Monthly Archives: November 2010

Meet your Eastlake neighbors at ECC’s Fall Gathering Dec. 9 at Louisa’s

The Fall Gathering poster designed by Mary Hansen.

It’s fall (almost winter) and time to gather once again with friends and neighbors at Louisa’s Cafe Bakery.

The Eastlake Community Council and Louisa’s are sponsoring their second annual Fall Gathering at Louisa’s, 7-10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9. Last year’s event packed the restaurant with Eastlake neighbors meeting old friends and making new ones. (Check out our coverage of the 2009 event here.)

Like last year, Louisa’s owner Alcena Plum is putting out a selection of seasonal appetizers on the house. There will be $5 glasses of wine all evening. You’ll also be able to order food and beverages off Louisa’s menu (but you’ll have to pay for those items).

Mary Hansen, Eastlake’s poster artist extraordinaire, has done the honors again this year (see the attached photo). She’s also helping to organize the event.

“This is an opportunity to meet new neighbors and business owners in the neighborhood,” she says. “Last year was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to celebrating ourselves again this year.”

Eastlake Ave. will be there to take pictures for the blog. Hope to see you there!

Seattle Times: NOAA property is for sale; price to be determined

The Seattle Times is reporting this morning that the NOAA property on Lake Union is being offered for sale. No asking price has been set.

NOAA, which has used the space for almost 50 years, is leaving in June for a new base in Newport, Oregon.

The Times quotes a representative of one of the brokers working on the sale as to what uses the property might be put:

Biotech and office buildings are among the development possibilities, said Jason Rosauer of GVA Kidder Mathews, one of the brokers marketing the property. “A Carillon Point or an Elliott Bay Marina would be an option,” he added, referring to waterfront developments in Kirkland and Seattle, respectively.

According to the Times, the 8.5 acres of land at the site (1801 Fairview) has been owned by seven families since the 1920s.

GVA Kidder Mathews has a website devoted to the property which includes details on what you’ll be buying if you purchase it: 2 acres on land, 6.4 acres underwater; 870 linear feet of waterfront; 2,500 linear feet of commercial piers and 370 linear feet of commercial wharf; and a 17,000-square-foot office building and 12,000-square-foot wharehouse; and more.

Weekly Eastlake police reports: Snow-related accidents dominate

This week’s Eastlake police reports has a number of auto accidents, presumably related to last week’s snow:

  • Nov. 22: Auto accident, 2300 block of Boylston, 9:12 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: Auto accident, 2000 block of Eastlake, 5:03 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: Car prowl, 2700 block of Boyston, 6:47 p.m.
  • Nov. 24: Auto fire alarm, 2500 block of Franklin, 3:08 a.m.
  • Nov. 25: Auto accident, 2200 block of Franklin, 10:48 p.m.
  • Nov. 26: Broken water pipes, 1800 block of Fairview, 11:04 a.m.
  • Nov. 27: Intoxicated person, 2700 block of Boylston, 10:16 a.m.
  • Nov. 27: Boat taking water, 1500 block of Fairview, 2:44 p.m.
  • Nov. 27: Misdemeanor warrant service, E. Roanoke, 5:59 p.m.
  • Nov. 28: Vehicle theft, 1800 block of Eastlake, 2 a.m.

To see the complete map, go to

Wellness Fair at Seward School Tuesday evening

The Eastlake Community Council is sponsoring a Wellness Fair at TOPS@Seward School, 2500 Franklin E., 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

The focus will be on diet, exercise and staying healthy. Staff from local hospitals, health-related instutitions and businesses will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and help you stay healthy and feel good.

The health institutions that will be attending include:

  • Aesthetica Dentistry
  • Bastyr Center for Natural Health
  • Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation
  • Eastlake Massage
  • Lake Union Crew
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery
  • Ramey Nutrition
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation
  • Swedish Midwives
  • Vajra Acupuncture

If you’d like to post a question in advance to one of the groups attending, e-mail it to

Seattle Marathon takes to Eastlake streets (pix and video)

Thousands of runners participating in the Seattle Marathon made their way along streets at the edge of the Eastlake neighborhood this morning.

