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PET AMBER ALERT


Check this space regularly for lost or found animals in the Leschi area.

If you have found or lost a pet, contact us at leschiNews@comcast.net to post a notice on this website.

This service is free, and available to the Leschi/Madrona/Mount Baker/Central District areas.

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Community Service Hours for Students

The Leschi Community Council offers many opportunities for community service hours: we have monthly work parties in our parks and we have events throughout the year where we can use help in setting up, publicizing and assisting presenters.

Call 206 726.0923 or 206 322.7648 to speak to one of the Dianes about these opportunities OR email leschinews@comcast.net.

CRIME IN THE LESCHI AREA

It is best to check the SPDblotter for up to the minute news on crime.

We have added an East Precinct category to the Neighborhood section to cover the East Precinct meetings in a more timely fashion. We are not equipped to keep up with the daily gunfire/fireworks/helicopters, etc. SPD blotter best for up to date news, East Precinct also twitters.

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LESCHI COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING:
NO MEETING IN JULY AND AUGUST 2016

LESCHI COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
NO MEETING IN JULY AND AUGUST
CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER, 500 30TH AVE. S.

DOING THE ART WALK

Our 5th annual Leschi ArtWalk is September 10, 11-4, at the lakeside businesses. In addition, we have reserved Leschi Park for children’s activities: the slide will be back as well as a craft table and jewelry making.

And it’s not just paintings and jewelry, we’ve attracted artisans of the kitchen whose works are a visual as well as a gustatory art! Check out the goodies from Bunneh’s Bakery. Lanier’s handmade chocolates will be back with enticing samples.

Bunneh Bakery
Bunneh Bakery
Bunneh Bakery

A returning artist is Carol Lade, whose work has been featured on our website since last year.

Bunneh Bakery

By Carol Lade

Bunneh Bakery

By Carol Lade

Bunneh Bakery

By Carol Lade

And there will be music! We have commitments from two bands: a Brazilian Jazz Band, In Rio Time, and the Stephanie Porter Band, often heard at Tula’s.

Put this date on your calendar; there should be something for everyone to enjoy! Stop by the Leschi CC table, find your address on our neighborhood map and stick a dot on the site to show you were here! Let’s fill that map with dots!

ENJOY! WEAR SUNSCREEN! AND SUNGLASSES IF YOU CAN FIND THEM AFTER OUR LONG GRAY WINTER!


SUMMER IN LESCHI

We don’t take a vacation in the summer, as we don’t want to leave Leschi! The weather is beautiful, the fruits of the garden are bountiful and there’s so much going on! Yes, there are a few downsides with disrupted traffic for those eternal marathons (aren’t those folks fit YET?) and the chaos of Seafair but overall, it’s a good place to be.

SUMMER EVENTS
  • JULY 9 Hamlet in Volunteer Park 2-4pm
  • JULY 16 East Precinct picnic at Powell Barnett Park 1-4; MLK Jr. Way between Alder & Jefferson
  • JULY 31 Hamlet at Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center) 2-4pm.
  • AUGUST 5-7 SEAFAIR Hydroplane races, Blue Angels, lots of noise, scarce parking, good views from Central Area Senior Center
  • AUGUST 27 Jimi Hendrix Park grand opening! No details yet but expect big names in music!
  • SEPT. 10 Leschi ArtWalk Arts & Crafts, Music, Children’s Activities in Leschi Park

AND ALL SUMMER LONG

  • Madrona Farmers’ Market, Fridays, 3-7pm in Grocery Outlet parking lot
  • Bicycle Sundays on Lake Washington Blvd from Mt. Baker Beach to Seward Park; safe cycling for the whole family! 10am-6pm on following Sundays: June 19 & 26; July 3, 10, & 17, Aug. 14 & 28; September 4, 11, 18 & 25

ENJOY! WEAR SUNSCREEN! AND SUNGLASSES IF YOU CAN FIND THEM AFTER OUR LONG GRAY WINTER!

