Eastlake community events June/July 2017

The Eastlake Community Council offers notice of the following events and comment opportunities. Background is in the links and in the Summer Eastlake News (on-line; also being hand-delivered by 40+ intrepid volunteers).

 Public meeting with Police Department representatives about Eastlake’s public safety priorities; planning for July 4; and emergency preparedness — Tues., June 13  7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Avenue East. The West Precinct community policing team regularly asks Eastlake residents and businesses our policing priorities. Please bring yours (and/or send to ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org). Also at this meeting, be briefed and pose questions and suggestions regarding the Police Department’s planning for crowds, traffic, and parking in Eastlake on July 4.  Meeting concludes with ongoing efforts and opportunities to make Eastlake safer in emergencies and disasters. For background, see pp. 6 and 16 of the Summer Eastlake News or click here about public safety & July 4; and here about emergency preparedness.  Meeting is sponsored by ECC.

Work party to save the Colonnade redwoods — Thurs., June 22 9 a.m. to noon. Location is the west side of the I-5 Colonnade Open Space, where the grand California redwoods need to be saved from invasive ivy, clematis, and blackberries. We’ll meet at Colonnade’s west entrance near the corner of Franklin Avenue E. and E. Blaine Street, near the north end of the off-leash area. Employers are encouraged to authorize employees to spend part of that work day morning “on the clock” restoring some of the tallest trees in Seattle. Participants are asked to bring drinking water, gloves and sturdy shoes. To contact the Eastlake Community Council: info@eastlakeseattle.org or 206-322-5463.

Memorial event to celebrate the life of Barbara Heather — Sun., July 9 , 11:30 a.m. at the University Unitarian Universalist Church, 6556 35th Ave. NE.  About Barbara Heather’s admirable life, see the Fall 2016 Eastlake News.

Eastlake Summer Cruise on the Islander – Thurs., July 13 Tour the Ship Canal, Lake Union, Portage and Union Bays, and Lake Washington on the historic ferry the Islander. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. at 1611 Fairview Ave. E., with departure at 6:30 p.m., and return at 8:30. Price is $20 (kids up to 6 years are free, but only if they are pre-registered). Includes dinner, salad, and dessert (vegan options). Tickets on-line by clicking here (or search on brownpapertickets.com for Eastlake Summer Cruise), by phone at 1-800-838-3006, or in person at the Brown Paper Tickets office, 220 Nickerson St. Sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council, which will be accepting donations for the University District Food Bank for the needy in Eastlake and nearby neighborhoods.

Free outdoor movie, “Shaun the Sheep the Movie” — Sat., July 15 In Rogers Playfield, 2500 Eastlake Avenue. Picnics and fun start at 7:30 p.m., movie at 8:35. Bring a blanket or low chair to sit on, and a jacket to keep warm. This hilarious, touching, and award-winning 2015 movie is by Aardman Studios, masters of stop-motion animation. A sheep takes the day off to have some fun, but gets mixed up in a big-city adventure instead. For more:  http://shaunthesheep.com/movie or Wikipedia. The trailer is also on YouTube by clicking here. Sponsored by ECC and supported financially by local businesses including Northwest Administrators, Seattle Models Guild, and Washington State Employers Credit Union. See you at the movie in the park, on the lawn, under the stars!!

Public forum features candidates for Mayor and for City Council position 8 — Tues., July 18 7– 9:30 p.m. at the Pocock Rowing Center, 3320 Fuhrman Avenue East. With Mayor Murray and Councilmember Burgess not running for re-election, their open seats are hotly contested by a large field of candidates as the August 1 primary draws near. Come hear them debate at the Eastlake Community Council’s election forum. And/or please send to ECC your suggested questions for the candidates, to info@eastlakeseattle.org. For more details on the format and ground rules, click here.

“Night Out” street parties – Tues., Aug. 1 On the first Tuesday in August, the City government frees block parties of the need for a paid permit or costly liability insurance.  Purpose is to help neighbors meet each other, maybe start a block watch and preparedness team.  As time allows, police and fire officers drop by.  To register: http://seattle.gov/police/nightout or on Facebook.   For advice or to connect with neighbors who can help organize your block, contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.


Comment on-line on Mayor’s proposed increase in height of new buildings in Eastlake and other neighborhoods To see and comment on the Mayor’s height increases for every land lot in Eastlake, go to http://hala.consider.it/?tab=Draft zoning changes, and scroll down to Eastlake. There you will also find the Mayor’s case for the upzones. For independent background and analysis challenging the Mayor’s approach, see ECC’s HALA page (http://eastlakeseattle.org/?page=HALA) which also has background on how to register to post a comment on-line (turns out you don’t have to provide the personal info they ask or).  E-mails to the City Councilmembers are also urgently needed; their addresses are also on ECC’s HALA page.

Change.org petition to save the parking lot under I-5, a block south of the University Bridge The Pocock Rowing Center, Movement Systems Physical Therapy, Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine, and Wallace & Solhaug Family Dentistry are asking the public to sign their Change.org petition “to convince WSDOT that we need the parking at the north end of Eastlake to preserve our community’s heritage, the health and welfare of our patients, and the economic viability of the Eastlake neighborhood.” WSDOT is considering excluding all parking from the lot for five years, and use it instead to stage construction materials for the SR-520 expansion project. To reach the petition, click here or visit Change.org and search for the petition under “Eastlake parking”. More than 1300 have signed so far.

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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