Wednesday, May 24, 2017

About the Laurelhurst Community Club And Neighbor Input On Its Newsletter





The Laurelhurst Community Clubformerly the Laurelhurst Improvement Club, has been a long-standing neighborhood entity, serving the community since 1920.  

LCC maintains a website which states:
LCC was established to foster the improvement and beautification of the neighborhood. LCC seeks to identify and address community concerns and to provide a forum to promote solutions by working with the community at large, other civic organizations, and government.
 LCC publishes a hard copy newsletter ten times a year (2 issues are combined), called the "Laurelhurst Letter" which is mailed to about 2,800 households. Costs of the newsletter are off-set in part by neighbors opting to pay $60 annual dues as well as revenue from newsletter advertising.  

Last month, LCC published in their newsletter about the cost of sending out the letter to neighbors and solicited neighbor feedback:

About the Letter

Expenses to produce and mail the LCC newsletter have been gradually increasing over recent years while advertising revenue has dropped. Currently we publish and mail 2,840 copies at a cost of 77¢ each. A slight increase in dues would cover the cost.  
LCC invites you to respond to this brief survey and submit comments. Your feedback will help shape the frequency, type, and content of future LCC communications
 
This month LCC posted the results of the survey in the newsletter:

Survey Elicits Constructive Comments

Thank you to all who took the time to complete and return last month’s newsletter survey. As of press time, LCC had received 65 responses,  61 by mail and four via email – about 2.5 percent of readership. The responses trend very favorably, as you can read in the comments received below.   
The majority prefer a frequent printed publication and would support a  slight dues increase. Those who prefer only electronic communication, naturally would not support that increase. Readers generally find something newsworthy, but there is a legitimate point that some “news” may already have been communicated on the Laurelhurst Blog or other source by  the time the newsletter arrives in the mail. Mostly, it seems the newsletter provides a sense of community and belonging. Not a thing wrong with that.
 

Laurelhurst Letter Survey Results (NOTE: Not all respondents answered all questions; therefore, the total responses per question vary slightly.)
How often do you read the LCC newsletter? Always: 66 Usually: 4 Sometimes: 2  Seldom: 1  
Do you find the LCC newsletter content informative and relevant? Always: 41 Usually: 8 Sometimes: 12  Seldom: 1  
How frequently would you like to receive LCC newsletters? 10 times per year: 31   Quarterly: 16    Quarterly or more: 9       
How do you prefer to learn about goings on in the neighborhood?  Multiple responses noted. LCC Newsletter: 56    LCC Constant Contact: 9    Laurelhurst Blog: 34 Windermere/Laurelhurst magazine: 6     Laurelhurst Elementary: 1  Nextdoor website: 2  
Do you prefer a printed newsletter delivered to your mailbox or an electronic version delivered via email? Always print: 25   Always electronic: 10   Either: 22   Neither: 1   Both: 9  
Would you support a dues increase of $5 to supplement the cost of publishing and mailing a printed newsletter? Yes: 34     No: 14    I don’t LCC pay dues: 15     (Pay Windermere dues 2)  
Do you subscribe to LCC’s Constant Contact email network? Yes: 7    No: 47     Subscribe me!: 23  
Do you subscribe to the Laurelhurst Blog? Yes: 32     No: 30
 
