Shopping this week? Consider adding a few extras to your regular purchases to help out your neighbors. The North Seattle Family Center’s (NSFC) 2013 Holiday Helper Program is in desperate need of unused toys and clothes and $25 grocery store gift cards.
The Holiday Helper Program allows families to “shop” from December 16-19 for items for their children 18 years old or younger. Each family receives two gifts per child as well as an article of clothing such as a coat, sweatshirt, socks or hat and clothes. Last year, the NSFC helped more than 300 children have a merry holiday season. This year, they have not yet received enough donations to help those in need.
Below is a list of suggested gifts. Items can be dropped off directly at the North Seattle Family Center. Please note, they have recently relocated to the Lake City Professional Building (just south of the Lake City Library) 2611 N.E. 125th Street, Suite 145. For more information about the Holiday Helper Program, call Colleen at 206.364.7930, ext. 2730.
NSFC is part of the Children’s Home Society of Washington, a statewide organization supporting strong families and loving stable homes.
The Seattle School Board recently approved full implementation of the new Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) at the Jane Addams’ site for fall 2014. This map shows the new middle school attendance area for all of Lake City; students in the green area will be assigned to JAMS in the fall.
A principal, Paula Montgomery has been hired and community meetings have begun. The following community meetings will be held in the library of the Jane Addams building:
Wednesday, December 11 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 18 6:30-8:00pm
The agenda will be identical for both meetings and will include: the overall process, teacher hiring, facility work, Q&A, an opportunity for parents to give input on the JAMS educational design and a brief tour of the building. For more information, you can contact Paula Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the JAMS program website.
Jane Addams K-8 ESTEM Program
The K-8 program currently housed in the Jane Addams building will move to the district’s interim site (John Marshall near Greenlake) for the next two years. This will be the JAK-8 program’s interim location while a new building is constructed at the K-8′s future Pinehurst site. The school will be renamed as part of its move.
Pinehurst/AS1 K-8 Program
Initially faced with closure, the Pinehurst K-8 program (also known as AS1) has rallied and will now relocate to an interim site at Lincoln for the 2014-15 school year. To learn more, visit the Pinehurst K-8 blog.
Both the JAK-8 and Pinehurst K-8 programs are “option” schools. Students living in the Lake City area will be assigned to JAMS, but can choose to enroll in an “option” school like JA K-8 or Pinehurst K-8 instead. Look for school tour information on the school’s websites if you are interested in learning more:
Jane Addams K-8 website: addamsk8.seattleschools.org
Pinehurst/AS1 K-8 website: pinehurstk8.seattleschools.org
For a detailed explanation of the new middle school attendance areas, click here. (Scroll to the bottom to find information specific to Eckstein and JAMS.)
For the full attendance area map, click here.
According to KOMO/4, holiday decorations at Lake City House, a low-income housing facility, were recently discovered to have been stolen from a storage room. Christmas trees and ornaments were among the missing items.
From the KOMO story:
“It’s depressing,” said resident Ellie Rhoades “It’s like not to have Christmas.”
The building houses the elderly, disabled, and residents who can’t afford to replace the missing decorations that lit up their lobby. In the past they pooled together money they raised in yard sales and at coffee hour.
“If I can’t make these people happy, if I can’t show holiday spirit, it hurts me,” Rhoades said with tears in her eyes.
But just as there are Grinches, there are also elves.
Rhoades contacted KOMO/4′s Problem Solvers, who then contacted the Lake City Fred Meyer. The neighborhood Fred Meyer store, just a block from the facility, stepped up and donated a pair of 7-foot-tall artificial Christmas trees.
You can see the KOMO/4 video report below.
Today, Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Lake City Library will offer students a chance to do just that with a class that will introduce young computer users to the code programmers use to make our devices work.
Hour of Code is an hour long introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator and an innovator. The class is offered as part of Computer Science Week.
The event, from 5 – 6 p.m. is aimed at kids and teens. Registration for the event is not required.
From the event description:
Thought about designing your own game or program? Want to learn about computers and technology? Come and learn some introductory skills at the 2013 Hour of Code.
Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial with video lectures including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. You’ll discover repeat-loops, conditionals and basic algorithms, and the tutorials are available in 20 languages.
Today, we’re surrounded by technology. Many people have their own tablets and phones — and yet, few are learning how computers actually work. Simple computer science activities can help nurture creativity and problem solving skills. By getting a feel for computational thinking early, students will have a foundation for success in any future career path.
It was a cold night but Lake City residents still braved the low temperatures to spend some time with Santa, neighbors, and to enjoy some cider, coffee and cookies.
