Lake City Farmers Market at Risk

SignThe Lake City Farmers Market will open June 12 for its 2014 season, Thursdays 3-7:00 pm through October 2. However, 2014 may be the market’s last season in Lake City.

 

History
The Lake City Farmers Market was founded in 2002 by the non-profit Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA), with help from the Lake City Chamber and volunteer community stakeholders. The market thrived through 2008, but as the economy fell the market saw a precipitous drop in shopper counts and vendor sales. Since then, market growth has remained flat.

 

Vendor

A vendor awaits customers at the Lake City Farmers Market in 2013. (FFLC photo)

Remediation
Last year, NFMA redesigned the market layout, reactivated the park, added new farmers, and expanded the vendor mix as part of a remediation plan to improve market performance. However, the shopper counts and sales to farmers remained flat. In contrast, other NFMA markets saw significant growth in 2013.

Other concerns about the Lake City location compound the issue. Repeated theft of market equipment and squatting in the market shed and parking lot raised safety concerns for staff throughout the 2013 season. Unless shopper attendance, sales to farmers, and staff safety improve in 2014, the market will be re-located in 2015.

The NFMA has undertaken remediation efforts in other neighborhoods with success. Collaboration with community volunteers and the local business association helped Columbia City’s market thrive despite an adjacent development project. In Magnolia, significant sponsorships, hours of on-site volunteer help and a relocation helped the Magnolia market grow by 25%.

 

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A Lake City market vendor sorts greens during the 2013 season. (FFLC photo)

How Can You Help?

  • Complete this Lake City Farmers Market survey (it only takes a few minutes) to help volunteers assess what’s happening at the Lake City market
  • Distribute market signage, fliers, and posters
  • Attend and shop at the market & encourage others to do so
  • Outreach to community groups to advertise the Fresh Bucks (SNAP incentive) program
  • Organize community groups to come to the market each week and put on free kids and cooking events
  • Help with live music booking for the market each week

 

*Update: To volunteer with the market, please contact molly@seattlefarmersmarkets.org

Pancake Breakfast Saturday, April 5th, to benefit Sacajawea Elementary

Hot pancakes are served up at the Lake City Community Center (photo courtesy of LC Lions Club)

Hot pancakes served at the Lake City Community Center (photo courtesy of LC Lions Club)

The Lake City Lions Club is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at the Lake City Community Center this Saturday, April 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  This fundraiser will benefit Sacajawea Elementary. All money raised goes directly to the school, which plans to use the money to offset the cost of science camp for 4th & 5th grade students.

 

The Lions Club hosts similar events for all Lake City-area elementary schools throughout the year, including: Olympic Hills, Sacajawea and John Rogers. The Lions provide the venue, food and all the cooking. This Saturday, look for 3rd and 4th graders from Sacajawea to also be hard at work, as they’ve volunteered to help bus tables and serve as waitstaff.

 

Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Each school sets their own prices, so the cost varies with each event, but typically ranges around $8 for adults and $5 for children.

JAMS Launches New PTSA

JAMSThe new comprehensive Jane Addams Middle School is having its charter PTSA meeting this Wed. April 2nd at 7:00pm in the cafeteria of the Jane Addams building.

 

If your child will attend this new school, please help get JAMS underway with strong parental involvement – a known factor in student success!

 

The meeting will include coffee, tea and treats provided by Nathan Hale High School parents.  If you’re unable to attend but would still like to become a charter member, You can download the membership form hereContact information is available on the form for further information.

For more information, visit the JAMS PTSA website – www.jamsptsa.org.

 

Lake City awarded funds, welcomed into ‘Only in Seattle Initiative’ program

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray makes the announcement on Tuesday. (courtesy photo)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray makes the announcement on Tuesday. (courtesy photo)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday that Lake City will become part of the Only In Seattle Initiative.

Lake City was awarded $30,000 by the program to hire Brian Douglas Scott consulting to formulate a strategic plan for the Lake City business district. The Only In Seattle Initiative is a multi-year program with multiple steps for Seattle neighborhoods to strengthen and improve their business districts.

“This investment in neighborhood business districts is critical to our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray in a statement. “Healthy business districts equate to thriving businesses, stable jobs and overall success for our city.”

City data shows that small businesses employ 72-percent of the local workforce and contribute 35-percent of the city’s business tax revenues, totaling $55.4 million. Local neighborhood business districts are the incubators for many of the city’s small businesses, the statement said.

Some of the strategies used by the Only In Seattle program include:

  • Business and retail development (supporting businesses, enhancing business mix);
  • Marketing and promotion (events, social media, district advertising);
  • Clean and safe (graffiti removal, dumpster free alleys, lighting);
  • Streetscape and appearance (catalytic development projects, façade, public art); and
  • Business organization development to sustain the effort, including participation of an existing
  • Business Improvement Area (BIA) or exploration to form one.

New funding was also announced for other neighborhoods involved in the program. Including Lake CIty’s $30,000 award, the total award across the city announced Tuesday is $2 million.

