Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Did Eagles Lay Eggs? Update On Nest Activity

We received these emails and above pictures, taken in 2008, after our post titled "Eagle Nest At Talaris Filled With Activity" on March 20th.

One nearby resident wrote:
I think we have "egg-nition".
I'm pretty sure that the female laid early last week.  Thursday was the first day I could observe all day, and since then one of the adults has constantly been on the nest; I've seen the parents trade places several times. 
Thee pictures are from 2008, and show the male bringing the pregnant female "carry-out", probably a coot.

Another resident on Surber Drive wrote:

We have been actively recording the eagle activity since before the first pair built the nest.  They started roosting in the area the summer before they built the nest.  Historically they have laid their eggs the last week of March every year, so we are on watch now.
The "intruder" bird seen the other day was likely a chick from the previous year.  I saw it the other day near the occupied nest whistling for food.   
The second adult, presumably the male, was near by and ignoring the pleading.  If it had been a stranger there would have been a fight, which we have seen in the past.   
The male bird is the nest "owner", this time of year he brings food offerings to the lady, who dines in,  to win her favors.   Once the eggs are laid, takes several days, the pair trade off keeping things warm.

Please send your sightings and pictures to the Laurelhurst Blog Staff at laurelhurstblogger@gmail.com.

Beginning Botanical Watercoloring Class Tonight At Center For Urban Horticulture


UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is starting a series of 7 seven classes tonight from 7-9:30pm called "Botanical Watercolor." 
The information says:

Learn the basics of classical botanical watercolor painting, which will include techniques in measurement, drawing, and understanding how light reveals form, along with practice in color mixing.   
The application of controlled washes and dry-brush technique will contribute further, producing an image that is three-dimensional, accurate, and aesthetically appealing--the goal of botanical painting--and equally effective in painting other subjects realistically.
Beginners are welcome, and students with previous instruction can take on new subjects under supervision.  It is highly recommended that you take Botanical Drawing as a prerequisite. A list of supplies will be provided before the first class.

The cost is $260. Register Online or call 206-685-8033

Monday, March 30, 2015

What Happened To Boulevard Median?

A resident on the Boulevard (43 Avenue NE) sent the Laurelhurst Blog Staff this picture and said:
Looks like a large truck or construction vehicle ran over the north west portion, at the intersection of NE 45th Street and 43rd Avenue NE, of the median taking out a huge chunk of grass and leaving it in a very bad state.  
If anyone knows who this is, please speak up as they need to pay for the repairs - replacing the grass, etc. 
We take great pride in keeping the median looking nice and this is really too bad.

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

Over 40 Summer Camps Offered At Magnuson

Registration is now in progress for over 40 summer activity camps for all ages, from tots to teens, offered at Magnuson Community Center.
Choose from a wide selection such as Nature Camps, Science Camps, Triathlon Camp, Lego Camps,  Chess Camp,  GreenStage Theatre Camps,  Fencing Camp, Animation Camps, Fishing Camp and many more.
Go here to register or call 684-7026.

Here is the complete list: 
Jr. Nature Explorers     Ages 4-5
Nature Explorers    Ages 6-7
Nature Rangers      Ages 8-12
Fresh-From-the-Garden Camp               Ages 6-12
Ninjaneering Using LEGO       Ages 5-6 
Pre-Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build Using LEGO         Ages 5-6
Jedi Engineering with LEGO   Ages 5-7
Girl Powered Pre-Engineering Using LEGO           Ages 5-6
Bash ‘Em Bots Using LEGO    Ages 8-12
Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO      Ages 7-12               
Ninjaneering Masters Using LEGO        Ages 7-12
Engineering Fundamentals: Mine, Craft, Build Using LEGO                 Ages 7-12
Mad Science   “Science in Motion”       Ages 6-12
Mad Science   “Fantastic Forces”          Ages 6-12
Mad Science    “Rockin’ Rockets”          Ages 6-12
GreenStage/Magnuson Pee Wee Shakespeareans Camp    Ages 5-7  
Super Summer Camp             Ages 6-10
SNAG Golf Camp    Ages 6-10
Triathlon Camp (USAT Junior)                Ages 8-12 
Ultimate Frisbee Camp          Ages 8-12 
Food Camp-Around the World               Ages 8-12 
Football 101 Camp                 Ages 8-13 
Fencing Camp         Ages 8-13 
Nick Barr’s Fishing Camp-Beg. And Intermediate                 Ages 8-14 
GreenStage/Magnuson Youth Theatre Camp       Ages 8-15 
Barista Camp          Ages 15-18 
Ipad Clay Animation-Dino World           Ages 6-12 
Ipad Brick Animation-Magic                  Ages 6-12 
Jump Rope with Ropeworks Camp        Ages 5-12
Chess Wizards Camp              Ages 6-12
Clay Camp               Ages 7-11
Aikido Camp           Ages 7-12

Friday, March 27, 2015

Candy Donations Needed For Spring Egg Hunt Next Week


Coming in a week, on April 4th at 10am, will be the very popular Spring Egg Hunt at Laurelhurst park for ages 12 and under.

