We received an email today that made us smile. It was from John Aguilar, Director of Bands at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in Seattle, WA.
“I just wanted to share with you a virtual performance that my students did recently of “Juice” by Lizzo. As you know, we have been out of school for two months now, and along with that comes numerous concerts/festivals/competitions/parades that the students will no longer get to experience this school year. It is with that in mind that my students decided to come together “virtually” during these uncertain times, as we try to send the message that music truly is one of the best medicines for the soul and that we can still make music together, although physically apart. We also want to share the message that the love and joy of learning a subject does not necessarily have to only occur in a classroom.”
Thanks John and thanks to the amazing students at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School! This is what we all needed.
Seattle Parks & Recreation has launched an online open house for the Green Lake Community Center & Evans Pool redevelopment project. Visitors can learn more about the project and provide feedback about possible relocation sites, priorities and what they want to see at the new center. The open house will be live until May 22nd.
The Seattle Parks & Recreation Department will also host an online public meeting May 13 at noon that includes a Q&A session. Registration information is available on the online open house.
One thing to note is that the current location of the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool is an option for the redevelopment. But also on the table are several locations around Green Lake. By going to the online open house you can see each site and the benefits and challenges associated with each.
According to a Seattle Parks Department press release,
“The purpose of these presentations is to offer the community an opportunity to learn more about this redevelopment project, review the benefits and challenges of each potential location and provide feedback on which locations work best for the community.
“Green Lake Park, Green Lake Community Center, and Evans Pool are some of the most popular and treasured spaces in our city,” said Jesús Aguirre, SPR Superintendent. “We are turning our focus to the future location and design of the community center and pool and look forward to hear how the community will help us re-envision this center that serves both neighbors and our growing city.”
The Green Lake Community Center is one of twenty-six community centers owned by SPR. It is one of several public amenities located within Green Lake Park and is open to the public year-round for program related and drop-in recreational use. The center was constructed in 1928 and the pool was added in 1955. The community center and pool need to be reconstructed to better serve the needs of both the immediate neighborhood and the broader city.
To ensure that the current facility remains usable and useful to the community for the next 5 to 7 years, SPR is undertaking building stabilization work which involves replacing the boilers and the air handling system in 2020.”
Tuesday is Cinco De Mayo, and let’s face it, right now it feels pretty good to have something on our calendar, even if it is just food to bring home and enjoy with our family. Here’s a few Cinco de Mayo inspired options that are right here in Green Lake.
Frelard Tamales offers pickup or delivery of frozen (make later) or hot and ready to eat tamales. Fresh horchata and agua fresca available. 6412 Latona Ave.
Rosita’s Mexican Grill, the 41 year-old Mexican restaurant is available for delivery or takeout. They also have margaritas to go. For Cinco De Mayo they will be open extended hours starting at 11:30 am – 8:30 pm. 7210 Woodlawn Ave NE
Tacos Guaymas Available for takeout or delivery through Grub Hub. 6808 E Green Lake Drive (206) 729-6563
Cocina Oaxaca says they will have specials just for Cinco de Mayo ( with more info TBD). Call for delivery or takeout. 7900 E Green Lake Drive N Suite 107 Open 12:30 – 8 p.m. (206) 729-0980
Mendoza’s Mexican Mercado sells imported food from Mexico as well as a selection of to-go, ready to eat food. In addition to offering in store shopping, they are currently available for delivery. 7811 Aurora Ave N (206) 245-1089
And a pro tip if you are wanting a margarita but don’t want to go to the grocery store, Bartell Drugs sells liquor. (419 NE 71st Street)
The current quarantine has whipped up such a frenzy for gardening, especially food gardening, that seed companies nationwide have been swamped with orders and many have closed or temporarily stopped taking orders. Nurseries are experiencing shortages of supply as well.
If you are looking to grow some fresh vegetables, feed your local pollinators, or have a project for yourself and/or the kids, the cusp of spring is a great time to start, with cool overcast weather and regular rain to help keep new seedlings get a foothold in the soil. However, if you can’t find seeds, the King County Seed Lending Library is offering its resources to its Northwest Seattle area – no membership required.
The seed library, which is run out of locations like the Tool Lending Library at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, says on its web site that it “devised this pilot program to help get our seed supply to neighbors who can use them” since their locations are currently closed. Their free seed bank is replenished with voluntary donations of fresh or saved seed.
All you need to do is check out the list, send an email to the seed library requesting up to ten packets (you may get some substitutions if necessary), and you’ll be notified when and where to pick them up.
The list includes flowers like alyssum and sunflowers, which are pollinator magnets, and edible calendula, which looks gorgeous in a salad and makes a soothing salve. Veggies range from beets to zucchini, not to mention a host of greens and even a cover crop pea.
