Giant Menorah Lighting Tonight at Phinney Center

December 12, 2017 6:59am

Chabad NW Seattle is hosting a giant menorah lighting tonight at the Phinney Center. The Giant Menorah will be lit outside followed by the Chanukah celebration at the Community Hall inside the brick building in the Phinney Center.

The event is free and open to the public and features:
Giant Menorah Lighting
Bounce House
Chanukah crafts
Hot Potato Latkas
The dreidel man
Delicious Jelly Doughnuts
Special performance from our Hebrew School Students


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Learn To Program BB8 At The Green Lake Library

November 28, 2017 6:49am

Budding young programmers will want to mark their calendars for a special event where they can learn to program BB-8™ by Sphero, a small app enabled droid inspired by Star Wars The Force Awakens.
The program is through Tinkerlab, a weekly all-ages program hosted by Green Lake Library that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits.

Saturday December 9 from 11-1:30

Price: Free, but come early, space is limited.

For more information go to the library’s website or call 206-684-7547.


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December Events In And Around Green Lake

November 17, 2017 5:30am

via Pathway of Lights Facebook page

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Here’s your chance to see Woodland Park Zoo aglow with thousands of colorful lights after hours. Pack your gloves and rain jacket because most of the displays are outdoors but very much worth it. The zoo has several other events scheduled during the month too – such as Santa visits, a Seahawks night and indoor snowball fight.

Insider tip: You will likely be hungry after your visit- or at least if you are visiting with little humans, they will be for sure! Don’t make the mistake we did and have zero game plan for restaurants to go to after walking around the zoo for an hour. Check out Zagat Seattle’s list of best restaurants near Woodland Park Zoo to guide you.

Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
For more information, go to the Zoo’s Wildlights FAQ.
To purchase tickets (available starting November 9), go here.

PhinneyWood Phestivus

December 8 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
PhinneyWood’s slightly off-kilter holiday celebration returns with glowing monkeys, free trolley rides and some really ugly sweaters. Nearly 200 LED-lit monkeys adorn businesses along Phinney and Greenwood avenues throughout the month of December. From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., the monkeys will be the highlight of PhinneyWood Phestivus, a neighborhood holiday party that will include a variety of “phestivities,” from art, food and ugly sweaters.

Route: Phinney Ave N and Greenwood Ave N, from the Zoo to 87th
For more information go to: Monkey information is available at

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

December 9 4:30 – 7:30

One of my favorite nights in Green Lake is the Green Lake Pathway of Lights. While there is almost always a crowd, the entire 2.8 mile Green Lake loop is illuminated with luminaries, carolers and cider/hot cocoa stations. There is also rumors of several hot air balloons taking part in the festivities near the Community Center this year. Organizers say they are currently working out those details.

Insider Tip: Bring some food for the food bank collections that will be going on around the lake.

For more information, go to the Pathway of Lights Facebook page.


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PackSmarter Class November 18 Hosted By AAA

November 13, 2017 5:54am

Got a trip coming up for the holidays? AAA is hosting a class called Packsmart that may be of help. And best of all, it’s free! The Ballard AAA Travel Store Buyer and Packing Coach Kathleen Collum is offering a free packing workshop. Kathleen will be sharing smart tips on how to make the most of your packing space including gear to make sure you comply with airline regulations. All travel store merchandise (not attraction tickets) will be 15% off on the day of the workshop. Space is limited so reserve your spot by calling  (206) 216-4205.

And you don’t have to be a AAA member to attend the class.

AAA 1523 15th Ave W.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Hosted by: Kathleen Collum, AAA Travel Store Buyer


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RainWise Webinar Monday November 13

November 11, 2017 2:53pm

Interested in a free rain garden and cisterns? RainWise is hosting a free webinar on Monday November 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for homeowners to learn more about their program and some will be eligible for an entirely free rain garden. The webinar will also cover the RainWise process, how to select a contractor and an opportunity to ask RainWise staff questions live via chat.

Register for the webinar at: Registration is mandatory for participation and will give you access to RainWise program materials. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing links to join the webinar.

Questions? Contact Natasha Walker at or 206-386-9746. Learn more about the RainWise program at


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Better Book Sale This Weekend

November 8, 2017 6:22am

Photo via SPL

Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a one day “Better” Book Sale this weekend. Hundreds of “like-new” books (think holiday gifts!) will be on sale for $3.

