New Sunday Hebrew School To Open Fall 2017 In Greenwood

August 10, 2017 5:44am

Registration is now open for Hebrew School of the Arts. The new school begins September 10, 2017.

A project of Chabad of NW Seattle, Hebrew School of the Arts will provide a creative Jewish education for children aged 5 to 13 years. Synagogue membership is not required.

Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:45 AM to 12:00 PM at 8420 Dayton Ave N

Register before August 20th and save $100 on our early bird discount. Register at


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Keep Your Garden Cool When It’s Hot

August 9, 2017 5:52am

A host of drought-tolerant perennials and shrubs, including daylily, shasta daily, artemesia, and rosemary on our south-facing sandy slope. Image: E. Grivas

Despite Seattle’s soggy reputation, any gardener here knows our summers are dry. Dry as toast.

But first comes winter. In winter, winter rains flood plants. If they survive that, which many tough customers didn’t in last winter’s record pelting, then – just as the growing season gets underway, as plants send out their tender feeder roots, the rain vanishes until September. What kind of a cruel joke is that?

This cycle causes a lot of death and heartache in the garden, closely followed by ballooning water bills for the gardener. To save time and money, keeping you and your plants happy, here are some tips to help drought-proof your garden.

White Echinacea (coneflower), yellow Achillea (yarrow), and red Helianthemum make a waterwise trio in my yard. Image: E. Grivas

Choose the right plants:

Find plants that prefer summers on the drier side. Many Mediterranean plants fall into this category: lavender, rosemary, and sage, as well as plants that evolved on prairies and grasslands: coneflower (Echinacea sp.), sunflower (Helianthus), many ornamental grasses, and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia). Succulents, like sedums and Hens-and-chicks (Echeverias), whose leaves hold their own water reserves, are a great choice.

Alpine or rock garden plants have shallow roots and tend to like the excellent drainage offered on shallow, gravelly slopes. These are usually found in the “sunny groundcover” section of the nursery. Some examples are Lithodora, Cerastium, and creeping thyme.

Go for the silver:

Having silver and/or furry leaves helps a plant conserve moisture – in addition to being cool-looking, these tend to be drought-tolerant: Lambs’ ears (Stachys), Artemesia, and Phlomis.

Lay groundwork:

Amend your soil with compost in each planting hole and as a top dressing annually. Compost brings your soil structure into balance; it will help clay soils drain or sandy soils hold water.  Good winter drainage is crucial for many waterwise perennials that hate “wet feet” in winter, like Echinacea, Agastache, and succulents.

Cover up:

Topping with mulch like gravel or bark chips will hold moisture in any kind of soil. Or, for extra garden points, you can plant a living mulch of groundcover plants.

All the tough yellows: Sunflowers and Rudbeckias at Ravenna Gardens.
Image: E. Grivas

Water wisely:

No matter how “drought-tolerant” a plant is, it still needs water during those crucial first two seasons to establish a good root system. Plants in containers need water more often – sometimes as much as twice a day if temperatures are over 90.

The ideal time to water is early in the morning to let leaves dry before the sun turns on the heat. However, if your plant is wilting, water it!

Watering at the base of the plants with drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or ollas (irrigation pots used for small areas), is much more efficient than sprinklers which allow a lot of water to evaporate and can foster leaf issues. Long, deep watering less frequently grows strong roots; frequent shallow watering encourages weak shallow roots.

Going on vacation? Hopefully you have a system, or helpful neighbor in place. Here’s a tip for your potted plants, which are the most vulnerable- give them a vacay too – in the shade. They’ll last longer between waterings.

For more plant ideas:

Great Plant Picks drought-tolerant plants for sun.

Swanson’s Nursery scroll to “Waterwise Gardening” for several lists.

Sky Nursery’s lists




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Pickleball in Green Lake? Perhaps.

August 8, 2017 6:34am

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This just in. Green Lake is part of a pickleball pilot project (say that fast, we dare you!). For those wondering what pickle ball is, the short version is that it is a mix between tennis, badminton and ping pong. The sport is played on a court with paddles that are smaller than tennis rackets and with balls that look, to my untrained eye, like a larger version of a wiffle ball. Here’s the official US Pickleball Association website for more.

The Seattle Parks and Recreation is considering lining multiple tennis courts for pickleball across the city. Don’t fret tennis players, the courts will still be used for tennis. The plan is for the courts to be lined for pickleball but the tennis nets will remain the same.

The following are potential courts recommended for pickleball:

  • South Park Community Center in south-west district
  • Georgetown Playfield in south-central district
  • Delridge Community Center in south-west district
  • Discovery Park Court in central-west district
  • Miller Community Center in central-east district
  • Soundview Playfield in north-west district
  • Green Lake Park in central-north district

According to SPR “the sites were chosen based on demand for pickleball and accessibility, current court use, existing court conditions, and equitable distribution.”

