Eastlake events include Food Bank drive, Dec. 17 P-Patch solstice celebration, and Dec. 23 holiday cruise amidst the lighted boats and grand finale concert on Lake Union

The Eastlake Community Council alerts you to the following neighborhood events and opportunities. Background is in the links and also the winter 2016 Eastlake News—on-line by clicking here (also soon to be in print).

Drive for the U District Food Bank  Dec. 1-22.  Collection barrels are at Lake Union Mail (117 E. Louisa St.) and Pete’s Super (58 E. Lynn St.). Needed food items include canned fruit; canned chicken, tuna, and salmon; soups and stews; peanut or other nut butters; shelf stable milk and milk alternatives; cereal; and cooking oil; and baby formula. Also needed are toiletries (bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, safety razors, shaving cream, etc.), diapers (especially for older babies), reusable shopping bags, and pet food. Funds are also needed. For background and to donate on-line, click here.


Winter Solstice Celebration at the Eastlake P-Patch Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. The P-Patch (2900 Fairview Ave.) is progressing with the rebuild of decaying garden beds.  This event will begin by showcasing the work completed so far, and chart the reconstruction still to happen come spring (for details or to volunteer, click here). Winter solstice celebration will immediately follow.


Eastlake Holiday Cruise  Friday, Dec. 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. On historic icebreaker the Islander, join the lighted boats coming through Union Bay to enjoy the grand finale overwater concerts in Portage Bay and Lake Union!  Tickets ($40) include dinner, salad, and dessert; kids up to 6 are free.  Because it would quickly sell out, tickets are limited to those who live or work in Eastlake and their invited guests — click here or search for it at brownpapertickets.com; by phone at 1-800-838-3006; or in person at 220 Nickerson St.  For questions:  info@eastlakeseattle.org or 206-322-5463.


Public meeting on homelessness Tues., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Speakers include law professor Sara Rankin, director of Seattle University’s homeless rights advocacy project. Can’t come? Please send your questions and thoughts to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.


Public meeting about UW’s Burke Museum and its T. rex  Wed., Jan. 25, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Washington’s oldest museum is becoming Washington’s newest museum…with a Tyrannosaurus rex!  Paleontology staff will share the museum’s deep Seattle roots and how the new T. rex specimen connects to the vision for the New Burke: turn the idea of a museum inside-out, inviting visitors to be part of the daily discoveries.


Public meeting with open mike to dream about and discuss neighborhood projects, needs, and priorities  Tues., Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.. In this popular format, all comers can have some time at the “open mike” to discuss their preferred neighborhood needs/issues/questions, or react to others. Please speak out, or hear your neighbors out, on [your topic, or theirs, here]. Can’t come? Please send your questions and thoughts to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.

Public meeting featuring King County Assessor John Wilson  Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.  Eastlake properties were hit hard this year by assessed value increases of as high as 60 percent. If you have experienced such an increase (or if you didn’t) please tell your story in an e-mail to the Eastlake Community Council, info@eastlakeseattle.org. Suggestions are also welcome for expansion of the ECC web page on property taxes (click here).


Public meeting and slide talk featuring historian Paul Dorpat about Eastlake’s and Seattle’s past  Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. The Eastlake Community Council welcomes historian/documentarian Paul Dorpat for an illustrated talk on the past and changes in Eastlake, Lake Union, and Seattle. His slide talks, presented with empathy, passion, and humor, offer unforgettable insights, and are simply not be missed. The author of many books, Dorpat also partners with Jean Sherrard on the long-running Seattle Times Pacific Magazine column with photos and commentary on the same place “now and then.”

Pledges of volunteer hours needed for off-leash area improvement grant.  The Colonnade planning process has identified improvements needed in the off-leash area to install a more paws-friendly surface, install lighting, prune shrubs and branches, create larger yards, improve signage, provide running water, add dog-themed art, and create an agility course, dog playground, and small/shy dog area.  Urgently needed is your pledge of at least two and preferably four or more volunteer hours to attend public meetings, workshops, or work parties to plan and realize these changes.  To be valid, your pledge must list a street address.  Redeemed only if we get the grant, your pledge helps ECC qualify for the needed matching funds.   We also need volunteers to help put together the grant application.  Please send your pledge or questions to info@eastlakeseattle.org or call 206-322-5463.


Please circulate the above info to others.  For more about the Eastlake Community Council and how to help make and keep Eastlake a great place to live, work, and play:  http://eastlakeseattle.org.  To see or contribute photos of Eastlake scenes: http://instagram.com/eastlakeseattle.  ECC seeks volunteers to help strengthen its Facebook and Twitter presence.  Contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.


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