What’s Happening In February In And Around Green Lake

January 18, 2018 6:24am

Vanishing Point opens at Seattle Public Theatre January 25th. Photo from SPT

Seattle Public Theater rings in the New Year with the musical comedy-fantasy Vanishing Point. Aviatrix Amelia Earhart, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, and author Agatha Christie all have one thing in common: they were women who vanished mysteriously. Christie walked out of her life in 1926 and was discovered at a hotel 11 days later with no recollection of what happened. The same year, McPherson claimed to have been kidnapped for a period of several weeks, but it was later alleged that she staged her disappearance to cover up a tryst with her lover. Earhart vanished over the Atlantic Ocean during a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 and was never found. Vanishing Point brings these three women together as they solve the mystery of their disappearances from their own lives.
Shows begin January 25 – February 25, 2018
7312 West Green Lake Drive North, Seattle, WA 98103
$17 – $34 General Admission http://seattlepublictheater.org

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present The Jewish Course of Why, begins during the week of February 6th. Rabbi Yoni Levitin of Chabad NW Seattle will conduct the six course sessions at 7:30 PM From Tuesday February 6th – March 13th In Phinney Ridge. Interested students may call 206 851 9831 or visit http://bit.ly/Jewishcourseofwhy

Love ‘Em or Leave Em Valentines Themed Run
The 5k/10k run walk can be an individual or two person team event. And if you are looking for love, this race may be a place to find it. The custom running bibs allow you to showcase your current relationship status – single, taken or it’s complicated.  After the race there’s chances to mingle, grab a beer, wine or mimosa. A costume contest after the run promises wine prizes.
Green Lake Park (5900 W Green Lake Way N, Seattle)
For more info on the race, or to register, go to their website.

The Fake News Survival Guide: Resources and Tips For Staying Informed
Learn more about the information cycle, how to critically evaluate the information/news that you see and how to identify fake news. Registration is required by calling the library 206-684-7547 or contacting a librarian in person at the library.
Tuesday February 27 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Green Lake Library, Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room



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Green Lake Ale House To Become JaK’s Alehouse

January 9, 2018 10:07pm

Via OpenTable

Green Lake Ale House will soon be transformed into JaK’s Alehouse (and yes, that is the right capitalization).

The change is slated to take place next Thursday, January 18th.  It may not be that much of a change at all since the ownership isn’t changing. The Alehouse, which opened in 2015, has always been owned by JaK’s Grill. The local company owns several other restaurants in Seattle and the Eastside. After multiple emails sent to the JaK’s, not much is known about what this means for the new restaurant except for what has been posted on Facebook:

Your favorite Alehouse is getting a face lift! On January 18th we are becoming JaK’s Alehouse. We have always been part of the JaK’s family and now it’s time to show the world what we got! New menu, new vibe, but still the same old Alehouse you came to love!
Reuben’s and Pike Brewing are going to take over our taps! Few of which will be special releases. House made cocktails with Copperworks full lineup and flights of Fremont Mischief Rye based whiskey, including their flagship, John Jacob Rye and both of the ‘Storm Tossed’. We also have prepared a small bites plate to showcase some of our new menu items.”

So why the name change? Was it due to confusion over having a Green Lake Ale House and a Green Lake Bar and Grill .2 miles from each other? (Confession: we accidentally made reservations at one and showed up at the other thinking we were at the right restaurant months after they opened.) Or is it just a decision by JaK’s to get the name recognition? We don’t know, but once we find out more on that, the menu and any other changes, we will keep you posted.


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Guess Who’s Coming To Green Lake?

January 9, 2018 6:33am

Perhaps the most famous librarian in the United States – Nancy Pearl – is coming to the Green Lake Library. The discussion is part of the ongoing series Hot Topics For Seniors and Senior Wannabes.

She will be joined by Bharti Kirchner, a local Seattle author, to discuss Pearl’s debut novel “George and Lizzie.” In addition to the conversation about her new book, there will be a Q &A as well as tips on how to write from these two experts.

A warning though, spots are limited and first come, first served. Expect a line!

Thursday January 11: noon – 1:30

For more info, go to the Green Lake Library website.



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Green Lake Elementary School Tours and Open House

January 5, 2018 7:20am

via Green Lake Elementary

Do you have a kiddo that would like to go to Green Lake Elementary School in the Fall?