Here are a few photos from the annual “Holidays in the Park” event held at the Mini Park on the corner of LCW and NE 125th Street.
Have you noticed those festive decorations hanging on the light posts along LCW?
Well, we can thank the Lake City Lions Club for brightening our neighborhood with holiday cheer.
The club, which also places U.S. flags on businesses during federal holidays, recently put out a call for community members to help them decorate the center of our community. And they had a response. Nine community members showed up to help hoist and hang decorations.
Along with 18 other members of the club, the volunteers brought some magic to the commercial core.
The Lions recently asked us to pass on public thanks to Nadia, Pat, Amber, Tom, Janine, Joseph, Holly, Nancy and Steve, who came out to help.
We also want to thank the Lions for all that they do for Lake City.
*Correction – Luminaria Walk is Sat. Dec. 7th
From pancakes to tree lighting, there’s lots happening in Lake City this week!
This Wednesday, Dec. 4th from 7:00-8:00pm, join your neighbors for Lake City’s annual Holidays in the Park. Bring your kids to the Lake City mini park at the intersection of 125th and Lake City Way for free photos with Santa! The Ingraham High School band will be playing holiday tunes and there’ll be free hot cider, coffee, and cookies too! See a video of last year’s event from the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.
This Friday, December 6th, Taproot Theatre will perform Dickens’ famous A Christmas Carol at the Lake City Community Center. Doors open at 7:00pm with a sweet and savory reception of tasty season goodies, including a chocolate fountain! The show begins at 8:00pm. Money raised by this event will help fund future programming at Lake City Community Center
Tickets are available by check or cash at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE or on line at www.brownpapertickets.com. Adults $10 Seniors $9 Children under 12 FREE! For information, please call 206.363.3287.
This Saturday, December 7th from 9:00am – 11:00am, the Lions Club is hosting its annual pancake breakfast at the Community Center to raise money for Olympic Hills Elementary. The Lions club will also be giving away free books for kids! Children of all ages can choose 2 free books from a wide selection. Tickets are available at the door: $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids.
If you prefer an outdoor (and free!) experience, join neighbors this Saturday, Dec. 7th at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy a beautiful lighted walk through Meadowbrook Pond. Free cookies, hot coca, and Christmas caroling! Sponsored by the Meadowbrook Community Center and the Friends of Meadowbrook Pond.
This Friday through Sunday, Lamb of God Lutheran Church will host an exhibit of 800 different nativity sets from all around the world. The event is free and kids can participate in the Nativity Challenge to identify sets from various countries. 12509 127th Avenue N.E.
Nativity Exhibit Northwest is returning to Lake City with its impressive collection of Nativity sets for a three day show in early December.
In 2012 the show featured about 800 Nativity sets ranging from elaborate and expensive to simple and cute. You can see photos of the 2012 show in this post by Douglas Park Cooperative.
The Nativity Challenge, part of the event, is an activity where visitors have to find Nativity sets from various countries in the show. The activity lives up to its name and is quite a challenge.
A flyer for the event is posted below:
When Union Bank recently recognized its Lake City branch as the number one Union Bank branch in the North Sound Region for the third quarter, Vice President and Lake City Branch Manager Ariel Pidlaoan was quick to praise the Lake City community and his team.
“We are only as strong as the families, businesses, institutions and communities that surrounds and supports our branch,” Ariel said, noting that the branch has doubled the number of its clients over the past two years. “Our team believes in doing right for our community and learning each customer’s trust every day. It also means responding to Lake City with a spirit of service and strengthening those who make our communities great places to live, work and play.”
The Lake City Branch was also recognized earlier this year as the 2012 Branch of the Year in the North Sound Region. The branch was selected based on financial criteria as well as community commitment.
“It’s exciting that we can combine the products our customers need and enjoy with the down-home service that helps make us the bank of choice for Lake City residents,” Ariel said. “It is also great that Union Bank is a local business that takes community service and involvement seriously by providing paid time off for employees to volunteer in the community as well as sponsorship dollars to support the community’s great organizations.”
The Lake City branch sponsors the popular Pioneer Days; the annual Holiday In The Park, which includes the annual lighting of a holiday tree; Northaven’s Annual Summit Celebration and The North Helpline’s Empty Bowl Auction.
“Our team loves to serve Lake City’s residents and to make our branch their home for all of their banking needs or to simply share a smile and a laugh,” Ariel said.
Union Bank Lake City Branch is located at 2825 NE 125th St. Ariel Pidlaoan can be reached at 206.363.6500.