Friday, July 3, 2015

Neighbor's Plea: No Fireworks To Protect Nesting Eagles, Other Animals And Dry Grass Fire Hazards


The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:

Please, do the right thing and do not shoot off any fireworks, fire crackers, etc.  Yesterday's post stated the penalty for fireworks in the city, but there are considerations beyond the penalties.   
Some neighbors may not know that there are at least 3 families of nesting eagles in our neighborhood.  Please also consider the other birds and the many, many pets (especially dogs) in Laurelhurst. 
When I asked a neighbor last year why they had shot off fireworks from their dock, she stated that everyone else was doing it.  There was a nested eagle family just a few houses down from their house.  
Many lawns in Laurelhurst are already dry and this adds to the fire danger.  
Laurelhurst neighbors and families pull together for good causes.  Let the fireworks and fire cracker ban be one of these causes.


Also the Seattle Animal Shelter sent out this reminder to protect your pets during Fourth of July celebrations which can be a stressful time for your pet,” said Seattle Animal Shelter Don Jordan.
 
General tips
·         Keep your pet indoors. The noise from fireworks can be frightening to animals and may cause them to seek safety.
·         Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks display. Crowded, unfamiliar and loud places can cause undue stress on animals. If you are going to a fireworks display or an event where fireworks will be used, the best action is to leave your pet at home.
·         Consult your veterinarian beforehand if you think your pet may need to be sedated.
·         Protect your pet from the heat. Holiday weekend weather is forecasted in the mid-to-upper 80s. Do not leave your pet in a car, even in the shade, and make sure your pet has access to cool water. Be careful not to overexert your pet.
·         Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license. If a lost pet wearing its license is brought to the Seattle Animal Shelter, the owner is notified immediately via telephone. If an officer finds a licensed pet in the field, it will be returned to the owner, instead of taken to the shelter.
·         Don’t feed your pet scraps from the grill. While it can be very tempting to share your holiday treats with your pet, it’s best to keep your pet on its normal diet. A change in diet can upset your pet’s digestion, and some human foods are toxic for some animals.

The Seattle Animal Shelter will be closed on Friday and Saturday. If you find a stray animal on either day, please care for the animal until the shelter reopens on Sunday, July 5. If you need emergency care for an injured animal, go to:
·  BluePearl (formerly Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services)
11536 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
206-364-1660
·  Emerald City Emergency Clinic
4102 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-634-9000
 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Illegal Firepit Built In Tree Stump At Park And Fireworks Not Allowed Anywhere In City





A neighbor alerted the Laurelhurst Blog that someone has built a fire pit in a tree stump at the park, and coincidentally right next to the Ctiy fire pit.

The neighbor said "It's pretty bad.  That's all I know. Why they couldn't use the fire pit 100' away is unknown."

The City Municipal Code 18.12.270 - Fires says:
It is unlawful (a) to ignite or maintain any fire or to participate in igniting, maintaining or using any fire within any park except in a designated stove or fire ring or (b) to ignite in any stove or fire ring any household rubbish or other material banned from outdoor burning by air pollution control regulations, or (c) to ignite or maintain a fire in any fire ring during any stage on an air pollution episode declared by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency. All fires within parks are prohibited between the hours of eleven p.m. (11:00 p.m.) and six a.m. (6:00 a.m.).
 
 
 

The Seattle Parks and Recreation website says:
Light fires only in designated fire pits. Burn only clean firewood like bare, clean dry cordwood (chemically treated wood like lumber releases a strong-smelling, dirty smoke into the air and burning pallets can leave nails and debris on the beach) Douse your fire completely with water before leaving. Dispose of trash and ashes in the containers provided for each.  Be considerate of others – no amplified music Alcohol is not permitted in Seattle parks. 
 


