Seattle is a city of neighborhoods.
Our neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – from Wallingford to Wedgwood – are treasures we can rediscover when we just explore outside our front door. This is “4 to Explore,” a treasure map to 4 of the best things each season: 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

Gargoyles Statuary

Did you know that “Seattle’s source of gargoyles and gothic statuary” is here in Northeast Seattle? When we visited this magically cozy store on the Ave, the owner Gayle Nowicki was beaming positive energy, helping customers find what they needed — from gargoyle statues to otherworldly lamps, incense, paintings, and postcards. She made sure I knew they host funky art shows periodically in the back of their store, such as the “Spooked Hearts” art show (featured earlier on our Facebook page). This season’s “Store to Adore” is GARGOYLES STATUARY on The Ave in the U District neighborhood. As they say more eloquently on their website, “Gargoyles…

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1 Meeting to Connect

Follow on Facebook and Twitter for Spring Meetings

For the Spring Season this year, the best way to learn of “Meetings to Connect” is to follow 4 to Explore on Facebook or Twitter. Follow the 3 easy steps below and enjoy exploring. Facebook: Go to www.facebook.com Search for AlexPedersenSeattle Click Like/Follow Page. Twitter: Go to www.twitter.com. Type our “handle” into Search box: @alexpedersensea . Then click “Follow.” Some of the best meetings occurred already such as the “Save the Ave” fundraiser March 31, 2017 for small, neighborhood businesses under duress from City Hall’s pro-developer policies. To “Save the Ave,” CLICK HERE. Also, shaking up the race for mayor of Seattle,…

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1 Fun to Enjoy

Magic Mondays at Ravenna Third Place Books

Abracadabra!  Now you see it, now you don’t.  With all of the change in Seattle, we can say that about our city. But let’s have some fun and — while hard to believe — let’s have fun on a Monday. That’s right, MAGIC MONDAYS AT RAVENNA THIRD PLACE BOOKS. Free evening performances on the 2nd Monday of every month. As described by Seattle’s Child magazine, “…Each show features the Pacific Northwest’s finest magicians performing feats of mystery, wonder and the bizarre. With its origins in the theaters of London and New York, Magic Monday is a cabaret of conjuring in the…

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1 Issue to Engage

Straightening Out A Councilman’s Twisted Truth

Do you recognize this bulldozer? It’s hard to tell because there are so many rumbling in Northeast Seattle these days. (It’s the one on NE 50th and Brooklyn). Seattle leaders should prevent demolitions and displacement. Instead, our local government officials — led by Councilmember Rob Johnson — have been spending an enormous amount of time and taxpayer resources to quickly implement polices that will benefit their for-profit developer campaign donors and intensify demolitions and displacement. Councilmember Rob Johnson’s recent Op Ed entitled “U District leads the way in citywide rezone effort” was misleading and irresponsible. Johnson, who was elected to represent Northeast Seattle in “District 4”, was…

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