4 to Explore: A Northeast Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Summer Story Time

Let your children soak in a summer story while you browse for books, enjoy a coffee break, or reserve lunch for the family.  Summer Story Time at Northeast Seattle bookstores and libraries can be exploring time rather than boring time when you time it with other activities. And, no matter much you crave sunshine, sometimes you and the kids just want to escape the heat.

That’s why this season’s “FUN TO ENJOY” is SUMMER STORY TIME.

Ravenna Third Place Books on NE 65th Street at 20th Ave NE is an ideal location for parent fun while the kids are enjoying story time because you can explore their extensive collection and cozy corners. You can also enjoy the coffee and food at Vios or consider an outing another time at Third Place Pub (downstairs).

Third Place Books also has a low-stress “Summer Reading Challenge  for kids through August 31. Read books, keep track, get prizes.

For ideas on summer books to read for Pre-K to 3rd graders, CLICK HERE. For 4th grade to 8th grade, CLICK HERE.

Use the story time as the foundation for your day of fun. Here is the (clickable) List of Summer Story Times in Northeast Seattle, located near other activities:

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

For other activities for kids at our Public Libraries, CLICK HERE.

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

National Night Out on nearly every block (Tues, Aug 7; see “Meeting to Connect”)

Party in the Park in View Ridge

Thistle Theatre at Magnuson Park

Sounds of Summer in U Village on Wednesdays (Bryant)

Great Wallingford Wurst Festival (Wallingford)

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).

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Fiddler on the Roof in Roosevelt

Couldn’t score tickets to Hamilton? The next best thing is performed by Roosevelt! That’s Roosevelt High School here in Northeast Seattle. Bring the entire family to a show.  Avoid downtown traffic for a low pressure outing that supports the budding thespians in your neighborhood. During Roosevelt High School’s open house, we heard the teachers and students proudly announce the upcoming performances including their epic Spring musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

While you may already know about Roosevelt High’s Jazz Band and their annual performance of the Jazz Nutcracker, our neighborhood high school also boasts a top-rate drama program.

This season’s “Fun to Enjoy” is “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” at ROOSEVELT HIGH.

  • WHAT: “Fiddler on the Roof,” a live musical and dramatic performance
  • WHEN: May 24, 25, 31st and June 1 and 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. (also Sunday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m.)
  • WHERE: Roosevelt High School’s Theater at 1410 NE 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98115. For a map, CLICK HERE.
  • PARKING? Yes.
  • For tickets, CLICK HERE. (on sale starting May 1, 2018.)

For other shows put on by the Roosevelt High School drama department, including The Variety Show in April, CLICK HERE.

As you may know, Fiddler on the Roof is about the Jewish family of Tevye, the local dairyman (“I have 5 daughters!”) of a vulnerable village within Imperial Russia during the early 1900’s. The family and their neighbors struggle with changes as the evil czar tries to force them out of the neighborhood to make room for others.  Famous songs include “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker“, “To Life,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” I am hoping that the wedding scene features the nail-biting, balancing bottle dance. According to Wikipedia, “Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease...It won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation.

FUN FACTS ABOUT ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL:

  • Number of Students: 1,700 (approx)
  • Origin of Name: President Theodore Roosevelt
  • Mascot: The Rough Riders
  • Year Established: 1922
  • Famous Alumni: Noble Prize winner Linda B. Buck; Cartoonist Linda Barry; musician Sir Mix-a-Lot; Joe Rantz, the powerful rower of “Boys in the Boat;” and Dan Evans, former Governor and U.S. Senator.

MORE FUN THIS SEASON:

  • Flights of Fancy: Art Show at The Gargoyle Statuary on The Ave in the U District, Opening Night: Fri, March 16, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. (runs thru April 17).
  • Debuts & Discoveries: Food, wine, and fun at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park, Sat, March 17, 2018 from 5-9 p.m. hosted by the University Sunrise Rotary Club. For tix, CLICK HERE.
  • Best of the Northwest Arts & Fine Crafts show – 30th Anniversary – Sat, March 24 and Sun, March 25, also at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park.
  • Caspar Babypants Music:  For fun for the tiny music lovers in your family, CLICK HERE for a concert at the Neptune Theatre in the U District on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Learn more about the Roosevelt neighborhood, named after former President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Check out the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association (RNA) and read their publication “The Roosie.” While the RNA typically hosts an annual “Bull Moose” Festival, they are not able to in 2018 due to lack of time / volunteer power :(.  So, neighbors, that’s a call to action:  for several ways to get involved and boost the RNA, CLICK HERE. The RNA continues to have monthly meetings about key events and issues in the neighborhood, including the proposed mixed-used, 245-unit affordable housing project that will sit on top of the light rail station opening in 2021.

The Roosevelt neighborhood is going through a lot of changes with the light rail station and upzones (the big red crane has been a recent fixture). One of our first Stores to Adore already closed Peaks Frozen Custard and many other may be pushed out by demolitions and rising rents on cherished neighborhood businesses such as Teddy’s Tavern. We at 4toExplore.org have featured a few more including Rain City Burgers, Bengal Tiger, and India Bistro.

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Cultural Fest 2018 at UW

Want to travel the world in a day? This February you can — and without leaving Northeast Seattle.  This season’s “Fun to Enjoy” is CULTURAL FEST 2018 at the University of Washington’s main campus.

Cultural Fest is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and organized by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS).

CulturalFest is really two related events: (1) the free Expo and (2) the Performances.

(1) The International Expo at UW “features activities, arts and crafts, games, and hands-on learning opportunities for everyone. International students and volunteers share insights into their cultures and countries...Visitors have a unique chance to experience booths representing over 35 cultures through music, dance, food, conversation and interactive activities. CulturalFest booths are developed and staffed by student volunteers from all over the world, and free and open to the public. CulturalFest is the largest multicultural student event at the University of Washington and truly allows visitors to travel the world in a day!”  