Also Seattle Police Department and Police reminds residents that fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle:
The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. 
Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries. The holiday related fires and injuries are preventable. 
On the 4th of July, 911 centers become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. DO NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Unnecessary 911 calls block people with real emergencies from reaching 911 and getting help. 
Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011 

The Laurelhurst Park closes at 10pm daily.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Update On Webster Point Underground Electrical Work

In March of this year, Seattle City Light began upgrading the capacity and reliability of the electrical system near Webster Point, which has affected 84 residences in that area, including approximately NE 33rd Street on the north, Webster Point Road NE on the south, East Laurelhurst Drive NE on the east and West Laurelhurst Drive NE on the west. 

The work will take about one year to complete installation of underground conduits, vaults, and equipment in order to replace outdated 4kV electrical equipment with updated 26kV infrastructure throughout Webster Point.


Mark Vanoss, with Seattle City Light, sent this update:

 



Dear Webster Point Customers,

Work is progressing on Seattle City Light's project
to improve the electrical capacity and reliability
in Webster Point. We hope the "Project Update"
section below helps explain the latest information about the work.

 
See the project contact information at the bottom
of the email if you have further questions.
Thank you for your patience during this infrastructure upgrade."
 


PROJECT UPDATE (6/18/2015)
 

Since the last update on May 28, duct bank excavation
and conduit installation has been completed around
East Laurelhurst Drive NE and to Webster Point Road NE
along West Laurelhurst Drive. 
 

Duct bank excavation and conduit installation is
n progress on Webster Point Road NE. Landscaping
restoration and sidewalk concrete have been completed
for about 1400 linear feet since the project started at
the intersection of NE 33rd Street and East Laurelhurst Drive NE.
See recent photos featuring sidewalk restoration. 

 





PROJECT OVERVIEW
Seattle City Light plans to improve the capacity,
technology and reliability of the electrical system
in your neighborhood. The project involves installing
underground conduits, vaults, and equipment in
order to replace outdated 4kV electrical equipment with updated 26kV infrastructure. 
 
 PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Installing conduit and vaults will protect
the higher-capacity 26kV system, increasing reliability.
The current 4kV cable is buried directly in the ground. 
  • The new 26kV electrical system will
have more switching points, resulting in shorter
outages with fewer customers affected when maintenance is required.  
PROJECT TIMELINE AND IMPACTS
  • City Light hired contractor, KC Equipment.
    See estimated timeline and project sequence
below.              
  • Maintenance outages may be required.
  • If required, customers will be notified in advance.
  • Trenching will occur in the public right-of-way.
  • Affected landscaping, sod, driveway aprons, and
sidewalks will be restored to City standards.
  • Parking restrictions are necessary to work safely/efficiently.
  • Trenches will be covered and protected at night.
  • Once conduit and vault installation are complete,
the electrical cable will be pulled into place at a later date.
At that time, maintenance outages will be necessary.
Customers will receive advance notification.
Sequence: Construction started at the intersection
of NE 33rd Street and East Laurelhurst Drive NE
and is expected to proceed around the loop clockwise
back up to NE 33rd Street and finish off towards
the west end of NE 33rd Street. This could change
to accommodate construction modifications.


MORE INFORMATION
Patty Breidenbach
Electrical Service Representative
*A PowerPoint is available on our website with more detailed information

Lost Wallet and Iphone

The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:
My daughter left her IPhone and wallet on her car top on the night of June 30 around 11:30 p.m. and drove off down NE 41st Street.
 

Please contact laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com if you have information.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Laurelhurst Community Club Annual Neighbors Meeting Summary Including Talaris Update

This information was in the most recent Laurelhurst Community Club newsletter:

Annual Neighbors’ Meeting a Hot Success

About 40 neighbors enjoyed refreshments and conversation to open the annual meeting of the Laurelhurst Community Club on an 80-degree-plus June 8. After a welcome from Jeannie Hale, LCC president, and the treasurer’s report presented by Emily Dexter, six trustees were reelected to serve two-year terms: Emily Dexter, Linda Ann Luiten, Colleen McAleer, Connie Sidles, Stan Sorcher, and Leslie Wright.
Featured guest Scott Kubly, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation, discussed Seattle’s priorities for improving pedestrian, bicycle, and road safety as well as the infrastructure backlog. Mayor Murray’s proposed 9-year, $930 million levy to Move Seattle is now before the Seattle City Council. The proposed new levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (valued at $450,000) about $275 per year, for nine years. The expiring Bridging the Gap levy costs the median Seattle household about $130 per year.  
Several neighbors in attendance raised questions about the lack of benefits to Northeast Seattle and the high price that would be paid by Laurelhurst homeowners. At this point, Laurelhurst bus service is scheduled to be eliminated; Montlake traffic is a mess with no easing in sight; the Husky light rail will open in March 2016 but there is not yet a plan that allows neighbors to get from here to there, or back again. No park and ride, shuttle, or bus.  
The levy does not appear to address long, congested commute times and the lack of mobility around the city other than through traffic signal adjustments and urging more people to get out of their vehicles and use public transit options. Most of the funding concentrates on sidewalks, bike lanes, bridge and roadway safety and maintenance, improved bus service, and enhanced delivery and freight mobility. Bridging the Gap is expiring and fresh funding is needed.  
Our city is growing and there are geographical constraints to expanding roadways. It’s obvious there is a very big gap yet to be bridged.  
Former Councilmember Sally Clark was introduced as the new UW Director of Regional and Community Affairs, replacing Theresa Doherty who will begin work on the UW’s next Master Plan.  
LCC trustee Connie Sidles provided an update on the boardwalk and progress at Yesler Swamp, an environmental delight rich with wildlife. She also briefed neighbors about efforts to create shorebird habitat at Union Bay Natural Area, which was detailed in the April and May newsletters. Connie brought several bird specimens from the Burke Museum collection to show us some typical birds of the Swamp, up close and personal. Friends of Yesler Swamp had an informational table and photos. They request that visitors not bike or run on the new boardwalk as the vibrations disturb the wildlife causing them to hide from view. 
Trustees Colleen McAleer and Brian McMullen provided an update about current thinking on residential development for the 18-acre historically designated Talaris site. The core of open area is retained as well as most of the existing buildings. New single-family homes and town homes (approximately 72 units) surround the site’s perimeter. The proposal is subject to review and approval of the Landmarks Board.  
Lastly, one neighbor brought up his concern about increasing crime in the neighborhood. His home was broken into on a recent weekday afternoon. A cinder block was thrown through a window and, even with the alarm blaring, the intruders were in and out within four minutes, taking jewelry with them. The police did not arrive until six hours later. The neighbor would like to see increased coverage and coordination between the private security patrol and the police. LCC’s crime prevention committee will follow up.

Monday, June 29, 2015

"ABCs of Jazz and Blues" At Northeast Branch Library Today

Twinkle, Twinkle: The ABCs of Jazz and Blues


The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event called "Twinkle, Twinkle: The ABCs of Jazz and Blues" today from 4-5pm.    

The information says:

Listen to a well-loved children’s song through styles like slow blues, swing, reggae, salsa and more, with local musician Michael Powers.
 
The Seattle Public Library’s 2015 Summer of Learning, including a summer full of Wild Science! for youth and families runs through September 10th.  The closest library to sign up is the Northeast Branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE. 

The information says:
The program is designed to keep young people reading and learning while school is out. This year’s program features the theme “Wild Science!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Children, teens and parents of children up to age 5 are invited to come into any Library location to pick up a free booklet filled with fun, brain-building games and activities that support early learning.   and another booklet for ages 7-12 filled with science experiments, games, puzzles and activities, as well as a guide to hundreds of fun, free programs. 
Participants also can fill out a survey to get two free tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.  
The Library offers summer programming to mitigate the summer slide and teaches children and teens learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills. 
Children and teens may also sign up for multi-day classes where they can learn to build robots, create video games, use Legos for stop motion animation, sketch wildlife biology and more.
Go here for more information. 
 