LESCHI COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING:
June 1 Leschi Community Council Meeting: The Power of Organization


Echoes of concern and motions to organize rang from beginning to end at June’s Leschi Community Council meeting. The June 2nd meeting comprised of an open discussion and lively Q&A with District 3 Seattle City Council representative, Kshama Sawant. Sawant, who is District 3’s (Leschi) City Council representative, was open to any and all questions and shed light on a plethora of important issues facing the community and the city of Seattle at large. Common topics discussed included concerns of affordable housing, gentrification of Seattle neighborhoods, homelessness, non-operational Seattle Park wading pools, a citywide income tax, gun violence, the Jackson Street Red Apple closure and many more important matters facing our local community. Regarding all these pressing affairs, Sawant, encouraged members of the community to first and foremost get involved and more importantly, to organize. In order to be heard, neighbors need to continue to gather in even greater numbers like they do at monthly community meetings. She emphasized that building on small victories gained across the city is what eventually leads to progress and change.

Sawant educated those in attendance about the recently proposed Carl Hagland law, which if passed, would ban rent increases at buildings that don’t meet basic maintenance requirements already spelled out in city law. The council is currently discussing this law and will vote on it in the coming weeks. This law, Sawant mentioned, is a perfect example of individuals, including herself, who saw a problem and decided to do something about it, thus strengthening the idea that there is strength in numbers and in those who unit for a common cause. (Editor’s note: The City Council did pass the Carl Hagland law unanimously the following Monday.)

The Leschi community and greater Seattle area face a number of issues and are at an interesting position where upcoming decisions will decide the future of the city. As an individual in attendance at this meeting, it was not only inspiring to hear members of the community speak up and rally around one another, but encouraging that if we, as a community come together for a common cause, with the help of Sawant and city legislatures, we can put wheels of change in motion. If there are matters that you are concerned about please attend or continue to attend the Leschi community council meetings and reach out to Sawant, our City Council representatives, as she reiterated throughout the June meeting, amazing things can happen when people decide to organize.

~Caroline Emde

Editor’s Notes: Two issues very close to home arose at the meeting. The first was the impending food “desert” which will face the neighborhood when Vulcan demolishes the Promenade buildings on the south side of Jackson. Red Apple will be gone and it will be about 2 years before the new development is built and occupied. Two community members, Trevor Menagh and Diane Snell, later met with Vulcan representative Pearl Leung to voice our concerns and suggest possible solutions. Many elderly and mobility- impaired residents walk almost daily to the Red Apple to shop and carry a small bag of food home. There needs to be some place within the area to purchase fresh foods while we wait for the next market. Pearl agreed to check out options and was reassuring about the next grocery; they are seeking a union store, but not a national chain, which would be able to cater to local food preferences.

The other concern was the shooting incident on a Sunday when church was in session at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist. (Reverend Manaway later told us at the Flo Ware event that the church building was hit 25 times with the holes in the outside wall to document it.) Leschi CC’s Public Health & Safety Chair Tracy Bier took down names to later meet and hopefully develop a block watch in that area.

Wading Pool to open!


We were excited to learn that the wading pool at Powell Barnett Park will be open on weekends beginning July 2 through August 21. Hours of operation are 11-7pm on both Saturday and Sunday.


New Equipment at Powell Barnett Park!


And this time, it’s not for kids! On April 30th, the community celebrated the installation of the adult exercise equipment. It was a beautiful day and the community was out in force, due to the leafletting efforts of John Barber and Jim Snell.

Granddaughter Maisha Barnett emceed the event and introduced Jesus Aguirre, the new Parks superintendent and Larry Gossett, our King County Councilman. A Fitness instructor demonstrated the use of the equipment.


Powell Barnett
Powell Barnett
Powell Barnett
Powell Barnett
Bike Day
Bike Day
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