Friday, November 20, 2015

Introduction to Beekeeping Class Monday At Center For Urban Horticulture

UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is course called
"Introduction to Beekeeping"   on Monday from 7-9pm.  The cost is $20.

The information says:
So you think you want to be a beekeeper? This workshop will give you a snapshot of what it is all about from your backyard hive to the wide world of apiculture.  
We'll look at a brief history of bees and beekeeping, then consider what you might expect, how much you might spend, best hints on getting started, and answers to the most-asked questions about bees.  
Also covered will be details on some of the major beekeeping challenges and ways you can meet them as well as the mindset of successful beekeepers today.  
Whether you are already keeping bees, aspiring, or just curious, this session will give you insight and a straighter path to success and enjoyment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Laurelhurst Blog Staff is taking next week off to spend the holiday with family. We'll be back the following week, November 30th, with more interesting and informative posts for our readers.

In the meantime, please let us know if you have a story idea or see something interesting in the neighborhood at

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Attempted Burglary At NE 45th Street And 52nd Avenue NE

The Laurelhurst Blog staff received this information:

We live on the 4500 block of 52nd Avenue NE on the corner, and there was a burglary attempt on November 17th sometime between 3:40 and 5:15pm.  I had been home all day and left the house at 3:40pm 
I am almost certain the thieves were observing our home. It appeared that they wedged a crowbar in-between the door jam and pushed their body weight to try to pry it open.   
They damaged the exterior and interior of the frame and they also tried to pry open the face of the deadbolt.  Fortunately our alarm went off and scared them away. 

Yesterday at 4pm as I was talking to our postal carrier, and I noticed a 5' 8" blonde woman with a cream knit cap, in her late 20s walking up West Laurel Drive and turn north on 52nd Avenue NE into the dead end.  
I watched her walk down one side of the street looking at the homes on both sides. She was wearing semi high-heeled booties, not very practical for someone taking a walk.  
On her return out of the dead end I asked her if she was lost.  She answered back in a European accent, “I am just looking.”  I followed her back to where she came from and saw that she got into a small black car that looked like a Prius. 

Additionally, on the day of the attempted burglary and shortly after I had left my home around 3:40pm, our neighbor's assistant watched a man in front of our house pacing back and forth, looking around.  He was around 6 feet tall, white male, blonde hair, in his 20's, grey hoodie and baggy work pant.
Both people  are suspicious and definitely not neighbors.  I have been in this house for 12 years and in the neighborhood for 26 years and know a lot of the people in my community.  
The woman was definitely not lost and the man on Tuesday, November 17th, was pretty obvious to the assistant that he was up to no good.  
We called the Police and filed a report.

Save Union Bay Association Annual Meeting Monday At Center For Urban Horticulture

The Save Union Bay Association is having its annual public meeting on Monday, the 23rd, at 7:30pm at the UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street).

The information says:
The public is invited to attend the Save Union Bay Association (SUBA) Annual Meeting and  learn what SUBA been doing this year and participate in planning for next year.
The state Department of Ecology describes Union Bay as a success story for improving habitat and health of the lake. The UW has used SUBA’s $75,000 grant from the Department of Ecology as a training tool for how to write successful grants.  
The UW Athletic Program proudly proclaims that they have worked to clean up the lake, improved the crew practice experience, and improved boat access for football games.
Adam Kleven of Aquatechnix will describe the work he’s done to manage milfoil on Union Bay. Aquatic weed survey results showed successful removal of nearly all invasive milfoil and pondweed from the shoreline area in Union Bay.  
There were no toxic blooms in Union Bay this year. Native aquatic plants are important for the viability and health of the lake as they provide food for fish and other wildlife. They do not form floating mats like invasive milfoil does. 

For more information go here or email

(photo courtesy of website)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chicken Found Just Now On On 5100 Block Of 47th Avenue NE

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:

About an hour ago we found a chicken in our back yard that must have escaped and ended up in our back yard.  We locked it in our garage.
We live in the 5100 block of 47th Avenue NE.

Please contact for more information.

Teens Invited To Northeast Library For International Games Day On Saturday

International Games Day

The Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue N.E) of the Seattle Public Library is celebrating International Games Day on Saturday from 3:30-5:30pm.

