Friday, March 30, 2018

Register Now For Kids Classes At The Community Center

Registration is underway for various kids classes (ages 8 to 16 years) at the Laurelhurst Community Center starting next week.  . 

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

Here is the list of classes:

Ages 9-13
Parkour is a movement discipline focused on connecting jumping, vaulting, and climbing movements
to create new pathways over under, acrobatics and around obstacles in the environment. It's an accessible, noncompetitive sport that turns the world into a playground. Classes are instruction-focused, with plenty of games, obstacle courses, and free-play thrown in! Insurance required for this class, please see “Insurance” under General Information section at the back of the brochure. No class 5/28.
Instructor: Parkour Visions Staff
#177532  4/2-4/30 Mon 4-5:30 p.m. $90
#177533  5/7-6/4 Mon 4-5:30 p.m. $90

Ages 6-14
Kids will create a wide variety of clay projects using pinch pot, coil, and slab hand building techniques, as well as throwing on the wheel. Colorful glazes will complete each masterpiece.  Whether you're experienced or a beginner, bring your imagination and get ready to have fun being creative with clay. 
Ages 6-9
#177542  4/4-5/9 Wed 5-6 p.m. $120
#177545  5/16-6/20 Wed 5-6 p.m. $120
Ages 10-14
#177540  4/4-5/9 Wed 6-7:15 p.m. $120
#177541  5/16-6/20 Wed 6-7:15 p.m. $120

Ages 5-16
Private piano lessons are 30 minutes long, and offered to ages 5-16. Lessons are taught in a relaxed atmosphere and tailored to each child's individual level. The instructor, Ms. Drovetto, has taught piano to over 200 students in the Seattle and North Shore after school music programs. Please call the Laurelhurst
Community Center to register for a specific half hour time slot. No class 5/28.
#177534  4/2-6/18 Mon 2:30-8 p.m. $297
#177535  4/4-6/20 Wed 2:30-8 p.m. $324

Update On SR520 Construction

WSDOT published this information:

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WSDOT gearing up for Montlake Phase construction later this year

As you may have noticed, construction on the West Approach Bridge North Project is nearly complete. The next major SR 520 construction is scheduled to begin later this year with the Montlake Phase of work. The Montlake Phase will include:
  • A new Montlake lid and interchange.
  • A new pedestrian and bicycle land bridge over SR 520.
  • A new West Approach Bridge South to carry eastbound traffic from Montlake to the floating bridge.
As we enter this construction lull over the summer, we are disconnecting our 24-hour construction hotline as of this Saturday, March 31.
Before we bring on a new contractor and begin Montlake Phase construction, crews may conduct intermittent nighttime work in the coming months, such as surveying near the Montlake interchange. We will be sure to provide an on-call contact for those as-needed nighttime events. Additionally, once Montlake Phase construction begins, the contractor will activate and staff a 24-hour construction hotline (with a new number).
You can always call our SR 520 information line (206-770-3554) during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), or email us at

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Saturday Free "Stop the Bleed" Class At Community Center And Neighborhood Cluster Captains Needed

Saturday from 12:30-2pm, Laurelhurst Earthquake Action Preparedness (LEAP), is having a free special class in coordination with the national Stop the Bleed Day, a national awareness campaign launched by the White House that encourages citizens to become trained, equipped, and educated to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. 

LEAP, s a grassroots organization started by Laurelhurst residents, to prepare the neighborhood for disaster  has organized doctors to present in order to educate residents on how to be more prepared to help save lives, be prepared, learn how to care for and respond to bleeding injuries in an emergency and identify potentially fatal bleeding and how to stop it.   Table groups will work with mannequins to practice stuffing a wound and using a tourniquet.

John Temple, the founder of LEAP, and also LCC Trustee, said:
Simply said, CPR saves lives by keeping the heart pumping and Stop the Bleed saves lives by not letting a victim bleed out. A person can bleed to death in just three to five minutes. With training, a life can be saved by those that attend this class. Seattle leads the nation in CPR, now let’s lead in residents knowing how to Stop the Bleed! 

LEAP's mission is to save lives, reduce injuries and strengthen the community’s resilience.

The group is also forming organizing clusters and cluster/block captains, of which over 30%have already signed up.  The goal of the captains is to blocks in the neighborhood to be organized in preparation for an earthquake or other catastrophic event, that will help with the neighborhoods' resilience.

