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.

Get Growing: Tracking the Garden: Journals and Labels

Like lost socks in the laundry, plant tags tend to wander. Who knows what happens to them? Sometimes, they take a dive and bury themselves at planting, sometimes they fly away on the wind, and sometimes the tag sticks around, but the faded writing needs an archeologist to resurrect. Whether it’s happenstance, a mischievous raven or spirit having a little fun, it leaves the gardener at a loss as to how to proceed. Knowing what you’re growing is a basic building block for your horticultural efforts.

2024: The year to volunteer

Madison Park closed out 2023 with multiple holiday events- the first Tree Lighting in the Park with over 50 from McGilvra Elementary School singing “Frosty the Snowman” and “Hot Chocolate” wreath making class at the Bathhouse, Pop-up Artisan Markets and Santa visiting Red Wagon Toys. On Dec. 21, Santa visited the Bathhouse, along with Christmas Ships and cookies and a beach bonfire.

History and sports from 100 years ago still alive today

While Seattle sports history is powering Hollywood’s holiday lineup, another inspirational Seattle sports tale likewise received a new treatment. Queen Anne author Kevin Ticen has released the second edition of his book, “When It Mattered Most.” When It Mattered Most tells the triumphant story of the Seattle Metropolitans, America’s first Stanley cup champions, as they claimed hockey’s greatest prize amidst the uncertainty of the United States entering World War I. The new second edition features an updated hardback cover and six additional chapters taking the story through the war’s conclusion, the Spanish Flu pandemic, and culminating with the monumental 1919 Stanley Cup Final.

Seattle reopens a cinematic icon

SIFF Cinema Downtown takes the place of the venue formerly known as Cinerama.

Around town with Friends of Madison Park

A look at upcoming holiday events in the area.

Local family takes lead in developing Christmas Cup online event

North Pole Soccer is an interactive story that follows a group of elite soccer elves as they compete in an annual soccer tournament.

Madison Park is full of upcoming holiday festivities

A look at upcoming holiday events in the area.