From Hiroshima To Hope August 6
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As soon as Spring 2019 Green Lake and Wallingford streets, bike lanes and crosswalks will be redone or created. The Seattle Department of Transporation has a long list of the planned improvements but is currently looking for input as these projects will affect just about everyone who walks, bikes, rides transit or drives through the area.
A full overview of the project is here, but you may also be interested in looking at a neighborhood group called Green Lake & Wallingford Safe Streets that has outlined several suggestions for improvements.
You have until August 8 to comment on the SDOT site.
Disclosure: SDOT is an advertiser for Seattle Greenlaker but did not have editorial review of this post.
The August Primary is the 7th. If you haven’t already, you should be getting your ballot in the mail shortly. Remember to mail it in by no later than the 7th. Conveniently, there is also a drop off location at the Green Lake Community Center as well.
We received this note from Tom, a Greenlaker, and thought it was a good reminder on the importance of voting. Thanks for sharing, Tom!
I just got my voter’s pamphlet and ballot for the August Primary. I am registered to vote and will be voting. Are you registered and will you vote? If not, why not?
I guess I am old fashioned as I feel it is a citizen’s duty not just a right to vote. The dismal turn out during the 2016 national elections brought to light how many of my fellow citizens failed to vote.
I see the streets filled with demonstrators for and against various policies and/or laws. My first thought is “where were these people on voting day?”. For a democratic Republic to function properly the citizens who are being “represented” MUST make their voices heard at the ballot box.
To young citizens I would say, if you don’t vote you are going to have to live with the decisions we old folks make. The youth vote should be powerful but as a rule is not exercised. I particularly like this piece by Rick Mercer from CBC. He may be Canadian but he makes a great point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=225Mx6ya7SQ
My case to young voters is that Federal judges appointed today will make decisions on your and your children’s health, education, rights, and environment until you are middle age. The people you send to Washington D.C. will influence who fills these positions.
The State elections will influence among other things your costs of education, transportation, environment, as well as health care.
If you don’t vote, you are just a passenger on the ship of state and must live with the direction selected by others.
This just in… Cucina Oaxaca plans to open its doors to the public this Thursday, July 26. The Mexican restaurant (with a sister outpost on Capitol Hill) was slated to open in June in the former Mio Sushi location in North Green Lake but has been delayed for more than a month. Owner, Misuel tells us that the menu will be similar to the La Cocina Oaxaqueña.
The restaurant is also pursuing a liquor license that Misuel says will include a twice daily happy hour.
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 9pm. Friday and Saturday 11am to 10:30pm. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Happy hour from 3pm to 6pm, and 8:30pm to close, every day.
Address: 7900 East Green Lake Dr N
Cucina Oaxaca owners tell us more info will be available on their website, coming soon.
During this heat wave you may want to know that a new shave ice stand has opened in Green Lake. Hei Hei Shave Ice, is a family-run stand and a summer venture operated primarily by two brothers – Parker and Rowan Rathbun. The stand is located between Spud Fish and Chips and Peet’s Coffee on Green Lake Way.
Flavors include coconut, mango, root beer float, orangesicle, P.O.G. (Pineapple, orange guava), grape, blue raspberry and more.
But this is not just ice and flavoring. The shave ice sounds pretty deluxe – coconut, for example, consists of a a coconut syrup, coconut cream and float with toasted coconut.
Hours: (Around) 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. most weekends and, as their mother reports, “some weekdays usually Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Price: $3-$5 depending on flavors and size. And they accept credit cards.
You can also follow the stand on Facebook and Instagram @heiheishaveice.
Aegis Living at Ravenna assisted living and memory care community opens with a grand public party on July 21. The new neighborhood living option enables aging residents to stay in the area they know and love as needs change, and/or area adult children to bring a parent/relative close by.
Modeled after the famed Opera House in Ravenna, Italy, the property will feature a wine cave, large wood fired pizza oven and full-size gondola on a sunny outdoor courtyard.Resident rooms feature expansive views to local landscapes–Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Waldo Woods and Lake Washington.
Date: July 21, 2018
Location: 8511 15th Avenue NE
Building tours with ‘passport’ stops throughout. Tarantella’s acoustic band playing songs of Italy raffle prizes.
Food: Italian theme food–Italian soda bar, authentic gelato, ‘build-your-own’ cannoli station Star chef Enzo Febrarro from Wynn Hotel Las Vegas will prepare Roman-style pizza in the wood fire oven.
Celebrity guest: Linda Evans—of ‘Dynasty’ fame—will be on hand to sign autographs.
For more information, go to: www.aegisliving.com/aegis-at-ravenna
Editor’s Note: Aegis Living is an advertiser but did not have editorial review of this post.
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.
Sad news to report. The body of a young man was recovered from Green Lake Sunday morning, according to the Seattle Times. At 9:39 a.m. Sunday, more than a dozen first responders were called to Meridian Ave N/East Green Lake Drive for a water rescue response. If you were in the area, you likely heard the slew of sirens. According to the Seattle Times article, the Seattle Police have not identified the young man but will release the identity after an investigation.
However, this comes at the same time that a 20-year-old man went missing. Taiga B. Hinckley was last seen taking a kayak into Green Lake the evening of July 4th to see the fireworks and was reported missing later that night. His capsized kayak was recovered near The Cove. According to Reddit and other comments on Facebook, Taiga spent a lot of time at Green Lake and worked at the Green Lake Boat House.
July is the perfect time to spend at Green Lake- walk the lake, check out the wading pool or just pack a picnic. But if you need a few more excuses to hang out at the lake, check out some of the events happening this month in and around Green Lake.
SUP Yoga Green Lake
You too could be one of the stand up paddle board yogis in the lake this summer. Want to find out more information, here’s our post of the adventures on the lake.
For more information, go to SUP Yoga’s website to find out about classes.
Phinney Ridge Farmers Market
Fridays runs until September 28
Hours 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
While tiny, this market is mighty. It has a variety of ready to eat dinner options, ice cream, fruit, veggies, flowers, wine and more. Parents take note: there is a great playground for little ones too.
N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Center.
Milk Carton Derby July 14 all day at Green Lake’s Small Craft Center
While the registration deadline has passed, you can still watch in awe as these industrious builders show off their floats made of milk cartons.
Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, go to Seafair’s site.
The Green Lake Wading Pool opens this weekend.
The wading pool will be open from 6/23 through 9/3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, go to the Sprayparks and Wading Pools website.