You may have seen that we are starting a Seattle Greenlaker Summer Reading List where we ask local experts to tell us their top picks for summer page turners. We will be posting about those recommendations later this week. In the meantime, I recently heard of a book and accompanying events that I knew would be on my summer reading list. The book is called Chai Another Day by Leslie Budewitz. The book is the fourth book of her Spice Shop Mystery Series, and is due out next week. The mystery is set at a spice shop in Pike Place Market and involves an interesting cast of characters, murder investigation and seems like the perfect suspense/murder mystery.
To kick off her June 11th launch she is having two events this week:
Launch Event at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. 17171 Bothell Way NE
Remember when you were a kid and the summer reading programs always came with a reward? Read a library book a week and get a free book. Or, my favorite, read 10 books and at the end of the summer your teacher will drive you and a few of your fourth grade sidekicks (yes, in their personal car!) to Pizza Hut and you can eat all the pizza and drink all the pop that you want. Kid, you earned it! (Weren’t the 90s great!?) Why do those book awards go away when you become an adult? I’d like to argue that they don’t. On nights that I read before bed, I sleep better, longer and wake up more refreshed. It’s no deep dish pizza, but it is even more rewarding to my 30-something body. I recently read this story about binge reading in the The New York Times that really stuck with me. Why don’t I devour books like I would a new Netflix series? I think part of the reason is people don’t tend to talk about books like they do the shows they are watching. “Did you see Game of Thrones last night?” So I’ve decided to refresh my summer reading list and I thought you, fellow Greenlakers, might like to be part of it. Over the coming weeks I will be posting about books recommended by local experts – from authors to bookstore owners and our lovely librarians right here in Green Lake. And if you have a recommendation, please share it here.
If you have driven over the Aurora Avenue Bridge in the past few days, you’ve likely noticed the large bumps where part of the roadway has been scraped away. Repaving for the 88-year-old bridge starts this weekend and will be followed by 10 weekends of paving and partial lane closures. WSDOT is warning of long delays and asks that people avoid that area if possible. So let’s go ahead and add these weekends to our calendars right now, okay? WSDOT posted 7 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:
We just received this update from Seattle Department of Transportation about the paving project that will affect Green Lake Way, specifically Green Lake Way N, N 50th St, and Stone Way N intersection.
After our engineers analyzed 8 different design options at this intersection, they found that the only way to make operational improvements would be to close one “leg” of the 5-way intersection and establish a 4-way intersection. This design change would require real estate acquisitions, significant increases to project funding, and at least 1 to 2 additional years of design and community engagement work. Unfortunately, these realities are beyond the scope, budget, and schedule of the current project.
We’ll continue to look for future opportunities to improve safety and operations at this intersection that are within our scope and budget. This includes:
Adding curb bulbs and upgrading curb ramps for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
Adjusting crosswalks to make it safer for people walking and biking across the intersection
Making minor adjustments to improve visibility and sightlines
N 40th St bike connections In an effort to provide better bike connections around N 40th St, we’re looking at additional safety treatments and have identified three potential intersections. Project budget is limited, but the team will consider community feedback in implementing as many of the alternatives as possible.
40th and Wallingford Ave N – Traffic Signal Updates The proposed plan is to update and re-time the traffic signal to provide a Leading Pedestrian Interval for all crossings. A leading pedestrian interval gives pedestrians a head start at traffic signals by turning on the pedestrian signal 3-7 seconds before parallel vehicles are given the green light. This improves the visibility of pedestrians and can reduce vehicle-pedestrian collisions by up to 60%.
40th and Latona Ave NE – Rapid Flashing Beacons We’re considering the installation of rapid flashing beacons. This treatment alerts drivers to the presence of a pedestrian or bicyclist and increases yield rates at crosswalks.
NE Pacific St and Latona – Rapid Flashing Beacons (see above)
It’s almost time to pull out those water toys from the basement. The Seattle Parks Department just announced that the Green Lake Wading Pool will be open starting June 22 at 11 a.m.
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.
Phinney Neighborhood Farmers Market Opens June 7 Grab dinner, fresh produce, even a bottle of wine from the seasonal market. Open Fridays through Sep 27 3:30pm – 7:30pm. 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.
PhinneyWood Garage Sale June 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Shop: Peruse around 100 yard sales throughout the neighborhood, aided by an official printed or online interactive map. Check out the flea market in the Phinney Center’s lower parking lot and visit the tool sale at the PNA Tool Library. Sell: Register your garage sale to be included on the map or rent a space at the flea market by May 20. Salvage: Donate to Goodwill and recycle electronics, household goods, textiles, and styrofoam at the Phinney Center. Shred: Shred up to four boxes of paper with Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck from 9 am-1 pm. Swap & adopt plants: Bring plants, pots, gardening books and tools to exchange, or pick up some new plants for free. More information and a map (closer to the event) on the Phinney Neighborhood Association website.
Green Lake Open Water Swim June 30, 9 a.m. Swim either the 1/2 mile or 1 mile course with hundreds of other eager swimmers. All participants receive a t-shirt and cap. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group category. Registration is now open.
Nail Garden, the nail salon near the Ben and Jerry’s on the north part of the lake, has a new owner and will soon be changing the name to BFF Nail Salon. The salon now takes reservations online and has different hours open Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The salon is located at 7900 E Green Lake Drive N. Suite 109.
Ming China Bistro, across the street from Green Lake Village, has closed, possibly temporarily. (Yelp labels the restaurant as temporarily closed.) According to a reader, Ming will reopen as a hot pot restaurant with the same owners. Stay tuned!
Little Big Burger has not yet opened but Eater Seattle says that it will open in May. The Green Lake location was originally slated to open nearly three years ago. A Wallingford and Capitol Hill location have opened in the meantime.
I was at the Transfer Station recently (always a humbling experience) and was amazed at how many car seats I saw. Yes, car seats expire and you can’t throw them in the curbside recycling, but you can recycle them.
Target is doing a car seat trade in program where you return your used car seat and get a coupon for 20 percent off your next car seat or a load of other baby equipment. The event is going on now until May 4, 2019.
For more information on the program, go to Target.