Friday, October 31, 2014

Register Now For Toddler Programs Starting Monday At Community Center

Registration is underway for Fall Toddler at the Laurelhurst Community Center.

Register online, in-person at the Community Center Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529.

The Fall 2014 Parks and Recreation Brochure lists all classes and programs at Laurelhurst, Magnuson and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers.

Here are the classes and programs offered for toddlers: 

Ages 2-6
Join us for a factory of fun as you and your child rotate through a collection of arts and activities designed to inspire imagination and creativity. Activities include: Play Dough, painting, building
with clay, Legos, story time, games, and more! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to stay but not required. No class 11/28.
Instructor: Audrey Myrosh
#121311 11/3-12/15 Mon 9-10 am $77
#121313 11/3-12/15 Mon 10-11 am $77
#121315 11/3-12/15 Mon 11 am-Noon $77
#121317 11/7-12/19 Fri 9-10 am $66
#121319 11/7-12/19 Fri 10-11 am $66

Ages 18 Months-2 Years
This 45-minute program is a perfect introduction to Sportball. Children and parents participate in our eight core sports including: hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and football along with creative games, songs, rhymes, stories, bubble time and much more.  Although these programs focus more on exploration, children will be introduced to a different sport each week. Parents are encouraged to participate with their child and challenge them according to their skill level.
Instructors: Sportball Staff
#121364 11/3-12/15 Mon 9-9:45 am $105

Ages 2-3
Parents and caregivers can have a direct hand in a preschooler’s development through our Multi-Sport program. Sportball Junior, Parent & Child, and Me & My Dad programs teach children important introductory physical skills associated with our eight core sports (hockey, soccer, tennis,
baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and football) and help them to develop confidence in their abilities. The programs also help adults understand proven teaching techniques that can be
applied outside of Sportball classes. Classes focus on refining, rehearsing and repeating skills and playing games in a fun, creative, non-competitive environment.
Instructors: Sportball Staff
#121367 11/3-12/15 Mon 9:45-10:30 am $105

Ages 3-5
Sportball Multi-Sport skills development programs introduce preschool and primary school children
to the concepts and skills involved in the eight core sports of the Sportball methodology including: hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and football.  Classes are conducted once a week in one-hour sessions, using developmentally appropriate methods to introduce, practice and
refine gross motor skills. The programs reinforce the benefits of teamwork and skills development rather than the importance of winning, enabling children to gain the confidence and develop
the social skills necessary to succeed in sport and life.
Instructors: Sportball Staff
#121370 11/3-12/15 Mon 10:30-11:30 am $105
#121373 11/3-12/15 Mon 12:30-1:30 pm $105

Ages 6 Months-2 years
Let your little ones learn music the easy, fun way, and release your own inner diva at the same time! Based on the idea that music is a language, children aged newborn through 5 years get the opportunity to learn basic musical skills while playing, moving, and interacting with each other. Age
guidelines are suggested only. If you have two or more children of different ages who want to attend class together we will make accommodations.
Instructor: Charlotte Thistle Archer
#121337 11/5-12/17 Wed 9:30-10:15 am $63

Ages 1-5
Let your little ones learn music the easy, fun way, and release your own inner diva at the same time! Based on the idea that music is a language, children aged newborn through 5 years get the
opportunity to learn basic musical skills while playing, moving, and interacting with each other. Age guidelines are suggested only. If you have two or more children of different ages who want to attend class together we will make accommodations.
Instructor: Charlotte Thistle Archer
Ages 1-3
#121339 11/5-12/17 Wed 10:30-11:15 am $63
Ages 3-5
#121341 11/5-12/17 Wed 11:30 am-12:15 pm $63

City's Halloween Safety Tips

Here are safety tips for children and adults recommended by the City:

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween at Yesler Terrace
Captain Jim Dermody and other SPD personnel were on hand to help out on pumpkin carving at Yesler Terrace Community Center.


