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By douglasparkcooperative

Today, Friday, August 17th, SoundTransit is hosting a groundbreaking and community celebration kicking off construction of the Northgate Link Extension of the line that runs to Sea-Tac International Airport.

The festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m. and continue until 7:30. at the former QFC site at NE 66th Street and Roosevelt Way NE.

From SoundTransit:


Ceremony, family-friendly festivities get underway in Roosevelt at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17

Community members are invited to take part on Friday, Aug. 17 as Sound Transit launches construction of the largest Sound Transit 2 project to date: the 4.3-mile extension of Link light rail service from Husky Stadium to the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate. Passenger service is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Northgate Link Extension groundbreaking and community celebration
August 17, 2012
3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Groundbreaking ceremony-3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Community kick-off celebration-4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Former QFC site at N.E. 66th Street & Roosevelt Way N.E.

By viaduct

The world’s largest-diameter tunnel boring machine will arrive in Seattle next year, but you don’t have to wait until then to check it out. A 10-foot-long, motorized replica of the machine is on display now at Milepost 31, an award-winning information center that highlights the people and projects that shaped Pioneer Square and provides an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project.

About 35 times smaller than the real thing, the model offers an up-close look at the inner workings of the five-story machine that will dig the SR 99 tunnel. The push-button display allows visitors to control some of the model’s parts, demonstrating how the real machine will work as it bores up to 200 feet beneath downtown Seattle.

Check out the model and other cool exhibits at Milepost 31, located at 211 First Ave S., between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

‪For more information about Milepost 31, visit

By RoseHedgeMultiFaith

Can you be of service to someone with HIV/AIDS?  Volunteer in our CareTeam Program & make a difference in the life of a person with HIV/AIDS!

CareTeams are groups of 4-7 volunteers who provide practical and emotional support to a person or household affected by the loneliness and isolation of HIV/AIDS and/or addiction.

CareTeam members build supportive relationships with those we serve through listening nonjudgmentally, sharing coffee or a meal, giving a ride to the doctor, visiting when sick and celebrating special occasions, among other things. Volunteers agree to a commitment of a minimum of 3 hours per month for one year.

The next Rosehedge Multifaith Works CareTeam training is Saturday, October 27th from 8:45am to 5pm at 1401 E. Jefferson.

Training topics include HIV/AIDS 101, grief and loss, active listening, mental health, addiction and recovery and working with stigmatized populations.

For more information, please contact, call 206.787.8412, or visit the CareTeam page on our website<... (more)

By douglasparkcooperative

The Seafair Pirates fire their cannon during the Grand Parade.

Lake City and North Seattle came out to celebrate over the weekend. Pioneer Days, the 70 year-old festival honoring pioneers and the pioneering spirit, was a success this year and combined with the warm weather brought significant crowds out to enjoy the community.

The festival included the Fred Meyer Street Festival, the Rotary Kid's Parade, the Lake City Community Center Salmon Bake and Model Train Show, Seattle Gymnastics Academy's Somersault City and of course the Bill Pierre Auto Centers Grand Performance Parade.

Below are photos of this years festivities, courtesy of the Seattle P-I and photographer Joshua Trujillo.

You can see even more photos of Pioneer Days 2012 in the P-I here:

Raythel Thompson, 12, and Maiking Newton, 1, take in the scene on NE 125th Street.

West Coast Country Heat dancer Jenn Marzolf is raised by Jaime Martinez as they do a dance demo.

Spectators cover their ears as the Seafair Pirates —and their cannon— approach.... (more)

By Robert Catone

My congratulations to all who made the parade and street fair a great success.  Thank you to North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Bill Pierre Autos, all the other sponsors and volunteers without who there could be no festivities.  Yesterday it seemed that all was well in our community.  

Hope everyone has a great time on August 7 at Seattle Night Out.  Let's all use common sense and be safe, watch out for closed off streets and especially be on the alert for children and pedestrians moving through the neighborhoods.

By danaek

Here's some information about the Free Tree Give Away:

Exciting news Seattle neighbors!  Seattle reLeaf's 2012 Trees for Neighborhoods program is underway!  Want to beautify your home and neighborhood? Build a healthy community? Here's your chance! 

Trees for Neighborhoods provides up to 4 trees per household to plant in residential yards. In addition to free trees, participants in the program receive free watering bags, training on proper planting and care of trees, and ongoing tree care support.

