Lake City’s new hot spot: Aloha Ramen

It seems all the Greenwood regulars — and a host of new customers— found Aloha Ramen in Lake City.

It seems all the Greenwood regulars — and a host of new customers— found Aloha Ramen in Lake City.

A resident of Greenwood recently lamented that neighborhood’s loss of one of Seattle’s most popular noodle houses.

The restaurant in Lake City is actually larger than the former Greenwood spot.

The restaurant in Lake City is actually larger than the former Greenwood spot.

But it seems all of its regular customers found Aloha Ramen on its opening night Friday in Lake City.

The Japanese noodle house, now nestled in the shopping center at the intersection of Lake City Way and NE 127th Street, was packed just hours after opening its doors for the first time here.

Customers took most of the parking spaces in a lot usually wide open with empty spots. Dozens of people packed into the small shop with a line stretching out into the parking lot.

The business moved from Greenwood into a strip of businesses that has struggled to attract tenants. The addition of the new bustling business may act as an anchor to attract more businesses there.

Aloha gets consistent high marks for its food and has plenty of glowing reviews on social review site Yelp. It is consistently regarded as one of the best ramen spots in Seattle.

Now in Lake City, the restaurant is adding to our growing list of excellent dining choices.

Note: We usually give restaurants a few days to work out issues before writing about an opening. But the line out the door and the packed parking lot made this opening much more newsworthy.

Chamber 101 – Get Connected!

Final_NSCC LogoNo lunch date for Valentine’s Day? Be our guest for a light lunch and learn how to grow your business through Chamber resources and events!

For new, current and potential members of the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Find out what’s in store for you! Facilitated by Diane Haugen, Executive Director. For more information, visit

Date:  February 14, 2014, 12:00 PM
Location: North Seattle Chamber of Commerce
12531 28th Avenue NE

Register by 2/12/14:  206.363.3287 or email



Fire Station Tour Saturday

New Fire StationmodifiedThis Saturday, February 8th, the Lake City Fire Station will open its doors for an Open House event in conjunction with Seattle’s Neighbor Appreciation Day. Bring your kids to tour the station and meet your neighborhood fire fighters; the event is free.


Fire Station #39 Open House
2806 NE 127th St
Saturday, February 8
11:00am – 1:00pm



“Neighbor Appreciation Day began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since.”  (excerpted from

The  Neighbor Appreciation Day website even has a place where you can send specialized ecards to your neighbors. Or, if you have a great story you’d like to share about a positive experience you’ve had with a neighbor, why you love your neighborhood, or what you’re doing to celebrate the day, you can submit it here.

School Informational Events

StudentsIt’s enrollment time with the Seattle Public School District and many neighborhood schools offer informational events this time of year.  Lake City is home to several neighborhood assignment schools. To find your school’s attendance area, visit the district’s school directory page and click on “attendance area” for that school. The district also offers option schools, which students can attend instead of their neighborhood assignment area school. Option schools often provide a specialized curricular focus and/or different programmatic model, such as a K-8 program rather than a K-5 program.

Whether you’re looking at assignment or option schools, most public schools offer tours or informational events this time of year. These usually include opportunities to meet the principal, talk with staff and/or visit classrooms. Here are the events for our Lake City area schools:


John Rogers’ Kindergarten tours

February 5, 9:30am (Wed.)
February 12, 9:30am (Wed.)


Olympic Hills K-5 Tours

February 6, 9:30 – 11:00am (Thurs.), cafeteria
February 12, 9:30 – 11:00am (Wed.), cafeteria
March 3, 9:30 – 11:00am (Mon.), cafeteria


Jane Addams K-8 Tours (Option School)

February 6, 9:30-11:30 am (Thurs.), library
February 13, 8:30-10:30 am (Thurs.), library
February 26, 9:30-11:30 am (Wed.), library
February 27, 6:30-8:30 pm (Thurs.), auditorium
March 4, 8:30-10:30 am (Tues.), library


Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS)

February 11, 6:30-7:30 pm, (Tues.), auditorium
February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, (Tues.), auditorium


Nathan Hale High School

February 11, 6:00- 8:30pm, (Tues.), commons area


The district’s enrollment website offers additional information. This year’s Open Enrollment period is Feb. 24th through March 7th. If you plan to request enrollment in a program other than an assignment school, this is the best time to enroll. You can still enroll after March 7th, but priority is given to students who enroll prior to March 7th.


Chinese New Year Celebration in Lake City!

Lake City Community Center, (LCCC) will hold its first Chinese New Year Celebration and Lion Dance on the first day of the Lunar New Year, January 31, 2014,7 PM to 9PM.

The event will include a broad display of demonstrations and education by Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts, which just celebrated its first anniversary in Lake City:

  • Tuina- Therapeutic bodywork. A vigorous style of bodywork that looks a little like sports massage.
  • Chun Kuo Kung Fu- Training is centered on fitness, self-defense, traditional weapons, and empty hand forms.
  • Tai Chi-  “Yang-style” of tai chi.  Gentle, slow moving Asian exercise system that teaches breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • Qi Gong- A practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.  Qi Gong will be interactive with guests. Please join in!

Practitioners from Bastyr University will be on site to demonstrate natural healing as it relates to sports injuries.

At 8 PM the Chinese Lion Dance begins! The Lion Dance is one of the most widely spread folk dances in China. Lion is king of the animals. In Chinese Tradition, the Lion is regarded as a mascot which can bring good luck.  The Lion Dance has been performed for over 2000 years.

