Community Garden Survey

community garden site photoHave you ever noticed that empty strip of grass just south of Fred Meyer? (You know the one pictured here… arguably a bit of an eyesore?) Would you like to see that space transformed into a community garden?

Lake City Future First and Fred Meyer are working in partnership to do just that – create a community garden in that space. Please give input on how you’d like to see this space developed. Would you like to see chess tables? Or beds filled with edible plants? A mural?

Please share your thoughtful ideas by responding to this quick Community Garden Survey. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and could help shape the future of that space.

Inspired? Feeling passionate about this project? Visit Lake City Future First’s volunteer page and sign up if you’d like to help see this project to fruition.


High-speed, fiber optic lines being installed in Lake City

Utility crews install fiber optic lines in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. (LCL photo)

Utility crews install fiber optic lines in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. (LCL photo)

You have likely seen the utility work in Lake City in recent weeks. Crews from CenturyLink have been hanging high-speed fiber optic lines from utility poles and threading them under streets. The new fiber cables are part of a CenturyLink project to bring high-speed broadband Internet to much of Seattle.

CenturyLink has not announced when the system in northeast Seattle will be on-line, but the infrastructre is now being put in place. Lake City has long suffered from a lack of Internet options and arguably poor service from those that we have here. The company is not without its own criticism from customers and government agencies, but it will be the first company to offer residentail customers Internet at gigabit speeds.

The Seattle Times in 2014 reported what kind of fees a customer could expect to pay for the gigabit Internet. From the Times:

CenturyLink will charge $110 per month for gigabit service for the first year, or $80 if bundled with a voice plan, DirectTV service or a Verizon wireless plan. There’s also a $60 installation fee, a $20 activation fee and a $7 per month modem fee. After the first year the standalone rate jumps to $152, which will limit its appeal and uptake.

You can learn more about the CenturyLink “gigabit” Internet here.

Slate Fitness Business After Hours

Owner Jared Putnam is hosting our April Business After Hours Slate Crossfitat his gym in Lake City. Never tried crossfit? This is your chance to see first hand what all the buzz is about!

Bring your business cards and your smile. The event is free.

Jared Putnam

Slate Crossfit
2701 NE 127th

April 30, 2015  5PM-7PM

View a video posted by Slate Crossfit on Facebook!

How to Get the Most Out of Any Networking Event – Chamber Lunch & Learn


Sven Mogelgaard

Are you getting the most out of your networking?  Do you come away with two or three good connections from every event you attend?  

Contrary to popular belief, networking is about connecting with people, not selling to people.  But, once you connect with people honestly, you will see your business grow.

You’ll leave this short workshop understanding ho connecting with people builds your business much quicker than selling to people.  You’ll find out how to walk away from any event with more than just a stack of business cards.  Most importantly, you’ll learn the single most important step you need to take to turn a connection into a champion for you and your business.

Our presenter is Sven Mogelgaard, Millcreek Technology Services

Thursday, May 14, 2015   12PM-1PM
Bring your lunch for this casual, fun and free meeting. Beverages and dessert provided! No reservations needed.

North Seattle Chamber of Commerce
12531 28th Ave NE
Next to the Lake City Library

Chamber Lunch & Learn is held monthly on the 2nd Thursday and features speakers on relevant topics for our world today, business and personal. Visit for  updates as we book for the following months. For more information, please email

Lake City Future First ‘Community Conversation’ on April 29

Lake City Future First will host a “Community Conversation” on April 29 at the Community Center. The meeting will tackle the topic of urban design. From a flyer for the event (embedded below):

Talk with your neighbors and Lake City business owners over delicious food
Lake City Future First heard from the community and from your input we have our Strategic Plan to share with you
Share your thoughts about the draft vision for the urban design of Lake City
Volunteer sign-up for Lake City Future First projects in the Strategic Plan
Did we mention free food and entertainment? Find out more at

Download (PDF, 392KB)

You’re Invited!


