Monthly Archives: December 2010

Local Ferry Service Connects Eastlake to South Lake Union’s FarmBoat

While Eastlake may not have a farmers market of its own yet, it does have access to South Lake Union’s newest market, the FarmBoat – a floating farmers market, thanks to Captain Larry Kezner’s mini ferry service at Terry Pettus Park ( Fairview and Newton). For a mere $6 round trip, passengers can enjoy a scenic trip across the lake to the market. The service leaves every hour from Pettus Park and makes a return trip leaving Lake Union Park forty-five minutes after its arrival at the market. Service at Pettus begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. every Thursday in conjunction with the Winter FarmBoat’s hours.  Schedule updates and info at or 206-713-8446.

Captain Larry Kezner started the service in an effort to raise awareness about Lake Union’s history with maritime transportation and to provide a flexible alternative to Seattle’s congested roadways. He also runs the Sunday Ice Cream Boat cruise and does private parties on his larger ferry boat.

“I’ve been trying to demonstrate that private ferry service can be efficient and productive way to get across or around the lake,” Larry explained. “Changing population and market conditions make transportation via water very attractive to our inter-city lakes and canals”.

In addition to the FarmBoat route, Larry is interested in doing future routes from South Lake Union to Fremont, Fremont to the Brooklyn Street End, and Brooklyn Street End to South Lake Union with flag stops at Waterway 11 and the Yale St. End.

At FarmBoat, shoppers can tour the historic Virginia V Steamboat (the last remaining survivor of the Puget Sound’s “Mosquito Fleet”) and browse through the many local vendors. Items available include local produce, baked goods, artisan gifts, and craft items. The market has two final dates in its Winter season, 12/16 and 12/23. It starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and can be found inside the Virginia V Steamboat at the Lake Union dock. For more information about the FarmBoat, visit

Couch fire burns Eastlake apartment of Cupcake Royale manager, daughter

UPDATE: This post has been updated since first published. Details from the Seattle Fire Department have been added.

The Seattle Fire Department was out in force just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning for an apartment fire in the 2200 block of Minor Avenue E., which a Seattle Fire Department spokesperson says started in a couch that was too close to a baseboard heater. They estimate the damage to the apartment at $60,000.

Our sister news site, Capitol Hill Seattlesays that the apartment belonged to Cupcake Royale’s Capitol Hill store manager Jaime, and her daughter, Hanna. They weren’t at home when the fire broke out and they are OK. Their dog, Pearl, is also OK. An e-mail from Jody Hall at Cupcake Royale says the family “pretty much lost everything.”

Staff at Cupcake Royale are collecting money to help Jaime and Hanna get back on their feet. The collection point is the Capitol Hill Cupcake Royale at 1111 E. Pike.

The SFD spokesperson says the first units to respond found that a neighbor was already on the scene with a hose trying to put out the flames. They checked the neighbor for any smoke inhalation but the person was fine.

The large response to the fire is standard practice for an apartment fire, the SFD spokesperson said, because of the potential for rescues.

Read the complete CHS post here.

Eastlake weekly police reports: Property damage, traffic violations are highlights

The week’s Eastlake police reports are highlighted by property damage and traffic violation reports:

  • Dec. 6: Disturbance, 100 block of E. Roanoke, 9:42 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: Property damage – residential, 3000 Harvard E., 11:21 p.m.
  • Dec. 7: Intoxicated person, 1600 block of Eastlake E., 2:18 a.m.
  • Dec. 7: Car prowl, 2700 block of Fairview E., 6:20 a.m.
  • Dec. 10: Traffic – moving violation, 2000 block of Boylston E., 11:25 p.m.
  • Dec. 11: Traffic – moving violation, 3100 block of Eastlake E., 12:23 a.m.
  • Dec. 11: Driving under the influence of liquor, 2700 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:30 a.m.
  • Dec. 12: Residential burglary, 1800 block of Fairview E., 3:28 a.m.
  • Dec. 12: Property damage – residential, 2000 block of Boyston E., 3:56 a.m.
  • Dec. 12: Property damage – non-residential, 1800 block of Fairview E., 4:27 a.m.
  • Dec. 12: Disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake E., 1:13 p.m.
  • Dec. 13: Reckless burning, 2900 block of Harvard E., 1:02 a.m.

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Guitar Outlaws’ annual Christmas show at Zoo on Dec. 19

The Guitar Outlaws will present their annual Christmas Chorale featuring Duffy Bishop and Orville Johnson on Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E.

The pot luck begins at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 cover or $7 if you break a non-perishable food donation. All proceeds benefit Northwest Harvest.

The show features the Outlaws performing original and twisted Christmas tunes in a two-act production. Chris Carlson, Carl Sanders and Keith Lowe will join the outlaws. 

More information is at the Zoo’s website.

Cold night, warm friends at Eastlake’s Fall Gathering

Eastlake neighbors packed Louisa’s on Thursday evening for the second annual Fall Gathering, sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council.

The place was already humming shortly after 7. There were so many people that it was tricky finding a way to move through the room without bumping into someone.

