Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Digital Fabrication Showcase Event At Northeast Library Tomorrow

2014 Summer of Learning: Zone In

Tomorrow from 3-4:30pm, the Northeast Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event, called "Digital Fabricaiton Showcase" as part of its summer learning STEM program for ages 12 and up.

The information says:
Excited about 3-D printing and laser printing? Discover fabrication techniques & learn about design modeling with experimental digital artist Meghan Trainor. Registration is required.
Through August 31, the Seattle Public Library’s free school-age through teens summer of learning  program “Zone In!” will feature a new focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, funded by Google, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bank.

All Seattle Public Libraries received “science kits” donated by Google, which contain fun building materials, to help children practice their science and engineering skills.

The Library is also helping teens and tweens improve their digital media skills, such as art, activism, robotics, 3-D printing, computer programming, music, history and photography.

The Northeast branch summer schedule for children is
here and for teens/tweens is here.
(photo courtesy of  SPL website)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Traffic Signal Equipment For Busy Five Point Intersection At NE 45th Street and Sandpoint Way

New traffic signal equipment will be installed between 9-2pm for the next two weeks at the busy "five corners" to enhance the safety.

SDOT writes:

Spiders make the task of stringing line look easy, but replacing the web of wires holding up traffic signals at a complex intersection is anything but.
Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are installing new equipment at the busy five-way intersection where NE 45th Street meets Sandpoint Way NE near University Village. The wires supporting the traffic signals and the poles at this location were pulling in toward the center of the intersection, causing them to droop more and more because of their old design. This spring a truck hit one of the wires causing further damage and accelerating the need to rebuild the system.  
This location is especially challenging because of the high volume of traffic and because signal lights need to be provided for all five streets meeting at this intersection: Northeast 45th Street, Northeast 45th Place, Sandpoint Way Northeast, Union Bay Place Northeast and Mary Gates Memorial Drive Northeast. There are a total of 15 signal heads compared to the usual 8 to 12 at most intersections.  
The work will require only intermittent lane closures during the next two weeks. Crews will be reaching over lanes with bucket trucks, working mostly between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. with some work at night. When the project is finished, estimated by the end of August, the new equipment will improve safety. The wires will be strung in a better configuration and the position of the signal lights will shift from their current locations, but the operation of the intersection will not change.



Pruning Class At Center For Urban Horticulture Tomorrow And Thursday

 UW Botanic Gardens: Pruning Shrubs and Trees: The Summer Advantage
The Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is having a class called "Pruning Shrubs and Trees: The Summer Advantage" on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm.
The Wednesday class is on-site and the Thursday class will be at a residential home for a hands-on pruning demonstration.

The information says: 
Many gardeners are timid or even fearful of pruning in summer. There are good reasons to be cautious. Those same reasons make it an ideal time to solve particular pruning goals. Frustrated by overzealous watersprouts on small trees? Shrubs growing out of bounds? Just not sure what to prune or not?  
Learn how to save work and produce better results by doing the right pruning on the right plants at this time of year through classroom and field demonstrations. We will cover a variety of plant types and training forms that are ideally pruned at this time of year.  

The cost is $75.  Register online or call 206-685-8033.

(photo courtesy of CUH site)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Local Birder Describes "Eclipse" Going On Now With Puddle Duck Males


Connie Sidles, local birding expert who maintains a blog documenting the many types of birds, including beautiful pictures, at the nearby Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill, recently wrote a post about the molting happening now amongst the puddle duck males: 

June 30th, 2014
Most of the puddle duck males have finished breeding by now and are busy working on another big task: getting rid of their conspicuously bright plumage. Earlier in the year, they needed their gaudiest getups in order to attract a female, but now that mating season is over, the males would like to blend into the background a lot more and lower their risk of being eaten by predators. So they are molting as fast as they can into a camouflage plumage called “eclipse.” Not everybody molts on the same schedule, though. You can still catch a few males looking spiffy. In particular, one quite lovely Cinnamon Teal male has been hanging out on Southwest Pond lately. He likes to nap on a tussock of grass and mud on the southwest edge of the pond.

Here is a poem for you today:
I dream.
I dream of harmony between me and mine.
The song sublime.
And all of humanity is mine.
And all of nature too.


June Laurelhurst Real Estate Update

Thanks to Kim Dales for providing us with this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:

Not surprisingly June did cool off, at least in the market, with school winding down, and families planning summer vacations.

As you can see from the below data we had 8 new listings in June with an average price point of $1,978,000, one being a waterfront listing of $6,198,000. Another property listed at $1,900,000 went pending in 7 days.

In the Pending category, the average days on market was only one week, which indicates that our Laurelhurst market remains very strong.

