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Celebrate 25 Years with Latona Pub all this week

This year, Latona Pub in Green Lake has been celebrating their 25th Anniversary in style with a custom brew made for them each month by a local brewery.  If you have attended one of the anniversary brewer’s nights, you’ve been treated to raffles, prizes and a crowd of supporters.

August marks the actual month of Latona Pub’s 25th Anniversary, and this week is a full extravaganza.  From August 13th (TODAY) through the 18th, the pub has special events every night.  Here’s the full list of what’s happening at Latona:

Monday, August 13th – Elysian Brewer Appreciation Night.  This marks the release of Latona’s 25th Anniversary beer from Elysian Brewing.

Tuesday, August 14th – Big Time & the All-Star Brewers.  This is a celebration of  our local Big Time Brewing, and Latona will be tapping their Pilsner and toasting their brewers.

Wednesday, August 15th –  A Salute to the First Pour.  A night with Georgetown Brewing, who shared their first pour with Latona.

Thursday, August 16th – the Latona Cask Festival.  Casks to be revealed on the day, pouring starts at 6pm.

Friday, August 17th – A Tribute to the Musical Artists of the Latona.  Happy hour jazz beginning at 5:30.

Saturday, August 18th – the big 25th Anniversary party.  A full line-up of all the 25th Anniversary beers we’ve seen this year, plus live music and barbecue.

Congratulations on 25 years, Latona!

New on the market: 5 bedrooms in Maple Leaf under $500k

This morning I just listed a new home for sale in Maple Leaf that I think is absolutely adorable.  For a start, it has a perfectly symmetrical view from the street that gives it amazing appeal right from the first look.   It’s also just a few short doors down from the Maple Leaf Playground and less than a mile from Green Lake.

Once you’re inside, you walk into an enormous living room with hardwoods and the big original 1928 fireplace.  From there, you can walk through the swinging butler’s door to the kitchen.

The kitchen has porcelain tile countertops with a full height tile backsplash and white cabinets, and gets more light than any room I’ve ever seen.  It also has a super cute eating nook with built-in full-height cabinets that give tons of storage space!

There’s one bedroom on the main floor, with hardwood floors.  There’s also a full bathroom on the main floor with hex-tile flooring and an oversized vanity.  Upstairs, you find two more bedrooms with walk-in closets and another 3/4 bath, plus tons more light flowing in from all the windows.

If you head down to the basement, you find two more finished bedrooms and another full finished bathroom.  You also find a spacious laundry area with washer/dryer and a laundry sink, plus tons of cabinet space and counter space.

There are two doors to the backyard, which is level and grassy and partially fenced (really easy to fence the remainder).  Out there you’ll also find a pleasant surprise – a 2-car garage at the end of the long driveway.

Overall the home is 2400 square feet with five bedrooms and 2.75 baths.  It’s listed at $474,950 and will be open this Sunday, July 15th, from 12pm to 4pm.  Stop by and see – or ask your broker to show you anytime.  The home is located at 828 NE 83rd Street.

Start chugging that milk – the Milk Carton Derby returns July 14th

It’s not too late to get your registration in for the 42nd Annual Denny’s Seafair Milk Carton Derby, held at Green Lake Park this year on Saturday, July 14th beginning at 10 a.m.   The traditional event will include around 100 milk carton boats competing for $10,000 in prizes.

For those of you wanting a last-minute entry, there is no charge to compete in the racing, military, and open categories.  There’s a $250 entry fee for the Groups/Commercial category, which allows the vessel to race with a name/logo on it.

Children as young as eight can participate, as there is a special “youth” category for ages 8-13.  Besides the boats, there will be land-lubber activities also: displays and exhibits, the Seafair pirates, Seafair princesses, and Seagals will all be on hand.

For full details and the rules & regulations of building your craft, visit the event’s website here.  To see more of last year’s boats like the one below, visit my photo post from last year here.

