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!
Besides the Toys for Tots and Toys for Joy fundraisers, a few other organizations are collecting toys this year in north Seattle for needy children. Here are a few places that you can drop off a new, UNWRAPPED toy and support your neighbors:
Whole Foods Roosevelt:
The U-District Food Bank is collecting toys at the Roosevelt Whole Foods through Thursday, December 15th.
Tasty, the art gallery at 7513 Greenwood Avenue N, is collecting toys on behalf of Sadie’s Fight which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. They’re collecting through December 20th.
Matrix Real Estate, my brokerage, has been hard at work getting things ready for a new apartment building about to undergo construction in Roosevelt. While details at this time are limited, here is what I CAN tell you.
The building will house 63 units at the corner of 66th and Roosevelt, with a mix of studios, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom homes. There will also be two retail spaces facing Roosevelt. The new building will be located one block from the future light rail station.
Artist's rendering of the future apartment building
Currently, the builder is moving dirt. Completions and first move-ins are anticipated for early 2013, and we’ll have more information available/marketing beginning early 2012. Stay tuned for more info as construction progresses.
Limited spots are available for a baking lesson with Linda at the Green Lake Irwin’s Bakery location. The lesson is Tuesday, November 8th from 6pm to 8pm, and costs $50 per person or $70 for a couple. You can prepay and reserve your spot by calling (206) 985-9410. But hurry – only 10 spots are available.
Learn how to make Irwin’s marrionberry pie, from the flaky crust to the signature filling. After the lesson, enjoy an espresso and a slice of pie on the house. For those attending the lesson, bring a 9″ ceramic or glass pie plate.
Interested in other cooking/baking lessons? Keep an eye on the Roosevelt Whole Foods and Green Lake PCC, both of which offer cooking lessons on a regular basis. November 14th, Whole Foods is offering a course in vegan holiday cooking, taught by Sara Beth of Mighty-O Donuts fame. This class is limited to 15 people, and you can reserve your spot by calling (206) 985-1500 (class is $25/person).
November 11th, learn how to make your own tasty granola at the Green Lake PCC. PCC cooking classes fill up extremely quickly, so reserve your spot online right away. The cost is $35 for members, and $40 for non-members.
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Umpqua Bank has wasted no time becoming part of the community in the several new locations that it has opened. They’re so excited about the communities, in fact, that they are offering $10,000 to each of the top three communities that YOU vote for to be used towards a community project.
Ten neighborhoods that Umpqua operates in are up for the vote, including the new locations in Phinney Ridge and Roosevelt. The other locations are: Downtown Seattle, Westlake, Eastlake, Magnolia, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Queen Anne, and Bellevue (and come on, we can’t let Bellevue win, right?).
There are a few ways to vote, and each involve “showing your love” for the neighborhood of your choice in a note saying “I heart _____________.” You can either do this in person at your local branch, send a text message to 99158 (Standard rates apply – begin your text with PHINNEY for Phinney Ridge or ROOSEVELT for, duh, Roosevelt.), or by writing a note on their Facebook Page.
Umpqua keeps a (somewhat) up-to-date tally on their website, and so far the leading three locations are Magnolia, Roosevelt and Bellevue. Phinney Ridge is coming in 4th so show them some love!
The top ten businesses individually named will receive a $1000 prize, so make sure to highlight your local favorite spots. Voting ends on December 15th.
The sun came out today just in time, as Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Festival begins at 11a.m. today, Saturday July 23rd.
The festival takes place on 64th Street between Roosevelt Way NE and 9th Ave NE (the street is closed down). All day there will be live entertainment, street booths from local businesses, and local food.
This evening, enjoy the pub crawl part of the festivities with a “battle of the bands” set up at various locations. The first band, Beehive Juggernauts, will be going on at Pies & Pints at 8:30 p.m. Other participating locations for the pub crawl include The Scarlet Tree, Atlantic Crossing, and Teddy’s Tavern. The bars are all donating a portion of their drink sales tonight to the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, so they can continue to keep events like this going.
Sasquatch Studios, located at 6108 Phinney Avenue North in Phinney Ridge, is moving to a new (as yet undisclosed) location, the store announced last week. Sasquatch opened at its current location in fall 2009 selling art, clothing, home decor and more.
Although they will re-open in a new location, they are reducing inventory for the move and have prices marked down on everything from 10% to 50% off. Plus, if you spend $100 or more, you’ll get an extra 10%.
Sasquatch’s move comes just after the announcement that another local favorite, Wish Boutique at 7700 Greenwood Ave N, was closing its doors and consolidating its inventory with their newly opened location on Roosevelt Way NE.
I wish both stores much success in their new locations, but Phinney will miss you!