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How Does HALA Affect Lake City? Workshop this Saturday!

HALA reportThere’s been a lot of press about the Mayor’s new Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Much of that press has focused on the elimination of single-family zoning. Feeling confused? The report itself is long and complicated (65 recommendations and 76 pages long). However, it’s critically important to understand as Seattle grapples with the very real problem of housing affordability and livability. Wondering how HALA will impact Lake City?

Please join your Lake City neighbors for a workshop this Saturday, Aug. 1st, co-hosted by the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA)Lake City Future First (LCFF), and North District Council (NDC).

All are welcome!
12509 27th Ave NE (in the downstairs ADA-accessible meeting room)
8:30 am – Coffee available
9:00 am -12:00pm – Workshop


Goals of the Workshop?

LCNA logo with PEOPLE copyLCNA Chair, Sandy Motzer notes, “We are not attempting to seek unanimous support for any recommendation but rather to convey Lake City’s support and/or opposition and/or concerns in five areas:

  1. How-to achieve the Mayor’s stated goal of 20,000 affordable units over the next 10 years
  2. Housing (and small business) displacement
  3. Proposed single-family zoning changes
  4. Proposed development/construction requirement changes
  5. Infrastructure requirements for livability.”


Workshop agenda includes:
Brief introductions to the workshop and to the 5 topic areas, small-group discussions. There will be time for everyone to attend two of the 5 small-group discussions of choice. Discussion leaders will summarize each discussion topic for the large group. That content will be what is sent by LCNA to the Mayor and others on behalf of Lake City. LCNA is encouraging each neighborhood organization and all individuals to write letters as well. Workshop sponsors ask that anyone attending the workshop read the HALA Report as submitted by the Committee to the Mayor. You can find the report here.


What is a “Community Conversation” (and Why Should I Care?)

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A design concept presented as a possibility for redeveloping property owned by the Pierre family.

Do you ever feel like you’re the last to know? Where did all those speed bumps come from? Wait, there’s a new brewery opening?

Neighborhood changes are often planned for years before the public actually sees the results. A Community Conversation is a great way to find out about upcoming changes AND a way to give input while your opinion can still count!

What is a Community Conversation?
These events are sponsored by Lake City Future First – a group of neighborhood volunteers working to support economic diversity in the Lake City area. While volunteers run the event, they also work with city officials to help bring current information about proposals and upcoming changes .

Why Should I Care?
Lake City is going to be experiencing a great deal of growth and development in the very near future. Lake City Future First wants to ensure everyone is involved in that conversation. Some favorite local establishments will be faced with issues regarding development. How do we retain our unique neighborhood assets and cherished gems? What new assets are desired? NOW is the time to be heard and get involved.

Public engagement liaisons help make it easier for community members to find out what's going on. Translation services are available too!

At the April Community Conversation, public engagement liaisons helped reach out to community members. Translation services are available too!

Please join your community on June 24th at the Lake City Community Center from 6 – 8 PM for the next official Community Conversation.

What will be there?
Free food from some of Lake City’s wonderful restaurants, in honor of the launch of this year’s “World of Tastes in Lake City Passport Program” which helps celebrate local restaurants.

Many representatives will be on hand to discuss everything from zoning to the need for open space in Lake City. The Urban Design Framework document will be on hand too. If you’re wondering whatever happened with the Pierre Visioning Project… you’ll find your answer there.

You’re Invited!


Last year’s attendees shared their visions for Lake City and now many of these ideas are underway. Come learn more about what’s going on and how you can get involved.

More than 150 people attended last year’s Community Conversation at Elliot Bay Brewery. Come join us for another Community Conversation happening April 29th, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Lake City Community Center. This time around, enjoy free food and entertainment provided by Manila, Manila, our fabulous local Phillippino restaurant and market.

This free event continues the work of Lake City Future First (LCFF). Last year you shared your ideas and visions, and now it’s time to see them come to fruition! The event will include opportunities to learn more about a variety of Lake City actions, including:

  • A new community garden in the works
  • Ideas to activate the mini-park at 125th and Lake City Way
  • The new Urban Design plan for Lake City (spearheaded by the Department of Planning and Development)
  • Learn more about neighborhood greenways and other changes to address traffic safety
  • Meet members of LCFF and the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance – get connected with your local community groups
  • Provide feedback
  • Get involved
  • Did we mention free food?

The invitation includes a tear off RSVP form. Return the completed form to Kaffeeklatsch and receive a $1 off any Kaffeeklatsch item.

HIP Fest is Here!

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HIP is hosting its first annual HIP Fest!