 
 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Seattle Public Schools Submits Additional Information To Support Need For Portable At Laurelhurst Elementary School

 

 
 
portable delivered then removed on north playground at
Laurelhurst Elementary School last summer
 
 

DPD (Department of Planning and Development)  has yet to announce its decision on whether they will grant Principal Talbot's request of one more portable at Laurelhurst Elementary School, though some say the decision may come as early as next week.

In the meantime, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has posted answers to numerous questions requested in the DPD "Correction Notice, providing quite a lot more background information for the portable need, which many say should have been presented at the Design Departure Committee Meeting on March 17.  DPD sent the Correction Notice to SPS, as they were unable to make a decision based on the limited information.

As published in the Blog, Principal Talbot already went ahead and hired an additional teacher, making for 18 total teachers, without having enough space for all classrooms saying in the last school newsletter:
We got the great news this week that we have been granted the extra teacher I have been requesting from the district.  Unfortunately, it does push us up against the question of space for the new classroom.
When people ask me what I want the outcome of this difficult dilemma to be, I reluctantly have to admit that in spite of a strong consensus from the community in opposition to adding portables, I would like to have one additional portable classroom if the summer construction project isn’t possible. My support for a portable is based on finding an answer that will get us started next year with the 18 homerooms our students need, while minimizing negative impacts to students. 


Several members of the Design Departure Committee Meeting recently wrote DPD a letter expressing their frustration in not being informed of the Correction Notice and extensive request for information, as well as their concern with the lack of Committee involvement when SPS provides the additional information saying:
Since you are considering new information from SPS, we hope that the Committee might be able to present some new information as well.  Since the
March 17 public meeting we have learned that:
·       LASER had agreed to share one of its portables again next year for instructional space
·       SPS has pulled permits to divide the school library, creating a new classroom
·       These two “new” classrooms would obviate the need for additional portables at our school. 
This information indicates that a less impactful alternative exists to simply plopping down more portables in violation of current lot coverage rules and to the detriment of the health and well-being of our community.   

Laurelhurst already has the smallest playground with the highest lot coverage percentage of any NE Seattle elementary school.  SPS has not provided any justification for making our already tight situation worse by adding more portables. 
 
 
Christi Nagle, who heads up a concerned group of parents called Parents for Playgrounds and Proper Planning said: 
I think people who attended the March 17 Public meeting would be interested in SPS corrections answers because these are things that SPS should have addressed at that meeting.  Also, close neighbors might disagree with some of the subjective answers about whether or not one additional portable is noticeable, fits in with surroundings and is buffered.  

Neighbors are encouraged to post public comments on the DPD website after reviewing  SPS Correction Notice answers.  Send public comments if you see any discrepancies. 
 
   

Here are SPS's answers to DPD questions as submitted in the  documents section of the Corrections Notice on 6/16 for one 28x32 portable that would be located on the North playground next to the current 2nd grade portable near the entrance to the playground as depicted on the Site Plan Location:

What is the LASER program?  
SPS RESPONSE: LASER is a before and after school childcare provider.
 
 
2. How long has the program been operating at Laurelhurst School?
SPS RESPONSE: The LASER childcare program began service at Laurelhurst Elementary School in 1984. 

3. Whom does it serve?
SPS RESPONSE: Childcare is offered to school age children ages kindergarten thru 6th grade for a fee. 

4. What is the agreement between Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Laurelhurst Elementary School?
SPS RESPONSE: Seattle Public Schools provides the policy and procedures framework, necessary funding and oversees the operation of Laurelhurst Elementary School, a public K-5 elementary school. 

5. What hours does the program operate?
SPS RESPONSE: The LASER childcare program operates from 7:00 am to 9:10 am in the mornings and 3:20 pm to 6:15pm in the afternoon. It operates additional hours when Laurelhurst Elementary School teaching staff have professional development days.  In addition, it operates some holidays, offers a summer day camp program, parent night out program and vendor taught enrichment classes.  It has a symbiotic, complimentary relationship with Laurelhurst Elementary School. 