LEAP has divided the neighborhood into clusters which roughly align with blocks and consist of about 20 houses each. To find out your cluster information contact 

LEAP Cluster Captains duties include organizing clusters, help with building a family disaster supplies kit and establishing an emergency plan with neighbor, including a designated meeting and distributes LEAP communications to neighbors

John said:

Working together can be fun, getting to know your neighbors better and all. Where to evacuate to if necessary could be important, too.  Neighbors help neighbors.  The first days or weeks it will be up to all of us to be prepared. The day after a major earthquake is not the time to try to figure out how to survive in Laurelhurst. Once Laurelhurst is organized it will have less effort to maintain. 
LEAP is run by your neighborhood volunteers and we are working towards emergency communications, first responders, setting up triage areas, gathering places, community hubs and so much more.  Everyone needs to understand how to organize their own household and where to help and get help when the big one hits.  
Support your neighborhood response team, LEAP. Sign up to be a block captain and/or provide vital information to allow LEAP to better support you and family and pets.  
Your Laurelhurst Community needs you to be prepared and understand how to get help. We want your families to be safe and ready to help others. Let's hope it never happens, but let's all be prepared if it does.

For more information email

City's New Website Connect Residents To Local Groups And Organizations

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has launched a new website to connect citizens with community-based groups.

In doing a search on Laurelhurst, NE Seattle Moms Yahoo Group has been listed as a resource for Laurelhurst and other NE Seattle families. 

Online portal connects Seattle community members to local organizations
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has launched Community Connector, where community members can easily learn about and connect with community-based groups throughout the City. Whether you have a specific interest or just want to connect with your neighborhood, you will find an organization that fits your needs.     
Community Connector also serves local organizations by providing them a platform to promote their work, reach new people, and engage with other like-minded organizations.  
The website is part of the new Community Resource Hub, Seattle Departments of Neighborhoods’ online one-stop-shop for City resources, information, and tools to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. The site includes “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more.  

You can also have your group listed in the Community Connector using the online form.  The information you submit will be reviewed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for content and relevance.
Go here for more information.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Saturday Annual Spring Egg Hunt

The annual Spring Egg Hunt is coming up on Saturday starting at 10am sharp at the Laurelhurst park for ages 12 and under. 

Over 4,000 plastic eggs stuffed with toys, stickers and candy will be scattered, as well as treats. Some eggs will have a special ticket to win a prize basket or other surprise. Kids are divided by age group. Following the event there will be field games.

The information says:
Hop on over for a family fun spring tradition in the Laurelhurst neighborhood! Be sure to bring your basket to hunt for eggs and special prizes.   
Help support our can food drive to assist our local food bank and our bake sale (cash or check only) to support the community center programs.  
Plan to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.

Friday Give Input At Community Center On Search For New Police Chief

On Friday, from 5:30-7:30 at the Laurelhurst Community Center, the City is hosting a community workshop to give input on the search for a new permanent Police Chief.

The workshop  open to all Seattle residents, is for the North Precinct, which serves Laurelhurst and other northeast neighborhoods, and is from 5:30-7pm at the North – Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Avenue NE).

Seattle residents can  share their thoughts in person on the personal characteristics and professional experience that are most important for the individual leading our police. 

The City of Seattle has also launched an online public Community Input Survey.  

The 25 member Police Search Committee includes community leaders, including many with a criminal justice background.  The Search Committee is leading a national search process and is also working with a national search firm.

Following the community engagement process, the Police Search Committee will conduct interviews with applicants, the Search Committee will submit their recommendations to Mayor Durkan.

Mayor Jenny Durkan has said:
The next police chief must be able to lead our rank and file and be committed to an accountable, diverse police department focused on meaningful and lasting reforms and building trust in the community they serve.   
To find our next police chief, our Police Search Committee is committed to listening to all our residents, including those in communities that have the greatest distrust of police and the criminal justice system.  
The input and leadership from Seattle neighborhoods and communities is critical to helping recruit the right Chief, so I hope our residents will take this quick survey to ensure their voice heard. 
The voice of the community is a powerful and essential part of selecting our next police chief.  Our next chief must be committed, to deepening the relationship between our neighborhoods that have been disproportionately targeted by our criminal justice system; and to building a diverse and progressive justice system with meaningful and lasting police reform.

Go here for more information.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Register Now For Preschool Classes At Community Center

Registration is underway for various tot classes (ages 6 months to 5 years) at the Laurelhurst Community Center starting next week.  . 

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

Here is the list of classes:

Ages 3-5 Years
This class will introduce young dancers to ballet with a focus on developing basic movement coordination, vocabulary, and musicality.  Through an expressive and creative environment, dancers will be introduced to classical positions, body placement and experimentation with creative movement and performance!
Instructor: Annalisa
#181034  4/5-6/7 Thurs 1-1:45 p.m. $171

Ages 6 Months-4 Years
Discover and explore music & rhythm with your little one. Miss Charlotte’s ever-popular Music for Tots is in its sixth year at Laurelhurst Community Center. 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 ages 6 months through 4 years will have the opportunity to learn basic musical skills while playing, moving, and interacting with each other and their parents. A supplemental, seasonal music CD and book is included in the cost of the class. Grown-ups, please wear comfortable clothing and come prepared to move and sing! Elderly and/or disabled are welcome; accommodations will gladly be made. Siblings up to 6 months of age can attend free. Created and taught by award-winning children’s musical artist, Miss Charlotte.
#177528 4/4-6/20 Wed 9-9:45 a.m. $171
#177529  4/4-6/20 Wed 10-10:45 a.m. $171
#177530  4/4-6/20 Wed 11-11:45 a.m. $171

