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EARTH DAY RETURNS TO LATONA PUB IN GREEN LAKE

Earth Day is April 22nd, which happens to land on a Tuesday this year – but many of us will be spending this Easter weekend contributing somehow.  For example, I’m headed to Federal Way tomorrow to work with Habitat for Humanity on a neighborhood cleanup project.

Latona Pub, however, is once again continuing their awesome streak of providing a full tap list consisting only of beers that have made it to the pub by means other than motorized transportation.  Many of the kegs going on tap this weekend are from fairly close breweries like Naked City and RAM Northgate and are walked to Latona by way of hand truck.  Some, however, are coming from a little farther away, like Black Raven Brewing (about 19 miles).  That particular keg was attached to the back of brewer Tom Mace’s bike and cycled over.

This is the fourth year in a row that Latona Pub has held this tradition.   It all culminates on Sunday, April 20th, when nonprofit organization Feet First (along with a number of volunteers and participants), walk the final keg from Two Beers Brewing in SODO starting around 9:30 in the morning.  The beer, called Hand Truckin’ Amber Ale, should arrive at the end of it’s 10-mile walking trek at about 2pm where the festivities really kick off at Latona.   An auction is held at the pub and both donations and awareness benefit Feet First, who help make Washington more walkable.

Look for me (and my dad, who’s in town visiting me!) at Latona Pub that afternoon, ready to bid on a some cool prizes!

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U DISTRICT FOOD BANK PLAYS BARTENDER FOR 50 NORTH

Next Wednesday, April 23rd from 6pm to 9pm, the University District Food Bank will be playing guest bartender for 50 North Restaurant,in an effort to raise a little extra cash.

50 North is located at 5001 25th Ave NE #100 (at Northcut Landing), with free garage parking.  It’s a family-friendly restaurant and serves dinner until 9pm on weeknights with the bar closing down at 10pm.

Next Wednesday, 10% of all drink sales will be donated to the Food Bank.  Receipts will also give an opportunity to donate extra amounts to the Food Bank on your credit/debit card, and there will be tip jars around the bar collecting also.  Finally, 50 North is donating $1 to the University Food Back for every “LIKE” they receive on Facebook today through the event night, so click through and give them a like!

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JUST LISTED: TWO-BEDROOM AT HJARTA IN BALLARD

It’s not easy to find decent square footage when condo shopping in Ballard, but this 1,181 sq-ft two-bedroom home definitely provides it.   Located on the 6th floor of LEED Silver certified Hjarta, this condo has a spacious living area with slider to back patio and electric fireplace, designated dining room, and kitchen with breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and under cabinet lighting.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and big bathroom with separate tub & walk-in shower.  Conveniently, the second bedroom is all the way on the opposite side of the home, with a full guest bathroom.  Washer and dryer are included, and found in the guest bathroom.

Home 610 comes with one parking space and one storage space, both located in the garage below.  Hjarta also has some fantastic building amenities – a community room with kitchenette, pool table, lounge seating and patio, and an exercise facility located off that room with separate spaces for cardio and yoga/pilates.    There’s also a large rooftop deck with seating, barbecues and a p-patch.  The building itself is solid concrete & steel.

You can call me at (253) 653-6299 or email sheath@matrixrealestate.com for more info on this condo at 1530 NW Market Street in Seattle.

Priced at $549,950

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SUMMER IN SEATTLE: NORTH SEATTLE SARAH’S “CAN’T-MISS” ANNUAL EVENTS

Sure it’s only April, but I for one am already gearing up for some of the most fun events this town puts on.  Whether you’re new to the Puget Sound, or just finally getting involved, here are four of the “Can’t Miss” occasions I look forward to each year!

Washington Brewers Festival: June 13th-15th. Perhaps the most well attended beer festival in the state, this event runs Friday through Sunday at Marymoor Park in Redmond.  Friday night is adults only, but kids are welcome Saturday and Sunday and this serves as a great way to celebrate Father’s Day.  This year, there will be 88 participating breweries, each serving up a few options for over 300 beer selections.

Fremont Summer Solstice Parade: June 21st.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve brought to this parade over the years, to celebrating the arrival of summer.  Between naked cyclists, environmentally-conscious floats, and the arrival of the flying spaghetti monster it’s a must-do.  Just get there early – and I mean EARLY – to get a good view.  Also, bring a little cash to put in the change buckets as they come round, as this event and many others like it are funded by public donation.