Featured book categories include children’s books, valuable old and rare books, mysteries and a selection of general non-fiction including art books and literature. DVDs will be non-former Library in very good condition.

Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information, contact or call (206) 682-7567 with any questions.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: North Seattle College old cafeteria on the 1st floor of the College Center Building located in the SE corner of campus.

9600 College Way N., Seattle


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Green Lake Home Featured in Remodeled Homes Tour This Weekend

October 20, 2017 6:12am

via CRD Design Build

The Remodeled Homes Tour is this weekend spanning from the Eastside to Seattle, and one of the homes is right here in Green Lake.

Visitors can tour 17 remodeled homes in the region and get questions answered by remodeling professionals.

The Green Lake home will be open on Saturday, from 10am – 5pm, and the address is 149 NE 59th Street, Seattle, 98105.

The tour is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate to local nonprofit Rebuilding Together Seattle, which helps low-income neighbors make needed repairs to stay in their homes.

The entire tour is open October 21-22, 2017, from 10am – 5pm.

Free tickets are available at
A complete map of all the homes on the tour can be found at


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Supernova Premiers October 21 at Greenwood’s Pocket Theatre

October 13, 2017 6:21am

On October 21, the Pocket Theatre will feature the World premier of Supernova, a story about the daughter of a superhero.

Here’s the official show description:
Nova knows that her father is a hero, but his nemesis the Dawn has forced the news to say otherwise. When he is shot on the roof of her school, she has to make the ultimate decision: to sit back and watch while his nemesis takes over the city, or to step up and take his place. This play blurs the line between good and evil and explores the fact that the reality of heroes and villains doesn’t quite translate to the real world. Throw in a corrupted news station, an office romance, and a tough grandma and that’s Supernova.

Hanna Wagner – Playwright, Co-Director
Heidi Klepac – Co-Director

Cost: Pay what you can.

RSVP: Must RSVP by noon the day of the show.

Pocket Theatre is located at: 8312 Greenwood Ave N

For more info, and to RSVP, go to:



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Here’s How To Support Additional Funding of Green Lake Community Center

October 2, 2017 6:18am

Susan Helf, one of the founders of the group Save Evans Pool & Green Lake Community Center, is urging residents to attend three upcoming City Council meetings where funding the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool will be discussed.

Here’s more from Susan:

Councilmember Mike O’Brien has invited us to attend three upcoming Seattle City Council public budget hearings  to support his proposal for additional funding to replace or remodel community centers and pools. Seattle Parks and Recreation funding runs in six-year cycles. The next cycle begins in 2020, which is practically tomorrow in bureaucratic time.   Mike O’Brien says this is the time to persuade the Seattle City Council to include money in the 2018 budget for planning and design for replacing our pool and community center.  This will allow Seattle Parks to be ready to break ground in 2020. All hearings will be at City Hall, 600 4th Ave. Please attend as many of these hearings as you can.

  • 5:30 p.m.,   Thurs., Oct. 5, 5:30, public testimony on 2018 budget
  • 5:30 p.m.,   Wed., Nov. 1, public testimony on 2018 budget
  • 1:00 p.m.,   Mon. Nov. 13, City Council sitting as Metropolitan Park District governors, will hear testimony on Seattle Park and Recreation budget                       

We need to make a splash at these hearings! We suggest that swimmers wear swim caps and goggles; table tennis people, bring your paddles, basketball, baseball, soccer players, bring your sports equipment. Also make and bring banners, placards and other visual aids supporting our cause.

  1. We strongly oppose turning our public facilities over to private entities like the YMCA to replace, remodel or operate. Private operation of our pools and community centers will lead to lack of accountability and transparency, loss of full-time public jobs and increased user fees.
  2. We demand that the City of Seattle honor the promises they’ve made for more than 10 years to replace or remodel our public park facilities. We urge the Council to allocate planning and design funding in the 2018 budget as a first step toward replacing  Evans Pool and Green Lake and Lake City Community Centers in 2020. With adequate funding and good planning, this will allow Seattle Parks to be ready to break ground on new facilities when the next funding cycle begins.
  3. We further demand that the City allocate funding in the 2018 budget for planning and design work to remodel the other park facilities, including:  Hiawatha, Queen Anne, Loyal Heights, South Park, Jefferson Park, Magnolia, Green Lake & Evans Pool and Magnuson during the 2020-2026 funding cycle.

