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What will happen to George Bailey?

 

TTCLogo_TouringWhite_web-300x66Sunday, December 14, 2014 – Taproot Theatre is back with a new show, It’s a Wonderful, Improvised Life!  Based on the original movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, the talented Taproot touring group will create a new versioPoster It's a wonderful life FINALn…with suggestions from the audience!

Appetizers will be served at 7PM, the performance starts at 8PM. This event is sponsored by Lamb of God Lutheran Church.

Tickets for each performance: $10/pp, $9 Seniors, Children under 12 Free. Available at Lake City Community Center or online, www.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, please visit our event site, www.theARTery.us or call us at 206.362.437

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street trees cut down in front of Rick’s, replaced with much smaller trees

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Back in May we reported that DreamGirls at Rick’s trimmed back street trees in front of the business. At the time the pruning seemed severe. It prompted complaints from the community.

They were then required by City of Seattle arborists to replace the trees along Lake City Way that were pruned, because at the time it was thought the trees may not survive the pruning or were damaged. The city determined then that topping of the trees was illegal.

From a KIRO Radio report at the time:

The strip club will have to pay for the city to replace the five trees on SR 522 and restore the area to its former appearance. The city won’t say how much it will cost to remove the damaged trees and replace them with new trees of similar size. “The cost will be ‘substantial.”

But over the summer the previously pruned trees recovered and filled out with new branches and leaves, regaining some of their previous size. They survived just fine and looked healthy.

Now those trees that survived the shears, have been cut down. They have been replaced with much smaller trees. The new trees are shown above. The previously pruned trees below.

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Your help needed to advocate for new community center, Monday deadline

This message comes from the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and is an important one. The deadline to write the City Council to advocate for a new community center is Monday, November 10:

The current Lake City Community Center

The current Lake City Community Center

IF YOU HAVE JUST FIVE OR TEN MINUTES TO DO SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY—DO THIS. We need you to write to the Seattle City Council in support of a full-service Lake City Community Center. Please do this by Monday, latest!

Background

Over the past several weeks, the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance has been steadily advocating for a full-service community center in Lake City, to serve children, youth, seniors, and all of us. Lake City offers pitifully few services for our children, youth, and older adults. Those of us with means and mobility can go to other neighborhoods, but our many neighbors who don’t are left behind. We need and deserve the recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities that come with a full-service facility here in Lake City.

Right now

Three of our City Council members, Sally Clark, Tim Burgess, and Mike O’Brien, are sponsoring a “Statement of Legislative Intent” that calls upon the Parks Department to report back to the Council by August 2015 with alternatives, including funding plans, for rehabilitating or rebuilding Lake City Community Center. Council Member Nick Licata has been the driving force behind this, but because he is the council budget chair and needs to be a neutral negotiator, he did not sign on—although he can still vote to support.

What we need from you

As an individual or a representative of a group, write an email to all of our City Council members, expressing in your own words why we need a full-service community center in Lake City. We need these communications to go out as soon as possible. You can do it over the weekend, but do it by Monday!

Here are some factors:

  • A growing population of children and youth
  • Many older adults with few senior services
  • Very little park space
  • No consistent programming such as that found at other neighborhoods’ community centers

What would you like to see—sport courts? A pool? A senior center? A community kitchen? Meeting rooms? All of the above? Tell the Council!
We have an historic opportunity, here. We must show a groundswell of support for the current council action, as it is a critical first step on our way to getting a full-service community center in Lake City. We want all of the Council members to vote in favor of this project!

You can send just one email to all the council members at once. Cut and paste these addresses into your recipient line and write your unique request:

sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov

sally.clark@seattle.gov

bruce.harrell@seattle.gov

nick.licata@seattle.gov

mike.obrien@seattle.gov

kshama.sawant@seattle.gov

jean.godden@seattle.gov

tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov

tim.burgess@seattle.gov

Thank you, friends! Let’s make this happen together.

 

Fright Night Trick-or-Treat walk, party October 31st

The Fright Night haunted house from 2012

The Fright Night haunted house.

It’s that scary time or year again! And once again, neighborhood organizations are stepping up to provide some fun —and fright— to trick-or-treaters.

The Children’s Home Society of Washington’s North Seattle Family Center and the Lake City Lions have teamed up for the 22nd annual Fright Night.

This event is fun for the entire family, especially children ages 2 to 12.

The walk takes place 5:15-6:15 pm.. You can begin the walk and pick up a map and treat bags at CHSW’s North Seattle Family Center (2611 N.E. 125th St., Suite 145 in the Lake City Professional Building) or Lake City Court Computer Lab (12536 33rd Ave. N.E., Seattle).