Street tree applications will be due September 1 and yard tree applications will be due October 21. However, many species do sell out quickly, so submit your application as soon as possible. To check out the beautiful tree species available and application information go to

By douglasparkcooperative

From left, Sandra Bell, Hazel Corbet, Darlene Smith, Yvone Musmusto, Mary Devine, and Phyllis Miller in 1955

During the upcoming Lake City Pioneer Days the Lake City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a photo contest to help capture our community at its best. We figured as inspiration for the contest we would publish historical photos from Lake City Pioneer Days in the 1940s and 1950s. The pictures come courtesy of the Seattle P-I collection. Used with permission.

See below these fascinating photos for details on the Chamber of Commerce photo contest.


Kirkland Ladies Eagles Drill Team in 1950


Albert Davis and his wife Ethel prepare for the annual Salmon Bake in 1955


Norman Trapp and Daisy Feenstra lead a team of Hereford yearlings in the 1955 parade


Spectators watch the parade in 1948


Wagon train-themed entry from 1950


The "Bonehead Firefighters" perform a stunt in 1950


Patsy Hinrichsen in 1956


Jay Melson and his dog Sassy in 1947


Couples dance in 1948


"Judge" Elvert... (more)

By douglasparkcooperative

Mark your calendars! Lake City's 70th annual Pioneer Days is coming this weekend, August 4th!

The festivities kick off Friday and Saturday as the Lake City Community Center hosts their 63rd annual Salmon Bake and a model railroad. Then on Saturday, NE 125th Street will transform into a festive scene complete with a vintage car show, entertainment, vendors a kids parade and the Grand Parade at 7 p.m.

Pioneer Days is part of Seattle's annual Seafair celebration and in years past was one of the city's largest neighborhood parades. Come out and support your community and help make the 70th Pioneer Days memorable!


The Schedule for Pioneer Days:


  • Fred Meyers Street Festival — 10 a.m. - 5p.m. — NE 125th from 26th to Lake City Way & on 28th — vendors, food, music, gymnastics, skateboarding, pony rides and more!

  • Union Bank Vintage Car Show — 2611 NE 125th St, behind LC Professional Center — Registration opens at 8 a.m., the car show opens at 10 a.m., trophies are awarded at 4 p.m.

  • Lake City Lions' Salmon...
  • By Lakegrrl

    Got this in my inbox from Randy Wiger, (, who's been working hard to bring community to LC. Want to meet the officers who serve our area? Here's your chance. 

    "You are invited to Seattle Police North Precinct: August 11, 20121 - 4 p.m.

    "North Precinct, 10049 College Way N., Seattle, 98133 (206) 684-0850 

    "Meet the local officers that serve your neighborhood at the precinct picnic event! Take a precinct tour and learn about specialty units like K-9 (dogs), SWAT, Bomb Squad, and horse patrol. Free food, muisc, ice cream, raffle prizes, and childrens activities. For more information, contact: Abel Pacheco, Contact Phone: (206)733-9372; Contact Email:"

    By bobcat1

    I just noticed that the Seattle Mennonite Church is planning a four story combination; community center, veteran's facility, psychiatric hospital.  I applaud the church for trying to help but I question the location.  The building is planned for a location on 33rd Avenue N.E. directly across the street from two new low income housing buildings.  The buildings are not the main concern, the facility will be within 100 feet of a children's play area where children from the two apartments play (many times unattended by adults).

    It may seem that I keep a very skeptical eye on the doings of the Mennonite Church - which I do.  What I don't understand is why a group of people who don't live in Lake City insist on interjecting their value system on the Lake City Community.  There are many areas of the metropolitan Seattle/King County area where some of their ideas would be greatly needed.  I don't believe that Lake City has a monopoly on vet's with problems or homelessness or any other societal... (more)

    By nancyKC


    Fire Station 18, Sand Point Navel Station, in Magnuson Park, has been called an "eyesore" (I don't think it looks that bad - not as bad as what the city did to Fire Station 39) but it has friends, Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historical District, who are trying to save it.

    Below is the link to Main 2 Historic Seattle Preservation Blog

    The Future of "Old Firehouse" at Sand Point NAS Historic District.

    I think Fire Station #39 in Lake City needs some friends.

    By nancyKC

    August 3 - 4, 2012 Still needs volunteers.

    Volunteer Directory, Tracy Heims  Please email re Volunteering

    Thank you for supporting Lake City. Come and be part of Lake City's history. Many of us have been in the parade over the years, as well as watching "the parade go by" on Lake City Way.

