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.
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:
- Free photos with Santa!
- Holiday Music by Ingraham High School
- Caroling with Hot Cider, Coffee and Cookies
- Tree lighting at 7:45 PM
This event is a wonderful, local gathering of people who live and work in Lake City. Kids and adults alike enjoy the festivities, especially when Santa arrives in his convertible MINI Cooper!
This event is sponsored by Union Bank Lake City Branch, produced by the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Lake City Lions Club, Ingraham High School, Lake City Community Center, Lake City MINI Cooper, Lake City Community Council, and Lake City Masonic Temple.
Taproot Theatre is bringing its touring production of Dickens’ beloved Christmas tale to Lake City Community Center. All of your favorite characters are included: Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future and that fabulous Christmas Goose!
7:00 PM We’ll begin the evening with a festive reception and caroling by the Meadowbrook Teen Youth Center Ensemble. At 7:45 PM, you’ll be be guided to the Fireplace Room for seating around the classic, stone fireplace where the Taproot Touring Company awaits your arrival.
8:00 PM The production begins!
Your support of this event will help raise funds for programming at Lake City Community Center and for future performances by Taproot Theatre in Lake City. A Christmas Carol is sponsored by the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
As is standard with many professional performances, please, no babes in arms or small children with very short attention spans.
Tickets are available now 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.
Shelters for area homeless men and women will return to Northeast Seattle churches starting on December 3rd when an winter shelter is scheduled to open at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The shelter will rotate to four other church sites in the area through March 16th. Contact the individual churches for volunteer opportunities. The rotation schedule is below.
- December 3-22, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave. NE, Shoreline
- December 23-January 3, George Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th St.
- January 4-Feburary 2, Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th St.
- February 3-23, Our Lady of the Lake, 8900 35th Ave.
- February 24-March 16, Lake City Baptist Church, 2441 NE 125th St.
In this season of dropping temperatures, giving, and thinking about those less fortunate, North Helpline has also put out a list of items needed for the organization to distribute to low income and homeless people. The list is below. Items can be dropped at North Helpline, 12736 33rd Avenue NE, Tuesday – Friday from 9 am-4 pm or Saturday from 8:30 am-1 pm.
- Toys for birth to elementary school age
- Gifts for middle school and high school age
- Hygiene items
- Baby formula, baby food, diapers, and other baby supplies
- Small-size turkeys
North Helpline also has a $75,000 fund-raising goal so you can donate money onsite or online, here via their website.
— Brenna Davis (@brennadavis7) November 16, 2013
Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods has awarded about $735,000 in matching funds for neighborhood-initiated projects pitched by groups throughout the city. Money from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Program (NMF) was awareded to 36 projects, among them a proposed pocket park in Olympic Hills at NE 133rd between 27th and 28th Avenue NE.
The funds awarded by the city for the Olympic Hills park total $21,060 and were matched by a community contribution of volunteer hours valued at $16,930.
The funds will be used to hire a consultant to create a design concept for the proposed pocket park. The planned park will complement and connect to the proposed Olympic Hills Greenway on 27th Avenue NE. Information from the city said the park will provide a more open and safe passage for pedestrians, and restore native plants and the stream that flows through the site.
You can see a list of other projects throughout Seattle that were awarded funds in the embedded list below. What kind of projects would you like to see funded in Lake City’s future?