Survey Comments

I like the newsletter and would like to continue to receive it, by email of US mail.  
I hope you continue to publish the newsletter – sending by email or print. I prefer email. (I feel however there are still those in the neighborhood which still prefer a printed version of the newsletter.)  
I sit at a computer all day and I appreciate having a newsletter I can  read away from my desk. Of course, if you have something urgent to convey you can do so in addition to the quarterly LCC newsletter, electronically.  
It would be great to have more information in the newsletter. Seems like there is more happening in and around the neighborhood. Maybe a couple of columnists on topics like schools; history; area events; restaurant reviews.  
Quarterly would be plenty – you could have a bigger calendar. This often seems redundant and late. Unclassifieds are good.  
I prefer print but I understand about the cost. Electronic version would be okay.  
We like to read the LCC newsletter for “hard news that we can’t always find from other sources – items about the 520 construction, what’s happening at Children’s, real estate transactions, etc. We live in Windermere.  
We really enjoy reading the newsletter. We would like to know more about the crimes committed in the neighborhood.  
We love the Laurelhurst Blog!   
Great job on our community newsletter! Always well written and very interesting content! Pretty inexpensive in a very expensive city!  
Please keep printed version. If it’s email only, then it is easy to miss or gloss over. The printed version is something that stands out in the mail. I read all the advertisements and want ads in printed newsletter. But don’t read them in email.  
Excellent writing and information, especially with regard to building projects and interaction with the city (complaints, etc.).  
I’ve lived in Laurelhurst for 35 years and used to really look forward to learning about my neighborhood this way (newsletter). Now is a different time – by the time this arrives we all have read about these things already – online – maybe it still works for a very small part of the aging neighborhood who doesn’t use computer or iPhone. Save the paper – it’s time.  
I read the newsletter because it is printed. If electronic, it would get lost in all the other mail. 
 
To subscribe to the LCC newsletter and also occasional email newsletters, send email to laurelhurstnews@comcast.net.  Archived newsletters can be found here.


To subscribe to the Laurelhurst Blog, a separate entity published week-days, go here.

SPD Night Out Registration Is Open, Sign Up Your Block

2009 block party in the neighborhood


Seattle Police Department's 33rd annual Night Out coming up on August 1st, is accepting registrations.

SPD says about the event:


Night Out is a great opportunity to celebrate your efforts to keep your neighborhood safe. Pat each other on the back for your continued involvement and dedication to public safety. It is also a great time to invite new neighbors to join you and talk with friends and family who may not enjoy the benefits of a Block Watch about getting one started.  
Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more or to register for Night Out go here. 

Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. To sum it all up, you close down the street and have a party with your neighbors and invite the police. 


How to sign your block up for Night Out:
2.      Invite your neighbors by printing off the materials on our website and distributing around your block.
3.     Help promote Night Out around by liking the Night Out Facebook Page, sharing updates, and inviting others do the same.

For questions, contact Mary.Amberg@seattle.gov or call (206) 684 - 7711.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Homeless Sleeping In Park Near Baseball Field


Several neighbors have reported seeing, possibly two individuals, sleeping at the north side of Laurelhurst Park by the baseball field on Friday, May 17th.  The camp site had a large red and white umbrella and several personal bags.

In March, it was reported that a man may have been living in the bushes at the end of NE 44th Street right off 43rd Avenue NE, the Boulevard.  Several neighbors have seen the male, with about shoulder length hair and beard, come out of that area and walk along the back alley behind the homes 

One neighbor said:
I saw a quite disheveled man emerge from the bushes near the park wandering up and down the alley looking at homes.  When the man was out, we looked in the bushes and saw some clothes and other personal items.
 

Several neighbors believe that neither of these individuals is Andrei, who was frequenting the neighborhood quite often, especially the streets around Laurelhurst Elementary School and Laurelhurst Park, taking walks and sometimes sleeping in Laurelhurst Park at times with another male.

Seattle Parks does not allow unauthorized camping.  The Seattle Municipal Code 18.12.250 states that "It is unlawful to camp in any park except at places set aside and posted for such purposes by the Superintendent." 

Seattle Animal Shelter Tips For Pets Owners On Hot Days


The Seattle Animal Shelter sent out this information:

Protect your pets, especially on 70-degree, sunny days
The Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners that, even on 70-degree days, it is not safe to leave their furry loved ones in vehicles.  Even if the ambient temperature is cool, studies have shown it’s a sunny day that can cause a car’s interior temperature to rise by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director.

