Madrona Winter Playfair and Potluck

Lift your winter spirits at the first ever Winter Playfair happening from 4:00-7:00pm on Jan. 14. Designed for children and adults of all ages, activities include opportunities to acquire skills or use existing ones (sing-a-long; piano playing; knitting; collage making; coloring; decoration creation–for the Feb. MCC Neighbor Awards and the Epiphany Have A Heart event—and much more), play games (bean bag toss; jigsaw puzzling, Twister, Legos) and exchange items you want for those you no longer need (plush toys; books; magazines; puzzles; children’s costumes). Anyone who has underutilized Legos is encouraged to bring them.

If you can share 30 minutes of your time to lead a game or share a skill on Jan. 14, please be in touch by Jan. 8 with Audrey Seale at audreyseale@comcast so she can arrange for tables, mats, etc. Participants so far include All Threads Together, Epiphany Parish, Madrona Grace, and the Madrona Community Council. Many more have been invited to pitch in to play. Getting together as a community also means sharing a meal, so please bring food to share on the 14th. Madrona Dining and Sipping Society is on board too. Plates, etc., will be provided. To let us know you plan to bring food, please send an email to Barbara Parker at parker@seattleu.edu.   The event is at Epiphany’s Great Hall and kitchen (1805 38th Ave.). See you there!

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Nominate Your Neighbor

The Madrona Community Council (MCC) will again sponsor Neighbor Appreciation Day—this year on Feb. 11. To celebrate our 22nd year of appreciating neighbors, we seek your nomination of one or more neighbors for the following awards:

  • The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways large or small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  • The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity.
  • The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community, and named in honor of neighborhood activist Tyrone Love.
  • The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but is much missed.
  • The Madrona Good Neighbor Award: This award goes to an organization whose activities particularly benefit Madrona.

 

You are invited to submit the names of one or more nominees by sending a few sentences about how the nominee reflects values of the award for which nominated. Email your nomination(s) on orbefore Dec. 30 to madronanews@gmail.com for MCC Board selection.

 

City Council to Consider District Councils

Early this summer, Mayor Ed Murray moved to disband District Council, proclaiming them to be lacking in diversity.  Here in Madrona, we send our representatives to the Central District Council where they work with many other organizations located in the CD, including the Northwest African American Museum and the African American Chamber of Commerce.  On Sept 26 the City Council will consider disbanding District Councils.  Weigh in with your opinion by contacting any or all City Council members and the Mayor at:

Lisa Herbold, District 1; 206-684-8803lisa.herbold@seattle.gov

Bruce Harrell, District 2: 206-684-8804; bruce.harrell@seattle.gov

Kshama Sawant, District 3 (Madrona is in District 3); 206-684-8016; kshama.sawant@seattle.gov

Rob Johnson, District 4: 206-684-8808; rob.johnson@seattle.gov

Debora Juarez, District 5:  206-684-8805; debora.juarez@seattle.gov

Mike O’Brien, District 6: 206-684-8800; mike.obrien@seattle.gov

Sally Bagshaw, District 7: 206-684-8801; sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov

Tim Burgess, Position 8 (citywide): 206-684-8806; tim.burgess@seattle.gov

Lorena Gonzalez, Position 9 (citywide): 206-684-8802; lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov

Mayor Ed Murray; 206-684-4000; http://www.seattle.gov/mayor

 

Transit News Affecting Madrona

Two transit and transportation activities continuing over the summer are likely to have impacts on Madrona residents.

The Madison BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project has progressed to 30% design. A couple of key points of concern are the impact on the Route 2 bus and on vehicular access to/from the Central Area where the BRT will cross Madison.

As anyone who has walked, driven, or been on a bus at the intersection of Union St., 12th Ave. and Madison knows, this junction is very complex. The current proposed design for that junction:

  • does not provide good access between the BRT stops and the Route 2 stops for transfers,
  • creates a bottleneck for vehicles (including the Route 2 bus) which will have to share just a single lane,
  • does not address bicycle and pedestrian crossings satisfactorily.

Another intersection of concern is Pike St. between Madison and 14th Ave. which is proposed to be restricted to west bound traffic only. This will require east bound traffic on Pike to “jog” south on 14th and then turn east on Madison instead of going directly to Madison or continuing east on Pike. Since 14th Ave. is an important northbound connection from Union St. to Pine St., the turning movements will be difficult for east bound traffic on Pike that wants to continue east.

ACTION NEEDED: Although comments were due by August 16, 2016, it is always helpful to send in your concerns about the BRT project. The website is at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/madisonbrt.htm and email goes to MadisonBRT@seattle.gov. Project manager is Jeff Lundstrom, jeff.lundstrom@seattle.gov and public information officer is Emily Reardon.

