Thursday, October 19, 2017

Saturday Monster Bash At St. Stephens Church To Benefit Children's Hospital

Three Feet of Sunshine's 9th Annual Monster Bash, benefitting Seattle Children's Pediatric Advanced Care Team, is happening on Saturday from 3-7pm at St. Stephen's Church (4805 NE 45th Street). The cost for the event is $13 and will be held rain or shine.

The event will have a variety of activities for all ages, including a haunted house, pony rides, Dracula’s dance-off, ghoulish games and prizes, creepy crafts, the Phantom Photo Booth, costume contest and parade, haunted house, pumpkin painting, Seattle Fire truck visit, kid's dj and dancing, crafts, popcorn, cotton candy, cauldron of prizes and the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk.  

UW Dental School will provide some Tricks-and-Treats-to-Protect-Your-Teeth goody bags which include sugar-free candy, an apple, a water bottle, toothbrush, toothpaste and some tips on how to enjoy delicious Halloween treats in a mouth-friendly manner.

The popular kids band,
Recess Monkey, will perform two shows at 4 and 5pm. Every guest will receive a Halloween themed cupcakes, donated by Trophy Cupcakes.  And Craven Farm is donating pumpkins for each child to take home.  Guests will also be treated to re-usable Trick-OR-Treat totes

Also available will be the card signing station, where giant cards will be signed and sent to Seattle Children’s patients who are spending Halloween in the hospital.  Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children's Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat. 

Three Feet of Sunshine was established by Amy and Klane White  in July 2009 in memory of their daughter, Susannah, who spent the last year of her life at Seattle Children's Hospital,  in the care of the palliative and nursing teams at Children's Hospital.

The logo was designed by Susannah at 8 years old. And the name, Three Feet of Sunshine, came from a friend of Susannah's who wrote a tribute to Susannah with that title, about about their friendship, as an assignment in 9th grade.

Three Feet of Sunshine, a Seattle Children's Guild, "is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families who bear the weight of potentially life-threatening illnesses, by sharing the ever-sunny disposition and steadfast spirit of sweet Susannah - a little girl, despite spending the last year of her life in the hospital, always had a smile to give and a hug to share.  We raise awareness and funds aimed at providing opportunities and extending support programs devoted to enhancing quality of life for pediatric patients and their families."

For more information go here or visit Facebook.

Conga line

face painting

pony ride

Criminal Incident On UW Campus

The University of Washington Police Department sent out this notification:

On Oct. 18, the University of Washington police received information about a sexual assault. The incident occurred on Oct. 16 at 3:30pm in a residence hall on the northeast area of campus. The victim said she didn't realize the suspect was behind her when she opened the door to her room. The man followed her into her room, where the assault took place.  
The victim does not know her attacker. The suspect remains at large, but is described as being in his late teens to early 20s, approximately 6-foot-1, medium build, with a thin mustache. He was wearing a hoodie and sunglasses.
If you have information about this crime or suspect, call the University of Washington Police Department at (206) 685-8973.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Attempted Armed Robbery On 4400 Block Of 52nd Avenue NE

An armed robbery attempt in the 4400 block of 52nd Avenue NE was reported by several neighbors to the Laurelhurst Blog.  

One neighbor said:

On Monday, October 9th at 9:15am, I was told that an armed man with a gun approached a construction worker in front of a home and demanded the keys to the BMW owned by the homeowners. I'm unsure what happened after that except that he was caught. 
The house has been under construction for a long time. The poor homeowners were recently robbed another time and a SWAT team was previously on this street in the last year for another armed individual.

I was told by a Villa parent and student that Villa was in a modified lock/down or lock up, but am unsure how long. 

An armed robbery is very alarming! And the Police report also says that the individual  was in possession of narcotics/meth-Offense number 4.  A witness said he was high on drugs. 
On the same morning, police handcuffed a man who was in a vacant house, under construction on 51st Avenue NE just north of 41st Street near NE Latimer Place.  The man was with a woman and had slept in a car overnight on the street. They were described as homeless.

The Seattle Police Department police report says of the incident on 52nd Avenue NE:
Robbery - Street gun- Attempted
Theft - Car Prowl - Completed
Weapons Possession - Completed
Narc- Possess - Meth - Completed

The Laurelhurst Blog contacted Villa Academy Head of School John Milroy, about the incident who did not respond.

Tomorrow Learn How To Prepare For An Earthquake At Special Meeting At Community Center

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) is holding a special meeting tomorrow night from 7-8pm on Earthquake preparedness at the Laurelhurst Community Center in the Fireside Room.

Carl Leon, a representative from the City's Office of Emergency Management, will present an "Expanded SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) Earthquake Preparedness" class, outlining steps on how to prepare for disasters called "Earthquakes -- You can't predict them but you can prepare".

The class will include Laurelhurst specific information and maps, learning the cluster neighbors are in, how to prepare your household, how to be a good neighbor that can help others and yourself. 

