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Tree Fire This Weekend In The Park

December 18, 2017 7:23am

Thanks to reader John, who sent us photos and his encounter with a fire in a tree in the park over the weekend. Here’s what happened:

“Just wanted to share these photos from my run around Green Lake early on Saturday. At about 6:30 a.m. I was on my first of two laps of the lake and heard someone coughing in a large evergreen tree at the southeast end of the lake. I stopped briefly and considered asking the person to get out of there, but thought better of it and moved on. About 3/4 of the way around the lake I could see the tree erupt into an impressive flume. The center of the tree went up like a Roman candle. I got back to the tree at about 6:50 a.m. By that point it had mostly burned itself out. I called 9-1-1 but was told the fire department was already on the scene. I stayed (along with a few other lake walkers) long enough to ensure they actually found the tree and were able to put out the last of the hot spots. They had the fire out by about 7 AM.

Though I did not see the person, I am reasonably sure this was another of the illegal campers that have become so noticeable in the park in the early morning. It’s a shame to see people trashing the park, living in unsafe conditions, and threatening the safety of those who legally use the park each day. I hope we can get ahead of the problem in 2018 and help these folks find a better place to do what they are going to do… and hopefully while we still have some park left!”


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Shelter Lounge Now Hosts Trivia on Sundays

December 14, 2017 6:33am

Shelter Lounge Green Lake is now offering trivia every Sunday night. Open to all ages, the $5 fee covers entrance and the winner takes the pot.
Drink specials rotate monthly. And for the losers of each trivia night, a consolation prize – the opportunity to pick the theme for a round the following week.

Shelter’s Facebook page will show the weekly themes and more info about the ongoing trivia night.

Sundays 7 p.m.
Green Lake Shelter Lounge
7110 E Green Lake Drive N.


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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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Shop Local in Green Lake

December 11, 2017 6:39am

Slip Ceramica featured at Ship Song

Looking to buy local this holiday? There’s several opportunities right here in Green Lake.

Ship Song

A few weeks ago we posted about the collaborative boutique that opened for the holidays at Ship Song. We got to check it out recently and the sun-filled space is full of great gifts from pottery to jewelry, clothing, plants and other vintage finds. Fingers crossed these artists stay at this boutique long after the holidays.

Ship Song
310 NE 65th St. (206) 229-0802


Greenlaker Gift Guides From Holidays Past

You can also peruse our gift guides from years’ past for local finds. Here’s the guide from 2014 and 2015.


Buy local, eat local

Consider buying a gift card from one of the many local restaurants, including Duke’s, Green Lake Ale House, Green Lake Bar and Grill, Shelter Lounge, JoDee’s Desserts, Lucia Italian Kitchen & Bar, Mkt., Nell’s or PCC for a cooking class or dinner on the go.


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Green Lake Pathway Of Lights 2017

December 10, 2017 9:42pm

In case you missed it, the Green Lake Pathway of Lights could not have had better weather. Okay, maybe a light calm snow would have made it magical, but honestly, the weather was wonderful. The night was clear and without any rain, thousands flocked to the lake to hear the music and see the hot air balloons – a new addition this year.

Seattle Greenlaker contributor Dustin Guy captured several scenes of the lake.

Photos by Dustin Guy


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The December Dry Streak Makes Green Lake Shine

December 8, 2017 6:42am

Photo by Dustin Guy

If it weren’t for the low sun angle and chill in the air, you might be wondering if it’s really December. We’re now on day 4 of a dry spell that could extend to 10 days. If the dry spell lasts that long, it’s exceptional. A dry streak of 10 days or more in December in Seattle over the last few decades only occurs every 15 or 20 years. The last time we had a rain-free period of a week and a half in December, the World Wide Web was less than 10 years old and many of us were using dial up for internet access. It was 1999. Before that, there was a dry spell of two weeks in December of 1985.


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Green Lake Library Temporary Closure Begins Dec 17

December 7, 2017 9:22pm

Best to get your holiday reads ordered from the Green Lake Library early this year. The Green Lake Branch Library will temporarily close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 for construction work to repair dry rot surrounding the skylight above the entry. During this time the book drops also will close. Because the work involves the use of scaffolding, heavy equipment and maneuvering long beams, the branch and book drops will close for the safety of staff and patrons.
The branch is expected to reopen by the end of the year. Because the closure is so brief, holds will be temporarily suspended. Holds not picked up by 5 p.m. Dec. 17 will not be available until the branch reopens. Patrons do not need to take any action – holds will be automatically restarted once the branch reopens. Patrons who want to pick up their holds at another branch while the Green Lake Branch is closed should contact staff before 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Greenwood branch will likely be your best bet through the end of the year.


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