    Once Upon a Time...It is the 70th Anniversary of Pioneer Days. (permission OHHB)

      I love the Vigilantes.  'But  not sure they are actually “family fun.”" so I was told. The Lake City Vigilantes were buff pirates as compared to the more gentle SeaFair Pirates. Lake City had Pioneer Days, Parades and the Vigilantes before Seattle had its SeaFair and the SeaFair Pirates.  But, from out of Lake City the idea grew. There were out on e Lake Washington - hydroplane boat races. There is a tragic story of two racers who died while racing. Rex Manchester and Ron Musson. They are buried at Evergreen Washelli cemetery. I was at the funeral, sort of, I lived by the cemetery and all... (more)

    By nancyKC

    Pierre Properties is going to build one big building opposite the Lake City Library, but if the Pierre's are willing to give up some interior space (inside food courts and seating for the public) they could build it 8 stories high with a roof garden too.  I say this because we need to move our businesses out and away from those ratty buildings along Lake City Way. I say this because maybe some families with Section 8 vouchers could live there in the new building.

    In exchange, we could ask for more open space around the Albert Davis Park - maybe enough to have the Farmers Market over there. And they could help us build a new community center with a gym so our kids don't have to bus up to Northgate. I see the conflict with this - but people can work together and create a beautiful living environment. We just need to all make amends and work together.

    Human beings with low incomes are finally moving out of those awful dumps towards the north and into the new twin apartment... (more)

    By bobcat1

    I would like to make a suggestion on a name change for the intersection of N.E. 145th St. and Lake City/Bothell Way. Some of the locals up there call it hole in the wall as there are three police jurisdictions meeting at the corner.  How about Tri-City Junction.  It sounds a little better than the old western gang hideout.  I guess if I really had my way I would change Lake City to North Laurelhurst, but that's a request for another day.  Isn't it a bugger that the Lake City Elks Club is now located in Lake Forest Park.  Let's take it back.  The Elks Club is a great organization run by good folks - no, I'm not a member pushing for enrollments, maybe I will join.  The club here is one of the few in Seattle not enjoying a membership resurgence.  How sad.

    By John Kurpierz


    Thursday, July 19, 2011 06:30 PM - 07:40 PM


    Seattle Mennonite Church - Meeting Room
    3201 NE 125th Street - parking in back (north side)



    6:30 pm – Welcome, Introductions, and Announcements

    Cheryl Klinker, who chairs the meeting, opened the meeting with a general welcome and introductions. She also announced that there’s now an ongoing project to collect and study Lake City history. If you’d like to help or have some of the community’s history you’d like to see preserved, contact Cheryl at the number at the bottom of the page.

    There was also notice that the next LCCC Safewalk is July 26th

    at 7:30pm. If you would like to more information or to participate please contact us at  For the safety of our walks we do not publish our schedules publically.


    6:36 pm – Marty Curry and Katie Haima – Lake City Way Workshop Report

    The UW faculty and students working on the Lake City Way Visioning Project have finished their report and gave a presentation...

    By bobcat1

    Wiley Post and Will Rogers ate their last meal at Caroline's restaurant (The Caroline Tavern) before flying into oblivion in Alaska?

    There was once a junk yard just south of the intersection of N.E. 125th and Lake City Way?

    There used to be taverns named the Out zen In, Frigate and It's Mate on Lake City Way?

    In 1968 a bond issue that would have made Lake City Way into the R.H. Thompson Express Way failed by a very narrow margin?

    Jackson Park Golf Course used to be riding stables?

    Lake City Way used to be Bothell Way?

    An Arco station at N.E. 145th and 15th Ave N.E. once dumped 20,000 gallons of gasoline into Thornton Creek setting it on fire?

    By bobcat1

    What would happen if Olympic Hills (the forgotten step-child of Lake City) decided to leave Seattle and go to Shoreline?  Lets say, from 15th northeast on the west to 30th northeast on the east and from N.E. 145th on the north to N.E. 127th St. on the south just left Seattle and joined the City of Shoreline.  We would have Shoreline Police who are actually King County Sheriff's deputies for law and order.  We would have K.C. fire for our fire protection.  We would be out of the Seattle School District  (good or bad?)  I have no bone to pick with SSD #1.  The best thing would be no more knuckle-headed plans coming from downtown to make this part of Seattle more livable.  It can be done.  What would be the reaction of the City of Seattle.  They would lose a great residential tax base that they spend next to nothing on in return.  We in Olympic Hills would be part of a far more responsive government in Shoreline.  Boy, I sure would hate to see that happen.... (more)

    By nancyKC

    Dear Nancy,

    Woman selling vegetables at farmers market

    Wow! You sure love your farmer’s market! And now the world knows it! 