The walk ends with the Fright Night Party from 6:30-8 pm. at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle). Sponsored by the Lake City Lions, the party includes games, food, crafts, costume contest, prizes and a haunted house.

Old Aqua Dive building demolished

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Many longtime Lake City residents learned to swim in the pool at the old Aqua Dive Swim and Fitness Club.

A few months back, a Facebook thread about the old swim club had people waxing nostalgic about the sound of kids echoing from the ceiling, swimming lessons, parties there, and of course the strong smell of chlorine that came from the facility.

There were lots of memories made in that old facility.

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Today, the forgotten Lake City swim club, where generations learned to reach, pull and kick, was turned into a pile of rubble.

The building sat vacant for years after it was closed. The building had become a sort of magnet for illegal activity and had regular homeless encampments inside. A neighborhood effort got the attention of the current owner of the property, who agreed it needed to come down.

From a blog post when the facility permanently closed in 2006:

Lake City has lost a warm and welcoming community gathering place –not to mention the cleanest and clearest pool water found in our city.  Nothing like a huge, over-sized sand filtration system (built when land was cheap) for clean water.  Your locker rooms might have seen better days, but they had accumulated decades of stories and friendships.  Your hot tub might have been intermittently hot in recent years, but it was always full of friends when your boilers ran full steam.

RIP AquaDive. You are irreplaceable to so many of us.  We relied on your calm, warm water for rehab and friendship. We’ll miss you.

Lake City Tree Lighting moves to Lake City Community Center

Xmas treeYes, you read it right. Our annual tree lighting, our Union Bank 7th Annual Tree Lighting, will be held at Lake City Community Center instead of the Lake City Mini Park. There will be cookies, cider and coffee, caroling, music and of course, Santa!

We are looking for a throne-like chair for Santa. You may have one in your attic or garage! If so, and if you would be willing to part with it, please give us a call. (We have an offer from Doran’s Upholstry to give Santa’s throne a face lift.)

Please put it on your calendar now:  December 3, 7 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

For more information, please email northseattlechamber@gmail.com  or call 206.363.3287.

 

October at Lake City Community Center!

October 17-19, 2014 Waking Persephone
An event specializing in exploring the dark and the unusual within the realm of bellydance. Waking PersephoneOver the course of 3 days, there are community gatherings, a gala show, live music performances, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, vending, an after party ball, and more.

Friday, October 17th:
Motif: 8:00-10pm (doors 7:30)
Motif is a community gathering experience. It combines elements of ritual, dance, workshop, music, and a whole lot of fun – everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in their own way. It is our version of a meet-and-greet, with all teachers, students, vendors, and the general public welcome to experience it. $10 in advance, $15 door. (Lake City CC)

 

October 25 9AM-5PM    Very Vintage Market
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Always fun on any 4th Saturday, (except in December, when it’s the 3rd Saturday). Organizer Angela Mordy transforms the Center into a French-style flea market, (think Shabby Chic). Beautiful to see, fun to attend. Great prices, too.

 

 

October 26  8AM-2PM  TOY SHOW
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Buy, sell, trade. Fun for young and young at heart. This event is an institution at the Center.

 

 

October 31 6:30-8:30 PM  FRIGHT NIGHT!
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The Lake City Lions take over the building with pizza & games plus a (not too) haunted house by the Lake City Vigilantes. This event is perfect for the under 12 set.

 

 

 

 

 

KIRO/7: Post office box holders say they were never notified by USPS about break-ins

Coming just on the heels of the breakup of a major mail theft ring in north Seattle, it has been revealed that mailboxes at the Lake City Post Office have been targets of thieves. The problem has become significant enough that the U.S. Postal Service has changed the hours the lobby and mailboxes are available to the public, inconveniencing some that pay for boxes there.

From the KIRO report:

“It makes me consider whether or not I want to continue to have my mail delivered to the post office,” said Chris Rich, who rents a post office box at that location.

She and other neighbors say they rented the boxes because of an increase in mailbox thefts in the area over the past few years.

“We pay for post office boxes so there ought to be some level of service to folks to have their mail delivered there,” said Rich.

kiroThe U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office told KIRO/7 that breaking into post office boxes is both a state and federal offense that could carry a 15 year prison sentence.

What could the arts look like in Lake City?

arcdanceCommunity Meeting
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM 

Include yourself in this meeting to discuss what performing arts could look like in Lake City!
Join us at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE, next to the Lake City Library.
Applications will be available for those wishing to join our budding Performing Arts Council.
See you Wednesday!