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Entries from March 2010

New park code of conduct takes effect Thursday

March 31st, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s new Code of Conduct takes effect on April 1.

It includes provisions from Washington state law, from Seattle City ordinance, from already-adopted administrative rules, and some new provisions. Violation of these rules can result in exclusion from a park or a group of parks. New prohibited behaviors include:

  • Possession of glass containers at athletic fields, beaches, or children’s playgrounds;
  • Smoking, chewing, or other tobacco use within 25 feet of other park patrons and or at play areas, beaches, playgrounds, and picnic areas;
  • Conduct that poses a risk of harm to any person or property; and
  • Possession of explosives, acid, or any other article or material capable of causing serious harm to others.

By prohibiting smoking in some parks, Seattle Parks join many other cities in Washington state and around the country that are making smoking unacceptable in public places. It is consistent with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s mission to provide healthy, safe places for people to congregate, and it sends a message to Seattle’s youth that the norm is for public places to be smoke-free.

The new rules mean park patrons can no longer smoke anything near play areas, even this hooka, which an annoyed park-goer witnessed in Greenwood Park a few months ago. The girls were smoking near the children’s play area. While it was legal at the time, the man who took the photo felt it was inappropriate.

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Trees to be planted along 8th Avenue Thursday

March 31st, 2010 by Doree

Last September, Seattle Department of Transportation landscape crews had to remove a number of Arbutus trees along 8th Avenue NW that didn’t survive the previous harsh winter.

(Arbutus trees just before their removal last September.)

On Thursday, crews will be back planting 30 serviceberry trees on 8th Avenue NW between NW 65th Street and NW 70th Street. The crew expects to work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Serviceberries are small trees, up to 20 feet tall. They have white blossoms in March or early April, and orange foliage in the fall.

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Time for bicycle pie jousting at Sully’s

March 31st, 2010 by Doree

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day and there’s no better way to make a fool of yourself than to hop on a bike, grab a cream pie and try to smear your opponent at Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon’s annual event. Here’s some of the action from last year.

Sign-ups start at 4 p.m. Thursday at the bar at North 61st Street and Phinney Avenue North. Sully says jousting starts whenever they’ve got enough people signed up.

Judging by previous year’s crowds, you’ll see about 100 people lined up on the sidewalk and across the street to catch the action. And please be careful if you’re driving by, as it’s easy to get distracted by the flying whipped cream and the outrageous costumes.

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Charles the Clown brings his hilarious slapstick routine to Ridge Romp Saturday

March 31st, 2010 by Doree

Charles the Clown finishes up this season’s run of Ridge Romp, the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s children’s entertainment series, on Saturday morning.

(Photo courtesy of Charles the Clown.)

Charles’ routine last year consisted of him transforming himself from a regular guy into a clown, as he donned silly clothes and makeup, with a lot of help from the audience. The slapstick routine had the kids howling with laughter.

Ridge Romp costs $3 per person (non-walking babes in arms are free). The show starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and lasts about 45 minutes. It’s in the PNA’s brick building, in Community Hall.

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‘Uptight Seattleite’ will let loose at multi-media book launch at Neptune Coffee

March 30th, 2010 by Doree

Neighborhood resident David Stoesz, aka the Uptight Seattleite in his Seattle Weekly column, continues the celebration of his recent publishing of “A Sensitive Liberal’s Guide to Life,” with a free multi-media event Wednesday night at Neptune Coffee.

(Book cover illustration reprinted by permission of the author.)

Stoesz promises beer, a PowerPoint presentation, and drumming by former Greenwood resident Etta Vosk. Stop by Neptune at 8415 Greenwood Ave. N. at 7 p.m. Wednesday and see how uptight he really is.

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Local teacher wants students to get their hands dirty

March 30th, 2010 by Doree

Phinney resident Angela Blemker teaches kindergarten at Green Lake School, and her mantra is “teach dirty,” as in getting your hands dirty in the great outdoors.

(Photo courtesy of Angela Blemker.)

Starting April 11, Blemker will take her educational philosophy to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an educator fellowship.

Blemker will use satellite and Internet technology to connect “Live from the Field” to her classroom and community. Blemker will join Earthwatch Institute’s Mammals of Nova Scotia expedition for two weeks as a member of a research team consisting of scientists and volunteers determined to collect data and answer the most pressing issues related to climate change.

Blemker is looking forward to bringing all that she has learned back to her classroom. “I aim to teach my students through experiences and this is the perfect opportunity to take them on an International field trip without having to apply for passports.“ Children and adults are invited to follow her adventure on her expedition blog.

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Easter fun here and there

March 29th, 2010 by Doree

Your kids can get their Easter egg hunt fix at several places nearby this weekend.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting egg hunts at community centers. All events start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, are free, and take place rain or shine. Children ages 2 – 10 scramble for goodies in age-appropriate hunt areas. Bring your own basket or bag for collecting (and a nonperishable food donation if you want).

  • Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, (206) 684-4093.
  • Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N, (206) 684-7524.
  • Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St., (206) 684-4052.
  • Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N., (206) 684-0780: ages 3 and younger hunt for eggs at 10 a.m.; ages 4-6 at 10:30 a.m.; and ages: 7-11 at 11 a.m.

Woodland Park Zoo hosts its annual Bunny Bounce for ages 1-8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There are crafts, bunny encounters, entertainment and other animal enrichment programs throughout the day. It’s included with zoo admission.

A limited supply of egg hunt bags will be provided for children without their own bag or basket. For the health and well being of zoo animals, candy will not be placed inside the eggs – egg hunt participants will receive their treats as they exit the zoo.

(Photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ.)

Egg hunts for ages 3 and under will be in the Picnic Shelter near the North Meadow continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Egg hunts for ages 3-5 and 6-8 will be in the North Meadow at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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Green your kitchen with help from the city

March 29th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Check your mailbox this week for a coupon for a free “Green Kitchen Kit” which should arrive in your CurbWaste and Conserve newsletter. The kits, which feature an EcoSafe Kitchen Collector (shown at right) and compostable bags for storing food scraps, a food scraper, a CFL light bulb and a reusable shopping bag can be picked up starting April 15th at several Neighborhood Service Centers.

The Greenwood NSC is not one of them, so the two closest would be the University NSC (4534 University Way NE) and the Ballard NSC (5604 22nd Ave NW).

“Green Kit giveaways are part of Compost Days, April 15 – May 30, when Seattle Public Utilities, Cedar Grove and Seattle City Light and our community partners are making these special offers to Seattle residents to say ‘thank you’ for helping make our city even better through your recycling and composting efforts,” the Seattle Public Utilitie’s website states.

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Haircuts for Haiti at Sugarcomb Salon

March 29th, 2010 by Doree

Sugarcomb Salon, at the corner of North 73rd Street and Linden Avenue North at the nexus of Phinney/Green Lake, is sponsoring a unique fundraiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake. “Haircuts for Haiti” on Monday April 12 and April 19 will give all proceeds from the days’ haircuts to Children of the Nations’ “Hands on Haiti” project, which helps finance the ongoing medical care of children injured in Haiti’s earthquake.

Haircuts are available on a first-come first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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