“When the day starts out overcast and cool, pet owners sometimes have a false sense of safety,” Graves said. “But an overcast day can turn to a sunny day in the blink of an eye, and cars will get hot, very fast – and cracking the windows doesn’t help. It’s not worth the risk to leave your pet in a vehicle, on overcast days and especially sunny ones.” 
A 2015 Washington state law makes it a violation to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle or enclosed space, if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water. Penalties under this law are in addition to potential animal cruelty charges.  
Graves reminded the public that the shelter’s humane law enforcement officers responding to calls about animals left in hot cars will utilize all means necessary to access vehicles to remove the animals if they believe the animals are in distress.

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips for protecting pets on sunny days and during hot weather:
·   If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
·  Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Vinyl, leather and even cloth seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.   
·  Never leave your animal tethered or kenneled in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide access to cool water. 
·   If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water and, if possible, leave them in a cool location. 
·   Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition. 
·  For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content. 
If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-PETS (7387). Information is also available here.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Pit Bull Reportedly Kills Dog At Laurelhurst Park, And Other Incidents Of Dogs Attacked


The Laurelhurst Blog consistently receives comments from neighbors who frequent the Laurelhurst Park enjoying the park or taking a walk, as well as those with their dogs, who regularly encounter off-leash dogs, a violation of Seattle City Code.

Unfortunately about three weeks ago, it was reported that a Yorkie had been killed by a pit bull at the Park.
 
Several months prior, the same pit bull bit another dog at the Park, which required veterinary attention.
 
It was also reported that a standard poodle was bitten very seriously by a German shepherd several weeks ago in the Park, and required veterinary care.  
 
The pit bull is reportedly moving to live with an out of state owner in a few weeks, who is aware of the dog's history.
 
One dog owner who frequents the Park with her dogs, commented that these unfortunate instances should remind dog owners to always be mindful of others- people and other dogs at the park, as well as managing their dogs in all interactions. 
 
She added "Dogs who are aggressive should be leashed at all times and only handled by someone who can manage them. Their owners should immediately caution approaching dog walkers to stay back."

Another dog owner said that fortunately there are some off-leash dogs at the Laurelhurst Park who are mostly friendly, playful, and supervised by their owners. However some dogs are not, even though owners are well aware of the leash policy and the off-leash dog park at Magnuson. 
 
The Seattle City Code (SMC 18.12.080) states regarding off-leashed dogs: 

18.12.080 - Animals running at large prohibited

Except as expressly allowed in subsection B hereof, it is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any dog or other pet to run at large in any park, or to permit any dog or other pet with or without a leash, except Seeing Eye or Hearing Ear dogs or dogs used by public law enforcement agencies and under control of a law enforcement officer, to enter any public beach, swimming or wading area, pond, fountain, stream, organized athletics area or designated children's play area.
Any person with a dog or other pet in his or her possession or under his or her control in any park shall be responsible and liable for the conduct of the animal, shall carry equipment for removing feces, and shall place feces deposited by such animal in an appropriate receptacle.


18.12.085 - Violation—Civil penalties.                           
                                                                                                                                                                                        
Violation of Section 18.12.080 shall be a civil infraction as contemplated by RCW 7.80.120 subject to the following penalties: 
           
  • Initial Infraction. Imposition of a monetary penalty of Fifty Dollars ($50);
  • Second Infraction. Imposition of a monetary penalty of One Hundred Dollars ($100);
  • Third Infraction. Imposition of a monetary penalty of One Hundred Twenty-five Dollars ($125);
  • Subsequent Infractions. Imposition of a monetary penalty of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150) for each infraction


Here are other comments received recently about off-leashed dogs at the Laurelhurst Park:

I would agree with what is posted in your most recent article, but I would also add, just because your dog isn't aggressive and is behaved, doesn't mean you shouldn't keep it on a leash. In both of those instances of the German Shepard and pit bull can you say for certain that the dogs weren't actually on a leash and it was the dogs that got bit that were running free? I know more than one situation where a non aggressive dog was unleashed and ran up on an aggressive leashed dog and got hurt. Everyone should keep their dogs leashed.
I have seen many egregious incidents at the Laurelhurst Park play ground, where I used to take my grandchildren. Many times I saw dogs running loose around the playground installations.  I told the owners that dogs should be leashed and not in the play area. One owner leashed his dog and called to his son, "C'mon son, this lady says we have to go home." That's not what I said, and shame on him for lying to his son.