Last year’s attendees shared their visions for Lake City and now many of these ideas are underway. Come learn more about what’s going on and how you can get involved.

More than 150 people attended last year’s Community Conversation at Elliot Bay Brewery. Come join us for another Community Conversation happening April 29th, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Lake City Community Center. This time around, enjoy free food and entertainment provided by Manila, Manila, our fabulous local Phillippino restaurant and market.

This free event continues the work of Lake City Future First (LCFF). Last year you shared your ideas and visions, and now it’s time to see them come to fruition! The event will include opportunities to learn more about a variety of Lake City actions, including:

  • A new community garden in the works
  • Ideas to activate the mini-park at 125th and Lake City Way
  • The new Urban Design plan for Lake City (spearheaded by the Department of Planning and Development)
  • Learn more about neighborhood greenways and other changes to address traffic safety
  • Meet members of LCFF and the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance – get connected with your local community groups
  • Provide feedback
  • Get involved
  • Did we mention free food?

The invitation includes a tear off RSVP form. Return the completed form to Kaffeeklatsch and receive a $1 off any Kaffeeklatsch item.

A Parent’s Guide to Foot Health for Athletic Kids

baseballMillions of American children will participate in warm weather sports this year, from softball to soccer and swimming to cycling. No matter what their sport or whether they play competitively or just for fun, they will have one important thing in common: They’ll need their feet to be pain-free if they’re going to play their best and prevent injuries.

“Sports play a significant role in the lives of millions of young athletes,” says Rion Berg DPM, a podiatrist at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Parents need to be aware that sports, which require a substantial amount of running, turning, and contact, can translate to injuries. Protecting children’s feet from injuries, and bringing them to a podiatrist when problems occur, can help keep kids in the game and make the sport more enjoyable.”

APMA offers some tips for helping protect children’s feet while playing warm-weather sports:

  • Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to help prevent sprains or fractures.
  • Buying a shoe designed for the specific sport your child plays not only improves your child’s performance in the sport, but it also can help protect him or her from serious foot and ankle injuries. APMA has given its Seal of Acceptance to select sports footwear, which offer quality materials and protective support.
  • Without the right sock, even the best athletic shoe won’t score points—on the field or off. Athletic socks should consist of a natural/synthetic blend, which is best at wicking away moisture and minimizing foot odor. Socks should not have large seams that might cause blisters or irritation. Commonly played warm-weather sports and the risks associated with them include:
  • Basketball – Children playing basketball may be at risk for ankle sprains, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the thick band of tissue on the sole of the foot). To minimize the risk of foot injury, choose a shoe with a thick, stiff sole, high ankle support, and shock absorption.
  • Tennis – The rapid, repetitive lateral movements and shifting of weight required of tennis players can lead to injuries such as ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and corns or calluses. Tennis players will do best with a flexible-soled shoe that supports both sides of the foot.
  • Running – Movements required of runners include leg extension and hitting the balls of the feet with a great deal of force. Running can lead to shin splints, heel pain, and blisters. A good running shoe should offer good support and shock absorption. In some cases, custom orthotics may be necessary to provide additional support and control of foot motion.
  • Soccer – The running, jumping, and lateral movements required of soccer players can lead to many foot injuries, with heel pain and shin splints being among the most common. Soccer shoes should provide multiple cleats in the heel area and enough room for thick soccer socks.

“Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children participate actively in sports,” Dr. Berg says. “Parents need to be vigilant to ensure children’s feet remain healthy and safe. And remember—lack of complaint by a child is not a reliable sign that everything is fine. The bones of growing feet are so flexible that they can be twisted and distorted without the child being aware of it.”

Ensuring your child’s feet stay healthy could go a long way—your young athlete could one day be the next LeBron James or Brandi Chastain. If your child participates in strenuous sports, monitor his or her foot health closely. If you suspect a problem, take your child to a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment.

Rion Berg DPM is a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Center of Lake in Seattle, WA.  Call 206-368-7000 or visit to make an appointment. Visit to learn more about foot health and care.