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Green Lake Milk Carton Derby: July 12th.   This event is technically part of Seafair, but is a full day of fun in its own right.  Different categories of participants create and decorate their own floats out of milk cartons and then race them on Green Lake.  It lasts just about all day long, and when the floats aren’t racing they’re on display around the path to see.

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Moonlight Cinema at Redhook: July 10th – August 28th.  This year’s movie lineup includes Die Hard, Anchorman 2, Top Gun and The Big Lebowski to name a few. You have to head to the eastside, but can you think of a better location for an outdoor movie festival than at a brewery? (Didn’t think so)

There’s plenty of other events coming up this summer too, like Seafair, National Night Out, and Concerts at Marymoor Park – we’ll get to those at a later date!

 

BIG CLIMB, BIG HEARTS

For the second year in a row, the awesomely-named Stairmasters of the Universe took to the Columbia Tower for the Big Climb for Leukemia today, along with about 6,000 of our closest friends.  This was my fourth overall climb, but twice in recent years.  Both racers and climbers (timed versus untimed) head from the 4th floor to the 73rd floor using the two stairwells in the building, all the while raising money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I’m proud to say that for the second year in a row, the Stairmasters of the Universe pulled together to raise over $1000 for cancer research, and all of us made it to the top in decent time.  It seemed as though the weather knew what we were doing today too, and presented us an amazing view of the city from the 73rd floor!

It’s great to see that for the past few years, the Big Climb has completely sold out, and this year the sell-out was faster than ever.  And because they have to limit the amount of participants for sheer space at the event, they also require every adult participant to raise at least $100 if they’d like to continue to be invited back.  This ensures that a good amount of money gets raised, and we all try our hardest to raise more than the minimum.

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Thinking about signing up next year?  It’s well worth it.  It’s not the stairs that are troublesome while you’re climbing, it’s the lack of oxygen as you get higher in an enclosed space.  Your lungs will burn for a good thirty minutes afterwards, and your legs will feel tired the rest of the day and ache on Monday morning.  But as you climb each flight, you see pictures of both survivors and those that are being remembered, and it’s all worthwhile.

MY FAVORITE THINGS: current addictions

Like most of us, I see new shiny objects every few weeks.  Sometimes they’ve been around awhile, sometimes they’re brand new, but once I catch on to something I love I just can’t stop.    Here’s a few of my latest addictions -

MY NEW FITBIT FLEX:

I was super late catching on to this trend, as I saw friends of mine start purchasing last fall.  Now that I’ve had mine for two weeks, i’m obsessed.  As a naturally competitive person, this little $100 wristband is motivating me to walk and run more and eat healthier.  I can compete against friends of mine through its little social network to be the most active in a 7-day time period, cheer them on, “taunt” them, and message.  I can input what I eat and have it track calories.  And my favorite feature is being able to monitor my sleep and see why I’m grumpy some mornings due to the amount of restlessless I had in the night.

SEATTLE CIDER COMPANY SEMI SWEET CIDER:

Although usually an avid beer drinker, with spring on the way I find myself picking up individual cans of this once or twice a week from Ballard Market.  Based in SODO, the relatively young Seattle Cider Company is the first cidery in recent history within Seattle city limits, and they’re doing a great job.  The two regular ciders they produce are Dry and Semi Sweet – and I’m loving the latter.

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MAPLE LEAF ACE HARDWARE:

I moved to Maple Leaf last August and bought a fixer I’ve been remodeling since (almost done, woohoo!).  Maple Leaf Hardware has been phenomenal – they carry way more than I expected them too, they’re dog friendly inside so I can walk there with the beast, and at any given time there appears to be about 500 employees ready to help.  Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but have you tried finding someone to help you at the Home Depot lately?  Maple Leaf Ace also has tons of gardening equipment and with it finally becoming spring, it’s a super convenient north Seattle spot to get planting.

GOOD EATS: WITNESS, CAPITOL HILL

As someone who has always had an easier time making friends with men instead of women, I am thankful for a monthly meetup among girlfriends that we call “NewBar.”  The first Friday of every month, one girl picks a bar she’s never been to – and the rest of us meet there for a drink and maybe light meal. The most recent NewBar was my choice – and since I never find an excuse to go to Capitol Hill, I chose a place called Witness – 410 Broadway East.  We unanimously decided this has been our most fun NewBar night in quite some time.

Witness has a Southern Baptist theme.  It’s hard to find, as the sign out front is similar to what you’d see outside a church – a black box with white letters behind glass.  Inside, the church theme continues with pews as seats and inspired cocktails like the Saint Christopher and the Heaven is a Place on Earth.  