Want to weigh in? Seattle Parks and Recreation will be gathering comments on the pickleball pilot project through Sept. 5, 2017. For questions or to comment on this pilot project please email

In case this post has struck a sudden urge to play pickleball, you can also check out these courts: Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Kinnear Park and Observatory Courts.


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Caribbean-Like Water Temperatures In Green Lake? Maybe This Week.

July 31, 2017 6:22am

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If there’s one thing you can usually be sure of, it’s that the only place you find 80 degree water temperatures in Seattle is a heated swimming pool. But that might not be the case by the later half of this week. On the 24th of July, water temperatures in Green Lake (measured at a depth of about 3 feet) were 75-77 degrees. This follows a month of seasonably comfortable high (air) temperatures in the 70s and 80s. That’s about to change. A very strong ridge of high pressure will build over Western Washington this week. Combined with offshore (easterly) winds, temperatures across the Seattle area will be in the 90s from as early as Tuesday through Friday. In fact, we could be near 100 on Thursday. This could be the hottest stretch of weather we’ve seen since the heat wave of July 2009 when the all-time record of 103 degrees was set. What’s amazing about this potential hot streak is the fact that computer models have been forecasting it so far in advance. In 2009, computer models didn’t latch on to triple digit temperature possibilities until 2 or 3 days beforehand. A sustained stretch of weather this warm and overnight low temperatures in the 60s (or even lower 70s in the city) will likely boost that Green Lake water temperature close to 80 degrees. Unlike the lake water, Puget Sound will stay cold. Fed by cold Pacific tidal currents, its water temperature doesn’t get above the lower 50s regardless of season.



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Green Lake Real Estate: 2017 compared to 2016

July 28, 2017 6:23am


Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski are Seattle Greenlaker sponsors and real estate brokers who live and specialize in the Wallingford and Green Lake neighborhoods. They practice out of the Keller Williams Greater Seattle office located on the corner of Stone Way and N 45th St.

Inventory remains at historically low levels. Although bidding wars are continuing, overall appreciation from January – June comparing 2016 to 2017 has slowed down a bit. The median sales price increased only 5.4% as compared to 10% last year at this time. Home sale prices are averaging 10% over list price, slightly more than last year’s average escalation above list price which was 8.6% . We have seen escalations between 30 – 35% for certain homes, but that is the exception not the norm.

The statistics provided in this post are hyper-local, capturing only Green Lake and Tangletown as outlined in the map below. The numbers are for single family homes including townhomes, a separate chart for condominiums is included below as well.

Continue reading…


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Green Lake In The News

July 24, 2017 6:21am

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This weekend was a busy time for Green Lake. When the news helicopters weren’t circling to show footage of Duck Island’s illegally constructed skate park, news of Spud Fish & Chips closing (and reopening in a new building) caused quite a stir.

Here’s your Monday highlights of both stories:

The Illegal Skate Park on Duck Island

The Seattle Times reports that the Parks Department will be taking down the skate park this week and trying to figure out a plan on how to restore the damaged bird habitat.

Spud Fish & Chips Green Lake To Be Redeveloped

The DJC reported last week that “the site of the Spud Fish & Chips restaurant at 6860 E. Green Lake Way N. sold last month for $3.1 million, according to King County records. Redevelopment plans have now been filed for a 59-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space.”

After the DJC broke the news, nearly a dozen other news outlets picked up the story. But before you panic,  Spud isn’t leaving Green Lake, it sounds like they will reopen in the redeveloped building. No word on when the iconic 1959 building will be demolished.

Spud Fish & Chips Green Lake posted the following message on their Facebook page Saturday:

To our valued Spud customers and family:

On July 20, an article in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce published the sale of Spud Fish and Chips Greenlake and the subsequent plan to build an apartment building in its place. This news came as quite a shock to our customers , and we received a number of calls, Facebook messages and in person inquires voicing sadness about this news. And for that, we apologize. Our owner Pam Cordova Smith has worked at the Greenlake location since she was 14 years old and knows the importance of family and tradition. Spuds has a special place in the hearts of many of our customers who have frequented our business over the years and that is something that we cherish and do not take lightly.

We want you to know that Spud Fish and Chips Greenlake is still open and we do not plan on closing any time soon. The same great-tasting fish and chips you love will still be a staple at Greenlake, but in a new, renovated space. As plans progress and solidify, we will do a better job of informing you, our valued Spud family, on updates about the new space. Thank you for the many years of laughter and memories and here’s to many more to come!

