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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

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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.

PHOTOS: Lake City Farmers Market kicks off 2014 season

Thursday was the first day of the 2014 Lake City Farmers Market. Opening day crowds bought up most of the food at the prepared food vendors, with some completely running out. The market was buzzing with shoppers browsing rows of booths for much of its run from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Concerns over the future of the market, which in recent years has been challenged with attendance and sales, have led to discussion about it being moved from the neighborhood. However, if crowds like the opening day crowd can continue to show up through the season —and spend money— the market should have a strong year.

You can see photos from the 2014 opening day below.

Customers browse the market.

Customers browse the market.

A salmon burger from Fish Basket N.W. is shown.

A salmon burger from new vendor Fish Basket N.W. is shown. The vendor is part of a rotating food truck space that will bring other food options to the market.

314 Pies are shown.

314 Pies are shown at the new vendor. 314 Pies plans to be a regular at the market with their tasty pies. But get them early as they mostly sold out on opening day.

Young buskers perform music for shoppers.

Young buskers perform music for shopper.

Jasmine Harrick, 10, paints faces at her booth Jazz Paints.

Jasmine Harrick, 10, paints faces at her booth Jazz Paints. The young artist surprised many at the market with her considerable art skill.

A family enjoys some books from the Lake City Library while spending time at the market.

A family enjoys some books from the Lake City Library while spending time at the market.

A customer buys berries.

A customer buys berries.

Pasta from La Pasta.

Pasta from La Pasta is shown.

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Lake City Farmers Market opens Thursday, June 12

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Get ready for lots of the above each Thursday. (LCL photo)

Thursday afternoon the colors, smells, tastes and fun of the Lake City Farmers Market will return to northeast Seattle for another season. The market runs each Thursday from 3-7 pm.

The annual market brings a selection of local vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, flowers, eggs, berries, baked goods and hot ready-to-eat food to the heart of Lake City.

Earlier this year it was reported that the market was at risk because of attendance and sluggish sales. If both do not increase, the market may relocate in 2015.

However, the farmers market is regularly praised for its location and strong sense of community it brings to the neighborhood. It was also named last week by ParentMap Magazine as one of the best local markets to bring kids to. From ParentMap:

It’s low-key enough that you can wander without losing your kids. Just up the steps from the market you’ll find a park with a small play area and grassy lawns; a perfect place to picnic on market-fresh goodies while your kids climb. There’s usually a smoothie seller that offers the option to pedal your way to deliciousness.

Opening Day activities for the 2014 season will include music from Bonnie Birch (4-6 pm), Spanish and English story telling from the Library (5:30- 6:30 pm), kids craft projects with librarian Nancy, Elliott Bay Brewing Co. with beer tasting and growler sales.

New vendors for the 2014 market include:

  • Family Pepper & Produce – produce from Eastern WA
  • Fish Basket N.W. – Fish N Chips!
  • Terra Fleur Mushrooms – cultivated mushrooms
  • Tribal Taste Afghan Delicious – authentic Afghan cuisine
  • 314 Pies – British-inspired savory pies
  • Britt’s Pickles – pickled and fermented foods
  • Poke’ to the Max – Hawaiian food truck

So why not pack your picnic supplies and head over to the market for your Thursday dinner?

You can follow the Lake City Farmers Market on Facebook by going here.

Have Rummage?

rummage saleEvery year at Lake City’s summer festival the Lake City Lions hold a fundraising rummage sale. They are short on rummage this year! Last year we had dishes, toys, tools, silver, jewelry, art, teapots, serving trays, vases, a working printer, posters, ceramics and MORE! Do you have rummage you are ready to part with? This year’s event is August 1-2, 2014. Please call the Lions at 206.639.8813 to drop off your items. The Lake City Lions are the “good deed All Stars” of Lake City! They are hosting a Spaghetti Feed on June 7 for Oso Families, and on an almost daily basis work to help local residents and kid’s with all kinds of needs and projects. Please support the Lions by bringing your rummage for them to sell! 

Lions Club to host Spaghetti Dinner for Oso/Darrington Disaster Relief Fund

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(Photo courtesy Used with permission.)

Although it has been more than two months since the Oso mudslide destroyed a neighborhood, killed at least 42 people and mostly cut off the town of Darrington, there is still need in those communities. The mudslide was one of the worst natural disasters in Washington State history.

Our own Lake City Lions Club is working to help raise money with a Spaghetti Dinner for Oso/Darrington Disaster Relief Fund. The dinner will be held on June 7th from 3-8 p.m. at the Lake City Community Center. The cost will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids. All money from the event will go to the disaster relief fund. See the flyer below.