Alcena Plum, chef/owner of Louisa’s, was hard at work in the kitchen turning out yummy appetizers. Hard to say which was better, although I was partial to the little meatloaf hors d’oeuvres.

At the door, Mary Hansen, who organized the event and also drew the poster, greeted people coming in. Later, she phoned a friend on a houseboat inquiring if he was going to make it. He was.

Chris Leman, president of the ECC, was also at the door, asking folks to sign in. He was also handing out copies of the Eastlake News and also the ECC’s snazzy new membership form. 

Jules James and Pandora Eyre swapped theater tickets so they could make the Fall Gathering. “This is more important,” said Jules.

Maya Vajra, an accupuncturist who works in the Areis Building across the street, came by to meet neighbors and see what was going on. She says she and the other therapists (massage, etc.) who work in the building like Eastlake because of the convenience and attractive rents. And also because of the great people.

My friend and former co-worker (and fellow Eastlake resident) Monica Guzman Preston saw my Tweet about the event and jumped off her bus a stop early so she could attend. She later wrote a blog post about the Fall Gathering at, noting how she felt at evening’s end:

When I stepped outside, it was pouring rain. Normally, that would irritate me, but tonight I felt like puddle jumping. To think of the people I’d have missed if I hadn’t been paying been paying attention to the bus driver. …

The more I get to know this neighborhood, the happier I am to live here. And the more I want to do to help keep it great.

I couldn’t have said it better. Read more of Monica’s post about the evening here.

It was great to see everyone! Happy holidays!

Eastlake weekly police reports: Car prowls, residential burglaries are highlights

This week in Eastlake police reports is highlighted by several car prowls and car accessories thefts and some residential burglaries:

  • Nov. 30: Disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:13 p.m.
  • Nov. 30: Theft, auto accessories, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 1: Traffic – moving violation, 2500 block fo Eastlake Ave. E., 9:34 a.m.
  • Dec. 1: Accident investigation, 2300 block of Yale E., 4:06 p.m.
  • Dec. 1: Car prowl, 200 block of E. Boston, 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 1: Theft, 200 block of E. Roanoke, 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 2: Theft, auto accessories, 1900 block of Fairview Ave. E.
  • Dec. 3: DUI, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:17 a.m.
  • Dec. 3: Residential burglary, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:56 a.m.
  • Dec. 5: Car prowl, 100 block of E. Hamlin, 4:13 a.m.
  • Dec. 6: Residential burglary, 3000 block of Harvard E., 5:30 a.m.
  • Dec. 6: Traffic – moving violation, 2000 block of Eastlake E., 7:30 a.m.

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Puget Sound Business Journal: Blood Center taking over Gates Foundation building

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports (registration required) that the research institute of the Puget Sound Blood Center will be taking over the Gates Foundation’s current building at 1551 Eastlake Ave. E. after the foundation heads to new digs at Seattle Center.

The PSBJ says the Gates Foundation is scheduled to move to its new building next spring, so the Blood Center would probably be moving in later in 2011 or in 2012.

Read the whole PSBJ item here.

Two Eastlake events this week: bus service public meeting and Fall Gathering

Eastlake has two public events this week, both courtesy of the Eastlake Community Council:

How Can Eastlake’s Bus Service Be Improved?: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m. at TOPS@Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. 

Representatives from Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation will be on hand to talk with neighborhood residents about bus service and what the options might be for improving it. 

Metro recently eliminated some bus stops on Eastlake Avenue E. and Harvard E. During the three-year construction project on Mercer, Metro will be using diesels on Eastlake’s Route 70 instead of cleaner hybrid buses. And everyone would like the express routes to make more stops here.

Chris Leman, president of the Eastlake Community Council, contends in an e-mail that “our neighborhood now has probably the worst (transit service) in its 117 year history.” Leman continues:

“Most of the buses that use Eastlake Avenue never make a stop on Eastlake Avenue, treating our neighborhood as only a corridor for zipping passengers between downtown and the University District. Better transit service would make it easier to dine, shop, work or reside in Eastlake, and to commute to jobs outside the neighborhood.”

Come to the meeting to talk to Metro and SDOT reps. Leman says they also need volunteers for the Eastlake Bus Riders Coalition. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail

Eastlake Fall Gathering: Thursday, Dec. 9, 7-10 p.m. Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E.

Sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council and Louisa’s, this event is a chance to meet up with your friends and neighbors or make new friends. Alcena Plum, owner of Louisa’s, will have seasonal appetizers on the house plus $5 glasses of wine all evening. And, you can order off the regular menu (at your own expense, of course).

This was a fun event last fall with lots of people in attendance. Hope to see you there!

Where to watch Apple Cup in Eastlake this afternoon

Looks like every Eastlake food and drink establishment with a TV in the bar will be showing the Apple Cup today (Saturday). Kickoff is 4 p.m. on the Versus cable channel.

Here’s where to go, eat, drink and watch in Eastlake:

  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E.
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E.
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E.
  • Kristos, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E. They’ll be showing the game from 4 to 6 p.m. ONLY. After that, they’re closing to the public for a private party.
  • Pazzo’s, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E.

Did I miss anyone? Put it in the comments, please, or e-mail me at curtmilton (at) Thanks!