Neighbor John Temple, has been working with LCC on earthquake preparedness and has started Laurelhurst Earthquake Action Preparedness (LEAP) and has been partnering with the City in setting up classes for neighbors to learn how to prepare for an earthquake including when it hits what to do, how to get help, how to help others and how to get the neighborhood ready
John added that October 19 "is a day Seattleites will remember" in coordination with Shakeout Earthquake Preparedness. Starting the day will be a worldwide drill at 10:19am where everyone in Seattle DROPs COVERs and HOLDs.

The City website says about the SNAP program:
It introduces participants to basic information on personal and family preparedness, including how to develop a disaster plan and an emergency supply kit. In addition, this presentation provides guidance and tools for organizing with neighbors. Participants will become familiar with neighborhood response priorities and strategies for working together with neighbors to ensure an effective neighborhood response.

Neighbor John Temple, has been working with LCC on earthquake preparedness and has started Laurelhurst Earthquake Action Preparedness (LEAP) 
for neighbors to learn how to prepare households in the case of a large earthquake, when it hits what to do, how to get help, how to help others, easy steps to take to get everyone thinking about disaster preparedness, how to
get the neighborhood ready, what to do to be prepared, how to be safe in an
earthquake, how to use the Help/OK sign and know the top three response priorities after any disaster.

John said he is also happy to help with setting up an organized block system or improving one that may already in place.   

He added that "working together can be fun, getting to know your neighbors better and all. Where to evacuate to if necessary could be important, too.  Neighbors help neighbors.  The first days or weeks it will be up to all of us to be prepared. The day after a major earthquake is not the time to try to figure out how to survive in Laurelhurst. Once Laurelhurst is organized it will have less effort to maintain."

The information John sent out says:

If the big one comes, we are in trouble. We are not yet organized to be able to take the best care of individual households with their children, disabled people, older adults, pets and more. This can be done.  
It takes more than just having water, food and meds for yourself. We need people at the least to join their individual block groups and better set up within their own households so they are not a drag on the ones who are completely prepared and know their block captain.  
Consequences from a serious earthquake may include utility outages for prolonged periods, significantly delayed fire and police response, houses slipping off foundations, house fires, burst water pipes, broken gas lines, trapped and possibly seriously injured family members and neighbors.

Some authorities recommend that we prepare to live with only our own resources for as long as a month. It's a daunting challenge, but we can take steps now to be more prepared and comfortable if disaster strikes.   
The City has an extensive Emergency Management website listing resources and recommended steps to take to prepare for emergencies.
Simple things like giving people that are volunteering your info. Things like what are your pet's names, do you have older or disabled people in your house, phones to call you, as a participant that registers you will get a sign to post that you need HELP or are OKAY in your house.  
Volunteers will be coming by to check for registered people with a yellow sign and help if you need it, knowing who is in your house is paramount if your house happens to be one of the one that collapses. People who are registered and doing minimal efforts to organize within their block will be most quickly helped because of known circumstances within.  
Remember there could be no water, no sewer, no electricity, no police or fire services, no cellphone, no internet, and many more issues.   
Learn how to prepare, how to be safe, how to use the Help/OK sign, and know the top three response priorities after any disaster.

LEAP is run by your neighborhood volunteers and we are working towards emergency communications, first responders, setting up triage areas, gathering places, community hubs and so much more.  Everyone needs to understand how to organize their own household and where to help and get help when the big one hits. Learn your Cluster number and Cluster Captain for your 20 households. 
Support your neighborhood response team, LEAP. Sign up to be a block captain and/or provide vital information to allow LEAP to better support you and family and pets.    
Your Laurelhurst Community needs you to be prepared and understand how to get help. We want your families to be safe and ready to help others. Let's hope it never happens, but let's all be prepared if it does

For more information, to find out about your block watch and RSVP for the event, email


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Neighbor Reports Speeding Teenagage Driver In a Blue Mustang-type Car

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:
On Saturday, October 4, around 4:15pm, I was crossing 48th Avenue NE on the east side of the  Laurelhurst playfield.  I had to flag down an obviously speeding car, a  blue mustang-type car.  
To my surprise I found a very young person driving the car, around age 18 would be my guess, with a much younger child in the passenger seat.

You may want to remind your readers about the consequences of giving the keys to power vehicles to young drivers. To any parents allowing their teenagers to drive their power cars / sports car: this is completely irresponsible and you should think again – especially if you are entrusting your older child to drive around your younger child.

Friday Holiday Feasting Tips and Techniques At The Community Center

The Laurelhurst Community Center is having a holiday cooking class called "Holiday Feasting Tips and Techniques" on Friday from 7-9pm. The cost is $30. Childcare will be provided during the event for $10.

Here is the information:

With the holidays just around the corner, Laurelhurst Community Center and Chef Melissa from Eat Well Seattle have teamed up to offer a cooking class that will help you make the most out of your Holiday events.

