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Erica Browne Grivas

Erica is a longtime journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines nationwide. A contributor to the Seattle Times, she writes a gardening column for the Queen Anne and Magnolia News. Living in Green Lake since 2009, she wrote for Seattle Greenlaker for several years before becoming editor in 2021.

Send off Summer with Flare – the Luminata is Back!

On September 24, Green Lake will again become a fantasy landscape alight with hundreds of lanterns to celebrate the autumnal equinox, the tipping point between summer and fall, light and dark. On the autumnal equinox, the Sun is directly above the equator, and day and night are the same lengths. It is traditionally a time […]

Green Lake Gets a New Boathouse

This month, construction begins on a larger, updated Boathouse (also known as the Small Craft Center) at 5900 West Green Lake Way N, 98103 for Green Lake. The 10,800 square-foot building will be fully accessible, preparing to launch Seattle’s first public adaptive rowing program and expansion of a paracanoing program. The design increases and maximizes […]

Bluegrass Serenades at Green Lake

Looking for a bluegrass soundtrack to your summer evening stroll? On balmy Thursday nights from about 7:00-9:00 p.m. -ish, you can typically find The Shed Boys, a five-person acoustic group featuring bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin – and of course, harmonica. They specialize in “cranking out high energy, toe tapping fun.” Follow the sweet sound until […]

Art in the Garden Free Festival Back in Ballard

Not in Green Lake, but the return after two years of this free family-friendly garden art festival with music is too good to pass up! When: Saturday, August 6, 2022 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Ballard P-Patch NW 85th St and 25th NW. Benefitting the Ballard P-Patch, which recently won a two-year struggle to buy the […]

Buy Nothing Free Day in Wallingford and Fremont Saturday

What’s better than a garage sale? A free one! It’s a free-for-all this Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 9am-3pm in Wallingford and Fremont, according to flyers popping up near Meridan Park recently. For searchers, no need to win a Facebook lottery, and for givers, no need to arrange and wait for the pickup that may […]

Parks Department Tanks New Pool Plan

The Parks Department has decided not to commit to the estimated $120 renovation including a new pool and recreation center for Green Lake, instead favoring a renovation of existing elements that may still cost $50 million. The decision was announced at a recent Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners meeting. The center dates back to […]

Green Lake a Fishing Paradise

Green Lake is close to Heaven on Earth for Seattle sport anglers, says bestfishinginamerica.com. Among the benefits: the fishing season is open year-round, there’s easy park access around the lake, and several fishing piers, two-pole fishing is allowed, and while watercraft like cartoppers or kayaks are allowed, no motorboats are permitted. Mid-March through June offers […]

Gardeners, Get Ready: Seattle’s Massive Plant Sale is Back!

Tilth Alliance’s Edible Plant Sale is the unofficial kick-off to spring for gardeners who like to grow their own (food, that is). Held traditionally at Meridian Park Playground, 4800 Meridian Ave N, on the first weekend of May, it became so popular that waiting in line for a timed ticket became the hallmark of spring. […]

A New Tangletown: Businesses Sprouting

As a burgeoning spring landscape explodes with new life, the winter months have transformed the small business district of Tangletown. Beginning with Restaurant Christine’s fall opening, a cascade of change has hit the area, bringing a host of exciting offerings to the area. Tangletown’s first book store You never have enough books – or bookstores, […]

Freeway Estates Plant Sale Supports Food Banks

Tucked in next to I-5 between NE 58th- 60th Streets grows a remarkable, little-known community garden. The official name is Northeast 60th St. Park, but members call it “Freeway Estates Community Orchard (FECO).” In 2010, a group of neighbors worked to transform 12,000 SF of highway right-of-way from scrub growth and trash into a productive, […]

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