Freshly painted, Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff Opens on Green Lake

There’s all sorts of renovations going on around Green Lake right now – new benches being installed near the community center, a new roof being put on the Bathhouse Theater – and a new food spot opening just on the West Beach next to the Bathhouse.

Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff has been operating as a mobile food truck in the Seattle area, and has now opened up in the concession stand on the west beach.  Their grand opening is tomorrow, June 22nd, and they will be offering things like burgers, hot dogs, and cheesesteak sandwiches to the park visitors.

Charlie’s at Green Lake will be open seven days a week during the summer, from 11am to 7pm each day.  And of course, you can still get your burgers from their mobile food truck, often seen parked around the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle. Welcome to the lake, Charlie’s!

Green Lake: Wine, Dogs, Live Music and Charity at Forza Coffee

In the six years since I adopted North Seattle Lola, I’ve gone through three surgeries with her.  The first was to remove half a tennis ball from her small intestine.  The second was to remove a growth on her elbow that she kept cutting open.  The third was just a few months ago, when the vets at Phinney Ridge Animal Hospital gave me the bad news that a new lump was a cancerous melanoma.  That’s when it hit me – my dog is now seven years old, the age that vets consider a “senior.”  Sure, she’s got lots of life left in her, but she’s an older girl now, something I’m going to have to accept sooner or later.  But along with that realization I discover I have something that loves me unconditionally, who is now calm, wise, and mature.  Well alright, maybe not too calm.

North Seattle Lola

My point is that older dogs are incredible pets.  In a year that I spent volunteering at a local shelter, I met an unbelievable amount of older dogs who still had so much love to give.  And it amazes me that there are such good people out there who work hard to take care of these older dogs, especially when their families can no longer keep them and adoption is difficult.

Forza Coffee in Green Lake is hosting a benefit on Tuesday, May 22nd, along with Piccola Cellars and small bites from La Toscanella.  The cost is $10 per person, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Old Dog Haven, a non-profit network that provides homes for homeless senior dogs in Western Washington.  So, lets just look at the facts here:

  • $10 for a wine tasting from Piccola Cellars, who provide amazing wines on tap
  • Small bites from La Toscanella
  • Live music
  • AND you help older dogs find and keep homes

If you can find any excuse not to attend this, I dare you.  Hope to see you there!

Cinco de Mayo in North Seattle, 2012

Have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of “My Girl” and wondered exactly what they were thinking?  “When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”  Except, May is usually still fairly cold, and pretty rainy – just look outside right now.  The Temptations must have never been to the Pacific Northwest.

Temperature aside, May is here, and for those who celebrate it, Cinco de Mayo actually falls on a Saturday this year (meaning you can avoid calling in sick to work the next day).  If you’re celebrating the 5th of May, North Seattle Sarah has you covered with some of the best parties in town.

First off, Tacos Guaymas is having their annual Cinco Party in Green Lake.  If you haven’t checked this out, it’s a pretty packed outdoor event and probably the largest Cinco de Mayo party in north Seattle.  Live DJ, Sauza Girls, and a mariachi band are just a few of the fun things you can expect at Tacos Guaymas, with several thousand people anticipated to attend each year.

Down in Fremont, celebrate the evening with live music at Nectar.  The Yogoman Burning Band plays at 8pm, and tickets are $7.

At COA Mexican Eatery (7919 Roosevelt Way NE), enjoy $5 AHA Toro Margaritas, plus $2 street tacos and a $100 giveaway.  They’ll also have pinatas and a bouncy house from 12pm to 3pm.

Other venues that typically run specials for Cinco de Mayo include The Matador in Ballard and El Chupacabra in Phinney Ridge.  Remember to please stay safe on Cinco-de-Drinko and either hoof it locally or call a cab – those margaritas can be mighty strong.  Enjoy!

Dine Out for Life – Next Thursday, April 26th – Where to go in North Seattle

With the amount of restaurants participating in this year’s Dine out for Life, it’s really hard NOT to participate.  On Thursday, April 26th, local restaurants will donate up to 30% of their food and beverage sales will go towards the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.  The Lifelong AIDS Alliance provides practical support services and advocates for those affected by HIV and AIDS.

