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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.

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 northseattlechamber@gmail.com.

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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Taco Time restaurant planned for Lake City

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tt_contact_357x389The former site of Pierre Auto Center’s fleet and commercial sales and leasing is slated to become a Taco Time restaurant, according to permits filed with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

In recent weeks the fleet vehicles were moved from the location and workers have been seen preparing the building. Permits issued by the City of Seattle are for the building to be demolished and replaced with the new business. The proposal is for a 2,096 sq. ft. restaurant. No changes to the parking lot are noted in the application. The site is adjacent to Thornton Creek, where it flows under Lake City Way, see map below.

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

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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

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.