Free car washes at Brown Bear on LCW today, August 21

IMG_6387.JPGDoes your car look like it’s been mud bogging or still have a layer of dead bugs from a summer road trip? Well, then this info from Brown Bear Car Wash is for you:

Brown Bear is offering free car washes today, Thursday, August 21, to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the founding of the company.

The local company is offering free “Bear Essential” washes at all of their 21 automated “tunnel wash” locations, including the Lake City location at 14312 Lake City Way NE.

More from Brown Bear:

For the past eight years Brown Bear has provided over 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day.

Founder and owner Vic Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle in 1957 with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc., Brown Bear owns and operates a total of 41 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores.

It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S. and is widely recognized within the industry as being a leader in the environmental movement.

Photos from SalmonFest Seattle Requested

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We’ve seen some fantastic, SalmonFest Seattle pictures on this site, and would LOVE to receive some of your photo files.

The North Seattle Chamber is creating a slideshow of the event and would appreciate photos you may have taken over the weekend of the Salmon Bake, Street Festival, Entertainment, Car Show, Animal Shows and Parades! We are happy to acknowledge photographers on request.

  • Jpg or gif files, please; large files are best if you have them. All photos are welcome.
  • Send to: Diane Haugen, northseattlechamber@gmail.com
  • If you many or very large files, please place them in dropbox and send an invite to northseattlechamber@gmail.com
  • The small print: Photos submitted become the property of North Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Thank you in advance for helping us document this wonderful, new event!

Matthews Beach scheduled to reopen Saturday after closure

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(seattlepi.com photo used with permission)

Matthews Beach is scheduled to reopen on August 9th after being closed because of elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

The bacteria likely flowed into the beach area from Thornton Creek, which has been reported to have dangerous levels of fecal coliform bacteria.

Seattle Parks sent out the following press release.

On a recommendation from Public Health – Seattle & King County, Seattle Parks and Recreation will reopen Matthews Beach Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. Water samples collected this week revealed low bacteria counts that are within the safe swimming level.

For more information, please visit http://green.kingcounty.gov/swimbeach/BeachData.aspx?locator=0818SB&CurrentYear=true.

Matthews Beach hours are 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on weekends and noon-7 p.m. on weekdays.

Photos: Lake City celebrates SalmonFest Seattle and Pioneer Days Parade

Lake City’s SalmonFest Seattle kicked into high gear Saturday —after a brief thunderstorm brought a bit of excitement to festivalgoers. And the grand Pioneer Days Parade wrapped up a day of fun in Lake City.

The popular annual salmon bake, a fundraiser for the Community Center, started serving tasty fish from Loki Fish Co. at noon as people browsed the street fair and car show that lined NE 125th Street and part of 28th Ave NE. The street fair will return Sunday from 10-5 pm —for the first time as a two day event— and the salmon bake will continue serving the tasty fish from 12 to 5pm.

On Saturday the Pioneer Days Parade brought thousands of spectators to Lake City Way. And the evening properly wrapped up with a spectacular sunset over Li’l Ol’ Lake City (see last photo.)

You can see all the fun in the photos below.

Brayden and Payten at SalmonFest Seattle

Brayden and Payten at SalmonFest Seattle

Tom works the salmon grill

Tom works the salmon grill

Dancing in the street

Dancing in the street

Anya enjoys bubbles at the festival

Anya enjoys bubbles at the festival

The car show

The car show

A wild Rainier

A wild Rainier

The Vigilantes

The Vigilantes

The SalmonFest street festival

The SalmonFest street festival

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The sun sets in spectacular fashion over Lake City.

The sun sets in spectacular fashion over Lake City.

Fruit in yard of ‘Fig King’ ripe, ready for picking

Bill Farhat profiled in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine

Bill Farhat profiled in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine

Last year Lake City resident Bill Farhat was profiled in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine. The publication named Farhat the “Fig King.” The native of Lebanon has a yard described by The Times as “ringed with grape leaves, planted with Persian plums and packed with his prized fig trees.”

Well the fruit of all Farhat’s labor is ready —early this year— and the Fig King is ready to share his backyard bounty. He is asking $4 per pound for the delicious figs from his 35 trees. You can read more from Farhat below.

Last summer, I was lucky enough to be called the “fig king” by The Seattle Times magazine, which wrote a feature story on me—as well as a video blog.

I have 35 trees in my backyard. (I’d probably have more, but there’s no more space).

I’m writing today because I would love to share my Desert King figs with others in the Lake City and surrounding community. They are ripe!

They are 10 days early this year, due to our incredible warm weather. Come get em! (If you want to plant a tree in your own backyard, I can help you with that, too).

I sell figs for $4/pound. Email boufaris@hotmail.com or call 206-363-0121

If you stop by and get some of his figs, make sure to let us know how you dished them up in the comments section below.