Why not choose a mix of seeds? Start summer flowers, or cool-loving lettuces, kales, spinach, beets and legumes outside now. Many of those cool crops can also be sown again in August for a fall/winter harvest. Limited outdoor space? Grow lettuce, greens, broccoli, and beans seeded closely in a shallow tray as microgreens – giving you repeat harvests of super-nutritious baby leaves or sprouts.
Save long-season heat-loving crops like tomatoes, cucumber, and squash to start seeds inside under lights for next February or March. For this season, look for started plants at your local nursery, many of whom are doing versions of remote ordering, shopping-by-appointment, and curbside pickup.
Sky Nursery suspended plant orders as of Sunday (4/26). Ravenna Gardens, City People’s Mercantile (on Sand Point Way) and Swansons Nursery are still taking orders. Many may have seeds as well as plants. Don’t forget your seed-starting mix, pots and potting soil, and fertilizer.
In the fall, you can let a few flowers go to seed and dry them to donate to the seed bank for next year’s crops. Check out the web site’s guide to seed saving on its Resource page.
Thanks to Lincoln High School PTSA’s newsletter for tipping us to this great resource.
Part of Green Lake Drive is now closed to motorized vehicles and will be for the duration of the stay at home order or until otherwise notified by Seattle Department of Transportation. The section closed is part of the Stay Healthy Streets program, which includes several miles of streets designed to allow for walking, cycling and non-motorized activity during COVID-19. The Green Lake closure starts at East Green Lake Way N and ends at N 63rd St and West Green Lake Drive. Up the hill from Green Lake, another closure on 1st Ave (one block from Greenwood Ave) starts at 73rd St to 100th.
According to the SDOT website, the locations for Stay Healthy Streets “were selected to amplify outdoor exercise opportunities for areas with limited open space options, low car ownership and routes connecting people to essential services and food take out.”
For more information on these closures and the others around the Seattle area, go to SDOT.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and with the current climate conditions we need its spotlight more than ever. There are lots of ways to make the most of Earth Day – at home and around Green Lake. All of these are easily done while maintaining a safe distance from other people all the while helping our environment. Here are a few we rounded up that you can do on the actual Earth Day, April 22, or any day.
Join the Naturalist Challenge: In addition to Earth Day festivities, the Woodland Park Zoo is sponsoring a Naturalist Challenge https://www.zoo.org/conservation/naturechallenge for the weekend of April 24-27. You download an app and record the species of flora and fauna you find.
Whether you join the challenge above or not, see how many animals you can spot – some of the species commonly seen are toads, turtles, ducks, herons, cormorants, loons, bats, rats, squirrels, hawks, eagles and osprey.
Try some forest-bathing, reported to lower blood pressure, stress, and boost immunity – pick a quiet spot, like the woods above Lower Woodland, turn off your devices, and turn on your senses. Be still or walk very slowly.
Grab a sketch pad or a journal and practice mindful observation of the doodling or the writing kind while inhaling some immune-boosting bacteria. You can easily do this from your front yard or in quieter areas of the park.
Try these Earth-saving steps at home: In the kitchen: Look into reducing your waste output – save food scraps for compost or the yard waste bin, use reusable bins, towels, sponges, and wrappers instead of plastics and paper towels, buy in bulk where possible to decrease packaging. Grab reusable cups, straws, and containers for your to-go lattes/smoothies and muffins.
In the yard: Start a compost pile, grow your own organic veggies, mulch every bed, plant pollinator-friendly plants, swap out lawn for other plantings or permeable paving, consider a rain garden, use organic additives rather than synthetic.
The weather is warming and city officials worry that will bring people to unsafe gatherings in close proximity of each other this weekend. In response, Green Lake Park is one of 15 parks in the city that will close starting tonight at 11 p.m. and is expected to reopen early Monday morning. The others include Alki, Arboretum, Cal Anderson, Carkeek, Discovery, Gas Works, Golden Gardens, Kubota Garden, Lincoln, Magnuson, Seward, Volunteer, West Seattle Stadium and Woodland.
“These are the beautiful weather days we crave all winter, but we are living in unprecedented times and the Governor’s order isn’t stay out – it’s stay home,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan in a prepared statement. “Seattle’s frontline medical workers, vulnerable residents, and displaced workers need you to stay home. While Seattle is expecting near perfect weather, friends and families should not have family or friend outings, picnics or gatherings in parks. Stay home unless you need to go to an essential job or business. If you need to take a walk in your neighborhood, be smart and don’t help create a crowded place. Too many friends, residents and families are continuing to gathering for picnics, BBQs, basketball games, and group walks. Because we still are in danger of a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths we have to keep doing out part. Easing up on social distancing too early will put more people at risk, could overwhelm our health care system, and could delay the reopening of businesses. Stay home, and if you must leave your home, be smart, follow social distancing guidelines by stay at lease six feet from everyone and wear a mask” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Our collective effort has made an impact flattening the curve, but we must continue or face even greater and longer term consequences.”