The school will be hosting a series of school tours on Tuesday January 30th from 8:30 – 10 a.m. and Thursday February 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

To attend a tour, please RSVP with with Cosmina, and indicate what tour time you would like to attend. Her email address is: newfamilies@greenlakedragons.org.


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Spud Fish and Chips Building Nominated For Seattle Landmark Status

January 4, 2018 6:27am

The building that houses Spud Fish & Chips (6800 E. Green Lake Way N) has been nominated for Seattle landmark status. The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination February 7 at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
You may remember that in July we posted that, according to the DJC, the building was sold for $3.1 million with plans filed for a 59-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space. (Several Greenlakers also noted that those plans did not include parking.)

Want to weigh in? Here’s two ways.

Attend in person: The meeting with Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board is scheduled for February 7, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80.

Write in your comments: Written comments are also accepted and should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on February 6:
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649


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A Delicious Layer Of Melted Cheese Tops These Foods — And Your Food Bucket List

January 3, 2018 8:24pm


Photo via Fire and Scrape Facebook page

Imagine a wheel of semi-soft cheese, flamed until it’s deliciously bubbly, then expertly scraped off onto meat, potatoes, vegetables, sandwiches, and other foods. This is raclette (pronounced “rack-klet”) and there’s only one company in Seattle offering it regularly. Bonus: they’re nearby.

Every Wednesday evening, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., this gooey treat makes an appearance at the Fire and Scrape pop-up shop inside The Whit’s End neighborhood bar on Phinney Ridge.

The raclette tradition goes back more than 300 years, and Fire and Scrape takes efforts to make it an authentic experience.

They import special equipment that holds and melts the cheese, unlike other restaurants that might offer seasonal raclette dishes, but with cheese melted under a standard food service broiler. The cheese, also called raclette (the word can refer to both a dish made with the melted cheese or the cheese itself), is specially sourced semi-soft cheese, aged 60-90 days, and tastes like a cross between Swiss Gruyere and mozzarella. When fired, it develops a salty, crispy rind similar to bacon.

Fire and Scrape has a food truck at the Fremont Sunday Market, and only recently started offering other events. Twice last year, they did formal ticketed events, and in October, started the regular pop-up shop at The Whit’s End.

Dave Pyle, who works with owner Beth Ringland on the cheesy creations, says they’re enjoying the relaxed, family-friendly (kids-allowed) atmosphere and the freedom that comes from having a full kitchen with the pop up.

“We can reduce our prices and get creative with the menu,” he says in a phone interview.

The pop up offers everything on the food truck menu and more, since there’s more space for cooking equipment like fryers. This means ingredients like tater tots are now possible vehicles for the melted cheese, in foods like “Totchos” (tot + nachos).

Other menu options include Steak and Cheese, Apple Pie, and the new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, and all topped with a generous scrape of cheese (each scrape is about a quarter pound). The menu changes often as they experiment with new combinations. “Anything that needs a lot of melted cheese” is a candidate for future recipes.

Here’s a quick how-to if it’s your first time: order the food directly from the cheese scraping station and your drinks from The Whit’s End bar (the Facebook event for this month’s dates suggests choosing “a lovely Sancerre or IPA”). Think of it almost like a food truck inside a pub, says Dave.

For the uninitiated, a warning: be quick with your food photos, so you don’t miss out on this deliciously cheesy experience. Once scraped, raclette “waits for no one,” says Dave. “It hardens fast, so we encourage people to enjoy it as soon as we serve it to you.”

You can enjoy the Fire and Scrape raclette pop up every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Whit’s End, 6510 Phinney Ave N on Phinney Ridge. First come, first served, no reservations. Kids and dogs welcome.



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What’s Coming To Green Lake In The New Year?

January 2, 2018 7:01am

Photo by Dustin Guy

Happy New Year, Greenlakers!

As we enter into the New Year what are you excited for here at home? Several things are on our list.

This year will bring some needed repairs to the Green Lake Community Center. We are hoping that means a more reliable heated pool! Speaking of which, the Seattle Parks Department recently released the winter brochure. Green Lake has classes for all ages from pottery and meal planning to Dragon Tiger Qigong and more.