This fun family event will take place on Sunday, September 28th from 1-4pm at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE) and will feature games, a raffle, a cake walk and delicious food. Admission is $5 per person and will include food.  Tickets can be purchased at the event for games, cake walk and raffle entries.  Raffle prizes include passes to Woodland Park Zoo, bread for an entire year from Panera Bread, EMP passes, a tour of KEXP studios, box seats to the Everett AquaSox, and more.

Celebrate the start of the school year and the harvest season with your local community at HIP Fest!  For more information about Hunger Intervention Program, visit www.hungerintervention.org.

We still need volunteers!!  All volunteers will get a super cool HIP t-shirt and our undying gratitude.  Come show your support for HIP!  If you are interested in volunteering for HIP Fest, sign up for a volunteer job here.

SalmonFest Coming Soon!

LogoSalmonFest Seattle is almost here and there’s really, truly something for everyone at this year’s revamped Lake City street festival. Events run Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd. Where to start?


Market goers sample salmon sauces for the upcoming Salmon Bake

Market goers sample salmon sauces for the upcoming Salmon Bake

Salmon! This year’s salmon bake features a new salmon supplier. Loki Fish Co. is locally-owned and known for it’s sustainable harvesting and direct-marketing of wild fish. Festival organizers also field-tested three exciting new sauces at the Lake City Farmers Market this month, polling market-goers for their favorite to be used alongside the Loki salmon this year.

Salmon Bake
(Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE)

  • Friday, Aug. 1st – 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 2nd – 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 3rd – 12:00pm-5:00pm


Music!  This year’s main stage line-up includes a wide array of music, from big band swing to folk music, acapella, rock, gospel and more, including Pacific Northwest favorites Reilly & Maloney. Visit the SalmonFest site for the maintstage entertainment schedule.

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Kids make salmon masks in preparation for SalmonFest

Entertainment!  The weekend kicks off Friday evening with a contra dance at the Lake City Community Center. If you’ve got youngsters, don’t miss famed Reptile Man on Saturday, Aug. 2nd at 3:30pm. Look for other performances likely to captivate audiences young and old – including ballet and martial arts.

Art Show!  This year’s street festival is also expanding to include a juried art show. Artisans will share a range  of wares from fine wood and metal working to wearable art and delicate baked goods, like those from Thumbprint Baking Co. Visit the SalmonFest site for a list of vendors.

Street Festival
(along 125th between Lake City Way & 25th Ave NE)

  • Saturday, Aug 2nd – 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 3rd – 10:00pm-5:00pm

Old favorites, like the Seattle Gymnastics tumbling area and classic car show will be back. But new traditions are joining the festivities – including a beer garden hosted by Elliot Bay Brewery.


Clowning aroundParade!  For long-time residents, no need to worry, the traditional Pioneer Days Parade is still the highlight of Saturday’s events. And as always, any child or family can dress up and participate in the Kiddie Parade.

Pioneer Days Parade, Saturday, Aug. 2nd
(Lake City Way between 125th and 135th)
Kiddie parade 6:00pm
Main parade 7:00pm


Animals!  The new Sunday addition to the street festival provides fun for pet owners, with the Petalooza. The Palooza Stage will feature dog contests, K-9 demonstrations and high fashion doggie wear. Bring your pets and come enjoy the day!


SalmonFest 2014 Street Map

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


You’re Invited!

Come join a Community Conversation happening May 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm at Elliot Bay brew pub. This free event will celebrate the launch of Lake City Future First, a collaborative group of residents, business owners, and organizations working together to create a sustainable organization, engage businesses, and develop a strategic plan.

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Only in Seattle grant award ceremony with Mayor Murray (photo courtesy of Dave Morris)


Food, a beer tasting and local music will provide the backdrop for an opportunity to talk with neighbors and Lake City business owners. The event will include opportunities to learn more about a variety of Lake City actions, including:

  • The Only in Seattle grant and how Lake City Future First is organizing to support Lake City’s business district
  • Wondering what’s happening with the Pierre Visioning project?
  • Want to learn more about the upcoming changes to Lake City Way?
  • Meet members of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and get connected with your local community group
  • Want to provide feedback to City Departments?
  • Did we mention free food and a beer tasting?

The invitation includes a tear off RSVP form. Return the completed form to Kaffeeklatsch and receive a $1 off any Kaffeeklatsch item.

Olympic Hills Pocket Park Opportunities

Design discussions at the park site (photo courtesy of LC Greenways)

Design discussions at the park site (photo courtesy of LC Greenways)

Volunteers are hard at work creating a new pocket park in Olympic Hills. The project is funded through a Department of Neighborhoods matching fund grant.