A flyer for the event

A flyer for the event

More than 150 people pack into Lake City Future First kickoff event at Elliott Bay to discuss future of community

Community members listen to a presentation by Janet Arkills, founder of Families for Lake City.

Community members listen to a presentation by Janet Arkills, founder of Families for Lake City. (LCL photo)

When Janet Arkills worked with a realtor to purchase her home, there was never a mention of Lake City. It was marketed as a home in the Olympic Hills neighborhood, she told a packed room Wednesday night. As she told the story of the realtor’s apparent attempt to distance the sale from Lake City, dozens of other people in the room nodded in agreement that they had similar experiences.

In the past there has been a certain perception of Lake City that led some realtors and businesses to attempting to disassociate with the community. “There has been no pride,” said one attendee.

Well a strong, successful and financially-backed effort to help change that kicked off Wednesday with the public launch of Lake City Future First.

The gathering at Elliott Bay brought together more than 150 residents where they learned about some of the major projects coming together in the community. Information was presented about the future redevelopment of the Pierre properties, traffic safety improvements coming to Lake City Way, urban design, and the development of a stronger business community here.


Click on image to see more suggestions from community members.

During the event, community members were asked to write down elements that they think would make Lake City a better place. As usual, sidewalks dominated the suggestions. But there were also some new and interesting suggestions. They ranged from a wireless Internet network to hanging flower baskets and a bike shop. You can see a post where we featured some of the suggestions by clicking here.

Speakers from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Department of Planning and Development and Deputy Seattle Mayor Hyeok Kim also delivered remarks at the Future First kickoff.


SDOT offers information. (LCL photo)

Lake City Future First is a new community leadership group that will help administer the Only in Seattle grant awarded to the community by the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. In April Lake City was awarded $30,000 to hire a consulting firm to develop a strategic plan for the business district. The multi-year program is designed for Seattle neighborhoods to strengthen and improve their business districts.

The event wrapped up with John Hayden of Lake City’s own Jamtown fair trade music instruments leading the large group in community drumming. The rhythm created by the group was symbolic of what could be accomplished when a community works together, each person with their own small part. The rhythm made by the Lake City community was pretty impressive.

You can see a video of the drumming below.

Community members drum together as the event wraps up. (LCL photo)

Community members drum together as the event wraps up. (LCL photo)

Volunteer to help feed Lake City kids this summer

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.

kids getting lunch at HIP meal site

Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) is serving FREE summer lunches to kids at four sites in the Lake City area this summer and we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers who love to prepare and serve delicious lunches, lead fun activities for kids, get the word out so we can feed more kids, transport meals & supplies in the HIP van, and so much more.

Last summer, 90 HIP volunteers made it possible to share nearly 5,000 meals with Lake City children and teens in parks, housing developments and at local schools.  This summer we’re hoping to serve even more meals with your help.

Storytime volunteers in 2013

Storytime volunteers in 2013. Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Here are some great reasons to volunteer with us:

  • Be a part of a change you can see
  • Volunteer outside in the sun
  • A great way to earn service hours
  • Plenty of opportunities for both parents and kids
  • Kids and teens under 18 get a free meal with each shift
Arts & crafts at Lake City Court in 2013

Arts & crafts at Lake City Court in 2013. Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Interested volunteers can find more information and Volunteer Training Dates at HIP’s website.  You can also contact Julia Yao at or (206) 457-2871.

‘drumSTRONG’ event to rock Jamtown, raise funds to beat cancer

drumLake City’s own Jamtown drum school and drum shop is hosting “drumSTRONG,” an event to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital and to support those that have been affected by cancer.

From Jamtown:

Each year drumSTRONG communities gather in small and large groups around the world with a single focus ~ to BEAT cancer! drumSTRONG Seattle will rock the Lake City neighborhood in the Jamtown parking lot from 1-3 p.m.

DrumSTRONG Seattle is…

~ a community building rhythm-based event for everyone that has been affected by cancer

~ a worldwide coordinated event anchored by a 24 hour drum event in North Carolina –

~ a donation driven fund raiser with 100% of local proceeds going to Seattle Children’s Hospital (make checks to Drums for Cures (a 501(3)(c) non-profit) ~your opportunity to play with a purpose – and put the disease on notice: WE will BEAT Cancer!

~ a fun, family friendly, facilitated event with drums provided or bring your own – and a chair too!

~outside! weather permitting

The event happens on Saturday, May 17, from 1-3 p.m. There will be a raffle that will include gift certificates from Kaffeeklatsch, Pierced Heart Tattoo, Kenny’s Auto Detailing, Beer Authority, Bean City, Animal Talk Pet Store and Animal Rescue, Gift Basket from Elliot Bay Public House, Jamtown fair trade instruments, and a drumSTRONG Gift Pack (t-shirt, hat and drum!)