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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%.

 

Greens

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.

Lake City Community Center Gets a Makeover

The Lake City Community Center is sporting a shiny new paint job this week. Home Depot in Shoreline supplied all the paint and materials as well as their own expert volunteers who helped run the project. Community volunteers stepped forward to help too, including volunteers from the Lake City Lions Club, Lake City Toastmasters, and two center supporters, Denise from Dancin’ with Denise (line dancing) and Nancy Cubbage, the center’s resident mosaic art instructor.

Wednesday the center was taped and prepped. Thursday was a hive of activity as the whole bottom floor interior was painted. Painting was completed by Thursday night – just in time to surprise attendees at tonight’s Fright Night celebration.

If you’d like to stay informed about volunteer opportunities like this & other community announcements, please sign up for the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA) email alert list at lcna-seattle.org.

The YMCA in Lake City

Zumba Class underway at Lake City Community Center

Since last spring, the University YMCA has been partnering with the Lake City Community Center to provide recreational programming options for our neighborhood.  The fall season kicked off last week with free trial classes.

This week, Session 1 is now underway and offers two daytime classes – Zumba and Total Strength. A session pass gives you access to both classes. Childcare is also available, with qualified YMCA staff hosting it. If you’re looking for workout options, stop by the community center and give it a try.

 

Zumba, Mon. & Wed. mornings, 9:30-10:30am

Zumba is a fun dance workout that incorporates Latin and International music. Appropriate for all levels.

 

Total Strength, Mon. & Wed. mornings, 10:30-11:30am

Total strength is a strengthening and toning class for the whole body. Suitable for experienced or beginner exercisers.

 

Costs

Drop in – $8, Drop in childcare – $5 per child

$50 per session (access to 4 classes/wk for 4 weeks), Classes are free for Y members

Childcare available for 6 months-5 yr olds. $30/session for 1 child, $15/session for each additional child

 

Session 1 runs this week through Oct. 30 for a total of 16 classes.

Session 2 will start Nov. 4 and run through Nov. 27.

 

Lake City Community Center

12531 28th Ave NE

 

Questions? Contact Hayden Wartes, Health & Well-Being Director: hwartes@seattleymca.org, 206-524-1400

 

YMCA Showcase Event

This Saturday, June 1st, join the YMCA for their Showcase Y-Event at the Lake City Community Center.  This FREE event will demonstrate four classes the YMCA could offer in our area: Zumba, Barre, Salsa and Yoga.  Not sure what to do with the kids?  The YMCA is also offering a concurrent Hip Hop Studio Production for kids and teens to work with a local hip hop artist.

 

FREE FITNESS PROGRAMS

12-12:40 Zumba – A high energy Latin dance workout.

12:45-1:25 Barre – A new workout style inspired by ballet exercises.

1:30-2:10 Salsa – Have fun and learn the basics of salsa!

2:15-3:00pm Yoga – Breathing exercises and poses to promote flexibility, strength, relaxation.

Classes are appropriate for all ages and abilities.

 

HIP HOP STUDIO PRODUCTION

From 12:00-3:00, kids and teens are invited to learn to make beats and produce hip hop records in a fun, interactive workshop with a local hip hop artist and producer.

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YMCA at Lake City Event Flyer

Kids and Parrots this Thursday

Does your child dream of being a pirate, with a parrot perched on her shoulder? Or maybe just want to learn more about parrots? Bring your kids down to the Lake City Community Center this Thursday, May 30th between 3:30 and 5:30pm for a FREE parrot experience!

 

Children can have their photos taken with a parrot perched on their shoulders.  This event also includes craft making, snacks, and the chance to learn from parrot experts.

 

This event is sponsored by the Flight Club Foundation. Every Thursday, the Flight Club meets at the Lake City Community Center, where members have the opportunity to socialize their birds. The birds are also able to practice flying in the center’s large open room.

 

The Flight Club Foundation is working with Zazu’s House and Bob Dawson’s Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary to help find homes for abandoned and rescued parrots. Donations for this event are gladly accepted and will help fund that work.

 

Pictures with Parrots

Thursday, May 30th  3:30-5:30pm

Lake City Community Center

12531 28th Ave NE

 

 

 

What’s New at Lake City Community Center?

Lots! Since January, the Lake City Community Center has been under new management. While the building itself looks much the same, the operations inside are expanding and changing.

