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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It’s Now Easier To Comment On The Seattle Greenlaker Blog

May 23, 2017 11:11am

Greenlakers, we love your comments and have heard from many of you that you don’t like Disqus, the commenting service that we use on our blog.  We use a commenting platform to avoid spammers who post inappropriate comments. However, we have recently adjusted the settings to make it easier for you to comment on the blog.

While we are still using Disqus, you can now sign in with Facebook. If you don’t Facebook you can also use Google, Twitter or Disqus (which is a very easy sign up) to comment. This should save several steps. And while we tend to get a lot of great comments on Facebook, we hope that this helps to open up the conversation on the blog as well.


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Picardo Plant and Bake Sale And Lemonade Stand May 20

May 16, 2017 6:59am

via Facebook

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 patty@abrahamsen.com .

Saturday, May 20 10am-1pm

Picardo P-patch  26th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 82nd St.


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Thank You Flag Maker For Keeping Greenlakers A Bit Safer

May 15, 2017 6:50am

Several of Green Lake’s intersections can be a bit dicey as a pedestrian. The intersection near Duke’s restaurant and Mio Sushi on Green Lake Drive on the north end of the lake is one that often gives me pause – especially when walking with my kiddo.

Several months ago we noticed that someone installed a series of  handmade neon traffic flags that pedestrians can use while walking to and from the park in three directions of traffic. We’ve used them several times and see people using them constantly.

So a big heartfelt thank you mystery flag maker, whoever you are!


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‘Spanish Lessons’ Man Leonardo Bustamante Back In Seattle

May 12, 2017 12:51pm

via Reddit

We received word recently that Leonardo Bustamante – our resident “Spanish Lessons” teacher is back in Seattle. Reader Jim emailed us to tell us that Leonardo, the man who is “Green Lake famous” for walking the lake with a “Spanish Lessons” vest had moved to Ecuador but found it to be too cold so he came back to Seattle. He recently chatted with him at the Locks.

Two days after getting the email from Jim, I spotted Leonardo walking the Green Lake path as well.

A post on EveryBlock confirmed that he planned to move to Ecuador in 2012:

“Letting the Green Lake community know that Leonardo will be leaving soon after the fair weather turns. He is leaving for good, to live out his last years with nephews in Equador. Or, as Leonardo states it, with tongue-and-cheek telenovela drama, “I am going away to die”.
He is matter-of-fact about the effects of aging on his ability to continue his daily walks and Spanish lessons. The cold is too much for him to endure, so he will bask in perennial spring-like temperatures at 8,500 feet. He is genuinely wistful about leaving Green Lake.
I’m sure many of you share my wistfulness in seeing Leonardo begin his final journey. Make sure to thank him and say goodbye if you see him these final few days of summer.”

We are so happy to see him back in Green Lake and are also hoping the weather warms up so we see him more often. So if you see Leonardo out, give him a big ‘hola’ and welcome back to Green Lake.


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Petition Started For Green Lake Community Center And 7 Other Community Centers

May 12, 2017 6:19am

Susan Helf, one of the organizers of the group ‘Save Evans Pool and Green Lake Community Center’ sent us two updates on the status of the Green Lake Community Center.

The first is that the major repairs that many community members have been fighting to get done may start this Fall. According to Helf those include a new roof, areas damaged by leaks, replacement or repair of the pool boiler and water heater, ADA access improvements, replacement of the electrical panel in the gym and repair of the gym floor and pool systems.

She continues with the second update …

“While we are grateful that Seattle Parks and Recreation has finally agreed to do work that it first identified as necessary in 2008, we are not satisfied.
We want SPR to replace or remodel the other seven community centers on its 2008 list: Queen Anne CC, Loyal Heights CC, South Park CC, Hiawatha CC, Magnolia CC, Lake City CC and Jefferson Park CC, using public money.
We also want SPR to abandon any scheme of privatizing our beloved community centers and pools to that end, we’ve formed a new city-wide coalition: “Seattle Community Centers and Pools for All,” a group of parks activists who oppose privatization of park facilities and want our community centers repaired or replaced using public money.
Our coalition has written a petition to the Seattle City Council/Seattle Park District Board. On Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in front of the Green Lake Community Center, our coalition will launch this petition, which will make two demands: 1) NO privatization of pools or community centers and 2) remodel or replace all eight community centers identified by Parks and Recreation.
In 1952, North End neighbors gathered 50,000 signatures to persuade Seattle Parks to build Evans Pool. With a current city population twice the size it was in 1952, we hope we can do as well. Our petition will send an unambiguous message to Seattle Parks and the City Council: Our community centers and pools are a precious focus of our neighborhoods and we want them to stay under local control and public management.
This will be a grass-roots, all-volunteer, all-city effort. Anybody can download the petition from either Facebook page: Save Evans Pool and Green Lake Community Center or Seattle Community Centers and Pools for All.”


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Nominations Open For Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year Contest

May 11, 2017 7:54am

Calling all students! Do you have a teacher that you absolutely love? If so, you have until May 19 to fill out an online nomination for the Teacher of the Year contest. Two K-8 teachers will be awarded the grand prize of $500 for classroom supplies. The winning teachers’ classes will also receive a party for their entire class. This is the 14th year of the program sponsored by Ivars and Kidd Valley and program coordinators confirm that no Green Lake teachers have won in years past. Let’s change that.

All students have to do is fill out a nomination form by May 19 at a local Ivar’s or Kidd Valley location or online at www.Ivars.com/teacher or www.kiddvalley.com/promos-events.htm.


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Two New Books Feature Green Lake

May 10, 2017 12:15pm

Two new books feature Green Lake from local publisher Sasquatch Books.

 Take A Walk: Seattle by Sue Muller Hacking features Green Lake as one of 120 walks in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma and Olympia. While the Green Lake Park section may not few surprises for Greenlakers I learned from this book that Green Lake Park is 324 acres.

The book also contains other nearby walks that you should add to your list for the summer such as nearly two dozen Seattle area hikes for birdwatchers, art lovers, beachcombers, history buffs and more.

“What glorious freedom, if only for an hour or two, to step from the car and immerse oneself in the gentle pace of foot travel.” – Sue Muller Hacking

Seattle Family Adventures by Kate Calamusa

This book focuses on itineraries for day or weekend trips to Seattle area destinations. Green Lake takes up a large part of this book, from the Green Lake path and Pitch and Putt, Boathouse to local restaurants like Rosita’s, PCC Natural Markets, Perche No Pasta & Vino and more.

It’s books like these that make you realize how lucky we are to live here. I plan on sharing these with guests who stay with us and want to explore Green Lake or Seattle.

“This guide introduces you to the Emerald City with a kid’s viewpoint in mind–and what a wild, wacky and whimsical perspective that is.” – Kate Calamusa

Disclosure: Seattle Greenlaker received copies of the books to review for this post.



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