Category Archives: Community

Go to the Head of the Line at the SalmonFest Salmon Bake!

Grill from LCLBuy advance tickets for yourself, your family or your employees and go to the head of the ticket line when you arrive for your Wild Salmon Dinner August 1-3!  We are featuring wild salmon from Loki Fish Co., a local, family owned and operated company.

Salmon Bake Menu

Alder Smoked Wild Salmon
with Lemon Balasamic Sauce available

Traditional or Asian Cole Slaw
Festival Baked Beans
Potato Roll & Butter
Ice Cream
Coffee or Cold Beverage

Adults $10
Seniors $9.50
Fish Only $6
Hot Dog Plate $6

Tickets available at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE through August 31, 2014 and at the Lake City Farmers Market August 24, 2014. For more information, please call 206.362.4378 or email

Lake Washington beach access at end of NE 130th St no longer public, appeals court rules

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

A Washington State Appeals court ruled on June 30th that a beach on Lake Washington is private property and not a place the public can access the water. The ruling may change nearly 80 years of public use of the small property.

The court ruled 3-0 against the City of Seattle and King County and sided with property owners on either side of the land at the end of Northeast 130th Street.

Lake City Live first reported about the dispute in April 2013 after signs were placed on the property announcing coming improvements as part of a Parks and Green Spaces Levy. When the sign was erected announcing the street end improvements by Seattle Parks and Seattle’s Department of Transportation, the adjacent property owners filed a dispute of title, saying the land was private property. As the case made its way through court, the project at the site was put on hold.

The dispute stems from the 1926 purchase of property from the Puget Mill Company. In 1932 King County vacated the street that separated the properties. The timing of the street vacation led to the dispute.

Some residents advocating for public Lake Washington access have expressed their disappointment via a Facebook group, and are now advocating for the City of Seattle to condemn the property for public use.

Area resident David Pope wrote in letter to City leaders, “The North end of Seattle has very limited access to Lake Washington and it would be irresponsible to let this public beach be taken over by two land owners who already enjoy water access.”

The beach is the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and the Log Boom Park in Kenmore.

You can see a Google Street view of the area below:

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You can see the Washington Court of Appeals ruling below.

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Schedule of July events at Lake City Farmers Market

The Lake City Farmers Market has planned for a month of fun activities and special events for the month of July at the market. The market runs Thursdays from 3-7 pm at Northease 125th & 28th Avenue Northeast. Aside from the fun of having a picnic at Albert Davis park with food purchased at the market, this month the market will also feature:

  • 7/3: Live Music from Marc Smason,Cherry Pit Spit Contest for kids of all ages,Face-painting 3-4:30, Seattle Preschool movement in the park from 3-7 pm
  • 7/10 Live Music from Brett Gadbois on Piano and Salmon Fest Seattle Cooking Contest from 4-6, Elliott Bay Brewery Sampling
  • 7/17: Live Music from Brad and Valerie, Salmon Mask Making with Salmon Fest Seattle
  • 7/24: Live Flamenco Music and Dancing from 4-5 pm, Seattle Preschool movement in the park from 3-7 pm, Salmon Mask Making with Salmon Fest Seattle 3-7, Jam Town in Albert Davis Park 4-5 pm
  • 7/31: Live Music from Tinkers Dram
  • Most Thursday from 3-7 pm: Farmers Market story time and outdoor reading with the Lake City Library.
  • North Seattle Helpline will be collecting non-perishable donations for the food bank and Baby Cupboard. Stop by the Farmers Market for more information about their needs.
  • Kids activities from Preschools and other community partners
  • Northeast Seattle Tool Library

farmers market

Summer Meal sites for Kids and Teens open Mon-Fri in Lake City

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) works to bring food to local families and now seniors through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, meal programs, and by advocating for our hungry neighbors.

Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Five sites in the Lake City/NE Seattle area are now open for kids and teens to visit all summer long to enjoy free meals and snacks.  On top of that free activities, games, reading and more are offered at each site.  The overall goal is to provide fun meal sites that make sure kids get the nutrition they need while out of school and get in all the fun play time that a summer should be filled with.