6. Where is the program located?

SPS RESPONSE: The LASER childcare program is located at Laurelhurst Elementary School in portable structures owned and operated by LASER. Additionally, SPS leases auditorium space to LASER after school care in a partnership agreement.  Last year, when SPS learned that an additional portable would exceed the allowable lot coverage percentage LASER graciously leased one of the LASER owned portables, to SPS to be utilized on an interim basis, for a Laurelhurst Elementary School classroom. 

7. Is the program going to stay at Laurelhurst Elementary School?

SPS RESPONSE: Yes, it is the intent of SPS to have the Laser childcare program remain at Laurelhurst Elementary School in accordance with the provisions of our lease agreement. 

8. Are there other places for the program to operate on the Laurelhurst property?

SPS RESPONSE: Not at this time. 

Address the Code criteria in SMC section 23.79.008 C 1:  
Relationship to Surrounding Areas: 
1. How would one additional classroom portable relate to the character and scale of the surrounding area? Show this graphically and describe in a narrative.

SPS RESPONSE: Percentage of site taken by one single portable is not significant.  Given the school has four existing portable structure, the net effect of adding one additional portable structure, on scale and character, is not appreciable. See Attachment #1. 

2. Are there significant setbacks, major arterials, topographic breaks, and similar features which provide a transition in scale to the residential fabric of the area and/or to the park? SPS RESPONSE: The proposed portable is a single story structure with painted wood siding, residential style windows, wood overhang and gable roof. Aesthetically, the proposed portable is more residential than commercial in character. Tree-line streets reduce the visual impact of the proposed portable from the nearby adjacent streets and residences. Viewed along the adjacent street, the existing three portables reduce the relative impact of adding one portable.  


3. How does the proposal locate and design the structure to reduce the appearance of bulk at this site?
SPS RESPONSE: The design of the proposed portable being a single, one story structure with low sloped roof, separated from other structures, results in low “bulk’ or massing relative to a more commercial, taller or larger design. 

4. What are the impacts on traffic, noise, circulation and parking in the area if this portable classroom is allowed?

SPS RESPONSE: SPS is currently utilizing an existing portable owned by the LASER childcare program. The LASER childcare program is currently utilizing the existing Multi-Purpose Room within Laurelhurst Elementary School.  Granting the departure request will not have an impact on existing traffic as the students exist and currently attend Laurelhurst Elementary School.  The additional portable classroom is being proposed to allow the LASER child care program the reuse of their portable, vacating the Multi-Purpose Room. The additional portable also allows SPS to vacate the LASER childcare program portable and occupy a structure owned by SPS. Therefore, the impacts on traffic, noise street circulation and parking would be minimal. Reference SMC 23.54.015 A. and Table C, required parking for public schools and 23.54.015 J., existing parking deficits.  

5. Identify the impacts on housing and open space of adding one portable.

SPS RESPONSE:  The Laurelhurst neighborhood has a high percentage of open space including the adjacent 13.2 acre Laurelhurst Park. The park and school property were developed concurrently in the 1920s and both can be considered with respect to open space and impacts on nearby housing.  Houses across from the school block are all within a maximum of two blocks of the 13acre open space of Laurelhurst Park in addition to the 1.6 acres of open space on the Laurelhurst School block. The increase in lot coverage over the exiting is less than 2% (45,361/46,257sf).  Therefore, impact on open space is not large relative, to the existing site.  
From the west side of the site along the two-story portion of the building, the new portable, located along the east side of the site, will have very little impact on space and visibility from the street and houses along the west side. 
The City of Seattle zoning code would allow 45% coverage if the entire building were one story, 35% if any part is two story.  The 31% of the coverage that is two story is set back from the building perimeter on three sides where it therefore has minimal impact on bulk and open space. 


Answer the following in your response.  
1. What does the proposed portable classroom look like?

SPS RESPONSE: See Attachment 1 manufacturer’s drawings and photographs of similar units including ramps and landings.  