The information says:

Celebrate International Games Day by dropping in to play board games or video games at six locations of The Seattle Public Library.  Teens are invited to drop in and play board games which will include Exploding Kittens, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Fluxx, Munchkin, Pictionary, Twister and Zombie Dice.  
Video games for the Wii and Xbox 360 will include Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Dance Central and Kinect Sports.

For more information go here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Special Tour of Yesler Swamp, Soup and Cider Sunday 2pm

​Kern Ewing, professor of plant ecology, leads a Swamp Walk

Friends of Yesler Swamp is having an event called "Tour of Yesler Swamp, Soup and Cider!" on Sunday from 2-4:30pm.  

The information says:

Please join us for a guided walk through Yesler Swamp led by Kern Ewing, UW professor of restoration ecology. See the progress on the boardwalk and find out more about our native plant restoration.   
Following the walk, at 3 p.m. everyone is invited for soup and cider at the home of Fred and Donna Hoffer at 3904 NE Belvoir Place.
Meet at the east parking lot of the UW Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street).

Suggested donation of $15 to help finish the boardwalk. 
We look forward to seeing you and your family!  

For more information go here.

Participate In SDOT Survey

SDOT is seeking feedback on their website through an online 10 minute survey.

The information says:

We know it's not always easy to find what you're looking for on our site. With your help, we're aiming to fully redesign it to make it more user-friendly, accessible, and easy to use. 
With your input, we'll start reworking the way the site's organized, as well as the content. We’ll do some additional testing and aim to have a new site up and running in Spring 2016.  We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Contact Allison Schwartz ( or 386-4654) with any questions.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fourth Annual Turkey Trot Fundraiser On Thanksgiving

Start of the Turkey Trot last year

The fourth Annual Laurelhurst Turkey 5k Trot, open to all ages, is happening next Thursday, Thanksgiving day, November 27th, at 9am. Participants should show up at 8:45am at the northeast corner of Laurelhurst Park, by the overpass.

Brian and Kate, the organizers told the Blog staff
We are collecting donations of non perishable food for the University Food Bank.  
Join your family  friends and neighbors for a very casual and informal 5K Fun Run/Walk that zig zags through Laurelhurst following a course map given at the start.   
The Turkey Trot meanders through the neighborhood, including our glorious hills.
There is no entry fee and no need to register.  At the start of the race you predict what your time will be and at the end, the person most closely matching their time will be in a drawing for a prize. And your finish time is based on an honor system.  
Bring your family, dog, or pet turkey and be prepared to burn some calories and have good time before the Thanksgiving stuffing!

Katie, a Laurelhurst native, told the Laurelhurst Blog Staffus that she got the idea for a Turkey Trot from when she lived in Glen Ellyn, a small town, outside of Chicago for a few years before returning to the neighborhood. The town has of local events, including their Annual Turkey Trot.

And three years ago, Kate's husband, Brian, suggested they host a fun run, which they mirrored after the Glen Ellyn event. The first Laurelhurst Turkey Trot was on a beautiful fall morning and there were about 100 participants, and an SUV full of food donations for the Food Bank, Katie added.

For questions or if you are not able to do the Turkey Trot, but are interested in volunteering to help coordinate or direct traffic, please contact Brian Larson at 206-681-0826, or e-mail at

Give Input On Plans For Magnuson On Thursday

Park Superintendent Jesus Aguirre is holding a public meeting to hear input on the City's plans for Magnuson Park on Thursday from 6:30-8pm in Building  30 (7448 63rd Avenue NE- use the west entrance)on the 2nd floor in the Officers' Club.

The information says:

In the last  few years hundreds of homeless families, many with children, have moved into housing within the Park. Currently there are 250 children living in the Park, with a projected addition of 200 more children when Mercy Housing units are ready by 2018. The residents, their children, and our entire neighborhood need an accessible and safe Community Center. 
Today there is far too limited access:

--the Center is open only 25 hours a week
--the Center is not open at all on weekends
--during the school week the only gym is leased till 6 pm to private schools, with no availability for other kids (essentially denying the entire neighborhood access.)
--Friday nights the Center is full of kids, often 50, with only two staff members to supervise. 

This is a dangerous situation that holds great liability for the City.
Hours and staff must be added to provide our entire neighborhood a safe and accessible facility.  
As it currently stands, the building does not have adequate space because it was never completed. The kids are often shoehorned into the lobby, the only available space.   
The Park District must expand the Center's hours, provide adequate staffing, programs and appropriate facilities to serve our entire community.

You can also email your input to Superintendent Aguirre at