I walk my dog at Laurelhurst Park but always keep him on a leash. I avoided the park for awhile after he was attacked by another dog and needed professional care. Now I only occasionally since the number of off leash dogs has dramatically increased. The law is the law is the law. The arrogant self entitlement that the owners show who continually let their dogs off leash is appalling and very un-neighborly. There's a big dog park at Magnuson to take off leash dogs to or your own backyard?  Maybe you don't want your dog to poop in your own yard.  Follow the law for the sake of everyone in Laurelhurst. 
I believe our neighborhood should come up with a solution that allows for some compromise on this issue, such as in San Diego where off-leash dogs are allowed only at certain hours. There is no good reason that off-leash or unruly dogs should be anywhere near the playground or even the athletic fields when there are young folks at play. Also, it is critical that dog owners who aren't able to successfully  control their dogs should ever have their dogs off leash.
Many people who walk their dogs at the park know that at certain hours, usually very early in the morning, the only people at the Park are dog owners.  I don't take issue when I see other folks enjoying each other's company there and playing with some dogs off leash at this time.  I do agree it is the responsibility of owners to throw away their dog's waste properly, and also help clean up after those who didn't.
We were having a birthday gathering in the park and on TWO separate occasions, off leash dogs ran into the party and started towards the food. Both times the dog owners laughed about it. 
 

Tomorrow Seattle Police Department NE Area Micro-Community Policing Plan Meeting



Tomorrow evening, Seattle Police Department's Sandpoint Micro-Community Policing Plan focus group is meeting at the Northeast Public Library Branch (6801 35th Ave. NE) from 6:15-7:15pm
 
Laurelhurst is included in this micro-community group which supports North Precinct neighborhoods, as shown on the MCPP locator map, where residents can see the boundaries for the micro-communities throughout the North Precinct.

The focus group will discuss community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP.

The MCCP website says:
The Micro Community Policing Plans (MCPP) are designed to address the distinctive needs of each community with a unique approach owned by the community..  The plans brings community engagement, crime data and police services together to get direct feedback on perceptions of crime and public safety.
The MCPP neighborhoods were defined through community meetings, focus groups, survey data, and the realities of geographic boundaries SPD can use to collect and report on events.  
The MCPPs and their neighborhoods will be routinely reevaluated with attention to the ways in which citizens who live in Seattle neighborhoods define their communities. 
Crime Concerns? Quality of Life Issues? Recommendations for SPD? This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and to have a conversation with other community members about what is going on in your part of the City.


For more information go here or contact Jessica.chandler@seattle.gov

 

Friday, May 19, 2017

LCC Update On SR520 Impact Issues

After photo with only the new SR 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington



The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) recently included this information in their newsletter:

Fine Tuning Continues on SR520 Project Noisy expansion joints

On April 12, LCC met with WSDOT officials and neighbors from Medina to hear a proposed solution to reduce noise on the large expansion joints on the new SR520 floating bridge.  
The project engineers worked with Mageba, the manufacturer of the expansion joints, and recommended a pilot program to replace the joint seals with a new design and fill them with one or three durable foam materials to absorb the sound. The solution is similar to the Vancouver Bridge, but the durability of the foam and continual maintenance are negatives. Washington State allows studded tires and chains, which may also deteriorate the foam installation.  
The cost of the installation is estimated at $2 to 6 million after an initial pilot program to determine if it will work. The three-way movement of the floating bridge precludes using the “sinus plate” system that muffles expansion joints, which will be installed on the WABN section of the bridge in Union Bay. Lighting fixtures. 
A group of Laurelhurst neighbors have been working with WSDOT to test types of shields to re-direct the glare lighting on the north side of the SR520 floating bridge downward and away from the spill onto Lake WA and nearby residences. WSDOT has worked with the lighting fixture manufacturer to produce various prototypes that can be retrofitted onto the existing fixtures.  
Two new improvements are being tested with feedback given to WSDOT. The fixtures include enclosing the sides of the louvered shield to capture spilled side light. The second one allows light to shine from the bottom of the fixture.  
A May public meeting is planned to determine the best solutions, and participating neighbors are encouraged by the progress and teamwork from WSDOT.  
Noise variance request by WSDOT from the City of Seattle for night noise construction for seven years More than 230 public comment letters were submitted to the City in opposition of allowing a seven-year noise variance up to 80 decibels (twice the EPA standard) by WSDOT while they demo and construct the “Rest of the West.”   
LCC opposed it as well and asked that only EPA-level decibels be allowed for short terms for targeted work throughout the project. On April 27, Seattle DCI DENIED the request and will require WSDOT to re-submit for any/each noise variance. A big win!  


LCC Asks City to Deny Noise Variance

LCC wrote a letter to the City of Seattle to recommend strongly that the requested SDOT increases in nighttime decibel limits on SR520 construction be denied.  
LCC maintains that these noise level increases are not justified considering the amount of disturbance to area residents. SDOT filed an application for a Major Public Project Construction Noise Variance (MPPCNV) for at least the next seven years for the build out of the “Rest of the West” – the connection of the new SR520 bridge to I-5 – which includes demolition and construction in Lake Washington, Union Bay, in and across the Montlake Cut and though Portage Bay.


(photo courtesy of WSDOT)

All About The Various Ducks At Union Bay


Here is a recent post from the Union Bay Watch Blog published by Larry Hubbell, long-time photographer and birder. 

Here also is an in-depth article about Larry and his work.


Housing Crisis
What is your first thought when you see a photo of a male wood duck?

You might think 'Wow, what a colorful bird' or you might categorize it as a 'dabbling duck' as opposed to a 'diving duck.' Wood ducks are wetland birds who generally feed by tipping over and searching below the surface for flora.

I would be a bit surprised if you immediately thought of a northern flicker or...

...a pileated woodpecker. It may seem odd that in the natural world woodpeckers play a critical role in wood duck procreation. Unlike mallards and other dabbling ducks which build their nests near water and close to ground level, wood ducks need safe prebuilt elevated cavities created in trees near water. Around Union Bay, woodpeckers may be the only native creatures who make holes in trees large enough for wood duck nests.

In fact, among our local wood ducks I suspect the lack of tree cavities is most likely the primary limiting factor in their reproduction. Their need to reproduce is so strong that female wood ducks will often leave eggs in neighboring wood duck nests. Males will often inseminate females other than their mates. Basically, wood ducks strive to pass on their genetic material by any means possible.


Around Union Bay we also have diving ducks in a similar situation. The competition for pre-fabricated nest holes includes buffleheads...

 ...common goldeneyes....

...common mergansers and...

 ...hooded mergansers. None of these birds are capable of creating their own nest sites. 

In addition, our local barred owls also lack the ability to excavate nest sites.

Even though flickers can create new nest holes, occasionally even they consider the secondary housing market. In February I found this female checking out the view from the upstairs balcony of this obviously pre-owned site.

While I watched, she moved downstairs and inspected the main floor entry.

I concluded that she liked the site when she began taking out the trash.

Imagine my surprise a few weeks later when I found the main entry filled with leaves and a new tenant watching the world from the upstair balcony. It turns out eastern gray squirrels are another creature participating in our Union Bay housing crisis.