In the sold category, the highest number of homes sold were in the $1,500,000-$1,750,000 range, pushing up the average sold price to $1,228,875.

Not only have interest rates remained low, they have actually decreased slightly, good news for buyers and positive for those thinking of selling their homes. I would not be surprised if our inventory in Laurelhurst, and all of Seattle for that matter remains low this summer.

So if you are thinking about selling your home now is the time to do all those items on your "to do" list and be prepared if and when the time is right for you.

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM  

$850,000 - $899,999                        1
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999                  1                           7
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999                  4
$1,900,000+                                     2                           7
Total: 8
Average Price: $1,978,000


Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$1,000,000 - $1,249,99              1                                 10

Total: 1
Average Price: $1,200,000

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$1,000,000 - $1,249,999            2                                29.5
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999            2                                  9              
$1,750,000 - $1,999,99             1                                  7
Total: 5
Average Price: $1,404,000

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$550,000 - $599,999                      1                                 7
$700,000 - $749,999                      1                                6
$800,000 - $849,999                     1                                 6
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999              1                                 6
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999               1                                   7
$1,500,000 - $1,749,999            3                                 14
Total: 8
Average Price: $1,228,875

Kim Dales can be reached at 206.235.777 or

Friday, July 25, 2014

Learn All About Birds' Feathers Tomorrow

UW Botanic Gardens: Feathers with Connie Sidles

Connie Sidles is having a class tomorrow from 10-11:30am about birds' feathers through  UW Botanic Gardens for $25.

Connie Sidles is a local birding expert who maintains a blog documenting the many types of birds, including beautiful pictures, at the nearby Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill and has written several books on the area.
The information says:
The class focuses on birds' feathers: how they evolved, how birds use specialized feathers for different tasks, and how beautiful they are.  
Connie will bring real bird skins from the Burke Museum's collection which you will be able to see up close and personal. She will explain how birds' feathers evolved and how birds have adapted their feathers to serve many different functions besides flight.  
This is a rare chance to learn hands-on about how feathers work. Local birds are molting their feathers right now in preparation for migration south and the coming winter.  Learn how to observe these goings-on in the field to better understand the lives of birds that live right here among us. 

Second Annual Sidewalk Sale At Ronald McDonald House Tomorrow

Ronald Mc Donald's House (5130 40th Avenue NE) 30th Anniversary Sidewalk Sale is happening tomorrow  from 9-2pm featuring high-quality children’s items and more with everything $2.

There will be items donated by 
Metropolitan Market, Sole Food, Kids Club, Great Dog, CompendiumStampin' Up and  Trophy cupcakes.  Inventory will be replenished throughout the sale.

The Ronald McDonald House opened in 1983 and "
supports seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, the information says "we provide a 'home-away-from-home' to help families through a difficult time. We depend on charitable donations and volunteer support from many individuals, corporations and foundations for our continued existence."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rainbow Last Night At The Beach Club

A Blog reader sent us this picture taken last night about 7pm at the Laurelhurst Beach Club.

He said it was a very windy night there with only four people at the weekly movie night.

The Blog reader also added that  said only two people braved the water for just a few minutes - one person doing laps and a lone child trying to get on the rolling log.

iPod Found

 We received this email:

I found an iPod in the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot Tuesday evening, July 22nd, after 9pm.  
There were 2 teenage girls riding bikes through that area, I expect it is one of theirs.

Please contact for more information.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Large Boulder Blocking Sidewalk For Last Few Months


We have received several emails about a large boulder that has been blocking the sidewalk in the 4100 block of 55th Avenue NE.

The boulder rolled down from the nearby property and was never put back in place, a resident told us. Someone put cones around it and it has been left like that for some time, causing a safety hazard for those who are not able to use that portion of the sidewalk and have to walk into the street.

One email said:
We don't understand why one of the large boulders from the rockery at the residence remains on the sidewalk almost fourth months after rolling there. Why hasn't the rock been removed and put back in place?
Another email said:
We are concerned about the boulder on the sidewalk and other boulders that could also possibly roll down from the rockery at the residence on 55th Avenue NE.  
They don't seem very secure and could injure pedestrians who rock near there.  
Also having the sidewalk blocked by the boulder causes a safety hazard as pedestrians have to walk into the street.  
When will it be removed? And why is it taking so long?
SDOT's website says regarding a property owner’s responsibility for streets and sidewalks:
Streets and sidewalks are for everyone's use. They add value to private property by providing access to the property and a way to get to other places in the city. 
Owners are responsible for maintaining part of the public right-of-way next to their property, including the sidewalk and planting strip. 

A Laurelhurst Community Club Board member said to use the DPD form and list code violation as the problem and  DPD will forward it onto SDOT as SDOT doesn't have their own form.  The phone number is 206-615-0808.