We invite you to join us for an evening with our in-house expert Melissa Maxwell, Wellness Chef and owner of Eat Well Seattle Catering and Meal Service. Melissa will share some timesaving techniques that will empower you to spend less effort over the stove and more time enjoying people at the holidays! Menu includes creamy make ahead mashed potatoes, stuffing, herb roasted turkey breast, and easy slab apple and pumpkin pie for dessert! Sip on a wine pairing as you enjoy this demonstration class, ask questions, sample the food, and take home recipes.
Register online, in-person at the Community Center, Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Locked Bollards To Be Installed At Laurelhurst Park To Stop Unauthorized Vehicle Access

Last month the Laurelhurst Blog reported about cars seen driving in Laurelhurst Park and park users feeling unsafe.

One neighbor said:
On September 3rd, around 11am, a person parked their silver SUV (license plate starting with BEY) on the path and then proceeded to get their dog out to train off leash. He didn't move his car but kept it on the foot path.  It was parked closest to the NE 48th Street side of the park, very close to where the stairs are down to the street.

Another neighbor reported: 

On September 24, I was walking my dog in the park at 6pm,  The playground was full of children, and there were other little ones playing in the grass. I saw a black Dodge SUV,  I think the license was ARP 3*13 driving through the park. I had to stand to the side of the pedestrian walkway to allow him to pass. WHY are people driving in our park? It seems dangerous at best.

The pertaining Seattle Municipal codes says:
11.72.280 - Park.                   
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any park as defined in the Park Code (Ordinance 106615 ), [21] except in areas designated for such purposes.
(Ord. 108200 , 2(11.72.280), 1979.)

Cara, Laurelhurst Community Center Recreation Coordinator, said that Parks ground crew have been alerted about the unsafe situation.  She added that locked bollards will be installed near the garbage bins at the service road entry  to deter unauthorized access.

Rachel, with Seattle Parks and Recreation, added:
The driving complaints were reported to Seattle Parks by the community and so we don’t know the nature of why these people were driving in the park. 
Parks and Recreation does it's best to limit putting up signs in parks, because at best they are ignored and at worst vandalized. The installation of bollards should be a more successful solution than signage.
There have not been passes issued to folks and no permission has been given to anyone to drive in the park.  It’s harmful to the turf, and potentially harmful to irrigation to have vehicles on the field, so it’s something we don’t allow.  Only Parks and Recreation vehicles are authorized to use these roads

A rare exception to the rule is that, sometimes, in connection with a public event held in a park, as part of the Park Use Permit application, some minimal pickup and drop-off is allowed for large scale events

Enforcement of all laws pertaining to park land are enforced by Seattle Police Department. If our staff witness illegal activity they report it to the police.

Seattle Parks rules and regulations can be found here.

Mayoral Candidate Fourm Today

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together), which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is holding a Mayoral Candidate Forum today from 2-3:30pm at the Magnuson Park Brig (6344 NE 74th Street, Room 406 NEST).

The information says:
NEST is joining with Seattle Parks & Recreation Lifelong Recreation in hosting a mayoral candidate forum.  
Candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will answer questions prepared by a panel of NEST and Lifelong Recreation representatives, and then will take questions from the audience.  
The forum will be moderated by former KUOW host Steve Scher.

To RSPVP email or call 525-6378Space is limited. This event is free and open to the public.

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together), a non-profit grassroots operation, supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors by creating a "virtual village" to helping them be able to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods they love.

Volunteers provide companionship, care, as well as help seniors with a wide range of services, including gardening, computer help and more. to seniors aging in their homes. Ongoing classes (fitness, etc) are also offered, as well as access to events, transportation services, and various services (such as estate planners) who provide their services at a discount to members.

For more information about NEST go here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Check Out Laurelhurst Historical Murals At Wells Fargo Bank And Sounders Goalie Appearance Friday

Wells Fargo Bank has moved from its long-time location near Children's Hospital to its new location in the old Tully's space (3042 NE 45th Street), which underwent a complete remodel.

The new branch features several community murals honoring the local history and culture of Laurelhurst and Seattle, along with a mural key with captions for each image and photograph.

The Wells Fargo North Seattle District Manager told the Laurelhurst Blog that the mural was done by an in-house marketing and Historical Services team that researches, designs and produces the Bank's community murals. The team collaborates with local libraries, museums and historical societies to gather and select photos and images. 

And today from 3:30-5pm, the Sounders goalie, Stefan Frei, is making a special appearance at the bank for a free autograph-signing event open to the community as part of the bank's  sponsorship of Major League Soccer, the Branch Manager told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff.

Tomorrow Applelooza At U-District Farmers Market

The U-District Farmers Market, is having the annual AppleLooza, on Saturday. It will include a huge apple tasting, free apple recipes, cider samples, and information about the many apple varieties grown by local farmers.

The University District Farmers Market, located on University Way between 50th and 52nd Avenues NE., is open from 9-2pm year round on Saturdays with dozens of local farm and artisan food vendors.  

For information about the Farmers Market, go here.

Applelooza at U-District

From 10am-12pm, taste some of the amazing apple varieties offered at our markets. Vendors throughout the market will be offering up delicious apple products, like samples of Rheba cheese on apple slices at Tieton Creamery, caramel apples at Jonboy Caramels, and seasonal ciders at Rockridge. Celebrate the Washington Apple!

(photo/information courtesy of Farmers Market website)