Eastlake roundup: NW Harvest fundraiser, Starbucks to clean up July 5, more

Here’s what’s making news around Eastlake:

Northwest Harvest fundraiser at the Zoo: The Eastlake Zoo has several fundraisers for Northwest Harvest during the year. They’re popular events and give the community a chance to help out those who are less fortunate.

The latest Northwest Harvest fundraiser at the Zoo will be this Saturday, June 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. Eight breweries will be cooking their best beer chili. A $5 donation gets you a bowl and a ballot and a chance to vote on your favorite. All proceeds go to Northwest Harvest.



Participating breweries are Pike Brewing, Hale’s Ales, Iron Horse Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Schooner Brewing, Leavenworth Biers, Fremont Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing.

Starbucks hosts second July 5 Lake Union cleanup: Eastlake’s Rogers Playfield, 2500 Franklin Ave. E., will again be a focus of Starbucks 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Other cleanup sites include Gas Works Park and the Center for Wooden Boats at the south end of the lake.

Starbucks is teaming up with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and CleanScapes for the event. Last year, Starbucks provided shirts, coffee, food and gear for the cleanup operation (gloves, plastic bags and litter pickup tools) and they’ll do the same this year.

Register now if you’d like to participate by going to the Starbucks website.

Michelle Buetow gets endorsements: Eastlake resident, parent and schools activist Michelle Buetow has picked up several key endorsements in her run for position 3 on the Seattle School Board. Buetow has been endorsed by both the 43rd and 46th district Democrats and she received the only endorsement in the school board race from the King County Democratic Central Committee at its May 24 meeting.

As we wrote in April, Buetow has a long history of involvement in school issues in Eastlake and across the city. She is challenging one-term school board incumbent Harium Martin-Morris for position 3.

Small economic impact for NOAA arrival in Newport: The Eugene Register-Guard reported Monday on the arrival last weekend of the first NOAA ship at its new base in Newport, Oregon. NOAA announced in August 2009 that it would leave the base its occupied for several decades on Lake Union in Eastlake for a new port in Newport.

Although many in Newport were hoping that NOAA’s arrival would bring a big economic boost to the area, the Register-Guard says that isn’t likely:

But the ship’s quiet arrival and departure over the weekend serves as an important reminder to a community that has eagerly anticipated NOAA’s arrival for months: This is not going to be an explosion of economic activity.

Only about 65 NOAA workers will be working at the new base on a day-to-day basis, the Register-Guard says. The rest will be out at sea on NOAA’s research vessels. More details are in the Register-Guard story.

NOAA’s Eastlake base will close for good on June 30. A decommissioning ceremony will take place at the base tomorrow, Friday, June 24, but it will be for staff and family only, according to a NOAA spokesperson. No provision for press coverage was possible, he said.

3 thoughts on “Eastlake roundup: NW Harvest fundraiser, Starbucks to clean up July 5, more

  1. Joseph Singer

    Northwest Harvest does several food drives and funds drives a year. While it sounds good in theory none of the food or funds make any difference for Northwest Harvest. All they hand out is beans, rice and a can of diced tomatoes. Once in a while they’ll have canned soup. Usually potatoes and onions, though many weeks none of that at all. Some weeks there will be bread and other weeks no bread at all. I’m seriously questioning where all this food and money donations are going. It’s not going to the food bank. They spend money on a rent-a-cop to meter who goes in, but that’s only on good days when it’s not raining. If it’s raining the security guy usually stays inside drinking coffee.

  2. Chandira

    Who is available at that time? I have a job to go to, or else I’d help out! Shouldn’t the hours for this be more office-worker friendly? Just curious..

  3. w.lane

    Stupid, false, ill-informed statements must not be allowed to stand unchallenged…..
    In the past year NW Harvest has distributed over 24 million pounds of food to over 300 partner agencies including food banks, meal programs, elementary schools and 11 regional distribution partners.All NW Harvest’s food and operating funds come from individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations, and 93 percent of our total budget goes to food distribution.
    NW Harvest works to provide sufficient, appropriate and nutritious food to hungry people. Fruit and vegetables account for 60% of the food distributed this year, up from 40.6% three years ago, demonstrating their commitment to providing more nutritious food.
    For an informed analysis and evaluation of NW Harvest go to the Seattle Foundation web site at http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/NorthwestHarvest. I have tried to find CREDIBLE negative information on NW Harvest without success. NW Harvest is one of the most successful food bank organizations in the entire country. The statements by Joseph Singer are not only patently false but shameful.

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