Location: 12531 28th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125, next to the Lake City Library.

The Lake City Chinese New Year Celebration is sponsored by North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Lake City Community Center and Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts. For more information, please call 206.362.4378.

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LCCC Seeks New Members for Arts Council






An arts council is forming at the Lake City Community Center. We are actively seeking new members from the community. It’s important to us that the council and art presented at LCCC represens our diverse neighborhoods in north east Seattle; all are welcome.

Whether you have an artistic background or a keen interest in the arts, you are invited to join us in bringing the arts to Lake City! Please call us at 206.362.4378 for more information.



Pinehurst house fire caused by food on stove, home total loss

A fire Thursday night injured a homeowner in Pinehurst in the 800 block of NE 123rd Street. Flames were shooting from the roof of the home when firefighters arrived. The scene brought out dozens of concerned neighbors that looked on as dozens of firefighters knocked down the flames.

Friday the Seattle Fire Department reported that the fire was caused by unattended food on the stove.

More from Seattle Fire:

At 5:41 p.m. a smoke alarm alerted the lone resident of the home to a fire in his kitchen. The automatic fire alarm alerted dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center to the fire at a 2-story home with basement in the 800 block of NE 123rd Street. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out of the first floor kitchen, up along the side of the house, through the roof and out the windows of the first floor of the home. The flames also spread to trees and bushes on both sides of the house. The fire threatened a neighbor’s home.

Through their aggressive actions, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the house of origin and prevent it from spreading to the neighboring houses. A challenge to firefighters was the high load of combustible materials stored both inside the home and around the surrounding property. It took approximately 50 minutes to completely extinguish the fire. However, several hot spots flared up through the evening. An engine company stayed outside the home throughout the night for a Fire Watch to ensure the flare-ups were quickly extinguished.

When firefighters arrived they found the lone occupant outside the home with burns to his arms suffered while he tried to extinguish the flames. Medics treated the man in his 60’s for minor 2nd and 3rd degree burns. He declined transport to the hospital but opted to have a relative drive him to Harborview Medical Center

The investigators determined the home was a complete loss. The damage estimate is $250,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the contents.

Car crashes into building, driver injured, accident closes all lanes of LCW

Photo courtesy Seattle Fire

Photo courtesy Seattle Fire

A 63 year-old woman driving a Volkswagen Beetle was trapped in her car after it drove across all lanes of Lake City Way and crashed into a building near NE 110th Street. She was transported to Harborview with serious injuries.

The accident was first reported at 2:20 p.m. As of 4:30 all lanes of Lake City Way were closed as officers investigated the scene.

The road reopened about 4:40 after being closed for more than two hours.

The building hit houses the Community Psychiatric Clinic. The building was being inspected after the accident to make sure it was safe to enter.

The photos below were tweeted by KIRO/7 reporter Alison Grande:

The car went off a rock embankment at Public Storage, across four lanes and hit the building, said Grande.

At about 4:40 p.m. Carolyn Hall Jensen from KING/5 tweeted that the road was open.

The photo below is courtesy of KIRO/7′s helicopter.

The accident scene, courtesy KIRO/7

The accident scene, courtesy KIRO/7

Legos at the Library this Sunday

LegosIf your kids love Legos, check out LEGO MANIA at the Lake City Library this Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. There’ll be music and lots of Lego building!  This is part of a larger Lego program throughout the Seattle Public Library system.


The event rotates through several north-end libraries, with each hosting LEGOS at the same time on varying Sundays. The Lake City branch hosts a Lego event every 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month through March 30th.

1st Sunday–Greenwood
2nd Sunday–Montlake
3rd Sunday–Lake City
4th Sunday–Greenlake
5th Sunday–Lake City

These events are free & do not require registration. If you’d like to stay informed about this and other library events, visit the Lake City Branch’s website.

Lake City Way becomes Lake City Bay in global ice melt scenario

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A clipping from Jeffrey Linn’s Islands of Seattle map shows the hypothetical Lake City Bay and Thornton Bay, the result of the melt of all global ice sheets. (Click image to see full map)

You may have seen this map being shared in the last few days on social media.

Jeffrey Linn has created a unique look at Seattle. His “Islands of Seattle” shows what our city would look like if polar ice sheets all melted, raising the sea level —significantly.

While not something that is expected to happen in the next few millennia, a climate event of this magnitude, and the topography of North Seattle, would change Lake City Way into Lake City Bay. Cedar Park would become Cedar Heights Island and much of the Thornton Creek watershed would be underwater.

From Linn’s post on the University of Washington’s The Whole U blog:

This map is based on real-world information—I created the Seattle sea levels from publicly-available LiDAR data, rendering the rise of the seas in 10-foot increments for the animation, starting at the current shoreline, and ending with the 240-foot level. The Islands of Seattle poster was rendered at 240 feet of rise, which is roughly what would happen if all the world’s ice sheets melted.

Now this extreme event is not something to cause you to worry that your yard may be underwater in thousands of years. But it is an interesting look at what our small slice of the globe could look like in the distant future.

Linn said in his post:

I don’t know how long it would take for this to happen. One estimate says roughly 5,000 years. If this is accurate, then our descendants living with this level of sea rise would look back on our time in the same way that we might look back on the Early Dynastic Period of Egypt. The time of the pharaohs would be closer to us than the time of the Seattle Archipelago. So, although we should all be very concerned about the effects of climate change, including the resulting sea rise, don’t base your next apartment rental decision on this map.

You can view Linn’s map in much more detail here on his site.