The May meeting of the Leschi Community Council is the annual meeting, with elections, awards, a look at the past year’s projects and what is planned for the coming year.

There’s a new time for this meeting only: 7:30 p.m. It will take place at the Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave. S.).

“Celebrate the Children” is the theme for the 10th-anniversary celebration of the renovated Flo Ware Park (28th Avenue South and South Jackson Street), with music, face painting, giant bubbles, a Pop-up Discovery Playground, food and anniversary cake to share. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 10. This event is in partnership with Coyote Central, the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Girls’ School.

— Diane Snell, co-president

Madison Park

On Monday, May 5, the Madison Park Community Council Council had its regular meeting, with Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, our new representative to the state House of Representatives, as the guest speaker.

On May 14 at 7:30 p.m., once again at Park Shore Retirement Community (1630 43rd Ave. E.), our series “Extraordinary Neighbors” will feature University of Washington psychology professor Anthony Greenwald, whose recent book “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” asks us all the question, “Am I Prejudiced Without Knowing It?” You may be surprised by the answers.

Mayor Ed Murray will be our guest speaker at the annual council meeting on May 27 at Park Shore Retirement Community (not the Bathhouse) at 7 p.m. We will also present amendments to the council’s bylaws, and we will elect new board members for the coming fiscal year. The proposed revisions to the bylaws can be found on our website ( Bring your friends and any nominations you may have to our council’s board of directors.

— Gene Brandzel, president 

Madison Valley

At the last Madison Valley Community Council meeting, Joanne Donohue made a presentation about Time Bank (, in which individuals can post talents and interests that they are willing to offer. Hours offered are banked, and the individual may withdraw for needs in exchange. Time banking is a way for newcomers to get to know their neighbors.

Madison Park was hit heavily with tagging recently. In Madison Valley, the brown fence near Harvest Vine was the only damage.

A new, clean, classic design has been proposed and received with great enthusiasm for the triangle property at East Madison Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way East. Visit the Madison Valley website ( to view the drawing.

The Bush School has volunteered to coordinate a Spring Clean and partner with us for two sessions each year beginning this fall. The Merchants Association paid $600 for the cleanup of the alley near the crosswalk at Madison Street near MLK Way. Adjacent merchants will be asked to reimburse the association for the costs.

Sixth-graders from The Bush School worked for five weeks in the Harrison Greenbelt and removed a large area of ivy. They will return in the fall for the seasonal planting season.

Merchants in Madison Valley were broken into but little was stolen; in spite of being observed and police being notified promptly, the perpetrators were not apprehended. There have been 30 reports this month. One council member felt that the boundaries are too broad and do not reflect the actual activity within Madison Valley.

The annual Bastille Bash ( is scheduled for July 12. Madison Street must stay open at this point during the event. Thrive will offer art with child care (space is limited; registration is requested). The community council will have a table at the event to sell water. Volunteers and corporate officers are needed various stages of the overall event.

— Cathy Nunnelly, secretary