Lake City nonprofit, Hunger Intervention Program, runs four meal sites in the neighborhood.  All meals are made fresh by HIP volunteers.  To see specific hours and locations, visit HIP’s blog.  Families can check out the weekly menu there too.

Menu - Week of June 23          Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Summer meals are also a great place for volunteering.  If you would like to help prepare meals, help out at a meal site or lead kids in your favorite activity this summer, sign up to volunteer with HIP this summer at HIP’s website or contact Julia at (206) 457-2871.  We still need many volunteers at our meal sites and are looking for volunteers to drive our meals to sites.

For families that live outside of the Lake City area, the best way to find the nearest summer meal site to you is at ParentHelp123.  Just type in your zip code for a listing of sites closest to you.  Or call 1-888-436-6392 or text FoodWA to 877-877


North Helpline Needs Your Help

The shelves are low at North Helpline.
Join the
Chamber Food Drive 
North Helpline feeds families from 5 zip codes.
Can you or your business help North Helpline?
This call is to everyone, every business
in NSCC’s service area:
Sandpoint to Aurora, NE 145th to NE 85th
What to buy?
Canned Soups
(low sodium and non-condensed preferred)
Canned Fruits
(in water or juice)
Granola Bars
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Peanut Butter
Canned Chili
(easy open tops preferred)

Bring an assortment of items or focus on one area of nutrition.
What a difference could it make if your office collected 100 cans of soup or 50 cans of Chicken? 150 boxes of Granola Bars or 75 jars of Peanut Butter? 
Where to take your food
North Seattle Chamber/Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Avenue NE
Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM
North Helpline Food Bank
12736 33rd Ave NE
Tuesday – Friday 9AM – 4PM Saturday 9AM – 1PM
Don’t delay. Shop today.

Dance of Universal Peace – Family Dance! July 11

Dance 7-11-14

Potluck 6:30 PM
Dance 7:30 PM- 9 PM
Each Dance of Universal Peace is taught and this program will be aimed at pleasing the whole family.
These are simple dances to live music. The focus of each dance is in the singing of a particular sacred phrase or phrases. inspired by a large variety of religious traditions from around the world.
We sing and move together in a circle. Live music and an experienced Leader will guide you into a delightful way to connect with your neighbors within a rich pallet of humanity’s wisdom.
No experience is necessary; come alone or bring a friend. All dances are taught to the group each time. Donation requested; no one will be turned away.
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Avenue NE

Lake City as viewed on a 1980s Atari game console

Computer graphics have come a long way since the 1980s. Now the smartphones we carry around in our pockets can render imagery with stunning detail. With a bit of nostalgia for Atari-era video games, we share this 8-bit map of Lake City courtesy of 8-BIT CITY.

The site renders maps without the impressive abilities of Google or Bing. Instead it shows interactive maps in the style of 1980s video games. You can scroll around the map to explore the neighborhood. Just watch out for the Space Invaders or Centipedes.

Design ideas unveiled for Olympic Hills community park

A proposed schematic design of the Olympic Hills community park. (click for larger)

A proposed schematic design of the Olympic Hills community park (Johnson+Southerland Landscape Architecture) click image for larger

Proposed design ideas for the Olympic Hills community park were unveiled during a gathering at the site Tuesday evening.


Residents gather to learn about park design proposals.

The park, formerly a pathway through a tangle of bushes on property set between 27th Avenue NE and 28th Avenue NE, has been a project adopted by numerous residents in Olympic Hills. The community park has emphasized community as it has brought together residents to work on the project. The work they have done so far has transformed the site.

The park is planned to be a feature of a future 27th Avenue NE greenway. A Neighborhood Matching Fund grant has helped the park steering committee hire a design firm to plan the park.

Neighbors have been out in force during work parties, removing invasive species, blackberries and trash, planting native plants and spreading mulch over part of the land. A small creek usually flows through the property and would be incorporated into the design of the park.

On Tuesday, people that have been part of the park building process gathered to see design proposals and to continue planning for the space. You can see a pair of panoramic photos of the park-in-progress below.


The park, looking east.


The park looking west

Below is a map showing the location of the park.

Below is a photo from a November 2013 work party at the park.