Matthews Beach closed due to bacteria in water

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(seattlepi.com photo used with permission)

Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed Matthews Beach to swimmers because of elevated levels of bacteria in the water. The beach park regularly attracts geese and other waterfowl. The beach is also adjacent to Thornton Creek, which is know to have dangerous levels of fecal coliform bacteria.

The beach closure comes at a time of year when many would be enjoying the cool waters of Lake Washington.

From Seattle Parks:

On a recommendation from Public Health – Seattle & King County, Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed Matthews Beach Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Routine weekly water quality testing revealed that the bacteria levels in the water were too high for swimming.

The water will be tested again on Monday and the beach could re-open as early as Wednesday, Aug. 6. For updated information, please visit http://green.kingcounty.gov/swimbeach/BeachData.aspx?locator=0818SB&CurrentYear=true.

Speed humps installed in front of Olympic Hills Elementary

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As part of a an effort to make the walking and biking route to Olympic Hills Elementary School safer, speed humps were installed by the Seattle Department of Transportation on NE 130th Street in recent days.

The speed humps are intended to slow traffic in the immediate vicinity of the school. The Safe Routes To School program and a grant from the Washington State Department of transportation also recently completed a segment of missing sidewalk on the route to the school along NE 130th Street. Previously students were regularly seen walking to school in the street.

Although many streets in the area of the school still lack sidewalks, the recent additions show government officials are paying attention to pedestrian safety in the neighborhood. The topic of pedestrian safety has been the dominant topic of public meetings in the Lake City area for decades.

More speed humps and other traffic calming measures are planned for a stretch of 27th Avenue Northeast, NE 127th Street, and 25th Avenue Northeast as part of the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways project to make roads more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

Free Kids’ field trip to the Lake City Emergency Hub

Lake City kids and parents – are you Emergency Ready?

Join the North Seattle Family Center and the American LC HUB FieldtripRed Cross this Monday, July 28th, for a special walking field trip to Lake City’s own Emergency Hub!

An emergency expert from the American Red Cross will teach kids basic first aid, how to react in a natural disaster, and explain how a pillowcase can help you out in an emergency.  Pre-registered kids will also receive a backpack with a safety starter kit.

To register for the field trip, call the North Seattle Family Center at (206) 364-7930.

 

SalmonFest Coming Soon!

LogoSalmonFest Seattle is almost here and there’s really, truly something for everyone at this year’s revamped Lake City street festival. Events run Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd. Where to start?

 

Market goers sample salmon sauces for the upcoming Salmon Bake

Market goers sample salmon sauces for the upcoming Salmon Bake

Salmon! This year’s salmon bake features a new salmon supplier. Loki Fish Co. is locally-owned and known for it’s sustainable harvesting and direct-marketing of wild fish. Festival organizers also field-tested three exciting new sauces at the Lake City Farmers Market this month, polling market-goers for their favorite to be used alongside the Loki salmon this year.

Salmon Bake
(Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE)

  • Friday, Aug. 1st – 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 2nd – 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 3rd – 12:00pm-5:00pm

 

Music!  This year’s main stage line-up includes a wide array of music, from big band swing to folk music, acapella, rock, gospel and more, including Pacific Northwest favorites Reilly & Maloney. Visit the SalmonFest site for the maintstage entertainment schedule.

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Kids make salmon masks in preparation for SalmonFest

Entertainment!  The weekend kicks off Friday evening with a contra dance at the Lake City Community Center. If you’ve got youngsters, don’t miss famed Reptile Man on Saturday, Aug. 2nd at 3:30pm. Look for other performances likely to captivate audiences young and old – including ballet and martial arts.

Art Show!  This year’s street festival is also expanding to include a juried art show. Artisans will share a range  of wares from fine wood and metal working to wearable art and delicate baked goods, like those from Thumbprint Baking Co. Visit the SalmonFest site for a list of vendors.

Street Festival
(along 125th between Lake City Way & 25th Ave NE)

  • Saturday, Aug 2nd – 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 3rd – 10:00pm-5:00pm

Old favorites, like the Seattle Gymnastics tumbling area and classic car show will be back. But new traditions are joining the festivities – including a beer garden hosted by Elliot Bay Brewery.

 

Clowning aroundParade!  For long-time residents, no need to worry, the traditional Pioneer Days Parade is still the highlight of Saturday’s events. And as always, any child or family can dress up and participate in the Kiddie Parade.

Pioneer Days Parade, Saturday, Aug. 2nd
(Lake City Way between 125th and 135th)
Kiddie parade 6:00pm
Main parade 7:00pm

 

Animals!  The new Sunday addition to the street festival provides fun for pet owners, with the Petalooza. The Palooza Stage will feature dog contests, K-9 demonstrations and high fashion doggie wear. Bring your pets and come enjoy the day!

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SalmonFest 2014 Street Map