Leschi Community Council’s (LCC) Sept. 8 book sale took place on one of those glorious days of Seattle’s almost-unprecedented streak of unremitting sunshine. We had a stellar crew of volunteers who quickly erected canopies and tables and set out books. But the customers arrived early and started selecting before we could even set up the cashier’s table. 

The total take for the day was $807.50, but some of the bigger books are still on eBay so that number will increase if they are sold. 

Funds raised will help support the Seattle Music Partnership that provides after-school instrumental-music tutoring in local schools, including Madrona K-8 and Leschi, Bailey-Gatzert and Thurgood Marshall elementary schools.

During the week the Seattle Public libraries were closed, the People’s Library was open outside the Douglass-Truth branch. Many thanks to them for donating the books that remained, and also thanks to B. J. Kirkpatrick, who donated the books of her late husband Kenneth’s estate to the sale as well. 

A University of Washington Suzzallo Library representative will look at the unsold history, biography and Cold War/Kirkpatrick collection for possible additions to their reference materials. 

The Northwest Center truck that spends weekends in the Grocery Outlet parking lot took the leftover mass paperbacks and non-historical hardbound books.

The same magnificent crew who’d set up disassembled the “bookstore,” and the parking lot was clear of books and cardboard boxes in less than an hour. 

Thanks to all who made this sale a success; it was truly a community effort.

Our favorite art historian and art critic, Susan Platt, will present a selection of highlights of the Seattle Art Museum exhibition “Elles,” from the Pompidou Center in Paris, at the next LCC meeting.

The talk will begin with a discussion about well-known artists Frida Khalo and Dora Maar and turn to outstanding women artists on display elsewhere in Seattle, including the work of Negar Farijiani, an Iranian artist at the M-I-A Gallery in Downtown Seattle; Tanis S’eiltin, at Seattle Central Community College; and Shirin Neshat, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

We meet at the Central (aka the Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. S.) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

— Diane Snell, co-president and editor of Leschi News


Madison Park

The Madison Park Community Council (MPCC) is going on the social network with Facebook, Twitter and a new website under construction that will give our neighbors everything from a MPCC calendar to the latest description of our activities. There will be more details in our Neighborhood Connection Newsletter in mid-November.

Sidewalk improvements in the Madison Park Business District are under way as a result of the MPCC securing a $70,000 grant from the city. The new sidewalks are finished at the Bank of America corner and in front of Madison Park Hardware. The sidewalk in front of Bert’s Red Apple is under construction. 

Our next sidewalk projects will involve extending the improvements on East Madison Street and expanding our program to residential areas. More details soon.

The new benches are almost completed in McNae Triangle Park, in front of Bing’s, as a result of the generosity of the McNae family. Another hurrah goes to Linda Cody for starting the ball rolling.

Final plans for the state Route 520/Montlake Interchange are under way. The City Council has the proposed final recommendations of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) under consideration. 

The MPCC has submitted comments to the council and WSDOT, asking for improvement of proposed access to and from SR 520 at the Arboretum and a strong request to start dealing with the “Montlake mess” to and from University Village. We will present our views to the City Council at a scheduled public hearing in late November.

We now have nine new board members who are adding many new ideas and much enthusiasm to our programs. Please come meet them and see for yourselves on the first Monday of every month at the Bathhouse at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there. 

You are invited not only to attend but to express your ideas of what more the MPCC can do for our Madison Park, Washington Park, Denny Blaine, Canterbury and Broadmoor communities.

— Gene Brandzel, president 



In addition to regular business and plan reviews for the Oct. 31 Halloween party, the Nov. 3 Madrona Community Council (MCC) wine-tasting fund-raiser and MCC wreath sales, the October MCC meeting was a forum for two neighborhood groups to discuss differing perspectives. 

Representatives from Safer Sidewalks, Mature Trees presented an overview of a draft plan they hope will replace the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plan (now under way) to remove 29 trees and repair buckled sidewalks along 34th Avenue and East Union Street. This group would like to stop any additional tree removal until an alternative plan emerges that preserves mature trees and makes sidewalks safe. 

The group is soliciting neighbor input; the draft plan can be reviewed on the MCC website: www.madrona.us. 

The council also heard from a group of neighbors in the 900 block of 34th Avenue, where three trees were slated for removal on Oct. 6. Homeowners in this group have been waiting as long as 17 years for requested sidewalk repairs. They say they resent not having been involved in the Safer Sidewalks group’s planning efforts, despite requests for involvement at the onset. 

This group of neighbors expressed its wish that SDOT proceed with funded repairs for the 900 block of 34th Avenue before presenting a comprehensive plan for the remaining trees and sidewalks.

Creating a forum for resolving issues among neighbors and between citizens and their local government — along with planning and executing activities to promote community involvement — is the principal function of your neighborhood community council. We invite all Madrona residents to join the discussions and help with the plans each first Tuesday of the month at the Shelterhouse at 7:15 p.m. 

— Barbara Parker, editor of Madrona News