    Thank you for voting in American Farmland Trust's 4th annual America's Favorite Farmers Markets Contest. 
    As you may know, farms closest to America’s cities—the providers of the delicious local food found at many farmer’s markets—are directly in the path of development.
    The purpose of AFT’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest is to raise national awareness about local farmers markets, the role they play in supporting local farms, and the importance of protecting American farmland.

    Jon Scholl


    American Farmland Trust

    By bobcat1

    I am an Olympic Hills resident and I follow what is going on in Lake City pretty closely.  This neighborhood (mainly the two blocks on either side of Lake City Way are going downhill fast.  I have read that the 99¢ store is running a problem business.  Is it doing something illegal?  I read that the "house of God" (what church is being referenced?) is providing a shelter for drugs, ebt fraud, prescription drug fraud and god knows what else.  If this is true, has the poster notified the police or the church in question?  It is pretty clear that most of Lake City's residents either don't want or are ignorant of the situation of the planned use of old fire station 39 - homeless shelter.  In the latest plan from Bill Pierre properties Douglas Park cooperative seems to have replaced Olympic Hills as one of the neighborhoods in Lake City.  There are five recognized neighborhoods in Lake City.  Victory Heights, Olympic Hills, Cedar Park, Meadowbrook and Matthew's Beach. &... (more)

    By nancyKC

    Annie from Two Dog Yogo was quoted in Real Change.  (“Not in my fire station,” RC, June 27, 2011)  Two letters were sent to Real Change and are posted on their website. One letter begins, "That’s not our Annie. My husband and I were shocked to read your obviously misinterpreted interview with Annie Stocker of Two Dog Yoga in Lake City.We have known and worked with Annie for 12 years. We are both small business…

    You can read the article and see the letters at:

    Annie is a wonderful person. She is generous, kind and gentle. She has been donating to  poor and disadvantage persons for years in Lake City. We should have a Good Neighbor Award and give it to her.

    By Lakegrrl

    ...Will LC truly be a healthy neighborhood. Got this in my inbox from Mayor McGinn yesterday.

    "Launching the 2012 Only in Seattle campaign In a continued effort to encourage discovery and exploration of new neighborhoods and businesses in Seattle, Mayor McGinn announced both the addition of three new neighborhoods to be featured in the 2012 Only in Seattle Campaign, and the launch of Only in Seattle Sundays – a special once-a-month neighborhood discount day.

    “The locally-owned small businesses featured in Only in Seattle are great for visitors and locals alike,” said Mayor McGinn. “Our diverse neighborhoods are economically and culturally strong in large part due to these thriving small, independent businesses. Only in Seattle is about more than supporting our local economy, it’s about celebrating what makes Seattle special.”

    Included neighborhoods: Fremont, Wallingford, Pioneer Square, Ballard, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Chinatown/Int'l Dist, Columbia City, Georgetown,... (more)

    By nancyKC

    Wednesday July 18th, 2012, 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
    Lake City Library conference room
    12501 28th Ave. NE

    —– Agenda Topics —–

    1. Introductions
    • Community Round Robin 

    Dan Wasell, Phillip DugganCo-Chairs – NDC

    District Council Members 

    7:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
    2. City Council Update
    • Public Safety
    Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

    Chair: Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology committee

    7:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
    3. North District Council Business
    • 2012 NPF Projects Prioritization
    • CNC Report
    • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance update


    North District Members8:00 p.m.- 8:25 p.m
    4. North District Council September Agenda
    • NMF Large Projects- District Citizen Review Committee update
    • PACE (Peoples’Academy for Community Engagement) North group project report
    North District Members8:25 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
    Contact persons:Phillip Duggan - Co-Chair


    Dan Wasell, Co-Chair


    Thomas Whittemore

    Neighborhood District Coordinator


    By nancyKC


    Free Filmmaking Workshops offered at Seattle Center for Neighborhood Stories Entrants

    The Next Fifty invites you to participate in A Story Runs Through It, a community filmmaking project that will celebrate Seattle’s neighborhoods and the civic life within them, and connect neighborhoods together.  

    Click here to see the promotional video! 

    Submit your film of up to 3 minutes between now and August 31.  Selected participants will receive modest cash awards and the opportunity to screen their videos at a festival during The Next Fifty’s Civic Action month in October.

    Free filmmaking workshops will be offered at Seattle Center on June 16 and July 14.  

    Go to for more information and to register for a workshop.

    Tell your neighborhood story!

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