 Donations of individually wrapped candy to fill the eggs and small items for the prize baskets are being accepted at the Community Center 9-2pm.

Volunteers are also needed to help during the event.  Interested high School students will get volunteer credit. For more information and to sign up call Cara at 206-615-0617 or email cara.brown@seattle.gov.

"Thank you to the community and to those who have donated and volunteered to help make this event a success over the years . We cannot do it without you and appreciate your continued support!" Cara told the Blog Staff.

Beginners Bird Walk Sunday At Magnuson

The Seattle Audubon Society is having a  birding fieldtrip on Sunday in Magnuson starting at 9am with Emily Bishton, leading the three hour trip.

The information says:

This field trip is geared for beginner birders and families.  We will spend approximately 3 hours spotting birds from the trails of Promontory Point, the Flyway, lake shore, and the entire Wetlands Complex including the new Shore Ponds.  
We'll keep our eyes out for resident species plus wintering waterfowl such as Buffleheads, scaups, Northern Shovelers, and others.  And we'll listen for the mating calls of resident Pacific Chorus Frogs!  Be prepared for approximately 2 miles of walking, up hill and down. If you wish to borrow binoculars, make sure to request them from the SAS office when you register.
Go here for more information and to register. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot #E-1.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five Interesting Homes For Sale On The Bus Route

Five interesting homes currently for sale in Laurelhurst were recently mentioned in a Seattle Curbed post.

Kim Dales, an agent with Windermere, has toured each home and provided input.

Seattle Curbed article:
Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 25
Seattle has buses. Use them! In which case you might as well find a place to live along a line. One line at a time. Here's the next one, selected at random for the fun of it.
Take a loop through Laurelhurst, swing by Children's Hospital, up past University Village, through the U District, across the Montlake Cut, swing around the south side of Portage Bay just under an hour later. How often does the driver get lost on Metro's Route 25? Probably never with lots of practice.

4831 37th Avenue NE

Go ahead. Drive the photographer crazy. Hide the house behind a tree. The owners accomplished an impressive feat. They found room for 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2 pantries in a 1,700 square foot house. Is it that or the proximity to the Burke-Gilman that makes this house worth $800,000? It might have something to do with the neighborhood, like being beside UW; so if you aren't taking the 25 to downtown, you might be walking to work - which is worth a lot.

3848 43rd Avenue NE

Laurelhurst means bigger houses and prices. Add $130,000 to the price and here's a $930,000 from 1927 with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 2,730 square feet. Get roomy. Get comfy too, because you can sit outside by the firepit, listen to the crowds in Husky Stadium, and catch the views of Lake Washington. The house has been upgraded enough that you may not even have much to do - for a while - and check with an inspector.
Kim Dales said that this home on the Boulevard is now Pending and will close the end of the week. The listing agent said that they only had one offer.

"That is unusual for Laurelhurst in our current market," Kim said.

5010 NE 50th Street

Flip through the photos and imagine the view, especially the one they probably had when the house was built in 1970, before those trees grew. Luckily, they don't block everything. The top floor master bedroom probably has the best view. The lower level well, that's where they put the well-equipped apartment. There's a lot going on for $1,224,000: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 3,412 square feet are data that only describe part of the story. Like, maybe those trees are there so you don't have to look at the neighbors.
Kim Dales said this home has nice spaces but no view and because it was not staged, at least the last time she toured it with clients, it may have been hard for buyers to visualize how the home lives. Also the tree growth can not be removed as the trees are not on the listed property does block any potential view.

3517 43rd Avenue NE


Hello waterfront! And acreage. How about a 5,350 square foot house with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths for $3,490,000? The size bumps the price, but the setting makes it unique. The house looks like it was designed for parties, upscale parties, but not too upscale. Guests can arrive via the circular drive or the dock. The floors are polished stone. There's a bar decorated like a fifties, a BBQ outside, a wine cellar downstairs, enough room inside and out for crowds, and music, and dancing, as long as the neighbors don't mind. Invite them over. Maybe that'll help.

