Meet City Council Candidates At Wednesday’s Green Lake Community Council Meeting

July 9, 2019 11:21am

Here’s your chance to meet our District 6 City Council Members.

Join your neighbors and keep in touch with what’s happening in our neighborhood, including District 6 City Council Candidates Cook, Martin, Massa, Peeples, Rice, and Wills, and the latest on the new Green Lake Village development.
Here’s the agenda: Welcome / Introductions – Paul Kostek
Latest on Green Lake Village – Julie Cain
District 6 City Council Candidates
– Cook
– Martin
– Massa
– Peeples
– Rice
– Wills

Next Meeting – September 11, 2019
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months at The Hearthstone, 6720 East Green Lake Way North at the corner of 1st Ave NE. This is the only high-rise on Green Lake and is near Nell’s Restaurant. Consider carpooling, walking or taking transit since parking can be limited. Green Lake Community Council meetings are open to the public.

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Watchful Warning At The Wading Pool

July 3, 2019 10:16am

With wading pool season back in full swing I think it’s a good time to remind visitors to keep a watchful eye on kiddos while they are in the pool. Although shallow it is still a drowning risk. This past week I witnessed a pretty frightening situation with a kiddo that was not being supervised by their family and had to pull the little one out of the water. Even more frightening to me was that other people saw the kid and didn’t jump in to help. Perhaps they thought he was playing? But anytime a small child is in the pool and appears to be having an issue please respond. If it was my kid I would want you to. No question.

While there is an attendant on staff at the wading pool they are there for cleaning and making sure the rules of the wading pool are being followed. So at the risk of being a buzz kill, put down your phone and watch those little ones and have fun out there.


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Get Your Kiddos A Library Card And A Free Tote

June 24, 2019 11:05pm
Look how cute Helen is after getting her library card and a free library bag.

We recently heard about a free program that is perfect for summer reading for kiddos.
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library provides free owl totes to any child 6 years old or younger who signs up for a library card. You can get the tote at at any branch, but here are the Green Lake Branch Library hours, just so you can have them handy:
Monday and Tuesday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
For more info, go to


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The Green Lake Wading Pool Opens Today

June 22, 2019 8:25am
Photo via Susan Rouser

Starting at 11 a.m., the Green Lake Wading Pool will be open for the season. The pool will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. as long as the weather is above 70’. But if the thought of schleping your kids down there to find it closed gives you the cold sweats, be sure to check to make sure if it is open here with our handy guide.


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New Restaurant Coming To Green Lake This Summer

June 19, 2019 9:33pm

The mystery of what will go into the restaurant space previously held by Lucia Kitchen + Bar has been solved. Eater Seattle reports that Eight Row will be opening in August at 7102 Woodlawn Ave NE. The restaurant is owned by Chef David Nicols who hails from Queen Anne Beer Hall and Rider.

According to Eater Seattle, “The restaurant’s name is borrowed from a term referring to large cherry size. The menu will take influence from the growing seasons and cultures of Central Washington, where Nichols grew up, as well as his family traditions.”

Nicols told Eater that the restaurant plans to be open daily and will include a happy hour, weekend brunch and a expansive wine list.

This opening is just one of two new restaurants slated for Green Lake Village this summer. Just across the courtyard from Eight Row, Little Big Burger is expected to open soon, possibly this week.


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Lucia Kitchen + Bar Closes in Green Lake

June 19, 2019 11:48am

Sad news to share. Green Lake’s Lucia Kitchen + Bar has closed. 
The Italian restaurant opened in 2014 to the then brand new Green Lake Village complex. 

On Monday night they posted this to their Facebook page: 
“Thank you Green Lake! Regretfully, after 5 wonderful years, Lucia Italian Kitchen closed its doors on Sunday, June 16th. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years. Thank you for your support!” 

No word on future tenants.


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Summer Binge Reading List From Third Place Books

June 19, 2019 11:44am

We recently announced that Seattle Greenlaker is launching a binge worthy Summer Reading List  based on picks from local experts. Two weeks ago we chatted with Green Lake Branch librarian Andrea Gough about her picks. This week we give you Sam Kaas’ picks from Third Place Books, one of Green Lake’s closest independent bookstores. Happy reading!