The event is nationwide and occurs in 60 cities – but we have so many options right here in north Seattle.  Here’s a comprehensive list of where you can go locally to help the Lifelong AIDS Alliance – over 20 great local spots in Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Fremont, Ballard, Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Wallingford and Green Lake!

  • 74th Street Alehouse (30%)
  • Alexa’s Garden Cafe (30%)
  • BalMar (30%)
  • Bill the Butcher – Laurelhurst (20%)
  • The Blue Glass (30%)
  • Blue Moon Burgers – Fremont (30%)
  • Blue Star Cafe & Pub (30%)
  • Djan’s Dining (30%)
  • King’s Hardware (30%)
  • Kylie’s Chicago Pizza (30%)
  • Masala of India (30%)
  • Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (30%)
  • Nell’s Restaurant (30%)
  • Olive and Grape (30%)
  • Pasta Bella (30%)
  • Ray’s Boathouse (30%)
  • Razzis Pizzeria (30%)
  • Sand Point Grill (30%)
  • Santa Fe Cafe (30%)
  • Stumbling Goat Bistro (30%)
  • Tutta Bella (20%)
  • Via Tribunali (30%)
  • Volterra (30%)
  • Wild Mountain Cafe (30%)

Green Lake Forza Coffee presents “Hops for Hope” Benefit

Our newest Green Lake coffee house, Forza, is hosting “Hops for Hope” this  Saturday, April 21st from 7pm to 10pm.  The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will feature food and drink specials, plus live music from The Castaways, a ukulele rock cover band.

In addition to the food and drink specials with proceeds benefitting the charity, there will also be raffle prizes from some great neighborhood sponsors.  Some prizes include dinner and show for two from Teatro Zinzanni, Woodland Park Zoo admission tickets, and a bike tuneup from Gregg’s Cycles.

Forza Coffee is located in the Circa building at 6900 East Green Lake Way North.  They have rotating craft beer and wine selections plus an assortment of rotating foods, and feature live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Non-Motorized Beer Delivery returns to Latona Pub for Earth Week

Of all the events Latona Pub in Green Lake puts on for us throughout the year, the Earth Week festivities have to be my favorite.   For one week every year, all the beer that comes to Latona Pub will come by some means other than motorized transportation.  This means kegs can be walked (with a hand truck), delivered by bicycle, or even come by rowboat (any other ideas? Let them know!).

Everything kicks off tomorrow – Sunday, April 15th – with the beginning of the keg deliveries.  Kegs come from as close as our local north Seattle breweries like Big Time, Naked City, and Northgate Ram, to as far away as Black Raven Brewing (Redmond -16.6 miles away).

A handful of last year's "keg walkers", courtesy Latona Pub

In addition to saving the planet by saving fuel and decreasing their carbon footprint, Latona Pub also hosts a few events during the week.  For Earth Week 2012, there is a “Local Food Awareness” night on Thursday, April 19th beginning at 7pm.  A portion of proceeds that night will go towards Chef’s Collaborative.

On Saturday, April 21st, bring your hazardous garbage – computers, electronics, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs – to Latona for a day of free disposal, from noon until 4pm.

Finally, on Sunday April 22nd finish the week with the Feet First benefit starting at 2 pm, with a special keg from Two Beers Brewing – the “Limited Edition Hand Truckin’ Wheat Ale.”  This event requires a pre-sale ticket which you can buy online for $20 at Feetfirst.org.

As a sign at one of my local faves Naked City says, “Save the earth – it’s the only planet with BEER!”

PHOTO: Sunny Evening, April 2nd at Green Lake Park

I’m not a great photographer, but every now and then my Windows Phone snaps a decent pic of this beautiful neighborhood.  Here’s a snapshot of the sun sinking lower over Green Lake on April 2nd!