0802


Greenlaker Gift Guides From Holidays Past

You can also peruse our gift guides from years’ past for local finds. Here’s the guide from 2014 and 2015.


Buy local, eat local

Consider buying a gift card from one of the many local restaurants, including Duke’s, Green Lake Ale House, Green Lake Bar and Grill, Shelter Lounge, JoDee’s Desserts, Lucia Italian Kitchen & Bar, Mkt., Nell’s or PCC for a cooking class or dinner on the go.


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Green Lake Pathway Of Lights 2017

December 10, 2017 9:42pm

In case you missed it, the Green Lake Pathway of Lights could not have had better weather. Okay, maybe a light calm snow would have made it magical, but honestly, the weather was wonderful. The night was clear and without any rain, thousands flocked to the lake to hear the music and see the hot air balloons – a new addition this year.

Seattle Greenlaker contributor Dustin Guy captured several scenes of the lake.

Photos by Dustin Guy


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The December Dry Streak Makes Green Lake Shine

December 8, 2017 6:42am

Photo by Dustin Guy

If it weren’t for the low sun angle and chill in the air, you might be wondering if it’s really December. We’re now on day 4 of a dry spell that could extend to 10 days. If the dry spell lasts that long, it’s exceptional. A dry streak of 10 days or more in December in Seattle over the last few decades only occurs every 15 or 20 years. The last time we had a rain-free period of a week and a half in December, the World Wide Web was less than 10 years old and many of us were using dial up for internet access. It was 1999. Before that, there was a dry spell of two weeks in December of 1985.


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Green Lake Library Temporary Closure Begins Dec 17

December 7, 2017 9:22pm

Best to get your holiday reads ordered from the Green Lake Library early this year. The Green Lake Branch Library will temporarily close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 for construction work to repair dry rot surrounding the skylight above the entry. During this time the book drops also will close. Because the work involves the use of scaffolding, heavy equipment and maneuvering long beams, the branch and book drops will close for the safety of staff and patrons.
The branch is expected to reopen by the end of the year. Because the closure is so brief, holds will be temporarily suspended. Holds not picked up by 5 p.m. Dec. 17 will not be available until the branch reopens. Patrons do not need to take any action – holds will be automatically restarted once the branch reopens. Patrons who want to pick up their holds at another branch while the Green Lake Branch is closed should contact staff before 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Greenwood branch will likely be your best bet through the end of the year.


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Notes From The Recent Seattle Police North Precinct Meeting

November 30, 2017 6:09am

If you missed the North Precinct Meeting with the Seattle Police on November 8, you are in luck… a Greenlaker sent us his notes to share with the community. The meeting focused on safety and reporting incidents to police.
Here’s his notes:

Seattle PD is a data driven entity. If we expect attention to crime issues in our neighborhood, we need to report even small incidents such as car prowls, even if nothing is taken. Data determines what activities are allocated police resources.

Call 911 even when you are not sure if your call is critical. The 911 operators will transfer you to other resources if your call is not critical, so do not hesitate if you feel you need to make a report.

Always answer your door (so it’s obvious someone is home) but never open your door without identifying who is there.

Make sure your door’s deadbolt is secured by long screws, not the short, one-inch-long screws often used. Short screws make it easy for someone to kick open a door. It’s easy to back out screws to see how long they are; and replace with long screws if needed.

Always lock all windows when you are away. Often it is the unsecured or unlocked second-story window that is accessed by intruders, often employing a neighbor’s or your own easily available ladder.

Make sure your house number is visible from the street, especially at night. First responders need to easily identify your home when you need help.

Update your Smart 911 account. It allows you to enter details (identifying and medical) about yourself and family members that can be critical during emergencies. Here is a link to a press release about this service: Go to to sign up or update your info.


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Northwest Girlchoir Openings This January

November 29, 2017 6:59am

via Northwest Girlchoir

For girls who love to sing, Northwest Girlchoir has openings for new singers in grades 1-12 to join in the fun in the new year. Learn musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills, all while building lasting friendships in a supportive community. Choristers perform for thousands of audience members at concerts held across the greater Puget Sound Region and on tours nationally and internationally.
Grades 1-2:
Easy online registration is now open for girls entering grades 1-2 to join Prep Choir! Enrollment for Prep Choir is open online until Friday, January 19. Members learn music in a fun and nurturing environment as they prepare for exciting mainstage concerts. Sign up online at
Grades 3-12:
Fill out the Audition Request form online by Wednesday, December 20 to join one of Northwest Girlchoir’s five progressive choir levels in January! Auditioned choir members enjoy performing at mainstage concerts, in the community and at special events, and even on tours. Learn more at

Financial aid is available for every choir level and we encourage families to apply.

Contact for more information or call the office at (206) 527-2900.


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December Events In And Around Green Lake

November 17, 2017 5:30am

via Pathway of Lights Facebook page

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Here’s your chance to see Woodland Park Zoo aglow with thousands of colorful lights after hours. Pack your gloves and rain jacket because most of the displays are outdoors but very much worth it. The zoo has several other events scheduled during the month too – such as Santa visits, a Seahawks night and indoor snowball fight.

Insider tip: You will likely be hungry after your visit- or at least if you are visiting with little humans, they will be for sure! Don’t make the mistake we did and have zero game plan for restaurants to go to after walking around the zoo for an hour. Check out Zagat Seattle’s list of best restaurants near Woodland Park Zoo to guide you.

Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
For more information, go to the Zoo’s Wildlights FAQ.
To purchase tickets (available starting November 9), go here.

PhinneyWood Phestivus

December 8 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
PhinneyWood’s slightly off-kilter holiday celebration returns with glowing monkeys, free trolley rides and some really ugly sweaters. Nearly 200 LED-lit monkeys adorn businesses along Phinney and Greenwood avenues throughout the month of December. From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., the monkeys will be the highlight of PhinneyWood Phestivus, a neighborhood holiday party that will include a variety of “phestivities,” from art, food and ugly sweaters.

Route: Phinney Ave N and Greenwood Ave N, from the Zoo to 87th
For more information go to: Monkey information is available at

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

December 9 4:30 – 7:30

One of my favorite nights in Green Lake is the Green Lake Pathway of Lights. While there is almost always a crowd, the entire 2.8 mile Green Lake loop is illuminated with luminaries, carolers and cider/hot cocoa stations. There is also rumors of several hot air balloons taking part in the festivities near the Community Center this year. Organizers say they are currently working out those details.

Insider Tip: Bring some food for the food bank collections that will be going on around the lake.

For more information, go to the Pathway of Lights Facebook page.


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