4 to Explore: A Northeast Neighborhoods Newsletter

1 Fun to Enjoy

1 Fun to Enjoy

Live Music at Wedgwood Ale House to Build Park

Have fun this summer helping to turn dirt into a park!

Thanks to the old Parks & Green Spaces Levy from 2008, your taxpayer dollars enabled City Hall to buy a parcel at 35th Ave NE and NE 86th Street in the Wedgwood neighborhood for a future “Morningside Park.” Several years later, however, no park. (For the long history, CLICK HERE.)

Despite their $5 BILLION annual budget, our leaders at City Hall can’t seem to find the money to create the park. City Hall has failed to get the job done in Ravenna and other neighborhoods.  After paying for multiple tax increases advertised as creating more parks, residents are forced to scrape together their own funds to finish the job of city officials.  This is either mismanagement of existing funds or yet another example of how the city officials could be generating funds for parks, sidewalks, and schools if they had the guts to charge for-profit developers Impact Fees. Oops, this is a “Fun to Enjoy” so let’s stay positive!

Thankfully, residents of Northeast Seattle are taking charge by organizing LIVE MUSIC AT WEDGWOOD ALE HOUSE TO BUILD A PARK

The centerpiece of the fundraiser is live music from local bands in the back of the Ale House. A featured local band called “The Civilians” includes a Wedgwoood Community Council board member jamming on guitar.

As described on the website of the Wedgwood Community Council“The Benefit is [an] all ages show, and your presence and donation will help to raise money for the design of Wedgwood’s future park…currently scheduled to start design in 2018 and construction beginning in 2019…Robert Pulson owner of the Wedgwood Ale House is donating the use of the back room and providing staff to meet all your food and drink related needs. Come on out and support a great cause, wonderful band, and a terrific local business. WCC will use these funds to help with the park design.”

  • WHAT: Live Band, Beer, Fundraiser for NE Seattle Park
  • WHEN: Sat, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Wedgwood Ale House (in the back), 8515 35th Ave NE
  • PARKING? Yes, until the city government screws that up soon.
  • COST: $5
  • KID-FRIENDLY EVENT? Yes, that’s how it’s advertised, but there will be beer for adults and bands rockin’ n’ rollin’
  • MENU at Wedgwood Ale House:  CLICK HERE.

NEIGHBORHOOD:  To explore more of Wedgwood, subscribe to Wedgwood View and the Wedgwood Echo.  We have featured a lot of cool stuff in Wedgwood, including Wedgwood Arts Festival (this year on July 8 & 9) and Veraci Pizza. 4 to Explore is in Wedgwood a lot (it’s where our P.O. Box is located) so, for the latest on the neighborhood, be sure to “like” 4 to Explore on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can also attend the Wedgwood Community Council monthly meetings.

Families can find other fun events this summer on the websites of Parent MapRed Tricycle, and Seattle’s Child.

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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 intimate setting of our bookstore.” 

  • WHAT: Magic Mondays at Ravenna Third Place Books
  • WHEN: 2nd Mondays each month 7:00 p.m. This spring that’s
  • Monday, April 10,
  • Monday, May 8,
  • Monday, June 12.
  • For regular hours of the bookstore, CLICK HERE. (It’s open every day and night).
  • WHERE: Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE at NE 65th St., Seattle, WA 98115.
  • PARKING? Yes, in back.
  • COST: Free, but bring money to buy books.
  • CAFE on site? Yes, Vios:  CLICK HERE.

One of our first “Store to Adore” articles (in Sept 2013) featured the tender trifecta of Ravenna Third Place Books, Vios restaurant & cafe, and Third Place Pub. For that original article, CLICK HERE.

For the books recommended by the well-read Third Place staff, CLICK HERE. This month’s “Staff Picks” include “Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City.”

For video showing the magic coin-bending trick, CLICK HERE.
For lots of magic tricks for kids, CLICK HERE.

Families can find other fun events this month on the calendar websites of Parent MapRed Tricycle, and Seattle’s Child.

NEIGHBORHOOD:  To explore more of Ravenna and Bryant, subscribe to the Ravenna Blog, “like” 4 to Explore on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can also attend the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association (RCBA). The RBCA is among the many community councils that serve on our Northeast District Council (NEDC).