If you can’t attend the meetings, please email the City Council:


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October and November Events In And Around Green Lake

September 30, 2017 6:51am


Theater For Young Children: Juan at Maria (Juan and Maria in Tagalog) and Scaredy Squirrel
Oct. 6 at 11:15 a.m.
Juan and Maria is a Filipino folk tale similar to Hansel and Gretel. Like all Theater For Young Children performances, this one is filled with live acting and music by professional artists. Best for children ages 2-6 and free to the public (but donations gladly accepted of $10/family).
Approx. 50 min. in length
Green Lake Community Center

Glow In the Park: Seattle Humane’s Walk For The Animals
Oct. 7 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Join nearly 1,000 Seattle area pet lovers and their dogs as they walk around Green Lake in glowing gear. The fundraiser helps cats, dogs and animals at Seattle Humane. Thinking about adopting a pet? You’ll find some ready-for-a-home pals here too. Food trucks will be on hand to make sure everyone is well fed.
To register, go to the event’s website.
Green Lake Park

Bow Wows and Books
October 15 and 29 (and every other week ongoing)
3-4 p.m.
Every other Sunday Project Canine brings its certified reading dogs to the Green Lake Branch of The Seattle Public Library. What’s a certified reading dog? A dog that will calmly sit and listen while your child reads its favorite book to him/her. Build confident readers and make new friends.
Green Lake Branch Library 7364 E Green Lake Dr N

4.5 K-9 Run/Walk For A Cure
October 15 8 a.m.
This run is for the dogs (and humans). All registration fees donated to Chase Away K9 Cancer
For more information and to sign up go to their website.

Haunted Bounce and Pirate Pool Party
October 27 6 -8 p.m.
Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool are cohosting a haunted celebration. The dimly lit gym will be adorned with glow in the dark accessories from 6-8 p.m. and complete with two haunted bouncy houses.  From 7 – 8 p.m. Evans Pool will have a pirate themed pool party. Healthy snacks provided. Canned food donation will also be collected to support local food banks. Best for ages 5 to 15.
Green Lake Community Center
7201 East Green Lake Dr N

PCC Pumpkin Decorating Party
Saturday, October 28
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Greenlake Village
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greenlake Aurora PCC
No tricks here, just treats! Kids 12 and younger can decorate their own pumpkin to take home. We’ll provide the pumpkins, craft materials, and a healthy snack.

A Very Corgi Howloween
October 28th at 11:00 a.m.
Love dogs? Love dogs in costume. Okay, mark your calendar for this event as hundreds of costumed corgis walk the lake for this annual event.
5900 West Green Lake Way N, 98103
Meet near the rowing stands where all the corgis will be lining up for photos before they take a (long) lap around the Green Lake loop. This event is hosted by the Corgis R Us meet up group. Go to their site for more info.

Candy Buy Back
November 2-4 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sick of all that candy? Why not “buy it back?” A local dentist will buy candy $1 for every pound and will be sending it to deployed soldiers as part of Operation Gratitude. Gift bags and prizes will also be offered for all children.
Best Dentistry 9776 Holman RdNW, #110

Volunteer for Green Seattle Day
November 4 from 9 a.m. to noon
Plant a tree on Green Seattle Day — Volunteers can help plant the future forest of our city in parks across Seattle. The goal is to engage more than 1,000 volunteers in 22 parks throughout the City, and in just three hours volunteers will plant thousands of native trees and shrubs. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, and all materials provided. Pick your favorite park from the list and join the Green Seattle Partnership for our biggest party of the year. Please sign up in advance to help us plan a great event. Information at,, and by phone at 206-905-6924.

Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off 
November 19, 8 a.m.
What’s not to love about a race and a competitive mashed potato eating contest (and yes, thankfully it is in that order). Registration opens at 8 a.m. (with the beer garden opening at 9). The Kid’s dash starts at 9:10 a.m. and the 5k & 10k run and walk starts at 9:30. Register online here. The post race celebration starts at 10 a.m. and the Mashed Potato Munch Off contestant drawing starts at 10:30 with the official munch off at 10:45. Bring cans to donate to the Union Gospel Mission.
5900 W Greenlake Way N


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