Ages 4-6
Building on her popular “Music for Tots” class, award-winning children’s musical artist Miss Charlotte presents a music and movement class for Pre-K & Kindergarteners. Children will sing, dance, play and have the opportunity to explore a variety of different instruments. The syllabus includes songs and musical games from around the world, including Latin America, Germany, France, the British Isles, Finland, Africa and more. Ear and rhythm training will be incorporated into regular class activities, and solfage (Do-Re-Mi) will be introduced. Children will be exposed to a variety of musical instruments, which may include guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel, hand drums, piano, concertina, mandolin, harmonica, banjo and a variety of small percussion instruments. Intended as a drop-off class, a parent or guardian may stay and participate in the class if their child is hesitant about being left alone, with the hope that he or she will eventually become comfortable enough for the parent to leave. Students must be fully potty trained, and parents must either wait outside in the waiting area, or keep their cell phone on during class
#181032  4/4-5/9  Wed 1-1:45 p.m. $83
#181033  5/16-6/20  Wed 1-1:45 p.m. $83

Ages Walkers-5 Years
Children play, learn, and develop both motor and social skills in this highly interactive drop-in social and play time. Toddlers will meet new friends, play on bouncy toys, ride scooters and tricycles, play with bouncy balls, and much more. (Parents must accompany their child at all times.) Times are subject to change. ER
Wed 9:30 a.m.-Noon
Fri 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ages 5-6
Get ready for some fun! Gather your friends to play in our coed indoor Nerf soccer league. Kids can be placed on teams as single players or teams can be formed by coaches. Registration packets are available at the community center and must be filled-out in person. Maximum of 10 players per team. Teams practice one night a week at Laurelhurst Elementary School Gym starting week of April 16th, and games are on Friday evenings beginning May 1. No class 5/28 and 6/8.
#177531  5/4-6/22 Fri 5-9 p.m. $60

Are These Found Items Yours?

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:

We live near Webster Point.  On Saturday, March 23rd, we found a black dress, pants, scarves , and tall dressy long black women’s boots in our yard.  Perhaps from a car prowl.  We will donate to goodwill April 8th.

Please contact if these are your yours.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tonight Design Review Meeting On Another 6-Story Apartment Building Across From Safeway Parking Lot

Tonight at 8pm the Northeast Design Review Board is meeting to discuss the project #3030253  proposed at 4600 Union Bay Place NE, across from the Safeway back entrance and parking lot. 

Design Review Early Design Guidance meeting tonight is in the EDG--Early Design Guidance phase.

The information says:
Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 6-story, 98 unit apartment building with general retail sales and service. Parking for 42 vehicles provided. Existing buildings to be demolished. Project relies on a contract rezone.
The project consists of three parcels of which the existing buildings will be demolished on Union Bay Place NE: 1)4600 interior design company 2) 4550 - vacant lot currently filled with gravel and 3) 4554 - motorcycle repair shop

Very close to this proposed apartment building, two other large structures are underway in  the area behind Safeway on both sides of the street, with residential units with retail below.
Permit 3019495, contains "61 residential units above 2,250 sq. ft. of retail space in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 115 vehicles to be provided at and below grade. Existing structures to be demolished."
The 5-story structure is just off the corner of Sand Point Way and NE 45th Street, next to Lake View Medical and Dental at 4516 Union Bay Place NE.  Union Bay Plaza Parking and Union Bay Garage were demolished for the new structure, which sit directly across the street from the Federal Express store.
Permit 3022244, the second structure states to "adjust the boundary between three parcels of land resulting in two parcels of land (4540; B) 4516 Union Bay Place). Proposed parcel sizes are: A)20,145sf; B)26,157sf. Existing structures on proposed parcel B to be demolished; existing structure to remain on proposed parcel A."

The second apartment complex, at 4609 Union Bay Place NE, between Safeway and the Bowman Building,  Permit 3020320, is much larger. 
The Land Use application describes it as "a six-story structure containing 20,600 sq. ft. of commercial space with 244 residential units above. Parking for 68 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished."
This "Early Design Guidance" Document shows specific details of this project and the developer states about this project :

The proposed project is a 5 story mixed-use building with residential units, parking and commercial space that will replace an above ground parking structure near University Village.  The new structure will continue to provide parking for the businesses on the two adjacent properties. 
The site is bounded by the Burke Gilman Trail to the North and will provide increased housing density. The project site is in the middle of a city block. The building is comprised of 3 wood frame levels over a 2 story, semi below grade, concrete podium.  
The main entrance will be clearly identifiable and located with frontage on Union Bay Place.  There will be commercial space along the street on the first level and residential units along the second and then parking behind.  On the third story there will be a courtyard that will have a mixture of private patios and shared outdoor space.  Levels three to five will be residential.
For more information about the meeting tonight go here.