The Seattle Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat season. It is especially important for parents to adhere to a few safety rules for their children when they are trick-or-treating.
  • Know your treaters' route
  • Take a flashlight
  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
  • Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars.
  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.
  • Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk.
  • Never cross the street from between parked cars.
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
  • Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!


It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe everyone.
  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
  • Drive slowly all evening-you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

September Laurelhurst Real Estate

Thanks to Kim Dales for providing us with this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report.  Kim can be reached at 206.235.777 or


September although a bit quiet inventory wise, had an amazing increase in sold housing values from September of 2013. Last September the average list price was $1,041,167. This September the average list price was $1,377,312 that is an increase of 25% over last year.

Last September the average sales price in Laurelhurst was $945,000.  This September it was $1,453,548 a 35% increase from September of 2013.

What does this mean if you own a home in our neighborhood? Well, with interest rates remaining remarkably low and stable this gives potential buyers more buying power and sellers the upper hand when pricing their homes.

We continue to be in a strong seller's market due to the lack of inventory in our neighborhood, and the abundance of buyers in the marketplace.

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 
$550,000 - $599,999                   1
$600,000 - $649,999                   1
$700,000 - $749,999                   1
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999             1
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999             2
$1,500,000 - $1,749,999             1
$2,000,000+                                1
Total                                            8

Average Price: $1,377,312

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$550,000 - $599,999              1                            28
$600,000 - $649,999              1                             9
$700,000 - $749,999              2                           20
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999        1                           35
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999        1                         105
Total                                       6                            36

Average Price: $871,000
Average DOM = 36

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM 

$650,000 - $699,999             1                             2
$800,000 - $849,999             1                           28
$950,000 - $999,999             1                            30
$1,750,000 - $1,999,999       1                          27
$2,000,000+                         1                            61
Total                                     5                          30

Average sales price $1,453,548
Average DOM = 30

Laurelhurst Resident Coordinating 21st Annual Neighborhood Food Drive For Northwest Harvest

Northwest Harvest

Betsy Kirby, a Laurelhurst resident, would like to let the community know about the Northwest Harvest Food Drive she is coordinating starting Saturday, November 1, until November 8th. 

Betsy has been involved with the food drive for twenty one years. She told us that in the last 20 years, the neighborhood has donated 11,720 pounds of food and $106,627.00.

Northwest Harvest's website says:
Northwest Harvest is Washington's own statewide hunger relief agency. Our mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger.  
Our vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.

This year, Betsy is collecting checks on behalf of Northwest Harvest which they will use to purchase food in bulk.

Checks should be made out to:
Northwest Harvest
or c/o Betsy Kirby
3155 W. Laurelhurst Dr. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Laurelhurst Mom And Artist Opens Holiday Pop Up Art Workshop Offering All-Ages Classes

Tiffany Jay, owner of Squirrelly Workshop

A Laurelhurst Blog reader wanted to share with the community that a long time mother of three at Laurelhurst Elementary, Tiffany Jay, has recently opened a holiday pop-up art studio, Squirrelly Workshop (2900 D NE Blakeley Street). 

The Blog reader said:
Tiffany Jay is an artist and art lover and has been an advocate of art programs at Laurelhurst Elementary for years.  Her pop up will include classes taught by familiar faces at Laurelhurst Elementary, including the beloved art teacher, Kim Newell.  
Tiffany gave the Blog Staff some background about herself:

Although I went into banking after graduating, I kept up my interest in art as a docent at the Seattle Art Museum, mainly giving tours to school groups.  Once I had my own kids, my love for children's art grew, big thanks to my kids' inventive and artful preschool teacher.  I think children's art is such a gift, in so many ways, and I began having fun fostering that more at home, and even borrowing friends' children to try new projects.   
About seven years ago, I got organized and started teaching art and gift making classes to children, both in my home and at the Laurelhurst Community Center - everything from bookmaking to mural painting, to soap making and cake decorating. Kids are amazing artists, and I love having the job of putting a project and supplies in front of them.
After several years of having great fun creating with kids in my home, I thought it would be fun to find a space outside of my home - both to spare my family from having artwork drying on the dining room table and paint brushes in the sink, and to just expand the fun to a greater community and more artists.   
Because gift making is my biggest focus, I was on the look out for a space available for the holiday season.  I found the space on Blakely, and it feels like a great location!  Conveniently located, and just the right size.  With the support and encouragement and partnership of several other artists, we came up with Squirrelly, and now here it is!   
We are offering a huge variety of art and crafting classes during the week, for preschoolers to adults.  Most of the classes I teach are gift making classes (including jewelry making, collage, marbling, and more.)  Some of our other wonderful classes include ceramics (classes for little ones and adults), sewing stuffed animals, painting necklace charms, cupcake decorating, and special oil and acrylic painting workshops for kids and adults.   
Please visit our website for a list of all the classes and descriptions, and to register for classes

Her website says:
Squirrelly is a Pop-Up creative space on Blakeley Street (behind University Village) where kids and adults learn new artforms and make unique and amazing gifts.  Classes range from ceramics to collage, mosaics to marbling, block printing to jewelry making and more.  The Pop-Up part means we're open just through the end of the year, so hurry and register for classes now!  Register online or come visit us at the studio.  Squirrelly is open for scheduled classes, plus Tuesday-Friday, 12-6pm and Saturday 10am-6pm.
Go here for more information about Squirrelly Art Studio + Gift Workshop or call 206-491-9965.


Storytime At Center For Urban Horticulture On Saturday

fall leaf

Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street)  is holding storytime tomorrow at 10:30am.  The  theme is "Fall Color."

Storytime is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrate gardens, plants and nature. All ages and their families are welcome.

The information says:

The leaves are falling, and we'll gather them up in these imaginative stories. Come to the program room afterward to make a leaf picture using warm and cool colors.


Books to be read are:
A LEAF CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas
LEAVES by David Ezra Stein

For more information go here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Truck at NE41st St and Surber Causing Safety Hazard And Violating City Parking Ordinance

The Laurelhurst Blog has received many messages about a truck parked at the intersection of NE 41st Street and NE Surber Drive on the Talaris side of the street.

Nearby residents say it has been there for several months and rarely moves though the tabs are up to date. Drives say it  is causing a safety hazard with its location and is filled with random junk that is getting very wet - a suitcase, wood and other items.

Here is what the City of Seattle 72-hour On-Street Parking Ordinance says:
Regardless of whether or not there is any sign posted, the City's Traffic Code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours. The Traffic Code also prohibits junk motor vehicles from being left on City streets (see
Abandoned Vehicle Hotline) (SMC 11.72.440).  
Although some people may not use their vehicles on a regular basis (and therefore leave them parked on the street), the vehicles must still be moved every 72 hours and comply with all posted signs, including the ones announcing temporary parking restrictions that may go into effect after 24 hours. When a car is parked on a public street, drivers are encouraged to check their car at least once a day, even if their car is on a street where they are allowed to park up to the citywide 72-hour maximum.

To report any abandoned vehicle in the City go here  or call the Seattle Police Department Abandoned Vehicles Hotline at (206) 684-8763.  And for more information on the 72-hour On-Street Parking Ordinance, call (206) 684 ROAD (684-7623).

Here are comments received from residents:
Does anyone know the story behind this old truck that has been parked at the corner of NE41st Street and Surber since the summer? It doesn't  move for several weeks at a time and seems to collect a lot of junk while parked there. Occasionally it is removed for about a day, but always returns empty.  
We are concerned about this truck because it is parked at a very busy intersection limiting sight lines. Pedestrians and cyclists need to go out into the road there to get around it. A further problem is that the sidewalk heading east on the north side of NE 41st Street ends at that intersection  and people often need to cross NE41st Street there. There is a nice brick crosswalk there for that purpose, but this truck makes using that crosswalk particularly dangerous because you need to go out into the street  before you can see any traffic coming from the east.  
If anyone knows the owner, please tell him to park that truck in a more suitable location. We have reported this to SPD parking enforcement but received no response.  
Seems this problem has happened several times in the neighborhood and probably throughout the City. People leave their cars in random places that they only drive from time to time. People should report this to SPD as soon as a car doesn't move for 3 days, with license number and cross streets. SPD takes about 3 weeks to tag a car, but they eventually do and will end up ticketing then towing a car if it does not get moved. But if the vehicle does move, check streets nearby as the driver may have just moved it around the corner.