Toward the end of March, Chip finished his second nest site of the year. His first was in a dead cottonwood tree which was apparently too close to the Foster Island trail. His second effort is in a quieter neighborhood with a better view, which includes looking down on the squirrel's nest.

Goldie has taken up residence, but she does find the neighbors worrisome.

Crows are nesting nearby and they often stop to rest in the top of Goldie's new tree.

Dead trees in the city are in limited supply. Whenever the crows leave the area, this little downy woodpecker returns and continues building its nest about fifteen feet above Goldie's head. In this case both species of woodpeckers are building in the soft, dead parts of an alder tree that is still clinging to life. You can see a few fresh green leaves just below the downy woodpecker.

In addition to all the other competitors, we still have the wood ducks.

They come and sit right below Goldie's front door and peer up longingly at her spacious new home.

The female wood duck appears to feel the pressing need to lay eggs a bit more acutely than the male. Here she is looking for back door access.

Next she searched for any overhead opportunities.

In a futile effort she even flew up and tried to hover outside the entry to the pileated nest. I could not see Goldie's reaction, but the female wood duck seemed rather intimidated as she flew quickly away.

A few days ago, when Goldie apparently felt the wood ducks were getting too close, she called for reinforcement. In short order Chip appeared and the two of them spent a couple of minutes evaluating the situation. In this case the female wood duck had already left the tree but the male wood duck was still hanging around on the branch behind the nest.

Suddenly, Goldie leaped out of the nest, circled the tree and chased the male wood duck away. Chip entered the nest as soon as Goldie left. I stood dumbfounded, with my camera in hand, as the action unfolded faster than I could point and click. Clearly, protecting their eggs is the top priority of the pileated woodpeckers. 

I am happy that Chip and Goldie appear to be well on their way to reproductive success. Hopefully, we will get to see young in the nest before too long. On the other hand, I am concerned about how we can insure future generations of woodpeckers, wood ducks and other cavity nesting birds around Union Bay.

I think the solution requires a two pronged approach. 

First we need to make sure that we leave places in our parks where cottonwoods and alders can grow. This is the sixth year in a row where the primary nesting tree of our local pileated woodpeckers has been in a decaying alder. It is also important to mention that all five of the previous nest sites are no longer functional because the dead trees have fallen due to the natural process of decay.

In addition to pileated woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and other birds excavate similar nest sites in trees. In my experience trees stay 'ripe' for nesting for only a short time. I would estimate that almost half of the nest sites that these creatures build no longer exist one year later because the host trees decompose and fall.

Secondly, on an annual basis we should refresh, replace and augment the number of wood duck boxes around Union Bay. The new boxes would not be just for wood ducks. They may be used by any of the cavity nesting birds which we reviewed earlier. There are still a few old boxes hanging around on the south side of Union Bay, however many have fallen down and need to be replaced. Of the remaining boxes I suspect all need to be cleaned and repaired. 

We are lucky to live in a city where wild creatures reproduce. To maintain the local cavity-nesters and avert future housing crises, we will need to actively assist the natural processes around Union Bay.

Have a great day on Union Bay...where nature strives to reproduce in the city!

Larry


Going Native:

Without a well-funded Environmental Protection Agency, it falls to each of us to be ever more vigilant in protecting our local environments. Native plants and trees encourage the largest diversity of lifeforms because of their long intertwined history with local, native creatures. I have been told that even the microbes in the soil are native to each local landscape. My hope is that we can inspire ourselves, our neighbors and local businesses to plant native flora and to support native wildlife at every opportunity. My intention is to include at least one photo each week and visually challenge us to know the difference between native and non-native lifeforms. 