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer ( 978194822619, Catapult)At nineteen years old, bored and unsure where to direct her energies, Lara Prior-Palmer learned about the Mongolian Derby – a 1000-kilometer endurance horse race across the Mongolian Steppe – and, largely on a whim, entered. With limited experience and virtually no training, she simply hoped to finish, but she ended up becoming the youngest competitor – and the first woman – ever to win.  Rough Magic is her raw, windswept, day-by-day account of the race, but it’s also a near-magical paean to the strange pleasures of solitude and restlessness, and to the pull of the unknown. You’ll only want to put this down long enough to go enter an extreme endurance race of your own.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patirck Radden Keefe (9780385521314, Doubleday)
This intimate and fastidiously-researched history of the IRA – told through the lense of a still-partially-unsolved disappearance in Belfast in 1972, at the height of The Troubles – was the first book this year I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. Those interested in the history of Northern Ireland will appreciate Keefe’s careful, engaging reporting, and those who are looking for their next great True Crime read will want to set aside a full day to tear into this gripping story.

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch ( 9780374268121, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)***AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW; publishes July 9, 2019***Madeline Ffitch’s characters – bombastic, tragic, triumphant, flawed, hopeful, insufferable, and hilarious – had become like family to me before I really knew what was happening, and her crackling live-wire of a debut is a loud, proud rallying cry for love and freedom in all forms. Full of joy and pain, humor and vitriol, and a cast of unforgettable personalities, Stay and Fight may be one of the summer’s must-read novels.

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith ( 9780374146856, Sarah Crichton Books)From the Paris exhibitons of the Lumiere brothers to the early film studios of New Jersey, from the trenches of WWI to the eccentric glory of 1960s Hollywood, Dominic Smith’s sweeping historical novel questions, again and again, how love and truth and creative vision play out in 24 frames per second. If you loved Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, this book is your next summertime read.


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Repaving Continues On Aurora Bridge

June 14, 2019 8:30pm
Courtesy of SDOT

Repaving the Aurora Bridge continues this weekend and will be followed by 8 additional weekends of paving and partial lane closures. WSDOT is warning of long delays and asks that people avoid that area if possible. WSDOT posted a few of the times but says it may need 10 to get the job done. Weekend work will occur from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the weekends of:

June 14-17
June 28-July 1
July 12-15
Aug. 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26

For more on this project, go to the WSDOT website:


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Phinney Farmers Market Opens Today

June 7, 2019 9:16am

It’s official! Farmers Market Season has begun. From now until Sep 27, grab fresh produce, locally-raised meat, flowers, and more.
The market is open from 3:30pm – 7:30pm every Friday. Located at N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Center. Parking is free.
For more information about the seasonal events happening at the market, check out their website.


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Summer Reading List Picks From Green Lake Librarian Andrea Gough

June 5, 2019 7:34am

We recently announced that Seattle Greenlaker is launching a binge worthy Summer Reading List.  We asked local experts to weigh in on their favorite summer reads. And this week we asked Green Lake Branch Librarian, Andrea Gough for five of her favorites. She kindly shared her recommendations and gave us a bonus read from last summer as you will see below.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
Frannie stands accused of murdering her employer and his wife in a crime that roils 1820s London. In prison, Frannie writes the story of her life, from enslavement on a Jamaican plantation to her quest for autonomy in London. What drew me in and didn’t let me go was Frannie’s voice – urgent, unique, compelling.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
After a flood has wiped out much of Earth’s lowlands, the Navajo Nation has survived largely unscathed, protected by their high altitude location and by a wall that encircles them. However, the gods and monsters of legend have returned to walk the land. Maggie Hoskie, drawing upon her clan powers, is a monster-slayer who begins to work with an unconventional medicine man when dark witchcraft comes calling. 

The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair 
In post-World War II London, Iris Sparks (perhaps a wartime spy) and Gwendolyn Bainbridge (a society widow) have teamed up to matchmake singles with The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. When one client is accused of murdering another, Iris and Gwendolyn decide the police have the wrong man and start investigating. This novel has such a light touch that it was a breeze to read, but I also learned interesting things about post-war England and the avenues that were open to women. In that sense, it’s similar to one of my favorite reads from last summer, Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
In the 1980s, Yale is a young gay man living in Chicago, pursuing a career as development director for an art gallery, and watching as the carnage of the AIDS epidemic rolls through his friend group. One of the first to die is his friend Nico; 30 years later Nico’s sister Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter, and must do her own reckoning with the way the AIDS crisis impacted her life. Makkai is masterful at bringing these places and times to life, and I felt so invested in Yale and Fiona that I couldn’t stop reading.

The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper
For a little chill in you summer, try this atmospheric horror novel set at an isolated PNW lodge. Aaron, his sisters, and his mother have all been called to the lodge for the reading of his father’s will, where they learn that they’ll inherit millions but only if they stay inside the grounds for 30 days with no access to the outside. With the trees pressing in from all sides, they start to see strange things in the forest that suggest they’re not alone. I found this creepy without being gruesome, and read it in a single day.

Green Lake Branch Library (7364 E Green Lake Drive North)
Open: Monday and Tuesday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


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