We are anxiously anticipating grabbing a burger from Little Big Burger, the beloved Portland chain that will be expanding to Seattle – and specifically right here in Green Lake in early 2018. Eating burgers with mittens at the lake is normal, right? Sure!

We are also looking forward to trivia nights at Shelter Lounge, hosted every Sunday night. Who says Green Lake has no nightlife?

And, the Green Lake Library made its needed repairs and opened just before the end of the year, so go grab that stack of books you’ve been waiting to read.

What else is on your list of things you are excited for this coming year here in Green Lake?


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2017 Seattle Weather Retrospective and Photos

December 28, 2017 7:13am

Photos by Dustin Guy

As 2017 comes to a close, we can look back at the year as another with plenty of extremes for the record books. Here’s a little look back at a year that featured a little of everything … lengthy periods of wet weather, a record long dry stretch, wildfire smoke from numerous places, a little snow, and a frozen Green Lake. I’ve included a retrospective photo album of some Seattle skies and landscapes.

January began on a chilly note. The first half of the month was one the coldest starts to the month in 70 years. And it was plenty evident in our neighborhood when the lake froze over for the first time in a number of years. By the second half of the month, it was all but a memory and milder weather prevailed. Almost three-quarters of the month’s rainfall fell in just 2 days. Then came February and it was an absolute soaker. So wet, in fact, that it more than doubled the normal rainfall for the month and narrowly missed being the wettest February in Seattle’s climate record dating back to the 1890s.

March arrived and didn’t miss a beat. Much like February, it was extraordinarily wet. It nearly doubled the normal rainfall for the month as well. Those waiting for a reprieve in April from the unrelenting rainfall were probably disappointed. Though early spring-like temperatures prevailed, the rainfall was again considerably above average. Surely May had something better to offer? Indeed it did. Rainfall was almost normal. We had a spectacular thunderstorm outbreak on May 4th, but what you might remember most was the incredible Memorial Day weekend we had. It was the warmest I can remember of living in Seattle for the past 18 years. The three days leading up to the actual holiday featured high temperatures in the 80s and Green Lake was packed with sunbathers.

That taste of summer left June with a lot to match. Seattleites are long familiar with the June gloom that can hang over the city as the summer solstice approaches and the first half of the month lived up to the reputation. The second half was considerably better. In fact, June 25th was our warmest June day in 120 years of records. The mercury climbed to a blistering 96 degrees. Then there was July and it was about as nice as they come … in Seattle or anywhere. No measurable rainfall occurred during the entire month. And it was a large part of what would become Seattle’s longest dry streak on record.

There was a price to pay though. It was one of the worst fire seasons in the Pacific Northwest in several decades. We certainly noticed it here when a thick pall of smoke descended on the region in early August. Despite the cooling effects of the smoke on daytime temperatures, August was the 2nd warmest on record. It was punctuated by a single day of rainfall that brought a record 55 day dry streak to an end. Collectively, it was the driest July/August combo on record in Seattle’s history with a paltry 0.02 inches of rainfall.

Summer held on for dear life in early September, but finally relented in the second half of the month. There was noteworthy outlier though. September 27th and 28th were the latest back-to-back 80 degree days in a calendar year ever recorded. October arrived on a dry note, but the cool, wet reality of a Northwest autumn arrived by mid-month. A welcome dry stretch of weather arrived toward at the end of the month giving us an uncharacterstically dry Halloween for the first time in more than a decade. My kids certainly enjoyed that.

November arrived and gave meteorologists just what we expect in Seattle. Rain. Lots of it. November is our wettest month on average and, well, it was just that. One particular highlight of the month from a climate point of view was November 22nd. It was the warmest night ever recorded in Seattle in November. It never dropped below 56 degrees. This created quite a spectacular layer of shallow fog over Green Lake as warm, moist air settled over the colder lake water and condensed.

And now we find ourselves about to welcome a new year. This December, we experienced one of our longest dry stretches in the month of December since 1999 with no measurable rainfall for 11 consecutive days. Despite that, we’ve been catching up on rainfall in recent days. Mother Nature has a funny way of getting payback that way. And what will 2018 bring? Long range forecasts predict a cooler and wetter than average beginning to the year. But as science fiction writer Robert Heinlein once wrote “Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.”

A retrospective photo collection of 2017 from the Seattle area – much of it taken in Green Lake – is available for your enjoyment on my Flickr album.


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