‘I should write a book’ — author Urs Koenig's journey

Koenig will host a reading on May 23 at Parlous Wines in Madison Park.

Friends of Madison Park: 'Beautify' campaign updates

Phases 1 and 2 of the plan are the first steps for 2024.

Annual donation, paper shredding event coming May 4

The event takes place in the lower parking lot at the AGC Building at 1200 Westlake Ave N.

20-plus Seattle libraries to see rolling closures

Seattle Public Library will be implement the closures through June 4 due to limited staffing capacity.

Friends of Madison Park: Multiple events on the schedule

Tuesday TED Talks, Spring Clean Day, Garden Tour, and Second Chance Prom are among the events on the spring calendar.

Mad Candy opens in Madrona area

Two neighborhood dentists have collaborated in a sweet new project.

Ahead of spring, gas prices on the rise in Washington state

On Monday, the average cost for a gallon of gas in the Evergreen State increased to nearly $4.31 per gallon — up 40 cents compared to a month ago, according to AAA.

Friends of Madison Park has busy 2024 planned

Many events are planned for the neighborhood and all need volunteer assistance.

Celebration of Washington Park Arboretum set for Feb. 13

A 90th-year gathering will be held at the Seattle Convention Center.

Looking at school closures — what would it mean for neighborhoods?

Seattle Public Schools is struggling with a budget shortfall and a decline in enrollment, and seems to be considering closing some neighborhood schools to save money.

Seattle fashion, from the city to the slopes

Fashion icons will team up for Galentine’s Day event on Feb. 15.

Horticultural sunshine for the dark months

Years ago, I wanted a palette of plants with white variegated foliage or white blooms to spot around my garden, to give it light in the dark of January. The gardener I was talking to said, “Right idea, but it will be even brighter and lighter if you go with yellow. White is cold. Yellow is warm, the color of sunshine.” He was right. It’s a lesson I never forgot, the wisdom of which has only been reinforced every January, thereafter, when I found a yellow leaf or flower or even branch to add to my winter garden.

Cascadia Pipe Band seeks community support

Started in the fall of 2021, Cascadia Pipe Band is the greater Seattle area’s newest competitive pipe band. After a successful debut season, Cascadia Pipe Band was promoted by BC Pipers to grade 2 for the 2023 competition season, and achieved grand aggregate its first season in the new grade.

Emergency preparation: What’s your next step?

The question isn’t whether we might have a major earthquake, but when. If we gamble on it not happening during our lifetime, that begs the question, what if it does? Where are you in your thinking and planning for this wish-I-didn’t-have-to-think-about-it possibility? Are you ready to take whatever the next step is for you? If not, when will it land on your to-do list?

Revisiting the Park: Will this be the year?

In the aftermath of the Great Depression and WWII, children had gotten used to staying indoors. The blackouts kept our days short, but we finally found freedom toward the end of the war and enjoyed it to the fullest. Maybe we were just energetic, as unfearful boys can be, but when we walked to J. J. McGilvra we discovered the thrill of running and sliding on small frozen bodies of water (as in chuckholes). Even the alleys were icy and begging for recognition.