(2) The Performance Showcase “brings the best University of Washington artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world together onto the Meany Theater stage to celebrate the diversity and talent of the international community in our region.”

(1) EXPO:

  • WHAT: International Expo booths, food, and activities
  • WHEN: Thurs, Feb 8 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • WHERE: University of Washington, Husky Union Building (the HUB) in the middle of the main Seattle campus.
  • PARKING? Yes.
  • COST? FREE.
  • KID-FRIENDLY EVENT? Yes!
  • FIELD TRIP FRIENDLY? Yes, teachers! To arrange, CLICK HERE.

(2) PERFORMANCES:

  • WHAT: International dances and music on stage
  • WHEN: Sat, Feb 10 (pre-show at 5:30 and performances at 7 p.m.)
  • WHERE: University of Washington, Meany Hall, just off 15th Ave
  • PARKING? Yes. For directions, CLICK HERE.
  • KID-FRIENDLY EVENT? Yes (kindergartners and older)
  • COST? Yes, to buy tickets CLICK HERE (Kids under 10 Free, but need ticket.

MORE FUN:

  • Caspar Babypants Music:  For fun for the tiny music lovers in your family, CLICK HERE for a concert at the Neptune Theatre in the U District on April 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
  • We first learned about Cultural Fest online at Parent Map. Families can find other fun events this winter on the websites of Parent MapRed Tricycle, and Seattle’s Child.

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), the alternative Small Businesses Directory (associated with Save the Ave and the U District Square campaigns), and the City / University Community Advisory Committee (CUCAC). Fill up at the diverse eateries such as Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, Persepolis, and Portage Bay Cafe. Adore stores such as The Trading Musician, Gargoyles Statuary, and Artist & Craftsman Supply as well as the Henry Museum and Burke Museum.

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Jazz Nutcracker at Roosevelt High

What do Duke Ellington, Teddy Roosevelt, and Tchaikovsky all have in common? The Jazz Nutcracker at Roosevelt High!  In Northeast Seattle, combining the classic Nutcracker music with the acclaimed jazz band of Roosevelt High School is destined to be more enjoyable than combining cream, eggs, and spirits into eggnog for the holidays.

So grab your tickets today for the JAZZ NUTCRACKER AT ROOSEVELT HIGH.

As described on their website“Swing into the holiday season with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s festive Jazz Nutcracker, a fanciful take on the Tchaikovsky suite. The award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band is fortunate to have the rights to perform this arrangement. Join us for a Seattle tradition. Check out this video for a preview of what you will enjoy at the show.”

  • WHAT: Nutcracker Jazz performances
  • WHEN: Sat, Dec 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun, Dec 3 at 2:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Roosevelt High at 1410 NE 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98115
  • PARKING? Yes.
  • COST? Yes, to buy tickets CLICK HERE.
  • KID-FRIENDLY EVENT? Yes!

If you miss the live performance, you can download past concerts or buy music CDs, by CLICKING HERE. You’ll be the hippest, micro-local Christmas afficionado by playing the Rough Riders playing Duke Ellington at your holiday party.

It’s been 3 years since we originally featured the Jazz Nutcracker here in “4 to Explore”: https://alexpedersen.org/jazz-nutcracker-at-roosevelt/  So if you have not enjoyed it in a while, it’s time to go back to high school to enjoy it again. The band members are different, but the music is the same high quality.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Learn more about the Roosevelt neighborhood, named after former President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Check out the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association (RNA) and read their publication “The Roosie.” Roosevelt hosts an annual “Bull Moose” Festival, which is traditionally held every summer.

The Roosevelt neighborhood is going through a lot of changes with the light rail station scheduled to open in 2021 (the big red crane has been a recent fixture). One of our first Stores to Adore already closed Peaks Frozen Custard and many other may be pushed out by demolitions and rising rents on cherished neighborhood businesses such as Teddy’s Tavern. We at 4toExplore.org have featured a few more including Rain City Burgers, Bengal Tiger, and India Bistro.

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

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Caspar Babypants Music (in U District)

Dancing kids, smiling parents, fun music.

If you’ve got infants or toddlers in your family, don’t miss a concert by CASPAR BABYPANTS. This beloved band for babies often sings its way through Northeast Seattle — and they’ll be here again this season.

As described on their Facebook page“CASPAR BABYPANTS is Chris Ballew…making high quality intelligent simple acoustic music for kids and their parents to enjoy together.”

“4 to Explore” wrote about Caspar Babypants back in July 2015 as part of the U Village Sounds of Summer concert series. But they are a Fun to Enjoy all by themselves.

But don’t take our word for it; check out a review of their album “Night Night” by Geek Dad (CLICK HERE) and a review of “Sing Along” by Parent Map (CLICK HERE).

  • WHAT: Kids Concert by Caspar Babypants
  • WHEN: Sat, Oct 14 at 3:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: University Heights at 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (on “The Ave” at NE 50th St.)
  • PARKING? Yes.
  • COST? Free
  • KID-FRIENDLY EVENT? Yes, that’s what it’s all about!

MORE: If you want to plan way ahead, the next Caspar Babypants concert in Northeast Seattle will be April 28, 2018 at the Neptune Theatre at 1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105.

  • To hear Froggie Went a Courtin’ and other music samples (with animation!), CLICK HERE.
  • To explore their newest album “Jump for Joy” released Aug 2017, CLICK HERE.
  • As the holidays approach, enjoy their “Winter Party” CD which includes favorites Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells (CLICK HERE).

photo of bulldozer at NE 50th Street & Brooklyn on March 7, 2017

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.

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

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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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