2. What is the height, width, length and full footprint with ramp or steps?

SPS RESPONSE: See Attachment 2 drawings showing the height, width and length, and elevation drawing showing ramp and landing.   3. Show elevations of the proposed portable classroom.
SPS RESPONSE: See Attachment 1 manufacturer’s drawings. 

4. Where does SPS hope to locate the portable on the Laurelhurst School site?

SPS RESPONSE: See Attachment 3 for proposed location of the one additional portable at Laurelhurst Elementary School site. 

5. How much space will be turned over to the portable? Is it play space or landscaping? SPS RESPONSE: The proposed portable will be placed over existing impervious paving currently used for play space. No landscaped or pervious area will be modified by this placement. 


6. Graphically show alternative locations for the portable classroom.
SPS RESPONSE:  See Attachment 4, 5 pages, showing existing site plan, proposed site plan with preferred location, and three alternative locations considered. 

7. List the pros and cons for each location.

SPS RESPONSE: SPS considered four locations on-site for the placement of the proposed portable. The proposed location will minimize the impact to the playground and clusters the proposed portable with the existing portable structures on-site facilitating supervision by staff.  

Need for the departure: Please fully articulate the request for one portable classroom building which was mentioned during the School Departure Advisory Committee meeting deliberations. What is the need for the portable? 
1. Describe the number and uses of the portable classrooms currently on site.

SPS RESPONSE:  Four portables currently exist at Laurelhurst Elementary School, two of the structures are currently owned by LASER and two by SPS.  SPS has entered into a lease agreement with LASER and last summer modified the lease agreement to allow SPS to utilize on an interim basis a LASER owned portable for a Laurelhurst Elementary School classroom.  

 2. What would the new portable classroom be used for?  

SPS RESPONSE: The new portable classroom would be utilized by SPS as a classroom. 

3. How would the programming at Laurelhurst School be improved by adding a new portable?

SPS RESPONSE: SPS would occupy and utilize space it owns to fulfill its educational mission and LASER childcare would utilize space it owns to fulfill its mission. 

4. What population of children would be served by a new portable?

SPS RESPONSE: The new portable would serve K-5 grade students, most likely the classroom currently occupying the LASER child care portable would be relocated to the new portable and utilize it as their homeroom. 

5. How long would the portable classroom be needed?

SPS RESPONSE: For the foreseeable future as enrollment projections indicate a stable or slightly growing student population and SPS is uncertain as to the impact enactment of the McLeary Supreme Court decision will have on K-3 class size. Most likely the portable will be needed until the school is renovated in a future BEX program.  

6. What is the impact to the Laurelhurst School programming if one portable is not allowed? SPS RESPONSE: The LASER childcare program has agreed to lease their portable to SPS on a temporary annual basis, they have expressed the desire that this lease not extend in perpetuity and desire to reuse their portable at a future date.  Should SPS and LASER fail to renew the lease SPS would vacate the portable and there would not be a space for the current classroom within Laurelhurst Elementary School. 


7. Does the need for the portable address school population needs other than LASER-centered needs? Other programs or school related activities?

SPS RESPONSE: The need for a new portable addresses Laurelhurst Elementary School student population needs. 

8. Other information that would be helpful?

SPS RESPONSE: Laurelhurst Elementary School currently houses three multi-grade classrooms.  SPS educational program desires that elementary schools house not more than two multi-grade classrooms. Adding a portable at Laurelhurst Elementary School would also provide SPS flexibility to address this problem when enrollment begins to decline.
 

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Urban Naturalist" Kids Activity Today At Northeast Branch Library As Part Of Summer Reading Program




Urban Naturalist


The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event called "Urban Naturalist" tonight from 3:30-4:30pm 

The information says:

Do you love  the outdoors? Learn how to deepen your experiences with nature through the use of naturalist tools, tracking techniques and more. For ages 9-18.
 

The Seattle Public Library’s 2015 Summer of Learning, including a summer full of Wild Science! for youth and families runs through September 10th.