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Witness claims to focus on hospitality and boy do they.  While waiting on a crowded Friday night for a table, we were served our drinks, approached several times to make sure we were okay, and then finally seated.  Once seated, we had two visits to the table from the owner, who talked to us a little about the food and atmosphere.   I couldn’t resist ordering chicken and waffles (O.M.G. – best in Seattle).  Other classic southern dishes on the menu include shrimp and grits, and Carolina pulled pork sliders.  But make no mistake – this is still Capitol Hill and not actually a church, so there was vibrant music and plenty of fun to be had.  

Well worth the ~40 minute wait for a seat, this place was fantastic!

Naked City turns 5

Who’s a big kid now? Naked City, that’s who.  They’ll be celebrating their 5th year all day on Saturday, October 19th, and its sure to be yet another packed party.

26 taps will be devoted to Naked City beers that have been brewed over the years – a lot of classics and a few new ones.  And to top off the beer presentation, they’ll have a special bottle release of their famous Big Lebrewski, a white Russian imperial stout.

They’ll also have food specials, oyster shooters, live music and t-shirts available to purchase to commemorate the special day.   For those that don’t frequent the brewery & taphouse too often, this was a big year for Naked City – they finally opened The Walrus beer garden in the vacant lot next door.  Come out and celebrate with them at 8564 Greenwood Ave North.

If you can’t beat it, Join it – 5 Can’t-Miss North Seattle Patios

Being lucky enough to have lived here several years now, I have spent a time or two on patios with a glass in my hand.  You’ll forgive me this afternoon for staying indoors with a Popsicle in hand, but my fair skin doesn’t allow much room for sunburn.  Still, when temps are moderately hot and the day is getting done, there’s nothing I love more than a local patio.  So, for those of you new to the area or just getting out for the first time, I present to you my list of favorite outdoor spaces in north Seattle:

  • Naked City’s Walrus Beer Garden.  This only just opened a little over a week ago, but is filled with picnic tables & umbrellas, a Washers game in the corner, and occasional live music.  You can see it from Greenwood Ave over a pony wall but gain access through the restaurant. Kid friendly, but not dog friendly.
  • Fremont Brewing’s Urban Beer Garden: This half indoor/half outdoor space has a variety of seating options, old wooden barrels as drink stands, and is both kid and dog friendly.  If it gets too hot outdoors, you can step inside for some shade and grab a handful of complimentary pretzels.
  • Forza Coffee in Green Lake: With a roll-up door, Forza’s patio again spills into the inside of the facility.  Why am I including a coffee joint in my list?  Because this place also carries local beer, wine on tap, and light food options.  Kid and dog friendly. As a special treat, go on a Friday or Saturday evening for live music.
  • The Yard Cafe: Also located on Greenwood Avenue, you could technically consider the entire building to be an outdoor spot.  With picnic tables in the sunshine right out front and shaded indoor seating that converts to the outdoors by lifting a plastic barrier, you’ll also love the delicious Mexican food options.
  • Ray’s Cafe: I don’t think I need to say a lot here.  You can sit on the deck of Ray’s in Ballard and watch boats and paddle boarders while eating amazing seafood.  If it gets chilly, just ask for a blanket and they’ll provide.

Latona & 65th – Businesses close, businesses open

The intersection of Latona and 65th has been a favorite of mine for awhile now – of course, that generally has to do with the fabulous Latona Pub and the fact that it’s walking distance for me.  But besides Latona Pub, I was a regular (and, ahem, Foursquare Mayor) of Irwin’s Bakery & Cafe, which recently closed down their Green Lake location right at the two-year mark.

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The Irwin’s Green Lake sign being installed two years ago.

On top of that, Mona’s also closed – a place I didn’t visit too often but understood to be a long-time staple in the neighborhood.

And while I was frustrated to lose my favorite coffee shop, I’m excited to hear that the intersection will soon be lively again.  Frelard’s Dish Cafe is expanding to Green Lake to fill the empty space that Irwin’s left behind.  The Dish serves up breakfast and lunch items and is currently located at 4358 Leary Way NW.  Don’t worry, local fans – the Frelard location will remain as-is while the second spot opens this summer

The spot where Mona’s used to reside, although not officially announced, is said to become another cocktail bar/restaurant similar to what was there.  The owners (who own the Thai food place next door) are in the process of fixing the space up now and we’re hoping for an official announcement soon.

Change – it happens.  And hopefully it’s good.