At 9 a.m., the corner of Roanoke and Boylston was crowded with runners making the turn onto the last stretch of the course. At that hour, runners were half-marathoners, I was told. 

Family and friends of runners were standing and sitting at the intersections on Boylston, holding signs, waving balloons and shouting encouragement to the runners.

Eastlake residents Jim Davenport and Dave and Erin Miner were waiting for Jim’s wife, Sarah, and her dad, Steve Miner, at the corner of Roanoke and Boylston. Also present was Steve’s wife and Sarah’s mom, Kathy. They’d been there about a half hour and were scanning the crowd, looking for Sarah in the sea of faces. (You can see them in the attached short video.)

From Eastlake, runners headed up over Lakeview Boulevard, then down to the southern end of Eastlake in the Cascade neighborhood before returning to the finish line at Seattle Center.

Check the Seattle Marathon’s website for information on finishing times.

Listen to this AudioBoo for the sounds of the race:


Seattle Marathon will impact Eastlake streets on Sunday

The Seattle Marathon will take over parts of two Eastlake streets on Sunday morning (Nov. 28) and into early afternoon.

The race begins and ends at Seattle Center. A total of 14,000 particpants are expected.

The full marathon begins at 7:15 a.m. and the half-marathon at 7:30 a.m. The course is open until 2:15 p.m. I’m guessing the first runners (the half-marathoners) might arrive in Eastlake around 8 a.m., but that’s just a guess.

Streets that will be affected are Delmar Drive, Roanoke E. to the corner of Boylston, and then Boylston south onto Lakeview. The sourthern end of Eastlake in the Cascade neighborhood will also be affected. A PDF of affected streets is attached to this post.

Delmar Drive will be closed from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. One side of Boylston and Lakeview will be closed from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lakeview exit from northbound I-5 will also be closed.

The best advice is to not try to drive on these streets. Head down to Eastlake Ave. or go around to Fuhrman if you need to get to Portage Bay. Need to get to Capitol Hill? You should be able to go around the south end of Lake Union and then, maybe, find a way to cross the course in South Lake Union and head up Denny. Maybe.

It’s fun to go out along Boylston and cheer the runners as they go by.

For more info on the race, go to the official Seattle Marathon website.

Wednesday snow thread: Schools closed, no trash pickup

UPDATE at 3:48 p.m.: Meant to post this sooner. Traffic moving fine on Eastlake Avenue E. It seems to be bare and mostly dry. Side streets still icy and tricky. Roanoke E. isn’t closed at Boylston but the sign says it’s restricted to “Local Access.” You can get through but take it slow!

UPDATE at 7 a.m.: It’s 24 degrees on my deck in Eastlake. Seattle Schools are closed again today. After saying it would be open, the UW changed course and will be closed again. 

The city won’t be picking up garbage today. If your garbage wasn’t picked up Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, you’ll be collected on those days next week. You will be able to put out twice the usual garbage. There’s no pick up on Thanksgiving day either.

Add your weather related observations in the comments. We also accept reader photos! Send them to curtmilton (at) Thanks and stay warm!

What’s open, what’s running on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is quiet in Eastlake. Not many businesses are planning on being open. Here’s a few that will be open:

  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Starbucks, 2344 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Website:
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Website:
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 53 E. Lynn Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Website:
  • Flower Lady, 3230 Eastlake Ave. E. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 or 4:30 p.m. Website:
  • Local mini-marts will also be open.

Metro bus service: Buses will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving (fewer trips, lower fares) and on a reduced weekday schedule (fewer trips on some routes, regular fares) on Friday. Eastlake routes with some trip cancellations on Friday include the 49 and the 70.

For more information on holiday bus service, visit Metro’s website.

Solid waste collection: There will be no garbage, food, yard waste or recycling collections on Thanksgiving. Collections scheduled for Thursday will take place Friday. Friday collections will take place Saturday. Recycling and disposal stations are closed on Thursday.

Seattle Public Utilities advises that all of your Thanksgiving leftovers such as turkey bones, celery, yams, potatoes, pumpkin pie (who would have leftover pumpkin pie?), fruitcake and napkins can get in the food and yard waste cans. It all gets composted for use in local gardens.

Anything I’ve missed? Put it in the comments, please. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!