On a positive note, it appears final resolution has been reached for a Bus-Only Lane to be installed on the south side of Spring St. between Third and Sixth with a queue jump for the BRT and Route 2 at Sixth. This would alleviate considerable delays on the eastbound Route 2 bus, especially during rush hours when many are queing on Spring to join up with the I-5. The plan is to install the bus-only lane early if funds can be found. The promise has been to install this bus-only lane for four years so inasmuch as we voted for a $.93 billion Transportation Levy last fall, maybe this is the year it will actually happen.

ACTION NEEDED: Send letters/emails/phone calls to SDOT, Scott Kubly, the Mayor and, City Council members to make sure this Bus-Only Lane on Spring between 3rd and 6th finally gets painted before the rainy season starts this Fall. It will substantially improve the on-time performance of Route 2. Contact information is:

Another threat to the Route 2 has occurred in the proposed Metro Long-Range Plan for 2025 and 2040. It has been submitted to King County Council and referred to the Regional Transit Committee (Attachment A. to Proposed Ordinance 2016-0404). Public Hearings are anticipated to be held in Sept. Although Metro promises that the mapping is only conceptual, Figures 19 (for 2025) and 20 (for 2040) on pages 76 and 77 no longer show Route 2 on Seneca and Spring and instead it has been rerouted to Pike and Pine Streets and terminates at First Avenue. Since the Long-Range Plan will be used to make planning decisions, it will make it much harder to retain Route 2 service through downtown to Queen Anne.

ACTION NEEDED: Check the King County Council Regional Transit Committee for legislation and hearings on 2016-0404 and send your concerns.

Summer Concerts in the Park

Sponsored by your Madrona Community Council and held at 6:00pm on Thursday evenings in the Madrona Playfield

August 11th, 6pm
Kitten Patrol
5 girls ages 10-15 playing blues and soul

August 18th, 6pm
Katy Bourne Trio
Katy Bourne is a fun loving, hard-swingin’ Seattle jazz vocalist, who approaches the music joy, humor and a sense of adventure. Her performances include much beloved classics from the Great American Songbook, sizzling bossa novas and grind it up blues. Katy and her band perform at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest

August 25th, 6pm
The Professors
Molding young minds since 2009 with an eclectic blend of roots rock, alt-country, psychedelia, and rockabilly. Dance-worthy tunes from the 1960s to today. We’re erudite…and amplified!”

FREE Family Field Day – Pratt Park

United Way is making sure King County families have access to the FREE SUMMER MEALS that are available at various sites. One way we are doing this is through Summer Food Invasion Field Days – and you are all invited!

Date: August 16, 2016

Time: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Pratt Park – 1800 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98144

What: An awesome FREE carnival-like event with all sorts of fun activities for kids and resources for parents! We will have a bounce house, crafts, fun yard games, face painting, and free lunch and snack for kids under 18! And parents can eat lunch too! ALL FOR FREE! This event is open to all kids, parents, and families in King County.

Some More Details: Upon arrival, kids check in at the “Blast off Station” where they will receive a passport to take around to all of the different activities. Once they have completed their “space mission” by visiting all of the stations and received a meal, they can get a fun prize! Stick around for snack time and get a second prize!!! The free lunch is served from 12:00-1:00 pm and the free snack is served from 3:00-3:30 pm.

Questions? Feel free to e-mail  Janey Smith jsmith@uwkc.org

Summer Concerts at Madrona Playfield

Mark your calendars for the Second Annual MCC Concerts in the Park, every Thursday in August at the Madrona Playfield. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy some fun music played by local musicians.

August 4th, 6pm
Mud Junket
Think of Mud Junket as a trip to a friendly juke joint located musically someplace between New Orleans, Macon, Austin and Chicago. The six-piece band brings funky rhythms, tight harmonies and good times to every place they play.

August 11th, 6pm
Kitten Patrol
5 girls ages 10-15 playing blues and soul

August 18th, 6pm
Katy Bourne Trio
Katy Bourne is a fun loving, hard-swingin’ Seattle jazz vocalist, who approaches the music joy, humor and a sense of adventure. Her performances include much beloved classics from the Great American Songbook, sizzling bossa novas and grind it up blues. Katy and her band perform at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest

August 25th, 6pm
The Professors
Molding young minds since 2009 with an eclectic blend of roots rock, alt-country, psychedelia, and rockabilly. Dance-worthy tunes from the 1960s to today. We’re erudite…and amplified!”