BONUSFUNs TO ENJOY:

Easter Egg Hunts at Northeast Seattle Parks.

  • Ravenna:
  • Where: Ravenna Eckstein Community Center.
  • When: Saturday, April 15 at 9:45 a.m., Rain or Shine.
  • Laurelhurst:
  • Where: Laurelhurst Community Center
  • When: Saturday, April 15 at 9:45 a.m., Rain or Shine.
  • Other locations in Northeast Seattle, CLICK HERE.

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ArtVentures at the Henry Museum

Rainy and cold weekends can make parents fret, “What fun things can I do with my kids in Northeast Seattle? Explore ARTVENTURES AT THE HENRY MUSEUM. You may have never noticed this modern-looking museum on the western edge of UW’s main campus, just south of the Burke Museum.

Venture into ArtVenture with the family on the 2nd Sunday of each month. You might build a toy that reflects your individuality, create a skit or game that stretches your perspective, or draw a portrait of your favorite person without showing their face.

  • WHAT: ArtVentures for families.
  • WHEN: 2nd Sundays of each month 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. In 2017, that’s
  • Jan 8, “Toy Transformation”. For reservations, CLICK HERE.
  • Feb 12, “Imagination is REAL” For reservations, CLICK HERE.
  • For future dates, such as March 12 and April 9, CLICK HERE.
  • For regular Museum Hours, CLICK HERE.
  • WHERE: Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105.
  • DIRECTIONS: You can park for free on 15th or enter the UW Central parking lot off 15th Ave. For other modes, CLICK HERE.
  • COST: Free with museum admission.
  • CAFE on site? Yes, CLICK HERE.

According to the museum’s website, “The Henry was founded as Washington State’s first art museum by Seattle entrepreneur Horace C. Henry, on the principle that art stimulates inquiry, fosters knowledge, and builds a healthy community. In 1926, Horace C. and Susan Henry donated their collection of 152 paintings…From its earliest days, the Henry has been known for being first in the region to showcase world-renowned contemporary artists…”

NEIGHBORHOOD: Learn more about the U District. Stroll through Farmers Market Saturday mornings. Engage the many groups: University District Community Council, the U District Partnership (formerly the Chamber of Commerce), and the City / University Community Advisory Committee (CUCAC). Fill up at the diverse eateries from Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe to Portage Bay Cafe to Shultzy’s Sausage and Beer. Adore stores like The Trading Musician to Artist & Craftsman Supply.


BONUSFUNs TO ENJOY:

  • Calling all kids and young teens for free activities:  “S.T.E.A.M. Sundays” at the Northeast Seattle Library branch on 35th Ave NE where the Bryant and Wedgwood neighborhoods meet. Sunday, Feb 26 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math.

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Classical Music in Laurelhurst

Classical music separates us from the beasts and elevates our soul. Enjoy LIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC right here in Northeast Seattle. The Laurelhurst neighborhood continues to host Philharmonia Northwest at St. Stephen’s Church.

What is Philharmonia, you ask? “Philharmonia Northwest was established in 1976…The Orchestra is comprised of approximately 40 musicians from the Puget Sound area, who volunteer their talents and perform music ranging from the works of the Baroque era to world premieres” (according to their website).

This Fall, two very different concerts are featured at St. Stephen’s Church, which is located at 4805 NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA — just east of Laurelhurst Park and Laurelhurst Elementary.

Fall concert #1: “Drum Roll, Please…”

  • WHEN: Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: St. Stephen’s Church in Laurelhurst:  4805 NE 45th St.
  • FEATURING: Matt Drumm (Yes, his name is Drumm.)
  • MUSIC:
  1. Rossini: La gazza ladra overture
  2. Ney Rosauro: Concerto for Timpani and String Orchestra
  3. Hayden: Symphony No. 103 (“Drumroll”)

Fall concert #2: “The Great Tradition”

  • WHEN: Sunday, November 20 at 2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: St. Stephen’s Church in Laurelhurst:  4805 NE 45th St.
  • FEATURING: Lauren Roth (photo above)
  • MUSIC:
  1. Mozart: “Don Giovanni” Overture
  2. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major
  3. Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4 in G Major

To hear how talented Lauren Roth is, enjoy the first 10 seconds of this performance on YouTube.