The goal of the program for Lake City would be to create a self-sustaining Business Improvement Area (BIA) and to strengthen Lake City businesses.

You can read more about the program below:

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PHOTOS: Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kickoff

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project sign is unveiled. (LCL photo)

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project sign is unveiled. (LCL photo)

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kicked off on Friday, March 28 with a safety walk and sign unveiling at the intersection of NE 125th Street and Lake City Way.

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project is a joint effort between agencies and citizens to improve safety along Lake City Way from Northeast 78th Street to NE 145th Street. The team is comprised of three teams —engineering, enforcement and education— that will identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions to reduce serious injuries and deaths.

The Friday event featured officials from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.

Community members marched with signs, socialized and unveiled a large street sign that will inform drivers of the project and enhanced traffic enforcement. Probably the most exciting moment was when two dozen motorcycle cops and officers in cruisers launched form the event to begin a blanket of traffic enforcement. You can see photos of the event below.

Marchers are pushed to the edge of the crosswalk by a car. (LCL photo)

Pedestrians are pushed to the edge of the crosswalk by a car during the event. (LCL photo)

Members of the Free Wheelers participate. (LCL photo)

Members of the Free Wheelers participate. (LCL photo)

Students from Nathan Hale High School participate. (LCL photo)

Students from Nathan Hale High School participate. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol Troopers pose for a photo at the event. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol Troopers pose for a photo at the event. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

A sign written in Arabic is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign written in Arabic is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign in Spanish is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign in Spanish is held up. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

City Councilmember Sally Clark speaks. (LCL photo)

City Councilmember Sally Clark speaks. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol troopers and Seattle Police officers begin enhanced traffic enforcement. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol troopers and Seattle Police officers begin enhanced traffic enforcement. (LCL photo)

“Good Morning, North Seattle!” hosted by North Seattle Chamber

Website picsEarly Registration Ends
Wednesday, March 26!

Click here to register for Good Morning, North Seattle and save 50% on admission.

Friday, March 28, 2014
7:30AM-9:15AM
Hotel Nexus
2140 N Northgate Way

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  • Freestyle networking
  • Round-robin networking
  • Bonuse Pre-Event:  Free Coaching with
    Sandy Bjorgen, 7-7:30AM 
  • Continental Breakfast
  • New Contacts
  • Door prizes and drawings! Bring a door prize to have your name mentioned in the program.

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For more information, please call 206.363.3287 or email Diane Haugen, North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, northseattlechamber@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Pioneer Days Becomes SalmonFest

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Kids enjoy a bubble vendor at the Lake City street festival

Lake City’s Pioneer Days Festival has been a tradition in the neighborhood for more than 70 years – predating Seafair itself. This year, the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce (event host) is revamping the festival. It will still take place the first weekend in August, but big changes are in store!

 

Renamed
With a nod towards the annual Salmon Bake, the festival will now operate under a new name – SalmonFest Seattle. The Chamber is sponsoring a Cooks of Many Cultures Salmon Cook-Off in July to kickstart the summer fun.  Interested in sharing your unique salmon seasoning and cooking techniques? Contact northseattlechamber@gmail.com for more info.

Clowning around

Clowning around at the Pioneer Days main parade

 

Expanding
The event is also growing. The street festival will expand from a one-day to a two-day format. Expect more arts and crafts vendors and enjoy the new juried arts & crafts component. In addition to Friday’s Salmon Bake, there’ll be a new Boogie Bump dance Friday night featuring music from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. Old favorites like the vintage car show, Saturday main parade and kiddie parade will return, along with many new elements, including: a street dance, beer garden, and pet city. Sunday brings a continuation of the street festival, as well as a special section for pet vendors and the August Dogfest Contest, where your pooch can compete for one of the coveted costume awards! Ongoing kids activities will be featured throughout both days.

 

Your Help Needed!

Final_NSCC Logo_ColorTo make all of this happen, your support is needed. The North Seattle Chamber already has a planning group hard at work and they’d like your help:

“We’ve got positions indoors and out for adults of all ages, teens and children. High school students in need of community service hours are welcome!

  • Churches, civic organizations, non-profits…we call to you to help make this a day of service towards building a fantastic, community event.
  • Businesses, bring your employees and wear your company t-shirts ; show the community your company cares!
  • There is a real need for your help. It takes a village to put this event together successfully and safely!

The best part of volunteering is how it feels to be part of something bigger than yourself. And the few hours you spend helping make a tremendous difference in the overall success of the event.

Festival takes place the first weekend of August. Join our volunteer team and be part of this historical, summer celebration! Please email us at northseattlechamber@gmail.com with your name, phone and email address. If you are with a group or company, please include that, too so we can include them in the event program.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!”

Toastmasters Open House 3/20/14

toastmaster logoLake City Toastmasters invites you to attend their open house at 7:30 AM on Thursday, March 20 at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue, NE.

Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview? Ignite your career?

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development.

How Does It Work?

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.

There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.

If you have ever had the stage “jitters” or would like to be more comfortable speaking to a group, come visit Toastmasters at the open house tomorrow. They will greet you warmly.