3006 Webster Point Road

On the tip of Webster Point, sits a Lionel Pries house: 5,380 square feet for 5 bedrooms, 4 baths for $4,888,000. The design is clean and modern, for 1965. The property is waterfront, with dock, at the exit (or entrance) of the ship canal. The view is southeast across Lake Washington, 520, towards Mt. Rainier. The location is Laurelhurst, and this house is a prime example of the uncommon luxury that people associated with the neighborhood. The price is down a million from where it started, so relatively, it is even more affordable.
Kim Dales said this home is waterfront on Webster Point, designed by the very famous mid-century architect Lionel Pries.

"It is a beautiful home with many mid-century modern detailing," Kim added.

 For more information Kim can be reached at 206.235.777 or kodales@Windermere.com.

Free Tax Help Today At Northeast Public Library

Free Tax Help

The Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library, is offering free tax help today and every Thursday and Friday through mid-April from 1-5pm.  Tax assistance is also available Saturdays 1-4pm.

The information says:
The Seattle Public Library and , AARP, are working together to offer free tax help. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns.
This service is free and available to individuals. The free service is not available for business tax returns.
IRS reproducible forms are available for photocopy (15 cents per page) at all Library locations. Please call your branch to find out if print forms are in stock. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. 
Due to federal budget cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online. Black-and-white prints of the forms can be printed from Library computers for $.15 per page.  
Go here to see the list of documents required to receive tax help as well as: 

- Social Security Card
- Tax form SSA 1099 (Social Security benefits)
- Medicare card (if Social Security number is followed by an "A")
- Official documents on Social Security Administration letterhead

 Photocopies or computer print-outs of any these documents will not be accepted.

Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis.

For more information go here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Register Now For Tot Classes At Community Center

Registration is underway for tots classes at the Laurelhurst Community Center.

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

The Spring Brochure lists all classes and programs at Laurelhurst, Magnuson and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers.

Here is a list of the tots classes: 

Ages 16 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. No class 4/6 or 5/25.
Instructor: Sportball Staff
3/30-6/15 Mon 9-9:45 am $150  #131880

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 helps 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. No class 4/6 or 5/25.
Instructor: Sportball Staff
3/30-6/15 Mon 9:45-10:30 am $150  #131879

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. No class 4/6 or 5/25.
Instructor: Sportball Staff
3/30-6/15 Mon 10:30-11:30 am $150  #131881
3/30-6/15 Mon 12:30-1:30 pm $150  #131882

Age 3
Boys and girls will experience the joy of dancing while learning basic ballet skills and vocabulary. This class has a classic structure with rhythmic and creative games mixed-in.
4/7-6/9 Tue 12:30-1:15 pm $90  #131869

Ages 4-5
Boys and girls will experience the joy of dancing while learning basic ballet skills and vocabulary. This class has a classic structure with rhythmic and creative games mixed-in.
4/7-6/9 Tue 1:15-2:15 pm $120  #131870

Ages 6 Months-4 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.
Instructor: Charlotte Thistle Archer
4/8-5/6 Wed 9:30-10:15 am $65  #131871
5/13-6/10 Wed 9:30-10:15 am $65  #131873
4/8-5/6 Wed 10:30-11:15 am $65  #131872
5/13-6/10 Wed 10:30-11:15 am $65  #131874

Ages 3-5
In this class you and your child will explore fun clay projects together! You will learn basic hand-building techniques such as pinch pot, coil, and slab. You and your child will also have the chance to create projects on the pottery wheel.
Instructor: Liang-Yin Chen
4/10-6/12 Fri 9:30-10:30 am $200  #131878

Bird Walk Saturday At Magnuson With Audubon Society

The Seattle Audubon Society is having a  birding fieldtrip on Saturday in Magnuson starting at 9am. 

The information says:

A few migratory swallows and possibly a Savannah Sparrow may be back in the park.  We will be listening to bird sounds as well as looking at birds.  Be prepared to walk up hill and down, as well as to walk in the wetlands and along the shoreline to see what ducks are lingering.  Finding an active bird nest will be a goal. Children accompanied by adult welcome.  Dress for mud and wet ground.  Over by noon or early afternoon.

Leader: Jan Bragg (206-234-7196 morning of walk only)
Meet at Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, west side of boat launch parking lot off NE 65th Street

Go here for more information and to register.