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Jamtown kicking off tots drumming class, spots still available

Creating music at Jamtown

Creating music at Jamtown in the tots class

The folks over at Lake City’s Jamtown are kicking off their Toddler 8 Week Spring Series classes this week.

There are still spots left in the classes for youngsters. Caregivers, parents and grandparents are invited by Jamtown to join in the drumming with with the youngsters during the sessions.

The 45 minute classes help the kiddos create rhythms on an assortment of drums and instruments.

The following is the class schedule:

  • Tots 8 week, Wednesday April 17 – June 5, 10 a.m.
  • Tots 8 week, Thursday April 18  -  June 13, 10 a.m. (no class 5/23)
  • Tots 8 week, Friday April 19 – June 14, 10am (no class 5/24)
  • Tots* 8 week, Saturday April 20 – June 22, 11am (no class 5/4, 5/25)

The classes cost $99 for parent/child. Siblings are 1/2 price.

You can register online here or call 206-632-9136

You can follow Jamtown on Facebook here.

Elliott Bay celebrates one year here on LCW this Saturday with beer and brass

628x471Are you ready to “shake what yo mama gave ya” this Saturday?

Our neighborhood’s hugely popular Elliott Bay Brewing Co. will celebrate their first anniversary here on the outer limits of Seattle on Saturday March 30th.

The event will feature live music from Tubaluba, an energetic New Orleans second line band. The music kicks off at 6 p.m.

Tubaluba is a band billed as “just the grease you need to shake what yo mama gave ya.” And judging by video of some of their performances viewed online, they are successful at getting the audience into the show.ebb

Elliott Bay’s talented “Brewer Bill” teamed up with Matt van Wyk, of Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, OR, and cooked up a special rye-based IPA brew to be served during the fun community event. Also contributing to the special anniversary brew is neighboring Kaffeeklatsch, who baked loaves of 100% rye bread that were added to the mash tun for a sure-to-be unique ale.

So if you have time, stop by and raise a glass to Elliott Bay for one year of providing our neighborhood with sweet potato gaufrettes, elk burgers, No Doubt Stout pulled pork and of course tasty beer.

Below is a video of Tubaluba performing at the Fremont Street Fair.

Theater in Lake City

Nancy Catone is a guest contributor to Lake City Live. 

Last night a friend and I attended a performance by Leon Seaman at the George Center for Community (2212 NE 125th St). Seaman’s performance was a real tour de force, at least for our neck of woods, which currently doesn’t have its own performing arts center. This wasn’t always true, in the 1970’s there was a troupe of actors calling themselves the St. Matthew Players who put on productions at the theater in the then Jane Addams School. After the St. Matthew Players disbanded, live theater was taken up by the Civil Light Opera which also performed at the school. In those days, theater was alive in Lake City and thriving thanks to the dedication of some very fine people. It would be nice to revive it.

Meanwhile, live theater can be found at the Seattle Musical Theater in Magnuson Park and just beginning at the George Center. Since this is the season of Lent, both venues presented productions with a religious theme.

“Altar Boyz” ran from February 15 to March 10, at the Seattle Musical Theater. Five young men sang, danced and acted, backed by a live band, and an off stage announcer who guided the audience through the sins and good deeds of the not so angelic former altar boys. It was good entertainment based on Kevin Del Agula’s book with a rock musical score circa 1990′s. The young actors were handsome and talented and I felt ever so grateful for having them perform in my neighborhood. With me were my husband and two granddaughters who all loved the show. Seattle Musical Theater’s next production will be “Gypsy” which will run April 26 to May 19, 2013.

“Mark’s Gospel in Performance” at the George Center for Community at 125th Street NE, was performed by Leon Seaman. Mr. Seaman has a charming British accent and delivers a very convincing story of the life and times of Jesus according to the gospel of Mark. This is no holier-than-thou or tent show “religiousness” performance. Leon tells the straight story which he had studied and translated for himself from the ancient Greek transcripts. It is a very powerful one-man performance of a very old story. It follows the oral tradition of storytelling and in this simple way, makes you enjoy the events, not like it is being preached to you, but as if you were hearing it for the first time. Mr. Seaman told me, “It is a fascinating story, and I do enjoy sharing it.” George Center is developing an actors studio and hopes to expand this venue.

It would be nice to have live theater back in Lake City.

Gem and mineral show at Lake City Community Center Saturday, Sunday


Do you like shiny things? How about beautiful and colorful minerals? If so then you should stop by the Lake City Community Center this weekend.

The North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club is hosting their annual gem and mineral show at the Lake City Community Center on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club is one of Seattle’s largest rock clubs, with about 175 members. The club’s goal is to promote geologic exploration, education and outreach. Another goal is to collect some really cool-looking rocks and minerals.

The show is free and features displays, demonstrations, dealers and activities for the kiddos. Plus in years past they have brought a dinosaur rock saw with them for the show!

You can find more events in Lake City on our Lake City Community Calendar.


DPC block party singer featured on David Letterman last night

Recently we wrote about Ray Dalton, the Seattle singer that joined members of Douglas Park Cooperative for our annual block party and helped lead our kids parade with his powerful voice.

Along with local hip-hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Dalton's memorable voice has shot to the top of the charts with the track "Can't Hold Us."

Well, last night Dalton, Macklemore and Lewis were the featured artist on the David Letterman Show in the Ed Sullivan Theater. Their performance was flawless. You can see the video below. Watch until the end to see how Letterman mixes up the artists and creates a mildly awkward moment.

LCW, as seen from the International Space Station

The Seattle metro area as seen from space. (Click for larger)

You have likely seen this image in recent weeks. It was sent from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in a tweet from hundreds of miles above as the space station passed over Seattle. The image made the rounds on social media and local blogs when first published. The astronaut has become quite the Ansel Adams in the sky with his stunning photography of land and city scapes.

Well, if you look closely at the image of Seattle you can distinctly see our neighborhood, defined by Lake City Way, on the outer limits of Seattle. Click the image above for a larger view that clearly shows Lake City Way and our business core at the top right edge of the image.

Lake City Way is highlighted in red in the cropped version of the image at right. Lake Washington can be seen to the right of the red line showing LCW. Green Lake can be seen near the bottom left end of the red line.

As we all know, Seattle is a great place to live. But who knew our amazing city and even our corner on the outer limits looked so good from space.

PHOTO: Unique character seen on LCW

It is the unique, and even sometimes the odd, that makes a place interesting and defined.

Lake City has a few quirky and unique elements that help to define the neighborhood (although we could use many more).

The old bank facade, aka the "Arc de Lake City," at the Mini Park at 125th and LCW is one that comes to mind.  Also the giraffe near the intersection of 30th Avenue NE and LCW is an element that breaks up a drive along the arterial roadway.

The steel sculpture in front of the Verizon Wireless retail store and the boulders with fins in the median of LCW are works of art that help to give our neighborhood some character.

The almost iconic neon sign on Lake City Powersports and Dick's Drive-In's neon give a bit of color to our neighborhood during these dark and dreary days.

Well it seems we have another quirky thing to add to the visual elements that make LCW a bit different that the endless stretches of commercial-lined highways we all travel everyday.

This guy (below) has been making appearances on the road near the intersection of LCW and NE 123rd Street.