For Philharmonia concerts through April, CLICK HERE. To buy season tickets, CLICK HERE. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but they are less expensive when you buy online.

Learn more about Laurelhurst by subscribing to the Laurelhurst Blog and attending the Laurelhurst Community Club.


BONUSFUN TO ENJOY:

Families can find other fun events this summer on the calendar websites of Parent MapRed Tricycle, and Seattle’s Child.

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Summer Story Time

Summer fun in NE Seattle means BBQs, music festivals, swimming, and the neighborly National Night Out. But as much as you think you crave Vitamin D, sometimes you and the kids want to escape the sun and stay as cool as an indoor cat. That’s why 4 to Explore is featuring SUMMER STORY TIME.

Did you just yawn? Well, let’s make it not only cool, but also easy.  Here is The (clickable) List of Summer Story Times in Northeast Seattle:

Also, at the NE Seattle Library branch, don’t miss, Professor Ficklesteins’ Physics Phactory on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

For the Seattle Public Library’s 2016 Summer of Learning activities, CLICK HERE.

For Story Times throughout the Public Libraries, CLICK HERE.

These Story Times are typically best for ages 2 to 10.

BONUS FUN: Many of the Summer Funs featured in 4 to Explore are annual events. So you can explore them again and again. Here’s a recap of Summer Funs:

Parks like DahlLaurelhurst, and View Ridge.

Farmers Markets in the U District and Wallingford.

The Fremont Fair, to the Left of Wallingford

Wedgwood Art Fesitval in Wedgwood

Party in the Park in View Ridge

Thistle Theatre at Magnuson Park

Sounds of Summer in U Village (Bryant)

Great Wallingford Wurst Festival (Wallingford)

Families can find other fun events this summer on the calendar websites of Parent MapRed Tricycle, and Seattle’s Child.

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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Spring is here and that means you’ll soon crave dinosaur bones, meteorites, exotic seashells, and a capuccino, And they’re all in one Northeast Seattle location. That’s right, our “Fun to Enjoy” is the BURKE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND CULTURE .

“The Burke is the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture — a place to ask questions, seek answers and be inspired,” according to their website. Exhibits range from paleontology to biology to culture.  The exhibits are so varied and complex, it’s a branding nightmare for marketing experts, but a delight for kids who would normally go comatose when after hearing the word “museum.” The only way to know is to go (or read reviews on Yelp).

  • WHAT: Burke Museum (there’s also a cafe)
  • WHO: you and your family.
  • WHEN: Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but on first Thurs of every month, open until 8 p.m. and it’s FREE.
  • WHERE: corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (on the Northwest corner of the UW campus)
  • COST: Free on First Thursday of every month (April 7, May 5, June 2). Other days: $10.  (Free anytime for UW students.)
  • MORE INFO: www.burkemuseum.org

Parents:  the Burke Museum also has summer camps, so sign up soon by CLICKING HERE.

Now is a good time to visit the Burke Museum because change and construction are coming (what, in Seattle?)  Construction of a new $100 million museum by the Swedish developer Skanska will start this summer, though it’s not clear why. The current museum, along with some lovely old trees, will be torn down. It’s probably because UW wants to develop another building on that northwest corner of its campus.  Supposedly none of the $100 million is coming from a another tax levy, so that’s a positive change. To learn more about the proposed NEW Burke museum, attend the Open House on Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Learn more about the U District. Stroll through Farmers Market Saturday mornings. Engage the many groups: University District Community Council, the U District Partnership (formerly the Chamber of Commerce), and the City / University Community Advisory Committee (CUCAC). Fill up at the diverse eateries from Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe to Portage Bay Cafe to Shultzy’s Sausage and Beer. Adore the stores like The Trading Musician to Artist & Craftsman Supply.

BONUS FUN: Trivia Night at College Inn Pub, with questions selected by Burke Museum staff about science and culture. First Tuesdays of every month (April 5, May 3, June 7). College Inn Pub is located at 4006 University Way NE (“The Ave”).

Families can find other fun events this month on the calendar websites of Parent MapRed Tricycle, and Seattle’s Child.

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