One exciting change is that the Lake City Community Center staff is working with the University YMCA to begin offering programming at the center this summer. To kick it off, the Y is hosting a “Y Showcase Event” on June 1st, 1-4pm at the Lake City Community Center. This free drop-in event will offer sample Zumba, Yoga, Barre, and Salsa classes with concurrent free childcare.  There will also be a drop-in hip-hop production studio for teens.

 

Give Your Feedback!

The Y would like your feedback as they plan for future Lake City programming. Please take their Lake City YMCA Program Survey. It takes less than 5 minutes and will help the Y in determining various programs, childcare, and pricing for the Lake City neighborhood.

 

Communication and the Arts

Artist Yvonne Palka leads a sumi brush painting lesson.

The Lake City Community Center (LCCC) also now has an active website, including descriptions of upcoming events and a linkable calendar.  Just today at the center, a group of homeschoolers was enjoying this sumi brush painting lesson with artist Yvonne Palka.

Coming up on June 15th is a mosaic class with Nancy Cubbage, a mixed media fine artist and Lake City local. Ms. Cubbage will be offering a series of different mosaic classes for youth, teens and adults at the community center. Visit the LCCC website and sign up to create a beautiful birdhouse like the one pictured here.

 

A sample bird house by artist Nancy Cubbage. Come create your own June 15th at the Lake City Community Center

But wait… There’s more!

A new Cultural Arts Program is also in the works at the Lake City Community Center. Called The ARTery, this group’s vision is to create and support artistic opportunities for everyone in Lake City. Visit their website here to learn more.

 

 

Fun Saturday events at Lake City Community Center

There’s a full schedule on Saturday, May 4th at Lake City Community Center. You have an opportunity to support a local school and fill your tummy, get a head start on making that unique Mothers Day gift, and a fun opportunity to learn how to make cheese! Check out the events below:

 

imagesSaturday, May 4th, kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Sacajawea Elementary School. Pancakes and fun start at 7 a.m. and continue until noon. Come on down and support a local school and eat some yummy flapjacks!

 

mosaic-artAlso on Saturday, May 4th, at noon, there is a Mosaic Heart-making class. “Give Your Heart To Mom on Mother’s Day.” Make this Mother’s Day special by making a handmade, 6-inch Mosaic Heart. Class Fee is $15 for one child/youth. A discount is available for families bringing more than one child. Event organized by ArtHouse.

 

triangle-swiss-cheese-400x400Got Milk? Make Cheese! In this class you’ll learn how to make seven soft cheeses-mozzarella, ricotta, lebneh (yogurt cheese), quark, cream cheese, chevre and mascarpone. You will also have an opportunity to taste all of them. “If you can follow a recipe, you can make these cheeses in your own kitchen. We’ll make several of them during the class and talk through all the recipes with a view toward troubleshooting any difficulties you might have. We’ll learn some cheese chemistry, talk about sources of cheesemaking information and equipment, and eat lots of cheese” Class is limited to 16 students, space is still available. Saturday, May 4th. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $60 per person.

For more info on these opportunities, call the Lake City Community Center, (206) 362-4378

For more info on what is happening in Lake City, check our Community Calendar page.

Enjoy the coming warm weekend!

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

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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.

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Free Tutoring at Lake City Community Center

Northside Youth Program is offering free tutoring at the Lake City Community Center.  This new program, called CAST (Community After School Tutoring) welcomes students of all ages and offers a quiet place to do homework, to read a book, get help on homework assignments, or work on school projects (including the Senior Project required by Seattle Schools).”   The program is free and students must register to participate.  Student applications are due by this Friday, February 22.  Tutoring will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from  3:30pm-5:30pm. The first session begins March 4th and runs for 8 weeks. C.A.S.T Tutors work with students individually or in small groups and offer tutoring as well as friendship, encouragement, and guidance. Tutoring subjects include: reading, spelling, writing, and math. (ESL/ELL classes will be offered in Fall 2013.)   Northside Youth Program will also be offering monthly workshops. Topics will include SAT/ACT prep, workplace readiness, college admission support, scholarship searches, college admission essay 101, high school resume help, and resume writing.   For more information or to register, contact: Darnesha Weary. 206-334-8475 darnesha@northsideyouthprogram.org   Applications are also available at: Lake City Community Center 12531 28th Ave NE Seattle, Washington 98125