Leschi businesses and the Leschi Community Council are collaborating on a special event to kick off summer: an art walk along the Lake Washington Boulevard/Lakeside Avenue business district. 

Local artists are being called to display their work in front of the various businesses; there will be entertainment, as well. This gives residents an opportunity to see the art and craftwork of their neighbors. We know we have some talented folks in this neighborhood.

The expected date is June 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We know we can’t promise sun on a date this iffy, but we will provide canopies and tables for the artists; you will need to provide your own umbrella if needed.

Any local artists wishing to participate should contact Ann Conroy at annconroy@travelsmallworld.com.

The Wednesday, April 4, meeting of the Leschi Community Council will feature designs for the post-viaduct waterfront. Join us for an interesting evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. S.

— Diane Snell, Leschi News newsletter editor


Madison Park

At the most recent meeting of the Madison Park Community Council, United Way of King County representative Morgan Winkler shared with us ways that our community can help fight hunger in King County. 

In the last four years, Seattle food banks have seen a 30-percent increase in the number of clients, while donations have declined by 31 percent. In 2011, 13.4 percent of King County residents needed help putting food on the table, many of them children and seniors. 

There is always a need to help; to find out where local food banks are located, see www.seattle.gov/humanservices/emergencyservices/docs/FoodBanksSeattleKingCounty.pdf.

McNae Triangle Park, in front of Bing’s on East Madison Street, once again has a water connection for its irrigation system, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Linda Cody and Seattle Public Utilities. With warmer weather coming, this connection will ensure we will lose fewer plants.

 We are grateful to the city for providing the grant to repair the water connection and to Park Shore Retirement Community for its ongoing support for maintenance and plantings. 

A group of neighbors chosen by the Department of Parks and Recreation met with Michael Shiosaki, the project manager for the fence removal at North Beach Park on 43rd Avenue East, to discuss next steps. 

Mr. Shiosaki has brought suggestions back to the department’s landscape architects and will return to the community with a final plan. The community council hopes to present the plan at one of its upcoming meetings. 

Updates will be posted to the e-mail exchange. To join in discussions and receive notices, go to the council’s website: www.madisonparkseattle.com.

Please mark your calendars for our annual community council meeting on May 7 at 7 p.m., at the Bathhouse, 1900 43rd Ave. E. We will honor the neighbors who have volunteered their time this past year, as well as elect new board members. 

Senior Services will also join us, discussing ways we can turn our Snow Brigade into a resource that will benefit the community all year long. 

— Gail Irving, president



Controversial issues, planned events and finances dominated the discussion at the March 6 Madrona Community Council (MCC) meeting. 

Sarah Westneat and Kevin O’Doherty spoke about the neighborhood matching-fund grants they are pursuing to hire professional landscape and engineering expertise to help create a design for the business corridor on 34th Avenue that will retain the tree-lined look while also preventing sidewalks from buckling.

Those present voted on nominations for awards to be given at Neighborhood Appreciation Day on March 24 in conjunction with student awards given by Madrona K-8. 

Stacey Kryman outlined plans for the new Madrona Mayfair Block Party, which will include the traditional children’s events in the morning, followed in the afternoon by music, food, crafts and other retail events sponsored by Business Owners of Madrona. 

Look for a chance for your child to submit a design for the Mayfair T-shirt, and look for your opportunity to sign up to help Stacey put on a glee-filled morning for children.

Sponsorships are still available and volunteers are needed. Please contact Stacey Kryman to help with either, at Staceykryman@gmail.com.

Discussion of MCC’s finances resulted in some ideas to help its two principal events — Mayfair and Madrona News come closer to being self-supporting.

Madrona residents can help by thanking our business advertisers and inviting businesses you patronize to advertise in the Newsand at the Mayfair Playfield event. 

Enjoy breakfast before the Mayfair parade at Madrona K-8. Buy a child-designed T-shirt, a grilled hot dog, a cookie and a bottle of water while you watch the excitement mount, or simply donate to the MCC at the event.

— Reprinted with permission from the Madrona News newsletter