Seattle Public Library Launches "E-books Now!"


The Seattle Public Library has started a new program called "E-books Now!" in which patrons can see which e-books are available for immediate check out.

The information says:
E-books Now! is a new way to find and download e-books from the Library's catalog. Patrons can search by e-book format, audiobook format or choose all formats. The website was developed by the Library to help patrons more easily discover popular e-books that are available. The list for E-books Now! currently repopulates once every hour with newly available books.

Go here to  view, browse and download currently available e-books. Visit  the Getting Started with E-books page or call 206-386-4636 to learn more about the program. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Waterway 1 Landscaping Funds Approved

 Waterway Number 1 in Laurelhurst

The third phase of  the Enhancement Project through the City’s Neighborhood Park and Street Fund for Waterway 1, located at 43rd Avenue NE and NE 34th Street, was recently approved.

The Laurelhurst Community Club posted this information in their most recent newsletter:
In a highly competitive process, the Northeast District Council approved $20,000 to fund the third phase of LCC’s Waterway No. 1 Enhancement Project through the City’s Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. The Bicycle Master Plan will contribute an additional $5,000 for the project.   
This phase will replace weeds and bare space with attractive, low-maintenance, native and appropriate non-native landscaping. The project also includes design of an ADA pathway. Labor largely will be volunteered by neighbors. Michael C. Lee, landscape architect and owner of Colvos Creek Nursery, prepared the approved landscape plan. He will assist in implementation of the plan that addresses the safety and access needs of visitors, soil erosion concerns, and incorporates vegetation that both helps wildlife and beautifies the site.
The first phase of the Enhancement Project was installation of several large, granite slip-resistant rocks on the water’s edge to improve safety in launching non-motorized boats. The second phase was replacement of the 80-year-old basketball court. Noxious weed removal is ongoing. 
Waterway No. 1 is owned by the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which has entered into a management agreement with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. This arrangement follows a seven-year “Right of Entry Agreement” between DNR and LCC in which LCC assumed restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of the site. The Parks Department fully supports Phase 3 of the Waterway No. 1 Enhancement Project.

In May of this year, LCC recently was pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Seattle Parks and Recreation to maintain the site, similar to the agreement with DNR, in which the City will work with the neighborhood on continuing to maintain the Waterway, including plant maintenance, shoreline clean-up activities, and rebuilding the existing basketball court.

Series For Elders Starts Today At Northeast Seattle's NEST

North East Seattle Together

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together)  which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is starting a new series of four lectures with Elsa Bowman called A New Kind of Elder, beginning today and running through November 17th from 1-3pm at the NEST office (5751 33rd Avenue NE).

The information says:
Elsa Bowman is completing her new book, A New Kind of Elder. In it she considers how we might use our additional years as pioneers in exploring the emerging phenomenon of longer life.  
Four big questions form the nucleus of this book: 1. What is the purpose of longer life? Are we to continue, at a slightly slower pace, what we have been doing most of our lives, or is there a different drummer we might hear? 2. What are our responsibilitie​s to future generations? How might we develop a renewed commitment to political and social activism on behalf of our children and grandchildren? 3. How can we nurture the gifts of the inner life? Why does our attention to our inner life grow more important as we age? Is there a new role for elders as wise men and women so valued in former times? 4. How do decisions in choosing how to complete our lives create a legacy for others? How might an exploration of death enable us to live more fully in the present?

The cost is $40 for Non-NEST members and $20 for members.

Contact the NEST office to register at (206) 525-6378 or

NEST is a non-profit grassroots operation serving NE Seattle seniors 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.