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Seattle is truly a city of neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – from Wallingford to Wedgwood to Windermere – are like treasures to discover each month when we just explore outside our front door. This is “4 to Explore,” a treasure map to 4 of the best things each month: 1 shop or restaurant to visit, 1 meeting to connect with neighbors, 1 fun activity to enjoy, and 1 neighborhood issue to engage. Enjoy exploring!

–Alex Pedersen

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1 Store to Adore

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Elemental Pizza

Smooshing pizza dough is a fun way for kids to play at the table while they anticipate their yummy meal at ELEMENTAL PIZZA. The whole family can marvel at the pizza chefs tossing and stretching the dough high above their heads. Located in the heart of the U Village shopping center, Elemental Pizza is this month’s Store To Adore.  As reported in Seattle Met, the owners are local Seattleites Steve Rosen and James Allard, who also founded Blue C Sushi and Boom Noodle. The menu at Elemental Pizza offers not only their individual thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas, but also salads, sandwiches, and glasses of fine beers & wines. Although we are embarrassed to admit it,…

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1 Meeting to Connect

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Northeast District Council

Let’s say you followed the advice of “4 to Explore” and visited your Community Council last month. You connected with neighbors to discuss issues that impact your immediate neighborhood – Hurray!  Now you want something bigger — a meeting that connects several adjacent Northeast neighborhoods. But do leaders of different neighborhoods actually sit down at the same table and discuss public safety, transportation, parks, and zoning? Of course! Attend the NORTHEAST DISTRICT COUNCIL (NEDC) on Thursday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE. NEDC comprises Ravenna, Bryant, Hawthorne Hills, Laurelhurst, Roosevelt, U-District, View Ridge, and Wedgwood. And if our dedicated and thoughtful NEDC volunteers inspire you to connect with neighborhood activists across…

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1 Fun to Enjoy

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Wedgwood Art Festival

Summertime. The WEDGWOOD ART FESTIVAL has become a highlight of summertime in Northeast Seattle. Enjoy an extravaganza of art, music, food, and activites just for kids. The art fair is the largest to date and emphasizes both cherished and new local artists. Come out to enjoy a full musical line-up with returning favorites Cherie Blues, Cocoloco, Yaamba, and five more local musical acts.  Kids will discover their inner artist at activity stations or their exterior artist with face painting. Thistle Theater will perform a different show each day. Get your photo taken with firefighters from Seattle Engine Company #40. Enjoy a tasty lunch or snack from array of food choices including…

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1 Issue to Engage

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Create More Affordable Housing

After hiring a world-class Police Chief and crafting a high-quality Seattle Preschool Program for the November ballot, here is the next big challenge for city leaders: CREATE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. Although most news outlets have focused on minimum wages, our city’s affordability struggles are driven, in large part, by rising housing costs. The number of homeless families seems to grow even as City Council provides more funding. Recent UW graduates struggle to pay rent. Many moderate income families headed by nurses, teachers, and firefighters cannot afford to buy a home here where they grew up. Solutions so far? Many of the efforts to “up-zone” neighborhoods, build micro-housing (“apodments”), and cram large homes onto small lots have been poorly planned…

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