The closest library to sign up is the Northeast Branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE.

The information says:
The program is designed to keep young people reading and learning while school is out. This year’s program features the theme “Wild Science!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Children, teens and parents of children up to age 5 are invited to come into any Library location to pick up a free booklet filled with fun, brain-building games and activities that support early learning.   and another booklet for ages 7-12 filled with science experiments, games, puzzles and activities, as well as a guide to hundreds of fun, free programs. 
Participants also can fill out a survey to get two free tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.  
The Library offers summer programming to mitigate the summer slide and teaches children and teens learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills. 
Children and teens may also sign up for multi-day classes where they can learn to build robots, create video games, use Legos for stop motion animation, sketch wildlife biology and more.
Go here for more information. 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Car Prowl On 3300 Block Of 46th Avenue NE And Seattle Police Prevention Tips

The Laurelhurst Blog received this email:
We live in the 3300 block of 46th Avenue NE and had the unfortunate knock on our door Sunday morning by a neighbor alerting us after seeing all the doors of my car and trunk open. 
We went out to the car and the  entire contents of my  car were stolen. It was either a sophisticated unlocking device or a mistake on my part of leaving my car unlocked.   
My trunk had several bags of new items to return.  The glove compartment was rifled through. There was nothing left. 
Just a thought with this warm weather that many of us have a fan or window A/C on and this totally blocks any sound from out doors. I think we would have heard something had our windows been open.
 



Here are Seattle Police Department's reminders about securing your car and valuables to prevent a car break-in:

CAR PROWL PREVENTION

 
Take all valuables with you when you park, and make sure all items, regardless of value, are not visible.
 
You are more likely to be a victim of a vehicle crime than any other crime reported to the Seattle Police Department. An experienced Car Prowler or Thief can gain access to your car in virtually seconds. 

In less than 30 seconds, someone could break into a parked car. Most car prowls themselves take less than two minutes. 

The damage done to locks and windows can be very expensive to repair and cause great inconvenience.

REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CAR PROWLS

The following are recommendations that can reduce your risk of being a victim of a car prowl or theft.
    • When you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area.
    • Before leaving your parked car, always remove the keys, roll up the windows and lock the car.
    • Make a habit of locking your garage door and car doors.
    • If possible, store your car in a closed and locked garage.
    • If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night.
    • If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space even if it means adding additional street/yard lighting & trimming back trees/bushes that block your view of your vehicle.
    • If you park your car in a dark or isolated area, consider the City Light Area Lighting Program, which permits additional light fixtures to be placed on existing poles. The cost is less than $5 per month per light. Call (206) 684-3000 for more information.
    • Consider replacing the light fixture closest to your car with a motion detector unit. Motion detectors are a good psychological deterrents since the normal assumption of a person seeing a light come on is that someone has seen them. Additionally, the light makes the prowler or thief more visible.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Seattle Chamber Music Society - Summer Festival Preview Lecture At Northeast Library Branch



Seattle Chamber Music Society - Summer Festival Preview Lecture

The Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library (6801 35th Avenue NE) is having an event called "Seattle Chamber Music Society - Summer Festival Preview Lecture" tonight from 6:30-7:30pm 

The information says:

Tonight attend a preview lecture on the chamber music of Beethoven, which will be featured in the upcoming Summer Festival.  This multi-media presentation will explore the chamber music works of Ludwig van Beethoven featured at Seattle Chamber Music Society’s 2015 Summer Festival (July 6 – August 1). Beethoven is often called the most important composer of Classical music and throughout his life his music evolved.

In the presentation we’ll use his symphonies as a guide post to investigate his early, middle, and late periods, showing how his musical values evolved in his Chamber Music. This presentation will examine the history and musical impact of these pieces through recorded musical examples and informal presentation by SCMS staff members Jeremy Jolley, Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Garber, Director of Marketing.
 
 

For more information go here or call the Northeast Branch 206-684-7539.