Organizers are looking for community involvement in a variety of ways, listed below. Neighborhood grants like this one rely on matching volunteer hours, so please consider participating. Even if you don’t live in Olympic Hills, this opportunity can provide a template for how to accomplish a similar project in your own neighborhood. Project coordinator, Janine Blaeloch, and other project volunteers are happy to share their expertise and insights.


Weigh in on the design of the pocket park
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave NE
At this meeting, design professionals will present two or three concepts for the neighborhood to consider.


Volunteers help clear brush at a park work party (photo courtesy of LC Greenways)

Volunteers help clear brush at a park work party (photo courtesy of LC Greenways)


Work party in the park
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the park site (NE 133rd between 27th and 28th avenues)
This work party will be less strenuous than previous; no digging, but there will be weed pulling, grass-whacking, and mulching, mulching, mulching. There will also be lively conversation about what is wanted in this new park. Displays of the design concepts will also be available for feedback.


Final meeting and presentation of design
Tuesday, June 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the park site (NE 133rd between 27th and 28th avenues)
Come see the results of this grassroots, community-led effort to improve the neighborhood!


Join “Jane’s Walk” This Sunday for School Safety

Pink indicates Walk Zone for Cedar Park site, white indicates future enrollment boundary for Cedar Park Elementary. (photo courtesy of Seattle School District website)

Pink indicates Walk Zone for Cedar Park site, white indicates future enrollment boundary for Cedar Park Elementary. (photo courtesy Seattle School District website)

Community members are invited to join “Jane’s Walk” this Sunday, May 4th from 2:00-4:00pm. The purpose of the walk is to identify challenges children might experience as they cross Lake City Way and NE 125th Street while walking or biking to school.


Olympic Hills Elementary students will be relocated to the Cedar Park site while their building is rebuilt. For many, this will mean crossing Lake City Way – a state highway – to get to school. The walk zone for Cedar Park (indicated in pink on the map) includes areas both east and west of Lake City Way, as well as areas south of NE 125th.  After the new Olympic Hills Elementary is opened, crossing Lake City Way (LCW)  &  NE 125th will remain an issue, since the enrollment boundary for the new Cedar Park Elementary crosses both arterials.


Walk zones for Seattle’s elementary schools are typically established by a 1 mile radius from the school, as the crow flies. However, the walk zone boundaries usually avoid crossing state highways or busy arterials where crosswalks are unavailable. For example, students who attend John Rogers Elementary but live east of Sand Point Way are eligible for yellow bus transportation, even though they live less than a mile from the school. At Olympic Hills, the current attendance area spans Lake City Way, but children living east of LCW are eligible for yellow bus transportation.

A family rushes to cross Lake City Way

A family rushes to cross Lake City Way

Sunday’s walk will be led by Katie Sheehy from the city’s Dept. of Planning and Development. Ms. Sheehy is currently involved with an urban design framework project for Lake City, so short-term and long-term ideas for improvements could be incorporated into that project. The walk will depart from Kaffeeklatsch (12513 Lake City Way NE) at 2:00pm.


If you’re interested in broader traffic safety issues for students, please consider joining the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee, which is currently seeking new members. This is a volunteer board that advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety. For more information visit the Council’s website.

Yoga Class to benefit local hunger program this Saturday

Packing Healthy HIP Packs

HIP volunteers packing Healthy HIP Packs at a monthly volunteer event. (photo courtesy of Craig P Stehling)

What better way to start your weekend than by doing yoga while helping to feed Lake City kids.

On Saturday, May 3rd, people are asked to join Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) and Two Dog Yoga at their second annual benefit class to support the Healthy HIP Packs Program. This program sends home packs of nutritious foods with 130 children who do not have enough food at home. HIP works with two schools right here in Lake City – John Rogers Elementary and Olympic Hills Elementary.  There is a continued need to grow this program to more students and more schools in the area. And you can help by doing yoga this weekend.

Watch HIP’s new Healthy HIP Packs video to see the program in action.

What: An all-levels yoga class to benefit HIP
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:15 – 11:45 am
Where: Two Dog Yoga, 12549 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 367-9608
Suggested Donation: $25 (Please donate what you can. It’s for a good cause!)
Advanced Registration and Payment required. 
To Register, Click Here

*Space is limited to 40 and will be filled on a first come first served basis. Please bring your own mat if you have one.

Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) a Lake City-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to bring food to local families and now seniors through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, meal programs, and by advocating for our hungry neighbors.For more information visit www.hungerintervention.org

For more information on Two Dog Yoga, visit www.twodogyoga.com