While we are happy to hear that Spud will be staying in Green Lake we are sad to see yet another iconic Seattle building with so much charm being demolished for redevelopment.

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How To Know If The Green Lake Wading Pool Is Open

July 20, 2017 6:48am

Photo by Susan Rouser

Seattle weather is a fickle beast. It’s sunny and beautiful and the next minute its fleece weather. That might have you asking “is the wading pool open today?” All of the city wading pools open when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above. But is it 70′ in Green Lake? Save yourself a trip. You can find out in 2 clicks. Seattle Wading Pools and Spray Parks have a Facebook page to announce opening and closings (due to weather etc) on all outdoor pools.  Or you can call the wading pool hotline, (206) 684-7796, which is updated every morning by 9:30 a.m.

And just as a reminder the Green Lake Wading pool is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 4.


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Bartell Drugs Green Lake Opens Next Week And Other Openings In Green Lake

July 12, 2017 6:51am

Bartell Drugs has just announced it is opening its new Green Lake location on July 16. The 14,000+ square foot store will be across the street from Green Lake Village at 419 NE 71st St. The shelves look fully stocked and the signs are up. The store’s grand opening is planned for July 29 at 8 a.m. where word has it that the first 200 people in the door will get a chance to win a $500 gift card.

The new store phone number is: 206-524-0763, pharmacy 206-288-0052.

The hours will be:

Mon – Fri 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat + Sun 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The website will launch next week.

In other news of local openings, Revolution Coffee’s anticipated July 4th opening has been pushed back a bit. The Green Lake coffee shop moved recently to its new location at 7208 E Green Lake Drive. It’s doors remained closed and no word on the actual opening. We will keep you posted. The promise of coffee and ice cream has us excited for this opening.


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Events In And Around Green Lake July 16 – 28

July 10, 2017 9:04pm

Before summer schedules fill, here’s a few close-to-home events that you may want to add to your calendar.

Pet Blessing at Green Lake

As part of their outdoor worship service, the Green Lake United Methodist Church “will include a blessing of the non-homo sapien members of your family.”

Sunday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Address: Green Lake Park, in the grassy area with picnic tables near the Sunnyside Ave crosswalk (See website for map of exact location)


Seattle Training Run 1 and 2 for the Jingle Bell Run 

It’s not too early to start training for December’s Jingle Bell Run! Take advantage of the longer daylight hours and join others on one or both of these training runs. Free.

Mondays, July 17 and July 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Address: Super Jock ‘n Jill (7210 E Green Lake Dr. N)

Website: Run 1 and Run 2

ZooTunes Concert: Aimee Mann / Rhiannon Giddens

The only ZooTunes concert date in July, this event brings together the acoustic sounds of Aimee Mann with the folk sounds of Rhiannon Giddens. Both artists are Grammy-award winners and have released multiple albums. $29.50 plus ticket fees, one free child under 12 per paid ticket, but must register in advance.

Tuesday, July 18, doors open at 4:30 p.m., show is 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Address: Woodland Park Zoo North Meadow (West Entrance – 5500 Phinney Ave. N)


Dog Days of Summer Festival and 5K

The two-day festival includes the Green Lake Cutest Dog Contest (benefitting the Homeward Pet Adoption Center and C.A.S.T. For Kids Organization), the Dog Days of Summer 5k (benefits the Green Lake Community Center and includes a Puppy Parade and free Kids’ Dash), and sales and discounts at participating Green Lake businesses. $40-45 for the 5k registration through July 22, $50-55 for day-of registration. For other registration info and prices, see the website.

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23

Address: See website for individual event locations


11th Annual Summer Beer Taste at the Phinney Neighborhood Center 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and get ten tastes from over 30 local microbreweries and cideries, plus Barking Dog Alehouse hot dogs and pub snacks. 21+ event. PNA member $25, General Public $30, Designated Driver $10.

Saturday, July 22, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Address: Phinney Neighborhood Center Lower Parking Lot (6532 Phinney Ave. N)


Tasting Flight – Wine Event at Woodland Park Zoo

Tickets for this 21+ fundraiser include 10 tastings from more than 40 Northwest boutique wineries, animal encounters, As part of the zoo’s commitment to sustainability, this is a Bring Your Own Glass event. VIP tickets include a souvenir glass. A limited number of souvenir glasses are available for purchase. $32 regular ticket, $80 VIP ticket (includes early entrance, souvenir glass, additional wine tickets, light buffet, and zoo tickets).

Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. VIP entry at 5:00 p.m.

Address: Woodland Park Zoo – North Meadow (West Entrance – 5500 Phinney Ave. N)



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