The statement went on to say that “closing these parks temporarily will help ensure more people are keeping the distancing they need to from other people. While our neighborhood parks will remain open, the city will consider closing them or making temporary closures longer term if visitors can’t follow safety guidelines. While the City of Seattle has closed parking lots at the largest regional parks, significant gatherings and disregard for social distancing have continued.”
Let’s hope people keep a distance from the park and that Green Lake Park won’t be closed for longer. Stay safe and be well Greenlakers!
With flour hard to find right now, we were so happy to discover a local gem called Home Cake Decorating Supply that was fully stocked. The shop on 95th and Roosevelt Way sells flour yeast, sugar and just about anything you might need to make the cake or baking project of your dreams.
Home Cake Decorating has been in business since 1962 and was featured in The Seattle Times a few years ago.
To order, you email Dave, INFO@HOMECAKEDECORATING.COM with your order and specify if you’d like delivery or curbside pickup, which are available Monday through Saturday.
Like so many other small businesses, they are currently trying to get more of their inventory up online, but you can see some of their stock here. If you don’t find something on his inventory list that you need, ask him when you email. He calls you back (normally within 24 hours) to confirm a time for delivery or pick up and can answer any questions about availability then.
If ever there were a time for sprinkles in every color, and that fancy cake pan, it might be right about NOW.
Things continue to change daily with restaurants opening and closing. We are continuing to update our list of restaurants and cafes open for takeout and or delivery. And this week we were excited to hear of two restaurants that are reopening after temporary closures – Shelter Lounge and Mkt. You will find more information on those and the other restaurants open below.
Takeout (and some delivery) options: Beth’s Cafe is open for takeaway: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with most of the menu available. Blankspace Cafe is open 12-9 p.m. for bubble tea and dessert (206) 420-4348 Brunello Ristorante is offering dinner for takeaway with wine options. 206)-527-4778 Bongos is open for takeaway Wed – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (206) 420-8548. Chocolati sells handcrafted artisan chocolates and espresso drinks from their walk-up window. 206-527-5467 Cocina Oaxaca available for takeout, closed Mondays 206-729-0980. Dalongyi Hot Pot (206) 854-7707 Eight Row is offering takeaway Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $15 lunch boxes ($5 for kids) or tacos wine and pie for dinner $80 (206)294-3178. El Naranjo the neighborhood taco truck continues to operate business as usual from the Shell parking lot on Aurora. 7215 West Greenlake Drive (253) 880-6439. Green Lake Grill offers takeout nightly starting at 4 p.m. Himalayan Sherpa House Hiroki Bakery but for shortened hours W-F 12-6, S, Sun 9-5 (206) 547-4128 Little Red Hen food and beer to go and delivered (206) 522-1168. Mighty O Donuts takeaway donuts and coffee. Mkt. Open daily from 5-9 for a variety of takeaway meals. (206) 812-1580 Mykonos Greek Grill has their full menu available and is open 11 a.m – 9 p.m. for all takeout orders. (206)523-8929. Nell’s is now offering a range of small and large plates and wine for takeout. 206-524-4044. Ole Cafe is currently closed but plans to offer online Spanish lessons, stay tuned. Revolutions Coffee is doing to-go orders from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and serves coffee as well as pastries, breakfast and lunch. Rositas Mexican Grill is open for takeout with delivery. Takeout hours (starting tomorrow) 11:30 – 8 p.m. 206-523-3031. Shelter Lounge Green Lake has just reopened, offering takeout prix fixe meals Wed – Sat 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For current menus head over to their Instagram, Facebook or website. Orders are taken via phone or email (206)-420-7452, firstname.lastname@example.org. TangleTown Public House 206-466-6340 Tapas Lab Available for takeout or delivery, closed Mondays. 206-775-1744 Teddy’s Bigger Burgers open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (206)582-1885 Urban Bakery (206) 524-7591 Zeek’s Pizza takeout or delivery 206-285-8646 Zoka Cafe
Delivery: Champion Wine Cellars, the Greenwood wine shop, is doing free wine delivery to Seattle area residents. They are offering six packs at three different price points. Read their recent blog post to find out more about ordering. Press Then Press the Green Lake based online cider company delivers handpicked ciders to your door and recently added a wider delivery range throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Read more about them here. Frelard Tamales in Tangletown just launched a new delivery service – tamales to your door. Deliveries take place twice a week: Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-9pm. You pick your tamale flavors, pick the date and get them dropped off at your door. More info on their site here.