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As the name implies only the Japanese Maple is a non-native plant. You can learn more about the appropriate placement of the native plants by clicking on the name and reading the information provided by King County.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Donate Now To Help With Reducing Noxious Weeds At Union Bay

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) recently included this information in their newsletter:

Save Union Bay Association


Now in its 47th year, the Laurelhurst nonprofit, Save Union Bay Association (SUBA) will soon survey the conditions in Union Bay and apply targeted treatments to reduce noxious weeds.  
The Invasive Weed Management Program is effective by partnering SUBA with matching funds from the University of Washington, grant money from the Department of Ecology, and environmentally safe supplies from the Department of Natural Resources. These funds are used to treat invasive weeds in the bay, making the water safer and clear for recreational use.  
The in-water treatments occur mid-May and mid-July, and sometimes in August for invasive non-native water lilies that choke out sunlight from water pathways of local fish, including juvenile salmon.  
SUBA will pay more than $28,000 for this work to benefit all residents who use Union Bay. SUBA, a 501(c)3 organization, depends on neighbors’ matching funds to perform this water quality clean up from invasive weeds.  
Please send your 100 percent tax-deductible donations to: SUBA Treasurer, 4115 NE Surber Drive, Seattle, WA 98105.


The Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA) is an undeveloped, 74-acre nature reserve and outdoor research laboratory on the north end of Lake Washington’s Union Bay, which provides publicly accessible wildlife habitat (more than 200 bird species have been sighted).

For many years, the land served as Seattle’s largest garbage dump, the Montlake Fill. After the landfill was closed in 1966, work began to restore the site to a more natural environment. The land, just east of the University of Washington (UW) campus, is now owned by the University and managed by the College of the Environment.  

Registration Underway For Pre-K Summer Camps

Registration is underway for Pre-K Summer Camps at  the Laurelhurst Community Center. 

The camps, which enroll 8 campers per session, are taught by Mr. Phillip, who has been teaching at the Community Center Pre-K program for the past two years and  the last year has been  the lead teacher of the program. He has also been a staff member of the Laurelhurst Elementary Laser after-school program for several years, according to the Community Center Coordinator.

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

Here is the list of camps:


Pre-K Summer Adventurers
Our class will be about having creative and imaginative fun while focusing on core motor skills and school-age readiness.  Each week has a fun theme that our art, activities and games will be focused around.
Mon-Thurs 9am-noon    $140 per week
$15 deposit to hold spot per week, balance due two weeks prior to the week
Week 1:  6/27-6/30 Imagination Land (Tues-Thurs $105)   #166116
Week 2:  7/3-7/7  Plundering Pirates  (Mon-Fri, No class 7/4)  #166118
Week 3:  7/10-7/13  Art Explosion  #166119
Week 4:  7/17-7/20  Water Week 1  #166121
Week 5:  7/24-7/27  Little Laboratory  #166122
Week 6:  8/7-8/11  Water Week 2  #166123
Week 7:  8/14-8/17  Move Your Feet!  #166125
Week 8:  8/21-8/24  Magical Music  #166126
Week 9:  8/28-8/31  Nature Explorers  #166127


Lunch Bunch
Mr. Phillip will have a supervised lunch hour for kids registered in AM and PM programs. 
$5 per week


Pre-K Science Explorers
Does your 3-5 year old love animals, exploring, experiments and making messes?  We will learn about a different part of our planet each week and its inhabitants as well as have fun with physics, chemistry, electricity and more.
Mon-Thurs  1pm-4pm   $140 per week
$15 deposit to hold spot per week, balance due two weeks prior to the week
Week 1:  6/27-6/30 Combing the Beach (Tues-Thurs $105)   #166105
Week 2:  7/3-7/7  Under the Sea  (Mon-Fri, No class 7/4)  #166113
Week 3:  7/10-7/13  Woodland Retreat  #166106
Week 4:  7/17-7/20  Surviving the Desert  #166107
Week 5:  7/24-7/27  Climbing Mount Rainier  #166108
Week 6:  8/7-8/11  Arctic Adventures  #166109
Week 7:  8/14-8/17  Jungle Safari  #166110
Week 8:  8/21-8/25  Wading through Wetlands  #166111
Week 9:  8/28-8/31  Pond Life  #166112